Based loosely on the original Christmas Eve story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816, this version also incorporates the well-loved music of Tchaikovsky’s ballet for dances and some of its fifteen songs.
Clara and Frederick are given the most amazing Nutcracker as Christmas present from their Uncle Drosselmeyer. Prince Nikki ( The Nutcracker) is Prince of Candyland which is threatened by the mice that inhabit the skirting boards and are intent on eating all the Christmas goodies. Led by their Evil King Gnawman, the mice are invade Candyland backed by Madria , the wicked fairy.
Can Nikki,Clara and Federick save Candyland? Will the biggest Sugar Plum Fairy you have ever seen be able to help? Can Uncle Drosselmeyer and his two assistants Kurt and Weil save the day with their inventions? Don’t miss this wonderful Christmas story fun for children and grown ups alike.
THE NUTCRACKER runs from 9th -19th December at 7.30pm with extra matinees on Saturday 12th and 19th December at 2.30pm.
Concession – (student/child/over 60/NHS/Police or Armed Services/Teachers & lecturers)
The Lady in the Van
Alan Bennett’s writing is nimble, ironical, cruel and humane… one of his saddest, funniest and most distinguished offerings for years.
November 19th – 28th (Use coupon code: party4 for 4 tickets)
A wonderfully bittersweet comic diary of the years in which a lethally dotty and very smelly old bat parked her unroadworthy vehicle in Alan Bennett’s Camden garden.
The Return of the Soldier
Death and the Maiden
See how they run
The Merry Wives of Windsor
AS YOU LIKE IT
Weds 21st – Sat 31st May 2014
As You Like It examines human capacity to endure. Rosalind, the daughter of an exiled leader, falls in love with Orlando. Separately the two are banished from their homeland by Rosalind’s dictator uncle. In the wild depths of the forest they find unexpected freedom and love.
‘All the World’s a stage’ and where better to see this rustic romantic comedy than in the stunning setting of the Great Barn. Rich Rosalind, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match, but her uncle, jealous of her popularity, banishes her from court.
Disguised as a boy she seeks out her usurped father in the Forest of Arden. Here she meets Orlando again and,in her disguise, counsels him in the art of love. A wonderful night of cross dressing fun, romance and slapstick!
Thurs 21st – Sat 30th Aug 2014
AThe great King Lear divides his realm amongst his three daughters; Goneril, Regan, and his favourite,
Cordelia. But vanity and hubris ensue and a rift forms between family and former allies, leading to
war with the Kingdom of France and a bloody descent into madness for the once mighty king.
The Tragedy of KiNG LEAR is undoubtedly William Shakespeare’s darkest play, exploring themes of
madness, cruelty, violence, redemption, and forgiveness. Titchfield Festival Theatre’s award-winning director Ben O’Shaughnessy sets his version in the Dark Ages of history. Back where the Bard drew inspiration from the ancient Celtic myth of Leir of Briton. Using the First Folio text with a talented cast featuring former Northcott Theatre Artistic Director, Stewart Trotter, as the eponymous King, and TFT Creative Director, Kevin Fraser, as “The Fool”, as well as award-winning actress Jess Hawkins, this production promises to be one of the most moving, and yet unnerving shows yet performed at the Titchfield Shakespeare Festival