The Arts Diary

What’s on stage and screen in Dorset and Somerset, Devon, Hants and Wilts and beyond, from Friday 23rd June to Sunday 2nd July 2017


Friday 23 June

BATH, Theatre Royal, David Haig in Racing Demon, to 8 July: the egg, Let’s All Dance in Teddy Bear’s Picnic, to Sun, day times.
Chapel Arts, Miss Hope Springs, drag cabaret, and Sat, 8.
Rondo, Rondo Theatre in Wyrd Sisters, to Sat, 7.30.

BOURNEMOUTH, Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, Timezone Theatre in Mozart and Salieri, one-act opera, and A Night in Vienna, Mozart arias and duets, 7.30.

BRIDGWATER, Arts Centre, Limehouse Lizzie.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Ballet Central, 7.30, and Sat 2pm.

BRISTOL, Old Vic, Julius Caesar, with Julian Glover and students from BOVTS,  to 1 July.
Hippodrome, Thoroughly Modern Millie, to Sat.
Tobacco Factory, BOVTS in 13, to 1 July, 7.30, Tue/Thur/Sat mats 2.30.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, A Dog’s Purpose, film, and Sat, various times.

CROWCOMBE, Village Hall, The Olive Tree, Moviola film.

DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Youth Theatre in Charlotte Holmes – Future Detective, and Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns, 6.30.

EXETER, Northcott Theatre, The Railway Children, to 24 June.
Poltimore House, Cygnet in Much Ado About Nothing, 7, and Sat 6.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Bon Jovi Experience, 8.

FARLEY, Farley Music Festival, to Sun,
All Saints Church, Karolina Pancernaite, piano, Clementi, Medtner, Liszt, 7pm.

FROME, Merlin Theatre, Selwood Academy in Little Shop of Horrors, to Sat, 7.30.

IFORD, Festival, The Barber of Seville, and 24, 27, 28 and 30 June and 1 July.

ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Jean Toussaint, saxophone, with Craig Milverton Trio, jazz, 8.

PILTON, Worthy Farm, Glastonbury Festival, to Sun.

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Lyric, Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30: Drum Studio, Ontroerend Goed, etc in Eyes, to 24 June, 7.45.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Cinema, My Cousin Rachel, to Thurs.

SALISBURY, Playhouse, Watermill Theatre in Twelfth Night, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.15.

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

SIDMOUTH, Manor Pavilion, Ray Cooney’s Caught in the Net, to 28 June, 8pm.
Marine, The Cormorants, 9.30pm.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, La Cage aux Folles, to Sat.
Nuffield, SOS in The Pyjama Game, to Sat,
Engine Rooms, Tom Clarke from The Enemy.

SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Jackie, Moviola film.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, Champions of Rock, The Ultimate Tribute to Queen, 7.30.

TATWORTH, Village Hall, Jackie, Moviola film.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Ballet Cymru in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Sat, 7.30.
Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, The Jukes Down at the Diner, 7.30.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, The Levelling, to Mon, 7.

WATCHET, Village Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

WELLS, Cathedral, Early Music Wells, Bach Cello Suites by Candlelight, Luise Buchberger, 7.30.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Weston College Performing Arts.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, The Queens of Country, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Let’s Hang On, music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Castaways in Bugsy Malone, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.




Saturday 24 June

ALDERBURY, Village Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

ASHURST, New Forest Pub, Handlebards (women) in As You Like It.

BATH, Komedia, Krater Comedy Club with Rich Wilson, Danny McLoughlin, Michael Fabbri and Jo Jo Smith, 8.

BEAMINSTER, Festival, to 2 July.
Square, Street Party with local bands inc Broadwindsor Jammers, Shadrack Street Blues, 5 to 9pm.

BOURNEMOUTH, Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, Carnival of Objects in The Sea, and Sun, 8.

BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, Mad to be Normal, film about RD Laing, 7.30.

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, City of Bristol Choir: Lantern, Hacienda Classical.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, The Jukes, Down at the Diner, 7.30.

FARLEY, All Saints Church, Hatstand Opera, Golden Moments from Opera, 7pm.

FRAMPTON, Village Hall, BOVTS in Under Milk Wood, 7.30. AR

HONITON, The Beehive, The Dark Side of Pink Floyd, 7.30.

LANGTON HERRING, Higher Farmhouse, Chesil Rocks, inc The Leylines, Mad Hatters, Million Dollar Bash etc, in aid of Samaritans, 11am to midnight.

LONGBRIDGE DEVERILL, George Inn, Mark Nevin and his band, DeverIll’s Performing Arts, 7.30.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Comedy Club, 8.

NEW MILTON, Forest Arts, Hurricane Michael.

