Hail to the monarch of the sea

OPERA Anywhere returns to Dorchester on 24th and 25th November with one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved comic operas, HMS Pinafore. Following the success of the company’s 2017 visit with The Mikado, the company returns with the hilarious naval story of love across the social classes from the lowliest tar to the “monarch of the…

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Carl Grose’s new play in Plymouth

THE Kneebone Cadillac, the new play by recently-appointed co-director of Kneehigh Carl Grose, has opened at Plymouth Theatre Royal, where it runs to 1st December. Directed by Simon Stokes with music by Dom Coyote, the cast includes Shaun Jenkinson, Callum McIntyre, Glyn Pritchard, Emily Raymond,  Hannah Traylen and Joe Wiltshire Smith. Life ain’t too good…

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Faustus unveils new project

COTTON Lords is the name for the Faustus autumn tour, which stops at Basingstoke, Bath and Compton Dundon between 22nd and 30th November. The popular folk trio –  Paul Sartin from Bellowhead and Belshazzar’s Feast, Benji Kirkpatrick from Bellowhead and the Seth Lakeman Band, and Saul Rose from Waterson: Carthy and Whapeazel, and musician for…

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Rook Lane Arts tells Singers story

FROME’s Rook Lane Arts Trust has been awarded Heritage Lottery funding to tell the story of the town’s famous art foundry, J.W. Singer & Sons. The project, Casting the World: The Story of J.W. Singer & Sons of Frome, will take place next year, marking the bicentenary of the birth of John Webb Singer in…

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Bringing Joy to Taunton and Poole

VAMOS Theatre, the UK’s leading full-mask touring company, brings its newest show, Finding Joy, to the Tacchi-Morris Arts Cen­tre in Taunton and Poole’s Lighthouse on 21st and 22nd Novem­ber. It is based on the true story of Danny, an 18-year-old boy who looked after his grandmother Joy as she made her way through middle and…

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Shaw still witty and relevant

GEORGE Bernard Shaw’s Pyg­mal­ion, the story behind the musical My Fair Lady, has been chosen by Frome Drama Club as the aut­umn production, on stage at the Merlin Theatre from 22nd to 24th November. Guest director Simon Blacksell  joins FDC to direct the play. Although it’s set in the 1910s, it is  still relevant to…

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Crossings in time and place

IT would be hard to imagine a play more suited to rural touring in 2018 than Crossings, the new production from Pentabus and New Perspectives, coming to Durweston on Friday 23rd November and Toller Porcorum on Saturday 24th. Crossings is set in 1919 and 2019, and with themes of the First World War and its…

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BalletBoyz on film at David Hall

FANS of contemporary dance have a real treat in store at the David Hall, South Petherton, where the BalletBoyz’ film, Young Men, is being shown on Thursday 22nd November. Young Men is a feature-length dance film without dialogue, shot on location in Northern France and featuring dancers from BalletBoyz dance company. A group of young…

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Law and Lloyd at Tincleton

THE next musical evening at Tincleton Gallery brings pianist John Law and saxophonist Jon Lloyd together on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November, from 8pm. Inspired by the various strands that have informed his wide-ranging creative career, John will  perform original solo pieces and fresh, spontaneous versions of tunes from the wide world of jazz….

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Fly on the wall at the Rossmore Centre

AUDIENCES for the next Poole Light­house drama, Take on Me, will be in the unusual setting of the Rossmore Leisure Centre from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November. Take On Me, a new show set in the 1980s world of headbands and legwarmers, digs below the surface of the luminous colours and fitness fads. The…

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Dance and dialogue with the stars at Shaftesbury

THERE is a rare chance to see two brilliant dancers from the world-famous Rambert company, dancing at Shaftesbury Arts Centre on Sunday 18th November, at a special evening origanised by Matt Brady, of Covent Garden Dance Company. The event, raising funds for the Dicky Buckle Fund, is described as an evening of “Dance & Dialogue”…

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Ghost Dances and Rambert 2

RAMBERT Dance Company’s visit to Bath Theatre Royal on 15th to 17th November is both a hail and a farewell – the first chance for the Bath audience to see the new Rambert 2 junior group and the last chance to see choreographer Christopher Bruce’s 1981 work Ghost Dances, one of the most celebrated contemporary…

