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The Little Match Girl

The Little Match Girl (U)

London. Christmas Eve. A little girl struggles fiercely through the snow. In an attempt to stay warm she strikes a match. The flame blazes to life, illuminating fantastic Christmas visions. We meet talking turkeys, dancing rats, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their chattering Christmas tree. In this touching, madcap and heart-warming Christmas show, The Last Baguette use visual story telling, live music and puppetry to shine a light on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter tale.

Sunday 16 Dec 20181:30pm Book Now
Sunday 16 Dec 20184:30pm Book Now
Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

Dorchester Arts's Associate Theatre Group, Somerleigh Players guarantee festive fun with Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, “Season’s Greetings” - in the author's own words: “a play about love and about how unfair it is. And success and failure. And jealousy and self-deception. And greed and envy and lust and gluttony. Just an average family Christmas”.


Limited sofa seating and 8-seater tables with festive treats available - bring your friends and make a party of it!


Thanks to the generosity of Fordington Gin, we are also pleased to announce that there will be a Gin Bar in the auditorium serving gin and festive cocktails.


Normal raked seating will also be available.


Profits from this performance will support the work of Dorchester Arts and the Dorchester Maltings project.


Thursday 20 Dec 20187:30pm Book Now (Sold Out)
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Lost Lore
Friday 21 Dec 20187:00pm Book Now
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Saturday 22 Dec 20187:00pm Book Now
Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-Long

Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-Long (PG)

Come and join us for a special sing along screening of Disney’s latest spectacular version of this “tale as old as time”. With on-screen lyrics, fans young and old can sing along with Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson to their favourite hits from this romantic fairy-tale. A perfect treat for the whole family to banish those post-Christmas blues.

Thursday 3 Jan 20192:00pm Book Now
Escaping The Storm

Escaping The Storm

Marking 100 years from the publication of Dr Marie Stopes' 'Married Love, AsOne Theatre bring you this thought-provoking piece of storytelling about one of the 20th Century's most controversial women.

Wednesday 16 Jan 20198:00pm Book Now
The Eduardo Niebla Experience

The Eduardo Niebla Experience

An amazing repertoire of “stunning flamenco jazz” (The Sound) from his latest albums brilliantly accompanied by guitarist Matthew Robinson & tabla player Dharmesh Parmar.


Friday 18 Jan 20198:00pm Book Now
Steve Knightley 'Roadworks'

Steve Knightley 'Roadworks'

Best known for his work with the hugely popular acoustic roots group Show of Hands, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley invites you on a musical journey. Roadworks charts the winding roads of his unrivalled career. It builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. A stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit and warmth, beautifully illustrated by songs of history, love and conscience.


The setlist is peppered with classic gems and in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.


Wednesday 23 Jan 20198:00pm Book Now
And Then They Came For Me

And Then They Came For Me

This poignant and thought-provoking production is part oral history, part dramatic action and part remembrance. It brings to life what happened after The Diary of Anne Frank ends. Combining videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Eva Geiringer Schloss and Ed Silverberg, live actors recreate scenes from their lives as teenagers during WW ll.

Friday 25 Jan 20198:00pm Book Now
Shivers by Adam Robinson (Little Mighty)

Shivers by Adam Robinson (Little Mighty)

A trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin. Shivers contains within it some of the most chilling tales ever told. Supernatural mysteries stir from its pages. You feel a prickle on your neck. Your blood stills. A monstrous thing creeps in the shadows. Is it all in your mind? A trick of the light? Or something far more sinister? One thing is for certain: these stories will give you shivers.


A co-production between Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and Little-Mighty.

Sunday 27 Jan 20198:00pm Book Now
Phil Beer: String Theory

Phil Beer: String Theory

As one-half of one of the finest folk bands in the country, Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene and  is equally as in demand for his solo shows. 'String Theory' sets out to share some of Phil's most-loved songs. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.

Wednesday 6 Feb 20198:00pm Book Now
Angela Barnes: Rose Tinted

Angela Barnes: Rose Tinted (15)

Angela’s brand new show of stand-up and stories is trying, really trying, to look on the bright side of life. Since 2011, when Angela Barnes took the plunge and embarked on her life-long dream to become a comedian, Angela and her witty worldview have been catapulted onto numerous radio and television shows including appearances on BBC One’s Mock The Week, Love At The Apollo and BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and the prestigious role as host of BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack.


“The pace is fast, the material strong and the delivery perfect” Chortle


Friday 8 Feb 20198:00pm Book Now
Mike Denham SpeakEasy with the Sunset Café Stompers

Mike Denham SpeakEasy with the Sunset Café Stompers

Mike Denham's first SpeakEasy Night of 2019 will be a special night, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Mike's band, Sunset Café Stompers, a seven-piece band containing some of the UK's top vintage jazz musicians!  Expect to hear numbers by Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong.  Recently described in Just Jazz magazine as one of the best ‘territory bands’ in the country, this is not a show to be missed!

