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The Spiegeltent is back for Christmas

CHRISTMAS and the Spiegeltent have become synonymous at Bristol since Steve Meadows first launched the venue at Bristol Harbourside’s Waterfront Square in 2012. This year the Spiegeltent’s programme of cabaret, jazz and festive fun runs to 23rd December. The Spiegeltent is a recreation of a mirrored colourful circus-style marquee from the turn of the 19th…

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Joanna Lumley at the Hippodrome

JOANNA Lumley is setting out on her first ever solo tour, and stopping at Bristol Hippodrome on Thursday 18th October 2018. It’s All About Me is the title of the 30-date tour that starts in Belfast. Joanna will take audiences on a journey through hilarious and interesting adventures from a career spanning more than four…

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Edinburgh double bill at the Marine

BEST-selling Edinburgh Fringe star Naz Osmanoglu and musical comedy duo Flo and Joan come to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis in a double bill, on 8th December at 8pm. Naz is an angry fast-talking comedian with a really unusual background: he is British but also a member of the Imperial House of Osman, former…

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Adult + pantomime = Tivoli

SINBAD the Seaman, described as an “adult pantomime” comes to the Tivoli in Wimborne on Thursday 23rd November at 7.30. Suitable for audiences aged 16 and older, the show follows Market Theatre Company’s 2016 tour of Puss and Dick. It brings to life the story of Sinbad the Sailor and his epic adventures across the…

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Variety is back and it’s Slightly Fat!

IF you thought variety was old hat, prepare to be surprised and vastly entertained when Slightly Fat Features bring their Slightly Fat Show to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Saturday 25th November at 8pm. Slightly Fat Features are a rabble rousing troupe of seven extraordinarily talented gentlemen who proudly pioneer variety, giving this…

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Mud, mud … glorious fun

THE timeless wit and charm of Flanders and Swann is re-created by Purbeck’s own tribute duo, Ball and Socket, at a fund-raising event organised by Wareham & District Development Trust at Wareham parish hall on the quay on Wednesday 22nd November at 7.30pm. The audience is promised an evening of local and topical relevance by…

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Spoiler alert! It’s Ed Byrne!

ED Byrne is back on the road for a nine-month tour, with dates including Swindon’s Wyvern theatre on Thursday 23rd November, and criss-crossing the UK until June 2018. After a total sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run with the new show, called Spoiler Alert, this is his biggest ever tour. In the show, Ed explores the thin…

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Dan Thomas at Against the Grain Comedy Club

DAN Thomas comes to Frome’s Against the Grain Comedy Club at the Cheese and Grain on Friday 17th November. MC Ben Thurston and Graeme Barry, manager of the Grain Cafe Bar, book the best acts they can find. They say: “We don’t book anyone we haven’t seen, we don’t book anyone just because they’re available We…

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Mark Thomas is taking a gamble

MARK Thomas is a natural risk taker, so calling his new tour “A Show That Gambles on the Future” is bang on the nail – check out the further adventures of  the man who walked the length of the Israeli separation barrier when he comes to Bristol’s Hen and Chicken on 3rd November and the arts centre…

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Simon Amstell at the Colston Hall

MULTI-talented comedian, writer and broadcaster Simon Amstell comes to Bristol’s Colston Hall on Friday 10th November with his new show, What is this? The show, his fifth solo stand-up tour, is described as  “a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love.” As well as his tours, Simon Amstell is a familiar…

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