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RUMPUS THEATRE COMPANYwas formed in 1994 to produce SCHUBERT FOUNTAIN at the Chesterfield Arts Centre and then on national tour.  Since then, RUMPUS has developed its work as a producing theatre company, and has sought to combine high audience appeal with adventure in a succession of high standard productions.

Centring our productions around short residencies at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, we now have a proven track-record in small and middle-scale touring. Our professional, no-nonsense approach to touring is making the company popular with an ever-increasing number of venues.

All the following productions were at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield - to the staff and management of which we owe ongoing thanks for unfailing encouragement and support - and on national tour where indicated:

2016

H P Lovecraft’s
THE HAUNTING OF EXHAM PRIORY
by Chris Buxey

The Haunting of Exham Priory Flier

“Fantastic evening being spellbound by the spine-tingling 'The Haunting of Exham Priory.' Stunning. ” “a great night of suspense and creepiness”
(Social Media)

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Father Brown - The Curse of the Invisible Man flier

FATHER BROWN -
THE CURSE OF THE INVISIBLE MAN

by John Goodrum
national tour

“gripping and compelling”
(theatresoutheast.com)

“a bumper audience … all the ingredients of a classic murder-mystery were there - a dead body, several suspects and clues along the way for the audience to work out whodunit … brilliant”
(Derbyshire Times)

“an enjoyable and enthralling murder mystery that will keep you guessing right through … go and see it if you like a bit of Downton Abbey with your Columbo”
(artsmelange)

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SIGN OF THE TIMES
by Tim Firth

Sign of the Times Flier

“works well on so many levels ... engages viewers and lights up their faces with smiles”
(Derbyshire Times)

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Bedside Manners Flier

BEDSIDE MANNERS
by Derek Benfield

“a riotous romp”
(Derbyshire Times)

Rumpus Theatre Company present Bedside Manners, production image of Chris Shridan, John Goodrum & David Martin

2015
The Haunted Dolls House Flier

THE HAUNTED DOLLS’ HOUSE
by Karen Henson
national tour

““excellent … go and see this production if the chance comes along”
(The Reviews Hub)

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PARLOUR SONG
by Jez Butterworth

Parlour Song Flier

“heart-wrenchingly funny”
(Derbyshire Times)

Rumpus Theatre Company present Parlour Song, production image of Karen Henson and Rob Laughlin

2014

CAPTAIN MURDERER
by John Goodrum
national tour

“the most entertaining horror to hit the stage for some time … with excellent acting, sound and lighting placed for the ultimate build in tension, great timing and a tale so macabre that one may find oneself glancing repeatedly over one's shoulder … delightfully despicable and fantastic fun” (RemoteGoat.co.uk)

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SHERLOCK HOLMES - The Scandal of the Scarlet Woman by John Goodrum Flier

SHERLOCK HOLMES -
The Scandal of the Scarlet Woman
national tour

“an intriguing, accomplished new look at the master detective … you can almost smell the faded decadence” (Eastbourne Herald)

Rumpus Theatre Company present SHERLOCK HOLMES - The Scandal of the Scarlet Woman, production image Karen HensonRumpus Theatre Company present SHERLOCK HOLMES - The Scandal of the Scarlet Woman, production image John Goodrum

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The Ripper Files! by John Goodrum

WHO'S WHO!
by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
national tour

“two hours of fast, furious fun” (Derbyshire Times)

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The Comedy of Terrors! by John Goodrum Flier

THE COMEDY OF TERRORS!
by John Goodrum
national tour

“a farcical and hilarious couple of hours ...
Susan Earnshaw and John Goodrum are fabulous!”
(Bracknell News)

Rumpus Theatre Company present The Comedy of Terrors!, production image of John Goodrum and Susan Earnshaw

2013
The Ripper Files! by John Goodrum

THE RIPPER FILES!
by John Goodrum
national tour

“An unexpectedly chilling climax finished off a fine piece of theatre” (TheLatest.co.uk)

