OOOH ARRR Productions presents
Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens

28th August - 2nd September
7.30pm (2pm Saturday matinee)


OOOH ARRR Productions presents
Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens

28th August - 2nd September - 7.30pm (2pm Saturday matinee)

£7.00
Concessions: £5.00

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A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict forever changes the life of the orphaned Pip. Turning his back on his humble beginnings as a blacksmith's apprentice, he strives to better himself and become a gentlemen, unaware of the hidden dangers that await him.

Oooh Arrr Productions return to the Alma with their brand new adaptation of this Dickens classic, after receiving multiple 4* reviews for their version of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ back in June.

“Wonderfully eerie and atmospheric” – **** RemoteGoat on ‘Hansel and Gretel’


http://www.oaprods.co.uk

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  Circle of Spears Productions presents
WITCH
by Tracey Norman

8th & 9th September
8.00pm


Circle of Spears Productions presents
WITCH
by Tracey Norman

8th & 9th September - 8.00pm

£10.50
Concessions: £8.50

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WITCH follows Margery Scrope, a destitute healer/midwife, who has been accused of witchcraft by her neighbour Thomas Latimer following the death of his daughter.

He and Margery have been brought before the local landowner/magistrate to give their side of the story. The magistrate must then decide how the case should proceed and whether Margery should be tried or if it is simply a neighbourly squabble.

Written to stimulate discussion, it asks more questions than it answers - there is no linear journey from A to B with a character whose innocence or guilt is clearly defined. In fact, all three characters have grey areas and each audience member must decide for themselves whether they believe Margery is guilty or not.

WITCH is a 50 minute 3-hander written in 2016 by company member Tracey Norman.

It recently received a 4-star review from Remotegoat and has just finished an extremely successful 3-performance run at the Fringe Theatrefest, where it was hailed as a "MUST SEE" of the festival.

Described by audiences as "powerful", "thought-provoking", "utterly compelling" and "immersive".

The show is based entirely on historical records, so everything that happens in it has happened to a person living in the early modern era.

Please be aware that these prices include a 50p admin charge. Tickets can be purchased over the bar to avoid this charge.

http://www.circleofspears.co.uk

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  Apollo Theatre Company presents
Cult Figure: Kenneth Williams
by Colin Elmer

20th - 23rd September
7.30pm


Apollo Theatre Company presents
Cult Figure: Kenneth Williams
by Colin Elmer

20th - 23rd September - 7.30pm

£12.00

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Kenneth Williams is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable faces (and voices) in British comedy history. A household name thanks to his work on Hancock’s Half Hour, Round the Horne and a staggering twenty-five Carry On films, his career is the stuff of comedy legend.

Aside from these wonderfully written films and programmes, Williams was just as comfortable entertaining in his own words, be it on Just a Minute or the many chat shows on which he was a frequent and masterful guest.

This brand new production tells the great man’s story in his own words using some of the most hilarious and poignant stories and anecdotes he shared throughout his life.

Colin Elmer who starred as Williams in the 50th Anniversary Tour of Round the Horne brings the great man to life in both body, voice and spirit, evoking the sense of mischief and naughtiness that became Kenneth Williams’ trademark and providing an entertaining insight into the man behind the mask.

So prepare for an evening of hilarity, sincerity and plenty of messing about as we tell the story of this true cult figure.

"a performance which relies on finely-observed respect rather than pure mimicry" - Get West London on 'Round the Horne'

http://www.apollotheatrecompany.com

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  Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society presents
Entertaining Mr. Sloane
by Joe Orton

27th - 30th September
7.30pm


Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society presents
Entertaining Mr. Sloane
by Joe Orton

27th - 30th September - 7.30pm

£10.00

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50 years after Joe Orton’s untimely death, CADS perform the playwright’s classic comedy Entertaining Mr Sloane.

Sharp, alarming and hilarious, Entertaining Mr Sloane is a subversive black comedy of unscrupulous sexual manipulation, telling the mischievously provocative story of Mr Sloane, a sly and handsome young man who works his way into the household of Kath, her brother Ed, and their father. The situation soon evolves into an unnerving tale of sex, blackmail, bribery and violence.

