Wednesday, 16 May 2018
For the second year running, Stafford Festival Shakespeare is joining forces with The Festival in a Factory to promote the region’s cultural appeal.
What is this festival? Held in Stoke-on-Trent, The Festival in a Factory is a celebration of culture and creativity, featuring award-winning authors, experts, artists, and entertainers.
The festival runs from 7th – 9th June in the inspiring surroundings of the Emma Bridgewater Factory - a Victorian pot bank where Emma has manufactured her iconic handmade pottery for more than 20 years.
On the bill this year, two highlights which will be of particular interest to supporters of Stafford Festival Shakespeare are…
Tudor Houses of Power – Friday 8th June 12.30pm
Leading architectural historian, former director of the Museum of London and former Chief Executive of English Heritage and curator of Historic Royal Palaces, Simon Thurley is our expert guide on a fascinating exploration of the most significant houses of Tudor England. Drawing on thirty years of research, Simon tells for the first time the story of the Tudor monarchs through what they built and where they lived as a way of understanding the complex machinations of the Tudor court.
For your chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to the event simply post your answer to the following question in the comments section below:
Which Tudor monarch was in power when Shakespeare was born?
Entries close at 12pm on Wednesday 30th May. Full T&Cs apply. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For the full The Festival in a Factory 2018 programme visit: https://festivalinafactory.co.uk/
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 03:43
Thursday, 10 May 2018
Stafford Festival Shakespeare is delighted to reveal the full cast announcement for this summer’s much-anticipated, authentically medieval production of Macbeth, set to take place once again in the atmospheric surroundings of Stafford Castle.
Rehearsals get underway in a matter of weeks and all of us at Stafford Festival Shakespeare can’t wait to see how this show is going to shape up. We have some amazing plans in store for audiences this summer so make sure you don’t miss it!”
Leading the cast will be the Creative Team made up of the returning, critically-acclaimed Director, Clare Prenton; fresh from his work on the Off-Broadway production of Sweeny Todd, Production Designer Simon Kenny makes his SFS debut this year; and in a slight change to the billing, Craig Adams will be replaced as Music Director by David Hewson, who is well known to local audiences following his work on last year’s Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Summer School production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Macbeth will open on Thursday 28th June and run until Saturday 14th July 2018 at Stafford Castle, with tickets available from just £14. Full ticket information can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 02:58
Monday, 23 April 2018
'The Habanera', 'Flower Song' and 'The Toreador's Song' are among the world's best-loved tunes. Together with the passionate drama of the fateful love triangle between Carmen, the wild gypsy girl, Don José, the brooding, obsessive soldier and Escamillo, the strutting Toreador, they make this the perfect evening for beginners and opera aficionados alike.
and supported by a 6-piece chamber orchestra.
Carmen will be performed at Stafford Castle on Sunday 1st July at 6.30pm. Tickets are priced at £22.50, with a concession price of £20.50 for over 60s, and for full time students, children and the unwaged at £5.50.
Full information can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting the new website, www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 07:35
Thursday, 5 April 2018
Aspiring young performers are being urged to take up their opportunity to star in Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s Summer Project productions of Our House or Disney’s the Little Mermaid Jnr, with auditions set to take place in just over two weeks’ time.
For the first time in the long tradition of Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Summer School, this year will see not one, but two, musical productions starring young performers from the local area.
The new format is titled Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Summer Project, and will begin with youngsters aged 7-12 rehearsing – and eventually performing – Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jnr in the MET Studio.
Later on, performers aged 13-21 will take on the Madness Musical Our House in the main auditorium.
****The only way to gain a place in either show is to attend the open auditions****
Places are available for youngsters aged between 7 and 21 who live in or attend a school in Staffordshire. Previous years have seen up to 150 children battle it out for spaces in recent productions, which have included: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Loserville, The Wizard of Oz, Doctor Dolittle, Whistle Down the Wind and Peter Pan.
