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posted on 22 November 2018
Deryck Newland

Christmas is nearly upon us once again and we’re delighted to be presenting Beauty and the Beast as our 2018/19 pantomime.

We are presenting more performances than ever before after literally running out of tickets last year for Peter Pan! If you haven’t got your tickets yet, do! We pride ourselves on our traditional family pantomime which balances panto set pieces with good storytelling and characters you can invest in.

Our spring 2019 season is just around the corner and we will be continuing our commitment to offer you a wide range of high quality professional performance across multiple art forms and genres as well as be a platform for fantastic local community work and a supporter of emerging talent.

One of my programming themes is ‘chuckle’ and I am always on the look out for different ways to get you laughing beyond just straight stand up comedy. This season offers a feast of novel laughs from the wonderful comedy of LipService Theatre (1 May) to Paul Merton’s Impro Chums (29 April), from Hancock’s Half Hour (24 March) to The Thinking Drinkers (9 Feb) and with Angus Deayton (12 May) and Gyles Brandreth (28 April), both doing something slightly different, thrown in for good measure.

There’s plenty of laughs for our younger audiences too with the brilliantly funny Oddsocks returning with their take on Robin Hood (8-9 Feb) and David Baddiel’s ANiMALCOLM (11-12 April) – just two of eleven different offerings for families.

The theatre offer is full and varied with returning companies such as Blackeyed Theatre, London Classic and Theatre Royal Wakefield. Out of Joint visit with the controversial play Rita, Sue and Bob Too (28 Feb-2 March) which hit the national headlines when it was presented at The Royal Court after having been initially cancelled by them a year ago.

Another of my programming themes is called ‘Think’ and commits to presenting performance that makes us think, challenges preconceptions and offers a perspective on our world which may be different to our own. As well as Rita, John Godber OBE’s play Bouncers (5-7 March) and Charlotte Keatley’s My Mother Said I Never Should (14-16 March) certainly do that too.

Our music programme surely offers something for everyone too with Classical, Soul, Folk, Opera, Pop and Punk Rock all represented!

We are also delighted to be celebrating local talent from Blue Apple, Encore, University of Winchester, Wessex Dance Academy, Winchester College and St Swithun’s, Winchester Musicals and Opera Society, Integr8 Dance and our own Young Theatre Royal. There is much creativity and talent right on our doorstop!

All in all over 50 different choices for you with over 120 performances – all in one season!

If you still can’t find anything you’d like to see I want to hear from you. Email me at
deryck.newland@theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

We hope to see you soon.

Deryck Newland
Chief Executive, Live Theatre Winchester Trust

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