“Unlike many scandals, both Entertaining Mr Sloane and its protagonist reach their majority with impact undiminished…Mr Sloane has moved with the times.” – Financial Times

“Entertaining Mr Sloane retains its power to provoke and startle.” – Telegraph

Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) have been entertaining audiences in West Bristol since 2011. Recent successes include the hugely popular productions of “Shakesbeer” Promenade in the streets and parks of Clifton, and a sell-out production of ‘Audacity’ at the Alma Tavern in 2016.

Please contact secretary@bristolcads.org.uk for more information


http://www.bristolcads.co.uk

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  Tawdry Lace Theatre presents
The Cocktail Hour
by A. R. Gurney

2nd - 7th October
7.30pm


Tawdry Lace Theatre presents
The Cocktail Hour
by A. R. Gurney

2nd - 7th October - 7.30pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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John, middle son to a rich 1970s American family, has written a new play about his life growing up. His traditional, ageing parents, Bradley and Ann, are horrified at their life being depicted for all to see - while his sister Nina is offended that she only has a minor role!

As the liquor flows - stifled resentments, deep secrets and hopeful dreams simmer under the surface, then bubble over during their daily, dearest ritual of 'The Cocktail Hour'. It soon becomes clear that John's writing may be closer to the truth than his family are willing to accept.

'The Cocktail Hour' won the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play and had long and successful run in New York.

'THE COCKTAIL HOUR is as funny and moving as The Dining Room…it could be the best play he has done so far.' —The New Yorker.

'It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney's family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness.' —NY Post.
'The lines in the play crackle and pop with an electricity all their own.' —Drama-Logue. '…when I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here, I laugh through the tears.' —NY Daily News. Tawdry Lace Theatre are returning to the Alma for their third production following their critically acclaimed productions of the anti-pantomime 'The Night Before Christmas' by Anthony Neilson (2016) and Giles Havergal’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s 'Travels With My Aunt' (2017).

http://www.tawdrylacetheatre.co.uk

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  The Shillings presents
A Night with The Shillings
by

9th October
7.30pm


The Shillings presents
A Night with The Shillings
by

9th October - 7.30pm

£10.00

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Spend an intimate night in the Alma Theatre with the Somerset based folk & country group, The Shillings.

They've built a fantastic reputation for telling stories in song and building an instant rapport with audiences.

The fusion of guitar, mandolin, banjo & fiddle accompanying wonderful close vocal harmonies, make 'The Shillings' an absolute must see.

“Their performance alone was worth the ticket price” – Bristol Post (review of The Shillings support slot for Fairport Convention).


http://www.theshillings.co.uk

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  Renato's Theatre Company presents
Pussy: An Angela Carter Musical Extravaganza
by A.C.H. Smith & C. Northam

10th - 13th October
8.00pm


Renato's Theatre Company presents
Pussy: An Angela Carter Musical Extravaganza
by A.C.H. Smith & C. Northam

10th - 13th October - 8.00pm

£12.00

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Based on Perrault’s age-old tale ‘Puss in Boots’, Carter’s genius unfurls the feline raunchiness implicit in the original - the outcome, a feminist masterpiece of high comedy, targeting the male chauvinism imprisoning human sexuality.

A scintillating blend of Perrault’s fairy-tale, Commedia dell’ arte and Mozart and Rossini’s operatic Figaro. It is about sexual intrigue and seduction seen through the green-eyes of a talking, booted, dilettante cat, who can somersault holding a full wine-glass and speak in French, the language closest to a purr.

Music and lyrics have a feline quality, which the audience will find both magical and mesmerizing. The ribald cynicism of this marmalade tom-cat dandy sums up Carter’s radical treatment of traditional fairytales, which expose gender issues still relevant today.

The show celebrates Bristol’s links to one of the 20th century’s greatest writers, who wrote five of her nine novels while living in the city.

This uplifting and provocative entertainment promises to capture her subversive humour and to introduce or re-acquaint audiences with her highly original and wicked imagination.

“The best story in the book [The Bloody Chamber], “Puss-in-Boots” deserves to be included in every prose anthology of this century or any other …[it] had me gasping with admiration” - Auberon Waugh




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  Paradox Productions presents
Effie's Burning
by Valerie Windsor

14th October
7.30pm


Paradox Productions presents
Effie's Burning
by Valerie Windsor

14th October - 7.30pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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Effie, who has lived in mental health institutions since the age of thirteen, has been admitted to hospital with severe burns.

