Past Performances

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KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

Wednesday 03 August 2022, THURSDAY 4 AUGUST, FRIDAY 5 AUGUST, SATURDAY 6 AUGUST – 7.30pm

PROJECT PLAY is delighted to present yet another absolute classic. Prepare for continual belly laughs as Hyacinth continues her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class.


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ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Folksy

Saturday 30 July 2022 – 3pm

Alice, a young, curious girl, follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole and ends up in Wonderland! There, she begins on an adventure she will never forget. This family show is filled with live music, puppetry & madness!


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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE – Illyria

Saturday 23 July 2022 – 7pm

With hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, The Pirates of Penzance is as fresh as if it had been written today. It is packed-full of memorable songs such as To be a Pirate King! and Modern Major General.


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FROME COMEDY CLUB – July

Friday 22 July 2022 – 7.30pm

When it comes to stand up comedy Chuckl. is synonymous with great nights out up and down the U.K. Join us as we bring you some of the biggest names in comedy, hand picked artists you’re sure to love and stars of tomorrow you’re yet to discover.


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EDINBURGH FRINGE DOUBLE BILL

Wednesday 20 July 2022 – 7.30pm

Two beautifully honest and touching pieces brought to life by Black Hound Productions. Alright? makes its eagerly awaited return to the Merlin stage alongside the brand new Seeds of Memories. Catch both before they travel to the Edinburgh Fringe.


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BOJANGLES

Saturday 16 July 2022 – 12.30pm and 6pm

Bojangles bi-annual school showcase featuring all pupils – ballet, tap and street dance


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READERS’ AND WRITERS’ DAY

Sunday 10 July 2022 – 12 noon

A day to celebrate the short story in various forms, starting with the annual Flash Fiction Competition at 12 noon and the Frome Festival Short Story Competition results and Prizegiving at 2pm. Free entry to all.

A Frome Festival event


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RADIO BANSKA

Sunday 10 July 2022 – 7.30pm

Performance of World Jazz music, much of it original material, drawing on Balkan passion and Latin rhythms with a dash of Levantine mystery. An ideal festival finale on the ECOS amphitheatre from this much travelled and experienced band.

A Frome Festival event


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THE HAUNTING OF RICHARD III

Thursday 07 July 2022, FRIDAY 8 JULY, SATURDAY 9 JULY – 7.30pm

Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the discovery of Richard’s body beneath a car park in Leicester and the 30th anniversary of ECOS amphitheatre next to the Merlin Theatre.

A Frome Festival event


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ROGER McGOUGH: SAFETY IN NUMBERS

Sunday 03 July 2022 – 7.30pm

Supported by Frome poet Liv Torc

What will we have learned from stillness and silence?
From sharing, not taking? Waiting not pushing?
Whispering not shouting? Dawdling not rushing?

A Frome Festival event


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FROME COLLEGE CENTENARY CONCERT

Friday 01 July 2022 – 7pm

Frome College presents their centenary celebration concert!


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ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE

Wednesday 29 June 2022, THURSDAY 30 JUNE – 6pm

Queen Elizabeth has the pandemic blues. She hasn’t been anywhere, she hasn’t seen anyone and she has missed travelling around the world, seeing the sights, and sampling the culture. Nothing seems to be good in the world any more…


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FLAMENCO FUSIONS

Sunday 26 June 2022 – 7.30pm

This special evening of theatre consists of six distinct pieces, each featuring an innovative fusion with the traditional Spanish art-form of Flamenco, ranging from the classical to the uniquely contemporary, and from the beautifully romantic to the surreally hilarious.


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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Illyria

Sunday 19 June 2022 – 7pm

Five couples – three human, one fairy, one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play.

Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece explores the full spectrum of love.


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A NIGHT TO MAKE YOU SMILE

Saturday 18 June 2022 – 7.30pm

We are sorry, but this event has been cancelled. You will be contacted by Box Office if you have purchased tickets.


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SOS PRESENTS A FUNDRAISING EVENING OF ABBA

Friday 17 June 2022 – 7pm

SOS are a fantastic 6 piece ABBA revival band who pride themselves on the fact that their show is performed with musicians resulting in an atmospheric live experience. This evening’s open air performance will get you dancing whilst raising much needed funds to replace the Merlin’s house light system.

Fancy dress optional!


