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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!
Saturday 3 Dec 20162:30pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Saturday 3 Dec 20167:30pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Sunday 4 Dec 20162:30pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Sunday 4 Dec 20167:30pm Book Now (Sold Out)
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 (Not Open For Sale)
Thursday 15 Dec 20162:00pm Book Now (Not Open For Sale)
Thursday 15 Dec 20166:00pm Book Now (Not Open For Sale)
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
Lavolta

Lavolta

This wonderful 11-piece chamber ensemble, featuring vocalists Kate Westbrook and Sarah Owen, present a concert of extraordinary 20th century music.

Highlights include William Walton's Façade 2, which sets Edith Sitwell's outlandish poetry to bold and mischievous music, and Luciano Berio's Folk Songs, featuring songs from the United States, Armenia, France, Sardinia and more. The programme also features works by Judith Weir, Kurt Weill and Vaughan Williams, whose setting of A E Houseman's Along the Field is another delight for a Sunday afternoon.
Sunday 22 Jan 20172:30pm Book Now
From  Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads

From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads

Young David Bowie obsessive Martin is a boy with problems – an illness no-one understands and a head full of sound and vision. So when an unexpected gift arrives on his birthday, Martin embarks on a thrilling journey in the footsteps of his obsession, leading him to discover some long-hidden truths about himself. What follows will change his life forever.
Powerful and touching, music and magic realism collide in this darkly funny and moving tour-de-force solo show featuring Alex Walton and the voice of comedian Rob Newman.
With a blistering Bowie soundtrack, the life of the pop fan is dissected in this tale of unnatural teenage wildlife.
Friday 27 Jan 20178:00pm Book Now
Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit Zoe hits the road with a brand new show for 2016 after a year that has seen her appear on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), The John Bishop show (BBC1) and win the Chortle Best comic award. You might also recognise her from Alan Davies as Yet Untitled, and her regular stints on Mock the Week and The News Quiz.

Not bad for a girl who has never really felt part of the gang. She was the awkward gay kid at school with a different accent and quite a severe bout of alopecia. Never easy for a girl to fit in if she is sporting a massive comb over while harbouring secret desires for Charlies Angels (The blonde one mostly, but with a comb over, who can afford to be fussy?).

Thankfully Zoe has reached that point in her life when the thought of actually fitting in would be utterly terrifying. She doesn't want to be in anybody's gang, she is now far happier being a Little Misfit.

"Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd" The Guardian "Confident and razor sharp" Observer "Quick fire observational gags delivered with utter conviction" Chortle "Proper laugh out loud one liners" The Herald

Saturday 28 Jan 20178:00pm Book Now
Jo Harman

Jo Harman

Jo is an award winning vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has performed at some of Europe's most prestigious venues. The Daily Mirror called her 'the finest female soul blues vocalist in the UK' and Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin Criminals) said on his Radio 2 programme 'sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless...I am'.

Jo has also been asked to perform at a number of high profile events including Amnesty's Internaional's Ambassador of Conscience Awards in Berlin where she performed for, and with, Joan Baez and Patti Smith. In 2014 she was won 'Female Vocalist of the Year'at the British Blues Awards and was runner up in the'Songwriter of the Year' category.

In her live show, Jo performs a mixture of her own compsitions and covers, ranging from hard rock to heart melting ballads - all performed with utter conviction alongside her first rate band.

Not to be missed.
Saturday 11 Feb 20178:00pm Book Now
Mike Denham SpeakEasy With Enrico Tomasso

Mike Denham SpeakEasy With Enrico Tomasso

We are delighted to welcome pianist Mike Denham to the Corn Exchange as he kicks off his regular SpeakEasy nights for 2017 with Enrico Tomasso, three times winner of the British Jazz Award for Best Trumpeter.
As a boy in the 1960s he met and played with trumpet legend Louis Armstrong, and has gone on to play with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ray Gelato's Giants and Acker Bilk. Now established as one of Britain's truly world-class players, Enrico's previous appearances as Mike's guest have been very special occasions, and this one promises to be no exception.
Wednesday 22 Feb 20178:00pm 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
Sunday 26 Feb 20178:00pm Book Now
Beverley Craven - Live In Concert

Beverley Craven - Live In Concert

After a massive 40 night tour of the UK in 2014, BRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven will be back on the road performing a handful of select venues in 2015 as she continues to promote her acclaimed latest album 'Change of Heart'.

Beverley is looking forward to performing her new songs live alongside timeless classics Promise Me, Holding On, Woman To Woman, Love Scenes and many more.

With a witty narrative and unforgettable melodies, her poignant sentiments will leave you with a warm glow of nostalgia, or maybe even the odd tear.
Saturday 11 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
Swansea City Opera: A Night of Romantic Opera

Swansea City Opera: A Night of Romantic Opera

A third visit to Dorchester for the acclaimed Swansea City Opera with a captivating show transporting audiences into the world of Romantic Opera. This enchanting evening of arias and ensembles accompanied by piano is performed by a carefully selected cast of singers from the major national and international opera houses, with music from some of the best-loved romantic composers including Puccini, Verdi, Bizet and Mozart.

As ever, Artistic Director of SCO Brendan Wheatley will introduce the music and compère the evening in his own inimitable style.
Saturday 18 Mar 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
Shappi Khorsandi - Oh My Country

Shappi Khorsandi - Oh My Country

OH MY COUNTRY!' From Morris Dancing to Morrissey
Shappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain.She's reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome).
‘She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency.’The Guardian
Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, she is back with a brand new show for 2016. She has whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciouslymischievous delivery and endless charm.

Shappi Khorsandi is also the best selling author of ‘A Beginners Guide to Acting English’ and her debut novel ‘Nina is not OK’ is published by Ebury in July 2016. Shappi was also recently elected president of the British Humanist society.

'Seriouslsy funny and suprisingly filthy' The New Statesman
'Makes live comedy thrilling' London Evening Standard
Thursday 4 May 20178:00pm Book Now
Kokoro

Kokoro

Kokoro is the new music ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, committed to bringing contemporary music to the South and South West.

Expect a diverse programme of engaging pieces, both new and old. Full programme to be announced very soon.
Sunday 7 May 20172:30pm Book Now
Ezio

Ezio

In a world where would be starlets cry on talent shows and ex boy band members are considered credible, Ezio do what they do.

They deliver the most exquisitely crafted and varied songs today with a skill that can only come from having toured and recorded constantly for many years. Ezio's style has always been nearly impossible to describe. Their music can range from the highly rhythmical almost manic Latin feeling rock to delicate dreamy ballads that are heartbreakingly honest and deeply poetic.

An ex manager once proudly announced Ezio cannot be killed with conventional weapons and true to form they have come back with the strongest collection of songs Lunedei has ever written on their new album Daylight Moon.

"Lyrics like Morrison or Dylan but somehow more in the real world". The Scotsman

Friday 12 May 20178:00pm Book Now