It is with great regret that due to the worsening situation in the UK and globally with the coronavirus, and the Kenton Theatre announcing that as the result of the government advice yesterday it is closing till the end of April, we have no option but to postpone Saturday Sunday Monday until our Autumn slot at the theatre in October. We had already been discussing this as the safety of our members has to be our top priority , and the risk of infection with everyone in close proximity during rehearsals in the show week was becoming too greater for us to continue anyway.
I stress that we are not cancelling , but postponing, the production till our Autumn slot at the Kenton Theatre, which is 18th-24th. October. Our director, Teri, and the whole cast have said they are able to remain with the production, which is a great relief. They have all worked so hard and this is such a talented cast, so we are delighted to keep everyone together to do the play as originally intended.
We are still passionate about bringing this fantastic play to the Henley audience and I hope everyone will support the production in the Autumn.
Everyone please stay safe, keep washing your hands and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Happy to announce that our next production, Saturday Sunday Monday, is now fully cast and in rehearsal. It is a very funny play and part of an exciting documentary project. A link to the flyer is below for circulation.
Saturday Sunday Monday Flyer
Donna Rosa….Julia Ashton
Virginia …….Liz McEwen
Peppino… Michael Mungarvan
Luigi Ianello……Steve Taylor-Brown
Elenea Ianello…..Pam Pitts
Roberto …..Arnaldo Teodorani-Fabbri
Maria Carolina…..Jemima Pettifer
Catiello, the tailor……Barry Rosier
Dr. Cefercola…..Barry Rosier
We had a fantastic turnout for the readings last week for Saturday Sunday Monday and a lot of people took the audition pieces away with them but in case you didn’t or weren’t able to attend the readings please click on the links below to download them. The Auditions are at 8pm at Harpsden Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday this week so we look forward to seeing everyone there.
SSM Audition Pieces – Principal Roles
SSM Audition Pieces – Michele, Raffaele, Attilio, Gilulianella, Elena
SSM Audition Pieces – Federico, Dr Cerfecola, Roberto, Rocco, Virginia, Maria Carolina
Exciting announcement from the Henley Players.
Our Spring 2020 production is the famous Italian comedy Saturday Sunday Monday by Eduardo de Filippo, and readings will be held on 29th and 31st October at Harpsden Hall at 8.00p.m., followed by auditions on 5th and 6th November, same time, same place. The show dates are 1st to 4th April 2020.
This will be directed for us by Teri Zambigli and is the final part of a project called Pane ed Eduardo (“Bread and Eduardo”), a documentary about Eduardo de Felippo’s legacy in the English-speaking theatre, which is being written and filmed by Teri. This is an exciting project for the Henley Players to be involved in and rehearsals will be filmed as will at least one of the shows. There is a big cast with parts for all ages so we are starting as soon as possible to cast the show. Please note that there may be further auditions later to complete the cast. We need as much support as possible so do come along and see what it is all about. Teri has asked us to make clear that no-one will be expected to assume an “Italian” accent, if your character has any short Italian phrases e.g. Bon appetite, buona note, buona sera, Tutti and so on, Teri will make sure you know how to pronounce them. Otherwise the action will be entirely in English!
See our Events & Productions page for more information.
Our latest production is Dangerous Corner by J.B. Priestley
Dangerous Corner is a well-crafted story, a thriller of truth, secrets and lies, where one loose word leads to an explosive combination of suspicions and emotions. The examination and exposure of the complex human relationships of the dinner party guests is the key, each new revelation taking us to new and more sinister possibilities until we reach an unexpected and gripping climax, a classic thriller.
Initially all seems well at the Caplan’s independent publishing house until a can of worms is unceremoniously ripped open at their dinner party. A chance remark plunges the guests into a re-examination of the mysterious events surrounding the recent death of young Martin Caplan and skeletons come crashing out of the closet in more ways than one. Life will never be the same again… or will it?
Performances at the Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames
Box office: 01491 575 698
16–19 October 2019 at 7:30 pm
Matinee 19 October 2019 at 2:30 pm
We are delighted to announce our Autumn 2018 production will be the brilliant comedy Brassed Off, featuring the Marlow Brass Band! We are fortunate to have Ian Head directing this cracking show for us.
Please go to the ‘Latest News‘ page for information on who has made it through auditions to be cast in this fun show! Please get in touch if you would like to help with crewing or publicity!
Andy – Adam Bell
Gloria – Michela Evans
Danny – Richard Evans
Jim – Mike Fields
Harry – Mick Harris
Vera – Liz Keens
Rita – Jenny Sakal
Phil – Charlie McMann
Sandra – Sabrina McMann
Older Shane – Aaron Cook
Younger Shane – Freddie Formon
Melody – Louise Cook
Harmony – Sally Wheeler
Nurse Trudy – Trudy Hartwell (and just as importantly – makes the coffee!)
Nurse Louise – Louise Hemming
Bailiffs – Jenny Haywood, Richard Chambers
Announcers – Tanya Beeton, Tony Allerton
Brassed Off ….Ian Head will be directing this, and we are delighted to have the Marlow Brass Band with us (as many of them as we can get on the Kenton stage, anyway). The play is a poignant comedy drama dealing with the gradual shutdown of the British coal mining industry and the effects on the mining communities. The play centres on the local brass band, drawn from the pit and the local town, and its entry for a national competition at the Albert Hall, set against the background of picket lines, redundancies and the closure of the pit: the show is full of humour, drama, pathos and music, a celebration of human endeavour, and will be a great show to be involved with…plenty of acting roles, and a very different venture for us.
There will be two readings, on June 19th and June 26th, and auditions on 3rd July. If anyone wants to audition at the second reading because of summer commitments, let us know and we can arrange that. Other than that, we have the band, the music stands, the miners’ helmets and we are good to go!
News of awards….. we have three NODA District Winners……Harry Petrie as Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility ( Charles Sumner Award for best male in a play), Sense and Sensibility (Pat Redheard Award for Best Drama) and Alek Auton (Sybil Conway Award for best female in a play)…so many congratulations to Harry and Alek, to the directors, Julie Huntington and Darrel Poulos, and to the casts and crews of the two plays.
Details of the NODA AGM and awards cermonies etc will be sent round separately : we hope that we will be well-represented after such successes and there is always the chance that one of the District Winners might well win the overall award for the whole area…Congratulations also to Vanessa Clayton of HAODS for her award as best female in a musical for “Diana” in “A Chorus Line”.Also congratulations to Julie Huntington , who won the Best Actress award for HAODS for her role as Effie in Effie’s Burning at the Henley Drama Festival at the Kenton Theatre (AND the Magic Moment Award!)…so a very successful season all round.
Our Festival entry, Seagulls, by Caryl Churchill, was rewarded at the Henley Drama Festival at the Kenton Theatre with a Best Supporting Actor Award for George Petrie as Cliff, so many congratulations to George. Flushed with success, we are now looking forward to performing Seagulls again at the ODN festival at the Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon, on Thursday 8th June (yes, election night, so if you want to escape it, come and support us!!) We will also be performing the play on Friday 9th. June by invitation, to replace HAODS, who have had to drop out, so there’s another chance to see us then.