Laughter and energy filled the Mowlem Theatre on the opening night of the Swanage Rep Season on Thursday 10thAugust. Locals, holiday makers and theatre enthusiasts, filled the Mowlem Theatre to watch the first showing of the trio of plays - Yes, Prime Minister.

Written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the original writers of the classic BBC TV series, Yes, Prime Minister, brings yet more hilarious satire and farcical performances from the corridors of power.

As several theatre goers said, “Many incidents mentioned in the play were very appropriate right now.”

Yes, Prime Minister runs until 15th August. Followed by ‘The Secret Garden’ which runs from 17th – 22nd August and is a stunning adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel which has been modified for the stage by Dave Simpson. It's a beautiful portrayal of the well-loved children’s classic, which was last performed in Bournemouth 3 decades ago. A touching escape to the country for all the family to enjoy.

Bringing the season to a close from 24th – 29th August will be ‘The Games Afoot’ - a Sherlock Holmes-style comedy thriller by Ken Ludwig. A good old traditional ‘whodunnit’ with a generous dose of hilarity. It was also the winner of the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Play from the Mystery Writers of America.

Katherine Mount from Horden Ciani says, “The opening night was absolutely brilliant, there was a real buzz in the air and an energetic atmosphere! It is great to be embraced by the community and the locals. We are looking forward to seeing what the next two shows bring, The Secret Garden starting on 17th August and The Games Afoot starting on 24th August.”

Tickets can be purchased online at or are available from the Mowlem Theatre Box Office in person or on 01929 422239, Monday - Saturday 10am to 1pm. Tickets start from just £8.