The Play’s the Thing

Poulenc’s Carmelites from the Met

THE next live satellite broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera is Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, on Saturday 11th May at 5pm. The opera had its premiere at La Scala in Milan in 1957 to universal acclaim and was followed quickly by performances in Paris and San Francisco. As the French Revolution begins, shy Blanche, (sung…

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Kneehigh songs on tour

CORNISH-based Kneehigh Theatre has included bespoke music and songs throughout its life, and now composer and musician Jim Carey is touring a concert of the songs he wrote with the late Nick Darke. With the eight-piece band The Saboteurs, he re­imagines and re­creates and  the music, songs and whirling words first heard at  Knee­high productions,…

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Capt Corelli brings his Mandolin to Bath

THE Rona Munro adaptation of Louis de Berniere’s best seller  Captain Corelli’s Mandolin comes to Bath Theatre Royal from 14th to 18th May. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of the novel, this new is on its first UK tour. Set on the Greek island of Cephalonia, it’s an unforgettable love story evolving against…

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It’s a jump to the left

THE legendary Richard O’Brien musical The Rocky Horror Show is on tour again, and stops at Bath Theatre Royal from Monday 6th to Saturday 11th May. A number of big name stars are playing the role of the Narrator on the tour, and at Bath it’s comedian Steve Punt, joining Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne…

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Edmund Kean and Dorchester

THE greatest and most popular actor of his age, Edmund Kean had unexpected and tragic links to Dorchester which are revealed in a play coming to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Wednesday 8th May Ian Hughes, a long-time member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and winner of the first Ian Charleston best actor…

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White wedding features Blondie tribute band

HONITON’s Beehive Centre has a musical comedy, White Wedding, featuring popular tribute band Bootleg Blondie, on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May. The show, which is at 7.30pm, with a 2.30 Saturday matinee is described as “an outrageous, time-bendingly funny play” about a group of accidental time travellers, by John Gregory, performed by Harley’s Aunt…

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Death and the Maiden

ONE of the darkest episodes in 20th century South American history provides the backdrop for Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, a brilliant play that became a film, and is now on tour with Baroque Theatre Company, coming to Bridport Arts Centre on Tuesday 7th May, Weymouth Pavilion on Wednesday 8th and Minehead’s Regal Theatre…

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Summer theatre under the skies

IN the winter months we go to theatres where men dress as women, women dress as men, copious amounts of water and theatrical custard are slopped around, and we all shout things like “It’s behind You!”  or “ Oh Yes You do/dont”. In the summer we gather chairs, rugs and picnics and sit – often…

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Life After Sherlock

THE touring play Life After Sherlock, the extended memories of Dr John H Watson, described as “a tale of blackmail, murder, suicide, deceit and treasure all in two acts,” comes to Forest Arts in New Milton on Tuesday 14th May, Portsmouth Guildhall Studio on 29th and 30th and Hanger Farm Arts in Southampton on 31st…

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