You’d be a sucker to miss Dracula by the New Apollo

New Apollo promised that 2016 would be a year of comedy for Portsmouth’s only professional theatre troupe.

Lee Mead

Lee Mead will be enchanted to meet you at the New Theatre Royal

There’s no hanging around for Lee Mead as he heads straight from playing Caractacus Potts on tour in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to his own tour celebrating the golden era of the Hollywood musical.

Mark Thomas outside The Red Shed in Wakefield

Mark Thomas brings the Red Shed to The Nuffield

The Red Shed is the third part of campaigning comic Mark Thomas’s theatrical trilogy, which began with the multi-award winning, critically-acclaimed Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed.

The Normal Heart by HumDrum.
Picture shows Mikey Palmer as Ned and Michael Gondelle as Felix

REVIEW: The Normal Heart at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant

It is more than 30 years since the AIDS virus was identified and much has happened since, not only in its treatment but also in how much society is moving towards acknowledging a gay man’s right to live on ‘normal’ terms with everyone else.

Angie Lily with Katie Watson in rehearsal for It Started With a Touch

Decision time in It Started With a Touch at Rosie’s Vineyard in Southsea

It Started With A Touch presents a lead character none of us would want to face: if you saw your son beat up an innocent man, would you report him to the police?

Paul Nicholls as Andy Dufresne in the Shawshank Redemption. Picture by Mark Yeoman

REVIEW: The Shawshank Redemption at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The Shawshank Redemption play is based on a short novel by Stephen King (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption) however most associate the tale with the 1994 film of the same name.

Paige Brooker during her performance

Picture: Sarah Standing (161402-7930)

Paige makes her dreams come true...

She dreamed a dream – and it came true, as Paige Brooker won this year’s Instant Star competition.

Gigs and Music
Back from left, Jack Tutt as Muddles the Jester, Victoria Lucie as Snow White, Alex Forman as Nanny Nakeroo and Paula Brett as The Evil Queen with front from left, singers and dancers Megan Bull, Hollie Palmer and Sydney Jennings 

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Groundlings get ready for Snow White

GROUNDLINGS Theatre is getting ready for a festive journey into an enchanted fairytale packed full of fun and adventure.


REVIEW: Aida at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

Like many of Verdi’s operas, Aida has a reputation for being a rousing blockbuster and is often performed in large outdoor arenas, such as Verona in Italy, on an epic scale.


Contest to find an Instant Star

TONIGHT will see performers aged from nine to 62 take to the stage in a bid to win our Instant Star competition.

Gigs and Music
The boys from down under combined puppetry of the penis with jaw-aching comedy which allowed women the right to laugh at their pride and joy without them getting offended.

REVIEW: Puppetry Of The Penis, Kings Theatre, Southsea

The show opened with what could only be described as a flaccid performance from their comedy support act, Ria Lina.

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From left, Masha Alyokhina, Belarus Free Theatre co-founding artistic director Natalia Kaliada, and, BFT general manager and producer Clare Robertson

‘It’s about finding that strength to exist and resist’

If anyone understands the ethos of Journeys Festival International it is Natalia Kaliada.

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REVIEW: Love’s Labour’s Lost at Chichester Festival Theatre

Two purveyors of top theatrical quality – the CFT and the RSC – are currently giving us a Shakespearean double-bill.

Much Ado About Nothing at Chichester Festival Theatre

REVIEW: Much Ado About Nothing at Chichester Festival Theatre

Part two of the Shakespearean double-bill at the Festival Theatre is this comedy from his most creative period.

Shooting With Light

The Spring welcomes theatre show Shooting with Light

In a world where 2.5bn photographs are taken every day, Idle Motion bring to life one of the most remarkable untold stories of our time.

Roger McGough by Colin Clarke

Roger McGough brings the sensual ear to Winchester Poetry Festival

For five decades, Roger McGough has been one of our best-known faces of poetry.

From left, Matt Dallen, Jade Ellis, Anne Hegerty, Vicki Michelle, Phil Randall, Marcus Patrick and Sam Callahan at the Kings Picture: Habibur Rahman (161386-28)

Cast climb to the stars in The Kings panto, Jack and The Beanstalk

FEE, fi, fo fum, I smell the launch of The Kings’ pantomime!

Isle of Woman      Picture: Oliver Cameron-Swan

Would you share your island with Boris Johnson? Cast your vote at The Wedgewood Rooms...

Whether musing about breast-feeding in the zoo, the fate of pubic hair, No More Page 3, raising a disabled child or the phenomenon that is Boris Johnson, Isle of Woman will have you laughing one moment and crying the next.

Forbidden Nights

BGT’s Forbidden Nights ready to entertain

If you can muster the stamina to imagine a mix of Cirque Du Soleil and Magic Mike, then you’re not even halfway towards picturing a night as intoxicating and entertaining as Forbidden Nights.

Whats on
Rogues and Vagabonds

Theatre company to perform at Stansted House as part of festival

The Rogues and Vagabonds Community Theatre Company is performing for the first time at Stansted House as a part of the annual WemsFest Arts Festival

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