Welcome to our 150th season!
We hope that you'll join us in celebrating our special year. Please scroll down to see details of our forthcoming productions.
Translated and adapted by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Mark Frank
29 March – 5 April 2014 at 7:45pm
No performance Sunday
Matinee April 5th at 2.30pm
A sharp and perceptive comedy about the absurdity and necessity of social manners
Molière's misanthrope, Alceste, is a man repulsed by the hypocrisy of his fellow men., so much so that he offends enemies and friends alike with his outspokenness, finding them vain and insincere. Yet his own comic flaw lies in considering himself above all others. He is hopelessly in love with the beautiful but fickle Celimene, who ridicules his attempts to woo her, while entertaining a bunch of flattering admirers.
Chesil Theatre's version of this comedy of manners is set at the turn of the twentieth century
"Considered by many to be Molière's best play"
Winchester Film Festival
at The Chesil Theatre
A Bunch of Amateurs
Directed by Andy Cadiff
Starring Burt Reynolds, Derek Jacobi, Imelda Staunton
7 April 2014 at 8:00pm
Tickets sold by Winchester University
British comedy starring Burt Reynolds as Jefferson Steel, a washed-up Hollywood action star desperate to revive his flagging career. When his sleazy agent (Charles Durning) signs him up for what he believes is a high-profile Royal Shakespeare Company production of King Lear at Stratford upon Avon, Steel thinks he has finally landed the plum role he has been waiting for. However, he soon discovers that he has been tricked into joining an amateur dramatics group for a charity production.
10 x 10 Playwriting Competition
Winning Plays Performed in October 2014
The Chesil's biennial 10 x 10 Playwriting Competition, which began in 2008, provides an opportunity for aspiring and emerging writers to showcase new work. The aim of 10 x 10 is to discover, promote and produce the very best in new writing of 10 minute plays.
Competition entries must be received by April 25th and the 10 winning plays will be performed in October 2014.
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Tom Williams
10 - 17 May 2014 at 7:45pm
No performance Sunday
Matinee May 17th at 2.30pm
Reading Friday 7th March 2014
Auditions 9th & 10th March 2014
A play about family dynamics, the price of furniture and the price of one's decisions
Two brother who have not spoken to each other for 16 years come together for the first time to clear the contents of the family home following the death of their late father. Victor, a New York cop, sacrificed his college education to look after their ailing father while Walter pursued a career as a surgeon. Between them is the shrewd figure of Solomon, a 90-year old Russian-Jewish antique dealer, whose job is to broker custody of the antiquated rowing oar and a broken harp.
"...Arthur Miller's 1968 play is scintillating, powerful and moving..." The Times By Alexandre Dumas Reading Friday 14th March 2014 Outdoor Production in the gardens of Wolvesey Palace, by kind permission of the Bishop of Winchester All for one and one for all! The year is 1625. The country is France.
The Three Musketeers
Adapted by Willis Hall
Directed by Martin Humphrey
Evening Performances 8 - 12 July 2014
Matinee July 12th
Auditions 16th & 17th March 2014
D'Artagnan, a poor nobleman, dreams of becoming a Musketeer
He sets off for Paris and meets three dashing musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis
Add some sword fighting and duels, plotting and intrigue
Beautiful courtesans and pretty women
Secret trysts and love affairs
Blackmail and adventure
Friendship and loyalty
And you end up with a jolly romp based on a classic tale.
"...Arthur Miller's 1968 play is scintillating, powerful and moving..." The Times
By Alexandre Dumas
Reading Friday 14th March 2014
Outdoor Production in the gardens of Wolvesey Palace, by kind permission of the Bishop of Winchester
All for one and one for all!
The year is 1625. The country is France.