Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Our 2020 Shows

******NEWS ON OUR 2020 SHOWS!******

It's been a busy lockdown for Jenny Wren Productions!

Firstly, we've been working on a radio play. We were hoping to produce a new play called Bletchley Girls, by Lou Beckett, focusing on female code-breakers at Bletchley Park during World War II, but when we realised staging this, as planned, this May and June, was impossible, we got thinking - and adapted the script so it would work for radio.

So we've just spent the last two days recording Bletchley Girls - the radio play :)

We've had a lot of fun, rising to the challenge and learning new skills - each of us in our own homes, with the actors being guided, via Zoom, by the sound engineers on how best to use the recording equipment. Now the sound files have been sent to Boom Sound Studios (The Crown, Call the Midwife, The Imitation Game) for editing. It's all very exciting...

Broadcast dates and details in due course, and we still hope to bring the stage play, Bletchley Girls, to a theatre near you in 2021...





Secondly, we are sad to announce that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have had to take the decision to postpone our open-air tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream until summer 2021. We are, however, very excited for this show and, all being well, will be back with a vengeance at all your favourite venues!

POSTPONED UNTIL 2021


We are instead working on an online alternative and will, later in the summer, bring you Pride and Prejudice - Abridged. The script is written, the fabulous actors are rehearsing in their own homes, and the release date will be shared here when it's ready to go.

Sending you all love and good wishes from the Wrens - stay well :)



Emma

Jane Austen's Emma adapted by Martin Millar and Doon MacKichan

Jenny Wren Productions delve into the dating scene of the early 19th century in this playful adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel.

Monday, 9 March 2020

The Scarlet Pimpernel


Coram Boy

By Jamila Gavin

Adapted by Helen Edmundson

At Gloucester Cathedral

Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th May 2019, 7pm

Jenny Wren Productions present a large-scale production of Jamila Gavin's epic tale of friendship and love, sacrifice and betrayal, parents and children, in 18th century Gloucestershire.

Burke and Hare goes to London


Exciting news for Jenny Wren Productions!

Our 2015 show Burke and Hare was taken on by the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, who produced the show this spring, both at the Watermill and on tour. We worked with them to develop our show and our script, and it can be seen later this year, in November, at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London. It is also being translated into German for a production in Munich!

Love Lies Bleeding


A world premiere by Jamila Gavin!

Jenny Wren Productions have teamed up with award-winning Stroud-based author and playwright Jamila Gavin (whose novel Coram Boy was adapted for the stage and produced to great acclaim at both the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic) to present Love Lies Bleeding, a world premiere, which we will tour locally, finishing up with a run at the Everyman Theatre June 13-16.

The Jungle Book



 Adapted by Elise Heaven and Jenny Wicks

Warning! Wild animals at large! Watch your back around the Cotswolds this summer as Jenny Wren Productions let wolves, tigers, bears, and even a python loose at a theatre near you.

Remember, Remember


By Holly Tonks.

In the back room of a London pub, an unlikely group of men plot to overthrow King James I.

Robin Hood


 By Joe Hackett

“Beware outlaws! They are a plague, and a pestilence, and a blight.” 

Burke And Hare

Dramaturg: Tobias Smith

How many times can one actor get killed during one performance? Find out in this brand new comedy based on the infamous tale of William Burke and William Hare.

Twelfth Night


By William Shakespeare

Greetings from Illyria! Jenny Wren Productions invite you to join us on our jaunt into the land of Shakespeare.

The Mysterious Gentleman

Written by Jarek Adams and directed by Jenny Wicks

John Nevil Maskelyne was a master magician. His illustrious career began when he exposed charlatan spiritualists in Cheltenham Town Hall.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

 By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson

"Holmes, this is no time to panic."
"Goodness me, Watson, this is the perfect time to panic!"

Oliver Twist



 By Jeremy Brock

‘The scene, the workhouse; the time, night; and the place, that cruel hole where miserable drabs gave birth... A boy was born there… I speak of one named Oliver Twist.’

