Last plays of summer festival at Manor Pavilion Theatre Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 September 2018

Relatively Speaking, one of the 12 plays staged at the Manor Pavilion Theatre this summer. Picture: Contributed

Relatively Speaking, one of the 12 plays staged at the Manor Pavilion Theatre this summer. Picture: Contributed

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The play festival ends on September 21, following a record-breaking year in terms of ticket sales.

Gaslight, one of the plays performed at the Manor Pavilion Theatre this summer. Picture: ContributedGaslight, one of the plays performed at the Manor Pavilion Theatre this summer. Picture: Contributed

The Summer Play Festival at the Manor Pavilion Theatre is drawing to a close, ending a record-breaking season in terms of ticket sales.

The last thriller of the season is James Cawood’s Death Knell, running from Thursday (September 6) until Wednesday (September 12). In an isolated former hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands, famous playwright Henry Roth and his wife Evelyn await the arrival of young actor Jack Willoughby who hopes to star in his latest production. What appears to be a seemingly innocent audition develops into an evening full of surprising twists and eventually, murder.

The final play is the farce Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig, from September 13 - 21. A world-famous tenor is due to sing Otello for the Cleveland Opera Company, but has a blazing row with the manager’s wife. Further complications ensue, involving the manager’s starstruck daughter, a confused bellhop and a mousy wannabe singer, all frantically trying to make sure the performance goes ahead.

The Manor Pavilion Theatre’s manager, Graham Whitlock, is delighted with this summer’s season: “As ever, there is something for everyone to enjoy, and we have been overwhelmed by the popularity of the season and the feedback we have been receiving. It’s been another record-breaking year in terms of ticket sales, and the festival continues to go from strength to strength.”

The stage adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel Jamaica Inn, one of the plays that formed this year's Summer Festival. Picture: ContributedThe stage adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel Jamaica Inn, one of the plays that formed this year's Summer Festival. Picture: Contributed

This is the sixth year that the Summer Play Festival has been produced by Paul Taylor Mills, and he is also thrilled with how well the season has been received. “We have certainly found our stride this year and I have been humbled by the numbers of people filling the theatre nightly to enjoy some fantastic theatre,” he said. “There is still time to see the last selection of plays, and we look forward to welcoming holidaymakers, local residents and our season ticket holders to the Manor Pavilion Theatre.”

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