Prompt

Exchange murder mystery

THE  next production from SNADS (Sturminster Newton Amateur Dramatic Society) is the Francis Durbridge murder mystery Deadly Nightcap, on stage at The Exchanges from 19th to 21st October. It’s full of red herrings, dodgy dealings and murderour doings, as the gripping and ingenious play unfolds. Jack and Sarah Radford appear to be a happy and…

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The Withered Arm at Ashton Barn

A GEORGIAN barn near Dorchester is the atmospheric setting for an autumn production of a dark and sinister story, performed by the New Hardy Players, from 26th to 28th October. The play is an adaptation of one of Thomas Hardy’s short Wessex Tales, a gothic chiller called The Withered Arm and it’s hard to imagine…

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Private and public honour in Wilde play

STUDIO Theatre, Salisbury, launches its 2017/18 season with Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, a comedy of comeuppance and revenge. It’s a timely play about trust and honour, set in the high society that used to surround politics in the late 19th century. Childhood jealousies and rejected love  are the driving forces, and, as we all…

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Luck be a lady in Frome

THE Merlin Theatre’s latest show, by its own production company, is the ever-popular Guys and Dolls, on stage from  19th to 21st October at 7.45pm. This timeless classic, based on the stories and characters of Damon Runyon, has enjoyed successful revivals around the world since it  was first seen on Broad­way in 1950 and London…

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Regent Rep inspired by Agatha

THE next play by Regent Rep is the classic Agatha Christie thriller And Then There Were None, on stage in Christ­church from Thursday 19th to  Sat­ur­day 21st October at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Dame Agatha Christie wrote to one of the cast members back in 1962, when he was only 14 years old, …

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What a way to make a living

YEOVIL Amateur Dramatic Society has chosen the stage version of the classic comedy movie 9 to 5 for its autumn show, on stage at the Octagon from 10th to 14th October. With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, the show is based on the 1980 hit movie that starred Dolly,…

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Cucumber sandwiches at Bell Street

OSCAR Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest comes to the stage of Shaftesbury Arts Centre  from 11th to 14th October. This “trivial comedy for serious people” as Wilde described it, is best known for Lady Bracknell’s imperious question “ A Handbag” on which generations of actresses have tried to make their mark, away…

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From Broadway to the Cooper Hall

KAIROS Theatre Company brings the hit musical comedy It Shoulda Been You to the Cooper Hall at Selwood Manor in Frome from Thursday 28th September to Saturday 1st October. The company, whose founder director is Anne Dimery, brought By Jeeves to the Somerset town in 2015, and now performs the English premiere of It Shoulda…

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Dancing all night at the Hippodrome

LERNER and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is the autumn show for BLOC, on stage at Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th September. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, it’s the story of linguistics professor Henry Higgins and his wager that he can turn a Covent Garden flower seller into a lady by…

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Miller’s classic play in Wells

ARTHUR Miller’s play The Crucible, written in 1953 and based on the true story of the Salem witch trials of 1692/93, was created as an allegory of the McCarthy “witch hunts” of the late 1940s and early 50s. There hasn’t been a more appropriate time to revive the powerful play, with its warnings of mass…

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