Theatre trips and concerts

One of the many benefits of becoming a Friend is the chance to join our Theatre Group for visits to productions in the West End, South Bank and local theatres.

About the Theatre Group

We arrange theatre visits across London and have seen dozens of performances featuring a wide range of modern and classic playwrights in recent years. About once a month throughout the year, a small group - usually between 14-20 of us - meets up to see a play. It might be in the West End or at one of the many wonderful local theatres we are blessed with in London.

Most often we choose a midweek matinee: a mix of comedy, drama and the occasional musical.

After the play - and this is the bit that our people really value - the group moves to somewhere nearby that we can enjoy a drink together and have a lively discussion about what we’ve just seen.

All the admin around each trip is done for you - reviewing and selecting good shows, securing tickets (often at group rates), travel and joining instructions. What’s more, a small percentage of the cost of each ticket you purchase goes towards Age Exchange’s activities.

All theatre tickets are now sold online. 

To join our waiting list please email aefriends.theatre@gmail.com

Trinity Laban concerts

As a Friend our popular Friday lunchtime concerts are free to attend or £5 for guests. These monthly concerts are given by students from the nearby Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Lunchtime Concert

12pm, Friday 28 June in the Bakehouse Theatre
Free to Friends or £5 for guests

Our concerts from Trinity Laban students are in the Bakehouse on the last Friday each month during the academic year.

This month will feature Ling Chen, Soprano accompanied by Miaoyan Li on piano.

View the programme

The Valentine Letters

3pm, Saturday 15 June at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Tickets £20

The Valentine Letters is a new play based upon the Second World War correspondence between Royal Air Force airman and later prisoner of war John Valentine and his wife Ursula. The letters provide a fascinating insight into how two people struggle to find solace and keep their hopes alive despite the dangers of John’s operational life and his three years behind barbed wire. Ursula, meanwhile, is raising a newborn under the constant threat of wartime bombing. The grim effects of separation and isolation are interspersed with humorous and heart-warming moments. This is a remarkable account of the effect of the Second World War on the lives of a young married couple and their generation. It is the latest play from Steve Darlow whose recent work, also on the theme of the challenges of wartime, includes the acclaimed Their Finest Hour. Our previous visits to the Brockley Jack have been in the evening. It has now introduced a Saturday matinee giving us time for a more relaxed post-play discussion.

We have introduced a new online booking system this year

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Suite in Three Keys

2.30pm, Wednesday 3 July at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
Tickets £34

Widely regarded as the final flourish of Noel Coward’s glittering career, Three Keys is set In a luxury Swiss hotel suite in the 1960s, where three separate stories unfold:

"Shadows of the Evening" and "Come into the Garden, Maud" form a perfect double-bill set in the same hotel suite. Shadows of the Evening explores the intricacies of a late-life love triangle, and Come into the Garden, Maud is a fizzing comedy about the misunderstandings between Americans and Europeans abroad. For the Saturday matinee of our visit The Orange Tree is showing these two ‘Keys’. The third, "A Song at Twilight", a full length play about a famous elderly writer and reputedly based on Somerset Maugham, will follow at the evening showing. We will not be going to the evening show. Marking the 50th anniversary of author Noel Coward’s death and the 125th of his birth in nearby Teddington, this is the first complete revival of Suite in Three Keys for a generation.

We have introduced a new online booking system this year

Buy your tickets now