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To Be Or Not To Be – A Friend Of Trinity?

To Be Or Not To Be – A Friend Of Trinity? Click to enlarge

16 May 2016

Some questions are just easier to answer than others, this one’s a no-brainer! Embarrassing as it is to admit, although a long-term supporter of Trinity I had nevertheless let my Friends membership lapse and so I was delighted to discover that the scheme has been much improved in response to Friends’ feedback. Ever in tune with the zeitgeist, Trinity’s Friends said they wanted more for less, so now they get: ticket discounts – that’s money off upfront film rewards – that’s more money off for loyalty Friendsday Wednesday – that’s half price for Friends with friends and priority booking (Did you know that the most popular shows sell out in hours not days? This is a valuable add-on.) No surprise then that I’ve signed up again, sadly too late to get a ticket for any of the Hamlet screenings or Ross Noble’s warm up show but next time I’m there!

On the subject of wanting ‘more’… Returning from a spell of late Summer sun in Turkey I was hit not just by last week’s Winter chill but also by the fact that our high street shops are now in full Christmas dress. Can it really be that time already? Recent trends have seen theatre-goers leaving their booking decisions to the last minute. From bitter experience, I know this is not a good approach for the holidays when there’s always more than enough last minute juggling. However premature it might seem, booking for Christmas now means you’ll get great seats on the day that best suits you. Trinity’s Christmas offering this year is Lionel Bart’s hugely successful musical Oliver! The1968 film version won no less than 6 Academy Awards, including Best Musical Adaptation Score. For this exciting new production we are sticking with the proven formula developed for Toad and A Christmas Carol – professional actors supported by local enthusiasts but this year there’s more: a live orchestra! A characterful take (in every sense: think Fagin, the Artful Dodger, Sykes, Nancy…) on the classic rags to riches tale which starts with Oliver asking for more, this is a thoroughly jolly offering (the Artful Dodger is transported and Fagin hanged in Dickens’s novel, possibly fair dues but hardly festive). And whilst Oliver always seems to me to be an impossibly angelic character, this isn’t one of those Christmas shows so focused on December 25th that it’s going to feel jaded after Boxing Day! So thoroughly uplifting performances from 10th December until January 3rd and of course, if you’re a Friend, it’s cheaper – that’s more for less!

by Jackie Heath


Tunbridge Wells Borough CouncilTrinity Theatre
Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1JP
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