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Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Trevor Whiting

Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Trevor Whiting

Mike returns for the latest of his popular SpeakEasy nights. His guest is one of the most in-demand reed players on the British Jazz scene, Trevor Whiting. Trevor combines masterful improvisation on clarinet and saxaphone with a rich sound that makes his playing both exciting and beautiful. He has shared the stage with many visiting American stars, play with Ken Colyer, recorded with Clare Teal, and toured with Chris Barbers band. Today he works frequently with the UK's top jazz musicians. Together, the duo will explore the music of Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman and their contemporaries.

Wednesday 19 Feb 20208:00pm Book Now
Posting Letters To The Moon

Posting Letters To The Moon

A romantic, funny and very touching portrait of life during the early 1940s featuring readings of wartime letters between Oscar-nominated actress Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter) and her explorer and writer husband Peter Fleming (brother of James Bond creator Ian Fleming) posted to India and the Far East working for Military Intelligence.

Friday 21 Feb 20208:00pm Book Now
Olwen Foulkes: Indoor Fireworks: Entertainments from Drury Lane

Olwen Foulkes: Indoor Fireworks: Entertainments from Drury Lane

From 1702, the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane staged vibrant and glittering entertainments of music, dance, and acrobatics during the intervals of spoken plays. Olwen Foulkes introduces the music and musicians featured in these fashionable interval concerts. The programme includes fiery sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli and Giuseppe Sammartini, and beautiful suites by less well-known musicians James Paisible, Matthew Locke, and John Grano.

Sunday 23 Feb 20202:30pm Book Now
Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us

Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us

Combining his trademark mix of storytelling, standup, mischief and really, really well researched material, Mark Thomas examines how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.  He picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?

Wednesday 26 Feb 20208:00pm Book Now
Some Like It Hot Fundraising Gala

Some Like It Hot Fundraising Gala

It may be cold outside, prohibition is in force, and the mob is closing in – but any excuse for a party!  Join us for our biennial fundraising gala, this year with a definite 1920s Chicago twist, with dinner, dancing and music from AJ’s Caravan Band. Your evening includes a welcome drink, three courses and wine, plus an auction of tempting items and experiences by the inimitable Garry Batt of Dukes.  

So feel free to dress for the part and channel your inner Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis or Jack Lemmon.  Join us in a transformed Corn Exchange – we couldn’t book Florida but then, nobody’s perfect!


A fundraising event in aid of Dorchester Arts, Registered Charity No 1015546


Friday 28 Feb 20207:00pm Book Now
Histories of the Unexpected: The Tudors

Histories of the Unexpected: The Tudors

From the Histories of the Unexpected team of Sam Willis (BBC’s The Silk Road and Invasion!) and James Daybell comes a brand-new show on the TUDORS! A fast-paced and revolutionary show for all the family…You’ll never think about the Tudors in the same way ever again …GUARANTEED!

Sunday 1 Mar 20203:00pm Book Now
toooB

toooB

Introducing toooB, a curious and friendly shape-shifting creature. She's not quite sure where she's landed but she'd love to meet and play with you.


toooB is an enchanting wordless show for 0-24 month olds and their grown-ups. A gentle sensory adventure with an original soundtrack, captivating movement and interactive fun and games. A perfect introduction to theatre and dance. Includes a stay-and-play session.

Monday 2 Mar 202011:00am Book Now
Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps - Travel and Comedy In The Danger Zone

Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps - Travel and Comedy In The Danger Zone

Dom Joly is best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV. And now the writer and broadcaster is undertaking his first UK tour since 2011, giving fans a rare opportunity to see him live. Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globe-trotting and seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea though the Congo and Syria to Chernobyl, he's visited some of the most unusual places on the planet. Joly famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and armed with a trusty Powerpoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to provide comedy and a sense of danger. The best-selling author will meet fans after the show to sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club.

Wednesday 4 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
Churchfitters

Churchfitters

These three flamboyant characters present their uplifting and entertaining show with a unique dynamism and describe their music as “Folk Unlimited”. Saucepan dulcimer, glass harp, Bing-Bong machine and magic boots all join some more conventional instruments (fiddle, banjo, sax and whistle to name a few) to back Rosie Short’s sublime voice.

Mike Harding calls it “Brilliant and beautiful” while Dave Pegg says they are “The most musically inventive group I’ve seen in decades”.


