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Plays, Pantomime, Juniors & Youth Shows 2024-25 

Snake in the Grass

Written by  Alan Ayckbourn

Miriam has cared for her father in the family home during his vituperative last years with the help of a creepily polite nurse, Alice. On Father’s death, Miriam’s older sister, handsome, divorced Annabel, comes home after over thirty years in Tasmania to find Daddy has left the bulk of his fortune to her.
Alice complains to Annabel that Miriam has sacked her and is intent upon blackmail, having evidence, she says, that Miriam did away with the old man.
Miriam and Annabel join forces against Alice and the blackmailer’s body is soon hurtling down the well, but all does not end there.

24th – 28th Sep 2024

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

The King’s Orphan

Written by Martin Paul Roche

During the Great War, 116 young men who had attended Blackburn Orphanage in Lancashire, went to war to fight for their King and their Country. 10 of them never returned. One of them was only recorded by his name, William North… the forgotten orphan.

‘The King’s Orphan’ tells the story of the life of an unknown – or rather, creates for him a life, an opportunity to be remembered.

12th – 16th Nov 2024

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Martin Paul Roche

Peter Pan

Written by J.M. Barrie
Adapted by Tom Whalley Pantomimes

On the hunt for his pesky shadow, Peter Pan meets the Darling children in their Nursery. With a sprinkling of Tinkerbell’s fairy dust, Wendy, John and Michael leave Nana the Dog behind on a flight to Neverland – a magical place home to lost boys, mermaids and the most villainous pirate of them all; Captain Hook! With Mrs Starkey and her bumbling son Smee by his side, Hook seeks revenge against Peter Pan who fed his left hand to a tick-tocking crocodile hungry for the rest of him. Will the boy who never grew-up rid Neverland of Captain Hook forever? Will the Darlings find their way home to London? And, most importantly, do you believe in fairies?

10th – 18th Jan 2025

This amateur production of “Peter Pan” is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Concord
Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd

Dead Ringer

Written by  Charles Ross

When the Prime Minister drops dead from an apparent heart attack on the eve of a general election, two cabinet members who fear they need his charisma to get re-elected hire an out of work actor to replace the deceased.

This dead ringer is supposed to fill in until after the election is won, but he grows to like the role until he discovers that the real PM was poisoned.

This thriller plunges from early amusing fantasy into murder and dark plots.

4th – 8th Mar 2025

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd

Dad’s Army

Written by David Croft and Jimmy Perry

The classic BBC TV comedy series of the Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea who battle daily against the Germans and local ARP Warden Hodges, comes to the stage complete with all the well-loved characters: “stupid boy” Pike, “Don’t panic, don’t panic” Jonesey, “Doomed, we’re all doomed!” Fraser, “May I be excused, sir?” Godfrey, and all under the command of the redoubtable Captain Mainwaring and his effacing deputy Sergeant Wilson.

9th – 17th May 2025

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French Ltd

Carver Juniors present

Honk! JR

Book and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Music by  George Stiles

The story revolves around an odd-looking baby duck named Ugly and his quest to find his mother. Shortly after Ugly is born, he is lured away by a cunning Cat who intends to have him for dinner. Ugly manages to escape but finds himself lost and unsure of how to return home…

27th – 28th Jun 2025

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with  Music Theatre International

Carver Youth presents


Youth Edition

By Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie, Tom Snow, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, Jim Steinman


Footloose is the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago. He and his mother move to the small town of Bomont. Upon arriving, Ren finds himself at odds with most of the town, including the Reverend Bomont. The Reverend has convinced the town to outlaw dancing, which Ren finds unbelievable. With the help of the Ariel (the Reverend’s daughter) and Willard (a country hick who becomes his best friend), Ren convinces the Reverend to let the teenagers dance, and in the process helps the town to heal from a tragedy that affected them all.

10th – 12th Jul 2025

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd

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