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Wed20Oct2021Sat04Dec2021On tour across Dorset and Hampshire
Blackbox Theatre Company
Abigail’s Party runs from 20 October – 4 December 2021, with performances across Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire and the Isle of Wight.
Following their critically acclaimed and sell out tour of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit this summer, BlackBox Theatre Company are back on the road again this autumn with Mike Leigh’s seventies classic, Abigail’s Party.
Do you like Demis Roussos?
Aspirational Beverly and her put upon husband Laurence are hosting a drinks party for new neighbours, Angela and Tony, together with mild mannered divorcee, Sue, whose teenage daughter, Abigail, is also having a party a few doors away. As the gin and tonics flow small talk turns to outrageous flirting, marital discord escalates and the thin veneer of middle-class respectability begins to peel away.
This iconic suburban comedy of manners is as relevant and grotesquely funny today as it was back in 1977. Full of wicked one-liners and 70s' nostalgia, and as familiar as a cheese and pineapple hedgehog, Abigail’s Party is an absolute joy and firm favourite with audiences of all ages.
BlackBox are fast becoming one of the South’s leading professional touring theatre companies, with Abigail’s Party marking their 5th touring production.
A full list of tour dates, ticket prices and means to book tickets is available via Blackbox Theatre Company's website
Thu21Oct2021Sat23Oct20217.30 pm (2.30 pm Saturday matinee)Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, BH21 1LT
Wimborne Drama Productions
by Agatha Christie and Gerald Verner
When murder is the end and not the beginning
When a house party gathers at Gull’s Point, the clifftop home of Lady Tressilian (Ann McColgan-Clark), Neville Strange (Sam Moulton) finds himself caught between his ex-wife Audrey (Tracey Nicholls) and his new flame Kay (Jo Edington). A nail-biting thriller, the play probes the psychology of jealousy in the shadow of a savage and brutal murder.
The play, directed by Paul Dodman, is adapted from Agatha Christie’s 1944 novel, which she described as one of her favourite stories. Also in the cast are David Beddard, James Bourner, Rob Cording-Cook, Chris Durham, Tony Feltham, Lindsay McGowan and Richard Neal.
This amateur production of Towards Zero is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.
Towards Zero opens on Thursday 21 October at the Tivoli Theatre, West Borough, Wimborne, BH21 1LT, with further performances on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 October. Evening performances are at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £14 for evenings and £12 for the matinee and can be bought by phone – 01202 885566 – or online at https://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/event/towards-zero-wimborne-drama-production/ (booking fees may apply).
Fri22Oct2021Sat30Oct20218.00 pm (Fridays); 7.30 pm all other performancesMaskers Studio, Shirley, Southampton, SO15 3LX
Maskers Theatre Company presents
Out of Focus
An overbooked village hall leads to hilarious confusions! As the locals arrive for the various activities, they suddenly find themselves involved in Evonne's, the Vicar's wife, first ever pantomime. There is bossy Brownie leader, Helen, trying to get her claws into delicious David. Sexy secretary Linda is threatening to derail Bob and Kath's marriage. Wayne is more concerned with finding a phone signal than remembering his cues and will anyone ever actually want to listen to one of Leonard's illustrated slide shows on steam trains, spiders or Genghis Khan? Before long it's a chaotic mix of painted sandwiches, broken wands, and an embarrassing incident in Tesco's wine aisle
"How will they sort this mess out?!"
A warm welcome and licenced bar awaits you at Maskers' easy-to-find Studio Theatre. Plenty of local car parks are available off Shirley High Street (free after 6pm). See website for further location and parking details.
Show runs from Friday 22 - Saturday 30 October. NO performance on Monday 25 October. Friday performances at 8.00pm, other performances at 7.30pm.
Tickets: £12 via Box Office: 0333 66 3366 or Maskers' website: maskers.org.uk
Tue26Oct2021Sat30Oct20217:45 pmBournemouth Little Theatre, Bournemouth, BH9 2QD
Bournemouth Little Theatre
By Chloe Moss
This is a darkly comic play presenting a hilariously funny slice of life.
Successful Management Consultant Mike, his wife Julia and their adult children Stacey and Rob, are meeting up all together for the first time in a couple of years, at a holiday cottage in the Lake District to celebrate Stacey's birthday.
Stacey is an independent businesswoman and their son Rob has been away travelling and shows up with his new girlfriend, Angela.
As the evening progresses, the facade of everyone's perfect lives and long held secrets begin to unravel.
'Chloe Moss’s script is written with genuine heart, and her truthful dialogue creates an authentic snapshot of a family who try to keep up appearances but simply can’t ignore their differences.' - Whatsonstage.com
Ticket prices: £12 (standard) £9 (OAPs and students) and £6 members of BLTC (booking fees apply). Available via Bournemouth Little Theatre's website: bournemouthlittletheatre.co.uk
Wed27Oct2021Fri29Oct20217:30 pmRingwood School, Ringwood, BH24 1SE
Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society presents
RumoursBack with its first production in nearly two years, Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society is staging the hilariously funny play, Rumours, by Neil Simon.When guests arrive for a party to find the host bleeding from a mysterious gunshot to the earlobe, questions start to be asked. And when there's an attempted cover-up, things start to get complicated...
Tickets: £10 - £12 available online, at the Greyfriars Box Office or by calling 07591 023439.
