The Ladykillers

by Graham Linehan

Directed by Trevor Ferdy

A classic black comedy: posing as an amateur string quartet, criminal mastermind Professor Marcus and his gang of bank robbers rent a room in the house of unsuspecting widow Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in their bank robbery, but Mrs Wilberforce is a force to be reckoned with.

This hilarious 21st century take on the 1955 classic film written by William Rose was adapted for the stage in 2011 by Graham Linehan (of "The IT Crowd" and "Father Ted" fame).

This amateur production of „The Ladykillers“ was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

 

Cast:

Mrs Wilberforce:
Valerie Doyle

Constable MacDonald:
Roger Graves

Professor Marcus:
Martin Mills

Major Courtney:
Mark Lyndon

Louis:
Fiona Beaton

Harry:
Julie Spanswick

One-Round:
Alex Wüst

Gaggle of old ladies:
Lexi von Hoffmann
Carol Kloevekorn
Lynda Matschke
Martina Plieger
Ursula Schmidt

Photos: Conrad Lüneburg, Herwig Lührs, Henrik Zawischa
Poster: Alexander Rühl

Totally Absurd

Three short comic plays

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by James Saunders and Jacquelyn Reingold

Directed by Valerie Doyle

Hilarious examples of absurdist humour, playing with words and language, upending plots and conventions, and surprising characters who often defy logic - that, in a nutshell, defined our production of three one-act plays titled “Totally Absurd”.

Alas, Poor Fred
by James Saunders

An elderly couple, Ernest and Ethel Pringle, discuss Fred who just happened to get sawn in half, all the while revealing to the audience an entirely unexpected secret.

Cast:

Ernest Pringle:
Mark Lyndon

Ethel Pringle:
Amy Lee

A Slight Accident
by James Saunders

Penelope, a middle-class housewife shoots her husband - on purpose but not deliberately! As her neighbours Camilla and Rodger drop in, an almost too polite evening ensues.

Cast:

Penelope:
Valerie Doyle

Rodger:
Jason Couch

Camilla:
Julie Spanswick

Joe and Stew's Theatre of Brotherly Love and Financial Success
by Jacquelyn Reingold

Two brothers survive what appears to be the end of the world and discuss their future prospects in a former Off-Off-Broadway theatre. While Stew would like to pursue his passion for art, Joe’s mind is set on more commercially promising ventures.

Cast:

Joe:
Harald Djürken

Stew:
Martina Plieger

Photos: Conrad Lüneburg and Henrik Zawischa

Jane Austen's Persuasion

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Adapted By Julia Claußen

Directed by Lexi von Hoffmann

When Anne Elliott fell in love as a young woman, she let herself be persuaded that her chosen, Frederick Wentworth, was a man without any prospects and therefore anything but a suitable match. Her heart broken, she never married. When Wentworth returns a rich man from the Napoleonic Wars years later, Anne, her affection unchanged, has to stand by as several eligible young women set their caps at him. Her situation is further complicated by her vain and extravagant father, the sudden attentions of her father’s estranged heir, and the claims upon her time by her silly sister Mary.

2017 marked the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. In honour of one of the greatest English authors, the Hamburg Players presented this original adaptation of her last completed novel.

Cast:

Alice, maid to Sir Walter:
Nele Giese

Lady Russell:
Nora Farrell

Sir Walter Elliot:
Dave Earl

Elizabeth Elliot:
Sonja Bahnsen

Anne Elliot:
Madeleine Lange

Mrs Clay:
Martina Plieger

Mary Musgrove:
Naomi Oevermann

Charles Musgrove:
Jan-Philipp Voß

Jemima, Maid at Uppercross:
Nia Smyth

Mrs Musgrove:
Lynda Matschke

Louisa Musgrove:
Kim Neumann

Henrietta Musgrove:
Clara Kuehl

Admiral Croft:
Jedidiah M. Harris

Mrs Croft:
Valerie Doyle

Cpt. Frederick Wentworth:
Harald Djürken

Lydia, Maid in Lyme:
Birte Oldenburg

Mr Elliot:
Alexander Aschikhin

Cpt. Harville:
Forest Feltner

Mrs Harville:
Eleanor Hamill

Cpt. Benwick:
Haris Siddiqui

Nurse Rooke:
Julie Spanswick

Lady Dalrymple:
Wiebke Störtenbecker

Miss Carteret:
Dina Kiseleva

Opera Singer:
Rebecca Garron

Mrs Smith:
Meg McFarlane

Photos by Conrad Lüneburg and Henrik Zawischa

Time Stands Still

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By Donald Margulies

Directed by Lexi von Hoffmann

A Play about Love, War and Everything in-Between

For years, photographer Sarah and journalist James have been reporting on war zones all over the world. In this perceptive play by Pulitzer Prize winner playwright Donald Margulies, Time Stands Still for them both after they have gotten too close to the horrors they have been covering and had to return to their native New York. The involuntary break raises fundamental questions about the merit of their work and the importance of their relationship.

