Our current production – Stones in his Pockets
Performances end at approximately: TBC
Coming soon at the Archway
Stones in his Pockets
A small village in County Kerry is invaded by a Hollywood film crew. Many of the local villagers are employed as extras, notably Jake and Charlie, through whose eyes the action unfolds. We meet a range of characters (all played by Jake and Charlie) including Mickey, who remembers being am extra on ‘The Quiet Man, Brother Gerard, and the desperate young Sean. Their interaction with the film crew and Hollywood starlet Caroline Giovanni is the source of much of the comedy in the play. But tragedy isn’t far away…………..
Jez Butterworth’s wonderful, rollicking dark comedy took London and Broadway by storm.
It is May Day and a motley assortment of friends gather in a wood in rural Wessex lured by the possibility of free booze and drugs. This is where charismatic Johnny “Rooster” Byron lives, in a mobile home from which he is about to be evicted. He is a waster and modern day Pied Piper who was once a famous motor cycle stunt rider, Magic and mayhem ensue. it is comic, bawdy, and outrageous and by the end you almost believe in the mystical power of giants.
Stella, a widow of considerable gifts and beauty, lives in her Cornish cottage overlooking the sea. She leads a comfortable, but uneventful, life despite regularly rejecting proposals of marriage from her neighbour, Robert.
Her recently married bohemian daughter, Cherry, and her successful, unconventional artist husband, burst into this idyll and their lives are thrown into turmoil. The tides of emotion that are unleashed threaten to destroy the family. Maybe she will follow her heart and the promise of a different life – maybe she won’t.
Daphne du Maurier at her best.
Twin brothers, Mickey and Edward, are separated at birth as their mother cannot afford to keep them both, Raised only streets apart in the heart of Liverpool; the boys’ lives take two very different paths. However, following a chance meeting, the pair form an unlikely friendship. But what will happen if they ever find out the secret of their shared history?
N.B. This is NOT the Musical, but the PLAY as was originally commissioned for performance by the Merseyside Young People’s Theatre Company.
The Taming of the Shrew
This is one of Shakespeare’s better known comedies, with a serious message about the place of Women in that society of the day! Lucentio arrives in Padua and falls for Bianca, who is being wooed by Hortensio and Gremio, older citizens. Baptisa Minola her father will not allow this until older sister the very shrewish Katherina is married, but who will marry her? She is eventually paired with Petruchio who tries very hard to tame her wilful ways. With characters changing roles, attempting to copy other characters, mistaken identity there is much fun to be had in this production. There are fantastic character parts in this very large cast play. Oh yes….. I will include the Christopher Sly scenes
Feeling lost in the shadows of unhappy marriage and post WW1 society, two housewives become acquainted after reading a newspaper advertisement for a small medieval castle in Italy on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April. They reluctantly recruit a pair of difficult upper-class women to share the cost and experience. The four women come together at the castle and find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope and love
‘At three o’clock in the morning, this is what I think. I think somebody killed him. They killed him, God, I don’t know how I’m uttering these words… they killed him because he’s white and western and they hated him. And it wasn’t personal. Which somehow makes it worse.’
Five months since the disappearance of their son Adam, all Lia and Nick can cling to is a vague email mentioning Jakarta, and the possibility that somewhere he may still be alive. As they struggle with grief and uncertainty, a spiritualist and a determined journalist seem their only hope…
Make Way For Lucia
Based on E.F. Bensons popular Lucia and Mapp stories, set in Rye. The doyenne of Tillings is the redoubtable Miss Mapp so when Lucia, who peppers her speech with Italian phrases she doesn’t understand and for whom the word ‘defeat’ does not exist, rents Miss Mapp’s house for the summer and is then joined by her confident Georgie the battle lines are drawn! All the delightful wit and style of the famous TV series.
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- The Archway Theatre is a thriving “little theatre” located under the railway arches in Horley, near Gatwick.
- 95 seats accommodation.
- 10 full productions every year.
- 10 Performances over a two-week run.
- Youth Workshops and Young Adults Workshop & productions.
- Studio Theatre and Function Room.
We pride ourselves on a professional approach, and we are rather ambitious with some of our productions. We try all aspects of theatre, from musicals through drama to pantomime. We are a club, so members can buy tickets, take advantage of the youth workshop facilities, and visit the members’ bar. Those wishing to go on stage or backstage are members of the company, who put on all the shows.