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A Bunch of Amateurs

Tuesday 20th - Sat 24th February 2018
by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman,

Directed by Nigel Rowe

Jefferson Steele arrives in Stratford to take the lead in “King Lear" to revive his flagging career dominated by 2nd rate action movies.

He thinks he is coming to the RSC in Stratford upon Avon but finds himself in a sleepy Suffolk of Stratford St John with a bunch of amateurs.

What ensues is an unravelling of his reputation leading to a reconciliation with his neglected daughter and a growing admiration for the professionalism of this happy band of amateurs.

This terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue has a great story, with plenty of twists and turns.

Originally a film, it was chosen for the 2008 Royal Film performance which the Queen so enjoyed she requested a special showing at Sandringham for Christmas.

Box Office



2018 Memberships

Subscriptions are now being accepted for 2018 memberships.
To simplify sales of tickets for our first production, it would be appreciated if members would kindly renew beforehand.
A membership form can be downloaded and sent to the Theatre with your renewal fees. Alternatively, you may write to us if this is more convenient for you.

Please enclose a SAE if you wish to have your membership card(s) returned by post, otherwise they will be waiting at the Theatre for your next visit.


Plays, Pints and Pot Luck!

A chance for all members to come along and join our reading of "August: Osage County", the Pulitzer and Tony award winning drama by Tracy Letts. Called "the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen for years" this "corrosive black comedy reinvigorates family drama and brings it up to date."

If this intrigues you come and join us as we lift this text off the page and bring it to life! The reading will take place at the theatre on Friday 26th January, starting at 7pm. The bar will be open and please bring a buffet style dish to contribute to a "pot luck" supper.

We are hoping to make play readings a regular event so do come along and if you have any suggestions on material for the future they will be gratefully received.

For any further information contact Sarah McCarthy


Dunkirk (2017) - Fri 16th March 7.30pm

Dunkirk Evacuation of Allied soldiers from the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance

Rating PG - Action, Drama, History



Movie Tickets

Tickets cost £5 and are only sold on the door, non members will have to join for an additional £2

Doors open 7pm, showing starts 7.45pm

The Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society

Regular film nights with Laurel & Hardy

Next Showing

  • Sat 10th February
  • Sat 24th March 2018
  • Sat 28th April 2018
  • Sat 9th June 2018

Manifest members are welcome to attend
but ticket price will include a fee to join the
‘Sons of the Desert’.