In one of our busiest theatre seasons ever, autumn 2016 sees a diverse programme of new productions tackling a variety of stories including historical dramas, modern tales of friendship and family and an insight into all-female prison.

The new theatre season begins with the theatre club launch night on Thu 29 September at the Maltings. To find out more about the productions exclusively from some of the actors and directors, and to join the brand new Farnham & Aldershot Theatre Club, book your free ticket here. Everyone that attends the launch event will have the chance to purchase tickets straight after from the Box Office for special discounted prices so please come along and see what shows might take your fancy.

SPECIAL OFFER: All tickets for the autumn theatre season are available for just £10 until Tue 04 October, 5pm. Use the promo code LAUNCH16 to claim your discounted tickets. 

october’s historical insights

shooting with lightThe theatre season kicks off on Tue 04 October with the emotional re-telling of history’s forgotten woman, Gerda Taro. Set amongst the tyranny of the Spanish Civil War, we follow Gerda on her journey to falling in love with photography and also a fellow photographer. Though both pioneers of frontline photo journalistm, he went onto become the renowned war photographer Robert Capa, she would be left out of the history books. Shooting with Light sees the return of Idle Motion Theatre who brought us the incredible show about the mathematicians of Bletchley Park, That is All you Need to Know, back in 2014 and will once again be using innovative staging and multimedia to tell this intriguing story which is bound to see your emotions soar.

“The cast offer a high-spirited depiction of male camaraderie” ★★★★ The Guardian

Receiving rave reviews across the board, Operation Crucible gives a fascinating insight into a story behind the bombing of The Marples Hotel in Sheffield, during the blitz in 1940. In an attempt by the German Luftwaffe to destroy the city’s thriving munitions manufacturing steel works, only one of the hotel’s ten cellar compartments withstood the blast which reduced the building to just fifteen feet of rubble. Within it, are trapped four men. This is their story from beginning to end. The show was recently put on Lyn Gardner’s Guardian Top Theatre Tickets list for its premiere in Sheffield and comes to the Maltings on Tue 11 October.

come and see some of the maltings very own work   

Farnham Maltings is increasingly working with some of the country’s finest theatre companies to bring tours out of the capital and out into regions, especially across the South East and this autumn we are very excited to be bringing 3 new productions to Farnham this Autumn.

As a co-production between Farnham Maltings and Bucket Club Theatre, Launch Party tells the story of twins Martha and Vi who bid an emotional farewell at an epic party thrown for Vi, before she blasts off into space. We are delighted to be working with this multi-award winning, young company this season and will be touring the production to village halls and rural venues across the country throughout the winter following the success of our previous rural tours of It’s a Wonderful Life and The Iranian Feast. We launch the Launch Party tour here on Thu 13 October.

Presented by house in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre and Hightide Festival, Harrogate is the tale of a man who craves the past but knows his desire for it will destroy his family. This is the start of an exciting new collaboration with the Royal Court to bring some of the best new writing out of London. Have a read of this fascinating article by Al Smith, the play’s writer about how he went from having an idea for a story and how it developed over many years to being a highly acclaimed sell-out show at Hightide 2015 and now picked to play at the Royal Court at its 60th anniversary year. The show is already totally sold out for its 2 week run at the Royal Court so the performance at Farnham Maltings on Tue 01 November will be your first opportunity to see it!

jess and joe forever play“heartrending and heartwarming” ★★★★ The Stage
Spanning several summer holidays, Jess and Joe Forever is an unusual coming of age tale that explores what it means to belong somewhere. A beautiful twist on the classic teenage love story which has already received a whole host of great reviews on its run at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. We bring this lovely new show here on Thu 03 November.

a modern tale of family bonds 

“A modern pilgrimage – a complex emotional ride” ★★★★ The Stagehitchhikers guide to the family

Bringing the theatre season into the 21st century with a bang, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family is the one-man comedy-drama offering from UK poetry slam champion, Ben Norris. Featuring hilarious anecdotes and moving flashbacks, this warm and witty production takes Ben on a journey to find his Dad. Opening to critical acclaim at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this ramshackle road trip is one not to miss – just as long as Ben can get a lift to Farnham on Wed 19 October!

life-changing drama

“Exquisite… singing with an everyday poetry” ★★★★ The Guardian

key change playKey Change by Open Clasp Theatre is a unique show to say the least. Devised with women in Her Majesty’s Prison Low Newton, County Durham to tour to male prisons, it portrays not only what prison is like for some of life’s most marginalised women, but also for their families suffering in their own prison, just without the bars. The input from the real women of the prison, only intensifies and elevates the tragic tale, making it a must-see feature of the new season. The powerful show comes to Farnham on a house theatre tour on Thu 17 November.

“Evokes fundamental questions of now, who we are and where we are inside ourselves…”  Mark Bruce, winner of Sky Arts/South Bank Award 2014

Written by Chris Fogg, Tree House follows the three different journeys of childhood friends, Robbie, Jane and Alan. After spending their youth playing in their tree house, the trio embark on very different paths. Jane and Alan take up domestic careers in law and finance, whilst Robbie joins the army as a touring soldier in Afghanistan. Some years later, fate conspires to bring them back together to the tree house, where old scores are settled. Tree House comes to Farnham on Tue 22 November.

spectacular season finishes

From IbizaAdrian Berry’s acclaimed sell-out production returns at a particularly poignant time in British pop culture. Almost a year on from the death of music icon, David Bowie, comes the story of Martin, a young Bowie obsessive who has an illness no one understands. When an unexpected gift arrives on his birthday, he embarks on a journey leading him to discover some long-hidden truths, which will change his life forever. Adrian Berry will introduce From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads at the theatre club launch night and brings his fascinating production here on Tue 29 November.

‘”Holds the audience in the palm of its hand… a near-perfect piece of theatre”  ★★★★ The Scotsman

Bringing the mood enticingly into the festive season is the eery tale from Dyad Productions, Christmas Gothic. Adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughn, the play resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights. Listen as a ghostly woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark. Our adult anti-panto Christmas show comes here on Mon 05 December.

you might also enjoy…take on me play

Take on Me is a new show set amongst the 1980s world of headbands and legwarmers that digs below the surface of the luminous colours and fitness fads. In Farnham Leisure Centre you’ll be led in small groups through the pool, changing rooms, gym and beyond to hear the inner voices of characters striving for a better version of themselves. Performed by professional actors with a local cast and set to live acoustic versions of 80s pop hits, you’ll never look at leisure centres in quite the same way again. At Farnham Leisure Centre on Sat 08 October with 2 performances at 6.30pm & 8.30pm. For more information have a read of our news article.

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