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Exciting future for Yeovil Octagon

YEOVIL’S Octagon Theatre, which has provided the launchpad for many professional careers in theatre, music and dance, as well as bringing a huge variety of performances to audiences across the region, will be enlarged and improved in a £23m expansion, approved in principle by South Somerset District Councillors. The scheme includes a new circle of…

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Tudor mayhem from Living Spit

THE West Country’s favourite comic duo, Living Spit, are coming to Dorset with one of their best-loved shows, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, at three venues and with a free online screening, from 15th to 18th October. Dorset’s rural touring arts charity Artsreach is delighted to be back with its first indoor theatre tour…

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Playhouse reopens with six week season 

SALISBURY Playhouse will re-open in October with a socially-distanced six-week season of theatre, dance, music and live screenings, running between 14th October and 21st November. To follow government guidelines for indoor performances and social distancing, the capacity of the main house will be reduced from 512 to 148, with audiences sitting in their household bubbles…

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Clive Anderson tour on hold

BROADCASTER, quizmaster and wit Clive Anderson, in the middle of his first solo tour, is hoping to reschedule with local dates  remaining at Bridport Electric Palace, the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater and Wiltshire Music Centre at Bradford-on-Avon. The show, Clive Anderson: Me, Macbeth and I, is described as “a one-man show guaranteed to be funnier…

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Ed Byrne postpones tour

ED Byrne has canceled his If I’m Honest tour until the end of July, and hopes dates can be rescheduled for the autumn and early next year The Irish comedian, who is one of the country’s most astute observational comics, takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any…

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Celebrating human movement at Salisbury

LEADING musicians, athletes, dancers and artists from around the world will gather in Salisbury for this year’s International Arts Festival, running from Friday 22nd May to Saturday 6th June. Performers will include Hofesh Shechter and his dance company, violinist Harriet Mackenzie, inspirational conductor Charles Hazlewood jazz star Jacqui Dankworth, Paralympian Ade Adepitan and world champion…

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Joe Pasquale stars in comedy classic

ONE of the all-time favourite sitcoms, Some Mothers Do ‘ave Em, comes to the stage at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th March, with a cast led by Joe Pasquale as the accident-prone Frank Spencer and Susie Blake as his constantly irritated mother-in-law. Sarah Earnshaw plays Frank’s long-suffering wife, watching helplessly…

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