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Linda Kirkman, Editor


Canterbury Tales

This modern version of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ predates by thirteen years ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)’, which is probably better known and puts more bums on seats. But the moderniser of ‘Canterbury Tales’, Phil Woods, was the first to realise that authors from centuries ago like Geoffrey (and William) write jolly good stories, and that there is rich comic potential in bringing them up to date.


Lorelei's Allsorts

IT isn’t often that one goes to the theatre and hears a performer hold a conversation with a passing moth – but it isn’t often that one comes across a performance like this either. In the big scheme of things it probably isn’t unique, but in our small part of the country it isn’t like anything I’ve come across before.

With One Voice

IT is a known fact that singing is good for you, as it brings about a calming effect that is beneficial to the heart. I rather think that listening to good singing is equally beneficial, and I positively skipped outside at the end of this absolutely glorious concert, which was raising funds for local charity HOPE.


RSC's Merchant of Venice Beamed Live To Regent Centre

The 2015 Summer Season of live satellite broadcasts from Stratford – on – Avon to the big screen at the Regent in Christchurch, begins with Polly Findlay’s critically acclaimed production of the Merchant of Venice, which is screened at the Centre on Wednesday 22 July at 7pm.

Avenue Q Comes To Bournemouth In August

A smash hit on Broadway, in the West End and most recently in a critically-acclaimed 2014 UK Tour, award-winning comedy musical Avenue Q will bringing a host of fuzzy friends to Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 August.

Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival Gala Concert Next Saturday

NEXT Saturday, July 4, the Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival Gala Concert takes place at the Pavilion at 7.30pm.

This is the public’s opportunity to see the dancers, actors and singers who caught the judges’ eyes and were winners in the various classes of the Festival, which has been taking place at various venues over the past few weeks.


Dad's Army

Ringwood Musical and Dramatic Society is about to hold auditions for the Autumn production of ‘Dad’s Army’, which is to be performed in Ringwood during the week ending 31st October.   Rehearsals will begin in August on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Plays 'n' Chips

After this week's comedy double bill which Broadstone Players Theatre Company are putting on in the Broadstone War Memorial Hall, they will be getting ready for the following production - their much loved Plays 'n Chips evenings. These evenings of one-act plays interspersed with a fish and chip supper will take place on 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th September with a matinee on Saturday 5th.

Rutherford & Son

Rutherford & Son, written by Githa Sowerby, directed by Virginia Harrington.

Performances at Bournemouth Little Theatre, Jameson Road, Winton, 26th - 31st October 2015

Play Reading at same venue Friday 3rd July 2015 at 7.30pm, audition Sunday 5th July 2015 at 7.30pm