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DATE

25 January 2 February 5 – 6 February 8 February 9 February 11 February 15 February 20 – 23 February 24 February 1 March 1 – 2 March 2 – 3 March 5 March 8 March 12 – 14 March 15 – 16 March 17 March 18 – 19 March 23 March 24 March 27 – 30 March 4 – 6 April 10 April 12 April 18 – 20 April 21 – 22 April

SHOW

Drifters Harry Hill – Experiments in Entertainment Hair John Shuttleworth – Out of Our Sheds Courtney Pine – House of Legends Scratch Shakespeare Animals & Friends with Steve Cropper Guys & Dolls Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures Al Murray – The Only Way is Epic @troy Spot’s Birthday Party Welcome Home and Raspberry Steeleye Span Chapel Street and Bitch Boxer Puccini’s La Bohème Richard Herring – Talking Cock The Table and Space Panorama Rent Unmythable Jekyll & Hyde Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales Three Acts of Play – Candoco Dance An Audience with Jonathan Miller West Side Story The Gruffalo’s Child

TIMES

2.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 6.00pm, 7.20pm and 8.40pm 8.00pm 2.30pm (Sat) and 7.30pm 1.30pm 7.30pm 4.30pm (Sat) and 7.30pm 10.30am (Sun) and 1.30pm From 12 noon 8.00pm 1.30pm (Wed) and 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 1.30pm (Tues) and 8.00pm 7.30pm 1.00pm and 3.00pm 2.30pm (Sat) and 7.30pm Times vary 8.00pm 8.00pm 2.00pm (Sat) and 7.30pm Times vary

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Leap into Spring!

It’s 2013 and the Theatre Royal Spring programme is full of good things!

News and highlights at Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Winchester is delighted to bring you the new and exciting Spring 2013 programme from January to April. Covering a wide range of fabulous entertainment to suit all tastes and ages, our Spring programme highlights include: Harry Hill, Courtney Pine, Candoco Dance, La Bohème, Jonathan Miller and The Gruffalo’s Child. Come and sample the fantastic new menu at our Back Garden Cafe – the ideal meeting place, serving teas and coffees, soups and salads, paninis and cakes in a tranquil, free wi-fi setting. Why not stop by when you book your theatre tickets at the box office? What’s more, the Café offers a 10% discount to all theatre ticket holders on performance days (terms and conditions apply). You can now select your theatre seats when you book online, enabling you to choose your favourite place to sit – the circle or stalls, middle or end of row, near the front or further back…

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We are thrilled to welcome Andrew Dawson, a great theatre innovator, and the superb company Blind Summit (see page 12) with a double bill that offers a unique, visceral live theatre experience which challenges people’s perceptions of puppetry and theatre. Andrew is a Visiting Artist in the Faculty of Arts at The University of Winchester. And don’t forget to keep abreast of all the Theatre Royal news and views on Facebook (TRWinchester), Twitter (@TRWinchester) and on YouTube (TRWinchester). The team here is working hard to sustain your Theatre for current and future generations to enjoy. We are all looking forward to celebrating, with you, the Theatre’s 100th Anniversary in 2014 and are already planning some major events leading up to this important Centenary year.

Meanwhile, enjoy the Spring 2013 programme and please keep coming. We wouldn’t be here without your continuing support!

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SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY

2.00PM

DRIFTERS A work in progress by Strange Arrangements This is a free event and all are welcome but please reserve a ticket in advance For its first UK show, Strange Arrangements presents a dancepuppetry work currently in development and due to premiere in 2013. Formerly practising in Australia and now permanently located in Hampshire, the company aims to present poetical works that allow an audience to go on a journey and follow a trail of curiosity. Three characters are thrust together by their journey into uncharted, extraordinary territory. Drifters is a poetic encounter, inspired by epic journeys of discovery, using dance, puppets and animation, where objects transform in most unusual ways. Age recommendation: 10+ Running time: 40 minutes

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HARRY HILL – EXPERIMENTS IN ENTERTAINMENT Harry tries out new material for a live show that promises incontrovertible proof that God exists. Joined by showband ‘The Harry’s’, there is a section exclusively for Tongans, a chance to catch up on Harry’s Nan’s latest ailments, the legendary Stouffer the Cat and a debut solo stand-up spot by Gary, Harry’s son from his first marriage and recognisable for his role as Alan Sugar in Harry Hill’s TV Burp. There’ll be expert-whistler-of-chart-hits grandson Sam and an all-singing, all-dancing finale. Oh, and maybe a giant sausage. Harry Hill is sold out. Sign up to comedy mailings on the homepage of our website to be the first to hear about future comedy events. Tickets

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‘Hill constructs a world of his own crazed invention… The effect is like being repeatedly tickled: he wears you down until you’re giggling like a merry idiot.’ The Telegraph

‘The man oozes genius.’ Daily Star

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TUESDAY 5 AND WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY

‘Perfectly pitched deadpan humour.’

8.00PM

★★★★ The Daily Mail

HAIR Performing Arts Winchester, a part of The Student Union of The University of Winchester, in collaboration with the Theatre Royal, brings to the stage the beautiful, exciting and liberating musical that is HAIR. HAIR tells the story of a Hippie ‘tribe’ in the ’60s, who go on a personal journey, reflecting on life, love, freedom and happiness, to the backdrop of the Vietnam War. HAIR puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage with phenomenal musical numbers including Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life and What a Piece of Work is Man. This show has a vitality and timelessness that outlives the late 1960s and early ’70s in America. Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado Music by Galt MacDermot Produced for the Broadway stage by Michael Butler Originally produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival Age recommendation: 15+ Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £10.50 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.50

‘A brilliant comic creation.’ The Guardian FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY

8.00PM

JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH – OUT OF OUR SHEDS Written and performed by Graham Fellows The Sony and Perrier nominated Shuttleworth ventures beyond the garden gate to tread the mean streets of Britain. Which is better: city life or country living? Supermarket or village shop? Or is it better to sit in your shed and count the cobwebs? It’s twenty years since former sweet factory security guard, and versatile singer/organist, John

Shuttleworth took the comedy world by storm, and received an Edinburgh Critics Award for John Shuttleworth’s Guide To Stardom.

