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1 - 3 September 2022: Hamble Players presents: A Cabaret

1 - 3 September 2022
Hamble Players presents
A Cabaret

An evening of songs, dances and sketches.

At all shows doors will be open half an hour before curtain-up.

Box Office Enquiries on 023 8044 0660

Curtain-up is normally 7-30pm for evening performances

Shows are performed at the Hamble Village Memorial Hall in Hamble

4 High Street, SO31 4JE.


20 - 24 September 2022: RAODS presents: Silly Cow by Ben Elton

20 - 24 September 2022
RAODS presents
Silly Cow by Ben Elton

Ben Elton's hilarious, filthy comedy!

Silly Cow is a slick, razor-tongued modern satire on the viciousness of tabloid journalism with an ingeniously dramatic dénouement. Doris is a newspaper columnist and reviewer with a talent for caustic insults and career assassination. She is being sued by the actress Trudi Hobson, after writing an article which savaged the respected thespian with accusations of small talent and large thighs. The queen of spleen isn’t worried: she’s got a job offer, a plan for a television show, and the cleavage to help the judge see things her way.

But she’s about to discover that even journalists can’t escape reaping what they have sown, and that there’s nothing quite as dramatic as an actress’s revenge.


22 - 24 September 2022: Bishopstoke Players presents: The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

22 - 24 September 2022
Bishopstoke Players presents
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

"Daddy!! Oh my Daddy!"

Who can resist that timeless line?

Bishopstoke Players' next production is that much-loved family classic, 'The Railway Children'.

It's an extra special one for us as this is the show closest to our 75th anniversary. Yes, that's right, we've been treading the boards of Bishopstoke and beyond, and supporting Action for Children, since 1947!

Since 'The Railway Children' was published in 1906, Edith Nesbit's novel has become a classic which has been read and loved by successive generations of children the world over, as well as delighting cinema and TV audiences. Now its appeal is widened still further with Dave Simpson's adventurous yet sensitive stage adaptation of the original novel.

Set in and around a country railway station at the turn of the last century, the plight of the Railway Children grappling with their new environment is imaginatively brought to life for a modern audience whilst losing nothing of the original spirit of humour, adventure and the final triumph of good over evil.

With the closure of Bishopstoke Memorial Hall we're unable to celebrate this milestone in Bishopstoke but please join us in Durley Memorial Hall from 22nd to 24th September at 7.30 each evening, with a matinee at 2.30 on the Saturday. Tickets are only £10 (under 18s: £8) and available now from www.bishopstokeplayers.uk/buy-tickets (no booking fee), or email boxoffice@bishopstokeplayers.uk, or phone 07871 006551.


1 - 8 October 2022: Chesil Theatre presents: Educating Rita by Willy Russell

1 - 8 October 2022
Chesil Theatre presents
Educating Rita by Willy Russell

A comedy of errors relevant for our time. A gentle poignant comedy/drama. Rita, a young working-class woman is dissatisfied with her life and job as a hairdresser. Wanting more, she enrols on an Open University course in English where she is tutored by Frank, a bored academic and poet.

The relationship proves life-changing for both of them – but who teaches and who learns?


18 - 22 October 2022: RAODS presents: The Haunting of Hill House by Anthony Neilson, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson

18 - 22 October 2022
RAODS presents
The Haunting of Hill House by Anthony Neilson, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson

The classic gothic horror story.

Dr. Montague hopes to find scientific evidence of the existence of the supernatural. He rents Hill House for a summer and invites people whom he has chosen because of their experiences with paranormal events. Of these, only Eleanor and Theodora accept. They will live in isolation with Montague and his assistant (and heir to Hill House) Luke. Meanwhile, a housekeeper tries to warn them of the horrors within...


