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 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.

See “The Arts Diary – June 2022 on”  to see what’s are booked for later in the year and in 2023.



Updated Saturday 21st May, 7.05pm


Sunday 22 May

BATH, Theatre Royal, Ustinov Studio, Strindberg’s The Dance of Death, with Lindsay Duncan and Hilton McRae, to 4 June.
BOURNEMOUTH, BIC, Alan Partridge Live, Stratagem, comedy.
Pavilion, Alan Carr, Regional Trinket, 8pm.
BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, Swan Lake with Lauren Cuthbertson, filmed at the Royal Ballet, 7.30.
MacMillan Theatre, Lucia di Lammermoor, from the Metropolitan Opera, 2pm.
Old Vic, Mayfest, to 29 May.
Hippodrome, My Dad Wrote a Porno, 8pm.
St George’s, Mini Beats with presenter Laura Tanner and brass musicians, 10.30am and 12.30pm: Talisk, Scottish folk trio, 8pm.
Tobacco Factory Theatre, Suthering, folk duo, 8pm.
CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Regent 90th, a celebration of musical theatre with local singers, musicians, etc, 7.30: Downton Abbey: A New Era, film, to Wed.
DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Sean Shibe, guitar, Bach, Reich, Scottish lute music, 7pm.
Northcott, Giovanni Pernice, dance, 2.30 and 7.30.
Theatre Royal, Drum Studio, Solo Voices, Festival of new solo shows, to Sat.
Lighthouse, Musical Discoveries with BSO Resound and National Open Youth Orchestra, 4pm.
SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Oti Mabuse, I Am Here, dance.
Turner Sims, Down for the Count Orchestra, Voices of Swing, the Great American Songbook, 7pm.


Monday 23 May
Forum, John Barrowman.
Mission, Next Stage in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, to Fri, 7.30.
BIC, David Gray, White Ladder, 20th anniversary tour.
Hippodrome, Stewart Lee, Snowflake/Tornado, comedy.
Regent Centre, Operation Mincemeat, film, to Thurs, various times.
Brewhouse, Operation Mincemeat, film, to Fri, various times.
Tivoli, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, film, and Thurs, 7.30, Thurs mat 2.30.


Tuesday 24 May
Theatre Royal,  New Old Friends in Crimes on Centre Court, to Sat, 7.30, Wed/Sat mats 2.30.
Forum, Ansell’s Les Musicals.
BOURNEMOUTH, BIC, A-HA, Hunting High and Low.
Pavilion, Dirty Dancing in Concert, film with live music.
BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Pissarro: Father of Impressionism, Exhibition on Screen, 7.30.
BRISTOL, Hippodrome, Derren Brown, Showman, to Sat.
St George’s, Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene, 7.30.
CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Father of Impressionism, Exhibition on Screen, 7.30, and Sun 2.30.
MARNHULL, Village Hall, Belfast, Moviola film.
Theatre Royal, Les Miserables, 2021 staging, to 11 June.
POOLE, Lighthouse, Downton Abbey: A New Era, film, and Wed and Sat.
SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower,Waitress, to Sat.
STURMINSTER NEWTON, Exchange, Living Spit in Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous, 7.30.
WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Alex Belfield, Voice of Reason, 7.30.

Wednesday 25 May
BATH, Forum, Stewart Lee, Snowflake/Tornado, comedy.
Rondo, Touki – Amadou Diagne from Senegal and French American Cory Seznec, world music, (met as buskers in Bath) 8pm.
BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, Barry Humphries, The Man Behind the Mask, 7.30.
BIC, Pet Shop Boys, Dreamworld.
BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, Mead Community Primary School in The Jungle Book, 12.45 and 6.30pm.
BRISTOL, St George’s, An Acoustic Round with Jamie Lawson, Gemma Hayes, Richard Walters and Laura Zocca, 8pm.
CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Playground, film.
EXETER, Northcott, English Touring Opera, La Boheme, and Sat, 7.30.
LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Living Spit in Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous.
NETLEY ABBEY, St Edward’s Church, Sarah McQuaid, The Chapel Sessions, 7.30.
STOCKBRIDGE, Town Hall, Belfast, Moviola film.
Tivoli, Ronnie Scott’s Allstars, 7.30.
YEOVIL, Octagon, Sinfonia Classica, cond Hans-Peter Hofmann, Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Mozart, 7.30.

