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Blowing the house down at the Colston Hall

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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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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A fresh look at Peer Gynt

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SALISBURY’s youth theatre, Stage 65 takes to the Playhouse stage in a startling and explosive new version of a sprawling Scandinavian epic, Peer Gynt. The Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen is best known for his passionate dramas of domestic and social lives in upheaval – Hedda Gabler, The Dolls House, The Master Builder, Ghosts – but…

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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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Cape Farewell comes to Dorchester

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AN international environmental arts organisation that aims to change the way we think about climate change brings a challenging exhibition about farming to Dorchester in August. FarmArt, at the gallery at Duke’s Auctioneers, from 4th to 31st August, features the explorations of three artists who undertook rural artist residencies in the south west, commissioned and…

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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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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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Leading soloist joins youth orchestra

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MATTHEW Trusler, regarded as one of the leading young violinists in the UK, joins  Wiltshire Youth Orchestra for a concert at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon on Friday 26th August. Conducted by Timothy Redmond, the programme includes Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 1 and Mahler’s first symphony. For…

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