The Criterion Theatre


In the Bar
2nd November from 19:30 to 21:30
In the Bar
4th November from 10:30 to 12:00
In the Auditorium and Bar
9th November from 19:30 to 22:00
In the Auditorium and Bar
12th November from 15:00 to 18:00
In the Auditorium and Bar
19th November from 15:00 to 18:00
In the Bar
22nd November from 20:00 to 21:00
Book Launch - Margaret Egrot introduces her latest publication 'Cast Off': a set of short stories inspired by Shakespeare's female characters.
In the Bar
23rd November from 19:30 to 22:00
In the Bar
2nd December from 10:30 to 12:00


Picnic at Hanging Rock


Oct 14th to 21st 2017

A play by Tom Wright

Valentine's Day.  1900.  A group of teenage boarding school girls visit the "Hanging Rock" for a picnic.

In baking outback heat (and in defiance of warnings from their headmistress) four of the group break free to climb the rock face.  Not all of them return.

This is the chilling premise of Joan Lindsay's classic Australian mystery novel, turned into a cult film by Peter Weir in 1975.  Tom Wright's brilliant 2016 stage adaptation tells the terrifying story with just five actors.  We see them first as modern girls in a private school.  But, as the girls delve deeper into the battle between humanity and the natural world, they bring all the story's characters to startling life.

The result?  A visceral telling of the classic mystery story: and a thrilling evening of fast-paced, high-voltage theatre.

“A show with volcanic power . . .  This retelling of the Joan Lindsay cult classic proves the book’s theme remains relevant – and will terrify the pants off you” - The Guardian

"Emotion, violence and meaning bubble up like magma . . .  an evocative adaptation that finds horror not in nature, but in the civilising class".  -  The Stage

Coming Soon

Howard E. Koch (adapted from the novel by H.G. Wells)
Studio in the Auditorium
Oct 27th to 28th
David Wood
Main House
Dec 2nd to 9th
Double Bill comprising 'Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone' by Selma Dimitrijevic & 'Spacewang' by Tom Wells plus live music.
Main House
Jan 27th to Feb 3rd
Nick Payne
Studio in the Auditorium
Feb 14th to 17th
Jessica Swale
Main House
Mar 17th to 24th

Just Finished

Keith Huff
Main House
Sep 2nd to 9th