Following Maltings Theatre’s successful Open Air Theatre Festival that took place in August at the Roman Theatre in St Albans, Artistic Director Adam Nichols has announced that the theatre will be re-opening on October 6th with a two-month programme of 8 weekly plays that kicks off with a condensed version of Patrick Buchan’s classic thriller, The 39 Steps.
Adam Nichols will also be directing The 39 Steps: “We are all so excited about the re-opening of the theatre and about welcoming back our audiences. We’ve got such an entertaining and varied programme for the autumn – there really is something there for everyone. With social distancing and safety measures firmly in place, we’re looking forward to performing to around 50% of our normal capacity. It means we can seat people comfortably and safely. Our production of The 39 Steps – which opens the autumn season on October 6th – will see four actors taking a total of 40 parts in a condensed version of Hitchcock’s famous film!”
This will be followed from October 20th with The Merry wives of Windsor, another smash hit from the Maltings’ Open Air season at the Roman Theatre, Adam Nichols’ production re-sets one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies slap bang in the middle of a summer music festival. A bunch of 80s rockers – think Guns ‘n’ Roses meet Bucks Fizz – are on the comeback trail; an ageing lothario is about to get his comeuppance and romance wins the day! Live music and great harmonies from some classic 80s hits will get the audience singing along and tapping their feet.
Further productions include, The Regina Monologues, On Behalf of a Madman, A Room of One’s Own, Trestle and An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan.