LIL’ JIMMY REED with Bob Hall and Hilary Blythe
Thursday 13 June 2019 – 7.30pm
One of the last surviving performers of classic Louisiana down-home blues, Lil’ Jimmy Reed’s stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica have been taking Europe by storm.
ROMEO AND JULIET – ROH
Tuesday 11 June 2019 – 7.15PM
Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – RSC
Sunday 09 June 2019 – 7PM
An explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Justin Audibert turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – Selwood Academy
Wednesday 05 June 2019, THURSDAY 6 JUNE, FRIDAY 7 JUNE, SATURDAY 8 JUNE – 7pm
Disney’s High School Musical is a comedy about Troy and Gabriella who discover they share a hidden passion for singing. Fun for the whole family so get your head in the game, come along and join the fun!
ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES!
Monday 27 May 2019 – 2PM
An Illyria outdoor performance
Like all the stories in this towering literary classic it is packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters, and laughs galore. There’s lots and lots to join in with – and the most magical cave you’ve ever seen!
MACBETH – Anubis
Friday 24 May 2019, SATURDAY 25 MAY – 7.30pm
Set amongst a druid wilderness this very dark, powerful and blood thirsty production combines traditional theatre, multi-media and physical theatre, bringing to life Shakespeare’s most dynamic characters.
MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE
Tuesday 21 May 2019 – 7pm
This thrilling, audacious and witty production is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.
Sunday 19 May 2019 – 4.30pm and 7.30pm
The star of the Russell Howard Hour returns to the live arena to test out some brand new material in the intimate surroundings of the Merlin Theatre.
IMAGES BALLET COMPANY 2019
Saturday 18 May 2019 – 7.30pm
An evening that highlights the dynamic range and beauty of ballet today. Vibrant dancing set off with stylish costume and a rich musical palette, including live percussion, promises a performance that will entertain and surprise ballet lovers and newcomers to dance alike.
FLIGHT PATTERN TRIPLE BILL – ROH
Thursday 16 May 2019 – 7.15pm
The contemporary face of the Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today’s leading choreographers, Christopher Wheeldon, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Crystal Pite.
ALL MY SONS – NTLive
Tuesday 14 May 2019 – 7pm
America, 1947. Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever… Sally Field and Bill Pullman star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama.
DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES – MET
Sunday 12 May 2019 – 2pm
Poulenc’s masterpiece. As the French Revolution begins, shy Blanche, sung by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, becomes a novice nun under an elderly prioress – Met legend Karita Mattila. Blanche’s aristocratic family flees the Terror, but she remains behind, struggling between her fear of the guillotine and her duty to the convent.
ALL ENGLAND THEATRE FESTIVAL 2019
Saturday 11 May 2019 – 2PM AND 7PM
FOUR PLAYS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! The Western Area Final of the All-England
Theatre Festival. A wonderful opportunity to see directing, acting and stage presentation
at a very polished level.
THE JAZZ WIZARDS with THE CLOUDMAKERS TRIO
Thursday 02 May 2019 – 4PM
Led by four-mallet jazz wizard Jim Hart, Cloudmakers Trio will take you on a journey through space and time with sonic booms, soaring improvisations and floating melodies.
THE CLOUDMAKERS TRIO with IAIN BALLAMY
Thursday 02 May 2019 – 7.30pm
Featuring three of the UK’s most in-demand musicians, Cloudmakers Trio perform a special show alongside British jazz giant Iain Ballamy. With their uncompromising approach, the Trio effortlessly marry complex with accessible, improvised with composed.
ALL ABOUT EVE – NTL
Wednesday 01 May 2019 – 7pm
Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…?
FAUST – ROH
Tuesday 30 April 2019 – 6.45PM
Gounod’s most popular opera returns with David McVicar’s stunning Parisian set which is set in 1870s. Singers including Michael Fabiano staring as Faust, Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Mephistopheles.
