Theatre Highlights

Alongside Bedfringe, there’s plenty of other great live theatre to enjoy this month. Here’s Paula Walker’s pick of the best, including something alfresco…


Pavilion Playhouse announces it’s 2018 Summer Season in Bedford Park
Pavilion Playhouse presents four different productions in Bedford Park this summer, involving two of the top touring Theatre Companies in the country.

Shakespeare’s ever-popular Romeo and Juliet returns on Friday, 6th July, followed by the The Tempest on Saturday, 7th July, courtesy of ‘Oddsocks Productions’ who have entertained audiences at the Pavilion for the last three years.

Theatre-goers are encouraged to bring their own picnics, with gates opening an hour before each performance.
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The Place Theatre

Living Record present
Friday 6 July at 7.30pm
Tickets: £8  (Concessions £6)

Age Guidance: adult
Based on true accounts, Thrown chronicles the inescapable moment of losing one’s childhood – the moment we are thrown, unexpectedly, into the chaotic and fallible adult world. Using wireless headphones, stereo soundscapes and a single female voice, Living Record Productions creates a haunting and deeply intimate performance that asks whether we can let go of our smaller selves.

With their debut performance in Bedford, this Brighton-based collective of artists is working closely with The Place Theatre and with older communities in Bedford to explore what it means to grow up, using their powerful and playful style to pitch us deep into their world.

Zoo Co present
Friday 13 July at 7.30pm
Tickets: £8 (Concessions £6)

Age Guidance: 12+
Three sirens are exiled from Ancient Greece, only to find themselves washed up on Hastings beach in 2018.  Zeus has disappeared.  Moreover, if you hang about naked on a rock in a sleepy coastal town, you’ll probably be arrested.  Sirens explores how things have changed for women 2500 years down the line.

The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford, MK40 3DE  01234 354321
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The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s

6FootStories & Bedford School Creative Arts Festival present
Macbeth: A Tale of Sound & Fury

Monday 2 July at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 concessions)
Age Suitability: 10yrs+

This is a riotous and playful reinvention of Macbeth that puts the witches at the centre of this dark and bloody tragedy. Three gnarly fortune-tellers live amongst the rats in an old junk yard, apart from decent society. Eager to teach the selfish world of man a lesson, they prepare a fortune reading that will destroy a throne and everything around it.

Performed by just three actors with a junk yard set, full of props, the major roles are swapped between them, as they hurtle through the witches’ prophecy, using storytelling, live music and physical theatre.

Joyfully theatrical and inventive, this is Macbeth, as you’ve never seen it before.

The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s Peter’s, 26 St Peters St, Bedford MK40 2NN
01234 362269

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