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Alexandra Burke to play Rachel Marron when The Bodyguard arrives at The Mayflower theatre next year

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:34pm Monday 20th October 2014

Alexandra Burke will perform the role of Rachel Marron at all evening performances. At the matinee performances, the role will be played by Zoe Birkett.

Local schools to perform in town on Monday and Tuesday as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:00am Sunday 12th October 2014

In Basingstoke, young people from eight schools in and around the local area will perform a condensed version of one of eight different Shakespeare plays, four on Monday, October 13 and four on Tuesday, October 14, both evenings starting at 7pm.

Wicked opens at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre on October 21

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

In a brilliantly witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students.

Craig Gilbert talks about Three Men In A Boat, which sails into The Haymarket soon

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Friday 10th October 2014

WRITER and director Craig certainly had a recipe for success in mind when he cooked up a touring production of this perennial favourite.

Three actors to perform 75-minute Hamlet at The Watermill

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:25pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

See this Outreach production from Monday, October 13 to Friday 17.

Tom Butcher joins the cast of Talking Scarlet’s gripping thriller Double Death, which is coming to Basingstoke next week

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:26am Tuesday 7th October 2014

He joins Brian Capron and Kim Tiddy for the Basingstoke run of the show, which takes over The Haymarket from October 15-18.

Su Pollard and Cannon and Ball star in Ha Ha Hood at The Anvil on Sunday

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:52pm Monday 6th October 2014

Ten years after a messy divorce Robin and Marian are forced back together to fight the Sheriff once more.

Bagnor's Watermill reaches final five shortlist of venues nominated for most welcoming theatre award

11:28am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Voting is now complete but the winner will not be announced until the day of the annual UK Theatre Awards ceremony in London’s historic Guildhall on Sunday, October 19.

The Archers' Emerald O'Hanrahan to play Jane Austen at Chawton House library on Saturday

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Costumed solo recital-performance Jane Austen at Home is based on extracts from Austen’s letters, poetry, novels and juvenilia.

Extra Anvil performances of Sing-A-Long-A Frozen added due to demand

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Performances will also take place at 3pm and 7pm on Saturday, March 14.

Dumbshow bring their version of Steinbeck's The Pearl to Central Studio on Wednesday

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:15pm Monday 29th September 2014

This timeless fable concerns the allure of wealth, the confines of class and the redemptive power of love.

Boundary Players' next production is Michael Frayn's Copenhagen

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:27am Monday 29th September 2014

See the production in the William Penney Theatre at Aldermaston Recreation Society in Tadley from October 21-25.

Fascinating Aida return to Basingstoke next Thursday

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Friday 26th September 2014

Expect topical new songs hot off the press, plus some outrageous old favourites, as Fascinating Aïda continue to grow old disgracefully!

Craig Revel Horwood to play Miss Hannigan in national tour of Annie

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:31pm Thursday 25th September 2014

The show will arrive at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre in July 2015.

BAOS to present Hospice Meets West End on Saturday

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Proceeds from the event will be split between BAOS and St Michael's Hospice.

Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society invite interested parties to audition for Hairspray

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:23am Wednesday 24th September 2014

The cast will reflect the diversity of the show’s multi-racial characters and there are principal roles for black actors and actresses, and plenty of action for both dancers and singers.

Free family puppet show to take over The Exchange at The Haymarket in October

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:59am Monday 22nd September 2014

Knight Time, which takes place on Saturday, October 4 with shows at 11am and 2pm, is a free ticketed event, with a maximum of four tickets per person.

Simon Callow one-man show The Man Jesus on its way to Yvonne Arnaud

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

The extraordinary play looks back two thousand years to witness key moments in the life of ‘the man Jesus’, through the eyes of the people who knew him.

Theatre company of Basingstoke's Stephen Love returns to Winchester Discovery Centre this month

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Friday 19th September 2014

Stephen, who was born in Basingstoke and grew up in the town, attended Brighton Hill Community College and Queen Mary's College.

Two actors to bring Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to life in Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

This stage adaptation premiered at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds in 2013 and offers a brand new interpretation of one of the nation’s favourite love stories.

Almost time for Silchester Players to present RSC Open Stages project - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

This production is a particularly rewarding enterprise for the Players as the group are one of a select number of amateur groups who are participating in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stages project.

One Man Lord of the Rings comes to The Haymarket in October

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:17am Wednesday 17th September 2014

The talented Canadian actor Charles Ross will stun you with his One Man Lord of the Rings where he recreates the enchanting world of Middle-earth with nothing more than elbow pads and his outrageous imagination.

A chat with BATS Next Gen's OLLIE READ, a star of upcoming production Fawkes, The Quiet Guy

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

The show will be performed in Central Studio, Basingstoke on November 7 and 8, 2014 at 7.30pm.

New season of Performance Lab theatre productions commences at Proteus this month

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:09am Monday 15th September 2014

Performance Lab is a unique opportunity to view cutting edge new work, meet the artists behind it and help them create their best work through post-show Q&A sessions.

Additional Dawn French date announced for Anvil due to demand

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:18pm Friday 12th September 2014

The tour, her first solo one, will consist of various delights and riches, with the odd irksome tribulation thrown in, as Dawn takes audiences through the various lessons life has taught her, and the things she knows for sure.

New Proteus show 12.10.15 opens in Central Studio tonight

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:17pm Thursday 11th September 2014

This one-woman show, written by Clive Holland, tells the story of national heroine Edith Cavell through the eyes of a war-hardened and cynical 21st century journalist as she is held captive.

