X Factor winner and chart-topper to star in The Bodyguard in Southampton

Daily Echo:

9:11am Saturday 18th October 2014

X FACTOR winner Alexandra Burke is to star in hit musical The Bodyguard when it opens in Southampton, the Daily Echo can reveal today.

New Forest play begins UK tour

Daily Echo:

4:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Acclaimed local theatre company Forest Forge has embarked on a UK tour with the world premiere of a new play – Kaite O’Reilly’s Woman of Flowers, an innovative retelling of an ancient Welsh story from The Mabinogion set in an ancient Forest.

Who is this TV star and what is HE doing in Southampton?

Daily Echo:

10:20am Thursday 25th September 2014

DID you guess correctly?

Passengers on Anthem of the Seas to be entertained by Queen musical

Daily Echo:

1:17pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

ROYAL Caribbean International has announced that guests on board its new ship Anthem of the Seas will party to We Will Rock You – the smash hit musical featuring the greatest hits of legendary British rock group Queen – when the ship sails from Southampton in April 2015.

Carl aims to kick start youth theatre programme

Daily Echo:

3:49pm Friday 5th September 2014

Theatre Royal Winchester has appointed Carl Woodward as its new Youth Theatre Manager.

Hampshire theatre holding open auditions for pantomime

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

3:41pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A HAMPSHIRE theatre is holding auditions for new pantomime Aladdin.

Stage show breaks theatre records

Daily Echo: MANE EVENT: The Lion King

6:42pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

WHEN Disney’s The Lion King completes its run at the Mayflower Theatre on Saturday it will have been seen by a record-breaking 140,000-plus people.

Stage production showing on big screen

Daily Echo:

6:47pm Monday 1st September 2014

A CLASSIC American play being staged in London will be screened to cinemas across the south on Tuesday, September 16.

Hotel treat for musical fans

Daily Echo: Patrick Swayze and co-star Jennifer Grey in the film Dirty Dancing

6:32pm Monday 1st September 2014

The latest event to be booked into the Holiday Inn Winchester’s season of entertainment is a tribute to the unforgettable Dirty Dancing movie on Friday, October 2.

Dance your way back to the 1980s

Daily Echo:

5:04pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FANS of a 1980s musical can see a production at a Hampshire theatre this week.

Theatre company's audition invitation to budding young actors

Daily Echo:

4:56pm Thursday 28th August 2014

BUDDING thespians are needed to audition for a forthcoming production of an American witch-hunting classic play.

Couples in spotlight in theatre farce

Daily Echo: EPS LEISURE: Ex-Archers actor headlines Playhouse in an evening with Graham Seed

4:41pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A COMEDY featuring the lives of four couples in three bedrooms has a month-long run at a theatre in the south.

On-stage fun for families

Daily Echo: Horrible Histories is coming to the Mayflower Theatre later this month

3:21pm Thursday 28th August 2014

SLAPSTICK comedy, the magic of the circus and an inept private detective are just some of the family-friendly shows on offer at a theatre.

Recreating the spirit of the jazz age

Daily Echo: SC KIN LEISURE ROSE Get into the swing: Jazz era club recreated at Rose

3:18pm Thursday 28th August 2014

AUDIENCES can take a step back in time to the golden age of jazz with a show at Christchurch’s Regent Centre.

First-look pictures of musical

Daily Echo:

12:35pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

These are the exclusive first-look pictures of the cast of a massive West End and Broadway show making its way to Southampton in October.

Peek behind the curtain at open day

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

12:45pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

FANS of the stage can find out what happens behind the curtain when a theatre throws open its doors on Sunday, September 7.

‘Daring’ actor wins fringe festival award

Daily Echo:

12:09pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A HAMPSHIRE performer has won a national theatre award after starring in an improvised show in Sweden during the summer.

Demand for Michael McIntyre tickets for Winchester Theatre Royal show jams lines and website

Daily Echo: Michael McIntyre

11:00am Monday 11th August 2014

THOUSANDS of comedy fans have today been left disappointed and frustrated in trying to buy tickets for two Michael McIntyre gigs at Winchester Theatre Royal.

