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The Boyfriend

SANDY Wilson’s 1953 musical was conceived as a sincere tribute to the 1920s, so when in 1954 the Broadway production became a parody, Wilson was so enraged that the producers banned him from rehearsals; had he still been alive today I’m certain he would have absolutely adored this glorious production, the final show from this year’s crop of graduating students.

Comedy Double Bill

The May production for the Broadstone Players was a Comedy Double Bill of two one-act plays.

Trying to get two good quality one-act plays to complement each other is not easy; add in the fact thatthe Players only had the same two cast members in both really is a challenge.

The Jellicoe Project

WITH the Jellicoe Theatre at Poole’s Constitution Hill about to be razed to the ground and the students relocated to a new building in nearby North Road, this specially-written show detailing the site’s history was both timely and extremely interesting.  


Beer & Bluegrass Festival In Branksome

Beer and Bluegrass Festival, Friday 24th July 6pm to 11.30pm and Saturday 25th Noon to 11.30pm, St Aldhelms Hall,  Poole Road,  Branksome, Poole, Dorset, BH12 1AD

“ We wanted to go back to a time when small festivals were fun and we have carefully selected   a line up of great musicians who have that down home vibe and play good time Bluegrass and   Americana, all played with verve and a smile, we think you will love it “

Lorelei's Allsorts In Winton

Selfishness, on occasions, CAN be a virtue.  There's no harm in sometimes putting yourself at the top of your priority list!  Lorelei and Signor Vivienne have done just that! They've chosen their own  delicious hotch-potch of numbers for their next show, Lorelei’s Allsorts.  Come and sample this veritable lucky bag of musical morsels for your delectation! Songs come from the jazz & blues repertoire, from the shows - and a few surprises!

Lorelei and Signor Vivienne look forward to seeing YOU at Bournemouth Little Theatre, Jameson Road, Winton, on Saturday June 27 at 7.45pm.        

Tickets: £10 and £8 concessions, available on the BLT website:  www.bournemouthlittletheatre.co.uk        

An Evening With David Sedaris At Pavilion

You may have heard him on the hugely popular BBC Radio 4 series Meet David Sedaris or you might be one of the millions worldwide who have read one of his many books. Now, after three sell-out runs in London, two sell-out Edinburgh Fringe Festival stints and a sell-out UK 2014 tour; David Sedaris will once again set out across the UK in June including a date at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on Wednesday 3 June.


Plays 'n' Chips

After this week's comedy double bill which Broadstone Players Theatre Company are putting on in the Broadstone War Memorial Hall, they will be getting ready for the following production - their much loved Plays 'n Chips evenings. These evenings of one-act plays interspersed with a fish and chip supper will take place on 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th September with a matinee on Saturday 5th.

Rutherford & Son

Rutherford & Son, written by Githa Sowerby, directed by Virginia Harrington.

Performances at Bournemouth Little Theatre, Jameson Road, Winton, 26th - 31st October 2015

Play Reading at same venue Friday 3rd July 2015 at 7.30pm, audition Sunday 5th July 2015 at 7.30pm

All My Sons

Arena Theatre will be holding auditions for All My Sons by Arthur Miller, performed at The Lighthouse, Poole, in November for a six performance run.
Read through - Monday 6th July 2015 at 7.30pm. Audition - Monday 13th July 2015 at 7.30pm. Both events will be held at Pokesdown Primary School.