PLAY WRITING COMPETITION – THE WINNERS
Friday 19 May 2017 – 7.45pm
Celebrate new writing as we present an evening of script-in-hand rehearsed performances of the winning plays from our popular one-act play writing competition.
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? – NTL
Thursday 18 May 2017 – 7PM
Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5-star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to the Merlin from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
GIVE ME YOUR LOVE
Sunday 14 May 2017 – 7.45pm
Theatre legends Jon Haynes and David Woods of Ridiculusmus are back with a funny, fragile and profound fable based on ground breaking medical research and real-life war testimonies.
IMAGES BALLET TOUR 2017
Saturday 13 May 2017 – 7.45pm
With new music, beautiful costumes and brimming with vitality, Images Ballet Company presents four richly contrasting works by a company of talented dancers and musicians. This is classic ballet with a contemporary aesthetic.
OBSESSION – NTL
Thursday 11 May 2017 – 7pm
Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.
THE PEARL BUTTON – Frome Film Club
Wednesday 10 May 2017 – 8PM
This companion piece to Nostalgia for the Light replaces sand with water as its central metaphor, and in particular Chile’s expansive coastline.
ROB ROUSE – ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?
Thursday 04 May 2017 – 7.45pm
We apologise but this show has been cancelled.
Sunday 30 April 2017 – 7.45pm
We apologise but this performance has been postponed. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE DO SHAKESPEARE
Friday 28 April 2017 – 7.45pm
Howl at their Hamlet, roar at their Romeo & Juliet, peer into their Coriolanus. Songs, sketches, socks & violence from the Two Gentlesocks Of Verrucca.
JULIUS CAESAR – RSC
Wednesday 26 April 2017 – 7PM
The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence.
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD – NTL
Thursday 20 April 2017 – 7PM
Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.
TWELFTH NIGHT – NTL
Wednesday 19 April 2017 – 7PM
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.
SOME PEOPLE V. REGINALD D HUNTER
Tuesday 18 April 2017 – 8pm
Reginald D Hunter returns to the UK in 2017 with his highly anticipated brand new show.
THE GOLDEN KEY
Thursday 13 April 2017 – 6PM
Join us we dance our way through the enchanted forest, meeting strange and magical characters from the Grimm brothers’ tales along the way.
A HERO OF OUR TIME – Bolshoi
Sunday 09 April 2017 – 4PM
This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi.
THE GHOST TRAIN
Thursday 06 April 2017, FRIDAY 7 APRIL, SATURDAY 8 APRIL – 7.45pm
One winter’s night, a very silly man pulls the train’s communication cord, successfully stranding himself and fellow passengers at a remote Cornish station. Forced to occupy the waiting-room until dawn, they learn of the ghost train expected that very night…
MADAMA BUTTERFLY – Royal Opera House
Thursday 30 March 2017 – 7.15pm
Antonio Pappano conducts an impressive cast led by Ermonela Jaho in Puccini’s deeply poignant opera.
KATHRYN ROBERTS AND SEAN LAKEMAN
Wednesday 29 March 2017 – 7.45pm
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.
A CONTEMPORARY EVENING – Bolshoi
Sunday 19 March 2017 – 3pm
For one evening, the Bolshoi takes on a bold new challenge in Hans Van Manen’s Frank Bridge’s Variations, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons.
Thursday 16 March 2017 – 7.45pm
Six stand-up poets perform onstage in the unique bistro-style of our enthralling spoken word evenings.
Enjoy platters of tapas and wine while this awesome sextet entertain you with a feast of words.
ROCKTOPUS – THE BIG GIG
Saturday 11 March 2017 – 2pm
Rocktopus is an interactive, live music experience for children and adults – entertaining, educating and inspiring.
Come along and be a part of a unique performance where you can sing, dance, play rhythms and join the band!
HEDDA GABLER – NTL
Thursday 09 March 2017 – 7PM
Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.
Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber.
MATTHEW BOURNE – THE CAR MAN
Friday 03 March 2017 – 7PM
A sensational new dance event from internationally acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne and his company, The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera Carmen and has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in classical music.
WE WILL ROCK YOU – SCHOOL EDITION
Thursday 23 February 2017, FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY, SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY – 7pm
The magic of the giant hit musical We Will Rock You is now available to schools, to enable them to develop and stage their own version of the show, learning and enjoying every aspect of putting together a stage production along the way. Frome College has taken up the challenge – come and support them!
SAINT JOAN – NTL
Thursday 16 February 2017 – 7PM
Josie Rourke directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production of Bernard Shaw’s classic play following the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France.
CELTIC FIDDLE FESTIVAL
Wednesday 15 February 2017 – 7.45pm
Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations.
Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Capercaillie’s own Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles.
THE HOMELESS PANDA
Sunday 12 February 2017 – 3PM
The Homeless Panda is family adventure, following Xiongmao the Panda’s journey through the Min Mountains of China in search of a new home. Xiongmao meets a variety of animals including Monkeys, Red Pandas, a Porcupine and a Pangolin, all brought to life by dazzling puppets and physical theatre.
