The hotly-anticipated new season at Caterham’s Miller Centre Theatre has a broad and exciting programme already in rehearsal. September kicks off with The Girl on the Train, a theatrical adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel. Rachel longs for a different life until her daily commute connects her with the disappearance of a young woman, becoming a witness in a complex mystery. With tickets already selling well, this exciting thriller promises a gripping experience.
Hot on its heels is a touch of warm-hearted nostalgia with The Good Life, a witty reimagining of the television classic, and a chance to reconnect with Tom, Barbara, Jerry and, of course, Margo as they balance self-sufficiency with life in Surbiton suburbia.
The Real Eddie Spencer is a new adult-themed play exploring the story of A Christmas Carol but set in Australia. Eddie visits his son for Christmas, with revelations that will set a whole host of events in motion, encountering secrets, ghosts and decisions to be made.
In contrast, you can chase away the January blues with Treasure Island, a comedy adventure based on Stevenson’s classic, packed with pirates, tropical islands, bottles of rum and a parrot called Alexa… With four actors playing dozens of characters, this promises to be a riotous and slightly chaotic production for all ages!
Whisper it if you dare, the Miller Centre Theatre is taking on the challenge of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Packed with witches, prophecies, murders and the relentless pursuit of power, this haunting exploration of betrayal and ambition is still highly relevant and will be brought thrillingly to life in a contemporary setting.
Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy is set amongst the strict codes of conduct of Edwardian England. A young Royal Naval College cadet is accused of stealing a five-shilling postal order. To be found guilty would decimate the family’s honour as well as his own career. The boy’s father must battle for justice – and face the inevitable repercussions on the wider family.
A new dark comedy, Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling explores one woman’s quest to become the quintessential 1950s housewife. But Judy’s obsession with domestic perfection is spiralling out of control, proving that being queen of the kitchen isn’t as easy as it looks.
Far away from domesticity, Handbagged explores the fascinating relationship between Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II. Moira Buffini imagines their private meetings through 11 years of Thatcherite Britain with plenty of satirical humour and sharp wit, as well as questioning our views of political leaders.
Finally, July’s offering comes from the world’s best-selling novelist. Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None promises a classic mystery of ten strangers, each harbouring a secret. Summoned to a remote island, one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme – deliciously thrilling and classic Christie.
The theatre has a spacious, air-conditioned auditorium with a fully licensed bar. For tickets and further information on this season’s productions, as well as monthly film showings, see the Miller Theatre’s website.