Past Productions

1973-1983: Horncastle Theatre Club


1. Passion, Poison, & Petrification by George Bernard Shaw

2. After Magritte by Tom Stoppard


3. Dear Charles by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon and Frederick Jackson


4. The Wild Goose Chase by John Fletcher

5. Nasty Things, Murders by Arthur Lovegrove

6. The Problem


7. Murder in Company by Philip King & John Boland

8. When the Old Cock Crows by Joe Corrie

9. Housekeeper Wanted by Philip King & Falkland L Cary


10. The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew by Robert Bolt

11. Russian Salad by Philip Johnson; 5-7 May at QEGS

Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer; 5-7 May at QEGS

12. How The Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn


13. The Beaux Stratagem by George Farquhar


14. An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestly

15. Dragon Towed Tours by David Ireland

16. Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen


17. Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn

18. The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard


19. Shock

20. Thinking Aloud

21. A Separate Piece


22. Ten Times Table by Alan Ayckbourn

23. Dracula by Hamilton Deane


24. The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie

25. The Hollow Crown by John Barton

1983 – 1988: Horncastle Theatre Company

26. Tom Jones


27. Babes in the Wood by Bob and Ann Wayne

28. I Remember Mama by John Van Druten

29. Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

30. Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by
Christopher Bond


31. Puss In Boots (with St Mary’s Church)

32. Move Over Mrs Markham by John Chapman

33. The Golden Pathway Annual by John Burrows

34. Did Dunnit Do It?

35. Christmas Cracker by Jenifer Hillman


36. Jack and the Beanstalk

37. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie

38. Housekeeper wanted by Philip King & Falkland L Cary

39. Costa del Packet by Anthony Booth

40. The Way of the World by William Congreve


41. Robinson Crusoe

42. The Happiest Days of Your Life by John Dighton

43. Brush With a Body by Maurice McLoughlin

44. Murderer by Anthony Shaffer

45. A Christmas Carol


46. Aladdin

47. Living Together Alan Ayckbourn

48. Present Laughter by Noel Coward

1988 – present: Horncastle Theatre Company at the Lion Theatre

49. Alice in Wonderland by David J Ireland


50. Cinderella by Ann Wayne

51. Proof of the Poison by Falkland L Cary and Philip Weathers

52. Loot by Joe Orton

53. Outside Edge by Richard Harris

54. The Cocktail Murders by Steven Wainwright

55. Oliver! by Lionel Bart

56. (Young Stagers) The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew by Robert Bolt


Dick Whittington

57. Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley (Later Godfrey in Dad’s Army)

58. Gas Light by Patrick Hamilton

59. Plaza Suite by Neil Simon

60. Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn

61. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Constance Cox

62. Victorian Music Hall 6-8 December


63. Babes in the Wood

64. Thriller of the Year by Glyn Jones

65. The Entertainer by John Osborne

66. Lysistrata by Aristophanes

67. Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn

68. Victorian Music Hall

69. Sailor Beware by Falkland L. Cary

70. (Young Stagers) The Pied Piper


71. Snow White by Bob and Ann Wayne

72. Murder at the Vicarage by Moie Charles and Barbara Toy

73. Rock-A-Bye, Sailor by Philip King

74. When We Are Married by J. B. Priestly

75. It’ll Be Alright On The Night

76. Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn

77. Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore

78. (Young Stagers) The Car


79. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Ann Wayne

80. Death Trap by Ira Levin

81. Noises Off by Michael Frayn


83. Pardon Me Prime Minister by Edward Taylor

84. The Crucible by Arthur Miller


85. Mother Goose by Ann and Bob Wayne

86. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

87. Lloyd George Knew My Father by William Douglas Home

88. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

89. Farndale Murder Mystery By David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr.

90. Suddenly At Home by Francis Durbridge

91. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare


92. Jack and the Beanstalk

93. Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott

94. Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett

95. Lock Up Your Daughters by Bernard Miles

96. Breath of Spring by Peter Coke

97. The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett


98. Cinderella

99. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

100. Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

101. Spring and Port Wine by Bill Naughton

102. An Evening With…

103. A Month of Sundays by Bob Larbey

104. (Up Stagers) Alice in Wonderland by David J Ireland


105. Aladdin

106. The Hound of the Baskervilles

107. Table Manners

108. The Matchgirls by Bill Owen (of Last of the Summer Wine fame), directed by Geoff Preston
109. The Way We Were: A History of Horncastle by Chris Hinkins