Treating her is Dr Ruth Kovacs, who finds in Effie’s extraordinary story of injustice and official callousness the key to her own suppressed anger and power.

Taut and powerful, tender and often funny, Effie’s Burning is an emotional switchback of a play, with a searing anger at it’s heart.

First produced by the Library Theatre Company, Manchester in 1987, this two-hander by Valerie Windsor was performed at the National Theatre, London and has been produced by several theatre companies all over the world.

The play is as highly resonant today as it was was 30 years ago, highlighting issues surrounding mental health and the care of those who suffer.

‘‘Rarely have I sat through a play that had such an impact long after leaving the theatre … It should be mandatory viewing for all social workers, health care professionals and politicians who take major decisions about vulnerable people’s lives”
Reading Chronicle

Paradox Productions is a new theatre company from Poole, Dorset, comprising of members that have an extensive amount of theatrical experience and who relish the opportunity to perform challenging and outstanding scripts , such as this.

Concessions for this show are also for NHS staff, please bring the relevant ID with you for proof at the box office.



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  Bristol Poetry Can presents
Still Doing It
by M. Scott & D.C. Johnson

16th October
7.30pm


Bristol Poetry Can presents
Still Doing It
by M. Scott & D.C. Johnson

16th October - 7.30pm

£10.00
Concessions: £9.00

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A show full of wit, songs, poetry and banter.

Following a successful premier at 2017's Bath Fringe Festival, Sharpstone-based, folk singer/songwriter, legend of the west, Mike Scott and Bristol-based, internationally acclaimed, performance poet, David C Johnson will perform together on stage in a full length feast of witty, pithy, acutely observed songs interwoven with poetry and good-humoured banter.

No subject is spared, from early school days, to sport and from travel to art, grammar and old age, (if they haven't been told to go to bed by matron by then).

Mike and David have shared the bill previously at The Rondo, The Alma Tavern Theatre, Arnolfini, but never combined in this way before and are excited to be returning to the Alma Tavern Theatre, for the Bristol Poetry Festival 2017.

Mike Scott is a popular stalwart of the West Country folk scene, who has performed his own songs at many music festivals, including Priddy, Chippenham and Trowbridge Village Pump. He has released 12 CD's of his own inimitable music.

David C Johnson is a slam-winning performance poet, Radio 4 playwright, who has featured at Festivals from Cheltenham to Sheffield and from Newcastle to New Orleans. He has written several commissioned poems for BBC Radio Bristol. David has 5 published poetry collections and has collaborated with film makers on a number of poetry films shown at Festivals from Germany to Greece.



http://www.poetrycan.co.uk

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  Bristol Poetry Can presents
The Venus Papers
by Lydia Townsey

18th October
8.00pm


Bristol Poetry Can presents
The Venus Papers
by Lydia Townsey

18th October - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £9.00

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Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty, has washed up on British shores in time to witness the frenzy and aftermath of the 2017 snap general election.

Through the filters of an immigration officer, the red top papers and the general public, Venus experiences what it means to be a 21st Century immigrant woman at a time of social, political and cultural upheaval.

Writer/performer Lydia Townsey's theatrical poetry show is one of landscapes, journeys and the tales of 21st Century women in our tumultuous times.

"Absolutely spectacular" - Jo Ivie, Poet in the City

"Lydia Townsey's poetry bubbles with wry observations and quick-witted delights that are genuine and loaded with charm" - Jane Commance, Nine Arches Press



http://www.poetrycan.co.uk

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  Middle-Weight Theatre Company presents
Soundbite / Remedies; A Ballad of Broken Britain
by T Stabb & M Roberts

19th - 21st October
8.00pm


Middle-Weight Theatre Company presents
Soundbite / Remedies; A Ballad of Broken Britain
by T Stabb & M Roberts

19th - 21st October - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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ACT 1: ‘Sound Bite’

The day is July 16th, 1969.

The Eagle has landed.

In the deepest depths of NASA HQ, two men Dick and Mickey, with guidance from operative Janine, have been assigned the almighty task of providing Neil Armstrong, the iconic first words to be spoken from the surface of the moon and change mankind forever.

There’s only one problem...

Writers’ Block

Act 2: ‘Remedies - A Ballad Of Broken Britain’

Brexit, benefits, broken homes, bickering and viagra are only a few of the issues examined in this new comedy.

