Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical collection of poems, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, this infamous classic brings together a tribe of Jellicle Cats on a moonlit evening, who must make the “Jellicle choice” to decide which of them will ascend to the mysterious Heaviside Layer to be reborn. Featuring celebrated favourite songs “Memory” and “Mr Mistoffelees” as part of an all-round spectacular score, Cats is an international phenomenon now being brought to Radlett in one of the first amateur productions ever staged in the UK.
“Just brilliant… outstanding!” – Audience Feedback
10th – 14th October 2017
In 1950’s New York, Broadway producers Max Bialystock is staging flop after flop. But when he meets timid accountant Leo Bloom, things begin to change: Leo proposes that putting on a terrible show will make them more money than a hit, so the two – with the help of sexy Swedish Ulla, fanatical scriptwriter Franz, and outrageous director Roger and his loyal assistant Carmen – team up in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the worst show Broadway has ever seen – “Springtime For Hitler”. What could go wrong? Where to start…
“The best amateur show I’ve ever seen!” – Audience Feedback
A Little Night Music
12th – 15th July 2017
In turn-of-the-century Sweden, the night does not smile. With love triangles, jitled lovers and old flames coming together as Fredrik, Desiree, Anne, Henrik, Carl Magnus, Charlotte, Petra and Frid all meet at Madame Armfeldt’s chateau for “A Weekend in the Country”, a tangled romantic web begins to take even more twists and turns. Will the night smile for them all?
“Exceptional talent and a sumptuous production… I’ll be back, too good a show to only see once!” – Audience Feedback
Acorn Antiques: The Musical
16th – 20th May 2017
Based on Victoria Wood’s parodic soap opera, this all-singing all-dancing extravaganza will leave you feeling brighter and sunnier than David Dickinson’s forehead! Join Miss Babs, Miss Berta, Mr Clifford and of course the indomitable Mrs Overall – amongst a whole host of hilarious new characters – in their hilarious struggle to save Acorn Antiques from closure… and to remember their lines! The only question is what will come down first: the final curtain or the set?!
“Absolutely hilarious – my stomach hurts!” – Audience Feedback
A Musical Night from Stage and Screen
17th March 2017
An energetic and joyful production of song and dance numbers covering a selection of your most loved musicals and movies, for one night only! Including hits from The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Sister Act, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Les Miserables, Meet Me in St Louis and many more. A Musical Night From Stage and Screen is an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza! Directed and choreographed by Jason Lane with musical direction by Alex Ainley.
“West End standard performers!” – Audience Feedback
22nd-26th November 2016
Set in New York during the Great Depression, Annie escapes a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage on an adventure when she is adopted by the billionaire Daddy Warbucks for two weeks over Christmas. When Warbucks learns that she is looking for her original parents, he agrees to help her search. However the spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas.
“Brilliant! What an amazing cast!” – Audience Feedback
13th-16th July 2016
Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Winner of Three Tony Awards including Best Musical, this rude and affectionate spoof of Sesame Street has been a sell-out success both on Broadway and the West End!
“Absolutely fantastic! So, so funny!” – Radio Verulam
Jesus Christ Superstar
17th-21st May 2016
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s groundbreaking rock opera tells the story of the last days of Jesus, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. Bursting onto the scene as a concept album in the early 70s, it transferred to the West End and Broadway, became a successful film, and has been frequently revived ever since. Fresh and thought-provoking, the show combines fun and humour with wonderful music and serious, timeless themes.
“Fabulous! You must go and see it!” – Radio Verulam
A Night at the Musicals
18th March 2015
Accompanied by the magnificent Nightingale Jazz Quartet, this one-night only musical revue features some of the finest songs in musical theatre. Including show tunes from ‘Oliver’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, and many more!