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McKellen at 80 – local dates

SIR Ian McKellen, one of the greatest actors of his generation and a major film-star for his Lord of the Rings performance, is making a nationwide tour of 80 solo shows at theatres large and small, to celebrate his 80th birthday in 2019. The venues include Poole’s Lighthouse arts cinema, the Marine Theatre at Lyme…

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Art Naturally – at Shaftesbury

JONATHAN Garratt, one of the country’s leading potters, is back at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, from 7th to 20th November, in a joint show, Art Naturally, with printmaker Victoria Garland. Jonathan, who has his pottery at Stour Row, is a renowned studio potter, but the great appeal of his work is that it is both functional…

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Tallis Scholars and the Halle at Mozartfest

THE Tallis Scholars and the Halle orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, are among the delights in store at this year’s 28th annual Bath Mozartfest, from 9th to 17th November. The aim as always, says artistic director Amelia Freedman, is “to present great music, with a special emphasis on the works of Mozart, in performances…

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Is that a handbag that I see before me?

WHEN you have next to nothing to live on in a world of wealthy heiresses, lavish country estates and big hats, how do you get along? Discover the real lives of two minor characters from a classic of the English stage in To Hell In A Handbag, coming to Dorchester Corn Exchange on Friday 23rd…

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Jaywalkers in Bath

THE Jaywalkers, regarded as one of the UK’s best Americana, bluegrassand country bands, come to St James’s Wine Vaults in Bath on Friday 23rd November. The trio has been delighting audiences for more than a decade, touring their exciting and inventive brand of Americana up, down and around the UK and across Europe.  Their combination…

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Starry black comedy ends Ustinov year

THE UK premiere of Donald Margulies’ black comedy The Model Apartment is the final production of 2018 at Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio, on stage from 22nd November to 22nd December. Directed by Laurence Boswell, it brings Diana Quick back to the Bath theatre, starring alongside Ian Gelder, Kevan Lannister in Game of Thrones.  They…

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Local play for MADS

MERE Amateur Dramatic Society will give four performances of a new play, Katie’s Party, by local author Adrienne Howell, at the Lecture Hall from 22nd to 24th November. Described as a poignant village tale linking the two World Wars, it will be followed by the company’s tribute to the centenary of the end of the…

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Truth, lies and fake news

WHAT is truth, said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. That famous Francis Bacon quote from the 17th century has never seemed more relevant than it does in the days of “fake news” – music theatre producer Helen Chadwick has created a brilliant and provocative new work, Truth, coming to Bridport Arts…

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The Dodge Brothers drive into town

THE Dodge Brothers will be playing their brand of high energy, classic Americana, at a special gig at Bridport’s Electric Palace on Thursday 22nd November. The two-part gig opens with the band’s best-known member, multi-talented Mark Kermode, witty writer and broadcaster, movie buff and brilliant film critic, talking about his new book, How Does It…

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Ranjana Ghatak in Dorset with Artsreach

LONDON-based Indian classical singer Ranjana Ghatak has two dates in Dorset, on 17th and 18th November with Artsreach, Dorset’s rural touring charity, on a tour following the release of her debut album. Ranjana has worked nationally and internationally as both an artist and composer. She was commissioned by the Commonwealth Games to write a piece…

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Sheelanagig back on the road

KNOWN as a band that guarantees both fun and great musicianship, Sheelanagig is out on a pre-Christmas tour, coming to three venues in the region, as well as some further west. Their first stop is at 23 Bath Street (formerly the Wheatsheaf) on Thursday 15th November, and  they will also be playing at Pound Arts…

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Gardolińska conducts BSO Smooth Classics II

AFTER a triumphant debut, Marta Gardolińska returns to Poole Light­­house on Saturday 17th Nov­ember to conduct the Bourne­mouth Symphony Orches­tra in Smooth Classics II . The audiences is invited to unwind with a programme of relaxing symphonic music, including four beautiful slow movements from piano concertos performed by the internationally renowned Anna Fedorova. Polish conductor…

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