The Arts Section

Starry line-up for Dorchester LitFest

TICKETS are now on sale for Dorchester Literature Festival, running from 17th to 21st October, with a fascinating line-up that includes novelist Joanna Trollope, foreign correspondent Mark Austin (who started his journalistic career on the Bournemouth Echo), Judy Murray, tennis coach, adviser and mother of Andy and Jamie, and politician Vince Cable. With other big…

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Oldest tapestry goes to Belgium for conservation

A RARE tapestry dating from the 15th century, which usually hangs in the dining room at the National Trust’s Montacute House near Yeovil, is going to Belgium for a specialist clean. The Millefleurs tapestry, one of the few surviving from the late 15th century, was commissioned by the townspeople of Tournai in 1477 as a…

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Who WAS Percy Topliss?

SALISBURY-based History at Large teams up with the city’s Studio Theatre to perform a new show in the courtroom in the Guildhall on Friday 24th August at 7.30. Monocled Mutin­eer? is the simulated trial of Percy Topliss, who in fact was shot dead by Cumberland police in 1920, after he went on the run from…

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Mamma Mia madness

CHRISTCHURCH is going Mamma Mia mad this summer, celebrating the arrival of the eagerly-awaited follow-up to the smash hit 2008 movie Mamma Mia. The Regent Centre has been showing the new film, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, since 3rd August and the jollifications come to a climax on Saturday 25th August with a Mamma…

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August Americana in Bristol

TIM Martin brings two more Americana performances to Bristol this August, starting at The Tunnels on Wednesday 22nd Ausut with Lee Baines III and the Glory Fires. If you don’t like noisy, opinionated, angry and confrontational music, stay away, he says. The band from Alabama also make music that’s passionate, honest and thoughtful. Their new…

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Something entirely new at the Merlin

THIS year’s Tri.art summer school at the Merlin in Frome has something very different in store for participants and audiences. The chosen show is In the Heights, the first major work by the creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tri.art Theatre won Best Youth Produc­tion at the Somerset Fellowship of Drama David Beach awards for its…

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The Price, Bath Theatre Royal

ARTHUR Miller’s play The Price, written in 1968 at the end of what is regarded as his greatest period, draws from his own experiences of the Depression. Two brothers, both with great student promise, have gone different ways. One is a successful doctor, the other a policeman. It’s 16 years after the death of their…

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