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AN instantly recognisable cast of comic characters connive and plot to obstruct the course of true love in The Rivals, presented by Chesil theatre next week.
Plots, sub-plots and comic misunderstandings collide, with a riotous display of snobbery and duplicity combining to create this much-loved show.
Director Vara Williams has updated the setting of the show to Regency times to take advantage of the stylish fashions of the time.
Performances run from Wednesday to Saturday. Tickets: 01962 840440 or visit theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk.
n A knock-dead funny, brutally well constructed farce of drink, desolation and class warfare from Britain’s master of satire is RAODS next offering.
In the hilarious dark comedy Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn, we eavesdrop on three couples over three successive 1970s Christmas Eves: the social climbing Hopcrofts in their gadget-filled kitchen, the relationshiptroubled Jacksons in their neglected fourth floor flat and the laconic Brewster-Wrights in their Victorian style home.
Add a mad dog, a dirty oven and some inappropriate party games and the result is classic Ayckbourn at his very best.
The production is at The Plaza from Tuesday to Saturday. Visit plazatheatre.com n ENJOY the life of William Shakespeare constructed from his sonnets and plays.
Our Cousin Will, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, traces the course of Shakespeare’s life from his birth to his death in Stratford-upon- Avon... by way of Titchfield Abbey in Hampshire!
Our Cousin Will, part of the Titchfield Shakespeare Festival by Titchfield Festival Theatre, runs from Wednesday to Saturday at The Great Barn, Titchfield.
Book online at titchfieldshakespearefestival.com n THE Worthy Players are staging an early comedy by Alan Ayckbourn in How the Other Half Loves directed by Shirley Lovell.
The play mixes three uniquely dysfunctional couples, two wildly hysterical dinner parties, and one enormous lie with clever dialogue and intricate staging. Performances will take place in the Jubilee Hall tonight, tomorrow and next weekend. Call 01962 883001.
n IT’S a classic whodunit from Cheriton Players with Murdered to Death.
From the moment the sinister and unlikely butler, Bunting, creeps on stage with raised hatchet to the horror of the lady of the manor and her companion, to the arrival of the archetypal monocled Colonel and his grumpy wife, we know there is both murder and mirth afoot in abundance.
It runs from Wednesday to Saturday at Cheriton Village Hall. Visit thecheritonplayers.org.uk n SCHOOLS We Will Rock You is a futuristic tale which tells of a massive corporation, Globalsoft, which sends computer generated music to all of the people on the planet. Singing, musical instruments, and any expression of creativity, are banned. But a group of rebels strive to discover the lost music, and bring down the corporation.
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