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The Mousetrap, Bristol Hippodrome

WE have to thank two queens for The Mousetrap, the worlds longest initial running play. Opening in the Ambassadors Theatre on 6th October 1952 and moving to the St Martin’s Theatre in 1974, where it continues to run successfully today, the play has its roots in an enquiry by the BBC in 1947 to the…

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Bombadils from Canada to West Country

THE Canadian duo The Bombardils – Nova Scotian maritimer Luke Fraser and Alberta prairie-girl Sarah Frank – will be stopping at Worth Matravers on 30th June and New Milton 13th July as part of their current European tour. They have established a strong fan base,  creating beau­tiful harmonies and  melo­dies with old folk songs, poetry, and original songs…

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A play with deep southern heart and soul

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorise” “I would rather have 30 minutes of ‘wonderful’ than a lifetime of nothing special.” IF these two quotations immediately evoke the laugh-and-cry roller-coaster of Steel Magnolias, you will know what delights are in store with Warminster’s Athenaeum Limelight Players perform the…

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Keeping the mill wheel turning

STURMINSTER Newton’s Taboo Theatre Company will be performing a site specific play, set at and performed at the town’s ancient mill on the Stour, on the weekend of 29th and 30th June. The Miller’s Daughter – Unrest at the Mill 1830 has been written by Sue Ashby and Tony Benger, who wrote Taboo’s First World…

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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Bristol Old Vic

THE BOVTS production of David Edgar’s monumental adaptation of Dickens’ Nich­olas Nickleby is a triumph. Graduating students from the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School have traditionally been split, performing two, contrasting, plays in the summer, but this year’s show gives all 26 of the acting students equal opportunities in Geoffrey Brumlik and Jenny Stevens’…

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Cary Choir sings at Street

CASTLE Cary Choir sings at Holy Trinity Church in  Street, 0n Friday 28th June,  in aid of Church funds which support various missions and charities. The concerts always provide a great evening of entertainment as the programme includes a wide variety of music ranging from sacred and traditional, to musicals and fun pieces – so…

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A new look at a favourite Hardy novel

THOMAS Hardy wrote strong female characters – young women are the central figures in most of his greatest novels, particularly Tess of the D’Urbevilles and Far From The Madding Crowd, this year’s choice for the New Hardy Players summer tour which starts on Thursday 27th June. Hardy showed extraordinary empathy for the lives of women…

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BBC Award for Philippa’s prison project

SHAFTESBURY-based chef Philippa Davis was part of the Liberty Kitchen team who won the Street Food Award in this year’s BBC Food and Farming Awards, which were announced in Bristol. Liberty Kitchen is a street food project which was set up about 18 months ago to help reduce reoffending rates and provide a chance for…

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Blithe Spirit, Theatre Royal Bath

RICHARD Eyre got lots of stick from fans of The Master when his long and triumphant tenure at the National Theatre did not include one Coward work. Now he’s making up for lost time in Bath, with a terrific production of the 1941 Blithe Spirit, that satire on the then-current fad for spiritualism and the…

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Giovanni makes UK debut in Bath

ANGLO-Italian pianist, composer and choral singer Giovanni Lonati gives his first recital in the UK in Bath at 1pm on Friday 5th July at St Luke’s Church. The 32-year-old pianist will play works by Chopin and Beethoven’s Appassionata. Entrance is free but by ticket only, and the audience is invited to make donations to Dorothy…

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Sidmouth rep season returns

BEAUTIFUL Sidmouth, one of Devon’s most attractive and historic seaside towns, has a special theatrical claim to fame as the home of what is believed to be the country’s only surviving traditional summer repertory season. The Manor Pavilion Theatre’s summer programme, produced by Paul Taylor-Mills, runs for 12 weeks, beginning on Thursday 20th June with…

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APS summer dash through Shakespeare

THE versatile Amateur Players of Sherborne have chosen one of the cleverest and funniest plays of recent years for their summer show, on stage from 20th June. The Reduced Shakespeare Company quicky established a name as the “other” RSC when they launched their Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1987….

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Ustinov Studio Bath

THE Ustinov Studio has another triumph on its hands with the UK premiere of Chris­topher Durang’s award-winning comedy, which has Chekhov’s plays at its core. Best known for his absurdist plays, Durang brilliantly  weaves academic theatrical parents, Chekhovian motifs and the fears and certainties of getting old into the lives of three siblings, Sonia the…

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Palin’s Erebus, Python and other stories

MICHAEL Palin, actor, Python, traveller, comedian, writer and broadcaster is coming to Salisbury and Bath on 4th and 7th July with a show coinciding with the paperback release of his acclaimed history and travel book, Erebus: The Story of a Ship. The much-loved globe-trotter and television star will be at Salisbury City Hall on Thursday…

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Jazz great back in Christchurch

LEGENDARY bandleader Chris Barber celebrates an in­credible 70 years of perfor­m­ance with a show at Christ­church Regent Centre on Sun­day 30th June. The Big Chris Barber Band also marks its own 65th anniversary this year. One of the biggest names in international jazz, Chris Barber OBE returns to the Regent to mark the 70th anniversary…

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NODA nominated Pirates performed at Martock

THE Guardians of Martock Church have invited the members of Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society to sing their highly-praised version of The Pirates of Penzance in the beautiful church on Saturday 29th June from 7.30pm. The full production has been nominated for the Best Gilbert and Sullivan show in the NODA awards. The concert performance…

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Seven wolf cubs born at Longleat

KEEPERS at Longleat Safari Park are celebrating the arrival of seven tiny wolf pups. The bumper litter of European wolves, which were born last month, are being carefully looked after by mum Eliska and dad Jango. The protective parents periodically pick the cubs up and move them between three separate underground dens in their woodland…

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Soho stand-up winner at Lyme Regis

THE headline act at the  comedy club at Lyme Regis’ Marine Theatre on Saturday 29th June is the Soho Stand Up Comedy Award winner, Vikki Stone. A regular on the John Bishop Show and The Now Show, Vikki is joined by Phil Lucas, Tom Glover, and Dan Thomas, the presenter of S4C’s Gwerthu Allan. Vikki…

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Reflections in the Cathedral Refectory

WORLD-famous light installation artist Bruce Munro is on Wiltshire home ground with his latest work, Confluence, created for Salisbury Cathedral’s Refectory restaurant. Confluence, a shimmering display of five large panels, each made up of 240 colourful recycled CDs, was inspired the Cathedral’s site at the confluence of five rivers – the Avon and its tributaries…

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Bath’s starry summer season under way

BATH Theatre Royal and its adjoining Ustinov Studio have a mouth-watering summer season in store,  opening with Janie Dee in a new modern version of Uncle Vanya, and continuing with Jen­nifer Saunders in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, directed by Richard Eyre. Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, on at the Ustinov Studio…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in June

MIDSUMMER is almost on us (where did the year go!) and Dorset Wildlife Trust has a host of interesting and exciting events, many of them linked to the Get Dorset Buzzing theme to increase awareness of the importance of insects and pollinators in the environment. Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th – Wildflowers, orchids and grasses identification…

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