110. A Chorus of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourn

111. An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestly

112. The Wizard of Oz


113. Robin Hood by Bob Kimmings

114. Out of Order by Ray Cooney

115. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

116. The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein
117. The First Twenty Five Years

118. Bouncers & Shakers by John Godber

119. Ladies of Spirit by Georgina Reid

120. This Happy Breed by Noël Coward


121. Robinson Crusoe

122. Party Piece

123. Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse

124. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

125. Clerical Errors by Georgina Reid

126. Murder Deferred by Stuart Ready

127. (Up Stagers) Daisy Pulls it Off by Denise Deegan

128. (Young Stagers) Toad of Toad Hall by A. A. Milne


129. Peter Pan with original music by Chris Hinkins

130. Up ‘n’ Under (Festival)by John Godber

131. (Young Stagers) Alice in Wonderland

132. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum by Stephen Sondheim

133. Look Back in Anger by John Osborne

134. Where did the Summer Go?
135. Horncastle Olympics

136. Run for Your Wife by Ray Cooney

137. The Hollow by Agatha Christie


138. Puss in Boots written and directed by Vera Fenton

139. Murderer by Anthony Shaffer

140. Bite of the Apple

141. The Proposal by Anton Chekhov

142. Last Tango in Little Grimley by David Tristram

143. Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw

144. Autumn Manoeuvres

145. Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols

146. (Young Stagers)Christmas Carol


147. Goldilocks & The Three Bears by Ann Wayne

148. Inspector Drake & The Perfekt Crime by David Tristram

149. Dancing at Lughnasa (Festival) by Brian Friel

150. Bedside Manners by Derek Benfield

151. Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan

152. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

153. (Up Stagers) Mort by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs


154. Dick Whittington by Ann and Bob Wayne

155. Flarepath by Terence Rattigan

156. Farndale Haunted House by David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin

157. Dead Guilty by Richard Harris

158. Calamity Jane by Charles K. Freeman from a screenplay by James O’Hanlon, directed by Geoff Preston

159. Salt of the Earth by John Godber

160. (Young Stagers) Charlie & The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

161. (Up Stagers) Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs


162. Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves by Dominic Hinkins

163. Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell

164. Neville’s Island by Tim Firth

165. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

166. House of Bernada Alba by Federico García Lorca

167. Up ‘n’ Under (Tour) by John Godber

168. Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn

169. (Young Stagers) The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by Joseph Robinette and C.S. Lewis


