2015-16 Season

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Subscription Tickets

Subscriptions are available for six of the plays in the season. The pantomime is not included but subscribers will get a discount on pantomime tickets.

Subcriber tickets are £40 full price and £27 for Under 16s and Students

for more details contact subscribers@carltonlittletheatre.co.uk

The Game's Afoot

22-26 Sept 15

KEN LUDWIG has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his

plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20

languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington

Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony

Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier

Awards (England’s highest theater honor), the Charles MacArthur Award, two

Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery from The Mystery Writers

of America, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for

Services to the American Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal

Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. He has written 22 plays and

musicals, including Crazy For You (5 years on Broadway and the West End, Tony

and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway and

West End), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway), Treasure Island (West End),

Twentieth Century (Broadway), Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The

Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers and The Beaux’

Stratagem. His most recent plays include Baskerville, A Comedy of Tenors, and Tiny

Tim’s Christmas Carol (2015 Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Play).

 His newest book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, (winner of the

Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of 2014) is published by Random House.

His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Mickey Rooney,

Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Tony Shalhoub, Anne Heche, Joan Collins, and Kristin

Bell.  His work is published by the Yale Review, and he is a Sallie B. Goodman

Fellow of the McCarter Theatre, Princeton. & nbsp;He holds degrees from Harvard,

where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College and Cambridge

University. For more information, please visit www.kenludwig.com.


Winner of the 2012 Edgar® Award for Best Play 
from The Mystery Writers of America!

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.


(from other productions)

“an inspired whodunit…a snappy, clever drawing-room mystery. There are twists in playwright Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot that cause the audience to gasp.”
-The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The Game’s Afoot is Murderously Funny!”
-Broadway World Cleveland

“The play evolves like a mystery thriller, as one tantalizing clue leads to another….In 1936, at the height of the Great Depression, people flocked to the theater for a few hours of escapism from hard times. Today, in our current recession, here is an antidote and the ideal holiday present - the gift of laughter.”
-Cleveland Jewish news

“Ludwig demonstrates the theatrical equivalent of perfect pitch, both in this new work and in his past efforts.”
-Cleveland Scene

“From the intriguing opening mini play within a play to the surprise last scene a split second before final curtain, The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.”
-Cleveland Examiner

“a hilarious, quirky and thrilling alternative to your standard holiday entertainment. The Game’s Afoot is the perfect gift for the holidays..a fantastically fun night out at the theatre. It’s something we can be proud of as a city”
-Clue into Cleveland.com

“The Game’s Afoot will be performed by professional and community theaters across the country. Certainly this production is Broadway quality.”
-Talkin Broadway.com



No Wise Men

10-14 Nov 15







Reality and the ridiculous collide in an enchanting festive adventure, whisking you between Victorian England and the present day.


Jack Wilkins is forced into a desperate attempt to retrieve his life after accepting an irresistible offer from a sparkly eyed stranger. But time is running out and if he can’t honour the deal he has struck and get to the hospital by the allotted hour, he will lose everything. Forever.





18-20 Dec 2015

A traditional pantomime.

by Graham Breckon




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26-30 Jan 2016

adapted by Mason Forde



Based on the classic story by Mary Shelley



Spiders Web

15-19 Mar 2016

By Agatha Christie




Clarissa, the second wife of Henry Hailsham Brown, is adept at spinning tales of adventure for their bored diplomatic circle. When a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds live drama much harder to cope with, especially as she suspects the murderer might be her young stepdaughter Pippa. Worse still, the victim is the man who broke up Henry's first marriage! Clarissa's fast talking places her in some hair raising experiences, as she comes to learn that the facts are much more terrifying than fiction... 
"So closely woven with thrills and comedy that shocks and laughs are about fifty fifty." -London Guardian



Waiting in the Wings

19-23 April 2016

By Noel Coward




Should rejoice those of us who still have hearts." - London News Chronicle

Coward's tribute to theatre is set in a retirement home for actresses, all former stars. Jealousies abound, especially between Lotta and another who was also married to her former husband


'Allo 'Allo

31 May-4 June 2016

by Croft and Lloyd




Based on the hugely successful British television series that ran for seven seasons, this uproarious comedy relates the adventures of a hapless cafe owner, Rene, in occupied France. You can see all of your favorite TV characters in the flesh, including Rene's tone-deaf wife Edith, Major-General von Klinkerhoffen and the Gestapo officer Herr Flick!
"Listen very carefully, I will say this only once" - you will revel in the latest stage production of the TV cult comedy classic 'Allo 'Allo! You won't be able to help yourselves. – The Stage
"Good moaning. You stupid woman. Ze flashing knobs. I was just hanging up the knockwurst when I remembered all the happy times we had in 'ere. Yes, it's 'Allo 'Allo! and it is coming back." – The Guardian


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