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REVIEW: Derren Brown- Infamous

Basingstoke Gazette: REVIEW: Derren Brown- Infamous

3:56pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THERE was only one word on the lips of audience members leaving Derren Brown’s show last week- “How?”

Warren Sollars to lead the cast of the T. Rex musical 20th Century Boy at the Mayflower Theatre next month

Basingstoke Gazette: The previous cast of 20th Century Boy

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

This new production showcases 24 of Marc Bolan and T. Rex’s best-known iconic hits including Ride A White Swan, I Love To Boogie and Get It On.

National Theatre's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to run in Southampton in 2015

Basingstoke Gazette: Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg

7:00am Friday 11th April 2014

See it from Monday, June 22 until Saturday, July 4, 2015.

A chat with JAMIE TRICK, the star of BATS' new show Jesus Christ Superstar

Basingstoke Gazette: Jamie Trick

12:21pm Thursday 10th April 2014

AS ‘Jamie Sinatra’ he’s a familiar face in the pubs, clubs and casinos of the Thames Valley, entertaining audiences with his Rat Pack tribute act.

REVIEW: Sense and Sensibility, The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

Basingstoke Gazette: L to R: Sally Scott, Cassie Layton, Jenny Funnell and William Owen. Credit Michael Wharley

2:11pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Sense and Sensibility has been brilliantly adapted by Jessica Swale into this charming, funny and beautifully crafted stage play.

Oliver Goldsmith’s heartwarming comedy She Stoops To Conquer arrives at The Haymarket next month

Basingstoke Gazette: She Stoops to Conquer

7:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

See it from Wednesday, May 7 to Saturday, May 10. Mistakes and misunderstandings create a heart-warming and hilarious evening.

The Bill's Andrew Paul to star in spine-tingling psychological thriller at The Haymarket

Basingstoke Gazette: Andrew Paul

7:00am Friday 4th April 2014

The Devil at Midnight, written by Brian Clemens, runs in the Wote Street theatre from Thursday, May 1 until Saturday 3.

REVIEW: Shakers, The Tea Bar

Basingstoke Gazette: Shakers

12:51pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

So, what better place for this play to be performed than at the Tea Bar at the Top of the Town. The customers of the Tea Bar were, of course, the audience!

Robert Powell and Liza Goddard to star in Poirot play Black Coffee at the Yvonne Arnaud

Basingstoke Gazette: ON THE CASE: Robert Powell plays Hercule Poirot in Black Coffee at Malvern along with Liza Goddard.

7:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

A quintessential English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory and the theft of his new earth-shattering formula.

Basingstoke Amateur Theatrical Society to present Jesus Christ Superstar in The Haymarket in May

Basingstoke Gazette: Basingstoke Amateur Theatrical Society to present Jesus Christ Superstar in The Haymarket in May

7:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

BEFORE The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Evita came Jesus Christ Superstar, the first blockbuster musical from the most successful theatrical composer of all time, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Panto stars for Southampton and Woking revealed

Basingstoke Gazette: Brian Conley and Gok Wan will star in Cinderella at The Mayflower

10:30am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Find out who will be on stage in the wider leisure area this festive season.

Cheggers to star in 2014 Anvil panto

Basingstoke Gazette: Cheggers at The Anvil

10:20am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

HE’S one of Britain’s most lovable and likeable celebrities – and now, Keith Chegwin is going to be the star of this year’s Anvil Christmas pantomime.

Eamonn Holmes to make guest appearance in Happy Days musical at New Victoria Theatre

Basingstoke Gazette: Eamonn Holmes to make a guest appearance in Happy Days at the New Victoria Theatre

10:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

Eamonn, who lives locally to the Woking theatre in Weybridge, will star alongside pop starlet Heidi Range as Pinky Tuscadero, Bucks Fizz star Cheryl Baker as Mrs Cunningham and West End stalwart and Emmerdale star Ben Freeman as The Fonz.

REVIEW: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society

Basingstoke Gazette: REVIEW: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society

10:39am Monday 31st March 2014

Its gorgeous costumes swung along to the sparkling choreography from Helen Buick, and Simon Eastwood's musical direction was masterful.

REVIEW- Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, the Mayflower Theatre

Basingstoke Gazette: REVIEW- Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, the Mayflower Theatre

3:55pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

THIS production of Swan Lake is one that rips up the rule book.

Kingsclere Players to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a production of Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical comedy Ten Times Table

Basingstoke Gazette: Kingsclere Players to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a production of Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical comedy Ten Times Table

12:36pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

Graham Hewitt, chairman of The Players writes: “Kingsclere Players have been providing entertainment to Kingsclere and the surrounding area for more years than many people can remember."

Win tickets to see Marty MacDonald's Farm at The Haymarket

Basingstoke Gazette: Win tickets to see Marty MacDonald's Farm at The Haymarket

7:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

Marty MacDonald’s Farm is full of songs, fun & laughter, and is set in a vibrant, colourful and imaginative farmyard with loveable puppet characters.

