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Your Toys in the Slot Machine

SLOT Machine Theatre takes all your favourite toys on a combined adventure in Your Toys, on at the Sherling Studio at Poole’s Light­house from Wednesday 12th to Monday 24th December. The company’s puppetry skills bring Buzz Lightyear, Barbie, the blue Brontosaurus and more to life in a heart-warming story about friends pulling together. Full of…

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Back by popular demand

FIRST seen two years ago, Gareth Machin and Glyn Kerslake’s adapation of The Night Before Christ­mas returns to the Salberg Studio at Salisbury Play­house from 10th to 30th Decem­ber. This delightful musical version of the famous story is magically staged. Adrian Grove returns as Father (the role he created in 2016) and is joined for…

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Snowy tale from Soap Soup

SOAP Soup Theatre brings the enchanting children’s show, The Snow Baby, to Taunton Brewhouse from 12th to 16th December and to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 22nd December, an ideal entertainment on the eve of the festive season. Deep in the remote snowy forest an icy wind blows and snowflakes fall from the sky. Doris…

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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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What’s my name?

THE Bumblefly production this Christmas is Rumpelstilt­skin, star­t­ing its tour at Greyfriars in Ring­wood on Saturday 1st Dec­ember and on the road at various locations until 19th January. The message from this Grimm fairy story, first published in the 1812 edition of Children’s and Household Tales, is never to promise something you can’t deliver. You…

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Turn again to Plymouth

JOHN Partridge, Samantha Wom­ack and Andy Ford star in Dick Whittington at Plymouth Theatre Royal, on from 14th December to 12th January. It is the most popular traditional pantomime in the region this season is Dick Whittington, retelling the rags-to-riches classic of the country boy who walks to London to find his fortune. Luckily, since…

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Borrowing magic in Bedminster

THE Tobacco Factory in Bristol will be transformed into a giant playground this Christmas for the eagerly-awaited show, a new adaptation of The Borrowers. The cast includes local favourites Simon Armstrong, Jessica Hayles and Lucy Tuck as well as Craig Edwards, Peta Maurice and David Ridley. Based on Mary Norton’s beloved novel, the irreverent story…

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