Our Christmas production of Oliver! smashed our previous Box Office record and provided a hugely entertaining closer to our 2016 Main House programme before the well-earned Christmas and New Year break. Featuring no less than 25 actors aged under-16 – not to mention two delightful Bull Terriers – the hugely talented cast of both experienced Loft actors and newcomers to our stage delivered a well-received, artistic and critically acclaimed commercial success that attracted an audience of well over 2200 people. As the show’s director, it was a real privilege to lead the team, and I cannot thank each and every team member enough for their efforts, which are hugely appreciated!

Just finished we had Gus MacDonald’s production of Arthur Miller’s, All My Sons. Last seen in London’s West End in 2010, the play has been adapted for the big screen on two occasions and is frequently regarded as Miller’s own criticism of the American Dream – as well as his first successful play – and one of the reasons why he was called to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the 1950s, when America was gripped by anti-communist hysteria! Based on a true story that is as pertinent today as it was when it was first presented, we were up for a real treat from a strong Loft team.

Photos taken by Richard Smith – All My Sons (February 2017) Main House, Loft Theatre

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Life at the Loft is slowly getting back to normal after the festivities. Aside from All My Sons, Sue Moore and her team have also started work on our upcoming March production, Temple. We have also hosted a visiting production, The Austerity Games, presented by Tell Tale productions, and held two auditions – firstly for our September production, the Anton Chekhov classic, The Cherry Orchard, and then for our next musical offering in June, Dogfight. With casting virtually complete on both shows, please look out for details of our next audition, which will be for our July production, The Physicists, directed by Rachel Adams.

Spring will soon be upon us and we can look forward to busy, exciting and challenging times here at the Loft with work on our 2017/18 season now well under way.

Please do get in touch if you have any ideas or thoughts you want to share, and may I also offer my thanks for those of you who have accepted the invitation – your frank and honest views are both welcomed and appreciated. Keep them coming!

A Belated Happy New Year to you all!


Tim                                                            m – 07818 032752     ad@loft-theatre.co.uk