There’s a welcome return for drama at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre with the launch of a new season of plays this month.
With a diverse programme there’s spine-tingling action and suspense plus a bellyache of laughter.
The theatre’s drama season opens with James Cawood’s tense thriller, Stone Cold Murder.
Olivia and Robert, owners of a secluded hotel, are enjoying the success of their first season. Their solitude is disrupted by the arrival of a rugged hiker seeking shelter.
As the evening unfolds, it becomes clear that the hiker’s presence in the desolate spot is anything but a coincidence and events soon take a murderous turn.
Stone Cold Murder, running fropm April 23-25, stars TV favourites Freya Copeland (Emmerdale), Gary Turner (Emmerdale) and David Callister (The Bill).
Arnold Ridley’s haunting thriller The Ghost Train pulls into the Grove on May 28 for a three night run.
A group of stranded travellers chance upon a remote railway station and soon find that all is not what it appears to be. The station master warns the group of a ghostly train that haunts the line and if anyone sets eyes upon it, they’re doomed.
An all-star cast performs the chilling play, including Tom Butcher (The Bill), Judy Buxton (General Hospital), Sophie Powles (Emmerdale), Corrinne Wicks (Doctors), Jeffrey Holland (Hi-De-Hi!) and David Janson (Keeping Up Appearances).
Time for a spring clean? There’s comedy with Dirty Dusting on May 1.
Gladys, Elsie and Olive are three elderly ladies, with a combined age of over 130, who are about to be put out of pasture by their ruthless boss.
In an ageist work environment, it’s no surprise that this trio are about to be replaced by a younger set of ‘environmental hygiene improvement operatives’.
Feeling like they have little chance of gaining employment elsewhere, the ladies try to think of a way of boosting their falling income.
Starring Crissy Rock (Benidorm, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Outta Here), Leah Bell (Six of a Kind) and Dolores Porretta-Brown.
Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious Table Manners ends the season, running from June 25-27.
The comic play, part of his Norman Conquests trilogy, depicts the interplay between an extended family of six whose members simultaneously despise, and can’t get enough of, each other.
The action takes place over a weekend and centre’s around Ayckbourn’s Norman, who needs desperately to be needed… by anyone.
It’s almost hard to blame him once you meet his wife, Ruth, a career-obsessed woman with little apparent need for Norman. Anna Brecon (Emmerdale), Marcus Hutton (Brookside) and David Callister (Emmerdale) star in this side-splitting comedy.