Make ’em Laugh

Virgin on the ridiculous

WE can’t get enough of the Tudors, can we? If you have been seduced by improbably glamorous casting for the appalling Henry VIII and endless costume dramas wafting through Montacute House and gardens, you are probably ready for the next reincarnation – Living Spit do Elizabeth I, ending its tour at The Theatre Shop at…

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Lashings of puns

MENTION Enid Blyton and you immediately think of the Famous Five and the other adventurous young characters of her children’s books, usually enjoying picnics, with lashings of ginger beer. Now a group of comedians has created an Enid Blyton for grown-ups show, with lashings of puns – coming to Yeovil Octagon Theatre on Saturday 14th May….

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Invitation to the Bath party

BATH’S biggest free party is back, with the free opening celebrations of this year’s Bath Festival, on Friday 13th May from 5pm. After two years’ Covid-enforced absence, the festival organisers are delighted to invite the crowds back for a massive colourful party, taking over venues across the city. Whatever your taste in music, whether it…

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Impressionist at the piano

MULTI-talented impressionist Alistair McGowan  comes to Poole’s Lighthouse Arts Centre on Thursday 5th May with The Piano Show, showcasing his new-found skills as a concert pianist as well as the comedy impressions for which he is best known. The show features music spanning the history of the piano, from the 17th century world of Bach…

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Dom Joly takes holiday snaps in Lyme Regis

COMEDIAN and world traveller Dom Joly is back on home ground, undertaking his first UK since 2011, and coming to the Marine in Lyme Regis on Friday 29th April. With more than 50 dates across the country, the new show will see Dom talk about his overseas exploits, serial globe-trotting and some of the most…

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New outdoor shows for Artsreach

THE summer 2022 programme for Artsreach, Dorset’s rural touring charity, brings some new names to the local outdoor theatre scene, including the hilarious Three Inch Fools, who delighted audiences at Stourhead last year, and open air circus company Brainfools. The summer programme, running from May to August features 11 productions visiting 14 communities, offering from…

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Not dancing but healing

COMEDIAN Andy Parsons is back on the comedy treadmill, and he’s still “Healing the Nation’ – coming to the Electric Palace at Bridport on Friday 22nd April. Andy was in the middle of a UK tour when theatres had to close due to lockdown – the tour was called Healing The Nation – so that…

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Barry Humphries takes off the mask

BARRY Humphries, writer, actor, comic and creator of Dame Edna Everage and the legendary Australian cultural attache Sir Les Paterson, is on a national tour, bringing The Man Behind the Mask to Bournemouth Pavilion on Wednesday 25th and Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre on Saturday 28th May. Australia’s best-loved and funniest entertainer will take audiences on a…

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Precipitous fun with impro chums

PAUL Merton, the quick-witted star of Have I Got News For You and Just A Minute, Comedy Store founder member and regular, connoisseur of slapstick comedy and silent film, and improviser-in-chief, is back on tour with his Impro Chums, with local dates starting on Sunday 24th April at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre. The tour, covering the…

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Sci-fi horror with strings

FORGET everything you think you know about string quartets – if you expect evening dress and refined musical austerity, you haven’t met Bowjangles, four brilliant musicians who sing, dance and are very funny. Catch them at Dorchester Corn Exchange on 8th April with their show, Dracula in Space. Bowjangles is an irreverent, anarchic group who…

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