Sunday 28 April 2019 – 2PM
Winstone’s Hunting Raven is thrilled to be hosting the award-winning, bestselling, former Children’s Laureate (and collector of fabulous silver rings) Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who will be talking all about her brand-new novel Dancing the Charleston
Tuesday 23 April 2019, Wednesday 24 April, Thursday 25 April, Friday 26 April, Saturday 27 April – 7.30PM
Following their hugely successful 2017 production of THE VICAR OF DIBLEY, Project Play are delighted to return with yet another side splitting classic ‘ALLO ‘ALLO…
TONY LAW – A LOST SHOW
Thursday 18 April 2019 – 7.45PM
Bumhell. ‘The King of post-modern nonsense’ (Telegraph), comedy’s Tone is taking his funniest, most meaningful show to date on tour after selling out his entire run at 2018’s Edinburgh Fringe with A Lost Show.
AS YOU LIKE IT – RSC
Wednesday 17 April 2019 – 7PM
Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind. Director Kimberley Sykes directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.
PETER PAN – Tri.Art Dance
Friday 12 April 2019, SATURDAY 13 APRIL – (Friday 7pm, Saturday 2pm and 7pm)
Based on the book by JM Barrie, Tri.Art’s annual dance showcase is an original adaptation of the classic tale about the boy who refuses to grow up.
A DENNIS POTTER DOUBLE BILL
Thursday 04 April 2019, FRIDAY 5 APRIL, SATURDAY 6 APRIL – 7.45pm
Blue Remembered Hills – grown-ups enact 7-year olds at play during summer 1943. Childhood innocence and childhood spoiled.
Brimstone and Treacle – a mysterious stranger, an older couple and their adult daughter. What could possibly go wrong?
DIE WALKURE – MET
Saturday 30 March 2019 – 4PM
Featuring some of the most glorious music ever written—including, of course, the Ride of the Valkyries Die Walküre is the second of the four operas that comprise Wagner’s Ring Cycle, a story of monsters, gods, and humans on a superhuman scale.
JACK DEE – WORK IN PROGRESS
Friday 29 March 2019 – 7.45PM
This performance is SOLD OUT.
SILVER CROW TAKES FLIGHT
Thursday 28 March 2019 – 7.45PM
Launched in 2016 by Frome Writers’ Collective this celebration of local authors’ “imprint with a difference” has gone from strength to strength. We warmly invite you to join them for an entertaining evening of readings.
Saturday 23 March 2019 – 7.45PM
Yorke Dance Project celebrates 20 years of performing exceptional dance. This celebratory programme includes works by world renowned choreographers Kenneth MacMillan and Robert Cohan alongside emerging Los Angeles choreographer Sophia Stoller and Yolande Yorke-Edgell, joined by guest artist Jonathan Goddard.
With a curtain raiser from Tri.Art Dance
QUEEN C*** SACRED, OR PROFANE?
Saturday 16 March 2019 – 7.45pm
Absurd, feminist, character comedy, “side splittingly funny” – with Virgin Mary, Theresa May, Burt the drag king, Frida Kahlo and more. All power to the feminine, the wrathful, the sensual! Reclaiming the body – joyfully, darkly, anarchically…
INSPIRED PRIMARYFEST 2019
Thursday 14 March 2019 – 6PM
Come and support Somerset primary school children in this inspiring and fun evening of dance and drama performances.
METAMORPHOSIS – Beyond the Horizon
Saturday 09 March 2019 – 7.45PM
‘As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.’
The critically-acclaimed Beyond The Horizon in association with Birmingham Old Rep present their haunting, twisted reimagining of Franz Kafka’s absurd tale.
ALAN CARR – WORK IN PROGRESS SHOW
Wednesday 06 March 2019 – 8PM
Join Alan Carr, for a night of work in progress comedy with support from Angela Barnes. This is your chance to see Alan do one of his first work-in-progress shows this year.
