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The Questors Theatre

Ealing wide

We're one of the largest amateur theatres in Europe, with a membership of around 1500, and presenting a season of 15-20 productions to professional standards.

We stage modern and classic plays and comedies, drawing our audiences from across west London. Our productions are staged by our 600 active members, who perform in them and work backstage, in our 350-seat Playhouse and 90-seat Studio. We have high-quality facilities including a large scenic workshop, wardrobe cutting rooms, and full lighting and sound control equipment – and also a bar which features in the Good Beer Guide!

If you enjoy seeing good theatre or want to get involved, we'd love to meet you. Visit our website to discover more, or come along to one of our Open Evenings which are held most Wednesdays at 8.00pm.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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  • teadarling

    15-Jul-2014 Report

    Hello Everyone,
    Just wanted to let you know that this years Christmas panto is Jack and the Beanstalk. Its going to be fantastic if I say so myself as I will be directing it. If you get your tickets before 1st Dec you can get a early bird price. I hope you enjoy the show, oh no you don't... oh Yes I do ....

  • LocalEditorEaling

    07-Jun-2014 Report

    It was the world premiere last night again - No Fairy Tale by Brian Abbott.

    A truly remarkable play, set in 1942 in rural Ireland and based on the famous book by Eric Cross "The Tailor and Ansty" which was banned for 20 years.

    Top performance as usual and five stars. The full review can be found on our blog - http//mumsnetealing.com

  • LocalEditorEaling

    13-May-2014 Report

    West 5 Story

    We simply couldn't miss this one. Number one, it's about Romeo and Juliette, galavanting around Ealing Common. Number two, it's written by Richard Harris and Denis King – coming together again, after the award-winning Stepping Out.

    Ealing's very own Richard Harris is one of Britain's best playwrights and television writers. His shows are performed all around the world, and Stepping Out is probably his best work. His television masterpieces include Touch of Frost, Shoestring and The Darling Buds of May.

    The award winning composer Denis King is well-known for Privates on Parade, Black Beauty and Lovejoy.

    PLOT: In a nut shell, the musical takes place in Ealing. Romeo is widower Ron Montague, and Juliette is divorcee Bernie. They meet at a dancing club which Ron's friend Michael tricks him into joining. Bernadette is a breath of fresh air for Ron but his family, especially his daughter-in-law Bette, do not approve. Ron decides to stand up for himself, and few home truths come out.

    There are no gangs or murder, and the ghetto is replaced with Ealing Common. This is about hard working middle class families in Ealing who face the same challenges as a working class family in Poplar might face when it comes to matters of families, love and heart.

    The transition between the scenes and intercuts are executed incredibly smoothly and cleverly. Songs are performed with real vigour and steal the show. It was indeed very entertaining, romantic, uplifting and heart-warming.

    Both Richard and Denis turned up to a very first read through, with Denis playing and singing all the songs himself. Richard has been at many rehearsals, at times adding lines on the spot or rewriting speeches.

    Director, Mark Fitzgerald, was truly honoured and really enjoyed working on this production. He was hoping the Questors team would do it justice and they have indeed.

    Thank you for such a beautiful portrayal of Ealing and a great Saturday night!

    West 5 Story runs to Sat, May 17th , with evening performances at 7.45pm on May 13th -17th, and a matinee performance on May 11th at 2.30pm.

    Age: 12+

    £13.00 (£12.00 conc, £7.00 under-16/student), final Fri/Sat £15.00 (£14.00 conc, £8.00 under-16/student)

  • LocalEditorEaling

    04-May-2014 Report

    I was delighted to get my hands on the review tickets for The Questors' latest production, The Pride – strong contemporary drama by award winning playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell.

    Once again, The Questors have managed to completely pull the rug from under me and the rest of the audience and keep us on edge till the very end.

    The play alternates between two eras – 1958 and 2008. The 3 main characters have the same names.

    In 1958, Philip, the unfulfilled estate agent, is married to a former actress Sylvia who is illustrating a children's book written by Oliver. When Philip and Oliver get introduced, something weird happens that evening and changes their lives forever.

    In 2008, Oliver is a journalist who has a sexual addiction and keeps cheating on his boyfriend Philip. However, when Philip dumps Oliver, Oliver realises he is in love and is determined to change. He has a very good friend Sylvia for support.

