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Lucy Parham, Debussy

Lucy Parham, Debussy

Last year Lucy Parham brought us the extraordinary Nocturne, narrated by Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul. She returns with another brilliant narrator, Henry Goodman, in Rêverie, The Lives and Loves of Claude Debussy – a fitting programme for the centenary year of the composer’s death.  


Rêverie evokes Debussy’s complex emotional life through a personal and revealing journal, illuminated by a sequence of his most famous and atmospheric solo piano works.

Sunday 18 Nov 20187:00pm Book Now
Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Michael McQuaid

Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Michael McQuaid

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham for the second of his regular SpeakEasy nights for 2018. Mike's guest this time around is the excellent Australian musician Michael McQuaid.  Michael has toured the world as a featured artist and bandleader, and has established an international reputation.  A mere youngster (in his 30s!) he plays 1920s/30s jazz and swing with remarkable energy and originality.  


McQuaid is a multi-instrumentalist, regularly performing on clarinet, saxophones, trumpet and even occasionally piano.


Wednesday 21 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
To Hell In A Handbag

To Hell In A Handbag

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination” – Oscar Wilde

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of Being Earnest are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private? This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity ... and money. A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic. Written and Performed by Helen Norton & Jonathan White


Friday 23 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore

Following last year’s marvellous performance of The

Mikado, Opera Anywhere return with another Gilbert

and Sullivan classic, as part of their annual Gilbert and

Sullivan Festival on Tour.


This is a tale of mismatched love across different social

classes. Climb aboard to find out if love prevails and enjoy

a feast of fun along the way. Hip hip hooray!

Saturday 24 Nov 20187:30pm Book Now
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This Really is too Much

This Really is too Much (PG)

Raucous, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, this genre-busting performance reveals the downright absurd realities of life as a 3-dimensional, high definition, WO-man. ‘Gleefully compelling’ (EXEUNT), slickly choreographed and dripping with satirical charm and anarchic wit. Gracefool combine dancing with dark comedy to wrestle with gender, identity and social convention.

Wednesday 28 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
King for a Day: NKC Story

King for a Day: NKC Story

King for a Day celebrates one of the most iconic voices of the Twentieth Century Nat ‘King’ Cole. Featuring live music from jazz singer Atila and his stellar group of musicians, alongside narration and projected archive images and footage, this new show takes a fresh look at the life and work of Nat King Cole - whose vocals in songs such as Unforgettable and When I Fall in Love defined a golden era of music.

Friday 30 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
Mad Dog Mcrea 18

Mad Dog Mcrea 18

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their

audience with their infectious songs.


Mad Dog’s will be sharing songs from their most recent album, Almost Home , produced by Sean Lakeman. It is an album fuelled with the all the essential Mad Dog energy and antics that the band have become known for.


Friday 7 Dec 20188:00pm Book Now
The Nativity

The Nativity (12A)

After their triumphant take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Howard and Stu are back to tackle the second greatest Christmas story ever told. Yes, that’s right folks, Living Spit are doing the NATIVITY!


With the usual mix of silly songs, pitiful puppetry and more Biblical befuddlement than you can shake a figgy pudding at, Living Spit’s Nativity promises to be a cornucopia of comic Christmassy crudeness that you’ll never forget!


Not for the faint-hearted…..


Saturday 8 Dec 20188:00pm Book Now
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
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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
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Lost Lore
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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
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
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
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
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
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