Sunday 26 June 2022 – 7.30pm
This special evening of theatre consists of six distinct pieces, each featuring an innovative fusion with the traditional Spanish art-form of Flamenco, ranging from the classical to the uniquely contemporary, and from the beautifully romantic to the surreally hilarious.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Illyria
Sunday 19 June 2022 – 7pm
Five couples – three human, one fairy, one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play.
Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece explores the full spectrum of love.
A NIGHT TO MAKE YOU SMILE
Saturday 18 June 2022 – 7.30pm
We are sorry, but this event has been cancelled. You will be contacted by Box Office if you have purchased tickets.
SOS PRESENTS A FUNDRAISING EVENING OF ABBA
Friday 17 June 2022 – 7pm
SOS are a fantastic 6 piece ABBA revival band who pride themselves on the fact that their show is performed with musicians resulting in an atmospheric live experience. This evening’s open air performance will get you dancing whilst raising much needed funds to replace the Merlin’s house light system.
Fancy dress optional!
UKRAINE FUNDRAISER FILM NIGHT – Frome Film Club
Wednesday 08 June 2022 – 8pm
In a change to their scheduled programme, Frome Film Club are hosting a Ukraine cultural evening and fundraiser event for all members and any non-members wishing to attend. All ticket sales from the film shorts programme will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross.
KIT HOLMES WITH AL GREENWOOD
Friday 03 June 2022 – 7.30pm
We are very sorry but this event has been cancelled. We hope to rebook in the Spring. Customers who have bought tickets will be contacted in due course.
PETER PAN – Illyria
Sunday 29 May 2022 – 2pm
Wendy Darling is certain she saw a boy at her window three floors up – yet no-one believes her. So who can blame her when she flies away to the idyllic Neverland with him? But is Neverland as perfect as it seems?
IMAGES BALLET COMPANY 2022
Saturday 21 May 2022 – 7.30pm
Images Ballet Company returns to the Merlin to present a diverse programme of newly commissioned and restaged dance works. Vibrant dancing complimented with stylish costume and a rich musical palette promises a performance that will entertain and surprise ballet lovers and newcomers to dance alike.
THE PREDICAMENT OF JACKSON SCOTT
Saturday 14 May 2022 – 7.30pm
Jackson has killed his boyfriend Ted and has no choice but to cover up his death. A vision of Ted still lives in his mind, tormenting him about his secret and how keeping it from others can have disastrous consequences.
FIVE COUNTIES YOUTH DRAMA FESTIVAL
Sunday 08 May 2022 – 2pm
The Five Counties Youth Drama Festival – winning teams from across the Western area meet up to compete for the Mike Bishop Trophy.
Come and enjoy the work of a new generation – and maybe spot a future star.
AETF WESTERN AREA SEMI FINAL
Saturday 07 May 2022 – 2pm and 7pm
FIVE PLAYS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. The Western Area Final of the All-England Theatre Festival presents plays which have won a Festival. The winner progresses to the national Grand Final Jan Palmer-Sayer gives her adjudication of each play.
NORTHERN BALLET’S MERLIN
Wednesday 04 May 2022 – 7pm
Inspired by the story of the mythical wizard, the screening of Northern Ballet’s ‘Merlin’ will take audiences on a sweeping epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and more than a little magic.
LORD OF THE FLIES – MYT
Thursday 28 April 2022 – 7pm
After a plane crash, a group of students reach an island. While Ralph rationalizes the procedures, Jack returns to primitivism, using fear of the unknown to control the other boys, hunting and chasing pigs, stealing the possessions of Ralph’s group – and worse…
DNA BY DENNIS KELLY
Tuesday 26 April 2022 – 3pm and 7.30pm
Quirky Bird Theatre’s popular production of Dennis Kelly’s DNA comes to The Merlin.
“stunning…superb directorial interpretation”
A fast paced and brutal piece, this play hurtles through the dynamics of a crumbling friendship group, following a night of vodka… and murder.
TRI.ART 2022 SHOWCASE
Saturday 23 April 2022 – 2PM AND 6PM
Tri.Art Dance and Theatre School present their 2022 showcase. This delightful evening of dance features all of Tri.Art’s students, from our Dinky Dancers all the way to our Adult Tappers.
HENRY V – NTL
Thursday 21 April 2022 – 7pm
This screening was captured live from the Donmar Warehouse in London. An exciting modern production directed by Max Webster, exploring what it means to be English and our relationship to Europe, asking: do we ever get the leaders we deserve?
BEANPOLE – Frome Film Club
Wednesday 13 April 2022 – 8pm
A brilliant and brutal – often shocking and disturbing – exploration of not the battles of war but the aftermath. While tough and unsparing, this film offers moments of kindness in its portrayal of love, friendship, loyalty and survival.
