The Arts Diary

What’s on stage and screen in Dorset and Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Hampshire and beyond, from Friday 19th  to Sunday 28th April 2019


Friday 19 April

BATH, Theatre Royal, Katherine Parkinson in Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling, from the National Theatre, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat: Ustinov Studio, The Omission of the Family Coleman, by Claudio Tolcachir, UK premiere, to 27 April.
Rondo, RoughHouse Theatre in The Long Walk Back, about cricketer Chris Lewis.

BEAULIEU, Abbey, Sing Stainer’s Crucifixion, with David Woodgates and professional soloists, 7pm.

BLACK DOG, Memorial Hall,  The Drystones, folk duo from Cumbria, 7.30. ViA

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, Remembering the Movies with Aljaz and Janette from Strictly Come Dancing.

BRISTOL, Hippodrome, Rock of Ages, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30.
Old Vic, English Touring Theatre in Equus, to Sat:Weston Studio, Kid Carpet and Noisy Animals in Noisy Holiday, to Sat, 10.30am and 1.30pm.
Tobacco Factory, Our Country’s Good, to 11 May.
St George’s, Gretchen Peters with Southern Fried String Quartet, 7.30.
02 Academy, Love from Stourbridge, with Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and Pop Will Eat Itself.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Instant Family, film, and Sat: Regent Centre, The Kid Who Would be King, film, and Sat.

EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Exeter Musical Society in Grease, to Sat, 7.30, Fri/Sat mats 2.30.
Phoenix, Ferocious Dog.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, The Wurzels.

HONITON, Beehive, Schlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids, 2pm.

ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, New Orleans Heat, jazz, 8.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, The Stones, tribute, 8.

PANBOROUGH, The Panborough Inn, Mr Punch’s Folk Club, Open Mic, all singers, musicians and poets welcome, 8.

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, to Sat.
Pavilions, The Specials.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Seven Drunken Nights, the story of The Dubliners, 7.30.

PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall, Richard Ashcroft.

SALISBURY, Playhouse, Handbagged, and Sat.

SHAFTESBURY, Arts Centre, Funny Cow, film, 8.

SIDMOUTH, Parish Church, Sidmouth Occasional Choir and Orchestra, Bach, St John Passion, 7.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Taunton Gang Show, to Sat.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, Dumbo, to 22 April (not 21st): Fisherman’s Friends, to Mon.

WARMINSTER, Athenaeum, Limelight Players in Goodnight Mr Tom, to Sat.

WELLS, Cathedral, Bath Camarata, cond Benjamin Goodson, Bach, MacMillan, 7.30.

WESTON super MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Rain Man, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, That’ll Be the Day, 7.30.

WHITEPARISH, All Saints Church,  St John Singers, Stainer’s Crucifixion, dir Stephen Abbott, tenor Morley Beswick, bass Robert Blakey, 7pm.




Saturday 20 April

BATH, Komedia, Krater Comedy Club with Christian Reilly, Stuart Mitchell, Damian Clark and Dana Alexander.
Rondo, Hodgepodge Theatre in Be Happy, Harry Hippo, 2pm: Eleanor Conway, Walk of Shame, comedy.

BOTHENHAMPTON, Village Hall, The Wife, Moviola film.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, Dancing Queen.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Ballet Theatre UK in Swan Lake, 7.30.
Electric Palace, The Wurzels, and The Skimmity Hitchers, 8pm.

BRISTOL, St George’s, Bath Camerata, MacMillan, Bach, 8.

EXETER, University Great Hall, The Specials.
Barnfield Theatre, Arrival, the hits of ABBA, and Sun, 8.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Lyme Comedy Club with Chris McCausland, Suzy Bennett and Andrew White, 8.

POOLE, Lighthouse, The Amazing Bubble Man, 2.

SHAFTESBURY, Arts Centre, Bohemian Rhapsody, film, 7.30.

SIDMOUTH, Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth Musical Theatre in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, to 27 April, 7.45.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Mark Morris Dance Group in Pepperland.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Lance Cpl Richard Jones, Escape, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli Theatre, Fisherman’’s Friends, film, 7.30.




Sunday 21 April

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, That’ll Be the Day, Sundays to 19 May.

