Nov 14, 2016 Wind In The Willows
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  “Vibrant and fun filled” – Beccy Conway enjoys The Wind in the Willows at The Mayflower in Southampton. The latest in a string of classic novels-turned-musicals has arrived on the theatrical scene, and anyone who enjoyed Julian Fellows’ adaptation of Mary Poppins, which visited The Mayflower earlier this year, will love this triumph of […]

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Jun 16, 2015 Cheriton
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The Cheriton Players, 10th – 13th June 2015 Reviewed by Eleanor Marsden. Pictures by Craig Robertson. Staging Peter Gordon’s ‘Third Week in August’ in the second week of June meant the Cheriton Players taking rather more of a gamble with the weather than Gordon’s characters do in this farcical campsite comedy. Luckily for the Players, […]

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Jun 03, 2015 IMG_2091.JPG
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The Cheriton Players take to the Great Outdoors… When Sue decides to try a ‘get away from everybody’ caravan holiday, little does she realise that she’s booked into the caravan site from hell. She is soon taken under the wing of expert but inadequate caravaner, Neville … that’s when he’s not engaged in battle with […]

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May 01, 2015 Winchester Festival
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Hurrah! Here’s something we always look forward to, and The Winchester Festival of the Arts returns for its 16th year in 2015. It runs from 3 – 11 July, and by the look of things it promises to live up to expectations – yet again a varied programme from across the genres of the arts, […]

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Apr 11, 2015 PIC Spamalot 3
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David Cradduck is a Python fan, eats ham and jam and Spam a lot – and so couldn’t resist visiting Camelot when it came to town… (It’s only a model! – Ed). OK, I admit to being rather biased, belonging to that lucky generation that witnessed the birth of Something Completely Different back in 1969. […]

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Mar 30, 2015 Cheriton Players
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A quick look through the ‘previous productions’ by the Cheriton Players will show you that Music Hall presentations were a regular part of the yearly offerings, usually every January / February right up to 1990 when they fizzled out. More’s the pity because there was plenty of the Music-Hall type of singing on offer in […]

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Jan 10, 2015 PIC Saturday Night Fever 5
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As I was watching this stage revival of the 1977 classic film, it occurred to me that there were many similarities between this production and how I first came to encounter Travolta and co. The show is produced by the Theatre Royal in Bath – the city of my birth – and the place where […]

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Jul 17, 2014 PIC Lion King 1
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The King Comes To Town David Cradduck is amazed by this spectacular show!   The long awaited first UK tour of Disney’s The Lion King has arrived in Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre for a two month stint before moving on to Sunderland and Cardiff.   How to describe this show? Overheard on the way out: “Stunning”. […]

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Jul 01, 2014 Oh Clarence!
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Luckily for The Cheriton Players, Oh Clarence’s Cheriton village does not mimic Blandings. That being the 1920s location for John Chapman’s dramatised re-telling of the popular P.G. Wodehouse tales. Unlike the fictional village, where everything ‘practically dies by 10.30!’, many enthusiastic Cheriton residents ventured out to enjoy the Players’ latest comedy, and were rewarded by […]

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