Past Performances

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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.


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HUTCH

Friday 02 June 2023 – 7.30pm

Due to the unexpected unavailability of key members of their team, it is with great regret that the company have had to cancel their performance of Hutch. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have purchased tickets our Box Office will be in touch.


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MATILDA THE MUSICAL – ON SCREEN

Thursday 01 June 2023 – 2pm

A film adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.


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I LOVE YOU MUM – I PROMISE I WON’T DIE

Thursday 25 May 2023 – 7pm

Everyone loves Dan. He’s cool, compassionate and at 16 he has plans – just losing his life isn’t one of them. Dan took ecstasy at a rave… and this powerful true story, tells of what happened to him, his family and friends. A story of tragedy to redemption.


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ROBIN HOOD – Illyria

Sunday 21 May 2023 – 4pm

With King Richard away, the rich will break every rule to seize power. They’re ready to play dirty, but so is Robin Hood. He plots to bring down the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham and every other villain along the way!


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FEARLESS FUN!

Saturday 20 May 2023 – 2pm

Build your brilliance in improvisation classes using theatre games – come and play.

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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: BEST OF ENEMIES

Thursday 18 May 2023 – 7pm

David Harewood and Zachary Quinto play feuding political rivals in James Graham’s multiple award-winning new drama.

Jeremy Herrin directs this blistering political thriller, filmed live in London’s West End.


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BUFFALO GALS – Bluegrass String-Band Sunday Social

Sunday 14 May 2023 – 2pm (Bar from 1.30pm)

One of the most sought-after acts on the Americana music circuit, Buffalo Gals, led by champion USA fiddler and funny-woman Kate Lissauer, present a joyful, relaxed Sunday social of Bluegrass, Old-time and early Country songs punctuated with thrilling step-dance.


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ALFIE MOORE: FAIR COP UNLEASHED

Friday 12 May 2023 – 7.30pm

Based on a dramatic real-life incident with thrilling ups and downs of the night a mysterious clown came to town and more than one life ended up in the balance. It was no laughing matter – but this show certainly is!


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AETF WESTERN AREA FINAL

Sunday 07 May 2023 – 2pm and 7pm

Five companies that have already won Festivals perform their plays before adjudicator Alan Hayes, GoDA, providing a varied day of theatre. We never know what to expect but look forward to an exciting and entertaining day.


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SHODDY DETECTIVE AND THE ART OF DECEPTION

Saturday 29 April 2023 – 7.30pm

Shoddy Theatre are back with their sell out, multi rolling, slapstick whodunnit? inspired by the classics of British and American comedies.


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DOOR TO DOOR POETRY: NATIONWIDE

Friday 21 April 2023 – 7.30pm

Rowan McCabe knocks on strangers’ doors and writes poems for them. In 2019 he did this all around England. But as March 2020 approached, world events pushed the project in a very different direction…

‘Ingenious’ BBC Radio Scotland


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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: GOOD

Thursday 20 April 2023 – 7pm

David Tennant makes a much-anticipated return to the West End in a blistering reimagining of one of Britain’s most powerful, political plays.


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TRI.ART SHOWCASE 2023

Saturday 15 April 2023 – 2pm and 6.30pm

Join Tri.Art Dance Academy for their fantastic annual Easter showcase as they celebrate their 10 year anniversary! This performance comprises a re-telling of the traditional Ballet Coppélia and a showcase of dazzling numbers from our performing arts students.


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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: LIFE OF PI

Thursday 06 April 2023 – 7pm

Puppetry, magic and storytelling combine in a unique, Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of the best-selling novel.


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HOME, I’M DARLING

Thursday 30 March 2023, Friday 31 March, Saturday 1 April – 7.30pm

Frome Drama present Laura Wade’s 2019 Olivier Award winning comedy about nostalgia and celebrating the present. Judy Martin is determined to create the perfect 1950s home. But can the perfect housewife’s marriage survive in the 2010s?


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MARY POPPINS JR

Thursday 23 March 2023, Friday 24 March, Saturday 25 March – 7pm

Selwood Academy presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr. Full of all the well known songs from the movie, you will be transported away through a world of colour, music and dancing.


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SEEDS OF MEMORIES

Saturday 18 March 2023 – 2.30pm and 7pm

Recently it has felt like grief is all around us. Seeds of Memories is a wistful and uplifting show packed to the brim with puppetry and poetry.


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ANYTHING GOES

Wednesday 15 March 2023 – 7pm

Filmed live at the Barbican in London, this major 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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AMELIEIMMERSIVE SCREENING EXTRAVAGANZA

Friday 10 March 2023 – 7pm

In a lively and memorable last night of The Kindness Festival the Merlin Theatre turns into Paris for a ’Secret Cinema’ style gala screening of Amelie complete with fancy dress, live music and unexpected pop up theatrics. Bring a group of friends and help contribute to our fundraising efforts.


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SHE

Friday 24 February 2023, Saturday 25 February – 7.30pm + 2pm Sat matinee

SHE interweaves the stories of 14 different women in their twenties, embracing life from infancy to old age. Visceral, poignant, and laced with humour, SHE is curated as seven contrasting plays, performed by two actors.


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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: OTHELLO

Thursday 23 February 2023 – 7pm

Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.  

Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.


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ENCANTO SINGALONG

Thursday 16 February 2023 – 11am and 2pm

The tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.


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DINOSAURS AND ALL THAT RUBBISH

Tuesday 14 February 2023 – 2pm

One man’s dream to reach the stars leaves the world in ruins! Can the sleeping dinosaurs wake and save planet Earth? A riotously fun environmental tale fuelled by rock’n’roll.


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SCHOOL OF ROCKNEXT GENERATION

Thursday 09 February 2023, Friday 10 February, Saturday 11 February – 7pm

Featuring our talented students from years 9-13 at Frome College, we invite you to spend the evening rocking out with us!


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MRS CHURCHILL – MY LIFE WITH WINSTON

Saturday 28 January 2023 – 7.30pm

They say that behind every great man, there is a great woman. Was this true in Churchill’s case? What of Clementine, his wife for 56 years? Did he bully her like he did so many other people? Was he as grumpy and irascible at home as he often was in the House of Commons? Did Clem have any influence on him at all? Or was she ‘the little lady at home’?


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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: THE CRUCIBLE

Thursday 26 January 2023 – 7pm

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty and Brendan Cowell. Lyndsey Turner directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin. Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.