Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · Handbagged by Moira Buffini
Director · Jean Lebeter
Date · 28 Jan to 1 Feb 2020
plus at Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister over 40 years ago and ran the country for the whole of the 1980’s. This play takes a light-hearted but serious look at the relationship between the monarch and her most powerful subject. One believed there was no such thing as society, the other had vowed to serve it. Margaret Thatcher was Queen Elizabeth II’s eighth Prime Minister and the first woman in that role. For over ten years they had a weekly audience.

This Olivier Award winning play is sharply funny and highly entertaining. It imagines how some of those conversations might have gone or should have gone by both re-creating them and getting comments from older versions of the protagonists about what was said or not said. Their conversations are augmented with interventions from Denis Thatcher, Prince Phillip, Ronald and Nancy Reagan and a host of other contemporaries. It might just leave you wondering what really went on!

Moira Buffini is an award winning playwright and script writer for film and television. She has written for the RSC and The National Theatre. She is currently filming the third season of the TV series “Harlots” which she co-created.

***** ‘Outstanding, witty and confident’ Evening Standard
**** Sensational. Hilariously like the real thing’ The Times
(reviews of the 2015 UK tour)
Company · Robin Hood Youth Theatre Company
Production · Trouble in Pantoland
Date · 28 & 29 February 2020
plus at Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
When Baron Hardup becomes the new tax-collector, the once nicest man in Pantoland turns into the nastiest in the land. And if anyone doesn’t pay up, his bailiffs take payment in kind.

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep.

Little Boy Blue’s horn has been confiscated and sold on ebay.

Little Jack Horner has been evicted from his corner.

And now Mother Goose is being threatened with eviction.

But things are not what they seem, and the reason for the Baron’s sudden change becomes clear, when the evil Witch Grizelda is revealed to be the power behind the throne.

This story, cleverly manages to weave lots of well-known pantomime and nursery-rhyme characters, into a traditional panto storyline of good versus evil.

The Robin Hood Youth Group intends to bring to life this traditional pantomime style in their own inimitable way.

TTrouble in Pantoland
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · The Library Siege by Barry Wood
Date · 12 to 14 March 2020
plus at Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
It’s the end of another quiet day at Higgsfield Library. Three librarians, sorry, cultural service advisors, are just getting ready to leave, when something happens that will change their lives forever and leave the fate of mankind hanging by a thread….. Well, more or less….

In this wacky new comedy by Barry Wood, our three slightly eccentric library staff end up being held hostage by a conspiracy theorist who is trying to save the world from an alien takeover. It all sounds highly implausible, but, who knows, maybe he really is on to something after all.

Hang onto your hats, the cultural services advisors are in for a rollercoaster ride at the library as the evening spirals out of control, with lots of laughs on the way.
This play, our ‘New Work’ for the 2019-20 season, was the winner of our 2018 script submission competition, out of twenty-one authors from the East Midlands who entered. As it happens, Barry is a local author who attends our script development group, ‘Play Group’, and he workshopped some scenes from the play at these sessions before submitting it.
The Library Siege
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore
Date · 21 to 25 April 2020
plus at Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

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 · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · The Vicar of Dibley by Richard Curtis & Paul Mayhew-Archer
Date · 16 to 20 June 2020
plus at Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
The stage version of the very popular TV show featuring all your favourite characters.
Relive the arrival of the new female Vicar, Geraldine Granger, and meet again the many insane inhabitants of the quiet village of Dibley.
The Vicar of Dibley
Company · Stroke of Genius Community Theatre Company
Production · The Waiting Room by Carolyn Drury and Cliff McArdle
Date · 14 to 18 July 2020
A new musical comedy from Carolyn Drury and Cliff McArdle

This is an affectionate look at the National Health Service with special reference to Suningsby Surgery which, like the NHS in general, has its share of problems. Too many patients and not enough doctors for a start. The Practice Manager keeps trying to bridge the gap by employing Nurses with so-called special skills and a Pharmacist who keeps trying to cut down everyone’s pills. The patients aren’t happy even though the Receptionists have had special training in how to smile and be pleasant to people.

The Doctors are an interesting bunch and enjoy their work, most of the time. They are always busy and have learnt how to deal with the large assortment of characters they meet each day. The genuinely ill, the hypochondriacs, the pensioners and the babies, all human life is here. They have all done their share of waiting: waiting on the phone to speak to someone, waiting for an appointment, waiting to see the doctor and waiting to go on a waiting list. Now we all know where the word ‘patient’ comes from!
The Waiting Room