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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
Sunday 25 Nov 20183:00pm 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
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
Friday 21 Dec 20187:00pm Book Now
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Saturday 22 Dec 20187:00pm 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
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
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