In the Bar and Foyer
4th June from 09:30 to 12:30
In the Bar
22nd June from 20:00 to 21:00
In the Bar and Foyer
2nd July from 09:30 to 12:30
POSTPONEMENT OF ‘MARY STUART’ DIRECTED BY HUGH SORRILL. NEW DATES:
Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the May production of ‘Mary
Stuart’ as serious illness and other unforeseeable circumstances
have meant that it has been impossible to stage the play at this time.
Luckily, we do not have long to wait to see this fabulous production
as new dates have been secured from September 3rd to 10th.
Apologies for any inconvenience this causes. Those of you who have
already booked tickets will be receiving a refund by the end of this
Please do then book tickets for the new dates.
NEXT PRODUCTION: ‘MIDSUMMER’ DIRECTED BY PETE GILLAM. JULY 2ND TO
Our next production will now be the wonderful ‘Midsummer’ in July.
Pitched as a ‘play with music’, this quirky, hilarious and playful
production tells the contemporary story of Bob and Helena over one
drunken weekend in Edinburgh. The play is a two-hander and stars Chris
Firth and Nicol Cortese, who take us along with them on this tale of
unexpected love and what you might do if you happen across a big bag
of cash in the Scottish capital. Written by renowned playwright David
Greig and featuring original songs by Gordon McIntyre (Ballboy), our
two stars also sing and play guitar and piano live on stage. An
extravaganza not to be missed and perfect Summer watching. Tickets on
CRITERION AT THE LIGHTHORNE FESTIVAL JUNE 7TH-11TH 2022
We are excited to be dipping our toes into the world of drama
festivals this year with two Criterion productions at the Lighthorne
Festival of One Act Plays from June 7th-11th 2022. First, Gennie
Holmes directs ‘Closer to God’ by Anna Jordan, starring Kelly
Davidson and Matt Sweatman. We find out about lives lived and lost and
intergenerational human connection that can be made through the walls
of adjacent flats at the top of a high rise block. Second, we are
reprising Act 2 of our January production ‘The Gift’ by Janice
Okoh, directed by Chris Ingall - a searing parody of political
correctness and misunderstanding in modern multi-cultural Britain. The
highest scoring plays of the Lighthorne Festival will then go onto
perform at the British All Winners Festival which this year will take
place at the Albany Theatre in July.
Tickets can be booked from the 1st May at
https://lighthornefestival.org.uk/tickets/ and there are some great
season ticket deals for the week including food! Please do come along
and support the Criterion on tour.
CRITERION MEMBERS PERFORMING IN COVENTRY APRIL 30TH AND MAY 1ST 2022
The talent of the Criterion knows no bounds and I am thrilled that two
of our members are performing in high profile productions happening in
Coventry this coming weekend.
Georgia Kelly is acting in her self-penned play ‘Blood’ which has
been selected for the highly prestigious Bitesize 2022 Festival at
Warwick Arts Centre on Saturday 30th April at 12:30. Tickets are only
£5 - just go to
‘Blood’ draws from the real life San Diego Blood Sisters - their
interviews, letters, and one-to-one conversations with founding
Sister, Barbara Vick, to tell the story of one of the most significant
movements of lesbian AIDS activism.
Also, this weekend at 17:30 on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May,
Lucy Roslyn is producing her one woman play ‘Showmanship’ as part
of the Coventry City of Culture at the Assembly Gardens.
‘Showmanship’ is set in 1935 in Dust Bowl America. As the worst
recorded dust storm in history is about to hit, a tinpot circus rolls
into town. Fortune-teller Myra Collins is plying her trade, for there
is trade to be done. Tickets on sale at
CRITERION AND THE EARLSDON FESTIVAL MAY 2ND 2002
On May Day this Monday 2nd May, we are pleased to be part of the first
Earlsdon Festival for two years. Alongside pork batches, cakes and
coffee, bar and stalls, we will also be hosting a number of creative
activities. These include music, youth drama groups, dance and
Earlsdon Morris. The box office will be open to get tickets to
upcoming shows. This is also an opportunity for us to recruit
volunteers to the Criterion, so come along to the New Members stand to
find out about all the different ways you can get involved: acting;
directing; stage managing; props; costume; lights; sound; set design,
paint and build; front of house, bar, social events and much, much
It's always a great atmosphere so please do come along and join in the
fun on Monday.
Thank you as always for your continued support of the Criterion
With the removal of pretty much all Covid restrictions many of us are
wondering where we go from here and how we protect ourselves and
visitors to the theatre.
Our top priority, as always, is the wellbeing of our members,
volunteers, audience, casts and crews, and we will work towards
normality together; supportively and safely.
With this in mind, as we move forward we would ask that everybody
follow our suggested Covid Code of Conduct.
* If you feel suspect/know you have Covid then please do not come to
* Wear a mask in the building if you are feeling unwell, even if you
have tested negative
* Wear a mask in the building if you live with or have been in
contact with someone who has tested positive.