Stones In His Pockets arrives at Winchester’s Theatre Royal next week

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:14am Tuesday 9th September 2014

The multi award-winning comedy by Irish writer Marie Jones has returned to this country following a Tony Award nominated run on Broadway, and four and a half years in the West End and on tour.

Unforgettable story of two of the finest Great War poets comes to The Haymarket in October

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:29pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Through the letters and poems of these two men, Stephen MacDonald’s acclaimed play paints a vivid and moving picture of their friendship and the conflict that brought them together; their friendship, their inter-dependency, their poetry.

Hear tales of sorcery and witchcraft at a family storytelling event at The Watermill Theatre

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:33pm Monday 1st September 2014

Audiences on Saturday, September 13, will be captivated by magical stories about the world of witchcraft and wizardry told by resident storyteller, Polly Highton.

Grease is the word for BAOS Limelight!

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:52pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Performances of their production of Grease, directed by Richard Cox, will take place in Queen Mary's College hall from Friday, October 31 until November 2.

Join Kingsclere Players for their next production Two's Company

Basingstoke Gazette:

3:40pm Thursday 28th August 2014

They'll perform the play at the Village Club in Kingsclere on October 24 and 25 at 7.45pm.

Theatrical treats coming up at Central Studio this autumn and winter

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:03pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Autumn and winter promise comedy, dance, drama, children’s events, live music and much more, all performed in one of the most intimate spaces in the town.

Basingstoke's Fluid Motion Theatre Company near to hitting fundraising target

Basingstoke Gazette:

9:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

The Streetspeare Schools Project (SSP) is a site-specific project that enhances young people's understanding of Shakespeare through giving them the opportunity to perform outdoors with other schools to the general public.

Wanted: talented pooches to play Toto in BATS' new production of The Wizard of Oz

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:39am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Two dogs and a reserve will share the role of Toto for ten performances at The Haymarket in November.

See The Gruffalo live on stage in Basingstoke next month

Basingstoke Gazette:

8:21pm Thursday 14th August 2014

The Tall Stories’ hit musical stage adaptation of the award-winning picture book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler comes to Basingstoke direct from a West End season.

Jason Donovan to star in Annie Get Your Gun in Woking next week

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Jonathan Wilkes will play the role on Saturday, August 16.

Family show The Hunters Grimm arrives at the Watermill Theatre next week

Basingstoke Gazette:

3:05pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

Performed by Teatro Vivo, The Hunters Grimm puts the audience in the midst of the action as the show moves around the theatre’s grounds and buildings.

Anvil Arts summer box office opening hours

2:10pm Monday 4th August 2014

THE Anvil box office will be closed on Tuesday, August 5 for a system upgrade.

Champions of Magic tour to call in at The Anvil in September

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:58pm Monday 4th August 2014

With a combination of elegant classics and cutting edge alternative magic, audiences will witness a mastery of card manipulation, death defying stunts, mind boggling sleight of hand and spectacular illusions.

Sing-A-Long-A Disney's Frozen at Basingstoke's Anvil and at Newbury's Corn Exchange

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:17pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Tickets for the Newbury screening go on general sale on Friday, August 1 at 10am. Tickets for The Anvil screening are on sale now.

Heartbeat's Jason Durr to play Poirot in Black Coffee at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre this month

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:05pm Thursday 31st July 2014

HEARTBEAT’s Jason Durr takes on the coveted role of Poirot in Black Coffee, the only play to feature the world famous detective, at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre this month.

New play about the highs and lows of following Southampton Football Club opens this week

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:29am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Matt Le Tissier and Francis Benali will make their acting debuts in the production, featuring as themselves in cameo roles in pre-recorded film segments.

Ruby Wax to bring Sane New World tour to Basingstoke's Haymarket

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:49am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Sane New World, which is coming to The Haymarket on Saturday, September 13, will help us understand why we sabotage our own sanity and provides a manual on how to survive the 21st century.

Sing Along to Bugsy Malone at Proteus Creation Space

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Bugsy Malone is a family favourite, full of gangsters, gags and splurge guns.

REVIEW: Calamity Jane, The Watermill - until September 6

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:11am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE Watermill has definitely done it again with this sublime whip-cracking version of the popular musical.

REVIEW: The Lion King, The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:29am Thursday 17th July 2014

This phenomenal production is at the Hampshire venue until September 6.

Rock of Ages is on its way to Woking and Southampton

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:11pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A celebration of classic 80s culture, Rock of Ages stars Ben Richards as rock god Stacee Jaxx and Noel Sullivan as Drew Boley.

All-male company The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to The Vyne next month to perform Romeo & Juliet

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:50pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

Join the all-male company for a performance of the world’s greatest love story in this stunning Tudor setting on August 16.

Avenue Q arrives at Theatre Royal Winchester at the weekend

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Featuring the naughtiest puppets in town, brought hilariously to life by an ensemble cast of 11 performers, Avenue Q is a Tony Award-winning musical about growing up, dreaming big, and finding your purpose in life.

REPORT: The Good Person of Szechwan, Basingstoke Youth Theatre

Basingstoke Gazette:

2:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

THE lucky young performers from this group – which is affiliated to Proteus Theatre Company, Central Studio and Anvil Arts – benefit from staging their performances in the town’s historic Haymarket theatre.

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