29th March – 22nd April
and magic in the woods of Athens. Lysander, Hermia, Helena and
Demetrius all conspire to find love. While they caper around the woods,
fairies are about and out to cause mischief! Tread the Boards put their
own spin on 'The Dream', one of Shakespeare's most loved and well known
Richard III – William Shakespeare
31st March – 22nd April
III is a play about evil, violence and murder. It charts the rise of
Richard, Duke of Gloucester, a cold-blooded and dastardly villain who
slaughters his family and marries his victim's widow to become king.
Up 'N' Under – John Godber
26th April – 6th May
This story follows an inept Rugby League team from the Wheatsheaf Arms pub in a rugby league sevens competition in Kingston upon Hull. Ex-pro Arthur's only passions in life are his wife and rugby league. When he hears about the Cobblers Arms pub team and their corrupt manager, Arthur bets his life savings with friend Reg Welch that he can train any team to beat them.
Movable Props – Nick Wilkes
10th - 20th May
An exciting piece of new writing from Nick Wilkes, who brought ‘To Build A Wooden O’ to the RSC Other Place in 2017. More information coming soon.
Poles Apart – John Godber
24th May – 3rd June
A funny and insightful comedy from the author of 'Teechers' and 'Bouncers'. Three workmen have set up their scaffolding on the theatre stage to do a small job repairing a leak. The Executive Director of the theatre has not been informed of their intentions (they are several weeks late). Over the course of the work the separation of these two worlds becomes increasingly obvious.
Pride and Prejudice – Adapted by John-Robert Partridge
12th June – 1st July
Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Regency. Mr Bennet is a gentleman living in Hertfordshire with his wily and loving wife. The Bennets have five daughters; the beautiful Jane, clever Elizabeth, bookish Mary, immature Kitty and the wild Lydia; they are all looking for a future path to take.
The Wizard of Oz - Adapted by John-Robert Partridge
31st July – 27th August
When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. But all is not what it seems in the land of Oz.
Jane Eyre - Adapted by Catherine Prout
6th - 23rd September
Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte's story of an orphaned girl who lives with her aunt and cousins, the Reeds, at Gateshead Hall. Follow Jane through the twists and turns of fate, from a tormented girl to a love-struck but headstrong young woman.
Sweeney Todd - Adapted by John-Robert Partridge and Catherine Prout
11th October – 4th November
brand new adaptation of a Victorian melodrama, based on the original
Penny Dreadful. The 'demon barber' Sweeney Todd is out for blood and pie
baker Mrs Lovett is only too willing to dispose of the evidence. What
will become of the citizens of Fleet Street?
Lillies on the Land - The Lions Part
6th - 11th November
The story of 4 friends who sign up to become Land Girls, dealing with the hardships of farm life and the pressures and losses of war. Funny, touching and captivating, this portrait of some of WW2's unsung heros is based on letters and stories from the original Land Girls.
The Normal Way - Nick Wilkes
15th - 25th November
Another exciting collaboration with playwright Nick Wilkes, with this seasons second piece of new writing. For more information watch this space.
13th December – 6th January
We round off the year with this traditional panto written and created by the Tread the Boards team. It is sure to be a festive treat for all ages.