A weekly round-up of the latest stage productions at theatres near you this year.
Cock at Chichester Festival Theatre, September 28-October 27
Has John straightened out? After years glued to his boyfriend, the couple have been through a sticky patch, and now John’s attached to someone else. But can John give her what she wants, when he’s never been with a woman before? Fresh and frank, Cock is a provocative peep into relationships in these days of identities and tussles.
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.
Shrek the Musical at Mayflower Southampton November 27-December 8
Join this ogre and his trust steed in this all-singing-and-dancing quest to save Princess Fiona from the tallest tower, guarded by a hopeless love-sick dragon. All that stands in Shrek’s way is Lord Farquaad and his troops. Watch friendships blossom in this stage production of the much loved movie. mayflower.org.uk/
The Comedy about a Bank Robbery at Kings Theatre, Southsea, November 27
Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers in this new comedy now enjoying its third year in the West End. Following the sell-out success of their multi-award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre return with their latest production about a bank so corrupt even the security guards are on the take and a priceless diamond. Will it be safely stored or will it all go horribly wrong?
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, October 30
Actor Neil Gore presents an Edwardian magic show using Magic Lantern and projected animation, conjuring tricks, live music and song, based on the classic novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. Robert Tressell’s novel about life in the building trade was published more than 100 years ago, and was barely noticed. But now it’s seen as the first English working-class novel. Book now: wedgewood-rooms.co.uk
Karine Polwart at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, October 18
Polwart is a multi-awardwinning songwriter and musician, a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer, essayist, and published writer.
Five-times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song, her fifth solo album Traces was shortlisted for both the Scottish Album of the Year Award and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards album of the year, and was chosen as best international folk-roots release by The Guardian.
In 2016, Polwart wrote musically directed, and performed her critically acclaimed debut work for theatre. Wind Resistance won the Best Music and Sound Award at the CATS (Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland).
Book for this October show now at: wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/
Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur at Turner Sims Southampton, October 12
Mercury-nominated Dinosaur are back in action with some colourful new music, full of imagination and surprise. Led by BBC New Generation Artist 2015-17 trumpeter Laura Jurd, their second album Wonder Trail, released in May, saw the band further explore the world of ‘synth-pop meets jazz band’ as they presented a journey of new compositions. Expect folk-infused grooves and glistening melodies tied together by a love for extemporisation and improvisation. Receiving a rare fivestar review in The Guardian for 2016 debut album, Together, As One, the band have toured extensively in Europe and beyond at some of the world’s leading festivals.