December, 2008 Newsletter

Dear Email Friends,
You may be wondering how the meeting at the Kulturbehörde went on the second of December. Well, to put it mildly, it was less than satisfactory from the theatre's point of view. They will not raise our subsidy to the amount that we told them we needed, but, at least, they do not intend to cut the sum that the jury recommended. That means we will get an annual subsidy of € 208,500.00. This is € 45,000.00 short of what we need. They were impressed by the number of emails and letters you sent to them, and that could be the reason they haven't cut our subsidy. They also told us our chances were good for getting enough extra money to hire at least one outside director every year.

Press clippings:

Hamburger Abendblatt, 29.11.2008
Neue Kapriolen der Absurdität
Ray Cooney, Autor und Meister der Farce, spinnt einen Plot, der in seiner Absurdität kaum steigerbar scheint und dennoch immer neue Kapriolen hervorbringt.

Im Auge des Tornados, der durch die Wohnzimmer der Londoner Familien Smith und Smith fegt, steht Ehemann und Vater John. Seit Jahren hütet er ein Geheimnis: John Smith ist sowohl in dem einen als auch in dem anderen Wohnzimmer zu Hause (toll dargestellt durch die simultane Bespielung des Raumes). Als sein Sohn und seine Tochter sich zufällig im Internet kennenlernen, will er die Begegnung verhindern und zwingt den trotteligen Untermieter Stanley (famos: Stephen Chance), ihm den Rücken frei zu halten. Stanley verstrickt sich in ein hals- brecherisches Improvisationstheater aus Lügen und Ausflüchten, die Katastrophe scheint unabwendbar. An das überraschende Finale jedoch wird der Lachmuskelkater das Publikum noch lange erinnern.

Hamburg Express, 17.11. 2008
The play is so engaging from the first minutes to the last - thanks to excellent performances and a cunning set design - that the viewer inevitably feels "caught" in the same "net" that John Smith is in and that closes in on him with every passing second.

A special mention should be made of Stephen Chance's acting: if you saw "Doubt" at the English Theatre last year, where Stephen played the catholic priest under fire, you will wonder at the complete and utter contrast this actor brings to the stage in his role as stupid Stanley Gardner. To me, an actor's skill is also reflected in the variety of roles he is able to perform.

A must-see. A small masterpiece of comedy by Ray Cooney. Definitely the funniest play and one of the most entertaining staged at The English Theatre of Hamburg.

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33rd Season
(2008 / 2009)

Now playing:


a comedy by Ray Cooney

Two teenagers tell their mothers that they have made a date after meeting on the Internet and discovering that their fathers share the same name, age and job!
(From left: Charlotte Sutherland, Jan Hirst, Sarah Ogley, Dominic Waldron)

The lodger's senile father arrives and adds to the confusion after John Smith discovers that the children from his two marriages are determined to meet.
(From left: Stephen Chance, Philip Hope, James Walmsley)

Stanley, the lodger, has told so many lies to help conceal John's double life that he finds himself in big trouble with John's wife Mary, who chases him with a knife. Barbara, the other wife, protects him while John and son Gavin look on.
( From left: Stephen Chance, James Walmsley, Sarah Ogley, Dominic Waldron, Jan Hirst)

Please book early for CAUGHT IN THE NET in order to avoid disappointment. Tickets always sell fast during the holiday season and you will not want to miss this very funny play.


Our next production is THE COCKTAIL HOUR by A. R. Gurney.
A young playwright returns home to get permission from his mother and father to produce a play he has written about them. His well-to-do parents are horrified at the idea of their private life being exposed on stage, while his sister is furious that she is only a secondary figure in the play. The cocktail hour soon turns into a shouting match, and, as more drinks are poured, family skeletons come out of the closet. This gripping play, dealing with the age-old conflict between children and parents over values, won numerous awards after a long run on Broadway in 1989. The author, one of America's premier playwrights, also wrote the very popular LOVE LETTERS and SLYVIA.

"A deliciously funny and touching evening..." NY Post
"...funny and moving..." The New Yorker


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