Swish and swirls in The Kings summer season

Dreamboats and Petticoats
Dreamboats and Petticoats
As You Like It, with Jessica Hayles centre. Picture by Keith Pattison

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There’s treasure to be discovered, swing skirts to swish and technicolour coats to be worn at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, this summer season.

As part of the annual Portsmouth Festivities, there will be a number of events at the theatre including The King’s Singers on June 22, The Six Wives of Henry VIII performed by local schools on June 26 and Centrally Heated Knickers, written and performed by Michael Rosen, on June 28.

On June 25 there will also be a Pompey Poetry Walk, as part of the celebrations, where participants can learn about the characters and voices of Albert Road.

The internationally acclaimed Shaolin Warriors will be returning to the theatre with a brand new show, Return Of The Master, on June 25 and a couple of days later on June 29 the House of Burlesque will take over the Southsea stage.

Featuring in the show will be Anna Fur Laxiz, Andrew O-Neill, Frankie Lynn, Vie O’Lette and the host, Joe Black.

A musical of hit songs from the rock ‘n’ roll era will arrive at the Kings from July 1-6 with Dreamboats and Petticoats. In 1961 emotions run high as two young musicians decide to win a song writing competition.

The following week from July 12-13 the Kings Youth Theatre will perform Portsmouth-born Charles Dickens’ Oliver, while from July 15-17 Portsmouth’s professional theatre company, New Apollo, will perform Funeral Games in partnership with the theatre at The Wedgewood Rooms.

In the middle of the summer months an explosion of colour will be at the theatre with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph And The Technicolour Dreamcoat from August 6-10.

In September, the Kings will team up with the Icarus Theatre Collective to show Shakespeare’s Othello.

Blue Orange Theatre will take to the Southsea stage to perform Treasure Island and Noel Coward’s Present Laughter will be performed by One Off Productions from September 25-28.

In the play West End star Garry Essenine revels in being a prima donna, but he’s deeply involved with his manager’s wife.

On October 15 there will be a Ellen Kent production of Aida and the award-winning English Youth Ballet will perform from October 18-19. The Kings is offering all young male and female dancers (aged eight to 18 years old) the chance to take part in the show.

Auditions are on Monday, June 17 from 4.30pm onwards.

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