The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe – CANCELLED

The Quarry Theatre is working hard to minimise the risk of Coronavirus to our community. We have therefore taken the decision to cancel all performances, non-essential visits and events up until the end of June 2020. As such we are currently operating a ‘core business only’ policy and focussing on internal activities. Full refunds will be issued in the coming days. If you would like to donate your ticket to the company, do let us know.

For our full Coronavirus guidelines, click here

From the award-winning creators of Christmas Gothic, Orlando, and The Time Machine.

August 5th, 1962: Monroe as we’ve never seen her before: alone in her bedroom, in dressing gown and underwear; no glitz, no glamour, no masks.  Overdosed on pills, the woman behind the icon unravels her remarkable life, taking us back through the memories of her closest relationships.  Repeatedly stalked by a mysterious caller, the Hollywood icon tells all (Joe DiMaggio, Clark Gable, Arthur Miller, her mother – it’s all here), revealing a biting intelligence and an imperfect body, leading us in real time to the very moment of her death.

Written and Directed by Elton Townend Jones (Dalloway, Orlando, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, The Time Machine).  Performed by Lizzie Wort (RSC’s The Magician’s Daughter, Animal Farm).  Winner of the Three Weeks Editors Award.

“Spellbinding” ★★★★★ THE CARRICK
“Outstanding” ★★★★★ ONE4REVIEW
“Startling, sensual, sarcastic… anything but unremarkable” ★★★★ THREE WEEKS
“A fantastic performance… a great production… an absolute must” ★★★★ BROADWAY BABY
“Powerful and poetic… a dazzling performance” ★★★★ EDINBURGH GUIDE

Churchill – CANCELLED

The Quarry Theatre is working hard to minimise the risk of Coronavirus to our community. We have therefore taken the decision to cancel all performances, non-essential visits and events up until the end of June 2020. As such we are currently operating a ‘core business only’ policy and focussing on internal activities. Full refunds will be issued in the coming days. If you would like to donate your ticket to the company, do let us know.

For our full Coronavirus guidelines, click here

Written and performed by Pip Utton

 “All men are worms. I believe I am a glow worm!”

Big Ben chimes and strikes 13; a magical time when once a year for just over an hour the statues of the great statesmen in Parliament Square, London, England, come alive again. Winston Churchill descends from his plinth to indulge himself in three of his greatest pleasures: a glass of Scotch, a cigar and listening to himself talk.

He talks of his childhood, his parents, his education, his army life, his marriage, his painting, writing and bricklaying, his appetites and, of course, he talks of his many years at the centre of the world political stage especially during two world wars.

Pip Utton’s play is not an attempt to decide on Churchill’s greatness. It is not an attempt to judge. It is just 70 minutes spent in the entertaining company of the man whose life spanned two centuries and saw the decline of the British Empire. The man who spent 50 years at the heart of political life in Westminster. The man who held most of the high offices of State, who was Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland twice, whose paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy, who won the Nobel prize for Literature in 1953, who in 1963 was made the first honorary citizen of the United States, and who in 2002, in a BBC poll, was voted the Greatest Briton in History.

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it”

WINNER: Jury Award for Performance Kiel Monodrama Festival Germany 2012
WINNER: Media Award for Best Performance ITI Monodrama Festival Wroclaw Poland 2015

“It is indeed a magical hour, and one of Utton’s finest.” EDINBURGH GUIDE

“Utton’s delivery is remarkable, catching Churchill’s unique intonation and rhythms without resorting to caricature and, unfair though it is to say, he looks quite like Churchill, too.” THREE WEEKS

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Straight from London’s West End via the legendary Sydney Opera House, this international sensation is now coming to The Quarry Theatre in October 2020. Officially the world’s most sought after tribute to the BBC sitcom, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is an ‘outrageously funny’ night (Broadway Baby) not to be missed!

Become part of the action as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve up mayhem on a plate along with five stars, three courses and two hours of non-stop laughter. Expect nothing short of guaranteed fun and a brilliant night out as you climb inside your favourite TV show and experience it from the inside out… With over 70% improvised, this is the completely immersive and highly interactive experience where anything can happen… and usually does!

