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Rock 'n' Roll Heaven

WHEN you go to see a Bill Kenwright production, you know you are in for a treat.  I had the pleasure to watch his last West End hit and successful tour of Dreamboats and Petticoats.  The much awaited follow up show of ‘Dreamboats and Miniskirts’ is due to open very shortly at the Theatre Royal Windsor.

Barefoot In The Park

BEING an avid lover of romantic comedy movies and of the theatre, I was excited to see how Barefoot In The Park could combine my two loves. Set in 1960's New York, the play follows the story of a newly married young couple with amusing outcomes. Featuring only a small cast, I feared the play could be slow moving but the Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society actors held my attention throughout, culminating in an ending that made me want more.

Henry IV

SHAKESPEARE buffs will of course know that there is no such play as Henry IV, but that it is divided into parts one and two. However, to prevent audiences having to sit over on Brownsea Island until the early hours, director Denise Mallender has made some judicious cuts in the two plays and melded them into one extremely satisfactory whole that finishes in plenty of time for everyone to get back to Poole Quay and even have time for a quick drink before last orders, should they feel so inclined.

Skool's Out!

IN an interesting concept with three short performances linked together loosely with a school theme, Ringwood’s Musical and Dramatic Society began this year’s summer show last night (July 22nd). Certainly unique to any other show I’ve seen, it’s as though you’re getting three shows for the price of one. Definitely a great way to save money! As you walk between performances, you’re greeted by ushers with trays of nibbles – at times it was so welcoming, I felt like a guest in somebody’s home.  

Sister Act

MUSICALS rarely come bigger and more spectacular than 'Sister Act'.  Following a very successful run in the West End, Broadway and UK tour, this wonderfully funny show is now being performed up and down the country by amateur companies.

André Rieu Via Satellite

I have long been a fan of satellite screenings because it seems to me that it’s a way of having the best seats in the house without the hassle and expense of getting there. For the first time I’m in a position to qualify those words, as last weekend we were in Maastricht watching the actual concert that was recorded for tonight’s transmission. So how did the two compare?

'Allo 'Allo

I couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable end to my extremely busy week than an evening at René’s café, but I wish I’d remembered that we were supposed to dress in appropriate clothing because I felt rather like a British tourist, surrounded as I was by a sea of berets, scarves and striped t-shirts. And of course I didn’t stand a chance of winning one of the fancy-dress prizes, but congratulations to those whose efforts were justly rewarded.

Ghost The Musical

NEVER having seen either the stage version or the film, I had no preconceived ideas of what to expect from this production, save that I knew Swish would give it their all. If it’s possible to do such a thing, I think they gave even more than that, and by the end of the evening I was cheering - and crying! - with the rest of the capacity audience. 

Oh What A Lovely War

ESTABLISHED in 1928, New Forest Players have become a well-established amateur dramatic society who aim to present three plays/Musicals every year.  I have personally seen previous shows performed by this company, all of which are of a good standard and entertaining. 

The Importance Of Being Earnest

BEING a self-confessed gregarious sociopathic lexophile, it is perhaps unsurprising that I adore the silliness of the plot of Oscar Wilde’s master farce, where Jack Worthing (Steve Clark) escapes the routine of his country existence by continually being his estranged brother’s “keeper” and so regularly runs off for the excitement of town. Whilst there, he pretends to be his fictitious brother Ernest and is in regular contact with Algernon Montcrieff (William Baggs). Operating in opposition, Algy regularly runs off to the Country to look after his equally fictitious chum Bunbury when the burdens of London society become too much.

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