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Highbury Flyer

Issue - 32                                                                                              30 August 2021

Flyer News

Welcome to the final issue of the Highbury Flyer.

Nothing can replace live theatre or watching a film on the big screen and as stated in the last issue, the focus is now about promoting the events that are actually happening at Highbury Theatre.  We shall be returning to the previous email notifications for this:
  • There will be monthly updates of plays, films and other events happening over the following 4-6 weeks to give you advance notice of dates for your diary
  • There will also be reminders closer to the event to give you a last chance to book tickets
  • There will be information on casting calls and other theatre activities to give you the chance to get involved
Retiring the Flyer will make these emails easier to identify, and easier for you to decide which ones are of interest.

We hope you have enjoyed the Flyer and look forward to seeing you at the theatre soon.

What's Happening at Highbury

Nell Gwynn
by Jessica Swale
Directed by Ian Appleby

Play with music

Nell sells oranges in the theatre, and gives as good as she gets from the hecklers in the audience.  Charles Hart thinks she has a natural aptitude for acting, and says he will teach her. Kynaston and Killigrew are outraged that the Duke’s company have put a woman on the stage, but the King has decreed that it is now legal to do so. The company reluctantly take Nell on, but she proves to be a great success after an initial bout of stage fright.

For most of the run, bookings will be managed using the old method that was in place before 2020.  The auditorium will be fully open, and you’ll be able to book your own seats as before.

However, we appreciate that even now some people may be nervous about being in close proximity to others, so we are also introducing Distanced Wednesday, where bookings will be taken in the same way as when we were able to open between lockdowns.  You’ll be able to book a ticket on general admission and seating will be allocated a couple of days before the performance – although you’ll be able to leave a note if you have a particular seating requirement.  Although you will not be able to choose a specific seat, this will come with a guarantee that there will be at least one empty seat all around your party.

Important Information:

The Box Office will be open at the usual times (Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings), and tickets will be available for purchase up to and including the evening of the performance.  However, for the 'Distanced Wednesdays' availability may be limited, especially closer to the evening of the performance.

Other good news is that the coffee shop and bar will be open and more of the front of house will be in use, including the upper foyer to allow people to spread out more during the interval.

Our front of house team will also be wearing face coverings when people are moving around the theatre, and we encourage you to wear yours too. 

Tuesday 14 September to Saturday 25 September at 7:30pm

Book Tickets - Nell Gwynn
Book Tickets - Distanced Wednesdays

Tickets available at £10 (£9 concession)
(plus £2.00 membership if applicable)

Cert.15, 2019

Two soldiers in a race against time to save the regiment from walking into a trap.  1917 is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbach.  The film appears as 2 long audacious takes and received 10 Academy Award nominations.

Duration 119 minutes.

The auditorium will be fully open, and you will be able to book your own seats as before.

Sunday 19 September at 7:00pm

Book Tickets - 1917

Tickets available at £5
(plus £2.00 membership if applicable)

Membership Note:

If you were a member before Covid came along, i.e. the 2019/2020 season, or became a member during the 2020/2021 season, this has now been extended to 31 July 2022, meaning you will still be able to purchase tickets at member prices. Contact the box office - - if you need to know your membership number.

If you are not a member, purchasing a ticket with the additional £2 membership fee will also allow future purchases at member prices until 31 July 2022.

Casting Call

House Guest
by Francis Durbridge

Robert and Stella learn that their son has been kidnapped - not for ransom, but to force them to allow one of the kidnappers to remain in their house.  Two other men, supposedly police officers, arrive and reveal that one of the kidnappers has been murdered.  Soon, however, it is clear that these two are far from what they seem as is much else in this tense, twisting, exciting thriller.

Liz Parry is directing this play and is delighted to invite anyone who might like to be involved with the production, either on-stage or off, to the production launch at which there will be a read through of the play.

Parts for 4 women and 4 men

Monday 6 September - Production Launch (Familiarisation Evening)
Monday 13 September - Auditions

Highbury Online Art Gallery

This time we feature a collection from different artists.  They have featured previously in the Flyer but worthy of a revisit.

Barbara Taylor

St Govan's Chapel from the Sea
Petra Röhr-Rouendaal ARBSA

No Ironing Today
Rachel David

The Sunlight on the Garden
Ian Van Zyl

Social Distancing
Ann Whitlock

For all information on exhibiting your work at Highbury please email
Sheila Knapman

 Highbury Theatre is Recruiting!

Highbury Theatre is run entirely by volunteers and we are looking for two people to volunteer as managers of our box office and our website.

The box office and website are both ‘front doors’ to the theatre as they are the first points of contact that volunteers and audiences have with us.  The box office manager will oversee the running of the box office which includes our ticketing platform TicketSource.  The website manager will ensure that our new website is kept up-to-date.  They will both be supported by small teams of volunteers and the marketing committee.

Click the links to find out more about the Box Office Manager and the Website Manager.

If you’re at all interested, please send an email to and we’ll be in touch with you.  We’d be delighted to meet you and show you round and talk about what would be involved, so that you have a better idea of whether or not you wanted to take on the role.

Player News

Part of the plan for building the new housing estate was to include a pocket park which was of course the last thing to be completed.  A few weeks ago, a cow was spotted wandering around the park and enjoying the grass - which is of course greener.  Even though it was removed, it was back again the next morning, and the next, and in true tabloid style quickly earned the nickname Moodini.  After a while a second appeared as Moo' had obviously told her best mate about the escape route, and a few days later there was a whole herd in the park - well five actually, but technically still a herd.  The police were called.

I set off for the park, eagerly anticipating the sight of two policemen running around the park trying to round up the cows, only to be disappointed to find the Keystone cops had disappeared along with the cows.  The only evidence left consisted of hoof prints in various places and cow pats on the path.  The next morning the herd returned and the police were called again.  I predicted that finally something would be done as the police would have strong words with the farmer containing phrases like “public nuisance” and “if we get called again".  Sure enough, measures were taken the same day to patch up the hole in the hedge, and the opportunity for an estate-wide barbecue is no more. 

After 18 months of lockdown things are opening up again.  I'd like to say that I have done great things during this time: written a book, learned to speak Esperanto or mastered the tuba.  Unfortunately I can claim none of these, or any other great achievement.  Time that dragged like an Arctic glacier now seems to have simply flown past.  With things opening up again and business getting back to normal, there will be no time for such frivolous activities and they will have to wait until an extended spell of free time.  Retirement, here we come then.   

So, we reach the end of an era.  I have very much enjoyed putting the Flyer together over the last 18 months and I hope you have also enjoyed some of the content. Whether it has been the online art section, the mini quizzes, humorous end notes or even my inane ramblings, if the Flyer has provided some small entertainment during the dark days of lockdown it has been most worthwhile.

Richard Irons, for Highbury News - signing off

The Highbury Mini Quiz

And here, simply the answers from last time.

  1. Shakespeare in Love, Paddington, Downton Abbey
    Imelda Staunton - Nurse, Aunt Lucy, Maud Bagshaw
  2. Downton Abbey, The Current War, The Imitation Game
    Tuppence Middleton - Lucy Smith, Mary Edison, Helen
  3. The Imitation Game, Atonement, Pride and Prejudice
    Keira Knightley - Joan Clarke, Cecilia Tallis, Elizabeth Bennet
  4. Pride and Prejudice, Little Voice, The Witches
    Brenda Blethyn - Mrs Bennet, Mari Hoff, Mrs Jenkins
  5. The Witches, The Addams Family, The Royal Tenenbaums
    Anjelica Huston - Miss Ernst, Morticia Addams, Etheline Tenenbaum
  6. The Royal Tenenbaums, Sliding Doors, Shakespeare in Love
    Gwyneth Paltrow - Margot Tenenbaum, Helen, Viola De Lesseps
  7. Shakespeare in Love, Notes on a Scandal, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    Judy Dench - Queen Elizabeth, Barbara Covett, Evelyn Greenslade
  8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Gnomeo and Juliet, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
    Maggie Smith - Muriel Donnelly, Lady Blueberry, Minerva McGonagall
  9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
    Julie Walters - Molly Weasley, Mrs Wilkinson, Rosie
  10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Moonstruck, Mermaids
    Cher - Ruby Sheridan, Loretta Castorini, Mrs Flax
  11. Mermaids, Little Women, Girl Interrupted
    Winona Ryder -  Charlotte Flax, Jo March, Susanna
  12. Girl Interrupted, Atonement, Howards End
    Vanessa Redgrave - Dr Wick, Briony, Ruth Wilcox
  13. Howards End, Saving Mr Banks, Nanny McPhee
    Emma Thompson - Margaret Schlegel, P. L. Travers, Nanny McPhee
  14. Nanny McPhee, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Death on the Nile
    Angela Lansbury - Aunt Adelaide, Miss Price, Mrs Salome Otterbourne
  15. Death on the Nile, All About Eve, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
    Bette Davis - Mrs Van Schuyler, Margo, Jane Hudson

Funny Bone

Several men are in the changing room at the golf club when a phone on the table rings.  A man answers it, turns on the hands-free and with a hoarse voice says hello.

Woman: "Darling, it's me.  Are you at the club?"
Man: "Yes."
Woman: "You sound rough."
Man: "It rained most of the way round.  We kept hoping it would stop."
Woman: "Poor thing.  Anyway, I'm out shopping and I've just found this lovely leather coat.  It's £500 but can I buy it?"
Man: "Yes of course."

At this some of the others start listening to the conversation.

Woman: "And I've found this wonderful necklace.  It's a bit more expensive than I wanted to pay but I really like it. Can I buy it?"
Man: "Yes."
Woman: "And you remember we were talking about that Ferrari the other day.  Have you made a decision yet?"

Now everyone has stopped and is listening to the conversation.

Man: "Yes."
Woman: "And can I buy it?"
Man: "Yes, but get the best deal you can."
Woman: "Oh thank you so much. OK, see you later. Love you."

He hangs up and looks at the others who are all staring at him.  After a few moments he asks
"Does anyone know who this phone belongs to?"

And Finally

With the Paralympics in full swing and highly trained athletes bidding for glory, every now and then all you need is luck.

Sporting Luck

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