Past Performances

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BOY ON THE ROOF

Saturday 02 March 2024 – 7.30PM

Presented by award-winning full-mask maestros, Vamos Theatre, Boy on the Roof is the story of a cross-generational friendship between teenager Liam, who has ADHD, and his 91-year-old neighbour, Albert. Performed without words, it has been created through Community Conversations across the UK, gathering people’s experiences of ADHD, loneliness, aging, hearing loss, connection and community.


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LEAPS OF FAITH

Thursday 29 February 2024 – 7.30pm

Frome Writers’ Collective presents an evening of new monologues, brought to life by local actors.


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GREASE – School Edition

Thursday 22 February 2024, FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY, SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY, (MATINEE 2PM SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY) – 7pm

Revisit the renowned classic about teens in love in the 50s. When wholesome good girl Sandy and greaser renegade Danny fall in love over the summer, they never expect to see each other again. But when they both discover that they’re now attending the same high school, social differences challenge their romance.


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THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Thursday 15 February 2024 – 2pm

Half Term Treat!

While playing a game of hide-and-seek, Lucy discovers a wardrobe and hides inside. To her astonishment, she finds herself transported to a magical world called Narnia… This film beautifully captures the wonder, courage, and enchantment of C.S. Lewis’s beloved novel.


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ROHMANON

Sunday 11 February 2024 – 2pm

Torn between her desire of a life of splendour and riches and her devotion to her true love Des Grieux, the feckless and capricious Manon pays the ultimate price.


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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: DEAR ENGLAND

Thursday 25 January 2024 – 7pm

The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game? With the worst track record for penalties in the world, Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt, to take team and country back to the promised land.


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ROHRUSALKA

Wednesday 24 January 2024 – 6.45pm

This poetic, contemporary new staging of Dvořák’s lyric fairy tale reveals our uneasy relationship with the natural world and humanity’s attempts to own and tame it.


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WINNERSFROME FILM CLUB

Wednesday 10 January 2024 – 8pm

In a small provincial Iranian town, the children work hard to support their families. One day nine-year-old Yahya and his friend Leyla find a precious statue…

DIR: HASSAN NAZER
IRAN 2022 | 85 MINUTES | CERT PG
PERSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES


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FROME TOWN BAND’S CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

Saturday 23 December 2023 – 7.30pm

In a really family-friendly concert, Frome Town Band invites you to join their musical Christmas celebration.


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FROME COLLEGE CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2023

Wednesday 13 December 2023 – 7pm

Students from Frome College join together for an evening of music and festive good cheer!


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ELF – The Musical

Thursday 07 December 2023, TO SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER – various times

Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, this modern-day classic Christmas musical from Merlin Theatre Productions is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.


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MARK SIMMONS: QUIP OFF THE MARK

Saturday 25 November 2023 – 7.30pm

UK Comics’ Comic 2022

“One of the UK’s pre-eminent pun merchants…the quickest quipster in showbusiness.” Evening Standard.
As seen on Mock The Week and ITV, ‘Master of one-liners’ MARK SIMMONS brings his brand-new show on the road.


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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: SKYLIGHT

Tuesday 21 November 2023 – 7pm

Returning to the big screen after nearly ten years, Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the critically acclaimed revival of David Hare’s play, directed by Stephen Daldry. Captured live from Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End in 2014.

★★★★★ ‘Moving picture of politics and love’ Guardian


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TEDxFrome

Sunday 19 November 2023 – 2pm

The global TED concept of ‘ideas worth spreading’ brings together local speakers to share, spark conversations and engage with innovations, thinking and community.


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HENRIK IBSEN’S A DOLL’S HOUSE

Thursday 16 November 2023, FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER, SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER – 7.30pm

A thrilling amateur production of Frank McGuinness’ rivetingly relevant and award-winning new version of Henrik Ibsen’s revolutionary theatrical masterpiece. This dramatic play is as sensationally bold and brilliant as it was when it was first performed in 1879.


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SPIN DANCE FITNESS STUDIO ANNUAL CHARITY SHOWCASE

Saturday 04 November 2023 – 7pm

Spin Dance Fitness Studio’s annual charity showcase raises money for Fearless. Pole dancing and aerial hoop performances from students and instructors, along with commercial, street and contemporary dance pieces.


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NOSFERATU A Symphony of Horrors

Wednesday 01 November 2023 – 7.30pm

Nosferatu (1922) is arguably the film that gave birth to the horror genre. Chris Green’s music, a haunting blend of electronic and acoustic instruments performed live by the composer, makes for a genuinely remarkable and unique cinematic experience.