BRISTOL, Old Vic, Weston Studio, Shean Mahoney: Until You Hear the Bell, cabaret, 8.
Colston Hall Foyer, Echo Collective plays Amnesiac by Radiohead.

POOLE, Lighthouse, National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, Music for Movement, ballet, Broadway and Latin American, 3.




Monday 22 April

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Hair, to Sat.

SHERBORNE, Abbey, Lunchtime organ recital, Timothy Uglow, 1pm.




Tuesday 23 April

BATH, Theatre Royal, BODS in Fiddler on the Roof, to Sat, 7.30, Wed/Fri/Sat mats 2.30: the egg, The Sun, The Moon and the Coffee Pot, and Wed, 10am and 11.15am.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Rembrandt, exhibition on screen, 7.30.

BRISTOL, Old Vic, Ballet Black, double bill, and Wed.
Tobacco Factory, Spielman Studio, Javaad Alipoor in The Believers Are But Brothers, to 27 April.
Fiddlers, Sun Ra Arkestra, jazz.
Wardrobe Theatre, Moore Moss Rutter, folk.

CORSHAM, Pound Arts, Leave No Trace, film, 7.30.

FROME, Merlin, Project Play in  ‘Allo ‘Allo!, to Sat, 7.30.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, A Man for All Seasons, 1966 film, 7.30.

MARNHULL, Village Hall, Stan and Ollie, Moviola film.

MEMBURY, Village Hall, King of Thieves, Moviolafilm.

POOLE, Lighthouse, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, to Sat, 7.45, Wed/Sat mats 2.30.

SALISBURY, Playhouse, Around the World in 80 Days, to Sat, 7, Thurs/Sat mats 2.

SOUTHAMPTON, Nuffield City, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre in Sleuth, to Sat, 7.45.
Turner Sims, London Mozart Players, 70th anniversary concert, Mozart, Poulenc, Beethoven, 8.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, Everybody Knows, to Thurs.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Charlie Lansborough, farewell tour, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli Theatre, The Aftermath, film, 7.30 and Thurs mat 12.30 (correct)




Wednesday 24 April

BATH, Komedia, Bert Kreischer, SOLD OUT

BOURNEMOUTH, Shelley Theatre, Hearts Beat Loud, play, 8.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, Seann Walsh, comedy, 8.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, From Page to Screen, Closely Observed Trains, 1966 film, 11am: It Happened One Night, 1934 film, 2pm: State of the Union, 1948 film, 5pm: A Private War, film, 8pm.

BRISTOL, Hippodrome, ET – the Extra Terrestrial, film with live music.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Milton Musical Society in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – the Musical, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30.

DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Wyvern in Words Take Wings, folk drama drawn from Hardy’s notebooks, 8.

EAST KNOYLE, Village Hall, The More You Ignore Me, Moviola film.

EXETER, Northcott Theatre, The Jasmin Vardimon Company in JV2 2019, 7.30.

ILMINSTER, Warehouse Theatre, IES in Dangerous Corner, to Sat, 7.30.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Theatr Iolo and The Riverfront in Transporter, 11-plus, 8.

NEW MILTON, Forest Arts, A Star is Born, film, 2 and 7.30.

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Drum Studio, Third Angel in The Department of Distractions, to Sat.

POOLE, Lighthouse,  cinema, The Blues Brothers (1980), dementia friendly screening, 2.

SALISBURY, Arts Centre, M Hulot’s Holiday, 1953 film, 2.30: Peterloo, film, 7.30.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Horrible Histories – the Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians, to Sun.

WESTON super MARE, Playhouse Theatre, WSM Operatic Society in Hot Mikado, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli Theatre, Vienna Festival Ballet, Giselle, 7.30.




Thursday 25 April

BATH, Theatre Royal, the egg, National Theatre Connections, youth theatre showcase, to 1 May.
Chapel Arts, Holder and Smith, Hot Club jazz.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, Ant Middleton, mountaineer and explorer.
Shelley Theatre, Airpocket Theatre in Daisy Chain, and Fri, 7.30.

BRIDGWATER, McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Classical and Contemporary Music Showcase, 7.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, From Page to Screen, Diva, 1981 film, 11am: Mr Smith Goes to Washington, 1939 film 2pm: All the President’s Men, 1976 film, 5pm: Vice, film, 8pm.

