2019 Open Evening & Season Launch

Celebrate the start of our wonderful Spring season!

We’re opening our doors for Invited guests and loyal theatregoers. Join us, ‘The Quarry Theatre Team’ as we offer tours around our space, backstage and behind the scenes giving you a glimpse of life in a working theatre.

You can sign up to our Mailing List and the Box Office will be open all night offering discounts to shows in our spring season.

We’ll be taking suggestions for future programming and events, as well as discussing how we can help local businesses and the community as a whole.

So come along, grab a drink and let us know your thoughts.

Blue Monday – SOLD OUT

A combination of post – Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills …yes, it’s the third Monday of the year!  Bedford Poetry Company present their own original poems to share the gloom and lift the spirits!

 

 

NT Live: I’m Not Running

By David Hare

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014.

Show image photograph (Sian Brooke) by Felicity McCabe

LOL (Ladies of Laughter) With Noreen Khan

LOL (Ladies of Laughter) with Noreen Khan comes to The Quarry Theatre, Bedford!

Join Noreen Khan (BBC Asian Network) as she hosts a night of comedy with some of the UK’s favourite female acts.

Acts on the night
Noreen Khan
Sukh Ojla
Glenda Jaxon
Maureen Younger

Note: All acts are confirmed at time of booking. Occasionally acts may be replaced for reasons beyond our control. If this happens, the act will be replaced with another act from the tour, or a suitable alternative.

Good Dog

By arinze kene

Mum’s promised him that bike so even when school or homelife bites, he knows to keep his chin up, his head down and his shirt clean. No harsh word, no sudden push to the ground will distract him from growing up to be a good man. Because in the end, everyone who’s good gets what they deserve. Don’t they?

good dog – set during the early noughties – tells the story of growing up in a multi-cultural community, and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control.

Delicately observed and fearlessly told by writer Arinze Kene (Netflix’s Crazyhead, Eastenders, Channel 4’s Youngers, West End smash Girl From the North Country, and Misty at Bush Theatre), good dog embarks on its second national tour following its acclaimed premiere in spring 2017.

“a finely observed new play” ★★★★ WHATSONSTAGE

Luke Jermay: Intuition

Intuition is a strange thing and Luke Jermay is even stranger. Building on his acclaimed debut show ‘Sixth Sense’ entertainer Luke Jermay is back and better than ever with a brand new interactive stage show jam packed with phenomenal jaw dropping demonstrations of intuition, telepathy and prediction; your mind will be read, your choices will be predicted and your future will be revealed.

This will be a unique experience that is funny, entertaining, emotional, controversial, uplifting and insightful that you will never forget!

“This new show brings my passions for the mysteries of the mind, divination, telepathy and magic together to create something really unique and amazing. The show is all about you! Your thoughts, your past, your present and your future! If you have enjoyed my previous show I know you will love my new show “Intuition” which takes things to the next level.” LUKE JERMAY

“Jermay is one of my favourite performers! See his show!” DAVID BLAINE

“Jermay is a genius of modern mind reading. See his amazing live show!” DYNAMO, MAGICIAN IMPOSSIBLE

“Jermay is different…to gain power like his he must be in league with the Devil. Utterly astonishing in the extreme.” EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

“Jermay is the Devil, pure and simple…he is spookily accurate, which left us wondering whether to applaud or run screaming in terror…go see Like Jermay right now!” THE VOID

Please note: No spirit mediumship will be presented in “Intuition” and the show is suitable for those 14 years and older.

‘Reverie’ The Life and Loves of Claude Debussy

Internationally renowned pianist Lucy Parham makes her fourth visit to the Quarry Theatre in Bedford to present another of her acclaimed ‘Composer Portraits’  in aid of the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre’s ‘Warm-up’ Appeal this time accompanied by the celebrated actor Simon Russell Beale.

Premiered in 2012,‘Reverie’ was the fourth biographical programme of composers’ words and music compiled, scripted and performed by Lucy Parham. A crucial element of Debussy’s complex intellectual and emotional worlds was an entangled love life that brought illicit trysts in Jersey, a brush with a revolver and even a suicide attempt. The narrative takes the form of a personal journal following him from initial success with the Prix de Rome in 1885 to his untimely death in 1918. It is punctuated with piano solo works ranging from the ever-popular lyricism of Clair de Lune, reverie and The Girl with the Flaxen Hair to such virtuosic showpieces as Jardins sous la Pluie, the Etudes and L’Isle Joyeuse.

In previous years with Joanna David and Robert Glenister, Lucy has performed ‘Beloved Clara’-the story of the intense relationship between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara and the young Johannes Brahms-and last year Joanna and Robert returned with ‘Odyssey of Love’, the story of Liszt and his women. The year before last, with Henry Goodman, Lucy presented ‘Elegie’ chronicling the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. All three concerts were hugely successful and enjoyed by capacity audiences.

