Theatre reveals what’s to come

Lee Hurst
Lee Hurst

Digital films, live satellite streaming and the premiere of a new show – it’s shaping up to be an exciting few months at Alnwick Playhouse.

The venue has revealed its autumn programme, which boasts a diverse bill of live theatre, comedy, dance, music and children’s entertainment.

An exciting cinema season also lies ahead, following the installation of a new digital projector and a live satellite link.

Not only will it allow the venue to show the latest films days after their UK release – such as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – but it will also enable the Playhouse to stream live the very best from the National Theatre in London and Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet.

This includes Stephen Beresford’s play The Last of the Haussmans and classics such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

Playhouse manager Jo Potts said: “After a successful upgrade to digital film over the summer, the Playhouse is delighted to bring people a better movie experience, with new improved surround sound, a quality digital picture and the latest titles only days after their UK release.

“We also have live satellite streaming so it will be an exciting cinema season.

“There is a focus on cinema in the autumn programme to show off our new investment of the digital projector, but I want people to rest assured that the Playhouse won’t just become a cinema. It will always remain a place for live theatre, dance and music, as well as cinema.”

On the stage, there are plenty of highlights, including the show Amazing Grace, which is co-produced by the Playhouse and will premiere at the venue in October.

Jo said: “Amazing Grace is the first co-production by Alnwick Playhouse and we hope people will support it and make the venture a success.”

At the start of November, the Playhouse will host The Incredible Book Eating Boy – an adventure for children and their families by Bootworks Theatre using live performance, puppetry and back projection.

Comedian Lee Hurst will provide the laughs later that month while in January, Oddsocks Theatre Company present The Adventures of Robin Hood.

With all this and more to look forward to, Jo added: “We are really excited about the autumn programme.”