It starts with visually rich costume drama Sense and Sensibility (10-12 May) featuring six actors and an original score. The show is a clever adaptation of the classic novel by one of Winchester’s most celebrated former residents, Jane Austen.
The Vanishing Horizon (15 May) is the story of a woman on a journey through the crowded airports of the modern world.
Her past is revealed as she discovers lost memories of the pioneers of aviation in the 1920s, when flight was exciting and Croydon Airport was the gateway to the globe.
Mary Shelley (6-9 June) is the world premiere tour of the drama telling the extraordinary events that led to the author writing Frankenstein at the age of just 18.
It explores her relationship with her father, the radical philosopher William Godwin, and her scandalous love affair and elopement with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. It also follows her fortunes to the moment she began to write the book that secured her place in literary history.
On a lighter note quick-witted fun is to be had by all in the physical comedy I’m an Aristocrat, Get me out of Here! It is a spoof of the Scarlet Pimpernel’s antics, set in Paris when revolution gripped the city.
The comedy continues with Irish/Australian stand-up Jimeoin (16 May).
Chis Addison (10 June) returns to Winchester with his razorsharp take on the absurdities of everyday life.
The comedienne Francesca Martinez performs on June 14 with a show exploring what happens when people are branded ‘abnormal’.
Broadcaster, writer and Celebrity Masterchef finalist Hardeep Singh Kohli is on a mission to find Britain’s best Indian takeaway (3 June). Having invited an audience member to order a curry from a local takeaway, Hardeep will race against time to cook his own feast before the order arrives. Along the way he’ll share recipe tips, anecdotes and stories of his shared Scottish and Indian heritage.
For young children, Peppa Pig returns to the theatre with Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt (16-17 June).
After that, be prepared to share your jam sandwiches with an unusual guest, with The Tiger Who Came to Tea (20-21 June).
Hairy McLary and Friends (24 July) sees the return of the adventurous dog from Linley Dodd’s much-loved picture books.
Small Wonders (6-7 July) is a day of activities, entertainment and performance for young children and their families, part of a series of events that will be jointly hosted by The Hat Fair and the theatre during Hat Fair Weekend.