Elevate new work festival returns at Bath

ELEVATE Festival, a celebration of new work by local writers, companies and performers, returns to Bath Theatre Royal for a second year, with a two-week programme in September in the Egg theatre. The festival is presented by the theatre’s Engage programme, which is dedicated to creating participatory opportunities across Bath for creatively curious adults and…

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Summer rep at Lyme Regis

A SUMMER repertory season of popular comedies and thrillers used to be a staple of the British seaside summer, but it has largely disappeared in the past few decades, surviving only at Sidmouth, with its three-month summer rep season. Now summer rep comes to the Marine Theatre, a few miles along the coast at Lyme…

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All the fun of the Fringe

IF your thoughts go north of the border at the mention of “the Fringe” you clearly haven’t discovered the Shaftesbury Fringe, a weekend of entertainment, comedy, music, dance, theatre, cabaret, poetry, eccentricity and all-round original creativity. This year’s Shaftesbury Fringe, running over four days, from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July, features a massive line-up…

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Sweeney Todd – a Victorian melodrama

STORIES don’t come much more melodramatic or gory than Sweeney Todd, a popular penny dreadful-style tale of Victorian times, made famous for a new generation by Stephen Sondheim with his brilliant musical re-creation of the story of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Now comic opera specialists Opera Della Luna come to Bath Theatre Royal…

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London City Ballet at Bath Theatre Royal

THE volume and warmth of the reception afforded to London City Ballet as they returned to touring to Bath’s Theatre Royal after an absence of nearly 30 years, is testament to the way that ballet, dance and movement have recaptured the imagination, particularly of younger theatre-goers, over the past decade. Harold King’s once enormously popular…

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Here Be Dragons, Taunton Thespians at Barrington Court and touring

THERE really is something special about Somerset, as indigenous families will know and Taunton Thespians’ original summer 2024 play encapsulates the county’s myths and legends in a most delightfully informative and humorous fashion. Now on tour, Lorna Evans’ play Here Be Dragons tells the tales of the fears and fancies of generations of Somerset dwellers,…

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A Handbag and The Real Inspector Hound, Swan Theatre Yeovil

IT is more than 60 years since Tom Stoppard, working as an occasional theatre critic and reporter on the Bristol Evening World, wrote his short play The Real Inspector Hound. The rest is glittering theatrical history. But perhaps strangely, out here in the sticks (and I suspect anywhere outside the confines of the M25), it…

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Michael Rosen’ golden jubilee visit to Bridport

FORMER Children’s Laureate, best-selling children’s writer Michael Rosen is coming to Bridport’s Electric Palace on Thursday 1st August, celebrating his 50th anniversaries of his live performances and the publication of his first book. The talks are at 11.30am and 2.30pm. One of the world’s best-selling writers for children, and a popular broadcaster, Michael, who was…

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Dorset vineyard celebrates anniversary and awards

LANGHAM Wine Estate this year celebrates 15 years of the vineyard at Crawthorne Farm, near Dorchester. The anniversary was marked with a party for friends of the winery and vineyard, and the release of an outstanding new still wine. Managing director Justin Langham said: “I take immense pride in evolving what was once my father’s…

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