THE NUTCRACKER – Merlin Theatre Productions
Thursday 06 December 2018, TO SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER – various times
Can Clara and her brother Fritz bring the Nutcracker back to life and restore him to the throne? After last year’s hugely successful Hansel and Gretel, MTP returns with a beautiful imagining of this Christmas favourite.
Thursday 22 November 2018, FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER, SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER – 7.45pm
A chance meeting between a phonetics expert and a flower girl on a rainy evening in Covent Garden is the beginning of Shaw’s brilliant comedy. Written in 1914 it shocked its audience then, and still has relevance today.
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA – RSC
Saturday 17 November 2018 – 7PM
Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle, broadcast live to cinemas from Shakespeare’s home town.
LA BAYADÈRE – ROH
Tuesday 13 November 2018 – 7.15pm
Natali Makarova’s production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dances and noble warriors to life.
MARNIE – the Met
Sunday 11 November 2018 – 17.55pm
Based on the novel that also inspired Hitchcock’s celebrated thriller, composer Nico Muhly’s Marnie receives its US premiere at the Met this season.
SPIN DANCE SHOWCASE
Saturday 10 November 2018 – 7PM
Join Spin Dance Fitness Studio to raise money for Lisa’s Army at this family-friendly annual showcase. This year’s theme is Halloween
Wednesday 07 November 2018 – 7.30PM
A film and talk by Mark McGann
The story of a man who battles for mental stability in a terrifying new world. Written and directed by Mark McGann and starring his brother Paul McGann, Perplexed Music is inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Petrarchan sonnet of the same name.
AT THE END WE BEGIN
Saturday 03 November 2018 – 7.45pm
Critically acclaimed Richard Chappell Dance presents their first full length work. Using T S Eliot’s classic series Four Quartets as a point of departure, At the end we begin is Richard Chappell Dance’s most dynamic and emotionally fuelled work to date.
ALLELUJAH! – NTL
Thursday 01 November 2018 – 7PM
Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer)
STORIES ON A STRING
Wednesday 31 October 2018 – 2pm
City girl Jacina leaves her phone-fuelled life to travel deep into the Amazon jungle on a quest. But there’s no WiFi in the rain forest so Jacina must rely on her eyes, her ears and her heart, as the mysterious creatures of the jungle reveal a new path and a way back home. Journey to the heart of the mysterious rain forest with live Brazilian music, songs and puppetry.
JUAN MARTIN SOLO
Wednesday 31 October 2018 – 7.45pm
“A giant of the flamenco tradition” The Times
The supreme artist of the flamenco guitar, guitarist/composer Juan Martín plays
and introduces his compositions within the forms of the great tradition.
Tuesday 30 October 2018 – 7.45pm
Like gripping and exciting theatre? Then ‘Ghost Voices’ has it all:
History, ghosts, a promise, atonement – whatever else happens, prepare to be haunted!
CHILDREN ARE STINKY
Monday 29 October 2018 – 2pm
Children are Stinky is an exciting award-winning children’s comedy by Circus Trick Tease.
Set in the 1990s, plenty of in-jokes and a cleverly choreographed nostalgic mash-up hooks parents in for a rollicking trip down memory lane. This is an enjoyable show for all ages that encourages the slight of years to be proud of themselves.
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST – The Met
Saturday 27 October 2018 – 17.55pm
Boasting gunfights, poker games, and stagecoach robbers, La Fanciulla del West combines the action of a great adventure with the emotional punch of Italian opera.
FUNNY GIRL – THE MUSICAL
Thursday 25 October 2018 – 7PM
Part of a worldwide release of the smash-hit stage production that played to critical acclaim at the Menier Chocolate Factory, in the West End and on tour, starring Sheridan Smith.
AT HOME WITH WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Wednesday 24 October 2018 – 7.45pm
Pip Utton is William Shakespeare at home. He looks back on his loves: the desire, the exhilaration, but also the fear of rejection and grief for lost love in an entertaining romp around Shakespeare’s life.
MAYERLING – ROH
Monday 22 October 2018 – 2.30pm
A classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer.
SAMSON ET DALILA – The Met
Monday 22 October 2018 – 17.55pm
Tony Award–winning director Darko Tresnjak gives Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic its first new Met production in twenty years.
THE TREE CONFERENCE 2018
Sunday 21 October 2018 – 10AM-5PM
Calling for citizen-led reforestation, the Tree Conference 2018 features Isabella Tree, Dr Martin Bidartondo, Peter Macfadyen, Mary Reynolds Thompson and others. Welcoming all tree lovers to explore planting projects and science news, this is a vibrant networking hub for information and hope.
Thursday 18 October 2018, Friday 19 October, Saturday 20 October – 7.45pm
March 18th 1918. A British dug out just outside the town of St. Quentin, France.
R C Sherriff’s classic war drama leaves us in no doubt about man’s ability to
destroy, and man’s capacity for courage.
A FROG CALLED WOANDA
Monday 08 October 2018 – 6.30pm
A French show suitable for 6-10 year olds.
Told through live action, puppetry, music and shadows, this is a funny and
touching story of love, loss and friendship.
AIDA – The Met
Saturday 06 October 2018 – 17.55pm
With heart-stopping music and spectacular set pieces, including the famous Triumphal March, Verdi’s towering masterpiece opens the new Live in HD season with a bang.
PHILL JUPITUS JUPLICITY
Wednesday 03 October 2018 – 7.45pm
Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions.
POETRY PLATTER: POETS, PRATTLERS AND PANDEMONIALISTS…
Tuesday 02 October 2018 – 7pm supper for 8pm show
What happens when three poets decide to put on a show? Join Dave, Emma, and Steve as they meet in a pub somewhere a lot like Wolverhampton. Will they be distracted by beer and scratchings? Will they put the world to rights? Come and find out.
