November 29, 2016
June 22, 2016
Classic Second World War farce of mayhem set in a vicarage
The Reverend Lionel Toop’s wife, Penelope, is an ex-actress. While Lionel is away, Clive, an actor friend, now in the army, calls. He invites Penelope to dine in town, which is out of bounds to servicemen. He dresses in Lionel’s blacks. Miss Skillon, a parishioner, sees the couple repeating one of their old theatrical scenes and draws the wrong conclusion. Matters become highly complicated when Lionel arrives, followed by the Bishop of Lax (Penelope’s uncle) and a German POW disguised as a vicar.
Brentwood Theatre on 17th, 18th and 19th November starting 20:00.
Tickets are £13 full price and £11 concessions from https://www.ticketsource.co.
Produced in association with Samuel French.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Brentwood Arts Council.
February 28, 2016
This poignant play tells the true story of Rudyard Kipling’s boy John, killed in the trenches when he was still a teenager.
The poet, who pulled strings so that his myopic only son could satisfy his own patriotic urges, is accused by his wife and daughter of sending the boy to certain death.
David Haig’s drama is powerful, and superbly constructed. Glenda Abbott’s production underlines the dynamic of the plot; especially in the second act, the interplay between the family is skilfully crafted, as Carrie, Kipling’s American wife, clutches obsessively at straws, poring over reports and interviews with comrades, and Kipling himself strives to “find the good in it”. “Was he pleased to be there ?” he asks the private from Jack’s platoon who witnessed the last fatal attack.
In the first half, the changes of scene slow the action and disrupt the mood a little, but here too the dramatic structure is superb – the medical board chatting about the latest technology as Jack’s defective eyesight is about to be revealed, the intruders on the lawn, the children sharing an illicit tipple, foreshadowing the whisky shared later to soften the blow of Jack’s death.
The pivotal scene in the trenches is well handled, the Irish squaddies with their awful feet and their pigeon baskets against a swiftly erected dugout.
Most of the scenes take place in the “dark, depressing” drawing room of Bateman’s, Kipling’s Sussex home, spaciously realised on the Brentwood stage, with fine furnishings and Persian rugs.
The quality of the performances is outstanding. William Wells, who, like the playwright, bears a certain resemblance to Kipling, gives a wonderful period performance, stiff upper lip only occasionally troubled by raw passions. A pause, a turn of the head, express deeper feelings. He ages convincingly, reading stories to his family, and reciting as the play closes the poem he wrote the same year his beloved boy died. Lindsey Crutchett plays his wife, desperate to avert the fate she sees only too clearly for her son, searching desperately through eye-witness accounts long after her husband has tacitly accepted the truth. The lad himself isbrilliantly played by Ben Sylvester; we share his frustration, the anguish of rejection, his longing to leave the family home behind. And his vulnerability, his pathetic youthfulness, is palpable. He is killed weeks after his eighteenth birthday.
Strong support from Eleanor Burgess as Jack’s older sister, and Gary Ball as the shell-shocked soldier who brings a halting, haunting account of Jack’s death into the tranquillity of the sitting room. He is persuaded to do so by an engagingly awkward friend, perfectly done by Darren Hannant. Sam Thorley and Andrew Spong join Ball in the fragile camaraderie of battle, and the top brass on the medical board are Alan Thorley and James Biddle.
A very impressive production of a timely, touching piece, directed with style and sensitivity and played to perfection by a fine acting company.
November 27, 2015
We are staging “My Boy Jack” by David Haigh at the Brentwood Theatre on 25th, 26th and 27th February.
“My Boy Jack” shows Kipling’s unwavering determination to get his son, Jack, successfully enlisted in the army just before the start of WWI and the devastating impact this has on the Kipling family.
The performances will start at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets cost £13 and £11 (concession) and can be ordered online at the theatre’s website:
The play is produced in association with Nick Hern Books.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Brentwood Arts Council.
N.B. The play contains some very strong language, and there will be sound effects to represent gun fire, exploding shells and light flashes.
Cast and crew are:
RUDYARD KIPLING – BILL WELLS
CARRIE KIPLING – LINDSEY CRUTCHETT
JOHN ‘JACK ‘ KIPLING – BEN SYLVESTER
ELSIE ‘BIRD’ KIPLING – ELEANOR BURGESS
GUARDSMAN BOWE – GARY BALL
GUARDSMAN DOYLE – ANDREW SPONG
GUARDSMAN McHUGH – SAM THORLEY
MR. FRANKLAND – DARREN HANNANT
COLONEL RORY POTTLE – JAMES BIDDLES
MAJOR SPARKS – ALAN THORLEY
Stage management team:-
STAGE MANAGER – JUNE FITZGERALD
LIGHTING AND SOUND – GUY LEE
MAKE-UP/WIGS/HAIR – JANET CASS AND JOAN SCOTT
September 12, 2015
Liz Calnan – “Best Supporting Actress in a Play” for Aunt Alicia in “Gigi”.
Gary Ball (joint award) – “Best Actor in a Play” for George Pigden in “Out of Order”.
Bill Wells (joint award) – “Best Actor in a Play” for Richard Willey in “Out of Order”.
Richard Spong – “Best Supporting Actor in a Play” for The Waiter in “Out of Order”.
The Hutton Players received the inaugural Mary Redman Award for “Out of Order”.
The director of “Gigi” and “Out of Order”, June Fitzgerald, was awarded the Jackson Cup for “Outstanding Contribution to Non-professional Theatre in Brentwood.
Many congratulations to the above individuals and the whole cast of “Out of Order”.
August 28, 2015
The Hutton Players and Kytes Theatre Group present a Comedy Night at the South Weald Parish Hall on 5th September starting at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets cost £10.00 and can be obtained from the Kytes Theatre Group website and on the door.
The first half will comprise well known comedy sketches. The second half consists of “Whose Line is it anyway”. In addition there will be a stand up spot and live music.
August 11, 2015
“Gill Wilson award for most imaginative costume”
Eleanor Burgess for “Best performance for a person aged 18 and under” as Gigi
Liz Calnan for “Best supporting actress in a play” as Alicia de St Ephlam
Jake Portsmouth for “Best performing actor in a play” as Gaston Lachaille
“Out of Order”
Best design of a play
Best production of a play
Lindsey Crutchett for “Best supporting actress in a play” as Pamela Willey
Richard Spong for “Best supporting actor in a play” as the waiter
Romy Brooks for “Best performing actress in a play” as Jane Worthington
Gary Ball for “Best performing actor in a play” as George Pigden
William Wells for “Best performing actor in a play” as Richard Willey
April 9, 2015
Brentwood Theatre on 18th/19th and 20th June starting 20:00
Tickets £13 and £11
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Directed by June Fitzgerald
Richard – William Wells
George – Gary Ball
Ronnie – Danny Hemmings
Waiter – Richard Spong
Manager – David Lintin
Body/Dectective – Justin Cartlidge
Pamela – Lindsey Crutchett
Gladys – Susie Falkner
Jane – Romy Brooks
Maid – Kathy Smith
December 8, 2014
September 14, 2014
Congratulations to Bill Wells for being awarded the Brent for
Best Performance by an Actor in a Play
Bernard in “Season’s Greetings” by The Hutton Players