The Arts Diary

What’s on stage and screen in Dorset and Somerset, Devon, Hants and Wilts and beyond, from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th August 2017


Friday 18 August

AXMINSTER, Burrow Farm Gardens, Folksy Theatre in The Princess and the Pig, and Sat, 11am and 3pm.

BATH, Theatre Royal, Sara Kestelman in The Lady in the Van, to 2 Sept: Ustinov Studio, Henry Goodman in Looking at Lucian, to 2 Sept.
Various venues, Bath Folk Festival, to 20 Aug, workshops, masterclasses and performances, see

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion Dance, Dancing Terraces, and Sat, to 26 Aug, 7 to 9pm.
Pavilion Ballroom, Pavilion Summer Youth Theatre School, to 19 Aug.
Shelley Theatre, London Repertory Players in Dangerous Obsession, to Tues.

BURTON BRADSTOCK, various venues, Burton Bradstock Festival, to 20 Aug.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Gifted, film, to Sat: CARS 3, film, to Thurs.

CORFE CASTLE, Castle, Illyria in The Lost World.

GREAT TORRINGTON, Vicarage Gardens, Handlebards (women) in As You Like It.

HALSE, Village Hall, Halse Players in Fondly Remembered, and Sat, 7.30.

HONITON, Beehive, Hokusai, exhibition on film, 7pm.

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Lyric, Crazy for You, to 26 Aug, 7.30, some mats.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Despicable Me 3, film, various dates to 23 Aug: Spiderman: Homecoming, film, and 24 Aug and 1 Sept: Dunkirk, film, and Sat and Tues-Thurs.

SALISBURY, Museum Garden, Stage 65 and Kazzum in A Sublime Feeling, to Sat, 7pm, Sat mat 3pm.
Arts Centre, A Monster Calls, film, 11am.

SIDMOUTH, Manor Pavilion, Noel Coward’s Relative Values, to Wed.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, STOMP, to Sat.

SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Petherton Picture Show, Viceroy’s House.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Roy Orbison Show with Barry Steele, 7.30.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, The Emoji Movie, 2.15pm to Thurs: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, eves, to Thurs.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Jethro, The Bull and Bonkers tour.




Saturday 19 August

BARNSTAPLE, Arlington Court, Illyria in The Comedy of Errors.

BATH, Komedia, Krater Comedy Club, Marlon Davis, David Haddingham, Paul Pirie and Sean Meo.

BEAULIEU, Abbey, Ian Evans, piano, classical to jazz, 7.

BOTHENHAMPTON, Village Hall, Viceroy’s House, Moviola film.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, summer youth theatre school, public performance.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, Andre Rieu Maastricht concert 2017 encore, 7pm.

FROME, Memorial Theatre, Rock’n’Roll Paradise, 7.30.

HALSTOCK, Village Hall, Viceroy’s House, Moviola film.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, The Nightingale Sang, Samantha celebrates Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday, 7pm.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, Los Pacaminos with Paul Young.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, film, 7.30.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, cond Anthony Krauss, tenor Andrew Forbes-Lane, soprano Alison Roddy, Proms Gala, 7.30.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, The Ultimate Beatles.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Barrie Steele in Roy Orbison and Friends.

WRINGTON, Tyntesfield, Illyria in The Emperor’s New Clothes.




Sunday 20 August

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, The Searchers, 7.30.

GILLINGHAM, Methodist Chuch, Summer Organ Recital with Claudia Grinnell, 3pm.

NETHER STOWEY, Village Hall, Their Finest, Moviola film.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Jimmy Carr, comedy




Monday 21 August

BATH, Rondo, Rondo Drama Summer School, devise, rehearse and improvise, to Fri.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, Dirty Dancing, to Sat.

BRISTOL, Thekla, Timber Timbre, folk.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Hampstead, film, to Thurs.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Joe McElderry.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Pirates of the Pavilion, summer pantomime, Monday and Tuesday to 29 Aug.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Alone in Berlin, film, to Wed, 7.30.




Tuesday 22 August

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, Lantern, Holy F*ck.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, The Handlebards in As You Like It, 6pm.

POOLE, Lighthouse, encore screening of Titus Andronicus from RSC, 1.30.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Dreamboats and Petticoats, to Sat.




Wednesday 23 August

AXMINSTER, Burrow Farm Gardens, Folksy Theatre in Julia Donaldson’s The Smartest Giant in Town, 11am and 3pm.

