October 2017 - Present Laughter
Noel Coward’s classic, sparkling farce PRESENT LAUGHTER follows the shenanigans of an actor of the highest calibre (in his own eyes at least), Gary Essendine who always exudes a stately command of the stage. Unfortunately, he has slightly less control over his personal life, which, on the eve of a repertory tour of Africa, is becoming very complicated. There's a cavalcade of young women trying to lure him into bed, a playwright named Roland who has become a little overly attached, and various members of his staff that have been having affairs with each other's wives.
It's enough to bring on a mid-life crisis, but Gary simply must get through it... by any means necessary!
April 2017 - Anything Goes
Nothing beats a great musical and Cole Porter’s joyful, exuberant, first-class musical comedy ANYTHING GOES is one of the very best.
Our Audiences laughed a lot as the S.S. American headed out to sea, etiquette and convention got tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”
October 2016 - The Hollow
After the success of our first Murder Mysterys The Game’s Afoot we turned to the master of crime Agatha Christie for our next production. The Hollow, is a classic English country house mystery, and rather a lot of fun. Once more full houses enjoyed this unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader which explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell.
With all the usual suspects assembled: the jilted lover, mistress, wife, and of course a butler, it is up to Inspector Colquhoun and Sergeant Penny to work out “who done it!
April 2016 - Spamalot
Full houses laughed until they cried and The Herd had a ball! One of the greatest Broadway musicals of the modern age, the Tony® Award Winning SPAMALOT, lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, cows, killer rabbits, and French people. The show features fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot convention, including He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation's Favourite Comedy Song (Reader's Digest Poll 2010), Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
MURDER & MAYHEM! From that master of mayhem KEN LUDWIG (Lend Me A Tenor), is the decadent, deadly and delicious, comedy thriller THE GAME'S AFOOT a glittering whodunit filled with twists, turns and murderous pandemonium. Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his home for a weekend of revelry but finds himself turning detective when one of his guests is murdered. The festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous and it’s up to Gillette himself to track down the killer before the next victim appears. With non stop hilarity and danger you’ll find yourself swept along by this murderously funny play.
Winner of 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Play.
April 2015 - Hairspray The Broadway Musical
Well what can we say! This feelgood musical really lived up to it's name. A completely SOLD OUT run with a queue for returns at each performance plus a whole house standing ovation at each show. MCP was on Cloud Nine! We worked so hard on this one and boy did it pay off. The Herd learnt so much pushed ever upwards by Director and Choreographers alike to better and better things and boy did they deliver.
October 2014 - Michael Fraynes NOISES OFF
From designing and buliding the set to creating the costumes The Herd put it's all into preparing this sublime farce to complete our tenth anniversary year.
Our first 100% sold play the Walker Theatre rocked with laughter night after night. It felt like London's West End as folk queued for returns at the Theatre Severn box office. Standing ovations completed our happiness.
May 2014 - The New Gershwin Musical CRAZY FOR YOU
We set ourselves the challenge or recreating the original choreography by the uber talented Susan Stroman and oh boy did the Herd rise to it! With tapping Cowboys and multi feathered Showgirls this musical was a huge hit with our audiences and company alike. And the standing ovations...SUBLIME!
October 2013 - Ken Ludwig's LEND ME A TENOR
This light hearted, multi Tony award winning comedy delighted our audiences as much as it did on Broadway and in London’s West End! MCP has a well-earned reputation of staging productions that are as close as possible to the big budgets of full time professional companies and Tenor certainly seemed to hit the spot!
With all the classic elements of farce: Mistaken identities, amorous ladies, naughty banter, and a looming scandal! A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy left our sell out audiences teary-eyed with laughter.
May 2013 - Cole Porter's KISS ME KATE
Described by the Shropshire Star as "Superb", "Stunning", "Slick" "Flawless" "Wonderful" and "truely the best Amateur Production... in years!" Cole Porter's glorious music, played to perfection by our live orchestra, coupled with the Spewack's sassy libretto certainly entertained our audiences!
Songs included: Too Darn Hot, Brush up your Shakespeare and Another Op'nin, Another Show, while this exuberant show-within-a-show threw together gun-toting gangsters, sparring actors and romantic entanglements all against a backdrop of a musical production of Taming of the Shrew.
October 2012 - Richard Bean's In The Club
This saucy, naughty play was very well recieved by it's audiences. Richard Bean’s hilarious, satirical comedy In The Club featuredMEP Philip Wardrobe with a busy day ahead of him, balancing his less-than-irreproachable political career with his attempts to start a family. As Phil’s personal and political life collided and the assembled company begin to lose their composure (to say nothing of their clothes!), the farcical shenanigans spiraled to a hilarious climax. With our audiences declaring it was "Naughty but nice!"
April 2012 - The Drowsy Chaperone
Over 1000 people saw and raved about this fabulous Broadway show. The Walker Theatre rang to the sound of thunderous applause, with the most common exit comment being "Excellent!" Many of those who had never heard of the show now tell us it is a firm favourite. We're not surprised we told you it was good!!
