Calendar Girls

by Tim Firth

Based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth

Directed by Mathilde Berry

“The flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire. Every stage of their growth has its own beauty.”

 

It is a project that will surely raise a few eyebrows in their village: after Annie’s husband John dies, her best friend Chris persuades her and four of their friends to pose nude for an “alternative” calendar – it is all for a good cause, of course, to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital.

Their calendar is a runaway success and soon the six women find themselves under media scrutiny from all over the country. But their new-found fame puts Chris and Annie's friendship to the test.

The film “Calendar Girls” was a major international hit, while the play of the same name, written by the film’s co-author, has become the fastest selling play in British theatre history. Based on a true story.

Cast:

Cora:
Martina Plieger

Chris:
Amy Lee

Annie:
Julia Spanswick

Jessie:
Lexi von Hoffmann

Ruth:
Jocasta Godlieb

Celia:
Naomi Oevermann

Marie:
Valerie Doyle

Brenda Hulse:
Carol Kloevekorn

Lady Cravenshire:
Ursula Schmidt

Elaine:
Birte Oldenburg

Rod:
Harald Djürken

John:
Simon Kerrison

Lawrence/Liam:
Forest Feltner

Photos: Conrad Lüneburg, Herwig Lührs, Henrik Zawischa

Death in High Heels by Richard Harris

Directed by Mathilde Berry

A stylish whodunnit set in a 1937 London couture house - adapted from the novel by Christianna Brand.

A big day for the staff at fashion house Christophe et Cie, as they eagerly await the decision of who will be appointed general manager of a new branch in France. Will it be the elegant Miss Doon or the longserving Miss Gregory? Perhaps senior saleswoman Irene or showroom manager Dorian will get the job. Events take a dramatic turn over lunch when one of them collapses and dies, poisoned it seems by a rival. Inspector Charlesworth has a murder enquiry on his hands. Behind the glamour and gossip of a 1930s fashion house, secrets and lies are rife and more than one person may have harboured resentment towards the victim.

 

Cast (in order of appearance):

Irene Best:
Madeleine Lange

Frank Bevan:
Camilo Daza

Rose Macinerny:
Naomi Oevermann

Zelda Gregory:
Julia Rodriguez-Buis

Dorian Pouvier:
Trevor Ferdy/Martin John Mills

Rachel Gay:
Joanna Thorn

Aileen Wheeler:
Cecelia Marshall

Caroline Doon:
Jocasta Godlieb

Inspector David Charlesworth:
Alexander Aschikhin

Sergeant Lilian Wyler:
Andrea Thomte

This amateur production of “Death in High Heels” was presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Photos: Conrad Lüneburg and Henrik Zawischa

Poster Design: Alexander Rühl

About 10 hours of setbuillding for our production of "Death in High Heels" in a 2-minute time-lapse video.

Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton

Directed by Julia Claußen and Martina Plieger

Manipulation and insanity lie at the centre of Patrick Hamilton’s play. Who is manipulating whom in the Manningham household, and who can be trusted? The lines between truth and fiction become even more decidedly blurred when a former police detective enters the scene, unearthing a long-forgotten mystery. In his play, Patrick Hamilton creates an ever-changing reality for his characters that will keep audiences guessing until the very end.

Gaslight is where the term “gaslighting” originated: it describes a situation where somebody deliberately manipulates another person in order to make them doubt their own view of reality. The play was adapted twice for the big screen. The 1944 version was directed by George Cukor and starred Ingrid Bergmann, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotton.

 

Cast:

Bella Manningham:
Naomi Oevermann

Jack Manningham:
Alex F. Wüst (and Alexander Aschikhin)

Inspector Rough:
John Kirby

Elizabeth:
Wiebke Störtenbecker

Nancy:
Teresa Schaubs

Policeman:
Forest Feltner

Due to a severe flu, Alex F. Wüst was unfortunately unable to perform during the first week of the run. Sascha Aschikhin stepped in on very short notice.

Photos: Conrad Lüneburg, Herwig Lührs, Henrik Zawischa

Poster: Alexander Rühl (incl. photography used in the poster)

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