A co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur companies across the UK

This is an arrangement developed between the RSC and Equity

Lovelace Theatre Group

The Lovelace Theatre Group puts on three productions a year and has a long history dating back to the late 1960’s. We perform at the John Godber Centre in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. The building is a converted church hall which has a purpose built stage complete with licenced bar. There’s rumoured to be a ghost wandering about backstage too!

So, how did it all start? Well, in 1968 a teacher called David Henty came to live in Hucknall. When he discovered that there was no drama group in the town he decided to form one to showcase the talent of Hucknall and beyond. The church hall was the promised venue and with borrowed money he staged a grand performance of ‘Cinderella’ and so the Hucknall Dramatic Society was born…

The group has gone from strength to strength and one production to the next. Now each year the holds a pantomime and two other productions. These have ranged from ‘Famous One Morning’ by Isabel Butterfield; a play about the life of Lord Byron, to ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell, and most traditional pantomimes including ‘Hansel and Gretel'(2005).

In 1995, the group attracted a capacity audience for a 1940’s musical production to celebrate the 50th anniversary of VE Day at the Festival Hall, Kirkby in Ashfield and three performances at the Lovelace Theatre.

Following the touring performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation; the professional company will be returning to Stratford-upon-Avon for a series of performances with each amateur group in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Amateur Cast

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    Party Trick:

    I can recite the Kings and Queens of England in order from 1066 onwards (and the alphabet backwards)

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    My favourite Midsummer night costume, given the choice, would be Puck, dressed entirely as some kind of plant.

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    The Winter's Tale

    What do you have on your toast?

    A magnum

    Wildest Dream?

    Cowboys, a ranch, a man named Trayce, the sunset, a flagon of moonshine, no technology. Or, if you meant as in ambition, then to be a writer, living somewhere in the Arizona desert, wearing a velvet cap.

    Shoe size?

    Same as my feet (well, slightly bigger)

    Tea or coffee?

    Tea, if it’s made properly. Coffee pre-7am. And if there’s cake.

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Ballpoint. I’m not getting involved in ink. I can’t even handle a felt tip and stay clean

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    A Terry’s Chocolate Orange that’s started to eat itself (Blood orange?)

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    Only if there's a mirror around

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    Party Trick:

    I don't have one

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    For Flute – old mucky working clothes

    For Thisbe – long, floaty dress with bright colours and a long, blonde wig

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    Romeo and Juliet

    What do you have on your toast?

    Cheese

    Wildest Dream?

    To be a drag performer

    Shoe size?

    11

    Tea or coffee?

    Either

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Ballpoint

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    Harlequin

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    Yes

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    Party Trick:

    After a few drinks I get sleepy,

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    Peasant wear with a little glitter

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    Macbeth

    What do you have on your toast?

    Butter

    Wildest Dream?

    To be a character that flies above the stage (although may be a little old for Peter Pan!)

    Shoe size?

    6

    Tea or coffee?

    Coffee every time.

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Ballpoint.

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    Witch, complete with broomstick.

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    Yes

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    Party Trick:

    Gurning … that might be a bit glorified … pulling faces.

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    A really big, impractical solid wall that I struggle to move in.

    Possibly with small animals living in it.

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    Much Ado About Nothing

    What do you have on your toast?

    Cheese and peanut butter (not together)

    Wildest Dream?

    My Hogwarts letter arriving to tell me I have been accepted to attend the finest school for witchcraft and wizardry!

    Shoe size?

    N/A (in preparation to immerse myself in the role of ‘wall’ I will be having my feet surgically removed)

    Tea or coffee?

    Tea, always.

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Depends if I’ve had my letter.

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    Amazing.

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    Nah, the best relationships are built over time, brick by brick.

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    Party Trick:

    I can still do a bit of breakdancing at 45!!

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    One of the forest wood characters.

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    Much Ado About Nothing.

    What do you have on your toast?

    Apricot Jam

    Wildest Dream?

    To see the Earth from space.

    Shoe size?

    10

    Tea or coffee?

    Tea

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Quill

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    Werewolf

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    Yes

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    Party Trick:

    The Cloggy Shuffle! (and lots of other awesome dance moves)

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    A massive moon that lights up and is also on wires so I can fly high in the sky.

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    Macbeth

    What do you have on your toast?

    Marmite

    Wildest Dream?

    I had a dream where we were performing A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Theatre Royal stage and then I found out I had lots
    of extra lines that I hadn’t learnt. Needless to say the performance went pear-shaped and the audience walked out. I woke up in a cold sweat and rocked in a corner for several minutes before I realised it was just a dream.

    Shoe size?

    10

    Tea or coffee?

    Neither – but tea if I’m forced to choose.

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Quills are cool, but ballpoints are practical, and I’ll choose practicality over being cool every time

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    A Dalek. Because Daleks are cool.

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    Nope.

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    Party Trick:

    Don’t really have one but my singing is always good for a laugh

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    Something floaty and gorgeous

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    Macbeth

    What do you have on your toast?

    Marmalade

    Wildest Dream?

    To sing with a jazz band and play the saxophone

    Shoe size?

    7

    Tea or coffee?

    Coffee

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Ballpoint

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    Witch

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    Yes

Extra Stratford performances for this group

July 6, 2016 - 7:15pm
July 7, 2016 - 1:15pm
July 7, 2016 - 7:15pm

The venue

Theatre Royal Nottingham

With over half a million visitors every year, the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham are two of the UK’s most successful touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands region.

Our diverse programme of events includes internationally renowned orchestras, the highest quality ballet, opera and touring drama alongside West End musicals, stand-up comedy, rock and pop.