Brief Encounter

 Noel Coward's

BRIEF ENCOUNTER

Adapted by Emma Rice, of Kneehigh Theatre Company

"I've got something in my eye."
"Please let me look. I happen to be a doctor."

Out of the Mist

Jenny Wren Productions, in association with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, present

OUT OF THE MIST

by Alan Tyson

Sunday, 8 March 2020

The Pickwick Papers


By Doc Watson, adapted from Charles Dickens

Members of the Pickwick Club… Welcome to you all! In this year of Charles Dickens’ bicentenary, Jenny Wren Productions bring you an action-packed adaptation of his first novel, The Pickwick Papers.

Funny Boy

By Tobias Smith

Jenny Wren Productions return to the Everyman Studio Theatre with Funny Boy, a new play developed from last year’s The Pygmalion Project.

The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs



By Simone Benmussa, translated by Barbara Wright

"A strange life his was, and mysterious – mysterious, because when he died, we learnt that Albert was a woman."

Paved With Gold: The Street Child'S Tale

by Holly Tonks

“Morning Chronicle! Get your Morning Chronicle here!”

Victorian London. A newspaper boy eagerly awaits the latest instalment of London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew.

Around the World in 80 Days

By Mark Brown, adapted from Jules Verne

“I shall bet twenty thousand pounds… that I will make the tour of the world in eighty days or less. That is, in nineteen hundred and twenty hours, or one hundred and fifteen thousand two hundred minutes.”

The Pygmalion Project

Devised by Jenny Wren Productions

"You have no idea how frightfully interesting it is to take a human being and change them into a quite different human being… It’s the most absorbing experiment I ever tackled."

The Three Musketeers

 By Willis Hall from Alexandre Dumas

Mesdames et Messieurs! Jenny Wren Productions transporte vous à 17th century Paris avec The Three Musketeers, classique tale of D’Artagnan et ses amis.

Dr Korczak'S Example

By David Grieg

“If it weren’t for you, Dr Korczak, and for the home, I would never have known that there are honest people in the world. That I can tell the truth. That there is justice.”

A Child in the Forest




by David Goodland from Winifred Foley

"Wild, sweet days, spent in a small mining village in the Forest of Dean... Before the motor car had taken over from the horse and cart and before they built the Severn Bridge."

Friday, 6 March 2020

A Servant of Two Masters

'Fawlty Towers meets Shakespeare' in Jenny Wren Productions' 2008 summer show. The company that brought you Cider with Rosie, The Importance of Being Earnest and Sense and Sensibility now present a tantalising new local adaptation of Italian classic A Servant of Two Masters.

The Canterbury Tales





Chaucer made modern by Phil Woods

Hot on the heels of their recent open-air tour of Sense and Sensibility, Gloucestershire-based Jenny Wren Productions bring Chaucer to raucous life in their Other Space debut.

Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen, adapted by Elaine Mitchell

The perfect start to the summer… Gloucestershire-based theatre company Jenny Wren Productions return with a dramatisation of Jane Austen’s classic novel.

The Importance of Being Earnest


By Oscar Wilde

From the company that brought you the sell-out Cider with Rosie in 2005 comes Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people”. Jack and Algernon earnestly attempt to be Earnest to woo their sweethearts and gain the approval of the formidable Lady Bracknell. Join Jenny Wren Productions for lashings of wit and cucumber sandwiches.

Cider With Rosie

By Laurie Lee, adapted by Nick Darke

“Never to be forgotten, that first long secret drink of golden fire, juice of those valleys and of that time, wine of wild orchards, of russet summer, of plump red apples and Rosie’s burning cheeks…”

The Firebird

By Blanche Marvin

A troubled empress has three sons and a kingdom to bequeath. Not only has she to decide which of her sons is the most deserving, but a bird is stealing the cherry blossom from all the trees in Japan.