May to Octyober 2018

Date: Theatre Company: Presents:
Thu 10 - Sat 12 May 2018 SADS The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan
Sat 12 May 2018 Southampton University Players TAKE TWO: one night, two great plays
Tues 15 - Sat 19 May 2018 RAODS Handbagged by Moira Buffini
Thu 17 - Sat 19 May 2018 Bishopstoke Players Romanoff and Juliet by Peter Ustinov
Thu 17 - Sat 19 May 2018 Bursledon Players Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn
Sat 19 - Sat 26 May 2018 Chesil Theatre Lilies on the Land - devised by the Lions part
Sat 26 May 2018 Maskers Mini Maskers Story Time
Sat 30 June 2018 Maskers Mini Maskers Story Time
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
Wed 18 - Sat 28 July 2018 Maskers Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Thu 26 - Sat 28 July 2018 Chameleon Theatre A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Thu 25 - Sat 27 Oct 2018 Chameleon Theatre Blackadder Goes Forth by Richard Curtis

Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th May 2018

SADS present
The Ladykillers
by Graham Linehan

SADS next production is ’The Ladykillers' by Graham Linehan.

Production dates are Thursday 10th, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th May at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.

Venue: Swanmore Village Hall, New Road, Swanmore SO32 2PF.

Tickets: £8.00. Telephone 01489 894955

Saturday 12th May 2018

Southampton University Players present
TAKE TWO: one night, two great plays:

Bully Beef and Whizzbangs written and directed by Chris Hawley. This darkly comic World War I tale is set in the battlefields of France. Smudger, a new arrival, is keen to shoot his first German, while 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 two reluctant heroes. How will our boys cope with the ever-present danger of being shot or blown to smithereens? Features authentic WWI costumes, props and a 12-foot section of trench.

Darlings, You Were Wonderful! by Derek Lomas, directed by Paul Cresser. A comedy... the action takes place in the dressing room of a Little Theatre, where the all-women Amazon Theatre Group is performing a little-known 17th century Spanish play for a drama festival. With multiple tensions and increasing chaos backstage, missing cast member Lesley finally staggers in, very drunk, dressed in full motorcycle gear... Will the festival judge be impressed by the seething passion of the cast - and with Lesley’s motorcycle regalia?
Click here for tickets. Performed at Rose Theatre, Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh

SUP Theatre Company

Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th May 2018

RAODS presents
By Moira Buffini

The gloves are off as the Monarch meets Maggie!
Ever wondered what went on behind closed Palace doors at Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s weekly meetings with the Queen? This mischievous comedy, which cleverly mixes politics with a hilarious clash of personalities, offers an imagined version of events. The fun is ramped-up by older versions of Mrs Thatcher and the Queen joining in the fray and often disagreeing with their former selves! All the other characters, including Denis Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Arthur Scargill, and many more are played by two "jobbing actors" who squabble over the best roles. The original 2013 production at the Tricycle Theatre won an Olivier Award before transferring to the West End for a successful run.

Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May 2018

Bishopstoke Players presents
Romanoff and Juliet
By Peter Ustinov

Peter Ustinov’s delightful comedy, “Romanoff and Juliet”, is set in a tiny, mythical country, lying smack on the border between East and West, which is defended by an army of two and a daring General who is constantly playing off one superpower against the other.

So, what happens when the son of the Russian ambassador accidentally falls head over heels in love with the daughter of the American ambassador?
This charming play cleverly manages to be both a comic spoof of the Cold War and a romantic comedy, with both sides eventually coming to the realisation that international rivalries pale in the face of true love.

Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May 2018

Bursledon Players presents
Absent Friends
By Alan Ayckbourn

Colin's old friends arrange a tea party to console him after the death of his fiancee. They haven't seen him for several years: an air of tense anticipation and an undercurrent of other troubles brewing between the friends leads to explosions of emotion and dark comedy, in classic Ayckbourn style.

Saturday 19th to Saturday 26th May 2018

Chesil Theatre presents
Lilies on the Land
Devised by the Lions part

Based on letters and interviews with original Land Army Girls of World War II, this is a revealing, funny and wonderfully moving portrait of Britain’s pluckiest unsung heroines, all doing their best for the war effort.

Saturday 26th May 2018

Maskers present
Mini Maskers Story Time

Come along to hear some stories and songs. Told by our talented actors.

Starts at 10:30am for an hour.

Doors open at 10:15am.

Children free (Adults £3)

Look out for the Red Ballons!

Saturday 30th June 2018

Maskers present
Mini Maskers Story Time

Come along to hear some stories and songs. Told by our talented actors.

Starts at 10:30am for an hour.

Doors open at 10:15am.

Children free (Adults £3)

Look out for the Red Ballons!

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.

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!

Thursday 26th 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 25th 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'.

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