‘Somewhere in England’, (The Bedford Play)
Thursday 8 – Wednesday 14 September 2016 The Quarry Theatre, St Luke’s, Bedford
As part of their 450th celebrations, The Harpur Trust has specially commissioned a production exploring and celebrating the rich history of Bedford and it’s most famous citizens as they take a stroll through 850 years of Bedford’s past.
The play is called ‘Somewhere in England’ (The Bedford Play), a reference to the BBC’s live broadcasts from Bedford (and particularly Bedford School) during the Second World War. The town’s true identity had to remain a secret to avoid being bombed by Hitler’s Luftwaffe and so the broadcasts were always announced as being live “from somewhere in England”. The play uncovers the lives of key Bedfordians, its connections with famous people and the stories behind some of the town’s iconic landmarks.
Written and directed by Mark Burgess, the play will be performed by professional actors and music will be performed by a live orchestra.
Rehearsals in full swing at The Quarry Theatre
Thursday 8 September 2016 – 7.30pm
Friday 9 September 2016 – 7.30pm (Gala Performance for invited guests)
Saturday 10 September 2016 – 7.30pm
Sunday 11 September 2016 – 3.30pm
Monday 12 September 2016 – 7.30pm
Tuesday 13 September 2016 – 7.30pm (plus matinee performance for local schools)
Wednesday 14 September 2016 – 7.30pm