The Play’s the Thing

Talking about Jamie in Southampton

THE award-winning musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie comes to the May­flower Theatre in South­amp­ton in May 2020 as part of its first UK tour. Layton Williams and Shane Richie will both reprise their west end roles on the tour, with Layton in the title role. Booking is open for the performances, from 12th to 16th…

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Playing the Goat at Bristol

THERE’S absurdist fun until Saturday 6th July at Bristol Old Vic with the latest company to emerge from Made In Bristol, Play the Goat. The debut show Off-Peak is on at the Weston Studio. It’s described as an absurd piece of comedy about a global happiness campaign group. Made In Bristol is the Old Vic’s…

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Sharing a husband under Taliban rule

THE writer of The Kite Runner has a new play, on stage at Nuffield Theatre City in Southampton until 6th July. This is the UK premeiere of A  Thousand Splendid Suns, which starts at 15-year-old Laila is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Mariam was born a generation later. When Laila is orphaned, her life…

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New cast for Calendar Girls musical tour

THE new touring musical production of Calendar Girls, based on the award-winning film, comes to Bristol, Ply­mouth and Bournemouth bet­ween now and 21st Sep­tem­ber. It stars Sarah Jane Buckley, Sue Devaney, Julia Hills, Judy Holt and Lisa Maxwell, joining original cast members Ruth Madoc and Rebecca Storm. The story, as the many fans of the…

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Frome writers on show

THIS year’s Frome Festival, from 5th to 14th July, is as always an exciting mix of visiting performers and companies and a celebration of local talent and creativity. Local dramatists are making their mark with Where The Fault Lies, a quartet of quirky morality plays at The Cornerhouse, Nikki Lloyd’s Turtle Doves at the Town…

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Sir Ian returns – 40 years on

SIR Ian McKellen performed at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre 40 years ago – “It’s wonderful to be back,” he told the capacity audience at his Ian McKellen On Stage 80th birthday show, which raised £28,000 for hundreds of young people to be able to take part in the arts centre’s Bright Sparks initiative. Sir Ian…

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A perfect 40th birthday show

CORNWALL’s Miracle Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019, with an all-new open air touring show that captures the essence of this energetic, inventive company founded by Bill Scott in 1979. Dates in our area continue on 9th July at the ECOS Amphitheatre at Frome’s Merlin Theatre, the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers on 10th…

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It’s just not croquet!

A DARK comedy which will make its debut at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe has a local preview with Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on 11th July at 8pm. Mallets, by Rex Fisher, seems to be the quintessential English country house comedy – with sharp teeth! The action takes place on a perfect croquet…

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National Windrush play by satellite

THE National Theatre’s pro­d­uction of Andrea Levy’s Small Island is beamed around the country by satellite, and three of our regional venues are showing the “as live” screenings on Tues­day 2nd July. The adapation of the Orange Prize-winning novel takes its audiences on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to…

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Muses and mistresses

PICASSO was a towering genius of 20th century art. He was also a controversial figure, not only for his work but for his relationships with his wives, mistresses and muses. Picasso’s Women, coming to Dorchester Arts on Sunday 30th June, is a series of monologues in which three of them tell their stories. This is…

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