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The Women

WITH the new academic year only a matter of weeks old, this production is the first of the students’ public performances for 2014/15, and by and large it sets a very high standard.


THE apparent simpleton who in his innocence is wiser than those around him is a stock character in drama, but there are few better examples than Elwood P Dowd, the central character in ‘Harvey’. The central visible character, that is, because the real hero is the 6’ 1” white rabbit who gives the play its name and who can be seen only by Elwood. The relationship is the despair of Elwood’s sister, Veta, and his niece, Myrtle Mae, who decide that he must be confined to a discreet mental home run by Dr Chumley.

The Pirates Of Penzance

THE first production of The Pirates of Penzance may have taken place 135 years ago, but the story of young Frederick and his 21st birthday from hell is still enjoyed now as much as it was then. There have been attempts to modernise it, but you will not find any Keystone Cops or Pirates of the Caribbean in this production as it is very traditional. The Director, Claire Camble-Hutchins, has ably kept Bournemouth Gilbert and Sullivan Society firmly in their comfort zone with just a few well-chosen modernisms - a mobile phone for example, which it has to be said got the biggest laugh of the evening.


Jason Manford To Star In The Producers In Southampton

Award winning comedian Jason Manford will star in a brand new UK Tour of The Producers. Based on Mel Brooks’ beloved Academy Award winning movie, The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that has taken Broadway and the West End by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards; it arrives at Mayflower Theatre in Southampton from 26-30 May 2015.

David Starkey: The Tudors and Us

David Starkey, the UK’s leading constitutional historian, known for his forthright views, makes a visit to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts on Thursday 30 October with an evening entitled ‘The Tudors and Us’.

Extra Date Added At BIC For X-Factor Tour

You’ve taken the journey with them from the room to the arena, sat on the edge of your sofa during the dramatic six-seat challenge at bootcamp, travelled to judges’ houses and will be tuning in to the studio shows; now is your chance to see The X Factor live.

Kicking off on 13th February 2015 in Belfast, The X Factor 2015 Live Tour is a country wide arena tour which will travel to Bournemouth on 18 & 19 February with contestants performing classic songs and viewers’ favourites from the TV series.

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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

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

MILTON Musical Society will be performing Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum at the Regent Centre, Christchurch, from 29 April 29 to 5 May 2015.