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Sister Act, Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Daily Echo: Upstagers members are in the habit of performing musical Sister Act at the Alhambra

5:01pm Thursday 24th July 2014

BASED on the 1992 hit movie Sister Act, starring Whoopi Goldberg, this terrific feel-good comedy musical tells the heartwarming story of Deloris, an aspiring disco diva.

Miss Julie/Black Comedy, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

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3:59pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

DARKNESS and light could be the underlying themes in these two one-act plays being presented as part of the Peter Shaffer Celebration at this year’s Chichester Festival Theatre season.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamptworth Lodge, Salisbury

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

3:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SET within the magnificent grounds of Hamptworth Lodge, a collection of players earnestly poked and prodded Victorian social ideals with japes and jollities.

Amadeus - "wonderful debut" for new look Chichester Festival Theatre

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10:56am Saturday 19th July 2014

What if God was a cruel prankster? What if he created a genius as our rival, someone so blessed with talent he took our breath away, but then gave him the temperament of a spoilt, crude child?

CURTAIN CALL REVIEW: Silas Marner by Oasis Youth Theatre

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

5:39pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

OASIS Youth Theatre tackles an adaptation of George Eliot's novel Silas Marner.

Last night's review: Angelina Ballerina The Mousical, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Last night's review: Angelina Ballerina The Mousical, the Mayflower Theatre

7:40am Sunday 22nd June 2014

IT'S a cheesy, schmaltzy, sparkly, fluffy feast of a show - and the young audience loved every minute.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Thriller Live, Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth

Daily Echo: Thriler Live, photo by Irina Chira

10:04am Friday 20th June 2014

GIMME shamore!

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Dirty Dancing at The Mayflower

Daily Echo: Gareth Bailey as Johnny and Roseanna Frascona as Baby in Dirty Dancing

7:33am Friday 13th June 2014

Check out the Daily Echo's review of Dirty Dancing at The Mayflower

REVIEW: Catch-22, Nuffield, Southampton

Daily Echo: A scene from Catch-22

5:29pm Friday 6th June 2014

IT’S the Second World War, and US Army Air Forces squad Aron is based in the Mediterranean, from where its men fly dangerous bombing missions in an attempt to turn the tide of the conflict.

Pressure, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Daily Echo: David Haig (Dr James Stagg) in Pressure. Photo by Drew Farrell

2:43pm Friday 6th June 2014

Who would have thought the British weather could be so interesting?

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: One Man, Two Guvnors, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Emma Barton, Shaun Williamson and Derek Elroy star in One Man, Two Guvnors

9:42am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

CARRY On meets Fawlty Towers in a brilliantly ridiculous piece of theatre.

REVIEW: Peter Grimes, Grange Park Opera, near Winchester

Daily Echo: A scene from Peter Grimes. Picture by Robert Workman

9:57am Monday 2nd June 2014

BENJAMIN Britten was persuaded to tone down his first interpretation of the Suffolk fisherman Peter Grimes.

TODAY'S REVIEW: Three Little Pigs, Northern Ballet, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Nursery rhyme Three Little Pigs brought to life by the Northern Ballet. Inset, Taming Of The Shrew

3:02pm Friday 30th May 2014

THIS captivating family frolic proved the perfect half term treat.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Northern Ballet, the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo: Ballet for all ages

9:16am Thursday 29th May 2014

I HAVE seen most of the classical ballets over the years, so it was refreshing to see one completely new to me.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Scooby Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo: Scooby-Doo & The Mystery of the Pyramid at The Mayflower, Southampton, May 22-25.

9:36am Friday 23rd May 2014

THE thrills and spills of a mystery in ancient Egypt are brought to the stage at the Mayflower theatre this week...and there is only one gang to solve it.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Let It Be, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Beatlemania is back with Let It Be. Picture by Paul Coltas

11:31am Tuesday 13th May 2014

IT’S about as good as it gets for fans of the Fab Four.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Bruce Forsyth Entertains, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: From Edmonton to Strictly: Bruce Forsyth

1:52pm Monday 12th May 2014

IT’S not often you get the chance to see a living legend in action but Southampton did last night at the Mayflower Theatre.

