New Season Drama
at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts
A brand new season of headline drama launches at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts this autumn.
Getting the season underway is the ultimate theatrical dining experience The Wedding Reception, which returns to the Beacon Café at Lighthouse from 13-15 September. This side-splitting, highly improvised comedy includes a sit-down meal and features four actors playing nine characters in a whirlwind two-hour show.
From 20-22 September you can lose yourself in Jane Austen’s most romantic comedy, Persuasion, which is brought to the stage in a beautiful, witty and wonderfully emotional production featuring a talented cast of actor-musicians.
Apollo Theatre Company and Spike Milligan Productions bring the timeless radio comedy The Goon Show to the stage for the first time from 25-26 September. With its bizarre characters, fantastical plots and hilarious running jokes, The Goon Show captured the imagination of the British public in the 1950s and made household names of its three main stars Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe.
Roundabout, the unique and intimate pop-up theatre experience returns with a new location from 28-30 September as Lighthouse partners for the first time with Arts by the Sea Festival. The Roundabout tent will be situated outside Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth where it will host five plays, a Coastal Comedy event with three professional stand ups and a comedy club for kids. The three-day run opens with a performance of Ride!, John Foster’s play about a racist murder by members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1998, and also includes the Bournemouth and Poole College production, Life and Death in an Ocean Full of Hope. The bill is completed by three Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd productions – the family friendly How to Spot an Alien, satire Sticks and Stones and Simon Longman’s drama about life in a dead-end town, Island Town.
You’ll need to move quickly if you want to get tickets for the West-End smash-hit The Play That Goes Wrong from 1-6 October. Back by phenomenal demand after its sell-out week at Lighthouse last year, this is another chance to catch the brilliantly funny comedy about the accident-prone thespians of the Cornley Polytechnic Society as they put on a production of a 1920s murder mystery. As the title suggests, everything that can go wrong … does!
In a sinister labyrinth of betrayal and revenge, The Nightmare Room (1-3 November) is a contemporary thriller telling the tale of two women, one locked room and a bottle of poison. Helen regains consciousness, bound and blindfolded in a locked room. Her captor is her best friend Catherine. A deadly game of Russian roulette ensues, but the game – like the room – is far from what it seems …
LipService Theatre – Britain’s favourite literary lunatics – are back at Lighthouse on 7 November with their cult Brontë spoof Withering Looks. Specially reworked for the 200th anniversary of Emily’s birth, the classic comic duo, Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, just couldn’t resist the urge to dust off their crinolines, wear flattering bonnets and sit at rained-lashed windows in a pale and decorative manner. Don’t miss the chance to share in their silliness!
Take On Me (16-18 November) is a new show set in the 1980s world of headbands and legwarmers that digs below the surface of the luminous colours and fitness fads. Taking place after hours in Poole’s Rossmore Leisure Centre in small groups, you’ll be a fly on the wall as you’re led through the changing rooms and the pool to hear the inner voices of a variety of characters as they strive for a better version of themselves. Performed by professional actors with a supporting guest cast of local people and set to live acoustic versions of classic 80s pop hits, Take On Me is an intimate and comical experience. You’ll never look at your local leisure centre in the same way again!
Following a critically acclaimed tour and London run, Richard Twyman’s vital production of Othello is brought to Lighthouse from 20-24 November by English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. One of Shakespeare’s most startlingly contemporary plays, Othello is a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice. Make sure you catch the free pre-show talk for all ticketholders at 6.30pm on the opening night of the run.
The Wedding Reception
Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 September, 7.30pm (Beacon Café)
Tickets £47 (includes 3 course meal and welcome drink)
Jane Austen’s Persuasion
Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 September, 7.45pm (Theatre)
Saturday matinee 2pm
Discounts: Seniors, U18s, Students, Groups, ATL
The Goon Show
Tuesday 25 – Wednesday 26 September, 7.45pm (Theatre)
Discounts: Students, U18s, Groups, ATL
Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 September, Various Times
Pavilion Dance Terrace – Lower Gardens, Bournemouth
The Play That Goes Wrong
Monday 1 – Saturday 6 October, 7.45m (Theatre)
Wednesday & Saturday matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £27 (Mon-Thurs), £30 (Fri-Sat)
Discounts: (Wed matinee only) Seniors, U18s, Students, Groups, ATL
The Nightmare Room
Thursday 1 – Saturday 3 November, 7.45pm (Theatre)
Discounts: Seniors, Students, U18s, Groups, ATL
Wednesday 7 November, 7.45pm (Theatre)
Discounts: Seniors, Students, U18s, Groups, ATL
Take on Me
Friday 16 – Sunday 18 November (Rossmore Leisure Centre)
6pm (Saturday & Sunday)
8pm (Friday & Saturday)
Discounts: Seniors, Students, U18s, ATL
Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm (Theatre)
Friday & Wednesday matinee 2pm
Tickets: £18 (matinee), £20
Discounts: Seniors, Students, U18s, Groups, ATL, Live For 5
Pre-Show Talk Tues 20 November at 6.30pm
Tickets & information 01202 280000
Booking Fees: Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the Ticket Office. Tickets booked by telephone or online are subject to a booking fee of up to £1.75 per ticket
Tickets for all events are on sale now at the Lighthouse ticket office. Call 01202 280000 or book online at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk