A RIOT of colour and fun is heading for the Haymarket this month with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the evergreen musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Basingstoke Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS) is putting on the production for the first time in its history. It runs from November 14-19.

There's another first too - BATS will be staging a one-off `relaxed` charity performance on Wednesday November 15 for those who would struggle with a regular night at the theatre.

BATS promise a joyful, funny, feelgood show for all the family.

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Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door, Go Go Go Joseph, Pharoah’s Song… every song will have you humming along, maybe reminding you of your own childhood when every school seemed to perform the show, or a trip to see stars like Jason Donovan, Lee Mead and Jac Yarrow playing Joseph on the West End stage.
Based on the Bible Book of Genesis, the story follows the trials and triumphs of Joseph, along with his father Jacob, his 11 brothers, the Elvis-like Pharoah and of course his coat of many colours.

Basingstoke Gazette: David Honeywell will play Joseph

In BATS’ production, Joseph is played by David Honeywell, Pharoah by Ian ‘Spud’ Smith, Jacob by Anthony Mitchell, Potiphar by Benedict Kennedy, Potiphar's wife by April Fost and the three fabulous narrators by Kirsty Kingham, Laura Newborough and Eronwy Selwyn.

They’re supported by a stellar cast of talented local performers and a children’s choir.

Joseph is directed and choreographed by Louise Travis. The musical director is Jonathan Eiø. The co-choreographer is Luannsa Goodman.

Buy tickets from The Anvil Arts Box office: www.anvilarts.org.uk or 01256 844244.