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The Memory Museum

The Memory Museum

Through the oral histories of Dorchester residents, The Gramophones Theatre Company present a unique history of Shire Hall courthouse. Join three caretakers after closing time as they attempt to complete an urgent stock take to try to decide which memories to keep and which should be lost. The caretakers playfully enact the memories they have gathered until their own secrets begin to tumble out, threatening to jeopardise the collection forever.  The memories in the performance have been collected from caretakers, judges, and council workers of Dorchester, giving a different, personal perspective on this historic building.

Wednesday 25 Apr 20187:30pm Book Now (Few Seats Remaining)
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Saturday 28 Apr 20182:30pm Book Now
Saturday 28 Apr 20187:30pm Book Now
Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes

Based on the novel by award-winning writer Michael Morpurgo, Out of the Ashes is the story of one girl's experience on her family farm in Devon during the outbreak of foot and mouth disease across the UK.

We experience the momentous effect on British farming through the memories of Becky as she wrote them in her diary. The story features the birth of her first lamb (Little Josh), her glorious rides with Ruby the horse and the gradual spread of the disease from hundreds of miles away to right outside her doorstep. Becky’s diary comes alive on stage using heartfelt storytelling, family bonds and beautiful staging to document the spread of foot and mouth to the Morely’s farm in the South West's rural countryside.

Wednesday 9 May 20187:00pm Book Now
The Immigrant

The Immigrant

A hilarious and heartwarming slapstick comedy inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s original film. This delightful show tells the story of people starting a new life in the West today. Based on hundreds of accounts of what it is like to come to live in an unfamiliar culture, the show is about the universal experience of trying to fit in when you stand out. Chris Michael has captured the spirit of the original film and re- worked the content to tell a story of modern times. The show is fully accessible for deaf audiences.

Wednesday 16 May 20188:00pm Book Now
Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

Paul Robeson: world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he gets too radical and outspoken for the establishment's liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, is harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel.

This roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable life highlights how his pioneering and heroic political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features some famous songs (including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River), speeches, and a spectacularly defiant testimony to the Senate House Un-American Activities Committee.

Show length: 80 minutes (no interval)

Thursday 24 May 20188:00pm Book Now
Persuasion (Theatre 6)
Wednesday 30 May 20188:00pm Book Now
Romeo & Juliet OT

Romeo & Juliet OT

The HandleBards entertained us last year with a hilarious version of Shakespeare's As You Like It. This year, they return by popular demand with their "seriously silly" production of Romeo & Juliet. This all-female, cycling theatre troupe will be pedalling to us with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. In usual HandleBards style, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

Sunday 3 Jun 20187:30pm Book Now
Wuthering Heights First Showing
Saturday 9 Jun 20188:00pm Book Now
Wuthering Heights Second Showing
Sunday 10 Jun 20183:00pm Book Now
DYT Juniors / Intermediate: Ella / Wind in the Willows
Thursday 14 Jun 20186:30pm Book Now
Friday 15 Jun 20186:30pm Book Now
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
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
Sunday 15 Jul 20187:30pm Book Now
DYT: 45 Minutes
Thursday 5 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
Portrait of Tess / Mr Hardy's War
Monday 16 Jul 20187:30pm Book Now
The Time Machine
Friday 27 Jul 20188:00pm Book Now
Much Ado About Nothing
Thursday 9 Aug 20187:00pm Book Now
Thursday 23 Aug 20182:00pm Book Now