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Dracula Spectacular

HORROR on its own is a pretty unattractive genre, be it on stage or film. To work, it needs the boost of eroticism (as in Hammer House of Horror films) or of comedy (‘Carry On Screaming’ etc). Maybe their local knowledge told them that eroticism is in short supply in Lytchett Matravers, as Castle Players have chosen to go down the comedy route with their latest production, which is no more or less than a Hallowe’en pantomime.


ALTHOUGH Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels are hugely popular I must be honest and say that I’m not a fan, despite having seen several stage adaptations. However, perhaps it’s because Maskerade is a spoof on Phantom of the Opera that I liked it when I first saw it, and after tonight I positively love it.


IT is always good to welcome a new theatre touring company onto the scene. Dancing Fool Theatrical Ltd was formed in the spring of 2014 and has joined forces with the Harlow Playhouse and Ash Productions Live Ltd to stage Copacabana. So it is even more welcome when a touring musical visits the Pavilion Theatre. But alas, judging by the size of the house at the Monday performance, as usual this will hardly encourage producers to bring more productions to the Pavilion Bournemouth.


Electrifying African and Hip Hop dance comes to Bournemouth to kick off November!

Three live dance performances are coming to Pavilion Dance South West as part of the Re:Generations Conference by ADAD (The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora). On Thursday 6 November Kalabanda will be performed as part of the ‘Thursday Night is Dance Night’ programme. The evening will be an African and hip hop dance fusion with four works by Ugandan dance company Tabu Flo and UK hip hop legend Jonzi D, including a world premiere. Kalabanda (meaning “The Skeltor” in English), explores the legend of the malevolent, ghost-like kakalabanda through the eyes of Ugandan boarding school students.


On Sunday 16th November at 7.30pm the Regent Centre in Christchurch, will be filled with the sounds of some of the very best vocal talent in British musical theatre.   The WEST END & BROADWAY SONGBOOK features a cast of West End principal artistes headed up by stars Nigel Richards (Phantom of The Opera & Les Miserables) & Helen Hobson (Mamma Mia, Blood Brothers) and backed live on stage by a four piece band under the musical direction of West End MD Colin Billing (Lend Me A Tenor).

New play based upon the Shrewsbury 24 to premiere at The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

A new play based on the story of the “Shrewsbury 24”, when 24 building workers were accused and three jailed for violent picketing and intimidating workers in Shropshire in 1973 is set to have its world premiere in Portsmouth

United We Stand, by Neil Gore, will premiere at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea on 10th November at 7.30pm 

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Ferndown Drama will be reading Loot by Joe Orton on Monday 3rd November in the Studio at the Barrington Centre at 7.45pm. Auditions will then be on the 5th and 10th.  All welcome.  Production dates are 21st January to the 24th January 2015.

The Sleeping Beauty

Award-winning English Youth Ballet are offering all young male and female dancers (aged 8 – 18) from around Hampshire the opportunity of a lifetime - the chance to rehearse with and then dance alongside international professional principal dancers in the production of The Sleeping Beauty for 3 performances at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, on 6-7th March 2015.


Read-through and auditions for Two by Jim Cartwright and directed by Hayley Tucker for Arena Theatre.  Read-through will be Monday 27 October and Audition on Monday 3 November.  Both events will be at Pokesdown School and start at 7.30pm. Further details from info@arena-theatre.co.uk or call Paul Nelson on 07528 536899