Charity Players in Dagenham

THE award-winning company Highcliffe Charity Players return to the stage at the Regent Centre in Christchurch from 26th to 29th with their summer production, the musical Made in Dagenham. Set in the swinging 60s, this is the inspiring and heart-warming story of a group of female factory workers at the Ford Dagen­ham plant, fighting for…

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Ballet at Hatch 2017, Covent Garden Dance Company

EXTRAORDINARY choreography by Russell Maliphant and Tim Podesta, breathtaking dancing by Lucia Lacarra, Mara Galeazzi and Ksenia Ovsyanick and dramatic music including a plangent Armenian song all combined to make this year’s Covent Garden Dance Company visit to Hatch House near Tisbury the most memorable yet. Now in its eighth year, Matt Brady’s company’s weekend in…

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Antiques and collectables at Kimbers’ Farm Shop

THE Kimber family is opening up the Dutch barn next to their popular farm shop near Wincanton racecourse, on the B3081 Wincanton to Bruton road. The Somerset Barn will have 13 stands on the ground floor with traders selling antiques, vintage fabrics, up-cycled pieces, decorations and accessories, French linens and more. On the floor above,…

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The Love of the Nightingale, BOVTS at Circomedia, Bristol

TIMBERLAKE Wertenbaker’s play The Love of the Nightingale is a feminist take on the ancient Greek legend of the rape of Philomela by her sister Procne’s husband Tereus, and, as we all know those Greeks knew everything there is to know about human nature and our relationships with the all-powerful gods we pray in aid…

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Desperate fun at the seaside

DESPERATE Men come to Lyme Regis on Tuesday 25th July with two open air performances of a street theatre show called Slapstick and Slaughter which takes a surreal look at the horrors of war. In the 40-minute show on Theatre Square, performers Richard Headon and Jon Beedell attempt to confront the absurdity of war, using their…

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Ten years at La Fosse

TEN years have just flown since Mark and Emmanuelle Hartstone moved to the long-established La Fosse restaurant at Cranborne in 2007 and this week they celebrated their anniversary with a special tasting menu. Mark and Emmanuelle met when both were working at the famous Chewton Glen Hotel on the edge of the New Forest at…

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Opera on the banks of the Parrett

GARSINGTON Opera’s production of Handel’s Semele will be screened on the banks of the River Parrett in Bridgwater on Saturday 29th July, as part of the Quay­side Festival. After the success of last year’s free public screenings of one of Garsington’s 2016 productions, on beaches, river banks and parks in isolated coastal and rural communities,…

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India’s biggest cultural export

RAGHU Dixit, described as “India’s biggest cultural export” by The Guardian and winner of Best Alternative Act at the UK Asian Music Awards, comes to the Lantern at Bristol’s Colston Hall on Thursday 27th July at 8pm. His unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre, and even language. Strongly rooted in Indian traditions…

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New collages at The Art Stable

THE new exhibition at The Art Stable at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, features recent collages by Sophie Herxheimer and new paintings by Gigi Sudbury, from 15th July to 5th August. Sophie brings her customary energy to these collages, which fuse her precision with colour and composition with s continuing fascination with poetry, and…

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Legendary chase on Bath stage

THE third play in the Bath Theatre Royal summer season recreates the famous crop-duster chase in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest on stage from Friday 21st July to Saturday 12th August. The adaptation of Ernest Lehman’s screen­play  by Carolyn Burns was first seen in Australia in 2015. The Bath production is directed by Simon Phillips…

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Debra makes an impression at the Tiv

FROM Dead Ringers to Poole Lighthouse pantomimes, multi-talented Debra Stephenson has a huge national following and strong local support – catch her at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre on Friday 28th July for a solo show. In the show, Night of 100 Voices, Debra invites you to join her for a night of live music, comedy and…

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Make America Bake Again

You can see Philppa at the Game Fair at Hatfield House on Saturday 29th July. She will be on stage at noon, sharing some delicious ideas on what to do with game along with cookery writer Tim Maddams. She says: “The Game Fair is a fantastic day out for anyone interested in the countryside, shooting,…

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Persuasion, the opera, celebrates Austen bicentenary

CHAMBER Opera Chicago celebrates the bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen and the publication of her last completed novel, Persuasion, with a fully staged musical which comes to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis, on 26th and 27th July. The musical has been created by COC’s artistic director Barbara Landis, who has used much…

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Major refurbishment planned for Taunton Brewhouse

TAUNTON’s Brewhouse Theatre is at the centre of a major development and refurbishment plan for the site at Coal Orchard beside the river Tone. The £20 million plan will give a new look and a new lease of the theatre which went into administration in 2013. Its fortunes were revived by a small dedicated team…

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Robbie launches album at the Tiv

GUITARIST Robbie McIntosh returns to the Tivoli in Wimborne on Saturday 29th July. His career includes spells with Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, John Mayer and Norah Jones. Robbie has also played many of the world’s top festivals and venues. As a long-term member of The Pretenders, Robbie played at Live Aid in 1985 and on…

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Kids get creative with Artsreach

THE school summer holidays have started and Artsreach has plenty of workshops and activities to entertain and occupy many hours of fun for youngsters of all ages.  The programme continues on 27th July, and continues until 31st August. Whatever your child’s creativity takes them, there is sure to be something for them – music, dance,…

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