Ropery Hall steps back in time next month

with two theatre productions – one going back to the 19th century and the days of the Hanover monarchy and the other goes back to pre-historic times when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

Fresh from a sell-out West End run of The Picture of Dorian Gray, European Arts Company returns to Ropery Hall on Saturday, May 7, with a hilarious black comedy, Beau Brummell – An Elegant Madness, written by Emmy award-winning writer Ron Hutchinson that stars Sean Brosnan and Richard Latham .

“This is our 5th year of bringing shows to Ropery Hall and it’s one of our favourite venues. Those who’ve enjoyed our previous productions of Dorian Gray, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Four Farces and Chekhov’s Shorts will lovethis show,” said John O’Connor, Artistic Director of European Arts.

“Beau Brummell is essentially a comedy but a dark one and very moving at the end. I would describe it as Waiting for Godot meets Steptoe and Son! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and discover a fascinating historical figure who feels surprisingly modern,” he went on.

“The play is set in the winter of 1819 and Beau Brummell, the most stylish man of his day now he lives in a madhouse in Calais with his valet,” added Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.    Determined to relive past glories, he is convinced that when his former friend King George IV hears of and sees his plight he will be restored to his former glory and position in court.   And this is the day the King is coming to Calais!”

Later in the month, on Friday, May 20,  Superbolt Theatre come to Ropery Hall with a theatrical celebration of cinematic nostalgia that promises to be the perfect spoof for those anxiously awaiting news of the next film – and for everyone else an enjoyable evening at the theatre!

Set in Lyme Regis Community Centre, the Park Family embark on a journey to a misty past but when things go wrong, family feuds are faced with the rapturous roar of DIY dinosaurs.

Superbolt Theatre’s five-star production production is an epic adventure of show-stopping, spine-tingling theatrics and megalithic mayhem.  Direct from a sell-out London season, and an official sell-out status at Edinburgh Fringe 2015, the show tours the UK for the first time!

However, just like the film that inspired it, Dinosaur Park is rated PG and is not suitable for those under eight years.

Tickets to see either production cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door and can be bought online at, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.  Both performances start at 7.30pm.

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