Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore
Date · 22 to 26 September 2020
plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
CAN MACHINES THINK? IS IT POSSIBLE TO BUILD A MACHINE THAT THINKS FOR ITSELF?

In the leafy surroundings of Bletchley Park at the height of the Second World War, a brilliant young mathematician called Alan Turing was working away at a problem. The creation of a machine. A machine that would crack the German Enigma code and win Britain the war.

In the aftermath of victory, Turing arrived in Manchester with an even bigger task in mind – the development of the modern computer. It would be a task he left unfinished, publicly humiliated and destroyed by the revelation of his sexuality and prosecution for indecency.

Hugh Whitemore’s classic play intertwines an account of Turing’s most heroic hour with the story of his betrayal and neglect by the nation he had helped in its darkest hour.

"Dr Alan Turing was a remarkable man. His actions saved countless lives. He also left a remarkable national legacy through his substantial scientific achievements, often being referred to as the father of modern computing. A pardon from the Queen is a fitting tribute to an exceptional man." David Cameron Prime Minister

Please do not miss the amazing story of the man voted ‘greatest person of the 20th Century’ and next year the face of the new £50 note.
Breaking The Code
Company · Newark Amateur Operatic Society
Production · Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Date · 13 to 17 October 2020
plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Based on the 1994 popular movie of the same name, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert follows the journey of two drag queens,Tick and Adam, and a transgender woman, Bernadette, as they travel across Australia in their bus, named Priscilla.

Tick has been asked to perform at a hotel in Alice Springs by his estranged wife, Marion.Taking Adam and Bernadette along with him, the trio drive from Sydney to the remote resort town in the middle of the desert.Tick tells his companions that the trip is a favour to his wife, from whom he is separated, but does not reveal that he also has an 8-year-old son he does not know, but who now wants to meet his father.

As they head west, Tick, Adam and Bernadette learn to accept and support each other, whilst encountering a number of strange and colourful characters. After experiencing violent homophobic threats, Adam is forced to realise that not everyone is accepting of his flamboyant lifestyle, whilst Bernadette opens up to the possibility of love again following the death of her husband.

Upon reaching Alice Springs, Tick finally meets his son, Benjamin, who accepts his father’s homosexuality and drag queen persona. The trio perform at the resort and realise that they have forged a bond that will last forever. Full of well-known pop songs and supported by three divas, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a flamboyant, funny, disco-fuelled musical that gets the audience up on their feet.

Featuring classic tracks such as 'Venus', 'I Will Survive', 'Shake Your Groove Thing', 'Go West', 'Colour My World', 'We Belong' and many, many more!
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Company · Hambledon Productions
Production · Dracula One Bloody Fang After Another by John Hewer
Date · 6 November 2020
Hambledon Productions are excited to announce a second tour of their new hit comedy, written and performed by John Hewer.

It’s 1897 in Whitby, England and a haunting, paranormal fore has gripped the town. The young Lucy Westenra is taken ill and psychiatrist Dr. Seward calls on his mentor Professor Van Helsing for his advice. The Professor has a perplexing diagnosis – Lucy carries all the symptoms of a vampire’s latest victim. So begins a frenzied stab at trying to uncloak Count Dracula as the vampire in their midst. Sadly, it gets quite “midsty” in Whitby at times…

Bram Stoker’s immortal horror story is given an affectionate lampooning in their physical, riotous comedy. Now, it is truly horrific.
The Waiting Room
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · The Vicar of Dibley by Richard Curtis & Paul Mayhew-Archer
Date · 24 to 28 November 2020
plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
An adaptation of the award winning classic BBC TV show, The Vicar of Dibley, written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. Adapted and Directed by Cavan McLaughlin.

The story follows the lives of the somewhat eccentric parishioners of the country village of Dibley, and their vicar the Rev. Geraldine Granger.

When the New Vicar arrives in the small, conservative village of Dibley, there is quite a stir. Rather then the traditional Anglican Church representative they get "a babe with a bob and heaving bosoms". Geraldine Granger is not quite what the villagers expected. But it doesn’t take her long to win over the hearts of the eccentric locals. This is the heart warming and hilarious story of how a group of villagers become a family who stand together to overcome any challenge.

Adapted for stage and bringing to life everyone's favourite Parish council, using the original text from the first session of the BBC production.
The Vicar of Dibley