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‘His stand up is second to none, his timing is impeccable, and you can practically warm your hands on his good nature.’ The Guardian Guide box office 01962 840 440

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MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

6.00PM

TWELFTH NIGHT

8.40PM

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY

8.00PM

COURTNEY PINE – HOUSE OF LEGENDS No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British Jazz scene over the past twenty years than Courtney Pine CBE. The ground breaking multi-instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take Jazz out to a wider audience. Showcasing material from his 15th studio album released in the UK in October 2012, House of Legends sees Courtney return to the instrument he is best known for, the saxophone, and features his soprano sax exclusively for the first time. Deeply steeped in the traditions of the Caribbean, 6

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this very personal project sees Courtney on top form, bringing together musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe for vibrant exchanges that tell tales of life from a truly multi-cultural viewpoint. Expect an exhilarating mix of Merengue, Ska, Mento and Calypso as played through the lens (saxophone) of a UK born artist with strong, proud Afro-Caribbean roots. www.courtney-pine.com Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £18.50 Ovation and Lifetime members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Two full tickets for the price of one

7.20PM

SCRATCH SHAKESPEARE Dramatic re-inventions of three of Shakespeare’s classics come to the Theatre Royal University of Winchester students bring you a unique night of all that is Bard. Three shows, three directors, three casts, all crammed into three hours of entertainment. Along with the plays there will be Shakespearean themed interval entertainment to help make your night something more than your usual trip to the theatre. Awards will be presented at the end of the evening for outstanding performance. Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.00 per show All three shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £11.00


FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY

8.00PM

WEDNESDAY 20 – SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY MATINÉE (SATURDAY)

ANIMALS & FRIENDS WITH SPECIAL GUEST – THE LEGENDARY STEVE CROPPER

GUYS & DOLLS Presented by award-winning Encore Youth Theatre A musical fable of Broadway based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon All the hot gamblers are in New York. They are all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week’s game but where will Nathan get the $1000 to pay for the venue? There is only one solution – take the biggest gamble of his life and bet the hottest gambler of them all, Sky Masterson. What can go wrong? It’s a safe bet because there is no way a mission doll like Miss Sarah would ever fall for a gambler. Is there?

Featuring from the original Animals: John Steel & Mick Gallagher (The Blockheads, The Clash, Paul McCartney) John E. Williamson (Titanic) Peter Barton (Wayne Fontana’s Mindbenders, Boomtown Rats, Roberts & Crowe) The band that shook the world back in 1964 have re-invented themselves. A legendary combination of musicians comes together again to perform on stage with their very special guest Steve Cropper of Booker T and the MGs. Animals & Friends remain a seminal Rhythm and Blues band, commanding great respect internationally amongst their peers as well as from fans of all ages who respond enthusiastically to their superb vocals and sheer raw energy. Pivotal songs include We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Baby Let Me Take You Home, I Put A Spell On You and the band’s multimillion selling anthem and number one hit across the world – House of The Rising Sun.

7.30PM

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Probably the best-known soul guitarist in the world, Steve Cropper came to prominence in the early ’60s and was a major figure in the Southern Soul movement. Cropper made his mark not only as a player and arranger, but also as a songwriter. As co-writer of classics such as In the Midnight Hour, On the Dock of the Bay and Knock on Wood he has earned an honoured place in the soul music hall of fame.

Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows Proud Winners of the NODA Haslemere Trophy for Visual Excellence SUMMER HOLIDAY 2012 This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £13.50 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.50 Family ticket (2 adults /2 concessions) . . . . . . . . . . £40.00 Special offer Wednesday 20 February – two full tickets for the price of one

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FRIDAY 1 MARCH

7.30PM

SATURDAY 2 MARCH

4.30PM AND 7.30PM

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SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY

1.30PM

MICHAELA STRACHAN’S REALLY WILD ADVENTURES Adapted from her own book of poems for children, popular TV presenter Michaela Strachan will take families on a delightful journey through an alphabet jungle of animal rhymes. From antelopes to zebras, from orphaned orangutans to polar bear dentistry, this is a whistlestop interactive show full of poetry, dancing, music and lots of fascinating wildlife facts. The show is directed by awardwinning Malachi Bogdanov. Michaela will be signing copies of her book after the show. Running time: 1 hour Suitable for children aged 3–8 www.michaelastrachan.co.uk Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £12.50 8

FRIDAY 1 MARCH

7.30PM

Taking place at The Gurkha Museum, Peninsula Barracks, Winchester

AL MURRAY – THE ONLY WAY IS EPIC Britain may be staring into the bottom of an empty pint glass, but don’t lose hope – Al Murray The Pub Landlord is back to fill it up again, with a brand new show of epic proportions. Following a phenomenally successful 2012 Autumn tour, Britain’s most irrepressible innkeeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery as part of his hilarious new show The Only Way is Epic. This monumental new live stand-up show from the multi-award-winning comedian, directly follows the nationwide success of the Guv’s twice extended Barrel of Fun tour, and is sure to sell-out fast. It’s not just a tour… it’s a national pep talk, get your orders in now! www.thepublandlord.com Age recommendation: parental discretion advised due to adult themes Tickets

