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Kinetics by Sue Wylie

Kinetics by Sue Wylie (12A)

What can a teenage boy who is into free running and a middle-aged woman with Parkinson's possibly have in common? The desire to move…. Kinetics is based on the remarkable true story of two people seemingly at polar opposites. As Rose tries to come to terms with her diagnosis, an unlikely friendship springs up when Lukas literally lands on her doorstep. But will the bond between them be strong enough when things go wrong? With brilliant writing, dynamic projected images and live parkour, this play is personal, poignant and will make you laugh out loud. "This is an amazing story that needs to be told"- Dorset Echo "Absolutely terrific. Moving, uplifting and really important work. Something that will linger long in the mind afterwards"- Chris Fogg, Director and Dramaturg
Thursday 29 Sep 20168:00pm Book Now (Few Seats Remaining)
Southern Tenant Folk Union

Southern Tenant Folk Union

Southern Tenant Folk Union are the Edinburgh based string band that over a series of albums have produced a thought provoking and arresting take on roots & folk music. Past winners of the ‘Americana Artist Of The Year’ award the band have taken their music onto BBC One TV’s prime political show ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ plus Irish TV’s world famous chat show ‘The Late Late Show’ as well as onto stages at prestigious festivals (Celtic Connections, Belfast Open House Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, Belladrum Festival, Electric Picnic & many more). Expect to hear this exciting new material performed by the collective alongside the best of their extensive back catalogue as they continue to tour in the manner of Willie Nelson. That is with a thrilling live show that engages the audience, talks & tells stories, discusses issues, is informal and also one that displays the fully eclectic and interesting music from across the band’s career to date. And like Willie they play the hits. “Music of delightful invention, slipping in and out of genres with a surprising deftness…this is ambitious music in Punch Brothers vein with only flickers of STFU’s bluegrass origins.” Joe Breen, 4 Stars, The Irish Times “The Scottish folk group Southern Tenant Folk Union presents its most potent offering since 2010's excellent The New Farming Scene” Andy Gill, 4 Stars, The Independent
Friday 30 Sep 20168:00pm Book Now
Spikedrivers- DA Blues

Spikedrivers- DA Blues

Their music has been described as 'haunting', 'gutsy', 'tribal' and even psychedelic. Blues in Britain says, “From the first note, Spikedrivers demand to be listened to.” Guitarist Ben Tyzack, Bassist Constance Redgrave and percussionist Maurice McElroy are a new sound of transatlantic blues. From the early blues of Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Big Bill Broonzy they have added their own blend of north African and Native American rhythms, gospel harmonies, sixties blues and rock guitar. They’ve been compared to The Band, Led Zeppelin, Ry Cooder, JJ Cale, Pentangle, Fleetwood Mac and even Pink Floyd. It all adds up to simply the Spikedrivers. With their high energy show, Spikedrivers have been burning up European festival stages. They’ve gained rave reviews at the Chedigny Blues Festival, Cognac Blues Passions, Lugano Blues to Bop Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Rallye de Luxembourg to name just a few. “For their multitude of admirers, they seem to be growing in stature as a headline band. If you have not seen them you simply must.” Blues in Britain
Saturday 1 Oct 20168:00pm Book Now
Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman

Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman

Following a complete sell-out spring tour professional grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter Jenny Eclair extends her hit tour into the autumn. Jenny is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi –bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth. 4* - The Times
Wednesday 5 Oct 20168:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Music Oft Hath Such a Charm (Opera Up Close)

Music Oft Hath Such a Charm (Opera Up Close)

Olivier award-winning OperaUpClose mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with a performance of songs, operatic arias and ensembles inspired by his plays and poetry, performed in the company's engaging, intimate and theatrical style.

Spectacular show-stoppers from Verdi's Macbeth and the quick-witted wordplay of Much Ado About Nothing and Falstaff rub shoulders with well-loved songs like Schubert's Who is Sylvia? and lesser known operas inspired by the Bard.

