Local Theatre Guide

August to November 2018

Date: Theatre Company: Presents:
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Aug 2018 Mountbatten Players How The Other Half Lives by Alan Ayckbourn
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
Thurs 27 - Sat 29 Sept 2018 Bishopstoke Players The Vicar of Dibley by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter
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 and Ben Elton
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
Wed 21 - Sat 24 Nov 2018 Cheriton Players Fallen Angels by Noel Coward

Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th August 2018

Mountbatten Players present
How The Other Half Lives
by Alan Ayckbourn

Once again Mountbatten Players go back to the 1970s this time to to present How The Other Half Loves - a typical Alan Ayckbourn dark comedy surrounding three couples and their relationships. Directed by Peter Pitcher.
'How The Other Half Loves' follows three married couples whose lives are hopelessly entwined. Frank employs Bob and William and is considering William for promotion.
Bob argues constantly with his wife, Teresa who suspects him of having an affair but is not sure who with. Mary thinks that William, her husband, is also having an affair and Frank and Fiona's marriage by contrast is polite and distant.
The plot thickens when each of the adulterous parties, plays host to William and Mary at dinner parties on successive nights, both of which end in disaster.
As relations between partners deteriorate, matters become more confused and only the truth can restore order to chaos.


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.


Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th September 2018

Bishopstoke Players presents
The Vicar of Dibley
by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter

Bishopstoke Players’ September production this year is based on the much-loved TV comedy, “The Vicar of Dibley”. All your favourite characters from the hugely popular series – Alice, Hugo, Owen, Jim, David and of course Geraldine – will be on stage to bring you an evening of fun and laughter.

The ancient old vicar of Dibley has passed on and parishioners are horrified to learn that the Bishop has appointed a woman in his place. As Geraldine battles to win over the sceptical parish council, the villagers (with the exception of influential David Horton) gradually learn to accept her as The Vicar of Dibley.

This show brings together some of the best loved moments from the TV series and links them to make a wonderful evening of comedy, culminating in a fairy-tale wedding.

“The Vicar of Dibley” has been adapted for the stage by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. With kind permission of Tiger Aspect Productions.


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 presents
Blackadder Goes Forth
by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton (originally produced by the BBC)

Written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton 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.


Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th November 2018

Cheriton Players presents
Fallen Angels
by Noel Coward

Cheriton Players' autumn production is Fallen Angels, by that master of stylish light comedy, Noel Coward. Set in a society London apartment in the 1920s, two married women receive identical communications from a dashing lover from their past. The second scene as they prepare for his visit is a classic of the theatre. Do come along and discover more! Coward at his best, this is a delightful comedy and we hope you will enjoy seeing it. Tickets on sale from 1st September 2018.


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