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The Lytchett Matraversish play

AS all theatre lovers know, you don’t mention the name of Shakespeare’s “Scottish play’ any more than that of JK Rowling’s arch villain Lord V… But the convention’s a bit different when Macbeth – the Panto­mime takes to the stage in the tender care of Castle Players, at Lytchett Matrav­ers on 24th, 25th and 31st Jan­u­ary…

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Deep sleep at Bell Street

THE pantomime at Shaftes­bury Arts Centre this year, on various dates from Sun­day 19th January to Saturday 1st February, is Sleeping Beauty, in the version written by Stephen Duckham. With all the traditional pantomime ingredients – magic, music, laughter and of course the dreaded spinning wheel – it tells the story of the beautiful Princess…

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The string theory of love

YEOVIL’S Swan Theatre starts 2020 experimentally, with Pete Fernandez’s production of Nick Payne’s Con­stellations, on stage from 20th to 25th January. Described as a love story, the two hander explores how different decisions at critical moments in a relationship effect its final outcome. The performers are Oliver Dela­feld and Elizabeth Lewis. The play follows beekeper…

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New look at The School for Scandal

BRIDPORT’s Encore Theatre Club takes a bright and innovative look at one of the great comedies of the 18th century, at the town’s arts centre from 8th to 11th January. Find out what happens when you take 18th century characters and give them a 21st century makeover? The School for Scandal, Sheridan’s tale of scandal,…

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Boys centre stage at Salisbury’s Studio Theatre

TWO 12-year-olds from Salisbury take centre stage at Studio Theatre in Ashley Road from 6th December when the  company begins its sold out run of Goodnight Mister Tom. James Cates, who goes to The Burgate School, plays evacuee William Beech, who finds himself billeted with reclusive Tom Oakley and his dog Sammy in a Dorset…

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Community play celebrates 125 years at Lyme

SCREENWRITER Andrew Rattenbury pays tribute to Lyme Regis’ Marine Theatre,  which is celebrating its 125 anniversary this year, with a new community play, Are You Going To The Marine?, on from 5th to 7th December. Andrew, who was born in Lyme and was head boy of Woodroffe School, wrote the town’s successful 2017 community play,…

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Ayckbourn at the Fireside

THE Fireside Theatre brings 2019 to a close with a reading of Alan Ayckbourn’s Round and Round the Garden, one of the Norman Conquests trilogy, at the home of Jenny and Mike Brown in Verwood on Wednesday 4th December. This is the one where the feckless Norman arranges to take his spinster sister-in-law off for…

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Barricaded in a synagogue

KINSON’S KCA Players have chosen actor and playwright Stewart Permutt’s One Last Card Trick for their final production of 2019. It is on stage at Pelhams, Kinson Community Centre, from Wednesday 27th to  Sat­ur­day 30th November, nightly at 7.30pm Steve Watton directs Helen Johns, Annie Robertson, Car­ole Willison and Jane Wright in this comedy, set…

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Hamlet in a time of political upheaval

AN exciting November at the egg in Bath comes to an end with the Theatre Royal Bath’s Theatre School students presentation of a  new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The nation is in mourning and political upheaval seems inevitable. When a young student is called home from university, he finds the world changed beyond recognition…

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Shakespeare ends AUB year

STUDENTS at Arts Univer­sity Bournemouth have been rehearsing three plays for their end-of-term productions at the Wallisdown campus theatre. The final production is  Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, on stage at the AUB studio on the campus from Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th December, nightly at 7.30 with a 3pm Saturday matinee. Hermione is the wife…

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