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Military precision, magical results.

FOUR thousand horses have to do the job traditionally carried out by six white mice in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s current touring of Cinderella, stopping at South­amp­ton May­flower from 25th to 28th Jan­u­ary. And to transport the sets and costumes required for this sumptuous spectacle, the company has hired a fleet of articulated lorries, harnessing the…

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Joyously ramshackle Castle

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POPULAR west country musician and theatre-makerKit Carpet has teamed up with writer-actor Vic Llewel­lyn for the latest show, The Castle Builder. It was hugely successful at the 2016 Mayfest in Bristol, and is now on a short regional tour starting on Thurs­day and Friday 26th and 27th January at the Ustinov Studio at Bath Theatre…

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Monstrous depravity at the Tobacco Factory

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BRISTOL-based puppet company Wattle and Daub brings its latest show, The Depraved Appetite of Tar­rare the Freak, to the Tobacco Factory in Bedminster from Wednes­day 25th to Saturday 28th January, nightly at 7.30. Also involved in what is described as a “truly monstrous” production are BBC Philharmonic pianist Tom Poster and a Bristol University lecturer.  …

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Lee Hurst is back, at the Tiv

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ONE of Britain’s best-loved comedians, Lee Hurst,  continues the  national tour that started last September in Yeovil when he comes to  Wimborne Tivoli on Thursday 26th January. The tour, simply entitled Comedy Show No 9, is just that – Lee’s ninth with a full-length show. He earned his stripes more than 20 years ago as…

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Rachmaninoff in Salisbury on Saturday

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PIANIST Lucy Parham is best known for her “composer portraits,” collaborations with leading actors in musical celebrations. Her latest, Reverie, comes to Salis­bury Playhouse on Saturday 21st January. It is a chronicle of the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rach­man­in­off, taken principally from his letters and diaries. The actor is the  Olivier Award-winning Henry…

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Russia from the BSO

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IT may be a Beatles title, but the inspiration for the next Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concert at Poole Lighthouse on Wed­nes­­­­day 25th Janu­ary is a long from Liverpool. Back in the USSR, starting at 7.30, is conducted by Kirill Karabits and the violin soloist is Valeriy Sokolov (pictured). The programme includes Prokofiev’s Vio­lin Concerto No…

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Tales of love and loss

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MIRANDA Sykes and Rex Preston continue their Watchmaker’s Wife tour by starting the Chettle Music 2017 series, in the village hall on Friday 27th January, with three more dates in the region over the coming months. It’s nearly a year since the album was released, and since then Miranda and Rex have been delighting fans…

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Lighthouse venue for a celebration of Chinese culture

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CHINA’s cultural heritage goes back thousands of years and continues to amaze and inspire in the 21st century, as the audience at Poole’s Lighthouse centre for the arts will see on Sunday 2nd February. It is the second time that the Chinese Arts and Culture Night, which begins at 7pm, has been hosted by the…

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Tales from the frozen north

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STORYTELLER Nick Hennessey and Suunta, a trio of Finnish musicians, will bring the dramatic landscape and myths of Finland to Poole’s Lighthouse Arts Centre on Thursday 26th January and to two Artsreach dates –  Winterborne Stickland on Friday 27th and Wootton Fitzpaine on Saturday 28th. Adverse Camber’s show Fire in the North Sky will take…

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Seven dwarfs keep it in the family, 40 years on

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IT is almost 40 years since Highcliffe Charity Players last staged Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and this year they will be giving ten performances between 21st and 28th January. The award winning company is turning its attention to that great selfie question, “Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Fairest of Them…

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Celebrating the print at The Art Stable

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SOME of the greatest names in print-making, including Edward Ardizzone and David Hockney, are featured in the first exhibition of 2017 at The Art Stable at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, opening on Saturday 21st January. Kelly Ross’s small gallery, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, has always had a reputation for showing…

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From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads … to Dorset

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THE David Bowie-inspired one-man play, From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, comes to the arts centres at Dorchester on Friday 27th and Bridport on Saturday 28th January, following an acclaimed run at the Waterloo East Theatre in London. Martin is a young man with problems – an illness no-one understands and a head full of…

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The Transports revisited for a new century

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ONE of the greatest achievements of the 20th century folk music revival, Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera The Transports has been revived by a group of leading folk musicians and comes to the Phoenix arts centre at Exeter on 30th January. Peter Bellamy’s masterpiece, originally recorded with a cast that included Martin Carthy, the Watersons, June…

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Ali’s thieves spotted in Bell Street

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SHAFTESBURY Arts Centre Drama Group has chosen David Swan’s version of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves for the 2017 pantomime, starting with a family matinee on Sunday 22nd January. This is a pantomime with a very strong story line packed with adventure, magic, comedy, evil plots, a curse with interesting consequences and – of…

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Elisabeth Frink at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

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ONE of the world’s greatest sculptors, Elisabeth Frink, is celebrated in a major solo exhibition, Transformation, at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Bruton, from 19th January to 7th May. The exhibition includes a selection of Frink’s distinctive bronzes produced in the 1950s and 1960s, alongside a series of drawings that highlight the artist’s skill…

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Wassailing at Liberty Fields

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DORSET apple vodka and apple balsamic pioneers Liberty Fields will be holding Wassail celebrations at their orchards in Halstock, on Sunday 22nd January from 3.30 to 6pm. This ancient ceremony, which is carried out to ensure a good apple crop for the coming year, takes place in orchards all over the country in late January….