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@troy

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@troy brings to life a fragment from the story of the Trojan War, in an intimate drama capturing a moment of hope for the wives, mothers and sisters who wait for their warriors to return from battle. Join the women as they prepare a homecoming to remember in this new site-specific play for a regimental space. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and co-produced with Theatre Royal Winchester and The Point, Eastleigh. www.thefuse.org.uk Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £12.00 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . £9.00

SATURDAY 2 MARCH SUNDAY 3 MARCH

1.30PM

10.30AM AND 1.30PM

SPOT’S BIRTHDAY PARTY Presented by PW Productions and Nick Brooke Ltd in association with Haddock Productions. Adapted and directed by David Wood and based on the books by Eric Hill. It’s Spot’s Birthday, it’s party time – and you’re invited! It’s the Birthday of everyone’s favourite puppy! All of Spot’s friends will be there: Steve the Monkey; Helen the Hippo and Tom the Crocodile plus Spot’s mum and dad, Sally and Sam. Special guest Marco the Rabbit Magician will be there too, ensuring there’s never a dull moment. Join in the fun with songs and music, games and stories and theatrical magic to capture everyone’s imagination. This children’s play by David Wood (The Tiger Who Came to Tea) is a bright and colourful, musical performance that both educates and entertains and is the perfect introduction to theatre for young children. Come dressed for a party and make a birthday card for Spot! Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £13.00


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7.30PM TONY MARCHANT DOUBLE BILL : WELCOME HOME and RASPBERRY

Two short, moving and life-affirming plays by the BAFTA award-winning British dramatist. Five soldiers return from a foreign war to honour a fallen comrade whilst two women share real-life stories of friendship and hope. Directed by Peter Billingham, Reader in Modern Drama, University of Winchester.

STEELEYE SPAN

PETER BILLINGHAM

with Maddy Prior

A festival of events and a double bill of plays by Tony Marchant

Staging Change! Performing Arts and New Writing FROM 12 NOON 12.30 – 1.30PM STAGING CHANGE !

Performing Arts, New Writing and Social Change. Discussion event with a panel featuring performing arts professionals and University of Winchester academic staff. 2.00 – 2.30PM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

All welcome.

3.30 – 4.30PM MEET THE AUTHOR

9.30 – 10.00PM

7.30PM

WELCOME HOME and RASPBERRY

An informal meeting and conversation

with the BAFTA and Royal Television Society Award-winning dramatist Tony Marchant. Tony Marchant’s writing credits include London Calling (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Holding On, Great Expectations (both BBC) and Kid in the Corner (Channel 4) 5.00 – 6.00PM STAGING CHANGE !

Three exciting new plays by University of Winchester play-writing students directed by Glenn Fosbraey (Lecturer in Creative Writing).

8.00PM

POST-SHOW TALK WITH TONY

MARCHANT IN CONVERSATION WITH TUESDAY 5 MARCH

FRIDAY 8 MARCH

TICKETS

All day Festival Ticket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £25.00 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £20.00 Lunchtime Discussion event (including light lunch) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £10.00 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.50 Contemporary Music and New Writing Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FREE Meet the Author (with tea/coffee). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.50 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.00 Double Bill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£15.00 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£12.00 Members of University of Winchester. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £10.00 Members of University of Winchester concessions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.00

Folk rock pioneers, pop stars, an inspiration to generations – Steeleye Span have been many things, and are now a six piece again. This show will see them visit the classics that have made them one of the most successful British folk rock bands ever. 2013 finds Maddy Prior – the voice of Steeleye for 38 years – back at the helm of a line-up featuring band stalwart and fiddler extraordinaire Peter Knight, Rick Kemp on bass, Peter Zorn and Julian Littman on guitars and Liam Genockey on the drum stool.

‘Don’t miss them!’ The Independent

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TUESDAY 12 – THURSDAY 14 MARCH MATINÉE (WEDNESDAY)

8.00PM

1.30PM

PRE-SHOW LECTURE 12 MARCH

POST-SHOW DISCUSSION 13 MARCH AFTER 1.30PM MATINÉE

6.15PM

Free but please reserve a place when booking your ticket as places are limited

A double bill brought to you by two of the UK’s most exciting new writing companies Presented by Scrawl and Snuff Box Theatre in collaboration with Richard Jordan Productions Straight from sell-out runs in London’s Bush and Soho Theatres, an unmissable double bill of two award-winning new shows, first presented as part of the Old Vic New Voices – Edinburgh Season 2012, play together in an exhilarating evening of new talent.

‘The wittiest, most engaging performances this fringe.’

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★★★★ The Independent

Chapel Street and Bitch Boxer CHAPEL STREET by Luke Barnes

OLD VIC NEW VOICES EDINBURGH SEASON 2012, BRIGHTON FRINGE EMERGING TALENT AWARD

‘If I died tomorrow, I would have died having done nothing. So I made a promise there and then that we would live tonight like it was our last.’ Sweaty, fuzzy-tongued and drenched in booze, Chapel Street brings you a night of carnage in the lives of Kirsty and Joe. Hilarious, heartbreaking, and compelling throughout, it provides a crackling mix of poetry and profanity that takes on a deep resonance in light of David Cameron addressing Broken Britain. Scrawl presents this debut play from one of the UK’s most exciting new writers, Luke Barnes. 10 book online theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

BITCH BOXER by Charlotte Josephine

OLD VIC NEW VOICES EDINBURGH SEASON 2012, SOHO YOUNG WRITERS AWARD, 2012

‘You’ve got to fight for the things you love Chloe’ ‘Yes Dad’ London: 2012. Women will step into the Olympic boxing ring for the very first time. As Chloe trains for the fight of her life, she is left winded by two life-changing events. In a man’s world, can she prove she’s still worth the title? Straight from a London run at Soho Theatre, Bitch Boxer is an exhilarating and award-winning new play.


