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Ladies in Lavender on Bournemouth stages

DORSET’S ImpAct Theatre has organised a short tour of the stage version of Ladies in Lavender, coming to two Bournemouth theatres from 29th October to 1st November. The story, best known from the 2004 Judi Dench and Maggie Smith film, is set on the Cornish coast in 1936. Two sisters, whose lives are quite and…

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Morpurgo classic at Shaftesbury

SHAFTESBURY Arts Centre Drama Group is performing Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful at the theatre in Bell Street from Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th October, nightly at 7.30. Set on the Western Front during the First World War, it is the story of a young soldier re-living his short life and awaiting the firing squad at…

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YAOS is flying high

THE autumn show from Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, on stage at the Octagon from 9th to 19th October. Director Jeremy Tustin ret­urns for his tenth YAOS production, and Kathryn Stevens is  musical director. Originally written by James Bond creator Ian Fleming, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the story of a…

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Elephant Man at Lytchett Matravers

CASTLE Players have chosen Bernard Pomerance’s play The Elephant Man, the story of John Merrick, for the autum production, on stage at Lytchett Matravers Village Hall from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th October, nightly at 7.30. Best known from the 1980 film starring Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt, it is the story of Merrick, a…

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Gaslight at the Fireside

THE second Fireside Theatre  reading of the season is the ever-popular Patrick Hastings thriller, Gaslight. The story will be unfolded on Wednesday 9th October at the home of Daphne and John Fairbairn in Verwood. Set in Victorian England, a controlling husband sees the only way to hide his guilty secret is to persuade his wife…

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BLOG brings Shrek to Bath

IT’S going to be an unforgettable 21st birthday when George Miles takes to the stage of Bath Theatre Royal in the title role of Shrek, on from 8th to 12th October. George is a regular performer with BLOG (Bath Light Opera Group), playing Bert Barry in 42nd Street and Rooster in Annie. He also played…

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Mistaken identity at Christchurch on Sea

REGENT Rep will be perfor­m­ing Richard Bean’s hilarious One Man, Two Guvnors at the Christchurch theatre from Thursday 3rd to Satur­day 5th October, nightly at 7.30pm with a 2.30 Sat­ur­day matinee. Based on the classic Italian comedy A Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, the action has been relocated to the Sussex coast. Francis…

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Hardy’s Fair at Sherborne

AMATEUR Players of Sher­borne will perform The Day After the Fair, adapted from a Thomas Hardy short story, at the Studio Theatre from Monday 7th to Saturday 12th October. Anna, an illiterate girl fresh from the country, works as maid to Edith Harnham, the bored and unhappy young wife of Arthur Harnham, a wealthy brewer…

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Spinning a new community play

DORCHESTER has a unique record in staging community plays – six over a period of 30 years – and the seventh, Spinning The Moon by Stephanie Dale, will be performed in spring 2020. On 28th September at 7pm at Ashton Farm Barn, Dorchester, the New Hardy Players will present an evening of sonnets, song and…

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Convent drama from Arena

ONE of Dorset’s most adventurous theatre groups, Arena, returns to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre with Agnes of God, a powerful modern classic by the American playwright John Pielmeie, on until Saturday 21st September. A court appointed psychiatrist, Dr Martha Livingstone, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice nun accused of murdering a baby…

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