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Details of theatre and entertainment – shows and productions – in Ilfracombe and North Devon plus other theatrical ramblings.

See the North Devon premiere of Mack and Mabel in Ilfracombe in October 2010

Studio Theatre and Small Pond Productions present the North Devon premiere of Mack and Mabel in October 2010.

Out of the silent movie era and the heady heights of 1920s Hollywood a, the classic musical Mack and Mabel features the Keystone Kops and bathing beauties. Classic songs include: Time Heals Everything, Look What Happened to Mabel, Tap Your Troubles Away and I Won’t Send Roses.

From the writer of Hello, Dolly! and Le Cage Aux Folles.

Directed by Lee Baxendale. Choreographed by Pamela Beecham.

For more details and cast photos visit see-this.co.uk regularly.

Performances will take place at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon on:

8.00pm Thursday 14 October 2010
8.00pm Friday 15 October 2010
2.30pm Saturday 16 October 2010
8.00pm Saturday 16 October 2010

Call the Landmark box office on 01271 324242 or book tickets online.
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For details of all other Studio Theatre productions and activities visit studiotheatreonline,org.uk

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Saucy romp at the seaside? Not Now Darling in Ilfracombe, North Devon

Studio Theatre’s production of this hilarious, fast-moving comedy tells the story of attempted infidelity as it causes misunderstanding and mayhem and ends up with everyone getting their just desserts.

Set in the Sixties in a West End fashion salon, Oowner Gilbert Bodley and his hapless assistant, Arnold Crouch, lurch from mishap to catastrophe with barely time to draw breath. Loyal secretary Miss Tipdale does her best to keep them out of trouble with some hilarious results. Confusion reigns and it doesn’t help that behind every cupboard door there lurks a flimsily-clad young woman.

Written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. Directed by Anne Bacon.

Performances are on:

Performances start at 8.15pm with tickets at £8.50.

Call the Landmark box office on 01271 324242 or book online.

Cast of Not Now Darling

The cast of this farce includes Pamela Beecham, Bob Corwin, Larry Fabian, Skye Lucas-Banks, Zoe Mundell, Tony Parker, Su Scott-Goldstone, Rod Vass and Sandi Wildash-Daws.

For full details visit studiotheatreonline.org.uk

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Stacey Kent at the Plough Torrington Saturday 10 October 2009

Breakfast on the Morning Tram - Stacey Kent

Breakfast on the Morning Tram - Stacey Kent

From the very first note she sang it was clear that those of us lucky enough to be in the audience at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington last night were about to experience two hours of the most sublime singing from Stacey Kent along with husband, composer, producer and saxophonist Jim Tomlinson and backed by an accomplished trio on piano, bass and drums.
Never knowing whether an artist performing live will match up to the expectations created by recordings, I have to say a shiver went down my spine in these opening seconds and on other occasions during this performance.
The set list was broad and varied from American show standards, such as ‘Easy to Remember’ and ‘If I were a Bell’, to the Latin ‘Samba Saravah’ and ‘Corocovado’.
The sign of a great performer is the appearance of effortless and Stacey made every song sound so easy with her perfect vocal control and diction a joy to hear. Another accomplishment is her ability to create her own version of songs, such as ‘Surrey with the Fringe on Top’ and ‘What a Wonderful World.’
Much of the material was from Stacey’s most recent album, ‘Breakfast on the Morning Tram’ including the title track as well as ‘I wish I Could go Travelling Again’ and, one of my favourite numbers of the night, ‘The Ice Hotel’. Jim got an opportunity to shine with an instrumental version of the theme from ‘Alfie’.
Songs were interspersed with Stacey’s often rambling, bubbly accounts of her life, experiences of recording, learning Portuguese, her new album currently being recorded and lots more. I’m certain the audience could have sat entranced for another two hours as the time passed so fast.
Did the night live up to its promise? With a mix of American, Latin, French and Portuguese songs all performed with enthusiasm, sensitivity and emotion, I’d say it did. I’ll definitely look out for future performances in North Devon.

From the very first note she sang it was clear that those of us lucky enough to be in the audience at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington last night were about to experience two hours of the most sublime singing from Stacey Kent along with husband, composer, producer and saxophonist Jim Tomlinson and backed by an accomplished trio on piano, bass and drums.