KING LEAR – NTLive
Thursday 27 September 2018 – 7PM
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear.
TAIKO MEANTIME: RESONANCE TOUR 2018
Sunday 23 September 2018 – 7.45pm
With new repertoire ranging from delicate composition to explosive chest-thumping barnstormers – Taiko Meantime’s new show promises to be a feast for the ears, eyes and internal organs!
Friday 21 September 2018 – 7.45pm
As seen and heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, BBC One’s John Bishop Show and the BBC Proms Podcast, award-winning comedian and musician Vikki Stone is popping a piano in the back of the car and heading out on tour.
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY – Box Tale Soup
Wednesday 19 September 2018 – 7.45pm
We apologise but this performance has been cancelled. Please go to https://www.boxtalesoup.co.uk/Dorian.html for alternative performances.
IAIN BALLAMY QUARTET FEAT JASON REBELLO
Friday 14 September 2018 – 7.45pm
Ballamy’s new super group features world-renowned pianist Jason Rebello, the remarkable trumpeter and bassist Percy Pursglove and the superb brush strokes of drummer Mark Whitlam.
Expect top-level world-class jazz at its best on what promises to be a memorable occasion.
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR – RSC
Thursday 13 September 2018 – 7pm
Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men.
Tuesday 11 September 2018 – 7.45pm
What should schools do when they are losing so many teachers?
A powerful and humorous look at an education system buckling under government cuts and targets. A story of protest and the teachers who choose to fight back.
JULIE – NTLive
Thursday 06 September 2018 – 7PM
This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
IN THE HEIGHTS – Tri.Art Theatre School
Thursday 23 August 2018, Friday 24 August, Saturday 25 August – 7.30PM
A combination of latin rhythms and dance with hip-hop lyrics tell a captivating story about what it means to chase your dreams as you cling to your roots, and to celebrate the community from which you grew.
VANESSA – GLYNDEBOURNE
Tuesday 14 August 2018 – 6.30pm
A rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists. Rich in filmic strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss.
MAGICAL MUSICALS – Tri.Art Juniors
Friday 10 August 2018 – 7PM
After a week-long workshop developing skills in three creative disciplines the young company will create a unique new musical with songs from their favourite shows.
LOVE’S LABOURS LOST – Folksy
Wednesday 01 August 2018 – 7PM
The King of Navarre and his lords swear off women in order to study. How will their resolve hold up when the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive? This wonderful Shakespeare comedy is filled with live music, audience interaction and downright silliness.
Saturday 28 July 2018 – 7pm
Amore – My Tribute to Love sees Andre and his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra once again perform against the stunning backdrop of his Dutch hometown. Two live broadcasts, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
THE PRINCESS AND THE GIANT
Friday 27 July 2018 – 6pm
Princess Sophie is EXHAUSTED and it’s all because the grumpy old giant can’t sleep. As she reads her book of fairy tales, she wonders if she might just have the answer! Filled with music, puppetry and wonderful characters, this family show is one not to be missed!
SAUL – GLYNDEBOURNE
Thursday 26 July 2018 – 6.30PM
This showing has been cancelled . Please go to www.glyndebourne.com/tickets-and-whats-on/events/2018/watch-saul/ to find nearest screening.
MERLIN MISCAST – MTP
Friday 20 July 2018 – 7.45pm
We invite you to join us for a fully choreographed and costume musical cabaret night with a twist! An entertaining evening raising money for out wonderful theatre featuring local performers as you have never seen them before.
ROMEO AND JULIET – RSC
Wednesday 18 July 2018 – 7pm
What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate? Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.
INSPIRED CELEBRATION 2018
Tuesday 17 July 2018 – 6pm
Join groups from InspirED Somerset schools in an evening production of dance, drama and performing arts.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE – Illyria
Sunday 15 July 2018 – 7PM
The Merchant of Venice is a funny play that deals with serious issues – Shakespeare’s great courtroom drama, performed by international award-winning Illyria, promises to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Saturday 14 July 2018 – 7.45pm
Following three years of five star sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe comes VIVALICIOUS, a brand new show from Viv Groskop
THE FORTUNES AND MISFORTUNES OF FANNY FUST
Friday 13 July 2018 – 7.30PM
Openstorytellers use drama, dance and song to present the true history of the abduction of Fanny Fust, a Bristol heiress with learning disabilities. The story raises crucial questions about consent and capacity, as relevant now as they were in 1787.
GEORGE EGG: DIY CHEF
Thursday 12 July 2018 – 7.45pm
An inspiring and inventive evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture. And you get to taste the food at the end.
THE FRANKENSTEIN FILMS OF TERENCE FISHER
Tuesday 10 July 2018 – 8pm
Please note this event has now moved to the Granary. Please contact the Cheese and Grain Festival Booking Office to purchase tickets.
Tony Dalton talks about Terence Fisher’s classic Frankenstein films as well as the genesis of Hammer’s horror films, followed by a Q&A session.
A CAREER IN RUINS
Monday 09 July 2018 – 7PM
Julian Richards is a presenter on television and radio, a writer and archaeologist with over 30 years’ experience of fieldwork and publication. This presentation will both inform and entertain.
BUFFALO GALS – Miraculous Medicine Show
Sunday 08 July 2018 – 7PM
American roots-inspired musicians Buffalo Gals offer a guaranteed cure for the 21st century! With song, dance, humour and stories from the world of old-time American country and bluegrass, they bring increased vigour, happiness and longevity to the folks of Frome.
EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
Saturday 07 July 2018 – 7pm
Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new award-winning five-star hit musical for today. Supported by his mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness into the spotlight.