NEWTON TONY, Memorial Hall, Ninebarrow, folk, 8. RAW

POOLE, Lighthouse, Cinema, Mindhorn, to Thurs.

SALISBURY, Cathedral, Salisbury Musical Society, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, cond Ian Wicks, Mendelssohn, Elijah, 7.30.
Arts Centre, Richard Digance, Golden Anniversary Tour.
City Hall, Magic of Motown, 7.30.

STOURTON CAUNDLE, St Peter’s Church, Impressions of Spring and Summer, flute, viola and harp trio from BSO, 7.30.

SWANAGE, Durlston Country Park, Rude Mechanicals in The Commercial Traveller, 7.30.
St Mary’s Church, Dorset County Orchestra, cond Ian Pillow and Arturo Serra, Valerie Tsoi, piano, Grieg, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, 7.30.

TAUNTON, Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Stagestruck, Variety 2017, 7.30.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Beverley Craven.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, My Cousin Rachel, film, to Thurs, 7.30.




Sunday 25 June

BEAMINSTER, St Mary’s Church, Tom Poster, piano, 7.30.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Pavilion Dance, Spotlight, local dance showcase, 6pm.

BRISTOL, Hippodrome, Jackson Live in Concert.
St Andrew’s Park, The Pantaloons in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 7.30pm.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Bournemouth Concert Brass, 7.30.

FARLEY, All Saints Church, Festival Evensong, 6pm.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, Germaine Greer, 8.

DORCHESTER, Maumbury Rings, Rain or Shine in Twelfth Night, 7pm.

NETHERBURY, The Mill House, The Festival Players in The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2.30pm.

NETHER STOWEY, Village Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Kevin and Karen, dance.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, BOVTS in Under Milk Wood, 7.30. AR

TOLLARD ROYAL, Larmer Tree, Handlebards (women) in As You Like It.




Monday 26 June

BEAMINSTER, St Mary’s Church, Emily Sun, violin, 11.30am: John Makepeace, Beyond Parnham, talk, 2.30: Choral Evensong with Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, free, 7pm.
School, Festival Hall, Cambridge Footlights, comedy, 8.30.

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, Junun.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, The Zookeeper’s Wife, film, and Tues, various times.

EXETER, Northcott Theatre, All Or Nothing, The Mod Musical, to Wed, 7.30, Wed mat 2.30.

FROME, Merlin Theatre, Salome, live by satellite from the National Theatre, 7.

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Lyric, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, to Sat, 7.30, Thurs/Sat mats 2.30.

TAUNTON, Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, West Monkton Primary School in The Keymaster, 1 and 7pm.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Strictly Murder, to Wed, 7.30, Wed mat.




Tuesday 27 June

BATH, Mission Theatre, Next Stage in Birdsong, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.

BEAMINSTER, St Mary’s Church, Pelleas Ensemble, flute, viola, harp, 11.30am: Brian Freeland, George Bernard Shaw: Playing the Clown, talk, 2.30: Brodsky Quartet, 7.30.

BRISTOL, Trinity Centre, Old Crow Medicine Show performs Blonde on Blonde, 8pm.

CASTLE CARY, Caryford Hall, Viceroy’s House, Moviola film.

EXETER, Cygnet Theatre, Animal Farm, to 1 July.

FROME, Rook Lane Chapel, Handlebards (women) in As You Like It.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, JSLN Dance in Variations of Pointe II, triple bill, and Wed, 7.30.

MARNHULL, Village Hall, Hacksaw Ridge, Moviola film.

SALISBURY, Playhouse, Susan Calman, The Calman Before the Storm, comedy, 7.30.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Grease, to 8 July.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Their Finest, film, to Thurs.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Salome, encore by satellite from the National Theatre, 7pm.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, Alien: Covenant, to Thurs, 7pm.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Brian Poole and the Tremoloes, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Rhythm of the Dance, 7.30.
Westlands, An Evening with Darcey Bussell, official opening of new Westlands venue, 7.30.




Wednesday 28 June

BATH, Rondo, Schoolhouse in A Doll’s House, and Thurs, 8.

BEAMINSTER, St Mary’s Church, Morgan Szymanski, guitar, Homage to Segovia, 11.30am: David Starkey, Henry VIII, talk 2.30: Pop-Up Opera in Il Matrimonio Segreto, 7.30.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, Otello, live by satellite from the Royal Opera House, 7.15.
Tithe Barn, The Bradfordians in Romeo and Juliet, to Sat, 7.30.

BRISTOL, Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet in Coppelia, to Sat.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Otello, with Jonas Kaufmann, live by satellite from the Royal Opera House, 7.15, Encore Sun 2pm.

