The Play’s the Thing

Bristol Ferment turns ten

THE eagerly-awaited Ferm­ent Fortnight, from Monday 27th January to Sunday 9th February, is celebrating a decade of work-in-progress by artists and companies from across the South West. The bi-annual Ferment festival Ferment will be based in the Weston Studio at Bristol Old Vic, and will showcase some of the finest innovators and theatre-makers from the…

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Mark Bruce Returns to Heaven at the Merlin

FROME’S Merlin Theatre once again welcomes the exciting  Mark Bruce dance theatre company for the first performances of its new touring work, Return to Heaven. The multi-award winning Frome-based company will be at the Merlin from Thurs­day 30th January to Saturday 1st February, before a tour that includes stops at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol…

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Dameing it from Poole to Bath

PETER Duncan, fresh from his first performance as a pantomime dame, at Poole  in the 2019-20 show, comes to the Ustinov Studio at Bath Theatre Royal on Friday 24th January to play a music hall legend with a dark past. The Dame, written by his daughter Katie Duncan and directed by Ian Talbot of Regents…

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Shout out for diversity

THE latest tour of the stage musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is at Plymouth Theatre Royal until Saturday 25th January, starring actor and Strictly Come Dan­cing winner Joe McFadden. Based on the Oscar-winning film, it’s the hilarious adventure of drag queens who hop aboard a battered old bus (Priscilla)  bound for Alice Springs to…

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Trusty super-fan on the road

HELEN Wood loves the National Trust – you might even say she is obsessed. Follow the writer-performer on her one-woman, whirlwind tour of the Trust’s properties and outdoor spaces to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Wednesday 29th January. The National Trust Fan Club, by Seabright Productions, is on tour after a successful run…

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Book of Mormon Bristol

THE multi-award winning Book of Mormon is on stage at Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday 22nd February, and after the initial booking rush there are good and plentiful tickets available on most dates in February. Created by the team that brought you South Park, it’s an irreverent satire on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day…

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Welcome return to Plymouth for RSC

BACK in 1997 and 98, the Royal Shakespeare Company added Plymouth to its touring schedule, balancing geographically with its regular stop at Newcastle on Tyne. Now in 2020 the Stratford-based company brings three favourite plays to the Devon city from Wednesday 12th to Saturday 22nd February. The plays are As You Like It, The Taming…

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Tracie Bennet in Mame at Salisbury

MUSICAL star Tracie Bennett, one of the stars of the National Theatre’s brilliant Follies, plays the title role in Mame, the 1960s musical which comes to Salisbury Playhouse from 21st to 25th January. Her co-star is Harriet Thorpe, as Vera, in this first professional UK revival of the Broadway hit show. Harriet is well known…

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Fe Fi Fo Fum at the Regent

HIGHCLIFFE Charity Play­­ers have returned to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk after 15 years for the 2020 panto, on stage at the Reg­ent in Christchurch from Sat­ur­day 18th to Satur­day 25th Janu­ary. When Jack is duped into selling his beloved family cow for a bag of “magic” beans, his mother, the outrageous Dame…

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Fairy tale mayhem from Gonzo Moose

GONZO Moose put the fun into the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm with their new show, Once Upon a Time, which comes to Broadmayne and Stalbridge on 31st January and 1st February. Following the success of their previous tour, The Thing that Came from Over There, the comedy physical theatre company are back with…

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