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Our next production: Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.Arcadia poster

Director Maree Thorpe of Alsager Community Theatre is currently rehearsing her cast for the group’s Spring production of Arcadia, a comedy by Tom Stoppard which will be performed in the Alsager Civic between 26 and 29 March 2014.

 Two present day historians (Hannah and Bernard) are researching events of 1809 in Lord Croom’s country house: events involving Byron, poetry, adultery, a duel, a hermit, gardening and mathematics.

Thomasina and Septimus are student and tutor living through these events in 1809.

The action alternates between the two time zones as the conjectures of the present are weighed against the actuality of the past in complex and dazzling style.

Arcadia is performed at Alsager Civic from Wednesday 26 March to Saturday 29 March 2014 at 7.45pm

Tickets are 8 (7 for under 21s) and are available at Alsager Library or by phoning our box office on (01260) 276165

For more details and photos of the cast in costume, click here!

EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL ACTORS!

We may only just be emerging from the depths of winter, but Alsager Community Theatre is already looking forward to its summer open-air production.

Every July, the award-winning local group is invited by the National Trust to perform in the courtyard of Cheshire’s most delightful historic manor house, Little Moreton Hall. This year’s production is Shakespeare’s celebrated comedyMuch Ado About Nothing.

Peace breaks out and a number of gentlemen soldiers arrive at the home of Leonato, Governor of Messina, for a house party. These include Benedick and his new best friend, Claudio; Don Pedro (Prince of Arragon) and his illegitimate brother Don John. Thus the stage is set for partying, match-making, courtship and mischief. The tone turns darker when the life of Leonato’s daughter, Hero, is threatened by a dastardly plot. Broad humour is provided by the town watchmen led by constable Dogberry (famed for his glorious malapropisms) and his side-kick Verges.  Much Ado not only features one of the most famous pairs of sparring would-be lovers in English literature: Beatrice and Benedick, but boasts a host of interesting and rewarding parts for men and women of all ages.

Auditions have taken place and the play is partially cast. However, there is an urgent need for three or four additional men to play Benedick, Don Pedro and other parts. As a guideline, actors anywhere between the ages of 20 and 50 may be suitable for the roles.

Rehearsals take place at Alsager Library and begin on 7th April. For further information, please contact the play’s director Diana Lane on (01260) 281544.