The Play’s the Thing

NODA nominated Pirates performed at Martock

THE Guardians of Martock Church have invited the members of Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society to sing their highly-praised version of The Pirates of Penzance in the beautiful church on Saturday 29th June from 7.30pm. The full production has been nominated for the Best Gilbert and Sullivan show in the NODA awards. The concert performance…

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Sidmouth rep season returns

BEAUTIFUL Sidmouth, one of Devon’s most attractive and historic seaside towns, has a special theatrical claim to fame as the home of what is believed to be the country’s only surviving traditional summer repertory season. The Manor Pavilion Theatre’s summer programme, produced by Paul Taylor-Mills, runs for 12 weeks, beginning on Thursday 20th June with…

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Tiger Lillies back in the south west

THE Tiger Lillies, hailed as the Godfathers of alternative cabaret, come to the end of the seven-venue British leg of their European tour with performances at Taunton Brew­house and Bath Komedia on Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd June. Martyn Jacques founded the Tiger Lillies in 1989, and the trio’s current line up is multi-instrumentalist…

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Nicholas Nickleby with BOVTS graduating students

GRADUATING students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School have this year chosen the RSC’s legendary 1980 David Edgar adaptation of Charles Dickens’ masterpiece Nicholas Nickleby,  for performances between 14th and 22nd June at Bristol Old Vic. The book is dramatised in two parts, running in total for seven and half hours, with three chances to…

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Attention maggots at the Mayflower

MATILDA the Musical opens at Southampton Mayflower on 11th June, running to 6th July. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award winning musical, inspired by  Roald Dahl’s much-loved book, was written by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The director is Matthew Warchus. Pictured is Freya Scott, one of the your young actresses who…

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Bath’s starry summer season under way

BATH Theatre Royal and its adjoining Ustinov Studio have a mouth-watering summer season in store,  opening with Janie Dee in a new modern version of Uncle Vanya, and continuing with Jen­nifer Saunders in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, directed by Richard Eyre. Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, on at the Ustinov Studio…

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Glad Rag’s D Day anniversary show

GLAD Rag Productions are bringing their Keep Smiling Through commemorative show for the 75th anniversary of the D-day landings to a close at Christchurch Regent Centre on Saturday 8th June. Featuring vintage vocal harmony  from The Bluestockings trio, the cast transports the audience back to the 1940s, performing wartime favourites such as Boogie Woogie Bugle…

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It’s the Living Spit Living Quiz!

FAVOURITE improvisers and comic actors Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin, aka Living Spit, return to Bristol on 26th June with their own unique take on that pub favourite, the pub quiz. Living Quiz is at The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol on 26th June and from 15th to 18th July,  at the Tropicana at Weston super…

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Chekhovian ennui and 21st century issues

BATH’s Ustinov Studio audiences will be taking a new look at Chekhov when Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike takes to the stage on 6th June for a month-long run. Directed by Walter Bobbie, best known as the original director of Chicago, the Christopher Durang play stars Janie Dee, Mark Hadfield and Rebecca Lacey….

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