The Play’s the Thing

Nell Gwynn’s London in Bath

BATH Theatre Royal is one of nine UK venues to present the Globe/English Touring Theatre production of Jessica Swale’s new play Nell Gwynn,  on stage from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th April. The Olivier Award-winning comedy will then return to Shakespeare’s Globe Laura Pitt-Pulford  takes the title role in a 16-strong cast that includes Michael…

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Before The Party casting for Salisbury Playhouse

CASTING  has been announced for Salisbury Playhouse’s new production of Rodney Ackland’s Before the Party, adapted from a Somerset Maugham short story satirising upple middle class life after the Second World War, on stage from Thursday 4th to Saturday 27th May. The cast is led by Philip Bretherton, best known for his role in As…

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Comedy and trampolining at Portesham

MAX Calaf Seve literally jumps for joy in Anyday, a surreal, comic and delightful show from this Spanish circus and physical theatre artist, who is coming to Portesham village hall on Saturday 29th April at 7pm for one date with Artsreach. Anyday is a circus show like no other. It’s the charming tale of Max…

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Curtain-raiser for Bridport’s Flea

BRIDPORT’s Electric Palace will be the venue for the town’s first community opera, Ukulele Opera FLEA in May, but before that there is a curtain-raiser event on Friday 28th April. A Flea in your Ear, at 7pm, will include a flea circus, a talk on fleas by an expert and a film to whet the…

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Dramatic race on wheels

VENTOUX, the play that restages a dramatic Tour de France race between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, will be enacted at the Salberg Studio at Salisbury Playhouse four times, from Thurs­day 27th to Saturday 29th April. In 2000, two giants of cycling climbed Mont Ventoux in a battle to win stage 12 of the Tour…

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Where is the bride?

IT’s June’s big day. Time to crack out the bubbly, put on your best hat and take grandma’s pearls out of their case for a proper wedding – and the venue is St Mary’s Church at Winterborne Stickland on Sunday 30th April at 3.30pm. The father of the bride is very happy, the groom is…

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Masters of chaos canter into Poole

FINLAND’s Race Horse Company brings its particular blend of chaos, humour and surprise in a thrilling circus extravaganza to Poole’s Lighthouse Arts Centre on 25th and 26th April. Super Sunday is a high-octane spectacular staged within a surreal derelict funfair where six male performers play out increasingly risky rites of passage in a wild whirlwind…

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Topical classic opera

SWANSEA City Opera returns to Yeovil Octagon on Thursday 20th April with a performance of Delibes’ Lakme – the opera best known for its Flower Duet. The opera will be sung in English, and accompanied by chamber orchestra. The director is Brendan Wheatley. The company is setting the production in India during the Raj of…

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Always tea time in Wonderland

THE musical version of Alice’s Ad­ventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is on a UK tour, stopping at four venues in the south and west in spring and summer. The musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic books comes to the Mayflower in Southampton from 18th to 22nd April, Bristol Hippodrome from 8th to…

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Letting the music and the drama speak

CONCERT Theatre, which is setting off on a UK tour with The Tenant, aims to challenge the presentation of live classical music. The tour starts in the company’s home city of Bristol,  and also visits Salis­bury and Bath. Audiences will see an adapation of Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, with app­ro­priate music by…

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