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Mikado Workshop

Mikado Workshop

Come and join the Opera Anywhere team for their 2 performances of The Mikado on the 30th September and the 1st October!


Opera Anywhere will be running a Mikado masterclass for singers from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 24th September… cost per singer is just £25 and an additional £5 if you need a copy of the Mikado score to be provided.

Sunday 24 Sep 201711:00am Book Now (Not Open For Sale)
Mikado (Opera Anywhere)

Mikado (Opera Anywhere)

The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan

Set in Japan, The Mikado presents a tangled web of love. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, flees in search of his true love, YumYum, to avoid marrying a much older suitor. Yum-Yum, however, is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, against her will. Things, as you can see, are complicated! But can everything be righted before someone loses their head? Expect high jinx, lots of energy and clever wordplay as all is revealed.

Saturday 30 Sep 20177:30pm Book Now
Sunday 1 Oct 20173:00pm Book Now
The Wind In The Willows

The Wind In The Willows

A brand-new musical adaptation by Chris Green of Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved classic aimed at adults and older children. Green Matthews (formerly Blast From The Past) and special guests Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer use music and song to bring this timeless tale to sparkling life. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the irrepressible Mr Toad as they embark on adventures on the river, on the road and in the dark and dangerous Wild Wood. This folk music performance uses traditional English folk melodies set to new lyrics. The four musicians paint a vivid picture of Grahame’s world – from the humble comfort of Mole End to the grandeur of Toad Hall.

Thursday 5 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Dave O'Higgins Quartet

Dave O'Higgins Quartet

Dave O’Higgins’ saxophone sound is highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. He has a wide palette, from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane and Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker. The quartet has been together for five years – Sebastian de Krom (drums), Geoff Gascoyne (bass), and Graham Harvey/Rob Barron (piano).  They are a band that is unashamed to swing, drawing on blues and functional harmonies and the great tome of jazz vocabulary.

Friday 6 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Monmouth: The W. Country Reb.

Monmouth: The W. Country Reb.

June 11th 1685. The Duke of Monmouth lands at Lyme Regis with 83 men to raise a Protestant army against James II, and begin what was to be England’s last rebellion against the Crown. Five weeks later and with a 3000-strong army swelled by dissenting men and women from Dorset, Devon and Somerset, Monmouth prepared to fight the last ever pitched battle on English soil, and the first step towards modern democracy. There will be a post-show question and answer session. Supported by the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, and West Dorset District Council.

Also at Bridport Arts Centre and Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Sunday 8 Oct 20177:30pm Book Now
Barry Cryer & Colin Sell

Barry Cryer & Colin Sell

Barry Cryer and Colin Sell – the Ant and Dec of the sanatogen set – reunite to bring you a new show, devised by them after the visitors left. Cryer, still a “Sprightly Veteran” (Undertakers Gazette) and Sell a “Legendary Virtuoso” (Pensioners Website) combine to entertain you with songs, jokes and the amazing realization that they’re still here. Join them before they come apart.

Wednesday 11 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Wine-Tasting in support of DA

Wine-Tasting in support of DA

Wine connoisseur Mark Banham will introduce you to a wide range of tastes from around the world. Do bring your friends for an evening of wine, wisdom and conversation, in support of Dorchester Arts.

Friday 13 Oct 20177:00pm Book Now
Murray Lachlan Young: Cautionary Tales

Murray Lachlan Young: Cautionary Tales

From the moment Murray Lachlan Young bounds onto the stage, hair wrapped in a towel, dressing gown flapping, you know you’re in for a good time.  Best of all, he knows exactly what your average 5–10-year-old is interested in – toilets, poo and death being three key subjects discussed during the show. A mixture of poetry, stand-up comedy, storytelling, a touch of panto, and lots of fun participation.  A hilarious and positive route to show children that poetry can be fun, thought-provoking and even quite cool!

Saturday 14 Oct 20173:00pm Book Now
Murray Lachlan Young: An Evening with...

Murray Lachlan Young: An Evening with...

Prepare for an evening of satirical soliloquy, rock-n-roll reverie and ditty.  A delightful romp into the bizarre facets of fame, fashion, people, politics, a mild erotic folk ballad and the space-time continuum.


