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Blackadder the Third

Scripts by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis

Adapted for the stage by James Last and Morgan Sweeney


In his Georgian incarnation, E. Blackadder Esquire is head butler to the Prince of Wales (a spoilt, foppish idiot), ‘dogsbody’ Baldrick is still coming up with ‘cunning plans’ and much time is spent at Mrs Miggins’ coffeehouse.

For this Christmas show, James Last and Morgan Sweeney have adapted three of the funniest episodes from the much-loved TV series. In ‘Sense and Senility’, the Prince employs two aging actors to advise him on public speaking. In ‘Nob and Nobility’, Blackadder gets entangled in the French Revolution and scoffs at the heroic Scarlet Pimpernel. And in ‘Duel and Duality’, Blackadder finds himself having to fight the Duke of Wellington, with some help from his mad Scottish cousin MacAdder.

Many will remember the hilarious 2013 Playgoers’ production, Blackadder – The Tudor Years. This Georgian version is likewise guaranteed to have everyone in stitches in the run-up to the festive season.

Show Details
Doors open: 7.00pm
Performance: 7.30pm
Running Time: 2.5 hours
Dates: Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th December 2022
Tickets:
Adults £12.00
Concessions £11.00

WADAMS TOTS A Not So Silent Night

WADAMS Tots was formed in September 2017. Tots was created to open our society up from age 4, a great starting point for younger children that are interested in musical theatre and performing. WADAMS Tots meets every Tuesday during term time from 6pm – 7pm. They perform a Christmas showcase and Summer show.

Thursday 15th December 2022
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Show starts: 7:00pm
All tickets £5.00

Ghost Stories for Christmas

Like most longstanding cultural customs, the precise origin of telling ghost stories at the end of the year is unknown, largely because it began as an oral tradition without written records. During the Victorian era, it became traditional for publishers of newspapers and magazines to print ghost stories during the Christmas season for chilling winter reading by the fireside or candlelight.
The first half of our evening of Ghost Stories for Christmas - stories will be told by members of Playgoers
The second half of our evening of Ghost Stories for Christmas  - we will be visited by  ‘The Lady
The Lady, an elegant character in full Victorian mourning dress. is played by Jane Dickens; a native Cumbrian and professional actor with 20 years storytelling experience.

Serving Free Mulled Wine and Homemade mince pies in the Interval
Show starts at 7:30pm
Doors open 7pm

Billy Walker, a live band and special guest Anne Nolan

Get ready to say “Te-ra” to those dreaded January blues with a night of Top Class entertainment from Cumbrias very own Cheeky Charmer Billy Walker! Along with a set of Cabaret Classics and dance-floor-fillers Billy will unite with Helen Walker who arranged and produced the lockdown album ‘And On The 7th Day’ to perform the songs live for the very first time. During the 2020 lockdown Billy raised over £20k for Hospice At Home West Cumbria.  
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As well as the fabulous live band, Billy will be joined on stage by the eldest of the world famous Nolan Sisters! Anne Nolan started her career as a child star as a member of the family group ‘The Singing Nolan’s’.
She has been in show business for over 60 Years. The Nolan’s sold millions of records all over the world, toured with Frank Sinatra, and most recently fronted their own reality show ‘The Nolan’s Go Cruising!’ Anne Nolan has survived breast cancer twice and has documented the highs and lows of her fabulous life in two best selling books. ‘Anne’s Song’ and ‘Stronger Together’.
Follow Anne on @annenolanofficial
THE BAND
Helen Walker: Keys
Mike Walker: Drums 

Mike & Helen Walker are an award winning husband and wife ‘Musical Machine’. Each with over 40 years experience as live musicians, they have also built a solid reputation as accomplished songwriters. 

They have many credits including
‘J to Z’ (BBC Radio 3), ‘Britain’s Rare Guitars’ (Sky TV), ‘Jack Pepper’s Culture Bunker’ (Scala Radio), ‘And on the 7th Day’ LP (Billy Walker), ‘Someone I Used to Know’ LP (The Nearlys), ‘Des Jours Meilleurs’ (Nicola Farnon & Helen Walker), ‘Without Words’ (Winner of the New York City Contemporary Music Symposium’s Call for Scores 2021). Check out www.thenearlys.com and www.everydayrecords.com

There will be a collection at both performances to be split between Breast Cancer Care and Hospice at Home!

All tickets £10
 

MURDER ON THE NILE

This play is an absolute treat for all Agatha Christie fans.  It first opened in the West End in 1946 and in 2022 it was revamped as Death on the Nile in Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of the stage play.

A boat cruises down the Nile. On board are a glamorous, privileged and wealthy new bride, Kay Mostyn, and her far from wealthy new husband, Simon.  They are looking forward to an idyllic honeymoon. Their fellow passengers consist of the usual Agatha Christie mixture of eccentric characters including the groom’s jealous former girlfriend, Jacqueline; Canon Pennefather, a man of the cloth who is also related to the bride; a man of mystery called Smith; the foreign Doctor Bessner and the snobbish Miss Ffoliot-ffoulkes and her put upon niece Christina.  Also on board are the crew and Mrs Mostyn’s maid Louise.