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“a rumbustious and highly enjoyable production, which has the audience chuckling, oohing, and literally gasping at the end, with the final clever twist of the knife ... a darkly comic masterpiece ... highly recommended”
(Migrant Press)

THE GHOST SHIP!
by John Goodrum
national tour

The Ghost Ship! Flier

“the suspense and eeriness moved the audience closer to the edge of their seats”
(Sunderland Echo)

Rumpus Theatre Company present The Ghost Ship!, production image of Amanda Howard, Ed Hartland and James FolanRumpus Theatre Company present The Ghost Ship!, production image of Ed Hartland and Amanda HowardRumpus Theatre Company present The Ghost Ship!, production image of Ed Hartland

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“masterly ... an evening to send shivers up your spine and a chill to your bones”
(Derbyshire Times)

Rumpus Theatre Company present The Ghost Ship!, production image of Ed Hartland and James Folan

The Comedy of Terrors! by John Goodrum Flier

THE COMEDY OF TERRORS!
by John Goodrum
national tour

“If you haven’t seen it, do.   If you have, see it again; it’s just as funny and ingenious second time around.   I was worn out with laughing by the end” (Derbyshire Times)

Rumpus Theatre Company present The Comedy of Terrors!, production image of John Goodrum and Susan Earnshaw

NEVILLE’S ISLAND
by Tim Firth
national tour

“a night of comedy ... it was hilarious and poignant in turn ... much laughter could be heard across the auditorium, and several could be heard to say they would love to watch it all again” (Worthing Herald)
Neville's Island by Tim Firth flier

Rumpus Theatre Company present Neville's Island, production image of Mark Homer

 

2012
Carry on Giggling flier

CARRY ON GIGGLING

“a lovely show... this audience was enthralled... whatever guise it takes, Rumpus Theatre is an effective guarantor of entertainment... not to be missed” (Eastern Daily Press)

SHERLOCK HOMES - A STUDY IN FEAR
(John Goodrum based on "The Final Problem" by Arthur Conan Doyle)
national tour

“... excellent ... their timing was flawless ... go along and enjoy the inventive twist in the last scene” (Brighton Argus)

 

Sherlock Homes - A Study in Fear Flier

“excellent authentic sound effects from Victorian horse-drawn cabs to breath-taking steam trains ... Ian Sharrock played the lovable Dr John Watson with a mixture of gullibility and unmistakeable honesty ... powerful performance from the charismatic Nicholas Briggs who took on the exacting role of Sherlock Holmes, brilliantly illustrating the detective's fascinating character” (remotegoat.co.uk)

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“a brilliantly executed and thoroughly enjoyable production for fans and non-fans of Holmes alike” (Panic Online Magazine)

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Wilkie Collins’ The Ghost's Touch! flier

Wilkie Collins’
THE GHOST’S TOUCH

(John Goodrum)
national tour

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“the haunting that takes place in the play continues to haunt the audience long after they have left the theatre” (Thanet Gazette)

Wilkie Collins’ The Ghost's Touch! - Amanda HowardWilkie Collins’ The Ghost's Touch! - Amanda HowardWilkie Collins’ The Ghost's Touch! - Nicholas Gilbrook

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CIDER WITH ROSIE
(James Roose-Evans)

“vibrant ... a play to touch your heart” (Derbyshire Times)

 

Cider With Rosie Flier
Funny Money by Ray Cooney flier

FUNNY MONEY
(Ray Cooney)
national tour

“a whole lot of laughs ... a thoroughly muddled and uproarious time is had by all, especially the audience” (The Public Reviews)
Cider With Rosie and Funny Money were both presented in association with Tabs Productions, Talking Scarlet and the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, as part of that Theatre’s CiVIc six play repertory season
2011

THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
(Edgar Allan Poe)
major national tour

