The Arts Diary

Theatres and other venues are asking audiences to observe caution, often by means of masks and distancing.  Some venues are organising specific socially distanced performances. Rules may change. Look out for the latest regulations, but book quickly. Here is the FTR list right up until the end of the year and beyond, and we’ll add to it as soon as new plays, dance, concerts, comedy and other events are announced. Most events MUST be booked in advance.

 

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Updated Sunday 5th December, 10.06pm

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Monday 6 December
BATH, Theatre Royal, SIX, to 11 Dec: the egg, Squirrel, for 6 months to four years old, various day times, to 24 Dec.
BEAMINSTER,
Public Hall, Dream Horse, Moviola film.
BOURNEMOUTH, BIC, Madness, with Squeeze, The Ladykillers tour.
BRISTOL, Old Vic, Old Vic and Wardrobe Ensemble in Robin Hood, Legend of the Forgotten Forest, to 8 Jan, various times.
Redgrave Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School students in Romeo and Juliet, to Thurs 7.30, Thurs/Fri 2.30.
HAWKCHURCH,
Village Hall, Another Round, Moviola film.
POOLE, Lighthouse, Lyngo Theatre in Little Red Riding Hood, to 24 Dec, various day times.
SALISBURY, Playhouse, Snow White and the Happy-Ever-After Beauty Salon, to 31 Dec, various times.
Studio Theatre, Ashley Road, The Railway Children, to Sat, 7.30.
SHERBORNE,
Studio Theatre, Amateur Players of Sherborne in Witness for the Prosecution, to Sat, 7.30.
SOUTHAMPTON,
Mayflower, Fawlty Towers, festive dining, and Tues.
WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Spencer, film, 7.30.
YEOVIL, Octagon, Mother Goose, with Gordon Cooper and Jack Glanville, to 2 Jan.

 

Tuesday 7 December
BRISTOL,  St George’s, Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, 7.30.
O2 Academy, The Darkness.
ILMINSTER, Warehouse Theatre, IES in Tom’s Midnight Garden, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30.
KINGSBURY EPISCOPI, Village Hall, 23 Walks, Moviola film.
POOLE,
Lighthouse,  Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tic, Tic … Boom!, film, and Thurs: King Richard, film, to Thurs.
WIMBORNE,
Tivoli, The Upbeat Beatles, 7.30: Andre Rieu, Christmas with Andre, recorded at Maastrich Winter Palace, 1pm.
WINSFORD, Village Hall, The Last Bus, Moviola film.
YETMINSTER, Jubilee Hall, Dream Horse, Moviola film.

 

 

Wednesday 8 December
BRANSGORE,
Village Hall, 23 Walks, Moviola film.
FONTMELL MAGNA,
Village Hall, Dream Horse, Moviola film.
FROME
, Merlin, in-house production of The Wind in the Willows, to Sat, 10am and 3 and 7pm.
KILMINGTON,
Devon, Village Hall, Dream Horse, Moviola film.
POOLE, Lighthouse, BSO cond Alpesh Chauhan, Alexandra Dariescu, piano, Sibelius, Greig, 7.30: Gorillaz: Song Machine Live from Kong, film, 7.30.
SOUTHAMPTON,
MAST, Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain, to Sat, various day times.

 

Thursday 9 December
BOURNEMOUTH
, AUB Studio Theatre, student production of Polly Teale’s Mermaid, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30.
BRISTOL,
St George’s, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, chamber ensemble, Dvorak, Beethoven, 7.30.
FROMECheese and Grain, London African Gospel Choir, 7.30.
LANGTON MATRAVERS, Village Hall, Amadou Diagne, kora, Cory Seznec, guitar, Touki – Rights of Passage, 7.30. AR
POOLE, Lighthouse, Beauty and the Beast with Michelle Collins and Chris Jarvis, to 31 Dec, various times: Live and Unheard, local bands, 7.30.
STOGURSEY, Village Hall, Love Sarah, Moviola film.
WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Platinum – the Live ABBA Tribute Show, 8pm.

