The Arts Diary

What’s on stage and screen in Dorset and Somerset, Devon, Hants and Wilts and beyond, from Friday 19th  to Sunday 28th May 2017


Friday 19 May

BATH, Festival, to 28 May.
Theatre Royal, James Bolam and Anne Reid in Fracked or Please Don’t Use the F Word, to Sat, Sat mat.
Chapel Arts, Set Adrift, fingerstyle singer-songwriter duo, 8.
Rondo, Whole Hog in Pugilist Specialist, and Sat, 8.
Mission Theatre, Novato in Second Sun, to Sat, 7.30.

BEAMINSTER, Public Hall, The King and I, (1956), Moviola film.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, Sleeping Beauty, and Sat.
Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, Shelley Cider Festival with The Underdogs, 6pm on.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Story Cafe with Martin Shaw, Making Room for the Serpent, 7.30: Elizabeth Hornby, composer and pianist , and The Secret Garden, concert for release of album, 7.30.

BRISTOL, Tobacco Factory, Why Not Theatre in A Brimful of Asha, to Sat, 8, Sat mat 2.30.
Colston Hall, Imelda May: Lantern, Luke Sital-Singh, new album Killing Me.
St George’s, Carleen Anderson – Cage Street Memorial.
Wardrobe Theatre, BOVTS Directors Cuts, I Am the Wind, to Sat.

BROCKENHURST, Village Hall, The Light Between Oceans, Moviola film.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Jive Talkin’ tribute to the BeeGees, 7.30.

CRANBORNE, Cecil Memorial Hall, Living Spit in Tortoise vs Hare, 7.30. AR

EDINGTON, Village Hall, The Light Between Oceans, Moviola film.

EXETER, Northcott Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30.
Cygnet Theatre, NosThree in Blooming Out, feminist clown show, and Sat, 7.30.

FORDINGBRIDGE, Town Hall, Fences, Moviola film.

FROGHAM, Village Hall, Sully, Moviola film.

FROME, Memorial Theatre, An Evening with Pam Ayres, 7.30.

ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, John Hallan, clarinet/saxophone with the Remi Harris Trio, jazz, 8.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Sounds of the 60s with The Zoots.

NEW MILTON, Forest Arts, Mark Thomas, Work in Progress, comedy.

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Lyric, Running Wild, to Sat, 7, Sat mat 2.30: Drum Studio, Ready or Not, to Sat, 7.45.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Cinema, Rules Don’t Apply, and Sat and Tues/Wed;  The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, and Sat and 23/25 May.

SALISBURY, Playhouse, Before the Party, by Rodney Ackland, to 27 May.
St Martin’s Church, Sarum Consort, contemporary choral music, Palestrina etc, 7.30.
Arts Centre, Creeds Cross, the Celtic Journey.

SHAFTESBURY, Arts Centre, Tony Waller and his Prohibition Jazz Band, 8.

SOUTHAMPTON, Nuffield, The Woman in Black, to Sat.
Turner Sims, Maarja Nuut, fiddler and singer from Northern Estonia, 8.
Social Club, DJ Format and Abdominal, Still Hungry.

STOKE ST MICHAEL, Village Hall, A United Kingdom, Moviola Film.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Viv Gordon in I Am Joan, 7.30: Beauty and the Beast, film, to Wed.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, SNADS in Memory of Water, to Sat, 7.30.

SWINDON, Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, Philip Henry and Hannah Martin, folk.

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

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, Their Finest, to Wed.

WELLS, Little Theatre, Our House – the Madness Musical, to Sat.

WEST CAMEL, Davis Hall, Manchester by the Sea, Moviola film.

WEST COKER, Inn the Square, Wassail Theatre in Rex the King, 8.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain, 1 and 7pm, and Sat11am and 2pm.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Lee Nelson, Serious Joker, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Nights on Broadway, The BeeGees Story, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Kate Rusby, 7.30.  SOLD OUT
Swan Theatre, Private Lives, to Sat 7.45.