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WENT TO LONDON, TOOK THE DOG – An Evening with Nina Stibbe

Monday 30 October 2023 – 7.30pm

Award-winning author Nina Stibbe (Love, Nina) shares the hilarious, irreverent and joyful story of her return to London.

Join us for a sparkling evening with Nina, as she introduces her new book Went to London, Took the Dog.


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A VICAR OF DIBLEY CHRISTMAS

Tuesday 24 October 2023, TO SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER – 7.30pm

There can be no better way of celebrating the approach of the festive season than a trip to Dibley!

Our previous visit ended with Alice and Hugo’s marriage (surrounded by friends and Teletubbies of course!), and now Alice is pregnant, to the delight of everyone except her father in law David…


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KING ARTHUR – Le Navet Bete

Friday 20 October 2023, SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER – 7pm

The Kings of Comedy, Le Navet Bete, return to the stage with a brand-new comedy for the ages. This hilarious retelling of the Arthurian legends, suitable for the whole family, will have audiences crying with laughter and become part of the legend themselves!


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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

Sunday 15 October 2023 – 8pm

Feisty heroines, lovelorn & bickering young men, dictatorial parents, foolish suitors, cross-dressing, letters galore, wild outlaws, witty servants, fights, live music and a lugubrious clown with a dog… Shakespeare Live promises ninety minutes of fast, furious, and very funny entertainment.


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COHAN AND MACMILLAN ON FILM

Saturday 14 October 2023 – 7.30pm

Seven Portraits and Sea of Troubles, Robert Cohan and Kenneth MacMillan’s deeply moving stories of passion, loss, isolation, grief and revenge can be seen on film for the first time. These two extraordinary films are performed by award winning dancers.


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MAVKATHE FOREST SONG

Friday 13 October 2023 – 6PM

With stunning visuals and a magical soundtrack, “Mavka:The Forest Song” is a heart-warming animated adventure that celebrates the power of love and the harmony between humankind and the natural world.


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2000 DAYS

Friday 06 October 2023, SATURDAY 07 OCTOBER – 8pm

Frome 1939. An entire school has been evacuated from London. They enjoy a taste of freedom, fresh air and adventure in the country lanes of Somerset. Then, the war closes in and there will be an emotional price to pay. 

Dust your old bicycle down, oil the chain, test those brakes, Don your trouser clips and brace yourselves for a bumpy ride.


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A LITTLE LIFE

Friday 29 September 2023, SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER – 7pm

James Norton stars in the utterly compelling theatrical event of 2023 as visionary director Ivo van Hove stages the English language premiere of A Little Life. Filmed live at the Savoy Theatre, London, during its West End run.


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HITCHCOCK AND DYLAN DOUBLE BILL

Friday 22 September 2023 – 7pm

“Pip Utton is THE leading solo player strutting the boards in our time." Dan Lentell.
Pip is back in his home theatre with a double bill of Hitchcock and Dylan. Two new hit shows to add to the long list.


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TWELFTH NIGHT – Illyria

Sunday 03 September 2023 – 2pm

Following a shipwreck, Viola is washed-up in Illyria, where her only chance for survival is to make use of her quick wit and fine singing voice, disguising herself as a man and applying to work in the court of Duke Orsino. 

An open air production on ECOS amphitheatre.


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OUR HOUSE

Thursday 17 August 2023, FRIDAY 18 AUGUST, SATURDAY 19 AUGUST – 7pm

Featuring a collection of Madness hits including House of Fun, Baggy Trousers, Driving in my Car, It Must Be Love and of course Our House, the show promises to be a huge hit!


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OKLAHOMA! Starring Hugh Jackman

Thursday 03 August 2023 – 7pm

The magic of musical theatre is coming to the big screen with the National Theatre’s acclaimed, Olivier Award-winning production, filmed during its record-breaking 1998 run in London.


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THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR – Folksy

Wednesday 02 August 2023 – 7pm

Tonight’s performance will move indoors. Sadly, no need to bring chairs or picnics.


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THE UGLY DUCKLING – Folksy

Saturday 29 July 2023 – 3pm

Come and join the ugly duckling on their adventure to discover who they really are! Filled with live music, puppetry and colourful characters. Bring along your picnics, folding chairs and friends and family, to enjoy this wonderful open-air, family musical!


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THE GOOD LIFE

Thursday 27 July 2023, FRIDAY 28 JULY, SATURDAY 29 JULY – 7.30pm

Remember the Goods – Tom and Barbara, suburban eco-warriors? And their next-door neighbours Margo and Jerry Leadbetter, desperately trying to maintain the Surbiton status quo?


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AGATHA REX

Wednesday 19 July 2023 – 7pm

Set in a modern-day high school, the play translates the original Greek chorus into a fantastic ensemble opportunity perfect for our Youth Theatre to showcase their talents.


