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Past Productions

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2018/19

Snow White and the Evil Queen

2019 began with a fun packed family Pantomime, written and directed by John Shaw and entitled 'Snow White & the Evil Queen'.

2017/18

The 39 Steps

Ratae's final performance of the season was 'The 39 Steps' directed by Tony Faithfull-Wright. Adapted by Patrick Barlow, from an original concept by Simon Corble and nobby Dimon.

Valentine: The Quintessential Vampire

Directed by Gary Lee McLaughlin, Ratae performed Valentine: The Quintessential Vampire by Peter Brammer. A Romantic Comedy with vampires.

Valentine, a 100-year-old human-vampire hybrid, late-night florist living in Putney, is waiting for his full vampiric traits to kick in. He lives with his sister Natalia and is incredibly lonely until the bubbly Hayley wanders into his shop. Things between vampire and mortal develop quickly, and as things become serious, Valentine begins to question his identity and whether Natalia's advice is in his best interests.

Can a vampire have a healthy relationship with a mortal that doesn't end in blood being spilt? Can vampires eat garlic bread? Why is that waiter wearing a gas mask? And just how easy is it to turn into a bat? These are the questions that plague Valentine, the quintessential vampire.

A Christmas Carol

Ratae started it's 2017/18 season with 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by John Shaw.

2016/17

Lion in Winter

Ratae's final production of the 2016/17 season was Lion in Winter written by James Goldman and directed by David Smith.

'Cinderella' the pantomime

Written and directed by John Shaw. Cinderella is determined not to lose her cool with her Ugly Step Sisters and Baron Hard-Up is determined not to lose Hard-Up Hall. Buttons is desperate to find true love and the Ugly Sisters are just...well...desperate! Hopefully the Fairy Godmother can sort it all out before the Curtain Falls on Ratae's latest fun packed Panto!

It Runs in the Family

For the first play of 2016 Mary Jones directed the classic hilarious farce "It Runs in the Family" by Ray Cooney.

2015/16

Exit The King by Eugene Ionesco

Directed by David Smith, "Exit The King" was Ratae's final play of the season. "Exit The King" is Absurdist Theatre at its best: King Berenger has only the life of the play to live as his ancient Kingdom is dying with him. With overtones of Monty Python, I Claudius, Black Adder and Walter Mitty all rolled into one, Ratae's latest production is a zany dark comedy with a suprising spark of sanity.

Dial 'M' for Murder

Ratae's second play of the season was Dial 'M' for Murder by Frederick Knott, directed by John Shaw. A step by step lesson in how to get rid of your wife... until your meticulous plans suddenly go into a complete frenzy.

Written by Frederick Knott, made notori us on film by Hitchcock, this stunning and carefully plotted thriller is packed with suspicion and fateful twists which will keep you spellbound, without a shadow of a doubt, until the torn curtain falls.

Move Over Mrs Markham

Directed by Maggie Law, Ratae started it's 2015/16 season with the riotous farce 'Move Over Mrs Markham' by Ray Cooney and John Chapman.

2014/15

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

David Smith directed his first play for Ratae in May 2015 entitled "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure", based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle.

It could be any one of us

For the first play of 2015 Mary Jones directed the comedy thriller "It could be any one of us" by Alan Ayckbourn.

The Anniversary

John Shaw directed "The Anniversary" by Bill MacIlwraith

2013/14

Breezeblock Park

Directed by David Parker, Breezeblock Park by Willy Russell was the first play for the 2013/14 season.

Do Not Disturb

In May 2014 Ratae performed "Do Not Disturb" by Michael Pertwee. It was directed by Colin Woods.

Murdered to Death

Malcolm Wardle and Alison Harding co-directed Peter Gordon's "Murdered to Death".

2012/13

Not Now Darling

Ray Cooney & John Chapman are the authors of “Not Now Darling”. Selected by director Malcolm Wardle this marked the first production for Ratae at our new city centre venue of the Leicester College of Performing Arts in October 2012.

Sugar Daddies

Director Margaret Wood took a small cast of just 5 actors to deliver Alan Ayckbourn’s humorous play . Only recently made available for amateur productions, this modern play had a depth to challenge the discerning theatre-goer.

Murder with Love

Author Francis Durbridge was born just over 100 years ago, which prompted director Mary Jones to select one of his plays for the May 2013 production. Murder with Love was billed not so much as a ‘whodunnit’ but more as a ‘will he get away with it?’

2011/12

Hay Fever

It was Noel Coward’s play Hay Fever that was the choice of director Alan Chambers for the October 2011 production. The cast featured 2 new members plus another member returning after a break of a number of years.

