It's not cricket it's theatre!

David Gower, former England cricketer and television commentator, and the Mayor of Winchester Cllr Sue Nelmes were amongst the guests at a preview evening last week of the long awaited blockbuster film, Dead Man's Chest, sequel to the Pirates of the Caribbean.

The evening was part of Chesil Theatre's Development Appeal, which aims to completely refurbish the theatre and provide new facilities to create an exciting new arts venue for Winchester. The evening began with a drinks reception hosted by the City Museum in the Square and the gala film screening was hosted by The Screen Cinema in Southgate Street.

The film, which has had excellent reviews, stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce and Bill Nighy.

Cllr Nelmes said, "These preview evenings are becoming a real Winchester social tradition, thanks to the Chesil Theatre. I think the combination of Hollywood glamour with two of Winchester's most well-loved historic buildings makes for a perfect night out."

Deborah Edgington from the Chesil Theatre said, "The City Museum is a delightful place to hold a gala reception and our thanks go to Winchester Museums and the City Council for helping us with our fund raising event".

The Chesil Theatre is the home of the Winchester Dramatic Society, a registered charity and part of The Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain (LTG) which is a voluntary organisation of 89 amateur theatre companies.