OUR NEXT PRODUCTIONS

A Bunch of Amateurs

Directed by Paul Kloegman, AD. – Gloria Costa

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero, Jefferson Steele,(Frank Remiatte) arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard but a sleepy Suffolk village and the cast are a bunch of amateurs. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested by the enthusiastic amateur thespians – who are not averse to a spot of ego, vanity and insecurity themselves. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself and his relationships with other people… along with his inner Lear!

Performance dates: 27, 28 and 29 February 2020
Location: Carlos do Carmo Auditorium, Lagoa
Curtain up: 7.45pm

This production contains occasional bad language.

Staged Reading of Quartet

by Ronald Harwood

The setting is a retirement home for musicians. Three elderly former opera-singers, who often worked together, are sitting out on the terrace. Reginald is quietly reading a serious book, but jovial, priapic Wilfred is chuckling about sex, as he regards Cissy, lying back and listening to music through her headphones.

They are about to be joined by newcomer Jean, who was a major star in her day and to whom Reginald was once unhappily married.

Is there any chance that these four will ever sing together again? A gala concert is about to take place at the retirement home to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Three of the four are keen to recreate the third act quartet “Bella figlia dell’amore” from Rigoletto and one is not. But the play eventually moves to an uncertain conclusion when they don costumes and lip-synch to their own retro recording.

The play was adapted as a film by Harwood himself in 2012. Quartet was directed by Dustin Hoffman and the principal cast includes Maggie Smith as Jean, Tom Courtenay as Reg, Pauline Collins as Cissy and Billy Connolly as Wilfred.

Performance dates: 25 April 2020
Location: Carvoeiro Tennis Club

Lettice & Lovage

A studio play

Directed by Jim Landis

Lettice and Lovage is a comedic and satire play by Peter Shaffer. It is centred around a flamboyant tour guide who loves to embellish the history behind an English country house and who clashes with a fact-conscious official at the house.
The play is all about two distinct characters, the chemistry between them, and their reactions to one another. They are ladies of mature years. Lettice is a tour guide for visitors to stately English homes who finds her allotted mansion so dull that she embellishes its history with ever wilder invention. Charlotte is her boss at the Preservation Trust, who finds it necessary to sack her; not an auspicious beginning for the relationship about to develop.
Their paths cross again, and Lottie, severe and repressed, is drawn into the world of Lettice’s unbridled imagination. History is theirs to explore, and they pursue its dramas to a stage which lands the former in hospital and the latter in court. Their progress is littered with laughter and brings them to a conclusion which is at once logical and satisfying.
The play was written specifically for Maggie Smith.
The actresses who played both main characters each won Tony Awards for their performances in this play in the US.

Performance dates: 18, 19, 20 June 2020
Location: Convento de São José, Lagoa

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

Directed by Frank Remiatte

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

Performance dates: 26, 27, 28 November 2020
Location: Carlos do Carmo Auditorium, Lagoa