Cast

Sarah Goodwin:
Amy Lee  

James Dodd:
Dave Duke  

Richard Ehrlich:
Jonathan Greenmann

Mandy Bloom:
Agnetha Höfels

Photos: Conrad Lüneburg

An Inspector Calls

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By J.B. Priestley

Directed by Michael O'Connor

“Public men, Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges”

A mysterious suicide – how is the privileged Birling family connected to the dead working-class girl Eva Smith? Arthur Birling, a successful manufacturer, believes that if man minds his own business and takes care of his family no harm will come. Inspector Goole has other ideas and his persistent questioning tears down the seemingly perfect façade put on by the Birlings.

J.B. Priestley’s classic drama combines elements of mystery and socially conscious family drama.

Cast

Arthur Birling:
John Kirby

Sybil Birling:
Lexi von Hoffmann

Sheila Birling:
Madeleine Lange

Eric Birling:
Alexander Aschikhin

Gerald Croft:
Martin Mills

Inspector Goole:
Dave Earl

Edna:
Clara Kühl

Photos: Conrad Lüneburg

Life and Beth

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By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Jason Couch

Recently widowed Beth Timms is facing her first family Christmas
since the death of her Health & Safety Officer husband, Gordon.
Despite the fact that she would rather be alone, her son, Martin,
together with his new girlfriend, Ella, have decided to join her to help
cheer her up during the festivities. Beth’s boozy sister-in-law, Connie,
completes the family circle. But when an uninvited guest comes to
visit, brought on by the inadvertent request of the local clergyman,
Beth must decide how to get on with her life in a manner not seen in the hitherto 33 years of her marriage.

Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s 71st play is a supernatural comedy and ensures
a bewitching evening of entertainment.

Photos: Conrad Lüneburg

Twelve Angry Jurors

By Reginald Rose (Twelve Angry Men)

Directed by Kayleigh Stubbs

A man is dead. The life of another is at stake.

Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a young boy in this gripping 1950s courtroom drama. A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system sees a diverse group of twelve jurors sweat it out in New York on the hottest day of the year. One man stands alone in the pursuit of justice. The fierce and passionate conflict which follows cuts straight to the heart of the issues of civil liberties and social justice.

With a life in their hands and death in their minds, is there enough reasonable doubt of his guilt to fulfil this grave responsibility and reach a unanimous verdict?

Cast:

Foreman:
Valerie Doyle

2nd Juror:
Ralph Fellows

3rd Juror:
Martina Plieger

4th Juror:
Alexander Aschikhin

5th Juror:
Clara Kühl

6th Juror:
Mat Nichol

7th Juror:
Amy Lee

8th Juror:
Camilo Daza

9th Juror:
Roger Graves

10th Juror:
Nora Farrell

11th Juror:
Lexi von Hoffmann

12th Juror:
Jocasta Godlieb

Guard:
Hannah Hockley

Judge (voice-over):
Jonathan Greenman

This amateur production of Twelve Angry Men received special permission to be performed as Twelve Angry Jurors by written consent of Samuel French Ltd.

Love, Politics and Dirty Laundry

An evening of American one-act plays

By David Auburn and by David Ives

Directed by Valerie Doyle

One evening, three short plays by two US-playwrights. Our audience had the chance to see our award-winning production of “Amateurs” by David Auburn which had received the awards for best production and best actress at the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies – FEATS 2012 in Luxembourg. "Soap Opera" by David Ives was the play the Hamburg Players took to FEATS in 2016 in Brussels.

 

Amateurs

by David Auburn

Politics and ethics collide when a young woman confronts an older political operative whom she believes helped wreck her father's career.

The Hamburg Players’ entry at the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies (FEATS) in Luxembourg 2014, awarded prizes for best production and best actress (Ellen Bergman).

Cast:

Man:
Jonathan Greenman

Woman:
Ellen Bergman

Secretary:
Mathilde Berry

Sure Thing

by David Ives

A classic of contemporary comedy where two people meet in a café and find their way through a conversational minefield as a stage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.

Cast:

Bill:
Alexander Armster-Wikoff

Betty:
Madeleine Lange

Soap Opera

by David Ives

A washing-machine repairman falls in love with a picture-perfect washer. Should he tell his girlfriend Mabel? Is the washer two-timing him with a dryer? Stay tuned!

At FEATS 2016 in Brussels this production won the Adjudicator's Discretionary Award.

Cast:

Repairman:
Alexander Armster-Wikoff

Maitre D’/Madman:
Harald Djürken

Mother/Machine:
Amy Lee

Mabel:
Madeleine Lange

Friend:
Kris Löschmann

Treasure Island

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By Robert Louis Stevenson

Adapted and directed by Lexi von Hoffmann

Yohoho, and a bottle of rum!