Spring is here and four friends are having a picnic. Playboy Benedict has his eyes on his friend's girlfriend Sylvia. While a heartbroken Beatrice despairs at Benedict's womanising, Sylvia's fiance? Demetrius catches a glimpse of their illicit flirtation. Will these love triangles resolve themselves or will heartbreak and jealousy drive them to folly?

Shakespeare in Love, in Lust, in Loathing, in Laughter... and all in Music. These bite-sized jewels of music theatre are performed by a quartet of singers accompanied by a virtuosic pianist, in staged scenes of romance, comedy and drama which will surprise, delight and entertain.

Friday 7 Oct 20168:00pm Book Now
Why The Whales Came

Why The Whales Came

We are delighted to announce our next one-woman family show, created by the same team who brought you the acclaimed and much-loved production of 'I Believe in Unicorns'. THE STORY Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life another enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo. 'Why The Whales Came' is full of fun, mystery and adventure. Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman's secrets, the villagers' fears and superstitions and learn why the whales came to the island.
Sunday 9 Oct 20162:30pm Book Now
Jon Richardson - Work in Progress

Jon Richardson - Work in Progress

Please note: tickets for this show are available to Dorchester Arts members ONLY until 10am on Wed Aug 3rd.

Come and see Jon Richardson as he works on his new material ahead of a major UK tour.

Away from his live stand up, the British Comedy Award 2013 Nominee is best known as team captain on '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown'. He is massively in demand for television and radio appearances and his recent TV credits include 'Have I Got News For You' (BBC ONE), 'Live At The Apollo' (BBC ONE), 'Channel 4's Comedy Gala Live At The 02' and most recently 'Taskmaster' (DAVE). He also hosts 'The Warm Up' show on talkSPORT with Matt Forde every Saturday.

'Jon Richardson is developing into a quietly sophisticated comedian who is at turns hilarious and disturbing and under no circumstances should you miss' **** The Mirror

'one of our most individual and interesting stand-ups **** - The Times

'Sublimely brilliant, stunning.... Time Out

Wednesday 12 Oct 20168:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)
The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales (12A)

Blast from the Past present six of the best-loved tales, told in a variety of styles. Taking visual inspiration from medieval mystery plays and complete with a touring set which has been specially constructed to resemble a medieval travelling theatre, the three-man cast use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer's characters to riotous life, telling tales packed with colourful characters and strange situations. This is definitely not a dry academic take on English literature – the show is fast, furious, occasionally filthy and invariably funny!
Friday 14 Oct 20168:00pm Book Now
Seann Walsh

Seann Walsh

The Lie-in King returns with a brand-new show. Described by The Guardian as “unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation", supported by English Comedian Of The Year finalist Mark Simmons. However dishevelled he may be, the Foster's Comedy Award nominee is also one of the best comics in the country. With a keen observational mind, Seann can spot the absurdity in everything and convert it to perfectly delivered stand-up comedy. You might have seen Seann on TV, but he’s something else live – pacing the stage, working the room and reducing crowds to hysterics. Even if he’d probably rather be at home watching Sky Sports News. As seen on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show and Tonight at The London Palladium, ITV 2’s Celebrity Juice, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Comedy Central’s Russell Howards Stand Up Central. 'One of comedy’s hottest properties...Very talented, very funny’- Evening Standard ‘Unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation’- The Guardian
Wednesday 19 Oct 20168:00pm Book Now
Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe

Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe (15)

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. President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. "rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits" The Independent Performing with the 'must have' act at Literary Festivals LiTTLe MACHiNe. Drawing on three thousand years of poetry - Sappho, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Blake, Byron, Eliot, Larkin and many more - they set classic poems to music and perform them with energy, passion and humour. Music that moves the feet for words that move the soul! "The most brilliant music and poetry band in the world" Carol Ann Duffy
Sunday 23 Oct 20167:00pm Book Now
A Wessex Autumn Fundraiser