 

Friday 10 December
BATH,
Theatre Royal, the egg, Five Children and It, to 16 Jan.
BRISTOL, Tobacco Factory, OZ, Tobacco Factory and Pins and Needles Christmas show, to 9 Jan, various times.
St George’s, Septura, brass chamber ensemble, Brahms, Bach, Handel, Tchaikovsky, etc, 7.30.
BROCKENHURST, Village Hall, Dream Horse, Moviola film.
CHARD, Holyrood Academy, The Last Bus, Moviola film.
CROWCOMBE,
Village Hall, Nomadland, Moviola film.
FROME, Cheese and Grain, Cats in Space, 8pm.
KINGTSTON ST MARY, nr Taunton, Village Hall, The Father, Moviola film.
HANGING LANGFORD, Village Hall, 23 Walks, Moviola film.
NORTON ST PHILIP, Village Hall, The Last Bus, Moviola film.
NUNNEY,
Village Hall, Love Sarah, Moviola film.
POOLE, Lighthouse, Darius Brubeck Quartet, jazz, 7.45: A Christmas Carol, new film adapation with contemporary dance, and Wed/Thurs: House of Gucci, film, and Sat/Tues-Thurs: Eurydice, from the Metropolitan Opera, premiere of new opera by Matthew Aucoin, encore 1pm.
RODE, Village Hall, Poster Boys, Moviola film.
SALISBURY,
Arts Centre, Jazz Dynamos, 8pm.
SOUTHAMPTON,
Mayflower, Cinderella with Craig Revel Horwood, Debbie McGee, Richart Cadell and Sooty, to 2 Jan, various times.
MAST, Second Star to the Right, to 24 Dec, 10.30am and 1.30pm.
SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall,
St Agnes Fountain, folk, and Sat,  8pm.
SYDLING ST NICHOLAS, Village Hall, David Mynne in A Christmas Carol, 7.30. AR
WATCHET,
Knights Templar School, The Last Bus, Moviola film.
WIMBORNE, Tiv
oli, Showaddywaddy, 7.30.
WINTERBORNE STICKLAND, Pamela Hambro Hall, Amadou Diagne, kora, Cory Seznec, guitar, Touki – Rights of Passage, 7.30. AR
WOOKEY HOLE,
Village Hall, Limbo, Moviola film.

Saturday 11 December
BRIANTSPUDDLE,
Village Hall, David Mynne in A Christmas Carol, 7.30. AR
BRISTOL,
St George’s, Bristol Bach Choir, Spirit of Christmas, 7.30.
HALSTOCK,
Village Hall, Poster Boys, Moviola film.
HINTON ST GEORGE, Village Hall, The Father, Moviola film.
POOLE, Lighthouse, Lost in Music, sounds of the 70s, 7.30: Coastal Comedy with Raymond and Mr Timpkins, Michael Akadiri and Joey Page, 8pm: CBeebies Christmas Show, film, The Night Before Christmas, 11am and 1pm: Andre Rieu, Christmas with Andre, from the Winter Palace in Maastricht, 7.30 and 14 Dec 4.30.
PORTESHAM, Village Hall, Amadou Diagne, kora, Cory Seznec, guitar, Touki – Rights of Passage, 7.30. AR
SALISBURY,
Arts Centre, Long Nose Puppets in The Hug, 1.30pm.
STALBRIDGE,
Village Hall, Ridgeway Singers and Band, West Gallery Carols, 4pm. AR
TROWBRIDGE,
Town Hall, Katherine Priddy.
WIMBORNE, Tivoli, The Blues Band with Paul Jones,  Bye Bye Blues Band farewell tour, 8pm.
YEOVIL, Westlands, Christmas Party with DT8, 8pm.

 

Sunday 12 December
ALDERHOLT, Village Hall, Ridgeway Singers and Band, West Gallery Carols, 3.30pm. AR
BRISTOL, Old Vic, Sofie Hagen, comedy, 8.
GLASTONBURY, Rural Life Museum, GreenMatthews in Midwinter Revels, Christmas carols, winter folksongs and weird and wonderful instruments, 7.30.
MOTCOMBE, Village Hall, David Mynne in A Christmas Carol, 7.30. AR
POOLE, Lighthouse, Henning Wehn, It’ll All Come Out in the Wash, comedy, 7.30.
STREET, Strode Theatre, Strode College Christmas concert, 7.30pm.
STUDLAND, Village Hall, Nosferatu, (1922 silent film) with new score played live by Minima, 7.30. AR
WARMINSTER
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Athenaeum, Oddity Theatre in Robin Hood: the Panto, to 24 Dec, various times.
WELLS, Little Theatre, Cinderella, to Sat, 7.30, Sun 12 and Sat 18 mats 2.30.

