A hollow tale at Wymering

John Cristow is a typical Agatha Christie character, with a successful career, an easy charm, a string of lovers and rivals...and a bullet in his chest.

Pirates of Penzance at New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

REVIEW: Pirates of Penzance at New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

It’s amazing that a show which opened in 1879 can still bring joy and laughter to audiences today.

Kyle Stanford in character, on board HMS M33

It’s important to never forget the past

TORCHLIGHT Mysteries holds a very dear place in my heart, as an organisation that explores mysteries in heritage locations and brings history to life.

Lin Warner during rehearsals as Mother in After Magritte. Picture by Russell Blitz

REVIEW: Tom Stoppard double-bill at The Spring Arts Centre, Havant

Humdrum have long been a company who pride themselves in producing shows that audiences might not otherwise see, eschewing the well-worn musicals and over performed plays, instead unearthing unknown gems.

Songs for The End of The World. Picture by Libby Overton

The end of the world gets a brand new soundtrack

It’s the end of the world, but Dom Coyote isn’t phased.

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Ben Bland as Connie and Andre Squire as Tom in The Grapes of Wrath at Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

REVIEW: The Grapes of Wrath at Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

A play based on one of Steinbeck’s greatest novels should convey the strength of the human spirit, and whilst it had plenty of dramatic appeal, it didn’t quite reach me.

Ghost: The Musical at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

REVIEW: Ghost The Musical at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

I am not ashamed to admit that by the time the curtain came down on Ghost: The Musical, I was a blubbering wreck and nudging my companion fervently for tissues.

The cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, with Lauren Kempton centre,  at The Queens Hotel, Southsea.  Picture by Tony Neal

The con is on as CCADS bring these scoundrels to the Kings

Who’s conning who? And what exactly is the hustle?

Scattered by Motionhouse. Picture by Sharon Bradford

Bringing the power and beauty of water to The New Theatre Royal

A thought-provoking show, Scattered combines Motionhouse’s highly physical trademark style with entrancing digital imagery in an extraordinary interaction between film and live performance to look at our relationship with water.

St Mary's Church in Fratton

Portsmouth artists set to put unique spin on Handel’s Messiah

MORE than 200 performers are set to come together to deliver a unique Mariah Carey-inspired performance of a famous musical piece later this month.

Shane Richie and Laura Whitmore in Not Dead Enough

REVIEW: Not Dead Enough at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

With twists and turns aplenty, frequent audience gasps and whispered fan theories all over the theatre, it could only mean that the latest Peter James play was in town.

REVIEW: Cirque De Glace at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

REVIEW: Cirque De Glace at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

A truly astounding feat of physical performance and artistry, the Russian Ice Stars really raise the stakes in this show-stopping skating spectacular.


REVIEW: Stand By Me at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

Stand by Me – a revue featuring the songs of Ben E King and The Drifters, another tribute band to review, I thought.

Julia and her daughter Paige, who both won the Sally Noble Bible Reading trophy

Emotional performances steal the show at music festival

THE level of competition at the Portsmouth Music Festival this year has been ‘exceptionally high’ according to the festival treasurer.

Thoroughly Modern Millie  - Joanne Clifton as Millie and Company. Picture by Darren Bell

From Strictly to stage, Joanne Clifton takes the lead in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Joanne Clifton is not quite the smalltown ingenue thrown into the deep end that is the title character of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Pictures: Nikki Ball

Children dazzle in theatrical role

Children’s choir helped with Joseph performance

Cirque De Glace

Ice skating and circus skills combine to stunning effect in Cirque De Glace at the Kings

THE Kings Theatre is to be transformed into an icy wonderland for a visit for a spectacular show combining skating and the circus.


Festivities’ playtime

PORTSMOUTH Festivities has launched a new scheme to help people get closer to the action.

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The Kings Theatre, Southsea held an Open Day giving members of the public an oppourtunity to explore areas usually of limits and find out more about the theatre. - "The Kings Theatre" Picture Credit: Keith Woodland. PPP-170602-110301001

All the young people are taking over

THE Kings Youth Theatre and KYT Leading Lights are proud to present two shows in one evening – Death in Character and Black Comedy.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. With Lucy Kay as the Narrator.

Britain’s Got Talent star Lucy Kay tells how Joseph’s story is still helping beat the bullies

Lucy Kay has found that success has been the best way to show up those who bullied her at school.

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