October 2011 - Ray Cooney and John Chapman's - Not Now Darling
Just under 1000 people saw and enjoyed this great farce.With a naughty nimble script, that is a constant stream of lies and double-entendres, mistaken identities, accusations, recriminations, cover ups and of course confusion a hilarious night out was had by all! This plot saw a series of scantily clad women, a mobster, a suspicious wife, a philandering husband and some misguided shoppers meander their way through a furiously funny two hours of comic mayhem!
We all enjoyed this super venue and the warm reception of our core audience.
May 2011 - Mel Brookes new musical - The Producers
Winner of a record 12 Tony awards The Producers was MCP's most ambitious production to date. But what a success!! Our most commented on show to date, this web site was inundated with fabulous feed back!. Nearly 2,000 people laughed till they cried at this outrageous, hilarious, teeny bit shocking, off the wall, but never, never boring masterpiece of Musical Theatre. With its 200 hundred costumes, fabulous set and first class performances once again MCP proved that to quote Max "they can do it!".
September - October 2010 - Ray Cooney and John Chapman's - Move Over Mrs Markham
Once again MCP presented a high quality production this time of the famous Whitehall comedy Move over Mrs Markham an hilarious farce with all that genre’s characteristics well displayed.
As you would expect there is much going in and out of many doors (with split second timing), many mistaken and assumed identities, unwanted visitors, misunderstandings and improbable situations, exaggerated characters, and slapstick elements all used for humorous effect.
In short an evening full of laughter that you, our audience said you thoroughly enjoyed.
April 2010 - Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Sentimental Cows that we are for our debut in Theatre Severn we couldn't resist revisiting the fantastic piece that started it all off. As we were Sold Out before we opened it seems that you, our audience, loved it too!
April 2009 Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft's 'Allo 'Allo
Who could forget the hugely popular, hilarious, long-running sitcom by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft which was broadcast from 1982 to 1992.
Set during the Second World War in occupied France this stage version takes place in and around the small French café owned by René Artois, while the harassed proprietor fights his own distinctive version of war. With the German Army in residence at his bar, he risks his neck to aid the Resistance by hiding two British airmen. As if this wasn't enough, René has also got involved in hiding a priceless painting in a knockwurst sausage, which even now is being sniffed out by the Gestapo. But René's real problem is his wife, Edith, and what she will do to him when she finds out about the affairs he is having with two sexy waitresses!
The stage play keeps all your favourite characters and their distinctive humour so come on down for an evening of laughter.
April 2008 - Michael Frayne’s - Noises Off
Opening in London in 1982, the play won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and ran until 1987 with five successive casts. The New York Times described it as the “funniest play ever written”, when it won the Tony Award for Best Play. In 2000, the National Theatre put on a revised version, to ecstatic reviews, that ran for two years. It is a sort of up market Brian Rix; remember those? Everything that can go wrong does, as the actors try desperately to hang on to their lines, their sanity and their clothes. Hilarious hijinks and mayhem ensue as the show tours the country and the players have to deal with their personal relationships while performing. As the tensions between the actors mount so does the humour, the pace, the slapstick and, of course, the laughter!
The previous two forays into the theatre were for the Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society for whom they produced, directed and choreographed Pirates and Millie. Please take a look at their website for details of other productions. Both shows were award nominated by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association for Best Production in their respective years and helped to cement Alex and Lisa’s reputation for successful high quality productions.
March 2007 - for the SAOS - Thoroughly Modern Mille
Following its success on Broadway, where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical, the SAOS was proud to present Thoroughly Modern Millie. Based on the Julie Andrews film of the same name this colourful show is packed with energy, vitality and fun. From the first note to the final curtain, the jazzy, bluesy, energetic new score provides the perfect dose of escapism, into a world of glitz, glamour, frisky flappers, financial high flyers and comic criminal activities.
March 2006 - for the SAOS - Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penance
Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining today as it was when it first opened, Pirates takes the audience swaggering and swashbuckling through an hilarious farce of sentimental, soft hearted pirates, bumbling policemen, two hopelessly star-crossed lovers, a bevy of husband-hungry sisters, and an eccentric, pompous Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honour and duty.
The beauty, wit and whimsy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic score is stuffed full of memorable tunes; Poor Wandering One, I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General, A Policeman’s Lot Is Not A Happy One, With Cat-Like Tread and For I Am A Pirate King to name a few. This colourful, comic masterpiece is one of the most enduringly popular, enchanting and best-loved pieces of English musical theatre of all time.
April 2004 - Stephen Sondheim’s - A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
This famous musical farce, winner of six Tony Awards on Broadway, is simply one of the best musical comedies ever. Spun with more plot threads than a bowl of spaghetti, it is peopled by a group of delightfully unsavoury characters; a hen pecked father with a shrewish wife, an innocent son, manipulating servants, courtesans as neighbours, a befuddled old man who lost his children to pirates, and the Roman Army. All are drawn into the confusion as this mounting side splitting comedy plot unwinds. With a Sondheim score to complement the mayhem the audience was guaranteed an enjoyable evening’s entertainment.