We are a highly-respected amateur dramatic society founded in 1934 to perform Shakespeare's plays annually in the open air.
Today we have grown to a programme of eight productions a year by vastly differing playwrights from ancient Greece to the modern day. In addition, we have two shows by our Youth Theatre groups.
We have our own theatre, the Mary Wallace Theatre by the riverside in Twickenham. Our Summer Show is an Open Air production, in the gardens of neighbouring York House.
Please note that the Mary Wallace is a Club Theatre and that only members of the RSS may buy tickets. However, becoming a member is easy and costs only £10; members may buy tickets for friends and family. The Summer Show is open to non-members.Follow @rssmwt
"I always used to think cranks were ill or abnormal, until I realised that to be a crank was man's normal condition"
Uncle Vanya is arguably the first great modernist drama, full of ambiguities and contradictions, delicately balancing the tragic and the absurd, the farcical and the hauntingly poetic. Maxim Gorky wrote that "its ideas are huge, symbolic and its form original, incomparable". Certainly its themes, particularly the passing of time and the process of ageing, are universal. Trapped in the claustrophobic depths of rural Russia, Chekhov's assortment of all-too-human characters drive each other mad, as the arrival of two outsiders forces the incumbents to re-examine the choices they have made. Old wounds are reopened, passions awakened, thwarted ambitions bubble to the surface and lives are turned upside down. Our adaptation is by Oscar-winning playwright Christopher Hampton, who has said, "Uncle Vanya doesn't have a suicide, like The Seagull, or an adulterous couple and a duel like Three Sisters. All it has is a series of ludicrously bungled attempts at murder and suicide and adultery. Perhaps these failures are what makes it feel the saddest and most truthful" of Chekhov's great tragi-comic masterpieces.
Saturday 24 to Saturday 31 January 2015
· Saturday 24th January @ 7.45
· Sunday 25th January @ 3.00
· Monday 26th January @ 7.45
· Tuesday 27th January @ 7.45
· (Wednesday 28th January - no performance)
· Thursday 29th January @ 7.45
· Friday 30th January @ 7.45
· Saturday 31st January @ 3.00
· Saturday 31st January @ 7.45 No performance on Wednesday 28th
Telephone bookings open: Call the box office, between 10 am and 7 pm only please, on 020 8744 0547
Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.
“Joy, gentle friends! joy, and fresh days of love accompany your hearts!”Midsummer Nights Dream, Act v, Sc.1