It is a company that has long delighted Huddersfield audiences, particularly with its devotion to the plays of Alan Ayckbourn.
Now the group of performers who specialise in the works of one of the biggest names in British theatre, have decided to do something different.
“Having established ourselves as an Ayckbourn- focused company it was felt that we should test the water to see how our audiences would react to a non-Ayckbourn play,” said Richard McArtney, one of the co-founders of the theatre company, Dick and Lottie.
“Next year D&L celebrates its 10th anniversary and we have five Ayckbourn plays planned plus an Ayckbourn readathon so it was felt a slight change in direction was needed so our audiences wouldn't get too bored!” said Richard. As if.
The group’s latest show is See How They Run, a classic comedy romp from writer Philip King.
Set in the 1940s it offers lots of opportunities for mistaken identities and general confusion. Parishioners are knocked unconscious, there’s a Russian spy, and even a German POW disguised as a vicar.
The show opens in the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s Cellar space on Wednesday (June 26) where it runs until Saturday. Evening performances are at 7.45pm and there is also a Saturday matinee at 2pm.
John Cotgrave, the group’s other co-founder, directs and both he and Richard are also in the cast.
There will be some other names familiar to Dick and Lottie regulars including Hannah Head, Maria Sykes, Laura Roberts, Phil Butterfield, Steve Waind and Stephen Crowther as well as a new name, Mark Brockway here making his debut with the company.
Watch out for the group’s production of Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus in September before all that Ayckbourn in the anniversary year.
Tickets from the box office on 01484 430528.