After more than 40 years perat the Montgomery Theatre, Ellesmere Musical Theatre Company have been forced to put on their latest production elsewhere.
They will be performing The Witches of Eastwick at the Blue Shed on Brightside Lane in Sheffield’s East End from April 1-5.
“The move was brought about because the management of the Montgomery Theatre was unhappy with this particular choice of show,” said Philip Smith, chairman of Ellesmere. “The society very much wished to produce The Witches of Eastwick so we decided to relocate.”
Discussions with the management of the Montgomery which is run by Sheffield Christian Education Council were amicable, he said.
“While I was extremely disappointed I respect their views. The Witches of Eastwick is the story of the Devil taking over the minds of three women so I understand that they might not think it appropriate for their theatre.”
Ellesmere’s relationship with the Montgomery will continue with their autumn Show Stoppers and spring 2015 show already booked in.
“In the meantime I am very excited about what we have been able to do with the Witches. We have a company coming up from London to look after the flying sequences and another company from Suffolk responsible for the scenic effects.”
An experienced Ellesmere cast is headed by Damien Goss with Louisa Stanley, Keeley Kilby and Carol Wibberley as the ‘witches’.
Julie Fancher, creative and performing arts manager at the Montgomery, said: “ On this occasion, we have no comment on the situation except to say that we continue to enjoy a great long-standing relationship with Ellesmere, and we wish them all the very best with their production at the Blue Shed. We’re looking forward to having them back at The Montgomery.”