By Anthony Shaffer
Directed by Ros Liddiard
4 – 11 October at 7:45pm
(not Sun) and October 11 at 2.30pm
Orchestrate the perfect crime, and take it one step further …
Andrew Wyke, an immensely successful crime novelist, and his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle, a hard-up travel agent, are engaged in a deadly battle of wits and imagination. How far can the game go and at what cost to the loser?
Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth is an enthralling comedy-thriller, a brilliant parody of an Agatha Christie country-house detective story. The twists and turns of the plot are cunning and fast, full of suspense and excitement. Do you dare to take your eyes away … for even a moment?
“One of the best examples of the comedy-thriller ever written” Film 4
“This tit-for-tat rapier fight rarely loses pace and never gives itself away” The Independent
10 x 10 Playwriting Competition
18 - 19 October at 7:45pm
and 19 October at 2:30pm
The Chesil's biennial 10 x 10 Playwriting Competition, which began in 2008, provides an opportunity for aspiring and emerging writers to showcase new work. The aim of 10 x 10 is to discover, promote and produce the very best in new writing of 10 minute plays. Take a look at our video clip to learn more
By Louisa May Alcott
Adapted by Emma Reeves
Directed by Vara Williams
29 November – 6 December at 7.45pm
(not Sun) and 2.30pm on 6 December
Reading 5 September at 7:45pm
Auditions 7 & 8 September at 7:45pm
Timeless and enduring classic
There are four sisters. One is a romantic, one is a high-spirited tomboy, one is a self-centered beauty and one is shy and gentle: Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth March are just like any other sisters - loyal, fun and often squabbling. Together they share the joys and pains of growing up during the American Civil War. Interspersed with warmth, family loyalty and traditional values this play tugs at the heartstrings.
Barefoot in the Park
By Neil Simon
Directed by Alec Walters
24 – 31 January at 7.45pm
(not Sun) and 2.30pm on 31 January
Reading 24 October at 7:45pm
Auditions 26 & 27 October at 7:45pm
Opposites attract in this 1960s romantic comedy
When newly-weds, Corie and Paul Bratter move into their freezing attic apartment in New York, free-spirited Corie is effervescent at the thought of home-making. Paul however, is a straight-laced lawyer more interested in his burgeoning career. When their bohemian new neighbour drops in, Corie tries to pair him off with her lonely mother, which ironically exposes cracks in the Bratter's own marriage.
If only all conflicts could be resolved by walking ‘barefoot in the park’…
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Norma York
21 – 28 March at 7.45pm
(not Sun) and 2.30pm on 28 March
Reading 9 January at 7:45pm
Auditions 11 & 12 January at 7:45pm
Trust and betrayal collide catastrophically in this award-winning black comedy
In a dingy cottage in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties lives with Mag, her manipulative ageing mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and potentially last loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that is as darkly funny as it is horrific.
Contains scenes of domestic violence that some people may find upsetting.
By Ronald Harwood
Directed by Peter Liddiard
16 – 23 May at 7.45pm
(not Sun) and 2.30pm on 23 May
Reading 6 March at 7:45pm
Auditions 8 & 9 March at 7:45pm
‘We’re artists, aren’t we, we’re supposed to celebrate life’
A gentle and poignant comedy about life-long friendships between four larger-than-life performers. In their day each was a bright star in the opera world. Now in their twilight years, they live together in a home for retired opera singers – constantly reminding each other of their glory days.
Yet these colourful characters are not ready to take their final curtain call.
…warm, melancholy light comedy. The Sunday Times