Eclesiastical stage opener

THE SEPTEMBER season at Louth’s Riverhead Theatre gets off to a cracking start with a laugh-out-loud comedy.

The Vicar of Dibley takes to the stage from Monday, September 12 to Saturday, September 17, with performances at 7.30pm each evening.

Written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, the play is set around a beautiful old church in the picturesque village of Dibley, where, as in the we get to meet some interesting odd characters!

Tickets cost £7.35, with under 18s £4.60.

On Wednesday, September 21, Stripes Theatre Company present Two Brothers and One World Cup, when every performance is unique, as the audience chooses how the story is told.

Tickets £9 and £8 from the box office.

For lovers of musical theatre, Michael Courtney will be staring in A Night of Musicals on Thursday, September 22, at 7.30pm.

This electric production of musical showstoppers transports you on a whistle-stop tour to the heart of London’s theatre-land, visiting more than 20 favourite musicals from composers such as Lloyd Webber, Boublil and Schonberg.

With the stunning vocal talents of Michael Courtney and full supporting cast, top-notch dancing, glitzy costumes and a stunning lighting show.

Tickets £15.

Last Night of the Proms on September 24 has already sold out, and rounding off the month’s entertainment is Hambledon Productions comedy offering of A Hard Act to Follow on Tuesday September 27.

When Benjamin Lecrosse, the matinée idol of the 1960s, secures himself the title role in a production of Hamlet, he is overjoyed at the possibility of achieving his lifelong dream. The theatre financiers, however, are not so sure and the recently-graduated would-be actor Paul Upshott (playing Peasant Eight) is to be Lecrosse’s understudy.

Tickets cost £8, concessions £6.

And if all this activity has whetted your appetite for the stage, auditions for Playgoers’ annual pantomime also take place this month.

This time round it is Babes in the Wood and auditions will be held on Monday, September 19, and Tuesday, September 20, at 7.30pm.

For tickets, further details and information on the Theatrecard scheme, call the box office on 01507 600350.