A look at June Fringe Shows

It’s hard to keep up with everything happening in the world of theatre. People always say to me ‘surely you’ve seen everything if you go to the theatre as often as you do’ but there is so much out there I’ve not even seen half of it! With new shoes opening every day, I thought I’d tell you about some of the upcoming fringe shows that I’m excited about for June!


661221_0_the-clockmakers-daughter_267The Clockmakers Daughter
Landon Theatre 
Until 4 July 2015

Spindlewood, like most towns of age, has its traditions.
But no practice, custom, or Old Wives Warning is so firmly adhered to as ‘The Turning of the Key’.
Every year, on the last night of winter, as the first day of spring unfolds, the townsfolk gather to take part in a strange ritual.
They meet in the centre of the town square, where a statue bearing the likeness of a young girl stands, poised and still, one hand raised as if to toast the sky.
Constance has stood in the square for as long as any can remember. And she is never more life like than tonight.
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An Audience With Jimmy Saville
Park Theatre 
10 June – 11 July 2015

Jimmy 460 NEWIt’s 1991 and a TV show celebrates the recently knighted ‘Most Trusted Man In Britain’. But while the great and the good praise him, a different story unfolds elsewhere as one woman embarks on an extraordinary quest to be believed.  How one man used fame, intimidation and manipulation to fool the very institutions we trust and how one brave woman fought back. Drawing extensively on material from genuine interviews, transcripts and TV shows, this is the first play to explore the most shocking sex scandal of our time: how Sir Jimmy Savile “groomed the nation”.
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Face the Music
Ye Olde Rose and Crown
Until 3 July 2015

FaceTheMusic_edited-1Producer Hal Reisman desperately seeks backers for his Broadway show. Because of the Great Depression, once rich investors are “Lunching at the Automat”. In his search, Reisman meets crooked policemen who need to get rid of their illegal money before they are found out. The corrupt police chief Martin van Buren Meshbesher and his eccentric wife Myrtle become investors in the show, expecting it to be a failure. However, when risqué material is added the show is raided and the government tries to close it and the flop becomes an instant hit because of the publicity. The show opened on Broadway on February 17th 1932 playing for 165 performances. With both music and lyrics composed by Irving Berlin (WHITE CHRISTMAS, TOP HAT, CALL ME MADAM) the snappy musical features such memorable numbers as Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee, Soft Lights and Sweet Music, Manhattan Madness, and I Say Its Spinach (and the Hell with It).
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The Bakers Wife
Drayton Arms 
16 June – 14 July 2015

5502d03e3ba4e5.55790969Set in 1930s rural France, this charming tale tells the story of a bickering village that has been struggling without bread since the death of its baker. When Aimable and his younger wife Genevieve arrive to re-open the bakery, the villagers think that all of their problems are over. But when Genevieve is lured away by passionate desire, it is up to all of the inhabitants to work together to put the heart – and bread – back into their community.
This delightful gem of a musical features a characteristically witty and tuneful score from composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell). An uplifting story of love and loaves, The Baker’s Wife is a must-see for all musical theatre fans.
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thevaginamonaloguesw230h230The Vagina Monologues 
Bread and Roses 
23-27 June

Eve Enslers Classic book The Vagina Monologues is no stranger to the stage. Short stories from women aged 18-80 are re-told about their vaginas. Comedy monologues such as ‘If Your Vagina Got Dressed, what would it wear’ to heart wrenching stories of rape, the vagina monologues will have you laughing and crying at the same time.
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