The Arts Section

The Scarlet Pimpernel, the egg, Bath Theatre Royal

BARONESS Orczy’s thrilling tale of international espionage, The Scarlet Pimp­ernel, first published in 1905, is the inspiration for Chris­to­pher William Hill’s Christ­mas show at the egg in Bath. Kate Cross’s production, on until 13th Janu­ary, fills the stage with poodles, wigs and food as well as swashbuckling adventures. The moral complexities of the original children’s…

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Glad Rag Spectacular

CHRISTCHURCH Regent Centre welcomes back the Glad Rag Com­pany for Christmas Spectac­ular 2018, on stage from Wednes­day 19th to Monday 24th Decem­ber. This is the company’s seventh season at the theatre, where there will be six evening shows at 7pm, as well as 2pm matinees on Sat­urday, Sunday and Monday. This year’s show is once…

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Cinderella, Bristol Hippodrome

NEVER work with children, animals or Brian Conley – that’s how the pantomime adage ought to go. He’s playing Buttons in Bristol Hippodrome’s Cinderella, on until 6th January, by which time his fellow cast members may know what he’s about to do … but I doubt it. This is the most popular of all pantomime…

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Dick Whittington at Poole Lighthouse

THE story of the poor boy from (in this case) Poole who goes to London, where the streets are paved with gold, to make his fortune and fulfill his destiny is a pantomime perennial – with plenty of colourful characters, including the wicked King Rat. It is given a bright and family-friendly sparkle at this…

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Mummers bring Christmas past to Shire Hall

SPIRITS of Dorset’s Christmases past will be brought to life in Shire Hall court room in Dorchester on Thursday 13th December, in an evening of entertainment and song to raise money for Dorset Mind in West Dorset. The New Hardy Players and Dorset band Tatterdemalion will perform plays based on court cases and historical events….

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Alan Hayden at the Regent

LANDSCAPE artist Alan Hayden is back at the Regent Centre gallery in Christchurch for another exhibition of his evocative local scenes in oils, watercolours and other media, on view to 28th December. With an emphasis on Christchurch Harbour and the Avon Valley, the exhibition provides a visual panorama of local landmarks between Ringwood and Hengistbury…

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Walking in the air at Poole

BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Or­ch­estra  and Poole’s Lighthouse have got together this Christmas to bring The Snowman and Little Red Riding Hood to their audiences on Sunday 16th December, at 3 and 7pm. Join the Snowman and James will be taking their magical journey through the winter sky in a special showing of the festive classic The…

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Your Toys in the Slot Machine

SLOT Machine Theatre takes all your favourite toys on a combined adventure in Your Toys, on at the Sherling Studio at Poole’s Light­house from Wednesday 12th to Monday 24th December. The company’s puppetry skills bring Buzz Lightyear, Barbie, the blue Brontosaurus and more to life in a heart-warming story about friends pulling together. Full of…

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