The applause! Delight! And wonder of the stage!
(Ben Jonson: The Memory of Shakespeare)
Welcome to Howick Little Theatre for this year of our Diamond Jubilee. Sixty years is a long time for a theatre to function, perform, promote, and entertain audiences. We are proud of our longevity. It hasn’t always been easy and we have dedicated people of six decades to thank for their belief that theatre was important and that without the arts – writing, painting, acting – we would become a poor nation.
So in 2014 we are planning to celebrate and we hope that you will join with us in some of the celebrating.
Our line-up of plays is certainly diverse, exciting and poignant. The first play for the season is Bookworms written by the lovely Irish playwright Bernard Farrell and directed by the lovely Irish director Brian Keegan. This is followed by The Importance of Being Earnest, billed as “A trivial comedy for serious people”, which will be directed by Matthew Cousins. In July we have 4000 Miles – this play by American Amy Herzog was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Nathan Hey, a new director but not new to HLT (he has designed some of our sets), will take us on this journey. Playwright Carl Nixon is a favourite of ours at HLT and we are delighted that Terry Hooper will direct Two Fish ‘n’ a Scoop, which opens in September. Then as a salute to our past productions we will be performing Michael Frayn’s theatrical Noises Off, directed by Julian Harrison.
Howick Little Theatre is not just about acting; we pride ourselves on looking after our audience. On opening night we have a gala supper and ask the audience to join the actors after the play for food and wine and good old-fashioned “talk”. There is free parking and we have security services in the car park while you are enjoying the play. Our bar is open before the performance, so in a cosy and pleasant atmosphere you can enjoy time with your friends before the show.
We use iTicket for our bookings and it is easy to do. Have a look at our Showcard subscription, which is the most cost-effective way to buy your tickets, or consider becoming a member of the theatre, which also has its own benefits.
For 60 years we have been giving audiences special nights, so why not join us for the celebrations this year – you will be so glad you did.
I look forward to seeing you at the theatre.
Read the Howick & Botany Times 2014 preview.