Chilling thriller set to draw in audiences

Daily Echo:

11:20am Tuesday 29th July 2014

FIENDISHLY clever crime fiction is set for Southampton next year.

Rupert Everett the star of Amadeus at Chichester Festival Theatre

Daily Echo:

6:03pm Friday 18th July 2014

CHICHESTER’S Festival Theatre reopens tonight with a new production of Amadeus, featuring West End and Hollywood star Rupert Everett alongside acclaimed young actor Joshua McGuire.

Chichester Festival Theatre reopens after £22m refurbishment

Daily Echo:

7:08pm Thursday 17th July 2014

As refurbishments go, it’s not immediately obvious where the money has gone.

Music Theatre South is bringing its production of I Love You Because to the stage

Daily Echo:

2:39pm Friday 11th July 2014

IT is one of Jane Austen’s most beloved tales – and it’s about to get the musical treatment.

Brightening up autumn at Haymarket theatre

Daily Echo: STEPHEN K Amos.

4:16pm Monday 30th June 2014

THE Haymarket in Basingstoke has announced its full autumn season which is jam-packed with drama, comedy and music.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Lee Evans - Work In Progress

Daily Echo: Lee Evans is performing at The Anvil on Tuesday

5:39pm Friday 27th June 2014

TICKETS sold out in a matter of minutes when a special Lee Evans show went on sale at the Mayflower Theatre.


Daily Echo: Mark Watson

5:34pm Friday 27th June 2014

NOVELIST, host of BBC’s We Need Answers, Mock The Week regular and winner of five major comedy awards, Mark Watson returns to the road with his darkest, most personal show yet. Luckily, it’s also his funniest. See Flaws at the Berry Theatre on Thursday.

How Cold My Toes at The Point this weekend

Daily Echo: How Cold My Toes

4:30pm Friday 27th June 2014

AWARD-winning theatre company Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic pack a whole year into one hour when they return to The Point tomorrow night.

Keep Dancing - Strictly's Vincent and Flavia return to the Mayflower

Daily Echo: Roaring into the 1940s... Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in a scene from their new show Dance ‘til Dawn

11:39am Friday 27th June 2014

FRESH from wowing audiences across the country with Olivier nominated Midnight Tango, TV’s Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back at Mayflower Theatre with a brand new production.

King of Musicals

Daily Echo: Review: The Lion King, Liverpool Empire

1:32pm Monday 23rd June 2014

Lorelei Reddin takes a peek behind the scenes of the phenomenally-successful show The Lion King, ahead of its nine-week run at The Mayflower

Festival Russells Up Rich Replacement

Daily Echo: Russel Kane. Photo by David Venni Photography Ltd

1:00pm Monday 23rd June 2014

COMIC Russell Kane is to replace Rich Hall at Southsea Comedy Festival’s Live in the Big Top show on August 2.

Award-winning show will be hard to top

Daily Echo: Top Hat returns to the Mayflower Theatre in 2015

10:37am Monday 23rd June 2014

TRIPLE Olivier Award winning musical Top Hat returns to The Mayflower in 2015.


Daily Echo: Hothouse

11:38am Friday 20th June 2014

DANCERS will come together for a spectacular showcase this weekend.

Stage Highlights

Daily Echo: Some of the cast of Tales From The Arabian Nights

11:36am Friday 20th June 2014



Daily Echo: Andrew Lawrence: Reasons to Kill Yourself

11:24am Friday 20th June 2014

STAND-UP comedian Andrew Lawrence brings his dark comic talents to Eastleigh this weekend. In a warm up for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Andrew will be sharing with audiences a range of Reasons to Kill Yourself.

A Mousical Sensation - Angelina Ballerina on stage in Southampton this weekend

Daily Echo:

10:18am Friday 20th June 2014

IT is now more than 30 years and 20 books since Angelina Ballerina, wearing her trademark pink tutu and matching ballet slippers took her first dance steps on the road to international celebrity.

