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Part of the
Wells Maltings Project
Registered Charity no. 1139767
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Welcome to the web site of the Granary Theatre
Hosted by the Friends of the Granary

The Maltings Complex, including the Granary Theatre is now closed for refurbishment.  
The Friends of the Granary will still be presenting plays, music and comedy over the coming months.  The Sackhouse can accommodate small music groups and the High School are pleased to have theatre companies offering workshops for the students the afternoon before the performance. We may also use St. Nicholas’s Church.

We will keep you informed of future shows and venues via this web site at usual.
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Wheelchair access

 

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Performances start at 7.30 p.m. unless stated otherwise.

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Want to join our emailing list and receive a reminder before each show?

email Lynne here

 

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Licensed Bar

 

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Tickets for the shows promoted by the Friends of the Granary can be purchased

online  by clicking on this link -  Maltings Project Office, and clicking on ‘book now’

for the show you wish to see.

 

Tickets can be purchased from the Tourist Information Office during opening hours.

 

In addition, the T.I.C. will be open for an hour before every show to sell tickets.

 

   For information please ring Pat on 01328  710193 Or email Pat

 

For films, opera & ballet go to www.wells-cinema.com

 

 

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May
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Thursday 5th May – 7.30pm
A new play written and performed by the Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company, who brought us, amongst other things, the brilliant Poisoners’ Pact and Bricks of Burston.
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At Alderman Peel High School
The Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company
present
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June
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Saturday 11th June – 7.30pm
Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a beguiling blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English border bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, Chris and Sophie breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh, relevant and accessible for a modern audience.

Also known for their popular themed touring shows, Green and Matthews have built an enviable reputation for combining incisive wit and humour with a genuine love for the English tradition. They have a particular passion for 18th-century ballads and dance tunes – several of which have been unearthed by Chris from various libraries around the country and which are now being performed again for the first time in two hundred years. They also perform original songs which draw on their wealth of historical research to paint a fascinating picture of individual lives and stories from England’s past.
Chris Green and Sophie Matthews
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At The Sackhouse
Historical Musicians from Blast from the Past
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Saturday 18th June – 7.30pm

Joe sings and plays Irish Folk . He is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose Celtic music ranges from the traditional to the contemporary. Joe performs with the conviction and authenticity of a troubadour who has the special gift of making every song his own. We are delighted to welcome him back to Wells.

'Joe is a singer / songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose work has been described as the Thinking man's celtic music' by respected music journalist Nick Dalton in the Sunday Express.

“His songs range from from the traditional to the contemporary and always performed with the conviction and authenticity of a troubadour who has the special gift of making every song his own”  Pat Tynan
Joe Giltrap
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At The Sackhouse
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Saturday 30th July – 3pm

Over the past six years we have toured classic theatre to open-air venues and theatres across the South East of the UK. Our productions are always performed by a minimal cast, with many actors playing 2 or more characters in one play. Cross gender playing has also been a feature in the past such as a male actor playing Lady Bracknell in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. The sets are basic flats and representative rather than natural, calling on the imagination of the audience and ability of the actors to create the world in which they are set. In fact, we have been complemented in the past on the use of staging and always strive to be as imaginative as we can. We do not use a raised stage area. Costumes are always appropriate to the period of the play and examples can be seen on our gallery page.

OPEN-AIR VENUES
We are lucky enough to perform in some of the most beautiful surroundings including gardens, stately homes and museums. These 'open-air' venues are uncovered from the English summer and therefore audience members are advised to bring suitable protection from the elements. Raincoats or sun cream are a must in our unpredictable climate, but rest assured that the performance will go ahead unless it is unsafe to do so. In the case of thunder & lightning the show may be delayed until it is safe to continue. The price of the show ticket, in some cases, also includes entry to the venue. Tickets are non-refundable unless the show is cancelled.
Most open-air venues do not provide seating, audience members are therefore advised to bring a chair or a rug to sit on. Seating is on a first come first served basis and the audience will be directed by a cast member to an appropriate place. Where possible we try to make sure everyone has a clear view of the stage area, and we ask that umbrellas and parasols are not used due to blocking the view of the person behind. Picnics are welcomed at most venues and many audience members arrive an hour before to enjoy the surroundings while eating, and of course, you can always feed the actors!
D.O.T. Productions
D.O.T. Productions
present
Ticket prices TBC
In the garden of St. Heliers, Station Road
Wells-next-the-sea, NR23 1EA
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October
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Sunday 7th August– 7.30pm

A band which first started in 1969 in Grantham has reformed with two new members. Tony Harris (guitar) and Reg Strattan(drums). Mick Footit (lead singer), Pete Weatherall (base guitar) and Peter Wallwork (electric piano & vocals) are the originals. The band plays traditional and western country music with covers of songs by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks and others in and around Lincolnshire and, of course, Wells-next-the-sea!
The Original
"Tennessee Stud"
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At Alderman Peel High School
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September
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Friday 30th September - 7.30pm

