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First published in Curtain Call Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainments Editor

THREE quarters of a decade of community theatre is celebrated as Eastleigh Operatic and Musical Society and their junior arm Footlights come together for a 75th anniversary show.

The Mikado is at The Point from Tuesday to Saturday.

This is an all-new hilarious production of the much-loved madcap musical farce by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Gok Wan meets Grace Brothers as we join Ko-Ko, Pitti Sing, Yum-Yum, Pooh-Bah, Peep-Bo and Nanki-Poo in Titipu for this timeless comedy, directed by David Tatnall.

Box office: 023 8065 2333 or visit

n SET in the slums of London in 1745, Smith is a 12-year-old pickpocket, fast on his feet and the hangman’s rope not far behind! One day he spots an old gentleman, with pockets bulging.

He makes a dip, but suddenly two men in brown appear and Smith is witness to a murder. Smith runs and when he inspects his loot, he is drawn into a sinister and dangerous web of murder, intrigue and betrayal.

Hunted by the murderers, Smith runs for his life in a chase that brings an unexpected friendship with a blind magistrate, imprisonment in Newgate jail, and a dramatic conclusion in graveyard on Prickler’s Hill.

Titchfield Festival Theatre’s version of the much-loved classic Smith runs from Thursday to Saturday.

Tickets from or call 01329 556156.

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