A Wessex Autumn Fundraiser

We are delighted that our next event, A Wessex Autumn, will take place on Thursday 27 October 2016, at Ashton Barn Farm in Martinstown. Please do save the date! This will be a celebration of Dorset’s season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, with plenty of Dorset cider, brandy, apple cake, bread, and cheeses – everything that is good about autumn in this beautiful part of the world. Folk musician and storyteller Tim Laycock will be on hand to entertain, together with demonstrations of traditional craft-making; and some poetry too! We do hope that you can join us.
Thursday 27 Oct 20166:30pm Book Now
The Blockheads + Support

The Blockheads + Support

Following a sell out show here at the Corn Exchange last summer, we are excited to welcome back this legendary band for another night of their top hits and poetic lyricism. With Derek Hussey now fronting the band The Blockheads are still revered as one of the most underrated British bands with a strong following of all ages. Relive classics such as ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, ‘What A Waste’ and ‘Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll’, plus revel in their more contemporary hits that continue to keep this band just as fresh and relevant as they were their early days.
Friday 28 Oct 20168:00pm Book Now
Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am?

Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am? (15)

It never really bothered me that I’d never met my mum. It never occurred to me I needed to meet her to ‘find out who I was’, as it didn’t seem likely I’d discover I was someone different to who I thought I was. Could it turn out I was three stone lighter than I thought, or I spoke Italian or supported Arsenal or had a fear of Liquorice Allsorts? But after the birth of my own son, I realised it’s quite an event to have a child, and she may well remember giving birth to me, and maybe even the adoption. See Mark Steel in his newest stand up show, a surprising and enthralling story told with aplomb. Previously, Mark has written and presented Mark Steel’s In Town on BBC Radio 4 and toured it live around the UK. Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Newsquiz. He’s also appeared on BBC2’s QI and Room 101. Mark has also written several, acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On and he writes a weekly column for The Independent for which he won Columnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2015.
Saturday 29 Oct 20168:00pm Book Now
When The Eye Has Gone

When The Eye Has Gone

Following the critically acclaimed production of ?Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson’s Right Boot?Live Wire and Roughhouse Theatre Companies?bring their latest brilliant new show to Dorchester Arts. Set in the bar of The North Briton pub in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, ?When The Eye Has Gone?tells the all too brief life of Colin ‘Ollie’ Milburn ­ the cricketing legend who was one of England’s most unlikely sporting heroes. The action takes place on the 28th February 1990 during Milburn’s cabaret performance as “Jolly Ollie”, the character he had developed to conceal his insecurities and suffering. With songs, anecdotes and a large gin and coke, the story swings backwards and forwards through Milburn’s life as he raises a glass to his triumphs, including his first Test Century against the West Indies at Lords in 1966 and the disaster of losing his left eye in a car accident in 1969. “Theatre of the highest quality”?(The British Theatre Guide) “A wonderful piece of work” ?(The Stage)
Sunday 30 Oct 20168:00pm Book Now
Martin James Bartlett

Martin James Bartlett

In May 2014, at the age of 17, Martin James Bartlett was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician. Since then Martin has given solo recital performances in the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, Bolivar Hall and Novi Sad Town Hall, as well as the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room, Steinway Hall and Moscow's Multi-Media Arts Hall.

In 2015 Martin made his BBC Proms debut performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performed Rachmaninov with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and opened the Cheltenham Festival with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

We are delighted to welcome him to Dorchester Corn Exchange for a recital including Mozart's Piano Sonata in A minor, K.310.

