Shakespeare in Love – a weekly round-up of the latest stage productions

Shakespeare in Love will be at Chichester Festival Theatre at the end of November.
Shakespeare in Love will be at Chichester Festival Theatre at the end of November.

Book your seat now for the newest shows coming to local theatres. 

Shakespeare in Love at Chichester Festival Theatre, November 20-24

Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block and the deadline for his new play is fast approaching. Then he meets Viola de Lesseps, who is prepared to do anything to fulfil her dream and pursues a passionate affair with the greatest playwright of the age.  Book now at cft.org.uk/ 

Poisoned Beds at The Spring Arts Centre, Havant, November 1

Written by Lucy Flannery and Greg Mosse, Poisoned Beds focuses on the rise and fall of Emsworth's oyster industry. With songs and stories, one woman traces her family’s rise from harbour to High Street, the tragic crisis of Emsworth’s oysters and her own struggle. 

The Full Monty at the Mayflower, Southampton, February 11-16

Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious and heartfelt production about six out-of-work, steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose took the world by storm. 

Beauty and the Beast at the Theatre Royal Winchester, December 1-January 6

From the same team behind last year’s Peter Pan production, this magical pantomime promises to break your heart and make you laugh.

When a vain and handsome prince rejects the advances of a wicked witch, she turns him into a hideous beast.

There’s only one thing that can save him – someone must fall in love with him before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose.

But can Fairy Fifi bring Belle and the Beast together in time, or will the evil Malevolent win the day?

Watch this classic fairytale unfold and book your tickets now for December and January at: theatreroyal winchester.co.uk/

Avenue Q at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, January 25-February 2

The hilarious and multi-award winning Avenue Q returns to the Kings Theatre. 

Following a smash-hit run, the fur-lariously laugh-out-loud musical is back by popular demand.

Catch-up with all your favourite (and unforgettable) characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues – like what do you do with a BA in English? How do you find your purpose? And is the internet really just for….never mind.

Book now for January and February at kingsportsmouth.co.uk/