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WELCOME to Scene One, your guide to what’s happening on the theatre scene from Bournemouth to Southampton and beyond.

You’ll find news, audition details, previews and reviews, plus links to theatre groups, education, training and more.

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John Newth, Editor


West End and Broadway Songbook

Those who know me well are aware that I’m partial to popping up to London to see musicals and concerts in some of the smaller, lesser-known theatres, where I can watch West End performers ‘up close and personal’ for a fraction of the price that I’d be paying at, say, the Dominion, the Palladium or Drury Lane.

The Golden Days of Music Hall

Wimborne Musical Theatre certainly delivered a delectably, delicious and delightful take on The Good Old Days and the MC, Phil Evans, didn’t disappoint with his verbose verbiage, conjuring up memories of the great Leonard Sachs.


Twenty years ago there was a musical about the AIDS epidemic raging in the US. Not so topical until two days ago when Charlie Sheen declares he has been HIV positive for the last four years. Suddenly Music Theatre South’s current production becomes bang up to date. What timing!

News and Previews

Pieces of eight, pieces of eight

Ahoy there, maties, wake up and pay attention! It will soon be time for Broadstone Pantomime Productions’ annual show, which this year is an original version of Treasure Island,directed by Katie Bavington and written by Ron Kite. It's a family friendly show with all the main characters from the classic story plus a few new ones, and a share of this year’s booty will be donated to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust which takes young people sailing.

Springtime in Salisbury

Highlights of Salisbury Playhouse’s spring 2016 season include brand new productions of the musical Singin’ in the Rain and Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, plus Alan Bennett’s Single Spies direct from Chichester Festival Theatre. Continuing the Playhouse’s commitment to original drama, two new plays will be premiered in The Salberg, including Up Down Man, the much anticipated sequel to Up Down Boy, and This Land, a fast-paced story about what happens when someone else stakes their claim on the ground beneath our feet.

PWYC (Pay What You Can)

The Stage Door has launched a new initiative designed to bring more customers to the city centre venue. For the first night of every musical it presents, it will not be putting tickets on sale on line but will invite people to come to the show and pay what they can. The first show this involves is the new production of the landmark Broadway musical, Rent, which opens on 18 November and runs until 5 December.


What big teeth you have...

CCP Productions are putting on their own version of Red Riding Hood next September as a summer pantomime. Auditions will be held at the Moose Hall, Jollife Road, Poole on Sunday 17 January from 11 to 6. The auditions will be open and you do not have to book a slot. CCP are looking for all roles including: 5 to7-year-old fairies; 7 to12-year-old Wolf Cubs; 12 to15-year-old inter dancers; 16-18-year-old senior dancers. Principals include Dame (40+), Red Riding Hood (20+), the Woodcutter’s son (20+)

One Man, Two Guvnors

New Forest Players are delighted to be presenting One Man, Two Guvnors on 6 to 9 April. Read-through 11 January, auditions 13 January, all at the Performing Arts Centre, Ballard School, New Milton BH25 6DE at 7.30 pm. For further details email sarah.haberfield@hotmail.co.uk.


Ferndown Dramas second play in their 50th season is Proscenophobia (Stage Fright) by Bettine Manktelow, directed by Lee Tilson.  The production will be on 20th to 23rd January 2016. The read-through will be Monday 2nd November with auditions on the 4th November, both in the Studio of the Barrington Theatre, Ferndown at 19:30. Rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays each week with the exception of Monday 28th December. There will be an additional Friday rehearsal on 15th January and two Sunday rehearsals – 3rd and 10th January.