This performance is in aid of the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre’s £300,000 ‘Warm-Up’appeal to enable  green energy-based heating and natural ventilation systems to be installed at the theatre. The heating system, using water-source heat pumps, has been installed, is fully funded and is workimg very effectively. The next phase is to install the new ventilation system-essential in view of the 2018 heatwave.

The Giant Jam Sandwich

We are very excited to announce that our 2.00pm show will have BSL interpretation.

Dear parents: We encourage children to come to the 5.00pm show in their pyjamas!  After the show we will be handing out toothbrushes and tooth paste so the little ones can clean their teeth before leaving the theatre! Hopefully you should be home in time for In The Night Garden followed by bedtime stories. 🙂

Quarry Theatre Director’s Edinburgh Fringe 2017 highlight!

What a to-do!

One hot summer’s day, four million wasps invade the quiet village of Itching Down. The picnickers panic and the farmer stops haymaking. The wasps are noisy, nasty and worst of all, they don’t mind who they sting! That is until the baker has an ingenious idea…

Following successful tours of Farm Boy and The Butterfly Lion (Michael Morpurgo), Not Now, Bernard (David McKee) and The Tiger’s Bones and Other Stories (Ted Hughes), we bring one of the most loved picture books to life on stage to enthral a new generation.

Join the villagers in their giant sandwich-making plan to defeat the wasps and help save the day, in a fun-packed feast for 3-8 year olds and their families.

“Musical theatre for children at its finest…if you have children, see this show!” ★★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

“Kazoos, helicopters, wasps and of course lots and lots of jam – this show packs it all in and is one sandwich that’s well worth tasting!!!” ★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FOR KIDS

“I would recommend it to anyone with small children” ★★★★ THREE WEEKS

“Engaging and interactive production that makes for the best kind of children’s theatre” ★★★★ THE STAGE

Flanders & Swann

By arrangement with the estates of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

Tim FitzHigham has been performing this award-winning homage to the extraordinary comedic talents of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann to packed houses for over a decade. Accompanied by Duncan Walsh Atkins*, he is extremely proud to on a Spring Tour in 2019.

Tim, Duncan and the Hippo are celebrating the much-loved words and music of Flanders and Swann, those internationally acclaimed musical comedy legends of the 1950s and 60s. With their own unique style and humour, the boys present F&S’s classic songs and traditions interspersed with a few of their hidden and yet ever-sparkling gems. Fans and the uninitiated alike will ‘wallow’ in this unique take on the work of two of Britain’s most iconic comedy songsmiths. Songs include: The Hippopotamus Song (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), The Gas Man Cometh, The Gnu Song, Omnibus (or A Transport of Delights), and Madeira M’Dear.

Tim FitzHigham is a Perrier Award nominated, multi award-winning comedian who has performed on BBC Radio 1, 2, 4 and 5, toured lots and appeared frequently on TV and in films in the UK and Europe. He starred in his own CBBC show Superhuman Challenge and was recently the star of two seasons of BBC Radio 4’s The Gambler.

Duncan Walsh Atkins is a stalwart of BBC Radio 4, runs a busy London music studio and has also toured lots. As well as providing the music for BBC TV’s Fast And Loose he opened his first musical, The Tailor Made Man, at London’s Arts Theatre and is the musical director for the Olivier Award Winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Best Entertainment and Family Show 2016).

“Classic…joyously frivolous” SUNDAY TIMES (CRITICS’ CHOICE)

“Wallowing in a muddy marvellous revival” EVENING STANDARD (CRITICS’ CHOICE)

“You’ll love this show” ★★★★★ THREE WEEKS

SK Shlomo: ‘Surrender’ Album Tour

“The beatboxer turns electronic singer-songwriter on the gloriously melancholic first single from his forthcoming album.” THE TIMES

“Dangerously energised performance” THE TELEGRAPH

The record-breaking beatboxer and collaborator with Ed Sheeran, Bjork and Damon Albarn turns electronic singer-songwriter on his album tour, blending his innovative live-looping and breathtaking beatboxing with epic synths, crushingly honest lyrics and lush electronic layers.

Massive Attack meets James Blake.

Simon Shlomo Kahn knows how it feels to be on top of the world. For over a decade, the genre-defying, award-winning, recording-breaking beatboxer, producer and live-looper has set new standards for his craft.

As Shlomo, he burst in to the mainstream collaborating with Björk and performed with famous fans from Damon Albarn, Lily Allen and Jarvis Cocker to Imogen Heap, Martha Wainwright and Rudimental. As the first ever World Looping Champion, he taught his friend Ed Sheeran some tricks. He was Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre for years, played the main stages at Glastonbury more times than he remembers, won rave reviews for his autobiographical one-man shows and even had a feature film made about him.