Taking opera out of the halls and to the masses

When you’ve performed opera down old mineshafts and in caves deep underground, doing Mozart in an old rectory is going to seem passé.
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The cast of CCADS' production of Starlight Express

CCADS crew get their skates on for their latest musical

The Gorillaz helped record numbers of people flock to Portsmouth Guildhall

Portsmouth Guildhall rocks record numbers through its doors

PORTSMOUTH Guildhall has had a record number of people through its doors in the past year, with a whopping 266,000 using the city centre venue.

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is questioned and led away by Russian authorities in Moscow after staging a one-man protest near Red Square. Picture by Aaron Chown/PA Wire

BIG INTERVIEW Peter Tatchell: ‘Free speech is one of the most precious of all human rights’

As the World Cup kicks off in Russia, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been arrested and released in Moscow following a one-man protest near the Kremlin.
A scene from Mamma Mia! Picture by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg.

REVIEW: Mamma Mia! at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

There are a few West End shows that are guaranteed to have audience members on their feet and dancing by the final curtain call.

Lucy MayBarker, centre, performs on stage in Mamma Mia!

Feelgood fun is The Name of The Game for Mamma Mia!

The first time Lucy May Barker appeared on The Kings Theatre’s stage was playing the title role in a national tour of the musical Annie. 
Actor Max FitzRoy-Stone pictured in Emsworth. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Emsworth actor Max follows in the footsteps of Hollywood greats with Charles Jehlinger honour

A YOUNG actor has begun following in the footsteps of Hollywood greats after sealing a coveted award.


Doctor Who actress set to star at Groundling Theatre’s Comic Con next month

SCIENCE fiction fans are readying themselves for an out-of-this-world experience at a city theatre’s latest summer spectacle.

From left, charity administrator Ellie Corp, Dean Dixon and Janet Pearse, both from the Thorngate Pantomime and Variety Group, and charity director Melanie Whitfield-Tinkler. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Panto helps out charity

Oh yes it is! Panto set to support cancer charity

Cast members and the trio of dogs chosen. Credit: West Meon Theatre

Trio of prized pooches picked for upcoming theatre show

DOG auditions were held for an upcoming theatre show.


Fareham Musical Society is feeling patriotic

It's been nicknamed 'Brexit' by the cast but next week Fareham Musical Society stage a compilation of the greatest songs from musicals based in Great Britain.
Penelope Keith in rehearsal for The Chalk Garden at Chichester Festival Theatre, May/June 2018. Picture by Catherine Ashmore.

'We aren't giving people the chance to be bad in order to get good'

Dame Penelope Keith admits she was terrified the first time she set foot on the Chichester Festival Theatre stage 41 years ago.
Bill Bailey, 2018. Picture by Andy Hollingworth

BIG INTERVIEW Bill Bailey: 'The show is completely different from how it started'

Larks in Transit began life as a show Bill Bailey first performed in New Zealand and Australia back in 2016.
Jan Ravens

BIG INTERVIEW Jan Ravens: 'If you become part of the establishment then you lose your edge'

Given a career in comedy that stretches back to the 1970s, it's a surprise to learn that the star impressionist and actress Jan Ravens only got round to taking her first solo show to the Edinburgh Fringe last summer.
Titanic - The Musical. Picture by Scott Rylander

Titanic The Musical set to have an emotional launch

It was one of the biggest disasters of the 20th century – and one that still resonates more than a 100 years later. Now, the award-winning musical based on the sinking of the Titanic launches its debut UK tour from the same city the luxury liner originally embarked from.
Rabbit Hole is being performed by CCADS at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth in February-March 2018

Take a journey down the Rabbit Hole with CCADS

Becca and Howie Corbett are a happy suburban couple with everything they could want until a shocking and sudden event turns their world upside down and leaves them drifting perilously apart…
Oliver! by Petersfield School in rehearsal before showing at The New Theatre Royal

Petersfield School is asking: 'Please sir can we have some more?' as it puts on Oliver! at The New Theatre Royal

When it comes to putting on a show, Petersfield School doesn't like to do things by half.
Lucy Porter

Lucy Porter picks her fights wisely these days

With her last show, Consequences, stand-up comic Lucy Porter looked back at the impact the choices she had made had ultimately had on her life.
Rehearsals for The Liver Birds by Titchfield Festival Theatre.

Titchfield Festival Theatre  tackle Carla Lane's breakthrough sitcom The Liver Birds

Two young women, Sandra and Beryl, share a flat in Liverpool. It’s the 1970s and their lives are filled with dreams, talking about boyfriends and of course, the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
Sean Murray as Jack in The Weir

Delving into dark corners in a chilling modern classic with The Weir at The Minerva

Sean Murray auditioned for the very first production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir 20 years ago – and didn’t get the part.
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