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Events at the Theatre

Happenings in the bar, the auditorium and elsewhere

Coffee Morning

In the Bar and Foyer

In the Bar and Foyer

8th January from 10:30 to 12:00
In the Bar

In the Bar

6th December from 19:30 to 21:30

Coffee Morning

In the Bar and Foyer

In the Bar and Foyer

4th December from 10:30 to 12:00
In the Auditorium and Bar

In the Auditorium and Bar

28th November from 16:00 to 20:00

Online Performance - Online Filmed Performance Of 'Frankenstein'

After a successful live production run, we are pleased to have secured the rights to stream a filmed performance of the play. Tickets are available to purchase now. Find out all cast and crew information as well as reviews, production photographs and the digital programme here [/../../../production/518]. This is a staging of one of the classic monster stories. Our production isn't a rehash of Boris Karloff's Universal Studios version, but a direct adaptation of Mary Shelley's Gothic novel for the stage. Victor Gialanella, the playwright, first brought this version to Broadway in 1981  and his adaptation of this classic tale of horror and suspense details the ill-fated experiments of Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to fathom the secrets of life and death. Purchasing cadavers from unsavoury grave robbers, he gives life to a creature which is both powerful and terrifying, yet touchingly innocent... but there is a high price to be paid for attempting to play God.

In the Comfort Of Your Home

In the Comfort Of Your Home

27th November from 19:30 to 21:30
In the Bar

In the Bar

24th November from 20:00 to 21:30
In the Bar

In the Bar

21st November from 19:30 to 22:00

Touring Production - Will Johns "Bluesdaddy"

Will Johns is recognised as one of the most distinctive and exciting performers on the British Blues scene today. His guitar playing is both modern and cutting edge but also steeped in the blues history passed from generation to generation. As well as being a spellbinding live act, Will is a hugely respected songwriter, having three times been nominated for ‘Best Original Blues Song’ by the British Blues Awards in 3 consecutive years. His father is famed record producer Andy Johns (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton) and his mother is actress/model Paula Boyd, sister of Pattie. Some of his uncles are Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, George Harrison, and Glyn Johns, as well. Happily, Will more than lives up to his impressive lineage and proves it with every note he plays. His blues style is deep and intuitive and based in his true love and understanding of the genre. Listening to him tackle blues standards is endlessly entertaining and should quickly grab the attention of blues fans everywhere. Now Will, supported by Chris Gale on percussion, returns to the Criterion for the first time since 2017 with tracks from his "Bluesdaddy" album, as well as some favourites from his back catalogue. This is sure to be a fantastic evening of music, so be sure to get your tickets early. Seating will be in a cabaret style in the theatre auditorium and priced at £10.    

In the Auditorium and Bar

In the Auditorium and Bar

20th November from 18:30 to 11:30

Play Reading - Maryland By Lucy Kirkwood

We are thrilled to be able to participate in the script-in-hand performances of a new play by LUCY KIRKWOOD, produced at the Royal Court Theatre in October 2021.  The Maryland performance script has been offered for free for any theatre company or drama training organisation in the UK who is interested to stage their own script-in-hand reading. Lucy Hayton will direct this performance with a cast drawn from Criterion members who have participated in the Zoom play readings over the last 2 years.  The cast includes:  Lucy Hayton, Gennie Holmes, Sarah Priddy, Denise Pitter, Charlotte Rawson, Gisa Arum, Frances Hewison, Mandy Sutton, Debra Relton-Elves, Anne-marie Greene, Dawn Morris, Leonie Slater, Pete Gillam. Our performed reading will be produced on Zoom and all are welcome to attend. Please contact artisticdirector@criteriontheatre.co.uk to receive the private link and password.  Attendance is free, but in light of the motivation for the writing of the play, we ask that you consider making a donation to the Coventry Rape and Sexual Advice Centre (CRASAC) https://www.crasac.org.uk/get-involved/donate/  ABOUT MARYLAND: “_This play was for many years a private conversation with myself. The horrific murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa this year have galvanised me into making it public. I hesitate to even call it a play when it is simply a howl, a way of expressing what I feel about a culture of violence against women, but I am sharing it because I wonder if it might express a little of what other people feel about it too. It was written very quickly, and I am grateful to the Royal Court for snatching up a gauntlet thrown down last Friday night with such energy, care and seriousness._“ – Playwright LUCY KIRKWOOD _“__Sometimes you don__’__t know what you need until it arrives like a bolt from the blue and things are turned upside down. This is what happened to us at the Royal __C__ourt when Lucy __K__irkwood__’__s play Maryland arrived in our inboxes on Friday night. Since then we have all stepped up to her extraordinary rallying cry and are able to give her voice our space in search of some kind of understanding, howl, communal event in light of the horrific actions still being committed against all women and victims of gendered violence._ _We all live in the same world, hear the same news, share the same existential fears and longings. Some people specialise in tending to our health, and some people tend to our roads and buildings, and some people tend to the food we eat and some people teach us to read and write and some people move important things from a to b. And then there are some other people who sit in the same world as us but with their pattern of words and ideas show that world back to us in a way which momentarily stops us feeling so alone, so fearful, so lost. There is order. There is hope. This is what this tiny enormous play does. This is what the Royal __C__ourt is for. This is what art is for. __We are so proud to be stepping up. We are devastated we still have to._” – VICKY FEATHERSTONE Please note that this play contains strong language. References to sexual assault, rape and violence, References of abduction and murder, References of police brutality and coercion.

In the Comfort Of Your Home

In the Comfort Of Your Home

17th November from 20:00 to 21:00
In the Auditorium and Bar

In the Auditorium and Bar

14th November from 14:00 to 16:30

Open Reading: Two

Please note the change of date. Do come and join us for the open reading of Two by Jim Cartwright, directed by Helen Withers, which will be produced March 12th-19th 2022.  Our open readings are an opportunity to hear the play in a relaxed and informal environment. Parts are split between the people who come along and we chop and change so that everyone who wants to read is able to.  If you are thinking about auditioning, or just like to hear a play read aloud, then do come along. You can choose to take part in the reading, or just listen.  The reading will take place in the theatre bar on Tuesday November 9th at 7:30pm.  If you have any queries then please email artisticdirector@criteriontheatre.co.uk 

In the Bar

In the Bar

9th November from 19:30 to 22:00
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