Category: Entertainment

Night of entertainment raises thousands for heart charity

A night of entertainment at one of the region’s biggest theatres has helped Wessex Heartbeat raise £12,000. The charity held its annual variety show at Mayflower Theatre on February 10 and, thanks to the generosity of audience-goers, thousands has been raised for the charity. Among the performers on the night were Kerry Ellis, star of…

Cbeebies favourites, The Twirlywoos, set sail to Winchester

The wonderful world of Twirlywoos – as seen on CBeebies – will be brought to life on stage at Theatre Royal Winchester from Sunday 3 – Monday 4 March as Toodloo, Great BigHoo, Chickedy, Chick and Peekaboo set sail to the city. Featuring all the favourite characters from the hit TV show, there will be…

Winchester theatre nominated in The Great British Pantomime Awards

James Barry (lyricist) and Simon Slater, (composer) have been nominated for the Musical Achievement Award in the Great British Pantomime Awards for their musical score of Theatre Royal Winchester’s traditional pantomime, Beauty and the Beast.    The nominations were announced by comedian Al Murray via Facebook on Sunday evening.  The winners will be announced at…

My Mother Said I Never Should heads to Winchester

Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning play My Mother Said I Never Should is brought to Theatre Royal Winchester from Thursday 14 March to Saturday 16 March by London Classic Theatre. This poignant, bittersweet story above love, jealousy and the price of freedom, details the lives of four generations of women in one family as they confront the…

Live Review: American Idiot Musical at The Mayflower, Southampton

Returning to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning original album, American Idiot was truly sensational at Southampton’s Mayflower. Former X Factor contestant Luke Friend, actor Tom Milner and Sam Lavery all put in one hell of a performance to justify how important Green Day’s American Idiot was…

Ruby Turner heads to Winchester

One of the UK’s greatest voices, Ruby Turner, heads to Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 17 February.  Known for her long established collaboration with Jools Holland, Ruby can breathe life and meaning into a song whether it is a passionate soaring ballad or a soulful up-tempo groove. Born in Jamaica, Ruby moved to England when…

Sherlock Holmes heads to Winchester

A thrilling new stage adaptation of The Sign of Four, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes novel, by Blackeyed Theatre heads to Theatre Royal Winchester from Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 February. This spectacular production has been adapted for the stage and directed by Nick Lane with music composed by Tristan Parkes. When…

Winchester set to revolt with Robin Hood

Get ready to “Boo” the Sheriff, cheer the Merry outlaws and Revolt with Robin! Firm favourites, Oddsocks Productions, return to Theatre Royal Winchester for two performances on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February, with their inimitable trademark humour, live music and audience interaction in Andy Barrow’s exciting new telling of the legend of Robin Hood:…

Comedian Stephen Bailey to kick off tour in Eastleigh

On Thursday 7th February, up-and-coming comedian and everyone’s favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ (Daily Record) Stephen Bailey begins his brand new UK tour, ‘Our Kid’, at The Point, Eastleigh. Mixing Northern warmth with some working-class guilt and a little bit of blue, Stephen’s friendly brand of gossipy humour has made him of the country’s most exciting acts…

Dance Project heads to Theatre Royal

Yolande Yorke-Edgell’s contemporary ballet company, Yorke Dance Project, heads to Theatre Royal Winchester on Tuesday 12 February to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Yorke-Edgell first set up her company on Los Angeles in 1999, relaunching it when she returned to London in 2009. Since then, the company has become known for presenting by past masters and…

Live Review: WWE at The Brighton Centre

WWE came to Brighton this month as some of the biggest wrestling stars performed at the venue and even took time to shake fans hands and take photos with them. The main event was when AJ Styles defended the WWE title in a triple threat match against Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe. The event started off…

££££’s up for grab in Quiz Festival

Local quiz teams are invited to rub shoulders with celebrity TV quizmasters during a one day summer quizzing spectacular event organised by Quiz Britain at Beaulieu’s National Motor Museum on July 29. There will be £3,500 worth of prize money up for grabs as a galaxy of TV stars will be hosting the rounds including…

Review: Ferocious Dog at Southampton’s Talking Heads

Ferocious Dog are just one of those bands who guarantee to get fans up on the dance floor and carry on dancing until the rest of the night. Ken Bonsall (lead singer) reached out to everyone in the crowd throughout the set that provided a very inclusive atmosphere. He made shout outs to everyone and kept giving…

Derren Brown’s ride terrifies ‘fearless’ thrillseekers

Thorpe Park, one of the South’s premier theme parks has released video footage of people’s terrified reactions while testing an upgrade to their popular ‘ghost train’ attraction. the Derren Brown Experiment. A group of ten volunteers who all come from walks of life where showing no fear is part of the job description were quickly…