‘A madly brilliant re-imagining… youth only adds to the emotional punch of the staging.’

FRIDAY 15 AND SATURDAY 16 MARCH

8.00PM

PRE-SHOW LECTURE 15 MARCH

POST-SHOW DISCUSSION FRIDAY 15 MARCH

6.15PM

Free but please reserve a place when booking your ticket as places are limited

Puccini’s La Bohème OPER A

★★★★ The Times

Presented by OperaUpClose

‘The most ingenious staging ever devised… a huge artistic success.’ The New York Times

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Following the success of their first visit to the Theatre Royal last year with The Barber of Seville, OperaUpClose return with their Olivier Award-winning production of Puccini’s La Bohème. Follow the ups and downs of idealistic students Rodolfo and Marcello and their girlfriends Mimi and Musetta, as they bicker, party, try to make ends meet and follow their dreams. The comedy of the first act heightens its tragic ending, with audiences saying this 21st century Bohème affected them like no other. Fresh from a three month West End run at Charing Cross Theatre, the production has been a huge popular and critical success, winning both the 2011 Olivier award for Best Opera and the Whatsonstage.com Award for best Off-West End Production. In a new English version and directed by Robin Norton-Hale, with live piano accompaniment. Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £17.50 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £15.50 Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £15.00 Schools/Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £11.00 Friends opening night offer . . . . . . . . . . . . Two full tickets for the price of one box office 01962 840 440 11


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TUESDAY 19 MARCH

PRE-SHOW LECTURE 19 MARCH

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1.30PM AND 8.00PM

POST-SHOW DISCUSSION AFTER TUESDAY 19 MARCH 1.30PM MATINÉE

6.15PM

Free but please reserve a place when booking your ticket as places are limited

THE TABLE AND SPACE PANORAMA DOUBLE BILL

‘Man’s answer to the Vagina Monologues.’

Two award-winning epic plays… on top of a table! Blind Summit Theatre and Associate Director Andrew Dawson present two very contrasting pieces of theatre. The common constraint between them is their choice to use a table for a stage. The result could not be more diverse and remarkable.

The Guardian SUNDAY 17 MARCH

8.00PM

RICHARD HERRING – TALKING COCK It’s an object of shame and pride; it inspires laughter and fear; it’s a symbol of power, yet it’s incredibly fragile; it can be a pound of flesh or an ounce of winkles; it can be used to express both love and hate; it creates life; it can condemn us to death… and it can do wees as well. How can one tiny flap of sponge and sinew be all these things? Richard Herring intends to find out in this tenth anniversary update of the critically acclaimed show that exposes the truth about men and their flutes of love. Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £16.00 12 book online theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

The Table

A cantankerous puppet (operated by three men) with a cardboard head, is having an existential crisis… on a table. Hilarious, beautiful and occasionally profound, this is a show that will challenge any reservations you've ever had before about puppetry. Blind Summit Theatre are theatrical innovators who created the puppetry in Anthony Minghella’s celebrated Madam Butterfly and Danny Boyle’s epic Olympic Opening Ceremony. In The Table they get back to their roots as the ‘front men of rock’n’roll puppetry’ (Time Out) with this award winning show inspired by Beckett, the Bible and Ikea and prove that ‘when you’re working in miniature you don't have to think small’ (The Guardian).

Space Panorama

Acclaimed director, choreographer and performer Andrew Dawson recreates a constantly entrancing documentary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing using only a black-draped table for a stage, and his hands. Accompanied by Shostakovich’s 10th symphony and a dramatic, lively narration, Dawson takes audiences from Houston to the moon and returns them safely to Earth, conveying the colossal distances and the risks involved simply through his skilled hand movements and wry facial expressions. Dawson has performed Space Panorama at the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing at the Kennedy Centre and an astronaut reunion dinner in Houston with Buzz Aldrin.

‘Absolutely sublime.’ Time Out

Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £15.00 Matinée . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £11.00 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £13.50 Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£13.00 Schools/Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £11.00 Friends opening night offer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Two full tickets for the price of one


‘Utterly entertaining.’ ★★★★★ Three Weeks

SATURDAY 23 MARCH

7.30PM

RENT Jonathan Larson’s rock musical celebration of bohemian New York The incredible University of Chichester Touring bring this cult, exuberant rock version of Puccini’s La Bohème to the stage, with its life-affirming score that captures the heart and spirit of a generation. A tale of struggling artists and impoverished young bohemians living in the shadow of HIV, learning to survive, discovering love, finding their voices and living for the moment. Feel the electricity of this musical phenomenon created by a brilliant cast of emerging young performers and production team of leading industry professionals. Contains some strong language and adult themes. Parental guidance recommended for under 12s. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York. Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £12.00 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £10.00 Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.00 Schools/Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.00

WEDNESDAY 27 – SATURDAY 30 MARCH SUNDAY 24 MARCH

1.00PM AND 3.00PM

UNMYTHABLE at Winchester Discovery Centre by Temple Theatre Are you ready to be a legend? Set sail with Jason and the Argonauts on an unforgettable journey through all the greatest Greek myths ever told. Meet Midas after the gold ran out, relive the Odyssey through the eyes of a foot-soldier, and discover what really happened in that wooden horse… Whether you're new to Greek myths or a diehard fan, come onboard for an Unmythable night of award-winning theatre, storytelling and songs. www.unmythable.co.uk Age recommendation: 8+ Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.50 Schools/Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.50

