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  Our revels now have ended - for 2018, at least. I would like to thank all those who have appeared on stage in my shows this year and all those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to make them happen. This year, we have had more shows out and more people on stage than in any other year.

Buddy Holly and The Cricketers celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Buddy's only ever tour of this isles with a magical March tour accompanied by The English Rock and Roll Orchestra. We played several venues and towns that Buddy and The Crickets played, including five in the same venues on the very same night. It was a real treat to meet folk who were actually at those shows 60 years ago. The boys have now ended another very successful autumn and Holly At Christmas tour and will return in February for a very special show. Buddy Holly took his leave of us on 3rd February 1959 and the world's favourite Buddy act is performing a unique tour to mark the extraordinary legacy this incredible young man left the world: Not Fade Away ~ Today The Music Lives.

Jonathan Agnew was on stage with Geoffrey, Tuffers, Bumble and even launched his own solo show! Well, solo apart from when Tino the dog accompanied him on stage! Aggers will be back in 2019 with more entertaining evenings and the autumn will see A Farewell To Boycott and Aggers. After all their on air and onstage cameraderie and wind ups, the show is finally coming to a close. This will be a very special tour to mark the career on and off the field of one of the country's biggest ever sporting stars and larger than life personalities.

A Lock In With Tuffers and Dawson saw the Question of Sport team captains in the company of Nick Hancock, for many years host of BBC's Room 101 and They Think It's All Over and we played our first ever John Inverdale's Rugby Re:Union, with Lions legends Brian Moore, Jamie Roberts, Andy Nichol and Rob Henderson.

Michael Brandon regaled us all with tales from his 50 years in the business, charting his career from Brooklyn to Britain via Hollywood, lifting the lid on many showbiz personalities along the way.

Next year, we are straight in with rehearsals for our new co-production with Coventry Belgrade Theatre. Octopus Soup! is a brand new British farce that opens in February and tours nationally until the first week of May. Starring Nick Hancock the cast also features Paul Bradley, who played the much-loved character Nigel Bates in EastEnders and Elliot Hope in Holby City; Gillian Bevan; Carolyn Backhouse; and Eric Richard, who played Desk Sergeant Bob Cryer in The Bill for 17 years.

Last and very certainly not least, I would personally like to thank each and every one of you who has come along to our shows. We are so glad that you enjoy what we do and are really grateful for your continued support. I hope you have a fabulous Christmas wherever you are and that the new year brings you peace, hope and joy. 

Thank you,

An opportunity to invest in Octopus Soup!

A message from Simon Fielder
"For twenty-six years I have produced shows all over the world. I have always worked to make theatre accessible to people who might not otherwise attend, supporting new writing and introducing new audiences. We know that theatre is not just for the clever, the well-educated, and the well off. But I believe that many people worry that it is not for them and that they will feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, out of place and probably won’t enjoy what’s on anyway. By supporting new writing and working to attract new audiences, we will hopefully keep our theatre thriving long into the future.
If you would like to help support our work by investing in the forthcoming production, we have an investment pack available. Please send me an email to and I would be delighted to send it to you.

Octopus Soup!  is a really funny new comedy fronted by Nick Hancock. We are delighted to announce that he is joined in the cast by Eric Richard, who played Desk Sergeant Bob Cryer in The Bill for 17 years and Paul Bradley who, for 6 years, was Nigel Bates in EastEnders. Other star casting to follow.


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