October 2017 to March 2018

Date: Theatre Company: Presents:
Tues 17 - Sat 21 Oct 2017 Maskers Antigone by Sophokies
Tues 17 - Sat 21 Oct 2017 RAODS Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler
Thurs 26 - Sat 28 Oct 2017 Chameleons Murdered to Death by Peter Gordon
Tues 14 - Sat 18 Nov 2017 RAODS Hay Fever by Noël Coward
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
Thu 30 Nov - Sat 2 Dec 2017 Swanmore Mother Goose by Limelight Scripts
Fri 1 - Sat 2 Dec 2017 Cheriton Players A Christmas Carol Reboot
by Charles Dickens with additional flippancies by William Baggs and Kristina Wilde
Tues 5 - Sat 9 Dec 2017 RAODS The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson
Thurs 11 - Sat 27 Jan 2018 RAODS Aladdin by Bob Heather
Sat 20 - Sat 27 Jan 2018 Chameleons Jack and the Beanstalk by Damian Trasler, David Lovesy and Steve Clark
Sat 20 - Sat 27 Jan 2018 Chesil Theatre Duet for One by Tom Kempinski
Tues 13 - Sat 17 Feb 2018 RAODS Chatroom by Enda Walsh
Sat 17 - Sat 24 Mar 2018 Chesil Theatre The Venetian Twins by Carlo Goldini, translated by Ranjit Bolt

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.


Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st October 2017

RAODS presents
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
By Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

Unanimously acclaimed by the critics as one of Stephen Sondheim’s most powerful scores, this musical black comedy concerns the infamous homicidal career of Sweeney, the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who coveted his young wife and falsely imprisoned him.


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?


Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th November 2017

RAODS presents
Hay Fever
By Noël Coward

One of The Master's finest
Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. What follows is a series of misunderstandings and comic scenes, and the Bliss family lives up to its name as the 'quiet weekend' comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale.
Hay Fever is one of Noel Coward’s most durable comedies, continuing to delight audiences with its astute observations on family relationships and rivalries. Hay Fever provides a shrewd, farcical look at a dysfunctional family oblivious to their ill-mannered behavior.
Suitable for ages 15 and over.


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.


Thursday 30th November to Saturday 2nd December 2017

Swanmore Amateur Dramatic Society present
Mother Goose
by Limelight Scripts

Mother Goose is desperate to recover her youthful looks and ends up parting with her beloved Priscilla the Goose, in order to achieve her selfish aims. But racked with guilt she decides to put things right and rescue Priscilla from the clutches of Demon Night and his idiot henchmen, Biff and Bash. Meanwhile Demon Night has kidnapped Jack’s girlfriend Jill and has taken her to his castle. Jack sets out to rescue her accompanied by Mother Goose and his brother Silly Billy, and in the background is Demon Night’s nemesis Fairy Day. They eventually catch up with Demon Night in the Cloud Kingdom of King and Queen Gander, where he is finally defeated.
Venue: Swanmore Village Hall, New Road, Swanmore  SO32 2PF.
Tickets: £7.00. Telephone 01489 894955


Friday 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.


Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th December 2017

RAODS presents
The Memory of Water
By Shelagh Stephenson

Love, laughter, anger, and tears in this bittersweet, life-affirming comedy
Three estranged sisters meet on the eve of their mother’s funeral to argue and misremember in Shelagh Stephenson’s examination of the structures of memory and family. As they attempt to organise her funeral, their memories of their childhood run together and the secrets of their separate lives are revealed. Theresa, owner of an alternative therapy business, is angry that she was left to care for their dying mother. Mary, a doctor, is still struggling with a deep loss from her past. Catherine seeks attention through a succession of short-term partners.
Strong language and adult themes.
Suitable for ages 12 and over.


Thursday 11th to Saturday 27th January 2018

RAODS presents
By Bob Heather

Our traditional, family pantomime
In order to marry Princess So Shy, Aladdin needs to become very rich - and in a hurry. Unfortunately his get rich quick scheme involves helping the wicked Abanazar. Aladdin ends up trapped in a cave - but with help from two genies, and the staff of Widow Twankey's laundry, Abanazar gets taken to the cleaners.
10% discount on groups of 10+
Family ticket £45
Suitable for ages 3 and over.


Saturday 20th to Saturday 27th January 2018

Chameleons presents
Jack and the Beanstalk
by Damian Trasler, David Lovesy and Steve Clark

A witch and a giant are ravaging the kingdom. Poverty forces Dame Trott to sell Buttercup the cow - which her son Jack exchanges for a handful of beans. Meanwhile, Princess Rose has been kidnapped by the giant. A bit of magic from Fairy Beansprout, and Jack goes to the rescue, climbing the beanstalk.


Saturday 20th to Saturday 27th January 2018

Chesil Theatre presents
Duet for One
by Tom Kempinski

“Music, Dr Feldman, is the purest expression of humanity that there is. Because, you see, it’s magic.” A virtuoso violinist, Stephanie has lived for music since the age of four. Then her world is torn apart when she is struck down with multiple sclerosis. Can she adjust to a different life? A life without music? The story is told through successive interviews with a psychiatrist whose quiet probing unveils the truth.

Contains adult themes and some strong language.


Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th February 2018

RAODS presents
By Enda Walsh

Chatroom - where manipulation, cyberbullying and adolescent insecurity all play out.
The six teenage characters communicate only via the internet. Conversations range in subject from Britney Spears to Willy Wonka to — suicide: Jim is depressed and talks of ending his life and Eva and William decide to do their utmost to persuade him to carry out his threat...
Suitable for ages 15 and over.


Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th March 2018

Chesil Theatre presents
The Venetian Twins
By Carlo Goldini, translated by Ranjit Bolt

“One minute you seem stupid – the next a little too clever.” Identical twins, one naïve and dim, the other dashing and intelligent, arrive in Venice in search of love, but each with no idea the other is there. Chaos ensues amidst the confusion of frustrated lovers, bizarre fights, devious plots that go off the rails plus a little singing and dancing. A timeless comedy.


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