The Arts Diary

What’s on stage and screen in Dorset and Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Hampshire and beyond, from Friday 14th to Monday 31st December 2018

 

Friday 14  December

BATH, Theatre Royal, Peter Pan, with Jon Monie and Paul Nicholas, to 13 Jan: Ustinov Studio, The Model Apartment, to 22 Dec: the egg, The Scarlet Pimpernel, to 13 Jan: the egg, Snow Mouse, to 20 Jan, various times.
Rondo, Inkbloc Ensemble in Onwards and Upwards, to 23 Dec.Ustinov Studio, The Model Apartment, to 22 Dec: the egg, The Scarlet Pimpernel, to 13 Jan.
Komedia, Krater Comedy Club Christmas Special, and Sat and 20 Dec.
Mission Theatre, Bedroom Farce, to Sat, 7.30.
St Michael’s Without, Carols by Candlelight, with dinner.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion, Sleeping Beauty, to 8 Jan.
Shelley Theatre, Zoe Schwarz sings Billie, Nina and Etta, 8
02 Academy, Fireball.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, Joglaresa, Yuletide folk workshop, 5.30: concert 7.30.

BRIDGWATER, Arts Centre, Hansel and Gretel Go Down in the Woods, adult pantomime, and Sat, 8. NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Jazz Cafe with Petites Annonces, 8pm.

BRISTOL, Old Vic, A Christmas Carol, to 13 Jan: Weston Studio, Chloe and the Colour Catcher, to 6 Jan, various times:Living Spit’s Nativity, to 22 Dec, 8: Cooper’s Loft, Travelling Light in Igloo, to 6 Jan, various times.
Hippodrome, Brian Conley and Gok Wan in Cinderella, to 6 Jan.
Tobacco Factory, The Borrowers, to 20 Jan:  Spielman Theatre, Theatre Rites in Beasty Baby, music and puppets, for ages 3 to 6, various day times to 6 Jan: Shesus and the Sistas in The Gift of Presents, cabaret, comedy carol concert and therapy, for adults only to 30 Dec.

BROADCHALKE, Village Hall, Bumblefly in Rumpelstiltskin, and Sat, 6.30pm.

CHEDDON and WEST MONKTON, The Bookshop, Moviola film.

CHETNOLE, Village Hall, BSO Symphonic Brass, Autumn Fanfare, 7.30. AR

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Ginger Boy in Disney Peter Pan Jnr, to Sat, various times.

COLYTON, Village Hall, The Mercy, Moviolafilm.

DUNSTER, Village Hall, Wonderstruck, Moviola film.

EXETER, Northcott, Jack and the Beanstalk with Steve Bennett, to 6 Jan.
Corn Exchange, Aladdin, various times, to 1 Jan.

FRAMPTON, Village Hall, The Churchfitters, Christmas Cracker, 7.30. AR

FROME, Merlin Theatre, The Nutcracker, to 15 Dec, various times.
Cheese and Grain, The Osmonds.

HONITON, Beehive,The Standing Waves, 8.

ILMINSTER, Warehouse, IES in David Copperfield, to Sat, 7.30.
Arts Centre, The Magnificent 7, jazz, 8.

MILBORNE PORT, Village Hall, The Happy Prince, Moviola film.

NETHER WALLOP, Village Hall, The Happy Prince, Moviola film.

NORTON ST PHILIP, Village Hall, The Bookshop, Moviola film.

NUNNEY, Village Hall, The Bookshop, Moviolafilm.

PANBOROUGH, Inn, Mr Punch’s Folk Club, open mic, 8.

PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, John Partridge, Samantha Womack and Andy Ford in Dick Whittington, to 12 Jan: Drum Studio, The Gingerbread Man, daytimes to 19 Jan: Wardrobe Theatre in Rocky Shock Horror, comedy drag boxing musical, evenings to 30 Dec.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Chris Jarvis in Dick Whittington, to 31 Dec: Slot Machine in Your Toys, to 24 Dec, various day times: Yulekulele, comedy and music, 7: Cinema, Fantastic Beasts, the Crimes of Grindelwald, to Sun, and Tues-Thurs.

POWDERHAM, Castle, Powderham Consort and Divertimento, Messiah, 7.30.

SALISBURY, Playhouse, Beauty and the Beast, to 13 Jan: Salberg Studio, The Night Before Christmas, to 30 Dec.
Medieval Hall, Christmas Night at the Opera, 7.30.
City Hall, Chicago Blues Brothers, 7.30.

