The Play’s the Thing

Solo Christmas Carol

THERE  is an alternative one-man version of the best-loved Christmas show from Dave Mynne, on a short Artsreach tour, from 13th to 15th December. Multi-talented Dave, a familiar face from Kneehigh Theatre productions, brings his Christmas Carol to Sixpenny Handley Village Hall on Friday 13th December, Shipton Gorge on Saturday 14th and Shillingstone on Sunday…

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Mirror polished at the Octagon

ALL ready for  five weeks of fun and laughter, the Octagon company in Yeovil has made sure the mirror is polished and the apple is nice and red and juicy. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, on until Sunday 5th January, stars Lizzie Frances,  Thom Ford,  Jack Glanville, and Gordon Cooper. For more details, telephone …

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Intense thriller at Poole Lighthouse

NJ CRISP’S play Dangerous Obsession is at Poole until Wednesday  4th December, as part of a UK tour. Angela Browne Ltd is organising the tour, direct from the Nottingham Theatre Royal’s Classic Thriller season. On a sunny afternoon, Sally Driscoll waters the plants in the conservatory of her luxurious home. It’s a peaceful scene … until John Barrett…

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Letting her hair down, to music

THE Christmas show at Bath Theatre Royal’s egg is a musical version of the classic fairytale Rapunzel, on stage from Friday 6th December to Sunday 12th January. Written by Annie Siddons, this modern musical adaptation starts when  an orphaned baby is rescued by an eccentric herbalist. She raises the child as her own, but her…

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Village politics at Bath

ALAN Ayckbourn’s comedy Ten Times Table is on a UK tour, and comes to Bath Theatre Royal from 2nd to 7th Decem­ber. This  hil­arious play  is directed by Robin Herford and with cast is led by Robert Daws, with Mark Curry, Robert Duncan, Craig Gazey, Deb­orah Grant, Gemma Oaten   and Elizabeth Power. It’s set in…

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Beatrix Potter family musical at Salisbury

A NEW  musical version of Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester opens at Salisbury Playhouse’s Salberg Studio on 9th December, and runs until 28th. Wiltshire Creative has commissioned this new adaptation for young children, written by Gareth Machin and Glyn Kerslake. Their previous collaborations include The Night Before Christmas and Little Robin Redbreast, both seen…

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Christmas – fun and behind bars!

CHRISTMAS plays to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange continue on Sunday 15th December with Squashbox’s The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness. Squashbox Theatre promises festive fun for young children, with songs, puppets, quizzes, slapstick and crazy characters at the performances, starting at 2pm and 4pm. Next up is Near-Ta Theatre, whose original take…

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Community play celebrates 125 years at Lyme

SCREENWRITER Andrew Rattenbury pays tribute to Lyme Regis’ Marine Theatre,  which is celebrating its 125 anniversary this year, with a new community play, Are You Going To The Marine?, on from 5th to 7th December. Andrew, who was born in Lyme and was head boy of Woodroffe School, wrote the town’s successful 2017 community play,…

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All the better to entertain you with Bumblefly

THE traditional Bumblefly trio is out on the road again with the 2019-2020 show, Little Red Riding Hood. David Haworth’s new adapation of the famous story will tour until 18th January. The company ­– Anna Harriott in the title role with Michelle O’Brien and Dom Phillips  playing all the other characters – will once again…

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Graeae tour in Salisbury

THE Graeae touring production of Winsome Pinnock’s play One Under comes to Salisbury Playhouse’s Sal­berg Studio from Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th Novem­ber. Directed by Amit Sharma, the play was commissioned by Ramps on the Moon and is presented in association with Curve. When a young man jumps in front of a train that Cyrus…

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