Wed27Oct2021Sat30Oct20217:30 pmBallard School Performing Arts Centre, New Milton, BH25 5SU
New Forest Players
The Edge of Darkness
Written by Brian Clemens; Directed by Janet Courtice
The storyline for Brian Clemens taut mystery drama revolves around Emma, now in her twenties, who went missing three years ago from home suffering from amnesia. She has been cared for in a convent in Ireland. The Cranwells believe they have at long last traced their daughter and make arrangements to bring her home. It soon becomes apparent that Emma is familiar with certain aspects of the rather isolated, coastal house, but why is she spooked by a small harmless silver bell, a portrait on the wall, and knives - and why does she react to certain Russian phrases?
This amateur production of “The Edge of Darkness” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD a Concord Theatricals Company.
Tickets: Adults £12; Concessions £10
Book online at www.newforestplayers.com. The new online box office allows you to select your seats, pay and download your tickets online, so please use this if at all possible.
Box Office phone line is 01425 542414; however, with the advent of NFP's new online booking system the phone will only be manned at certain times. A message can be heard on the booking line detailing the next opening times.
Sat06Nov2021Sun07Nov20218.00 pm Saturday; 2.30 pm SundayMarsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth, BH1 3AB
ENCORE! Theatre Productions presents
The ABC of Musicals and Musical Movies
Performed in concert style and set as a cabaret.
A super-talented cast of local singers has been hand-picked to bring you the best performances of 26 songs from 26 musicals: some will known and some that should be! An eclectic mix of shows to suit all musical theatre tastes, from The Lion King to Kinky Boots! You won't be disappointed!
Saturday 6 November @ 8.00 pm: Tickets £22.50 (includes Ploughman's Platter in interval); Sunday 7 November @ 2.30 pm: Tickets £19.50 (includes cream tea in interval); Ticket hot line: 07591 023447
Tue16Nov2021Sat20Nov20217.30 pm (2.15 pm Saturday matinee)War Memorial Hall, Broadstone, BH18 8AW
Broadstone Players; All tickets: £8.50; Social distanced performances (Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 2.15 pm matinee) by advanced booking only via phone (01202 678449) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org); Unreserved seating performances (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening) - tickets available via phone, email or purchase from Broadstone News, The Broadway, Broadstone from 23 October
Thu18Nov2021Sat20Nov20217.30 pm (2.30 pm Saturday matinee)Corfe Castle Village Hall, Corfe Castle, Wareham, BH20 5EE
Double Act drama group
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Double Act drama group, the double NODA award winning company, are pleased to announce their return to the stage after Covid in front of an audience with their version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!
You’ve no doubt seen the film. You may have read the book. You may have seen a panto version.
But this will be Double Act’s own interpretation based on the original story by L. Frank Baum and the original drawings that accompanied it. A spectacular magical adventure for all ages.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be performed at Corfe Castle Village Hall, Corfe Castle, Wareham, BH20 5EE from 18 - 20 November 2021 (7.30pm each evening with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee).
Tickets: Adults £10 / Children £5 (under 5s free), 10% reductions for groups over 10; available from Corfe Castle Village Stores & online.
Wed24Nov2021Sat27Nov20217.00 pm every evening (11.00 am Friday & Saturday; 3.00pm Saturday)Lighthouse, Poole's Centre For The Arts, Poole, BH15 1UG
Wed24Nov2021Sat27Nov20217.30 pm (2.30 pm Saturday matinee)Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, BH25 6DS
Milton Musical Society
Do You Wanna Dance?
The story of a 1950s dancehall, still living in a post-war big band dancing era, which finds itself under threat to close and become a bingo hall, until the staff and their friends realise their jobs and future are at stake, and set out to bring more modern music into their hall with an impromptu attempt at a talent show of Jive, lindy-hop, skiffle and early rock and roll.
Tickets: £15; Tickets available via Box Office: 01425 612393 or online
Thu25Nov2021Sat27Nov20217:30 pmRedlynch Village Hall, Salisbury, SP5 2PG
Redlynch Players presents
Let It Be Me
Amy cares for her Aunt Sylvia who has Alzheimer’s. Amy is loyally devoted to her aunt so finds herself seriously tested when she meets and falls in love with Gregory. With her friends for support, and with Gregory’s understanding and tact, what will the future hold for Amy?
Seats are limited for this production (COVID aware – risk assessment & precautions in place) so book early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets are £10, available via phone (01725 510283) or email (email@example.com)
Tue14Dec2021Sat18Dec20217:45 pmBournemouth Little Theatre, Bournemouth, BH9 2QD
Bournemouth Little Theatre
By Alan Ayckbourn
Cheating at snakes and ladders, fighting over comic books, a bungled infidelity beneath the tree, the usual disastrous Christmas Eve lamb, the dreaded annual puppet show and even maybe a murder… Christmas has arrived in the Bunker household along with family and friends. But as the children lurk just out of sight, it's the adults who are letting the side down.
“Superbly crafted. One of Ayckbourn’s finest works” – Daily Telegraph
“Mordantly hilarious Christmas farce. A classic of drunken disasters and misrouted passions round the tree” – The Independent
Ticket prices: £12 (standard), £9 (OAPs and students) and £6 members of BLTC. Available via Bournemouth Little Theatre's website: bournemouthlittletheatre.co.uk