Plays in Shoestring’s History

Shoestring started life as Stamford Music and Drama Club in 1943. In 1959 the group morphed into Stamford Amateur Stage. In 1962, it changed its name again, and became Stamford Shoestring Theatre.

Shoestring has performed on many stages in the town, starting with Stamford School and Stamford High School Halls, the Darby & Joan Hall, the Congregational Church Hall (now United Reformed Church Hall), and finally came to rest as Stamford Arts Centre’s resident amateur repertory company since 1978.

2015

July The Chalk Garden

May Travels with my Aunt

March A Dolls House

2014

Dec Cowardy Custard

Sept The Accrington Pals

June The Playboy of the Western World

Mar A View from the Bridge

2013

Dec The Winslow Boy

Sept God of Carnage

June Anne Boleyn + July @ Minack

Mar Talking Heads

2012

Dec Men Should Weep

Sept Ladies’ Day

June Life After George

Mar Loot

2011

Dec Dandy Dick

Sept Disposing of the Body

June Single Spies

Mar Translations

2010

Dec A Woman of No Importance

Sept The Odd Couple

June On the Razzle + July @ Minack

Mar The Birthday Party

2009

Dec Blithe Spirit

Sept Hoovering on the Edge

June The Lady in the Van

Mar Uncle Vanya

2008

Dec Oh! What a Lovely War

Sept Art

June Losing Louis

Mar Mary Stuart

2007

Dec A Voyage Round my Father

Sept Playhouse Creatures

June The Madness of George III

+ July @ Minack

March Woman in Mind

2006

Dec The Lion in Winter

Sept Vincent in Brixton

June A Month in the Country

March A Small Family Business

2005

Dec Lady Windermere’s Fan

Sept Shadowlands

June Humble Boy

March Getting On

2004

Nov Vanity Fair

Sept Separate Tables

June An Inspector Calls

March All My Sons

2003

Nov Chorus of Disapproval

Sept Cripple of Inishmaan

June Ring Round the Moon + July @Minack

March Arcadia

2002

Nov Journey’s End

Sept Absent Friends

June Lucky Sods

March Ivanov

2001

Nov School for Scandal

Sept Amy’s View

June Rise and Fall of Little Voice

March Give Me Your Answer Do

2000

Nov Gaslight

Sept Lettice & Lovage

June The 3 Musketeers +July @Minack

March Night of the Iguana

1999

Nov An Ideal Husband

Sept Stevie

June 84 Charing Cross Road

March T’is Pity She’s a Whore

1998

Nov Seasons Greetings

Sept The Crucible

June Glass Menagerie

March Bequest to the Nation

1997

Nov When We Are Married

Sept The Sisters Rosensweig

June The Diary of Ann Frank

March Habaeus Corpus

1996

Nov Measure for Measure

Sept Our Country’s Good

June Hedda Gabler

March Death of a Salesman

1995

Nov Night Must Fall

Sept Dancing at Lughnasa

June Absurd Person Singular

March Les Liaisons Dangereuses

1994

Nov Steel Magnolias

Sept Terra Nova

June Private Lives

March The Cherry Orchard

1993

Nov London Assurance

Sept Shakers

June The Dock Brief/Edwin

March Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf

1992

Nov The Importance of Being Earnest

Sept Daisy Pulls It Off

June Time and Time again

March A Touch of Danger

1991

Dec Abelard & Heloise

Sept Tom Jones

June My Mother Said I Never Should

March The Elephant Man

1990

Nov The Happiest Days of Your Life

Sept Rosencrantz & Guilderstern Are Dead

June Present Laughter

March California Suite

1989

Nov Amadeus

Sept Stepping Out

June Duet for One

March A Man for All Seasons

1988

Nov Waiting in the Wings

Sept Cause Celebre

March The Anniversary

1987

Nov Golden Pathway Annual

June Ring Round the Moon

March Pack of Lies

1986

Nov The Real Inspector Hound/The Critic

June Blithe Spirit

March Middle Age Spread

1985

Nov On the Razzle

June Born in the Gardens

March Bedroom Farce

1984

Nov Three Sisters

June The Gingerbread Man

March Hay Fever

1983

Nov The Dresser

June The Waltz of the Toreadors

March The Sea

1982

Nov Outside Edge

May Stage Struck

March A Voyage round my Father

1981

Nov The School for Scandal

June Hijack over Hygenia

March Ten Times Table

1980

Nov Everything in the Garden

July Love from Shoestring

March A Dolls House

1979

Nov The Rivals

March The Winslow Boy

1978

Dec Under Milk Wood

Oct How the Other Half Loves

March Wanted One Body

1977

Nov Habaeus Corpus

March The Crucible

1976

Oct When We Are Married

March Hobson’s Choice

1975

Nov Third Music Hall

May Pools Paradise

1974

Nov The Way of the World

June East Lynne

March Strike Happy

1973

Nov Shoestring Theatre Looks North

June Second Music Hall

Feb The Enquiry

1972

Nov Sailor Beware

Sept The Mayor of Torontal

June The Hollow Crown

1971

Nov The Rape of the Belt

Sept The Innocents

July Under Milk Wood

March Speaking of Murder

1970

Nov Say Who You Are

Oct The Government Inspector

Feb Murder in the Cathedral

1969

Nov Hiss the Villain

Oct Teahouse of the August Moon

June Old Time Music Hall

Feb The Blue and The Purple

1968

Nov Hotel Paradiso

Sept Five to Five-thirty

March Too Soon for Daisies

Feb The Caretaker

1967

Nov She Stoops to Conquer

Oct Heartbreak House

July Blithe Spirit

April Something to Hide

1966

Dec The Grass is Greener

Sept Johnny Belinda

April Interlude

March The Applecart

1965

Dec Goodnight Mrs Puffin

Sept How Are You Johnny

June The Long & The Short & The Tall

Feb Temple Folly

1964

Dec The Reluctant Debutante

Oct Heaven and Charing Cross

May The Lady’s not for Burning

Feb Doctor in the House

1963

Nov Roar Like A Dove

June All My Sons

March The Conquest

As Stamford Amateur Stage

Feb Haul for the Shore

1962

Nov Black Chiffon

Sept The Happy Marriage

June Nude with Violin

Feb Waters of the Moon

1961

Dec Angels in Love

Sept The Sound of Murder

June A Midsummer Nights Revels

May The Noble Spaniard

Feb Gaslight

1960

Dec Bell Book and Candle

Sept Breath of Spring

May Miranda

April Gilbert & Solomon

Feb Message for Margaret

1959

Dec But Once a Year

As Stamford Music & Drama Club

1958

July King Oedipus

March One Act Plays

1957

Nov Edward My Son

June The Taming of the Shrew

1956

Nov Dear Brutus

June Antigone

March The Pardonner’s Tale

1955 Dec Blithe Spirit

1954 Nov White Sheep of the Family

1953

Nov Ten Little Niggers

June Midsummer Mixture

1952

Nov Lady Precious Stream

June Rose Without a Thorn

1951

June Midsummer Nights Revels

March The Castell of Perseverance

1946 May Quinneys

1945

April The Late Christopher Bean

Jan Dangerous Corner

1944

Nov Androcles & The Lion

June The Farmer’s Wife

1943

Oct Cradle Song

Spring Man of Destiny