Saturday 20 May

ALLINGTON, St Swithin’s Church, New Elizabethan Singers, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, 7.30.

ASHBRITTLE, Village Hall, Wassail Theatre in Rex the King, 8.

BATH, Theatre Royal, Moonstone Theatre, Lunchtime with the Home Guard, talk and lunch, noon: the egg, Kid Carpets’ Super Mega Rockin’ Rock Show, and Sun, 11.30am and 3pm.
Komedia, Krater Comedy with Alex Boardman, Paul Myrehaug, Lloyd Langford and Laura Lexx.
Chapel Arts, The Kate Daniels Trio, gypsy jazz, 8. CANCELLED

Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, SISATA in Othello, 7.30.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Sparkle and Dark in I Am Beast, 8.

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, Jimmy Carr: Lantern, Maarja Nuut.
Hippodrome, English National Ballet, My First Ballet- Cinderella, 11am, 2 and 5pm, and Sun 11am and 3pm.
Thekla, The Undercover Hippy launches new album, Truth and Fiction.

CASTLE CARY, Caryford Community Hall, Bruton Dub Club, Black Slate, reggae, etc, 8.

CHRISTCHURCH, Priory, Bournemouth Bach Choir, cond Tim Hooper, Alison Farr, piano, Mozart Coronation Mass, etc, 7.30   MORE

DEVIZES, The Wharf, Bookends, Simon and Garfunkel tribute, matinee and evening.

DOWNTON, Village Hall, The Light Between Oceans, Moviola film.

EVERSHOT, Hall, Diz and the Doormen, with DJ Gringo, 8pm.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Pascha Kovalev, Let’s Dance the Night Away, 7.30.

HALSTOCK, Village Hall, A United Kingdom, Moviola Film.

NEW MILTON, Forest Arts, Ricky Cool and the In Crowd.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Cinema, Going In Style, and Sat and 25 May; Neruda, and 16/17/23/25 May.

PORTSMOUTH, Pyramids, Hawkwind.

RADSTOCK, Victoria Room, La La Land, Moviola film.

SALISBURY, Arts Centre, Salisbury Community Choir, Awash, water and weather themed concert with the Sarum Six, in aid of Cancer Research, 7.30

SHERBORNE, Abbey, Cambridge Renaissance Voices and Concordia, Music for Voices and Viols, from Dowland to Purcell, 7.30.

SIDMOUTH, Manor Pavilion, The Rivertones, barbershop, 7.45.

SOMERTON, Parish Rooms, Sully, Moviola film.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Samantha Barks.
Turner Sims, Andrew McCormack’s Graviton, jazz, 8.

SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, The Jo Burt Experience, songs, stories and guitar,

STREET, Strode Theatre, The Levelling, film, 5pm.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Phill Jupitus, Juplicity, comedy, 8.
Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Joan Bakewell, 7.30.

TISBURY, St John’s Church, Michael Maxwell Steer, The Barefoot Organist, Bach, Dandrieu, Daquin, Brahms, Messiaen, 7.30.

WARMINSTER, Minster Church, Athenaeum Singer, Corsley Festival Choir, British Sinfonietta, cond Edward-Rhys Harry, world premiere of his Mass of the Martyrs, Faure, Haydn, 7pm.

WEST LULWORTH, Village Hall, Sunset Cafe Stompers, jazz and supper.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Let’s Hang On, the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, 7.30.
Westlands, Back to the 80s with Cheryl, Mike and Jay from Bucks Fizz and Sonia, 8.




Sunday 21 May

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, Martin Kemp.
Pavilion Dance, Up and Over It in Into the Water, 3pm.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, Wiltshire Wailers, Tenth anniversary celebrations, 1.30pm.

BRIDGWATER, McMillan Theatre, Blunderbuss Children’s Theatre in Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, 11am and 2.30pm.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Wessex Military Band, 3pm.

