On Stage

Actor, charmer and diva, Garry Essendine is determined to disregard his advancing years by revelling in endless tantrums and casual affairs.

About to depart for Africa, he finds himself besieged by a bevy of would be seductresses, not to men on his long-suffering secretary, his estranged wife, and an obsessed young playwright.

As he attempts to disentangle himself from their clutches and demands, the sparkling comedy escalates.

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Frankenstein by Nick Dear is based on Mary Shelley’s gothic novel.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror struck maker. Mee tting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

First presented at The National Theatre in 2011, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller; Frankenstein is a humane, intelligent retelling of the original story which looks at the process in which a new life learns what it is to be human ... moving from innocence to knowledge and from gratitude to violent revenge.

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Halifax Light Opera Society follows up its success with ‘Evita’ last year with ‘Guys and Dolls’, featuring a host of classic songs, including ‘Luck be a Lady’ and ‘Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat’.

Based on a Damon Runyon short story, the show revolves around Nathan Detroit, the organiser of the “oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York”.

He needs money for an illegal dice game, not to men on his 14 year engagement to night club singer Miss Adelaide, whose patience is finally running out.

Enter gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet and straight-laced Salva on Army missionary Sarah Brown.

The wager: Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen ‘sinners’ for Sarah’s mission.

Romance, however, is incidental in ‘Guys and Dolls’ to the colourful picture provided of New York and its more picturesque characters.

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Thursday 29th June

Variations of Pointe II is a new triple bill programme.

It includes stunning Repertoire Ballet, a hilarious new age twist inspired by Austin Powers as well as Niewelt’s new and breathtaking neoclassical work “Consequential Gaps”.

In the first part the audience will see sections of famous, yet not widely seen classic’s, such as “Le Spectre de la Rose” and “The Sylphide”.

The second part of this shows that Ballet does not have to be bland. Inspired by the Austin Powers movies, this new age comedy ballet combines new dance audiences to ballet.

Niewelt’s newest crea on “Consequential Gaps” completes the triple bill. To the music of great composers such as J. S. Bach he creates a new thrilling, extravagant yet breathtaking clean masterpiece.

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Play reading days/evenings in the bar

Tues May 30th 2017 Evening - 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start

Tues. June 6th 2017 Afternoon - 2.00 pm for 2.30 pm start

Tues. June 20th 2017 Aftnoon - 2.00 pm for 2.30 pm start

Tues. July 4th. 2017 Evening - 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start

As usual the BAR doors will be open approximately either 7.00 p.m. or 2.00 p.m. for their relevant start times.

Refreshments will be provided as usual


Bev Clark June 17 and Russell Whiteley GODA Jul 1.

Email: casting@halifaxplayhouse.org.uk for details.

L.I.F.T. is about ... launching our beautiful theatre forwards to face a bigger and brighter future. It’s about giving it a much-needed facelift , whether that’s better access or more desirable décor.

But it’s chiefly about bringing people together. Just like in the early days of the Halifax Playhouse where members worked together to build, hone and improve this stunning, listed building, safeguarding and preserving it as a prestigious arts venue fit for purpose and the future. Together we can make it happen.

- All in the Halifax Playhouse Bar Studio

Jazz in the Bar Evening - Friday 7th July 2017 @ 8:00pm

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Cabaret/Burlesque Glam - Friday 15th September 2017 @ 8:00pm

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