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October Newsletter

29 Sept 2023

Coming up in October

Well hello. How exciting is this? HTP's first ever monthly newsletter! Between 'soft launching' last week and now, dozens of you have already signed up to hear about theatrical goings-on in and around Hastings on a monthly basis. Thanks for coming on board! You've made all the right decisions.


Next year, we'll do some full-throated shouting about what we're up to, but for the time being this is a chance to build things up, try things out, and get things wrong. We also want to hear from you - what would you like to see HTP doing? What are we missing off from the newsletter? You can get in touch by clicking the button at the bottom of this email.


Anyway, without further ado, let's see what's on over the next month. Remember, if you want to feature your theatre news or events in the newsletter, visit this page ahead of the last Friday of the month and we'll do our best to include it.

To kick off October, next week Hastleons are presenting their production of Oliver! (don't forget that exclamation mark(!)). Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, but shorter and with more songs, Lionel Bart's musical promises fun for all the family. So if you consider yourself to love your food, glorious food, and fancy a bit of oom-pah-pah in your life, review the situation and get yourself down to the White Rock Theatre next week. I'd do anything not to miss it.

Over at The Stables from 4th to 7th October is The Pilgrim Plays, by Chris New. Described as "Samuel Beckett meeting Blackadder", this production marks the culmination of a year of development at The Stables with support from the National Theatre Studio. The Pilgrim Plays chart the journey of an outcast and a fool who faces the ultimate question; can he become our most unlikely hero? And if you're available for the first show next Wednesday, tickets will be Pay What You Feel, meaning you can see the show and pay what you feel it was worth afterwards. Book tickets by following this link.


Then, at the end of month, director Hugo Trebels presents John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, A Parable. If you've seen the film adaptation with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, you'll know this is the kind of writing that stays with you, asking huge questions about morality, faith, and truth. The play won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play in 2005, and is as provocative and questioning now as it was then. And what's more, this production is brought to you by the creative team behind last year's in-the-round Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? From 27 October to 4 November, tickets here.

Finally, throughout October there are, as ever, plenty of events for the little ones at the brilliant Mini Playhouse on White Rock. From sensory STEM storytelling and arts & crafts to dance workshops and Wonder Gigs, there's loads to explore. And what's more, many events are Pay What You Can! You can find out more and book here.

And that's it for October, and our first HTP newsletter! Have an explosive night at Hastings Bonfire, and see you next month for more.

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