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9:38am Thursday 23rd May 2013
THIS unapologetically sentimental show sees little orphan Annie (Jessica Romer- Lee) hanging onto the thought of being reunited with her parents, finding love as the ward of the tycoon, Warbucks (Martin Noke) and jointly foiling a plot by the vitriolic orphanage owner, Miss Hannigan (Caroline Roper) and her low-life brother, Rooster (Paul Marsh).
11:04am Wednesday 22nd May 2013
10:30am Tuesday 21st May 2013
A Streetcar Named Desire, Chesil Theatre, Winchester THERE may have been times in the history of Tennessee Williams’ powerful drama when its heroine, Blanche DuBois (Connie Cha, nervy, ever-smiling and formidable in her Chesil début) could have been dismissed as a vain, neurotic sponger and flirt.
10:32am Tuesday 21st May 2013
9:45am Monday 20th May 2013
A country house, 1923: a body is discovered in an apparently simple case of murder, but with a series of unfortunate deaths (increasing the body count whilst decreasing the number of suspects), secret passages, moving corpses and remarkably similar female inhabitants, Inspector Drake and Sergeant Plod must employ all their wits to solve the case...
9:39am Monday 20th May 2013
12:12pm Friday 17th May 2013
LILY is behind bars for murdering her mother and reflecting on her past – a vivid collage of crossfades and flashbacks reveals her life experiences, represented by her parents and her grandmother, who are a cross between the Addams Family and Dallas.
10:33am Wednesday 15th May 2013
10:32am Wednesday 15th May 2013
WHILE not the most sophisticated of shows, the stage adaptation of David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd’s much-loved TV series promises much good humour and fun and RAODS’ lively production did not fail to deliver the goods.
10:44am Monday 13th May 2013
Gilbert and Sullivan’s lesser performed operetta brings the supernatural to the stage. Lopsoc transported their production to Sweden. They didn’t capitalise on this, although with random cuts and modernisations they thankfully retained the story.
10:42am Monday 13th May 2013
10:55am Monday 13th May 2013
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10:52am Monday 13th May 2013
1:05pm Friday 10th May 2013
9:22am Tuesday 7th May 2013
THIS adaptation of Ian Serrailler’s classic tale of a Polish family torn apart by war and the epic journey undertaken by the children across post-war Europe to find their parents was large in scale and ambition with 84 speaking parts and a cast of 21.
9:15am Tuesday 7th May 2013
9:13am Tuesday 7th May 2013
FREE and Easy, a rarelyperformed, unusual comicdrama (set in a northern English pub in the 1960s) is a combination of monologues and scenes interspersed with songs evocative of the era – essentially, it’s open mic at a karaoke night!
12:10pm Monday 29th April 2013
12:09pm Monday 29th April 2013
12:07pm Monday 29th April 2013
9:54am Monday 29th April 2013
CENTRED around the lives of pubescent high-schoolers at a performing arts college; Fame largely consists of under-developed characters, lycra-thin plots and sappy songs with as much passion as a leg warmer!
9:46am Monday 29th April 2013
EDWARD Jones (the excellent Charlie Hellard) quietly goes about his everyday life until, just before his 40th birthday, he gets struck by a bolt of lightning – and life is never the same again… Hellard’s every expression, mannerism and spoken word perfectly captured the essence of accident-prone Edward with David Cradduck (making a noble sacrifice for his art and fundraising efforts) the perfect foil as a most unconventional specialist doctor.
2:25pm Friday 26th April 2013
10:47am Monday 22nd April 2013
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Present A Christmas Carol, Collingwood RSC, HMS Collingwood
10:44am Monday 22nd April 2013
MINCE pies, tinsel and Christmas carols as spring finally arrives – it must be another “classic” production from those ladies (and Gordon) from the Farndale Guild! What could go wrong? Only random effects delayed performers, partial scripts and actors hamming it up!
10:40am Monday 22nd April 2013
Romeo and Juliet is updated to the tenements of New York City and rival gangs marking their territory with violence in this dark production. Sam Quested directed with dynamic flair, wowed with contemporary choreography (Christina Finn and Emily Try) and showcased the immense talent of every cast member.
