What’s in store on the Lighthouse stages

POOLE’S Lighthouse, the country’s largest multi-purpose arts centre outside London, has a busy programme  for the late winter and spring, with concerts, plays and other events to tempt most tastes.

As always, the most regular feature at the concert hall will be performances by the Bournemouth Symphony Orc­h­estra at their home venue. Between 15th January and 13th May there will be 14 concerts on Wednesdays,  and a special Hollywood Head to Head on Saturday 7th March. Beethoven’s 250th anniversary is celebrated in 2020, and his music will be featured in two concerts at Poole. Several will be conducted by the BSO’s principal conductor Kirill Kara­bits. For full details visit the website, www.bsolive.com

The Lighthouse theatre, as well as its more intimate Sherling Studio, welcome tours of dramas, comedies, mysteries and musicals.  In early 2020 they include The Mousetrap and Jane Eyre, with television adaptations Friendsical the musical,  Some Mothers Do ‘ave ‘em and Round the Horne. The Sherling welcomes, local company Doppelganger in Reckonings, as well as Volpone, a solo King Lear and Florence, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the world’s most famous nurse.

The exciting dance programme includes Return to Heaven with the Mark Bruce Company on 12th February, as well as a return from Balletboyz (pictured).

Dorset based Angel Exit makes a welcome return in February with toooB – billed as dance for the very young. Louis Pearl aka The Amazing Bubble Man, is at Poole on 19th February. Those are just two of many family shows scheduled at the venue.

The programme includes several “live from” transmissions for opera, a visit from English Touring Opera with Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte (pictured) and Handel’s Guilio Cesare, and in April an Easter performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

Studio Jazz is always a popular part of the programme, and the guests early in 2020 include Iain Ballamy, Xhosa Cole, Lianne Carroll and Zoe Rahman.

Coastal Comedy is the regular laugh spot, as well as the various tours. Comedy sells out faster than any other genre these days, so book early for Sandi Toksvig and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue in Jan­uary, Black Cherry Im­prov and Ahir Shah in Febru­ary, Tommy Tiernan and Henning Wehn in March, Pam Ayres in May and Jessica Fostekew in June.

The popular music schedule includes visits to Poole from Paul Carrack, Midge Ure, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Wilko Johnson with John Otway, and Ralph Mc Tell, with numerous tribute shows.

For the chance to browse through the whole of the new programme, which extends into July, visit the website on www.lighthousepoole.co.uk or pick up a copy at your local theatre, arts centre or library, if you can’t get into Poole yourself.

Watch out for regular updates and full listings on The Fine Times Recorder.