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
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.
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!
THE NUTCRACKER – ROH
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.
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.
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.
Friday 23 October 2020 – 7pm
This screening is SOLD OUT.
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.
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.
ANDRE RIEU: Together in Music
Sunday 04 October 2020 – 2pm
We apologise but this screening has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
ROCK THE SUMMER!
Sunday 23 August 2020 – 2pm
Rocktopus, the ultimate rock band for kids and families are back and ready to rock out with YOU! Join the band, learn the moves, and get involved in this truly interactive outdoor experience for kids and adults alike.
SHAKESPEARE RATTLE AND ROLL
Friday 21 August 2020 – 7pm
Classics Master Mr. Dimery attempts to entertain his detention group with more contemporary musical settings of Shakespeare’s songs and lyrics. A solo revue featuring songs in the style of The Beatles; Bob Dylan; Buddy Holly; the Stones and more.
THE HOLLAND HANDKERCHIEF
Thursday 20 August 2020 – 7pm
A lonely girl and her sad, rich father live alone in their big, fancy house. When he finds out she has fallen in love with the wrong man, he takes drastic action…
KATE LISSAUER AND JENNY READ
Saturday 15 August 2020 – 7pm
A true original in a time-honoured tradition, Kate brings old-time country music to vivid life through fiddle, banjo, guitar, song, dance and stories, accompanied by the fabulous percussive dancer Jenny Read.
Saturday 01 August 2020 – 2pm
Dangerous Dave, infinitely more ‘daft’ than ‘dangerous’, and his ridiculous sidekick, Herbert Lemon, present some of the most mind-bindingly silly stunts ever performed . . . ever!
Presented by Noisy Oyster, Frome’s very own international award-winning puppet company.
ANDY PARSONS: HEALING THE NATION
Saturday 14 March 2020 – 7.30pm
Tour extended due to popular demand!
‘Cracking adlibbing… a joke-rich rallying call for a better Britain’
‘Coruscating live performer specialising in lacerating topical gags’
MARK THOMAS: 50 THINGS ABOUT US
Saturday 07 March 2020 – 8pm
A show about songs, gongs, loot, tradition, wigs, nicking, statues, art and identity. A sort of funny national edition of Who Do You Think You Are?
HOMER TO HIP HOP: a People’s History of Spoken Word
Thursday 05 March 2020 – 7.30pm
Following a standing room only reception at the Edinburgh Fringe, the former National Poetry Slam Champion presents a fun and fascinating tour of the oral tradition and the poetic movements that have shaped history.
Saturday 29 February 2020 – 7.30pm
Einstein – a crazy scientist, a mad professor brought to life, musician, politician, human rights campaigner and the ‘deeply religious Jew who doesn’t believe in God’. Popes – a sideways look at the history of the papacy from St Peter to today’s Pope Francis.
THE CELLIST/DANCES AT A GATHERING – Royal Ballet
Tuesday 25 February 2020 – 7.15pm
Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballet, and much in demand internationally. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme.
Saturday 22 February 2020 – 7.30pm
“Hundreds of years ago when man walked the planet he had no real means of communication. In time man developed a phenomena which has never been fully understood by the psychic community. This phenomena is… Clinton Baptiste” Peter Kay
CYRANO DE BERGERAC – NTL
Thursday 20 February 2020 – 7pm
James McAvoy returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to the Merlin Theatre from the West End in London.
MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Wednesday 19 February 2020 – 2PM
A perfect half-term musical treat starring favourites Emily Blunt and
LILY AND THE ALBATROSS
Tuesday 18 February 2020 – 2pm
Discover the legend of Great Captain Markham in this musical show about songs, stories and storms. Go on a wild adventure and meet a gliding albatross, who soars on the whipping winds and gives Lily the nudge she needs to truly stretch her wings
MERLIN PLAY WRITING WINNERS EVENING
Saturday 08 February 2020 – 7.30pm
Please join us as we present a rehearsed script-in-hand performance of the winning plays featuring local actors. This presentation of new work is one of the highlights of the Merlin’s calendar of events.
KINKY BOOTS – The Musical
Tuesday 04 February 2020, Sunday 9 February – 7pm and 2pm
With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, Charlie and Lola learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen!
RETURN TO HEAVEN
Thursday 30 January 2020, Friday 31 January, Saturday 1 February – 7.30pm
Drawing on the mythology of Ancient Egypt, two intrepid explorers set off on a journey towards a mythical land where the demons and gods they disturb unleash something within themselves…
SLEEPING BEAUTY – Royal Ballet
Thursday 16 January 2020 – 7.15pm
Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Thursday 19 December 2019 – 7pm
Join us for this poignant, classic Christmas film as we relive the magic on the big screen. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it…
TO NATIVITY AND BEYOND
Tuesday 17 December 2019 – 5.15PM/6PM/6.45PM
The World Premiere of a highly acclaimed film “To Nativity and Beyond” in which three not-so wise men go on a Magi-cal time-travelling Christmas adventure in search of Baby Jesus.
Thursday 05 December 2019, to saturday 14 december – various times
An original family Christmas musical to kick start the festive season. Based loosely on the Grimm Brothers Ashputtle this new version tells the story of Ella’s quest to save her precious woodland along with the animals and birds that live there.
PRESENT LAUGHTER – NTLive
Thursday 28 November 2019 – 7pm
Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy. Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.
Tuesday 26 November 2019 – 7.30pm
After 50 years commentating on international cricket, Henry Blofeld has hung up his microphone and is on tour with his best-selling book Over & Out. Expect a jam-packed performance of unheard anecdotes and un-broadcastable stories from the TMS box!
HANSARD – NTLive
Sunday 24 November 2019 – 7pm
See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood. It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years…
ARCADIA BY TOM STOPPARD
Thursday 21 November 2019, FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER, SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER – 7.30pm
Part mystery story, part romance, highly theatrical, and bursting with humour, ‘Arcadia’ is a tour de force – ‘brilliant, brilliant… consummate theatricality… sophisticated entertainment… and heartache’.
SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL 2019
Monday 11 November 2019, Tuesday 12 November – 7pm
The Merlin Theatre) is proud to be part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, in partnership with Shakespeare Schools Foundation. See Shakespeare’s timeless stories brought to life like you’ve never experienced before, and support young people from your local community as they take to the stage.
CONCERTO/ENIGMA VARIATIONS/RAYMONDA ACT III – Royal Ballet
Tuesday 05 November 2019 – 7.15pm
From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company.
STICKY ENDS: THE SPOOKY EDITION
Monday 28 October 2019 – 2PM
A collection of brand new comic stories and songs to get you into the Halloween spirit, full of silliness and joining in for families with children 3+.
"Intelligent comedy kept the young audience enthralled but not scared!” Edinburgh Fringe Review
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK – Lyngo Theatre
Sunday 27 October 2019 – 3pm
Fee Fi Fo Fum! It’s a giant of a show, we’d love you to come!
Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow and finds himself in the land above the clouds.
Saturday 26 October 2019 – 7pm
Multi-award-winning director Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel in this brand-new theatre production. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak; a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope with a generous dash of Shakespeare, scandal and mischief.
JONNY AND THE BAPTISTS
Friday 25 October 2019 – 7.30pm
It’s a divided world. We want to cross that divide. But how can we be popular now ‘populist’ means ‘I’m a sh*t’? Answer: WE LOVE EVERYONE. Except b******s.
DON PASQUALE – Royal Opera House
Thursday 24 October 2019 – 7.30pm
Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – NTL AT THE BRIDGE THEATRE
Wednesday 23 October 2019 – 7pm
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production at The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.