10:03am Monday 22nd April 2013
WHEN witty New York script-reader/ writer, Helene Hanff, reads an advert for a London mail-order bookstore, she begins liaising with Frank Doel, the bookseller who works at Marks & Co, 84 Charing Cross Road.
1:57pm Friday 19th April 2013
10:10am Thursday 18th April 2013
LITTLE Shop of Horrors began life as a horror flick spoof before morphing into a cult show with an appealing mix of surrealism and kitschy humour, with an unfolding 1960s romance between down-trodden Seymour (Steven Lilly) and eager-to-please Audrey (Kerry Butcher).
9:44am Tuesday 16th April 2013
11:21am Monday 15th April 2013
11:20am Monday 15th April 2013
10:00am Saturday 13th April 2013
Most am-dram productions have a point of reference, with companies often playing safe by staging well-known shows. Not the case here, the opening night of the UK amateur premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s musical based around a football team in the religious war-zone that was Belfast forty years-ago. Director Adam Myers can be relied-upon to pick his own team-of-many-talents and this one was of Premiership quality. In the lead-role of Mary, Vikki Jo Keens was truly exceptional as an actress and singer, with Jonny Mousley giving strong support as her young husband. Eliza Dunn (Christine), Natalie Baker (Bernadette) and Peter Ward (ill-fated Thomas) are all gifted players. Elle Wolf expertly choreographed the ensemble through atmospheric football and fight-scenes and an excellent set was easily adapted to create different scenarios. Teddy Clements led a note-perfect band, although a little over-loud in the opening act. No bore-draw this game!
9:00am Saturday 13th April 2013
Seeing Producer MARK FRANK and Director CECILY O'NEILL'S excellent revival of ANDREW DAVIES' 1989 play gives us, in this week when our nation is coping with the loss of our very own blue rinsed Stalin, an opportunity to ponder the changes that seem to have occurred in recent years in our culture, morality, education and class systems. The comedy is top notch, though Davies may not give us quite enough to mourn here.
3:44pm Friday 12th April 2013
4:01pm Monday 8th April 2013
PREPARE for mayhem as Pocket Theatre return to Hanger Farm Arts Centre with an explosive production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s (G&S) tropical tuneful comedy Utopia Limited In their fourth production together as a group, Pocket G&S have decided on one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s least performed works to which they have given their own special treatment.
11:46am Friday 5th April 2013
10:46am Tuesday 2nd April 2013
10:37am Tuesday 2nd April 2013
9:07am Wednesday 27th March 2013
RETURNING to London after being deported to Australia, Benjamin Barker changes his name to Sweeney Todd and sets out to find his wife and daughter, vowing revenge against Judge Turpin, who convicted him.
10:29am Tuesday 26th March 2013
AN EVOCATIVE tale of the epic battle between good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart.
11:05am Monday 25th March 2013
FORMER dinner-lady Lil owns and runs the traditional village café, full of home-baked goodies, always with a keen eye on the competition and providing the personal touch to all her customers, whether a cheeky aside or a shoulder to cry on. She is right at the heart of the community, welcoming them in for a cuppa and a chat.
11:03am Monday 25th March 2013
11:01am Monday 25th March 2013
FIFTY years after the release of the film featuring Cliff Richard and The Shadows’ hits, we follow the romantic adventures of four London Transport bus mechanics as they drive a converted double-decker across Europe.
11:00am Monday 25th March 2013
11:46am Friday 22nd March 2013
This year marks fifty years of uninterrupted twice yearly productions from Chandler’s Ford Methodist Drama Group the MDG Players, Since they first put on Christmas Rose by R. Wilfred Massey in 1963, the group have won a host of Curtain Call awards.
11:26am Wednesday 20th March 2013
9:44am Tuesday 19th March 2013
11:57am Monday 18th March 2013
A LONDON suburban family from Shooters Green, late 1930s, just before the outbreak of the Second World War; George Radfern is so fed up with his sponging relatives, he tells them a secret that will burst family values and challenge their view of him.