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Winter favourite dances into Bath

MOSCOW City Ballet comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Sunday 20th to Wednesday 23rd January with The Nutcracker, a story of Christmas magic, with one of Tchaikovsky’s most loved and beautiful music. With its exquisite 18th century interior, the Theatre Royal is ideally suited to this story of Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum…

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Long John Silver in Salisbury

ACTORS from Salisbury Studio Theatre’s youth theatre will take to the high seas in search of Treasure Island from Monday 21st to Satur­day 26th January. Director Peter McAuley has chosen Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of buccaneers and derring do.   The cast, aged from 11 to 18, is led by Luke…

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Steps into the Dark

FUEL Theatre brings its new touring show, The Dark, to  Poole’s Light­house on 31st January. Nick Makoha’s powerful true story of refugees fleeing from their devastated country follows the   journey taken by a four-year-old boy and his mother as they seek to escape from Uganda and the rule of Idi Amin, one of the most…

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Crimes on the Nile, New Old Friends at Bath Ustinov studio

WAS Agatha Christie’s alter ego a creator of steamy novels? Did the legendary Hercule Poirot have a secret life as an elegant woman? Who killed Aurora Lightly? And how can four people play 12 characters? The answers may, or may not, be revealed in Crimes on the Nile, the latest spoof whodunnit from the ever-inventive…

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Musical journeys at Dorchester

NEW Year music with Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange takes the audience on journeys, through different genres and a life in roots, continuing on  Wednesday 23rd January with  Steve Knightley’s solo gig, Roadworks. Best known for his work with the hugely popular acoustic  group Show of Hands, Knightley here takes the audience on a musical…

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Elliot Walker at Messums Wiltshire

ELLIOTT Walker, one of this country’s most remarkable glassblowers, has a solo exhibition at Messums Wiltshire, at Tisbury, until 27th January. Walker is one of only a handful of glassblowers in the world who use glass to create solely figurative pieces, giving him something of a rebel status. After experimenting with the lost-wax process for…

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Multi-instrumentalist at Ilminster

ILMINSTER Arts Centre at the Meeting House continues its New Year series with a Flying Folk evening on Friday 25th January, with a programme of eclectic folk music, compered by local folk singer Jemima Farey. The headliner is multi-instrumentalist Luke Daniels (pictured), who plays finger style guitar, wooden flute, concertina and sings beautifully as well –…

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Old songs sung the Watson way

AMERICANA star Willie Watson, formerly of the Old Crow Medicine Show and produced by Dave Rawlings, is on a short UK tour, stopping at the Louisiana in Bristol on Saturday 26th January. His eagerly anticipated return to the UK  includes an appearance at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival. Willie has released two acclaimed solo albums Folksinger…

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Artsreach winter programme

WINTER and spring with Artsreach, Dorset’s rural touring arts charity, brings a host of live performances, from traditional folk to contemporary dance, Indian storytelling to physical theatre. The music programme includes Welsh folk supergroup ALAW, Bristol-based a capella folk and shanty group The Longest Johns, exciting young Belgian period musicians WÖR recreating the music of…

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Appetising menu at the Octagon

THE best antidote to winter blues is looking ahead to spring, and there are plenty of exciting and entertaining events at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre and Westlands entertainments centre, including an evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the Armonico Consort with a Valentines-themed programme, BalletBoyz, Seth Lakeman, and comedians Nish Kumar and Mark Steel. January highlights include…

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Shaftesbury has a cracking panto

ONE of the favourite winter stories for all ages is The Nutcracker, best-known as a ballet with music by Tchaikovsky. This year it’s the choice for Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s pantomime, running over two weeks from Wednesday 23rd January. Based on a Russian fairytale that is full of winter magic, with toys and sweets that turn…

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Buttoning up his Cystic Fibrosis

CHARLES Michael Duke – Buttons in this year’s Cinderella –  has dramatic memories of the stage of the Regent Centre in Christchurch. While the Highcliffe resident was performing in the 2015 Christmas Spectacular, both his lungs collapsed on stage. The lifelong Cystic Fibrosis sufferer had to wait three and a half years for a double…

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Marie Stopes on Portland

MARIE Stopes was one of the most influential and controversial women of the 20th century, so it is amazing that Escaping The Storm, produced by the Dorset-based AsOne Theatre is the first play about her life. The winter tour continues at Warminster Athenaeum on Saturday 2nd February One hundred years since Dr Stopes published her…

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Winter delights at the Shelley

ONE of the most atmospheric venues in the region is the Shelley Theatre near the clifftop at Southbourne. Originally the private theatre for the Shelley family (Percy, son of Mary, the author of Frankenstein and widow of poet Percy Bysshe). It is a charming Victorian gem, an ongoing restoration project which is hidden within a…

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Comedy, tragedy, dance, circus and more

POOLE’s Lighthouse is the largest multi-arts complex outside London – and it has a programme to match, embracing all the arts from straight theatre to stand-up comedy, contemporary dance to classical orchestral music, modern jazz to traditional puppets. The winter-spring 2019 season starts in the theatre with St Petersburg Ballet with two Tchaikovsky favourites, Swan…

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