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.
MATTHEW BOURNE’S ROMEO AND JULIET
Tuesday 22 October 2019 – 7pm
This passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict has been hailed as ‘the single most eagerly awaited dance show for 2019’ by The Daily Telegraph.
MY FAIR LADY – MTP
Thursday 17 October 2019, FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER, SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER – 7.30pm
Follow Eliza Doolitte’s journey, a young cockney flower girl, as she blossoms into an elegant lady under the unforgiving tutorial of a bad mannered and emotionally immature Professor, Henry Higgins.
Thursday 10 October 2019 – Optional supper 7pm, Performance 8pm
A lyrical celebration of the natural world with awareness of humanity’s urgent role in its preservation. Five superb poets will raise your spirits with this stirring presentation of eco-poetry.
DON GIOVANNI – Royal Opera House
Tuesday 08 October 2019 – 6.45pm
Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him.
THE DOGS OF WAR
Friday 04 October 2019 – 8PM
England at war; royal families in conflict; petty dynastic squabbles plunge the country into bloodshed. Using Shakespeare’s words, The Dogs of War tells of hubris, bravery, stupidity, love and loss.
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – NTLive
Wednesday 02 October 2019 – 7pm
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to the Merlin to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
DAVE GORMAN – tour warm up
Saturday 21 September 2019, SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER – 7.30pm
Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint.
Wednesday 18 September 2019 – 7pm
The Testaments will be published worldwide on 10 September. With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humour and intellect.
CRIMES ON THE COAST
Friday 13 September 2019, Saturday 14 September – 7.30pm
A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandal-inducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island are suspects, but is all quite what it seems?
FOOTLOOSE – Tri.Art
Thursday 22 August 2019, FRIDAY 23 AUGUST, SATURDAY 24 AUGUST – 7pm
This high energy musical is sure to be yet another smash hit for the award winning Tri.Art, featuring hit songs such as Footloose, Holding Out for a Hero and Let’s Hear it for the Boy.
FROME COMIC CON COSPLAY CABARET
Saturday 10 August 2019 – 7.30pm
Immerse yourself in an evening of cabaret that brings some of your favourite tv, movie characters into a unique mix of burleque, dance and comedy, including a special guest performance from Pixie Le Knot from HBO’s Game of Thrones.
DISNEY’S ALADDIN KIDS – Tri.Art
Friday 09 August 2019 – 7pm
When Aladdin vies for the attention of the beautiful princess Jasmine he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in this musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.
THE MAGIC FLUTE AT GLYNDEBOURNE
Sunday 04 August 2019 – 5.30PM
Mozart’s most magical comedy of The Magic Flute returns to Glyndebourne for the first time in over a decade. This new production promises to take a fresh and playful look at the opera’s troublesome gender politics.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE – RSC
Thursday 01 August 2019 – 7PM
When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today.
COMEDY OF ERRORS – Folksy Theatre
Wednesday 31 July 2019 – 7pm
Folksy Theatre presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of mistaken identities. After being separated from their twins in a shipwreck, Antipholus and his slave Dromio go to Ephesus to find them, causing a series of hilarious mishaps. Filled with live music and downright silliness!
FRANKENSTEIN – ILLYRIA
Tuesday 30 July 2019 – 7pm
Mary Shelley’s seminal novel was published in 1818 and has never been out of print. It features a fully orchestrated musical score, a cast of professional actor singers, spectacular stage effects, puppetry – and flashes of the wickedly dark humour for which Illyria is justly celebrated.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Immersion Theatre
Sunday 28 July 2019 – 7pm
Four young lovers, a band of hapless actors, and a magical realm populated by enchanting spirits set on causing mischief and mayhem at every turn culminate in an unparalleled open-air experience of beauty and hilarity.
Friday 26 July 2019 – 6PM
Mister Magnolia’s trumpet goes rooty-toot, his very fat owls are learning to hoot. But he still only has one boot! Join Mister Magnolia on his wacky adventures. Filled with Folksy’s live music and puppetry.
THE LEHMAN TRILOGY – NTLive
Thursday 25 July 2019 – 7pm
The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.
BOJANGLES SHOWCASE 2019
Saturday 20 July 2019 – 1PM and 6PM
Bojangles Dance School’s bi-annual show case involving all ages and a variety of genres.
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE AT GLYNDEBOURNE
Sunday 14 July 2019 – 5.30PM
Mischief and mayhem run riot in Rossini’s most popular comedy. Figaro, the renowned Barber of Seville, has a cunning that knows no bounds. His playful energy is brought to life in director Annabel Arden’s sparkling and springing production.
OLD SOMERSET AND WILTSHIRE ON FILM
Friday 12 July 2019 – 7.30pm
David Parker has unearthed some fascinating footage on Somerset and Wiltshire which will amuse and engage
THE JAZZ WIZARDS WITH THE MARK LOCKHEART QUARTET
Thursday 11 July 2019 – 4PM
Led by British jazz hero Mark Lockheart these incredible Jazz Wizards will take you on a magical sonic ride through swirling sounds, twisted melodies and head-nodding grooves!
JAZZ ON A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT WITH THE MARK LOCKHEART QUARTET
Thursday 11 July 2019 – 7.30pm
Led by Mark Lockheart this show will take you on a journey of sonic explorations, heavy grooves and intricate melodies.
Mark Lockheart (Kenny Wheeler) – saxes
Dave Smith (Robert Plant) – drums
Tom Herbert (Polar Bear) – bass
Elliot Galvin (Dinosaur) – keys
A PERFECT WORLD
Tuesday 09 July 2019 – 7pm
A feisty young woman ventures into a Boy’s Own world of undiscovered jungles, treasure maps, campfires and penknives on an action-packed adventure. A rollicking music-filled adventure touring the great outdoors this summer!
TOM BINNS PRESENTS IVAN BRACKENBURY
Friday 05 July 2019 – 7.30pm
Writer and comedian Tom Binns’ unique and original comedy shows have been described by The Times, Telegraph and Time Out as “Comedy Genius”.
SMALL ISLAND – NTLive
Thursday 04 July 2019 – 7pm
Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
CINDERELLA (CENDRILLON) AT GLYNDEBOURNE
Wednesday 03 July 2019 – 7pm
Original production conceived and directed for the Glyndebourne Tour by Fiona Shaw
Revived and directed for Festival 2019 by Fiona Dunn
The classic Cinderella story is told with composer Massenet’s sensuous and lavish score.
THE TEMPEST – Illyria
Sunday 30 June 2019 – 7pm
Believed to be the last that Shakespeare wrote single-handedly, The Tempest is lyrical, thought-provoking and raucously funny. More than 400 years after it was written it still has the capacity to surprise!
PETER PAN – THE MUSICAL
Thursday 27 June 2019, FRIDAY 28 JUNE, SATURDAY 29 JUNE – 2.30PM AND 7.30PM
Peter Pan the British Musical brings to life J.M. Barrie’s heartwarming story – the tale of Peter, Wendy, John, Michael and the Lost Boys’ adventures in the magical Neverland, where you never have to grow up!
MAD ABOUT THE MUSICALS
Thursday 20 June 2019 – 7.30pm
From the heart of London’s theatre land to the glitz of Broadway, the critically acclaimed Mad About The Musicals is back.
With brilliant vocals, stunning costumes and a spectacular light show, to bring you the very best show in town!
LITTLE GRIMM TALES
Saturday 15 June 2019 – 2PM
Beasts and breadcrumbs, frogs and fairies all join the fun in a stunning new adaptation of Grimm’s most magical tales. Join award winning Box Tale Soup on a spellbinding adventure for children aged 3+.
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.