The Play’s the Thing

Being Dylan Thomas

RHODRI Miles comes to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Thursday 1st March and Shillingstone’s Portman Hall on 11th March, giving a solo performance in Dylan Thomas: Clown In The Moon, a portrait of the great Welsh poet, drawing on his writings and broadcasts. Clown In The Moon, taking its title from a poem…

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The lure of the right wing

WINTER Solstice, coming to the Ustinov Studio in Bath from 28th February to 3rd March, explores the lure of the right wing. It’s Christmas Eve and Bettina and Albert aren’t happy. Bettina’s mother is coming to stay for the holidays, which is awkward, not least because she has met an apparently kindly old man on…

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Marlow’s Faustus on tour

TANGLE,  the African Caribbean theatre company based in South West England, is touring a new pro­duction of Christopher Mar­lowe’s Doctor Faustus, stopping at six venues in our region before its London season. It features South African inspired music and song, and is interwoven with rousing performances from a trio of actors including Joshua Liberd, who…

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Cucumber sandwiches at Bath

OSCAR Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest comes to Bath Theatre Royal from  Tuesday 27th February to Satur­day 3rd March, with a cast led by Gwen Taylor as the redoubtable Lady Bracknell and Susan Penhal­igon as Miss Prism. Full of Edwardian elegance, Wildean bon mots and familiar phrases, it’s the story of an…

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Chekhov in the round at BOV

WHEN the new production opens at Bristol Old Vic on Thursday 1st March, the historic theatre will be re-configured for in-the-round performances of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Newly translated by Rory Mull­ar­key and directed by former RSC artistic director Michael Boyd, this mournful comedy reels from farce to heartbreak as it maps an insecure world…

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ART back on tour

YASMINA Reza’s play ART,  often hailed as the most popular play in the world, is touring again, and comes to Plymouth Theatre Royal Lyric from 25th February to  3rd March, and to Bath Theatre Royal later in the year from 7th to 12th May. The play, a three hander which discusses friendship and art, is…

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Popping up operatically

SHAFTESBURY Arts Centre welcomes Pop-up Opera at the Bell Street theatre on Saturday 3rd March, in the touring production of Hansel and Gretel. Humperdinck’s version of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy story is en­chanting and frightening in equal measure. Even if you don’t think you are an opera fan, Pop-up presents opera for those who…

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Ancient Welsh legend resonates today

THE ancient Welsh legends in The Mabinogion provide the inspiration for the adventurous music and storytelling group Adverse Camber, who bring Dreaming the Night Field to Dorset on 2nd and 3rd March. English and Welsh are artfully woven together to bring ancient voices and living landscapes to life in this exhilarating new performance which transports…

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