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Programme 2018 (1)
29 Jan 2018

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*Asterisked titles (if any) indicate that they were also in the previous programme.


Thu 26 Apr, 7.30pm             * Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra perform ‘Notes of Nostalgia’ at Exeter Cathedral
Britten - Four Sea Interludes, Dvořák - Cello Concerto and R Strauss - Tod und Verklärung
James Feddeck CONDUCTOR        Daniel Müller-Schott CELLO (you may remember seeing/hearing him perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto recently…..superb!)
When a young Richard Strauss attended a performance of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, he was totally captivated and a year later composed Death and Transfiguration, a tone poem that pays homage to the opera. It describes the last hours of an artist who has aimed to achieve the highest ideals. Opening with a throbbing ostinato which suggests the rhythm of the dying man’s heartbeat, two important themes reappear throughout in different guises, representing different stages of his life's journey.
Written at the end of Dvořák’s three-year contract in New York, the Cello Concerto reflects some of his American experiences but is at the same time filled with the spirit of his beloved Bohemia where he longed to return. It contains some of his most memorable melodies and one of the loveliest of horn solos, and by placing the solo cello into a variety of constantly changing instrumental combinations the result is most delicate and translucent.
Britten’s Sea Interludes are not only a set of brilliantly realised tone portraits of the sea and its many faces, but a subtle psychological primer on the deep questions posed in the opera itself.

Left Hand Nave seats £42          Club deadline Mar 23


Wed 2 May, 7.30pm             * 'This House' at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong present
: The National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre production of ‘This House’Following sell-out runs at the National Theatre and in the West End this extraordinarily prescient play takes on a new importance in the current political climate. Are we in the midst of a political revolution? Can the country stay united? Roll back to 1974. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. 
In an era of chaos, both hilarious and shocking, fist fights break out in the parliamentary bars, high-stake tricks and games are played, while sick or dying MPs are carried through the lobby to register their crucial votes as the government hangs by a thread.
James Graham’s biting, energetic and critically-acclaimed play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to manoeuvre a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments. Directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things, Wolf Hall), This House gives us a timely, moving and often amusing insight into the workings of British politics.

Stalls seats £36             Club deadline Feb 26

Thu 31 May, 2.30pm             Agatha Christie's 'Love from a Stranger' at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth (TRP)
A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet and she recklessly abandons her old life to settle in the remote and blissful surroundings of a country cottage. However, her newfound love is not all that he seems ..
Electric with suspense and with a shocking twist, this edge-of-your-seat, rarely seen thriller by the UK's greatest crime writer is rediscovered in a brand new production by Lucy Bailey (Gaslight, Dial M for Murder) designed by Mike Britton.

Stalls seats £35           Club deadline Apr 27


Thu 7 Jun, 7.30pm                 'Iolanthe' By W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Having wooed audiences with the Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado, Sasha Regan returns with her most critically acclaimed production to date, Iolanthe.
Universally regarded as Sir Arthur Sullivan's most beautiful score, Iolanthe is a topsy-turvy love story between the most unlikely of couples ... fairies and members of the House of Lord's! Sasha Regan's inimitable inventiveness combined with Gilbert and Sullivan's inherent barminess make for an unmissable night out.
"This absurdly silly but sweetly touching version of Iolanthe is a comic pleasure." The Guardian
"It looks superb, sounds divine and ends happily. Who could ask for more?" The Evening Standard

Stalls seats  £33          Club deadline Apr 27

Thu 21 Jun, 2.30pm                    'Titanic-The Musical' at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
In the final hours of 14th April 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and 'the unsinkable ship' slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.
Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her assengers.
The original Broadway production of Titanic The Musical won five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. This brilliant new production direct from London won sweeping critical acclaim across the board.
***** An evening both shattering and gorgeous - a triumph. The day after seeing it, I went back again. It's that good.     The Times

Stalls or circle seats (specify which) £33              Club deadline Apr 5


Thu 12 Jul, 2.30pm           * Cameron Mackintosh's 'Miss Saigon' at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17 year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son.
Mind-blowingly brilliant - Magic FM
The greatest musical of all time - Daily Mail
A timeless musical masterpiece - Classic FM
A real big beast of a blockbuster - Time Out
Thrilling, soaring & spectacular - The Times

Stalls or circle seats (specify which) £69           Club deadline Feb 26


Tue 11 Sep, 7.30pm
             'The Wiper's Times' A Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre Production at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. The Wipers Times is coming to Exeter direct from e record breaking West End season.
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.
Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity

Stalls seats £39       Club deadline Aug 2

All above prices include seat ticket, coach travel and driver tip

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