* Use the hand sanitisers provided and regularly wash your hands.
* If you are going to be in a confined space with someone or with
them for a long period (more than 30 minutes) always discuss with them
whether you should wear masks
* Try and maintain a reasonable degree of social distancing to
* Open windows or doors where possible to increase circulation of
* Respect other people's decisions as to mask wearing
* Get fully vaccinated to provide the best protection
* Follow the Government guidance
* Respect others choices
* If it doesn’t feel safe, don’t do it.
We need to manage Covid-19 as we would the flu, or any other similar
transmittable infection, through exercising personal responsibility.
However, the theatre will continue to draw on government and public
health guidance and we must all recognise the importance of being
ready to respond to any emergent variants and act quickly where
The Board will continue to review and respond to the Covid-19 risks
and reserve the right to re-introduce any control measures in the
interest of safety if infection rates rise significantly or government
We all need to work together to ensure our spaces and activities
undertaken in the theatre, whether as cast, crew, FOH or audience
members are safe ,by adhering to the principles laid out in the Covid
code of conduct. Our cleaning regimes, sanitiser stations, available
ventilation and access to Face coverings will remain in place.
We are, and will always be, incredibly grateful for the resilience you
have shown throughout the pandemic, please continue to help support us
as we move forward.
Tickets are now on sale for upcoming productions on our website.
I also want to mention our brand new Can Recycling Bank in the car
park. Please feel free to recycle your cans and help the theatre at
the same time! We receive a small payment for our recycling efforts so
it’s a win, win situation!
Finally, I want to mention that Simon Sharpe, our hard working
Secretary, has decided to lighten his load and step down as Head of
Set building. Simon has handed over the mantle to Mandy Sutton, who
has kindly volunteered to take over. I would like to pass on our deep
felt thanks to Simon for his fantastic contribution in creating such a
great set building team, building some truly remarkable sets, and
setting the standards and quality we have become so used to. I would
also like to officially welcome Mandy to the role, who I know will
carry on the great work, bring her own style and ideas, and make the
role her own. We are in good hands.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or thoughts
via; email@example.com ,
See you soon,
It is with great sadness we report the passing of Geof Eames, a
founder member of the Criterion Players in 1955 and a much loved and
highly respected member of the Criterion family.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Geof, not only for the key role he
played in the creation of the Theatre but also for his involvement in
a wide range of theatre activities. He will be remembered, not only as
a wonderfully entertaining actor, but also a someone who played key
roles in the set building and front of house teams.
Many will remember him for his legendary Front of House Manager
‘performances’ as he entertained the audience before 'curtain up'
on a first night. He provided a regular, reassuring presence,
impeccably dressed and warmly welcoming to audiences, supporting and
encouraging to company members and always contributing positively to
the theatre he was so proud of.
Geof was a friendly, smiling, enthusiastic face at the theatre,
willing to help out with anything, and although he has been absent
through illness for a while now, we will all feel his loss very
All of our sympathy, love and thoughts are with Phyllis and the family
at this very sad time.
Criterion President Keith Railton and Chairman Jon Elves talk about
the Criterion Memories project and some of their own memories.
Helen Withers talks through her (and family's) fondest memories of the
theatre and the production process.
Richard and Jill Warren share their memories about a range of topics
from nudity, bar productions and armed guards at a Criterion buffet!
Dave Brown had no intention of joining a theatre group in 1964 but
talks about the huge impact the Criterion had on his life, even after
leaving to settle in Canada in 1973.
Dave Cornish talks about the magic created in the tech box over the
past 45 years; from the creation of sound effects to missing cues
while preparing for the next show!
Becky Cribden and Paul Forey talk about their time at the theatre from
the younger generation's perspective. From unmemorable teachers in
drama classes, to finding each other (and a lot of friends along the
way) - and the odd sound box joke.
Jamie Firth talks to Gennie Holmes about her time at the theatre,
including the difficulties of getting served at the bar when everyone
knows your age, the thrill of period costumes in summer and the
benefit of being on stage with your husband when things go wrong!
Karl and Sylvia Stafford talk about their time at the theatre,
including making dresses, meeting at the theatre and trousers
splitting on stage (everyone's favourite theatre story!
Pete Bagley talks about the days of getting postcards through the
door, arguments about hobbyhorses and setting fires backstage.
Dave and Linda Holmes talk about their lives at the Criterion, with
tales of wardrobe, set building and after show parties.
* Apologies for the poor sound quality on the film.
Ian Knight talks about his "spiritual home", the development of
technology in productions and falling through roofs.
Olivia Holmes and Pete Meredith about growing up within the theatre,
learning life lessons and the sweat involved in firing guns on time!
Mark Wiszowaty about his happiest moments at the theatre, including a
power cut that prevented a plague, and being booed at an old people's
John Ruscoe about his time at the theatre, including his fondest
productions, and the balance involved in producing high-quality