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THEATRE WEST FOUR AUTUMN NEWSLETTER

Production News Agatha Crusty and The Village Hall Murders

There are 8 days to go before opening night at The Questors Studio on the 29thOctober 2019. Rehearsals are going very well. There are plenty of laughs to be enjoyed in this cracker of a comedy, not to be missed. Reserve you seat today by booking a ticket on: http://www.questors.org.uk/event.aspx?id=827or by telephoning the Questors box office on 020 8567 5184.

Other News

Julie Ardrey R.I.P.

We would like announce the sad news that Julie Ardey a former longstanding member of Theatre West has passed away. Our prayers are with her family.

What’s On- October/November 2019.

Kew28-30 November 2019

Our friends Q2 Players will be performing Living Memory, a new play written by and directed by Genni Trickett.

It is 2018, and Jo has just moved into her dream cottage with her loving husband. But what is she running from? Back in 1945, Ruby battles to save her marriage to Frank, after a family tragedy threatens to tear them apart.

Will the two women find in each other the strength they need to survive? Can friendship really traverse the ages?

Where:

The National Archives Kew

Bessant Drive TW9 4AD

There is onsite parking. Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens (10 min walk)

Performance Times: 

Thursday 28thNovember – Saturday 30thNovember, 7.45pm                                                                      Saturday 30th November, 2.30pm

Box Office: 

https://seaty.co.uk/livingmemoryemail: tickets@q2players.org.uk                                                                  Phone: 07484 893 942

Tickets:

£10 (£9 Concs)

SEPARATE TABLES – Our 2017 May production

 Images from a wonderful production

Directed by Tony Traxler

Cast includes:  Ellie Hopkins, Alice Klapwyk, Nicola Foster,  Gerri Heneghan, Mary Ennis,
David Bickerstaff, Juliet Cassidy, Clare Pengelley, Daniel Davis, Richard Scott, Sofia Morin. Lauren Powell, Tony Traxler

Our November 2015 Production

                                                        THE MEMORY OF WATER                                                                                                                                by Shelagh Stephenson                       

 At Questors Studio Theater, Mattock Lane, Ealing w5 5BQ                                                          November 10 – 14, 2015 at 7.30 pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm

Box Office: 020 8567 5184 0r http://www.questors.org.uk

tw4 MOW poster

November Production

Hello playmates and interested friends,
Hope you are all enjoying your Summer break (if you have one)
Just to let you know that we will be reconvening Thursday 3rd September at 7.30 pm at our usual  venue The Friendship Club to read excerpts of Shelagh Stephenson’s ‘The Memory of Water’ which Hazel Collinson, (our intrepid Acting Director) would like to direct for our November production, 10 – 14 November at The Questors Studio Theatre, Ealing, W5
Auditions for the play will take place one week later:  Thursday September 10th, 7.30 pm.  (M2: 30s, any age, F4: 30s-40s), same venue at Oxford Road North, Chiswick, W4
Everyone, even if you are not (yet) a member is very welcome to attend both events.
If you happen to have a copy of the play, please bring with you at the reading.
We look forward to seeing you all.
Kind regards,
Freddie Mauwer

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Both The Chiswick Community Website and The Chiswick Calendar Website have listed our next production at Questors Studio theatre on May 5th to 9th:

A new production of Oscar Wilde’s play

Related links

For more information on ‘Earnest’, contact Christina Balmer. You can email Christina atpadina_uk@hotmail.com, or call 07779 302 310

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At the beginning of May 2015, Chiswick theatre company Theatre West Four will be staging Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest at Questors Studio Theatre.

Theatre West Four: 'The Importance Of Being Earnest'

Stuffed full of memorable quotes and witticisms, this late Victorian satire promises to be as sharp as ever, as Wilde teases the conventions and foibles of polite society, trivialising traditional institutions such as marriage and pedigree and spinning a story of farcical proportions.

For the past fifty years, Theatre West Four has been staging amateur productions in West London. Members come from all over London to participate in readings, workshops,
rehearsals and productions. The group welcomes enthusiasts interested in performing, directing, producing, stage management and all aspects of theatre production.

Tickets can be purchased on the Questors web site. You can also telephone the box office at020 8567 5184.

And The Chiswick Calendar lists us:

A thriving local society – Theatre West Four

Theatre West Four is an amateur dramatic society which has been performing in Chiswick for more than fifty years. Over that long period the society has seen romances blossom and professional careers started in the theatre and media. Currently rehearsing for their first production of 2015, Oscar’s Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest, (5 – 9 May, at the Questors Studio Theatre in Ealing) they talked to The Chiswick Calendar and shared their memories of fifty years of strutting their stuff in West London (Watch here).

