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Dominic Cooper as The Libertine

THE final play of the Bath Theatre Royal 2016 summer season brings star of screen and stage Dominic Cooper to the city in Stephen Jeffrey’s play The Libertine, immediately before its London opening at the Haymarket. The new staging, in Bath from Wednesday 31st August to Saturday 17th September, is directed by Olivier and Tony…

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Hats off at the Electric Palace

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BRIDPORT’s eccentric and hugely popular Hat Festival gets its annual send-off with hat-wearing Hank Wangford and his merry band of Lost Cowboys at the Electric Palace on Friday 2nd September. The former obstetrician turned country music star brings his brilliant quartet of musicians, including BJ Cole, a leading UK exponent of the pedal steel guitar,…

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Tradition with attitude

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BARMER Boys, the band coming to Bristol Folk House on Sunday 4th September, is noted for Rajasthani folk and Sufi traditional music with attitude. This is their first UK tour, promoted by the Asian Arts Agency, and brings the versatile band to a new audience, after delighting listeners in American and mainland Europe. The trio carries…

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Top 50 accolade for Waddling Free eggs

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JUST a week after hearing that their Waddling Free duck eggs had been awarded three stars in this year’s Great Taste Awards, Dan and Briony Wood was delighted that the eggs had been selected as one of the Top 50 Foods among this year’s three-star winners. The duck eggs from the Traditional Free Range Egg…

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Blowing the house down at the Colston Hall

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WITH Half a Sixpence wowing Chichester audiences and The Wind in the Willows (with Julian Fellowes) the hot tip of the autumn season, Stiles and Drew are on a roll. Families looking for late summer fun can see the duo’s musical version of The 3 Little Pigs at Bristol Colston Hall from Wednesday 24th until…

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Baroque spine-tingler on the road

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BAROQUE Theatre Company, on its second tour of the year, brings the Ira Levin thriller Veronica’s Room to theatres around the country. Directed by Adam Morley, the production comes to Taunton Brewhouse on Saturday 27th and Weymouth Pavilion on Sunday 28th August, returning in October with performances at Cygnet in Exeter on 11th and The…

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Celebrating Knussen at Plush

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PLUSH Festival, held in the beautiful and secluded setting of Plush church in the heart of Dorset, celebrates the life and work of composer Oliver Knussen, with a weekend of films, talks and music. Born in Glasgow in 1952, the prolific and precociously talented Knussen began composing at the age of six and at the…

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Celebrating Haydn at Cerne Abbas

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HAYDN, one of the greatest of early classical composers, is sometimes overshadowed by the towering figures of Mozart and Beethoven who followed him. But this year the influential and prolific Austrian composer gets top billing by the Gaudier Ensemble, resident musicians at the Cerne Abbas Music Festival. Now in its 26th year, the festival has…

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Open studios celebrate Bridport’s artistic heritage

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BRIDPORT Open Studios, running from 20th to 29th August, is a celebration of a visual arts heritage that goes back more than 150 years. Painters and artists working in many media and disciplines have been coming to Dorset for years, and the area round Bridport now has a national reputation for the diversity and quality…

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Michael Jones at the Regent

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WEST Moors watercolorist Michael Jones returns for this third exhibition at the Regent Centre, Christchurch, from Saturday 20th August to Friday 9th September. He works mainly in watercolours but with some line-work in ink, utilising a bold and direct approach of colour and tone to achieve an appealing mix of traditional and contemporary styles. Michael’s…

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Green Apple Award for 918 Coffee Co

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GILLINGHAM’s multi-award-winning 918 Coffee Co has won a Green Apple environmental award for their pioneereing Coffe-Eco System. Justin and Chanel Cornelius were up against more than 500 other nominees in the Green Apple category for Environmental Best Practice, in the international awards which recognise the greenest companies, councils and communities. They will be presented with…

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Tamsin Waley-Cohen at Concerts in the West

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THE first Concerts in the West series of the autumn will be Tamsin and Friends at Lower Pulworthy in Devon, Bridport Arts Centre, the Meeting House arts centre at Ilminster and a new venue, the Baptist Chapel at Crewkerne, from 1st to 3rd September. The brilliant young violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen will be joined by violinists…

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Beowulf at Chilmark

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A NEW opera receives its world premiere in a country house garden in south Wiltshire on Sunday 28th August. The work is based on the Anglo Saxon epic, Beowulf, with music by Louis Mander. The work, which will be performed twice, at 5pm on Sunday 28th and bank holiday Monday 29th, was commissioned by Cantata…

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Holmes looks into the egg

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THE legendary detective Sherlock Holmes shifts his base from Baker Street to the egg theatre at Bath Theatre Royal from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th August. The Theatre Royal Summer School, after years at Prior Park, has moved back into the city for the 2016 session, and the chosen play is the best-known Holmesian tale…

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Make autumn memorable with Artsreach

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THE autumn Artsreach programme features more than 60 performances across the county, and brings nine new and exciting companies and performers to Dorset. Audiences can expect the usual high quality depth and breadth of productions, from bluegrass, folk and jazz to the story of Mary Anning, a riotous country wedding and a chaotically funny new…

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