BRISTOL, Hippodrome, A Vision of Elvis, 7.30.
Old Vic, Impermenance in Brecht’s Baal, dance, 7.30: Weston Studio, Young Ferment, to Sat, 7, Sat mat 2.
Colston Hall Foyer, Murray A Lightburn.

CORSHAM, Pound Arts, Wildlife, film, 11am and 7.30.

EXETER, Corn Exchange, Vienna Festival Ballet in Coppelia, 7.30.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Des O’Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck, comedy, 7.30; Nick Harper’s 58 Fordwych Road,  singer-songwriter’s new show, 8.

SALISBURY, Playhouse, Salberg Studio, Folio Theatre in The Edit, to Sat, 7.45, Sat mat 2.45.

SEATON, Gateway, All About Eve, encore by satellite from West End, 7.

STREET, Strode Theatre, All About Eve, with Gillian Anderson and Lily James, encore screening from the West End, 7.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, Neil Sands’ Sentimental Journey, favourite songs and memories, 2pm.

WELLS, Cathedral, Matthew Owens, organ, Bach complete organ works 26, 1pm.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli Theatre, Colin Blunstone Band, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Back to Bacharach.
Westlands, Laughing Boy Comedy Club.




Friday 26 April

BATH, Komedia, The Ministry of Burlesque.
Chapel Arts, Marshes with Beth Porter, contemporary folk.

BICKENHALL, Village Hall, Stan and Ollie, Moviola film.

BISHOPSTONE, nr Salisbury, Village Hall, First Man, Moviola film.

BISHOPSTONE, nr Swindon, Village Hall, Widows, Moviola film.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, Alumni of Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Schutz, Holst, Elgar, Sullivan, Gershwin, etc, 7.30.

BRIDGWATER, McMillan Theatre, Neil Sands, Sentimental Journey, 2pm.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, From Page to Screen, Live Flesh, 1998 film, 11am: Rebecca, 1940 film, 2pm: Can You Ever Forgive Me, film, 5.30: Tell It to the Bees, film, 8pm.

BRISTOL, Folk House, Blair Dunlop, folk.
Colston Hall Foyer, DJ Yoda.

COLYTON, Village Hall, First Man, Moviola film.

CORSHAM, Pound Arts, The Ukulele Red Bandits, 8.15.

CROWCOMBE, Village Hall, Widows, Moviola film

DUNSTER, Village Hall, Stan and Ollie, Moviolaa film.

EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Faulty Towers – the Dining Experience, and Sat, 7.
Corn Exchange, Oas-is and Stereoironics, tribute, 7.30.
Powderham Castle, The James Owston Quintet, 7.30.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, The Story of Guitar Heroes.

FORDINGBRIDGE, Town Hall, A Star is Born, Moviola film.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, Eat Static and Banko de Gaia, and Sat.

HATCH BEAUCHAMP, Village Hall, Shoebox Theatre, Library of Lost Memories, 7.30. TA

HOLWELL, nr Sherbone, Village Hall, The Wife, Moviolaa film.

HONITON, Beehive, Easter Parade, Irving Berlin musical film, 1948, 2pm.

ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Nikki Iles and her trio, with Karen Sharp, and Stan Sulzmann, tenor saxes, 8.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Posting Letters to the Moon, Lucy Fleming and Simon Williams reading lessons of Celia Johnson and Peter Fleming, 8.

NORTON ST PHILLIP, Village Hall, Stan and Ollie, Moviola film.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Adam Glasser’s South Africa and Beyond, jazz, 8.

SALISBURY, Arts Centre, Barnstormers Comedy Club, 8.30.

SCORITON, Village Hall, James Hickman, guitar, and Dan Cassidy, fiddle, transatlantic folk roots, 7.30. ViA

SHAFTESBURY, Arts Centre, The Breadwinner, film, 8.

SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Flook, 8.

TATWORTH, Village Hall, Stan and Ollie, Moviola film.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, YolanDa Brown, jazz saxophone, 7.30.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, At Eternity’s Gate, and Sat/Mon.

WATCHET, Village Hall, The Wife, Moviola film.

WEST BAY, Sladers Yard, artist Brian Graham in conversation with Prof Simon Olding, 6.30.

