The Play’s the Thing

New staging as Les Mis returns

THREE of the region’s big theatres will be welcoming the new staging of Les Miserables next year. The spectacular show will be at the Mayflower in Southampton from 8th to 26th March, Plymouth Theatre Royal from 24th May to 11th June, and Bristol Hippodrome from .12th July to 6th August. Returning by popular demand following…

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As One returns to Mary Anning

AS One Theatre Company is touring a new play about the famous Lyme Regis fossil hunter Mary Anning, premiered at the company’s home  town, Weymouth, in September. There are further Dorset dates at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on 6th October and Dorchester Arts at Sunninghill School on Saturday 9th, with further dates planned…

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Paines Plough pops up in Poole

PAINES Plough brings its award-winning pop-up theatre venue, Roundabout, to Hamworthy Park, in a venture with Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, for four days from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th October. There are seven different productions, including four world premieres, as well as another chance to see The Heart at the Centre of the World, the…

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The Good Life comes to the stage

ONE of the best-loved sitcoms of all time, The Good Life, comes to the stage for the first time at Bath Theatre Royal, from 7th to 16th October, with Rufus Hound in the role made famous by Richard Briers, and Sally Tatum as his long-suffering, hard-working wife, Barbara, played by Felicity Kendal on television. The…

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The morning after the night before

EVERY story starts somewhere …  It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny is the last straggler at Laura’s party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. David Eldridge’s acclaimed National Theatre hit Beginning comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Friday 24th September to Saturday 2nd October. Beginning, originally directed by Polly…

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Shylock’s world

PERFORMER and writer Gareth Armstrong brings his acclaimed solo play about one of Shakespeare’s most controversial characters, Shylock, to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Thursday 23rd September. Shylock is not the title character of  The Merchant of Venice, but the complex, tragic figure of the wealthy Jew is at the heart of the…

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New musical opens at Southampton

AUDIENCES at the MAST Mayflower Studios in Southampton will be first to experience an electrifying new musical prior to its London run, when Tokyo Rose opens for a short run from Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th September. Following a try-out at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019, where it was described as the next big breakout…

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Clary and Kelly in The Dresser

BATH audiences will be the first to see a new production of Ronald Harwood’s classic drama of back-stage life, The Dresser, starring Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly, at the Theatre Royal from Thursday 9th to Saturday 18th September,. It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an aging actor-manager, known to his loyal acting…

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Educating Rita at the Mowlem

CORONATION Street and Hollyoaks actress Kimberley Hart Simpson tackles one of the most famous female stage roles when she stars in Educating Rita at the Mowlem Theatre, Swanage, from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th September. She plays Rita, the hairdresser who decides to take an Open University degree, and Keith Hill plays Frank, the tutor,…

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A comedian’s secret life

THE secret life of one of Britain’s best-loved comedians is revealed in Howerd’s End, a new play by Mark Farrelly, coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Thursday 9th September, at 8pm. Frankie Howerd was known for his hilarious facial expressions, high camp vocal tricks and risque asides. But he had a secret…

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