OTELLO – Royal Opera House
Wednesday 28 June 2017 – 7.15pm
Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
SALOMÉ – NTL
Monday 26 June 2017 – 7PM
Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – SELWOOD ACADEMY
Wednesday 21 June 2017, THURSDAY 22, FRIDAY 23, SATURDAY 24 – 7.30pm
Selwood Academy presents this affectionate spoof of the 1950s sci-fi movie. Down-and-out skid row florist’s assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. A high energy, darkly comic tale featuring classic songs “ Skid Row”, “Suddenly Seymour”, and “Little Shop of Horrors”.
MY FRIEND LESTER
Friday 16 June 2017 – 7.45pm
Billie Holiday and saxophonist Lester Young recorded such achingly beautiful music together it was impossible for many to believe they were not lovers… or were they?
THE HERE AFTER – Frome Film Club
Wednesday 14 June 2017 – 8PM
A raw, unnerving examination of justice and forgiveness in Sweden.
GLYNDEBOURNE 2017 – LA TRAVIATA
Tuesday 13 June 2017 – 6PM
Violetta gives up every hope of happiness in this heart-wrenching love story. With its world-famous arias, La Traviata is the perfect introduction to Glyndebourne.
PETER PAN – NTL
Sunday 11 June 2017 – 3PM
All children, except one, grow up…
Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens comes to the Merlin this summer.
Saturday 10 June 2017 – 7.45pm
Written by Stiles and Drewe in collaboration with Elliot Davis, Soho Cinders is a hilarious, satirical take on the classic tale of Cinderella.
MTP24 aims to raise much needed funds for the Merlin Theatre. Will they meet the challenge?
ADAM WAKEMAN AND DAMIAN WILSON
Saturday 03 June 2017 – 7.45pm
After two successful shows early in 2016, Adam Wakeman and Damian Wilson embark on a duo acoustic tour featuring Damian on vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam on piano, vocals and acoustic guitar.
I WAS A TEENAGE CHRISTIAN
Friday 02 June 2017 – 7.45pm
This hit Edinburgh Festival show is an honest, fascinating and funny exploration of Katy Brand’s self-imposed conversion and total immersion in evangelical Christianity.
THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
Sunday 28 May 2017 – 3PM
The Emperor is a lovely man, but he’s not the best judge of character, and is often surrounded by idiots.
When two swindlers spin a yarn and everyone is taken in, what price will he have to pay? All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show!
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA – RSC
Wednesday 24 May 2017 – 7PM
Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.
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.