The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe Flier

“intense atmosphere and delicious plot ... and what a good look it has, from the clever lighting effects to the eerie and brooding sound effects ... you have no excuse to miss this fine production” (Derby Telegraph)

Rumpus Theatre Company present The Pit and the Pendulum, production image of Mark Homer and Nicholas BriggsRumpus Theatre Company present The Pit and the Pendulum, production image of Nicholas BriggsRumpus Theatre Company present The Pit and the Pendulum, production image of Mark Homer

 

The Haunted Bride flier

THE HAUNTED BRIDE
(John Goodrum, after Charles Dickens)
national tour

“fantastic ... the audience jumped out of their skin” (The Public Reviews)

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THE KINGFISHER
(William Douglas Home)

"engaging and absorbing" (Derbyshire Times)

 

The Kingfisher by William Douglas Home Flier

Clare Welch, Derek Wright & Christopher Wilkinson in The Kingfisher

Wife Begins at 40 flier

WIFE BEGINS AT 40
(Arne Sultan, Earl Barret and Ray Cooney)

"The large first-night audience hardly stopped laughing." (Derbyshire Times)

production photo of Wife Begins at 40

The Kingfisher and Wife Begins At Forty were both presented in association with Tabs Productions, Talking Scarlet and the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, as part of that Theatre’s CiVIc six play repertory season
2010

THE NIGHTMARE ROOM
(John Goodrum, after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
major national tour

"masterly...spooky...first-rate" (Times)

 

The Nightmare Room Flier

"A CHILLING thriller has set the stage alight at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing, this week, leaving an impact on the audience that will last long beyond the curtain closing ... much more chilling than the original ... Zoie Kennedy and Blue Merrick deliver a powerful performance that will leave you stunned ... well worth seeing" (Worthing Herald)

"A dark chilling psychological melodrama ... Zoie Kennedy (Helen) and Blue Merrick (Catherine) are outstanding ... the tension mounts throughout as the menacing plot unfolds building to its spine-chilling climax ... masterly" (remotegoat.co.uk)

"taut, cleverly crafted chiller
... edge-of-the-seat stuff
... the shock ending to Act One is only a taster;
the Act Two finale packs an even bigger punch
... Rumpus at the top of its form" (Derbyshire Times)

Zoie Kennedy and Blue MerrickZoie Kennedy

 

THE DEAD HAND
(David Gilbrook, after Wilkie Collins)
national tour

"chills in plenty" (Whatsonstage)

 

The Dead Hand flier

"Spook-tacular night of drama" (Derbyshire Times)

The Dead Hand - David Martin and Nicholas Gilbrook

 

Hippo & Co. flier

HIPPO & CO.
(An evening of Flanders and Swann)

"A delightfully funny musical entertainment"

OLD TIMES
(Harold Pinter)

"the ambiguities, layers of meaning, deceptive simplicity and hidden menace are all there "(Derbyshire Times)

 

Old Times flier

Karen Henson and Susie Hawthorne in OLD TIMES picture

 

CAUGHT IN THE NET
(Ray Cooney)

"a hilarious tangle of double entendres, locked doors, bizarre phone calls and near misses" (Derbyshire Times)

 

caught in the net flier

Patric Kearns in CAUGHT IN THE NET picture

 

Old Times and Caught In The Net were both presented in association with Tabs Productions, Talking Scarlet and the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, as part of that Theatre’s CiVIc six play repertory season
2009

THE SIGNALMAN
(John Goodrum, after Charles Dickens)
major national tour

"A triumph. From the mysterious opening to the dramatic close, it held the audience, both young and not so young, enthralled" (Derbyshire Times)

 

The Signalman flier

"A clever blend of An Inspector Calls and The Woman in Black … an evening of old-fashioned spooky fun" (Kentish Times)

"Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story is faultlessly performed by Keith Drinkel and Mark Homer ... the suspense and intrigue builds beautifully throughout twisting down the darkened tracks until it’s dramatic conclusion" (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