    The Director, David Emmet, has done a brilliant job. This is his 53rd production!

    The performance is staged cleverly so it doesn't obstruct the view from any angle, and all the action happens right at the audience' s feet creating a feeling of intimacy and involvement.

    Without a doubt, the actors deliver. The 1958 Oliver's [Joel Dyer] awkwardness is very believable and his performance is at its best when things get very intense later on. Oliver 2008 is shallow and funny but is also a “lost soul” which is portrayed beautifully.

    Philip 1958 turns out to be a very dark and sad man, and the actor Richard Graylin understands his struggles very well.

    David Hovatter is a big hit with the audience. He plays three very different characters and interchanges seamlessly between the roles.

    At first, he is a rent boy, playing a Nazi in 2008. Later he is a doctor in 1958 who provides barbaric aversion therapy to “cure” homosexuals, and a shallow chauvinistic editor of a lads magazine.

    Our favourite is Sylvia played by Nina Flitman. Sylvia 1958 is anxious and lonely. She has trouble conceiving and suffers from depression. We loved Nina's elegance and vulnerability.

    Sylvia 2008 is an eternal optimist, enthusiast and a free spirit. Thanks to Nina's angle and skill, we can't help but like her. Her dialogues with Oliver are hilarious, and Bridget Jones springs to mind for some reason.

    It may well be that I have been watching too much CBeebies recently, but this production has affected me greatly and brought out a whole range of emotions. Some scenes were so brutal, I had to close my eyes.

    There were so many questions raised in my head but there were no right answers. Fast forward 50 years, and we bang on how the society has come so far. Have we really? Have we learned much at all?

    Has Oliver's quality of life really changed for the better? He seems just as confused and miserable. Sylvia 1958 tells us about her friend Richard who had killed himself – perhaps, Oliver would too if it wasn't for his very loyal friend Sylvia 2008 who always put their friendship first?

    His struggle can't be down to simply too much casual sex and addiction. Surely his complex troubled soul must be shaped by people like the editor who live in the MODERN 2008 world?

    The recommended age is 16 years+. It would be great to see more young people in the audience. The theme is very relevant, the tickets and drinks are cheap, so it's a no brainer really.

    Mums and Dads – entice your teenagers into giving this production and Questors Theatre a go. We need those revolutionary minds of Ealing!

    Performances 2, 3, 6-10 May at 7.45pm; 4 May at 2.30pm

    Tickets £13.00 (£12.00 conc, £7.00 under-16/student), final Fri/Sat £15.00 (£14.00 conc, £8.00 under-16/student)

  • LocalEditorEaling

    28-Apr-2014 Report

    Mumsnet Ealing reviewed The Balcony performed by the Questors Academy Student Group in April 2014 and this is what we reported back to our parents:

    "The cast consists of 12 talented and artistic people from Questors Group 67. It is obvious from the very beginning they have put their heart and soul in to this production. Their performance starts before the show opens, when the spectators come in via the Hooker Lane and greeted by some of the cast already on stage or amongst the audience, in character, posing and pulling faces at us.

    Most of “The Balcony” is in a brothel (or rather the “House of Illusions” or “The Studios” as its owner Madam Irma prefers to call it). The Customers (sorry, the Visitors) come to fulfil their fantasies of holding powerful positions. In the first three (and most powerful, in my opinion scenes) we have the Bishop, the Judge and the General. We see their fetishes being played out.

    It's all fun and games, until the fighting from the local revolution rudely interrupts. The Queen and her officials go missing. Madam Irma (Jolene Howorth) and George, the Chief of Police (Devesh Patel) come up with a cunning plan to preserve “the status quo” and become immortal.

    Special recognition for Devesh – what a performance! His demeanour and facial expressions alone deserve an award!

    Provocative 20th century classic it says on the programme, and provocative indeed it is.

    One of the modern critiques of Genet and his masterpieces is that they are no longer as controversial as they were in his time.

    Well, this production is definitely powerful and controversial. The actors couldn't do a better job to communicate Genet's vision and message. We are kept on edge throughout, struggling to differentiate reality from illusion.

    The sounds, AV effects and costumes are brilliant. These, amongst many other backstage roles, are done by the students of the University of West London in collaboration with The Questors Theatre.

    All in all, it is a strong, thought-provoking and polished production.
    Keep up the good work, guys!"

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