Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Adapted by Karen Louise Hebden)
Date · 12 to 16 December 2017 (Matinee 16th at 2.00pm)
Miserly old humbug Ebenezer Scrooge has no time for Christmas until one chilly December night he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley calls upon three spirits to guide Scrooge on a mysterious journey through Christmases past, present and future.

This recent stage adaptation of Dickens’s most famous story was first performed at Derby Playhouse and has had several sell-out revivals. It presents Dickens’s eccentric and colourful characters in a lively and entertaining way, with more than a dash of humour to offset the slightly scarier scenes in this tale of hope and redemption. However it still manages to remain faithful to the original text.

Performed by a talented ensemble cast, the show features a host of rousing carols, both traditional and less well-known.

Surely the second best Christmas story ever told, this will be a heart-warming experience for all the family.

So let us take you on the same thrilling journey as Ebenezer, all the way from ‘Bah, humbug’ to ‘God bless us, everyone’

“A show that is as warming as a glass of mulled wine on a winter’s day” Daily Mail
A Christmas Carol
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · The God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
Date · 23 to 27 January 2018
Two middle class couples meet to discuss a playground incident between their two sons – one 11 year old has punched the other in the mouth.
One of the couples is rather conservative, sophisticated even, with an obvious attachment to the material world; the other appears more liberal, with more of a social conscience.
However, when the chips are down, principles and vases fly out of the window, inner selves are revealed and it is not a pretty sight. It should be a simple issue to settle. In fact, it all starts out as a perfectly civilized and civil encounter, but as the evening progresses, loyalties change.
A quarrel between two children becomes a row between four, cracks in the marital relations begin to show and before long it is true CARNAGE. “A funny tragedy, very funny.”

This play by Yasmina Reza was a success in its original language, French, and has been equally acclaimed translated into English in London and New York.
Christopher Hampton’s translation was first presented in a UK premiere in 2008 with Ralph Fiennes, Tasmin Greig, Janet McTeer and Ken Stott. It received the award for best play of the year.
In 2012, Roman Polanski’s film of Carnage with Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster was described as a “joyously unpleasant film”.
The God of Carnage
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, appears to be trying to restrict his access to granddaughter Nellie. Ed retaliates by joining Rona’s U3A local history group with disruptive intentions that have hilarious consequences.

Siblings Joni and Dylan still don’t know exactly why their parents split up in the first place. Ed refuses to talk about it, while Rona selectively drops dark hints. Joni decides it’s time to intervene. She triggers a series of family meetings that lead to unexpected outcomes and revelations, while simultaneously setting her off on an unlikely romantic adventure that might just kick start a life that keeps stalling.

Lively and witty throughout, this domestic comedy raises contemporary issues to make you think while you laugh.

“Extra Time” is written by Ian Collinson, whose work was recently shortlisted for the Rattigan Award. We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring this new work to our audiences at the Robin Hood Theatre.
Extra Time
Company · Argent Theatre
Production · Sitting pretty by Amy Rosenthal
Date · 8 to 10 March 2018
Argent Theatre returns with a wonderful dramatic comedy from the playwright described as ‘the female Ayckbourn’. Dowdy and newly redundant Nancy accepts an offer of employment – and chooses to keep the full extent of the job from her self-assured sister Nina. The narrative unfolds, with poignancy, wit, twists and turns that bring the play to its unexpected conclusion.
Extra Time
Company · Hambleton Productions
Production · Steptoe and Son by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Adapted by John Hewer
Date · 24 March 2018
Albert and Harold; father and son. One proclaims he’s “a poor old man” while the other protests that actually he’s “a dirty old man!” In actual fact, both are telling the truth. These two warring rag-and-bone-men, in their Shepherd’s Bush scrapyard home, became household a favourite. for entire generations throughout the 60s and 70s and still they continue to entertain audiences today. Now it’s time to relive some of their finest misadventures through this brand new production marking fifty-five years since the show’s first ever broadcast.
Steptoe and Son
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · Single Spies by Alan Bennett
Date · 17 to 21 April 2018
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Espionage, interrogation and double-lives are explored in these two award-winning plays.

With his customary wit and observation Alan Bennett delves into the world of espionage, forgery and double-lives.

In her dressing room in a Moscow theatre, actress Coral Browne receives an inebriated visitor, a familiar, upper-class Englishman. An invitation slipped under her door later reveals her visitor to be disgraced spy Guy Burgess. She is invited to dine at his Moscow flat armed only with the instruction to “bring a tape measure”.... Funny and engaging, An Englishman Abroad explores the fascinating world of a British double-agent as he comes to terms with his new life in exile.

A Question of Attribution follows Anthony Blunt, revered Art Historian and Surveyor of the Queen’s pictures who accidently encounters the Queen whilst trying to replace her much-loved Titian painting. A sharp and dangerous exchange of wits ensues, but will he reveal to her what would later be revealed to the world - that the man who worked in the heart of her household was also a Soviet spy? A sharp, pithy play that explores the murky shadows that lurk behind even the most familiar of facades.
Single Spies
Company · Nearly Instant Theatre Session
Production · Giving up Guilt by Carolyn Drury & Cliff McArdle
Date · 15 to 19 May 2018
Giving up Guilt is a story of modern living when it seems that everything except being thin, keeping fit, and being successful and beautiful leaves most of us with a guilty conscience about something or other. It is a story of ordinary people who do their best, most of the time. Some of them work in the local Leisure Centre where there is trouble afoot. The Slimming Club has some of the women in its power whilst some of the men prefer pie and chips in the Dog and Duck. There is plenty of guilt about although some people don’t feel as guilty as they should.
Giving up Guilt
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley
Date · 19 to 23 June 2018
Inspired to write this play in 1923 after becoming stranded overnight at Mangotsfield railway station, it took Arnold Ridley, English actor and playwright, only one week to write The Ghost Train.
The play ran for over a year and sold out in its original London theatrical run. It is now regarded as a modern classic.

The plot revolves around a party of assorted railway travellers, who find themselves stranded in the waiting room of an isolated country station in the evening.
The Station Master tries to get them to leave the site as he is closing the station for the night.
They are all reluctant to leave due to the lack of alternative accommodation for several miles, but are warned that if they remain they may be in danger from the supernatural spectre of an old railway carriage train - the ghost of one that was fatally wrecked in the locality several years before.
He tells them that it sometimes haunts the particular line they are now on and can bring death upon all those who set eyes upon it. Incredulous of his story they still refuse to leave, and he departs leaving them facing a night on the station……
The Ghost Train