At last, the Apollo Theatre is delighted to be able to announce our first production for more than a year.  When we, like all other arts venues in the country, were forced to close in March 2020, we had no idea that it would be so long before we would be able to welcome audiences back to our theatre.

We have chosen 3 plays by John Mortimer to open the theatre; we are calling the show ‘A London Affair’ and it will now run from 30 July-7 August (because of the recent change to the Covid regulations).  The plays that comprise this show are three of  Mortimer’s London-based one-act plays: ‘Marble Arch’, ‘Lunch Hour’ and ‘Knightsbridge’.  “It was the Sixties and we were all a lot more excitable then,” said Mortimer.

‘Knightsbridge’ deals with the misunderstandings and confusion that arise when Francesca’s fiance discovers that her mother has been putting up a number of dubious advertisements around Knightsbridge.  What can she mean by ‘ladies’ double-fronted chest’?

‘Marble Arch’ is the story of an ageing film star who believes that her rich lover has died in her bathroom, and it’s up to her to dispose of the body.

‘Lunch Hour’ tells the story of a man and a woman who attempt to have an affair during their lunch hour, but are continually interrupted.

We are still bound by Government guidelines, and we can only open in line with them; but rest assured that everything possible will be done to keep our audiences and cast safe and to give you an enjoyable evening of light-hearted entertainment.  We understand of course that people are nervous after the difficult times we’ve all been through, so we have summarised the actions we’re taking to help you feel safe as you return.  Check them out in this document, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  Your welfare and comfort are at the heart of what we do, as theatres return to normality.

Cast

‘Knightsbridge’

Henry BulstrodeMartin Ward
Francesca StokesHolly Squires
Muriel StokesGinnie Orrey
Man in MacIan Moth

‘Lunch Hour’

The ManDavid Stradling
The GirlCarol Simpson
The ManageressCheryl May

‘Marble Arch’

Laura LoganKathryn Ward
McNeeIan Moth
Miss ParkerEve Cardew
MaxGarry Smith