Agatha Christie devotees will know what happens next – someone is murdered! Unfortunately in the stage play Miss Christie did not include Hercule Poirot in the cast so the mystery of who did it, why and how is left to Canon Pennefather to work out.

This is a brilliant nostalgic romp for “old” fans and a great introduction for anyone new to the machinations of Agatha Christie.  Be careful who you sail with!

DOORS OPEN 7:30PM
TICKETS £14.00
10 TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF 9
INCLUDED IN SEASON TICKET

Evening of Mediumship with Chris Drew and Debra Chalmers 2023

Come and join Chris and Debra for a heartwarming Evening of Mediumship at The Theatre Royal in Workington as they share messages from the spirit world

Debra Chalmers works as a Medium passing on messages from loved ones to their families.  Although she has sensed spirit for most of her life,  it was during her teenage years that her sensitivity became more active. She would see and hear spirit clearly.


Once Chris had begun to consciously develop his mediumship, he was quickly led to the Arthur Findlay College, the world’s foremost college for the Advancement of Mediumship and Psychic Sciences, where he embarked on an intensive study and development of his mediumistic abilities. He has also studied at The College of Psychic Studies and The Spiritualist Association of Great Britain in London. Although he is predominantly based in London, his work has taken him across the UK, and to many countries throughout the world including USA, Japan, Australia and all over Europe . He has a fresh and modern approach to mediumship, he works tirelessly to reunite people with their loved ones.Chris works at several highly regarded mediumistic institutions, both as a demonstrating Medium and a tutor, including the world famous Arthur Findlay College.
For more about Chris please visit his website, where you can also watch his promo video. www.MediumChris.com

Thursday 30th March 2023

Doors Open 7.00pm
Show starts 7.30pm

Running Time 11/2 hours
Ticket price £10

The McDougalls - Magic Castle

The McDougalls and the Magic Castle
Everyone’s favourite children’s theatre company present a spectacular new seasonal stage show for all the family!

Join Auntie Aggie, Max and Morag the Rabbit on a holiday to the Magic Castle - a spellbinding school for trainee wizards. There are potions to perfect, broomsticks to battle and spells to solve! But what lurks in the deep in the dungeon...?
Packed with singalong songs, musical mayhem and bucket loads of audience participation, this five star family show is the perfect winter treat for your little ones.

Come dressed as a wizard, dragon or fairy for a cracking winter show!

Friday 14th April
Doors Open 12.30pm

Show Starts 1pm
Tickets £9.50
Group of 4 Tickets £36


 

AN EVENING OF MEDIUMSHIP WITH GARETH LEWIS 2023

A DEMONSTRATION OF MEDIUMSHIP
Come along and join Gareth Lewis on his brand new ‘Our Journey Continues’ Tour.
After 26 years working as a medium and very successful UK & European tours, this year is yet another exciting year where Gareth will connect to your loved ones in the spirit world.
He will be passing on those messages of hope, upliftment, encouragement & most importantly, love.
This is set to be his most exciting tour yet, so come along and join Gareth and see him work with the fun, humour and compassion as well as being in the company of your family, friends and loved one.

Friday 28th April 2023
Doors open 7pm
Show starts 7:30pm
Ticket price £14.00

OFFICE SUITE

Office Suite consists of two one act plays concerning the ups and downs of office life.  They demonstrate the mastery of Alan Bennet’s writing and his meticulous observation and understanding of people – especially women. His understated wit underlines the pathos of the human condition.

Play One – Green Forms
This was first performed on television in December 1978 with a mega cast of Patricia Routledge, Prunella Scales and Peter Postlethwaite.

Doreen and Doris work together in the cluttered office of a large organisation in the north of England. They muddle along doing what they have to do to appear busy.  In this pre computer age they cheerfully deal with all the coloured forms that come their way sending them off to the appropriate departments. Their world is safe.  They know the procedures and each other very well but then things start to change. There are rumours of redundancies and someone seems to be requisitioning items that relate to deficiencies in their own office. It appears that someone is planning to move in. Who is it and what does it mean?  Doris is fairly complacent.  She has worked there longer than Doreen and is a scale 4 whereas Doreen is only a scale 3.  However are either of them safe from the implementation of new ways of working?  Will they be able to remain friends in the face of competition for jobs or is their comfortable idyll coming to an end?


Play Two - A Visit From Miss Prothero
This was first transmitted by the BBC in1978 starring Patricia Routledge as Miss Prothero and Hugh Lloyd as Dodsworth.