Thursday 26 May
BATH, Theatre Royal,  the egg, Bath Theatre Academy in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30.
Chapel Arts, Cool Britannia, A Ride through the Swinging Sixties.
Rondo, Mark Farrelly in The Silence of Snow: the Life of Patrick Hamilton.
BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, Straight Line Crazy, David Hare play with Ralph Fiennes, from The Bridge Theatre, 7pm.
Arts Centre, A Promising Young Woman, film, 7.30.
St George’s, Daniel Tong, piano, Brahms, 1pm: Catrin Finch, harp, Seckou Keita, kora, 8pm.
All Saints Church, Sarah McQuaid, The Chapel Sessions, 7.30.
, Regent Centre, Straight Line Crazy, David Hare play with Ralph Fiennes, from The Bridge Theatre, 7pm, encore 12 June 2pm.
Beehive, Dad’s Army, 1971 film, 2pm: Straight Line Crazy, David Hare play with Ralph Fiennes, from The Bridge Theatre, 7pm.
LYME REGIS, Marine, Straight Line Crazy, David Hare play with Ralph Fiennes, from The Bridge Theatre, 7pm.
PLYMOUTH, Pavilions, Milton Jones, Milton:Impossible, comedy.
POOLE, Lighthouse, Oliver, film 1968, dementia friendly screening, 2pm: Straight Line Crazy, life recording of David Hare play with Ralph Fiennes from National Theatre, 7pm: Oti Mabuse, I Am Here, dance 7.30.
SOUTHAMPTON, MAST, Barney Norris and David Owen Norris in The Wellspring, new play by Barney Norris, to Sat, 8, Sat mat 4pm.
STURMINSTER NEWTON, Exchange, Monty Halls, Commando, illustrated talk, 7.30.
TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Straight Line Crazy, David Hare play with Ralph Fiennes, from The Bridge Theatre, 7pm.
YEOVIL, Westlands, Sandi Toksvig, Next Slide Please,  7.30.

Friday 27 May
BATH, Forum, Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
Chapel Arts, Ma Bessie and her Pig Foot Band, with Julia Titus.
Rondo, Matt Winning in Hot Mess, comedy, 8pm.
BISHOPSTONE, nr Salisbury, Village Hall, Belfast, Moviola film.
Pavilion,  Dara O Briain  in So, Where Were We?  comedy, 8pm.
Pavilion Dance, various venues,  Summer Festival with Future Cargo and Geophonic, dance, theatre, and Sat.
Wiltshire Music Centre, European Union Chamber Orchestra, dir/violin Hans Peter Hofmann, Hannah Condliffe, oboe, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, 7.30.
MacMillan Theatre, Housewives on Holiday, comedy, and Sat, 7.30.
Electric Palace, Comedy Store with Josh Jones, Stephen Grant, Andy Askins and Sally Anne Hayward, 7.30.
St George’s, Milos, classical guitar, Sor, Bach, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos, Duplessy ( new work), 7.30.
Regent Centre, The Lost City, film, to Sun, and Wed/Thurs, various times: Psycho, restored extended version of 1960 film, 8pm.
Village Hall, Belfast, Moviola film.
Northcott, English Touring Opera, Rimsky Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerell, 7.30.
, Memorial Theatre, That’ll Be the Day 35th anniversary show, and Sat, 7.30.
Cheese and Grain,  Zion Train, dub, 8pm.
ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Philip Clouts Quintet, Jazz from the South African Townships, 8pm.
NORTON ST PHILIP, Village Hall, West Side Story 2021, Moviola film.
POOLE, Lighthouse, The Drifters, 7.30: Cup o’ Joe, progressive bluegrass and folk, 8pm: Lucia di Lammermoor encore from the Metropolitan Opera, 1pm.
SALISBURY, Playhouse and various venues, Salisbury International Arts Festival, to 18 June.
David Hall, Belfast, Moviola film.
, Exchange, Belfast, film, 7pm.
Village Hall, West Side Story 2021, Moviola film.
TAUNTON, Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Milton Jones, Milton:Impossible, comedy.
WATCHET, Village Hall, Belfast, Moviola film.
Davis Hall, West Side Story 2021, Moviola film.
Tivoli, Tony Christie, Avenues and Alleyways, greatest hits tour, 7.30.
Village Hall, Death on the Nile, Moviola film.
YEOVIL, Octagon, Barry Humphries, The Man behind the Mask, 7.30.
Westlands, Kate Rusby, folk, 7.30.

