Oct 14, 2018 Tn
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  REVIEW: 10×10 New Writing Festival – Helena Gomm and David Cradduck find out that ten is the real deal. Images by Tony Rogers. Helena Gomm writes: This year’s Chesil Theatre 10×10 New Writing Festival, featuring the winners of the 10×10 playwriting competition, has the title ‘Hidden Worlds’, a theme which the ten winning playwrights […]

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Jul 18, 2018 Willows
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  REVIEW: Wind in the Willows – Chesil Theatre – Tuesday 17th July 2018 (By David Cradduck) “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”, says Ratty in the opening scenes of Kenneth Grahame’s timeless and enchanting ‘Wind in The Willows’. Well, I have to […]

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Jul 13, 2018 DF875811-BAAA-4FC1-B7E1-2EC532EEB475
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The garden of Wolvesey Palace, the official residence of the Bishop of Winchester, is the setting for the Chesil Theatre’s open-air show, The Wind in the Willows, which is being performed from Monday 17 until Saturday 21 July.   The play opens one sunny morning when a fed-up Mole quits his spring-cleaning to explore the […]

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Apr 09, 2018 chesil
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  Chesil Theatre report a huge turnout for the readthrough of Wind in the Willows (pictured) which will be the Theatre’s forthcoming summer production in the gardens of Wolvesey Palace (17-21 July). There were also good turnouts at all three of the auditions held over the weekend, with the Theatre saying there were some novel […]

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Apr 06, 2018 willows
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  This summer, the Chesil Theatre will be returning to the stunning gardens of Wolvesey Palace, by kind permission of the Bishop of Winchester, with a spectacular open-air production of ‘The Wind In The Willows’ from 17 to 21 July… and here’s how YOU can join in. The much-loved, classic children’s storybook by Kenneth Grahame […]

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Mar 17, 2018 chesil
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  Review: The Venetian Twins – Chesil Theatre Review for Winchester Today by David Cradduck Were you to see ‘The Venetian Twins’ out of context it would appear to be half bizarre pantomime, half contrived comedic situation with rather stylised characters, many of whom seem to have overdone the white greasepaint and rouged cheeks. But anyone […]

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Jan 26, 2018 Duet For One
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  Uplifting, noble, entertaining… David Cradduck reviews Duet For One – Chesil Theatre It is difficult to understand how anyone can write with authority and credibility a play about someone suffering from multiple sclerosis without actually having experienced it themselves. For instance, what really goes through the mind of someone struck down in their prime that […]

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Apr 11, 2017 Treasure Island
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  REVIEW: Treasure Island – Acting UP – Chesil Theatre – 10 April 2017 The culmination of the past term’s work for these talented 8-to-18-year olds came to Winchester last night in Acting UP’s interpretation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic ‘Treasure Island’. (You wouldn’t want to mess with this lot…) The production had it […]

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Jan 23, 2017 Blood and Ice
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  REVIEW: ‘Blood and Ice’ – Chesil Theatre 21st January 2017 By David Cradduck  ‘Blood and Ice’, as the title might indicate, is no cheery tale. Far from it, the story of Mary Shelley, her poet husband Percy, her flighty, somewhat naïve half sister Claire Claremont and the infamous Lord Byron is a bubbling cauldron of […]

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Nov 20, 2016 Season's Greetings
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  REVIEW: Season’s Greetings – Chesil Theatre 19th November 2016 It’s a grey, wet, cold winter’s evening as I write this, having just spent a thoroughly warm, convivial and entertaining evening at one of the most intimate and atmospheric theatres I have ever had the pleasure to be in. And although the scene on stage […]

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