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, Zoe Lyons : Little Misfit.
St George’s, Ron Sexsmith, Canadian singer songwriter.
The Fleece, Shuggie Otis.

NETHER STOWEY, Village Hall, A Street Cat Named Bob, Moviola film.

RADSTOCK, Victoria Room, Manchester by the Sea, Moviola film.

SIDMOUTH, Manor Pavilion, Bookends, Simon and Garfunkel tribute.

SOUTHAMPTON, Nuffield, Comedy Bar with Ruby Wax, Frazzled, 7.30.

WIVELISCOMBE, The White Hart, Wassail Theatre in Rex the King, 8.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Prima Productions in Cinderella, dance, 6pm.
Westlands, The Producers, screening of Mel Brooks film, followed by discussion with Anil Gupta, 2.30.




Monday 22 May
BATH, Theatre Royal, Jeffrey Holland  and Nichola McAuliffe in Waiting for God, to Sat, Wed/Sat mats.
Komedia, Toy Tin Soldier.
Mission Theatre, Bath Spa Theatre in Our Country’s Good, to Wed, 7.30, Wed mat 2.

BEER, Village Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, The Dunedin Consort, cond Nicholas Mulroy, Love’s Fire: Love’s Ashes, Monteverdi madrigals, 8.

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, The Cranberries. SOLD OUT.

HUISH EPISCOPI, Rose and Crown, Wassail Theatre in Rex the King, 8.30.

LEIGH, Village Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Funny Girl with Sheridan Smith, to Sat.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, The Hatton Garden Job, film, and Tues, 7.30, Wed mat 2.




Tuesday 23 May

BATH, Rondo, Mark Thomas: Predictable  (work in progress) comedy, and Wed, 8.

BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, Ukulele Opera’s Flea, community musical theatre, to Sat, various times.

BRISTOL, Hippodrome, La Cage aux Folles, to Sat, 7.30, Wed/Thur/Sat mats 2.30.
Tobacco Factory, The Island, to Sat, 8,  Thur/Sat mats 2.
Colston Hall, Darrel Higham.

EASTON IN GORDANO, The King’s Head, Wassail Theatre in Rex the King, 8.

EXETER, Northcott Theatre, English Touring Opera in Tosca, and Fri and Sat, 7.30.

MARNHULL, Village Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Drum Studio, Brimful of Asha, to Sat, 7.45.

SHAFTESBURY, St James’s Church, Gillingham Singers Choir, The Sprig of Thyme, folk and jazz, with Emma Hetherington, violin, David Grierson, piano, 7.30.




Wednesday 24 May

BACKWELL, Playhouse, The Biograph Girl, musical, to Sat, 7.30.

BATH, Theatre Royal, the egg, Action Transport in Happily Every After, to Sun, day times.
Komedia, Stormy, the story of Lena Horne with Camilla Beeput.
Chapel Arts, Chris Wood, folk, 8.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, John Williams, Gary Ryan, John Etheridge, 6 Hands, guitar supergroup, SOLD OUT.

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, Moya Brennan.
02 Academy, Hawkwind.
Wardrobe Theatre, BOVTS Directors Cuts, Crave, to Sat.
Rise, Emily Barker.

EXETER, Northcott Theatre, English Touring Opera in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, and Thurs, 7.30.
Cygnet Theatre, Actors Wheel in King Lear, 7.30.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, Reg Meuross, 8.45.
Merlin Theatre, Antony and Cleopatra from the RSC, 7.

ILMINSTER, Warehouse, IES in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, female version, to Sat, 7.30.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Paines Plough in Every Brilliant Thing, 8.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Gangsta Granny, to Sun: Cinema, Antony and Cleopatra live by satellite from the RSC, 7.

SALISBURY, Sarum College, Concert Theatre in The Tenant, Bronte and classical music, 7.30.
Cathedral, Organ recital, 7.30.
City Hall, Remembering Fred (Astaire) dance, 7.30.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Antony and Cleopatra live by satellite from the RSC, 7.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Antony and Cleopatra live by satellite from the RSC, 7.
Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Heathfield School in School of Rock, and Thurs, 7.