Playwright, actor, screen-writer and poet-extraordinaire, Murray Lachlan Young is celebrated for his hybrid mix of stand-up comedy and delightful commentaries on contemporary life. Expect flamboyant, punchy wit, brooding subtext and empathetic humour.

Saturday 14 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Nocturne (Lucy Parham)

Nocturne (Lucy Parham)

The third programme of words and music by Lucy Parham. Scripted and adapted from letters and diaries, Nocturne chronicles the romantic life of one the greatest and most popular composers for solo piano – Frédéric Chopin. The narrative follows his turbulent relationship with the controversial literary figure George Sand, their time together in Majorca, his fragile health and his ultimate demise in poverty in Paris at the age of 39.

The readings are interspersed with some of his most loved and poignant compositions.

Sunday 22 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Your Toys On A Big Adventure

Your Toys On A Big Adventure

A monstrous force rules the land. Only the bravest can defeat it. But the challenge is perilous - will everyone survive? On this epic journey, we’re all in danger, and only the toys can save us - your toys.


This show is made by your toys. Grownups and children alike, bring your own toy to the theatre to join in this gigantic adventure. Slot Machine Theatre bring your real toys to life on stage using their unique style of puppetry, original live music and quirky humour.

Monday 23 Oct 201711:30am Book Now
Monday 23 Oct 20172:30pm Book Now
Performance Poetry WS

Performance Poetry WS

Join us this Half Term for a workshop inspired by Murray Lachlan Young’s performance at Dorchester Arts. Twist and tangle words to create your very own poem to perform. Led by Dorchester Youth Theatre Director Jo Simons.  


Murray Lachlan Young: Cautionary Tales for Children ticket holders can book a space for just £4!

(proof of purchase is required)

Thursday 26 Oct 20172:00pm Book Now
The Withered Arm (NHP)

The Withered Arm (NHP)

The New Hardy Players invite you to Thomas Hardy’s powerful gothic tale of suspense and suggestion in the evocative surroundings of Ashton Barn. A young bride, a wronged woman, a mysterious affliction and a desperate remedy. Adapted by Sue Worth, and directed by Andrew Munro and Sue Worth. Featuring Emma Hill as Rhoda Brook, and Amelia Chorley as Gertrude Lodge. The musical score is by Alastair Simpson. Following light refreshments there will country dancing in the barn with the acclaimed Tatterdemalion and caller Angela Laycock.

Thursday 26 Oct 20177:30pm Book Now
Friday 27 Oct 20177:30pm Book Now
Saturday 28 Oct 20172:30pm Book Now
Rodney Branigan 2017

Rodney Branigan 2017

Ever seen someone play two guitars at once? Rodney Branigan can play two better than most can play one! US born Rodney relocated to the UK after learning his craft across the pond and has since been stunning audiences around the world with his jaw-dropping guitar skills and delightful song writing ability.


He’s played Glastonbury, he tours the globe, he’s the official face of Yamaha guitars, and he’s opened for Jack Johnson, G Love & The Special Sauce, Billy Sheehan, Show of Hands and Billy Bragg.

Friday 27 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Tango lesson w. Miriam & Dante

Tango lesson w. Miriam & Dante

Buenos Aires-born troubadour Martin Alvarado is Argentina’s finest tango vocalist. His mesmerising voice has been enchanting audiences around the world for 14 years performing his acclaimed repertoire of Piazzolla, classic tangos and South American songs, as well as his own songs.


In Tango de Amor he is joined by a phenomenally creative pianist and bandoneon player from Finland, Mikko Helenius, whose cool Scandinavian personna is the perfect foil for Alvarado’s passionate Latino charisma, both bringing some surprises and comedy along the way.


Also on stage will be two of Argentine tango’s most elegant and artistic dancers, Miriam Orcutt and Dante Culcuy, World Tango Championships finalists in 2015. Get set to be transported to the sultry sensual world of Buenos Aires.

Sunday 29 Oct 20172:00pm Book Now
Martin Alvarado: Tango De Amor

Martin Alvarado: Tango De Amor

Buenos Aires-born troubadour Martin Alvarado is Argentina’s finest tango vocalist. His mesmerising voice has been enchanting audiences around the world for 14 years performing his acclaimed repertoire of Piazzolla, classic tangos and South American songs, as well as his own songs.


