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19 - 27 April 2024: The Worthy Players presents: Neighbourhood Watch by Alan Ayckbourn

19 - 27 April 2024
The Worthy Players presents
Neighbourhood Watch by Alan Ayckbourn

The Worthy Players are pleased to present – ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ returning to an author who has been acclaimed over many years, Alan Ayckbourn and is co-directed by our very own Clare Nicholas & Peter Wooldridge. Ayckbourn’s comedy plays often have a darker side and Neighbourhood Watch, is one of these in brief summary:-

Imagine a secluded group of houses on a larger estate where the residents talk themselves into extreme measures to protect them from perceived dangers, forming a neighbourhood protection scheme of their own. The opportunities for Ayckbourn’s script are boundless and he makes full use of them!

As always all performances take place at the Jubilee Hall in Kings Worthy commencing at 7.30pm on the 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th April. 

All details, including on-line ticket sales, to be found at:-
www.theworthyplayers.co.uk.

Please note this play does contain occasional use of strong language and is not recommended for children of primary school age or below.

www.theworthyplayers.co.uk

24 - 27 April 2024: Cheriton Players present: Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters, adapted by Stephen Briggs

24 - 27 April 2024

Cheriton Players present

Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters, adapted by Stephen Briggs


When Duke Felmet murders King Verence and takes over Lancre on the Discworld®, three witches are tasked with protecting the king’s baby son, Tomjon: Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self opinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down to earth, common) and Magrat Garlick (innocent, naive, slightly hippy).

In a script that channels inspiration from the juiciest plot twists of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Hamlet, plus a dose of essential HG Wells time-travel we encounter a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players plus a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Our three witches.

www.thecheritonplayers.org.uk


25 - 27 April 2024: Chameleons presents: Waiting for Gateaux by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood

25 - 27 April 2024
Chameleons presents
Waiting for Gateaux by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood

Waiting for Gateaux introduces you to a motley collection of weight watchers who are members of Mo-tivators, the worst health and fitness club in the country. It is run from a small hall in the middle of nowhere by Maureen, a ‘big-boned’ fifty-something widow. Her fellow members seemingly have nothing better to do on Club nights than eagerly await deliveries of pizzas and curries from the local take-aways!

A secret crush, a family secret and a scheming trickster are all on the menu too, so don't miss out, book your tickets now as this play has all the ingredients of a fun night out with The Chameleons.

Just click on the Box Office link below and secure your seats for what is sure to be an evening of laughter for you and your friends. Don't delay, book now!

www.chameleontheatre.co.uk

7 - 11 May 2024: RAODS presents: Things I Know To Be True by Andrew Bovell

7 - 11 May 2024
RAODS presents
Things I Know To Be True by Andrew Bovell

Things I Know To Be True is about love in many of its forms. 

A complex and intense portrait of the mechanics of a family – and a marriage – through the eyes of four siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents' love and expectations.

At times comforting and supportive. At others suffocating and destructive. But always love.

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16 - 18 May 2024: Bishopstoke Players presents: Bright. Young. Things by Georgia Christou

16 - 18 May 2024
Bishopstoke Players presents
Bright. Young. Things by Georgia Christou

Have you ever desired the dream, sought out the spotlight? Or just wanted to be the best at something? Most of us have, but what is it we’re really chasing? And will it be the dream we wanted?

On a reality television show, six remarkable – and remarkably young – geniuses are competing for the coveted Golden Brain trophy and the title ‘Britain’s Brainiest Child’. As the contestants battle it out round after round, the pressure mounts, the spotlight gets harsher, and each is faced with questions they were never expecting. Who will win and who will lose?  And what exactly does winning mean anyway?

“Bright. Young. Things.”, by Georgia Christou, is a funny, fast-paced play about identity, truth and the challenge of finding out who you really are. It is, in turns, funny, thought-provoking and poignant, and will keep you guessing to the end in this fast-paced take on the wacky world of reality TV. Pete Burton directs the fantastic cast, which includes many of our talented younger actors (as well as some old faces returning to Bishopstoke Players!).

Performances are at Durley Memorial Hall from Thurs 16th to Sat 18th May at 7.30 (doors open 7pm). Tickets are £12 (£8 under-18s) and are available at www.bishopstokeplayers.uk/buy-tickets (no booking fee) or via our ticket line 07871 006551 or email boxoffice@bishopstokeplayers.uk

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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

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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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

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

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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