Theatre Royal Winchester for all ages and tastes

January 12, 2024

Theatre Royal Winchester is looking forward to the return of drama – from award-winning theatre companies to shows that will inspire the little ones.

In February, New Old Friends return with Houdini’s Great Escape (Thu 22 – Sat 24 Feb) about the world’s greatest entertainer who is framed for murder. From the company that brought Crimes on Centre Court to Winchester, this hilarious 39-Steps-esque thriller features a cast of four playing multiple roles, award-winning physical comedy, wit, chaos, and magic designed by TV’s Pete Firman (The Magicians, BBC1).

Doctor Who star, Colin Baker, and actor Terry Molloy (The Archers) play the world’s most famous detectives, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, in The Hound of The Baskervilles (Tue 12 – Wed 13 Mar). Joined by Dee Sadler (All Creatures Great & Small), this brand-new stage adaptation presented as a radio-play-live-on-stage – and whose tour was extended by popular demand – comes from Crime and Comedy Theatre Company who were at the theatre only last month with their hugely-successful A Christmas Carol.

Next, The Signalman (Thu 14 – Sat 16 Mar) is a spine-chilling play based on Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian ghost story about a terrified signalman who tells a young student about a spectre that haunts him and the disasters that follow. It is presented by Rumpus Theatre Company who were last at the theatre with The Tell-Tale Heart.

There is also plenty of children’s theatre including four adaptations of well-known favourites from children’s author, Julia Donaldson. All featuring puppetry, music and songs, Zog and the Flying Doctors (Fri 08 – Sun 10 Mar) comes from Freckle Productions who are behind other shows based on the writer’s stories – Zog and Stick Man; The Gruffalo’s Child (Sat 23 – Sun 24 Mar) is presented by the award-winning Tall Stories (Room on The Broom, The Snail and the Whale); Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book (Tue 02 – Wed 03 Apr) is about a boy who loves books about pirates and tries to convince his sister that reading is fun; and The Singing Mermaid (Sat 13 – Sun 14 Apr) is tempted to join a travelling circus – but is tricked by a circus master. Dear Zoo (Sat 06 – Sun 07 Apr) also returns, with Rod Campbell’s distinctive illustrations from his much-loved lift the flap book leaping off the page.

Other shows to consider include the acclaimed comic actor, Brendan Murphy’s award-winning parodies, Friend (The One with Gunther) (Fri 09 Feb), and Buffy Revamped (Tue 20 Feb), which tell the stories of the hit TV shows through the eyes of secondary characters, Gunther and Spike. There is also the chance to see Playmakers’ youth theatre groups perform their very own, original pieces of theatre based on the theme, Look Back, Look Forward, Look Up in Playmakers Youth Theatre Showcase (Thu 28 Mar).

Finally, don’t miss the National Theatre Live screenings of theatre productions captured live on stage in London. Including Dear England (Thu 25 Jan), Vanya (Sat 09 Mar), The Motive and the Cue (Sat 06 Apr) and Nye (Mon 03 Jun) – all featuring well-known stars.

For more information or to book tickets visit or call 01962 840 440.

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