Let’s Dance

Domestic rituals and nostalgic melodies

PAVILION Dance South West brings Ieva Kuniskis’s new work They Live Next Door  to Bourne­mouth on Thursday 18th October. Set against a background of dom­es­tic rituals and nostalgic mel­odies, the piece takes its audience on an emotional rollercoaster as a relationship between two men unravels. The turbulent, touching and tender story combines intricate choreography with…

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Hip hop Dickens at Plymouth

THE Avant Garde Dance Comp­any and The Place bring their production of Fagin’s Twist to Plymouth Barbican on 18th and 19th October They will perform Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist in contemporary hip hop style, shining new light on the familiar story. Tony Adigun’s company will flip your expectations of five familiar characters in the show,…

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Austro-Hungarian splendour by satellite

THE dramatic ballet Mayerling will be broadcast by satellite from the Royal Ballet around the country on Monday 15th October, at 7.15pm. Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer. Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex…

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BRB returns to Devon

BIRMINGHAM Royal Ballet returns to Plymouth Theatre Royal,  from 9th to 13th October with  the funny and tender La Fille mal gardée and Fire and Fury. The charming ballet was an instant hit when it was created by Fred­erick Ashton for the Royal Ballet in 1960. Inspired by his love of the English countryside, the…

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Artsreach autumn season

FROM passionate Balkan fiddle playing to poignant puppetry,  the autumn season of Artsreach, Dorset’s rural arts touring charity has more than 70 performances by 28 companies and individual performances in village halls from Cranborne to Wootton Fitzpaine. The Artsreach team is committed to connecting rural communities with a wide range of innovative, exciting and excellent…

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Tutus and testosterone to open refurbished Mayflower

THE all-male comedy company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo open the refurbished Mayflower Theatre in Southampton on Friday and Saturday 28th and 29th September, on their first UK tour since 2015. For more than 40 years, The Trocks, based in New York City, have been delighting audiences of all ages with their fabulous sense…

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Strode autumn season has it all

GARDENING, eating, laughing – entertaining  – Strode Theatre’s autumn season has it all. The theatre is celebrating 55 years of serving the communities of Street, Glastonbury and Mendip district, and the programme is packed with comedy, drama, music, films, exhibitions and event cinema. Big names coming to Street include Carol Klein of Gardeners’ World’s and…

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Ghost Dances, Nightingales and Awful Auntie – autumn at Bath

BATH Theatre Royal has enjoyed one of its most critically acclaimed summer seasons and the autumn is similarly full of delights, from UK premieres of French and American plays to the return of two favourite performers in the pantomime. The summer ends with Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins in Florian Zeller’s The Height of the Storm,…

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All the world’s a stage at Poole

POOLE’s Lighthouse centre for the arts is renowned for the breadth and diversity of its programming, a commitment to provide arts and entertainment for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. The autumn programme ranges from broad comedy to high drama, Joan Armatrading to Love Actually in concert, dinosaurs to Dick Whittington. Highlights of the…

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