The Play’s the Thing

Miles Jupp leads David Tomlinson’s life

THE extraordinary life of actor and film star David Tomlinson comes to the stage at Bath Theatre Royal from 27th to 31st August. Miles Jupp, one of the UK’s best loved comedians,  brings his tour-de-force performance in The Life I Lead to Bath, immediately before its opening in the West End, and as part of…

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Belcombe welcome for Iford Opera

IFORD Festival supporters are excitedly awaiting this year’s production of L’elisir d’amore, in the new setting of Belcombe Court at Bradford on Avon. On 31st August, 3rd, 6th and 7th September, the grounds of rarely-open house will welcome the audience in a specially-created geodesic dome, providing seating for an audience of up to 240, as…

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Messing about at The Wardrobe

QUANTUM Theatre brings a colourful new production of The Wind in the Willows to The Wardrobe in Salisbury Cathedral Close on Saturday 24th August at the early time of 4.30pm. The company, which specialises in adapting classic and favourite stories, is known for its entertaining style and original music. Expect all the favourite characters, Mole,…

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Round Table at Maumbury Rings

THE Legend of King Arthur comes to Maumbury Rings in Dorchester on Sunday 18th August, in the new touring production by Boxtree. It’s the ideal outdoor adventure for all the family,  the classic tale of the sword in the stone, the knights of the round table, a wizard who lives life backwards and the bravery…

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Moby Dick in Bristol Docks

BRISTOL’S Tobacco Factory Theatres have a full prog­ramme for the summer in the two air-conditioned performance spaces in Southville – and on the SS Great Britain. Darkstuff Productions will stage Moby Dick  in an immersive promenade performance on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain, from Sunday 18th to Monday 26th August. Fans of improvised comedy will…

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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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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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Modern Measure for Measure from RSC on screen

THE latest production of Shakeaspeare’s Measure for Measure, directed by Gregory Doran, will be beamed around the world by satellite on Wednesday 31st July. The story is astonishingly resonant today. A corrupt official visits a young and frightened novice nun, offering to save her beloved brother from execution in return for sexual favours. She has…

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Sir Ian McKellen at Lyme Regis

THEATRE legend and Lord of the Rings’ Gandalf, Sir Ian McKellen brought his 80th birthday one-man stage show to Lyme Regis’s Marine Theatre as part of a series of events to celebrate the venue’s 125th anniversary. In glorious sunshine, members of the community shared the memorable evening alongside guests such as Sir Tom Stoppard and…

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New Dorset play off to Edinburgh

A NEW play by a young Dorset writer is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe following a successful sold-out premiere at Dorchester Corn Exchange, hosted by Dorchester Arts. Not only was the play very well received, but the £800 raised through ticket sales will go towards funding the two-week run at Surgeons Hall n Edinburgh, from…

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