Wednesday 14th March 2018

 

Wednesday 14th March 2018 

A whole day excursion to London with a choice of 2 very different productions

 

Young Frankenstein

  musical comedy

Garrick Theatre  2.30pm

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein - the new musical comedy based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit movie - has come alive in the West End with an all-star cast including the likes of Hadley Fraser, Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph and Summer Strallen.

Or

Mary Stuart


Duke of York's Theatre  2.00pm

Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It's all in the execution. Friedrich Schiller's political tragedy Mary Stuart takes us behind the scenes of some of British history's most crucial days.  Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams

 trade the play’s central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.

 

Young Frankenstein

 

Young Frankenstein, the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic, tells the story of the Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced ‘Fronk-en-steen’). When Frederick inherits a castle in Transylvania, he discovers he has a familial reputation to uphold, leading him to fulfill his grandfather’s legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. With help and hindrance from hunchback henchman Igor, buxom assistant Inga and needy fiancée Elizabeth, his experiment yields madcap success and life-changing consequences. With hilarious musical numbers such as Puttin’ On The Ritz, Young Frankenstein is based on the hilarious 1974 film co-written by, and starring, Gene Wilder. A parody of the horror film genre, the hit movie was adapted into a musical when Brooks decided to stage another of his successful films, and work began on the show in April 2006. Young Frankenstein went on to open on Broadway in November 2007 to critical acclaim, playing until January 2009 before embarking on a nationwide tour in September 2009. Now making its West End debut, following a UK premiere at Newcastle Theatre Royal earlier in 2017, this production of Young Frankenstein sees Brooks, the comedy genius and legendary filmmaker behind huge hits The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs, once again collaborate with Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman in an all-singing, all-dancing, new version at the Garrick Theatre. The new version is co-written with Thomas Meehan, and features two new songs: It Could Work and Hang Him Till He’s Dead. Come and see Brooks’ and Gene Wilder’s classic movie come to life on the West End stage – sharp wit, glorious gags, knockout show tunes and monstrous fun all guaranteed!

 

Excursion Price for Young Frankenstein:  £69.50

***Please note: Dress circle seats on hold for this performance***
 

Price includes: coach travel throughout; coffee and biscuits en-route, theatre ticket, coach driver’s gratuity, courier services

 

Mary Stuart

Duke of York’s Theatre 2pm

Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It’s all in the execution. Friedrich Schiller’s political tragedy Mary Stuart takes us behind the scenes of some of British history’s most crucial days.  

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida Theatre in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End from 13 January 2018 for a limited run.

Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams trade the play’s central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.  They perform in chic modern dress on a simple wooden set.

Juliet Stevenson is an Olivier Award-winning actress; a star of both stage and screen. She won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Paulina in Death And The Maiden. Juliet has received three BAFTA TV Award nominations for Best Actress. In 2017 she played the lead role in Arthur Kopit’s Wings at the Young Vic.

Lia Williams’ stage credits include Mappa Mundi and The Hothouse at the National Theatre, Rosalind in As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Oresteia at the Almeida Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. In 2016 she played the part of Wallis Simpson in the Netflix series The Crown.

Robert Icke previously directed Oresteia, Mr Burns and 1984 for the Almeida, and The Red Barn for the National Theatre. He received the Olivier Award for Best Director in 2016. He was previously Associate Director at Headlong before taking up the position of Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre. In 2017 he directed Hamlet starring Andrew Scott. The production later transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Mary Stuart was first performed in Weimar, Germany in June 1800. It later formed the basis for Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Maria Stuarda which premiered in 1835. In 2005 the play was revived at the Donmar Warehouse, using a translation by Peter Oswald, and starred Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter.  Some theatre club members did see that version of the play in 2006 in London - it was superb.

Excursion Price for Mary Stuart £82.00

***Please note: Side Stalls seats on hold for this performance*** 

Price includes: coach travel throughout; coffee and biscuits en-route, theatre ticket, coach driver’s gratuity, courier services

 

Lunch options – lets try something different 

Recently, I have struggled to find lunch venues willing to take group bookings and some of our old favourites are not what they used to be.   Also, serving a large group sometimes brings slow service and on this date we have got a 2pm start for Mary Stuart which does not allow for this sort of problem. So……………

As there are plenty of restaurants in this area I am not going to book a group lunch.  Instead I will be on hand to direct people to the many different eating places near to both theatres. 

These include:

The Garrick Arms Pub [Greene King group] right next door to the Garrick Theatre in Charing Cross Road.
Prezzo, Fumo, Cote Brasserie,  Browns Restaurant, Pizza Express and Bella Italia all in St Martins Lane and near to the Duke of York Theatre – Browns is right next door to the Duke of York Theatre.

I will be eating in one of the above restaurants and anyone who is on their own is very welcome to join me [& others also on their own] for lunch.

 

COACH BOARDING POINTS

 

8.00am Sandwich Railway Station

 

8.08am Sholden Church

 

8.12am  Deal Fire Station Bus Stop                

 

8.15am Deal South Street     

 

8.20am Walmer – opposite butcher’s shop 

 

8.40am Dover – St Paul’s Catholic Church, Maison Dieu Rd

 

9.00am Folkestone outside Bus Station

 

9.05am Folkestone bus stop opposite Trinity Church

 

9.10am Seabrook bus stop opposite Fountain Pub

 

9.15am Hythe Red Lion Square bus stop

 

9.45am  Great Danes Hotel near Maidstone [coffee stop]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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