Our round-up of this summer’s theatre by Paula Walker

The Place Theatre 

Swan Theatre Company presents
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 September at 7.30pm
Journey into the Wild West, 1890, in this classic story of good versus evil, of law versus the gun, of one man versus Liberty Valance. A tale of love, hope and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society.

When a young scholar from New York travels west in search of a new life, he arrives, beaten and half-dead, on the dusty streets of Twotrees, where he finds the love of a local girl. This gives him purpose in a broken land, but is it enough to save him from the outlaw who wants him dead?


DOT Productions present
A Woman of No Importance
Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm
Lady Hunstanton’s house party is in full swing, when Gerald Arbuthnot is announced as secretary to the witty Lord Illingworth. However, once Gerald’s mother makes an appearance, suddenly his future is uncertain. Should Mrs Arbuthnot tell her son the truth she has hidden all these years? Would Gerald and Society ever forgive her? After all, who would believe Lord Illingworth to be a man of no importance?

Comic melodrama and social scandal bubble away in this classic Oscar Wilde satire.


Strictly Arts present
Saturday 22 September at 7.30pm
Inspired by the first man in America to plead Insanity as his defence, Freeman examines the unspoken link between mental health and systemic racism. Throughout time and across waters, from William Freeman to Sarah Reed, six true stories are threaded together and told through physical theatre, spoken word, gospel singing, shadow puppetry and more.


The Pantaloons present
As You Like It
Sunday 23 September at 6.30pm
Welcome to the Forest of Arden, a world of clowns, lovers, runaways and rebels. The critically acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, with foot-stomping live music and their own inimitable brand of buffoonery.


Can’t Sit Still presents
Plink and Boo
Sunday 30 September at 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Combining acrobatics, live music and A LOT of toys, Plink and Boo is an interactive circus theatre experience that playfully explores why sometimes people can’t fit into boxes, even if it is the neatest place to put them.

The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE
Tickets and more information available at www.theplacebedford.org.uk



The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s 

Eric’s Tales of the Sea: A Submariner’s Yarn
Tuesday 4th September at 7.30pm
Tickets: £14.50 (£12.50 concessions)
Age Suitability: 13yrs+

True-life submariner and gifted raconteur, Eric gives an insider’s view of life aboard a nuclear submarine in this award-winning, unique show.

Eric will keep you mesmerised, as, with a selection of incredible images, he takes you through his experiences, which at times leave the audience scared to breathe in case they miss something.


Get Lost and Found present
Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley
Saturday 8 September at 11.00am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm
Tickets: £10.00 (£8.00 concessions)
Age Suitability: 4yrs+

A brand new Children’s theatre show!

Open a book and discover a world where anything is possible on an unforgettable journey to Moomin Valley, where everyone is welcome, nature thrives and adventures are plentiful.

Magical puppetry, an ingenious set, original music and interactive play will delight young audiences.


So Television Presents
John Hegley: New & Selected
Friday 14 September at 8.00pm
Tickets: £15.50 (£13.50 concessions)
Age Suitability: 14yrs+
Described as “scandalously talented” by The Sunday Times, John Hegley is one of the nation’s best-loved performance poets. Alongside the potato poems are other vegetable activities, including Pass the Parsnip, Flinging the Fennel and possibly Vegetaboules, there will certainly be some French content, family songs and stories. We love John Hegley at the Clanger and we’ll definitely be there.


The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN 
Tickets and more information available at www.quarrytheatre.org.uk


Pavilion Playhouse continues their season of open air theatre in the beautiful setting of Bedford Park

The Importance of being Earnest
Sunday 12 August at 7pm
Tickets: £17 (concessions £14)
Immersion Theatre invite you to enjoy an afternoon of open-air decadence and hilarity, as they proudly present Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy.

Peter Pan
Saturday 1 September at 3.30pm
Tickets: £14 (concessions £10)
Filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, a laugh-a-minute script, and the opportunity to meet the characters after the show, this hilarious and exciting musical of the boy who never grew up promises to have every member of the family entertained throughout.

Tickets and more information are available at www.pavilion.atthepark.co.uk



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