The Signalman - Michael Chance and Mark Homer picture The Signalman - Mark Homer & Keith Drinkel picture

 

THE HORRIFIC CASE OF MR VALDEMAR
(Richard Layton, after Edgar Allen Poe)
national tour

"an enthralling and enticing show ... the tension created can be cut with a razor blade" (Northumberland Gazette)

 

The horrific case of Mr Valdemar flier

Amanda Howard & David Gilbrook picture David Martin & Amanda Howard picture

 

Mr G & Mr S flier

MR G & MR S
(John Goodrum)

"a light hearted new musical play"

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE
(Ray Cooney)

"It made the audience rock with laughter" (Derbyshire Times)

Run For Your Wife flier
Night Must Fall flier

NIGHT MUST FALL
(Emlyn Williams)

"captures the 1930’s spirit to a nicety" (Derbyshire Times)

Night Must Fall and Run For Your Wife were both presented in association with Tabs Productions, Talking Scarlet and the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, as part of that Theatre’s 60th Anniversary six play repertory season.  Night Must Fall also visited Middlesbrough Theatre.
2008

DRACULA'S GUEST
(John Goodrum)
and national tour

"brilliant final-scene twist left the audience gasping" (Derbyshire Times)

Dracula's guest flier
What The Dickens flier

WHAT THE DICKENS?
(Karen Henson & John Goodrum

"A light-hearted romp in words and music"

A BIT
BETWEEN
THE TEETH

(Michael Pertwee)

"hilarious…constant laughter" (Derbyshire Times)

A Bit Between the Teeth flier
Alfie flier

ALFIE
(Bill Naughton)

"a moving glimpse into a past that’s not very far behind us" (Derbyshire Times)

ART
(Yasmina Reza)
(translated by Christopher Hampton)
and national tour

"engaging and witty" (Derbyshire Times)

Art flier
2007
The Ripper Files flier

THE RIPPER FILES
(John Goodrum)
and national tour

"Magnificent…this unusual who-dunnit gripped like steel…I literally jumped out of my seat" (Thanet Gazette)

CARRY ON IN THE BLACKOUT!
(Karen Henson & John Goodrum)
and national tour

"A delightful evocation of life, love and song
on the Norfolk Home Front!"

Carry on in the Blackout! flier
Carry on Coward flier

CARRY ON COWARD
(Karen Henson & John Goodrum)
and national tour

"A programme of pure relaxation and enjoyment...what a Master of
Melody Coward was!"

ART
(Yasmina Reza)
(translated by Christopher Hampton)

"in the hands of these experienced players ART entertains as it makes you listen and think" (Derbyshire Times)

ART Flier
Bell, Book and Candle Flier

BELL, BOOK & CANDLE
(John Van Druten)

"comedy casts a bewitching spell" (Derbyshire Times)

2006

THE MYSTERY
OF
EDWIN DROOD

(John Goodrum)
and national tour

"one of the most inventive productions to date" (Derbyshire Times)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Flier
One Fling After Another flier

ONE FLING AFTER ANOTHER
(John Goodrum)

"split-second entries and exits, colourful characters, running jokes and hilarious set-ups…the large first-night audience had a thoroughly great time - as did the cast, as they chased each other round the stage and timed every gag to gleeful perfection" (Derbyshire Times )

JUMPERS
(Tom Stoppard)

"manic black humour...glorious flamboyance" (Derbyshire Times)

Jumpers flier
2005
The Nightmare Room flier

THE NIGHTMARE ROOM
(John Goodrum, after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
and national tour

"Excellent acting...slick direction" (Eastern Daily Press)
"Masterly" (Derbyshire Times)

NEVILLE'S ISLAND
(Tim Firth)

"these four tread the fine line between hilarity and anguish adeptly" (Derbyshire Times)

