Measure for Measure by Cygnet Company –  ON TOUR:
Strand Community Centre    Dawlish                            31st May         7.30pm
St Michaels Church                  Shute                                 2nd June        7.30pm
Poltimore House                       Poltimore                         23rd June       7.00pm    (Open Air)
Poltimore House                       Poltimore                         24th June        6.00pm   (Open Air)
Farringdon                                  Nr Exeter                         13th July          7.00pm     (Open Air)
Archerfield Gardens    14th July          7.00pm    (Open Air)
Nr Underhill Car Park             Lympstone                       15th July          6.00pm  (Open Air)

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Cygnet Theatre is passionate about Shakespeare and strives to create accessible and relevant productions which value the text and draw out the drama and themes from the plays. This ensemble production of Measure for Measure is Cygnet Theatre’s in house production staged by their own Cygnet Company and directed by Cygnet’s Artistic Director Alistair Ganley.

TEENAGE PREGNANCY, PROSTITUTION, CRIMINALITY In Vienna strict codes of behaviour have not been enforced by those in power for a generation and moral laxity is rife. What will it take for the Viennese authorities to regain control of the public morality and at what cost?
Angelo, the new Deputy of Vienna, decides to face the problem head-on by invoking an ancient law which demands the death penalty for unmarried men who sleep with their girlfriends.
Claudio is one such who is about to marry his fiancée but THAT is not good enough for Angelo, who insists on the law being carried out. When Isabella, Claudio’s sister, a young nun who has made a vow of chastity comes to beg for mercy for her brother’s life, Angelo is disturbed by his attraction to this virtuous young girl and offers her a bargain: to sleep with him in return for her brother’s life. Meanwhile in the background, the real Duke is watching over all the proceedings ready to step in at the last minute to sort out the moral maze.
Cygnet’s new ensemble production of Shakespeare’s provocative dark comedy explores the line between public and private morality, faith, duty, power and hypocrisy.
Now, more than ever Measure for Measure has a theme for today. BOOK TICKETS ONLINE

George Orwell’s
Animal Farm
Cygnet Company

Adapted for the stage by Ian Woolridge
Directed by Amanda Knott

An imaginative adaption for the stage of George Orwell’s allegorical masterpiece.
What happens when the animals rise up.  
Assume power and take control of the farm.
Their revolutionary strategies for an idyllic and entirely fair existence free from human tyranny – seem tempting and preferable.
No more short rations (benefit cuts), no more exploitation (zero hours contract), and no more spartan quarters (bedroom tax)… until one day power amongst the pigs turns them into arrogant and despotic masters – worse than the humans they sought to eliminate.

Join Napoleon, a middle white boar; Boxer, a loyal carthorse; pigs Snowball and Squealer; Benjamin the donkey; and Moses the raven, in their struggle to abide by “animalism” and create the perfect society.

Amanda Knott is a regular collaborator with Cygnet, directing Playhouse Creatures for the Cygnet Company in 2015. Formerly Associate Director of  Theatre Royal, Plymouth, she is now Director of Creative Cow whose production of Our Man in Havana is currently touring the UK.

June 27, 28, 29 30 & July 1  7.30pm (Matinee July 1 at 2pm)
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Cygnet Theatre
Fire at the Clarence
A Community Play

October 31    November 1  2  3  7  8   9  10  11

Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music will celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production in Autumn 2017.

Cygnet is looking for Exeter- based actors, dancers and musicians and back-stage crew to form the Community Ensemble Company alongside Cygnet Company members to bring playwright Mark Carey’s script to life.

For more details email info@cygnettheatre.co.uk