FROME, Merlin Theatre, Otello, live by satellite from the Royal Opera House, 7.15.

HOLT, nr Bradford on Avon, The Courts Garden, Handlebards (women) in As You Like It.

NEW MILTON, Forest Arts, The Light Between Oceans, film.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Cinema, On the Town (1949), 2pm.

SALISBURY, Cathedral, Organ recital with David Halls, 7.30.
Playhouse, Tenors Unlimited in Venice to Vegas, 7.30.
Arts Centre, Laurence Clarke and Steve Day, comedy.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Otello, with Jonas Kaufmann, live by satellite from the Royal Opera House, 7.15.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Otello, with Jonas Kaufmann, live by satellite from the Royal Opera House, 7.15.
Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Holway Primary School summer show, 1 and 6.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, BOVTS in Under Milk Wood, 7.30.

WINCHESTER, Cathedral, Ilyria in Pride and Prejudice, to 31 June.




Thursday 29 June

BEAMINSTER, St Mary’s Church, Margaret Phillips, organ, 11.30am: Joanna Trollope, City of Friends, talk, 2.30: Jess Gillam, saxophone, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello, 7.30.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, The Sense of an Ending, film, 11am, 2.30 and 7.30.

CROSCOMBE, Village Hall, La La Land, Moviola film.

DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Stompin’ Dave Allen, 8.

EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Ballet Central, showcase. 7.30.

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Drum Studio, Howard Barker’s Scenes from an Execution, to Sat, 7.45,

POOLE, Lighthouse, Bring on the Bollywood, romantic musical comedy, to Sat.

SALISBURY, Arts Centre, Moonlight, film, 7.30.
Arundells, Chapterhouse in Pride and Prejudice, 7pm.

 SIDMOUTH, Manor Pavilion, Murder in Company, to 5 July.

TAUNTON, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, InspirED showcase, dance, drama, visual, digital work etc, 6pm.
Brewhouse, The Levelling, film, 7.30.

WARMINSTER, Athenaeum, Apollo Productions in Beauty and the Beast, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.

WELLS, Bishop’s Palace, promenade performance of Hamlet, and Fri and Sun, 7pm.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Back in our Rock’n’Roll Days.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Rhythm of the Dance, 7.30.

YELVERTON, Moorland Garden Hotel, Chapterhouse in Jane Eyre, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Dreamboys, 7.30.




Friday 30 June

BATH, Theatre Royal, the egg, TRB Theatre School in Lorca’s The Billy-Club Puppets, and Sat, various times.
The Forum, Bath Philharmonia, cond Jason Thornton, Peter Donohoe, piano, Stravinsky, The Firebird, Rachmaninov, Piano Conc 3, Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, 7.30.
Rondo, Beerey, and Sat, 8.
Komedia, Ministry of Burlesque, cabaret.

BEAMINSTER, St Mary’s Church, Nicholas McCarthy, left handed pianist, 11.30am: Christian Tyler, Forde Abbey, talk, 2pm:  Wells Virtuosi, symphony concert, 7.30.
School, Festival Hall, choral concert, 7pm.

BISHOPSTONE, Village Hall, Jackie, Moviola film.

BOURNEMOUTH, Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, Summer Johann Strauss Ball with Jack Maguire’s Viennese Ensemble, 7.30.

BRIDGWATER, Arts Centre, George Egg, Anarchist Cook, comedy, 8.
McMillan Theatre, The Real MacGuffins in Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain, 7.30.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Luke Wright, performance poet, The Toll, 8.

BURTON BRADSTOCK, Bredy Farm, Southcider Festival, Mad Dog Mcrea, Pronghorn, The Eskies, etc, to Sun.

EXETER, Northcott Theatre, 12th UK Taiko drumming festival, to Sun.

FORDINGBRIDGE, Town Hall, La La Land, Moviola film.

FROME, Memorial Theatre, An Evening with Aggers and Tuffers, cricketing tales, 7.30.

GILLINGHAM, GillFest, to 9 July.
School, Brig Brass Ska, Loose Connections, 7.30.

HONITON, The Beehive, The Beach Boys Story, 7.30.

NEW MILTON, Forest Arts, Budapest Cafe Orchestra.

NORTON ST PHILIP, Village Hall, Jackie, Moviola film.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Cinema, Churchill, to Thurs.

SALISBURY, Arts Centre, The Altered Club.

SHAFTESBURY, Arts Centre, Shaftesbury Fringe Festival, music, comedy, literature, theatre, children’s activities,  many events free, throughout the town, to Sun.

SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, acoustic night, 7.30.

STOKE ST MICHAEL, Village Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Lady Macbeth, film, 7.30: Studio, The Olive Tree, film, 5.30 and 7.45.