REVIEW: Tonight at 8.30, Nuffield

Daily Echo: A scene from Tonight at 8.30

1:56pm Monday 12th May 2014

TONIGHT AT 8:30 is a collection of nine one-act plays written by the incomparable Noël Coward, split into three trios in a collaborative production by Nuffield and English Touring Theatre.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: 20th Century Boy, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: A scene from 20th Century Boy

10:06am Wednesday 7th May 2014

‘WILL anybody ever care?’ That was the question being posed in one of the final songs of last night’s 20th Century Boy musical at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: HMS Pinafore, Theatre Royal Winchester

Daily Echo: A scene from HMS Pinafore

9:49am Wednesday 7th May 2014

THERE have been many adaptations of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operettas, HMS Pinafore, with songs such as A British Tar and He Is An Englishman having a special place in the heart of many fans of the Victorian duo.

REVIEW: Dreamboats and Petticoats, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Daily Echo: Matthew Colthart as Norman and Louise Olley as Sue

9:58am Wednesday 7th May 2014

IT’S 1961 and – unlike the stereotypical ’60s images of mini-skirts, Mini cars and hippies – young men are considered “dreamboats” and girls wear dresses with voluminous, swirling “petticoats”.

REVIEW: Stevie at The Minerva, Chichester

Daily Echo: Zoe Wanamaker plays the title role in Stevie. Picture by Manuel Harlon

11:23am Tuesday 6th May 2014

STEVIE is to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace to receive a medal. It has been raining, she is wet, and is no longer sure about the hat she is wearing, bought for five shillings at a jumble sale.

REVIEW: Let's Hang On, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

11:19am Tuesday 6th May 2014

ON Frankie Valli’s 80th birthday, his sparkling career with the Four Seasons was faithfully recreated by this wonderful show.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Stevie at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Daily Echo: Zoe Wanamaker as Stevie Smith at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester

9:20am Saturday 3rd May 2014

Ian Murray sees Zoe Wanamaker give a near flawless performance in Stevie at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Birdsong, Theatre Royal Winchester

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10:49am Tuesday 29th April 2014

IT’S the most poignant of plays.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: West Side Story, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: WEST SIDE STORY - Theatre Review

9:56am Thursday 24th April 2014

IF it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Horrible Histories Barmy Britain, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain arrives at Southampton's Mayflower for Easter

9:35am Thursday 17th April 2014

IT’S nothing like what you learned in school.

REVIEW: Titanic tragedy brought to life

Daily Echo: Performers and guests, including relatives of Titanic survivors, at the SeaCity Museum last night.

11:10am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A NEW play being performed in Southampton this week aims to strip away the legends around the doomed liner and tell the story in the words of those who survived the sinking of the Titanic or had a part to play in events.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Companie Kafig's Boxe Boxe, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Boxe Boxe. Pic by Hugo Glendinning

9:58am Tuesday 15th April 2014

BOXING and ballet are not at first glance the most obvious of stage chums.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Derren Brown - Infamous, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Derren Brown is on tour

10:48am Tuesday 8th April 2014

MASTER of all things magical, mind reader or even miracle worker?

REVIEW: Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: Review: Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse.

9:37am Thursday 3rd April 2014

THIS is the world premiere of a sparkling new comedy drama written by Dorset playwright Chris Chibnall, writer of hit TV show Broadchurch.

Review: They Did Their Bit at the Winchester Discovery Centre

Daily Echo: Review: They Did Their Bit at the Winchester Discovery Centre

10:22am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE city of Winchester was entertained and educated through the incredible story of soldier transit camps on Morn Hill during the First World War.

REVIEW: Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, Mayflower

Daily Echo: REVIEW: Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, Mayflower

9:16am Tuesday 1st April 2014

IT has been more than 55 years since the day the music died and over a quarter of a century since this unique memorial to Buddy Holly began.