In Tango de Amor he is joined by a phenomenally creative pianist and bandoneon player from Finland, Mikko Helenius, whose cool Scandinavian personna is the perfect foil for Alvarado’s passionate Latino charisma, both bringing some surprises and comedy along the way.


Also on stage will be two of Argentine tango’s most elegant and artistic dancers, Miriam Orcutt and Dante Culcuy, World Tango Championships finalists in 2015. Get set to be transported to the sultry sensual world of Buenos Aires.

Sunday 29 Oct 20177:00pm Book Now
The Book of Darkness and Light

The Book of Darkness and Light

Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night. Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are invited to discover the secrets of The Book of Darkness & Light... if you dare!


Join The Storyteller and The Musician for an evening of spine-tingling tales and haunting live music. Three ghostly stories to delight and horrify, accompanied by the beautiful sounds of the violin. Be thrilled, chilled and thoroughly entertained by this charming storytelling experience. But, be warned, once the pages of the book are opened, anything could happen.

Wednesday 1 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
Northern Harmony WS

Northern Harmony WS

Based in Vermont USA, Northern Harmony’s brilliant young singers have won a worldwide reputation for their remarkable command of harmony singing styles from across the globe: South African songs and dances, traditional music from Corsica, Georgia and the Balkans, American shape-note singing, and renaissance works.


A workshop will precede the concert in which Northern Harmony will teach a selection of South African songs and dances, contemporary American shape-note songs, and songs from Georgia and the Balkans.

Thursday 2 Nov 20176:00pm Book Now
Northern Harmony

Northern Harmony

Based in Vermont USA, Northern Harmony’s brilliant young singers have won a worldwide reputation for their remarkable command of harmony singing styles from across the globe: South African songs and dances, traditional music from Corsica, Georgia and the Balkans, American shape-note singing, and renaissance works.


A workshop will precede the concert in which Northern Harmony will teach a selection of South African songs and dances, contemporary American shape-note songs, and songs from Georgia and the Balkans.

Thursday 2 Nov 20177:30pm Book Now
Morgan & West

Morgan & West

Great Scott! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Witness these temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time!

Friday 3 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation.  Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones.  Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.

Saturday 4 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
Music At Ashton Barn

Music At Ashton Barn

Violinist Marieke Blankestijn and clarinettist Richard Hosford are joined by friends and colleagues from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a concert of chamber music masterpieces.


The programme features Dvorak’s glorious G major Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass and Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet. The fascinating Arcipelago Möbius by the Italian composer Ivan Fedele completes this evening of music in a beautiful rural setting.

A fundraising concert for Dorchester Arts as we work towards our aim of creating a dedicated arts and music venue in The Maltings at Brewery Square.

Wednesday 8 Nov 20177:30pm Book Now
Peter & The Wolf

Peter & The Wolf

Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas...


With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before. Created live with a variety of instruments and objects, including real musical vegetables, the show will have children ages 4+ jumping for joy.


Goblin are a children’s theatre company known for their innovative use of original music and wild creativity with a dose of anarchy.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Sunday 12 Nov 20172:00pm Book Now
Sunday 12 Nov 20174:30pm Book Now
High End To High Street

High End To High Street

Are you a fan of designer bargains? Love your high street labels at low prices?


Then join us for our sensational fashion fundraising event! Clear out your wardrobe in time for Christmas and donate your branded classics and high street labels to us, then come along to find new treasures to take home. There will be a price for every pocket and some extra special items on display.

Sunday 19 Nov 20173:00pm Book Now
Mike Denham & Spats Langham

Mike Denham & Spats Langham

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham  for the second of his regular Speakeasy nights for 2017 where he will be joined on stage by renowned banjo and guitar player Tom ‘Spats’ Langham. ‘Spats’ has performed 1920s and ‘30s jazz all over the world, as a soloist and with top bands including The Pasadena Roof Orchestra.  His trio Hot Fingers has toured Dorset on several occasions, playing to sell out audiences.


Mike and Spats first performed together on a hotel cruise boat on the River Seine, and since then they’ve created many a memorable musical evening together.

