Season Previews

Winter delights at the Shelley

ONE of the most atmospheric venues in the region is the Shelley Theatre near the clifftop at Southbourne. Originally the private theatre for the Shelley family (Percy, son of Mary, the author of Frankenstein and widow of poet Percy Bysshe). It is a charming Victorian gem, an ongoing restoration project which is hidden within a…

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Comedy, tragedy, dance, circus and more

POOLE’s Lighthouse is the largest multi-arts complex outside London – and it has a programme to match, embracing all the arts from straight theatre to stand-up comedy, contemporary dance to classical orchestral music, modern jazz to traditional puppets. The winter-spring 2019 season starts in the theatre with St Petersburg Ballet with two Tchaikovsky favourites, Swan…

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Artsreach winter programme

WINTER and spring with Artsreach, Dorset’s rural touring arts charity, brings a host of live performances, from traditional folk to contemporary dance, Indian storytelling to physical theatre. The music programme includes Welsh folk supergroup ALAW, Bristol-based a capella folk and shanty group The Longest Johns, exciting young Belgian period musicians WÖR recreating the music of…

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World cinema, Parky and opera from the Met

THE new season at Strode Theatre, Street, offers a powerful cocktail of international cinema, exciting speakers and performers and opera and dance from some of the world’s greatest stages. Strode has brilliant film programming, with the latest from around the world, new releases and classics and documentaries. Among the major film titles in the early…

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Appetising menu at the Octagon

THE best antidote to winter blues is looking ahead to spring, and there are plenty of exciting and entertaining events at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre and Westlands entertainments centre, including an evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the Armonico Consort with a Valentines-themed programme, BalletBoyz, Seth Lakeman, and comedians Nish Kumar and Mark Steel. January highlights include…

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West End and silver screen to Bath stage

THE spring season at Bath’s exquisite Theatre Royal kicks off with RainMan, a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film, which starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. The programme also includes the National Theatre production of Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling, starring Katherine Parkinson, who had five star reviews for her performance at the National. Paul…

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