February to May 2019

Date: Theatre Company: Presents:
Mon 4 - Sat 9 Mar 2019
Maskers Studio Theatre Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons by Sam Steiner
Wed 13 - Sat 16 Mar 2019 RAODS Goodnight Mister Tom by David Wood
Sat 23 - Sat 30 Mar 2019 Chesil Theatre The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard
Tue 26 - Sat 30 Mar 2019 Totton Festival of Drama The First Round of the All England Theatre Festival
Wed 3 - Sat 6 Apr 2019 Cheriton Players A Very International Variety Show (It’s a little bit bonkers) by Various Authors
Sat 6 & Sun 14 Apr 2019 Copythorne Amateur Theatrical Society A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman 
Tue 9 - Sat 13 Apr 2019 Hamble Players The Last Talent Show by John Quinn and Barrie Tracey
Thu 25 - Sat 27 Apr 2019 Chameleon Theatre Spring Trio of One Act Plays
Fri 10 - Sat 18 May 2019 Worthy Players The Vicar of Dibley by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer
Thu 16 - Sat 18 May 2019 Bishopstoke Players How to train your husband by Devon Williamson

Monday 4th to Saturday 9th March 2019

Maskers Studio Theatre presents
Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons
by Sam Steiner

Say what you think.
The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oli and Bernadette are about to find out. Set in a world where a new hush law has limited each person’s speech to 140 words per day, it explores a young couple's struggles to communicate – both before and after the law comes into effect. This clever play is about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in the silence; and how inequalities are intensified by austerity in any form, even linguistics. Sam Steiner’s debut play premiered at Warwick Arts Centre in 2015, before appearing at Latitude Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Camden People’s Theatre, London.
Tickets: via our website maskers.org.uk or telephone 0333 666 3366


Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th March 2019

RAODS presents
Goodnight Mister Tom
by David Wood

During the war two lost souls find true love and friendship.
Based on the book by Michelle Magorian, this wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life on stage. Set during the build up to WWII, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley. All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London. "It ends as children's theatre should. Adults audibly snivelling and children breathlessly attentive".


Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th March 2019

Chesil Theatre presents
The Real Thing
by Tom Stoppard

This brilliant play will stretch the mind and steal the heart

Henry is a successful playwright married to Charlotte who has the lead role in his latest play about infidelity. Her co-star Max is married to another actress, Annie. Annie and Henry are madly in love. But is it any more real than the subjects of Henry’s play.

Contains strong language and adult themes


Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th March 2019

Totton Festival of Drama presents
The First Round of the All England Theatre Festival

The Totton Festival of Drama returns to the Hanger Farm Arts Centre this March to celebrate the best of local amateur drama. Experience an unparalleled variety of live theatre as 14 local groups from across the South compete for silverware and a place at the next round of the All England Theatre Festival - a national 'knock out' drama competition - as well as receive expert feedback from Jennifer Scott-Reid from the Guild of Drama Adjudicators.

The festival takes place from the 26th–30th March 2019 and with up to three one act plays each sessions you are guaranteed to be thoroughly entertained. Evening sessions begin at 7.00pm with a special Saturday Matinee session at 2.00pm. Tickets are just £8.50 a session (£7.50 students) but you can receive £1 off each full price ticket by booking for 3 or more sessions.


Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th April 2019

Cheriton Players presents
A Very International Variety Show (It’s a little bit bonkers)
by Various Authors

Carrying on from The Even Greater Cheriton Variety Show in 2017 with its mix of songs from shows, sketches, melodramas and guest appearances, the next variety show will have a very international theme. As the run will be just a week or so after Brexit, we thought it was important to wave the international flag (several in fact) and lighten the doom and gloom that has been a feature of the past two years in British politics!

Tickets include supper and there is a licensed bar.


Saturday 6th and Sunday 14th April 2019

Copythorne Amateur Theatrical Society presents
A Bunch of Amateurs
by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Self-important Hollywood star Jefferson Steele travels to England, believing that he will be playing the part of King Lear at Stratford-upon-Avon. He arrives to find that he will be performing, not at the home of the bard, but in the tiny village of Stratford St. John in Suffolk. The cast? Well, obviously just a bunch of amateurs!

Come and see how the egotistical Mr. Steele adapts. One small warning: the play contains some strong language.

‘Deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare…… a laugh a minute’ The Mail on Sunday

This is an amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French


Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th April 2019

Hamble Players presents
The Last Talent Show
by John Quinn and Barrie Tracey

Unique ‘Don’t Smile, Don’t Pay!’ Offer By Hamble Players at Premiere
The Last Talent Show is a kind, charming and funny drama that considers the demands and rewards of celebrity. Hamble Players are staging the first production of this new play written collaboratively by two playwrights, one of whom lives in Hamble and has been a long-time supporter of Hamble Players. The producers and writers have made a unique promise to audience members, ‘Don’t Smile, Don’t Pay!’ and will refund the cost of entry to anyone who says they didn't smile whilst watching, so confident are they in their production.
The play charts the death throws of an UK wide talent show and is set primarily back-stage on the Grand Finale Night, which has been moved from London’s O2 to Hamble Memorial Hall for pressing financial reasons. The entrepreneur behind the scheme faces bankruptcy, the big come back for the once-famous compere is doomed and the future couldn’t be bleaker. Or could it?


Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th April 2019

Chameleon Theatre presents
Spring Trio of One Act Plays

Effie's Burning by Valerie Windsor: Effie, who has lived in mental institutions since the age of thirteen, has been admitted to hospital with severe burns. Taut and powerful, tender and often funny, Effie's Burning is an emotional switchback of a play, with a searing anger at its heart.
Ghost of a Chance by Brian J. Burton: When Mrs. Dean discovers that one of her ancestors is supposed to haunt an old deserted house, she arranges with the caretaker to spend thirty minutes in the house alone at night. She leaves, having found out the true reason for the reputed haunting -- or does she?
In By The Half by Jimmie Chinn: Madam, once a distinguished actress, lives in seclusion in a cottage in West London, looked after by her housekeeper and ex-dresser, Doris. The initial acerbic comedy of the play gives way to the poignant drama of familial anguish.


Friday 10th to Saturday 18th May 2019

Worthy Players presents
The Vicar of Dibley
by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer

Adapted for the stage by George Arthur-Amohau
With kind permission of Tiger Aspect Productions
Performance dates
Friday 10th May - 7.30pm
Saturday 11th May - 7.30pm
Friday 17th May - 7.30pm
Saturday 18th May - 7.30pm
Doors open 30 minutes before the show starts. Our licensed bar will also be open before the start of the show and during the interval.

Tickets will be available in March.


Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th May 2019

Bishopstoke Players presents
How to train your husband
by Devon Williamson

How to train your husband? An impossible task? Not when you have a legendary Husband Trainer living right next door!

Thus the scene is set for Bishopstoke Players’ next production, Devon Williamson’s madcap comedy, ‘How to Train your Husband’, which takes to the stage of the Memorial Hall in May.

Addressing an issue close to every woman’s heart, we follow the adventures of three generations of the Smith family as they attempt to turn their men into fully trained members of the opposite sex. Nothing quite goes according to plan and the result is an hilarious comedy with plenty of unexpected twists and turns.
Be prepared to giggle, squirm, and get involved in this multi-generational, clever look at marriage. Ladies beware, some of the secrets are being let out!

Performances will be in Bishopstoke Memorial Hall from Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th May 2019 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £8 (£6 for those aged 16 or under) and are available from 1st April from www.bishopstokeplayers.uk, or email boxoffice@bishopstokeplayers.uk, or phone 07871 006551.

As with all Bishopstoke Players’ productions, proceeds will be donated to the charity Action for Children.

An amateur production by arrangement with Stagescripts Ltd


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