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Outstanding start to 2018 for Next Stage!

Posted: Thursday 25 January, 2018

Happy New Year to you all from Next Stage Theatre Company.

Here at Next Stage, we have already had a very busy start to 2018 with our production of Look Back in Anger that ran at The Mission Theatre Tuesday 16th - Saturday 20th January. The show was a huge success with an excellent review from Philip Horton (Bath Chronicle) on the company’s opening night. Described as ‘a tour de force for the Next Stage Team’ all cast and crew were delighted to receive such a positive reception to their first night performance. The feedback however, did not stop there, with audience members acclaiming this iconic John Osborne play throughout the rest of its run. Here are some of their comments:

'thank you all, director, cast and crew for a very engaging evening'

'A powerful play - angry to its core. Richard Matthews drums up an oppressive atmosphere as disaffected Jimmy Porter. Excellent.'

'A brilliant, hard-hitting script, brought to life by an amazing cast and superb direction!'

The Cast and Crew of Look Back in Anger with Director Ann Ellison

On Sunday 21st January there was a Next Stage Social in The Theatre Upstairs at The Mission. Next Stagers, old and new, all gathered together for an evening of socialising, nibbles and most importantly, to discuss plans for the company’s quarter centenary celebrations next year! 2019 marks Next Stage’s 25th Birthday and there were lots of exciting ideas on how this land mark year should be celebrated. Next Stage wants to not only remember all that it has achieved over the last 25 years, but also look forward to an exciting future. Plans and ideas are still being considered, but as soon as there is more news we will be letting everyone know. Watch this space.

In other news, the Father of the company -Brian Howe, had a very special birthday last week. In honour of Brian, all Next Stagers at the Social, on Sunday, gathered together to celebrate and wish him a very Happy Birthday! Brian has been a member of Next Stage for the last 24 years, helping in the running of the company, performing on stage, producing sound effects for many productions and he played a crucial role in the setting-up of The Mission Theatre. Brian is considered to be the Father figure of the company and everyone in Next Stage is extremely fond of him and grateful for all he does.

Brian Howe celebrating a milestone Birthday with some of his many Next Stage friends

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