Thursday 5 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
ELEGIE: Rachmaninoff - A Heart in Exile

ELEGIE: Rachmaninoff - A Heart in Exile

Lucy Parham, piano


Henry Goodman, narrator


Scripted by Lucy Parham


Known internationally for her ‘Composer Portraits’ in words and music, pianist Lucy Parham has created a new programme. Elegie chronicles the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Saturday 7 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde (Arrows & Traps Theatre)

The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde (Arrows & Traps Theatre)

In a modern twist on Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic gothic classic, this bold new adaptation reimagines it as a gripping political thriller set in the halls of American power. True to the original text’s themes, its makes a great night of entertainment for those familiar with the novella as well as newcomers to the tale.

Wednesday 11 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
Steve Knightley: Pass Notes - The stories behind the songs

Steve Knightley: Pass Notes - The stories behind the songs

Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing.


Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own!


Thursday 12 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
Jen Brister: Under Privilege

Jen Brister: Under Privilege

Brister has it all: a wife, kids, a house and a job she loves (sometimes) so what the hell is she moaning about? Join Jen as she takes an irreverent look at the often controversial subject of 'privilege'. Who has it? Who doesn't? And why does no one like to admit they have any?

Friday 13 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
DYT Senior Co. presents The Memory Museum

DYT Senior Co. presents The Memory Museum

Join Dorchester Youth Theatre as they present dramatic and truthful reminiscences of the Shire Hall's amazing history as a Court of Justice. Meet the three caretakers who need to complete an urgent stocktake to try to decide which memories to keep and which should be lost.


Taking on a variety of characters, our actors will take the audience on a journey to learn more about true stories from Dorchester's rich past: each one collected from former caretakers, judges and council workers giving a personal perspective on Shire Hall.

Thursday 19 Mar 20207:00pm Book Now (Few Seats Remaining)
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Martin Harley

Martin Harley

Last at the Corn Exchange in 2017 with Daniel Kimbro, Martin Harley makes a welcome return with an intimate solo acoustic show. Through his road worn song writing style he explores hopes and fears for fast changing times. Slide guitar, as always is at the root of Martins sound, mirroring his whisky soaked northern breeze vocals.

Friday 20 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
Nick Cope Family Concert

Nick Cope Family Concert

Nick Cope's family performances are legendary! If you haven't heard his songs or seen his shows before, come and find out what you're missing.  Nick has been writing, recording and performing music for families for over ten years and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents from all over the world. His six albums of original songs have become a must have for thousands and thousands of young families.

Sunday 22 Mar 20202:00pm Book Now
Mary Anning: The Mad Woman of Lyme’ (AsOne theatre Company)

Mary Anning: The Mad Woman of Lyme’ (AsOne theatre Company)

It is 1846, and the little town of Lyme Regis, Dorset is battered by howling winter-gales. Dying and increasingly dependent on Laudanum, Mary Anning is haunted by hallucinations of old friends, enemies and even the dinosaurs she spent her life hacking out of the living rock. Into this world of dreams walks a man she never thought she would see again and attempts to find a resolution to their enigmatic relationship. A gripping story about life and death; frustration and achievement; dreams and memories of long, long ago.

Wednesday 25 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
Sam Avery: Toddlergeddon

Sam Avery: Toddlergeddon

Join comedian and bestselling author Sam Avery (AKA The Learner Parent) for an evening of hilarious stand-up, brand new for 2020. How do you raise a toddler with more attitude than Kanye West? Can you negotiate effectively with a pre-schooler who knows you’re clueless? And will any of us survive Toddlergeddon?

Age guidance: 16+

Friday 27 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
Ninebarrow Band

Ninebarrow Band

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.


For the first time, the duo will not only be joined by cellist and long-term collaborator, Lee MacKenzie, but also the extraordinary talent of John Parker on double bass and Evan Carson on percussion. With brand new songs and stunningly realised arrangements of some old favourites, The Ninebarrow Band promise something absolutely unique.


Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs. An evening with the duo isn't just an evening of great music - it's also a night of history, folklore, and storytelling.


The BBC Folk Award nominated duo released their latest album, ‘The Waters and the Wild’ in April 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. It was awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s EDS Magazine, and has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’. It also reached no.2 in the Amazon.co.uk Folk Chart.


Saturday 28 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
On The Road with The Darius Brubeck Quartet

On The Road with The Darius Brubeck Quartet

In conjunction with the launch of their new CD Live in Poland, the Quartet celebrate the 60th anniversary of Dave Brubeck's jazz ambassadorial tour behind the Iron Curtain in 1958. The show will include Dave Brubeck's hit, Take Five as well as new compositions from his son, Darius. Darius, Dave O'Higgins, Matt Ridley and Wesley Gibbens have been playing together for 12 years, yet there is always a freshness about their performances.

