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‘Burton’vividly presents the life of the great Welsh actor in his own words from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom. Beautiful women (not least Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage and screen are the threads woven into this sad, happy, exuberant often hilarious one-man show. Drink was the only real anodyne to his deteriorating health and mental state, his doomed tempestuous relationship with Taylor and his constant guilt over the abandonment of his family.

Wednesday 3 May 20178:00pm Book Now
Far From The Madding Crowd

Far From The Madding Crowd

“I shall do one thing in this life – one thing certain – that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die.”

As three very different suitors compete for her heart, spirited, independent Bathsheba Everdene must choose between them. Will she choose to marry for passion, for obligation or for true love and companionship? Or will she value her independence and not marry at all?

Celebrating their tenth anniversary, and following on from Emma, “perfect theatre with seemingly no effort at all” BBC Radio,  Persuasion - “pure theatre magic” **** The Stage and David Copperfield – “Brimming with wit and charm” Remotegoat, Hardy’s romance is brought to life with live music and Hotbuckle’s trademark ensemble style.

Saturday 13 May 20178:00pm Book Now
Sunday 14 May 20172:30pm Book Now
I Am Beast

I Am Beast

Captivating puppetry... An outstanding piece of theatre from start to finish. Raw and dark... this is a show that everyone should see." The Buxton Review

What happens when the wildest parts of our imagination take control? After the death of her mother, Ellie escapes into her own fantasy world of comic book superheroes and bewitching strangers, recreating herself as the ultimate vigilante.

Running amidst dark alleyways and sinister villains, she soon meets the wild and mysterious Beast and together they seek revenge. But as the walls of her new world begin to crumble, Ellie must finally face the truth behind her fantasies.

A visually stunning exploration of the power of grief and childish imagination, I

AM BEAST was developed with teenagers, therapists, psychiatrists and neurologists with support from an Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust and funding from Arts Council England.

Wednesday 24 May 20178:00pm Book Now
Prescription For Murder

Prescription For Murder


directed by Melanie Hooley


This year we, the Somerleigh Players,  find ourselves in the depths of darkest Devon  enjoying  the humour  of Norman Robbins  as he takes us on a mysterious journey  full of twists and turns to its final destination.

Is Doctor Forth trying to get rid of his new wife, is his extremely wealthy ex girlfriend planning a murder and is the mystery man all he seems?

This rollicking whodunnit  is full of suspense. It is guaranteed to entertain  and  the red herrings will keep you guessing until curtain down.

Our wonderful actors 'the best amateurs in town'  look forward to sharing this live theatre with you.

Thursday 8 Jun 20178:00pm Book Now
Friday 9 Jun 20178:00pm Book Now
DYT Junior & Intermediate

DYT Junior & Intermediate

Charlotte Holmes - Future Detective by Richard James

Young Charlotte Holmes may well be a 23rd century

descendant of Sherlock and is eager to do some detective

work. Her opportunity arises on a school trip to a museum

when it is discovered that Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

painting has been stolen.

Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns, adapted

for the stage by Danyah Miller and Dani Parr

Tomas loves playing in the mountains where he lives and

hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside

down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library...

Thursday 22 Jun 20176:30pm Book Now
Friday 23 Jun 20176:30pm Book Now
Twelfth Night (Rain or Shine)

Twelfth Night (Rain or Shine)

The first in our series of outdoor theatre. Rain or Shine

Theatre Company, widely acclaimed for their magical

open air productions, transport you to a land where

nothing is quite what it seems. When Viola finds herself

shipwrecked and separated from her brother, she sets

foot upon Illyria’s sandy shore. Lost and alone, she

disguises herself as a man and sets forth. Before long,

chaos ensues as mistaken identity, love, pride and

alcohol set a host of much loved characters on a series

of hilarious adventures. Hopeless romantics, drunken

knights, a pompous steward and fools galore abound

in one of Mr. William Shakespeare’s most celebrated

comedies. “If music be the food of love, play on!”

Sure to delight family audiences from age 6 to 96, this is

an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event.

Sunday 25 Jun 20177:00pm Book Now
DYT Performance Co - Buckets

DYT Performance Co - Buckets

Join Performance Company as they explore a universal

dilemma: how do you deal with the fact that time always

runs out?

This is an amateur production by arrangement with

Nick Hern Books

Wednesday 5 Jul 20177:30pm Book Now
Thursday 6 Jul 20177:30pm Book Now
The Drive

The Drive

The company who brought us the wonderful Ballad of

Martha Brown return with The Drive, an unexpected

Nordic road trip which sees two estranged friends

thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo.

Spliced through with humour, slick physicality, an original

contemporary soundtrack and video projection, The Drive

is a show about friendship, grief, the fragility of memory,

turning 40, and coming of age in the 1990s.

‘Angel Exit weave stories with more than a little

theatrical magic. There is so much vivid theatricality and

inventiveness at work here.’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Also at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Wednesday 12 Jul 20178:00pm Book Now
The Third Policeman

The Third Policeman

Miracle Theatre return with their adaptation of The

Third Policeman, one of the comic masterpieces

of European literature: a surreal adventure, with

hilarious characters, streaks of dark humour and an

unforgettable plot twist.

Written by Flann O’Brien, adapted by Bill Scott,

Meiert Avis & Robert Bayley.

Thursday 13 Jul 20177:30pm Book Now
The HandleBards: As You Like It

The HandleBards: As You Like It

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The

HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set,

props and costume necessary to perform environmentally

sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their

all-female troupe for a bicycle-powered production of

Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ like no other. In usual

HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a

fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

And what’s the play about? Well - Rosalind and Orlando

have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden. As

lovers, they become entangled in a bizarre game of lust,

love and mistaken identity.

Also at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis and

Bridport Arts Centre

Thursday 24 Aug 20177:30pm Book Now