17th-21st November 2015
In 1890s New York City, the bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi is a socialite-turned-matchmaker. Her latest clients seeking assistance are the cantankerous ‘half-a-millionaire’ Horace Vandergelder and a young artist named Ambrose, who is in love with Horace’s niece, Ermengarde. Dolly’s scheming soon involves Horace’s employees as well as a New York hatmaker, as she tries to cover up her own secret romantic designs.
“I absolutely loved it – Dolly was phenominal!” – Audience Feedback
20th-22nd August 2015
Robert is a bachelor living in New York, and the only member of his social circle who isn’t married. All his friends are wanting for him to commit to someone, and Robert’s three girlfriends are all hoping for something more. Through a series of vignettes, all linked by Robert’s 35th birthday party, Robert weighs out the pros and cons of relationships and marriage. For better or for worse.
“Radlett hit the jackpot, with Sondheim’s non-chorus, episodic work receiving an ovation from the packed audience” – NODA
Children of Eden
13th-16th May 2015
Based on the story of Genesis, Children of Eden tells the story of Adam, Eve, Noah and the Father who created them, who must deal with the headstrong, cataclysmicactions of their children. Stephen Schwartz’s rarely-performed musical is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children.
“Radlett showcase their exceptionally strong singing, their solid chorus, and the tremendous talent of their individual stars” – Watford Observer
Oh, What A Lovely War!
18th-22nd November 2014
Performed in commemoration of the centenary of the beginning of World War One, Oh! What A Lovely War summarises and comments on the war through a series of sketches and by utilising the popular songs of the era. Throughout it follows the Smith family, stand-ins for the British working class, who initially view the war with sunny optimism. However after the horrors of trench warfare, the best they can hope for is survival.
“A superb performance!” – NODA
13th-17th May 2014
Bringing Charles Dickens’ novel to life, Lionel Bart’s much-beloved Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Young orphan Oliver Twist is recruited by the Artful Dodger into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. But when Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes.
“Radlett have proved they have tremendous ability as dancers, singers and actors. Can we have some more?” – Watford Observer
2013: Oklahoma!, The High School Mikado 2012: What A Song And Dance, Crazy For You 2011: Guys and Dolls, Ruddigore
2010: The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes, Annie Get Your Gun 2009: Iolanthe, My Fair Lady 2008: The Matchgirls, Patience
2007: Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof 2006: The Gondoliers, Jack the Ripper – The Musical 2005: The Music Man, The Pirates of Penzance
2004: Kiss Me Kate, HMS Pinafore 2003: Orpheus in the Underworld, Me and My Girl 2002: The Yeomen of the Guard, Carousel
2001: Oh! What A Lovely War, Calamity Jane 2000: The Mikado, Guys and Dolls 1999: Iolanthe, The Pyjama Game
1998: Merrie England, My Fair Lady 1997: The Gondoliers, Oklahoma! 1996: Fiddler on the Roof, The Merry Widow
1995: The Pirates of Penzance, Summer Song 1994: Ruddigore, Show Boat 1993: Kiss Me Kate, HMS Pinafore
1992: Tom Jones, Princess Ida 1991: Carousel, Patience 1990: Passion Flower
1989: La Belle Helene, Calamity Jane 1988: The Mikado, The Pyjama Game 1987: The Count of Luxembourg, The Yeomen of the Guard
1986: Brigadoon, Oklahoma! 1985: The Bartered Bride, Iolanthe 1984: Fiddler on the Roof, The Pirates of Penzance
1983: La Vie Parisienne, The Sorcerer 1982: Gypsy Princess, The Gondoliers 1981: Autumn Revue, Summer Song
1980: Ruddigore, Merrie England 1979: Jolly Roger, The Mikado 1978: Orpheus in the Underworld, The Quaker Girl
1977: The Yeomen of the Guard, Waltzes from Vienna 1976: Passion Flower, HMS Pinafore 1975: The Merry Widow, Patience
1974: La Belle Helene, Iolanthe 1973: Die Fledermaus, The Pirates of Penzance/Trial by Jury 1972: The Gondoliers