SEATON, Gateway, The King and I, recorded at London Palladium, 7pm.

SHAFTESBURY, Arts Centre, Hotel Salvation, film, 8.

SOUTHAMPTON, Nuffield Theatre City, Billionaire Boy, by David Walliams, to 6 Jan: Humbug! The Hedgehog Who Couldn’t Sleep, children’s show, to 30 Dec.

STREET, Strode Theatre, A Star is Born, film, and Sat: Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindelwald, film, various times, and 17/18/20/27 and 30 Dec.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, Supersonic 70s.

TATWORTH, Village Hall, The Bromley Boys, Moviola film.

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, The Wizard of Oz, to 30 Dec, various times: Soap Soup Theatre in The Snow Baby, puppetry and storytelling, to Sat, various day times.
Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Cinderella, to 23 Dec.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, Widows, to Mon.

WATCHET, Village Hall, The Bookshop, Moviola film.

WELLS, Cathedral, G4 Christmas show 7.30.

WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse, Linda Lusardi and Mike Goble, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 5 Jan, various times.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Marty Wilde and the Wildcats, 7.30.

YEOVIL, Octagon, Aladdin, to 6 Jan.

 

 

 

Saturday 15 December

BATH, Forum, Kate Rusby.

BEAULIEU, Abbey, Music at Beaulieu, Music for Christmas with Highcliffe Choirs, 7pm.

BOTHENHAMPTON, Village Hall, The Bookshop, Moviola film.

BOURNEMOUTH, Shelley Theatre, Bowjangles in Excalibow, comedy classical quartet, 7.30.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Handel Messiah, with Miriam Allan soprano, Tristram Cooke countertenor, Jeremy Budd, tenor, Dingle Yandell, bass, 7.30.

BRIDGWATER, McMillan Theatre, Tanyalee Davis in Actual Size, comedy and song, 7.30.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, La Traviata from the Metropolitan Opera, 5.55.
Electric Palace, Lost in Disco, Christmas party, 8.30.

BRISTOL, St George’s, Bristol Bach Choir, Spirit of Christmas, 7.30.
Clifton Cathedral, Bristol Choral Society, Handel’s Messiah, 7.30.

CHILD OKEFORD, Village Hall, The Churchfitters, Christmas Cracker, 7.30. AR

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, La Traviata from the Metropolitan Opera, 5.55.

CORFE CASTLE, Village Hall, The Last Baguette in The Little Match-Girl, 2pm. AR

EVERSHOT, Village Hall, Stompin’ Dave Duo, 7.30.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Joey the Lips.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, Soulville Express.

HONITON, Beehive, Near Ta Theatre in Christmas.Time, 7pm. ViA

ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, The Maiastra String Quartet, led by Arisa Fujita, Haydn, Shostakovich, Dvorak, 7.30.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, The Snowman and A Charlie Brown Christmas, 2.30:  Comedy club, Noel James,  8.

POOLE, Lighthouse, The Bowie Experience, 7.30:  La Traviata from the Metropolitan Opera, 5.55.

SALISBURY, Cathedral, City of London Sinfonia, Salisbury Cathedral Choir, cond David Halls, soloists Katherine Watson, Anna Harvey, Andrew Kennedy and Matthew Brook, Handel Messiah, 7pm
City Hall, That’ll Be the Day new Christmas show, 7.30.

SHAFTESBURY, Arts Centre, Zoe Schwarz sings Billie Holliday, 7.30.

SHERBORNE, Haydon Church Studio, Duke Garwood, singer-songwriter, 8.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, Dick Whittington, with Steve McFadden, Joe McEldery, Bobby Davro, Sheila Fergusson, Andrew Ryan, to 6 Jan.
Turner Sims, Cara Dillon.
Central Hall, BSO cond Pete Harrison, Inspiration Choir Southampton, Christmas concert.

SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Belshazzar’s Feast, folk, 8.

STREET, Strode Theatre, CBeebies in Thumbelina, Christmas show on screen, 2pm: La Traviata from the Metropolitan Opera, 5.55: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, film, Sat 6.15.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, 60s Night Out with The Dreamers.

WARMINSTER, Athenaeum, Sleeping Beauty, to 24 Dec.

WELLS, Little Theatre, Aladdin, to 22 Dec, various times.Cathedral School, Cedars Hall, Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra with Emma Smith, Christmas gala, 7.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Dick Whittington, to 5 Jan.

