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Malvern French Film Centre – LE COLONEL CHABERT @ The Coach House Theatre
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Malvern French Film Centre - LE COLONEL CHABERT @ The Coach House Theatre

Sunday 19th May ’19 at 7pm
1994 (PG) – colour 110mins (history/romance)
Yves Angelo

Colonel Chabert was so severely wounded in the Battle of Eylau that the medical examiner signed his death certificate. Regaining his health and memory, he returns to Paris, where his “widow”, Anne has married Count Ferraud and is financing his rise to power witth Chabert’s money. Anne refuses to recognise Chabert, who hires a lawyer to help him get back his money and his honor. However, rejected by his wife, and later condemned for vagrancy, Chabert’s life ends in poverty in an asylum.

César Awards, 1994: nominated for – Best Actor (Depardieu), Best cinematography, Best production design.

Malvern French Film Centre – INDOCHINE @ The Coach House Theatre
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Malvern French Film Centre - INDOCHINE @ The Coach House Theatre

Sunday 16th June ’19 at 7pm
1992 (15) colour 159min (drama/romance)
Regis Wargnier

The setting is Indochina, during the decline of French colonialism. Eliane, is a wealthy French widow. When two of her closest friends are killed in a plane crash she raises their daughter Camille, a Vietnamese princess, as if she was her own. The film charts the attempts of Camille to find and be with the young naval officer she fell in love with after he saved her life. The story is set against the rise of communism that ultimately led to the independence of French Indochina and the division of Vietnam.

Oscar 1993: Best Foreign film, Golden Globe 1993: Best Foreign Film, César Awards 1993: Best cinematography.

The Anniversary @ The Coach House Theatre
Jul 15 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 20 @ 2:30 pm
The Anniversary @ The Coach House Theatre

Malvern Theatre Players


by Bill Macilwraith

Every year since her husband died, Mum has held an anniversary party (despite the absence of her husband) which she has always insisted all the family must attend. Her three grown-up sons are still dominated by their scalpel-tongued, deviously possessive mother, both in their daily business and personal lives, a woman who usually manages to make them do whatever she wants, regardless of their own family needs.

This year they gather as usual, but the worms turn and fearing she is losing control over her sons, Mum resorts to the most despicable means and tricks to try to keep them close to her.

This deliciously dark comedy was made into a memorable film starring Bette Davis as the Mother from Hell.

“Bill Macilwraith’s comedy of family power play is a vicious delight.”  Financial Times

“A comedy, at once outrageously funny and enjoyably creepy.” Daily Telgraph

“A selection box of witty insults and put downs.”  Evening Standard

“… the hate-ridden humour always drawing a well-balanced mixture of gasps and guffaws.” Sunday Citizen

A BUNCH OF AMATEURS @ The Coach House Theatre
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm
A BUNCH OF AMATEURS @ The Coach House Theatre

Malvern Theatre Players

(Resident Company of the Coach House Theatre)

42nd Season

in association with Melting Pot Theatre Present


by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Presented by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd 

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. The enthusiastic am-dram thespians test Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity to the limit as acting worlds collide and his career implodes, but he finally discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear.

Originally conceived as a film in 2008 starring Burt Reynolds, Derek Jacobi and Samantha Bond, it was premiered as a Play at the Watermill Theatre in 2014.

“terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue ….. plenty of twists and turns” –  Whatsonstage

“Deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare …… a laugh a minute” – Mail on Sunday

“a tremendous laugh … terrific tenderness … captures the love and spirit of the best amateur performances” – Stratford Herald