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Aladdin at Salisbury Playhouse

I OFTEN joke that were Her Majesty to nod to me in the honours lists, I’d have to skip the MBEs and OBEs and go straight to a Damehood, so many pantomimes have I reviewed in my career. So it is with delight that I can say that Salisbury Playhouse’s Aladdin, on until 7th January,…

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Farewell to Andy Sheppard

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BRISTOL’s finest and one of the country’s greatest and most innovative jazz musicians makes a farewell appearance at the city’s Hen and Chicken venue on Sunday 11th December. The fall-out from the Brexit vote has had some unexpected consequences. Who knew that it would result in Andy Sheppard leaving the country? The chances of hearing…

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Kinks show at the Mayflower

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JUST before the opening of Robin Hood on 17th December, Southampton Mayflower brings the Kinks musical, Sunny Afternoon, to audiences from 6th to 10th December. The show won four awards in the 2015 Oliviers, including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achieve­ment in Music for Ray Davies. It features some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including…

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Dorset debut for Lewis Barfoot

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THE name Barfoot is well known on the Dorset and Somerset performing arts scene, but on Sunday 11th December, North Dorset based Allison, actor, director, writer and singer, makes way for her sister Lewis, a singer and songwriter who’ll be centre stage at the church of St John the Baptist in Buckhorn Weston. Lewis, half…

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The Night Before Christmas, Salberg Studio at Salisbury Playhouse

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THERE’S a new musical at Salisbury, created specially for young children and their families, but equally delightful for all generations. Musician and singer Glyn Kerslake and Playhouse artistic director Gareth Machin have got together to create a version of the Clement Clarke Moore poem The Night Before Christmas, and adding the essential audience participation and…

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Screen Bites for Christmas

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THE final Screen Bites event of 2016 is on Friday 9th December at the village hall at West Coker, where audiences can not only enjoy a classic Christmas film but also enjoy tastings from some of the areas best food producers. Christmas in Connecticut, the 1944 film starring Barbara Stanwyck, is a romantic comedy with…

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Too happy carols

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KATE Rusby, who comes to the Colston Hall in Bristol on Sunday 11th December with her latest Christmas concert, follows the tradition of her native South Yorkshire by singing variations of well known carols that were “thrown out of churches by Victorians as being to happy.| At 7.30, fans from the south west can here…

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Peter Pan at Yeovil Octagon

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YOU could have measured the audience excitement on a seismograph at the Octagon on Saturday, when the band struck up for the annual pantomime and the lights went down. Peter Pan, the fifth production by Evolution at the venue, has everything – a strong story, colourful characters, romance, jealousy, songs, dances and just enough topical…

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Matthew Burt is airing his smalls

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MATTHEW Burt, the acclaimed South Wiltshire furniture designer-maker  is showing a collection of accessories in Airing Our Smalls, at his showroom in Hindon. The work on show and for sale includes bowls, trays, boxes, key cabinets and reversible shelves. They are available daily . All the pieces are available in the showroom from Monday to…

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Handsome is … the villain at Bath

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PANTOMIME villains come in various shapes and sizes – the revolting Fleshcreep, henchman of the giant who threatens Jack and Dame Trott’s village, Snow White’s murderous stepmother, Beauty’s nemesis, the jealous fairy Carabosse, and those arch bullies, the Ugly Sisters. But there are two villains who are always portrayed as glamorous – cruel and evil…

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Peter Pan, Studio Theatre Youth Group, Salisbury

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PETER Pan is a story that enchants generations of children and retains its fascination for adults, so what better family show to choose for a Christmas production. Salisbury’s enterprising Studio Youth Theatre has taken on the production in its entirety, with just a very little help from the grown ups, and it’s a delight. On…

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Vintage glamour and nostalgic favourites

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SINGER Lili La Scala comes to Dorset from 8th to 11th December with her new show, Songs to Make you Smile. Armed with bucket loads of charm and dazzling vintage glamour, Lili La Scala has become a favourite wherever she performs around the world. Now she is bringing her latest song collection on a short…

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Jimmy Carr at Poole Lighthouse – and touring

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HARD-working comedian Jimmy Carr brings his Best Of, Ultimate Gold, Greatest Hits Tour to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Sunday 18th December at 8pm. Jimmy Carr has gathered a selection of his very best jokes, along with new material for the ultimate comedy show (and yes, you can be sure the resemblance to all those…

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Christmas with Coppin

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JOHNNY Coppin, the Gloucester­shire-based singer and songwriter, is touring the UK to promote his latest album, All on a Winter’s Night, and  has one more stop in our region. The new Christmas album includes original songs, evoking the magic of the run-up to Christmas. Snow In The Street is a setting of a William Morris…

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