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9:33am Tuesday 22nd April 2014
3:33pm Thursday 17th April 2014
Barry Manilow’s song forms the background for this lightweight musical, charting the struggle for the affections of Lola, a wannabe singer-dancer, newly-arrived in New York in search of fame and fortune. After several auditions she strikes lucky at the eponymous nightclub, owned by seedy Rico (Adrian Jones) who wastes little time in eyeing her up as the replacement for the ageing Conchita (energetically played by Natalie Angell-Collins). Jo Gregory impressed as Lola, in her first leading-role, never more-so than in her duets with company first-timer and star of the show, Daniel Ferrett, (Stephen/Tony). Strong support came from Dave Smith (Sam Silver) in his first principal role and the confident Glenda Thomas (Gladys). Against effective sets, Director John Earwood, choreographers Sarah Turner and Stefanie Radley delivered a good-looking, well-drilled show, many of the vocals were somewhat drowned, unfortunately, by Martin Bennetts’ lively orchestra. Music and passion are always in fashion!
10:48am Monday 14th April 2014
9:59am Monday 14th April 2014
THE second part of the Laramie Project Cycle was based on Tectonic Theatre Company’s return to Laramie and quest to resolve unanswered questions and explore opinion a decade on from the murder of Matthew Shepard.
9:57am Monday 14th April 2014
9:53am Monday 14th April 2014
1:43pm Friday 11th April 2014
SIZZLING with red-hot gospel, swing, blues and jazz music, Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society stage Hot Mikado next week. Based on the classic Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Mikado, you may find the story and tunes familiar – but they’ve been brought right up to date in a funky, contemporary style, and the story of mismatched love is definitely played for laughs in the fictional Japanese city of Titipu.
11:33am Friday 11th April 2014
10:05am Friday 11th April 2014
Shocking, moving and yet humanely told, the play presented the story of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, based on the testimonies of the resident of Laramie collected by Tectonic Theatre Company in the aftermath of the attack.
9:48am Thursday 10th April 2014
9:43am Thursday 10th April 2014
9:43am Thursday 10th April 2014
JOHN Godber’s musical, about a temporary relief teacher, Mary Clifford (Lisa Gilmour), replacing a dead colleague as drama teacher in a failing school and trying to overturn the indifference of the Headmaster (Nick Longland, also amusing as a seedy hotel owner) and of the three students we get to meet(Jennifer Hampton, Nancy Longland and Lizzie Harden) has a rough charm, but isn't very penetrating.
10:54am Tuesday 8th April 2014
12:41pm Monday 7th April 2014
10:05am Wednesday 2nd April 2014
10:31am Monday 31st March 2014
10:26am Monday 31st March 2014
10:11am Friday 28th March 2014
9:45am Friday 28th March 2014
NOEL COWARD'S comedy shows how novelist Charles Condomine (ALEX SCOTCHBROOK) is repaid for hiring a medium just to research his next pot boiler with the return of his deceased first wife Elvira (HAYLEY BASKERVILLE making a striking début).
11:19am Thursday 27th March 2014
Collingwood RSC and Director CHRIS BLATCH-GAINEY have quite a history with TERRY PRATCHETT'S work, with the excellent EMMA HUGHES and JANE BLATCH-GAINEY as Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg a formidable and still improving acting team at the centre of their adaptations, and now their latest production is a world première, with the script provided by the Director.
11:23am Monday 24th March 2014
IT’S a tall order trying to find musicals that cover the alphabet and then making sure the programme gels, but hats off to Fareham Musical Society, who did just that (even if Y = Crazy for You was somewhat dubious!) There were, of course, plenty of popular numbers but also some more unusual choices and, in the spirit of these compilations, there was a chance for everyone to be a star for a song or two.
11:06am Monday 24th March 2014
Julia (Fiona Trezise) is left with mental and physical scars after a road accident in which her lover dies. Her besotted handyman, Gary (Tom Fisher) and counsellor Anne (Louise Hayes) attempt to help Julia through this difficult time.
LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: The Zoo Story and The 13th Floor The Maskers Theatre Company, The Maskers Studio, Shirley
11:20am Friday 21st March 2014
10:20am Wednesday 19th March 2014
YASMINA Reza’s play, as translated by Christopher Hampton, comes across as an exquisite comedy of embarrassment and conflicting but equally suburban values, as two sets of parents, Michel and Veronique (John Erskine and Ellie Pilborough) and Annette and Alain (Joanna Mills and Sam Dobson) are brought together to discuss a violent incident between their ten-yearold boys.
1:11pm Monday 17th March 2014
1:10pm Monday 17th March 2014
THERE can be few meetings more anticipated and anxietyridden than the potential in-laws meeting for the first time, but for Jean-Michel (Matt McGrath) it is to be avoided at all costs as Mum is a performing gay transvestite and Dad the drag nightclub owner.
1:09pm Monday 17th March 2014
4:41pm Sunday 16th March 2014
2:59pm Friday 14th March 2014
10:23am Friday 14th March 2014
With fog swirling outside and waves lapping at its base, Portsmouth’s medieval Square Tower was the ideal setting for this gory tale of ambition and retribution, staged ‘in the round ‘ by this committed and talented company.
10:19am Friday 14th March 2014
PATRICK MARBER relocates STRINDBERG'S drama to England the night Labour's 1945 General Election victory is declared (a historic news clip sets the scene), in the kitchen of a seemingly affluent Labour peer's house. Christine (HOLLY ROBERTSON) awaits the chauffeur, John (RYAN STAGG in his TFT début), who arrives gossiping about the latest antics of the daughter of the house, Julie (CLARE BLACKBURN). Can these characters transcend the bonds of class, gender and their attitude to each other?
9:46am Thursday 13th March 2014
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10:29am Monday 3rd March 2014
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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
12:12pm Tuesday 25th February 2014
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.