8th March 2010
With the loss of performing rights to Quartet we thought that 2010 might be a very thin year. Not a bit of it! We are going out on the road with Thanks for the Memory, our nostalgia review, recalling, in a light-hearted way, the 1930s to the 1960s. And we are delighted that The National Lottery, Hampshire County Council, and Winchester City Council have all supported our proposals with finance to allow us to offer free tickets and transport to groups of older people to come and see the show. Fantastic!
16th November 2009
3rd November 2009
Our week at The Maskers Studio in Southampton proved to be memorable - for all the right reasons! We had sell-out performances, the studio looked fabulous, set out cabaret style, with stunning lighting by Clive Weeks, and - most important of all - everyone seemed to have a great time. Ken Hann & Graham Buchanan joined us for a couple of items, and what scene-stealers they proved to be - the audiences loved them!
Some sad news to report - our proposed tour of Quartet by Ronald Harwood has had to be cancelled. The Performing Rights have been withdrawn - at very short notice. So.......we are hoping to tour another show - watch this websiste for details.
20th October 2009
Well, Bradford-on-Avon proved to be a great occassion - nearly 70 people in St Margarets Hall in the centre of Bradford-on-Avon, singing their hearts out. They seemed to all have a great time. We've extended the time-span of Thanks for the Memory to include the 60s, and Beatles and Dusty Springfield numbers seem to be just as memorable as those from the 30s & 40s.
In September we visited Rushlake Green in East Sussex with Thanks for the Memory, and once again about 70 people packed into The Dunn Village Hall to enjoy the show, including a two-course meal.
This week we are in new territory - a four-day residence at The Maskers Studio in Shirley, Southampton. We're hoping that the audiences will have as good a time with Thanks for the Memory as at previous venues.
8th June 2009
Well, our latest revue entertainment, As Time Goes By, seems to have gone down very well. It has been performed nearly 30 times across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over the past two months. And Thanks for the Memory has also been revived, by request! We performed Thanks for the Memory to a packed house at The Blackledge Theatre in Salisbury, in aid of The Parkinsons Disease Society, and in September we take part in the Bradford on Avon Festival.
For our next theatrical production we hope to put on Quartet, by Ronald Harwood. It's still in the planning stages, but we are very excited about it, and will post details on the website as soon as they get firmed up.
2nd December 2008
It has been two years since the momentous start of Prime Theatre as a company, and our first stage production of Aleksei Abuzov's Old World. This production was a huge artistic success, and played to large (and sometimes capacity) audiences throughout the South and West. See the Feedback Old World and Press & Publicity pages on this website for critical and audience reaction to this production.
The play, for various reasons, did not do well in London. Any future Prime Theatre production will learn from the London experience, especially with regard to choosing a venue, and targeting of publicity.
Also in 2007, partly as an adjunct to Old World, Prime Theatre presented a Nostalgia Entertainment, Thanks for the Memory. This was extremely well received (see the Feedback - Thanks Memory page of this website) and was revived in 2008. Such is the demand for this show that 2009 will see further presentations of this entertainment.
Also in 2009, Prime Theatre will commence performances of As Time Goes By, an entertainment on Family Life.
Currently, the directors of Prime Theatre are researching a future stage production, prior to fund raising and producing such a show. Watch this space!