Dramatic retellings of literary classics and top comedy come to Crewe this September when the Lyceum Studio launches its Autumn season.
2022’s Retellings season sets sail on Thursday 8 September at 8 PM with Silver & Gold, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Adapted and performed by James Hyland of Brother Wolf, the all-new monodrama focuses on one-legged pirate Long John Silver as he gathers his unruly shipmates for the voyage of a lifetime and is a powerful exploration of the ambiguity of morality that will captivate both adults and children alike.
September also launches Crewe’s new comedy club on the second Friday of each month, Comedy in the Attic, starting Friday 9 September. September features a feast of funnymen including ITV’s Show Me the Funny series winner Patrick Monahan, alongside Tom Toal, Aaron Simmonds and Sully O’Sullivan. Further dates for 2022 are Fridays 14 October, 11 November and 9 December.
“We’re incredibly excited to be able to reopen the Studio this autumn with a programme of brand-new drama, half term children’s performances and monthly comedy from top names on the UK stand-up circuit,” Theatre Director Rhys Hopkin said. “There is a real appetite to be up close and personal with intimate performance, and we are thrilled to provide those opportunities to audiences
in Cheshire. As we look forward to future seasons in the Studio, we’ll be diversifying our programme and bringing in exciting new companies to ensure that it offers something for all our audience.”
Brother Wolf returns with a horrifying Halloween tale on Tuesday 25 October. Based on the bone-chilling works of Bram Stoker, Dracula’s Guest takes you into the dark heart of Victorian horror to reveal the very meaning of terror and the consequences of collective evil and personal spite. The Dracula Society says: ‘Just about the most intense 55 minutes of drama you’re ever likely to
encounter’, while Vincent Price Legacy raves ‘this diabolical descent into Victorian Gothic horror is a must-see’.
In a delightful half term treat for children and families, Box Tale Soup presents The Wind in the Willows for two shows on Wednesday 26 October at 11 AM and 2 PM. From peaceful riverbanks to the Wild Wood, join Mole and Ratty on their marvellous adventures, along with Badger and Toad. A beautiful new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved classic, featuring wonderful puppetry, innovative theatre, and a charming original score.
December sees the last of the three installations from Brother Wolf with A Christmas Carol on Sunday 4 December. Told from the perspective of Scrooge’s deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, this award-winning stage adaptation has been hailed as the “definitive telling of A Christmas
Carol” (Redditch Standard) Through Marley’s words, we learn how three magical spirits opened Scrooge’s eyes and made him realise the true value of forgiveness.
Opened in 2019, the former rehearsal space for English Touring Theatre, now serves as a 90-seat performance space bringing new work and rising talent to South Cheshire. In two seasons, the Studio staged sell-out performances of LGBT sports drama Gypsy Queen, period WW2 drama Greyhounds, Hammer horror inspired puppetry Seaside Terror and performances by comedians like Carl Hutchinson, Lou Sanders and more.
For more information on the new Studio season shows, as well as information on a special bundle offer of £45 for all three Brother Wolf dramas, go to crewelyceum.co.uk