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This is a not-for-profit UK theatre-going group for our friends and colleagues and their own extended group of friends. It costs nothing to join us but must be by personal introduction from another member of the group. We provide tickets (and coach transport from Southend, if required) for London theatres.  
We do not sell tickets to the public
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Organisers: Fredo & Mike - E-mail: or 
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>Latest Offers: It's time to make a booking -  
Memphis  + Irving Berlin Concert + Henry IV
Details of all Available Bookings are shown on the Current Bookings page - 
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9 September 
at the 
Noel Coward 
Review Round-up 
"There's sizzling chemistry between Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen...and the smartest move made by the producers was to hire director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod… whose profound understanding of Shakespearean drama enriches a production that is filled with moments of sheer stage poetry as well as good-natured, effervescent fun." Independent
11 September 
at the 
Review Round-up 
While his play is as broad as it is long and attacks too many targets, it has the bracing quality of topicality and is written with real verve. Bean hits some targets dead centre - his play, a kaleidoscope of short scenes, is blessedly funny... a production by Nicholas Hytner that is as well marshalled as a military campaign… I mean it as a compliment when I say his play has a tabloid energy and bravura. Guardian
Updated 18/08/14 -   
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According to reports from the US, the latest ad for Jaguar cars has been criticised by the UK Advertising Watchdog as it "encourages irresponsible driving". Can this be true? Not only does it quote lines from Richard II but it stars everyone's favourite actor/villain, the extremely smooth Tom Hiddleston. I'm sure we would all feel safe in a car, especially a Jaguar, with Tom behind the wheel! We have already seen one Hiddleston ad (with Mark Strong and Ben Kingsley too) on the cinema screens but this one is altogether classier with its Shakespear quotes. I thought you might like to take a look at the ad, and hear a few of Shakespeare's lines put to a rather different but strangely appropriate use. 
Mike  05/08/14
    I'm not deaf, I don't wear a hearing aid, and I just wish those actors would speak up and project! 
  Yes, I've often heard words saying as much and sometimes I think so myself. But I'm getting older, as we all are, and in everyday conversation we have words directed at us and can ask people to repeat themselves if necessary. Not in the theatre.
  As we age, our ability to hear and differentiate certain frequencies deteriorates, perhaps without us noticing.... until we are in the theatre. There we may receive Volume but not Clarity. Then we blame the actors or the director. We may even think we are hearing effectively, but some words are lost, concentration becomes more difficult, our involvement is reduced, then we are disappointed. 
  All this was brought into focus by my King Lear experience at the Olivier. I should have heeded Fredo's advice to try out a National Theatre hearing device, but I decided to trust my perfectly adequate ears. In the first half I realised I was missing words, I was following the plot but without being involved. Many in the audience were hearing, were responding, were engrossed, were impressed, when I was not. 
  At the interval I collected a (free) hearing device from the Olivier Information desk...what a difference! Instead of struggling to hear from afar, all the words (well, most) sounded as if I was standing next to the actors. The dialogue was not louder but it was clearer, much clearer. I was able to relax into the play without straining to understand. Part Two of King Lear was a much better experience for me. 
  I know the vast auditorium of the Olivier, and sometimes the Lyttelton and other theatres, can cause audibility problems in certain seats, not always the fault of our ears. But often it is Us and not Them. Let's not seek to apportion blame. Hearing devices for anyone finding it hard to hear can be borrowed free of charge and they DO make a difference. There are types for people wearing aids and for others like myself who normally have no hearing problems (well, none I recognise!). These devices are now available in most theatres so ask and give them a try. They may not suit everyone, but you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. 
  You can read about the facilities offered at the National Theatre HERE
Mike   20/05/14
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They make ideal gifts for theatre-going friends. They are available in denominations of £20, £10 and £5 and can be used to buy theatre tickets at all West End theatres and the half-price tkts booth in Leicester Square. You can buy them from us and we accept them too. 
Palace Theatre: 4.40  Chalkwell Schools: 4.45  Elms: 4.50 
Thames  Drive: 4.55   Hadleigh: 5.00  Tarpots: 5.15   Five Bells: 5.20 
All shows are evening performances unless matinee times are given (see below) - 
08/11/14 Ballet Triple Bill - this is a 2.00pm matinee.  
Please note coach departure times - 
Palace Theatre: 11.00  Chalkwell Schools: 11.05 Elms: 11.10 
Thames  Drive: 11.15   Hadleigh: 11.20  Tarpots: 11.25   Five Bells: 11.30 
04/01/15 Edward Scissorhands - this is a 2.00pm matinee.  
Please note coach departure times - 
Palace Theatre: 11.30  Chalkwell Schools: 11.35  Elms: 11.40 
Thames  Drive: 11.45   Hadleigh: 11.50  Tarpots: 11.55   Five Bells: 12.00 
Buy theatre tickets in advance and the curtain rises on countless pleasures, but wait for other options and the curtain falls on opportunity.  
Old West End Proverb