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Olive and Florence are the Odd Couple

NEIL Simon’s play The Odd Couple, famously filmed with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in 1968, has been adapted for the stage to be performed by two women instead of men. And it’s that version that Ilminster Entertainments Society has chosen for its May production, on stage at the Warehouse from Wednesday 24th to Saturday…

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True colours of Joseph at the Regent

STAGEWISE, based at Poole Lighthouse, will be mounting its spring show at Christchurch Regent Centre from 25th to 27th May. The youth company has chosen Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and it will be performed by students from Poole and the outposts of Wimborne and Christchurch. The title role is played by 14-year-old Joe…

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Fleas in Bridport’s Electric Palace

THE eagerly-awaited community circus-opera-musical Flea! will be opening at Bridport’s Electric Palace on Tuesday 23rd May. Devised by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s Hester Goodman, with music by award-winning west Dorset composer Andrew Dickson, the circus-themed community production has ukuleles, fleas, dogs – and a cast of more than 100. It’s been three years…

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Open day at Shaftesbury Arts Centre

LEARN more about what happens at Shaftesbury Arts Centre on stage and behind the scenes at an open day on Saturday 10th June, from 10.30am to 4pm. There is a full programme of activities on the stage, including music and songs, readings and sketches by the Wonderland group of writers and poets and a sneak…

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SNADS remember water

THE next SNADS play, at The   Exchange in Sturminster Newton from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th May, is the poignant comedy The Memory of Water. Shelagh Stephenson’s play is directed by Linda Cowley, and centres on the effect of a mother’s death on three sisters. Mother, Vi, appears as a ghostly presence as each sister…

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Sollocks at the Swan

NOEL Coward’s ever popular Private Lives comes to the Swan Theatre in Yeovil next week, in a production directed by Alan Morris. From Monday 15th to Saturday 20th May, nightly at 7.45, the audience will again make the acquaintance of Elyot Chase and his new wife Sybil, who, by nasty co-incidence, have booked the next…

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Award-winning musical at Bath

MERRIMAN Productions return to Bath’s Rondo theatre from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th May with a production of The Drowsy Chaperone, a Tony Award-winning parody of the great American musicals of the 1920s and 30s. The Midsomer Norton-based company have previously staged Acorn Antiques and Lucky Stiff at the Rondo and last year produced the…

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Sweet Charity at Bath

BATH Operatic and Dramatic Soc­i­­ety has chosen Sweet Charity for its spring production at the Theatre Royal, on stage from  Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 6th May. Neil Simon’s musical comedy has a  a score featuring Rhythm of Life,  If They Could See Me Now and Big Spender. It’s the story of Charity Hope Valentine, a…

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Time play for Fireside Theatre

THE next Fireside Theatre play reading, on 3rd May, will be one of JB Priestley’s “time plays,” Dangerous Corner. The writer (photographed) specialised in manipulating time, allowing his protagonists to turn back the clock, or to avoid actions which might have harmful consequences. In this 1932 play, Robert Caplan tries to discover the truth of…

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