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Funding slash fails to dampen new season

PUBLISHED: 18:18 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 17:28 16 August 2010

NEW SEASON: Elizabeth and Raleigh have Greenwich Theatre dates in September.

NEW SEASON: Elizabeth and Raleigh have Greenwich Theatre dates in September.

A THEATRE launched its busiest ever season last month despite having its funding slashed by ten per cent this year. Greenwich Theatre launched an

A THEATRE launched its busiest ever season last month despite having its funding slashed by ten per cent this year.

Greenwich Theatre launched an exciting programme of plays, children's shows workshops and outdoor events this autumn.

The theatre also announced its partnership with Inc Bar, owners of the Spread Eagle restaurant and Bar Du Musee who are offering two and three course pre theatre menus from £12.50 to £21.

Kicking off the season will be Bryony Lavery's Frozen from September 1 until 3, a psychological drama about a grieving mother who struggles to find peace by meeting her daughter's killer.

From Friday, September 12 to September 20, Love&Madness Ensemble presents La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler that caused such a stir in its original production in 1903 that it was banned for 20 years.

Greenwich Theatre teams up with new theatre company subject2change to present Utopia? at Eltham's Well Hall Pleasaunce on Sunday, September 28.

The show, inspired by Pleasaunce resident author Edith Nesbit and Utopia author Thomas More, the show promises to take the audience on a magical journey with fire breathing performers, circus skills and music.

Another show co-produced by the Crooms Hill theatre is The Secret Agent in partnership with Rolemop Arts and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford from October 2 to 4.

Based on the true events surrounding an attempt to blow up the Greenwich Observatory in 1894, the adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel is a dark comedy about a family torn apart by terrorism and treachery.

Comedy lined up throughout September and October includes stand up comedian Rhona Cameron, the Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Bible and a revival of Mappa Mundi's The Canterbury Tales. Musical treats include Over the Rainbow, the life story of Eva Cassidy starring former Steps singer Faye Tozer, comedy musical The Extra Factor, and quirky opera Nightmare Songs.

Daytime children's theatre from Thursday, September 4 comes from the same company that brought The Gruffalo with the show The Tiger Who Came to Tea plus intergalactic fairytale The Sun Dragon and for kids aged four to 7, Giraffes Can't Dance.

From September 24 to 26, children and young people can take part in exciting workshops with writer and director Susie McKenna and in October half term youngsters can take to the stage with Welsh company Theatr na n'Og.

For information on all the events lined up this autumn, go to www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk.

* Tickets can be booked from the box office on 020 8858 7755 or by email on info@greenwichtheatre.org.uk.

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