Autumn sizzlers at The Kings

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Autumn tends to be the busiest time of year for theatres in the run-up to Christmas, and it’s no different at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, in the coming months.

From September 12-13, the theatre will again team up with the Icarus Theatre Collective to put on a production, and this year it’s Shakespeare’s Othello.

On the Sunday, September 15, there will be open auditions for children to take part in this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. There’s a slot at 10am for the under-5s while at 1pm there will be auditions for those more than five years old.

On September 17 the Blue Orange Theatre Company will perform the classic swashbuckling tale of pirates and their adventures with Treasure Island.

Noel Coward’s Present Laughter will be staged by One Off Productions from September 25-28. One of his best-loved plays, it follows West End star Garry Essendine as he becomes deeply involved with his manager’s wife even though he’s still under the control of his wife, Liz.

On October 3 the Kings’ audience can sing along to She’s Like The Wind and I’ve Had The Time Of My Life with A Night of Dirty Dancing, while a tale of unearthly creatures unfolds the following day with Aliens Love Underpants.

Prolific amateur dramatic group the Portsmouth Players returns to the theatre from October 8-12 with Sweet Charity, the story of the life and relationships of Charity Valentine.

On October 15 it’s the turn of Opera International. The company comes to Southsea with Verdi’s tale of anicent Egypt, Aida. And still in the classical vein, English Youth Ballet brings its version of Swan Lake on October 18 and19.

A group of actors and musicians will tell the story of Buddy Holly and his meteoric rise to fame in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story from October 21-26. Featuring songs such as That’ll Be The Day and Johnny B Goode, it charts his final performance at The Surf Ballroom in Iowa.

The following month, from November 6-9, it’s the turn of South Downe Musical Society with White Christmas , while CCADS performs Bird Song from November 14-16.

Talkwood Productions will present a Dickens’ sfavourite on November 20 with A Christmas Carol, and to celebrate the festive period the Kings put on Sleeping Beauty from December 9 until January 5.

For more information contact the Kings Theatre, Southsea, on (023) 9282 8282 or go to kings-southsea.com.