Bridget Osborne                                                                                                                                  Editor, The Chiswick Calendar

 

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST IN REHEARSAL


earnest

The cast for the above play are working hard on our latest production to be performed at Questors Studio Theatre May 5 t0 9 at 7.30 pm (2.30 pm Saturday matinee)

The wonderful cast includes;                                                                                                                          Andy Farrant (John Worthing),, Ian Howarth (Canon Chasuble), Christine Neyman (Lady Bracknell), Jane Douglas (Gwendoly),  Bryony Willman (Miss Prism), Mick Cawson (Lane) and Nell Fairclough (Merryman)

The play is directed by Peter Woods who writes:-

There can be few theatre or cinema goers who are not familiar with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest if only for Dame Edith Evans exquisite rendering of “A handbag?” – a line which, interestingly, does not appear in all editions of the play.

Familiarity, however, does not necessarily breed contempt and the play has been a favourite with audiences and actors alike since the first production in 1895.

In case there is anyone out there who does not know the plot, the play concerns two young men about town who adopt aliases in order to pursue their social lives unhindered by Society’s possible disapproval. They meet their match in the girls of their romantic choices who also lead fantasy existences, albeit only in the pages of their diaries. A problem arises when both girls reveal that they are engaged to a man called Earnest who does not appear to exist.

All ends happily (“that is what fiction means”) and the way to that end is garlanded in exquisite, witty dialogue which is a joy to deliver and to hear.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

TW4 MN DREAM

“Bottom bewitches beautiful brazen
Titania tackles truly terrible tyrant
Oberon obviously overcomes onerous onslaught
Puck purposely puts potent potion in pupil of
Lysander’s lecherous eyes like lovely ladies
He hasn’t a hope in hell of having Hermia
Dashing Demetrius dotes devotedly on damsel
Mechanical mummers make magnificent melodrama

Just be grateful that Shakespeare wrote the play!”

                11th to 15th November 7.30 pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm                                                   Questors Studio Theatre, Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 5BQ                                                           Admission: £13, conc £10 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday only)                                    (Tuesday £10 for TW4 and Questors members, £10 all seats Saturday matinee)

              Booking now open box office 020 8567 5184 or online

 

HONORARY MEMBER

Theatre West 4 is delighted and proud to announce that Wayne Sleep OBE has kindly agreed to become an Honorary Member of TW4!  It is of course a great honour to us and it is fantastic to have a local and illustrious celebrity as an Honorary Member.

wayne

Wayne Sleep OBE is a British dancer, director, choreographer, actor and panellist. He was a Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet and has appeared as a Guest Artist with several other ballet companies

Royal Visit at ‘Radio Times’

Rehearsals for our first 50th Anniversary Production Radio Times are well under way now and it promises to be a fun, joyful and uplifting experience, with full of quick-fire gags, side-splitting routines and classic songs from one of British best loved musical talents Noel Gay.

RT reherasal 23 Mar 004 Hazel and cast in rehearsal

And  we are pleased and proud to announce that on Thursday 22nd May the show will once again be attended by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, whose visit to our Anniversary production will be his sixth’s  since 1974.

duke

Booking for the show will open soon and as seating will be strictly limited we suggest you reserve your tickets as early as possible when the bookings open via http://www.questors.org.uk in .order to avoid disappointment

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Performance dates:  20th to 24th May 7.30 pm and 24th May 2.30 pm                                         Venue: Questors Studio Theatre, Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BQ                                                   Admission:  £13,   24th Matinee £10                                                                                                    (20th TW4/Questors members, Consc £10, 21st/22nd; Consc £10)

50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

September this year is the actual month exactly fifty years ago that Theatre West  4 was born!!

In order to celebrate this very special event  you may know that Geoffrey and Frances are organising a Dinner Dance for members to join in on Friday 12th September at Grovefield House Hotel, Taplow,    Burnham, SL1 8LR, about  twenty five miles west of Chiswick and very access-able with good parking.

grovefield

A good number of ‘old’ members have already reserved their place and we hope that the dinner will be augmented by many newer (and younger!) of TW4 membership, as this is after all an occasion for all members to celebrate.  A Golden Anniversary only comes round but once in fifty years!!

The dinner dance is priced at £65 per person and this will include a 3-course served dinner, coffee and petit fours, two glasses of wine per person and a glass of Pimms upon arrival.   There will be a live band for dancing and also a cash bar available, together with a raffle during the evening.

It would be great if as many of you as possible can attend this unique occasion and as there are still some  seats available please get in touch with Geoffrey and Frances on 020 8560 1539 or fran.smith1@gmail.com     We would very much like this to be a special event for everyone at TW4 so please pick up th ‘phone  and speak to Geoffrey for Frances to reserve your seat.  You are of course very welcome to bring your spouse, partner,  friend or whoever along to this celebration but please reserve soon so you won’t be disappointed.

To see a video of our 45th Anniversary Dinner held at the Great Conservatory at Syon House, home our Patron, the Duke of Northumberland see the link:

http://rickieg.co.uk/TW4/Vids/TW4_45/index.html