Pre-audition workshops announced for Fawkes, BATS Next Gen's new show

Basingstoke Gazette: Pre-audition workshops announced for Fawkes, BATS Next Gen's new show

10:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

They will present, in association with Samuel French Limited, Fawkes, The Quiet Guy in Central Studio on November 7 – 8.

ALISTAIR MCGOWAN talks about reprising the role of Henry Higgins in PYGMALION, which arrives in Guildford next month

Basingstoke Gazette: credit Manuel Harlan

2:13pm Monday 17th March 2014

Best known perhaps as an impressionist, Alistair has also written and directed, starred in West End musicals and Gilbert and Sullivan and has had a thriving career as a straight actor.

National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors to call in at the Mayflower Theatre

Basingstoke Gazette: Shaun Williamson

1:05pm Monday 17th March 2014

Gavin Spokes takes the central role of loveable chancer, Francis Henshall and Shaun Williamson (best known for playing Barry from EastEnders) will play Charlie Clench.

New production of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility to open at Bagnor’s Watermill

Basingstoke Gazette: New production of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility to open at Bagnor’s Watermill

7:00am Thursday 13th March 2014

This brand new adaptation by Jessica Swale will run in the acclaimed venue from Thursday, April 3 until Saturday, May 10.

Powerful play Emily: The Making of A Militant Suffragette comes to The Haymarket tonight

Basingstoke Gazette: Powerful play Emily: The Making of A Suffragette comes to The Haymarket tonight

11:27am Wednesday 12th March 2014

Set in the context of the struggle for women to have the vote in the first half of the twentieth century, Emily resonates with questions that still challenge the world today

DAWN STEPHENS talks about playing the lead role in BAOS’s new production Thoroughly Modern Millie

Basingstoke Gazette: Dawn Stephens in rehearsal with Karen Ford

1:49pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

The show runs in The Haymarket from March 25-29.

The Proteans present two theatrical classics - Shakers and Glengarry Glen Ross - in Basingstoke this month

Basingstoke Gazette: Shakers

8:30am Sunday 9th March 2014

They will take you back to the 1980s with performances of John Godber and Jane Thornton’s Shakers at The Tea Bar and David Mamet’s blistering black comedy Glengarry Glen Ross at Proteus Creation Space, Council Road.

We put the questions to MICHAEL CABOT, director of Entertaining Mr Sloane

Basingstoke Gazette: Michael Cabot

7:00am Saturday 8th March 2014

The show runs in The Haymarket from March 19-21.

Thingumajig Theatre presents moving Great War play A November Day in Central Studio next week

Basingstoke Gazette: Image by Nigel Hillier

7:00am Friday 7th March 2014

A FORTHCOMING play in Central Studio marks the centenary of the First World War by exploring the timely question of how we remember.

Douglas Rintoul currently directing All My Sons at the Watermill Theatre

Basingstoke Gazette: L to R: Adam Burton, Siobhan O'Kelly, Jessica Turner. Credit Colin Willoughby

2:26pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Based on a true incident, All My Sons – one of Arthur Miller's early successes – examines the disintegration of a family torn apart by guilt.

Tickets selling fast for Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at the Mayflower Theatre

Basingstoke Gazette: Jonathan Ollivier. Credit Bill Cooper

12:56pm Thursday 6th March 2014

TICKETS for the run of Matthew Bourne’s multi award-winning hit Swan Lake at the Mayflower Theatre are selling fast.

See MolinoGroup’s Desert in Proteus Creation Space tomorrow

Basingstoke Gazette: Desert

3:14pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

It explores how US Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning became the centrepiece in the war between WikiLeaks and the US Government after leaking classified documents in 2010.

REVIEW: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play, The Haymarket

Basingstoke Gazette: Credit Robert Workman

12:33pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

AUDIENCES for the five performances of this new Charlie & Lola production were very busy – quite rightly, given the quality of these shows.

London Classic Theatre to perform Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane in The Haymarket

Basingstoke Gazette: London Classic Theatre to perform Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane in The Haymarket

11:25am Tuesday 4th March 2014

This revival of their 2003 production of the play celebrates the 50th anniversary of Orton’s work.

Warwick Davis' Reduced Height Theatre Company to make their debut in Woking with See How They Run

Basingstoke Gazette: Warwick Davis' Reduced Height Theatre Company make their debut in Woking with See How They Run.

2:12pm Monday 3rd March 2014

See How They Run is brought to life on stage once again but this time with a difference - all of the actors are under four feet tall!

David Wood to tell the tale of The Gingerbread Man at the Watermill this week

Basingstoke Gazette: David Wood to tell the tale of The Gingerbread Man at the Watermill this week

11:26am Monday 3rd March 2014

On Saturday, March 8 at 11am, David will do a storytelling of his world-famous play, book and TV series, The Gingerbread Man. It is suitable for children aged four to 11 years, and adults too.

The Haymarket's spring/summer season is now on sale

Basingstoke Gazette: Carrie's War

7:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

TWISTING psychological thrillers, hilarious comedies and one-night gems – all are contained in The Haymarket’s Spring/Summer season for 2014.