7.30PM

MATINÉE (SATURDAY)

2.30PM

JEKYLL & HYDE Presented by Southampton Musical Society An evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced that the cure for his father’s mental illness lies in the separation of Man’s evil nature from his good, Dr Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of Victorian London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde. With modern classics such as A New Life, In His Eyes and This Is The Moment, Jekyll & Hyde is a gothic masterpiece of musical theatre. Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £15.00 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £13.50 box office 01962 840 440 13


FRIDAY 5 APRIL

SATURDAY 6 APRIL

All illustrations copyright © Axel Scheffler 2004, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

THURSDAY 4 APRIL

4.00PM

1.00PM AND 4.00PM

10.00AM AND 1.00PM

TIDDLER AND OTHER TERRIFIC TALES

By Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler Presented by Scamp Theatre & Watford Palace Theatre Join us for a brand new show from the award-winning Scamp Theatre (Stick Man – Live on Stage!) adapted from the bestselling books by Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (creators of The Gruffalo). This is a magical collection of Julia Donaldson’s most popular titles including Tiddler, The Smartest Giant in Town, A Squash and a Squeeze and Monkey Puzzle brought to the stage spectacularly by the team that brought you Aesop’s Fables, Stick Man and Private Peaceful.

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Under sea, over land, on the farm and in the jungle, these tales are woven together with live music, songs, puppets and a host of colourful characters. An absolute treat for ages 3+ and their families. Running time: 55 minutes Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £11.00 Family ticket (2 adults/2 children). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £36.00 Schools/Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £11.00

‘Delicious and very funny.’ The Observer

WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL PRE-SHOW LECTURE

POST-SHOW DISCUSSION

8.00PM

6.15PM

Free but please reserve a place when booking your ticket as places are limited

CHOREOGR APHER

THREE ACTS OF PLAY Presented by Candoco Dance Twisting perception of what dance is, who can dance and who enjoys it – Candoco, the renowned contemporary dance company of disabled and nondisabled performers, presents an evening of three diverse dance works. One of Candoco’s highlights is Set and Reset/Reset, a restaging of Trisha Brown’s landmark piece, which confirmed her as a pioneer of contemporary dance. Set to the original upbeat, contagious Laurie Anderson score, this is a fluid, joyful work of pure dance. Award-winning choreographer Javier de Frutos returns to Candoco for the third time with a brand new piece Studies for C. Inspired by the poetry of Tennessee Williams and set to traditional Mexican

Ranchera music, this duet is a celebration of difference and rebellion. Renowned theatre and dance artist Wendy Houstoun combines movement with text and meaning with humour in Imperfect Storm. In a performance loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, expect quirky costumes and theatrical movements giving it a truly unique style. Wendy Houstoun’s piece will be signinterpreted by a Sign Language Interpreter. Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £16.00 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £14.50 Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £14.00 Schools/Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £11.00 Ovation and Lifetime members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Two full tickets for the price of one

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‘A real pleasure to watch.’


THURSDAY 18 –

SATURDAY 20 APRIL

MATINÉE (SATURDAY)

FRIDAY 12 APRIL

8.00PM

AN AUDIENCE WITH JONATHAN MILLER Sir Jonathan Miller is a man of many parts. Doctor, an expert in neuropsychology, a satirist, writer, sculptor and director of theatre, opera and film, he rose to fame in the early 1960s when, alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett, he cowrote and starred in the groundbreaking satirical stage revue Beyond The Fringe. Combining some of the best Oxbridge talents of the era, it first played the Edinburgh Fringe before transferring to the West End and then

Broadway, heralding a brave new era of satirical comedy. This unique one-man show finds Miller discussing his life and work beyond Beyond The Fringe. Jonathan Miller will also be directing Rutherford & Son by Northern Broadsides in summer 2013 (see p 20).

Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £18.00 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £16.00 Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £15.50

7.30PM

2.00PM

WEST SIDE STORY SJ Theatre Productions is a new group set up to bring quality entertainment to the local area using performers training to go into the musical theatre world, as well as the very best of local talent. This enduring piece is as relevant today as it was when first produced many years ago. The musical explores the rivalry between two New York gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, and was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet containing great songs such as I Feel Pretty, Tonight, America and Gee Officer Krupkee. This must-see musical contains sophisticated music and brilliant dance routines.

Presented by SJ Theatre Productions Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurrents Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith & Harold Prince by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens This amateur production is by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £16.00 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £14.00 Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£12.00 Matinée . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£12.00 box office 01962 840 440 15


SUNDAY 21 APRIL

MONDAY 22 APRIL

1.30PM AND 4.30PM

10.00AM AND 1.30PM

From the creators of The Gruffalo Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her at Theatre Royal Winchester. The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood… One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?

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‘Lovingly and simply brought to the stage.’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

‘Everything good children’s theatre should be.’ ★★★★★ The List

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All adults must be accompanied by a responsible child. Running time: 55 mins Age recommendation: 3+ www.gruffaloschildlive.com


Family Sundays Looking for exciting stuff to do on boring Sundays with your family? Theatre Royal Winchester in association with Winchester Discovery Centre is offering fantastic events and workshops for children, families and young people… designed for all ages to brighten your weekend! DATE

TIMES

SHOW

VENUE

January 2013 Sunday 13 January Sunday 20 January Sunday 27 January

11.30am 11.30am 11.30am

Storylounge Make your own puppet Little Bo Peep

Winchester Discovery Centre Winchester Discovery Centre Winchester Discovery Centre

February 2013 Sunday 3 February

11.30am

Sunday 10 February Sunday 17 February Sunday 24 February

11.30am 11.30am 1.30pm

Teddy Time Stories: Goldilocks + The Three Little Pigs Storylounge Mr Honk and his Sad Trombone Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures

