A Christmas Carol

Open Bar have brought Dickens’ classic Christmas tale into the heart of Fuller’s pubs since 2017. In true Open Bar style, the show is totally family friendly, engaging and full of laughs. With music, ghostly goings-on and more than a little Christmas magic!

A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old miser, who, on Christmas Eve is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley. Desperate to convince him of the error of his ways, Marley sends three ghosts to lead Scrooge through his past, present and future. The spirit (or spirits in this case) of Christmas is brought to life in this Classic tale.

Company:

2017:

  • Ben Galpin
  • Annie Gregson
  • Thomas Judd
  • Jo Wickham

2018:

  • Ben Galpin
  • Laura Harling
  • Thomas Judd
  • Jo Wickham
2019:
  • Ben Galpin
  • Laura Harling
  • Thomas Judd
  • Lilian Tsang
2021:
  • Ben Galpin
  • Jessica Alade
  • Thomas Judd
  • Laura Smithers
2022:
  • Ben Galpin
  • Vicky Gaskin
  • Thomas Judd
  • Laura Smithers
2023:
  • Ben Galpin
  • Vicky Gaskin
  • Thomas Judd
  • Laura Smithers

Creative team:

  • Director: Nicky Diss
  • Adaptors: Nicky Diss and Vicky Gaskin
  • Producers: Nicky Diss and Vicky Gaskin
  • Composer: David Knight
  • Costume: Grace Kelly Miller
Reviews:

“A Dickensian production that is both original and one that successfully conjures up the elusive ‘Christmas spirit’”
-ReviewsHub

Audience Reviews:
 
“From 17 to 62, we all enjoyed this show, in a very intimate venue where no one could hide! Great use of costume and props really showed off the talents of the cast who all seemed to relish their task. Would highly recommend for a truly festive night out.”
 
“The second time we have gone and it does not disappoint. Fabulous delivery, good fun and makes you feel very Christmassy. Audience participation makes it that much better.”
 
“My Husband always loves to see A Christmas Carol prior to Christmas and this was one of the best productions we have seen over the years. The actors are exceptional, using great props to assist with telling this awesome story and there was a fabulous array of costume changes along the way. The actors included lots of audience participation and carol singing during the performance and they made the entire show enthralling and a whole lot of fun. It was nothing less than magnificent and a great way to kick off Christmas! Thank you.”
 

 

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare was master of the romcom, and this is his finest: warring ex-lovers, a ruined wedding and an aptly named villain, John the Bastard. Gossip, wit and jealousy abound in this merry romp. Can everything be resolved by a bungling neighbourhood watch and one final piece of trickery?

Four actors took on all nineteen characters in Open Bar’s madcap production of Much Ado About Nothing, which toured twelve Fuller’s pubs in Summer 2018.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In Summer 2018, seeing a fairy in your pub garden didn’t necessarily mean you’d had one too many…

Open Bar brought Shakespeare’s most popular comedy to seventeen Fuller’s gardens and it’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as you’ve never seen it before. When two sets of young lovers and a hapless amateur theatre company make their way into the forest one midsummer’s night, they find themselves in the midst of a petty feud between the King and Queen of the Fairies. Magic, mischief and mayhem ensue in this Elizabethan spectacle featuring aerial acrobatics, slapstick humour and audience interaction.

The Comedy of Errors

In summer 2017 Open Bar returned with not one, but TWO versions of The Comedy of Errors! Our “compact” tour comprised of four madcap and versatile actors and hatstand (yes, you read correctly!) playing the fourteen characters to hilarious effect! Our “classic” tour followed suit, bringing a high energy, huge scale The Comedy of Errors in all it’s full Elizabethan glory with six actors with big voices and even bigger personalities! Both tours received rave reviews and a “Break a leg” nomination for “best off-West-End play”.

I can’t wait to see more from Open Bar, they have produced my favourite incarnation of a Shakespeare play this year, so far – and I’ve seen a few!

Welcome to Ephesus! Unless you’re Syracusian, in which case you’re not welcome at all. In fact, if you’re caught you’ll almost certainly be executed. Luckily the Duke is currently distracted by an old Syracusian, Egeon, who claims he’s searching for his son Antipholus, and his son’s manservant Dromio, who happen to live – you’ve guessed it – right here in Ephesus! Two sets of identical twins with the same names? Sounds confusing…

Don’t worry though. A talented band of actors are here to guide you through the most entertaining production of The Comedy of Errors you will ever see. So buckle up, make sure you have plenty of booze to hand and ENJOY!

Company – Classic tour:

  • Vicky Gaskin (Dromio of Ephesus / Traveling Merchant)
  • Jennifer Healy (Luciana / Angelo / Courtesan / Duke)
  • Thomas Judd (Antipholus of Ephesus / Egeon)
  • Emma Longthorne (Dromio of Syracuse / Pinch / Abbess)
  • Christopher Whotton (Antipholus of Syracuse / Luce)
  • Jo Wickham (Adriana / Friendly Merchant)

Company – Compact tour:

  • Sarah Gain (Dromio of Ephesus / Luciana / Courtesan / Angelo)
  • Jack Harding (Antipholus of Syracuse / Travelling Merchant / Duke / Luce / Angelo)
  • Christopher Lane (Dromio of Syracuse / Pinch / Abess / Angelo)
  • Grace Miller (Antipholus of Ephesus / Adriana / Friendly Merchant / Angelo)

Creative team:

  • Director: Nicky Diss
  • Producers: Nicky Diss and Vicky Gaskin
  • Composer: David Knight
  • Company managers: Maria Shury-Smith and Sarah Gain 

Classic Tour:

Compact Tour:

Twelfth Night

In summer 2016 Open Bar were let loose on Fuller’s pub gardens with a version of Twelfth Night unlike any other. With every ounce of comedy squeezed out of Shakespeare’s comedy and the audience swept right into the centre of the action and transported to Illyria Folk Festival, it truly was a summer of laughs, drinks and plenty of fun!

Full of gumption, pace and enthusiasm. The standing ovation was well and truly deserved.

Company:

  • Darrel Bailey (Duke Orsino / Sir Andrew)
  • Ben Galpin (Malvolio / Sebastian / Curio)
  • Vicky Gaskin (Viola)
  • Annie Gregson (Countess Olivia / Maria / Valentine)
  • Nik Wood-Jones (Sir Toby / Sea Captain)
  • Charlotte Worthing (Feste / Antonia)

Creative team:

  • Director: Nicky Diss
  • Assistant director: Sarah Gain
  • Producers: Eleanor Cope, Nicky Diss and Vicky Gaskin
  • Composer: David Knight
  • Casting director: Jane Frisby