REVIEW: Forty Years On at Chichester Festival Theatre

The new Chichester season opens with Alan Bennett’s 1968 revue-style play, Forty Years On.

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The Kings Theatre

Key figures aiming to bring Kings Theatre into 21st century

To the casual observer, it’s been business as usual at the Kings Theatre in Southsea. But behind the scenes there have been some big changes.

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Heaven on Earth writer Sara Jeffs with Russell Watson


The greatest story ever told

A new musical telling the story of Adam and Eve is coming to Portsmouth on its debut tour next year.

Mr Bloom's Nursery Live

CBeebies star’s new show at the Kings, Southsea, promises to be blooming marvellous

If you’ve got a pre-schooler, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with Mr Bloom and his lovable talking veggies.

Reginald D Hunter

Reginald D Hunter: ‘All you have to give is an honest opinion about anything and someone, somewhere will be offended’

In the second decade of the 21st century, it almost seems you’re no-one unless you’re being offended about something.

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Bench Theatre's production of Equus at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant

REVIEW: Equus at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant

Peter Shaffer’s 1973 play is the latest offering from the Bench Theatre company.

Wonderland at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

REVIEW: Wonderland at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Wonderland is a visual delight, with an epic rabbit hole lit by ever-changing neon lights and the set, costumes and chorus choreography making the perfect canvas for this updating of the classic tale.


Stars return to The Kings Theatre, Southsea, for Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

SNOW White and the Seven Dwarfs will be this year’s panto at The Kings Theatre – and they’ve already announced a couple of familiar faces in its cast.

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Jeff Bone and David Penrose in Bench Theatre's production of Equus

Bench Theatre take on a controversial modern classic at The Spring Arts Centre, Havant

It was the play Daniel Radcliffe chose to star in when he wanted to step out of the shadow of Harry Potter.

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Sleaford Mods performing for Trash Arts at The Fat Fox

‘A scene develops from people – not one person’: Trash Arts turns 10 with an all-dayer at The Edge of The Wedge

Trash Arts began life in 2007 as film production company.

Keith Chegwin and Basil Brush star in  Beauty and the Beast, an Easter panto

King Cheggers makes his Portsmouth debut in Beauty and The Beast

It’s been a long, strange career for Keith Chegwin.

Ricky Gervais

REVIEW: Ricky Gervais at Portsmouth Guildhall

It was something of a coup for the Guildhall to entice Ricky Gervais to Portsmouth and tickets sold out so fast that a second date of his Humanity show was immediately added.

The cast of South Downe Musical Society's production of Calamity Jane

REVIEW: Calamity Jane at Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Conceived as a film – a reaction from Warner Brothers to the success of Annie, Get Your Gun – and as a vehicle for Doris Day, the 1961 stage musical version of Calamity Jane doesn’t really have a lot to recommend it – bar the four well-known songs that grace its score.

Comedian Chris Ramsey.

Chris Ramsey: ‘You can’t be a full-time adult when you’re a comedian’

Even Chris Ramsey seems rather bemused by his current ubiquity.

The cast of Pericles in rehearsal. From left: Charlotte Thompson  playing the part of Marina, Faye Williams playing Thaisa and Mike Jupp playing  Pericles.

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REVIEW: Pericles: Prince of Tyre at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth

It is accepted that Shakespeare only wrote 50 per cent of Pericles.


New chairman is appointed to head up cultural trust

Portsmouth Cultural Trust, the organisation responsible for running Portsmouth Guildhall, has appointed a new chairman of its board of trustees.

Jonny & the Baptists - Eat the Poor. Picture by Anna Soderblom

Jonny and the Baptists stick it to the capitalist pigs, sort of

How many houses do you own?

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New studio opens at community theatre

A NEW studio has been unveiled and is ready for action at a community theatre.

Nicholas Limm in Hamlet. Picture: George Riddell

REVIEW: Hamlet, Kings Theatre, Southsea

Touted as ‘Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation’, Icarus Theatre Collective’s production of Hamlet took risks to revamp the Bard’s most renowned play – some with greater success than others.

The ensemble for Pericles, the Southsea Shakespeare Actors latest production. 
Picture: Sarah Standing

From Twelfth Night to Pericles and a lot more in between – The Southsea Shakespeare Actors turn 70

Seventy years, more than 220 productions in, and the Southsea Shakespeare Actors are still going strong.

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