August to December 2017

Date: Theatre Company: Presents:
Wed 23 - Sat 26 Aug 2017 RAODS Youth Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton 
Fri 15 - Sat 16 Sept 2017 The Worthy Players Radio Variety Show
Sat 16 - Sat 23 Sept 2017 Chesil Theatre Blythe Spirit by Noel Coward
Wed 20 - Sat 23 Sept 2017 RAODS The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
Fri 22 Sept 2017 Cheriton Players Young Jane – a rehearsed reading
Thu 28 - Sat 30 Sept 2017 Bishopstoke Players ‘No Sex, Please - We’re British!’ by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot
Tues 17 - Sat 21 Oct 2017 Maskers Antigone by Sophokies
Thurs 26 - Sat 28 Oct 2017 Chameleons Murdered to Death by Peter Gordon
Wed 15 - Sat 18 Nov 2017 Cheriton Players The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays)
by Ken Ludwig
Sat 18 - Sat 25 Nov 2017 Chesil Theatre The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Fri 1 - Sat Dec 2017 Cheriton Players A Christmas Carol Reboot
by Charles Dickens with additional flippancies by William Baggs and Kristina Wilde

Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th August 2017

RAODS Youth presents
Return to the Forbidden Planet
by Bob Carlton

Shakespeare's forgotten rock and roll masterpiece!
Inspired by Shakepeare's The Tempest, this jukebox musical is packed with rock 'n' roll classics such as Heard it Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Good Vibrations, and Gloria.
Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D'Illyria where a sci fi version of The Tempest set to rock and roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by a sinister scientist, Dr. Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot on roller skates; and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero's Id, whose tentacles penetrate the space craft.
Final Show Suggestion - Sat 26th Aug: Why not dress up as your favourite sci-fi character & let your tentacles down?

Friday 15th to Saturday 16th September 2017

The Worthy Players presents
Radio Variety Show

The Worthy Players as part of the Worthys Festival present their ‘Radio Variety Show’ at the Jubilee Hall, Kings Worthy on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th September.

There will be a mix of songs, comedy sketches and short stories new and old. Something to make everyone laugh and hopefully join in, with audience participation encouraged!

Saturday 16th to Saturday 23rd September 2017

Chesil Theatre presents
Blythe Spirit
by Noel Coward

While researching his new novel, Charles Condomine invites eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his home. The unintended consequences lead to a merry dance, with two feuding wives, general mayhem and a hint of mischief in the air. A sparkling and witty classic comedy with universal appeal.

Friday 22nd September 2017 (one night only)

Cheriton Players presents
Young Jane – a rehearsed reading
by Cecily O'Neill

Young Jane is an original collection of three plays inspired by Jane Austen’s teenage writings or Juvenilia. These exuberant adaptations with captivating characters and hilarious dialogue introduce us to the young Jane Austen and hint at the writer she was to become. As she ridicules the improbable events and exaggerated sentiments of the popular romances of her day her mastery of dialogue and acute social observation foreshadow the achievements of her classic novels. The Juvenilia, three notebooks of stories, letters and plays that Jane Austen wrote between the ages of twelve and sixteen, remained unpublished for more than 100 years after her death. Cheriton Players are delighted that Cecily is able to join us for our reading of Young Jane to introduce the plays, say a few words about the creative process and what gave her the idea of turning Jane Austen’s early writings into plays now.

Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd September 2017

RAODS presents
The Pillowman
by Martin McDonagh

Telling stories can be very dangerous...
From the award winning writer/director of In Bruges, Seven Psycopaths and Hangmen comes arguably his greatest play.
A part-time writer is interrogated under extreme conditions in a police state because some of his stories match exactly the M.O. of recent child killings. What is the writer's connection to the murders, if any? Why has his brother also been brought in for questioning? What else is the writer hiding? What are his stories about? And what dark secret is he concealing?
This multi-layered  play, which challenges & shocks, also has a rich seam of black humour running through it. This is a unique theatrical experience, so don't miss it!
"Sometimes you're in a play and you feel it can only go one way, here it's like whiplash " Billy Crudup on the Broadway production of Pillowman
Strong Language. Adult Themes. Age 15+

Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th September 2017

Bishopstoke Players presents
‘No Sex, Please - We’re British!’
by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot

This riotous comic farce notched up a staggeringly successful sixteen-year run in London's West End. It premiered in 1971 and ran to 6,761 performances.
Peter and Frances could reasonably expect to look forward to a calm, happy start to their married life.  Owing to an innocent mistake, however, they find themselves inundated with dubious material from the ‘Scandinavian Import Company’.  Senior bank officials, Peter's snobbish mother, and a prim, respectable bank cashier become inextricably entangled in the rumbustious events that follow.
Director Barry Kitchen said, “After directing ‘The 39 Steps’ last year, I was looking for another top-notch comedy and what better than ‘No Sex, Please - We’re British!’?”
Performances are in Bishopstoke Memorial Hall on Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th September at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £8 (£6 for those aged 16 or under).

Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st October 2017

Maskers presents
by Sophokies

translated by Anne Carson
“I am someone born to share in love not hatred!”
Should Antigone obey her uncle, the King, and leave her brother unburied, or should she obey her conscience and defy him? The cursed family of Oedipus in turmoil with itself and its duty to the State.
Sophokles had written a tragedy that would become a template for others, including Shakespeare, to follow. Aristotle repeatedly quoted Antigone in his philosophical treatise and it is still used in philosophy today. It is remarkable to think how little we have learned in the last 2,500 years. We have still not resolved this very basic, but important, question; “Who has the right, the individual or the State?”
Antigone is very much a play for today and, in Anne Carson’s powerful translation, a very human one as well.

Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th October 2017

Chameleons presents
Murdered to Death
by Peter Gordon

The inept and bungling Inspector Pratt, battles against the odds and his own incompetence to solve the murder of the house’s owner. It soon becomes clear that the murderer isn’t finished yet; will the miscreant be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom or will the audience die laughing first?

Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th November 2017

Cheriton Players presents
The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays)
by Ken Ludwig

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his castle for a weekend of revelry.But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Saturday 18th to Saturday 25th November 2017

Chesil Theatre presents
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, a look of terror on his face and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body. Can Holmes and Watson solve the mystery? A gloriously funny makeover, fast-paced and hilarious.

Saturday 1st and Saturday 2nd December 2017

Cheriton Players welcome BBV Media who present
A Christmas Carol Reboot
by Charles Dickens with additional flippancies by William Baggs and Kristina Wilde

BBV Theatre returns to Cheriton, following their successful tour of Charley's Aunt in May, with a modern day take on Dickens' classic – A Christmas Carol. This story of redemption certainly stands the test of time. And they've even thrown in a twist, too.
In May 2017 we welcomed BBV Theatre to Cheriton’s stage as part of their tour of the south with the classic Charley’s Aunt. Anyone who knows the original, classic Dickens novel will find this adaptation to be a faithful (but modern) take on an old and well tested theme.

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