By Anthony Shaffer
Directed by Ros Liddiard
4 – 11 October at 7:45pm
(not Sun) and October 11 at 2.30pm

  Video Clip Shortlist

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 Theatre is delighted to announce that the 10x10 Playwriting Competition winners for 2014 are:
Chris Brannick
Colette Lewis
Heather Bryant
Kirsty Applebaum

Sarah Sullivan
Rachel Pownall
Jo Matthews

Alison Child

Nicola Proudlock
Bob Shannon
Play Title
All and Nothing
Burger Boy
Fingers Crossed
Good Luck, Commander Mulberry
In Memory of...
More Drama Offstage Than On
One Hundred and Fifty Questions
Ready For The Ball
The Last Psalm

Congratulations to our ten winners!
Thank you to everyone who took part

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

Little Women

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 31 October at 7:45pm
Auditions 2 & 3 November 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

The Seagull

By Anton Chekhov
A new version by Anya Reiss
Directed by Deborah Edgington
11 – 18 July at 7.45pm 
(not Sun) and 2.30pm on 18 July

Reading on 24 April at 7:45pm
Auditions 26 & 27 April at 7:45pm


‘Love is the only thing on this earth that can make you happy…’

There is a lake and beside the lake lives a beautiful girl. She dreams of becoming an actress. A handsome young man dreams of becoming a writer. His mother dreams of fame and her lover dreams of success...and they all dream of love and desire.

Chekhov's comic masterpiece has been reignited for the 21st century by Anya Reiss, winner of the Most Promising Playwright in the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards.

Anya Reiss’ version of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull was first produced by Jagged Fence Productions and premiered at the Southwark Playhouse, London in 2012.

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