March 2013 Sunday 3 March Sunday 10 March

10.30am and 1.30pm 11.30am

Spot’s Birthday Party Peter and the Wolf

Sunday 17 March Sunday 24 March

11.30am 1.00pm and 3.00pm

The Elephant’s Bridesmaid Unmythable

Theatre Royal Winchester Winchester Discovery Centre Storylounge is on as well in the Children’s Library Winchester Discovery Centre Winchester Discovery Centre

April 2013 Sunday 7 April Sunday 14 April Sunday 21 April

11.30am 11.30am 1.30pm and 4.30pm

The Selfish Giant Storylounge The Gruffalo’s Child

Winchester Discovery Centre Winchester Discovery Centre Theatre Royal Winchester

Winchester Discovery Centre Winchester Discovery Centre Winchester Discovery Centre Theatre Royal Winchester

To book your tickets for Winchester Discovery Centre events please call 01962 873603 or visit www.hants.gov.uk/wdc or for Theatre Royal Winchester events please call 01962 840440 or visit www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk Check websites for age recommendations. box office 01962 840 440 17


Young Theatre Royal Giving young performers aged 7 to 17 the opportunity to create theatre and perform. Ages 7–12

DENMEAD DRAMA GROUP

Ages 12–17

ACTING FOR STAGE

Creating performances and having fun are what it’s all about. This friendly group is the perfect place to start to have fun, make new friends and pick up some skills along the way.

SPICY PENGUIN THEATRE

COMMUNITY CENTRE, DENMEAD

WINCHESTER

In this company you will explore everything from musical theatre to making people laugh, from singing to stage combat. TUESDAY

5.30 – 7.00PM

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ACTING UP

FRIDAY

4.30 – 5.30PM

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WEST MEON JUNIORS VILLAGE HALL, WEST MEON

This company thrives on exploring plays and learning how to improve performance skills.

Through monthly workshops you will learn from theatre professionals and local artists whilst having an amazing amount of fun.

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WINCHESTER

WEDNESDAY

5.30 – 7.00PM

SATURDAY

10.00 – 11.30AM OR 11.30AM – 1.00PM

BISHOPS WALTHAM DRAMA GROUP

Ages 7–17

Creating performances and having fun are what it's all about. This friendly group is the perfect place to have fun, make new friends and pick up some skills along the way.

DENMEAD STREET DANCE

JUBILEE HALL, BISHOPS WALTHAM

MONDAY

4.00 – 5.15PM

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£60 per term

COMMUNITY CENTRE, DENMEAD

Throughout the year you will learn skills as well as professionally choreographed routines. FRIDAY

With an emphasis on comedy and musical theatre, this company is a perfect chance to experiment with all different types of theatre in a friendly and welcoming environment. The company focuses on creating performances that are highly entertaining whilst relying on fun and challenging the impossible. TUESDAY

7.00 – 9.00PM

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£150 per term

FADED IMAGE THEATRE WINCHESTER

This is perfect for those who love to look at plays with darker themes and stories. This company allows participants to develop their performance skills whilst working on moving and thought-provoking performances. WEDNESDAY

7.00 – 9.00PM

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£130 per term

5.30 – 6.30PM

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YOUNG THEATRE ROYAL

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£30 per year

WINCHESTER

£60 per term

Each company has its own flavour and style. If you see something you like, or if you would like more information, give Ryan a call on 01962 844600 ext 208 or email ryan.jones@theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk


GLIMPSE THEATRE WINCHESTER

Throughout the year you will create little moments of theatre in various locations all over the city and at various events and festivals. From delicate sharings in ancient city locations to loud comical street arts on the High Street, this company offers exciting alternatives to conventional performance. THURSDAY

7.00 – 9.00PM

£130 per term

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BISHOPS WALTHAM YOUTH THEATRE JUBILEE HALL, BISHOPS WALTHAM

This company is all about getting stuck in and working together to create exciting moments of theatre. MONDAY

5.15 – 6.30PM

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£60 per term

DENMEAD YOUTH THEATRE COMMUNITY CENTRE, DENMEAD

This company is all about getting stuck in and working together to create exciting moments of theatre. FRIDAY

6.30 – 7.30PM

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Get involved at Theatre Royal Winchester

CREATE YOUR OWN SUPERHERO

DAY OF FUN!

Ages 7–12

Join us for one of the most bonkers workshops we’ve ever run. Perfect for those who have always wanted to give drama a go as well those who just love having fun. Seven different directors will lead seven different workshops throughout the day on a variety of drama activities.

Would you take over the world? Or save it? Are you a supergirl with the ability to fly? Or a superboy with the ability to eat a hundred doughnuts in less than two minutes? Here’s your chance to be a superhero (or a villain) for a day. Ending with a special performance all around the theatre building, what better way to spend your time than creating your very own superhero? SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY PERFORMANCE

10.00AM – 5.00PM

SUNDAY 17 FEBRUARY

10.00AM – 5.00PM

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GCSE DRAMA BOOSTER Ages 14+ Led by Ed Simpson, Head of Learning, this workshop will help you to enhance your performance skills and abilities. Ideal for those studying Drama or Performing Arts at GCSE (EdExcel & AQA) or BTEC (EdExcel), it will give you all the tools you need to improve your final grade.

VILLAGE HALL, WEST MEON

Monthly master classes with industry professionals will ensure that no workshop is ever the same. This year will end in an opportunity to show off your newly acquired skills in a special showcase.

