The Play’s the Thing

Rain Man opens Bath 2019 season

A STAGE adaptation of the Oscar-winning film Rain Man comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Tuesday 15th to Satur­day 19th January, at the start of its UK tour. Starring Paul Nicholls as Raymond Babbitt and Chris Fountain as his brother Charlie, it is the story of a self-obsessed salesman (Charlie) who discovers he has an…

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Doing what comes Naturally

BATH’s inventive Natural Theatre Company starts the spring term of its theatre school on Monday 14th January, with a wider range of classes for adults as well as under 18s. A perfect antidote to the Monday blues, the adult theatre school provides an alternative to traditional drama classes, by teaching the trademark comedy style of…

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A millennium milestone for Monie

JON Monie, much-loved star of Bath’s pantomime, has reached an amazing milestone of 1,000 panto performances, marking the achievement on Tuesday 8th January, in his current role as the hapless Smee in Peter Pan. This is Jon’s 17th pantomime season in Bath (his 13th consecutive year) and he has become a favourite with audiences, with…

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Registration open for Shaftesbury Fringe

ONLINE registration for this year’s Shaftesbury Fringe Festival is open. The Fringe, this year from 5th to 7th July, is England’s third largest open performance festival. Sue Allatt (pictured), who chairs the event with Rob Neely, is keen for more local people to take part, as the fame of the event spreads: “We had twice…

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Marie Stopes on Portland

MARIE Stopes was one of the most influential and controversial women of the 20th century, so it is amazing that Escaping The Storm, produced by the Dorset-based AsOne Theatre is the first play about her life. The winter tour continues at Warminster Athenaeum on Saturday 2nd February One hundred years since Dr Stopes published her…

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Winter delights at the Shelley

ONE of the most atmospheric venues in the region is the Shelley Theatre near the clifftop at Southbourne. Originally the private theatre for the Shelley family (Percy, son of Mary, the author of Frankenstein and widow of poet Percy Bysshe). It is a charming Victorian gem, an ongoing restoration project which is hidden within a…

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Fiddling and Shivering

ADAM Robinson and Ben Styles are back on the road with their new show, Shivers, stopping at on Sunday 27th January at  Dorchester Corn Exchange. This trio of thrilling new ghost stories, produced by Little Mighty, is again set to the haunting sounds of the violin. It follows the success of the duo’s Book of Darkness…

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New year, new Crimes

NEW Old Friends are back at Bath’s Ustinov Studio with their latest comedy thriller, on stage from 8th to 26th January, so forget the gloomy days of January and turn your eyes and your mind south east, to the world’s longest river. It’s Crimes on the Nile, where tragedy strikes on a holiday cruise.  Belgian…

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Comedy, tragedy, dance, circus and more

POOLE’s Lighthouse is the largest multi-arts complex outside London – and it has a programme to match, embracing all the arts from straight theatre to stand-up comedy, contemporary dance to classical orchestral music, modern jazz to traditional puppets. The winter-spring 2019 season starts in the theatre with St Petersburg Ballet with two Tchaikovsky favourites, Swan…

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