CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April to August is actually postponed or cancelled. It now looks likely that little will return till 2021.
Fifteen years after Armistice day Leonard Ardsley remarks: "I think the world is turning the corner... This old England of ours isn't done yet." Written in 1932, For Services Rendered poignantly dramatises provincial middle class English life in the depression after the Great War. Set in the picturesque Kentish village of Rambleton, it becomes a metaphor for the shattering effect of the Great War on British society. Written by a man who experienced first hand the horrors of this catastrophic conflict whilst serving as part of an ambulance unit behind Allied lines, the play asks what has happened to "the land fit for heroes' promised by Lloyd George. This scathing anti-comedy was described in 1932 by the Daily Express as: "a play of malevolent propaganda". It is now recognised as the dramatic masterpiece of one of the 20th century's most successful writers of prose and drama. Performers Polly Adams (Charlotte Ardsley), Tom Beard (Collie Stratton), Richard Clothier (Sydney Ardsley), Lucy Fleming (Gwen Cedar), Christopher Good (Dr Prentice), Olivia Llewellyn (Lois Ardsley), Abigail McKern (Eva Ardsley), John Nettleton (Leonard Ardsley), Issy van Randwyck (Ethel Bartlett), Yvonne Riley (Gertrude), Simon Slater (Howard Bartlett), David Yelland (Wilfred Cedar). AuthorSomerset Maugham.ProducerThe Watermill.DirectorEdward Hall.DesignFrancis O'Connor.LightingOliver Fenwick.SoundChris Full.