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The Producers (Blues Music)
Friday 22 Jun 20188:00pm Book Now
Pied Piper (Norwich Puppet Theatre)
Saturday 23 Jun 201811:30am Book Now
Saturday 23 Jun 20182:30pm Book Now
He Ain't Heavy
Sunday 24 Jun 20187:30pm Book Now
Adam Kay

Adam Kay

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay reads from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.”

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.  Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns, this is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.

Thursday 28 Jun 20188:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)
The Trumpet Major

The Trumpet Major

The New Hardy Players return with a spectacular Georgian entertainment in evocative outdoor locations in Dorset. Bring along a picnic and enjoy Thomas Hardy’s historical romance ‘The Trumpet Major’ in a colourful new production directed by Tim Laycock with Penny Levick. Featuring Harlequinade dancers from Dorchester Ballet directed by Lucy Bishop, newly composed music by Alastair Simpson, and country entertainments for all to enjoy.

With a host of colourful characters, and set against the background of the threat of invasion, the Battle of Trafalgar and the glowering presence of Old Boney (Napoleon Bonaparte), this is rollicking and richly comic adaptation was first performed by the Hardy Players in 1908, resurrected by Dorchester Drama in 1978, and is now brought up to date by the New Hardy Players - don’t miss it!

Friday 29 Jun 20187:30pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Saturday 30 Jun 20182:30pm Book Now
Friday 6 Jul 20187:30pm Book Now
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Friday 13 Jul 20187:30pm Book Now
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DYT: 45 Minutes
Thursday 5 Jul 20187:30pm Book Now
Martin J Bartlett NS

Martin J Bartlett NS


Martin James Bartlett wowed us with this superb talent in 2016 at the Corn Exchange.  He returns by popular demand this summer with a new programme.  Having won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, Bartlett has gone on to perform with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017 Bartlett was one of the thirty competitors at the finals of the Van Cliburn Competition, held in Fort Worth, Texas. There will be a pre-show performance by solo Cellist Hanna McFarlane.

Thursday 5 Jul 20188:00pm Book Now
Moscow Drug Club
Friday 6 Jul 20188:00pm Book Now
Mark Thomas: Check Up - Our NHS @ 70
Thursday 12 Jul 20187:30pm Book Now
The Cherry Orchard (MT)

The Cherry Orchard (MT)

Miracle Theatre makes a welcome return to Maumbury Rings, this time unpacking Chekhov’s bittersweet comedy about a once-wealthy family, whose idleness and extravagance have brought them to the brink of bankruptcy. Will it take a revolution to destroy their cosy world of privilege and entitlement – or will their own stupidity be enough? Cornwall’s award winning Miracle Theatre has developed a strong reputation for producing entertaining and dynamic adaptations of classic plays such as last year's The Third Policeman. Go and see for yourself this summer!

Friday 13 Jul 20187:30pm Book Now
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam band
Saturday 14 Jul 20188:00pm Book Now
Portrait of Tess / Mr Hardy's War
Monday 16 Jul 20187:30pm Book Now
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
John Mills & Archaeus Quartet
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
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
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



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
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