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Giving his Lear at Ilminster

HOLLYWOOD action star Jeffer­son Steele will be on stage at Il­min­­ster Warehouse from 24th to 27th October – but he’s in for a bit of a surprise in Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s hilarious look at am drams and expectations. Ilminster Entertainments Society has chosen the play, A Bunch of Amateurs, for the autumn production….

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Murder at the core of the play

THE next ImpAct Theatre play, to be performed in Christchurch and Bournemouth, is Patricia Richard­son’s production of Rona Munro’s Iron. This intense psychological drama,  set in a woman’s prison, is the story of a mother and daughter trying to break through the barriers of time, memory and punishment. It opens at Christchurch Regent Centre on…

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Comedy classic at Shaftesbury

SHAFTESBURY Arts Centre drama group’s autumn production is the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers, on stage at Bell Street from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th October nightly at 7.30. Bryan Farrell directs a cast led by Anthea Smith as Mrs Wilberforce, the old lady who rents a room to “Professor” Marcus and his friends, ostensibly…

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Frome’s concentrating on home and satellite broadcasts

FROME, recently named as one of the “coolest” towns in Britian, has a thriving arts scene which for years has been centred on the Merlin Theatre on Frome College campus. An imaginative and varied winter programme has begun, bringing  local players, touring companies, acclaimed comics, musicians, and guest appearances from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the…

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In court and on the briny

BOURNEMOUTH Gilbert and Sullivan Society will be performing to favourite works at Poole Lighthouse from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th October. They have chosen the lively double bill of Trial by Jury and HMS Pinnafore, on stage nightly at 7.30pm with a 2.30 Saturday matinee. Again directed by Claire Camble-Hutchins, with musical director Helen Brind,…

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Sondheim’s Sweeney on Octagon stage

YEOVIL Amateur Operatic Soc­iety will be performing Stephen Sondheim’s dark operetta Sween­ey Todd on stage at the Octagon from 9th to 13th October. Directed by Martyn Knight with  Lynne Merrifield in charge of the music,  and with Edward Creswick in the title role, this is the story of the demon barber of Fleet Street, a…

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The Last Five Years, Yeovil Swan Theatre

JASON Robert Brown’s sung-through play, The Last Five Years, was first seen in Chicago in 2001, and has since been performed all across the US and also filmed. It’s a rarity in England, and certainly has its Somerset premiere in the Swan production, directed by Sarah Easterbrook and staged to raise funds for the Yeovil…

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Gender fluidity with hilarious results

SALISBURY’S Studio Theatre at Ashley Road opens its 2018/9 season on Friday 28th September with a production of Brandon Thomas’s Charley’s Aunt, directed by Ros Liddington. The farce in three acts opened in 1892 in Bury St Edmunds and went on to break all historic records for plays of any kind, with an original London…

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No flirting at the Regent

CHRISTCHURCH Gilbert and Sul­l­ivan Society revives the most popular Savoy Operas, The Mik­ado, on stage at the Regent Centre from Thursday 27th to Sat­urday 29th September, nightly at 7.30pm with a 2.30 Saturday matinee. The company is the longest established still to be performing at the Regent since it opened in mid-1983. Their first show,…

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Backwards and forwards romance

MEMBERS of the Swan Theatre in Yeovil are putting on a production of a two-handed musical – The Last 5 Years – to raise funds for the company. On stage from Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th September, the American musical was written by Jason Robert Brown and opened in Chicago in 2001. The Swan production…

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