“Immersive theatre at its startling best” ★★★★★ BEST OF THEATRE, LONDON WEST END 2019

“For a good dinner and an even better show – this one is a no brainer! It is a fantastic concept executed to perfection, and we can’t recommend this enough. It is two straight hours of side-splitting laughter guaranteed.” ★★★★★ SCOTTISH FIELD, EDINBURGH FRINGE 2019 

“Hilarious!” ★★★★★ WHAT’S ON LONDON

“Laughs galore!” ★★★★★ THE HOLIDAY & TRAVEL MAGAZINE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Spitfire Solo

Written and performed by Nicholas Collett
Co-devised and directed by Gavin Robertson
Executive Producer Tim Marriott

80 years ago on this date (10th July, 1940), The Battle of Britain began…

June 2000 – for eighty-year old Peter Walker, ex-Battle of Britain pilot, an unexpected new challenge is about to begin.

As he re-lives past glories, losses, wartime experiences, family memories and the heady days of blue skies and battles, he searches for the answer to the biggest question so far!

Personal, charming, funny and inventive, ‘Spitfire Solo’ blends theatre, music and film. Ex-RSC and West End actor Nicholas Collett plays a multitude of characters and recreates the Battle of Britain – onstage!

In association with the RAF Benevolent Fund

“This fascinating one-man show…Nicholas Collett’s finest hour includes not only history, but one man’s life, with its triumphs and its tragedies… he has created, in this understated but deeply felt performance, a memorable character” ★★★★ THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

“Wonderful” JERSEY EVENING POST
“Exceptional…a touching, engaging experience” THE ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

Infants – POSTPONED

We are currently working on sorting a new date for this show. Once we have announced, all Infants ticket holders will have the opportunity to transfer their ticket to the new date or receive a full refund.

The Quarry Theatre is working hard to minimise the risk of Coronavirus to our community. We have therefore taken the decision to cancel all performances, non-essential visits and events up until the end of June 2020. As such we are currently operating a ‘core business only’ policy and focussing on internal activities.

For our full Coronavirus guidelines, click here

“Every child has different complications…”

It seems like the start of any other week for Class 3, but they are poised on the brink of disaster. 

Tactile Drew is a safeguarding hazard, Chloe’s obsession with reluctant love of her life Ryan is causing a rift with her best friend Kaylee, Liam’s eager helping hands are proving unwelcome, and loner Jenny may not be able to avoid getting dragged into the situation.

Perhaps Mr Finch would be more on top of things if he wasn’t so distracted by yet another update to the school safeguarding guidelines, but a misunderstanding involving a speech impediment and a mop results in a career-threatening incident that his colleagues won’t be able to ignore. It’s just as well that mobile phones are not allowed in school – the last thing anyone needs is the parents finding out. They couldn’t find out… could they?

Six actors bring to life a colourful array of pupils, parents and teachers, and invite you into a world where the adults in charge are maybe the biggest children of all.

An exciting new score by James Lark (the award-winning composer of Tony Blair the Musical and The Snow Spider) veers from childlike simplicity to gratuitously adult anfractuosity (that’s a grown-up word for complicated). We can promise toe-tapping tunes, highs, lows and more than a few tantrums. There might be a few naughty words and there will certainly be a few naughty characters.

But after a single calamitous day, we can’t guarantee that everyone will be coming back to school tomorrow…

David Harper’s Romp With The Georgians

David Harper’s ‘A Romp With The Georgians’ is coming to theatres around the UK in 2020.

The show takes a funny look at life during the period from 1714-1830. A time in Britain of growth (eg empire) discoveries (eg Australia) inventions (eg roller skates) and shocking tales (eg electrified beds!).

Known for his brightly coloured trousers, David Harper is a BBC TV antiques presenter and historian – he’s always had a fascination with how the Georgians lived, loved and entertained themselves…from the strange pets they kept, their love of drinking (tea and gin in particular!) gambling addictions, medical remedies, we could learn from today! smugglers, tax avoiders and dodgy politicians.

The show will recall an age of lavish and dangerous fashions, terrible jobs, strange events, outrageous characters and dastardly historical stories our history teachers didn’t tell us!

There’s a book to go with the show too, they’ll be free giveaways, the odd competition and a chance to ask questions throughout…the audience is guaranteed to learn something new, be shocked, surprised or laugh at just how similar the Georgians really were to us!

David might even spread a bit of gossip and tell the odd tale from the world of TV!