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Shakespeare in the Square: Twelfth Night

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The Earls Courtiers are proud to bring back ‘Shakespeare in the Square’ for the second year running.

This year they will be performing the Bard’s classic comedy Twelfth Night and will be in Barkston Gardens on the 26th, 27th and 28th June. Shows start at 7pm.

Tickets can be booked by simply emailing toby.brown@tlclondon.com or going online to www.earlscourtiers.org

On the 27th and 28th June, there will also be a Children’s performance of Charles Perrault’s Blue Beard from 6pm to 6.30pm put on by Marianne Badrichani and Laure Fretigne’s Earls Court Drama Workshop.

Ticket details: £10 and include an Illyrian Buffet and a Free Drink.

Proceeds will go to the St Cuthberts Church Restoration Fund, a beautiful local church in Philbeach Gardens. Admittance is Free for Blue Beard but any donations given at the end of the performance would be more than welcome!



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Theatre: 21st Century Merchant of Venice

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The Drayton Theatre have put on a provocative and dare I say it, controversial adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s finest.

Antonio, a Muslim, enters into a bond with Shylock, a high-flying Jewish woman working in the world of finance, for the sum of 3,000 ducats so that Bassanio, the man he secretly loves, can marry rich heiress, Portia.

Meanwhile, Portia, along with her companion, Nerissa, devises a plan to thwart her late father’s scheme to pick a suitable husband worthy of his daughter and instead marry a man of her choosing. As Portia and Bassanio exchange vows, word reaches them that a financial disaster has left Antonio penniless and owing ‘a pound of flesh’ to the vengeful Shylock.

However, only a pair of good-looking young strangers can save Antonio from Shylock’s knife…

Welcome to a very modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy-drama. Staying true to the original text, the Bard’s themes of cultural and racial prejudice, the insecure nature of investment, and the empowerment of women, are given a 21st-century spin.

Thursday 12 June 2014 until Saturday 14th June

Thursday to Saturday 8pm, plus Saturday 3pm Saturday matinee 14th June at 3pm

The Drayton Arms Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ


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It’s Hip to be a Square

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to have completely unfettered access to all the gorgeous garden squares in the neighbourhood? To be the owner and master of your very own ‘garden key’?

Well, I can’t actually promise you les clés du royaume this time but I can say that June is the month for getting your garden square on. I mean, just look at all this:

Saturday 7 June

Nevern Square Children’s Party
Entrance £5.00
(parents and children under 1 year old are free, discount for big families)
For tickets contact Sandra on Sandraj.estrada@gmail.com
or buy your ticket on the day
All donations of cakes and cookies to share on the day are welcome.


14-15 June

Open Garden Squares Weekend
Bramham Gardens​​Sunday​10.00-17.00
Collingham Gardens​​Sunday ​10.00-17.00
Courtfield Gardens (East) ​Sunday ​10.00-17.00
Courtfield Gardens (West) ​Sunday ​10.00-17.00
Earl’s Court Square ​​Saturday and Sunday 10.00-17.00
Nevern Square ​​Saturday and Sunday 12.00-17.00
Tickets cost £10 before the event and £12 on 14 – 15 June. The price includes a full-colour guidebook (only available with tickets), all booking, credit card and other fees as well as UK postage (if bought before 7 June 2014).


Saturday 14 June

St Cuthbert’s School Summer Fete
Earl’s Court Square
12.00 midday-4.00pm


Thursday 26/Friday 27 and Saturday 28 June

Barkston Gardens
The Earls Courtiers
are proud to present Shakespeare’s
Twelfth Night
£14.00 includes a buffet supper
£12.00 includes a buffet supper (concessions)
£10.00 includes a complementary drink
£8.00 includes a complimentary drink (concessions)
Tickets available from TLC Estate Agents
8 Hogarth Place, London SW5 0QT
020 7370 4000
e. toby.brown@tlclondon.com
All profits from Twelfth Night performances go to the St Cuthbert’s Church Restoration Fund
With kind permission of the Barkston Gardens Committee

Yes my dears, now all we have to do is somehow shift our tiny little island into a different hemisphere and see if we can’t catch a glimpse of that mysterious mistress Sun…



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Theatre: John Ferguson

Posted by Caroline Lofts

“A fragment of life, fully expounded and without conventionality or confusion…the best play you have done”  W.B. Yeats about John Ferguson

The first UK production in nearly 100 years of St John Ervine’s timeless tragedy John Ferguson opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week run from Tuesday, 20 May 2014.

Rediscovered and commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, John Ferguson is an urgent and powerful tale of faith and fear in a time of crisis. It is another of the Finborough Theatre’s acclaimed series of rediscovered Irish dramas, following the huge success of another play by St John Ervine – Mixed Marriage in 2011.

Ulster in the 1880s. John Ferguson lives by the word of God, and believes there is a reason for everything. His wife, Sarah, lives by the earthly reality around her. The Ferguson family are on the brink of eviction from their farm when a local man makes a proposal that could be the answer to their prayers. But as a series of devastating events unfold, the Fergusons find themselves tested to their limits…

Set in a rundown farmhouse in County Down, John Ferguson was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 1915, establishing Ervine as one of Ireland’s greatest writers. The play was subsequently performed in 1919 at The Theatre Guild in New York where it was originally scheduled for just five performances – it eventually ran for more than 130, putting the Guild on the Broadway map and saving it from bankruptcy. It was last produced in England by Nigel Playfair at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith in 1920.

Playwright St John Ervine (1883-1971) was a dramatist, novelist, biographer and critic. A protestant, born in East Belfast, he was for a time an unlikely choice as Literary Manager at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under W.B. Yeats, where John Ferguson was first produced in 1915. His many other plays include Mixed Marriage (1911), Anthony and Anna (1926), The First Mrs. Fraser (1926) and Boyd’s Shop (1939). In later life, Ervine turned his back on Ireland and its politics, and moved to England where he became a noted drama critic for The Observer and The Morning Star, as well as a novelist and a biographer of both Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw.

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Tuesday, 20 May – Saturday, 14 June 2014
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm. Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from 31 May 2014).
Prices for Weeks One and Two (20 May–1 June 2014) – Tickets £14, £10 concessions, except Tuesday
Evenings £10 all seats, and Saturday evenings £14 all seats. Previews (20 and 21 May) £9 all seats.
£6 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.
£10 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 24 May 2014 when booked online
Prices for Weeks Three and Four (3–14 June 2014) – Tickets £16, £12 concessions, except Tuesday
Evenings £12 all seats, and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.
Performance Length: Approximately two hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.



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Theatre: The Last Laundress of Queensway

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The Drayton Arms is putting on yet another musical extravaganza for your enjoyment:

In 1949 a lone laundress established Britain’s first ever self-service Laundrette on London’s Queensway. She thought she’d seen it all: scrubbed smalls, bright whites and all the stains that colour a life well-lived…until an encounter with a clotheless man of no-fixed-abode puts her in a spin.

Fully calibrated and coin operated, take a tumble into a show crammed full of good humour, live music and bold images. Between lathering up the drab and dirty, and rinsing away the glitz and greasepaint, the last laundrette finds herself asking whether clothes really are what maketh the man, and whether all spots and spoils come out in the wash…

Wednesday 26 March 2014 until Saturday 29th March

Book your tickets NOW

The Drayton Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ
020 7835 2301


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