How a Totton World War II evacuee made his new life in Liverpool

LETTERS revealing the impact of the Second World War on the life of one family evacuated to Totton from blitzed Southampton feature in a new book just released. It was from that first horrifying summer...

Brockenhurst Players’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ never failed to deliver

BROCKENHURST Players staged another spectacular panto, Beauty & the Beast, which never failed to deliver on one-liners and slapstick humour. Four shows in the village hall featured favourites such as the audience participation song (with...

Knockabout thriller Dial M for Murder still delights

THAT the best laid plans go awry is proven in an enjoyable knockabout update of Dial M for Murder’s genre defining cat-and-mouse thriller. Scripted by Frederick Knott in 1952, the story is well known for...

Over the River and Through the Woods with New Forest Players

AS the first of their spring offerings, New Forest Players presented Over the River and Through the Woods, a heartfelt comedy by New Jersey playwright Joe DiPetrio. Ballard School Performing Arts Centre was transformed into...

Rita Ora delivers for the fans as Phoenix tour lights up the BIC

RITA ORA is a star who really delivers. No miming for her, no shoddy dancing, no relying on special effects to boost her stage show. Instead Rita gave fans exactly what they wanted: pure, brilliant entertainment....
CinderElla Southampton

CinderElla sparkles at the Nuffield city theatre in Southampton

AN enchanting rags-to-riches fairytale has been re-imagined for the 21st Century in musical extravaganza CinderElla at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton. The show, written and directed by Michael Fentiman (Amélie the Musical) with music and...

Snow can’t keep eager audience from Burley Players’ ‘King Humpty Dumpty’

SUCH is the reputation of the Burley Players’ annual pantomime that an amber warning of snow and ice did not keep the sell-out audience away. A friendly family affair, King Humpty Dumpty drew in the...

Nova Foresta Classical Players warm up audience on a cold evening

IT was a great pleasure to settle in at St Mary Magdalene Church, New Milton, to listen to the accomplished Nova Foresta string players accompanied by Martin Penrose on the organ. As always, there was...

Sparks fly in modern retelling of Spanish classic Blood Wedding

THE greatest punishment one can endure is to burn with desire and stay quiet, according to Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca – and this modern retelling of his famous play Blood Wedding certainly endorses...

Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society proves ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

For this season’s production, Lyndhurst Drama & Musical Society presented the family favourite It’s a Wonderful Life as a live radio play broadcast on Christmas Eve 1946. The Vernon Theatre was transformed into Studio A...
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