The Play’s the Thing

Mermaid singing at Bristol

LITTLE Angel brings its family show The Singing Mermaid to Bristol Old Vic from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February, and it’s specially suitable for children from three to eight years old. Julia Donaldson’s enormously pop­ular story The Singing Mer­maid is brought to live with  beautiful puppetry and performance. For more information, visit the website,…

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Once Upon a Princess

THE Dorset-based company OCD is opening its newest show, Once Upon a Princess, at the Regent Centre in Christchurch on Thurs­day 21st February. The show includes a parade of favourite fairytale princesses in a production that features a top pop hits and musical classics, with loads of audience interaction and fun for all ages. After…

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Artsreach tour for adventures in the Alps

ANGLO-Swiss children’s theatre company Fideri Fidera brings an award-winning show, Oskar’s Amazing Adventure, to Dorset for four performances on Monday 18th February and Tuesday 19th. Winner of the Primary Times’ Best Children’s Play award at Brighton Fringe in 2018, Oskar’s Amazing Adventure mixes humour, adventure, music and song, in an original show for young children…

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Princess and Hustler in Bristol

THE  world premiere of Eclipse Theatre’s production of Princess and the Hustler is on stage at the Weston Studio at Bristol Old Vic until 23rd Febru­ary. Set against the backdrop of one of the most pivotal moments of the Black British civil rights movement – the 1963 Bristol bus boycott, the production will then embark…

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Kit off at the Mayflower

THE stage version of The Full Monty has started the 2019 leg of its UK tour at Southampton Mayflower, where it is on stage until  Saturday 16th February. It stars Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Joe Gill, Kai Owen and James Redmond and is  directed by previous  cast member and Coronation Street actor Rupert…

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Chilling drama at Bridport and Bath

BOX Tale Soup theatre company brings its Edinburgh Fringe sell-out adaptation of The Turn of the Screw to Bridport Arts Centre on 23rd February. The company’s acclaimed production of Henry James’ disturbing story of horror and corruption, The Turn of the Screw, had its premiere at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it sold out at…

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Folk opera tells womens strike story

A NEW folk opera, drawing on traditional songs and ballads, tells the story of the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath who struck for better wages and conditions. Rouse, Ye Women comes to Dorchester on 20th February and Poole on 23rd. Written by Townsend Productions actor and singer Neil Gore and veteran folk musician John Kirkpatrick,…

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Naked wit at the Marine

QUENTIN Crisp, the flamboyant gay man credited with one of the funniest quotes ever about housework, is the subject of a one-man show, Naked Hope, coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Thursday 21st February. “Don’t lose your nerve,” he said (about not dusting), “after the first four years the dirt won’t get…

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Salty tales from Tall Tree

TALL Tree, a Wiltshire-based theatre company that stages shows for young children, comes to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Monday 18th February at 2.30pm, Salisbury on Tuesday 19th and Poole on 20th. It is Tall Tree’s Dorchester debut but the company is already popular with Artsreach audiences, and Lily and the Albatross should…

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Move over on the Broom!

JULIA Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Room on a Broom, ideal for children aged three and older and their families, comes to Southampton’s Nuffield Campus theatre from 19th to 24th February. This  Tall Stories show is a magical, musical stage adaptation of the popular picture book, promising a quintessential family treat with songs, laughs and scary…

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