Return of the Ring

Ratae stalwart David Parker made a big commitment to the February 2012 production - a ‘pantomime for all ages’ entitled Return of the Ring, he not only wrote and directed it but also took a leading role. After all that hard work it is no wonder that in the next production all he could manage was to be an understudy for being a dead body!

The Unexpected Guest

Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest” was chosen by director Mary Jones for the May 2012 production. This proved to be the last production at the Wheatsheaf theatre before Ratae was on the move to pastures new.

2010/11

They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in Time for the Townswomen’s Guild’s Coffee Morning

The play with one of the longest titles was the choice for director Malcolm Wardle in May 2011 -They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in Time for the Townswomen’s Guild’s Coffee Morning”

2009/10

Plaza suite

The fifteen streets

Don’t dress for dinner

2008/09

Blithe spirit

Pack of lies

Theft

2007/08

The Shoebox Mystery

Murder in company

The house of Frankenstein!

2006/07

Cash on delivery

That’s life

The day after the fair

2005/06

Pride & Prejudice

Out of order

Something to hide

2004/05

Natural causes

This happy breed

Pretzels for dinner

2003/04

The curious savage

Run for your wife

East Lynne

2002/03

Sweeney Todd the Barber

2002: Sweeney Todd: Andrew Wardle

Photo from 2002: Sweeney Todd: Andrew Wardle

2002: Sweeney Todd: Patricia Shacklock

Photo from 2002: Sweeney Todd: Patricia Shacklock

2002: Sweeney Todd: Doreen Pollock, Shabaaz Parwez and Claire Parker (Cockshaw)

Photo from 2002: Sweeney Todd: Doreen Pollock, Shabaaz Parwez and Claire Parker (Cockshaw)

Wildest dreams

Inspector Drake & the perfect crime

2001/02

Happy families

2001: Happy Families: Mary Jones, John Shaw and Adam Jones

Photo from 2001: Happy Families: Mary Jones, John Shaw and Adam Jones

2001: Happy Families: No, not the cast but a mural for the scenery by Malcolm Wardle

Photo from 2001: Happy Families: No, not the cast but a mural for the scenery by Malcolm Wardle

Move over Mrs Markham

Love affair

2000/01

Pantomime – Babes in the wood

2000 Babes in the Wood: These particular babes being David Parker and Brian Heathcote

Photo from 2000 Babes in the Wood: These particular babes being David Parker and Brian Heathcote

2000 Babes in the Wood: David Parker as Barnaby with daughter Ellie (chorus)

Photo from 2000 Babes in the Wood: David Parker as Barnaby with daughter Ellie (chorus)

Arsenic and old lace

2001: Arsenic and Old Lace

Photo from 2001: Arsenic and Old Lace

2001: Arsenic and Old Lace: Jim Salmon as Teddy Brewster

Photo from 2001: Arsenic and Old Lace: Jim Salmon as Teddy Brewster

2001: Arsenic and Old Lace: Long-serving Ratae member Walter Cockshaw as Mr Gibbs

Photo from 2001: Arsenic and Old Lace: Long-serving Ratae member Walter Cockshaw as Mr Gibbs

The ghost train

1999/2000

The happiest days of your life

Not now darling

Habeas corpus

1998/99

It was a dark and stormy night

Two into one

Abigail’s party

1997/98

The importance of being earnest

Funny money

Dangerous corner

1996/97

Pantomime – the sleeping beauty

Key for two

The drunkard

1995/96

Celebration

One for the pot

3 one act plays

1994/95

The anniversary

Out of order

Present laughter

1993/94

Sailor beware

Run for your wife

Old time music hall

1992/93

East Lynne

Ghost train

3 one act plays

1991/92

Man alive

Bedful of foreigners

3 one act plays

1990/91

The enquiry

Not now darling

Who’s who

1989/90

Maria Marten

No sex please we’re British

1988/89

Harvest

When we are married

Wild goose chase

1987/88

Suddenly at home

Key for two

Tomb with a view

1986/87

Tables manners

One for the pot

Farndale…. Macbeth

1985/86

Speaking of murder

Rumpus in regalia

As long as they’re happy

1984/85

Two & two makes sex

Quest for a golden key

The drunkard

1983/84

A murder is announced

Night must fall

Chase me comrade

1982/83

Separate tables

The heartless princess

Bang Bang Beirut

1981/82

Murder in company

Photo from 'Murder in company' (1981)

Photo from Murder in Company: Susan Collins (Anderson), Doreen Pollock, Margaret Wood (Bradley), Richard Bradley and David Parker

Photo from 'Murder in company' (1981)