Throw some moves at summer school

Daily Echo: Elevate Summer School

10:48am Wednesday 18th June 2014

YOUNG dancers are being given the chance to take their skills to the next level at an annual summer school.

Star names line up for Robin Hood panto

Daily Echo: The cast of Robin Hood

10:40am Wednesday 18th June 2014

LIGHTHOUSE, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, promises adventure, laughs and magical surprises galore this pantomime season with its exciting new production of Robin Hood.

Meet Saints' new star

Daily Echo: Scarlett Alice Johnson

9:01am Wednesday 18th June 2014

A FORMER EastEnder will head the cast of The Saints, a new play about the highs and lows of following Southampton Football Club, this summer.

West End smash coming to Hampshire

Daily Echo: Jersey Boys comes to The Mayflower in summer 2015

8:43am Friday 13th June 2014

HIT West End show Jersey Boys will enjoy a two week run at The Mayflower Theatre next summer, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Jersey Boys to hit Southampton stage in 2015

Daily Echo: Tim Driesen as Frankie Valli

3:13pm Thursday 12th June 2014

The West End hit show Jersey Boys will enjoy a two week run at the Mayflower Theatre next summer, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Five new plays unveiled by up-and-coming writers at the Berry

Daily Echo: In Short

9:37am Thursday 12th June 2014

FIVE new plays by up and coming writers will premiere at The Berry Theatre later this month.

Barry promises double the fun

Daily Echo: Going Ga-Ga

10:14am Wednesday 11th June 2014

BARRY Cryer has collaborated with all the greats from, Max Miller to Tony Hancock, Bob Hope, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, John Cleese, Frankie Howerd, Kenny Everett, Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes, Dave Allen, Richard Pryor, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Graham Chapman, the Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise – in fact almost all the great comedians and comic writers since the mid 1950s.

Big top fun as Brian takes on Barnum

Daily Echo: Barnum

11:30am Tuesday 10th June 2014

ROLL up, roll up!

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Jason Manford

Daily Echo: Funnyman? You decide

2:26pm Friday 6th June 2014

EXPECT a whole new stack of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter all served up with the inimitable charm and intelligent wit of stand-up, Jason Manford.

Stage Highlights

Daily Echo: Eleanor Ross in L’Elisir D’Amore

2:21pm Friday 6th June 2014

ADINA is THE star in Hollywood – and Nemorino adores her. When an ambitious army officer makes a very public proposal to Adina, Nemorino is in despair, until Dulcamara, the smooth-talking stylist, comes to his rescue with a remedy which he promises will win Adina once and for all.


Daily Echo: Robin’s ready to delve into your mind

2:17pm Friday 6th June 2014

ROBIN Ince is (In and) Out of his Mind at Winchester Discovery Centre tonight.

Nobody puts Roseanna in a corner! Dirty Dancing hits Southampton

Daily Echo: Roseanna Frascona as Baby in Dirty Dancing

10:56am Friday 6th June 2014

The 80s screen favourite bursts onto the stage at The Mayflower

Dance talent on show

Daily Echo: Hothouse

10:13am Thursday 5th June 2014

A HOST of Hampshire dancers will come together for a spectacular showcase event this summer.

Help bring youth play to book...

Daily Echo: The Shhh! book appeal

5:31pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

A MOUNTAIN of books are needed to help build the set for the latest production by members of two Eastleigh youth groups.

Top entertainment at Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: “We all need more fun in life" - Just A Minute's Nicholas Parsons talks laughter, loves and regrets

10:17am Monday 2nd June 2014

SALISBURY Playhouse has announced its autumn/winter 2014/15 season and, for the first time since the record-breaking Way Upstream, the Main House auditorium will be transformed with seating on all sides, bringing audiences closer to the action.

Auditions could lead to Disneyland Paris

Daily Echo: Members of Bodyrox perform Lady Gaga's Bad Romance sequence

10:01am Monday 2nd June 2014

INDULGE your inner Mickey Mouse as a Hampshire performance company holds auditions for its new show at Disneyland Paris.


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