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Ladies' Day

Most of us are aware that alcohol has the power to loosen the tongue, making us spill long-hidden secrets to anyone we happen to be with at the time, and Amanda Whittington’s play expands on this idea.

Puttin’ on the Ritz

When you’re stuck in an August traffic jam, remind yourself of the advantages that the influx of holidaymakers brings to the area. There are the boring things like all the money they pump into the local economy; more interestingly, they mean that the bigger theatres import some first-rate professional entertainment. If you want proof, look no further than this attractive show.


Imagine The Big Bang Theory: The Musical and you are close to the essential storyline of this rocking musical about geek love triumphant over narcissism in 1971. Throw in some Grease and High School Musical type diversions along the way and you have an edgy and relevant show, which the energetic cast and musicians seemed to be thoroughly enjoying.

News and Previews

Musical mad

Starring Gareth Gates and producer-director Michael Courtney, the tenth anniversary tour of Mad About the Musicals arrives at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts on 30 October. From the poignant All I Ask of You to the dramatic One Day More the show takes a whistle-stop tour from the heart of London’s theatre land to the glitz of Broadway as it celebrates the best songs from the shows with a host of numbers from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Boublil & Schönberg.

Courtroom drama

Flash Point Productions have chosen a suitable venue - the Old Magistrates' Court in Leigh Road, Eastleigh - for their staging of The Night of January 16th.

The Mousetrap is back

Almost exactly two years after it played Poole on its first-ever UK tour as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, Agatha Christie’s legendary, record-breaking, smash hit thriller The Mousetrap is to return to Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts. Tickets are on sale now for the week-long run that will open on Monday 29 February.


Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance Broadway Version will get a brand new twist in the hands of Director Sally Whyte when Ringwood Musical and Dramatic Society stage it at Easter 2016.

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.