New Old Friends create theatre with a desire to entertain the largest audience possible.The company is run by Feargus Woods Dunlop & Heather Westwell. Feargus founded New Old Friends in 2008 after graduating from Bretton Hall, and Heather joined after meeting Feargus following the company's debut show, Mate. Together they have built New Old Friends into a national touring presence producing reliable, engaging, accessible shows that make people laugh. Heather & Feargus love to work with new people from all areas of theatre, and have made many new old friends of their own through the company. They got married in 2012.
Christmas is a time of year for family and kids, but sometimes as an adult you just need to get away. So this year the Lichfield Garrick & Theatre Royal Bath Ustinov are teaming up with critically acclaimed comedy company New Old Friends to present something a little different for adults only, an Anti-Panto if you will. Crimes Against Christmas is a new comedy thriller that sees a host of characters invited to a party in a mysterious house on a remote island. No sooner has the party started than the guests start dying in suspiciously Christmassy ways: the Lords they are a-leaping to their deaths, lead pipes are piping people’s heads in and Pete Artridge does not like the look of the rope in the pear tree one bit. Think Agatha Christie meets 12 Days of Christmas meets 39 Steps. Crimes Against Christmas will be opening at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield this December, before moving on to Bath's Ustinov studio for the first week of January.
Crimes Against Christmas is a co-production between New Old Friends, Lichfield Garrick, Theatre Royal Bath & Natural Theatre Company.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Council England in funding this.
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