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Magic Of The Musicals

LET’S face it, there’s probably not a musical society around that hasn’t at some point performed a concert on this theme, and a quick glance at the programme for this particular one would, to the uninitiated, have suggested that it would be nothing out of the ordinary. However, BMT isn’t a company to do things by halves, so the 80 gold stars round the edge of the programme (counted this morning, not during the concert!) are no less than I would award them for this absolutely smashing evening. 

Sweet Charity

I’VE been reviewing this school’s productions for a few years now, and knowing how high their standard has always been in the past I had high hopes for this show. To use the words of Miss Charity Hope Valentine, dance hall hostess and eternal optimist, all I can say is wow! They’ve raised the bar by several notches and come up with one of the most outstanding productions it has ever been my privilege to see.

Dangerous Corner

PHILOSOPHERS through the centuries have puzzled over the question, ‘What is truth?’, but in ‘Dangerous Corner’ J B Priestley asks the more practical one: ‘Is it always better for the full truth to be known?’ He does so through a group of six friends having an after-dinner discussion on just that subject. The theoretical becomes real when the host seizes on a minor disagreement to ferret away in search of the full truth, which he believes must always be better than concealment. Seeking the truth on a small matter leads to more and more revelations on greater and greater matters until all the characters are changed, and not for the better; it is a favourite theme of Priestley’s that if you strip the veneer from the most respectable people, you will usually find something rotten underneath.


Joe Pasquale & Todd Carty To Star In Spamalot At Mayflower

Following the Pythons’ incredible 10 night sell-out run at London’s O2 Arena in 2014, Monty Python’s Spamalot will gallop back to Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 April 2015 (to the sound of banging coconut shells).

The Fureys At Regent Centre In April

Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for hit songs 'I will love you', 'Sweet 16', 'The Green fields of France', 'The old man', 'Red rose cafe', 'Clare to here', 'Her father didn't like me anyway', 'Leaving Nancy', 'Steal away' etc will play a concert at the Regent Centre in Christchurch on Thursday 23rd April.

Double Bill At Pavilion Dance

Renaud Wiser Dance Company bring their thought provoking evening of dance Metropolis & Who Killed Bambi? to Pavilion Dance South West in Bournemouth on 12 March at 7.30pm.

The performance is a double bill of work: Metropolis reflects on our complicated relationship with the city. A cast of exceptional dancers builds or scatters a landscape of bricks and constantly redefines borders in their quest for comfort, security and happiness.


The Phantom Of The Opera

This is a little off our usual patch, but Henley On Thames based Masquerade Youth Theatre is short of chorus (ages 12-21) for its production of The Phantom Of The Opera, taking place at the Kenton Theatre, Henley, from April 29 to May 2. If you know anyone who lives in that neck of the woods and might be interested, please send them the following link:  http://masqueradetheatre.org.uk/content.asp?id=11



Do you want to perform on stage at the Pavilion Theatre this July? 

BBLOC are holding open auditions  on March 6 for men (playing age 18-28) for the following roles: 

T-birds > Sonny, Roger & Doody

Strong Tenor > Johnny Casino

Ensemble > Dancers / Singers

For further information and audition pieces please e-mail info@bbloc.co.uk


Green Day's American Idiot


Music Theatre South in association with The Stage Door present ‘Green Day’s American Idiot’

We are looking for diverse actors, singers and musicians to appear in this show at The Stage Door. The show will begin rehearsals around 2nd March, and be performed on 13th-23rd May 2015. We will be doing 12 shows, over 2 weeks. We hope that we will be able to be offer a share of the profits of the show to our performers and production team.

Directors Sam Quested and Adam Myers, Musical Director Chris Ball.