Wednesday 13 Feb 20198:00pm Book Now
Ethel Smyth: Grasp The Nettle

Ethel Smyth: Grasp The Nettle

This new play, performed with musical accompaniment by contralto and actress Lucy Stevens, follows her triumphant appearance last year as Kathleen Ferrier's in Whattalife! Lucy returns to shine a light on the extraordinary life and music of Dame Ethel Smyth: composer, writer and suffragette. She was the living embodiment of the passion with which Victorian women challenged the "male machine” and the first female composer to have her work performed at both Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Neither opera house featured work by a woman composer for more than a century afterwards…

Friday 15 Feb 20198:00pm Book Now
Tankus the Henge 2019

Tankus the Henge 2019

Created to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews use music and song to tell the story of ‘The War to End All Wars’. A scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions. Featuring a host of wartime standards such as Pack Up Your Troubles, Tipperary and Goodbye-ee as well as brand-new musical settings of poems by lesser-known war poets such as May Wedderburn Cannan and C. Fox-Smith.

Saturday 16 Feb 20198:00pm Book Now
Lily & The Albatross

Lily & The Albatross

A family show full of live music about wild weather, wild birds and wild ambitions. Far out in the wild and remote ocean there is a small family on a fishing boat. When the whipping winds threaten their little world, the family must pull together, take a leap of faith and look beyond what they have always known to get themselves and their great old boat moving again.  

Monday 18 Feb 20192:30pm Book Now
Rouse, Ye Women

Rouse, Ye Women

Through rousing traditional songs and moving ballads, Townsend Theatre Productions reveals the plight of the woman chainmakers of Cradley Heath.  In 1910, they stood up for their right to earn a living wage, led by the founder of the National Federation of Women Workers, Mary Macarthur. Their ten week strike more than doubled their earnings and successfully established the right to a minimum wage. A welcome return for Townsend Productions (We Are The Lions Mr Manager; The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists).

Wednesday 20 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
Edgelarks (Philip Henry & Hannah Martin)

Edgelarks (Philip Henry & Hannah Martin)

BBC Folk Award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are a leading force of roots and acoustic music. The duo blend British traditional music with world rhythms to blistering effect, and have a penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people. On this special album-preview tour they will be showcasing new songs in an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope. Expect songs inspired by the wonder of the natural world, tales of rejoicing and long lost returns, and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings.

Sunday 3 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
In Loyal Company

In Loyal Company

The incredible true story of missing World War II soldier and prisoner of War Arthur Robinson, written and performed by his great-nephew, David William Bryan.


May 1941. Hitler’s bombs rain on Liverpool.  Arthur leaves his job as a packer and joins up, becoming a Private in the 18th reconnaissance division. Deployed to Singapore, his ship is destroyed by Japanese dive bombers on arrival. Arthur is declared missing...

Friday 8 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
The Unravelling Wilburys

The Unravelling Wilburys

A celebration of the music of The Traveling Wilburys and their rock icon members Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and George Harrison. Country/rock music at its very best.

Saturday 9 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
DYT Senior Co.: Chaos

DYT Senior Co.: Chaos

A girl is locked in a room. A boy brings another boy flowers. A girl has tied herself to a railing. A boy doesn’t know who he is. A girl worries about impending catastrophe. A woman jumps in front of a train. A boy’s heart falls out his chest. A butterfly has a broken wing.

Chaos is a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes. A series of characters search for meaning in a complicated and unstable world. Bouncing through physics, the cosmos, love and violence, they find order in the disorder of each other.

Thursday 14 Mar 20197:30pm Book Now
Friday 15 Mar 20197:30pm Book Now
Clare Teal and Trio

Clare Teal and Trio

Jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her Trio feature the very best of popular music from the golden age of song in this upbeat and uplifting new show.


The evening will feature standards from the grand masters of the Great American Song Book and witty urbane song stylists of the 50’s & 60’s Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh & Dave Brubeck. There's always a nod to more contemporary writers and originals too.


Clare and her Trio's fabulous arrangements interspersed with warm and witty storytelling guarantee a night to be remembered.


Saturday 23 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
Nick Cope

Nick Cope

Nick Cope’s family performances are legendary: with songs about head lice, dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith “Even the shyest of kids will warm to his unpretentious style.” **** (Fest Magazine)


For close to 10 years Nick has been writing, performing and recording music for children and their families and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents from all over the world. If you haven’t heard his songs or seen his shows before come and find out what you’re missing.


Sunday 24 Mar 20192:30pm Book Now
Northern Harmony '19 workshop

Northern Harmony '19 workshop

Led by Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony’s 14 brilliant young singers return with another thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, as well as renaissance motets. Based in Vermont, they are renowed for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and vocal timbres of these varied traditions.


