The Criterion Theatre


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1st April from 10:30 to 12:00
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1st April from 19:30 to 23:30
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2nd April from 14:30 to 17:00
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5th April from 18:30 to 20:30
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6th April from 19:30 to 22:00
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13th April from 19:30 to 22:00
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20th April from 19:30 to 22:00
Quiz Night - The Great Big Criterion Quiz - prep
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22nd April from 17:30 to 19:30
In the Auditorium and Bar
22nd April from 19:30 to 23:30
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26th April from 20:00 to 21:00
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1st May from 10:00 to 16:00
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6th May from 10:30 to 12:00


Taken at Midnight

What price would you pay to fight tyranny?

Mar 18th to 25th 2017

A play by Mark Hayhurst

 “… every deed that does good must do harm somewhere else. This recognition of the ‘double-edge of the deed’, leads many people… to swear off acting at all… but man cannot live without guilt… therefore we must have the courage to accept guilt and responsibility” Hans Litten, 1925.

We have again secured another amateur premiere of a brand new play which only completed its West End run in March 2015 to rave reviews.

It is based on the true story of a brilliant lawyer, Hans Litten, who in 1931 called Adolf Hitler to act as star witness in the trial of a band of murderous SA men. Two years later, Litten is arrested. He is held without trial, beaten, tortured, and threatened as 'an enemy of human society'.

His story is told by his mother Irmgard who confronts his captors and fights to try and achieve his release (played in the West End production by Penelope Wilton). Ultimately inspirational, the play reminds us of the importance of protecting human rights and freedom of expression, and the high price of resisting tyranny.

Anne-marie Greene (Mindgame, Proof, Let the Right One In) directs this compelling drama.

Coming Soon

David Almond
Main House
May 6th to 13th
Alan Ayckbourn
Main House
Jun 24th to Jul 1st
Keith Huff
Main House
Sep 2nd to 9th
Tom Wright
Main House
Oct 14th to 21st
David Wood
Main House
Dec 2nd to 9th

Just Finished

Jim Cartwright
Main House
Jan 28th to Feb 4th