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Barefoot In The Park

BEING an avid lover of romantic comedy movies and of the theatre, I was excited to see how Barefoot In The Park could combine my two loves. Set in 1960's New York, the play follows the story of a newly married young couple with amusing outcomes. Featuring only a small cast, I feared the play could be slow moving but the Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society actors held my attention throughout, culminating in an ending that made me want more.

Henry IV

SHAKESPEARE buffs will of course know that there is no such play as Henry IV, but that it is divided into parts one and two. However, to prevent audiences having to sit over on Brownsea Island until the early hours, director Denise Mallender has made some judicious cuts in the two plays and melded them into one extremely satisfactory whole that finishes in plenty of time for everyone to get back to Poole Quay and even have time for a quick drink before last orders, should they feel so inclined.

Skool's Out!

IN an interesting concept with three short performances linked together loosely with a school theme, Ringwood’s Musical and Dramatic Society began this year’s summer show last night (July 22nd). Certainly unique to any other show I’ve seen, it’s as though you’re getting three shows for the price of one. Definitely a great way to save money! As you walk between performances, you’re greeted by ushers with trays of nibbles – at times it was so welcoming, I felt like a guest in somebody’s home.  


More Tea Vicar?

One of the only remaining cast members of the classic series, Dad’s Army, is to reveal some of the secrets behind one of the most popular TV successes of all time in a national chat show tour, More Tea Vicar? – coming to The Regent Centre in Christchurch   on Sunday 10 August at 4pm. 

New Season Of Circus In Poole

If you’ve ever wanted to run away and join the circus then Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts is the place to be this autumn. A new season of family friendly circus arts events has been unveiled, showcasing the very best in talent from the UK and France.

West End's From Here To Eternity Beamed To Regent Centre

The next hit West End show to be recorded for the Big Screen at the Regent Centre in Christchurch will be Tim Rice’s latest stage hit, From Here to Eternity – The Musical (15), which will be shown at the Centre on Saturday 9 August at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

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Dreams Of Home

Forum Drama, in association with Blandford Forum Commemmorates, will shortly be holding auditions for ‘Dreams of Home’.

It was idyllic depictions of rural England that reminded would-be recruits and enlisted men and their families of the reason Britain was at war.  Although the majority of soldiers came from industrial and urban regions, it was an idealised version of a peaceful land of quiet villages and rolling hills that dominated wartime propaganda, providing a sharp contrast to the reality of life in the trenches and on the battlefield.  And it was to thoughts of home that men turned in letters to their families.  And it was letters from their loved ones that sustained them in their hardship and suffering.

Regent Centre Christmas Spectacular

Polar Bears have been sighted in Christchurch in July, and they’re on a Special Christmas Mission!!!

Benji and Bruce, the Polar Bears, are back in Christchurch and are holding Open Auditions as they search for thirty youngsters aged from 7 – 11 years old, to star in The Regent Centre’s Christmas Spectacular 2014 live on stage from December 20-24 with the Polar Bears themselves!!!


Bournemouth Little Theatre Club Audition Notice - Proof, by David Auburn, directed  by Patricia Richardson

20 - 25 October 2014

This is an American play and is set on the back porch of a house in Chicago.The Cast – 2m 2f:

Robert – fifties; Hal – twenty-eight; Catherine – twenty-five; Claire – twenty-nine.

If you are interested in auditioning for this production – please contact Patricia Richardson

by email pat@richardson.net or telephone 01202 876007


If cast you would be expected to become a member of the Theatre Club.