Busy year in store for St Ambrose Players

St Ambrose Players last performed A Christmas Carol in 2003, and the society has chosen the classic tale to base its 2016 pantomime on
St Ambrose Players last performed A Christmas Carol in 2003, and the society has chosen the classic tale to base its 2016 pantomime on

St Ambrose Players are looking forward to 2016 being one of their most successful years yet with four classic productions, a Murder Mystery at Hoghton Tower and the introduction of online ticket booking.

January 23 – Hoghton Tower Murder Mystery ‘Third Degree Burns’

Following on from the success of previous Murder Mysteries at Coppers Tea Rooms, The Eagle and Child, and Johnson House Farm Café (to name a few), our Murder Mystery branch are thrilled to be performing a Burns Night themed Murder Mystery at Hoghton Tower this month.

Written by member David White, our Murder Mysteries are always great fun, and a great opportunity to promote the Society.

Ticket details are available on Hoghton Tower’s website.

February 17 to 20 – Enchanted April, by Matthew Barber from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim

Nominated for a TONY in 2003 for Best New Play, Enchanted April is based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s classic 1922 novel of the same name.

Bored of their dull lives in London, four very different women respond to an advert placed in The Times, and escape to an idyllic Italian Villa for the month of April.

Once there they discover love, friendship and rediscover themselves in their beautiful and enchanted surroundings.

Filled with comedy, drama, romance and a hint of magic, Enchanted April will surely leave audiences glowing!

May 17 to 21 – The Wizard of Oz

Last performed on our stage in 2003, there is no greater family musical than The Wizard of Oz and we are thrilled to be performing this show once again this May.

There is plenty for all to enjoy in this classic musical from songs such as ‘Over the Rainbow’ and ‘The Jitterbug’ through to ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead’.

August 17 to 20 – Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

One of the greatest farces of all time will be performed this August, written by the legendary Noel Coward.

We last performed this fabulous play in 1990.

Boasting one of the most famous comic characters on the stage in the form of the batty medium Madame Arcati, Blithe Spirit tells the tale of novelist Charles Condomine, who when researching his next novel, decides to hold a séance at his home in order to ridicule the practice.

Unfortunately for Charles, medium Madame Arcati may be eccentric but she is most certainly authentic.

And she succeeds in conjuring up Charles’ first wife Elvira, who proceeds to wreak havoc on his second marriage.

December 6 to 10 – A Christmas Carol: The Pantomime, by David White

There is no greater Christmas tale than A Christmas Carol, and this pantomime will be a perfect way for all the family to start their Christmas celebrations.

We last performed this to great success in 2003 and we are thrilled to be performing it, updated for 2016.

Including all the traditional characters from the original story, with the addition of a Dame, Father Christmas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, this show follows the traditional pantomime format, with just an extra helping of Christmas cheer – a perfect note to end the year on.

Online Tickets

From The Wizard of Oz onwards we will be adding an online ticket option for our audiences, through TicketSource.

This option will provide another way for our audiences to buy tickets, in addition to still being able to purchase tickets from Grandad Jim’s Sweet Shop in Chapel Brow.