Productions for 2016
Welcome from the President
Welcome to an exciting year at the Dolphin Theatre!
For 2016 we are proud to present an appealing diversity of plays. Some are uplifting, entertaining and heartily enjoyable; others will inspire and generate thoughtful conversation. There is rollicking riotous fun, bittersweet black comedy, stinging satire, slightly bonkers comedy, and the drama of Dickens’s poverty and prosperity. So what’s new? Well, this year plays 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be two-week seasons. Plays 1 and 6 remain as three-week seasons. For all productions, Friday is our new opening night and Tuesday night performances will return. By the end of the year we finish with the same number of performances and a little more breathing space between shows. This is part of our aim to run the theatre more efficiently and should hopefully ease the workload on our cast and crew. In May 2016, we proudly celebrate 50 years on this site in Spring Street.
By Richard Bean
Directed by Laurie Mills
Season: 26 February - 19 March
A rollicking and intensely funny play. Francis Henshall finds himself in the tricky situation of trying to please two bosses while keeping them unaware of one another. He’s not the smartest chap, and being caught up in their various competing schemes makes for a chaotic day.
Adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s 1743 Commedia dell’arte play A Servant of Two Masters, the action is updated to Brighton, England, 1963. Dolphin is proud to have this play in its 2016 schedule. It has been a hit in London and New York since its 2011 debut.
By Beth Henley
Directed by Ami Coster
Season: 29 April - 14 May
1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
A charming black comedy set in a small Mississippi town. Three sisters search for meaning and happiness in their lives after suffering a veritable heap of misfortune. They must reunite to make sense of their individual challenges and family issues. Lenny the eldest has devoted her life to caring for their ailing Grandfather; Meg has run away to pursue a singing career in Hollywood; while Babe is facing trial for shooting her abusive husband. Combine an enthusiastic lawyer, a nosy neighbour and a lonely ex boyfriend and we have a hilarious mix of conflicts, crisis and revelations.
By Joe Zarrow
Directed by Sheila Summers
Season: June 17 – July 2
New Zealand Premiere
Armed with dreams of changing the world along with an accelerated certification program for ‘career changers’, Kay quits her corporate job to teach English in a Chicago public high school. On her first day in the English Lit office she finds that the copy machine, the system and the spirits of her fellow teachers are all broken. Or are they? A dark comedy of academic intrigue that takes a peek at the politics behind the closed door of the teachers’ lounge.
"There are very few excellent plays about public education. This is one." –Chicago Tribune
By the Goodale Brothers
Based on the works of P.G.Wodehouse
Directed by Syd Mannion
Season: 5th - 20th August
Join two of the 20th century’s most loved characters - the effervescent but intellectually challenged, young aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves, for an evening of genial jollity.
When a perfectly delightful country weekend takes a turn for the worse, Wooster turns matchmaker to rescue the engagement of his host's drippy daughter Madeline to his newt-fancying friend Gussie. If Bertie, assisted by the ever-inventive Jeeves, can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to abandon cherished bachelorhood and marry the ghastly girl himself!
Warning - No content will offend.
(In the 1930s they were just terribly nice.)
By Ron Aldridge
Directed by Rae McGregor
Season: 23 September – 8 October
The Frank Daniels Trio was once a successful singing and dancing variety group in the 1970s. Frank and his beautiful wife Sarah and the comic of the ensemble, Tony are a perfect recipe for an evening’s entertainment. Three decades later, when Sarah and Frank visit Tony at the nursing home, all the old emotional baggage comes to the fore, and there are flashbacks to the ‘good old days’ when we see them as their younger selves performing the song and dance routines.
“Aldridge’s new play is something of a minor masterpiece.” -The Stage
Jeremy Brock’s stage play
Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens
Directed by Julian Harrison
Season: 11 November – 3 December
The classic tale of poverty and pick pocketing, privilege and prosperity is brought to the stage in a splendid theatrical version which combines all the richness of the original story. The sinister antics of Fagin, the wonderful comic pomposity of Mr Bumble the Beadle and the horror of Nancy’s murder at the hands of Sykes. Be intrigued at the colourful characters Oliver meets from his past and watch secrets unravel. Expect laughter, and tears and some surprises. Jeremy Brock has created a play which will add further enjoyment to the world Dickens created for us in his books.