THE THREE BILLY PIGS
Sunday 10 April 2022 – 2pm
Once upon a time there were three little pigs… who set off to build their dream homes in the green field on the other side of the river. But who is the grumpy person who lives under the bridge?
EVERY FAMILY HAS A STORY with Julia Samuel
Friday 08 April 2022 – 7.30pm
Relationships fundamentally influence our health and happiness – and family relationships affect us most profoundly. Join us for an evening with leading psychotherapist Julia Samuel MBE as she helps us navigating the challenges of those closest, but not always easiest, of bonds.
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR UKRAINE with Frome College
Thursday 07 April 2022 – 7pm
Frome College Music department presents a musical extravaganza in support of the Frome Town Council’s twin town Ukrainian refugee appeal. Please join us in fundraising as much as we can for such an important cause.
LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES – FromeDrama
Thursday 31 March 2022, Friday 1 April, Saturday 2 April – 7.30pm
A brilliantly theatrical play packed with wonderfully layered characters and sparkling with wit, Dangerous Liaisons examines the corruption and cruelty at the top of a louche society about to vaporise in the cauldron of the French Revolution, a society of sexual politics, power games and revenge.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT
Thursday 24 March 2022, FRIDAY 25 MARCH, SATURDAY 26 MARCH – 7pm
Selwood Academy presents a school production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoa based on the Biblical story of Genesis, which tells of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers. It features songs like “Any Dream Will Do”, “Close Every Door” and “Go, Go, Go Joseph”.
Tuesday 15 March 2022 – School show 11.30am and public show 7.30pm
We are sorry to announce that we have had to cancel tonight’s performance due to writer, co-producer and performer Hannah Kumari suffering an extreme allergic reaction resulting in her being too poorly to perform. We are hoping to reschedule this event.
Box Office staff will be in touch to refund any tickets purchased.
The Art of Living when You Know You’re Going to Die – Dr Phil Hammond
Friday 04 March 2022 – 7.30pm
The moment sperm meets egg, we join the queue for death. So what should we do while we’re waiting in the queue? Help Dr Phil figure it out, or at least die laughing. “Entertainingly subversive” Guardian
“Consistently funny” Sunday Telegraph
Tuesday 22 February 2022 – 11AM
Dive into the magical world of Club Origami, an immersive and interactive dance show inviting family audiences to create and imagine ways of moving. The magic of origami sweeps us up on a spirited adventure in a land made purely of paper and play.
THE BOOK OF DUST – La Belle Sauvage – NTL
Thursday 17 February 2022 – 7pm
Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Philip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.
CRIMES, CAMERA, ACTION
Friday 11 February 2022, Saturday 12 February – 7.30pm + 2.30pm Sat matinee
Multi-award-winning Merlin Associates New Old Friends are back with another hilarious comedy thriller. Crimes, Camera, Action whisks the audience to golden-era Hollywood and introduces a new lead detective: a world-weary, hard-boiled private-eye in the mould of Humphrey Bogart: Stan Shakespeare.
PHANTOMS – A triple bill
Thursday 03 February 2022, Friday 4 February, Saturday 5 February – 7.30pm
Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company present a triple bill of cinematic dance theatre.
Green Apples featuring tracks by The White Stripes
Folk Tales set to the evocative music of Martin Simpson
Phantoms, a stunning dance theatre tale of love, tragedy and revenge.
LEOPOLDSTADT – NTLive
Thursday 27 January 2022 – 7pm
Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (Times), Academy and Tony Award-winner Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance.
KERCHIEF THEATRE & AKA DANCE THEATRE
Saturday 15 January 2022 – 7.30pm
A joyful evening of theatre and dance, suitable for all the family, from Somerset’s own Kerchief Theatre and aKa Dance.
ANDRÉ RIEU: CHRISTMAS WITH ANDRÉ
Sunday 19 December 2021 – 2pm
Christmas with André is guaranteed to warm your hearts and get you in the festive spirit. Join André for his inaugural Christmas concert all from the comfort of the Merlin Theatre. An unforgettable festive treat for the whole family.
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Wednesday 08 December 2021, Thursday 9 December Friday 10 December, Saturday 11 December at 10am, 3pm and 7pm -
Full of humour, wit, a gorgeous, soaring score and heartwarming lessons of friendship, this is the perfect way for families to kick start their festive season!
Directed by The Merlin’s own Claudia Pepler and fully produced, performed and designed by Frome-based Merlin Theatre Productions, this is live, local musical theatre at its finest.
AN EVENING WITH ELVIS MCGONAGALL + Guest Performer Liv Torc
Saturday 27 November 2021 – 8PM
Stand-up poet, comedian and broadcaster, armchair revolutionary and walking shortbread tin, Elvis McGonagall resides at The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the back of beyond where he scribbles satirical verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash.
