After such a range of shows last month, can May measure up? You bet – just look at what’s coming up on Island stages this month…

First up, Bembridge Little Theatre Club brings you the world famous Noel Coward comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’. Charles Condomine is a writer researching his next book, and has the idea of inviting the eccentric – and possibly not terribly good – psychic, Madame Arcati to conduct a séance in his living room. A sceptic, Charles is in no way prepared for what happens next. Somehow – and even the medium has no idea how – the spirit of his dead wife Elvira is summoned, and it looks like she’s here to stay.

Which makes life very difficult not only for Charles but for his very much alive second wife Ruth. The different characters of the two wives, the bumbling attempts of Madame Arcati to address the situation, and the neurotic maid Edith all contribute to a hilarious play which is performed as often now as when it was first staged.

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Don’t miss the fun and entertainment – head to Bembridge Village Hall on 12th, 13th or 14th May at 19:30, or there’s a matinee on 15th at 14:30. Tickets are selling fast for all performances, so get yours now on 07841 950261.

Curtainupimage1Join Curtain Up Productions for a night of nostalgia, celebrating the Queen’s 70th Jubilee.

From comedic sketches to 60s music and pop culture performances, this production celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It also documents British historical events during the Queen’s reign. This will also be Curtain Up’s 100th production.

‘A Jubilee Extravaganza’ comes to Freshwater Memorial Hall on 20th and 21st May at 19:30 and proceeds are in aid of local charities, so get your tickets for an evening of nostalgia, fun and merriment at The Cabin, Avenue Road, Freshwater or the FYT Shop on The Broadway, Totland, or email [email protected].

The Apollo Theatre are staging the psychological thriller ‘Dangerous Obsession’ from 20th to 28th May (not Sunday or Monday).

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A man obsessed with pinning the blame for his wife’s accident on someone enters the Driscoll home and shatters their marriage.  First staged in 1987, N. J. Crisp’s play sets its scene on a sunny afternoon in the home counties, where Sally Driscoll is watering plants in the conservatory of her luxurious home.  It’s a peaceful scene until John Barrett suddenly appears.

Dangerously obsessed, Barrett slowly strips away the conflicting secrets of Sally’s apparently perfect life with her husband, Mark.  What exactly happened in Torquay? And will Sally and Mark ever feel safe in their home again?  Answers will be revealed in this edge-of-your-seat production, written by a master of the thriller genre.

Tickets are available from the Apollo Box Office on 01983 210010 or at https://www.apollo-theatre.org.uk/dangerous-obsession/.

Beourguestimage3Looking ahead to June, the Island Savoyards are celebrating! No wonder – they have been staging brilliant productions on the Island for 50 years!

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You are invited to ‘Be Our Guest’ at their Golden Anniversary Celebration Event at Shanklin Theatre. This staged performance, with a live orchestra, will feature Savoyards members performing favourite numbers from past productions – and they have plenty to choose from! Expect a range of very different songs from Gilbert and Sullivan to modern musicals such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Beauty and the Beast, all presented in the spectacular way the Savoyards are famed for.

For one night only, come along and enjoy the music on Saturday 11th June at 19:30 – tickets are now on sale at  https://www.shanklintheatre.com/tickets.aspx?did=2058 or from the Shanklin Theatre Box Office on 01983 868000. And while you’re there, tickets are also on sale for the Savoyards’ autumn production of Guys and Dolls, coming in October – more details in this column soon!

Later in June, Northwood House in association with Ad Lib Theatre will be staging an outdoor production of  Shakespeare’s Hamlet – as you’ve never seen it before!

Tickets are already on sale at https://northwoodhouse.org/event/hamlet-outdoor-theatre/ – look out for more details in next month’s column. Happy theatre-going!

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