Wednesday 2 Nov 20168:00pm Book Now
Dare Devil Rides To Jarama

Dare Devil Rides To Jarama

SPAIN 1936: When Fascism clutched at the throat of the Spanish people threatening a foul tyranny and the menace of war in Europe, Clem “Dare Devil” Beckett felt at once that his place was in freedom’s rank and joined many other volunteers that formed the International Brigades. Not for nothing did he earn the name, “Dare Devil”. He was loved by the masses for his great daring, courage and skill on the Speedway track. He was a man of the people, and the same fight he used against money-sharks and corruption in his sport, he used to defend democracy against Franco’s rising fascist army. In Spain Clem developed an unlikely friendship with literary critic, writer and poet Christopher Caudwell; but a common cause had brought them together and they died at their machine gun post covering their battalion’s retreat at the Battle of Jarama in February 1937. Following the success of ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’, ‘We Will Be Free!’ and ‘United We Stand’, Townsend Productions’ new play, commissioned by the International Brigades Memorial Trust, commemorates and celebrates the contribution and sacrifice of the volunteer International Brigades on the 80th anniversary of their creation with stirring contemporaneous songs, live music and poetry. ???? ‘ TREMENDOUS’- THE TIMES ‘A striking piece of work’- THE OBSERVER Also at Bridport Arts Centre.
Friday 4 Nov 20168:00pm Book Now
Catfish Keith - DA Blues

Catfish Keith - DA Blues

Cutting-edge blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Catfish's innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over. He has reinvented the guitar with great power and artistry, and brings a rare beauty and vitality to his music. Handing down the tradition, Catfish continues his lifelong journey as one of the brightest lights in acoustic blues and roots music. A two-time W. C. Handy Blues Music Award nominee for Best Acoustic Blues Album, and 2008 inductee into the Blues Hall Of Fame, Catfish has fifteen Number One independent radio chart-topping albums to his credit, and packs houses all over the world with his dynamic stage show. The 30 year veteran has performed thousands of gigs, touring the USA, UK and Europe dozens of times to wide acclaim, headlining major music festivals, and appearing with legends John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal , Leo Kottke, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Johnny Shines and many, many others. "GUITAR GENIUS." - Living Blues "Pulling Blues Out of The Sky, Catfish lays down a foot-stomping groove. One of the most exciting guitarists of any genre." - Acoustic Guitar
Saturday 5 Nov 20168:00pm Book Now
Olwen Foulkes + Nathaniel Mander

Olwen Foulkes + Nathaniel Mander

Recorder player Olwen Foulkes is the current Christopher Hogwood Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. She has performed in venues including the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St John’s Smith Square and she has just begun a residency at Handel House Museum. In this concert she is accompanied by harpsichordist Nathaniel Mander as they perform works by Handel, Vivaldi, Scarlatti and more.
Sunday 13 Nov 20162:30pm Book Now
Jo Caulfield

Jo Caulfield

Award-winning comedian Jo Caulfield presents her brand new show Uninformed Opinions for 2015. Audiences can expect razor-sharp observations and scandalous one-liners as Jo shares her opinions on everything from women who always pick the wrong partner and men who continually quote gangster films, to families arguing on trains and the growth of passive-aggressive corporate friendliness. But don’t worry. It’s not all one-sided. Audiences WILL be encouraged to join in and share their own opinions. Even though they are completely WRONG!
Sunday 20 Nov 20168:00pm Book Now
Instructions for American Service Men in Britain

Instructions for American Service Men in Britain

"The British don't know how to make a good cup of coffee. You don't know how to make a good cup of tea. It's an even swap." It’s 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England - where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Get ready to judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the rules of British life. A rib-tickling show for all ages. “Wholly idiotic, inducing a helpless laughter that almost incapacitates the audience… an unforgettable experience.” Essential Surrey
Wednesday 23 Nov 20168:00pm Book Now
Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film

Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film

After two sell-out years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe finally takes his smash hit show on tour. SONGS ON FILM pays tribute to much-loved movies as self-confessed film buff Joe raids his own collection and adds his own original and stylish orchestrations to some of the most memorable moments in cinematic history. From Hollywood’s golden age, to the classic films of the 80’s, to the work of Tarantino, Tati, Paramount and Pixar, Joe and his remarkable band perform songs written for and inspired by some of the greatest films of the last century. SONGS ON FILM features a number of your popular favourites in a show of virtuosic musicianship, breathtaking theatricality and wit. Sheer joy - The Scotsman ***** Dapper, handsome and quick witted The Times **** A cool knowingness that is spot-on today- The Guardian*****
Friday 25 Nov 20168:00pm Book Now
Molly and the Owl