TAUNTON, Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Heathfield School the SPACE, Brue Boys Choir and The Village Folk, Sing for Star, charity for disadvantaged young people in Somerset, 7.30.
Brewhouse, Talon – the Best of the Eagles, and Sat, 8.

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

TROWBRIDGE, Town Hall, Pip Utton in Bacon, 7.30.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, Spark: A Space Tail, 4pm: Churchill, to Thurs, 7. (Tues 6pm).

WEST CAMEL, Davis Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Oye Santana.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Chicago Blues Brothers, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon, The Carpenters Story, 7.30.




Saturday 1 July

BATH, Komedia, Krater Comedy Club with Steve Shanyaski, David Longley, Larry Dean and Mark Olver, 8.

BEAMINSTER, St Mary’s Church, Perrott Hill School choir and instrumentalists, Sir Neville Marriner memorial concert, 3pm.
School, Festival Hall, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, 7.30.

BOURNEMOUTH, BIC, Gladys Knight.
Lifecentre, Wimborne Road, Questa Voce, Come Fly with Me, 7.30.
Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, Direct Theatre in Improvisation for the People, 7.30.
Castle Point Shopping Centre, The Dance We Made, by Casson and Friends, 11am and 2.15pm.

BRIDGWATER, McMillan Theatre, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday, 1 and 4pm.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Theatre Exchange in Our June’s Wedding, (starts at St Mary’s Church) 11.30am.

BROADCLYST, St John the Baptist Church, Cantilena and Erloserkirche Choir from Berlin, 7.30.

CASTLE CARY, Caryford Hall, Castle Cary Choir and Raise the Roof female barbershop quartet, in aid of hall funds, 7.30.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Wonderwoman, film, various times to Tues.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Voulez Vous, ABBA tribute, 8.

GILLINGHAM, Rivers Meet, GillFest Ramble, 2.30.
School, The Manfreds, 7.30.
Methodist Church, Fireworks and Organ recital, 7.30.

HONITON, Beehive, Lady Macbeth, film, 7.30.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, B-Sharp’s tenth birthday party, 6.30.

NORTH CADBURY, St Michael’s Church, Spectra Musica, Summer Nights, 7.30.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Wessex Youth Orchestra, Travels with an Orchestra, favourites from across the globe, 6pm: Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain, comedy, 8.
Museum, The Imagination Museum by Made By Katie Green, dance exploration, and Sun, 11am, 1 and 3pm.

SALISBURY, Arts Centre, Kubo and the Two Strings, animated film, 11am.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Mid Somerset Orchestra, cond Stephen Smith, Merrie England, Holst. Jacob, Vaughan Williams, Loewe, German, Sullivan and Parry, 7.30.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, The Christians, 8.

TAUNTON, Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, South West Rocks, 7.30.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Razzmatazz Theatre School in Razz is the Word, 7.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, John Verity Band, 7.30.
Priest’s House Museum and Garden, SISATA in Othello.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Dance Infinity 2017, 2 and 7pm.




Sunday 2 July

BEAMINSTER, St Mary’s Church, Festival Service, 11am: Red Priest, 7.30.
Manor House, Bash Street Theatre in Cliffhanger, outdoor, 2.30.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, A Chance to Dance, Southern Area dance and theatre schools showcase.
Boscombe High Street, Company Chameleon in Of Man and Beast, dance, noon and 3pm.

BRIDPORT, Lyric Theatre, Tunde Jegede and Rafael Guel, Amerindian music workshop, 2 to 5pm.

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, Darlingside: Lantern, Bristol Plays Music summer festival.

GALHAMPTON, Manor Gardens, Garland of Song with the Pilgrim Singers, 6.30.

GILLINGHAM, Methodist Church, Gary Ryan, 7.30.

ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Phoenix Singers, summer concert, It’s Only Love, 6.30pm.

MOTCOMBE, Port Regis School Farrington Music School, Shaftesbury Chamber Music, Leonore Piano Trio, Haydn, Lalo, Dvorak, 5pm.

ROMSEY, Rum’s Eg Gallery, SISATA in Othello.

SALISBURY, St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury Baroque, Mr Handel Visits Salisbury, 3.30.

SHAFTESBURY, Port Regis School, Shaftesbury Orchestra and St John Singers, Brahms German Requiem, 7.

SOUTHAMPTON, Turner Sims, Family Orchestra, open to all free, from 12.15pm.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, First Hippo on the Moon, 3.30.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Chris Barber Big Band.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Stand by Me, tribute to Ben E King and The Drifters, 7.30.
Westlands, Otello, recorded by satellite from the Royal Opera House, 2pm.
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