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Can You Help?

BMT Productions are performing Oliver! at the Regent Centre from June 10-13 and urgently need the following props:   
2 x Cauldron style cooking pots
1 x Knife Grinding wheelbarrow/cart
1 x Dome shaped wire birdcage
 1 x Victorian style bath chair
 1 x Wood burner style cooker
 1 x bed with a brass frame
 2  long Wooden Tables with 4 x wooden benches 
 Any large food props e.g. Jellies, Cakes, Turkeys  

If any local companies who have produced Oliver! in the past think that they might be able to lend us any of the above, please could they contact us on info@bmtproductions.co.uk  We would be extremely grateful and promise to take good care of them.


The Picture Of Dorian Gray

THE half-restored Shelley Theatre, with its bare brick and breeze-blocks, would probably not be the ideal theatre in which to stage a drawing room comedy, but it is a perfect setting for stimulating and challenging modern work. ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, a new play by John Foster, certainly matches that description. Superficially, it doesn’t bear much resemblance to Oscar Wilde’s original Faustian novel of the beautiful young man who does not age despite a life of depravity, while his portrait in the attic does. For a start, both Lord Henry Wotton and Basil Hallward become female as Henri and Basel respectively; how dear Oscar would have deplored the loss of the homo-erotic element in his story! Dorian himself is a successful photographer.

The Love Nest

Now then, dear reader.  It will serve your interpretation well of what you are about to read, if you know that, as I sit at my keyboard, it is with a heavy heart and massive exhalation of breath accompanied by a puffing out of my cheeks. 

The Thrill Of Love

I am old enough to remember hearing about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in England, but too young to have known the background details, and consequently I found this play absolutely fascinating.


T Rextasy's I Love To Boogie Tour Hits Christchurch

The award winning T.Rextasy recreate the unforgettable sound and look of legendary Glam Rock band T.Rex at the Regent Centre, Christchurch, on Thursday 16 April at 7.30 pm.

Sing Me Your Song O

Bournemouth Gilbert Sullivan Society make their annual pilgrimage to the Regent Centre in Christchurch when they present their Annual Concert celebration of the famous Savoy Operas on Sunday 19 April at 7.30pm.  This year the Concert is entitled title is I Have a Song to Sing O!

Basil's On His Way To Christchurch

Basil Brush is a star with an outstanding ability to entertain and make people of all ages laugh and smile. He’s cheeky, irreverent, charming, naughty, quick-witted, scheming and foxy, but at the same time he’s kind, caring and affectionate.

Basil has celebrated over 50 years in entertainment and The Basil Brush Show on BBC TV has been seen by millions of viewers all over the globe from 1968 through to today. The show was BAFTA nominated and voted best comedy show on TV.

Now, Britain's most loveable fox is back on the road along with his TV chum Mr Stephen (aka Chris Pizzey). Together they will take you on a journey of laughs, storytelling and song in a brand new specially written ‘live’ family stage show packed with fun and excitement.


When We Are Married

LYNDHURST Drama and Musical Society will shortly be auditioning for When We Are Married by JB Priestley, directed by Jenny Green.

CASTING MEETING:  Wesdnesday 29 April,7.30 pm, Vernon Theatre, Lyndhurst.

PERFORMANCE DATES: Thurs/Fri/Sat 23/24/25 July, same venue

The King and I

Wimborne Musical Theatre Society is urgently looking for two boys/teenagers for roles in its forthcoming production of The King and I, which will take place at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, from June 16-20.

The roles to be cast are: Louis Leonowens, Anna's son. Alto voice, range g-b', age 12-15; Prince Chululongkorn, the King's son. Alto voice, range g-a', age 13-17.

If you are interested in being considered for either of these roles, and for more information about the reharsal schedule, please contact Sylvia Walpole on 07973 285334 or sdwalpole@icloud.com

Pirates of the Pavilion

Following a hugely successful season in 2014, PIRATES OF THE PAVILION – The Swashbuckling Summer Pantomime is back! So get ready for rib-tickling laughter and bags of audience participation as you join our Potty Pirates on a brand new swashbuckling adventure this summer!

We’re currently looking for two teams of local dancers aged 16+ to appear in the production throughout the summer. This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside professional Actors, Directors and Choreographers in a spectacular show!