The 2015 has been a season of 20th century classics, beginning with a revival production from 25 years ago – Barefoot in the Park. This was followed up in May by another classic of the theatre, Dodi Smith’s Dear Octopus and in autumn, we had the excellent Same Time Next Year.
Neil Simon’s period comedy, Barefoot in the Park, certainly stood the test of time, judging by the delighted response of our audiences on each night of the five night run in March. Wharfedale Festival favourite, Dave Robbins, took on the play he had first directed back in 1990 with a cast including the now professional actor, Adam Shaw, plus his sister, Virginia (now Saynor), and Dominic Adams, Dick Porter and Adie Smith.
Our spring production, directed by Alacoque Marvin – who’s outstanding Dangerous Corner wowed the audiences last year – was Dear Octopus. Featuring a large strong cast, including a mother, daughter and son combination, Dodi Smith’s superb writing contained a timeless wisdom which belied its age (written in 1939). It was beautifully paced, interesting and very well acted.
The autumn saw our production of Same Time Next Year, which ran in mid-November to rave reviews from our full houses on most nights. Directed by the Wharfedale Festival favourite, Dave Robbins, and featuring two of our award winning actors, Peter Oxtoby and Clare Andrews, the superb performances were a credit to the taut witty script.