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A Bunch of Amateurs – Box Office open

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Tickets are now available for Barton Players next production of “A Bunch of Amateurs” by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, which will be performed 25th – 27th April 2019. Synopsis“Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!” This amateur production of “A Bunch of Amateurs” […]

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Cast Announcement!

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After a fantastic evening of Auditions for our April 2019 production of “A Bunch of Amateurs” The Audition Panel are pleased to announce the cast. The standard was so high and we honestly could have cast this show 2 times over! Jefferson Steel – John Murphy Dorothy Nettle – Debbie Radcliffe Jessica Steel – Sophie Bryant Nigel Dewbury – Harold Liberty Mary Plunkett – Katie Westwick Denis Dobbins – George Horn Lauren Bell – Hayley Bloodworth Journalists – Gill George, Lesley Jorgensen, Clare Coffey, Chris Radcliffe, Philip Hargreaves and Christine Ayres Albany’s Head – Philip Hargreaves Thank you so much for all those who auditioned. We are looking forward to starting rehearsals next week at 7:30pm. I will be approaching those who have offered help backstage and FOH over the next few weeks as I […]

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NODA Award Nominations

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We were delighted to hear the news that we have received two nominations at this year’s NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) Awards. Oliver! received a nomination for the Best Musical, and we also received a nomination for the Best Technical Award for “Imaginative Lighting” in Oliver! The ceremony takes place on 12th May. Here are the nominations in full; THE 2018 NODA AWARDS for DISTRICT 2 BEST DRAMAAmpthill and Flitwick Drama Society for The Importance of Being ErnestBiggleswade Amateur Theatre Society (BATS) for Steel MagnoliasLeighton Buzzard Drama Group for Natural Causes BEST MUSICAL:Barton Players for OliverBedford Marianettes for The Addams FamilySharnbrook Mill Theatre Trust for Spamalot BEST PANTOMIMEBiggleswade Amateur Theatre Society (BATS) for CinderellaLeighton Buzzard Drama Group for AladdinMaulden Players for Robin Hood BEST YOUTH PRODUCTION (There were only two this year in our […]

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Our Oliver! Review from NODA

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NODA review of Barton Players production of Oliver on 6thDecember 2018 Review by Richard Fitt Oliver, Lionel Bart’s absolute classic, loved by audiences since it first premiered in 1960 and certainly loved by Barton Players as they bravely reprise it for the second time in 9 years and with a lot of the same actors and back stage personnel involved. It promised to be a great evening. The stage under the set building control of Keith Bowie and stage managed by Milly Badham was, I have to say, huge, taking up half the hall allowing plenty of room for the action. Good decision! Mostly played to blacks with various appropriate flats designed by Milly Badham and furniture brought on to set the scenes from the workhouse to the undertakers, the thieves kitchen, to London Bridge and with clever use of the extension stage right, to represent the parlour and the Brownlow’s house. But the opening scene deserves special mention as it was an absolute masterpiece of set design […]

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Christmas Tree Festival

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Gill and Clare have been busy setting up our tree entry for the Christmas Tree Festival. This year’s entry has an Oliver! theme with Fagins treasure box at the bottom of the tree.

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Oliver! Sold Out signs

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Keith (Bowie) has been busy putting up our Sold Out Signs on the banners and A1 board in the village hall. We are still operating a waiting list, please ring the box office number if you’d like to be put on it.