Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · The Witches by Roald Dahl
Date · 20th to 24th June 2017
This famous children’s story is charming and frightening in equal measure and is suitable for adults as well as children. It is a challenging script for actors and technical crew with multiple sets, transformations and magical happenings.
Roald Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents in 1916. He started writing after serving as a World War 2 fighter pilot and being badly injured in a crash. His nineteen stories for children are very popular but have been the subject of some controversy, as critics and parents have balked at their portrayal of children’s harsh revenge on adult wrongdoers. In his defence, Dahl claimed that children have a cruder sense of humour than adults, and that he was merely trying to appeal to his readers. He was right, of course and his stories about such as ‘Matilda’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘James and the Giant Peach’ have been turned into successful plays and films. The film of ‘The Witches’ made in 1990 is a children’s classic.
Throughout his life Dahl was a passionate advocate of children’s reading in general and stories in particular. He said, “Without stories, we’re all eating machines with shoes”. The story of ‘The Witches’ begins when the unnamed protagonist, known only as Boy, moves in with his grandmother after he is left an orphan. The relationship between Boy and the grandmother is good as they love each other very much. She tells him many stories about witches, specifically how to recognize them so he will be safe from them. Witches are awful creatures who look like human women and prey on children. Boy and Bruno, a guest in the same hotel, become victims of the witches but with the unwitting assistance of the hotel staff they do get their revenge.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl
The Witches
There will be a matinee performance on Saturday 24th June at 2.00pm
Company · Robin Hood Youth Theatre
Production · Miss Smith by RHYT
Date · 16th July 2017
It has been 10 years since Jake Parker and his friends went into the old abandoned theatre.
10 years since Ollie disappeared. Now back in his hometown, Jake finds the past always repeats itself.
Another child has gone missing and the story leads back to the old theatre and the ghost who haunts it. Miss Smith is waiting.... won't you join her?

Written and created by the young people at Robin Hood Youth Theatre - Miss Smith is the 4th original production by RHYT.
Join us for a haunting original ghost story - using film and live performance to tell the chilling tale!
Miss Smith
Event · Royal Tea Party
Date · 24th July 2017
The Newark Local Committee for Cancer Research UK is hosting a Royal Tea Party on Monday 24th July 2017 at 2 p.m. for 2.30 p.m. at The Robin Hood Theatre, Church Lane, Averham, Newark, NG23 5RB.
Along with tea cakes and a raffle enjoy a talk by William French, butler to the Royal Family and stars such as Nicole Kidman and Robert Redford.
Tickets are £15.00 each and bookable via the web site – all proceeds will go to Cancer Research.
Royal Tea Party
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo
Date · 26 to 30 September 2017
A sharp and hilarious satire on political corruption, it concerns the case of an anarchist railway worker who 'fell' to his death from a police headquarters window.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Company · Newark Amateur Operatic Society
Production · Avenue Q by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx
Date · 17 to 21 October 2017
A puppet-filled comedy follows a group of twenty-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life.
Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.
The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
Avenue Q
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Adapted by Karen Louise Hebden)
Date · 12 to 16 December 2017
This new stage version was first performed at Derby Playhouse, and this classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption with seasonal carols is a wonderful reminder of the joy of Christmas.
A Christmas Carol
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn
Date · 23 to 27 January 2018
Six aspiring authors meet on a winter's evening to discuss their work.
The chairman, Arnold, attempts to persuade the group to collaborate on a piece of writing, an idea that is quickly dismissed.
However, as Arnold is clearing up after the meeting there is a clap of thunder, a black-out — and then … Sharp comedy and affectionate satire characterize this zany, imaginative play.
Improbable Fiction
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · Extra Time by Ian Collinson
Date · 22 to 24 February 2018
The cold war in the fractured Walton family hots up when Rona, estranged wife of Ed, starts fighting dirty by trying to restrict his access to grand-daughter Nell.
Ed retaliates by joining Rona’s U3A local history group with hilarious consequences.
This lively and witty domestic comedy raises a few contemporary issues that will make you think while you laugh.
Extra Time
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · Single Spies by Alan Bennett
Date · 17 to 21 April 2018
This unusual dramatic comedy is a double bill of one act plays, An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution, about two of the most celebrated spies of modern times, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt.
Single Spies
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley
Date · 19 to 23 June 2018
A young man accidentally strands six passengers at a small Cornish wayside station.
Despite the psychic stationmaster's weird stories of a ghost train, they decide to stay the night in the waiting room, and soon regret this decision.
The Ghost Train