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A right Royal line up comes to Winchester
There is sheer, uplifting entertainment as Gary Wilmot and Sara Crowe head a cast of 15 actor-musicians in the award-winning musical Radio Times (November 26 to December 1), a glorious comedy set in the heart of London’s Blitz, full of quick-fire gags, brilliant routines, and a selection of classic songs from the 1940s written by Noel Gay (Me and My Girl).
A Government Inspector (September 25 to 29) is a comedy drama about the inhabitants of a Pennine town who mistake a flashy stranger for the inspector and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (November 13 to 17) is the stage version of Alan Sillitoe’s classic novel about young offender Colin.
There is more drama with Oscar Wilde’s light-hearted classic comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest (October 25 to 27) as well as more contemporary drama The Last of the Lake (October 19), which blends bold physical staging with audio-visual design.
The comedy line-up kicks off with Stewart Francis who is Outstanding in his Field (October 4), followed closely by Jeremy Hardy (October 5) of BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Cardinal Burns (October 5). The Comedy Gala (October 6) features the stand-up talents of the three comedians Isy Sutie, Doc Brown and Gareth Richards. Jason Byrne (October 7) returns to Winchester with his new show The People’s Puppeteer and Danny Bhoy (October 24), described as the standup equivalent of Bill Bryson, delivers quickwitted observations on life in Britain. Lee Nelson (November 3) and Mark Watson (November 21) end the season.
For dance lovers, Decadance (October 3) the Brooklyn-based allfemale hip-hop dance sensation and their mesmerising street dance theatre, takes to the stage. In There is Hope (October 11) by Rosie Kay Dance Company, five dancers perform to a rich sound score and live musicians, in a production that explores the relationship between religion and the body.
Soloist Aakash Odedra: Rising (October 20) whose compelling new flavour of contemporary dance is influenced by traditional forms of Kathak and Bharatanatyam, is followed by Jasmin Vardimon and Company (November 22) who returns with a unique blend of highly-acute, physical theatre and energetic dance in its latest show Freedom.
For younger theatre goers, characters from two preschool children’s picture books are brought to life in stage shows that are sure to delight children.
The Gruffalo (September 19 and 20), the stage adaptation of the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schaffler has songs, laughs and plenty of scary fun, and Charlie & Lola’s Bestest Play (October 30 and 31) is sure to delight fans of the books by Lauren Child.
Older children of primary school age and their families will enjoy Farm Boy (October 9 and 10), chil dren’s author Michael Morpurgo’s heart-warming sequel to War Horse and Jason and the Argonauts (November 11) is the funny stage show ideal for bringing the classics to life.
For music-lovers we welcome back the classical boyband Blake (September 15) with their unique blend of pop and classical singing.
The popular American jazz chanteuse Stacey Kent (October 21) returns, along with Frisky & Mannish (November 18), the pop parody sensation who are brilliant musicians and singers as well as fast-becoming being A-listers on the comedy circuit.
Tickets are on sale now.