The Arts Section

60-strong cast in Oz

STAGE 65 Youth Theatre will be back at Salisbury Play­house from Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th August, in a new production of the ever popular Wizard of Oz. A cast of 60 is busily rehearsing for the show, which also (of course) includes a real dog in the vital role of Toto. The production also…

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Rising Damp, Wimborne Rep at the Tivoli

RISING Damp, the ITV series broadcast in the mid 1970s, has been judged as one of the greatest television comedies of all time. It started as a play by Eric Chappell, who then adapted it for television, starring Leon­ard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale and Don Warrington. Only Beck­in­sale was not in the…

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Behind the high Cs

IN 1990, opera changed forever when tenors Luciano Pav­arotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carerras joined together for a concert celebrating football. Wrenched from the exclusive domain of the wealthy elite, the soaring sounds reached mass appeal. More than 1.4 billion people watched the televised concert from Baths of Caracalla in Rome, on the eve of…

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Kendall in dark comedy at Bath

FELICITY Kendall is back in Bath for the third main house play of the summer season, William Boyd’s The Argu­ment. Running from Wednesday 7th to Saturday 24th August, the darkly funny play, first produced in 2016, is directed by Christopher Luscombe. It takes a blistering look at the complexities of human relationships and how arguments…

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Ballet Under The Stars, Covent Garden Dance Company, Hatch House

TEN years ago, Matt Brady put up a  marquee in a beautiful walled garden at Hatch House near Tisbury and invited audiences to come and see ballet in the open air. A three-course dinner was served as entr’actes to the main event. It was, by any stretch of the imagination, a brave thing to do….

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Dorset Opera Festival, Lucia di Lammermoor and Nab­uc­co at Bryanston

IF Macbeth is The Scottish Play, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor is THE Scottish Opera. So it was an interesting and logical idea for Christopher Cowell, directing the tragedy for Dorset Opera Festival to nod to the Shakespearean precedent, with three hags and a ghost. Not everyone approved – some critics have been disparaging of the innovation…

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Elmer’s patchwork adventure at Bridport

EVERYONE loves Elmer the elephant, with his cheerful personality and his patchwork colours. But what happens when he gets tired of being different? Find out in Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show at Bridport Arts Centre on Tuesday 6th August at 2pm. Selladoor Theatre’s show is adapted from the much-loved children’s book series by David McKee,…

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First summer open at Salisbury Arts Centre

THE first Summer Open at Salisbury Arts Centre, running to 7th September, features 90 pieces, in a wide range of media, by 70 different artists from Salisbury and the surrounding area. Wiltshire Creative resident artist and the exhibition’s curator Mirka Golden-Hann said: “This exhibition will celebrate creativity flourishing within our community by providing a platform…

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Dyrham Park paintings in close-up

SOME of the outstanding collection of paintings at the National Trust’s Dyrham Park are currently on show at very close quarters thanks to conservation work to re-vitalise the house. The work on the house, part of a £10 million project across the whole National Trust site, means that both staircases are currently undergoing vital repairs…

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