Theatre 2023

Calling all theatre lovers! This our theatre programme for the remainder of 2023.

Photo of Agatha Christie and a collage of newspaper headlines. Text: Where Is Mrs Christie? The mystery of Agatha Christie's lost eleven days. Tuesday 19 September. Full Price £15, concessions £13. In true thriller style, all will be revealed.

Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time and certainly the most prolific. In 1926, she was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events which sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead by many, for eleven days. However, she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed then, and for the rest of the life, that she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her.

Actor Liz Grand presents this one-woman show ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’ Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved? In true thriller style, all will be revealed!


Stage photo of Romeo & Juliet. Text: Candlelit Romeo & Juliet. Thursday 05 October. 7:30pm. Full Price £14. Concessions £12. Schools £8.

The friar proposes a plan: Juliet must consent to marry Paris; then, on the night before the wedding, she must drink a sleeping potion that will make her appear to be dead. Juliet will be laid to rest in the Capulet tomb, and the friar will send word to Romeo in Mantua to help him retrieve her when she wakes up.

Only It doesn’t work.

Tormented by his grief Friar Lawrence recounts the tragedy. A warning to adults about the power and beauty of young love. Candlelit Romeo and Juliet bring the story hauntingly to life.
Imagination exploding in the darkness. Candlelit use poetry, soundscapes, shadow and movement to bring their productions to life.

“Adapted by Bart Lee, who also directs, the production is an inspiration for modern playwrights in preserving the sensitivity and subject matter of such a classical piece” – The Stage


Photo of man in suit holding a book in his hands. Text: Thursday 26 October. The book of darkness & light in association with little mighty presents Haunted. Two classic ghost stories. Adapted and performed by Adam Z. Robinson. Full price £14. Concessions £12.

Two tales to chill the blood!

In The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs the White family are visited by an old friend who brings with him a strange object, said to be able to grant wishes to anyone who possesses it. As the old saying goes: be careful what you wish for! In The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford, Cabin 105 of an ill-fated ocean liner has many strange tales attached to it about the thing that dwells in the upper berth. But none of the stories can be true… can they?

Dare you join The Storyteller as he brings to life two classic ghost stories for a unique and thrilling solo show.

Audience Feedback:

“The best piece of theatre I’ve seen in years.””Spellbinding, mesmerising, perfection”
“Spellbinding, mesmerising, perfection”

Photo credit: Barnaby Aldrick 


Pencil drawing of a dog, the gingerbread man and an alive wooden spoon next to a photo of a puppet dog and a prop pot. Text: The Gingerbread Man & A Pot Full of Magic. Sunday 27 October. 2pm. £10 Full Price. £8 Concessions.

“You can’t catch me, You’re much too slow! I like to run wherever I go”

Can YOU catch that slippery little biscuit, the Gingerbread Man? You’ll need a big bowl of porridge first to keep your energy up. Don’t worry if you haven’t had yours this morning, Granny Grinpickle’s Magic Porridge Pot has made enough for everyone!!

These two tasty tales which you know so well are served with unexpected spices and quirky flavours, along with Widdershins’ trademark ingredients of puppets, pop-up sets and original music.Perfect fare for fussy foodies and discerning diners. Bon Appetit!

Suitable for all dietary requirements aged 3+


Photo of crazy scientist looking down. Text: Gonzo Moose Presents Is That A Bolt In Your Neck? Wednesday 08 November. £14 Full Price. £12 Concessions.

This show has replaced ‘Death Who’s Come To Dinner’.

A castle looms dark and foreboding over a small mountain village. Inside, Dr Chekhov, the brilliant and reclusive scientist, works in secret.

The villagers live in dread. Strange shadows can be seen at the windows, and every night blood curdling cries of pain can be heard. What is Dr Chekhov doing? What hideous experiments is he perpetrating? What unimaginable horror might emerge from his laboratory?

All will be revealed in this wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy horror featuring three fearless actors, playing over 20 roles in 75 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action

With comedy and thrills galore you’ll gasp, laugh and be amazed at the horrific experiments, the mind-boggling love, and the sensational death-defying finale.

Inspired by gothic horror movie classics of the 1930’S, IS THAT BOLT IN YOUR NECK? is a fast-paced, rollicking ride mixing spooky paranoia, surreal nightmare and frantic farce. Suitable for audiences from ages 8 to 80, the show is packed full of hilarious slapstick, verbal wit, and magical illusion.


Cartoon image of a bear with cochlear implants. Text: Can Bears Ski? Thursday 23 November. 1:30pm. £3. Pied Piper Theatre Company. Deafinitely Theatre.

Dad Bear stops and looks directly at me. “Your friend was saying hello. Why did you ignore him?”“I didnʼt.” I didnʼt. Then Dad Bear asks again, CAN BEARS SKI? is that really what heʼs asking me?

Little Bear can’t hear Dad Bear calling, but feels the floor vibrate with heavy footsteps… Little Bear can’t catch the funny joke at school when friends are laughing, but feels the crunch of snow on frozen pavements.

Join Little Bear and Dad Bear as they learn how there are many ways to communicate love, and to find your place in the world. 

Can Bears Ski? is based on the book by poet Raymond Antrobus, Ted Hughes award-winner, who draws on his own experience as a deaf child in a hearing world. With a set inspired by Polly Dunbarʼs stunning illustrations, puppetry and music, Pied Piper Theatre Company and Deafinitely Theatre are delighted to bring this beautiful story to the stage.


Cartoon drawing of a dog playing in the snow. Text: Oskar's Amazing Adventure. Saturday 02 December. 11am & 2pm. Full Price £10. Concessions £8.

Fun-loving puppy Oskar leaves the snowbound little house on top of the mountain to try to find a friendly animal to play with. But where are all the animals? And why does Oskar have to wait till spring to play his favourite game again?

This original play for young children uses a rich mix of storytelling, physical theatre, clowning, puppetry and music & song to tell the tale of a puppy’s search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps.

Arts and Crafts Workshop 12pm £3 per child plus free squash and biscuits

A fun-filled arts and craft workshop inspired by the theme of winter hibernation and the animals in the play. Places limited to 25 children, who must be accompanied.


We are on the site of Mary Hare School, please stick to the public areas (the auditorium, foyer, grass and smoking area to the left hand side of the venue entrance as you look at it).

Doors to the venue open an hour before the performance starts, with the bar starting service at the same time. Doors to the auditorium usually open half an hour before a performance.

Tickets can be purchased from the box office (which is directly opposite the entrance doors) during opening hours (10am-4.30pm weekdays), as well as just before and during the show.Our box office and bar accept both card and cash payments.

Please note that there is no cash machine on site. FOR CARER AND ACCESS SEATS, please call 01635 244 246 – or email