When youngster Jim Hawkins finds a clue to the legacy of the pirate Captain Flint in a dead man's chest he unwittingly sets a tumultuous treasure hunt in motion that attracts a cast of wild and colourful characters. At the center of R.L. Stevenson's iconic story about greed, honour, duty, mutiny, fear and courage, Jim finds himself up against the infamous Long John Silver, a study of good and evil with ever-shifting loyalties. As the tides of fortune turn between the steadfast crew and the increasingly desperate mutineers, Jim's reckless audacity may be the only thing that can save his friends from being marooned on Treasure Island.

Cast

Mary:
Nele Giese

Mrs Hawkins:
Carol Kloevekorn

Belle/Pete Stevens:
Sonja Bahnsen

Billy Bones:
John Kirby

Jim Hawkins:
Fiona Beaton

Bridget Norris:
Birgit Lüdemann-Winther

Redruth:
Wiebke Störtenbecker

Sally Munn:
Margaret Mader-Evans

Dr. Livesey:
Roger Graves

Hunter:
Piet Hansen

Black Dog:
Julian St. Clair

Blind Pew:
Sandra Weser

Israel Hands:
Charlotte Bock

George Merry:
Amanda Lee

Trelawney:
Valerie Doyle

Joyce:
Ronny Nowak

John Silver:
Martina Plieger

Abraham Gray:
Suraj Valand

Alan Jones:
Sandra Weser

Dick Johnson:
Clara Kühl

Job Anderson:
Ursula Schmidt

José de los Mares:
Iara Sandomirsky

Meg Smith:
Liz Härtwig

‘Redcap’ O’Brien:
Nele Giese

Sue Sullivan:
Kayleigh Stubbs

Tom Morgan:
Lynda Matschke

Yashka Petrov:
Julia Holm

Smollett:
Harald Djürken

Benn Gunn:
Dave Duke

The 39 Steps

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Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by Alex Robertson

Richard Hannay, approximately thirty-seven, six foot one with a very attractive pencil moustache, is a wanted man. Pursued by the police and hunted by foreign spies he still finds time to fall in love….three times! With mysterious murders and daring escapes, car chases and plane crashes our hero leads us through 1930s Britain on a whirlwind adventure to discover the meaning of "The 39 Steps". Accompanying him are a cast of countless characters who help, hinder and seduce him on his hilarious journey. This rip-roaring adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film noir classic is ingeniously brought to life as a fast-paced comedy thriller you won’t soon forget. Crikey!

Cast

Richard Hannay:
Martin Mills

Clown:
Fiona Beaton

Annabella Schmidt, Pamela, Margaret:
Elena Kaufman

Clown:
Dave Earl

All my Sons

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Michael O'Connor

"You may think you are done with the past, but is the past done with you?"

A comfortable, idyllic, middle-class suburb in middle America. The time is August 1947, two years after the end of the Second World War. Joe and Kate Keller own an airplane parts factory that has fallen into disgrace. Their sons fought in war, but only one returned and struggles to adjust back into his old life. The play unfolds over a 24-hour period, when the father's dark past comes crashing back, impacting the relationships between the family members.

A cautionary tale about taking responsibility for your past actions and putting your immediate needs above those of society.

Cast

Kate Keller:
Lexi von Hoffmann

Joe Keller:
John Kirby

Chris Keller:
Mat Nichol

Ann Deever:
Sonja Bahnsen

George Deever:
Giuseppe Berardi

Sue Bayliss:
Amy Lee

Jim Bayliss:
Jed Harris

Lydia Lubey:
Jemina-Jane Idun

Frank Lubey:
Marc Fischer

Bert:
Shaun & Joshua Harris

Twelfth Night

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By William Shakespeare

Directed by Ellen Bergman

Count Orsino loves Lady Olivia. She, however, claims not to be interested in love, all the while falling for Orsino’s messenger of love, Cesario. But Cesario is in fact a young woman, Viola, working as Orsino’s page - and helplessly in love with him herself. All this sets the stage for all the trials and tribulations in Shakespeare’s turbulent comedy of errors “Twelfth Night or What You Will”. Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby, who lives – and drinks! – on her property, his simpleton friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Olivia’s self-absorbed stewart Malvolio, her cheeky maid Maria, Viola’s brother Sebastian, supposedly lost at sea, and last but not least Feste, the fool, contribute all they can to the chaos and mayhem that ensues.

Cast

Captain / Priest:
Harald Djürken

Viola:
Poppy Tirard

Sir Toby Belch:
Valerie Doyle

Sir Andrew Aguecheek:
Martin Mills

Olivia:
Martina Plieger

Feste:
Alex Robertson

Malvolio:
David Duke

Maria:
Ellen Bergman

Orsino:
Andres Crump

Antonio:
Mat Nichol

Fabian:
John Sexton

Sebastian:
Julian St. Clair

Valentine / Officer:
Tom Ivison

Curio / Officer:
Nele Giese

As Nora Farrell was called away for urgent family matters, Ellen Bergman took over als Maria.