LA FILLE DU REGIMENT – MET
Sunday 03 March 2019 – 2PM
Full of wit and invention, Donizetti’s comic opera is a delight, a tale of secret identities, long-lost family, and murky pasts.
CHICAGO – High School Edition
Thursday 28 February 2019, FRIDAY 1 MARCH, SATURDAY 2 MARCH – 7pm
Following the success of We Will Rock You, Frome College presents this sizzling, high energy show featuring iconic numbers including All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango and Razzle Dazzle! Chicago promises to be the hottest ticket in town!
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Sing Along
Thursday 21 February 2019 – 2pm
Join us as we sing along to this smash it musical! In case you haven’t heard about it, The Greatest Showman is a biographical musical drama starring Hugh Jackman as American showman PT Barnum. A perfect half term treat for all the family.
DON QUIXOTE – ROH
Tuesday 19 February 2019 – 7.15pm
Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.
Sunday 17 February 2019 – 6.45pm
Postponed from 1 Feb
This hugely popular comic returns with a fresh crop of quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction.
Please note the earlier start time of 6.45pm. Tickets will be valid.
Please call the box office if you are unable to make the date and we will refund you.
AND BEFORE I FORGET I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU
Friday 15 February 2019 – 7.45PM
Based on his and his brother’s experiences seeing their mum deteriorate and die from Alzheimer’s just three years after being diagnosed, and on Pip’s intensive research. Pip takes the audience on a journey full of smiles, laughter, respect and tears.
CARMEN – MET
Saturday 02 February 2019 – 5.55PM
Composer Bizet died just three months after Carmen’s disastrous premiere, never knowing that his creation would become one of the most popular operas of all time. Don’t miss this revival of Sir Richard Eyre’s dynamic production.
I’M NOT RUNNING – NTL
Thursday 31 January 2019 – 7PM
I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
LA TRAVIATA – ROH
Wednesday 30 January 2019 – 18.45PM
Richard Eyre’s stunning production of Verdi’s best-loved opera returns with star sopranos Ermonela Jaho and Angel Blue as Violetta. The cast also includes Placido Domingo and Charles Castronvo. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Live Opera Broadcast
3FALL DANCE COMPANY SPRING TOUR
Thursday 24 January 2019 – 7.45PM
3Fall Dance Company is based in West Sussex, providing performances and workshops across the UK. The Company works with three professional choreographers each year to create an annual spring tour consisting of works by these choreographers and works created by some of the dancers themselves.
THE QUEEN OF SPADES – ROH
Tuesday 22 January 2019 – 18.45PM
Tchaikovsky’s most ambitious opera receives star treatment in Stefan Herhelm’s staging, with a cast including Eva-Maria Westbrook, Felicty Palmer and Aleksandrs Antonenko. Based on a short story by Pushkin and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam.
THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III – NTL
Thursday 17 January 2019 – 7PM
Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND – NTL
Tuesday 15 January 2019 – 7PM
Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR – MET
Saturday 12 January 2019 – 5.55PM
For the first time at the Met, soprano Anna Netrebko sings the role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the eighteenth-century actress whose real-life intrigues inspired Cilea’s tragic opera.
DAMIAN WILSON AND ADAM WAKEMAN
Friday 11 January 2019 – 7.45pm
Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman embark on their second full UK tour. Great musicianship, great singing, great songs and a great atmosphere.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA – NTL
Thursday 10 January 2019 – 7PM
Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Pip Utton
Sunday 23 December 2018 – 4PM
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
TOM CARPENTER AND FRIENDS AT CHRISTMAS
Wednesday 19 December 2018 – 7.45pm
Tom’s show will feature a number of favourite tracks from his beloved jazz as well as some new originals and of course those Christmas songs to get you in the festive spirit.
LA TRAVIATA – The Met
Sunday 16 December 2018 – 17.55pm
Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production of Verdi’s timeless tragedy features a dazzling eighteenth-century setting that changes with the seasons.