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UKRAINE FUNDRAISER FILM NIGHT – Frome Film Club

Wednesday 08 June 2022 – 8pm

In a change to their scheduled programme, Frome Film Club are hosting a Ukraine cultural evening and fundraiser event for all members and any non-members wishing to attend. All ticket sales from the film shorts programme will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross.


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KIT HOLMES WITH AL GREENWOOD

Friday 03 June 2022 – 7.30pm

We are very sorry but this event has been cancelled. We hope to rebook in the Spring. Customers who have bought tickets will be contacted in due course.


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PETER PAN – Illyria

Sunday 29 May 2022 – 2pm

Wendy Darling is certain she saw a boy at her window three floors up – yet no-one believes her. So who can blame her when she flies away to the idyllic Neverland with him? But is Neverland as perfect as it seems?


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IMAGES BALLET COMPANY 2022

Saturday 21 May 2022 – 7.30pm

Images Ballet Company returns to the Merlin to present a diverse programme of newly commissioned and restaged dance works. Vibrant dancing complimented with stylish costume and a rich musical palette promises a performance that will entertain and surprise ballet lovers and newcomers to dance alike.


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THE PREDICAMENT OF JACKSON SCOTT

Saturday 14 May 2022 – 7.30pm

Jackson has killed his boyfriend Ted and has no choice but to cover up his death. A vision of Ted still lives in his mind, tormenting him about his secret and how keeping it from others can have disastrous consequences.


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FIVE COUNTIES YOUTH DRAMA FESTIVAL

Sunday 08 May 2022 – 2pm

The Five Counties Youth Drama Festival – winning teams from across the Western area meet up to compete for the Mike Bishop Trophy.

Come and enjoy the work of a new generation – and maybe spot a future star.


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AETF WESTERN AREA SEMI FINAL

Saturday 07 May 2022 – 2pm and 7pm

FIVE 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 Jan Palmer-Sayer gives her adjudication of each play.


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NORTHERN BALLET’S MERLIN

Wednesday 04 May 2022 – 7pm

Inspired by the story of the mythical wizard, the screening of Northern Ballet’s ‘Merlin’ will take audiences on a sweeping epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and more than a little magic.


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LORD OF THE FLIESMYT

Thursday 28 April 2022 – 7pm

After a plane crash, a group of students reach an island. While Ralph rationalizes the procedures, Jack returns to primitivism, using fear of the unknown to control the other boys, hunting and chasing pigs, stealing the possessions of Ralph’s group – and worse…


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DNA BY DENNIS KELLY

Tuesday 26 April 2022 – 3pm and 7.30pm

Quirky Bird Theatre’s popular production of Dennis Kelly’s DNA comes to The Merlin.

“stunning…superb directorial interpretation”

A fast paced and brutal piece, this play hurtles through the dynamics of a crumbling friendship group, following a night of vodka… and murder.


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TRI.ART 2022 SHOWCASE

Saturday 23 April 2022 – 2PM AND 6PM

Tri.Art Dance and Theatre School present their 2022 showcase. This delightful evening of dance features all of Tri.Art’s students, from our Dinky Dancers all the way to our Adult Tappers.


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HENRY V – NTL

Thursday 21 April 2022 – 7pm

This screening was captured live from the Donmar Warehouse in London. An exciting modern production directed by Max Webster, exploring what it means to be English and our relationship to Europe, asking: do we ever get the leaders we deserve?


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BEANPOLE – Frome Film Club

Wednesday 13 April 2022 – 8pm

A brilliant and brutal – often shocking and disturbing – exploration of not the battles of war but the aftermath. While tough and unsparing, this film offers moments of kindness in its portrayal of love, friendship, loyalty and survival.


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THE THREE BILLY PIGS

Sunday 10 April 2022 – 2pm

Once upon a time there were three little pigs… who set off to build their dream homes in the green field on the other side of the river. But who is the grumpy person who lives under the bridge?


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EVERY FAMILY HAS A STORY with Julia Samuel

Friday 08 April 2022 – 7.30pm

Relationships fundamentally influence our health and happiness – and family relationships affect us most profoundly. Join us for an evening with leading psychotherapist Julia Samuel MBE as she helps us navigating the challenges of those closest, but not always easiest, of bonds.


