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Magic & Mayhem USA Tour 2018

Playbox Theatre headline Santa Monica Festival of Theatre this Fall

World Theatre celebrated in Playbox Theatre collection

At the close of October, Playbox Theatre undertake an exceptionally exciting tour with a company of 26 young people, 5 staff and technicians.

The Magic & Mayhem Tour is resident at Santa Monica Playhouse from 27th October until 2nd November with three productions presented by an ensemble of young performers from across Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Monkey – Journey To The West is a flagship Playbox Theatre production inspired by the ancient and very popular tale of Monkey and his followers Pigsy, Tripitaka and Sandy on the odyssey to enlightenment. Using a range of movement styles, text and acrobats Monkey was created by Emily Quash for Playbox Theatre in 2008, to explore a fusion of world theatre techniques to re-ignite a classical myth. Popular as a TV series in the 1970s, Monkey fills the stage with colour, dazzle and hilarity.

Playbox Theatre bring their new production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night Dream to Santa Monica Playhouse. Based on the show that opened in Warwick in Spring 2018, critics loved it, with the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald saying, “I’ve seen Dream a ton of times and I can’t think I’ve ever seen it better. What a wonderful evening of mirth and magic. We exit smiling, transported, still spellbound.”

A new cast rework the show for Santa Monica audiences bringing the magic of midsummer night to the bay side of the Pacific Ocean – a little touch of Warwickshire in Los Angeles!

For very young children, Playbox Theatre’s unique productions blend storytelling and immersive theatre with Mustardseed’s Magical Mayhem inviting children to create a very special event for Titania, Queen of the Fairies. Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s characters, the show has been seen in Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon and San Francisco winning the hearts of children and their families as they join to make a very special celebration.

The Playbox Theatre company of 26 are drawn from across the region including Warwick, Solihull, Birmingham, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon and Chipping Campden. Rehearsals have been underway in Warwick since August and local audiences have an opportunity to see Monkey and Dream at The Dream Factory, Warwick before they head to LA.

Monkey – Journey To The West

The Dream Factory, Warwick

Friday 5th October, 7.30pm

Saturday 6th October, 3.00pm & 7.00pm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Dream Factory, Warwick

Saturday 13th October, 3.00pm & 7.00pm

You are invited to attend a performance and to interview/meet members of the young company before they head for LA. For tickets, please contact Nikki Claire Cross on 01926 419555 or email

For the Santa Monica Playhouse performance schedule, please visit

About Playbox Theatre

Playbox Theatre is a professional creative organisation developing theatre for and with young people. Based at its own custom-designed complex in Warwick, it aims to develop the skills talent and confidence of young people in the performance arts through exciting and innovative methods.

Founded in 1986 Playbox serves young artists and audiences across the Warwickshire and West Midlands regions with training and performance studios supporting its main creative base. Playbox Theatre places at its heart young people as artists and audience.

The Dream Factory is a creative collaboration between Playbox Theatre, Glenn Howells Architects and Sceno-Plus (Montreal). It stands on land provided by Warwickshire County Council.

Playbox Theatre is a key client of Warwick District Council, providing artistic quality and experience for young people in the region.

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