Set within the 4 walls of a local pharmacy, this one room situation comedy/drama features two opinionated, strong willed and polarised members of staff.

As they witness the ailments and sicknesses of the public, they may be able to administer the medicine, but can they find the remedy for the the ill’s of Britain?

“What's in a name?”
Thirty seconds later, we still didn't know; but the Middle-Weight Theatre Company was founded in Exeter, Devon.
In 2013, Matt Roberts & Tom Stabb with a joint disposition and mutual love of dialogue and comedy, not to mention a shared caffeine addiction, combined their efforts towards creating a focused and dedicated touring theatre company through the means of new and original writing.

We hope to help challenge and push people’s boundaries through the use of language and whether it is set in the past or a dystopian future; our first production ‘Sound Bite, or latest ‘Remedies’, are no exception in drawing on parallels to our complicated present.

“Captivating! Flawlessly performed” ~ The Packet

“The jokes come thick and fast. Courageous and often witty” ~ TheatreBath

“A lot of intelligence and heart with a very slick performance” (On ‘Insensible’) ~ Claire Smith, The Scotsman

“Funny, poignant and fascinating. A great evening!”
(On ‘Insensible’) ~ Elaine Tyler Hall, ENO staff director

“The best show I have seen in absolutely ages!” (On ‘Remedies’) ~ Audience member

http://www.middleweighttheatrecompany.com

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  Stepping Out Theatre presents
The Vagina Monologues
by Eve Ensler

24th - 28th October
8.00pm


Stepping Out Theatre presents
The Vagina Monologues
by Eve Ensler

24th - 28th October - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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The Vagina Monologues by American playwright Eve Ensler has been a theatrical phenomenon for the last twenty years.

Every year hundreds of productions around the world take place as part of a global campaign aimed at ending violence and abuse against women and girls raising many millions of pounds for charities which help women fleeing domestic abuse, support rape victims, or offer crisis counselling and other such services to women.

Based on real interviews, women talk frankly about their experiences of love, sex, childbirth and abuse, about being mothers and daughters, about being victims of sexual violence.

Eve Ensler condensed the interviews down into a riveting, exhilarating, passionate and hilarious piece of theatre about what it is to be a woman.

Enjoy!

All proceeds from these performances will go towards the following Bristol Women's charities
The Hope Project
Self Injury Support
The Green House Womankind


http://www.steppingouttheatre.co.uk

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  The 625 Company presents
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by A.C. Doyle, Adapted by Clive Francis

7th - 11th November
8.00pm


The 625 Company presents
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by A.C. Doyle, Adapted by Clive Francis

7th - 11th November - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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Sir Hugo Baskerville was the picture of aristocratic excess, drunkenness and debauchery until he was struck down by a demonic hound – or so the legend tells.

Two hundred years later his descendent Sir Charles apparently meets a similar fate, dying of fright in the grounds of Baskerville Hall.

Can Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mystery before Sir Charles’ heir comes to an equally gruesome end?

The Hound of the Baskervilles’ macabre appeal has made it the most popular Sherlock Holmes adventure. In Clive Francis’ lively adaptation, four actors play the part of Watson, adopting the character of Holmes and others throughout the play.




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  Aim Low Productions presents
Paying the Piper
by Domenico Lopresti

12th - 13th November
8.00pm


Aim Low Productions presents
Paying the Piper
by Domenico Lopresti

12th - 13th November - 8.00pm

£9.50
Concessions: £6.50

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1346.

When a small town becomes consumed by a plague of rats, its inhabitants have no idea that they are bringing with them one of the most devastating pandemics in human history.

With the town on the edge of collapse, they will turn to the help of a stranger who will become remembered as hero to some and villain to others.

'Paying the Piper' is a devised piece of theatre exploring the darker side folk stories and fairy tales that are normally reserved for children.

http://aimlowpro.com

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  The James Company presents
Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

15th - 18th November
7.30pm (2pm Saturday matinee)


The James Company presents
Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

15th - 18th November - 7.30pm (2pm Saturday matinee)

£12.50
Concessions: £10.50

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Ambition, murder and prophecy.

Shakespeare’s classic Scottish tragedy is transformed in a co-production by The James Company & presentabsence.