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BENEFIT CONCERT FOR UKRAINE with Frome College

Thursday 07 April 2022 – 7pm

Frome College Music department presents a musical extravaganza in support of the Frome Town Council’s twin town Ukrainian refugee appeal. Please join us in fundraising as much as we can for such an important cause.


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LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES – FromeDrama

Thursday 31 March 2022, Friday 1 April, Saturday 2 April – 7.30pm

A brilliantly theatrical play packed with wonderfully layered characters and sparkling with wit, Dangerous Liaisons examines the corruption and cruelty at the top of a louche society about to vaporise in the cauldron of the French Revolution, a society of sexual politics, power games and revenge.


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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT

Thursday 24 March 2022, FRIDAY 25 MARCH, SATURDAY 26 MARCH – 7pm

Selwood Academy presents a school production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoa based on the Biblical story of Genesis, which tells of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers. It features songs like “Any Dream Will Do”, “Close Every Door” and “Go, Go, Go Joseph”.


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ENG-ER-LAND

Tuesday 15 March 2022 – School show 11.30am and public show 7.30pm

We are sorry to announce that we have had to cancel tonight’s performance due to writer, co-producer and performer Hannah Kumari suffering an extreme allergic reaction resulting in her being too poorly to perform. We are hoping to reschedule this event.

Box Office staff will be in touch to refund any tickets purchased.


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The Art of Living when You Know You’re Going to Die – Dr Phil Hammond

Friday 04 March 2022 – 7.30pm

The moment sperm meets egg, we join the queue for death. So what should we do while we’re waiting in the queue? Help Dr Phil figure it out, or at least die laughing. “Entertainingly subversive” Guardian

“Consistently funny” Sunday Telegraph


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CLUB ORIGAMI

Tuesday 22 February 2022 – 11AM

Dive into the magical world of Club Origami, an immersive and interactive dance show inviting family audiences to create and imagine ways of moving. The magic of origami sweeps us up on a spirited adventure in a land made purely of paper and play.


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THE BOOK OF DUST – La Belle Sauvage – NTL

Thursday 17 February 2022 – 7pm

Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Philip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.


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CRIMES, CAMERA, ACTION

Friday 11 February 2022, Saturday 12 February – 7.30pm + 2.30pm Sat matinee

Multi-award-winning Merlin Associates New Old Friends are back with another hilarious comedy thriller. Crimes, Camera, Action whisks the audience to golden-era Hollywood and introduces a new lead detective: a world-weary, hard-boiled private-eye in the mould of Humphrey Bogart: Stan Shakespeare. 


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PHANTOMS – A triple bill

Thursday 03 February 2022, Friday 4 February, Saturday 5 February – 7.30pm

Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company present a triple bill of cinematic dance theatre.

Green Apples featuring tracks by The White Stripes
Folk Tales set to the evocative music of Martin Simpson
Phantoms, a stunning dance theatre tale of love, tragedy and revenge.


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LEOPOLDSTADT – NTLive

Thursday 27 January 2022 – 7pm

Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (Times), Academy and Tony Award-winner Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance.


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KERCHIEF THEATRE & AKA DANCE THEATRE

Saturday 15 January 2022 – 7.30pm

A joyful evening of theatre and dance, suitable for all the family, from Somerset’s own Kerchief Theatre and aKa Dance.


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ANYTHING GOES

Thursday 06 January 2022 – 7pm

Filmed live at the Barbican in London, this major new 5-star production of the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast led by renowned Broadway royalty Sutton Foster alongside three-time Olivier Award winner Robert Lindsay, Evening Standard Theatre Award winner Felicity Kendal and beloved West End Legend Gary Wilmot.


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ANDRÉ RIEU: CHRISTMAS WITH ANDRÉ

Sunday 19 December 2021 – 2pm

Christmas with André is guaranteed to warm your hearts and get you in the festive spirit. Join André for his inaugural Christmas concert all from the comfort of the Merlin Theatre. An unforgettable festive treat for the whole family.


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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Wednesday 08 December 2021, Thursday 9 December Friday 10 December, Saturday 11 December at 10am, 3pm and 7pm -

Full of humour, wit, a gorgeous, soaring score and heartwarming lessons of friendship, this is the perfect way for families to kick start their festive season!

Directed by The Merlin’s own Claudia Pepler and fully produced, performed and designed by Frome-based Merlin Theatre Productions, this is live, local musical theatre at its finest.


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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.