Six things to do in the next 48 hours: December 12 and 13

Your quick guide to what’s on in the Portsmouth area

Marley Blandford winning best solo act at the last awards night. 
Picture Ian Hargreaves.(160041-11)

One week down, three to go – but don’t leave it too late to vote in our Guide Awards

We’re a week into the voting period for the Guide Awards, 2017.

Gigs and Music
Kirsty-Anne Shaw and Craig Golding star in New Theatre Royal's Beauty and The Beast. (171096-1)

Exploring the beautiful and beastly sides of Portsmouth in The New Theatre Royal's Christmas show

For its Christmas show this year, The New Theatre Royal is abandoning the pantomime route and trying something a little bit different.
From left: Princess So Shi (Divine Cresswell), The Emperor (Matt Devitt), Genie of the Ring (Karis Anderson), Abanazaar (Clive Mantle), Widow Twankey (Mark Siney), Aladdin (Danielle Haywood) and Wishee Washee (Christain Lee). (171167-1)

'The more they're booing, the better I'm doing my job'

From playing one of 'TV's top 10 heart-throb docs' to Robin Hood's sidekick in an '80s Saturday tea-time classic, Dawn French's love interest in The Vicar of Dibley and Lord Greatjon Umber in the hit fantasy epic, Game Of Thrones, Clive Mantle has certainly had a varied career.
Whats on
The cast of Snow White       Picture: Malcolm Wells

REVIEW: Snow White, Kings Theatre, Southsea

MIRROR, mirror on the wall, where is the best panto of them all?

Forget your troubles with Stephen K Amos at The Spring Arts Centre

Forget your troubles with Stephen K Amos at The Spring Arts Centre

Highly acclaimed, uplifting stand-up comedian and broadcaster Stephen K Amos is back from his world tour and hits the road with his brand new tour, Bread and Circuses.
A computer generated image of the Portsmouth Cutlural Trust's plans for the Guildhall as part of its Renaissance scheme     
Pictures by Hemingway Design

PICTURES: Here’s what Portsmouth Guildhall could look like after £15m refurbishment

TODAY The News can reveal the first phase of ambitious £15m plans to create a new music venue inside Portsmouth Guildhall.

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Jason Byrne

When two brains just aren’t going to be enough...

The manic, freewheeling stand-up Jason Byrne has been trying to find ways to liven up life on the road while on tour.

Melinda Messenger as Fairy Sparkle in The Kings Theatre's pantomime, Snow White. Picture by:  Malcolm Wells (170922-9122)

BIG INTERVIEW Melinda Messenger: ‘I could see myself moving here - I’m going to be spoilt rotten’

It’s pantomime press launch day at The Kings Theatre, and the venerable institution is a veritable hubbub.

BigChildManChild perform at previous Guide Awards night. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150043-4)

The Guide Awards are back – so vote for your favourites NOW!

They’re back.

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Sian Phillips and Derek Griffiths in Driving Miss Daisy. Picture by Nobby Clark

REVIEW: Driving Miss Daisy at Chichester Festival Theatre

Alfred Uhry’s slice of life in the southern states over 20-some years takes brief root at the Festival Theatre this week.


BIG READ: Oh yes it is! The great British pantomime season begins

BIG READ: Oh yes it is! The great British pantomime season begins

It's a long-standing tradition that unites the generations as families trip off to the theatre in the run-up to Christmas.
Tom Chambers as Bobby in Crazy For You. Picture by Richard Davenport

REVIEW: Crazy For You, at Mayflower Theatre in Southampton

The Gershwin musical the Gershwins knew nothing about – Crazy For You – is at the Mayflower this week.

The Wipers Times. Picture by Alastair Muir

REVIEW: The Wipers Times at Chichester Festival Theatre

The First World War is no easy tale to tell when so many have been told before in so many ways.

Milton Jones Is Out There

Milton Jones walks the fine line between clever and stupid at Portsmouth Guildhall

‘People have said to me, “On one level it’s quite clever, and on another level it’s not clever at all,”’ says Milton Jones, analysing his own comedy. ‘I think that’s a compliment,’ he laughs. ‘I’m not sure. You could take it either way.’

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

How do you like it? Gender and politics in Shakespeare at the New Theatre Royal

Taking on the biggest female role in all of Shakespeare’s works could be daunting.

Tom Chambers as  Bobby and company in Crazy For You. Picture by Richard Davenport

Nice Work If You Can Get It for former Strictly winner Tom Chambers in Crazy For You at Mayflower Theatre

When Tom Chambers first saw the musical Crazy For You more than 20 years ago, he knew that the lead role of Bobby was one for him.

Katherine Ryan

REVIEW: Katherine Ryan at the Portsmouth Guildhall

They say you can tell a lot about a person by their clothes.

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