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

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

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

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

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

RSC Live: The Winter’s Tale

Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late?

Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore.

King Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late?

A moving new production directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.

RSC Live: The Comedy of Errors

A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else.

“So I to find a mother and a brother
In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself”

How do any of us really know who we are? A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else. A woman wonders why her husband is not the man he was, but starts to rather like it. Confusion mounts as everyone uncouples from themselves. Will they ever find themselves again? And do they really want to?

Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, is directed by comedy master Phillip Breen (The Provoked Wife 2019, The Hypocrite 2017, The Merry Wives of Windsor 2012).

Miles Jupp will make his RSC debut as Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors.