Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howards Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith

In an early year of a decade not to long before our own…

The human race encountered a deadly threat to its very existence…

Bedford School Presents a deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors that has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years.

For the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. But there’s hope on the horizon for flower shop assistant, Seymour, when he discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential.

The ‘strange and interesting plant’ promises to change the life of Seymour Krelborn, all he asks for in return is BLOOD!

Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors the charmingly tongue in cheek comedy features a cast of Bedford School Boys and BGS Girls and a giant man eating plant!

Originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Producing Director)
Originally produced at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the WPA

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Musical Theatre International (Europe)

All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe

Film: It’s A Wonderful Life (Remastered)

Digitally restored and remastered! Now you can watch the holiday classic like never before, newly remastered from the original film negatives and more vibrant than ever with stunning clarity!

Frank Capra’s heart-warming masterpiece has been embraced as a cherished holiday tradition by families around the world!

George Bailey (James Stewart) sets aside his dreams of world travel to run his father’s small community bank, and protect the people of Bedford Falls from greedy businessman Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore).

When a costly mistake pushes George to the brink of despair, a visit from a kindly angel (Henry Travers) will show George how the life of one good man can change the world forever.

“The inspirational, thoroughly festive ending is guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes.”  THE TELEGRAPH

Hansel And Gretel: The Pantomime

The Quarry Theatre’s Premiere Professional Pantomime

A fun-filled, sugar-fuelled, family-friendly pantomime adventure that reminds us ALL not to take candy from strangers (even if they wow you with a fabulous song and dance number!)

Join ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in the Quarry Theatre’s new take on an old favourite; with tasty tunes, magical mayhem and colourful characters (including a 7 foot yeti!) it’s simply not to be missed!

Group and Family Discounts Available.

School Performances (16th – 19th Dec)
Contact: mleven@bedfordschool.org.uk

Dr Faustus

Splendid Productions present a new creative adaptation of an all-time classic. The brilliant scholar Dr Faustus uses his fabulous intellect to summon the actual devil to grant his every wish! But the devil has a price: it will cost Faustus his soul. Is this the best deal in history – absolutely everything for absolutely nothing? Or… is it perhaps the other way round…?

Splendid’s devilish cast of three pack a timeless tale into a thrilling hour of laughter, music, magic and amazement. Morality meets mortality in this ingenious reinvention of an Elizabethan drama that couldn’t be more contemporary.

“a joyous celebration of humanity, and a triumph of physical theatre”  ★★★★ THE LIST (EVERYMAN)

For school group bookings:
Box Office: 01234 362337
or email:
dbaxter@bedfordschool.org.uk / mleven@bedfordschool.org.uk

NT Live: Present Laughter (Encore Screening)

By Noël Coward

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

“The show belongs to Scott” ★★★★★ THE TIMES

“illuminating and luminously funny” ★★★★★ WHATSONSTAGE

“A treat of a production: a timely depiction of the hollow nature of fame led by a virtuoso yet beautifully nuanced performance” ★★★★★ FINANCIAL TIMES

“Andrew Scott dazzles in Coward’s enduring classic comedy” ★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

“Andrew Scott shines in glorious, revelatory production… Terrific fun” ★★★★ INDEPENDENT

Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps: Travel & Comedy In The Danger Zone

Dom Joly is best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV. And now the writer and broadcaster is undertaking his first UK tour since 2011, giving fans a rare opportunity to see him live.

Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globe-trotting and seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea though the Congo and Syria to Chernobyl, he’s visited some of the most unusual places on the planet.

Joly famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and armed with a trusty Powerpoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to provide comedy and a sense of danger.

The best-selling author will meet fans after the show to sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club.

The Trial

Written by Franz Kafka
Adapted by Steven Berkoff

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) wrote most of what we know as The Trial in 1914 during the first months of World War I. But he never finished the novel, regarding it as hopelessly “bungled” and leaving it unpublished at his death. Steven Berkoff adapted the novel for the stage and it was published in 1981.

Joseph K. has been arrested and is awaiting trial, but he has no idea why. As he attempts to discover what is behind his situation, he sinks deeper and deeper, flailing as he tries to escape. This darkly metaphysical play employs humour and reveals a deep sense of the human psyche when put under extreme pressure.

Set in 2036- an underground district of Prague. The ensemble cast will employ Berkovian physical techniques during this production and proves to be a though-provoking show.

Performed by students of Bedford School

Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail of Destiny

Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle!  If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty.  But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell?

Of all the fairytale characters, Rumpelstiltskin has got to be the most mixed up.  He is helpful yet demanding; secretive yet nosy; short yet owning a name as long as his beard.  Not surprisingly, this story of transformation will make you laugh and gasp at the same time!

Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Widdershins aims to create gold on stage with this new version of the Grimm’s classic tale.

Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science

Morgan & West present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology in this fun for all the family science extravaganza!

Magicians, time travellers and all-round spiffing chaps Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bona fide, legitimately qualified scientists, and now are bring their love of enlightenment to the stage!

Expect explosive thrills, chemical spills and a risk assessment that gives their stage manager chills, all backed up by the daring duo’s trademark wit, charm and detailed knowledge of the scientific method. Leave your lab coats at the door it’s time for Unbelievable Science!

On TV Morgan & West have fooled Penn & Teller (Fool Us ITV 1), competed to be the Next Great Magician (ITV 1), and even attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC).

Please note: Morgan & West take full responsibility for any horizons broadened, passions enflamed or minds blown during the course of the show.

“superbly crafted” ★★★★ THE STAGE

NOCTURNE: The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin

Scripted by Lucy Parham
Lucy Parham, piano
Patricia Hodge, narrator
Alex Jennings, narrator

The third programme of words and music scripted and adapted from letters and diaries by Lucy Parham chronicles the romantic life of one the greatest and most popular composers for solo piano – Frédéric Chopin.

The narrative follows his turbulent relationship with the controversial literary figure George Sand, their time together in Majorca, his fragile health and his ultimate demise in poverty in Paris at the age of 39.

The readings are interspersed with some of his most loved and poignant compositions.

Nocturne was chosen by The Times as “The Best Chopin of the Year” in 2010