Never knowing whether an artist performing live will match up to the expectations created by recordings, I have to say a shiver went down my spine in these opening seconds and on other occasions during this performance.

The set list was broad and varied from American show standards, such as ‘Easy to Remember’ and ‘If I were a Bell’, to the Latin ‘Samba Saravah’ and ‘Corocovado’.

The sign of a great performer is the appearance of effortless and Stacey made every song sound so easy with her perfect vocal control and diction a joy to hear. Another accomplishment is her ability to create her own version of songs, such as ‘Surrey with the Fringe on Top’ and ‘What a Wonderful World.’

Much of the material was from Stacey’s most recent album, ‘Breakfast on the Morning Tram’ including the title track as well as ‘I wish I Could go Travelling Again’ and, one of my favourite numbers of the night, ‘The Ice Hotel’. Jim got an opportunity to shine with an instrumental version of the theme from ‘Alfie’.

Songs were interspersed with Stacey’s often rambling, bubbly accounts of her life, experiences of recording, learning Portuguese, her new album currently being recorded and lots more. I’m certain the audience could have sat entranced for another two hours as the time passed so fast.

Did the night live up to its promise? With a mix of American, Latin, French and Portuguese songs all performed with enthusiasm, sensitivity and emotion, I’d say it did. I’ll definitely look out for future performances in North Devon.

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Oh, What a Lovely War! See the ever-popular war game with songs, jokes and a few battles in Ilfracombe

See the ever-popular war game with songs, jokes and a few battles!

Studio Theatre’s production of Oh, What a Lovely War! at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon combines the songs that united the ordinary soldiers of the Great War with a wry look at the politicians and officers in charge of the carnage.

Set as a pierrot show, projected images and shocking statistics of the war on the Western Front contrast with the comedy action taking place on the stage in this 1960s satire which achieved West End success.

Throughout the action the ensemble cast sing well-known songs including Belgium Put the Kaibosh on the Kaiser, Hold Your Hand Out
You Naughty Boy, Goodbye-ee, Row Row Row, I’ll Make a Man of You, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Christmas Day in the Cookhouse, Sister Susie’s Sewing Shirts for Soldiers and Oh, It’s a Lovely War, many with humorous lyrics adapted by the soldiers in the trenches.

See the volunteers struggle to learn combat drill, watch the Tommies mingle with their German counterparts during the Christmas ‘truce’ and gape at the great European nations as their monarchs, politicians and generals stumble into the morass resulting in four years of pointless trench warfare.

First staged in 1963 and devised by Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop, Oh, What a Lovely War! was influenced by the late Alan Clark’s military history ‘The Donkeys’ as well as by ‘The Good Soldier Svejk’ by Czech humourist Jasoslav Hasek.

Studio Theatre’s cast of 20 share the roles of soldiers, nurses, monarchs, generals, officers, secret police and more from the pre-war empires of Europe, accompanied on the joanna by Mike Riley and commanded from the safety of the auditorium by director Lee Baxendale.

Thursday 5 & Friday 6 November 2009, 7.45pm

Call the box office on 01271 324242 or book online at northdevontheatres.org.uk

Visit studiotheatreonline.org.uk for full details

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The Vicar of Dibley returns to Ilfracombe for December 2009

Once again, Ilfracombe in North Devon will be offering audiences in search of special entertainment something fresh and new for Christmas when Small Pond Production’s original cast from their 2007 UK amateur stage premiere re-assemble for a new stage version of the Vicar of Dibley on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th December 2009 at the Landmark Theatre.

Based on three different episodes of the popular BBC TV series written by Richard Curtis & Paul Mayhew Archer,  and presented by special arrangement with the writers and Tiger Aspect Productions, the stage show features Debbie Hadley as the Vicar supported by Pamela Beecham, Mike Bennett, Laurence Butler, Tony Scarratt, Ted Turner, Elena Wright and Robert Zarywacz and is directed by Lee Baxendale.

Book tickets for performances on the Landmark web site:

Buy 10 tickets, get 1 free
Only available for evening performances by calling the box office (not online).

or call the box office on 01271 324242.

For more details and cast photos, visit the Small Pond Productions Vicar of Dibley web site at dibleyonstage.co.uk.

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