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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Milk Bottle September News: We're Back!

Yes, the Olympics are nearly over, the Summer (what Summer?) has passed and the time has come for Milk Bottle Productions to come out of the duck and cover position and leap up saying "HELLO!"  Yes, we're not dead.  We've three shows coming up over the remainder of the year - one one-off and two full runs for our Winter season at Barons Court.
First up, our one-off, The Shakespeare Delusion, which was postponed earlier in the year due to illness.  This is the first stage in development of a show that we intend to tour much more widely 2013/14 and which involves Robert growing a lot of hair.  Hairy, hairy Robert.  Though he will shave and get a hair cut after October 12th so as to look acceptable for the next show, Ghost Storytelling.

The newly improved Ghost Storyteller is in rehearsal at the moment, having spent the last eight months being polished up shiny and fresh.  It started off as a one-off show The Ghosts of Lavenham last year and has evolved into its current much tighter form.  It is, most definitely, a comic ghost story show.  That is it is more silly than scary - though we have squeezed the odd chill into the air.  We've a couple of tryouts for the show before it returns to Barons Court for the London run.  For those luck enough to catch the new version at Swindon Arts Centre or The Quay Theatre you will get not just the main body of the show, but also extra material that has never been heard before and may never be heard again.  Perhaps.
Lastly, Robert is writing the last play for a trio of pieces collectively titled The Fantasy Terrorist Variations which follows Ghost Storyteller each night at Barons Court at 9pmThough it has its funny moments, more than a stab or two of satire, the Variations are serious, challenging plays about our times, about politics, civil liberties, terrorism and religion.  So, there is a slight possibility that Robert may get himself killed.  More on this in later blogs - which will be flowing in a regular way again from now till Christmas at
Tickets for all these shows are on sale NOW.  Even for the Barons Court run for 27th November onwards which can be bought from our good friends at ticketsource.  We advise booking online and printing your own ticket - it's the cheapest and quickest way.  Box office for those and the other venues are below.

Full line up for this Autumn / Winter Schedule follows below...

Milk Bottle Productions Presents...
The Shakespeare Delusion
A Comic Tale Written and Performed by Robert Crighton

Professor Ashborn invites you to share in his latest discoveries and lead you through the terrible secrets behind the man people call Shakespeare.  Did he really write the plays?  Was he really bald?  Did he like cheese?  Using recently uncovered documentation Professor Ashborn can finally tell the true and completely true, truly true, utterly true, true story of the Shakespeare delusion!
Last year’s show – The Ghosts of Lavenham – sold out, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Performing on Friday 12th October at 7.30pm
The Lavenham Guildhall, The Market Square, Lavenham

Storyteller 2012

Six Weeks of Storytelling at Barons Court Theatre - Christmas 2012/13
A selection of (mostly) comic stories and storytelling from award-winning writer and performer Robert Crighton and his friends.
All Shows - Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions

Tickets for all shows at Barons Court can be bought online at

Milk Bottle Productions Presents...
Ghost Storyteller
Comic Ghost Stories Written and Performed by Robert Crighton

Returning this Autumn / Winter following the success of the run last year!  Ghost Storyteller is a lightly comic selection of ghost stories written and performed by award-winning writer and performer Robert Crighton. 
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”: including the tale of a poltergeist hamster and the pub that cried ghost.

Wednesday 24th October at 7.30pm - Swindon Arts Centre
Friday 26th October at 7.30pm - Quay Theatre

Running Tuesday to Sunday from 27th November 2012 to 6th January 2013
Barons Court Theatre, “The Curtain’s Up”, 28A Comeragh Road W14 9HR

Milk Bottle Productions Presents...
The Fantasy Terrorist Variations
Written by Robert Crighton, performed by Keith Hill and Simon Nader

Three Plays - One Subject - Boom!
A series of stories spun from the award-winning ‘Fantasy Terrorist League’.  A man is interned as a terrorist on the flimsiest of grounds, a chancer looks how to make money out of counter-terrorism and the story of the non-existent artwork that might get people killed. The Fantasy Terrorist Variations is a powerful account of fear, the policeman on our streets and the ones in our heads.

Running Tuesday to Saturday from 27th November 2012 to 5th January 2013 at 9pm

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