It’s that time of year again. The skies are blue, the blackflies are (mostly) gone, the sun is hot, and the days are long. Summer! Finally! And with summer comes awesome live theatre at Bancroft’s historic Village Playhouse. If you haven’t been to the Playhouse before, this is the time to check it out. This season, Bancroft Summer Theatre presents two shows. The first, running now until Saturday (July 19th), is Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, which The Guardian described as “the best kind of farce…It has all the frivolity, but without the vacuousness.”
We’re big theatre fans around here, which is part of the reason why we are proud to be long-time sponsors of summer theatre in Bancroft. In fact, we’ve been season sponsors for 19 years in a row! (You can see our display in the lobby of the theatre.) There’s nothing like getting wrapped up in a story, performed right in front of you, surrounded by the energy and enthusiasm of a live audience.
We attended the opening performance of Noises Off a couple weeks ago, and laughed until our bellies hurt. If you’re in the mood for a fast paced comedy, we highly recommend it. Here’s what Bancroft Summer Theatre has to say about it:
“The show must go on! In this award-winning comedy, a troupe of manic misfits unite to perform “Nothing On”, a classic farce stuffed with slamming doors, mistaken identities and several plates of sardines. When the backstage antics begin to spill over on stage it becomes clear why Noises Off has been called one of the funniest plays ever written. Join us for
a hilarious evening of tangled plots and even more tangled love lives; of forgotten lines and missing props and all that is fun about live theatre; an evening that proves there truly are no people quite like show people!”
There are just 5 more performances of this upbeat comedy, but don’t worry, you can still get tickets for just $22 by stopping by the Playhouse’s box office, or calling 1-877-322-4682.
You can even make a night of it and come by The Craftsman for dinner before the show, which starts at 8pm.
We’re already getting excited to see the next performance on Bancroft Summer Theatre’s roster: Harvest, by Ken Cameron. We haven’t seen this one before, but we’re pretty keen, as the Globe and Mail says it’s “told with humour and imagination…funny and poignant at the same time”
Here’s how Bancroft Summer Theatre describes it:
“The season’s second show will keep the laughs flowing as a whole cast of small town characters are brought to life by two performers in Ken Cameron’s heart-warming comedy. Inspired by the true story of what happened to the playwright’s lovingly quarrelsome parents when they decided to retire, rent out the family farm and move to the city, Harvest is a funny yet poignant story that ultimately brings the couple closer together and takes a sobering look at the state of independent farming in Canada. Will Allan and Charlotte be able to reap a golden retirement? You’re about to find out…”
Harvest runs Tues-Sat nights, July 29 – Aug 2, 5 – 9, 12 – 16 at 8 p.m., with a special matinee on Sat. Aug 9 at 2 p.m. You can keep up with Bancroft Summer Theatre by liking them on Facebook. Click here to visit their Facebook page.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the beautiful historic Village Playhouse, and the amazing talent that one can only find in Ontario’s Most Talented Town. See you at the Playhouse!