Thursday 18 November 2021, Friday 19 November, Saturday 20 November – 7.45pm
The Weir is a powerful ensemble piece with humour and pathos. Set in a pub in rural Ireland the locals spend their evenings gossiping and telling each other spooky stories. One evening a young woman from Dublin comes in ………
DAD’S ARMY – Project Play
Tuesday 26 October 2021, Tues 26, Wed 27, Thur 28, Fri 29, Sat 30 October – 7.30pm
As Project Play enters its third year, following superb productions of The Vicar of Dibley and Allo Allo! this all-time favourite is sure to be yet another big hit.
WHERE IS MRS CHRISTIE?
Tuesday 12 October 2021 – 7.30pm
In 1926, Agatha Christie’s crashed car was discovered in Surrey. She was missing, presumed dead. She was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed amnesia. Did she lie? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved?
THE ZOO THAT COMES TO YOU
Saturday 09 October 2021 – 2pm
Come and meet this eclectic group of charming yet cheeky animals, as they discuss the challenges they face in a rapidly changing world. A joyous puppet show inviting people of all ages to join the conversation about animal conservation.
HAMLET ACT SIX – A COMEDY
Thursday 07 October 2021 – 8PM
This stunning and original play takes the tragic end of Hamlet and turns it into something very different. Argumentative actors, new characters, and Will Shakespeare himself all feature in Shakespeare Live’s fast-moving and exciting new comedy.
PETE FIRMAN – BAG OF TRICKS
Friday 01 October 2021 – 7.30pm
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologies for any inconvenience caused. Ticket holders will be contacted to arrange refunds.
NATIONAL THEATRE ROMEO AND JULIET
Tuesday 28 September 2021 – 7pm
This critically acclaimed bold new film brings to life the remarkable backstage spaces of the National Theatre in which desire, dreams and destiny collide to make Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy sing in an entirely new way.
HAIFLU EVER AFTER
Wednesday 22 September 2021 – 7.30pm
And nothing makes sense
but in telling our story
we learn who we are.
Liv Torc’s Project Haiflu was one of the runaway creative success stories of lockdown. Now thanks to Arts Council England, Liv has created a full-length show using film, theatre, poetry and live music.
THE SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK
Saturday 11 September 2021 – 3PM AND 7PM
A thought-provoking, poignant, dynamic, and semi-immersive theatre collage of the worlds and era that surrounded the “Mother of Free Festivals.” Inspired by the ethos of the hippie, counterculture, and free-festival movements, Something Underground brings you its tribute to Woodstock ’69.
CRIMES IN EGYPT
Friday 03 September 2021 – 7.30PM, SATURDAY 04 SEPTEMBER 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Belgian detective, Artemis Arinae, is set to enjoy a cruise along the Nile when tragedy strikes. All the passengers and staff are suspects and the murder count is growing. Will Arinae’s little grey cells identify the murderer in time?
Friday 20 August 2021, Saturday 21 August – Friday 7pm and Saturday 2pm
After a year online, award winning Tri.art Theatre School are delighted to be back live on stage with their summer school production of the Broadway Junior version of Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist.
Thursday 12 August 2021 – 7PM
Set on board the warship HMS Pinafore, the opera cheerfully mocks such Great British institutions as Class, Patriotism and the Royal Navy, faithfully performed by a reduced cast on a beautiful nautical set.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Thursday 05 August 2021 – 7PM
Claudio loves Hero, and Benedick hates Beatrice. This is just as well, because Hero loves Claudio and Beatrice hates Benedick. Everyone laughs when Don Pedro plays a trick on Benedick and Beatrice, letting each think that they are secretly loved by the other.
LITTLE RED AND THE BIG BAD WOLF
Saturday 31 July 2021 – 3pm
Filled with live music, colourful characters and puppetry, this wonderful family musical has something for everyone! Bring along your picnics, blankets, folding chairs and friends and family!
THE TEMPEST – Folksy
Wednesday 28 July 2021 – 7PM
Will Prospero grant Ariel her freedom and be restored to his dukedom? Will Ferdinand and Miranda’s love overcome all? Folksy’s wonderful production is filled with live music, colourful characters, enchantment and a little touch of magic.
WESTERN AREA FINAL – AETF
Saturday 17 July 2021 – 2pm and 7pm
FOUR PLAYS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
The Western Area Final of the All-England Theatre Festival presents plays which have won a Festival. The winner progresses to the national Grand Final. Nancy Heath gives her adjudication of each play.
FLASH FICTION FRENZY
Sunday 11 July 2021 – 12 noon
Share a Sunday afternoon on ECOS celebrating the art of the short story, including Flash Fiction Frenzy (12.00–2.00pm) and the Frome Festival Short Story Competition Prize-giving (2.30-4.30 pm).