The Play’s the Thing

O dainty duck, O Dear

DEVERILLS Performing Arts starts its new-style season for 2017 with a visit from Door Ajar Theatre, performing Thisbe at Longbridge Deverill Village Hall on Saturday 25th March at 7.30. The multi-talented, character-changing, instrument-swapping cast fuses magic, music and levity in this sequel to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The lovelorn Thisbe has perished by her own…

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Escaped Alone in Bristol

CARYL Churchill’s latest play, Escaped Alone, comes to Bristol Old Vic from 22nd to 26th March on a short UK tour following a New York run. The four-woman show opened to great critical acclaim at the Royal Court in 2016, and the revival reunites the wonderful Linda Bassett (most recently Nurse Phyllis Crane in Call…

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A bear in the army

THE remarkable story of a bear who served in the army will be brought to the stage of Bath’s egg theatre on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th March. The Quarter Too Ensemble is touring the UK with Wojtek: The Happy Warrior, and it is performed in Bath at 11.30am and 3pm on both days….

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The best Vamos thing

VAMOS Theatre brings its latest show, The Best Thing, to Poole’s Lighthouse on Saturday 25th March, Theatre at 7.45pm. It’s 1966, the record player’s on, her hair’s bobbed and eye-lashes curled: for 17-year-old Susan, life is an adventure waiting to begin.  But what happens next turns everything upside down and its repercussions will last for…

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Concentration with Horse and Bamboo

HORSE and Bamboo Theatre comes to the Lantern at Bristol’s Colston Hall on Firday 24th March with a performance of the latest touring show, The Theatre Ballads. It starts when Kate, Bryony and Esther discuss the beauty of ballads, but the fact that they make your mind wander off and the story can be lost….

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Funny Girl brings Sheridan to the provinces

SHERIDAN Smith is one of those stars as famous for her off-stage life as for her performances. Her withdrawl from the leading role in the revival of Funny Girl had far more column inches than reviews of the show … which were uniformally excellent. Now regional audiences get the chance to see what so many…

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Frozen Light Home at Salisbury

SALISBURY Arts Centre starts the week with a special production for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities The Frozen Light company gives two performances of Home, a tale of unexpected friendship, on Monday 20th March at 11am and 1.30pm. It explores a new and unknown world, immersing audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities…

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Blackeyed Frankenstein

BLACKEYED Theatre brings its new production of Frankenstein to Poole’s Light­house on 21st and 22nd March, the penultimate date of its UK spring tour. Created by the same team as the   acclaimed 2013 production of Dracula, this brand new adaptation marks the bicentenary last summer of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror masterpiece. Frankenstein fuses ensemble storytelling,…

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Morality and hypocrisy from Exeter’s Cygnet Theatre

EXETER-based Cygnet Theatre is performing one of Shakespeare’s darkest tales of morality, corruption and hypocrisy, Measure for Measure, from 22nd March to 1st April. Directed by Alistair Ganley, the student company will explore the endlessly topical issues of teenage pregnancy, prostitution, criminality and the imbalance of judgement against women in a male-dominated society. Set in…

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