BRIDPORT, Millennium Green, Handlebards (women) in As You Like It, 7pm.

FROME, Merlin, Tri.Art Theatre School seniors in Les Miserables, to Sat, 7.

NEW MILTON, Forest Arts, Viceroy’s House, film.

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Drum Studio, The Blue Road, to Sat, 7.45.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, The Last Word, film, 7.30.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, That’ll Be the Day.




Thursday 24 August

ANSTY, Commandery,  TAG in A Winter’s Tale, to Sat, 7.30.

BATH, Theatre Royal, the egg, Theatre School Summer Company in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, to Sun, 7, Sat/Sun mats 2.

BOURNEMOUTH, Shelley Theatre Boscombe, Beauty and the Beast, Moviola film.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Anchorman, film, 8.

DORCHESTER, Maumbury Rings, The Handlebards in As You Like It, 7.30.

SIDMOUTH, Manor Pavilion, Robin Hawdon’s Birthday Suite, to Wed.

STREET, Strode Theatre, The Young Musical Theatre Co in Footloose, to Sat, 7.30.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, Viceroy’s House, film.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Bringing on Back the 60s, with Wayne Fontana and Mike Pender, 7.30.

TOLLER PORCORUM, Village Hall, Paddleboat Theatre in Rustle, 3pm. (workshop at 1.30pm) AR

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, The Dreamers and the Temple Brothers (Everley tribute).

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Angels in America Pt II: Perestroika, encore from National Theatre, 7pm.




Friday 25 August

BOURNEMOUTH, Shelley Theatre Boscombe, Handlebards (women) in As You Like It.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, West of England Youth Orchestra, cond Timothy Redmond, Simon Blendis, violin, Stravinsky, Rimsky Korsakov, world premiere of Jeff Moore’s Violin Concerto, 7.30, and Sat 3pm.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Baby Driver, film, and Sat: Captain Underpants: the First Epic Movie, to Thurs.

GLASTONBURY, Abbey, The Festival Players in The Merry Wives of Windsor, 7.30pm.

HONITON, Beehive, Nostalgic Cinema, Casablanca, 2pm: Dunkirk (new film) and Sat, 7.30.

ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Alan Barnes, saxophone, Dave Newton, piano, modern jazz, 8.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Wayne Ellington sings Nat King Cole, 8.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Maudie and War for the Planet of the Apes, films, to Thurs.

SALISBURY, Arts Centre, Neruda, film, 7.30.

SHREWSBURY, Folk Festival, to 28 Aug, with The Transports, Coven, Jim Moray, John Kirkpatrick, Louden Wainwright III, Seth Lakeman, the Unthanks, etc.

STOKE ST MICHAEL, Village Hall, Viceroy’s House, Moviola film.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, David Lynch: The Art of Life, film, 6pm: Mulholland Drive, film, 8.30.

THEALE, Panborough Inn, Mr Punch’s Folk Club.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, The Nut Job, 2.15, to Thurs: Gifted, 7.10pm, to Mon.

WEST CAMEL, Davis Hall, Viceroy’s House, Moviola film.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, The Quo Experience.

WIMBORNE, Walford Mill, Rain or Shine in Twelfth Night, 7.30pm.
Tivoli, The Bohemians, Queen tribute.




Saturday 26 August

ABBOTSBURY, Sub-tropical Gardens, The Festival Players in The Merry Wives of Windsor, 7pm.

BATH, Komedia, Krater Comedy Club, Zoe Lyons, Keith Carter, Keith Farnan and Sean Meo.

BEAULIEU, Bucklers Hard, Handlebards (women) in As You Like It.

DORCHESTER, Dorchester Arts at Anonymous, 11am to 6pm.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Johnny Warman’s British Invasion, tribute to bands of the 60s, 8pm.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Captain Underpants, film, and Tues.

SALISBURY, Arts Centre, The Alphabet Business Convention, celebration of punk and psychedelic composer Tim Smith, 6pm.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, Chicago Blues Brothers, 7.30.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, 11.30 and 2pm: Saturday Night Fever, film, 7.30.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Purple Rain, a celebration of Prince.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Rockin’ at the Pavilion.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, The Bootleg Shadows.




Sunday 27 August

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, The Illegal Eagles.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, The Beguiled, film, to Tues.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Folksy Theatre in The Smartest Giant in Town, 4pm.

PURBECK, Folk Festival, Emily Barker.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, The Magic of Motown.



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