Friday 3 Apr 20208:00pm Book Now
The Surfin’ Birds: Final Farewell Gig

The Surfin’ Birds: Final Farewell Gig

A celebration of local musical talent with an explosive showcase including the final farewell concert by psychedelic surf-rock group The Surfin' Birds, avante-garde singer and pianist Amy Brown, experimental genre-hopper Slick Grief and mysterious supergroup The Black Circle. Vinyl and CD will be available at the showcase, including new and reissued releases by The Surfin' Birds, Bebe and Paolo (Paisley Scarf Records,) Amy Brown, Slick Grief and Goldberry & Salt (Pre Langue Records.)

Saturday 4 Apr 20208:00pm Book Now
Spinning The Moon (DCPA)

Spinning The Moon (DCPA)

Dorchester Community Plays Association has been staging performances for the past 30 years, with Spinning the Moon. Spring 2020 sees their seventh play, Spinning the Moon, take to the stage. With a cast of more than 100 and a full musical team led by local actor and musician Tim Laycock, Spinning the Moon is a compelling tale set shortly after the War of the Roses. Blending historical fact and fiction, drama and comedy, it will easily be one of the most powerful pieces of theatre you will see all year.

Monday 6 Apr 20207:30pm Book Now
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Calan 2020

Calan 2020

Following a storming gig in summer 2018, we’re delighted to welcome back Welsh folk supergroup Calan with their trademark brand of high-energy routines, verve and raw excitement. Expect stunning playing, beautiful songs and soaring harmonies...with added virtuoso step dancing! A special evening for firm fans and those new to the magic alike, come along and help us raise the roof.

Thursday 9 Apr 20208:00pm Book Now
Your Toys On A Big Adventure (Slot Machine Theatre)

Your Toys On A Big Adventure (Slot Machine Theatre)

Your Toys was one of the highlights of autumn 2017, so we're delighted to bring them back to entertain you all over again. As a heart-warming story about friends pulling together, this gigantic adventure is funny, with original live music, beautiful puppets and lots of surprises: you'll go home with huge smiles on your faces. An anthem to creative play and silliness, fun for adults and children alike.

Wednesday 15 Apr 202011:00am Book Now
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The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

For over 50 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920s and 1930s. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington. Pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.

Friday 17 Apr 20208:00pm Book Now
Waiting For Godot (Theatre Nation)

Waiting For Godot (Theatre Nation)

Theatre Nation bring their wit, humour and flair for highly expressive physical theatre to Samuel Beckett's masterpiece of modern drama, once famously described as 'a play in which nothing happens - twice'.


Hilarious, poignant and unforgettable, Waiting For Godot tells the story of two tramps on a lonely Irish road awaiting the appearance of a mysterious character...called Godot. They while away the time by quarrelling, making up, contemplating suicide, trying to sleep, eating a carrot and gnawing on some chicken bones...

Wednesday 22 Apr 20208:00pm Book Now
The Drystones

The Drystones

The Drystones are two twenty-one year olds from Somerset playing a lively mix of their own interpretations of traditional folk tunes and original compositions. Playing violin, guitar and whistle, they have made a big splash since they formed in July 2011. They have played festivals all over the West Country (including Larmer Tree, Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Purbeck and Folk East), and went down a storm at 2019's Maumbury Rings Music Day. At their 2013 Glastonbury Festival performance they were Steve Lamacq's "recommendation of the day". For just two people they make a lot of sound!

Wednesday 29 Apr 20208:00pm Book Now
Vincent Gambini: The Chore of Enchantment

Vincent Gambini: The Chore of Enchantment

The world is in turmoil, the news cycle is spinning out of control. Can magic provide the much-needed solace for these difficult times? Vincent Gambini is not so sure. Disillusioned by global events and struggling with "magician's block", Gambini unveils the arduous job of a conjurer in the 21st century. Is magic mere escapism, a chidlish distraction from urgent world problems? Combining deadpan comedy with jaw-dropping sleight-of-hand magic, The Chore of Enchantment plays expertly with deception, artifice and theatrical make-believe.

Thursday 30 Apr 20208:00pm Book Now
The Navy Lark

The Navy Lark

Three classic episodes of the much-loved radio show The Navy Lark brought to life on stage. Originally featuring Leslie Philips, Ronnie Barker, Jon Pertwee and Dennis Price, the show ran from 1959 – 1977. Presented in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy. When HMS Troutbridge docks at your local theatre it’s going to be “Ev’rybody Down!” For an evening of nostalgic belly laughs. So “Bung Ho!” and secure your tickets now.

Friday 1 May 20208:00pm Book Now
Rob Burton with Dorchester Chamber Orchestra

Rob Burton with Dorchester Chamber Orchestra

We are delighted to welcome BBC Young Musician Woodwing section winner 2018 to Dorchester.  In this special Dorchester Chamber Orchestra Season Gala Concert, Rob will be performing Dorset composer Rick Birley's 'A Dorset Rhapsody'.