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JOHN HEGLEY: BISCUIT OF DESTINY

Sunday 16 July 2023 – 7.30pm

John Hegley, the star of radio, TV and school assemblies, is ready once more to take to road and rail with his Lustrum Award-winning show.

A Frome Festival event


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FLASH FICTION AT THE STONES

Sunday 16 July 2023 – 12.30pm

Bring your story of no more than 500 words, or just come and listen.

A Frome Festival event


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FROME FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION PRIZE GIVING

Sunday 16 July 2023 – 2pm

Bring a picnic and hear the results of the FWC Writers in Residence competition and the Frome Young Writers’ Awards announced, followed by the results of the annual Short Story Competition.

A Frome Festival event


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THE ROCKTOCADEMY

Saturday 15 July 2023 – 2pm

At the Rocktocademy, Rocktopus, the world’s number 1 rock band for kids, will help you unleash your inner rockstar as you graduate from rookie to rocker at their fully inclusive and interactive family show suitable for nursery and primary aged children.

We can confirm that this show will take place on Saturday 15th and NOT Friday 14th as shown in the FF brochure.


A Frome Festival event


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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE – Illyria

Friday 14 July 2023 – 7pm

Sadly, we have made the decision to move tonight’s performance inside due to the bad weather conditions. No need to bring food or chairs! We hope to see you later.

A Frome Festival event


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WILLIAM DALRYMPLEBOB MORRIS LECTURE

Thursday 13 July 2023 – 7pm

William Dalrymple is one of Britain’s great historians and a bestselling author. He will deliver the Bob Morris Lecture, an annual fixture of the Festival, sharing stories and insight from his life and career.

A Frome Festival event


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SOS SUMMER ON THE STONES

Tuesday 11 July 2023 – 7pm

Because of the rather unpredictable weather forecast we have decided for everyone’s comfort, and the band’s safety, tonight’s Frome Festival gig will be brought inside. Seating will be unreserved, so sit where you like. We will keep the bar open throughout, and we will make sure you have a space to get up and dance! See you later… Still a few tickets remaining.

A Frome Festival event


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ELVIS McGONAGALL PRESENTS THE CRYSSE MORRISON PRIZE FOR POETRY

Monday 10 July 2023 – 7.30pm

A night to celebrate the wonderful life of Crysse Morrison with the inaugural prize for poetry presented by world-renowned stand-up poet and comedian Elvis McGonagall.

A Frome Festival event


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MILES JUPP IN CONVERSATION

Sunday 09 July 2023 – 7.30pm

In this brand-new show, Miles is joined by his close friend Lynne Miller to discuss his career as an actor, comedian and author.

A Frome Festival event


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SEX CELLS

Friday 07 July 2023, SATURDAY 08 JULY, SUNDAY 09 JULY – 8pm

Sex Cells is a very funny, poignant play about motherhood, friendship, love and loss.

A Frome Festival event


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AFD YOUTH DANCE PLATFORM

Sunday 02 July 2023 – 7pm

An exciting showcase celebrating diverse youth dance from the South West. Amy Foskett, artistic director of AmyFoskettDance, creates this platform to provide opportunities for young people to perform on a professional stage.


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THE HAUNTING OF RICHARD THE THIRD

Friday 30 June 2023 – 7.30pm

Following its premiere at last year’s Frome Festival,“The Haunting of Richard Third” a new musical by Martin Dimery and David Hynds, has been re-worked for an exciting short beginning at the Merlin en route to Fotheringhay and Market Bosworth. This production will be indoors.


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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: FLEABAG

Wednesday 21 June 2023 – 7pm

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Following a box-office record-breaking run in 2019, the one-woman show returns to the Merlin this summer.


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CONNECTEDNESS

Thursday 15 June 2023 – 7pm

Many people believe that there needs to be a seismic shift in the web of life if we want to see a happier and more content world.


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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAMQUANTUM THEATRE

Sunday 11 June 2023 – 2pm

Today’s performance will be inside due to the rainy weather. Keep dry and enjoy!


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PRIDETHE MOVIE

Friday 09 June 2023 – 7pm

Who’d have imagined that a film about gay / queer people, trade unionists and socialists could ever become a mainstream hit with an all-star cast? Pride told the unlikely story of how radical LGBT activists struck up an alliance with South Wales miners during the 1984/85 miners’ strike.


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CELEBRATE ME

Thursday 08 June 2023 – 8pm

Behind the party balloons 92-year-old Barbara has a secret which could shake up the relationships of six women for good. Find out where the pieces fall in this engaging, funny and moving new comedy drama about the power, pain and beauty of the freedom to choose.