The Play’s the Thing

Mummers bring Christmas past to Shire Hall

SPIRITS of Dorset’s Christmases past will be brought to life in Shire Hall court room in Dorchester on Thursday 13th December, in an evening of entertainment and song to raise money for Dorset Mind in West Dorset. The New Hardy Players and Dorset band Tatterdemalion will perform plays based on court cases and historical events….

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Your Toys in the Slot Machine

SLOT Machine Theatre takes all your favourite toys on a combined adventure in Your Toys, on at the Sherling Studio at Poole’s Light­house from Wednesday 12th to Monday 24th December. The company’s puppetry skills bring Buzz Lightyear, Barbie, the blue Brontosaurus and more to life in a heart-warming story about friends pulling together. Full of…

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The magic of The Little Match Girl

CHRISTMAS Eve in London. Cold. A little girl struggles through the snow. Trying to stay warm, she strikes a match. The flame blazes to life, illuminating fantastic Christmas visions. So starts The Last Baguette’s magical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter story, which continues its tour on Saturday 15th at Corfe Castle village hall…

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La Traviata from the MET

VERDI’S heart-wrenching opera La Traviata makes a change from Christmas carols and pop songs, and will be beamed live by satellite from the Metropolitan Opera in New York around the world on Saturday 15th December at 5.55. The MET’s new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, launches his tenure conducting Verdi’s timeless tragedy. Diana Damrau sings Violetta…

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Living Spit tell another tall Christmas tale

LIVING Spit, the Bristol-based comedy acting duo Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin, follow up their uniquely batty retelling of “the greatest Christmas story ever told” with what they cheekily suggest is the “second greatest … etc” You can catch them in Dorset from 7th December. They will be performing their hilarious, silly and tongue-in-cheek version…

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Back by popular demand

FIRST seen two years ago, Gareth Machin and Glyn Kerslake’s adapation of The Night Before Christ­mas returns to the Salberg Studio at Salisbury Play­house from 10th to 30th Decem­ber. This delightful musical version of the famous story is magically staged. Adrian Grove returns as Father (the role he created in 2016) and is joined for…

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Shakespearean passion live by satellite

THE award-winning National Theatre production of Antony and Cleopatra, starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, will be beamed live by satellite around the country on Thursday 6th Decem­ber. Julius Caesar and his assassins are dead. Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome, Octavian and Lepidus. He has left his wife at home…

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Tall tale, Lost Tail

A NEW Dorset theatre company that has already wowed audiences in Edinburgh, comes to Dorchester Arts at the atmospheric Wolfeton Riding House on Friday 21st at 7pm and Saturday 22nd at 4pm. Lost Lore, performed by Lost Tail Theatre, uses breath-taking sound design and enchanting animation, to transport the audience to a world of witches,…

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