Saturday 28 May
BATH, Forum, Go West and Paul Young.
Chapel Arts, Mississippi MacDonald, blues.
Mission, Bedivere Arts in The Many Lives of Nellie Bly, to Mon, 7.30.
Rondo, The Comedy Agency in Paul Kerensa’s The First Broadcast: The Battle for the BEEB in 1922, 8pm.
BOURNEMOUTH, BIC, Diversity, Connected with Ashley Banjo.
BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, London African Gospel Choir, The Bob Marley Songbook, 8pm.
Tobacco Factory Theatre, Ashton Gate Stadium and Bedminster streets, UpFest, music, street food, DJs, street art, and Sun, 10am and 11pm.
Regent Centre, The Sound of Springsteen, 7.30.
COMBEINTEIGHEAD, Hearn Field, Illyria in Peter Pan, 6.30.
FROME, Merlin, Frome Comedy Club with Stuart Goldsmith, Harvey Hawkins, Stephanie Laing and Ignacio Lopez, 7.30.
Beehive, Operation Mincemeat, film, 7.30.
Lighthouse, Jeremiah, gig theatre, 8pm.
Guildhall, Milton Jones, Milton:Impossible, comedy.
David Hall, Oysterband.
Exchange, December ’63 – O What a Night, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute, 7.30.
Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Wayne Sleep, Five Decades of Dance, 7.30.
Tivoli, Los Endos, Untimate Genesis – Strictly Foxtrot, 7.30.
Octagon, Midnight Train to Georgia: a celebration of Gladys Knight, 7.30.

Sunday 29 May
Pavilion,  The Overtones, 7.30.
Hippodrome, Bianca del Rio, comedy, drag, etc.
St George’s, Youthful Spirit Gospel Choir, 2.30pm.
DUNSTER, Castle, Three Inch Fools in Twelfth Night, 7pm.
FROME, Merlin ECOS Amphitheatre, Illyria in Peter Pan, 2pm.
Cheese and Grain, Two Mr Ps in a Pod(cast), comedy.
LYME REGIS, Marine, Sunday Sessions, local musicians, free, 2.30.
POOLE, Lighthouse, Housewives on Holiday, 7.45.
SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, London Concert Orchestra in The Best of John Williams, 5pm.
YEOVIL, Westlands, BSO Chamber Ensemble, Homelands, Vaughan Williams, Bernstein, sea shanties and traditional folk, 2.30pm.

Monday 30 May
Theatre Royal, English Touring Opera in Rimsky Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerell, 7.30.
BIDEFORD, Tapeley Park, Illyria in Peter Pan, 5pm.
BRISTOL, Hippodrome, Ore Oduba in The Rocky Horror Show, to Sat.
O2 Academy, Bloc Party.
Theatre Royal, Drum Studio, Underwater, dance for babies and mothers, and Tues, 11am, 1 and 3pm.
Mayflower, The Story of Soul, 7.30.
MAST, A Life in Musicals, with Earl Carpenter and Katie Hall, 7pm.
WIMBORNE, Tivoli, The Psychology of Serial Killers with forensics expert Jennifer Rees, and Tues, 7.3o.

Tuesday 31 May
BATH, Theatre Royal, English Touring Opera in La Boheme, 7.30: the egg, Little Angel in Handa’s Surprise, to Sat, various day times.
Forum, The Good, the Bad and the Rugby, with James Haskell, Mike Tindall and Alex Payne.
BOURNEMOUTH, BIC, The Script, Greatest Hits tour with Ella Henderson.
EXETER, Northcott, Ansell’s Les Musicals, 7.30.
POOLE, Lighthouse, Simple Politics in How Does This Politics Thing Work, Then?  2 and 7pm.
SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Thank You for the Music, ABBA tribute.
MAST, Luke Wright, performance poet, 7.30.
TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Singalonga Frozen, various times.