The Play’s the Thing

The Valkyrie by satellite

THE magnificent Nina Stemme  again takes the role of Brunnhilde in the current, sold out, cycles of Wagner’s Ring at the Royal Opera House. Her greatest performance, given at the Proms three years ago, is in Die Walkure, and it will be beamed by satellite from Covent Garden on Sunday 28th October at 5pm, to…

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Looking for a Piano in Salisbury and Exeter

SALISBURY Playhouse and Exe­ter Northcott are among the theatres bringing Salad Days to town this autumn. Produced by Regan De Wynter Williams, the company responsible for the recent The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Mikado, Salad Days stars Wendi Peters and runs in Salisbury from 22nd to 27th October. Salad Days started life…

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Pixie’s Scarf for half term

DORCHESTER Arts will be bringing Soap Soup Theatre to the Corn Exchange this half term with a magical family adventure inspired by Alison Uttley’s The Pixies’ Scarf. On Monday 22nd October, at 2.30pm, the curtain goes up on the wet crags of Dartmoor, where Dicky Bundle is out picking whortle berries with his grandmother. But…

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Watch out for Auntie!

THE Great Bavarian Mountain Owl is one of the stars of David Walliams’s comedy thriller Awful Auntie, coming to Bath Theatre Royal for ten half-term performances between Tuesday 23rd and Saturday 27th October. The award-winning children’s book has been adapted for the stage by the producers of Gangsta Granny  and David Walliams, and is recommended…

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Love, jealousy and freedom

LONDON Classic Theatre brings My Mother Said I Never Should to Taunton Brewhouse on 23rd and 24th Octo­ber. Charlotte Keatley’s play, which is directed by Michael Cabot, follows the relationships of mothers and daughters over the years. Set in Manchester, Oldham and London, My Mother Said I Never Should is a poignant, bittersweet  story about…

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From frocks to frock coats with Lipservice

THE award-winning Bronte spoof Withering Looks is back on tour this autumn, and its first date in our region is 25th October at Swindon. Lipservice is  Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, hailed as Britain’s favourite literary lunatics, and they just couldn’t resist the urge to dust off their crinolines, wear flattering bonnets and sit at…

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The ghastly Georgians – on stage!

IF you thought the Tudor royals were shocking, you should try the lives of the Georgians, who were, if anything, even more scandalous (if less bloody). Hervey, a new play at Bridport Arts Centre on 27th October, tells the story of the feud between King George II and his son Frederick, Prince of Wales, as…

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Liz is Gutted at the Lighthouse

LIZ Richardson has an embarrassing problem  and you can find out why at Poole’s Lighthouse on 25th  October. Gutted is her shameless tale of love, laughter and loos, and she brings it to the Sherling Studio at 8pm. She’s turned her own experience of living as a 20-something with a chronic bowel condition into funny,…

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Ibsen re-imagined

FLINTLOCK Theatre comes to the Salberg studio at Salisbury Play­house on 25th October with a new version of An Enemy of the People. Using its signature high-energy storytelling, music and live digital interaction, Flintlock brings Ibsen’s masterpiece into the 21st century in a searing examination of fake news, whistleblowing and who really wields power in…

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Be a dinosaur detective in Dorset

CLYDEBUILT Puppet Theatre, a long-established Scottish company, brings a new show, Dinosaur Detectives, for an Artsreach tour at Toller Porcorum on Wednesday 24th at 4pm, Morden on Thursday 25th at 2pm and Nether Compton on Friday 26th at 11am. As the dinosaurs hunt for clues about the past, they discover a secret doorway and a…

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