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Mat Ricardo
Thursday 19 Jul 20188:00pm Book Now
Courtney Pine & Omar

Courtney Pine & Omar

An amazing opportunity to catch British jazz legend Courtney Pine up close and personal as he returns to Dorchester, this time in the company of UK soul star Omar.


The Black Notes From The Deep project, where Courtney returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade, was launched with a sold out concert at London’s Barbican in March 2017 and was followed by a major UK tour dates and an album of the same name.


Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine CBE is a BBC Jazz Awards and MOBO winner and Mercury Music Prize nominee. Omar, best known for the 1992 hit single There’s Nothing Like This, has a truly unique and instantly recognisable “signature” vocal sound and has collaborated with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson and Angie Stone.


Don’t miss this very special concert bringing together two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents.


“In a Class of His Own” The Times


“Courtney Pine was one hailed as the saviour of British Jazz…he still is” The Independent


“Nothing short of breath-taking” The Telegraph

Friday 20 Jul 20188:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)
John Mills & Archaeus QRT
Sunday 22 Jul 20183:00pm Book Now
The Time Machine
Friday 27 Jul 20188:00pm Book Now
Summer Sunday with Bowjangles 2018
Sunday 29 Jul 201812:00pm Book Now
Much Ado About Nothing
Thursday 9 Aug 20187:00pm Book Now
Comic Chaos (6-12 years)
Tuesday 14 Aug 201810:00am Book Now
Rustle
Thursday 23 Aug 20182:00pm Book Now
Elles Bailey

Elles Bailey

Elles Bailey first stepped onto the stage at Dorchester Arts.  She impressed audiences so much, she now makes a welcome return with her own show. Elles has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music.  

Friday 31 Aug 20188:00pm Book Now
Tipping Point

Tipping Point

Relationships, honesty, trust and human values explored through the eyes of a young apprentice at Grimley Recycling Centre.  Over a few short hours, she challenges and influences the individuals she encounters, all of whom are facing their own personal tipping point.

Skillfully acted by a cast made up of local Dorset talent, this uplifting story of strength in the face of change will leave you with a strong sense of what it is to be a human being.


Proceeds from this production will be donated to Julia’s House Children’s Hospice and Dorchester Arts.

Friday 7 Sep 20187:30pm Book Now
Saturday 8 Sep 20182:30pm Book Now
Saturday 8 Sep 20187:30pm Book Now
My Sweet Patootie and FB Orchestra
Wednesday 12 Sep 20188:00pm Book Now
I Capuleti e I Montecchi: Bellini’s tragic Romeo and Juliet

I Capuleti e I Montecchi: Bellini’s tragic Romeo and Juliet

A fresh new contemporary take on one of the most famous love stories of all times.

Friday 14 Sep 20187:00pm Book Now
1st NCT Conf. & Even.

1st NCT Conf. & Even.

Celebrating and challenging the craft and legacy of Ann Jellicoe, DCPA Honorary Life President (1927 – 2017)


Led by Stephanie Dale, Playwright for the 7th Dorchester Community Play, Spinning The Moon. Key speakers: David Edgar – One of the UK’s leading political playwrights, Jon Oram – Artistic Director of Claque Theatre (formerly Colway Theatre Trust)


If you have experienced the joy and enrichment of participating in community drama, you will enjoy this opportunity to come together with well-known practitioners and explore ways to ensure the future of community plays and theatre in the current difficult funding climate.

Saturday 15 Sep 201811:00am Book Now
1st NCT evening only

1st NCT evening only

First National Community Theatre Conference: Evening Social

Celebrating and challenging the craft and legacy of Ann Jellicoe, DCPA Honorary Life President (1927 – 2017)


Led by Stephanie Dale, Playwright for the 7th Dorchester Community Play, Spinning The Moon. Key speakers: David Edgar – One of the UK’s leading political playwrights, Jon Oram – Artistic Director of Claque Theatre (formerly Colway Theatre Trust)


If you have experienced the joy and enrichment of participating in community drama, you will enjoy this opportunity to come together with well-known practitioners and explore ways to ensure the future of community plays and theatre in the current difficult funding climate.


Saturday 15 Sep 20187:30pm Book Now
Sam Kelly's Station House 2018
Saturday 15 Sep 20188:00pm Book Now
Kokoro: The Second Viennese School
Wednesday 19 Sep 20188:00pm Book Now
R Gough & LiTTLe Mach.

R Gough & LiTTLe Mach.

Poet Roger McGough has teamed up with musical trio Walter, Steve & Chris of LiTTLe MACHiNe to feature a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music.


Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough's characteristic wit and wordplay too.  Formed in 2009 LiTTLe MACHiNe set classic poems to music and perform them with energy, passion and humour.


Music that moves the feet for words that move the soul!


This show will be followed by a book signing.


Friday 21 Sep 20187:30pm Book Now
A Pure Woman

A Pure Woman

Set in the winter of 1924/1925 and based on true events, this new play tells the story of 84 year-old Thomas Hardy, his second wife Florence and the young Dorset woman who played Tess of the D’Urbervilles in the 1924 Hardy Players production.

Thursday 27 Sep 20188:00pm Book Now
Friday 28 Sep 20188:00pm Book Now
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Sunday 30 Sep 20182:30pm Book Now
Ninebarrow Trio

Ninebarrow Trio

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 nominees Ninebarrow impressed audiences here last year with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.


The duo have now joined forces with cellist and long-term collaborator, Lee Cuff, to produce an evening unlike any other. With brand new songs and stunningly realised arrangements of some old favourites, the trio are winning new fans wherever they go. See them now to find out why.

Friday 5 Oct 20188:00pm Book Now
Not about Heroes
Wednesday 10 Oct 20188:00pm Book Now
HENRY BLOFELD: 78 RETIRED

HENRY BLOFELD: 78 RETIRED

HENRY BLOFELD: 78 RETIRED


Henry ‘My Dear Old Thing’ Blofeld has hung up his microphone after 50 years commentating on international cricket.


The cherished golden voice of cricket has decided to celebrate by touring the country with his brand-new show, jam-packed full of unheard anecdotes from on and off the pitch, as well as stories from the TMS box not allowed on the radio!


Don’t miss the chance to wave a bat in honour to the last bastion of the original Test Match Special team; the team who made it the much-loved programme it is today. The summers of cricket will never be the same without our ‘Dear Old Thing’.


Please note: a £1 Future Fund levy will be added to your purchase, towards the future work of Dorchester Arts and the Dorchester Maltings Project.

Sunday 14 Oct 20183:00pm Book Now
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Friday 26 Oct 20188:00pm Book Now
Cloudbusting 40 years of Kate
Friday 2 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
Ventoux
Saturday 3 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
Simon Evans: Genius

Simon Evans: Genius

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans’. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm…

Simon is well known to the British comedy-going public from TV shows such as Live at the Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, and as a regular on BBC Radio 4.

“Super-sharp wit” (Time Out).

“Please clap” (Jeb Bush).

‘A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close’ ***** (The Scotsman)

“reliably funny and refreshingly intelligent” **** (The Times)


Saturday 10 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
Tankus the Henge 2019
Saturday 16 Feb 20198:00pm Book Now
Hal Cruttenden: Chubster

Hal Cruttenden: Chubster

Hal's literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You're Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo.


His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He's now on a diet.

Friday 1 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
Clare Teal and Trio
Saturday 23 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now