 

Monday 13 December
BATH, Theatre Royal, Ustinov Studio, New Old Friends in A Christmas Getaway, a frantic festive farce, to 8 Jan, 8pm, Thurs/Sat mats 3.

 

Tuesay 14 December
BOURTON,
Village Hall, Nomadland, Moviola film.
COLERNE, Village Hall, Poster Boys, Moviola film.
DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, New Hardy Players in The Mayor of Casterbridge,  and Wed, 7pm.
EXETER,
University Great Hall, The Charlatans.
MEMBURY,
Devon, Village Hall, The Father, Moviola film.
MOTCOMBE,
Village Hall, Dream Horse, Moviola film.
POOLE, Lighthouse, A Night of Blues and Boogie with Dom Pipkin, Stompin’ Dave and Zoe Schwarz’ Blue Commotion, 8.

Wednesday 15 December
BRISTOL, St George’s, Cara Dillon, Upon a Winter’s Night, folk, 8.
Thekla, The Longest Johns, to Fri.
EAST KNOYLE, Village Hall, 23 Walks, Moviola film.
NETHER WALLOP, Village Hall, Dream Horse, Moviola film.
POOLE, Lighthouse, BSO, cond Laurence Cummings, Carolyn Sampson, soprano, A Baroque Christmas, 7.30: Black Cherry Improv Christmas special, 8pm.
SOUTHAMPTON, Guildhall, The Levellers.
STREET, Strode Theatre, Dyad in Christmas Gothic, 7.30.

Thursday 16 December
BATH, Theatre Royal, Jon Monie in Cinderella, to 9 Jan.
BOURNEMOUTH, AUB Studio Theatre, student production of Sarah Daniels’s The Gut Girls, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30.
FROME, Cheese and Grain, The Unravelling Wilburys, 8pm: Moscow Drug Club, cabaret and jazz, 8pm.
POOLE, Lighthouse, Whitney – Queen of the Night, tribute, 7.30.
SOUTHAMPTON, MAST, Peter Pan – an Awfully Big Musical Adventure, (MAST Christmas youth project) to 31 Dec, various times.

Friday 17 December
BATH, Forum, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel.
BRISTOL, St George’s, Orchesta of the Age of Enlightenment, Christmas Crackers, Handel, Bach, Corelli, Buxtehude, etc, 7.
Exchange, Chubby and the Gang, London punk.
CHEDDON and WEST MONKTON, Village Hall, The Last Bus, Moviola film.
DUNSTER, Village Hall, The Last Bus, Moviola film.
EXETER, University Great Hall, BSO, cond Pete Harrison, Christmas Crackers, 7.30.
MILBORNE PORT, Village Hall, Limbo, Moviola film.
NEW MILTON, Forest Arts, Lauren Housley.
POOLE,
Lighthouse, Adam Kay, Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas, comedy, 7.30: Pattern Pusher, funk soul trio, 8pm.
SALISBURY,
Arts Centre, Festive Barnstormers with Paul Thorne, Markus Birdman and the Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue, comedy, 8.30.
SOUTH PETHERTON,
David Village Hall, Love Sarah, Moviola film.
WEST CAMEL,
Davis Hall, Supernova, Moviola film.
WIMBORNE,
Tivoli, Sleeping Beauty, to 2 Jan, various times.

Saturday 18 December
BRISTOL, Tobacco Factory, Douglas Walker in Of Christmas Past, festive story for grown-ups, to Thurs, 7.45.
St George’s, Bristol Ensemble and the City of Bristol Choir, Christmas Spectacular, 7.30.
FROME, Cheese and Grain, Christmas Pop Festival with East 17, S Club Party and Amelia Lily, 5pm.
LANGFORD BUDVILLE, Village Hall, The Last Bus, Moviola film.
POOLE,
Lighthouse, BSO, cond Pete Harrison, Christmas Crackers, 7.30.
SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Tankus the Henge, 8pm.
YEOVIL, Westlands, Back to the 80s Christmas Party, 8pm.

