Programme cover for Kind Hearts and Coronets at Hall for Cornwall, 1998.

Kind Hearts and Coronets is a 1949 British black comedy film featuring Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson and Alec Guinness. The plot, which concerns the revenge sought by the son of a woman whose aristocratic family disowned her for marrying outside of her class, draws on Roy Horniman’s 1907 novel called ‘Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal.’ The film has since been adapted for both radio and stage and in 1998 it was produced at Hall for Cornwall by Charles Vance.

Programme for Kind Hearts and Coronets at Hall for Cornwall, 1998.

Kind Hearts and Coronets is a 1949 British black comedy film featuring Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson and Alec Guinness. The plot, which concerns the revenge sought by the son of a woman whose aristocratic family disowned her for marrying outside of her class, draws on Roy Horniman’s 1907 novel called ‘Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal.’ The film has since been adapted for both radio and stage and in 1998 it was produced at Hall for Cornwall by Charles Vance.

Programme cover for Hell Fire Corner at Hall for Cornwall, 2014

Hell Fire Corner is a play by distinguished Cornish writer D.M. Thomas. The play is about the illiterate Redruth miner Bert Soloman who, a century ago, scored a winning try on the England rugby team before declining to play international rugby again. The play was staged at Hall for Cornwall in 2004 as a joint venture between HfC’s producer Tim Brinkman and John and Marie Macneill of Mundic Nation production company. The play ran between the 29th of April and the 8th May and featured Stephen Hose as musical director and Al Hodge as musical composer.

NHS in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 50th anniversary concert, 1998

The NHS was established by Clement Atlee’s Labour government in July 1948. In 1998, the service celebrated it’s 50th anniversary which encouraged a series of celebrations to commence across the country. A concert was thus staged at Hall for Cornwall to commemerate this significant anniversary of the NHS in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Cinderella at Hall for Cornwall, c. 1997

City Hall Truro’s theatre opened as the newly refurbished Hall for Cornwall in November 1997. During its first Christmas season, Hall for Cornwall, in association with Albemarle Montrose Productions and C&A, staged the Cinderella pantomine. The production ran between the 19th of December and 10th of January and featured Heather Jay Jones as Cinderella and Robbie Dee as Buttons. The newly refurbished Hall also included a restauraunt called Stars which was housed on the mezzanine level overlooking the main entrance and boasted ‘an enviable reputation for first class cuisine.’

Programme cover for Chicago the Musical at Hall for Cornwall, 2016

Chicago is an American musical set in the jazz age. It is based on the reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins’ 1926 play of the same name, which deals with the actual criminals and crimes that she reported on. The original Broadway production ran for 2 years after oepning in 1975 and was later staged in London’s West End in 1977. The musical was then revived in the mid 1990s and has ran in theatre’s across the globe ever since. The 2016 U.K. production of the musical was directed by Walter Bobbie with choreography by Ann Reinking. It was staged at Hall for Cornwall between the 2nd and 7th of May and featured a star studded cast including X-Factor star Sam Bailey as Mamma Morton and the former soap stars John Partridge and Hayley Tamaddon who played Billy Flynn and Roxie Hart.