The Importance of Being Earnest

 Jack (Benjamin Wells) and Algy (Nicholas Chambers)

Production details

  • Venue
  • Wadham College, Oxford
  • Production company
  • Oxford Shakespeare Company
  • Performance dates
  • 28th Jul–26th Aug 2011
  • Director
  • Chris Pickles
  • Assistant director
  • Ken Bentley
  • Costume designer
  • Adrian Lillie
  • Producers
  • Charlotte Windmill
  • Emma Randle
  • Stage Manager
  • Kate Schofield
  • ASM
  • Emma Byrne

Cast

  • Gwendolen
  • Alicia Davies
  • Algy
  • Nick Chambers
  • Lady Bracknell
  • Howard Gossington
  • Chasuble
  • James Lavender
  • Cecily
  • Alyssa Noble
  • Miss Prism
  • Andrew Piper
  • Lane
  • Merriman
  • Kai Simmons
  • Jack
  • Benjamin Wells

Synopsis

A revival of Chris Pickles’s 2006 production of Oscar Wilde’s classic play. This witty and effervescent comedy of manners is widely considered to be Wilde's finest work.

The verbal sparring between them, absolutely crucial to this play, is expertly delivered, with Algernon radiating an infuriatingly laid-back manner, and Jack prone to irritable outbursts... Adrian Lillie’s period costumes look just right in Chris Pickles’s production, which is delivered with exemplary clarity and expert comic timing.
— The Oxford Times

The Comedy of Errors

Production details

  • Venue
  • Wadham College, Oxford
  • Production company
  • Oxford Shakespeare Company
  • Performance dates
  • 5th Jul–26th Aug 2011
  • Director
  • Chris Pickles
  • Musical arrangements
  • Paul Knight
  • Assistant director
  • Ken Bentley
  • Choreographer
  • Cory English
  • Costume designer
  • Adrian Lillie
  • Producers
  • Charlotte Windmill
  • Emma Randle
  • Stage manager
  • Kate Schofield
  • ASM
  • Emma Byrne

Cast

  • Adriana
  • Alicia Davies
  • Dromio
  • Nick Chambers
  • Antipholus
  • Howard Gossington
  • Luce
  • Nell
  • Courtesan
  • Abbess
  • Goaler
  • James Lavender
  • Luciana
  • Alyssa Noble
  • Duke
  • Dromio Double
  • Officer
  • Andrew Piper
  • Egeon
  • Balthasar
  • 2nd Merchant
  • Pinch
  • Kai Simmons
  • Angelo
  • Officer
  • 1st Merchant
  • Benjamin Wells

Synopsis

A revival of Chris Pickles’s acclaimed production, featuring an infectious mix of comedy and music. Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity follows the fortunes of two sets of identical twins, accidentally separated at birth.

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...an inventive, rollicking reworking under director Chris Pickles that first delighted audiences in 2004. The multiple misunderstandings that befall two sets of twins — the Antipholuses and their servant Dromios — are presented in high-speed, almost slapstick, fashion.
— The Oxford Times

Thark

Production details

  • Venue
  • Upstairs at the Gatehouse
  • Production company
  • Hidden Pearl Productions
  • Performance dates
  • 2–21 September 2008
  • Written by
  • Ben Travers
  • Directed by
  • Crispin Harris
  • Assistant director
  • Ken Bentley
  • Lighting designer
  • Will Evans
  • Producer
  • Crispin Harris
  • Production manager
  • Debbie Waters
  • Technical operator
  • Phoebe Tait
  • Construction
  • Richard Latham

Cast

  • Sir Hector Benbow
  • Jonathan Sanger
  • Lady Benbow
  • Desiree Nocher
  • Kitty Stratton
  • Natalie Eve
  • Ronald Gamble
  • Paul Lincoln
  • Hook
  • Charlie Woodcock
  • Warner
  • Jones
  • Trisha Champaneri
  • Cherry Buck
  • Natalie Lucas
  • Mrs Frush
  • Hannah Harford
  • Lionel Frush
  • Greg Cheverall
  • Whittle
  • Charles Pickersgill

Synopsis

Hidden Pearl’s Time Out Critics’ Choice production of Travers’s classic farce. Sir Hector Benbow may have an eye for the ladies but he makes a mistake when he sells the manor of Thark to the formidable Mrs Frush. She thinks it’s haunted and Sir Hector’s accident-prone nephew, Ronnie, vows to stay the night there to prove she is wrong.

Paul Lincoln is particularly good as the highly strung nephew. I’ve certainly never seen a farce produced with this unusual combination of youthful charm and attention to detail.
— Time Out (Critics' Choice)

Treasure Island

Photograph: Max Alexander

Photograph: Max Alexander

Production details

  • Venue
  • King's Head Theatre
  • Production company
  • Hidden Pearl Productions
  • Performance dates
  • 13 Dec 2007–13 Jan 2008
  • Written by
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Adapted & directed by
  • Chris Pickles
  • Composer & musical supervisor
  • Paul Knight
  • Associate director
  • Ken Bentley
  • Set design
  • Norman Coates
  • Costume design
  • Adrian Lillie
  • Lighting design
  • Derek Carlyle
  • Musical director
  • Stephen Daltry
  • Sound effects design
  • Derek Carlyle
  • Choreography
  • Kate Tydman
  • Producer
  • Crispin Harris
  • Production manager
  • Bob Duffy
  • Stage manager
  • Debbie Waters
  • Puppets made by
  • Scott Brooker
  • General management
  • Stars + Angels
  • Press
  • Target Live
  • Production photography
  • Max Alexander

Cast

  • Rafe Beckley
  • Stephen Daltry
  • David Levine
  • Asa Joel
  • Richard Stemp

Synopsis

Treasure Island: Parrots of the Caribbean

Hidden Pearl Productions presents The Company of Actors in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, the classic tale of pirates, treachery and adventure, re-invented as a surreal physical comedy. Audience participation, mayhem and mirth as The Company of Actors romp their whacky way towards Captain Flint’s buried treasure.

Pickles grabs gags of a cartoon consistency where he can, and the more ridiculous and irreverent of them work beautifully. So too does the show’s sense of danger. Asa Joel handles his slew of parts manfully, and Rafe Beckley is a real find as gnarled, salty seadogs, Flint and Silver.
— Time Out