170. Snow White

171. Trap for a Lonely Man by Robert Thomas

172. (Upstagers)Room 13 by Joe Standerline

173. Les Liaisons Dangereusesby Christopher Hampton

174. Teechers by John Godber
175. Variety Show for Sally

176. Gosforth’s Fete by Alan Aykbourn

177. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie


178. Sleeping Beauty

179. Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck

180. Last Tango in Little Grimley (Sleaford Festival) by David Tristram

181. Brassed Off (Skegness Festival; Woking All Winners’ Festival) by Paul Allen and Mark Herman

182. (Upstagers) The Crucible by Arthur Miller

183. (Young Stagers) Pinocchio

184. (Up Stagers) Peter Pan

185. Summers End by Eric Chappell

186. Fiddler of the Roof by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein

187. My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley

188. Lucky for Some


189. Beauty & the Beast by Ann Wayne

190. Deadly Nightcap by Francis Durbridge

190b. Stepping Out by Richard Harris

191. (Young and Upstagers) Bugsy Malone by Alan Parker

192. Bouncers by John Godber

193. Gosforth’s Fete by Alan Aykbourn

194. Great Expectations

195. You’re Only Young Twiceby Ron Aldridge

196. Chase Me Up Farndale Avenue S’il Vous Plait by David McGillivray

197. The Day After the Fair by Frank Harvey and Thomas Hardy

198. (Upstagers) Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare


199. King Arthur by Christopher Liversidge

200. Silhouette

201. Gut Girls by Sarah Daniels

202. The Proposal by Anton Chekhov

203. What’s for Pudding? by David Tristram

204. (Young Stagers)Princess & The Pea

205. Whose Life is it Anyway? by Brian Clark

206. Deck Chairs by Jean McConnell

207. Wind in the Willows by David Ireland and Kenneth Grahame

208. (Up Stagers)Humpty Dumpty & Variety Show

209. Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn


210. Treasure Island by Christopher Liversidge

211. End of the Food Chain by Tim Firth

212. (Centre Stagers)The Wizard of Oz

213. Accrington Pals (Skegness Festival; Woking All Winners’ Festival) by Peter Whelan

214. (Young Stagers) Robin Hood by David Ireland

215. Kindly Leave the Stage by John Chapman

216. 21st Anniversary Gala (a selection of scenes and songs from HTC’s greats)

217. Shakers (Restirred) by John Godber

218. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw; 10-12 December


219. Jack And The Beanstalk by Dominic Hinkins, directed by Nancy Byrne and Vicki Head; 27 January-6 February

220. Our House by John Godber

221. (UpStagers) Les Miserables (School Edition)

222. Flowers for Mrs. Hopkins (Sleaford & Horncastle One Act Play Festival) by Gladys M. Hogg, directed by Jane Pow; 14-15 May

223. Housekeeper Wanted (Sleaford & Horncastle One Act Play Festival) by Philip King and Falkland L. Cary, directed by Priscilla Burbidge; 14-15 May

224. Shakers (Restirred)(Skegness Festival)by John Godber

225. (Young Stagers) The Pied Piper of Horncastle by David Ireland

226. My Friend Miss Flint by Peter Yeldman and Donald Churchill, directed by Priscilla Danby-Burbidge

227. (Student Stagers)The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, directed by Dominic Hinkins; 13-14 August


228. Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett, directed by Penny Holland; 27 September-2 October

229. A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt,directed by Wendy Ireland; 24-27 November


230. Little Miss Muffetby David Ireland, Directed by Chris Byrne

231. On Monday Next by Philip King, directed by Jane Pow; 23-26 March

232. The Darling Buds of May by H.E.Bates,directed by Nancy Byrne; 4-7 May

233. (Young Stagers) Hansel and Gretel by David Ireland

234. The Imaginary Cuckold, or, Sganarelle (One Act Play festival) by Molière, directed by Shirley Moffat

235. The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck, directed by Christopher and Dominic Hinkins; 14-17 September

236. (Up Stagers) Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and Simon Reade; 13-15 October

237. It Could Be Any One Of Us by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Penny Holland; 23-26 November


238. The Three Musketeers – the Panto by Chris Liversidge, Jan-Feb

239. The Winslow Boy by , directed by Peter Glandfield; 21-24 March

240. Outside Edge by Richard Harris, directed by David Ireland; 16-19 May

241. (Young Stagers) Snow White 14-16 June

242. Farndale Christmas Carol by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr., directed by Penny Holland, 18-21 July

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243. When Did You Last See Your Trousers? by Ray Galton and John Antrobus, directed by Priscilla Danby-Burbidge, 19-22 September.

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244. (Young Stagers) Joseph and His Round The World Dream Boatby Alan Meadows, 6th October

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245. Oliver! directed by Wendy Ireland, 21 November – 1 December.