Rob is in his first year studying Classical Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music under Simon Haram and Huw Wiggin. A keen chamber musician, Rob also enjoys playing with his saxophone quartet ‘Kumori Quartet’ and his reed quintet. He was Principal Saxophone with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, and has played with the Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra. Rob is grateful for the support of YCAT in their aftercare scheme for finalists of BBC Young Musician.

Saturday 9 May 20207:30pm Book Now
Lawrence: After Arabia - followed by Director Q&A

Lawrence: After Arabia - followed by Director Q&A

This brand new film tells the compelling story of the last years of T.E. Lawrence’s life and his mysterious death following a motorcycle accident. With influential friends Lawrence had many powerful enemies. Was it an accident or an assassination?


Shot in Dorset with a mainly local cast and crew, it stars Brian Cox (Succession), Hugh Fraser (Poirot, Sharpe), Michael Maloney, Nicole Ansari Cox and Tom Barber Duffy in the title role.


Both showings will be followed by a Q&A with the Director with Director/Producer/Writer Mark J.T. Griffin.  

Sunday 10 May 20203:00pm Book Now
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Great Expectations (Cyphers Theatre Co.)

Great Expectations (Cyphers Theatre Co.)

Cyphers blew us away with last year’s fun and fresh adaptation of Northanger Abbey. Now they return with their gripping adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless novel. Brought to life through their characteristic style of multi-roling casts and fast-paced action.

Wednesday 13 May 20208:00pm Book Now
The Noise Nex Door: In Charge

The Noise Nex Door: In Charge

The charismatic quartet astonished us with their ability to spin audience suggestions into comedy gold when they visited in April. Now they’re charging back with a brand new show that will trample your expectations.


The quickest wits in comedy are putting you, the audience, in charge in brilliant and bombastic new ways. Join comedy’s unstoppable force for an evening like no other... Hilarious scenes! Mind-blowing songs! Finely tuned anarchy!

The Noise Next Door are twelve time sell-out veterans of The Edinburgh Fringe and have appeared on BBC One, ITV1, BBC Three and BBC Radio 4. They have also appeared alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan and Harry Hill.

Friday 15 May 20208:00pm Book Now
Miranda Sykes: Behind The Wall

Miranda Sykes: Behind The Wall

After a career spanning over 20 years, Miranda Sykes - best known as singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ - is returning to her roots as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar.


Behind The Wall is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are heading; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities & societies & where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant & beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect & maybe even empower us.

Saturday 16 May 20208:00pm Book Now
Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense (The Theatre Chipping Norto

Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense (The Theatre Chipping Norto

In this joyous reimagining of the classic P.G.Wodehouse characters, three actors hurl themselves from role to role as they race to tell the story of Bertie’s own farcical adventures.


Take your seats with caution! Aristocratic buffoon Bertie Wooster has hired the theatre to present his one-man show detailing a recent series of misadventures, including the theft of a novelty cow creamer and a narrow escape from matrimony. The only trouble is Bertie hasn’t worked out who’s going to play the parts. Will the show be a disaster? Or will his trusty manservant Jeeves save the day?

Wednesday 20 May 20208:00pm Book Now
Only Fools And Boycie: An intimate evening with John Challis

Only Fools And Boycie: An intimate evening with John Challis

Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation's greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1's Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career.

Friday 29 May 20208:00pm Book Now
George Egg: Movable Feast

George Egg: Movable Feast

Direct from the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 comes a BRAND NEW comedy-and-cooking show for 2020 from the award-winning stand-up who makes real gourmet food live on stage.


Real gourmet food cooked live in the most unconventional ways and with the opportunity to taste the results at the end, provided you can stop laughing.


Saturday 6 Jun 20208:00pm Book Now
The music of Led Zeppelin performed by Whole Lotta Led 2020

The music of Led Zeppelin performed by Whole Lotta Led 2020

Whole Lotta Led are five musicians dedicated to performing the music of Led Zeppelin with skill, passion and respect.


Now in their twenty-fourth year they are the longest running, professional tribute to the music of Led Zeppelin with their customary two and half hour shows receiving acclaim from Zeppelin lovers the length and breadth of the UK and abroad.


Since their formation in 1996 the band have continually led the field of Zep tributes and with over 1,500 shows to their name they have performed ‘Stairway To Heaven’ more than any other band in the world - INCLUDING Led Zeppelin.


“You’re getting great reviews, I wish you all the best” JIMMY PAGE

Saturday 20 Jun 20208:00pm Book Now