South East

The latest news, features and reviews from theatre, opera and dance in Chichester, Guildford, Newbury throughout the south east of England outside London.


Olivia Beardsley as Sibyl, Gareth Bennett-Ryan as Elyot, Helen Keeley as Amanda, Paul Sandys as Victor, Sheila Burnett

Private Lives

Noël Coward (London Classic Theatre at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Molly Chesworth as Josie and George Parker as Teddy, Scott Rylander


Tristan Bernays with music by Dougal Irvine (The Watermill Theatre and Sarah Loader for Snapdragon Productions at The Watermill Theatre Newbury).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Edward Halsted as Scrooge, Matt Humphrey

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens (Royal Collection Trust and Watch Your Head at Windsor Castle State Apartments).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Andrew Agnew as Smee and Gary Turner as Hook and his crew,

Peter Pan

Julian Lay (Martin Dodd for UK Productions at Anvil Theatre Basingstoke).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Jamie Brook and the cast with the RatNav, Bryan Allmän

Dick Whittington

Jamie Smith (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Count Arthur Strong (Emperor Ming) Issy van Randwyck (Scheherazade), Christopher Biggins (Widow Twankey) and Rikki Jay (Wishee Washee), Craig Sugden


Jonathan Kiley and Alan McHugh (Qdos Entertainment at Richmond Theatre).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Adam Woodyatt as Captain Hook, Pete Dewhirst

Peter Pan

Adapted by Simon Aylin from J M Barrie (Daryl Black with HQ Theatres at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Posy Emma Fraser, Savannah Photographic

Beauty and the Beast

Phil Willmott (The Corn Exchange at The Corn Exchange, Newbury).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Siân Phillips as Miss Daisy, Nobby Clark

Driving Miss Daisy

Alfred Uhry (Theatre Royal, Bath at Festival Theatre, Chichester).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Lloyd Hollett (Mr Starkey) and Ben Roddy (Mrs Smee) in Peter Pan at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Paul Clapp

Peter Pan

Paul Hendy (Evolution Productions at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Matt Costain and Phoebe Thomas, Donald Cooper and Helen Maybanks

Hetty Feather

Jacqueline Wilson adapted by Emma Reeves (Nuffield Southampton in association with William Archer, Kenny Wax and Novel Theatre at Nuffield Southampton).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp


New management for Canterbury Marlowe

Canterbury City Council is handing over management of the Marlowe Theatre to an independent charitable trust, headed up by Jonathan Church CBE.

Sandra Giorgetti, 14 January 2018

Yvonne Arnaud Chief Executive dies

Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre has announced the death of James Barber, its Theatre Director and Chief Executive.

Sheila Connor, 02 January 2018