The Arts Section

Nell Gwynn’s London in Bath

BATH Theatre Royal is one of nine UK venues to present the Globe/English Touring Theatre production of Jessica Swale’s new play Nell Gwynn,  on stage from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th April. The Olivier Award-winning comedy will then return to Shakespeare’s Globe Laura Pitt-Pulford  takes the title role in a 16-strong cast that includes Michael…

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The Mikado, Bath Theatre Royal

HAVING enjoyed Sasha Regan’s all-male productions of The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore, I had been looking forward to the premiere of this – her third G and S – since the start of the Easter hols. The show, set in 1950’s England, when life was simple and the staple diet was Enid Blyton, we were…

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Into the Woods, Milborne Port Opera

FIRST things first – this was an outstanding show, with a level of consistent excellence in acting, singing, playing, directing and the design elements that one finds once rarely in any theatre, let alone on the amateur stage.  Milborne Port Opera should be thanked and congratulated. Steven Sondheim’s 1980s musical ‘Into the Woods’ is a fascinating…

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Remembering Aleppo – Bridport LitFest event

ALEPPO is in ruins, its people dead or scattered across the Middle East and Europe, its famous bazaars shattered, its beautiful buildings scarred and broken by mortar shells. Formerly the pinnacle of cultural and economic power in the region, this once-great city used to be one of the legendary hubs of the Middle East, before…

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Before The Party casting for Salisbury Playhouse

CASTING  has been announced for Salisbury Playhouse’s new production of Rodney Ackland’s Before the Party, adapted from a Somerset Maugham short story satirising upple middle class life after the Second World War, on stage from Thursday 4th to Saturday 27th May. The cast is led by Philip Bretherton, best known for his role in As…

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Kate Dimbleby’s Songbirds at Tobacco Factory

AFTER touring the world with her one-woman shows about other singers, Bristol-based singer songwriter Kate Dimbleby brings her own voice centre stage at the Tobacco Factory in Southville on Sunday 30th April with shows at 4pm and 7.30. Songbirds is a unique collection of original self-penned songs featuring nothing other than Kate’s sublime voice without…

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The Jaywalkers on tour

AN exciting young folk/bluegrass trio Jaywalkers – Mike Govern, Jay Bradberry, and Lucille Williams – former BBC Young Folk Award finalists. are touing their third album, Weave, with a date in our area at Totton’s Hangar Farm Arts Centre on Saturday 29th April. Praised for the way they blend British and American folk traditions, Jaywalkers are…

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Frankie Miller’s Fullhouse at the Tivoli

FRANKIE Miller’s Fullhouse is on a 40th anniversary tour, calling at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre on Saturday 29th April at 7.30pm. They released Double Take, in 2016, featuring Frankie in duets with Elton John, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, Joe Walsh, Kid Rock, Paul Carrack, and Francis Rossi, and with Fullhouse. There is a new addition to…

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Comedy and trampolining at Portesham

MAX Calaf Seve literally jumps for joy in Anyday, a surreal, comic and delightful show from this Spanish circus and physical theatre artist, who is coming to Portesham village hall on Saturday 29th April at 7pm for one date with Artsreach. Anyday is a circus show like no other. It’s the charming tale of Max…

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Bach reimagined at Wiltshire Music Centre

ON Saturday 29th May, Bach’s violin music will be re-imagined by Wiltshire Music Centre’s jazz artist in residence, pianist Gwilyn Sim­cock, who is joined by violinist Thomas Gould for the occasion. Johan Sebastian’s  Sonatas for violin and keyboard Nos 1 and 4, as well as his Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme and Jesus bleibet…

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