WILTON, Michael Herbert Hall, Salisbury Concert Band, Christmas concert, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, Carols and Capers, 7.30.

WINCANTON, King Arthur’s School, Wincanton Youth Theatre in Oliver!, and Sun, 2 and 7pm.

YEOVIL, Westlands, Back to the 80s with Best of Wham, 8.

 

 

 

Sunday 16 December

BATH, Komedia, Scummy Mummies Christmas Party.
Mission Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk to Wed, various times.

BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion Dance, Autumn Revue, 6.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, The Nutcracker by satellite from Royal Ballet, relaxed screening, 11am: The GBH Big Band, Christmas concert, 7.30.

BRIDGWATER, McMillan Theatre, La Traviata by satellite from the Metropolitan Opera, 5.55.

BRISTOL, St George’s, Rik Wakeman, Christmas piano Odyssey, 8.
Folk House, Peter Knight and John Spiers.

CHARLTON DOWN, Herrison Hall, The Ridgeway Singers and Band, West Gallery Carols, 4pm. AR

DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, The Last Baguette in The Little Match Girl, 1.30 and 4.30pm.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, Cara Dillon, Upon a Winter’s Night.
Merlin Theatre, La Traviata by satellite from the Metropolitan Opera, 5.55.

POOLE, Lighthouse, BSO, cond Hugh Brunt, Pui Fan Lee, presenter, The Snowman and Little Red Riding Hood, 3 and 7.

SALISBURY, City Hall, Kate Rusby at Christmas, 7.30.
St Martin’s Church, Sarum Voices, cond Ben Lamb, Christmas by Candlelight, 6.30.

SOUTHAMPTON, Turner Sims, Jingle Bell Jazz, family concert, 11am and 3pm.

STOCKLAND, Village Hall, Figure of Speech Multi Media in Theseus and the Minotaur, music, puppets and video, 4pm. ViA

STREET, Strode Theatre, New Amen Corner with Union Gap and Ben Evans, 7.

WINFRITH NEWBURGH, Village Hall, The Churchfitters, Christmas Cracker, 7.30. AR

 

 

Monday 17 December

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Bridport Young Performers Scholarship in Annie, and Tues, 7.30.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, La Traviata, recorded from the Metropolitan Opera, 5.55.

RINGWOOD, Moors Valley Country Park, Bumblefly in Rumpelstiltskin, and Tues, 6.30pm.

WELLS, Cathedral, Opus Anglicanum, Medieval carols, 7.30.

WIMBORNE, Canford School, Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, dir David Gostick, Noel! Noel!,with David Warwick, piano, 8pm.

 

 

 

Tuesday 18 December

BATH, Komedia, Harry and Chris Save the World.

BRISTOL, St George’s, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, dir-keyboard Steven Devine, Bach Christmas Oratorio, 7.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Jethro – the Count of Cornwall, comedy.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, New Purple Celebration, tribute.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Dave Mynne in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, to Thurs, 7, Wed mat 2, Thurs mat 4.30: Cinema, Shoplifters, Japanese film, and Thurs.

SALISBURY, Arts Centre, Christmas Cracker, Comedy Night, to Thurs.

SHAFTESBURY, Arts Centre, Seniors film This Beautiful Fantastic, 2.

SOUTHAMPTON, Mayflower, The Night Before Christmas, noon and 3pm.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Strangeways Here We Come, film, 7.45.

SWINDON, Central Library, Village Hall, The Last Baguette in The Little Match Girl, 6pm.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, Wildlife, 6pm, and Wed-Thurs 7pm: Tigers, 8.15pm.

 

 

 

Wednesday 19 December

BOURNEMOUTH, Shelley Theatre, Living Room Circus in The Penguin and I, to Sun, 8, Sat/Sun mats 4pm.
Pavilion Dance, Second Hand Dance in Night Tree, and Thurs and Sat-Mon, various day times.

BRISTOL, St George’s, Cara Dillon, 7.30.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, The Glad Rag Christmas Spectacular, to Mon, 7, Sat-Mon mats 2pm.

DORCHESTER, Herrison Hall Charlton Down, Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, dir David Gostick, Noel! Noel!,with David Warwick, piano, 8pm.

EXETER, University Great Hall, BSO, cond Pete Harrison, Last Night of the Christmas Proms.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Band of HM Royal Marines.

FROME, Merlin Theatre, Tom Carpenter and Friends at Christmas, 7.45.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Miracle on 34th Street, 1947 film, dementia friendly, 2pm.

