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The Addams Family

THIS quirky musical comedy began its life in Chicago in 2009, transferring to Broadway the following year. It has since had various national and international tours, but the nearest it has ever got to London’s West End was a production in Sutton, Surrey, just over a year ago.

When We Are Married

THIS is J.B. Priestley's 1938 farce set 30 years earlier in Edwardian Yorkshire - 3 couples: the Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts were all married on the same day 25 years ago and have since moved on from their humble origins to become stalwarts (dare one say monoliths) of their local community. They decide to have a little party at the Helliwells to celebrate their anniversary, but beforehand Joe Helliwell (David Balfour), Albert Parker (Richard Barnett) and Herbert Soppitt (John Gardner) feel they need to fire their new local organist, the youthful Gerald Forbes (Sam Short) for his "loose" living.

The Tempest

WE are so lucky in this area to have a company of the calibre of BOAT, and if you doubt that then you should hot-foot it over to Brownsea Island to see this current production – although you’d need magical powers to rival those of Prospero to secure a ticket, as the run is completely sold out.

News and Previews

Julian and Sandy live on!

From 1965 for half an hour every Sunday afternoon, audiences of up to 15 million people would gather around the wireless to listen to Kenneth Horne and his merry crew – Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Bill Pertwee and Hugh Paddick – get up to all sorts of mischief. It was the most popular radio show of its day, a proving ground for some of the biggest names in British comedy.

Puttin' on the Ritz

The all singing, all dancing production of 'Puttin’ on the Ritz' featuring world champion dance professionals Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis from the BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing will be shimmying into Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre from Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd August (7.30, Wed & Sat 2.30 & 7.30). Featuring the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin, the show features the most famous songs from the Golden Age of Hollywood, recreated live on stage with award winning singers and dancers.

Welsh wizardry

National Dance Company Wales brings three unique pieces of dance created by the very best European choreographers to Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts on Tuesday 6 October. The world premiere of Jeroen Verbruggen’s A Mighty Wind will be joined by Johan Inger’s delightful dance journey Walking Mad and Alexander Ekman’s Tuplet, a witty and high-octane exploration of the simple notion of rhythm. A Mighty Wind flits between classical and contemporary styles, set to a range of well-known and uplifting music with its tongue never far from its cheek.


The Little Mermaid

Poulner Players are staging The Little Mermaid, a pantomime by Kate Goddard, from 17th to 20th February. There will be pre-audition workshops at St John's Church Hall, Linford Road BH24 1TY on 15th, 17th and 22nd September, with auditions on 24th and 29th September. The panto has a wide range of characters for all ages but youngsters must be 10 years old before by the week of the show. Contact info@poulnerplayers.com.



Arena Theatre will be performing Bent by Martin Sherman  at the Bournemouth Little Theatre in February 2016 for a three-night run and at the Stage Door in Southampton.  This is a brilliantly hard-hitting actor's piece which will challenge any performer.  The read-through will be on Monday 5 October and audition on Monday 12 October, both events taking place at Pokesdown Primary School starting at 7.30pm. This is an all-male cast but everyone is welcome to the read-through.

Dad's Army

Ringwood Musical and Dramatic Society is about to hold auditions for the Autumn production of ‘Dad’s Army’, which is to be performed in Ringwood during the week ending 31st October.   Rehearsals will begin in August on Mondays and Wednesdays.