Buy a ticket for both the concert and workshop and save £3.

Tuesday 26 Mar 20196:30pm Book Now
Northern Harmony '19

Northern Harmony '19

Led by Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony’s 14 brilliant young singers return with another thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, as well as renaissance motets. Based in Vermont, they are renowed for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and vocal timbres of these varied traditions.


Book a Northern Harmony workshop ticket and save £3.

Tuesday 26 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
Pop Club Birthday Bash

Pop Club Birthday Bash

Pop Club is celebrating it’s 18th birthday and you are invited! Inspired by shows such as Later with Jools Holland & Top Of The Pops, the young people of Pop Club have curated an evening of musical entertainment featuring multiple stages filled with music of many genres and styles, such as pop , rock , folk & soul, and more. Come and be in our studio audience, celebrate with us and help Pop Club to continue working with Dorset’s young people building musical skills & confidence in a safe, fun & exciting environment.

Friday 29 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
Flanders and Swann

Flanders and Swann

Join Duncan, Tim and the Hippo for the most sublime Flanders and Swann show since… well, since Flanders and Swann themselves!

Saturday 30 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
Shylock: Rhodri Miles

Shylock: Rhodri Miles

Rhodri Miles (Game of Thrones; Burton; Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon) performs Shylock, the latest in his series of masterful one-man shows. Is Shylock, the Jewish money lender from the Merchant of Venice, a villain or a victim? Gareth Armstrong's powerful drama challenges these stereotypes through the eyes of Shylock's only friend - and the only other Jew in all of Shakespeare's work – Tubal. Come and celebrate Shakespeare's unique and rich language in this intimate, magical and humorous treatment of Shylock and his people.

Wednesday 3 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
The Noise Next Door - Remix

The Noise Next Door - Remix

Eleven-time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this improv comedy troupe presents a show that will split sides, blow minds, and drop jaws.  Taking audience suggestions, they will transform audience suggestions into ferociously funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, and explosive physicality. They will leaving you in awe of their lightening-quick wit and totally original comedic talents.

Thursday 4 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
Tumlyn Brass Quintet

Tumlyn Brass Quintet

Formed in 2017, The Tumlyn Brass Quintet consists of Dorset-based musicians who are passionate about making good music.

Sunday 7 Apr 20193:00pm Book Now
Hazel O'Connor Hallelujah Moments

Hazel O'Connor Hallelujah Moments

One of the first major female stars of the 80’s, singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor rose to fame in 1980 starring in the film Breaking Glass . Hazel's ageless songs include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, Monsters in Disguise, Calls The Tune, If Only, Give Me An Inch , Blackman and  Hanging Around.  Accompanied by virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst (The Belle Stars, Communards, David Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards and vocals, this is a powerful blend of voices and musicianship. Unmissable.

Friday 12 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee

Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee was one of the great figures of jazz and American popular song, with a career spanning six decades. Sinatra called her ‘regal’; Duke Ellington called her ‘the queen’. She wrote and sang for Disney’s Lady And The Tramp and had a string of hits stretching from her early days with Benny Goodman until the 1990s.


In this wonderful show, jazz vocalist Jo Harrop pays tribute to the sultriest songstress of all, delivering moving renditions of classics such as Fever, Why Don’t You Do Right and The Folks Who Live On The Hill. Featuring Alex Webb on piano, Henry Gilbert on bass, Joel Prime on drums and special guest Tony Kofi on alto sax.


Saturday 13 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
The Long Walk Back

The Long Walk Back

The epic story of an international sporting star’s catastrophic fall from grace, by Dougie Blaxland - produced by RoughHouse Theatre and Live Wire Theatre. Followed by a Q&A session with Chris Lewis and RoughHouse Theatre Director Shane Morgan.

Sunday 14 Apr 20197:00pm Book Now
The Nash Ensemble

The Nash Ensemble

Richard Hosford (clarinet)

Adrian Brendel (cello)

Ian Brown (piano)


Trio No 4 in B flat for clarinet, cello and piano, 'Gassenhauer' Op 11 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for cello and piano in D minor - Claude Debussy

5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano Op 23 - Gerald Finzi

Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor Op 114 - Johannes Brahms


Wednesday 17 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
Wyvern: Words Take Wing

Wyvern: Words Take Wing

This original folk-drama draws on the notebooks of writer Thomas Hardy.  They tell of 19th century lives and dreams, hopes and despair, love and laughter. Musicians and actors of the group Wyvern have traced snippets and jottings that Hardy wove into his poems and novels, where the words have 'taken wing' from dry prose to rich imaginative literature. These extraordinary stories, always observant and often quirky are brought to life through carefully chosen extracts, lively music and dramatic readings.

Wednesday 24 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now