Here’s our regular theatre round-up for November, hand-picked by the Clanger’s Paula Walker. Poetry aplenty this month as the Place Theatre hosts Radio 4’s poet-in-residence, Kate Fox…………………….
The Place Theatre
Bedford Players’ Trust presents
Bedslam: with Guest Poet, Kate Fox
Wednesday 8 November at 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 (concessions £8.50)
Kate Fox has been poet-in-residence for Radio 4 and the Glastonbury Festival, amongst many other plaudits. It’s exciting that she is coming to Bedford as a special guest poet for another slamming night of wordsmithery. If you’ve never been to a poetry slam before, then think of it as wrestling, but with words, smart turns of phrase and skilful use of metaphor. At the end of the night, the audience gets to decide who should win the cash prize. If you’d like to join the line up and share your work, then contact The Place directly to book a slot.
Ben Watson presents
The History Of Everything
Friday 10 November at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 (concessions £10)
Age guidance: 13+
If you love QI or Mock the Week, then this solo comedy outing is for you: it’ll expand your mind, by exercising all your funny muscles at the same time! Ben Watson’s History of Everything will take you from Ancient Rome to the Millennium Dome, Donald Trump to mobile phones, through a heady mix of music, sketches and cabaret. An utterly perfect night out for you and your mates.
Tooth + Nail present
Saturday 11 November at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 (concessions £10)
The Place is very proud to be hosting this exceptional performance. The story, based on the real life Lonely Hearts Killers of the 50s, explores how passion can quickly become murderous. Presented with all the flavour of ‘Noir’ and with acrobatic movement sequences that will leave you breathless, this is an atmospheric tale of a doomed romance, handled with dexterity and skill by this exciting company.
Swan Theatre Company presents
The Night Alive
Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 November at 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 (concessions £8)
Tommy’s not a bad man; renting a room in his uncle’s house and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to another with his pal, Doc. Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s struggling through life the only way she knows. Their past won’t let go easily. But together, there’s a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps.
Tickets available at www.theplacebedford.org.uk
The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE
The Quarry Presents
National Theatre Live: Follies
Thursday 16 November at 7pm
Tickets: £12.50 (concessions £10.50)
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).
Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.
Tickets available from www.quarrytheatre.org or 01234 362337
The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, 26 St Peters St, Bedford MK40 2NN