RHODRI MILES IS BURTON
Saturday 11 February 2017 – 7.45pm
BURTON vividly presents the life of the great Welsh actor in his own words from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom.
SWAN LAKE – Bolshoi
Sunday 05 February 2017 – 3pm
A ballet of ultimate beauty, and a score of unparalleled perfection, born at the Bolshoi in 1877. Classical ballet at its finest.
Saturday 04 February 2017 – 7.45pm
An exhilarating showcase of dances by choreographers who represent the best of the past Kenneth MacMillan and Robert Cohan, the present Yolande Yorke-Edgell and the future Charlotte Edmonds. Performed by an outstanding ensemble of dancers including guest artist Jonathan Goddard.
IL TROVATORE – Royal Opera House
Tuesday 31 January 2017 – 7.15pm
Director David Bösch makes his UK debut with a new production of Verdi’s searing tragic opera.
Saturday 28 January 2017 – 10am-5pm
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
LIL’ JIMMY REED WITH BOB HALL & HILARY BLYTHE
Friday 27 January 2017 – 7.45pm
One of the last surviving performers of classic Louisiana down-home blues, Lil’ Jimmy’s stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica have been taking Europe by storm. His music has won him many awards and in 2014 he was inducted into the prestigious Blues Hall of Fame.
AN AUDIENCE WITH FOOTBALL LEGENDS
Tuesday 24 January 2017 – 7pm
Join us as we give you a once-only opportunity to ask the questions you want the answers to!
England Football legends Lee Dixon and David Seaman make a special appearance at this Merlin fundraising event.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Bolshoi
Sunday 22 January 2017 – 3pm
The Bolshoi’s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault’s fairy tale unlike any other.
THE GOLDEN AGE – Bolshoi
Saturday 14 January 2017 – 7PM
Due to technical problems this live streaming had to be postponed in the autumn. We are pleased to re-schedule the performance as an encore production.
A satire of Europe during the Roaring ’20s, The Golden Age makes for an original, colourful, and dazzling show with its jazzy score and music-hall atmosphere.
THE TEMPEST – RSC
Thursday 12 January 2017 – 7.15pm
Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this groundbreaking production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.
THE NUTCRACKER – Bolshoi
Sunday 18 December 2016 – 3pm
E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
FROME TOWN YOUTH BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Saturday 17 December 2016 – 7.30pm
Treat yourself to a festive evening of Christmas music and carols in the company of Frome Town Youth Band.
NO MAN’S LAND – NTL
Thursday 15 December 2016 – 7PM
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London.
PETER PAN – MERLIN THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
Saturday 03 December 2016, TO SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER – various times
After last year’s hugely successful award winning Little Mermaid, Merlin Theatre Productions returns this Christmas with a beautiful imagining of this timeless tale.
THE TEMPEST – FROME DRAMA CLUB
Thursday 24 November 2016, FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER, SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER – 7.45PM
Revenge, forgiveness, friendship, folly, loyalty, treachery, and plain stupidity all join hands in this roller coaster of a ride. A modern spin on Shakespeare’s final play promises to keep you on your toes.
JO CAULFIELD: THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG
Saturday 19 November 2016 – 7.45PM
Award-winning stand-Up comedian Jo Caulfield takes a humorous look at life’s potential traps, what can go wrong and how to deal with them (and, in some cases, how to make everyone else suffer with you).
MARK THOMAS – THE RED SHED
Friday 18 November 2016 – 7.45PM
Multi-award winner Mark Thomas returns to where he first started to perform: a red wooden shed in Wakefield, the labour club, to celebrate its 50th birthday.
LES CONTES D’HOFFMAN – Royal Opera House
Tuesday 15 November 2016 – 6.15pm
Vittorio Grigòlo and Leonardo Capalbo share the title role and lead an excellent cast including Thomas Hampson, Sonya Yoncheva, Christine Rice and Sofia Fomina in Offenbach’s fantastical operatic drama.
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
Saturday 12 November 2016 – 8PM
This powerful film re-imagines the challenge of climate change, portraying communities on the front lines around the world. Can we seize this crisis to transform our economic system into something better?
Monday 07 November 2016 – 7.45PM
Through powerful Japanese drumming, music and dance, Taiko Meantime rampages through ancient Japan in a unique theatrical concert.
Audiences are invited to an optional talk by Rev.Shunjo Ono, head monk of Dojoji temple,in the Foyer from 6.45pm.
THE BRIGHT STREAM – Bolshoi
Sunday 06 November 2016 – 3pm
Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Shostakovich’s score at the Bolshoi, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece with its bits of slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions and false identities.
ANDREW LAWRENCE – THE HATE SPEECH TOUR
Saturday 05 November 2016 – 7.45PM
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Andrew Lawrence’s show is now cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
ROSIE JACKSON – WORDS ONSTAGE
Friday 04 November 2016 – 7.45PM
An evening of extracts from memoirs, with tapas and wine.
Our popular on-stage ‘platter’ nights return with an evening of memoir readings from acclaimed writer Rosie Jackson, who will introduce other local writers also with new books in this genre.