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From the premiere of <em>Winston\'s Birthday</em>&nbsp;in New Zealand

2017 for Theatre Britain

Next season Theatre Britain has the American premiere of Paul Baker's Winston's Birthday, a new panto and three other titles.



published Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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From the premiere of Winston's Birthday in New Zealand

 

Plano — The 2017 season for Theatre Britain, which performs at the Cox Building Playhouse in Plano, has been announced. The five-show lineup includes a new panto and the American premiere of Winston's Birthday by New Zealand playwright Paul Baker. Plus a drama, a farce and a comedy.

 

Here's the complete news release and season breakdown:

Theatre Britain today announced the line-up of shows for 2017. The season will comprise five shows, including a world premiere panto and the American premiere of the drama Winston’s Birthday by Paul Baker.

In February, Theatre Britain will present the farce Will You Still Love Me In The Morning? by Brian Clemens & Dennis Spooner. Jeremy and Celia return a week early from their unsuccessful honeymoon to find that both Jeremy’s working partners have accepted his offer to stay in his house while he is away. The only problem is that they have each brought the other’s wife with them! Cue the mayhem as Jeremy and Celia try to sort it all out.

Let It Be Me by Carey Jane Hardy will run April 7 to April 30. Amy cares for her Aunt Sylvia who has Alzheimer’s. She is so devoted to her aunt that she finds herself seriously tested when she meets and falls in love with Gregory. So begins a touching love story in which Amy begins to see that a different, happier life is possible.

In the comedy Nobody’s Perfect by Simon Williams, shy and staid statistician Leonard is anxious to break into print and sends book after book to Love Is All Around, a publisher dedicated to writing ‘for women by women’. His efforts are rejected until he submits a novel, based on his experiences as a single parent, under the pseudonym Myrtle Banbury. When his novel is accepted, Leonard has no choice but to assume Myrtle’s identity! Nobody’s Perfect runs June 23-July 16.

In September, Theatre Britain will present the American premiere of Winston’s Birthday by Paul Baker. It is 1962 - the Beatles have their first hit, James Bond his first film — and Randolph Churchill is holding a luncheon party to celebrate the 88th birthday of his admired but estranged father. Sir Winston is a fading force and there is unfinished business in his loving, dysfunctional family. Meanwhile, the socially inept Dr Jenkins, a newly appointed research assistant to Randolph, is pursuing his own agenda and forms a surprising bond with the wily Winston. Secrets are revealed, resentments released and new understandings formed, in this fresh and funny perspective on an iconic and larger-than-life family.

The 2017 panto will be another world premiere panto (title TBA) from Jackie Mellor-Guin, Theatre Britain’s resident playwright. The show will open Thanksgiving weekend and run through December 30. A traditional British panto is a fairy tale told in the style of melodrama. The audience is encouraged to cheer for the good guys, boo and hiss the bad guys and join in with the characters on stage. The show works on two levels, with a story children can follow and jokes adults can appreciate.

 

Theatre Britain’s 2017 Season

 

WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME IN THE MORNING?

By Brian Clemens & Dennis Spooner

February 10, 2017 – March 5, 2017 

Jeremy and Celia return a week early from their unsuccessful honeymoon to find that both Jeremy’s working partners have accepted his offer to stay in his house while he is away. The only problem is that they have each brought the other’s wife with them! Cue the mayhem as Jeremy and Celia try to sort it all out.

 

LET IT BE ME

By Carey Jane Hardy

April 7, 2017 – April 30, 2017 

Amy cares for her Aunt Sylvia who has Alzheimer’s. She is so devoted to her aunt that she finds herself seriously tested when she meets and falls in love with Gregory. So begins a touching love story in which Amy begins to see that a different, happier life is possible.

 

NOBODY’S PERFECT

By Simon Williams

June 23, 2017 – July 16, 2017 

Shy and staid statistician Leonard is anxious to break into print and sends book after book to Love Is All Around, a publisher dedicated to writing ‘for women by women’. His efforts are rejected until he submits a novel, based on his experiences as a single parent, under the pseudonym Myrtle Banbury. When his novel is accepted, Leonard has no choice but to assume Myrtle’s identity!

 

WINSTON’S BIRTHDAY

By Paul Baker

September 8, 2017 – October 1, 2017

American premiere 

It is 1962 - the Beatles have their first hit, James Bond his first film - and Randolph Churchill is holding a luncheon party to celebrate the 88th birthday of his admired but estranged father. Sir Winston is a fading force and there is unfinished business in his loving, dysfunctional family. Meanwhile, the socially inept Dr Jenkins, a newly appointed research assistant to Randolph, is pursuing his own agenda and forms a surprising bond with the wily Winston. Secrets are revealed, resentments released and new understandings formed, in this fresh and funny perspective on an iconic and larger-than-life family.

 

THE 2017 PANTO - TITLE TBA

By Jackie Mellor-Guin

November 25 - December 30, 2017

A traditional British panto!

World premiere 

Wacky characters, songs, corny jokes and oodles of audience participation.

 


All performances are at the Cox Playhouse, 1517 H Avenue, Plano, TX 75074. There is ample free parking off G Avenue. Adults $23, Seniors & Students $18, Children (14 and under) $12 (panto only) 10 percent discount for parties of 10 or more

More information about panto can be found at www.theatre-britain.comThanks For Reading





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