The Spring in Havant announce new season

Comedian Lee Nelson will swap FIFA press conferences for Havant.
Comedian Lee Nelson will swap FIFA press conferences for Havant.
The cast of Beauty and the Beast, Tim Lucas, Craig Golding, Jamie Papanilolaou, Kirsty-Anne Shaw, and Liz Garland. 
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The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre has just launched its new autumn season, which runs from September to December.

The Havant-based arts and heritage centre will host comedians Jenny Eclair and Chris Ramsey, jazz singer Claire Martin and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby.

The Spring’s director, Sophie Fullerlove, is delighted with how the public have warmed to the new season.

Sophie says: ‘I’m always a little anxious when I programme a new season as you’re never quite sure how people will take to your choices. But the response so far has been overwhelming and so positive.

‘On our first day after the new brochure went live we had a queue out of the door of people wanting to book tickets.

‘That’s a first for us – and the fact that we actually had two sold-out shows before our brochure even went to the printers hopefully reflects the quality of the acts we attract to Havant.’

Propeller Theatre's production of Pocket Merchant 'a retelling of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice ' is a highlight of the new season.

Propeller Theatre's production of Pocket Merchant 'a retelling of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice ' is a highlight of the new season.

Acclaimed theatre company Propeller Theatre bring their bite-sized version of the Bard, Pocket Merchant, on October 15 while a new version of HG Wells’s classic novel, The Shape of Things to Come, adapted by Coronation Street writer Kevin Fegan, debuts on November 5.

A new partnership with Havant’s Park Community School sees The Spring bring comic trouble-maker Lee Nelson to perform in the school’s new theatre space on September 25.

There’s a unique talk on the importance of paper to the development of civilisation in a debate held on October 9 between author Alexander Monro and Havant Literary Festival director Tim Dawes.

That is followed the next day by demonstrations in calligraphy, book making, brass rubbing and parchment making and a working printing press.

On our first day after the new brochure went live we had a queue out of the door of people wanting to book tickets

Sophie Fullerlove, director of The Spring

Poet Simon Mole will be asking people to create a poetry postcard.

There are talks on a variety of subjects, from corsetry in the nineteenth century and the history of morris dancing to our national obsession with drinking tea.

As the season nears its end there is no shortage of Christmas-themed events, from traditional family classics such as Hansel and Gretel to a Winter Baroque Carnival from early music stars Red Priest.

For full details of all events and activities this season, visit thespring.co.uk or call the box office on (023) 9247 2700.

Chris Ramsey will be bringing his sold-out comedy show to the Spring.

Chris Ramsey will be bringing his sold-out comedy show to the Spring.