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The Original Theatre Company

Award-winning, UK Based Touring Theatre Company

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Coming soon…

The Original Theatre Company present

Gwen Taylor in

The Croft

A thriller by Ali Milles

Directed by Philip Franks

Based on a true story

National Tour Spring 2020 

In the remote Scottish Highlands two women arrive at a former Crofters Hut in the deserted village of Coillie Ghille. When suddenly the weekend getaway takes an unexpected turn. Cut off from the modern world, Laura and Suzanne find themselves drawn into the dark history of the Croft and the lives that passed before them.

In this bold and haunting new play the present interweaves with the past as ancient tales surface and the terrifying truth lurking In the Croft is revealed.

Directed by award-winning director Philip Franks (The Habit of Art) and produced by The Original Theatre Company (The Habit of Art, The Night Watch, Birdsong), The Croftwill be setting pulses racing this Spring.

Starring national treasure Gwen Taylor (Barbara, A Bit of A Do, Coronation Street, Heartbeat), Caroline Harker (Middlemarch, A Touch of Frost) and Lucy Doyle.

Age guidance 12+

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The Original Theatre Company and The Anthology Group in association with Peter Stickney and York Theatre Royal

Alan Bennett’s

The Habit of Art

TOURING SPRING 2020

Directed by Philip Franks

Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland

‘The result is a take on life, sexuality, death and everything, that is witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound… the cast uniformly stunning’ The Guardian/Observer ☆☆☆☆☆

‘Kelly and Yelland are on top form heading an ensemble who highlight the way that art is both magical and mundane… ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining.’ The Times ☆☆☆☆

‘It’s sharp, and often funny, teasing and important. The play holds up, even better, ten years on.’ Libby Purves ☆☆☆☆

‘Thought-provoking and expertly played, this is not a production to be missed.’  Broadway World ☆☆☆☆☆

‘The whole cast  gave a performance that was both thought provoking and funny.’ Fairy Powered Productions ☆☆☆☆

Alan Bennett is one our greatest and most celebrated playwrights, with a cavalcade of stage and screen blockbusters including The History Boys, The Madness of King George and Talking Heads. He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion.

In The Habit of Art, Bennett gives us a play about a meeting between the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten.

Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this multi layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.

This production directed by Philip Franks marks the first ever revival of the play and stars the Olivier Award winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and MenToast and Pride and Prejudice) and David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) with Veronica Roberts (Tenko, Peak Practice), Robert Mountford (Anita and Me), John Wark (Dead Sheep), Jessica Dennis (Henry Vand The Tempest, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre) and Benjamin Chandler (Passing From The Third Floor Back).

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The Original Theatre Company has shown great tenacity and resourcefulness to flourish since its creation back in 2004

Without any public money. We have made it work on our own terms through nothing short of blind faith, endless perseverance and sheer determination.

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