WARMINSTER, Athenaeum, The Light Between Oceans, film, 7.30.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Tropicana, Wassail Theatre in Rex the King, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Dona Oxford’s This is Soul, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Ballet Central, works by Matthew Bourne, Liam Scarlett, Jenna Lee, Christopher Bruce and Michael Pink, 7.30.




Thursday 25 May

BATH, Chapel Arts, The Jive Aces, 8.
Holburne Museum, Concert Theatre in The Tenant, Bronte and classical music, 7.30.

BOURNEMOUTH, Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, ABCDoReMi, music and language school first birthday showcase, 6.30.

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, Anastacia: Lantern, Angelos and Barry, the New Power Generation.

CREWKERNE, Royal Oak, Wassail Theatre in Rex the King, 8.

CROSCOMBE, Village Hall, Sully, Moviola film.

DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Phil Beer Band, 8.

MERE, Lecture Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall, Paul Rodgers celebrates the music of Free.

SALISBURY, City Hall, Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, 7.30.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, Lion, Moviola film.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, Romeo and Juliet, ballet, satellite screening from La Scala, Milan, 7.15.

WELLS, Cathedral, Messiaen Meditation (ll), organ recital, Matthew Owens, prebendary Elsa van de Zee, reader, 1pm.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Dominic Kirwan, with Lisa Stanley, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Los Pacaminos with Paul Young, 8.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Classical Concert Series, Endellion Quartet, Guy Johnston, cello, Brahms, Schubert, 7.30.




Friday 26 May

BATH, Theatre Royal, Anna Pasternak, Lara – the untold story that inspire Dr Zhivago, talk and lunch, noon.
Chapel Arts, Papillion, violin and guitar duo, 8.
Mission Theatre, Bath Fringe, to 11 June.
Rondo, Softsod Arts in Fragile Man, 8.

BISHOPSTONE, Village Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, The Next Step, SOLD OUT: Lantern, Osibisa Tribal Reunion.

CHIPPENHAM, Folk Festival, to Monday, with Nancy Kerr, Coope Boyes and Simpson, Pete Coe, etc.

CLEVEDON, The Theatre Shop, Wassail Theatre in Rex the King, 7.30.

COLYTON, Village Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Matt Forde, comedy, 8.

EXETER, Barnfield Theatre, Nick Revell, comedy club, 8.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, Snake Charmer, 8.

ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Simon Spillett, tenor sax, Henry Lowther, trumpet and the Dave Newton Trio, jazz, 8.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, LR Jazz and Blue Weekend with Ruby Turner, Swing Unlimited Allstars Big Band, Wille and the Bandits, etc, to Mon.

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

POOLE, Lighthouse, Bookends, Simon and Garfunkel tribute: Sherling Studio Jazz, Laura Jurd, Dinosaur, 8: Cinema, The Promise, and Sat/Tues/Wed.

PORTSMOUTH, Pyramids Plaza, The Selecter, The Beat, Ranking Roger.

SALISBURY, various venues, Salisbury International Arts Festival, to 10 June
St Martin’s Church, Bach by Candlelight, Frida Backman, violin, 7.30.
City Hall, That’ll Be the Day, 7.30.
Arts Centre, Pugilist Specialist, theatre.

SHAFTESBURY, Arts Centre, Tap Your Troubles Away, cabaret evening of musical song and dance, and Sat, 7.

SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Allied, film, 8.

STREET, Strode Theatre, The Artists Garden: American Impressionism, exhibition on screen, inc a Q and A with director Phil Grabsky in person, 7.30: The Studio, The Salesman, film, 7.45.

TATWORTH, Village Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, 7.30.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, Ted Sieger’s Molly Monster, to Tues, day times: The Zookeeper’s Wife, to Thurs.

WATCHET, Village Hall, A Monster Calls, Moviola film.

