Triple play season as Chesterfield Pomegranate reopens

Published: 8 September 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Back to acting and directing: Karen Henson and John Goodrum Credit: Steve Orme

Chesterfield Theatres is to reintroduce live performances with a triple play season at the Grade II-listed Pomegranate Theatre in the Derbyshire town.

Tabs Productions, run by Karen Henson, and her husband John Goodrum’s firm Rumpus Theatre Company will stage the three plays, each featuring two actors who will perform in their own bubble.

The season will begin with Love upon the Throne by Patrick Barlow whose play The 39 Steps was performed by Tabs and Rumpus at the Pomegranate in February 2020.

Love upon the Throne is a “gleefully comic retelling of the romance, courtship and matrimonial proceedings of Charles and Diana, tastefully crammed into an evening’s entertainment for your unmitigated delight”.

It will feature Susan Earnshaw and David Gilbrook. Goodrum directs the production which will run from Tuesday 13 until Saturday 17 October.

Marcus Lloyd’s psychological thriller Dead Certain follows from 27 until 31 October. George Telfer and Susie Hawthorne are the cast, with Henson directing.

Henson and Goodrum both take to the stage in Arthur Smith’s “modern bed-hopping comedy” Live Bed Show from 10 until 14 November. Sarah Wynne Kordas will be associate director.

There will be “comprehensive measures” in place to ensure a safe environment for audiences including a reduced seating capacity with a socially distanced seating plan.