Category: Arts & Entertainment

Production company changes up The Point’s foyer

Spot On Productions is completely changing The Point’s foyer this week to bring Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed song cycle to this intimate venue. Songs For A New World has been a mainstay for musical theatre aficionados since it was originally staged Off-Broadway in 1995. It is an abstract musical performed by a cast of four,…

Theatre Royal Winchester granted Arts Award Centre status

This month Theatre Royal Winchester was granted Arts Award Centre status. The highly regarded accreditation means that the theatre is now a hub for children and young people seeking support in their journeys to become and grow as artists and art leaders, and it will inspire them to take part in, and connect with, the…

Hat Fair is looking for volunteers

The Live Theatre Winchester Trust, the charity that runs Hat Fair – the UK’s longest running Outdoor Arts Festival – is looking for volunteers to help at this year’s festival. Hat Fair 2019 runs from Friday 5 – Sunday 7 July. The festival takes place throughout the city centre on Friday and Saturday and at…

Circus of Horrors heads to Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of sword swallowing, knife throwing and daredevil acrobatics will love the new show by the world-renowned Circus of Horrors, which rolls in to Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 17 March. Circus of Horrors’ Psycho Asylum features a range of bizarre horror and burlesque acts – including twisted contortionists, flaming hula hoop dancers, hair hangers…

Live Review: Portsmouth’s Big Mouth Comedy Festival

Portsmouth’s  Big Mouth Comedy Festival opened Friday night with with the funny James Alderson getting the crowd warmed up and introducing the acts at Portsmouth Guildhall. The first act was Larry Dean from Glasgow who got the audience laughing at his witty jokes and great English accent impressions. Then followed Jo Caulfield as seen on…

The Verdict heads to Theatre Royal Winchester

A host of TV favourites are set to amaze audiences in the best-selling, powerful courtroom thriller, The Verdict, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 March. Presented by Middle Ground Theatre Company, this critically acclaimed drama – now on its second tour after a phenomenally successful world premiere tour –…

Big Mouth Comedy Fest set to entertain Portsmouth

Comedy in all its forms is coming to Portsmouth Guildhall between 1st – 8th March as part of the annual Big Mouth Comedy Festival including headliner acts, the best of the fringe featuring some of the biggest stars from TV, legends Q&As, hilarious comedy drama and the UK’s hottest new acts. The Big Mouth Comedy Festival is produced by Portsmouth Guildhall and hosted…

Theatre Royal Winchester shortlisted for award

Theatre Royal Winchester has been shortlisted for an award for Best Family Entertainment in Hampshire, in the Hoop Awards – and needs your vote! The Hoop Awards celebrate the country’s best organisers of family activities, who ‘go above and beyond to entertain, educate and inspire children nationwide’. Over the past year the theatre has delighted…

Dance piece, Medusa, heads to Theatre Royal Winchester

Enthusiasts of contemporary dance will enjoy Jasmin Vardimon’s theatrical masterpiece Medusa, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 13 March. Brought to the stage by one of the world’s leading female choreographers, Jasmin Vardimon presents her new work, which reflects on the powerful feminine symbol of Medusa, the myth and its various connotations in…

Wilko Johnson Band to play Southampton

Wilko Johnson Band is set to play Southampton’s Engine Rooms on Saturday 9th March alongside special guest Glen Tilbrook. Following his recovery from what had been diagnosed as terminal cancer, Wilko Johnson the HBO Game of Thrones character Ser Ilyn Payne (the mute executioner responsible for chopping off Ned Stark’s (Sean Bean) head) and original…

Room on a Broom heads to Theatre Royal Winchester

Room on the Broom, Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s best-selling children’s book has been adapted for the stage by renowned theatre company Tall Stories, and flies into Theatre Royal Winchester from Friday 8 March to Sunday 10 March. This Olivier Award nominated production tells the story of a friendly witch, her cat and three lovable…

Auditions are open for Chicago Hight School Edition

Light UP are on the lookout for talented musical theatre performers, actors and dancers for an exciting summer holiday project in Eastleigh. Auditions will be held for 13-18 year olds at Barton Peveril College on 24th March. With registration open from now until 14 March 2019. Light UP is a not for profit organisation that…

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…