What a pleasure was Pinter’s Old Times. It delighted and intrigued in equal measure, illuminating the text. In the interval on the night I attended, the audience could be overheard debating the first half. It is a great playwright that can bring this about. My thanks to William Wilkinson and his brilliant cast and crew for an immaculate and pellucid production.

Hot on its heels – with I have to say a spectacular turn around by Kim Green our Theatre Technician and Dave Barclay’s awesome crew – we were ready within days to host the Spa Theatre Company Juniors once again, this time in their vibrant production of High School Musical. I think we could have lit the stage just from the energy of the children and the sheer enjoyment they have of performing together.

And now for something completely different……….

Next up is Rachel Adam’s debut in the director’s chair with her production of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s play The Physicists. A great hit at the RSC in Peter Brook’s 1963 production and a sell out revival at the Donmar in 2012 brought this play to our attention. It has more than a little of an Ortonesque feel to me; a playful, satirical look at science and the fine line between insanity and genius. With some insane – or are they – central characters, there will be much to entertain you and provide food for thought.

We have been holding multiple readings and auditions over recent weeks to cast the autumn and winter season of plays. The readings are a recent introduction as a way of getting to know a play and giving all comers the chance to have a read. May I use this column to clarify that you certainly don’t have to attend the reading to come to the audition or the other way round. The readings are simply an opportunity to hear the words come off the page and are open to everyone.

As we bring the curtain down on this season, we shall be starting a major project of taking out all the seats in the auditorium for refurbishment over the summer. The unveiling of the new auditorium will take place when we open the Autumn Season with William Wilkinson’s production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

Now is your chance to sponsor a seat, pick your own favourite row and number and have your name on it for the next 10 years. This will be a wonderful contribution to the arts. With no funding, we rely on our enterprise to keep Leamington’s live theatre alive!   Maybe you could buy a seat for a friend or family member or for yourself? Even a part contribution would be so welcome. Do consider helping us fund this vital update to the seating. Just drop onto our website and follow the link. We shall offer our thanks with a free ticket for a play and by inviting you to a special launch event It is time to Take Your Seat!

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to welcoming you back in September for the start of the new season.

We shall have nine productions in the Main House, new work in the Studio and some musical one nighters to tempt you.