Neville's Island flier
2004
The Judge's House! flier

THE JUDGE'S HOUSE!
(John Goodrum, after Bram Stoker)
and national tour

"all the Gothic horror ingredients - the raging storm, thunder and lightning, glowing rats' eyes in the dark, the begrimed portrait on the wall, and a Psycho-like denouement at the end...a damned good story" (British Theatre Guild)

THE MATING GAME
(Robin Hawdon)

"quickfire and perfectly-timed" (Derbyshire Times)

The Mating Game flier
Quartet flier

QUARTET
(Ronald Harwood)

"vivid, poignant, funny and unfailingly entertaining...made me want to stand up and cheer" (Derbyshire Times)

2003
NOW YOU SEE IT
(Georges Feydeau)
Now You See It flier
The Comedy of Terrors! flier

THE COMEDY OF TERRORS!
(John Goodrum)
and national tour

"a farcical and hilarious couple of hours...splendid" (Bracknell News)

COPENHAGEN
(Michael Frayn)
Copenhagen flier
2002
Second From Last in the Sack Race flier

SECOND FROM LAST IN THE SACK RACE
(Michael Birch, after David Nobbs)

THE BLACK VEIL
(John Goodrum, after Dickens)
and national tour

"a sure-fire winner" (Derbyshire Times)

The Black Vail flier

The Blue Room flier

THE BLUE ROOM
(David Hare)

2001
LOOK, NO HANS!
(John Chapman and Michael Pertwee)

"fast, furious and fun" (Derbyshire Times)

Look no Hans flier
Sorry I Love You flier

SORRY I LOVE YOU...
(John Goodrum)
and national tour

"Highly recommended, as is everything done by Rumpus… I laughed out loud " (indielondon.co.uk)

NO MAN'S LAND
(Harold Pinter)

"the first-night audience was spellbound" (Derbyshire Times)

No Man's Land flier
2000

Run For Your Wife flier

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE
(Ray Cooney)

"A comic masterpiece...fast-paced and precisely timed...Rumpus know better than many how to please an audience" (Derbyshire Times)

THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
(John Goodrum, after Poe)
and national tour

"adapted and directed with nothing less than genius" (Wimbledon Borough News)

The Pit and the Pendulum flier

Away From it All flier

AWAY FROM IT ALL
(Lynne Patrick)

1999
SEASON'S GREETINGS
(Alan Ayckbourn)

"masters of the high audience appeal production" (Derbyshire Times)

Season's Greetings flier
The Haunted House flier

THE HAUNTED HOUSE
(John Goodrum, after Dickens)

1998
INTIMATE EXCHANGES
(Alan Ayckbourn)

Intimate Exchanges - Affairs in a Tent flier

Blood Relations flier
BLOOD RELATIONS
(John Goodrum)
1997
TIME AND TIME AGAIN
(Alan Ayckbourn)

"fun night out" (Derbyshire Times)

Time and Time Again flier
The Signalman flier

THE SIGNALMAN
(John Goodrum, after Dickens)

"ideal entertainment for a winter’s night" (Observer)

"deserves to join the ranks of stage shows that really send a shiver up the spine" (Express)

"Definitely not one for the faint-hearted!" (Derbyshire Times)

DUET FOR ONE
(Tom Kempinski)
Duet For One flier
Absurd Person Singular flier
ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR
(Alan Ayckbourn)

"colourful and hilarious...lots of laughs...immaculate comic timing" (Derbyshire Times)

1996
SAME TIME NEXT YEAR
(Bernard Slade)
Same Time Next Year flier

Private Lives Flier

PRIVATE LIVES
(Noel Coward)

1995
MURDERER
(Anthony Schaffer)
Murderer flier
Betrayal flier

BETRAYAL
(Harold Pinter)

1994
SCHUBERT FOUNTAIN
(John Goodrum)
Chesterfield Arts Centre and national tour

"part historical, part fiction, part comedy, part tragedy, but above all, a work of art...a gripping, passionate performance" (The Stage )

"an absorbing study and a tour de force" (Eastern Daily Press)

Schubert Fountain flier