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Turning the spotlight on the men

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IN a society and time when women’s bodies are routinely objectified, the men seem to get away with it – but not in Dancing Bear, Dancing Bear, coming to the Sherling Studio at Poole’s Lighthouse on Saturday 21st January. At performances of this new play by Gameshow (Matt Ryan and Matthew Evans), the audience listens on…

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Celebrating “silent” women and other slapstick stars

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THREE of the great women stars of the silver screen will be celebrated at this year’s 13th annual Bristol Slapstick Festival, which takes over the Arnolfini, Watershed, Colston Hall and Old Vic from 18th to 22nd January. Festival director Chris Daniels says: “This year funny women are leading the way, from original Roaring 20s flapper…

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Stand up music and dance with Graffiti Classics

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WITH 16 strings, eight dancing feet and four voices Graffiti Classics come to Dorset for a short Artsreach tour, from 20th to 22nd January, with their trademark stand-up comedy musical entertainment, intended to put laughter and fun into the sometimes rather elitist world of the traditional string quartet. The four virtuoso musicians put on a…

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Jazz Dames bring Ella to the Redgrave

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THERE’S a special celebration of 100 years of Ella Fitzgerald when the Jazz Dames visit the Redgrave Theatre in Bristol on Sunday 22nd January, at 8pm. Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival invites fans to celebrate the First Lady of Song in a special tribute performed by some of Bristol’s finest jazz vocalists. Backed by the…

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Elijah opens Grange season

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GRANGE Choral Society starts its 2017 season with a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, at Christchurch Priory on Saturday 21st January. The concert is conducted by the Society’s musical director Marcio Da Silva, an internationally acclaimed conductor, composer and tenor soloist.  The choir is joined by soloists Samantha Crawford (soprano), William Gadd (boy soprano) Edward Grint…

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Jim Moray’s Upcetera

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AWARD-winning folk musician Jim Moray brings his new album Upcetera to the Phoenix at Exeter on Sunday 22nd January as part of a UK promotional tour. Accompanied by a nine-piece ensemble including strings, woodwind, piano, double bass and drums, Jim reimagines traditional ballads as dramatically-orchestrated torch songs or a sort of English Fado. Jim Moray…

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A feast of Barnes at Broadmayne

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LINDEN Lea, famously set to music by Vaughan Williams, was actually a dialect poem by William Barnes and will be a highlight of an Artsreach event  at Broadmayne village hall on Saturday 25th February. Linden Lea and a Barnes Supper will be a feast of Dorset fare to celebrate Barnes’s birthday. The Ridgeway Singers and…

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Dare devil rides again

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EIGHTY years ago, a former speedway star and a poet-philosopher were both killed at Jarama, fighting for the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil war. Discover their stories in Townsend Productions’s new play which is coming to Poole Lighthouse on 1st February followed by other dates around the region. Dare Devil Rides To Jarama looks…

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Romeo and Juliet from the Met

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A LIVE satellite broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet will be screened around the world on Satur­day 21st January. It can be seen at Christchurch Regent Centre, Poole Lighthouse and Salisbury Arts Centre, all starting at 5.55pm. Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau are reunited for this new production of the…

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Dame Harriet Walter is new patron of Dorchester Arts

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DAME Harriet Walter, one of Britain’s leading actresses, who has a home in Dorset, is one of two new patrons of Dorchester Arts. The other new patron is Mrs Jennifer Coombs, a former High Sheriff of Dorset. As a stage actress Harriet Walter (pictured) has played almost every major female role, including Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra,…

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Sound and light at the tithe barn

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MICHAEL Hulls is a lighting designer – but much more than that: he is a lighting choreographer. If you can’t picture that, head for Messums Wiltshire at the Tisbury tithe barn, to see the installation Constellations and all will become clear. Hulls, who provided the lighting for Russell Maliphant’s performances at the tithe barn at…

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Folk opens the DA season

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DORCHESTER Arts starts its 2017 music season with a visit from folk luminaries Megson on Saturday 21st January. Thrice nominated for The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Megson is are husband and wife duo Debs and Stu Hanna, who sing and play whistle, piano, accordion, guitar, mandola and banjo. They draw heavily on their Teesside…

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Charlie Bicknell is an Artsreach angel

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ANARCHIC cabaret star Charlie Bicknell is bringing her latest show, No Angel, for an Artsreach tour from 19th to 22nd January, kicking up her heels at Melbury Osmond, Powerstock Hut, West Lulworth and Child Okeford. Charlie Bicknell has become a force to be reckoned with, serving up a stylish and sophisticated entertainment that includes comic…

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Adam returns to Lyme on spring tour

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DORSET-based singer and songwriter Adam Sweet is heading out on a 16-date UK tour, which includes several  stops in his home county and neighbouring Devon. His unique sound, strong rasp and honest lyrics separate him from many of his fellow singer-songwriters. And he’s no mean guitar player. He has recently released an EP, Take Your…

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