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Seasonal Somerleigh Greetings

DORCHESTER’S Somerleigh Play­ers will give three pre-Christ­mas performances of Alan Ayck­bourn’s Season’s Greetings, at the Corn exchange from 20th to 22nd December at 7.30. The versatile company guarantees festive fun in this favourite Christmas play. In Ayckbourn’s own words, it’s “a play about love and about how unfair it is. And success and failure. And…

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Lyme Bay setting for Fireside

THE final Fireside Theatre reading of 2018 will be held at Ringwood Road, Verwood on Wed­nes­­day 5th December. The play will be Peter Black­more’s The Blue Goose (substituted for the advertised Mary, Mary), and it begins at 7.30. Set in Lyme Bay, the comedy revolves around the Borough Treasurer’s wife, still playing he lad in…

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Copperfield for Christmas

THE Ilminster Entertainments Society’s Christmas show this year is a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, on stage at the Warehouse Theatre on 6th to 8th and 13th to 15th Decem­ber, at 7.30 every day except Saturday 8th, when there is a 2.30 matinee only. David Copperfield, Dickens’s eighth novel, was first published in…

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Past indiscretions will catch up

RAY Cooney’s classic farce It Runs in the Family will provide the pre-Christmas fun for audien­ces at Bradford-on-Tone village hall from Thursday 6th to Satur­day 8th December. Bradford Players will be revealing the story, set in a hospital, where  Dr Mortimore is at a high point of his career and about to deliver the Ponsonby…

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It’s a Hard Knock Life at Bridport

BRIDPORT’s talented Young Performers Scholarship group turns the clocks back to the 1930s and crosses the Atlantic to New York for this year’s show, Annie, at Bridport Arts Centre on 17th and 18th December. Set in the Great Depression, it is the story of brave young Annie, stuck in the miserable orphanage run by the…

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From Eliza to Clara at the Merlin

THE Christmas show at the Merlin Theatre in Frome this year is The Nutcracker, on stage from 6th to 15th December. It’s a speedy return for Anabella Fairgrieve, who plays Clara just weeks after her sensational turn as Eliza in Pygmalion with Frome Drama. She is one of several talented young performers from the areas…

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Classic thriller at the Swan

YEOVIL’s Civic Players have chosen one of the classic 20th century thrillers for their pre-Christmas show – Sleuth will be on stage at the Swan Theatre from Wednesday 28th  – Saturday 1st December at 7.45pm. Andrew Meadows directs Anthony Shaffer’s witty but chilling drama – which was famously filmed with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine…

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Festive fun with the Studio family

NOBODY skewers Christmas better than Alan Ayckbourn, and no play celebrates the family festive season in all its dysfunctional glory better than Season’s Greet­ings, chosen for the December production by Salisbury’s Studio Theatre. Directed by Anthony von Roretz, this brutally funny comedy runs at the theatre in Ashley Road from Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th…

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Warrior Queen’s revenge at the egg

STUDENTS from Bath Theatre Royal’s theatre school will perform Boudica at the egg on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th Novem­ber, and a few tickets are still available for the two Saturday shows. This brand new ancient history play tells the story of one of Britain’s most iconic women. Set in  Britannia in 61 AD, rebellion…

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ACTing Beckett and Pinter

AXBRIDGE Community Theatre, better known as ACT, has chosen two one-act plays for its autumn show, on at the town hall from 21st to 24th November. The production celebrates two giants of 20th century playwriting – Samuel Beckett and one of his most original disciples, Harold Pinter. The Dumb Waiter is one of Pinter’s earlier…

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