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Hansel and Gretel, Merlin Theatre Frome

FROME’s Merlin company has built up an eager audience for its multi-media Christmas shows, and they have reached new heights this year with Claudia Pepler’s adaptation of Hansel and Gretel. With an enviable number of young men and women with good singing voices, a powerfully relevant story and some anthems that deserve to have a…

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Grimm gingerbread house at the Merlin

THIS year’s Christmas show at the Merlin in Frome is Hansel and Gretel, on stage from 7th to 16th December. It is adapted by the theatre’s creative team from the original fairy story collected by the Bro­th­ers Grimm. The harvest has been poor, and the residents of Hansel and Gretel’s village are seriously hungry. As …

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Buckle your swashes for Madcap’s Musketeers

THE Old Brewery Hall at Ansty on Bulbarrow will resound to the clatter of sabres and the thunder of bad puns at the village’s Madcap Productions stage The Musketeers, this year’s choice for their annual Christmas pantomime, on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December. This year is Madcap’s 37th production and the scene moves from…

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Pride and Prejudice at the Athenaeum

THE historic Athenaeum theatre at Warminster is the setting for a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s best loved novel, Pride and Prejudice, from 30th November to 2nd December. The production by the award-winning Athenaeum Limelight Players marks this year’s Jane Austen’s bicentenary. The new stage version has been adapted by talented first-time director Heather Durbin…

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Rocking the Nativity

ROSIE King has chosen a 1967 show, Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch’s Rock Nativity, for the Motcombe Community Players and choir Christmas show, and booked local churches for performances. The production is raising funds for the churches at each of the three evenings, which start at 7.30pm. The Rock Nativity is at St Peter’s Church,…

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Norman Conquests at the Fireside

THE Fireside Thea­tre has chosen Table Manners from Alan Ayck­bourn’s Norman Conquests for its final reading of 2017, on Wednes­day 6th December. The reading, with a Christmas buffet supper, will start at 7pm at 123 Ringwood Road, Verwood. The play is set in the dining room of a Victorian vicarage-type house where estate agent brother…

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Civic Players in Ayckbourn classic

THE next production at the Swan Theatre in Yeovil is Ayckbourn’s early classic comedy Relatively Speaking, on stage from Wednes­day 29th November to Saturday 2nd December. Chantelle Souttar directs Luke Best, Sarah Middleditch, Emma de la Poer and Richard Walters in this  1965 play, which was the writers first big success and has lost none…

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Four candles for Christmas

RONNIE Barker, one of the most brilliant and beloved comedians of the 20th century, is celecbrated in the Christmas show at Salisbury Studio Theatre in Ashley Road from 5th to 9th December. Few forget his sketch about the  four candles … or should that be ford handles? Ronnie created a treasure trove of skits, sketches…

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Shakespeare and Carroll challenge AUB students for Christmas

THE next production in the busy Arts University Bournemouth run up to Christmas is an inovative adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It by course tutor Sebastian Harcombe, who also directs. As If runs at the studio theatre on the University Wallisdown campus from Friday 24th November to Saturday 2nd December, at various times. Timelessly…

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