Theatre on the Coast
Theatre on the Coast was launched in 2019 and is an annual summer season of theatre hosted by Matthew Townshend Productions. The season takes place at Southwold Arts Centre from July – August in Southwold, Suffolk.
Theatre on the Coast 2021: below is a snapshot of what we have planned so far for the 2021 season!
21st July – 4th September 2021
Celebrating great British comic talents, a musical revue for these strange times, our first ever community theatre project and the circus!
All our performances will be presented under COVID-safe guidelines and with a guarantee of a full refund on tickets bought for any shows that cannot go ahead due to ongoing Government guidance and restrictions.
Wednesday 21st –
Saturday 31st July
Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick
by Terry Johnson
Copyright: The National Theatre 1998
The first performance of this hit comedy was at the National Theatre in 1998 and it went on to win the Olivier comedy award 1999.
The filming of the Carry On series was a less than glamorous affair, characterised by leaking caravans, inadequate pay-cheques and argumentative co-stars.
Tuesday 10th August –
Saturday 21st August
Hello Norma Jeane
by Dylan Costello
Starring our TOTC patron Vicki Michelle
First seen at the King’s Head Theatre 2014.
Spring 2003, a new war is coming and Essex grandmother Lynnie has escaped from her nursing home to fly 8000 miles across the Atlantic to Hollywood.
There, she holes up in a rundown motel, awaiting the right moment to reveal to the world her deepest secret – that she is Marilyn Monroe, alive and well after faking her death over forty years before.
When grandson Joe turns up to take her home, he finds himself questioning reality. Is Lynnie really Marilyn? Or just an old lady who wanted to avoid ending her days in a nursing home?
As time starts running out, Joe’s search for the truth tests his self-worth – and his love for his Grandma – to the limit in this funny drama that is full of surprises.
“Hilarious…an excellent night of theatre”
★ ★ ★ ★ The Reviews Hub
Monday 23rd August –
Saturday 4th September
A musical revue with the songs and words of Tom Lehrer
Credit: Ben Stock in Tomfoolery, mtp 2012
A show for our times, if ever there was one.
Celebrating the genius of Tom Lehrer; four actors, a piano and a healthy dose of attitude!
‘We will all go together when we go’, ‘The masochism Tango’ and many, many more.
Originally created by Cameron Mackintosh from the songs of the Harvard maths professor and darkly satirical comedy star Tom Lehrer, the show has been seen in the West End and on Broadway.
This revival was a touring success for mtp in 2012.
Weekends in August
from the novel by R L Stevenson
Get involved! Come and work alongside our team of professional performers, musicians and dancers to become a part of a new adaptation of the classic tale of piracy, treachery and treasure.
To be performed at open air locations in Southwold and Reydon over four weekends from July 24th.
No experience required. For all ages from 10years (Y5) and up.
Check back regularly for news of the full programme including one-off events, music and celebrity appearances!
Theatre on the Coast Patron
The patron of Theatre on the Coast is Vicki Michelle MBE, best known for her roles in ‘Allo, ‘Allo and Emmerdale.