Molly and the Owl

Molly and the Owl is a “jazz fairy tale” about a young girl and her strange meeting with a saxophone playing owl. Molly visits an exciting town called Jazzville, but how will she find her way home…? Take this perfect opportunity to introduce young minds to the wonder if jazz music as part of our Dorchester Arts Jazz Weekend Festival. Molly and the Owl are pleased to be supported by Arts Council England.
Saturday 26 Nov 20162:00pm Book Now
The Darius Brubeck Quartet

The Darius Brubeck Quartet

Playing to sold-out houses at regional festivals and clubs for many years, including London’s Ronnie Scott’s, The Darius Brubeck Quartet’s acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and engaging. Following the album success of “Cathy’s Summer” featuring a wide selection of new Darius Brubeck compositions, the quartet will be offering yet more new music for your hearing pleasure during our first jazz festival weekend. Expect to hear steadfast favourites through to South African jazz as well as selections from the ever-popular Dave Brubeck repertoire.
Saturday 26 Nov 20168:00pm Book Now
Under The Greenwood Tree

Under The Greenwood Tree

These are times of change…The New Hardy Players bring Under The Greenwood Tree to the stage at the Corn Exchange, where Thomas Hardy saw the original Hardy Players perform the first dramatization of this most light-hearted and humorous of the Wessex novels in 1910. The 2016 adaptation has been written by renowned actor, playwright and director Jack Shepherd (Inspector Wycliffe) and cleverly tackles the social changes which rock the small community of Mellstock. The production features music and song from a live band, and brings to the stage some of the best-loved characters in Hardy for audiences to enjoy. An ideal Christmas show!
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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol (15)

Christmas is coming, The Goose is panicking, And Living Spit are back To start your Christmas with a zing! Hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge hates the season of goodwill. Until a visit from three Phantoms one memorable Christmas Eve makes him rethink his miserly ways and turn his wicked life upside down… blah blah blah. We all know the story. We’ve all seen the film(s). But who’s the best Scrooge of all time? Albert Finney? Alistair Sim? Patrick Stewart? Well, just hold your horses there, Sir/Madam! Because you’ve yet to witness the actor Howard Coggins’s unique take on the eponymous anti-hero of Dickens’ festive masterpiece. Like a coiled spring he waits in the wings, ready to take up the mantle and give the performance of his career as the mean miserabilist, Ebenezer Scrooge. And he’s brought Stu Mcloughlin along for the ride to dress up, sing, dance and generally act like a complete idiot whilst playing ALL the other parts. With silly songs, pitiful puppetry and more Dickensian daftness than you can shake a selection box at - a feast of festive foolery! 'A glorious celebration of silliness, fully appreciated by a packed home crowd.”' The Stage on Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous ‘Brilliantly bonkers’ Bristol Culture
Friday 9 Dec 20168:00pm Book Now
The Producers: DA BLues

The Producers: DA BLues

A warm welcome back to Dorchester for The Producers as they come to the end of their nationwide 25th Anniversary tour. Over the past quarter of a century they have established themselves as one of the UK’s top blues bands and have played as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, the USA and the Bahamas, alongside regular tours throughout Europe. They have also been featured in session on the Paul Jones Blues Show on BBC Radio 2 and have been praised by Johnnie Walker and Bob Harris. Book ahead to avoid disappointment and be prepared for an early Christmas party - you never know what to expect from these guys!
Saturday 10 Dec 20168:00pm Book Now
Romeo and Juliet: BTUK