WELLS, various venues, Wells Comedy Festival, inc Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Bridget Christie, Richard Herring, Stewart Lee, Hal Cruttenden, Milton Jones, Paul Foot, to Sun.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Henning Wehn, Westphalia is not an Option, 8.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, The Simon and Garfunkel Story, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Fairport Convention Golden Jubilee Tour, 7.30.

WINTERSLOW, Village Hall, A Street Cat Named Bob, Moviola film.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Pasha Kovalev, dance, 7.30.
Westlands, Nathan Carter, 7.30.




Saturday 27 May

BATH, Komedia, Madeleine Shaw, talks about book A Year of Beautiful Eating, 10am: India Knight talks about love of dogs, 11.45am:  John Simpson talks about the world of the foreign correspondent, 2pm: Krater Comedy with Nick Doody, Danny O’Brian, Damian Clark and Andy Robinson, 8.
Rondo, Nos Three in Blooming Out, clowning, 8.
St James Wine Vaults, Wassail Theatre in Rex the King, 8.

BOTHENHAMPTON, Village Hall, Lion, Moviola film.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines in Concert.
Pavilion Dance and surroundings, BTown Throwdown, festival of hip hop culture, to Mon.
Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, Blue Rose Code, Scottish/Dorset folk trio, 8.

BRIDGWATER, McMillan Theatre, Toyah, 8.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Comedy Club for Kids, 2pm.

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, National Youth Folk Ensemble sampler day.

CORFE CASTLE, Village Hall, The Foghorn Stringband, old time American roots, 7.30. AR

FROME, Memorial Theatre, Vienna Festival Ballet in Cinderella, 7.30.
Cheese and Grain, Mad Dog Mcrae.

IFORD, Festival, La Boheme, and 30 May, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10 and 13 June.

NEW MILTON, Forest Arts, Phil and Tilley.

POOLE, Lighthouse, BSO Rusty Musicians, concert, 7.30: Cinema, The Boss Baby, and Thurs; Beauty and the Beast, and Thurs.

SALISBURY, Playhouse, Salberg Studio, Running Dog Theatre in Wanna Dance with Somebody, 7.45.
Wardrobe Museum, Ilyria in The Emperor’s New Clothes.

SEATON, Gateway, Detroit Soul Collective, 7.30.

SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Phil Beer Band, 8.  SOLD OUT

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, Christian Lee, magic, 8.

SWANAGE, Mowlem Theatre, SISATA in Othello.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, The Tap-Dancing Mermaid, 11.30am and 2.30pm.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, ELO Again, Return to the Blue, 7.30.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Whitney – Queen of the Night, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Bee Bop A Lula, celebrating the music of Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury and Roy Orbison, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Sid’s Show, Deep Sea Discovery, 11am and 2pm.
Westland, Henning Wehn, Westphalia is not an Option, comedy, 8.




Sunday 28 May

BATH, Komedia, Naturally 7, New York acapella band.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, That’ll Be the Day.

BRISTOL, Colston Hall, John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, L’Orfeo

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, recorded by satellite from the Harold Pinter Theatre, 7.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, Rocktopus, family show, 2pm.
Merlin Theatre, ECOS Amphitheatre, Illyria in The Emperor’s New Clothes, 3pm.

POOLE, Lighthouse, BSO Benevolent Fund concert, BSO, cond Gavin Carr, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, 7.30: Cinema, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, encore screening from Old Vic, 2.30.

PORTESHAM, Village Hall, The Foghorn Stringband, old time American roots, 7.30. AR

SOUTHAMPTON, Nuffield, Comedy Bar with Henning Wehn, Westphalia is not an Option, 7.30.
Mayflower, Dinosaur World, 11.30am.

SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, acoustic night, 7.30.

STREET, Strode Theatre, The Hippopotamus, film, with Q and A with Stephen Fry by satellite from Hay Festival, 7.30, and Thurs 8 June.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse Theatre, The Illegal Eagles, 7.30.





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