246. Dracula – the Panto by Shirley Moffatt, 30th January – 9th February

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247. Forget Me Knot by David Tristram, directed by Kim Birchall, 20th – 23rd March

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248. (Up Stagers) The Ash Girl by Timberlake Wertenbaker 17th – 20th April

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249. Pride and Prejudice adapted from the novel by Tom Wood, directed by Anne Wayne, 22nd – 25th May

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250. (Young Stagers) Sleeping Beauty by David Ireland 17th – 20th April

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251. The Titfield Thunderbolt adapted from T.E.B. Clarke’s Ealing Comedy screenplay by Philip Goulding, directed by Peter Glanfield, 17th – 20th July

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252.An Evening of One Act Plays:

The Rose and Crown by J.B. Priestly, directed by Chris Liversidge;

None The Wiser by Anthony Booth, directed by Chris Byrne, 18th – 21st September

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253. Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, directed by Priscilla Danby-Burbidge, 20th – 23rd November (NODA Review)


254. Aladdin by David Ireland, 29th January – 8th February (NODA Review)

255. Quartet by Ronald Harwood, directed by Priscilla Danby-Burbidge, 26th-29th March (NODA Review)

256. (Up Stagers) A Midsummer Night’s Dream adapted by David and Wendy Ireland 8th – 10th May (NODA Review)

257. (Young Stagers) Puss in Boots by David Ireland 12th – 14th June (NODA Review)

258. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright, directed by Jonathan Cooke, 16th – 19th July (NODA Review)

259. The Ladykillers adapted by Graham Linehan from the screenplay by William Rose, directed by Peter Glanfield, 17th – 20th September (NODA Review)

260. All My Sons by Arthur Miller, directed by Penny Holland, 19th – 22nd November (NODA Review)


261. Cinderella by Dominic Hinkins, directed by Chris and Gail Hinkins, 28th January – 7th February (NODA Review)

262. Crown Prince by John Godber, directed by Shirley Moffat, 20th – 23rd March (NODA Review)

263. (Up Stagers) Room 13  by Joe Standerline, directed by Morgan Davies & Jennifer Hughes, 23rd – 25th April (NODA Review)

264. After September by Jimmie Chinn, directed by Penny Holland, 20th – 23rd May

265. (Young Stagers) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  11th – 13th June (NODA Review)

266. Allo Allo by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, directed by Gwyn Williams, 14th – 17th October (NODA Review)

267. (Up Stagers & Nancy Byrne Theatre Arts) Peter Pan adapted by David Ireland, directed by Wendy Ireland and Nancy Byrne, 25th – 28th November


268. Jack and the Beanstalk directed by Graham Turner and Peter Glanfield, 28th January – 7th February (NODA Review)

269. When We Are Married by J.B. Priestly, directed by Wendy Ireland, 18th – 21st May (NODA Review)

270. An Evening With Noël Coward – Still Life and Hands Across the Sea by Noël Coward, directed by Dominic Hinkins and Gail Hinkins, 20th – 23rd July

271. (Young Stagers) King Arthur by Chris Liversidge, directed by Sheena Liversidge, 16th – 18th June (NODA Review)

272. Yes, Prime Minister by Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, directed by Sheena Liversidge, 28th September – 1st October (NODA Review)

273. (Up Stagers) Wyrd Sisters adapted by Stephen Briggs from the novel by Terry Pratchett, directed by Dominic Hinkins, 20th – 22nd October

274. The Sellwood Girls by Margaret Crompton, directed by Wendy Ireland, 29th October

275. How The Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Penny Holland, 20th – 22nd October (NODA Review)

276. Murder Upstage! by David Ireland (for Horsington Women’s Institute), 7th December


277. Puss in Boots by David Ireland, directed by Wendy Ireland, 25th January – 4th February (NODA Review)

278. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Tim Kelly, directed by Priscilla Danby-Burbidge (dates TBA)

279. Cheshire Cats by Gail Young, directed by Shirley Moffat, 24th – 26th May

280. (Young Stagers) The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, adapted by Kathryn Shulz Miller, 22nd – 24th June

281. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, directed by Wendy Ireland, 20th – 23rd September

282. (Up Stagers) Alice by Lewis Carroll, adapted by David Ireland, 19th – 21st October

283. Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Production of Macbeth by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr., directed by Penny Holland, 29th November – 2nd December


284. Robinson Crusoe written and directed by Dominic Hinkins, based on the novel by Daniel Defoe, 24th January – 3rd February (NODA Review)

285. The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan, directed by David Ireland, 21st – 24th March

286. Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse, directed by Wendy Ireland, 16th – 19th May

287. (Young Stagers) Treasure Island by Chris Liversidge, directed by Sheena Liversidge, 21st, 22nd and 24th June

288. We Happy Few by Imogen Stubbs, directed by Penny Holland, 18th – 21st July

289. Midden by Morna Regan, directed by Sue Le Page, 19th – 22nd September

290. Armistice: A Reflection in Words and Music written and directed by David Ireland, 11th November (Live broadcast)

291. The Gaul by Janet Plater, directed by Sheena Liversidge, 21st-24th November

292. (Upstagers) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by David Ireland directed by Wendy Ireland, 6th-8th December


293. Zorro! the panto written and directed by Chris Liversidge, based on the the original character by Johnston McCulley, 30th January – 9th February

294. See How They Run by Philip King, Directed by Dominic Hinkins, 10th – 13th April

295. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Young Stagers) adapted by Marieka Peterson Greene, Directed by Sheena Liversidge, 9th – 10th May (NODA Review)

296. The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley, Directed by Priscilla Danby-Burbidge, 3rd – 6th July (NODA Review)

297. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Directed by Gail Hinkins, 4th – 7th September (NODA Review)

298. Neville’s Island by Tim Firth, directed by Jon Cooke, 6th – 9th November

299. (Up Stagers) Roll Away the Stone by David Ireland,  28th – 30th November

2020/21 (Pandemic)

300. Babes in the Wood written and directed by Penny Holland,  29th January – 8th February

301. The On-Lion Theatre, a series of radio plays written and performed by members during the closure of theatres due to the Coronavirus pandemic, consisting of ‘Dragon Towed Tours‘ by David Ireland; ‘The Anniversary‘ by Adele Simpson; ‘No Spring Chickens‘ by Alan Paine; ‘Pyramus and Thisbe‘ adapted from Shakespeare by Shirley Moffat; ‘Did Dunnett Do It?‘ by Gwyn Williams; 

302. Armistice: A Reflection in Words and Music written and directed by David Ireland, 11th November (Live broadcast revival, Zoom)


303. Little Red Riding Hood by Isabel Forrester,

co directed by Gail Hinkins27th January – 5th February

304. Towards Zero, by Agatha Christie and Gerald Verner

directed by Tommy Peckham and Alan Paine, 6th-9th July

305. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier and Diane Morgan

directed by Chris Hinkins and Chris Rozier, 7th-10th September

306. Ladies of Spirit by Georgina Reid

directed by Priscilla Burbidge, 26th-29th October

2023 (HTC Golden Anniversary Year)

307. Pantomime – DICK WHITTINGTON by Bob and Anne Wayne, Izzy Forrester and the company

308. Bedroom Farce, by Alan Ayckbourn

directed by Penny Holland, 19th-22nd April

309. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  by Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart

directed by Dominic Hinkins, musical director Chris Hinkins, 12th-22nd July

310. Hospitals and Hospitality, selected plays from Visiting Hour Richard Harris and Alarms & Excursions 

directed by Alan Paine and Jon Cooke, 6th-9th September

311. Ladies’ Day by Amanda Whittington

directed by Sheena Liversidge and Dan Barrett, 15th-18th November


307. Pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk (Almost), by Izzy Forrester and Amanda Eastwood

25 January-3rd February

308. Shakespeare in Love (Up Stagers)

22nd-23rd March

309. Perfect Pitch by John Godber

Directed by Jon Cooke, 10th-13th April

309. Macbeth (Young Stagers)

16th-18th May

310. Flare Path by Terence Rattigan

Directed by Priscilla Burbidge, 3rd-6th July