7.30 – 9.00PM

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4.30PM

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WEST MEON SENIORS

FRIDAY

Ages 7–12

£30 per year

MONDAY 8 APRIL

10.00AM – 5.00PM

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£25.00

HOW TO BOOK

Please call the box office on 01962 840440

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Coming this summer

DON PASQUALE MONDAY 17 – TUESDAY 18 JUNE

Swansea City Opera (The Pearl Fishers) make a welcome return with a production of Donizetti’s popular and uproarious comic opera, Don Pasquale. SCO are now known throughout the UK for their sparkling performances of comic opera and their Pasquale will be no exception.

BARB JUNGR

TEECHERS

With rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards, Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Her ‘revelatory’ live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world.

Fast-moving, inventive and highly entertaining, Teechers is John Godber’s brilliant take on life at a modern Comprehensive. Brought to the stage by highly acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre with high energy, break-neck comedy and breathtaking ensemble performances, Teechers is a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

FRIDAY 26 APRIL

RUTHERFORD & SON TUESDAY 30 APRIL – SATURDAY 4 MAY

This powerful drama written and set in the North of England, 1912, is an unflinching portrayal of an industrial Edwardian family on the brink of collapse. Starring Barrie Rutter, Wendi Peters (Coronation Street) and Kate Anthony (Coronation Street) and directed by Sir Jonathan Miller.

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TUESDAY 21 – THURSDAY 23 MAY

TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA TUESDAY 11 – SATURDAY 15 JUNE

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol’s nationally renowned company makes its first visit to Theatre Royal Winchester with this darkly comic early romance in which friendship, love, loyalty and betrayal are the real players.

BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM WEDNESDAY 26 – THURSDAY 27 JUNE

‘Somewhere, hidden amongst the thorny brambles is a little kingdom where everyone is very very small…’ From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation for the first time ever live on stage!


Winchester Theatre Trust acknowledgements Patrons Lady Bland – Principal Patron Lord Ashburton KG Colin Firth CBE Sir Christopher Ondaatje CBE, OC Richard Steel Janet Suzman DBE Alan Titchmarsh MBE

Major sponsors, donors and supporters Charitable Trusts & Foundations 29th May Charitable Trust de Laszlo Foundation Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Equity Trust Fund Foundation for Sports & The Arts Garfield Weston Foundation Headley Trust Linbury Trust Manifold Trust Monument Trust Thornton Foundation Trusthouse Charitable Trust Vivian Duffield Foundation Walter Guinness Charitable Trust Wolfson Foundation

With special thanks to Sir Christopher & Lady Bland Viscount & Viscountess Bridgeman of Leigh Richard Chisnell Russell Fairchild Richard & Corin Cotton Lord & Lady Gavron Brenda Johnson and the late Eric Johnson Malcolm & Sarah Le May Tom Lynch Richard Morse Sir Christopher Ondaatje CBE, OC The Earl & Countess of Portsmouth Lord & Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover Peter & Jan Scott Richard Steel Simon Ward Principal Corporate Sponsor Arqiva Grateful thanks also to Cazenove John Lewis Partnership Mackarness & Lunt Solicitors Stefan Lipa Consultancy Ltd Wessex Insurance Workhouse Ltd

HOW TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING Online Visit our website at www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk for details. Additional charges apply for online bookings.

In Person During the box office opening hours. Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 6.00pm Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Box Office is also open two hours before Sunday performances (or until 15 minutes after ‘curtain up’ on performance days).

Telephone Call the box office on 01962 840440. An answerphone is available outside opening hours or during busy periods. Telephone bookings can be paid for by debit or credit card.

We accept payment by card. Please note that all card transactions over the telephone or in person incur a £1.50 card charge per transaction. (This service is free to Ovation and Lifetime members). We also accept payment by theatre tokens.

… and with thanks to all our customers A £1.00 restoration levy is added to each ticket sold in order to maintain our listed building, meet running costs and improve the services we offer. This is included in the published price.

Theatre Royal Winchester is supported by Winchester Theatre Trust registered charity no 1099252. Registered in England 03696681. Live Theatre Winchester Trust registered charity no 1077139. VAT no 744 8764 89.

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Exhibitions

MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY – FRIDAY 29 MARCH

LISA EARLEY Stitch Stories MONDAY 14 JANUARY – FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY

EVE DAWSON MA Chaos & Form This stunning exhibition by Eve Dawson showcases her bold expressionistic style and her particular sensibility to abstract forms and bright popping colour. Her spontaneous approach to mark-making creates dramatic splashes, vivid marks and abstract painterly forms provoking in each viewer a particular emotional response. Eve, a postgraduate of Winchester School of Art (Southampton University),

is an artist whose work is based on a preoccupation with time and being. Her work consists of a particular gesture that has been formulated, and a collection of actions or marks that have been let loose or held in place and captured in time. Making order out of chaos is an almost compulsive act. Each line embodies a reaction. A variety of media has been used including acrylic paints and inks on paper. evevdawson.com

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Artist Lisa Earley’s otherworldly, ethereal artworks explore interpretations of well known narratives and current ecological stories. This beautiful exhibition includes an interpretation of Grimm’s fairy tale Hansel and Gretel with the imagery blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, tricking the eye into surreality. The multilayered images are worked in textiles using a combination of stitched and printed techniques, including photography and etching, which results in a collage of texture and colour. The work has evolved from Lisa’s ongoing investigation into fairy tales, questioning their morality and target audience from her perspective as a mother. Could these tales, which often feature violence to children, really serve as bed time reading or are they cautionary tales of morality for us all? Other pieces in the exhibition deal with the environmental issue of diminishing natural resources, centred around her large scale freehand machine embroideries which mimic the mark-making of her observational drawings. Lisa Earley is a Textile Artist and Educator living and working in Winchester. She often bribes her children with gingerbread to act as models for her pieces. www.lisa-earley.tumblr.com


WEDNESDAY 3 APRIL – FRIDAY 31 MAY

GATHERED MEMORIES Gathered Memories is a delicate and intricate largescale textile installation in silk and gold thread created from the concept of memories, how they twist and turn through life. Originally created by artist Elizabeth Saunders as a degree piece for her BA at Winchester School of Art, this larger and more ambitious work has brought together five artists and is the culmination of three months’ work. The precious value of memory is captured in the gold thread, using simple stitch and repetition to embed it within the fragility of the silk, so that each stitch expresses memories through time. Cloth is known for its capacity to absorb, record and reflect qualities of time and place.

