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.


Jacqui Dubois as Oda Mae,

Ghost - the Musical

Book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin, music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, based on the Paramount Pictures Film written by Bruce Joel Rubin (Bill Kenwright at The Hawth, Crawley).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Noel White and Jessica Guise,

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare (The Guildford Shakespeare Company at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford High Street).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Gemma Atkins, Laura Whitmore, Shane Richie and Michael Quartey, Mark Douet

Not Dead Enough

Peter James, adapted by Paul McKenna (Joshua Andrews and Peter James in association with Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for TBO productions at New Victoria Theatre, Woking).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Sheila Reid (Gloria) Keziah Joseph (Hope), Mark Douet

Silver Lining

Sandi Toksvig (English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston Production at Rose Theatre, Kingston).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

A Judgement in Stone with the cast,

A Judgement in Stone

Ruth Rendell, adapted for the stage by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard (Bill Kenwight’s Classic Thriller Theatre Company at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat, Scott Rylander

Murder for Two

Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair (Watermill Theatre in association with Paul Taylor-Mills at Watermill Theatre).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Reece Shearsmith as Norman and Ken Stott as Sir, Hugo Glendinning

The Dresser

Ronald Harwood (Mark Goucher, Mark Rubinstein and Jonathan Church at Festival Theatre, Chichester).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Kara Tointon as Bella,


Patrick Hamilton (Ambassador Theatre Group and Smith and Brant Theatricals in association with Tulchin Bartner Productions and Moya Productions at New Victoria Theatre, Woking).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor


Chichester announces Festival 2017 season

Daniel Evans and Rachel Tackley have announced Chichester Festival Theatre's 2017 season, the first under their leadership as Artistic Director and Executive Director.

Sheila Connor, 17 February 2017

The Mayor of Guildford's Variety Show

A celebration of the performing arts in the borough, Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is hosting The Mayor of Guildford's Variety Show on Sunday 12 March.

Sheila Connor, 09 February 2017