It is with great regret that Abbots Langley Players theatre group has to announce the cancellation of all performances of the above due to unforeseen circumstances. Any member of the public who has paid for a ticket will be eligible for a complete refund, which can be obtained by applying to the box office on the telephone number as advertised at the bottom of the ‘Book Tickets Online’ page. The production team, cast and director would like to thank you for your support, and the company hopes to see you at future productions, which will be announced on this site when details become available.
The Publicity Manager for this production, Steve Parker, confirmed recently that things are progressing to plan for next month’s play ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’. The set design is agreed and the rehearsals are on schedule for opening night, Wednesday 16th November at 8:00PM. Go to the ‘Book Tickets Online’ tab for more details!
The experiences portrayed in this play closely mirror those of the three well known Beirut hostages Brian Keenan, John McCarthy and Terry Waite. None of the three characters depicted, however, are intended to be based on any specific personalities. Brian Keenan, though, in his forward to the play, testifies to its chilling closeness to the reality of their situations. After a long period of holding back he eventually attended a performance of the play and said that it was ‘like seeing an old photograph and instantly recalling unwanted memories….’
‘The compressed production schedule was perhaps something that worked against us, and I would handle differently if I found myself in the same position in the future.’
‘Having said that I was blown away by the commitment of the members who came on board and gave it their best shot to bring everything together.’
‘I enjoyed the challenging mix of new talent, seasoned performers and role sharing that went in to the piece and managed to blend together despite the minimal rehearsal time; it was an incredibly feat.’
‘It was great fun working with friends who helped out with original music, narrative, support and sheer enthusiasm, all helping to interpret my ideas.’
‘The biggest regret was that we were unable to persuade more of the public to come and see it, but it was great fun having a cup of tea and a chat with those that did make it.’
‘I’m hugely grateful to everyone who contributed, right through from the preparation to the staging.’
‘I hope everyone involved with the next play, due to be staged from the 16th to the 19th of November, has as much fun as I did with The Face of Shakespeare.’
After a warm reception of last night’s performance, Sylvia Pool, one of the cast members, was presented with a ‘Best Actress’ award from the NODA representative, who was in the audience.
The players and director are working very hard indeed in preparation for Wednesday night’s opening performance at the Henderson Hall, and they look forward to welcoming you to share their enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s work.
Come along and support your local troupe!