Prompt

You shall go to the Honiton ball

EVERYONE’s favourite pantomime is the choice for Honiton Community Theatre’s 2019 show at the Beehive Centre from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd February. In this sparkling version, Cinderella lives with her evil stepmother and ugly step sisters, but she dreams of a life free from their horrid clutches. When Prince Charming announces he is holding…

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Treasure Island-on-Stour

SNADS – that’s Sturminster New­ton Amateur Dramatic Society – has chosen Treasure Island for the 2019 pantomime, on stage at The Exchange from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th February. Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel is the perfect basis for a tale of swashbuckling skulduggery with a pantomime flavour, full of audience participation, booing, hissing and…

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NODA nominations for Athenaeum

RESIDENT groups at Warminster Athenaeum have between them received five nominations for this year’s NODA South West Awards, which will be announced at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Plymouth on Saturday 16th March. The theatre has three groups, the Masqueraders, Athenaeum Limelight Players and Oddity Theatre, who put on a wide range of musicals, comedies,…

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Up the Beanstalk at Hendford Hill

YEOVIL Amateur Pantomime Society has chosen the classic coming-of-age pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk for its 2019 show, on stage at the Octagon from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th January. Following the sucess of the  rock ‘n’roll spectacular Beauty and the Beast, YAPS return to the 70s for a disco version of the famous story…

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Long John Silver in Salisbury

ACTORS from Salisbury Studio Theatre’s youth theatre will take to the high seas in search of Treasure Island from Monday 21st to Satur­day 26th January. Director Peter McAuley has chosen Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of buccaneers and derring do.   The cast, aged from 11 to 18, is led by Luke…

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Shaftesbury has a cracking panto

ONE of the favourite winter stories for all ages is The Nutcracker, best-known as a ballet with music by Tchaikovsky. This year it’s the choice for Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s pantomime, running over two weeks from Wednesday 23rd January. Based on a Russian fairytale that is full of winter magic, with toys and sweets that turn…

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Swashbuckling with TAG

TISBURY Arts Group has a swashbuckling story for its 2019 pantomime, from 24th to 26th January – Alexandre Dumas’ famous story of The Three Musketeers. Hillary Mackelden’s version gives this exciting drama of 17th century France the full pantomime treatment. It will be staged at the Nadder Centre at 7.30pm and a 2.30 matinee on…

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Lesser known chiller at the Swan

THE Swan Theatre company starts 2019 with Veronica’s Room, a rarely-performed play by Ira Levin, best known for Rosemary’s Baby and Deathtrap. On stage in Yeovil from Monday 14th to Saturday 19th January, the four-hander is directed by Robert Graydon, and perforemed by Sarah Ambrose, Eleanor Moy, Roger Mumford and Ethan Taylor. The director warns…

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Buttoning up his Cystic Fibrosis

CHARLES Michael Duke – Buttons in this year’s Cinderella –  has dramatic memories of the stage of the Regent Centre in Christchurch. While the Highcliffe resident was performing in the 2015 Christmas Spectacular, both his lungs collapsed on stage. The lifelong Cystic Fibrosis sufferer had to wait three and a half years for a double…

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Registration open for Shaftesbury Fringe

ONLINE registration for this year’s Shaftesbury Fringe Festival is open. The Fringe, this year from 5th to 7th July, is England’s third largest open performance festival. Sue Allatt (pictured), who chairs the event with Rob Neely, is keen for more local people to take part, as the fame of the event spreads: “We had twice…

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