Romeo and Juliet: BTUK

Join Ballet Theatre UK with their passionate and innovative recreation of the world's greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet. As the nation celebrates 400 years of William Shakespeare's legacy Ballet theatre UK create a new production to tell the tragic tale of star-crossed lovers with astonishing grace and heart-braking intimacy. During the opulent ball our lovers meet, sparking a fateful series of events. We follow the young couple as they experience the greatest of romances to their tragic final embrace. Stunning costumes and innovative stages sets transport you to renaissance Verona where our tragic tale unfolds of the Capulet and Montague families. From the balcony scene's elated pas de deux to the lovers' heart- breaking ends, Romeo and Juliet promised to be an audience favourite and the highlight on the calendar. "A ballet company of great achievement"- the Dancing Times
Wednesday 14 Dec 20166:00pm Book Now
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Joglaresa

Joglaresa

Celebrate Yule with the luscious five female voices of Joglaresa - there'll be nowells, wassails and Christmas lullabies (including the gorgeous Nuns of Chester Christmas lullaby). Accompanying themselves on fidel, harp, bells, bagpipes and percussion this is possibly our tinkliest and twinkliest Christmas programme to date... “Joglaresa are at the forefront of singers and instrumentalists whose study of improvisation and ethnomusicology informs and shapes their imaginative re-creation of medieval music-making" The Times “One marked highlight at St. John’s Smith Square’s Christmas festivities was Joglaresa - it was packed with punters, for Belinda Sykes’ spirited medieval ensemble” The Independent
Friday 16 Dec 20167:00pm Book Now
Mad Dog Mcrea 2016

Mad Dog Mcrea 2016

Following the sell out show last year here at the Corn Exchange, Mad Dog Mcrea and their famous Purple Happy Bus return to Dorchester with their infectious mix of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz and bluegrass. Expect another hearty mix of original songs about adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies and legless pirates. This talented tribe never disappoints! 'This is rowdy, heartfelt, room-shaking and spirit- stirring music that only the dead can't enjoy' Itdstate.com
Sunday 18 Dec 20168:00pm Book Now
Frozen Singalong

Frozen Singalong

We had such an enchanting afternoon back in February with Elsa, Anna and the crew we decided to do it all over agin 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...
Tuesday 20 Dec 20162:00pm Book Now
Megson

Megson

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.

The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it 'if you don't like the music here then you have a problem'

'Simply Brilliant' The Sunday Express

'A force in the folk revival' Neil Spencer - The Observer

'The most original duo on the British folk scene.' Robin Denslow - The Guardian

Saturday 21 Jan 20178:00pm Book Now
The Ronnie Scott's All Stars

The Ronnie Scott's All Stars

Direct from London's world-famous jazz club, The Ronnie Scott's All Stars, led by the club's musical director, take to the stage to celebrate 'The Ronnie Scott's Story'.

Combining world class live jazz from the Ronnie Scott's All Stars, narration and rare archive photos and video footage, The Ronnie Scott's Story is a visual and musical celebration of the club. Charting the club's rise from a basement bar where local musicians would jam, through its trials and tribulations and landmark performances from now-legendary jazz icons, to become the internationally acclaimed jazz venue it is today.

Mixing classic music from the jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott's, alongside tales of old Soho, miscreant musicians and police raids, this is unique evening celebrating one of the world's most famous jazz venues, it's music, and history.

'Outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they're a joy to listen to' The Observer

Friday 24 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent

The internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, comes to Dorchester with a brand new concert, featuring music from her latest album TENDERLY (Sony Music / Okeh Records). TENDERLY sees Stacey return to familiar ground with her first album of standards and jazz-classics since the release of her breakthrough album of 2003, 'The Boy Next Door' - featuring tracks such as 'The Very Thought of You', 'Tangerine', 'In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning' and 'Embraceable You'

For Stacey, whose international touring schedule keeps her on the road for most of the year, this visit provides a rare opportunity for UK fans see her live in concert.

"She has charm to burn, a smile that could give you hope in February and sings like nobody's business" The Wall Street Journal

"Stacey Kent has been quietly sitting on top of the world of jazz vocals, for many years" Jamie Cullum

Saturday 22 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now