Mr Dodsworth has recently retired from Warburtons after working there for 30 years.  He is perfectly content living in the somewhat dated but comfortable home he made with his late wife.  He has his budgie Millie for company, his daughter and the grandchildren pop in frequently and he is going to classes to learn new skills like pottery and cookery.  He looks back on his working life with no regrets and a certain amount of pride.  He worked hard to rationalise Warbuton’s working practices and knows that when he retired he had put in place efficient systems to allow the firm to prosper.

His peace is shattered when his former secretary Miss Dodsworth pays him an unexpected and somewhat unwelcome visit.  She says she is sure he must be lonely and she has kindly decided to visit him to keep him up to date on all the latest gossip in the office.  He is really not interested.  He has not missed Warburtons and he knows by that updating the systems he left a solid and dependable legacy.  However what Miss Prothero has really come to tell him shatters his self assurance and plunges him into self doubt.

This poignant and touching play shows how easily one person’s comments can easily erode everything we believe to be true.

DOORS OPEN 7:30PM
TICKETS £14.00
10 TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF 9
INCLUDED IN SEASON TICKET

FOUR WEDDINGS AND AN ELVIS

Nancy Frick is an American playwright and Four Weddings and an Elvis is a romantic comedy and was first produced in New York in 2010.

Sandy has been married four times and divorced three times.  Nevertheless she is an incurable romantic and owner of a Las Vegas wedding chapel.  Here she strives to give prospective customers the wedding of their dreams whatever they may be.  Nothing phases Sandy – a Star Trek wedding in Klingon, a Gangster wedding, being married in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon.  She can arrange them all.

Into her Chapel come a succession of brides and grooms and in the play we witness four of her most memorable weddings.  There are the couple who have travelled from England just to get married as revenge on their ex partners; the arrogant ageing stars who are getting married as a publicity stunt in a last ditch attempt to boost their flagging careers; and the tough ex convict and the mild mannered postal worker who are very much in love.  The last wedding is the special one.  Despite everything Sandy is going to give it one more go and is marrying the love of her life.  Unfortunately the person was to officiate is indisposed so who will perform the ceremony?  Look at the title of the play.  There’s a clue.

This is a very funny play so if you fancy a peep into a wedding chapel where anything goes this is the one for you. 

DOORS OPEN 7:30PM
TICKETS £14.00
10 TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF 9
INCLUDED IN SEASON TICKET

The McDougalls Space Adventure

Everyones favourite childrens theatre company present a spectacular new show for all the family!

Join Auntie Aggie, Max and Morag the Rabbit onboard a rocket ship - as they hurtle into the atmosphere on an  intergalactic expedition!

Fasten your seatbelts for the trip of a lifetime in their homemade rocket ship!  From a sunny stop in Mercury to a meeting with a  Martian, there so much to do and see! And is the moon really made of cheese?

Packed with singalong songs such as Zoom Zoom Zoom Were Going to the Moon and Twinkle Twinke Little Star, for the most exciting five star family show this side of the galaxy. 

Audiences are encouraged to come dressed as astronauts and aliens! 

 Find out more about this musical extravaganza PLUS the latest news and offers by checking out The McDougalls on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or by tuning into the latest YouTube videos.

Saturday 21st October
Doors Open 12.30

Show Starts 1pm
Tickets £10
Group of 4 Tickets £38

LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE

This is a stage adaptation of the television series Last of the Summer Wine.  All of the televised episodes, which spanned 30 years, were written by Roy Clarke who also wrote such classics as Keeping up Appearances and Open All Hours.

In the play Foggy, Clegg and Compo embark on their last adventure.  Foggy has decided he needs some female company and his choice has alighted on Constance, Nora Batty’s niece.  The fact that she is also the longstanding fiancée of Foggy’s rival Gifford Beaumont might also have influenced his choice.  As his accommodation is not suitable Foggy persuades Clegg to invite Constance, chaperoned by her Aunt Nora, to his house for the evening. Clegg is under strict instructions not to let Compo know of the plan as Foggy considers him to be unsuitable company for ladies. However Compo turns up in his usual disreputable state just before the ladies arrive and of course is not going to miss the opportunity of free food.

Unbeknown to Foggy and Clegg a flasher has been reported in the area and on the evening of their soiree Gifford Beaumont has vowed to patrol the area to catch him.  Chaos ensues when the flasher also manages to get into the house resulting in Foggy and Clegg having to employ more and more desperate measures to shield the ladies from him and Compo.  This is further complicated when Gifford also comes to the house to rally support for his venture and to challenge Foggy.  Foggy’s careful preparations are wrecked amid mayhem and mistaken identities. 

Do not miss the opportunity to see the intrepid trio in their last hilarious enterprise.

DOORS OPEN 7:30PM
TICKETS £14.00
10 TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF 9
INCLUDED IN SEASON TICKET

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MURDER ON THE NILE - WED 8TH - SAT 11TH MARCH 2023
OFFICE SUITE - WED 7TH - SAT 10TH JUNE 2023
FOUR WEDDINGS AND AN ELVIS - WED 6TH SEP - SAT 9TH SEP 2023
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