Past Performances

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AN EVENING WITH ELVIS MCGONAGALL + Guest Performer Liv Torc

Saturday 27 November 2021 – 8PM

Stand-up poet, comedian and broadcaster, armchair revolutionary and walking shortbread tin, Elvis McGonagall resides at The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the back of beyond where he scribbles satirical verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash.


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THE WEIR

Thursday 18 November 2021, Friday 19 November, Saturday 20 November – 7.45pm

The Weir is a powerful ensemble piece with humour and pathos. Set in a pub in rural Ireland the locals spend their evenings gossiping and telling each other spooky stories. One evening a young woman from Dublin comes in ………


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DAD’S ARMY – Project Play

Tuesday 26 October 2021, Tues 26, Wed 27, Thur 28, Fri 29, Sat 30 October – 7.30pm

As Project Play enters its third year, following superb productions of The Vicar of Dibley and Allo Allo! this all-time favourite is sure to be yet another big hit.


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WHERE IS MRS CHRISTIE?

Tuesday 12 October 2021 – 7.30pm

In 1926, Agatha Christie’s crashed car was discovered in Surrey. She was missing, presumed dead. She was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed amnesia. Did she lie? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved?


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THE ZOO THAT COMES TO YOU

Saturday 09 October 2021 – 2pm

Come and meet this eclectic group of charming yet cheeky animals, as they discuss the challenges they face in a rapidly changing world. A joyous puppet show inviting people of all ages to join the conversation about animal conservation.


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HAMLET ACT SIX – A COMEDY

Thursday 07 October 2021 – 8PM

This stunning and original play takes the tragic end of Hamlet and turns it into something very different. Argumentative actors, new characters, and Will Shakespeare himself all feature in Shakespeare Live’s fast-moving and exciting new comedy.


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PETE FIRMANBAG OF TRICKS

Friday 01 October 2021 – 7.30pm

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologies for any inconvenience caused. Ticket holders will be contacted to arrange refunds.


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NATIONAL THEATRE ROMEO AND JULIET

Tuesday 28 September 2021 – 7pm

This critically acclaimed bold new film brings to life the remarkable backstage spaces of the National Theatre in which desire, dreams and destiny collide to make Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy sing in an entirely new way.


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HAIFLU EVER AFTER

Wednesday 22 September 2021 – 7.30pm

And nothing makes sense

but in telling our story
we learn who we are.


Liv Torc’s Project Haiflu was one of the runaway creative success stories of lockdown. Now thanks to Arts Council England, Liv has created a full-length show using film, theatre, poetry and live music.


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THE SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK

Saturday 11 September 2021 – 3PM AND 7PM

A thought-provoking, poignant, dynamic, and semi-immersive theatre collage of the worlds and era that surrounded the “Mother of Free Festivals.” Inspired by the ethos of the hippie, counterculture, and free-festival movements, Something Underground brings you its tribute to Woodstock ’69.


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CRIMES IN EGYPT

Friday 03 September 2021 – 7.30PM, SATURDAY 04 SEPTEMBER 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Belgian detective, Artemis Arinae, is set to enjoy a cruise along the Nile when tragedy strikes. All the passengers and staff are suspects and the murder count is growing. Will Arinae’s little grey cells identify the murderer in time? 


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OLIVER! JR

Friday 20 August 2021, Saturday 21 August – Friday 7pm and Saturday 2pm

After a year online, award winning Tri.art Theatre School are delighted to be back live on stage with their summer school production of the Broadway Junior version of Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist.


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HMS PINAFORE

Thursday 12 August 2021 – 7PM

Set on board the warship HMS Pinafore, the opera cheerfully mocks such Great British institutions as Class, Patriotism and the Royal Navy, faithfully performed by a reduced cast on a beautiful nautical set.


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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Thursday 05 August 2021 – 7PM

Claudio loves Hero, and Benedick hates Beatrice. This is just as well, because Hero loves Claudio and Beatrice hates Benedick. Everyone laughs when Don Pedro plays a trick on Benedick and Beatrice, letting each think that they are secretly loved by the other.


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LITTLE RED AND THE BIG BAD WOLF

Saturday 31 July 2021 – 3pm

Filled with live music, colourful characters and puppetry, this wonderful family musical has something for everyone! Bring along your picnics, blankets, folding chairs and friends and family!


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THE TEMPEST – Folksy

Wednesday 28 July 2021 – 7PM

Will Prospero grant Ariel her freedom and be restored to his dukedom? Will Ferdinand and Miranda’s love overcome all? Folksy’s wonderful production is filled with live music, colourful characters, enchantment and a little touch of magic.


