Here is the latest news about BLT's 2019 Season
September 1 – THE BLT 2019 SEASON LAUNCH (Doors open at 7-00, in main house at 7-45)
An exciting evening when all the anticipation of 2019 is revealed. Directors announce their productions and enthuse members to get involved both on and off the stage. Free event but booking recommended as very popular.
September 14 – 22 (BLT Main House at 7-45) NOT SUNDAY
Entertaining Angels by Richard Everett directed by Michael Darbon
Following a hugely successful run at Chichester in 2006, followed by a sell-out national tour, this highly entertaining, sharp edged comedy – which is funny, touching and genuinely thought provoking, comes to the BLT stage. ‘I’ve poured 200,000 cups of tea, made 4,600 medium-sized quiches and personally baked 2 tons of light crust pastry. And for what?’ asks Grace who has spent a life time on best behaviour. When her sister return from years abroad skeletons fall from the cupboard and long hidden secrets are revealed.
September 26 – 30 (In the Bar at 7-45)
Edgar and Annabel by Sam Holcroft directed by Jane Lobb and tbc directed by Patrick Neylan
Two one act plays. Edgar and Annabel was performed at the National Theatre in 2011. Billed as a comedy thriller it is a play that not only amuses and intrigues but also has great political resonance. Expect an engrossing hour in a police state where surveillance is the norm. Tension, humour, subterfuge and karaoke!! (More to follow when Patrick decides)
October 12 – 20 (BLT Main House at 7-45) NOT SUNDAY
King Charles 111 by Mike Bartlett directed by Pauline Armour
Winner of a host of Olivier Awards in 2015 when it premiered at the Almeida and subsequently a host of Tony Awards on Broadway. Queen Elizabeth 11 is dead. After a lifetime of waiting her son ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? Mike Bartlett’s controversial ‘future history’ play explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous royal family.
‘spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining’ (Charles Spencer The Telegraph), a gripping drama ……..attendance is compulsory’ (Dominic Cavendish The Telegraph)
November 9 -17(BLT Main House at 7-45) NOT SUNDAY
Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton directed by Colleen Batson
Last performed at BLT in 1976 this classic thriller, set in Victorian London, was first performed in 1938 and later filmed twice in Britain and the US. There are not many plays whose names have become part of the dictionary but with Hamilton’s psychological melodrama ‘gaslighting’ has come to mean the mental abuse that causes someone to doubt their own sanity in the manner that Jack Manningham inflicts on his wife Bella in Gaslight. Recent reviews of professional national tours demonstrate that the play has definitely stood the test of time and remains chillingly atmospheric and thrillingly contemporary.
November 21- 25 (In the Bar at 7-45)
Blink by Phil Porter directed by Andrew
Making his directorial at BLT, Andrew directs Blink which won a Fringe First Award at Edinburgh before transferring to great acclaim at the Soho Theatre in London. It is the tale of Jonah, Sophie and a fox called Scruffilitis. It’s a love story. A dysfunctional, voyeuristic and darkly funny love story, but a love story all the same. An oddly engaging, romantic comedy that transforms themes of loneliness and grief into something tender and lovable.
December 7 – 15 (BLT Main House at 7-45) NOT SUNDAY
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare directed by Hilary Cordery
Hilary Cordery directs Shakespeare’s deliciously raucous comedy of mistaken identity which surprisingly has never previously been performed at BLT. One of Shakespeare’s earliest and shortest works it provides countless opportunities for physical comedy, inventive slapstick, music, mischief and mayhem - what better way to close the BLT 2018 season and prepare us all for the festivities of Christmas.