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Saturday, 1 October 2011

The Milk Bottle October Newsletter

The momentum is building for the six week run of Storyteller at the Barons Court Theatre this Winter.  For those out and about we're got a few tryouts of both The Natural History of Trolls and GhoStoryteller in Suffolk and Essex.  Trolls will have a completely new staging, based on the ideas that came out of the three night tryout out the New Wimbledon Studio in July - and it's turning into something very special.  The box office for all the showings of Storyteller has opened - see details below.  Book now to avoid disappointment!
As always it’s at these times we need your support all the more.  Your help is vital.  Please, spread the love.  The facebook group Milk Bottle Productions is shutting down I'm afraid - so do follow Robert Crighton: Storyteller. If you already do, then share it with your friends.  Or if you’re a twitter person @RobertCrighton:Storyteller.  Help spread the word about the work we do.  It really does help.
And, of course, there's always our blog, where regular updates arrive: 
Or keep checking the website:
Milk Bottle Productions Presents... 
The Natural History of Trolls 
Written and Performed by Robert Crighton
With Special Guests: Georgina Blackledge, Pamela Flanagan, Jessica Moore & Sophie Morris-Sheppard

“Whatever you do, don’t think about orange penguins!”
Multi-Awarding Winning Storyteller Robert Crighton is returning to his roots with a new collection of stories for 2011.  Featuring his trademark wit and dark humour, Storyteller will draw you into unusual worlds and introduce you to people you’d not normally meet.

This first show is the world premiere of the ‘The Natural History of Trolls’, three stories covering a hundred and fifty years of history, two Queens and their subjects in the fairy kingdom.  Midst this epic timeline is the story of an ordinary commute gone wrong, when a troll-like tramp in an Underground carriage turns out to REALLY be a Troll.
 Funny, thoughtful and with occasional attempts at wisdom, let Robert Crighton lead you through a world like ours – just a little off centre.
(Guest Cast - Left to Right:  Georgina Blackledge, Pamela Flanagan, Jessica Moore & Sophie Morris-Sheppard.)

SUFFOLK TRYOUT - The Quay Theatre

Sunday 20th November at 7.30pm - Tickets £7, Friends of the Quay Concession £6
Box Office: 01787 374 745
The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk.
LONDON RUN - The Barons Court Theatre 
Tuesday 29th November to Friday 23rd December 2011 - Tickets £12 / £10 Concession

Tuesday to Saturday starts at 7.30pm – doors open 7.15pm.  Sunday at 7pm, doors open 6.45pm.
Box Office: 020 8932 4747
Barons Court Theatre, “The Curtain’s Up”, 28A Comeragh Road W14
Nearest Tube:  Barons Court (Piccadilly/District Lines)
Copies of the text of the story can be pre-ordered or purchased on the night.  You can buy it now - at - where it retails at £9.99 plus p+p, or for much less if you download it to your kindle.  The easiest (and cheapest) way to buy the play is to come to the show - where we will sell it to you for only £5.  But numbers are limited, so if you want a copy you can reserve one by email - just send your name and night you're coming to and the book will be waiting at the show - pending payment. 

Praise for Robert Crighton in previous Milk Bottle Productions...

★★★★  London Theatre Network: “Crighton is an accomplished story teller... Immersive, enjoyable and cosy, you will leave the room with a satisfied smile on your face, as if you’ve just visited some old friends.”
The Stage: “... a seasonal treat.”
★★★★  Remotegoat: “Robert Crighton gives you a unique evening of storytelling... It is easy to see why Robert Crighton has won awards for his performance.”

Fringe Report: “Verdict: Funny, fast-paced, with depth... There are a lot of good reasons to see the show. It's funny, fast-paced... surreal fantasy, with an edge of revenge... Robert Crighton performs with great energy and no little charm... well viewed after a drink, before a bigger one and some cheese, in celebration perhaps of strange dreams and the campus cat.”

Milk Bottle Productions Presents...
Robert Crighton:
Written and Performed by Robert Crighton

Tuesday 27th December 2011 to Friday 30th December and Tuesday 3rd to Sunday 8th January 2012 (No performances 31st Dec, 1st or 2nd Jan)
Tickets £12 / £10 Concession
Two weeks of real ghost stories collected during our autumn tour.  From the ghosts of empty houses, to the personal ghosts we carry around us, this collection is a mixture of the fantastic and the “real”.  Do you have your own ghost stories?  Let us know and we might add it to the show.  Send to 

The Ghosts of Lavenham
Written and Performed by Robert Crighton

This autumn we're touring ghost stories which will chill you just that little bit more in the darkening nights.  It opens with a special ghost story, written for and about Lavenham.  From the ghosts of empty houses, to the personal ghosts we carry around us, The Ghosts of Lavenham is a mixture of the fantastic and the “real”.  As he tours Robert is collecting new ghost stories – from his audiences, searching for the stories of real people. 

Funny, chilling and occasionally not a little sad, let award winning storyteller Robert Crighton lead you through a world like ours – just a little off centre. 

GET INVOLVED:  If you have had a ghostly experience, why don’t you share it with us – it may even end up in the show.  Just an outline is all we want as Robert will create a story round the idea – full written stories will not be used.  Send suggestions, with contact details, to – all contributions will be attributed in the show if used.

To find out more visit the Milk Bottle Productions website – or follow Robert Crighton: Storyteller online on facebook, twitter or YouTube.

Friday 14th October at 8.00pm
Tickets £7.50, available from the Guildhall, Lavenham (open 11am till 5pm)

And finally, a little bit for my friends - Richard Ward, part of the original Trolls line up is in this next week.  Worth a look.

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