Auditions will take place on Sunday 22nd April at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. The first session is at 9.30am for 7-12 year olds, followed by a session at 2pm for 13 – 21 year olds.
Parents of auditionees will need to have in place at the time of the audition a valid enhanced DBS licence* (dated within the last three years). *Please note this is non-refundable
Further information can be obtained by calling Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk. Audition packs can also be downloaded from the Gatehouse Theatre website.
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 03:46
Tuesday, 3 April 2018
To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, members of Stafford Gatehouse Youth Theatre are busy preparing for a unique production centred on Staffordshire history during the Great War period. Entitled, The Town the Great War Built, the play has been written by Director Nick Earnshaw and will premier in the MET Studio later this month.
In the Autumn of 1914, only months after the outbreak of WWI, construction began on two large camps on Cannock Chase. Eventually, an entire town was created where the soldiers would live and train. It would often become the final stop before travelling to Europe to face an uncertain future.
The play will tell the story of eight soldiers and a lot of the dialogue from the play come right from the letters sent back home.”
The initial showcase of the project will take place at the MET Studio in April. Following this, the play will also be performed during October this year at the Gatehouse and at the Great War Hut at Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, as well being turned into a short film.
The Town the Great War Built will be performed in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th April 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £7.50, with a concession price of £6.50, and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 02:46
Friday, 23 February 2018
Audiences will no doubt be bowled over by this glorious line-up for April 6th's incredible show!
First up, making her Très Très debut is retro golden Goddess, CHERRY SHAKEWELL!
A powerhouse of bump and grind, captivating all who cast their eye upon her hourglass figure, Cherry wiggled and whirled for the likes of Colin Farrell, Robert Downey Jnr and David Walliams and her considerable talents have taken her all over the globe from Milan, Rome and Venice to Paris' Moulin Rouge!
A flirtatious, lyrical lothario and seasoned comic raconteur with razor-sharp wit, he'll have you
So don’t miss out on a night that’s sure to set tongues wagging and pulses racing!
Très Très Cabaret will be performed in The MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Friday 6th April 2018 at 8pm. Tickets are £15.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
Early booking is advised as a sell-out is expected again.
The show is strictly for over 18s only.
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 06:34
Friday, 16 February 2018
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre has announced its next much anticipated rock ‘n’ roll pantomime will be the classic adventure story of boy done-good, Dick Whittington!
The show will open on Thursday 6th December 2018 and run until Sunday 6th January 2019.
This festive season will see Dick Whittington and his trusty friend Tommy the Cat dancing, twisting and singing their way to Stafford in search of fame, fortune and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Be prepared for the most amazing show in town as Dick dons his guitar, King Rat takes on a Saxophone and a host of incredibly talented actor / musicians strike up the band live on stage for some true rock ‘n’ roll.
Popular hits set to feature in this year’s Panto include blockbusters ‘Single Ladies’, ‘Aint No Mountain High Enough’, ‘Dead Ringer for Love’, ‘Doo Wah Diddy’, ‘Band of Gold’, ‘Tainted Love’, ‘Walking On Sunshine’, ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and many, many more!
2018 will mark the seventh year since rock ‘n’ roll panto made a successful return to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, and Press and Marketing Officer Tom Waldron is delighted to see the format continue to go from strength to strength:
“It is with enormous pleasure that I am able to announce news of our next rock ‘n’ roll panto here at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. Dick Whittington was, in fact, the first rock ‘n’ roll title we produced following the decision to return to the format back in 2011, and we have lots of exciting plans in the works to ensure this panto is our best yet!
group discounts are also available (full information on these can be obtained from the box office).
Dick Whittington will also see the return of the ever popular late night adult only shows, with three performances scheduled for Wednesday 19th December and Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd January 2019.*
*Early booking for these performances is strongly advised as tickets are again expected to sell out fast.
Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
Posted by Stafford Gatehouse at 01:58