A weekly round-up of the latest stage productions at theatres near you this year.
Women in Power at Nuffield Southampton Theatre, September 6-29
The country is in political turmoil. Recent wars and alliances have left Athenians no option but to take the most extreme action: a government of women! Women storm the Assembly, dressed as men, big fake beards, big shoes and a big vision: a world where power imbalance is eradicated. But this has unintended, hilarious consequences.
Evita at Kings Theatre, Southsea, November 13-17
Bill Kenwright’s production of Evita promises to be a great night out. Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary power which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.
Joseph and the amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, October 26-27
Any dream will do in this 50th anniversary celebration of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: the reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colours.
Book now at fernehamhall.co.uk/
Fagin’s Twist at Theatre Royal Winchester, October 2-3
A well-known Dickens tale you think you know unravels and explodes. Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of a notorious and complex villain. Imagining Fagin’s youth, driven by greed and ambition in the face of overwhelming poverty, the story explains his complicated past and slowly reviews the situation...
The streets are a place of little comfort and fairy-tale endings are hard to find in this poignant coming-ofage tale. See Dickens’ Oliver Twist in a new light as Tony Adigun’s Avant Garde Dance flips your expectations of five familiar characters, with their unmatched contemporary hip hop style.
Book now for October at theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk
Thriller Live at Portsmouth Guildhall, December 29
Direct from London’s West End, Thriller Live is a special concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Seen by over 4 million people in over 30 countries, it continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45 year musical history.
Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean and more!
Book now for December at portsmouthguildhall.org.uk/
The Great Gatsby at the Mayflower, Southampton, May 15-19
Lose yourself in the decadence of 1920s New York as Northern Ballet's sell-out sensation The Great Gatsby makes its grand return to the UK. Mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby has an obsession for lavish parties and Daisy Buchanan.
As the sparkling façade of his world begins to fall apart, the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lies beneath is revealed in one of Northern Ballet’s most treasured productions.
The Case of the Frightened Lady at New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, October 29-November 3
When Inspector Tanner is called in to investigate a ruthless murder at Mark’s Priory, the grand home of the Lebanon family, he quickly discovers nothing is quite as it seems. The household is controlled by the family physician, the footmen behave more like guests than servants and the secretary is afraid for her life. As Tanner delves deeper, he uncovers a shocking secret…