The Arts Section

Miles Jupp leads David Tomlinson’s life

THE extraordinary life of actor and film star David Tomlinson comes to the stage at Bath Theatre Royal from 27th to 31st August. Miles Jupp, one of the UK’s best loved comedians,  brings his tour-de-force performance in The Life I Lead to Bath, immediately before its opening in the West End, and as part of…

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Night at the Abbey 2019

THE annual Night at the Abbey, with live music and  poetry against the backdrop of Glaston­bury Abbey Ruins illuminated, will be on Friday 30th August from 5pm. Five stages will host bands from all over the UK, including The Dead Freights, Hatful of Rain, The Strange Blue Dreams, Gavin Osborn, Mee­king, Uphill & Still, Dusk…

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Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival

PURBECK’s annual chamber music festival, this year from 28th August to 1st September, manages the difficult feat of being intimate in terms of venues and international in its scope, performers and programming. Under its artistic director Natalie Clein, the Dorset-born cellist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival…

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Austin Powers star at Lyme Regis Comedy Club

THE headline act at the August bank holiday edition of Lyme Regis Comedy Club may be small but her humour punches way above her height – catch the talented Tanyalee Davis at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on Sunday 25th August, from 8pm. Tanyalee has a unique perspective and racy brand of comedy. Her solo…

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New director for Bridport Arts Centre

BRIDPORT Arts Centre has emerged from a period of limbo with a new director, Mick Smith, who will take up the post in September. Mick has an interesting background with a jazz piano diploma, registration as a psychiatric nurse and wide business development and management experience. He has toured around the world as a musician…

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Open air cinema at Glastonbury Abbey

IT would be hard to imagine a more beautiful or atmospheric setting for open air cinema than the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, which hosts three days of favourite films from 23rd to 25th August. It is the abbey’s first open air film event, and the choice of big screen favourites should ensure that (weather permitting)…

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Tri-art goes Footloose at Merlin

THIS summer’s Tri-art summer school students are putting the final touches to Foot­loose the Mus­i­cal, on stage at the Merlin in Frome from Thurs­­day 22nd to Saturday 24th August. Based on the 1980s hit film, Footloose the musical sizzles with the same spirit of youth, rebellion and romance. The youth company Tri.art has put the…

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Arabian Nights at the egg

BATH Theatre Royal’s egg, the dedicated youth theatre space, hosts the fourth year of Summer Company productions from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August. This year the participating students will be performing The Tales from the Arabian Nights, the ultimate in story telling. The famous stories have been used as the bases for endless films,…

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Aftermath back in Wimborne

THE final part of a documentary trilogy by State of Play and commissioned by Priest’s House Museum has more performances in Wimborne on 12th September. Aftermath – in the wake of war, is about the impact of the Great War on people living in East Dorset. Based on letters, diaries, photographs and other research material,…

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Belcombe welcome for Iford Opera

IFORD Festival supporters are excitedly awaiting this year’s production of L’elisir d’amore, in the new setting of Belcombe Court at Bradford on Avon. On 31st August, 3rd, 6th and 7th September, the grounds of rarely-open house will welcome the audience in a specially-created geodesic dome, providing seating for an audience of up to 240, as…

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