To the Manor for summer rep season

Paul Taylor-Mills

Paul Taylor-Mills - Credit: Archant

The country’s last standing weekly rep season returns to Sidmouth’s Manor Pavilion for another 12-week run.

Theatregoers will be able to catch iconic works by Rattigan, Wilde and Coward among the dozen productions chosen by Olivier-winning producer Paul Taylor-Mills.

The renowned producer will be taking the helm for the fourth year when the season starts next week.

Mr Taylor-Mills said: “I’m incredibly proud to be the producer of the last standing weekly play season in the country and I’m overwhelmed and touched by the support that we get from our audiences.”

The plays will run back-to-back from Thursday, June 23, to Friday, September 30, put on by a cast of 30 who will have all hands on deck to change the sets for the next production.

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The season will begin with the murder mystery drama Deadly Nightcap by Francis Durbridge, starting next Thursday until Wednesday, June 29.

Graham Whitlock, manager of the Manor Pavilion, said: “Some theatregoers have bought season tickets to see all 12 plays this year because they know that they are seeing the very best cast, sets and production standards, which normally they would have to travel to London for.”

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The full list of plays:

• June 23 – 29: Deadly Nightcap, by Francis Durbridge.

• June 30 – July 6: One Man, Two Guv’nors, by Richard Bean.

• July 7 – 13: My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne Du Maurier.

• July 14 – 20: Bedroom Farce, by Alan Ayckbourn

• July 21 – 27: Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw.

• July 28, 29 and August 6 – 10: The Lady Killers, by Graham Linehan.

• August 11 – 17: Stone Cold Murder, by James Cawood.

• August 18 – 24: Pools Paradise, by Philip King.

• August 25 – 31: An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde.

• September 1 – 7: Not Now Darling, by Ray Cooney.

• September 8 -14: Flare Path, by Terrence Rattigan.

• September 15 – 23: Private Lives, by Noel Coward.

Ticket prices start at £14 per adult, with under-16 tickets priced at £8. Group discounts are available. To book, call the theatre box office on 01395 514413. For more information, visit

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