The Alexandra Players present Harvey by Mary Chase

Alexandra Players poster for Harvey

News in from Charlton’s amateur theatre group, The Alexandra Players, of their latest production:

We are thrilled to announce that to continue our successful run of bringing Broadway/West End theatre shows to the borough: our next production will be HARVEY by Mary Chase.

Mary Chase introduced HARVEY to the world in 1944. It was a huge success and in 1945, it received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play ran for 5 years on Broadway and was also enjoyed by audiences in the West End when the production came to the Prince of Wales Theatre, London in 1949.2019 marks the play’s 75th anniversary.

Many will recount the unbeatable portrayal of Elwood. P Dowd in the movie by American Actor, James Stewart – one of the most honoured and popular stars in film history.  The actor even revisited the part, some years after the 1949 theatrical production in London and the movie in 1950 – by playing the character once again in the West-End revival that returned to London in 1975.

For those unfamiliar with the film or play, it tells the tale of Elwood P. Dowd – a gentle but wealthy drunk who starts having visions of a giant rabbit named HarveyElwood lives with his sister Veta-Louise and her daughter, Myrtle MaeVeta worries that Elwood has gone insane and in the process of trying to have Elwood committed, admits that she too occasionally sees Harvey herself. The director of the Sanatorium – Dr. Chumley, tries to reconcile his duty to help Elwood with his own growing experiences with Harvey.

Directed by Louise Gaul – HARVEY features many familiar faces from The Alexandra Players.

HARVEY is the last production in The Alexandra Players programme for 2019 and will be performed at The Alexandra Hall on Bramshot Avenue.
The play opens on Wednesday 23rd October for 4 nights only and the box office opened on Sunday 15th September 2019.
Tickets cost £10 and £8 for Concessions.
You can book your tickets right now via the WHAT’S ON page on our website, by sending us an email – alexandraplayers@gmail.com – or by calling/texting your request to us on 07867 627 987

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The Alexandra Players present Alan Ayckbourn’s Drowning on Dry Land

Alexandra Players Drowning on Dry Land Ayckbourn
The Alexandra Players will perform Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s Drowning on Dry Land over four nights this February, Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd.

About the play

Charlie Conrad is a celebrity. His talent? He hasn’t got one; the nation took him to their hearts for very publicly being unable to do anything competently. One fateful day, however, Charlie meets Marsha, and his marriage and career go into freefall… Drowning on Dry Land examines the current obsession with celebrity for its own sake and chillingly but hilariously demonstrates how celebrities can be destroyed as quickly as they are made.

Booking

Tickets cost £9 (£8 for concessions) and can be booked online via the Alexandra Players’ website, by email, or by phone: 07867 627 987.


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‘Oh What A Lovely War’: The Alexandra Players return with October half-term show

Alexandra Players Oh What A Lovely War Poster
News in from Charlton’s amateur dramatics group about their upcoming production:
The Alexandra Players are delighted to present “Oh What A Lovely War” in support of The British Legion’s #ThankYou100 campaign. Through the sale of poppies, we hope to raise money for the charity and provide our audiences with 4 nights of acting and entertainment in October.
Oh What A Lovely War
A chronicle of the First World War, told through songs and documents in the form of a seaside pierrot entertainment of the period, was devised and presented by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, in 1963. It was the result of close co-operation between writer, actors and director, where the whole team participated in detailed research into the period and in the creative task of bringing their material to life in theatrical terms. It won the acclaim of audiences and critics and the Grand Prix of the Theatre des Nations festival in Paris in 1963 and has become a classic of the modern theatre.
8pm, Wednesday 24th – Saturday 27th October 2018 (Doors open at 7.30pm)
Tickets:  Seats £9 Concessions £8
Venue: The Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Avenue, Charlton, SE7 7HY
 To book tickets: 07867 627 987 | alexandraplayers[at]gmail.com | www.alexandraplayers.org.uk