Who's treading the boards this week...

HYNOTIST Paul McKenna brings his show to Salisbury City Hall on Saturday and to the Pavilion theatre, Bournemouth on Thursday.

Salisbury City Hall tickets: £15. Box office: 01722 327676. Pavilion Theatre tickets: £14.50. Box office: 0870 1113000.

SIR John Mortimer, writer, broadcaster and creator of Rumpole, brings his Mortimer's Miscellany show to the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth on Monday for the theatre's gala reopening evening.

The show will feature a selection of anecdotes from the legal world, poetry and music.

Tickets: from £8. Box office: 023 9264 9000.

THE CARETAKER is coming to The Point, Eastleigh, on Wednesday.

The play, by Harold Pinter, follows Davies, an ageing down-and-out, who is given shelter by the kindly but vulnerable Aston.

Davies settles in and makes himself at home until Aston's brother Mick arrives. A battle of wills ensues as the brothers seek to manipulate the old man but Davies has his own agenda.

Tickets: from £7.50. Box office: 023 8065 2333.

GROUNDLINGS Theatre Company presents CS Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at King's Theatre in Southsea from Monday to Thursday.

The play tells the tale of a wardrobe which opens into the magical world of Narnia, where the White Witch's spell has frozen the land into a deep winter.

Tickets: from £8.50. Box office: 023 9282 8282.

GATHER round for a spine-chilling evening with actors from The Nuffield theatre, Southampton, this week.

From Tuesday to November 20 they will be telling tales from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe as well as more modern writers.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served at the Candlelit Ghost Stories show.

Tickets: £10. Box office: 023 8067 1771.

DEATH transforms the living in a new play coming to Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham on Thursday.

In Dead Hands, by Howard Baker, a chain of events is set off when a man dies. His son has raced to his bedside but he's too late. Instead of saying goodbye to his father he finds himself caught up in a situation which he feels his father may have engineered as his legacy.

Tickets: £9. Box office: 01329 310600.

HAVANT Arts Centre presents a dramatised talk for Remembrance Day on Sunday.

Court Marshal relives a trial in a court room in 1916 using its original transcripts.

Tickets: £5 (all profits go to Combat Stress). Box office: 023 9247 2700.