Curtain Call Previews

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

THE RSC Open Stages event draws to a close at The Nuffield tomorrow night.

Presented by over 20 regional amateur companies working with professional staff from The Nuffield, Open Stages is a unique, six-night festival celebrating Shakespeare.

Each performance offers a different selection of extracts from plays he wrote or inspired others to write. Encompassing a diverse and innovative range of productions (Much Ado in modern naval dress, Hamlet as a humble boy in the English countryside, Twelfth Night presented by young people) the festival offers a compelling insight into Shakespeare’s place in contemporary theatre culture.

Chesil Theatre takes to the stage tonight and The Maskers are on the bill tomorrow.

Tickets: 023 8067 1771 or visit nuffield theatre.co.uk u LOpSoc’s latest production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer centres on the village of Ploverleigh and follows the young and idealistic Alexis who is soon to marry Aline.

Blinded by happiness he decides that nobody should be without love and concocts a plan to pair up the entire village. In order to do this he enlists the help of J.W.Wells, the eponymous Sorcerer with the aim of placing the village under a spell. Inevitably things do not quite work out as planned...

Performances tonight and tomorrow.

See boxoffice.

susu.org or call 0793 466 4495.

u Fareham Musical Society is to stage the hilarious Fawlty Towers as a stage show at Ferneham Hall in Fareham next week.

The cast will be bringing to life three episodes of the classic hotel catastrophe comedy – Communication Problems, The Hotel Inspector and The Germans – on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Call 01329 231942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk u IT’S a poisonous affair from Dalian Players next week.

Set in a kitchen, Wolfsbane begins with the death of Gran’s cat, followed by the near-death of Gran herself. Who is the would-be killer?

See it at Woolston Methodist Hall from Thursday to Saturday.

Tickets: 023 8043 8596.

COMEDY murder mystery It Could Be Any One Of Us (pictured) is at The Nuffield from Tuesday to Saturday.

The thrilling production by Southampton University Players promises a thrilling mix of chills and laughs, a fair bit of mayhem, an old dark house, a grisly murder and a different killer every night. Call 023 8067 1771 or visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk

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