The Play’s the Thing

Bath Theatre Royal’s adventure in the woods

A STELLAR cast directed by one of the world’s most controversial directors brings Stephen Sondheim’s magical reworking of traditional European fairy tales to Bath for the most spectacular production ever staged at the Theatre Royal, from Wednesday 17th August to Saturday 10th September Into The Woods, with music by Sondheim and book by James Lapine,…

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The pigeon’s revenge

LITTON Cheney and Stalbridge village halls are both hosting open-air performances of a circus-style entertainment, Lucky Pigeons, by Brainfools, on Saturday 13th August at 6pm and Sunday 14th at 2pm. A young businessman struggles with the demands of city life and, after losing his job, takes his frustrations out on a group of pigeons. Karma…

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Re-inventing two ancient myths for the 21st century

DEBORAH Warner continues her exciting inaugural season as artistic director of Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio with a double bill of two Greek myths reinvented for our times, from Friday 12th August to Tuesday 23rd. The works are Benjamin Britten’s Phaedra featuring the mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, and the world premiere of choreographer Kim Brandstrup’s Minotaur….

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A modern American classic

JITNEY, a ground-breaking play by the African American dramatist August Wilson, comes to Bath’s Theatre Royal,  from Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th July, direct from its acclaimed London premiere at the Old Vic. Directed by Tinuke Craig, Jitney explores the fragile bond between eight men as they live and work in a racially segregated, post-Vietnam…

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Magic and realism with Dorset Opera

DORSET Opera Festival returns to the Coade Hall at Bryanston from 25th to 30th July with two great operas – Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute). It’s an interesting and contrasting choice, musically and dramatically – an operatic version of the 1731 novel, Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon…

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Songs for survivors

IT feels as if we are living through apocalyptic times, so what better entertainment than Armageddon Attenborough, at the Beehive centre, Honiton, on Friday 15th July when Bumnote – Chris White and Hal Kelly – perform their lo-fi comedy musical about the apocalypse, people, and what it means to survive. You are promised a story…

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Back to the barricade

THE world’s best-loved musical, Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables, is back at Bristol Hippodrome until 6th August, in a spectacular new production with Dean Chisnall as Jean Valjean and Nic Greenshield as his nemesis, Inspector Javert. The musical is based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel of the grim life of the poor in mid-19th century…

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Cooking up a storm

ARTSREACH brings an inventive open air cookery show for children and families to Alderholt on Thursday 28th July and Broadmayne on Friday 29th. You are invited to join in the fun with Rufus Skumskins O’Parsleys’ kitchen crew or bring a pot to bang and ward off evil cakes as LAStheatre sets the stage on fire…

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