Photo from Murder in Company: Malcolm Wardle, Doreen Pollock, Anne Marjoram, Margaret Wood (Bradley), Susan Collins (Anderson) and Richard Bradley

Photo from 'Murder in company' (1981)

Photo from 1981 Murder in Company: Margaret Wood (Bradley), Anne Marjoram, Doreen Pollock, Adam Jones, David Parker and Richard Bradley

Dry rot

Wanted one body

1980/81

Uproar in the house

Waters of the moon

Photo from 'Waters of the Moon' (1981)

Photo from 1981 Waters of the Moon: Rex Mountain, Doreen Pollock, Sue Ault and Celia Leader

Photo from 'Waters of the Moon' (1981)

Photo from 1981 Waters of the Moon: Celia Leader, Doreen Pollock, Susan Collins (Anderson) and Sue Ault

Photo from 'Waters of the Moon' (1981)

Photo from 1981 Waters of the Moon: George Barder, Doreen Pollock, Margaret Wood (Bradley), Adam Jones, Richard Bradley, Celia Leader

Photo from 'Waters of the Moon' (1981)

Photo from 1981 Waters of the Moon: Rex Mountain and Doreen Pollock

Photo from 'Waters of the Moon' (1981)

Photo from 1981 Waters of the Moon: ?, Doreen Pollock, Richard Bradley, Adam Jones, Susan Collins (Anderson), Sue Ault, Celia Leader

1979/80

Tomb with a view

There goes the bride

When we are married

1978/79

Panic stations

Move over Mrs Markham

Fringe benefits

1977/78

The tax payers waltz

Man alive

Bonaventure

1976/77

Halfway up the tree

Not now darling

A murder has been arranged

1975/76

White sheep of the family

The happiest days of your life

What an exhibition

1974/75

Fish out of water

Wanted one body

Brides of march

1973/74

Uproar in the house

Murder mistaken

1972/73

The irregular verb to love

Tons of money

Trespass

1971/72

The full treatment

Not now darling

Bang Bang Beirut

1970/71

Tom jones

The heartless princess

East Lynne

1969/70

The drunkard

Photo from The Drunkard (1969)

Photo from 'The Drunkard'

Photo from The Drunkard (1969)

Photo from 'The Drunkard': Doreen Pollock and David Harris

Photo from The Drunkard (1969)

Photo from 'The Drunkard': Sue Ault, Robert Moore, Adam Jones and Ireme Bailey

Lord Arthur Saville’s crimes

Anne frank

1968/69

Post horn gallop

Dead on nine

The love birds

1967/68

Blithe spirit

Letter from a general

See how they run

1966/67

Ladies in retirement

Photo from Ladies in Retirement: Alexe Keymer and Doreen Pollock (1966)

Photo from Ladies in Retirement: Alexe Keymer and Doreen Pollock

Wild goose chase

The browning version

1965/66

Something to hide

Laughter in the dark

Cat on the fiddle

1964/65

Man alive

The happiest days of your life

Sweeny Todd

Photo from Sweeny Todd (1965)

Photo from Sweeny Todd: Rex Mountain and Stand Lund

1963/64

Death takes a holiday

Tantuffe

Hotel Paradiso

1961/62

Simon and Laura

The house by the lake

Yes & no

1960/61

The hollow

As long as they are happy

Dear Charles

1959/60

The man who came to dinner

1959

Separate tables

Scanarelle (fp)

Random harvest

The crucible

1958

The ass and the philosopher (fp)

Madam tic tac

The white sheep of the family

You can’t take it with you

1957

Love from a stranger

The admirable Crichton

Poison pen

Wild goose chase

1956

As long as they’re happy

Still life

Murder trial

Harlequinade

Bed board and romance

One wild oat

1955

Will any gentlemen?

Heaven and Charing cross

Black chiffon

1954

Hobson’s choice

The white sheep of the family

Rain

High temperature

1952

The browning version & orange blossom

The good young man

The drunkard

Worm’s eye view

The paragon

Tons of money

Strained relations (fp)

This happy breed

Little lambs eat ivy

Dear Evelyn

1951

high tea (fp)

The road

The happiest days of your life

Playbill

1950

See how they run

Programme from ‘See How They Run’ Programme from ‘See How They Run’ Programme from ‘See How They Run’ Programme from ‘See How They Run’

Programme from ‘See How They Run’ (1950)

When we are married

Photo from 'When we were married' (1950) Photo from 'When we were married' (1950) Photo from 'When we were married' (1950) Photo from 'When we were married' (1950)

The bells are ringing

Operation cold cure

Women aren’t angels