Dibley’s done, what next for Langley team?

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Now that the curtain has come down on a stage production of TV sitcom hit The Vicar Of Dibley, the Kings Langley Players team are setting out their stall for the coming season.

The 2013/14 programme just announced by the society will mark its 88th year of live theatre.

After a well-earned summer break, tickets for all shows will go on sale after August 1.

But the Players are always on the lookout for new talent, and keen to hear from anyone who has ambitions to perform on stage or is interested in working on the production side.

Play readings and auditions will be held in July – keep an eye on the website at www.klp.org.uk for details.

The next production won’t be until October, when Noel Coward’s popular 1920s drama Hay Fever hits the stage.

The waspish wit of the master is displayed to full effect in this tale of a fading West End star looking for a little excitement while her novelist husband and their grown-up children all seek diversions of their own. It’s a recipe for a house-party from hell with rousing fights, surprise engagements, and fevered declarations of love galore.

The Christmas season show which will launch 2014 is Beauty And The Beast, another fresh take on a familiar tale by Ben Crocker, who scripted Sleeping Beauty for the company in January.

Also on the programme is Alan Bennett’s farcical salute to buttoned-up Britain Habeas Corpus, which is scheduled for March next year, and Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore, the hit drama based on the tragic life of Alan Turing, the codebreaking wizard who made a crucial contribution to Second World War victory through his top secret work at Bletchley Park but was then sidelined because of his homosexuality, which will performed in May next year.