Wednesday 22 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
The Sightly Fat Show

The Sightly Fat Show

Slightly Fat Features are a rabble rousing troupe of seven extraordinarily talented gentlemen who proudly pioneer Variety, giving this keystone of Great British entertainment a gloriously refreshing makeover for the 21st century.


They have won multiple awards for their highly original, chaotic and bizarre cabarets. The timeless shows that they create are stuffed to the seams with astonishing physical skills, orchestrated mayhem and lots of laughs- perfect for a wide ranging audience. Variety is back and it’s Slightly Fat.


‘Not often can you can say that a show suits all ages, shapes and sizes. This is one of those rare treats’ Broadway Baby

Saturday 25 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
The Enchantress of Seville

The Enchantress of Seville

Following their visit to Dorchester last Christmas, Joglaresa, Belinda Sykes’ groundbreaking medieval music ensemble, return to explore the roots of Iberian song - motets from the Convent of Las Huelgas, Arab-Andalusian ballads and Judeo-Spanish romanzas. With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs kept alive through centuries of tradition - a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century.

Sunday 26 Nov 20172:30pm Book Now
Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.

Thursday 30 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)
An Evening with an Immigrant

An Evening with an Immigrant

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, in 1996 award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua will tell his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, directing an arts festival at his college in Dublin, performing solo shows at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.

Also at Bridport Arts Centre.

Friday 1 Dec 20178:00pm Book Now
Create a Christmas Lantern

Create a Christmas Lantern

We are leading a Christmas Lantern Parade for this year’s Christmas Cracker in Dorchester on Thursday 7 December.


Come and make your very own special lantern to carry on the evening during this workshop led by Megan our participation officer.

Sunday 3 Dec 201710:00am Book Now
Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier

Whattalife! is a new one woman play with music. Kathleen Ferrier was one of Britain’s phenomenal women of the 20th Century. Whattalife! tells her story from her debut as a singer in 1940, her meteoric rise and her tragic death in 1953.


Professional actress and contralto, Lucy Stevens has researched and created a unique and totally engaging performance, the text is taken straight from Kathleen’s letters and diaries. Sung music from her repertoire is woven through the text.

Sunday 3 Dec 20172:30pm Book Now
Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo and mandolin, bass and drums, accordion, trumpet and acoustic guitar.  Add in knockout four-part harmonies and it makes for an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking bluegrass. With a line-up that includes banjo player and much-loved columnist for The Guardian, Tim Dowling, their literate and carefully crafted songs veer from the wistful and poetic to flat-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and condemned Victorian scoundrels.

Saturday 9 Dec 20178:00pm Book Now
Ligeti Quartet: A Child's Christmas in Wales

Ligeti Quartet: A Child's Christmas in Wales

Stef Conner - A Young Person’s Guide to the String Quartet


Fodé Lassana Diabaté - Sunjata‘s Time


Adam Caird and Charlotte Caird - A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, with narrator Mark Tattersall


A festive musical treat from one of the UK’s leading contemporary string quartets. This wonderful adaptation for strings and narrator of A Child’s Christmas in Wales chronicles Dylan Thomas’s own childhood memories and remains one of his most popular and loved works. Stef Conner’s new piece is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s much-loved work of a similar name. In the extraordinary Sunjata’s Time Malian composer Diabaté magically blends the rich musical heritage of West Africa with the sounds of the western string quartet.  

Sunday 17 Dec 20173:00pm Book Now
Frozen Singalong 2017

Frozen Singalong 2017

As we always have such an enchanting time with Elsa, Anna and the crew, we decided to do it all over again this season.


Disney’s Frozen will be shown on the big screen once more here at the Corn Exchange so all fans, both young and old are invited to come and sing along to one of the most charming animations the world has seen.  A perfect Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy whatever the weather – but hey…the cold never bothered us anyway…

Monday 18 Dec 20172:00pm Book Now
The Christmassy Show

The Christmassy Show

Ho, ho, ho!


Squashbox Theatre’s new family show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, stockings and sleigh bells to cookies, crackers, presents and puddings!


Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, hear the tale of the first Christmas Tree, play hunt the brussel sprout and endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper.

Wednesday 20 Dec 20172:00pm Book Now
Wednesday 20 Dec 20174:30pm Book Now