Whats On

25th May 2022 - 28th May 2022

The Civic Players Presents: The Best of British Comedy

Ticket price: £10
The 1950s were a golden age of radio comedy, with millions tuning in to the wireless to hear stars such as Frankie Howard, Leslie Phillips, Richard Murdoch, and others.

On a stage resembling a period BBC radio theatre, the cast will gather round microphones, scripts in hand, and perform for the audience!

9th June 2022

NT Live: Straight Line Crazy

Ticket price: £15
Ralph Fiennes (Antony & Cleopatra) leads the cast in David Hare’s (Skylight) blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever.

For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses exploited those in office through a mix of charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a determination to improve the lives of New York City’s workers, he created parks, bridges and 627 miles of expressway to connect the people to the great outdoors.

Faced with resistance by protest groups campaigning for a very different idea of what the city should become, will the weakness of democracy be exposed in the face of his charismatic conviction?

Director

Nicholas Hytner

Script Writer

David Hare

18th July 2022 - 23rd July 2022

The Thrill of Love

Ticket price: £12 Standard ~ £11 for Concessions which are for Students under 23 in full time education, and patrons over 60. We also offer Group Discount of 10% on all tickets for groups of 10 or more.
A hostess in the West End ‘gentlemen’s clubs’, Ruth Ellis works hard, plays hard and dreams of a movie-star life. Yet in 1955, the self-styled ‘blonde bombshell’ is convicted of murder and becomes the last woman to be hanged in Great Britain.

Ruth’s crime is re-examined in the light of the society she lived in and the experiences that led to her shooting her lover. Through the eyes of film noir Detective Inspector Gale – and the haunting voice of Billie Holiday – The Thrill of Love explores the enigma of Ruth Ellis: a woman whose short but explosive life still resonates.

Director

Mark Payne

Script Writer

Amanda Whittington

28th July 2022

NT Live: Prima Facie

Ticket price: £15
Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning.

An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of law, burden of proof and morals diverge.

Director

Justin Martin

Script Writer

Suzie Miller

8th September 2022

NT Live: Much Ado About Nothing

Ticket price: £15
Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity.

The legendary Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love.

Director

Simon Godwin

Script Writer

William Shakespeare

6th October 2022

NT Live: Jack Absolute Flies Again

Ticket price: £15
A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).

After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.