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Chester Theatre Club    2016-17 Season of Plays

Sat 17, Mon 19 to Sat 24 September at 7.30 pm

Outside Edge by Richard Harris

Director Margaret Bennett

Roger is having trouble getting a cricket team together for the afternoon’s fixture.  Bob is still doing odd jobs for his ex-wife behind his current wife’s back.  Dennis is also having marital trouble: unhappy with their new house, his wife seems intent on moving again – when he finally puts his foot down the result is comic joy!  Kevin is fighting off his over-affectionate wife while nursing his injured spinning finger and Alex’s new girlfriend ends up having hysterics in the toilets.  Even Roger’s seemingly perfect marriage hits the skids.   Then just when it seems things can’t get any worse … could that be a rain cloud?

Sat 12, 14 to Sat 19 November at 7.30 pm

Number One by Jean Anouilh

Director Penny Morris

Reading:  Tuesday 28 June 8 pm;  Auditions:  Thursday 30 June 7.30 pm

In an attic studio in Paris sits Léon, an ageing dramatist, attempting  to write a play  provisionally called Les Misérables.  But he is constantly interrupted by a string of people, all with their  own complaints and demands:  his wife, his girlfriend, his son and daughters, his doctor (Léon has gout), even his friend Gaston is touching him for money.  And the housekeeper has plenty of complaints.

Michael Frayn has adapted this very funny play, condensing and sharpening Anouilh’s stylish blend of cynicism and irony, as Léon – despairing of the world’s selfishness – renames his play Number One.

Sat 14, Mon 16 to Sat 21 January at 7.30 pm

Theft by Eric Chappell

Director John Turner

Reading:  Tuesday 27 September October 8 pm;  Auditions: Thursday 29 September 7.30 pm

Booking opens Sat 12 November

Spriggs is a burgler; a little inept, perhaps, as he is still on the premises when the owners and their guests return. Somehow he persuades them that he is in fact a detective but his discarded toffee papers give him away and they lock him in the cellar. Now – still with some hope of cracking the safe combination – he has to use his considerable powers as an amateur psychologist to prise open the hidden tensions between (and within) the two couples.

First performed in 1995 with George Cole as Spriggs, Theft is a tongue-in-cheek delight, packed with stinging one-liners, daring reversals and many sharp comments on marriage, money and crime.

Sat 11, Mon 13 to Sat 18 March at 7.30 pm

The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh

Director Jane Barth

Reading:  Tuesday 22 November 8 pm;  Auditions:  Thursday 24 November 7.30 pm

It’s 1934 on the island of Inishmaan, just off Galway Bay.  The locals are excited:  Robert Flaherty, the Hollywood producer famous for Nanook of the North, is coming to make a film of life on the Aran Islands.  The young ones can’t wait to watch the filming, even get a walk-on part!  This includes young Billy, a disabled boy who dreams of going to America and becoming a star.  By turns hilariously funny and darkly bizarre, McDonagh’s picture of rural Irish life has elements of Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift and Father Ted.

Sat  6, Mon 8 to Sat 13 May at 7.30 pm

Butley by Simon Gray

Director Mark Newman

Reading:  Tuesday 31 January 8 pm;  Thursday 2 February 7.30 pm

University Lecturer, Ben Butley, shares his office with colleague and former star pupil, Joey.  Ben’s day starts badly and goes downhill from there as he finds that blistering repartee and rhetoric are not enough to stop the ultimate breakdown of the relationships with those closest to him.  Like Jimmy Porter before him, Butley is by turns sardonic, sarcastic and cynical.  That the play manages to be very funny also explains why it won the Evening Standard Best Play award when it was first staged.  It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Sat  1, Mon 3 to Sat 8 July at 7.30 pm

The Homecoming by Harold Pinter

Director Marian Newman

Reading:  Tuesday 28 March 8 pm;  Auditions Thursday 30 March 7.30 pm

The Homecoming is a dark, brilliant comedy which centres around a patriarchal family and the return of one of the sons and his wife to the family home after 6 years absence, and the repercussions that ensue. Described as Pinter’s best of his early works, the play is bitingly funny with acerbic dialogue and honestly raw characters. Come and meet the family!

Full details of all of our programme will be published shortly.