Sunday 19 December
BRIDPORT,
St Swithun’s Church, Ridgeway Singers and Band, West Gallery Carols, 7pm.
BRISTOL,
St George’s, Children’s Christmas Carnival, inc The Snowman, 2 and 4: Bristol Ensemble, A Baroque Christmas, Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, etc, 8.
FROME, Cheese and Grain,
Cara Dillon, Upon a Winters Night, folk, 7.30.
STREET, Strode Theatre, The Nutcracker, recorded at the Bolshoi Ballet, 3pm.

Monday 20 December
BRISTOL,
St George’s, Bristol Ensemble and the Exultate Singers, Christmas music and readings, 7.30.
FROME,
Cheese and Grain, Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, 7.30.

Tuesday 21 December
BRISTOL,
St George’s, Bristol Ensemble and the City of Bristol Choir, Festive Fiesta, 7.30.
HOLTON, Parish Church, organ and sung recital, 5pm.
HYTHE, Village Hall, Love Sarah, Moviola film.
POOLE, Lighthouse, Nunkie Theatre in Count Magnus, two ghost stories by MR James told by RM Lloyd Parry, 7.30, and Wed 4pm.
STREET, Strode Theatre, The Nutcracker, recorded at Covent Garden, 6.30 and 1 Jan at 5.30.

Wednesday 22 December
BRISTOL,
St George’s, Bristol Ensemble and Choir of Royal Holloway, Handel Messiah, semi-staged, 7.
DORCHESTER, Dorford Centre, Ridgeway Singers and Band, West Gallery Carols, 7pm.
POOLE, Lighthouse, Nunkie Theatre in O Whistle, two MR James ghost stories told by RM Lloyd Parry, 7.30.
PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall, BSO, cond Pete Harrison, Christmas Crackers, 7.30.

Thursday 23 December
BRISTOL, St George’s, Lady Maisery, with Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, Awake, Arise!, Christmas folk music, 8.
POOLE, Lighthouse, BSO, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, cond Gavin Carr, Carols Celebration, 7.30.
YEOVIL, Westlands,  Christmas family disco, 6pm.

Tuesday 28 December
FROME, Memorial Theatre,  Frome Musical Theatre Co in Dick Whittington, to 3 Jan, various times.

Friday 31 December
FROME, Cheese and Grain, New Year’s Eve Party with SOS ABBA tribute, 8pm.
SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, New Year’s Eve ceilidh with Crooked Furrow, 8pm.

 

2022

Saturday 1 January
POOLE,
Lighthouse, BSO, cond Michael Seal, New Year Viennese Gala, 3pm.
STREET,
Strode Theatre, Cinderella, opera, 5.55pm.

Sunday 2 January
BRISTOL, St George’s,Welsh National Opera Orchestra, dir David Adams, Return to Vienna, 4.

Tuesday 4 January
SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, to Sat.

 

Saturday 8 January
WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, BSO, cond Michael Seal, New Year Viennese Gala, 7.30pm.

Tuesday 11 January
BATH, Theatre Royal, The Play What I Wrote, to 22 Jan.

Monday 17 January
YEOVIL,
Swan Theatre, Di and Viv and Rose, to Sat.

 

Wednesday 19 January
YEOVIL, Octagon, Noriko Ogawa, piano, Mozart, Beethoven, Satie, Debussy, Chopin, 7.30.

Thursday 20 January
BRISTOL, Old Vic, Mark Rylance in Dr Semmelweis, to 12 Feb, 7.30, various mats.

Wednesday 26 January
BATH,
Theatre Royal, Peepolykus in The Hound of the Baskervilles, comedy thriller, to Sat.

Friday 28 January
BRISTOL, SWX, Purity Ring.

Monday 31 January
BATH, Theatre Royal, The Da Vinci Code, to Sat, 7.30, Wed/Sat mats 2.30.

Tuesday 1 February
PLYMOUTH,
Pavilions, The Kooks.
SOUTHAMPTON,
Mayflower, Bring it On, to Sat.

