The Arts Section

Jackdaws at Christmas

THE Jackdaws Christmas Concert is on Saturday 16th December at Great Elm Church, starting at 6.30pm. This year’s concert features baritone Ben Knight, with Jackdaws artistic director Saffron van Swanenberg, the Jackdaws Song­birds and Jack’s Music Club. There will also be carols for the audience. This delightful candlelit concert is always a highlight of the…

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Back for a long sleep at Weymouth

WEYMOUTH Pavilion has Sleeping Beauty on stage from until Monday 1st January, and the management thinks it is probably the first time ever that the panto has been seen at the theatre. Lee Redwood returns for the fifth year to play the dame, Queen Thelma, and he promises that this year’s costumes and wigs to…

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Glad Rag Christmas at Christ­church

IT’S welcome back to the Glad Rags from Saturday 16th until Sunday 24th December at the Regent Centre  in Christchurch The company brings its Christmas Spectacular 2017, back for the sixth season of music, dance, colour and comedy. Six evening shows and five matinees mean that everyone should be able to enjoy the show, whatever…

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East End baddie at Plymouth

THE big Plymouth Christmas show is Peter Pan, on at the Theatre Royal Lyric from Friday 15th December until 13th Januay – and TV soap baddie Steve McFadden is the very boo-able Captain Hook. Best known as Phil Mitchell in East Enders, Steve has made a career of bad boys, winning Villain of the Year…

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Christmas mystery at Trowbridge Town Hall

THE Dorset Corset Theatre Company is putting the final touches to the site-specific Christmas show at Trowbridge Town Hall. Created for Trowbridge Arts by DC artistic director Helen Watts,  Stone Cold Murder runs from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd December, nightly at 7.30pm, and stars Leon Ockenden. He has spent a dramatic summer as Michelle’s…

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Abominable Snowman comes to Trowbridge

MOON on a Stick brings its latest show, The Abominable Snow­man, to Trowbridge Town Hall on Sat­urday 23rd December for two daytime performances. This playful and inventive version of the story brings to life the charming tale of an unlikely hero. A mixture of puppetry, live music and storytelling explores the tale of a snowy…

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Strictly Southampton pantomime

THE most controversial judge on Strictly Come Dancing, Craig Revel Horwood, will be starring at the Wicked Queen in the Southampton Mayflower production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, on stage from 15th December to 7th January. Craig, a judge on all 13 series of SCD, returned to his roots as a performer in…

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Greatest rock ‘n’ roll

GET ready for the Christmas party spirit with Showaddywaddy at Poole’s Lighthouse on Friday 15th December. For four decades, fans have called them “The Greatest Rock and Roll Band In The World”. It might be a bold statement but Showaddy­waddy has lived up to the hype. The band was formed in the 1970s in Leicester,…

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Ferocious Christmas collection

FEROCIOUS Dog, the proudly political band whose shows always include a food drop for the local needy, comes to the Talking Heads at Southampton on Friday 15th December. The acoustic gig showcases their signature sound of folk with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. Lead singer Ken Bonsall was a miner for 30 years and ended…

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Musical Christmas and New Year with the BSO

THERE’S nothing silent about the nights when Bournemouth Sym­ph­ony Orchestra takes to the road in the Christmas and New Year season A always,  the musicians will be bringing cheer to thousands  around the region with the traditional concert series. It starts at Poole’s Lighthouse on Wednesday 13th December with  Handel’s Messiah. The traditional curtain-raiser features…

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