We wish you a Happy New Year!
Start the year with a good laugh, with us and "An Italian Straw Hat"
Do you have directing experience?
We are now seeking directors for 2018/2019 season - see our "Situation Vacant" page
An Italian Straw Hat
A horse and a hat cause wedding party chaos!!
In this renowned farcical French comedy, the hero, Fadinard, is about to get married to Hélène, when an attractive lady and her irate lover pop up. They announce that his horse has compromised her by eating her rare Italian straw hat and that they will not leave the bridal chamber until Fadinard produces an identical one!
Fadinard rushes out to find one – and the newly-arrived wedding-party, thinking that he is on his way to the ceremony, jump into their cabs and follow him. Then follows a delirious chase, faster and faster as Fadinard hunts for a replacement hat and the guests hunt Fadinard!
Telephone booking 023 8067 1771
or in person from Nuffield Theatre, University Road, Southampton, SO17 1TR
by Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Gail Childs Daly
This fast-paced adaptation uses six actors playing multiple parts to tell the classic story of orphaned young man Pip, apprentice to a blacksmith who dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and how, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of "great expectations".
The Maskers' Studio Theatre 30 March - 1 April
Book online (no fee) ----- Telephone booking 0333 666 3366 (fee applies)
The Berry Theatre 4 - 8 April
Book online ----- Telephone booking 023 8065 2333
"Another delightful evening to start the Christmas Season" - Audience member HB
"A delightful 'escape' back to the 50's - loved the music and the atmosphere" - Audience member
"A wonderful evening so full of suprises!" - Audience member
"Congratulations ... an excellent performance of Mistletoe Junction!! Brilliant cast. Well done again to Maskers and all the crew!!" - P & M B
"...It is warm, caring and positive and no-one wanted to leave at the end because the world outside the studio seemed far less inviting than that inside. Thank you for the escape, Maskers. And thank you, Brian and Angela Stansbridge , producers and directors, for your wonderful compilation." - Scene1+
January 2017 - An Italian Straw Hat - The Nuffield Theatre
March/April 2017 - Great Expectations - Maskers' Studio Theatre & The Berry Theatre
May 2017 - The Killing of Sister George - Maskers' Studio Theatre
July 2017 - Around the World in 80 Days! - In the open air at Hamptworth Lodge