SALISBURY, Playhouse, Salberg Studio, Guy Masterson performs A Christmas Carol, to Sat.
St Thomas’s Church, The Magic of Christmas with St John Singers, dir Stephen Abbott, Lucinda Cox, soprano, 7.30.

SHERBORNE, Abbey, Festive Choral Evensong, 5.30.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Sensation – ABBA tribute, 7.30.

TROWBRIDGE, Town Hall, The Last Baguette in The Little Match Girl, 6.30.

YEOVIL, Swan Theatre, Cinematheque, The 400 Blows, Truffaut 1959, 7.30.

 

 

 

Thursday 20 December

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, The Man Who Invented Christmas, film, 11am: White Christmas, (1954), 2pm.

BRISTOL, St George’s, Bristol Ensemble, City of Bristol Choir, cond David Ogden, Christmas Spectacular, 7.30.

DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Somerleigh Players in Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings, to Sat, 7.30.

EXETER, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter Little Theatre Co in Robin Hood, to 5 Jan, various days and times.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, FAB Beatles Christmas party.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, Jingle Ball Drag Night.

HONITON, Beehive, Mad Dog McRea, 8.

IBSLEY, Village Hall, Bumblefly in Rumpelstiltskin, 7.30pm.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, The Last Baguette in The Little Matchgirl, 6.30.

PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall, BSO, cond Pete Harrison, Last Night of the Christmas Proms.

SALISBURY, Arts Centre, MET Live, La Traviata.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, Neil Sands, Christmas Memories.

WELLS, Cathedral, Cathedral Choir, Jeremy Cole organ, cond Matthew Owens, Candlelight Christmas, and Fri, 7.

 

 

 

Friday 21 December

ALDERHOLT, Village Hall, Bumblefly in Rumpelstiltskin, 2.30pm.

BATH, Komedia, Ministry of Burlesque Christmas Cabaret.
Forum, Michael Parkinson.

BRADFORD ON AVON, Wiltshire Music Centre, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, 7.30.

BRIDGWATER, McMillan Theatre, Dick Whittington, to 31 Dec, various times.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Buddy Holly and the Cricketers Holly at Christmas, 7.30.

BRISTOL, St George’s, Bristol Ensemble and Exultate Singers, cond David Odgen, Christmas Spectacular, 7.30.

DORCHESTER, Wolfeton Riding House, Lost Tale Theatre in Lost Lore, storytelling, and Sat, 7, Sat mat 4pm.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Rule the World, Take That tribute.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, The Neville Staple Band.

HONITON, Beehive, It’s A Wonderful Life, Capra 1946 film, 2pm: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Disney film, 7.30, and Sat 11am.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Antony and Cleopatra recorded from the National Theatre, 7pm.

POOLE, Lighthouse, Cinema, Mary Poppins Returns, to Mon and 26 Dec to 3 Jan.

SALISBURY, Arts Centre, Christmas Cracker, The Spitfire Sisters, to Thurs.

SHAFTESBURY, Arts Centre, The Big Sick, film, 8.

TAUNTON, St John the Baptist Church, Phoenix Singers, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 6.30.

WAREHAM, Rex Cinema, Mary Poppins Returns, to 6 Jan, various times.

WIMBORNE, Tivoli, Cinderella, to 6 Jan.

 

 

 

Saturday 22 December

BATH, Komedia, Krater Comedy Club with Stu Goldsmith, Markus Birdman, Andy White and Eddy Brimson.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Soap Soup Theatre in The Snow Baby, 2pm.

BRISTOL, St George’s, Bristol Ensemble, City of Bristol Choir, cond David Ogden, Festive Fiesta, 7.30.

CLEVEDON, The Theatre Shop, Village Hall, The Last Baguette in The Little Match Girl, and Sun, 2.30 and 7.30.

EXETER, Northcott, Paddleboat Theatre in Hansel and Gretel, to 30 Dec, 11am.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, Bez and Rowetta in On the Sixth Day, God Created Manchester.

LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, free, 7pm.

POOLE, Lighthouse, BSO, cond Pete Harrison, Last Night of the Christmas Proms: Coastal Comedy with Andrew Lawrence, Jim Campbell, George Rigden and Adrienne Coles, 8.

SALISBURY, Cathedral, Carols by Candlelight, 7pm, and Sunday 5pm.
St Martin’s Church, Farrant Singers and Ensemble, cond Andrew Mackay, Edward Reeve, organ, Handel Dixit Dominus, Hallelujah Chorus, and carols, 7.30.