Call in to the Back Garden Café at Theatre Royal every Wednesday from 12 noon to 2pm from 16 January onwards to see the artists at work. All welcome. See the blog at http://gatheredmemories-trw.tumblr.com With thanks to artists Elizabeth Saunders, Ann Smith, Lisa Earley, Jeryl Church and Consuelo Simpson, also Sue Franks and her students at Peter Symonds College. Kindly sponsored by: Hampshire County Council Peter Symonds College Winchester School of Art C & H Fabrics Madeira Threads Creative Crafts

START 14 JANUARY AND/OR 25 FEBRUARY

THE ROVING ART SCHOOL Kickstart creativity on location! Set in the inspiring location of Theatre Royal Winchester, this course will be 50% practical activity based in and around the site and 50% discussion. We will explore academic thinking on the nature of creativity, case studies of local and international creative professionals and their strategies for finding and sustaining inspiration, as well as practical approaches to developing a life enhancing creative habit. It includes exclusive access behind the scenes at the Theatre Royal, allowing participants a unique opportunity to explore the fabric, atmosphere, history, function and symbolism of the Theatre from a range of fascinating viewpoints. Each course consists of two hour sessions on Mondays from 10am to midday over 4 weeks. Group size 8 to 12. Enrol for 14 January to 4 February and/or 25 February to 18 March NB Courses will have different content so you can do either or both Sign up through the website www.therovingartschool.co.uk . . . . . . . . . . £60.00 per course box office 01962 840 440 23


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Reservations Reservations can be held for three working days. However, reservations cannot be made one week or less before a show. If payment is not received within this time, reservations will be released for general sale. Exchanges and Resales The exchange of tickets to a different performance of the same show is subject to a charge of £1.00 per ticket. If you are unable to attend a performance for which you have booked, the box office will try to re-sell your tickets, although the selling of any unsold seats must take priority. There is a service charge of £1.00 for each ticket resold. Exchanges and refunds are free of charge to Friends. We regret that refunds cannot be made. Concessions Reductions are usually available for students, under 16s, benefit claimants and senior citizens. Concessionary customers receive £2.00 reduction on most tickets. All relevant vouchers must be presented and concessions requested at the time of booking and discounts may not be applied to tickets already purchased.

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Groups For groups of eight or more a 10% discount is available on most performances. Schools and Colleges School ticket prices are listed in the brochure for selected performances. Where no group price is shown the standard concession applies. A maximum of one free teacher ticket for every eight tickets purchased is available on any school or college booking. Payment must be made four weeks prior to the performance. If reservations are cancelled or reduced less than four

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weeks prior to the performance/event booked, a charge of 50% of the total value will be made. For packages including workshops, please discuss your requirements with Participation & Learning on 01962 844 600. Family Tickets On selected shows, family tickets are available at a reduced price for groups of four, of which at least one must be an adult and one a child.

Data Protection When processing your booking the box office will ask for your name, address, telephone number and email. This information is required for administration purposes and may be used to keep you informed of forthcoming events. We may pass your details on to carefully selected arts organisations. Live Theatre Royal Winchester Trust Limited is a registered charity and we occasionally contact our audiences as part of our fundraising activities. Please let us know if you don’t want your details to be used.


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Toilet Facilities Adapted facilities are available on the ground floor in the atrium.

By Coach Passengers may be dropped off outside the theatre. Parking for coaches is available at the coach park, Worthy Lane. This coach park is Pay and Display.

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Parking There is limited parking at the Discovery Centre. Use Tower Street for alternative parking.

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Hearing Impaired Theatre Royal Winchester has an induction loop system in the auditorium, please ask at the box office either when booking or before the performance. We offer sign language interpreted performances for BSL users whenever possible. Please contact the box office on 01962 840 440 for information on selected performances.

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Assistance Dogs Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the building. Please talk to box office staff about any special requirements when booking. No other animals are permitted beyond the entrance foyer.

By Train Theatre Royal Winchester is a short walk from Winchester station along City Road. Trains run directly from London Waterloo (55 mins) Basingstoke (20 mins) and Southampton (15 mins) and many other main line stations. Train information 08457 48 49 50.

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Theatre Royal Winchester Arts Angels. Protecting the cultural heritage of Winchester for future generations. Help us to protect your cultural heritage by pledging support to Theatre Royal Winchester and become an Arts Angel today. Arts Angels pledge at least £150 per year to the theatre enabling us to continue playing an active role in developing quality of life in this area, keep ticket prices affordable and the theatre accessible to all. For further information: contact Katelin Prince, Development Manager on 01962 844 600 * 206 or katelin.prince@theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

With thanks to our Arts Angels: Mohamed and Marie Anne Bakhaty Anonymous Donor Anonymous Donor Russell and Angela Fairchild Graham Hill Brenda Johnson John Massy Anonymous Donor Brian and D Orange Gerald Symes Richard and Caroline York

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Annual membership costs from just £25 and is available to buy from the box office on 01962 840 440

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