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18 - 25 May 2024: Chesil Theatre presents: Bronte

18 - 25 May 2024
Chesil Theatre presents
Bronte

Written by Polly Teale and directed by Sarah Jacobs.

Branwell Bronte returns home in disgrace.  It is 1845 and while he descends into alcoholism and self-loathing his three sisters write.  Working within the confines of the isolated parsonage, Charlotte, Emily and Anne enter the imagined world of their fictional characters, who come to disturb their creators. 

www.chesiltheatre.org.uk

20 - 25 May 2024: Maskers presents: Murder in the Studio

20 - 25 May 2024
Maskers presents
Murder in the Studio

Three murderers, one detective and plenty of mysteries - will the villain be stopped in time; does the punishment fit the crime?

Maskers presents three murder mystery radio plays for a studio audience, written by the Queen of Crime herself Agatha Christie, set across several decades from 1930s to 1950s, the running theme is a mysterious phone call, and of course a murder!

Featuring Personal Call, in which James Brent is haunted by his dead wife starting with a mysterious telephone call, can she really be calling from beyond the grave; Yellow Iris, in which Hercule Poirot finds himself in the middle of an old unsolved murder case when called to attend the hotel Jardin des Cygnes – can he solve the mystery of the unusual death before someone else is hurt; and Butter in a Lordly Dish, in which we find out if vengeance really is a dish best served cold, and debate about the meaning of justice.

A game is afoot, the call has been made, the players are in play - let the murders begin!

www.maskers.org.uk

11 - 15 June 2024: RAODS presents: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally

11 - 15 June 2024
RAODS presents
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally

Frankie (a waitress) and Johnny (a short-order cook who works in the same restaurant) are discovered in bed. It is their first encounter, after having met several weeks ago on the job, and Frankie is hopeful that Johnny will now put on his clothes and depart, so she can return to her usual routine of watching TV and eating ice cream. But Johnny, a compulsive talker (and romantic), has other ideas. He is convinced that he loves Frankie, a notion that she, at first, considers to be ridiculous. She has had more disappointments than delights in life, and he is the veteran of one broken marriage already. And neither of them is in the bloom of youth. Yet out of their sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious interplay the promise of a relationship beyond a "one-night stand" does begin to emerge...

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9 - 13 July 2024: Hamble Players presents: Dirty Dusting by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood

9 - 13 July 2024
Hamble Players presents
Dirty Dusting by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood

When three cleaners, Olive, Gladys and Elsie, are threatened with redundancy they feel that their lives are coming to an end until a chance wrong number gives them a new business start-up idea – why not run a telephone sex line? They’ve got motive, opportunity and a lifetime of experience – some more than others, mind you.   

Contains Adult Themes. 

www.hambleplayers.co.uk

13 - 20 July 2024: Chesil Theatre presents: Captain Corelli's Mandolin

13 - 20 July 2024
Chesil Theatre presents
Captain Corelli's Mandolin

adapted by Rona Monro from the novel by Louis de Bernieres, and directed by Eleanor Marsden

1940, the Greek island of Kefalonia is catapulted into World War II.  Despite loathing the occupying Italians, local girl, Pelagia, is drawn to the charismatic Captain Corelli.  As boundaries blue between friend and foe, the war prompts everyone to question their loyalties, their ambitions and the price of freedom. 

www.chesiltheatre.org.uk

16 - 20 July 2024: RAODS youth presents: Proof by Trudie Shutler

16 - 20 July 2024
RAODS youth presents
Proof by Trudie Shutler

A DNA test. A date. A decision.

Pearl is just your average teenager, but when she finds out that her father was a scientist who designed a simple DNA test that can tell the precise date and time when you are going to die, her world is turned upside down. She has a decision to make and time is running out.

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18 - 27 July 2024: Maskers presents: Romeo & Juliet

18 - 27 July 2024
Maskers presents
Romeo & Juliet

Maskers return to Townhill Park for theatre on the lawn

Warning! This Contains:
Rich Regency costume
Dramatic fights
True love that goes wrong!!

Shakespeare's haunting tale of young love at first sight, the awakening of deep, deep passion and the tragic events that lead to their deaths. 

An age-old vendetta between two powerful families erupts into bloodshed.

Set in the Regency Era.

Lord Capulet has arranged a party to introduce his daughter, Juliet, to Paris, the man he wants her to marry. A group of masked Montagues gatecrashes the party and Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love, each unaware that the other should be a deadly enemy. In haste, they marry, intending to present their families with a fait accompli. Immediately after the secret wedding, Romeo unwillingly becomes caught up in renewed fighting, which leaves his best friend dead and Romeo guilty of killing Juliet’s cousin in revenge. Romeo is banished from Verona. Will the lovers see each other again? Will Juliet be forced into a bigamous marriage with Paris? Will anything reconcile the Montagues and the Capulets?

www.maskers.org.uk

25 - 27 July 2024: Chameleon Theatre Company presents: Bleak Expectations by Mark Evans

25 - 27 July 2024
Chameleon Theatre Company presents
Bleak Expectations by Mark Evans

Follow half-orphan Pip's extraordinary exploits with sisters Pippa and Poppy and best friend Harry Biscuit, as they attempt to escape the calculating clutches of the dastardly Mr Gently Benevolent, defeat the hideous Hardthrasher siblings, and deflect disaster at every turn! Will evil be vanquished by virtue? Can love triumph over hate?

chameleontheatre.co.uk

7 - 10 August 2024: RAODS presents: Macbeth

7 - 10 August 2024
RAODS presents
Macbeth

Get your summer picnic (and chairs) together and head to Island House, just outside Romsey. And there, as you sit by the banks of the River Test and the sun sets, watch and listen to the story of war and witchcraft - ambition and guilt - that is the tragedy of the 'Scottish play'.  

Written to appeal to the then King's interest in witchcraft and first performed 418 years ago, this is (rightly) one of Shakespeare's most famous, and most readily understood, works.

PLEASE NOTE - If bad weather means one or more performances have to be cancelled, then the tickets for those performances will be valid for a later performance. Which, if necessary, will mean an extra performance on the Sunday evening.

Suitable for ages 11+

10% discount on groups of 10+

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