New theatre space for Sherborne

THE Amateur Players of Sher­borne are putting the finishing touches to the conversion of their headquarters in Marston Road into a studio theatre.

And the first production in the new space, from 14th to 16th March,  is Neil Simon’s London Suite.

The eye-catching corrugated iron former chapel, which has been used for many purposes since its deconsecration, will be a fully-functioning studio theatre for the group.

The building, which has been known as Sherborne Baptist Chapel and Coombe Church, was erected by the Baptists in the 1880s on Digby Estate land. It was used for Baptist worship until 1928 when it was replaced by a  brick church.

London Suite will be directed by Sylvie Lord and performed each night at 7.30. It is set in the rooms of a London hotel, where four stories unfold.

In Settling Accounts we meet Billy, who has managed this friend Brian’s financial affairs for years. Brian is a successful writer, but all is not as it should be.

Lauren is keen that her mother should start dating again, and in Going Home spends their last night in London to further her plan.

In Diana and Sidney,  Diana is a successful TV actress on a promotional tour, meeting up with her ex-husband, who now lives with a young­er man on a Greek island.  The purposes for their meeting are very different.

What would you do if you’d secured Wimbledon tickets, and then lost them? The Man on the Floor explores what Mark and Annie do, with the prize tickets lost and Mark immobilised by a bad back. And if that’s not bad enough, they’ve erroneously been given the suite intended for a major Hollywood star, and he’s about to arrive!

Seating is strictly limited. For more information, telephone 07875 127032 or send an email to  sylvielord27@nullgmail.com