Friday, October 06, 2006


Last night I visited the Little Theatre in Gloucester St ( also known as Chester Theatre Club) Ray's been an acting member for several years; whether he's acting or not, I see all their productions.
The current play is Keith Waterhouse's " Jeffrey Barnard is unwell".It's brilliantly directed by Lisa Miller; this was her first full production. Tony O'Byrne plays a superb Jeffrey, assisted by a talented cast of four, Louise Gornall, Alison Knott, Chris Bradley and Anthony Wheatcroft ( who has, incredibly, 22 changes of character and mood! )
The set too was excellent , in fact the whole of the production team left us with a first class play.

The company was formed in 1944 and their present building, aVictorian school in the midst of an area of terraced streets, was bought by the club in 1962.
Much of its original character remains;it's a fascinating atmospheric place, with a friendly bar area, a raked auditorium seating 126 people and a large clubroom used for club evenings, meetings, interval refreshments.
Wandering round, I've peeped into the Wardrobe, crammed with every conceivable prop ( really! ) the Green Room with its lights, mirrors, rails of clothes and at the stage itself. It's a happy well organized place and well worth a visit!

The plays this season are: "Arcadia" ( Tom Stoppard ) "Gaslight" (Patrick Hamilton) "Theft" ( Eric Chappell) and " Love on the dole" ( Ronald Gow/Walter Greenwood)
The Box Office is at 01244 322674. Do go!


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