ST JAMES THEATRE
(and "The Studio")
ERIC AND LITTLE ERN (comedy)
Ends 11th January
NOT SUITABLE FOR THOSE AGED UNDER 12.
A tribute to the great Morecambe and Wise, featuring some of their famous
material... and a little of the performers' own...
A newly extended version returns following a successful West End season in
Devised and performed by Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens.
THE SNOW DRAGON (children's play)
9th December 2014 until 4th January 2015.
Relaxed performance: 18th December 2014 at 10am.
Billy the Goat looks forward to the New Year's visit of the Snow Dragon...
but first there are wolves to escape...
Suitable for those aged 3 and over.
"The Studio" schedule:
See www.stjamestheatre.co.uk for details of productions.
Saturday 3rd until Friday 9th January 2015
Press Night: Tuesday 6th January 2015
Created by Foursight, presented by Angels in the Architecture
& S², in association with St. James Theatre & Jacksons Lane present:
BETTE AND JOAN – THE FINAL CURTAIN
Bette Davis finally confronts the ghost of Joan Crawford in a
new play which takes a wry, feisty and irreverent look at two of Hollywood’s
“One should only say good of the dead. Joan Crawford is dead. Good.” – Bette
Now on her own deathbed, Davis is forced by Hollywood hacks Hedda Hopper and
Louella Parsons to finally confront the ghost of her nemesis, Crawford herself.
And of course, just because someone’s dead doesn’t mean they’ve changed.
Foursight Theatre (creators of Thatcher The Muscial! and Can Any Mother Help
Me?) originally created this new comedic piece drawing on the lives of two women
battling for supremacy in 2011, and it is now revived by the original cast and
creative team to open the Icons Season.
When Bette Davis died in 1989 at the age of 81, she left behind a legacy of
films that spanned the best part of a century of American movie making. During
her career she won two Oscars and was nominated for ten.
She was and still is recognized as one of the greatest of female screen icons
from the golden age of Hollywood. Known as ‘battling Bette’ she fully lived the
glamorous film star lifestyle but beneath the gloss was a life strewn with the
wrecks of four marriages, empty liquor bottles and embittered children.
One comforting thought for her at the time of her death might have been the
knowledge that she had outlived her bitterest rival, Joan Crawford, by twelve
years. Crawford had led an equally tumultuous life, echoing Bette’s on several
levels: four husbands, a battle with the bottle and a daughter writing a vicious
‘tell all’ book about her, albeit posthumously. Crawford died in 1977 at the age
These two icons of the silver screen only ever made one full film together,
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, a film noir thriller directed by Robert
Aldrich. It was an astounding success and shot the two fading stars from the
twilight of their careers back in to the limelight - both them, and the feud
that supposedly existed between them.
Devised and performed by: Sarah Thom & Sarah Toogood
Script by: James Greaves
Co-Directors: Rebecca McCutcheon & Sarah Thom
Design: Amy Yardley, with Talulah Mason
Lighting Design: Matt Haskins
Sound Design: Elena Pena
Video: Ed Sayers
Performance Times and dates in 2015:
Sat 3 Jan at 7.45pm
Sun 4 Jan at 1pm
Sun 4 Jan at 6.30pm
Tues 6 Jan at 7.45pm
Wed 7 Jan at 7.45pm
Thu 8 Jan at 4pm
Thu 8 Jan at 7.45pm
Fri 9 Jan at 7.45pm
Studio Floor £17.50
Studio Gallery £20.00
Studio Upper Gallery £17.50
Studio Standing £12.50
£12.50 matinee offer for Students & Seniors.
On Tuesday 6th January 2015 there will be a post-show Q&A with the cast and
creative team and Martin Shingler.* This will be open to all audience members
with a ticket to the 7:45pm performance.
There will be a screening of the film ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ on
Sunday 4 January at 3:30pm. (book a ticket for the play and the film for £21).
Get £15 Studio Floor tickets when you buy tickets for 3 shows or more in the
Icons Season. This will automatically be added at the check-out. Shows include:
Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon
The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe
Miss Dietrich Regrets
"Eric and Little Ern" (December 2014): Not available. Reports are that
this is a warm, seasonally-appropriate event, where dying Ernie is visited in
his hospital bed by the ghost of Eric. They proceed to exchange some well-loved
lines, reminding us of the ice-cream quip, Previn's notes, and every moment of
banter in between. It's the capturing of mannerisms that impress professional
reviewers most, together with the affection displayed towards the famous duo by
their impersonators. If the biography elements seem a little too imposed on the
comedic flow, no matter. This is considered a heartfelt and joyous gentle
celebration that fans will not want to miss.
The Snow Dragon: Not
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