July to November 2018

Date: Theatre Company: Presents:
Tues 10 - Sat 14 July 2018 Hamble Players Cheshire Cats by Gail Young
Tues 17 - Sat 21 July 2018 Chesil Theatre The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Tues 17 - Sat 21 July 2018 RAODS Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti and Beverley Cross
Wed 18 - Sat 28 July 2018 Maskers Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Wed 25 - Sat 28 July 2018 Chameleon Theatre A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Thurs 26 - Sat 28 July 2018 AYT Wind in the Willows by Glyn Maxwell
Tues 21 - Sat 25 Aug 2018 RAODS Party Piece by Richard Harris
Sat 16 - Sat 22 Sept 2018 Chesil Theatre For Services Rendered by W Somerset Maugham
Tues 16 - Sat 20 Oct 2018 RAODS Oklahoma by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Wed 24 - Sat 27 Oct 2018 Chameleon Theatre Blackadder Goes Forth by Richard Curtis
Sat 3 Nov 2018 RAODS Bully Beef and Whizzbangs by Chris Hawley
Tues 13 - Sat 17 Nov 2018 RAODS Life Of Riley by Alan Ayckbourn

Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st July 2018

Chesil Theatre presents
The Wind in the Willows
By Kenneth Grahame

Adapted by Alan Bennett
An open air production in the gardens of Wolvesey Palace, by kind permission of the Bishop of Winchester

An ingenious adaptation of the much-loved classic children’s novel featuring all our favourite riverbank characters: Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the lovable rogue, Mr Toad.


Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th July 2018

Hamble Players presents
Cheshire Cats
by Gail Young

Moving, Emotional, Poignant, and Best Of All It Makes You Laugh

Grown women, aching feet and heaving bosoms! Follow the Cheshire Cats team as they speed-walk their way to fundraising success in the London Moonwalk. Hilary, Siobhan, Yvonne, Vicky and Maggie are attempting to walk 13 miles across the capital in record time in their decorated bras and posh new trainers, but the 6th member of the team doesn't seem to meet the physical criteria! Cheshire Cats is a cross between a girls’ night out and a real mission to support a cause close to many hearts, with plenty of laughs and a few tears along the way.


Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st July 2018

RAODS presents
Boeing Boeing
by Marc Camoletti and Beverley Cross

Bernard lives with his housekeeper in a palatial apartment, a stone's throw from Orly Airport in Paris. Bernard thought he could easily keep his three air hostess girlfriends from finding out about each other; it is simply a question of timetabling and he had it down to a fine art. Bernard relishes the chance to show off his elegant scheme, especially when an old school friend turns up out of the blue. All goes to plan until a new turbo-charged Boeing aircraft is introduced and the timetable goes out of the window. We watch as the elegant scheme collapses into farce.


Wednesday 18th to Saturday 28th July 2018

Maskers presents
Don Quixote
By Miguel de Cervantes

Come with us to Spain!

This National Theatre adaptation provides moments of hilarity, fast-moving action, romance and pathos. A memorable piece of theatre ideal for Hamptworth's beautiful outdoor surroundings.

Alonso Quijano is an ageing minor aristocrat obsessed with books of medieval knights and their fantastic adventures, slaying giants, fighting evil wizards, rescuing maidens, and acts of great chivalry.
One day he launches himself into his fantasy (or is it his madness?), takes the title “Don Quixote de la Mancha”, and sets off with his loyal servant and squire, Sancho Panza, a local farmer, to rid La Mancha's towns & villages of giants, villains and injustice.
In Quixote’s feverish mind, windmills become giants, inns are mistaken for castles, and sheep turn into warring armies. Sancho’s down-to-earth advice and common sense are to no avail against his master’s fantasies as they ride from one mad adventure to the next.
Meanwhile, back home, Quixote’s friends, anxious to cure his madness, are devising desperate schemes to bring him back to the safety of his own bed!


Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th July 2018

Chameleon Theatre present
A Bunch of Amateurs
by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers.

Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!


Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th July 2018

AYT present
Wind in the Willows
by Glyn Maxwell

AYT Presents another classic tale in a new and exciting light...

The cast have been working since November to bring you the Glyn Maxwell version of Wind in the Willows, but this time with a deeper twist, setting the play in an industrial wasteland where Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad must work together to fight against Weasel and his gang and learn the truth of Slurpex, the industrial monster that threatens their livelihood. 

As usual, AYT have brought this text to life with a number of exciting movement sequences, fight scenes, and even a comical fashion runway moment to none other than Madonna! 

Book your tickets now for an evening of powerful actors bringing this popular story to your eyes in a never before seen way! Be prepared to laugh, to cry and be on the edge of your seat from the very beginning! Plus, £5 A TICKET? Bargain! 

This will be AYT's last production and we would love to see you all here over the three nights to celebrate the amazing work our cast and crew have put in over the time AYT has been running.


Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th August 2018

RAODS presents
Party Piece
by Richard Harris

At Linden House, Romsey

A fast-paced hilarious play set in the back gardens of feuding neighbours.
Michael and Roma's fancy dress house-warming party turns into a disaster when the garden shed is set alight, there is a distinct lack of guests, one marauding Zimmer frame and an irate husband on the prowl!
Gates open at 6.30pm - bring a picnic!
Tickets £13


Saturday 16th to Saturday 22nd September 2018

Chesil Theatre presents
For Services Rendered
by W Somerset Maugham

In the cosy England of 1932, the Ardsley family seem to be managing their lives very well following World War I and the Great Depression. Yet each of them struggles for survival in a world turned upside down. This brilliant commentary was originally considered defeatist, even subversive, but certainly still resonates today.


Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th October 2018

RAODS presents
by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
The first collaboration of famed partners Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma! set the American musical theatre standard.
Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th Century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl. The road to true love is anything but smooth, but there is no doubt that these two romantics will succeed in making a life together. As the road to romance and the road to statehood converge, Curly and Laurey are poised to spend their new life together in a brand new state: O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A - OKLAHOMA!


Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th October 2018

Chameleon Theatre present
Blackadder Goes Forth
by Richard Curtis

Written by Richard Curtis and made famous by stars Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Hugh Laurie, the fourth chapter in the chronicles of the Blackadder dynasty brings us into the twentieth century and into a dark period of history.

It's 1917 and Blackadder is now a captain in the British Army at the Front, commanding gallant-but-dumb Lieutenant George St. Barleigh and the even dumber Private Baldrick. Waiting in fear of the dreaded order to go 'over the top' from the patently insane General Melchett, Blackadder devises serial attempts to escape the trenches always with the offer of one of Baldrick's cunning plans.

Blackadder Goes Forth cemented the series' status as an all-time great, not least by the bold and highly poignant final episode 'Goodbyeee'.


Saturday 3rd November 2018

RAODS presents
Bully Beef and Whizzbangs
by Chris Hawley

A touring production of a brand new play, premiered at the Totton Drama Festival in March 2018.
Set in the battlefields of France during 1916. Smudger, a new arrival at the Front, is keen to shoot his first German whilst Harry is more interested in keeping his head down, thinking of home and enjoying his mug of tea.

Full of trench humour, WHIZZBANGS is a wry look at life in the trenches through the eyes of two reluctant heroes. Stuck in a hole, surrounded by mud and death, how will our boys cope with the ever present danger of being shot or blown to smithereens? “Cheer up chum! The first seven years is the worst!”


Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th November 2018

RAODS presents
Life Of Riley
by Alan Ayckbourn

Bittersweet, but hilarious - classic Ayckbourn
(Communicating with my husband) is like "talking through a sheet of glass, as if you're in prison - or at the post office". It is lines like that which make every Alan Ayckbourn play a poignant, funny and memorable way to spend an evening at the theatre. In Life of Riley he tells the story of George Riley's closest friends, as they struggle to come to terms with the news that George ("a hippie Peter Pan") has just weeks to live.


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