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10:59am Friday 28th February 2014
8:59am Thursday 27th February 2014
WENDY Kesselman has adapted Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s 1955 stage version of this document of the Shoah, and director Lorraine Biddlecombe and a fine cast (with many débuting) portray the last two years of Anne Frank’s life with great sincerity.
12:15pm Tuesday 25th February 2014
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11:32am Monday 24th February 2014
REVIEW: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Encore Youth Theatre, Theatre Royal Winchester
11:27am Monday 24th February 2014
11:26am Monday 24th February 2014
11:25am Monday 24th February 2014
REVIEW: Pirates of the Panto Actors Co-operative Theatre of Southampton, Freemantle United Reformed Church
9:42am Friday 21st February 2014
It would be fair to say that this panto wasn’t entirely smooth running but boy did it make up for it in pace, double entendres and general hilarity as dastardly Captain Spongebag Roundpants (Howard Corbett) and his handsome rival, Captain Zac Sparrow (Daniel Knight) fought to pocket the gold.
9:38am Friday 21st February 2014
Director CHRIS HAWLEY'S adaptation of the 36th novel in TERRY PRATCHETT'S 'Discworld' series follows Studio Theatre's successful production of "Going Postal", and also features the resourceful con merchant Moist von Lipwig, who is again played by STEW TAYLOR, displaying enough energy to help us sail through a three hour play featuring 35 characters, not to mention four thousand Golems!
9:27am Friday 21st February 2014
10:50am Thursday 20th February 2014
10:12am Thursday 20th February 2014
Christopher Hampton’s play gives an account of the development of psychoanalysis and the ideas of Sigmund Freud (Kevin Redfern) and Carl Jung (John-Paul McCrohon, who also directs), and two patients who became practitioners – Otto Gross (Pete Westmorland gives a vivid performance but is somewhat undeveloped in Hampton’s script) and Sabina Spielrein (Sally Goddard), whose contribution has yet to be fully appreciated, as she was murdered by the Nazis, her work almost forgotten.
9:57am Thursday 20th February 2014
MARKING the tenth anniversary of Black History Month, Music Theatre South is producing the Broadway hit and film Hairspray at The Hub theatre, Southampton from October 15 to 18 – and you could be part of it.
11:25am Tuesday 18th February 2014
STEVE HARRIS débuts as writer, director and performer in this show, which invites the audience to have a go at a 20 question quiz (with a real prize!) along with the motley sorts you might find in any local.
10:20am Tuesday 18th February 2014
10:10am Friday 14th February 2014
10:50am Tuesday 11th February 2014
UGLY is the youngest duckling but looks very different to his brothers and sisters, who pick on him as a result. Lured away from his loving mother by a scheming cat, he soon becomes lost. This delightful musical version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling follows Ugly’s adventures as he searches for his way home.
10:35am Monday 10th February 2014
10:34am Monday 10th February 2014
10:33am Monday 10th February 2014
IT’S a subdued Italian Christmas – children are mysteriously disappearing, toy donkeys cry real tears, toymaker Geppetto is saddened that nobody is interested in his wooden puppet, while lift operator, Jimmy Crankit, and shop assistant, Grazia, are challenged by the arrival of diva Dame Scrumptious (charismatic Hannah Marks) and her precocious students!
2:36pm Friday 7th February 2014
FAMILY panto Pinocchio continues in Lyndhurst this weekend. It will be a sad Christmas in Italy this year – lots of children have disappeared and nobody knows what’s happening to them. Signor Verucca is a happy man though, his store is crammed with customers and ‘My Little Donkey’ is selling like hot cakes.
9:33am Thursday 6th February 2014
ANY play about the onset of incontinence and senility needs extremely careful handling, and in the experienced hands of Bob Larbey, one of the country’s foremost scriptwriters, these subjects are tackled head-on in this touching and extremely funny play.
9:58am Wednesday 5th February 2014
12:22pm Tuesday 4th February 2014
THIS village production threw everything bar the kitchen sink at its community audience and the packed hall lapped it up. With a cast that was obviously made-up from relatives, friends and neighbours, every song, joke and dance was well-received.
12:21pm Tuesday 4th February 2014
11:30pm Friday 31st January 2014
10:57am Friday 31st January 2014
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9:07am Thursday 30th January 2014
A packed-house on opening-night heaps pressure on a company, and some coped better than others as this ever-popular Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical was given a fresh look by Director Victoria Luke, featuring crowd-surfing and mobile-phones.
9:55am Tuesday 28th January 2014
12:18pm Monday 27th January 2014
12:16pm Monday 27th January 2014
PANTOMIMES in local village halls occasionally leave a reviewer struggling to mention many of the performers in a positive light, so it was a pleasant problem, on returning home, to find myself trying to decide which of this talented cast I would single-out.
10:00am Saturday 25th January 2014
9:31am Thursday 23rd January 2014
9:59am Wednesday 22nd January 2014
11:08am Monday 20th January 2014
CHARLES Dyer’s 1966 two hander is about Charlie (Kevin Fraser) and Harry (Martin Crawley), a gay couple whose partnership and East London barber shop is threatened when Charlie faces prosecution for camp behaviour, natural to him but outrageous and considered criminal at the time.
11:07am Monday 20th January 2014
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12:16pm Friday 17th January 2014
11:14am Wednesday 15th January 2014
8:34am Monday 13th January 2014
THIS group have developed a reputation over the years for staging good quality community theatre – and this was no exception! Despite unfortunate technical sound difficulties, they once again delivered a thoroughly entertaining pantomime.
8:32am Monday 13th January 2014
IN MOUNTBATTEN Players’ new pantomime, the Sleeping Beauty story was given a straightforward retelling amid comic escapades, song and dance numbers, a delicious dame, a great baddie, slapstick, bad jokes and a happy ending.