Arts news

Open day at Shaftesbury Arts Centre

LEARN more about what happens at Shaftesbury Arts Centre on stage and behind the scenes at an open day on Saturday 10th June, from 10.30am to 4pm. There is a full programme of activities on the stage, including music and songs, readings and sketches by the Wonderland group of writers and poets and a sneak…

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Women-only audience for BOV’s Medea

BRISTOL Old Vic will host an all-female audience for its powerful and politically charged re-imagined Medea, at the historic theatre on Friday 26th May. Responding directly to the reaction from audiences through the preview period and press night, this unique evening will also include a panel discussion looking at the issues raised – what it…

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Salisbury arts merger goes ahead – but no festival in 2018

THE proposed merger between Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Arts Centre is going ahead, and the complex legal and financial arrangements will mean that there will not be a festival in 2018. A statement has been issued by Tim Croall, head of communications at the Playhouse, on behalf of the trustees of…

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Hot tickets for theatre goers

TWO of the hottest theatrical tickets of the autumn season have their previews in Bath in September. Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal rekindle their Love Story relationship in A R Gurney’s Love Letters, on stage at the Theatre Royal from 11th to 16th September. And the preceding week brings Sian Phillips and Derek Griffiths to…

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Lemper takes Berlin to the world

THE great Ute Lemper embarks on a world tour this spring, and makes two stops in our region, in September and October. Her “Last Tango in Berlin, the Best of Ute” will be performed at the Turner Sims in Southampton on Saturday 16th September, and again at St George’s in Bristol on  Thursday 19th October,…

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Pavilion Dance looks into the future

PAVILION Dance South West is organising an event  on Saturday 22nd April to explore the influence of new technology on dance and discuss what dance could be for the 21st century. New Tech: New Movement: New Future highlights the growing interest in creative technology, entrepreneurship and collaboration inspiring the future of dance. The South West…

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Lighthouse partnership with local schools

EIGHT schools have been selected to become official partner schools in a new programme, launched this month, with Poole’s Lighthouse Centre for the Arts. As part of the partnership, each school is committed to bringing students to see live performance at the arts centre, and to becoming champions for the arts within their communities. The…

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Bennett play is double winner for Studio Theatre

SALISBURY’s Studio Theatre’s had a double success with the entries for the one-act play festivals at Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton and the Woolstore Country Theatre in Codford. An Englishman Abroad by Alan Bennett – inspired by the real-life meeting in Moscow between actress Colar Browne and exiled spy Guy Burgess – was the…

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Mel meets French and Sunders

COMEDY legends Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are joining up for an evening in Bristol on Thursday 22nd June. They visit the at the Colston Hall for the Aardman Slapstick Awards, and will be talking about their careers and their inspirations when they receive the Comedy Legend award, marking the 30th anniversary of the start…

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