WEST CAMEL, Davis Hall, Stan and Ollie, Moviola film.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Girl Power, The Spice Girls Experience, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli Theatre, The Unthanks, acoustic, folk, 7.30.

WINTERSLOW, Village Hall, A Star is Born, Moviola film.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Showaddywaddy.




Saturday 27 April

BATH, Komedia, Krater Comedy Club with Josh Pugh, Maff Brown, Paul Pirie and Duncan Oakley.
Chapel Arts, Daria Kulesh and Marina Osman, Russian songs, etc.

BOURNEMOUTH, Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth Folk Club, The Urban Folk Quartet, 8.

BOWERCHALKE, Village Hall, Scratchworks Theatre in The Great Train Robbery, 8. RAW

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, Dylan (Thomas) and Igor (Stravinsky), wild words with Michael Loader, 3pm.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, From Page to Screen, Il Postino, 1994 film, 11am: Dumbo, 2019 film, 2pm: Black Panther, film, 5pm: If Beale Street Could Talk, film, 7.30.

BRISTOL, Old Vic, Balletboyz in Them/Us, and Sun, 7.30.
Hippodrome, Michael Ball in Coming Home to You.

CHOLDERTON, Village Hall, John Hinton, Ensonglopedia of Animals, 4pm. RAW

COMPTON BASSETT, Village Hall, Higgs Bison, original topical songs, 8. RAW

CORSHAM, Pound Arts, Moore Russ Rutter, folk trio, 8.

DOWNTON, Village Hall, Bohemian Rhapsody, Moviola film.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, A Foreigner’s Journey, tribute.

HALSTOCK, Village Hall, Stan and Ollie, Moviola film.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Alabama 3 Acoustic, 8.

MARTOCK, Parish Church, Yeovil Concert Band, 7.30.
Parish Hall, Stan and Ollie, Moviola film.

MERE, Lecture Hall, Pagoda Project, Paul Hutchinson and Karen Wimhurst, folk and improvisation, 7.30. RAW

POOLE, Lighthouse, Bournemouth Male Voice Choir, 7.30; Xavier de Sousa, Post, food, drink and talk about identity, 8.

SALISBURY, City Hall, Seven Drunken Nights, Irish folk.
Arts Centre, The Portraits, local duo, noon: Cara Dillon, 8.
United Reformed Church, Salisbury Chamber Music Society, Aiden and Andrew Fisher, string chamber music, 7.30.

SEATON, Gateway, The Simmertones, ska and reggae, 7.30.

SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall,  Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again, film with food, 7.30.

SOUTH WRAXALL, Village Hall, Lewis Clark, vaudeville, 7.30. RAW

STEEPLE ASHTON, Village Hall, The Little Stranger, Moviola film.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Taking The Space Young Actors, showcase, 7, and Sun 1.30.

WEST BAY, Sladers Yard, Three Cane Whale, multi-instrumental acoustic trio, 8.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, The Sensational 60s Experience, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli Theatre, Showaddywaddy, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon,  Welcome Rat Pack Live.




Sunday 28 April

BATH, Komedia, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, Victim, Complex, comedy.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, Strictly Mantovani.
Pavilion Dance, AUB and Pavilion Dance Springboard, showcase, 6pm.
Shelley Theatre, The Dodge Brothers, skiffle and blues, 7.30.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, From Page to Screen, The Leopard, 1963 film, 10am: The Queen, 2006 film, 2pm: Being There, 1979 film, 5pm: The Favourite, film, 7.30.

BRISTOL, Folk House, William Tyler, folk.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, The White Crow, film, to Thurs: As You Like It, encore screening from RSC, 7pm.

EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Buddy Holly – a Legend Reborn, 7.30.

FROME, Merlin, Jacqueline Wilson, 2pm.

KINGTON LANGLEY, Village Hall, John Hinton, Ensonglopedia of Animals, 3pm. RAW

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Jazz in the Bar, celebrating Miles Davis, 8.

NEW MILTON, Forest Arts, Riverside Performing Arts in The Rainbow Fish, 2.30.

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Andy Ford, Live and All Over the Fiippen’ Shop.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, Cinema Paradiso.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Paul Merton’s Impro Chums, comedy, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Sinfonia Classica, Tamsin Little, violin, Warlock, Mozart, Shostakovich The Gadfly, Haydn, 7.30.






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