Season preview at South Hill ParkBy Caroline Cook
November 22, 2012
It seems like only yesterday the stars of this year’s South Hill Park panto were lining up for their first photo call.
But with Jack and the Beanstalk almost here theatre bosses are looking ahead to next year and working out what will wow their audiences.
South Hill Park in Bracknell launches its 2013 programme next week and we got a sneak preview of what will be on offer. Here are some of the highlights to watch out for.
Harry Hill: Experiments in Entertainment
Monday, January 28
FANS of slapstick funny man Harry Hill will want to book their tickets early as this show is set to be a sell-out.
The comedian will be previewing material from his latest tour in an intimate one-night-only performance.
In the show Harry promises incontrovertible proof that God exists plus a chance to catch up with his Nan’s ailments and an all-singing, all-dancing finale.
Wind in the Willows
Thursday, April 4, to Saturday, April 13
THE classic tale of Ratty, Mole and Mr next Easter.
South Hill Park is bringing the story of Wind in the Willows to the Wilde Theatre with West End director Luke Sheppard at the helm.
Luke, who is associate director for Matilda and Singing in the Rain at the West End, will be returning to Bracknell to keep the stoats and weasels under control. There will be open auditions for the youth cast in December. For more information visit the South Hill Park website.
Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong
Monday, April 22, to Tuesday, April 23
MODERN classic Birdsong will be arriving in all its heartbreaking glory at South Hill Park next spring. The novel by Sebastian Faulks, which was adapted for television earlier this year, follows Stephen Wraysford, who becomes a soldier in the First World War. Acclaimed for its painfully honest portrayal of war the novel has been hailed as one of the best British books of the last 25 years.
The Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions Ltd are bringing the epic tale to the stage with a cast including Arthur Bostrom (Allo, Allo), Charlie G Hawkins (Darren Miller in EastEnders) and Sarah Jayne Dunn (Mandy Richardson in Hollyoaks).
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Sunday, April 28
THE Reduced Shakespeare Company will be taking literature fans on a whistle stop tour of the Bard’s work, performing his complete works in one evening.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest running comedy with 10 years in the West End. Now it has been revised and is hitting the road for a UK tour. A merry band of mad cap men in tights storm their way through Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in a wild ride which leaves audiences breathless and helpless with laughter.
Booking for all January-April 2013 shows opens on Monday, November 26. For more information visit www.southhillpark.org.uk.