Friday 4 February
BOURNEMOUTH,
02 Academy, Echo and the Bunnymen.

Monday 7 February
BATH, Theatre Royal, Fatal Attraction, new stage adaptation, to Sat, 7.30, Wed/Sat mats 2.30.

Thursday 10 February
SOUTHAMPTON, Guildhall, Belle and Sebastian.

Monday 14 February
PORTSMOUTH,
Guildhall, The Stranglers.

Wednesday 16 February
BATH, Theatre Royal, Griff Rhys Jones and Janie Dee in An Hour and a Half Late, to 26 Feb.
STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, The Little Mermaid, 6pm Wed only relaxed performance,  to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30.

Sunday 20 February
BRISTOL, 02 Academy, Echo and the Bunnymen.

Thursday 24 February
BATH,
Roper Theatre, Bath Opera in Eugene Onegin, to Sat.

Monday 28 February
YEOVIL, Octagon, Armonico Consort, Baroque Players and Rachel Podger, violin, Vivaldi Four Seasons and Pergolesi Stabat Mater, 7.30.

Tuesday 1 March
BATH, Theatre Royal, Robert Icke’s production of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, to Sat, 7.30, Wed/Thurs/Sat mats 2.30.

Thursday 3 March
EXETER,
Corn Exchange, Tommy Emmanuel with Jerry Douglas.

Tuesday 8 March
SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower,Les Miserables, to 26 March.

Monday 14 March
YEOVIL, Swan Theatre, Go Back for Murder, to Sat.

Saturday 19 March
BATH, Forum, Big Big Train.

Friday 25 March
BOURNEMOUTH, International Centre (BIC), Royal Blood, with The Amazons.

Thursday 31 March
BRISTOL, O2 Academy, Killing Joke, Honour the Fire tour.
YEOVIL, Octagon,  Hill Quartet, Mozart, Puccini, Turina, Mendelssohn, 7.30.

 

Saturday 2 April
BRISTOL,
Old Vic, The Meaning of Zong, to 7 May.

Sunday 3 April
BOURNEMOUTH, The Old Fire Station, Alabama 3.

Monday 4 April
SOUTHAMPTON,
Mayflower,  Fat Friends – the Musical, to Sat.

Tuesday 12 April
SOUTHAMPTON, 1865, Sea Power.

Tuesday 19 April
BRISTOL, O2 Academy, Sea Power.

Wednesday 27 April
YEOVIL, Octagon, Fenella Humphreys, violin, Martin Roscoe, piano, Brahms, Clara Schumann, Mozart, Lili Boulanger, Faure, 7.30.

Friday 29 April
BRISTOL,
02 Academy, Alabama 3.

Saturday 30 April
BRISTOL, 02 Academy, Gary Numan.

 

Thursday 5 May
BOURNEMOUTH, 02 Academy, Gary Numan.

Friday 6 May
PLYMOUTH, Pavilions, Gary Numan.

Tuesday 10 May
BRISTOL,
SWX, Ashley McBryde.

Monday 16 May
YEOVIL,
Swan Theatre, French Dressing, to Sat.

Tuesday 17 May
SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Cluedo, to Sat.

Tuesday 24 May
PLYMOUTH,
Theatre Royal, Les Miserables, 2021 staging, to 11 June.

Wednesday 25 May
YEOVIL, Octagon, Sinfonia Classica, conct Hans-Peter Hofmann, Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Mozart, 7.30.

Tuesday 5 July
SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Jersey Boys, to 16 July.

Tuesday 12 July
BRISTOL, Hippodrome, Les Miserables, 2021 staging, to 6 Aug.

Monday 18 July
YEOVIL,
Swan Theatre, The Thrill of Love, to Sat.

Wednesday 27 July
POOLE, Brownsea Island, Brownsea Open Air Theatre, Twelfth Night, to Friday 12 August, alternate nights to allow for inclement weather.

Friday 12 August

Monday 14 November
SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Dreamgirls, to Sat.

Wednesday 30 November
SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, English National Ballet in Raimonda, to Sat.

 

 

2023

Tuesday 3 January
SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, The Cher Show, to Sat.