The Play’s the Thing

Telling the stories of Shire Hall

DORCHESTER’s historic Shire Hall reopens on 1st May as a museum, but before that, from 25th to 28th April,  theatre company The Gramophones will be bringing some of its stories to life at the former courthouse which was famously the setting for the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. How do we decide which memories to…

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Sherlock – a world premiere at Bath

A NEW show about Sherlock Holmes opens at Bath Theatre Royal from 25th April to 5th May. Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain stars Robert Powell and Liza Goddard in the world premiere of the story of the famous detective living in retirement on the south coast. He keeps bees, occasionally casts his fly fishing rod…

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Dreams of Lily Kwok at Poole

YELLOW Earth Theatre brings its touring play Mountains – The Dreams of Lily Kwok, to Poole’s Lighthouse Sherling Studio on Friday and  Saturday 27th and 28th April. The new play tell the story of the three generations of women be­hind famous Sweet Mandarin restaurant in Manchester. Based on Helen Tse’s family memoir of passion, sacrifice…

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International star reprises role in Bath

SHULER Hensley, the American Olivier and Tony award winner, and a regular on Broadway and West End stages, will be playing the role of a 600-pound man in The Whale, which comes to the Ustinov Studio at Bath Theatre Royal on 26th April. Shuler originated the role in the multi-award winning off-Broad­way production. Charlie is…

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Nell Leyshon makes directing debut at BEAF

AWARD-winning writer Nell Leyshon makes her directing debut with her play The Vodka Hunters as part of the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival. Somerset-born Nell was the first woman to have  play performed at Shakespeare’s Globe. As a novelist, her works have recieved high praise. For the past 12 years, Nell has been working with “outsiders”…

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Tessa’s Strange New Space

TESSA Bide brings her new show for young children, A Strtange New Space, to Poole’s Lighthouse Sherling Studio on Saturday 21st April at 11am and 2pm. This original solo show without words merges physical theatre with puppetry and original music. Travel on an imagined voyage into space. Did you know that astronauts get taller in…

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Miller classic at Tobacco Factory

THE second play in the new Tobacco Factory Theatres spring season is Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, at the Bedminster theatre from Wednesday 18th April to Saturday 12th May. Directed by TFT artistic director Mike Tweddle (making his directing debut), the production stars Mark Letheren as Eddie, Katy Stephens as Beatrice and Laura…

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Shakespeare especially for kids

TWO of the most famous Shakes­pearean plays have been adapted for older children and come to the egg at Bath Theatre Royal from 19th to 22nd April. The award-winning Box Clever performs Romeo and Juliet on Friday and Saturday, and Macbeth on Thursday and Sunday. Coupling the iconic tale of star-crossed lovers and warring families…

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Join the Bee Party at the egg

THE new show at the egg at Bath Theatre Royal, from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April, is Me and My Bee, and audiences are invited to join before it’s too late! Bees have been in the news a lot lately, with petitions and campaigns to protect them and maintain their vital world function. The…

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The Verdi show must go on

RONALD Harwood’s play Quar­tet, on a UK tour, comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st April It’s the story of four former opera singers who find themselves living together in a home for retired theatricals and stars Paul Nicholas, Wendi Peters, Sue Holderness and and Jeff Rawle. Peters plays Cecily, once…

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