Autumn winds are blowing, Christmas merchandise is in the shops and the last few days’ fireworks and bonfires are telling us we’re into November. Just the time to snuggle into a cosy theatre seat and watch a good show – and the Island theatre scene has lots coming up….

In their pretty theatre converted from a Methodist chapel in Pyle Street, the Apollo Players are currently staging God of Carnage, a comedy of manners – with no manners! 2 couples get together to discuss an issue between their respective young sons, but what starts out as a polite, amicable exchange of views becomes progressively more challenging, more childish – and more and more hilarious!

Please note that in keeping with the subject matter of this play, occasionally the themes and language are of an adult and challenging nature: if you have any questions or concerns regarding this call the box office or email [email protected] for further information. Tickets for God of Carnage, at 19:30 each evening until 13th November (not Sunday or Monday) are available online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/apollotheatre/god-of-carnage/e-pjymmp or from the box office on 01983 210010.

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11th-14th November

Over in Bembridge, the Little Theatre Club are finalising preparations for the award-winning Broadway show Nunsense at Bembridge Village Hall on 11th, 12th and 13th November at 19:30, with a Sunday matinee on 14th November at 14:30. This hilarious musical comedy introduces us to the The Little Sisters of Hoboken who are holding a concert to raise money to bury four nuns who have been poisoned…..they’ll explain.

Every sister is convinced they should be the star of the show (apart from Sister Amnesia who can’t even remember who she is…) – and as their Reverend Mother struggles to keep control, not only are we treated to a very funny and hugely enjoyable romp, but there are some truly memorable songs  and dance routines to enjoy too. Tickets for Nunsense are available from the box office on 07841950261 or by calling in at Splash, Union Street, Ryde or the Co-op Welcome Store in Lane End, Bembridge.

11th-12th November

If you’re into whodunnits with a dash of humour, Curtain Up Dramatic Society invites you to Blue Murder at the Blue Parrot written and directed by local author Cheryl May. It’s 1925, and in London nightclubs are opening every week. Despite the buzzing scene, Soho nightclub owner Harry Ferrari is struggling to save his Blue Parrot club from collapse. Is there more to Harry’s employees than meets the eye? Is Giuseppe Dolce intent on putting Harry out of business for good? And what brings bumbling Inspector Mayday to the club?

Join us at the Blue Parrot Club for music, merriment and murder – can you help Mayday to find the perpetrator of the dastardly deed? If so, come along, in period dress if you wish, to Totland Church Hall on 11th or 12th November at 19:30 – get your tickets from The Cabin, Freshwater or the FYT Charity Shop in Totland.

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14th November

Following their smash hit production of Fame!, Curtain Call Creative is proud to present All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre. This exclusive musical revue features songs from some of the world’s most beloved shows. The company will be back on stage at Medina Theatre for ONE NIGHT ONLY on 14th November (performances at 15:00 and 19:00) with a 17 piece orchestra alongside the stellar cast, with professional set and costumes – you won’t want to miss this musical extravaganza! A high energy night of toe-tapping tunes paired with stunning performances of timeless theatre classics is the perfect way to return to the theatre in 2021.

A fantastic selection of songs are featured in this brand new musical revue from shows including Rent, Les Misérables, Matilda, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia! and many more! These unmistakable tunes will have you leaving the theatre with a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Book your ticket by calling the box office on 01983 823884 or online at http://www.medinatheatre.co.uk/article/curtain-call-creative-proud-present-all-together-now.

29th-30th November

Shanklin Theatre hosts the first of the Christmassy entertainments, First Act’s Cinderella, on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th November at 18:30. Don’t miss it – First Act’s shows are always amazing and it will be a great start to the festive season. Get your tickets from Shanklin Theatre’s box office on 01983 868000.

Look out next month for details of more pantomimes and festive shows, including Dick Whittington at Trinity Theatre, Spotlight Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast….and more.

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