SHERBORNE, Abbey, Shoppers’ Carols, noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

SIDMOUTH, Parish Church, The Isca Ensemble with Emmanuel Bach and Joel Munday, violins, 7.30.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Barking Dog in Cinderella and the Silly Sisters, 11am and 2pm.

TROWBRIDGE, Town Hall, Moon on a Stick in Land of Nod, 11am and 3pm.

WELLS, St Cuthbert’s Church, Cathedral School, Wellensian Consort traditional choral favourites, 8pm.

YEOVIL, Westlands, Back to the 80s with SClub, Big Brovaz and Booty Luv, 8.

 

 

 

Sunday 23 December

BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, The Nutcracker, from the Bolshoi,  3pm.

BRISTOL, St George’s, Bristol Ensemble, John Telfer, narrator, Children’s Christmas Carnival inc Peter and the Wolf, 2 and 4pm: Bristol Ensemble, dir Roger Huckle, reader John Telfer, Baroque Christmas, Corelli, Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, 7.45.

FROME, Merlin Theatre, Pip Utton in A Christmas Carol, 4pm.

NEW MILTON, Forest Arts, Garlic Theatre in Christmas with the Three Billygoats Gruff, 11am and 2.30pm.

POOLE, Lighthouse, BSO, cond Gavin Carr, BS Chorus, Christmas Carols, 7.30.

SALISBURY, Cathedral, St Thomas’s, church choir, candlelit carol service, 6pm.

SHERBORNE, Abbey, Abbey Carol Service, 3pm.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Nutcracker from the Bolshoi, 3pm.

WILTON, Community Centre, Bumblefly in Rumpelstiltskin, 6.30pm.

 

 

 

Monday 24 December

BOURNEMOUTH, Shelley Theatre, Miracle on 34th Street, (1947), Moviola film, 4pm.

EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Trio Entertainment in Aladdin, to I Jan, various dates and times.

SHERBORNE, Abbey, Blessing of the Crib, 3pm: First Eucharist of Christmas, 11.30pm.

WEST TYTHERLEIGH, King Edward’s Hall, Bumblefly in Rumpelstiltskin, 1.30pm.

 

 

 

Tuesday 25 December

SHERBORNE, Abbey, Festal Matins, 11.15am.

 

 

 

Wednesday 26 December

 

 

 

Thursday 27 December

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, film, and Friday and Monday: The King and I, recorded from London Palladium, 2 and 7pm.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Glastonbury and Street Musical Comedy Society in Goldilocks and the Three Amazing Bears, to 1 Jan, various times.

 

 

 

Friday 28 December

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph II, animated adventure, to Thurs: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald, to Thurs.

FROME, Memorial Theatre, Frome Musical Theatre in Aladdin, to 2 Jan, various times

WATCHET, Village Hall, Summer 1993, Moviola film.

 

 

 

Saturday 29 December

SALISBURY, United Reformed Church, Peter Toye and Charlotte Ford, piano duets, Schumann, Debussy, Satie, etc, 7.30.

SIDMOUTH, Manor Pavilion, SADS in Treasure Island, pantomime, to 5 Jan, various times.

STREET, Strode Theatre, Jalouse, film, 4pm.

STURMINSTER NEWTON, The Exchange, One Night of Ska.

 

 

 

Sunday 30 December

BRISTOL, St George’s, Aurora Orchestra, cond Nicholas Collon, Imogen Cooper, piano, Viennese New Year, Mozart and Johann Strauss, 7.30.

 

 

 

Monday 31 December

BATH, Komedia, Krater Comedy Club New Year’s Eve special.

CHRISTCHURCH, Regent Centre, The Greatest Showman singalong, film. 10pm.

FROME, Cheese and Grain, The Unravelling Wilburys.

SALISBURY, Cathedral, Medieval Hall, Sarum Consort, dir Alastair Carey, narrator Richard Brett, carols, motets and madrigals, 8pm.

SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, New Year’s Eve ceilidh, 8.15.

STREET, Strode Theatre, The Grinch, film, and Tues, 2pm.

 

 

AR is Artsreach – www.artsreach.co.uk or 01305 269512
TA is Take Art – www.takeart.org or 01460 249450
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HTL is Hog the Limelight – www3.hants.gov.uk/hog-the-limelight    01962 846019  ??
ViA is Villages in Action – www.villagesinaction.co.uk  01363 773660

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PFF is Purbeck Film Festival