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Annie Get Your Gun

THE musical based on the sharp-shooting Annie Oakley and her romance with top gun Frank Butler was first presented on Broadway in 1946, making it to film in 1950. This current version, however, is based on the 1999 revival, when political correctness demanded that the libretto should be re-written to avoid causing offence to Native American Indians. Sadly two rather cheery songs, Colonel Buffalo Bill and I’m An Indian Too, became casualties of this and disappeared, despite the latter being one of the show’s biggest production numbers.

South Pacific In Concert

SWANAGE MTC generally puts on a short summer production at this time of year, and what better choice to draw in the crowds than one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular shows, South Pacific?


IN all musicals there has to be a healthy dose of magic and illusion, and surely never more so than in this glorious tale of felines gathering on a rubbish dump to celebrate the annual Jellicle Ball. Here one of them will get the chance to go ‘up up up past the Russell Hotel’ – a phrase that always tickles me - to the Heaviside Layer to be re-born to a different Jellicle life.


PDSW Autumn Season

Bournemouth's Pavilion Dance South West has just announced its Autumn Season 2014.

As the nights begin to draw in, we too come back indoors from a Summer of outdoor“Unusual Dance in Unusual Places”to our familiar “Thursday Night is Dance Night” format of weekly dance and movement-based live performances. Our Autumn season will also offer a varied programme of shows for families & young people, art house films and ballet screenings.

The Legendary That'll Be The Day Returns To Bournemouth

Get ready for a party as the nation’s favourite variety show, the legendary That'll Be The Day returns to Bournemouth Pavilion on August 17 & 25-27 and on September 3-6 & 10-13.

Avenue Q Visits Kings Theatre Southsea

A smash hit on Broadway, in the West End and worldwide, award-winning comedy musical Avenue Q will now visit Portsmouth, bringing a host of fuzzy friends to the Kings Theatre from Monday 8 – Friday 12 September.

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The New Milton Christmas Concert Party

HOPe Charity ( Helping older people New Forest) is looking for mature performers to take part in a show to be held at New Milton  Memorial Hall on 28th November.

The New Milton Christmas Concert Party will star the famous group 'The Zimmers'.

The Brides Of March

The Brides of March A farcical comedy by John Chapman, to be directed by Don Cherrett. Performances 8th to 13th December 2014

READ THROUGH to be held at the Bournemouth Little Theatre Club, Jameson Road, Winton, on Friday September 19th at 7:30pm

AUDITIONS to be held at the same venue on Sunday September 21st at 7:30pm.

Having once saved the life of a sheik, Tony Scudamore receives a surprise gift of gratitude – but what will his wife think when she finds out that the 'gift' is actually five of the sheik's wives?


Are you aged 7 or over? Would you like to appear in  Aladdin at the King’s Theatre, Southsea?

The Kings is holding children's open auditions to find this year’s junior and senior pantomime stars.

Candidates will be auditioned in groups and taught a short dance routine, so please wear suitable clothes.

If successful, candidates should be available to attend rehearsals mainly after school and at weekends.  Rehearsal start dates are still to be confirmed. Please note these positions are unpaid.