The Play’s the Thing

Lights Up! on comedy, tragedy, dance and more

THEATRE Royal Bath has announced a packed reopening programme of drama, comedies, thrillers, musicals and a Christmas pantomime, ready for the planned reopening in May. From Ralph Fiennes in the world premiere adaptation of TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, to Susan Hill’s blood-chilling The Woman in Black, from a musical about Henry VIII’s wives to Michael…

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Super spies and a selfish giant

EASTER holiday Artsreach entertainment for children includes a workshop and show based on a favourite Oscar Wilde story and a fun interactive spy adventure. On Thursday 8th April, Bristol-based family theatre experts Tessa Bide and Soap Soup Theatre will present The Selfish Giant, followed by a creative workshop. The Selfish Giant is a touching children’s…

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Ralph Fiennes in Bath

RENOWNED stage and screen actor Ralph Fiennes is to direct and star in the world premiere stage adaptation of TS Eliot’s Four Quartets as Theatre Royal Bath re-opens this summer Ralph Fiennes, most recently seen with Carey Mulligan in the beautiful Netflix film, The Dig, will direct this adaptation of one of the greatest achievements…

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Poole play commission for our Covid times

A NEW play, commissioned by Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, which will be performed in the open air in June, will explore the lives, hopes and dreams of young people in Poole. Writer Andrew Muir’s play will provide a snapshot of the struggles they have faced living with the extraordinary pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioned…

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Theatre Royal Bath gets ready to reopen

THE Theatre Royal Bath is busy preparing to welcome audience members back into its three auditoria in line with the government’s roadmap for re-opening in May 2021. The director, Danny Moar, says: “Following the Prime Minister’s announcement and the setting out of the roadmap for easing lockdown, we are now finalising plans for a season…

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Ronald Pickup

ACTOR Ronald Pickup, who has died at the age of 80 after a long illness, is now best known for his performances as Norman in The Best Marigold Hotel films and as the Archbishop of Canterbury in The Crown. But for those of us lucky enough to have been around for the early days of…

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Super-Spies zoom in on Dorset

LOCKED down and feeling miserable? Super-Spies are on their way. Promising help and fun for home-schooling families and observant young people, the team is on a lockdown mission around Dorset during the February half term – and they need your help! Devised by Dorset-based Angel Exit Theatre, Super-Spies in Lockdown is an interactive performance that…

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Exciting future for Yeovil Octagon

YEOVIL’S Octagon Theatre, which has provided the launchpad for many professional careers in theatre, music and dance, as well as bringing a huge variety of performances to audiences across the region, will be enlarged and improved in a £23m expansion, approved in principle by South Somerset District Councillors. The scheme includes a new circle of…

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Short-lived Beautiful outcome to Beastly tiers

AFTER six live performances, Living Spit at Bristol Old Vic will go “on line” following Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s announcement that Bristol will move back into Tier 3 on Boxing Day. Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin, aka Living Spit, prepared their new Christmas show Beauty and the Beast for both live audiences and for on-line streaming, just in…

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Bristol actor in Small Axe

BRISTOL actor Stewart Wright is among the cast of Education, the last of the five Small Axe films by Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, and showing on Sunday 13th December. All tell stories of London’s West Indian community between the late 1960s and mid-1980s. Stewart, 46, stars alongside BAFTA-award winning Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise…

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