The Carole King & James Taylor Story

Following critically acclaimed sell out runs at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival The Carole King & James Taylor Story comes to a theatre near you to take you on an incredible journey through the career of the six-time Grammy Award winner and twenty-time platinum hit maker Carole King and five-time Grammy Award winner & American folk legend James Taylor.

This new “show-umentary” format gives a fascinating insight into the lives behind the music. Featuring passionate renditions of Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James, I Feel the Earth Move, Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend and many more this astonishing back catalogue is realised with authenticity by Phoebe Katis and Dan Clews, both well established artists in their own right.

 “Wow, what an experience” BBC KENT

Rotary Young Musician of The Year 2019

The competition aims to offer young people:

  • the experience of performing on a public stage
  • an opportunity to showcase their musical talent
  • impartial feedback and assessment of their performance by experienced adjudicators

This is the Local Bedford Heat for National Rotary Clubs of GB “Young Musician of Year 2019”. The heats are based on music students with grades between 1 and 8 inclusive.  The competition is open to amateurs to perform all styles of instrumentalists and vocalists.

The selection of music should consist of two pieces in contrasting styles and the total time for both pieces combined must not exceed 10 mins.

Competitors are asked to wear appropriate smart clothing.

The competition is not open to full time students of music or performing arts.

The 2019 National Final is on Saturday 4th May 2019 at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford

An Evening of Speech and Drama

An evening celebrating Speech and Drama at Bedford School. With highlights from the Upper School and the best of our LAMDA entries.

RSC LIVE: As You Like It

Join us for our very first Royal Shakespeare Company live broadcast!

Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind.

Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.

RADIO ACTIVE with ANGUS DEAYTON, PHILIP POPE, MICHAEL FENTON STEVENS, HELEN ATKINSON WOOD

★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH★★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE★★★★★ THE EDINBURGH GUIDE

Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope reunite to take classic scripts from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show on the road following a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Among other classic characters expect to catch up with long suffering radio host Mike Channel, original foodie Anna Daptor, and the accident-prone Martin Brown, as well as the cast’s original musical creations, responsible for such parody bands as The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Status Quid.

Based on the sketch show created during their years in the Oxford Revue, ‘Britain’s first ever national local radio station’ was written by Angus alongside Geoffrey Perkins, and ran for seven series before transferring to television in the form of BBC2’s KYTV. All surviving members of the original cast reunite for this tour marking 40 years since its stage debut including:

Angus Deayton is best known for hosting the first 23 series of BBC One panel show Have I Got News For You, along with the first 3 series of Hell’s Kitchen and Would I Lie To You. He’s also presented the BAFTA Awards and Comedy Awards, and starred in sitcoms One Foot in the Grave, Pramface and Nighty Night. More recently he’s appeared in Waterloo Road and Bake Off: Creme de la Creme.

Michael Fenton Stevens co-founded The Hee Bee Gee Bees and performed Spitting Image’s number one hit single The Chicken Song. His television credits include roles in My Family, Nighty Night, Outnumbered, Action Team,  Ballot Monkeys and Benidorm.

Helen Atkinson Wood played Mrs Miggins in Blackadder The Third. Twice nominated Best Female Comedy Performer by The British Comedy Awards she also appeared in OTT, The Young Ones and Your Cheatin’ Heat. In addition to her acting work, Helen has been a guest on QI and Have I Got News For You.

Philip Pope starred in Who Dares Wins and Chelmsford 123, as made memorable guest appearances in a number of shows including Blackadder and Only Fools and Horses. More recently Philip has appeared in BBC’s Brian Pern and Channel 4’s Ballot Monkeys. As a composer he wrote hit songs for The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Spitting Image (notably The Chicken Song), as well as for TV shows including Not The Nine O’Clock News, Whose Line is it Anyway?, and The Fast Show.

Yerma

Spanish language with live translation

Performed by students of Bedford School & Bedford Girls’ School

Young couples have everything to look forward to.

A few years enjoying each other’s company before finally bringing a new life into the world. This is all that Yerma desires. But she has not been blessed with a child and, as years of childless marriage turn into decades, her obsession with motherhood grows.

Federico García Lorca’s most famous work Yerma, explores the plight of a young wife desperate to conceive, and the bitterness that mounts when desires are thwarted and dreams are slowly crushed by the passing of time.

Tom Neenan: It’s Always Infinity

Quarry Theatre Director’s Edinburgh Fringe 2018 pick! Highly recommended.

Tom’s girlfriend has vanished… So he has done what any right-minded man (and “theatre-maker”) would do in this situation, and turned his search for her into an “important” piece of “art”. Come “witness” it. (Nobody went missing in the creation of this show).

In reality… It’s Always Infinity is a narrative-driven character comedy show about toxic masculinity and the questionable role of the male creator, presented by a version of Tom who sees himself as ‘one of the good guys’ but is anything but. It combines projection, storytelling and character comedy to tell a story where ‘Tom’ reveals what an awful person he is.

Tom Neenan is the writer of The Mash Report, A Girl’s Guide to TV, Mock The Week (BBC2), The Last Leg (Channel 4), Spotlight Tonight, The News Quiz, The Now Show (BBC Radio 4). He’s also the writer & star of Tom Neenan’s The Hauntening (BBC Radio 4)

“A razor-sharp hour of character comedy” ★★★★ THE LIST

 “It’s difficult to argue against a full room of people laughing at Tom’s amazingly skewered idea of a perfect date” ★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

 “Intelligent, witty writing combined with a confident character performance”  ★★★★ ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

 “As ever with a Neenan show, there are more elegant gags and word-play packed into the first fifteen minutes than are often seen in an hour” ★★★★ FRINGE REVIEW

 “Hilarious… Neenan is proving himself to be a fantastic comic actor” ★★★★ CULTURE VULTURES

 “I am crying with laughter… painful to watch in the best possible way” THE F WORD

 “Smart, sharp and assured work from an accomplished writer/performer, fusing slick presentation with an engaging story and plenty of solid laughs” BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE

RSC Live: The Taming of the Shrew

In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder.

Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.

Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.

Ashley Blaker & Imran Yusuf: Prophet Sharing

Sell out show Edinburgh 2018!

Two great religions. Two great comedians. The descendants of Abraham may have gone their separate ways but now stand-up comedian friends Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf – both stars of their own BBC shows – are joining forces in the most-unlikely double-act since Kermit and Miss Piggy (who neither Ashley and Imran can eat!).

Originally brought together by a passion for the same football team, the pair are travelling the UK uniting people of every faith and none for an evening of laughter.

“A slickly funny stand-up show.” NEW YORK TIMES (ON ASHLEY BLAKER)

“Imagine John Oliver in a yarmulke” NEW YORK POST (ON ASHLEY BLAKER)

“A special vein of comic material” ★★★★ FINANCIAL TIMES (ON ASHLEY BLAKER)

“Intelligent, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny” TIME OUT ON IMRAN YUSUF

“An hour of cheek and charm” ★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT (ON IMRAN YUSUF )

“Sharp, passionate and uplifting” DAILY TELEGRAPH ON IMRAN YUSUF

NT Live (Encore Screening): All My Sons

by Arthur Miller
directed by Jeremy Herrin

Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.

But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).

All My Sons is an Old Vic co-production with Headlong