Return to the Forbidden Planet with Odiham's Holy Ridiculous Amateur Dramatic Society

Basingstoke Gazette: Return to Forbidden Planet with Odiham's Holy Ridiculous Dramatic Society

2:43pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Bob Carlton’s show will be directed by Nick Brannam and performances are to take place in Mayhill School in Odiham from March 19 to 22 at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

A chat with LESLEY JOSEPH, who's coming to The Anvil with raucous musical comedy Hot Flush!

Basingstoke Gazette: Lesley Joseph

12:29pm Thursday 27th February 2014

This ultimate girls’ night out show is the story of Myra, Sylvia, Helen and Jessica, four ordinary women – and one man – living extraordinary lives.

Hartley Arts Group in military mode for forthcoming show Oh What A Lovely War

Basingstoke Gazette: Hartley Arts Group in military mode for forthcoming show It's A Lovely War

11:05am Wednesday 26th February 2014

Retired Colonel Anthony Gall taught the cast of Joan Littlewood's Oh What a Lovely War how to stand to attention (chin up, eyes up, chest out), about turn and even to ‘wheel’.

Local auditions for Hampshire Youth Theatre to take place tomorrow and March 12

Basingstoke Gazette: Local auditions for Hampshire Youth Theatre to take place tonight and March 12

1:03pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

The auditions are for this summer’s production of The Best Christmas Present in the World, a brand new adaptation by Oliver Birch of Michael Morpurgo’s classic short story.

Show for teenagers with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) comes to Central Studio in March

Basingstoke Gazette: Show for teenagers with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) comes to Central Studio in March

7:00am Tuesday 25th February 2014

Tunnels is a unique multi-sensory production presented by Frozen Light which fuses live music, sign and movement.

Incredible improvised puppetry show The Table comes to Central Studio on Saturday

Basingstoke Gazette: Credit Lorna Palmer

2:14pm Monday 24th February 2014

BLIND Summit Theatre introduces Central Studio audience members to virtuosic puppetry improvisation in the form of Moses in Central Studio this week.  

BAOS to present Thoroughly Modern Millie in The Haymarket next month

Basingstoke Gazette: BAOS to present Thoroughly Modern Millie in The Haymarket next month

11:42am Monday 24th February 2014

FOLLOWING last year’s runaway success with The Producers, Basingstoke’s oldest musical society BAOS returns to The Haymarket with Thoroughly Modern Millie next month. 

REVIEW: Heritage by Dafyyd James, Spotlight UK, NT Connections, Central Studio

Basingstoke Gazette: The cast

9:50pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

HAVING not previously been lucky enough to see the talented students of Spotlight UK in action, it was my very great pleasure to witness this fantastic evening of theatre in Basingstoke.

Ben Richards and Noel Sullivan to star in Rock of Ages at the Mayflower Theatre

Basingstoke Gazette: Credit Tristram Shenton

9:39pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

FOLLOWING a three-year run in London’s West End, Hampshire audiences will get the chance to enjoy Rock of Ages The Musical in the autumn.

REVIEW: War Horse, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton - until March 15

Basingstoke Gazette: REVIEW: War Horse, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton - until March 15

10:55am Friday 21st February 2014

SUCH has been the demand for this tour of the National Theatre’s all-conquering War Horse that standing room tickets have been added to performances at the Mayflower Theatre.

Proteus Creation Space to bring exciting, contemporary and cutting-edge British theatre to local audiences

Basingstoke Gazette: Excitement building ahead of official opening of Proteus Creation Space by Maria Miller

2:46pm Monday 17th February 2014

You can get a taste of the Edinburgh Fringe in Basingstoke with How To Make A Killing In Bollywood on Thursday, February 27.

LYDIA THOMSON attends a preview of BATS Next Gen’s CATS, A Youth Group production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd, and reports on what’s in store

Basingstoke Gazette: LYDIA THOMSON attends a preview of BATS Next Gen’s CATS, A Youth Group production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd, and reports on what’s in store

10:01am Monday 17th February 2014

WITH each BATS Next Gen show, there seems to be a general feeling that it is even more ambitious and with a much greater risk factor than the last.

REVIEW: Les Miserables school edition, Queen Mary's College performing arts department

Basingstoke Gazette: The barricade

2:53pm Friday 14th February 2014

HOW often can you write, hand on heart, that you believe a star has been born?

Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play arrives at The Haymarket in March

Basingstoke Gazette: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play arrives at The Haymarket in March

7:00am Thursday 13th February 2014

Charlie and Lola are completely excited to be back on stage and this time they’re bringing along Sizzles the Dog!

QMC performing arts and music students to perform Les Miserables school edition

Basingstoke Gazette: QMC performing arts and music students to perform Les Miserables school edition

1:10pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

See it from tonight, February 12, until Saturday.

Richard Cox, the director of BATS Next Gen's new show Cats, talks about his past and present with the society

Basingstoke Gazette: Richard Cox

12:37pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

THIS is my seventh show as director and I’ve helped out with a couple of others too. I’ve loved every one.






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