REVIEW: Spring Awakening, the Nuffield

Daily Echo: A scene from Spring Awakening

10:08am Thursday 27th March 2014

FRANK Wedekind’s controversial play, first performed in 1906, focused on adolescent sexuality, rape and suicide.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: What's On module top link image

11:12am Wednesday 26th March 2014

MATTHEW Bourne’s allmale approach to this classic ballet is utterly spine-tingling.

REVIEW: La Traviata, Welsh National Opera, Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: LA TRAVIATA (Welsh National Opera) - Theatre Review

8:57am Thursday 20th March 2014

STORIES have their starts, middles, and ends, their ups and downs. As Verdi would have wanted, and as David McVicar intended with his reimagining, La Traviata had its fantastically accomplished highs and lows so densely intermingled, one would feel it almost impossible not to be lost in a vacuum of pure emotion.

REVIEW: The Canterbury Tales, Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: Canterbury Tales at the Playhouse

11:32am Wednesday 12th March 2014

GEOFFREY Chaucer wrote his Canterbury Tales in 1380; now, 634 years later, audiences are still chuckling at the racy bawdiness.

REVIEW: Brendan Cole - Licence to Thrill, Lighthouse Poole

Daily Echo: Fired up: Brendan Cole

12:42pm Monday 10th March 2014

PLAYING a two-month 48-date UK tour, Brendan Cole – BBC TV Strictly’s professional dancer – wowed a sold-out-for-weeks Poole Lighthouse.

REVIEW: Birdsong, Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: Ready to face fire.

9:54am Wednesday 5th March 2014

WITH this year marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, it is poignant that Rachel Wagstaff has re-mounted her stage adaptation of a best-selling novel by Sebastian Faulks.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Twelfth Night, Theatre Royal Winchester

Daily Echo: A scene from Twelfth Night

9:50am Tuesday 4th March 2014

SHAKESPEARE knew a lot about madness.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Blackadder, Ferneham Hall, Fareham

11:08am Tuesday 18th February 2014

AN entire audience shared a cunning plan last night.

REVIEW: A Number, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo: John and Lex Shrapnel star in A Number. Picture: www.richardbudd.co.uk

8:40am Thursday 13th February 2014

MANY of us have brothers or sisters. A few people are twins – occasionally identical twins. Even rarer are triplets. But what if you had a clone?

REVIEW: Mark Thomas, 100 Small Acts of Dissent, Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Daily Echo: Mark Thomas

9:05am Thursday 13th February 2014

IN THE wake of The Manfesto tour where he encouraged audiences around the country to come up with ideas to improve all our lives, MarkThomas the activist is back to his pesky best coming up with jolly japes that shine the light on questionable activity by those who should know better.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Happy Days, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: What's On module top link image

9:51am Wednesday 12th February 2014

GOODBYE grey skies, hello blue.

REVIEW: I Do, Holiday Inn, Winchester

Daily Echo: A scene from I Do By Dante or Die

10:31am Monday 10th February 2014

A JITTERY bride and groom, a neurotic mother, an absent father, ageing relatives, family squabbles, drunken bridesmaids and a nervous best man – what would a wedding be without them?!

REVIEW: Gaslight, Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: Joseph Marcell in Gaslight at Salisbury Playhouse. Picture by Richard Davenport

10:40am Monday 10th February 2014

WHEN Gaslight was first produced in 1938, it was described by Theatre World magazine as: “a study in sustained terror”.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: The Perfect Murder, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Claire Goose and Les Dennis in The Perfect Murder

9:43am Wednesday 5th February 2014

IT was less crime thriller, more comedy.

REVIEW: Fitting farewell for Dame Edna and Sir Les

Daily Echo: Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage

7:35am Wednesday 29th January 2014

AUSTRALIA’S self proclaimed “housewife gigastar” Dame Edna Everage sang her swansong last night as Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour arrived at Southampton’s Mayflower theatre.

REVIEW: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Bournemouth Pavilion

Daily Echo: Helena in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

9:48am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

THIS is a traditional version of the classic story of seven brothers and their – after much trouble and strife – seven wives.

The Snowman remains as enchanting as ever

Daily Echo: Photo by Herbie Knott

7:49am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Last Night's Review: The Snowman, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton



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