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WESTERN AREA FINALAETF

Saturday 17 July 2021 – 2pm and 7pm

FOUR PLAYS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE

The Western Area Final of the All-England Theatre Festival presents plays which have won a Festival. The winner progresses to the national Grand Final. Nancy Heath gives her adjudication of each play.


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FLASH FICTION FRENZY

Sunday 11 July 2021 – 12 noon

Frome Festival

Share a Sunday afternoon on ECOS celebrating the art of the short story, including Flash Fiction Frenzy (12.00–2.00pm) and the Frome Festival Short Story Competition Prize-giving (2.30-4.30 pm).


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FROME FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Sunday 11 July 2021 – 2.30pm

Share a Sunday afternoon on ECOS celebrating the art of the short story, including Flash Fiction Frenzy (12.00–2.00pm) and the Frome Festival Short Story Competition Prize-giving (2.30-4.30 pm).


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GEORGE EGG: MOVABLE FEAST

Saturday 10 July 2021 – 7.30pm

Frome Festival

Direct from the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 via a year of lockdown, here at last is a brand new comedy and cooking show for 2021.


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ROB HERON AND THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA

Friday 09 July 2021 – 8PM

Frome Festival

The Tea Pad sound draws on myriad influences – from Hank Williams to Django Reinhardt, Tom Waits to The Beatles – yet ultimately sounds like nobody else, that North Eastern Swing style that’s utterly their own.


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THE FABULOUS RED DIESEL

Thursday 08 July 2021 – 8PM

Frome Festival

The Fabulous Red Diesel are riot of original new music, amazing vocals delivering wonderful soaring melodies, a skin-tight rhythm section and even the occasional tuba.


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LATER…WITH FROME COLLEGE AT ECOS

Wednesday 07 July 2021 – 7pm

Frome Festival

This event has been cancelled. Our Box Office will contact you in due course. We apologies for any inconvenience.


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FROME POETRY CAFE IN THE STONES

Tuesday 06 July 2021 – 8PM

Frome Festival

Open mic plus Special Guest: Frome’s sensational Liv Torc

With prizes donated by Hunting Raven Books and Frome Wholefoods


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PAUL FOOT IN SWAN POWER

Sunday 04 July 2021 – 8PM

Frome Festival

Paul Foot is a unique talent who has inspired other comedians (notably Russell Brand) with his inventive, quirky and bizarre trains of thought.


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JONNY AND THE BAPTISTS: DANCE LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED

Saturday 03 July 2021 – 8pm

Frome Festival

This is a show about grief. This is a show about loss. Just not how you’d expect.

Dance Like It Never Happened is the funniest, most joyful and uplifting show you will ever see about feeling totally bereaved.


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BEGGARS OF LIFE

Friday 02 July 2021 – 7.30PM

Frome Festival

Live Bluegrass, American Old-time musicians bring new life to iconic Hollywood silent movie Beggars Of Life. Kate Lissauer (Buffalo Gals), Jason Titley and Leon Hunt, reveal a thrilling, witty approach to this 1928 Louise Brooks film with their original soundtrack.


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LEGENDS OF SWING

Sunday 20 June 2021 – 3PM

This show has been moved inside due to the bad weather. Social distancing measures will be in place for your safety. Please email merlintheatre@gmail.com if you have any concerns.


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TWO

Thursday 17 June 2021, THURSDAY 17 JUNE AND SATURDAY 19 JUNE – 7.45pm

FromeDrama are thrilled to return to the stage with two plays that explore the complex relationships between couples in very different ways. There will be performances of each play on alternate nights: Constellations and Two.


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CONSTELLATIONS

Wednesday 16 June 2021, WEDNESDAY 16 JUNE AND FRIDAY 18 JUNE – 7.45pm

FromeDrama are thrilled to return to the stage with two plays that explore the complex relationships between couples in very different ways. There will be performances of each play on alternate nights: Constellations and Two.


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THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF DR DOLITTLE

Wednesday 02 June 2021 – 2pm

A brand-new musical adaptation of the Doctor’s FURTHER adventures with Jip the Dog, Dab Dab the Duck, Gub Gub the Pig, Polynesia the Parrot. Where in the world will they go? Which new animals will they help along the way?


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THE MIGHTY KIDS BEATBOX COMEDY SHOW

Saturday 22 May 2021 – 2pm

Fantastic family fun and silliness galore, with award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas (as seen on CBBC’s Joke Machine and The Dog Ate My Homework) and world champion beatboxer & UK Loopstation Champion, Hobbit.


