Announcing our 2017 season

With our last show of 2016, On the Twentieth Century, about to get under way, it’s time to look ahead to next year. We’re very excited about the programme we’ve put together which features some very different but complementary shows with a lots of opportunities for people to get involved both on stage and behind the scenes.

Over the last few years, we’ve produced our 48-hour panto, one big spring production and one big autumn production. For 2017, we’re adding a summer production too!

48-hour pantomime

It wouldn’t be a Geoids season without our now traditional 48-hour panto – oh no it wouldn’t!

We’re back at the LOST Theatre on Sunday 15th January for a one-off performance of a new script by Rob Benton, all cast, rehearsed and staged in one weekend.

Here’s how it works: we audition and start rehearsing Friday evening; we rehearse all day Saturday; we get into the theatre Sunday morning and do a dress rehearsal; and on Sunday afternoon, we put on the show!

It’s silly, fun and a big challenge, but also really rewarding – and many people have come back to take part year after year. If you’d like to be involved, keep Friday 13th to Sunday 15th January free!

My Fair Lady

From 4th to 8th April, we return to the Bridewell Theatre with this classic Lerner and Loewe musical directed by Daniel Penfold.

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and made into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady tells the story of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins’ attempts to coach her to speak “proper” English.

Its memorable musical numbers include “With A Little Bit of Luck”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “On the Street Where You Live” and “Get Me to the Church on Time”.

Keep an eye on your emails for information about auditions.

A Chorus Line

In July, we’ll present a very different show. Set in a Broadway theatre during auditions for a musical, A Chorus Line focuses on the performers hoping to make the cut.

The original production in 1976 won a string of Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, while the London production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

With a book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban, its songs include “I Hope I Get It”, “I Can Do That” and “One”.

Top Hat

From 31 October to 4 November, we’ll be putting on our top hats, white ties and tails for a 2011 musical inspired by a 1935 old film!

Based on the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers screwball comedy of the same name, Top Hat is based on the songs of Irving Berlin. The fun story follows American star Jerry Travers and his tempestuous relationship with Dale Tremont, all told with comic characters, mistaken identities, tap dancing and beautiful tunes.

The songs featured in the show include “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails”, “Cheek to Cheek” and “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”. The West End production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2013.

Get involved

As well as lots of different roles for performers, the shows offer opportunities to get involved in production teams, from prop making and stage managing to choreographing and directing!

Every show requires a dedicated team of people to make it happen. If you’d like to get involved behind the scenes, please email [email protected] and let us know.