A new play with a few old songs by John Mangan
Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Marie Lloyd, that pulchritudinous personification of the Golden Age of Music Hall, invites you to an evening of entertainment excellence in the Euterpian and Terpsichorean Arts …....she'll sing and dance a bit, sir!
Yes, Miss Marie Lloyd, for one night only, will tell the story of her astonishing and inspiring rise to become the Queen of British Entertainment expressed, as only Marie can, with a song, a story and a naughty wink.
You will laugh! You will cry! You will see the glories of Music Hall live again and hear some of the songs we still remember with nostalgic pleasure.
A lifetime in an evening!
With occasional assistance and factual correction from that virtuoso of contrariwise confusion .... she dresses as a man, madam! - Miss Vesta Tilley, the original Burlington Bertie!
Guaranteed top drawer performances of those great songs, some in their entirety!
The Boy I Love Is up in the Gallery
Don't Dilly Dally on the Way
I’m One Of The Ruins that Cromwell Knocked About
A Little of What You Fancy
When I Take My Morning Promenade
Burlington Bertie
From Marble Arch to Leicester Square
Take this unique opportunity to relive an era of Glory, Glitter and Gold.
Every performance by Miss Marie Lloyd is a Command Performance - by order of the British public!
Broad Horizons Theatre
present
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At The Sackhouse
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With Judy Daykin
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Sunday 2nd October- 7.30pm
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At The Sackhouse

'My Sweet Patootie from Canada will be on their 6th UK Tour.

My Sweet Patootie is contemporary roots and ragtime at its best; bringing tight harmonies, monstrous guitar, sizzling fiddle and percussion together in one perfect package. Founded in 2007 by Canadian Folk Music Award winners Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, My Sweet Patootie has a growing international reputation. From original swing to funky fiddle-tune arrangements to exquisite ballads, they deliver a must-see show that Driftwood Magazine describes as “two parts exemplary musicianship, one part vaudeville comedy”.
My Sweet Patootie
sassy modern vaudeville, roots & ragtime
Photography by Wayne Simpson
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“Quality musicianship, great songs and high entertainment. Their friendly personality and stagecraft shone out. The audience, most of whom had not been ‘Patootied’ before, left with smiles on their faces, and with the words ‘excellent’, ‘brilliant’, ‘superb’ and ‘when are they coming back’ on their lips. Can’t wait.”
Steve Beeson, Owen Street Arts Centre, Atherstone UK

The second visit to Crail of My Sweet Patootie was as much of a delight, both on and off stage, as their first visit in 2013. An amazing range of material all impeccably played by fine musicians, with added humour, and the emphasis on entertainment.
Tony Kingsbury, Crail Folk Club, Scotland
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Wednesday 5th October- 7.30pm
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At Alderman Peel High School
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Written in the late 14th century, The Canterbury Tales is perhaps the best well known example of medieval English literature. It paints a rich and vibrant portrait of life in medieval England as a disparate group of pilgrims travel to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury Cathedral and tell each other stories to while away the journey. All human life is present – from the dark and brooding Pardoner’s Tale to the bawdy Miller’s Tale, via the proto-feminism of the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the simple whimsy of the Nun’s Priest’s Tale. Although Chaucer wrote his tales more than 600 years ago, they still feel vital – and accessible to modern audiences.

The tales were presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travelled together from London to Canterbury in order to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest was a free meal at the Tabard Inn on their return to Southwold.

Blast from the Past present six of the best-loved tales, told in a variety of styles. Taking visual inspiration from medieval mystery plays and complete with a touring set which has been specially constructed to resemble a medieval travelling theatre, the three-man cast use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer’s characters to riotous life.
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Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
Landermason' are a duo like no other! Multi instrumentalist Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul Mason (guitars and vocals) have developed a unique sound which displays their undoubted talents. They combine both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles in their beautiful compositions and striking arrangements.

They have recorded and produced 5 CD's to date on their own label LAMA Records and have enjoyed airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 as well as on many other radio shows across the network. Their version of 'Dance to Your Daddy' was used in an episode of BBC 1's Antiques Road Show, whilst their track 'Somalia' was featured in a BBC 3 documentary narrated by Scarlett Johansson called Escape From The Worlds Most Dangerous Place.

Friday 21st October– 7.30pm
In the Sackhouse
They recently composed an original sound track for The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a puppet show staged at the Up-Front Puppet Theatre in Cumbria, based on Michael Morpurgo's new adaptation of the well known childrens classic.

Their LIVE sound is impressive, full of variety and with plenty of audience interaction. Often described as 'refreshingly different', Landermason are equally at home entertaining audiences in folk and acoustic music clubs, theatres, festivals, village halls and pubs and are proud to have performed at some of the UK's best known live music venues.
Landermason
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July
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Saturday 2nd July – 7.30pm

This is Pat Nearney and Danny Platton's 8th Year of 'World Tour of East Anglia' with the special guest appearance of the Norfolk Fairy. Pat entertains with comedy and mime. Danny plays and sings Country and Western and Singalong The Norfolk Fairy recites her original poetry. The show includes a 'Huge Dollop of Norfolk Squit''
Pat, Danny and The Norfolk Fairy
Tickets: Adult £10, Snr Citizen £9 (Over 65s),  Student £5,  
Friends of the Granary £8.00  (FOG card to be produced before show).
At The Sackhouse
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August
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