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POP-UP COMEDY AT THE MERLIN

Saturday 22 May 2021 – 7.30pm

Pop-Up Comedy joins forces with the Merlin Theatre to celebrate its re-opening weekend with a fantastic night of comedy hosted by award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas and world-renowned beatboxer Hobbit, with performances from Irish funnyman Jarlath Regan and rising comedy star Abi Clarke.


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A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2020 – Pip Utton

Monday 21 December 2020 – 7pm

Pip Utton returns to the Merlin to perform again his entrancing reading of one of the best loved and most famous of all Christmas ghost stories. A magical way to get into the Christmas spirit!

“A masterful performance. Utton IS Charles Dickens” Edinburghreview.com


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WAR HORSE – NTLive

Sunday 20 December 2020, SUNDAY 20 December – 2pm and 7pm

Based on the ​beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, the critically acclaimed and international smash-hit play War Horse is screened at the Merlin for the first time this November to mark Remembrance Day.


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BEA AND THE WINTER WINDS

Wednesday 16 December 2020, Wednesday 16 December, Thursday 17 December, Friday 18 December, Saturday 19 December – 12.30pm, 3.30pm, 7pm

Join us on a journey of discovery, deceit and adventure – all whilst making sure you’re back in time for Christmas Dinner!


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THE NUTCRACKERROH

Saturday 12 December 2020 – 2pm and 7pm

The Royal Ballet celebrated Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. Starring Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli, Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell.


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SIGNAL FIRES – Crimes against Christmas

Thursday 10 December 2020, Thursday 10 December, Friday 11 December – Gates open 6pm for 6.30pm show

Frome-based New Old Friends present an adaptation of Crimes Against Christmas. It’s a thrilling and hilarious tale, this time told live around a fire at the Merlin’s ECOS Amphitheatre in the style of a radio play.


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UNCLE VANYA

Tuesday 27 October 2020, Sunday 1 November – 7pm and 6pm

Following its critically acclaimed opening in London earlier this year, Sonia Friedman Productions’ stunning 5-star production, a new adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece by Conor McPherson, directed by Ian Rickson.


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FLEABAG

Friday 23 October 2020 – 7pm

This screening is SOLD OUT.


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BALL AND BOE: Back Together

Saturday 17 October 2020, Sunday 18 October – 7pm and 2pm

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Back Together from London’s O2.

The headline stars of Les Misérables -The Staged Concert perform their own show, featuring songs from The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and many more.


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THE COMEDY ECLECTIC

Thursday 08 October 2020 – 7.30pm

Pop-Up Comedy joins forces with the Merlin Theatre for the return of The Comedy Eclectic, an exciting series of socially-distanced comedy shows over the winter months.

Award-winning Kiwi (now local) stand-up comedian Jarred Christmas hosts the very best from the international stand-up comedy scene.


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ANDRE RIEU: Together in Music

Sunday 04 October 2020 – 2pm

We apologise but this screening has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience.


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MATTHEW BOURNE: THE RED SHOES

Thursday 01 October 2020 – 7.00pm

Matthew Bourne’s ‘gorgeous take on the film classic’ (★★★★ The Times) comes to the Merlin for the first time. Winner of two Olivier Awards, The Red Shoes is an ‘utterly enthralling’ (★★★★★ Daily Express) tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.


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BOTTOM’S DREAM

Saturday 19 September 2020 – 2pm

Our premiere production, a short and enjoyable version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, combines classical and folk music and is set in the nature of the Anthropocene and the new socially-distanced society of the pandemic.


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THE UNRAVELLING WILBURYS

Saturday 05 September 2020 – 7pm

The Unravelling Wilburys have been holed up in their shack in the Appalachian Mountains dosing up on hydroxychloroquine and bleach as prescribed by Doc Trump, and are now fit to come out of quarantine to play a come-back gig featuring all the songs stolen from them by the Traveling Wilburys.


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FROME POETRY CAFE

Thursday 03 September 2020 – 7pm

An all-open-mic event, no booking required. Come along with your words on any subject to share with the poetry community of Frome. Hosted by Crysse Morrison.


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THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES – Illyria

Saturday 29 August 2020 – 6PM

The Emperor is a lovely man, but he’s not the best judge of character, and is often surrounded by idiots.

When two swindlers spin a yarn and everyone is taken in, what price will he have to pay? All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show!


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THE ADVENTURES OF DR DOLITTLE

Saturday 29 August 2020 – 3pm

When Dr John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals, news of his skills spreads far and wide. Soon animals across the world send messages asking for his help.


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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – Folksy Theatre

Thursday 27 August 2020 – 7pm

Folksy Theatre presents Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy! Bianca cannot marry until her elder sister, the ill-tempered Katherine, has found a husband. But who will succeed in taming the wild and witty shrew?

Filled with Folksy’s wonderful live music!