This unique take on the Macbeths’ downfall is brought to life with a haunting soundscape, reimagined characters and the audiences’ involvement.
“The world needs more theatre like this”. - Love Midlands Theatre on presentabsence’s NOISE

http://www.jamescompanytheatre.com

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  The Worx Ltd. presents
The Big Meal
by Dan LeFranc

21st - 25th November
8.00pm


The Worx Ltd. presents
The Big Meal
by Dan LeFranc

21st - 25th November - 8.00pm

£12.50

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Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly.

And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye.

A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of one ordinary family.

http://www.tworxproductions.com

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  Ministry of Entertainment presents
Mrs Gerrish's Rear Window
by Joe Hobbs

30th Nov - 1st Dec
8.00pm


Ministry of Entertainment presents
Mrs Gerrish's Rear Window
by Joe Hobbs

30th Nov - 1st Dec - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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Mrs. Gerrish is somewhat incapacitated. Her guest house is closed for the winter and she can’t even wash the net curtains. She will just have to relax, take it easy and take the opportunity to read all of those enticing crime novels Mrs. Fricker left behind last season. But something isn’t right! She has the eerie feeling that someone is watching her. Someone with evil on their minds. With binoculars in hand she lays guard at her rear window awaiting the arrival of her only friend, Muriel. The downstairs front door opens. But Muriel is there, in her garden, digging a large hole. So, who could this be, creeping up the stairs?

With the usual combination of period music and scripting laced with oral histories, Kate and Ross play a variety of hilarious characters in this new, upbeat, energetic and inventive production.

“This Ministry certainly lives up to its name.” Evening Post


http://www.ministryofentertainment.co.uk

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  Instant Wit presents
Instant Wit!
by The Improv Geniuses

2nd December
8.00pm


Instant Wit presents
Instant Wit!
by The Improv Geniuses

2nd December - 8.00pm

£10.00

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Instant Wit!  The best in improvised comedy.

Fresh and inventive, each show throws up new nuggets of hilarity crafted by a company of the highest calibre.  It's a pick-me-up tonic with unexpected twists and a dash of sauce.

There'll be sketches, songs and general silliness - and all of it based around audience suggestions.  And if you're too shy to shout anything out?  Well don't worry, you'll have the chance to write things down in the interval.  We're the ones who'll look daft, not you!

So now's the time to indulge yourself of you've always had a secret yearning to see something really bizarre on stage.  A country and western song about a musical cat flap? Julius Ceasar on a camping holiday with Cleopatra?  Well, why not? Your wish is our command.  Good suggestions get flying packets of custard, the best a bottle of wine.

Many people have seen improvised comedy on the t.v. - but remember, this is not recorded and edited, but totally live, making it trickier for the actors but more exciting for the audience.  So, if you like your comedy fast-paced and with a slightly unusual edge, this is definately for you.

We're proud to use some of the best local talent, with our performers regularly appearing at the Tobacco Factory, Theatre Royal Bath and Bristol Old Vic.

Instant Wit - a bunch of very unusual suspects who are forever on the run from the comedy police!

"These are conspicuously skilful performers - everyone is exhilarated on stage and off!" - The Guardian

 "Extremely funny, on occasion hilarious... Very clever and skilful with their improvised comedy sketches.  They got the audience involved at every oppourtunity - they even made up a song about a round of sausage sandwiches I had had for breakfast!" - Bristol Evening Post



http://www.instantwit.co.uk

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  Rain or Shine Theatre presents
Dracula (or) A Pain in the Neck
by Tom Jordan

5th & 6th December
8.00pm


Rain or Shine Theatre presents
Dracula (or) A Pain in the Neck
by Tom Jordan

5th & 6th December - 8.00pm

£10.00
Concessions: £8.00

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Rain or Shine proudly present a new adaptation of Bram Stoker's famous Gothic fantasy... With a twist!

This is a play you can really sink your teeth into!

A thrilling new comedy for all the family.

After the success of 2016's The Hound of the Baskervilles, Rain or Shine are dying to bring you yet another Classic novel... but with their own individual comedic style!

Hailed last year as 'a delicious mirthfest' Rain or Shine will be raising the stakes by expanding on their new brand of 'Morecambe & Wise-ish comedy' style for another season of mystery, mayhem, but above all multi-role madness!



http://www.rainorshine.co.uk

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