27 - 29 October 2022: Chameleons presents: Sherlock Holmes and the mystery at Mallen Hall by Richard James

27 - 29 October 2022
Chameleons presents
Sherlock Holmes and the mystery at Mallen Hall by Richard James

Without Mrs Hudson to keep him in check, can Sherlock solve the mystery surrounding the deaths at Mallen Hall, including the family dog; all of which are not as they seem?


15 - 19 November 2022: RAODS presents: Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense by David and Robert Goodale

15 - 19 November 2022
RAODS presents
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense by David and Robert Goodale

An inventive, fast-paced comedy featuring P.G. Wodehouse's iconic double act.

When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker – reconciling the affections of his host's drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl himself!

Bertie himself tells the audience the story while Jeeves and Aunt Agatha's butler have to play all the other characters themselves!

An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books


19 - 26 November 2022: Chesil Theatre presents: Peggy For You by Alan Plater

19 - 26 November 2022
Chesil Theatre presents
Peggy For You by Alan Plater

This funny and charming play is an insight into the legendary, eccentric and inspirational literary agent, Peggy Ramsay. She believed that the living playwright belonged at the heart of theatre and that, without new writing, theatre was worthless. The action focuses on one day when old clients are exiting and new ones are entering. It is a wry and witty account of an extraordinary woman who nurtured generations of playwrights.

Contains some strong language.


21 - 28 January 2023: Chesil Theatre presents: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

21 - 28 January 2023
Chesil Theatre presents
Macbeth by William Shakespeare

When three witches promise Macbeth a future as King, the once-loyal Thane discovers just how far he is willing to go to secure that future, even at the cost of tearing his new kingdom apart.

Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy remains poignant today, exploring the lasting effects of war, the pressures of family and just how corrupting the temptation of power can be in uncertain times.

Contains some scenes of violence.

There will be a 'talk back' session following the Sunday matinee performance on 22nd January. Talk back sessions are a chance for the director and cast to discuss the play with the audience and take their questions. We would encourage school groups to take advantage of this performance for this reason, though group and student bookings are available for all nights of the production.


25 March - 1 April 2023: Chesil Theatre presents: Nasty Neighbours by Debbie Isitt

25 March - 1 April 2023
Chesil Theatre presents
Nasty Neighbours by Debbie Isitt

From behind the net curtains of their semi-detached home, Mr and Mrs Peach scrutinise their new neighbours, the Chapmans, ambitious young professionals, vociferous in their dissatisfactions.

Friendly overtures are met with resistance and small tensions rapidly escalate out of all proportion. Fuelled by the expenses and frustrations of everyday life in the suburbs, Mr Peach seems headed for a melt-down. He’s not the only one…

Contains adult themes, some strong language and moderate violence.


13 - 20 May 2023: Chesil Theatre presents: The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington

13 - 20 May 2023
Chesil Theatre presents
The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington

A heart-breaking drama about the last woman to be hanged in Britain in 1955.

Ruth Ellis is no stranger to the 1950’s underworld. A nightclub hostess with a history of chaotic relationships, she now manages a little place in Knightsbridge where people go to forget their troubles – but meeting hard-drinking racing driver David Blakely brings only greater tragedy for them both.

Amanda Whittington’s play offers a window into Ruth’s world and the society that sought to convict her.

Contains adult themes including depiction of domestic violence.

There will be a 'talk back' session following the Tuesday performance on 16th May. Talk back sessions are a chance for the director and cast to discuss the play with the audience and take their questions.


10 - 15 July 2023: Chesil Theatre presents: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (Freely adapted by Phil Wilmott)

10 - 15 July 2023
Chesil Theatre presents
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (Freely adapted by Phil Wilmott)

This new and ingenious adaptation reworks the familiar classic tale of treasure-seeking and piracy. Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver and Ben Gunn are here of course but alongside them, powerful women, mischievous rats and magical mer-folk - all accompanied by full-throated song, imaginative puppetry and the general jollity of pantomime. Perfect fare for an outdoor summer production to entertain young and old alike.