Thrills, laughter and tears at Knutsford Little Theatre
They kick off in September with Neil Simon’s ‘London Suite’ which follows the same format of his hugely popular ‘Plaza Suite’ and ‘California Suite’. The hotel setting allows us to follow the stories of four sets of guests which culminates with the farcical attempts of an American couple to locate their lost Wimbledon tickets.
Next comes James Robson’s beautifully written ‘Mr Wonderful’. We follow the fortunes of Norma through a series of disastrous dates as she searches for her perfect match. This is not made any easier by having to contend with her bed-ridden mother who seems to be torn between wanting her daughter to find a man and being fearful of losing her. This play has many lovely moments and plenty of humour and pathos.
Then it is panto time. Oh yes it is! This year KLT will be presenting Graham Barraclough’s ‘Dick Whittington’ and audiences will be happy to know that the traditional pantomime is still alive and well in Knutsford. KLT have a reputation for proving top class family entertainment and this looks to be no exception.
By way of contrast the next production is the dark little thriller ‘Killing Time’ by Richard Stockwell. Tension runs high as the two characters vie for the upper hand and the balance of power constantly shifts. This is real edge-of-the-seat stuff that promises to leave the audience exhilarated.
Then it is time for a première for KLT. ‘Life Begins at Seventy’ has been written by the theatre’s own award winning playwright David Muncaster and is a gentle comedy proving that one is never too old to fall in love. This is a warm-hearted, uplifting play that will be sure to please audience members young and old.
KLT finish their adult season with a real stunner. ‘Good Grief’ by Keith Waterhouse follows the recently widowed June as she comes to terms with life without her husband. This is a comedy with many very funny moments, but there is also enough sadness to make this play a potential classic.
More details of all the plays can be found on the theatre’s website www.knutsfordlittletheatre.com or by calling the ticket line on 01565 873 515.