The Play’s the Thing

The morning after the night before

EVERY story starts somewhere …  It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny is the last straggler at Laura’s party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. David Eldridge’s acclaimed National Theatre hit Beginning comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Friday 24th September to Saturday 2nd October. Beginning, originally directed by Polly…

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Shylock’s world

PERFORMER and writer Gareth Armstrong brings his acclaimed solo play about one of Shakespeare’s most controversial characters, Shylock, to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Thursday 23rd September. Shylock is not the title character of  The Merchant of Venice, but the complex, tragic figure of the wealthy Jew is at the heart of the…

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New musical opens at Southampton

AUDIENCES at the MAST Mayflower Studios in Southampton will be first to experience an electrifying new musical prior to its London run, when Tokyo Rose opens for a short run from Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th September. Following a try-out at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019, where it was described as the next big breakout…

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Clary and Kelly in The Dresser

BATH audiences will be the first to see a new production of Ronald Harwood’s classic drama of back-stage life, The Dresser, starring Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly, at the Theatre Royal from Thursday 9th to Saturday 18th September,. It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an aging actor-manager, known to his loyal acting…

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Educating Rita at the Mowlem

CORONATION Street and Hollyoaks actress Kimberley Hart Simpson tackles one of the most famous female stage roles when she stars in Educating Rita at the Mowlem Theatre, Swanage, from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th September. She plays Rita, the hairdresser who decides to take an Open University degree, and Keith Hill plays Frank, the tutor,…

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A comedian’s secret life

THE secret life of one of Britain’s best-loved comedians is revealed in Howerd’s End, a new play by Mark Farrelly, coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Thursday 9th September, at 8pm. Frankie Howerd was known for his hilarious facial expressions, high camp vocal tricks and risque asides. But he had a secret…

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Ayckbourn favourite at Bath

ALAN Ayckbourn is Britain’s most prolific playwright, but some of his plays have now achieved almost classic status, and are regularly revived to the delight of his myriad fans. The much-loved Absurd Person Singular is on a new UK tour and will be coming to the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 31st August to Saturday…

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Revisiting the golden era of film noir

SOMERSET’s inventive and always entertaining New Old Friends gives the world premiere of a new comedy thriller at Bath Theatre Royal, from 25th to 28th August, before a nationwide tour. in 2022 Crimes, Camera, Action is a hilarious tribute to classic film noir.  This latest instalment of their ever-popular Crimes… series whisks audiences to golden…

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The Puppet Van drives into Dorset

HALF a String Theatre brings the Puppet Van to Dorset with The Lost Colour, a show full of clowning, puppets, and paint all told from the top of the van, which will be at Broadmayne First School at 2pm on and Lytchett Matravers village hall at 2pm on 21st and 22nd August. Join painter and…

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Will you EVER grow up!

THE first UK tour of Mischief’s new hit show Groan Ups opens at Bath Theatre Royal on Thursday 12th August, running until Saturday 21st. The company is best known for its hilarious shows that go wrong, guaranteed to fill theatres the length and breadth of the county. The new show is a bit  different –…

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