Wednesday 18 February 2015 – 3pm
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.
DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!
Tuesday 17 February 2015 – 11am and 2pm
This lively show for children 3 and up is full of fun, feathers, laughter and excitement, featuring original music and lots of audience participation! The friendly bus driver leaves us with one simple instruction: “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!” However, the pigeon is very clever and whines, bribes, pleads and even sings a song to get his own way… BUT WILL YOU LET HIM DRIVE???
King John free community workshop
Saturday 14 February 2015 – 1pm
This workshop aims to give you an insight into the creation of this exciting production, reflecting on Shakespeare’s original text and the history of John. Part practical, part discussion, it’s a great opportunity to work with a visiting theatre company.
FROME COLLEGE: ROMEO & JULIET
Thursday 12 February 2015, Friday 13th February – 7PM
Frome College Expressive Arts’ Faculty present Romeo and Juliet. Set in contemporary China, this production is an exciting updated version of Shakespeare’s classic play.
DR LIVINGSTONE, I PRESUME?
Saturday 07 February 2015 – 7.45pm
Miracle deftly combines its own inimitable style with the wonder of Victorian Music Hall to tell the story of one man’s obsession to discover the heart of Africa and transform an entire continent single-handed – AND of a woman left behind…
YORKE DANCE PROJECT
Saturday 31 January 2015 – 7.45pm
Yorke Dance Project presents Figure Ground a compelling 5* programme that brings together the work of three generations of choreographers. An evening of brilliant dancing that is rooted in tradition whilst blazing its way into the future
SOUTHERN TENANT FOLK UNION
Saturday 24 January 2015 – 7.45pm
This highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass band have appeared live on BBC TV (Andrew Marr Show), on Radio 4 (Loose Ends) and have had praise in the Guardian and Independent. An exciting live act, around a single mic, they sell out arts centres across Europe.
Tuesday 09 December 2014 – 7PM
Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre, fusing movement and spoken word to create a touching performance. Broadcast live at the Merlin Theatre.
Monday 08 December 2014 – 1pm & 7pm
Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, based on Salem’s infamous witch trials, brought vividly to life in this visceral new production by internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber.
A Christmas Carol
Thursday 04 December 2014, – Saturday 13 December – Various times
This ghostly tale of Past, Present and Future is brought to life in an exciting new musical adaptation by the award winning Merlin Theatre Company. Keeping true to the original text, it draws upon the themes of time, family and society’s ills in a tale to warm even the coldest of hearts.
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
Thursday 20 November 2014, Friday 21 November, Saturday 22 November – 7.45pm
THE SHOP OF LITTLE HORRORS
Friday 14 November 2014 – 7.4P5M
We are very sorry but this show has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in 2015.
A DOLL’S HOUSE
Friday 07 November 2014 – 7.45pm
UK Touring Theatre returns to the Merlin Theatre with the World Premiere of a brand new English translation of A Doll’s House; Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking play about marriage, money, and the freedom of women in the late 19thcentury.
SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL
Tuesday 04 November 2014 – 7pm
The Merlin is delighted to welcome the UK’s largest youth drama festival to our stage
THE FALCON’S MALTESER WORKSHOP
Saturday 01 November 2014 – 10AM – 11.30AM
A fun-filled workshop which gives kids the chance to create their own crime fighting characters – FREE when you book your ticket to the show
CASANOVA IN LOVE
Saturday 01 November 2014 – 7.45PM
Merlin favourite Pip Utton returns with his latest offering, featuring the talented dancer Marguerite Chaigne. Welcome to Casanova’s memories, his dreams, his conquests and his broken hearts, his triumphs and his defeats. And welcome to his seduction secrets…
Friday 31 October 2014 -
National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas and theatres for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand. Tonight’s screening will star Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature.
THE FALCON’S MALTESER
Friday 31 October 2014 – 3PM
Adapted from Anthony Horowitz’ novel of the same name, The Falcon’s Malteser follows hopelessly inept private detective Tim Diamond and his sharp witted brother Nick on an hilarious and thrilling case with comedy, songs, puppetry, slapstick and a whole lots of laughs. Family show for 8 yrs +
Thursday 30 October 2014 – 9.30am – 2pm
Our favourite workshop of the year is back, ready to thrill and chill this Halloween.
FRANKENSTEIN (Lee Miller)
Thursday 30 October 2014 – 7PM
National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas and theatres for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand. Tonight’s screening will star Johnny Lee Miller as the creature.
LOTTIE BALL – SHOWCASE FUNDAISER
Wednesday 29 October 2014 – 7.45PM
The Merlin Theatre is proud to support local performer, Lottie Ball, who is raising funds for professional training at Laines. Enjoy entertainment from a talented cast of local performers as we help Lottie reach her target!
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Sunday 26 October 2014 – 2PM & 4PM
This classic fairytale now gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for 5 magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds>
THE DUMB WAITER
Wednesday 22 October 2014 – 7.4P5M
Two assassins. A dumb waiter. The order for steak and chips is strangely shocking. What happens if they can’t deliver? Claustrophobic, menacing and hilarious – classic Pinter. An internationally prize-winning company, Cross Cut’s work has been seen in Ireland, New York, Italy and around the UK.
A CHORUS LINE
Thursday 16 October 2014, FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER, SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER – 7.4P5M
A musical glimpse into the life of seventeen dancers auditioning for spots in a Broadway Musical. There is no glorifying or sensationalising. These dancers aren’t stars. This is the working class of Broadway performers; the chorus line.
Tuesday 07 October 2014 – 7.45pm
“Brother my sponsor has pulled out on me and I want to stay in school. Can you help? Ronnie x”
A true story spanning 4000 miles and thousands of pounds invested. Exploring the murky processes behind bettering oneself in Uganda.
LIFE: A GAME OF TWO HALVES
Sunday 05 October 2014 – 3PM
It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM. Tonight he will tell his extraordinary story and take questions from the audience afterwards.
SGT. PEPPER’S ONLY DARTBOARD BAND
Saturday 04 October 2014 – 7.45PM
Returning for the last time the Merlin Theatre where it all began, Sgt. Pepper’s Only Dartboard Band are here to remind us why they’re one of the most internationally respected and widely known Beatles act.
Friday 19 September 2014 – 7.45pm
A one woman show telling the adventures of Annie Wilde through a musical drama that draws on class, privilege, hope and disappointment in war time England.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Tuesday 16 September 2014 – 7pm
The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby as Stella.
THE GREAT BEAUTY
Wednesday 10 September 2014 – 8PM
A mesmerising, soaring evocation of the Eternal City and its contemporary inhabitants.
“A shimmering coup de cinema to make your heart burst” Robbie Collin, Telegraph
Thursday 04 September 2014 – 7pm
Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.
Thursday 21 August 2014, Thursday 21 August, Friday 22 August, Saturday 23 August – 7pm
This year’s Tri.art Summer School is the award winning musical Oliver! Students from the Summer school work hard to pull together a full blown musical in a fortnight.
Friday 08 August 2014, Friday 8 August, Saturday 9 August – 7.45PM
Sunday 27 July 2014 – 7PM
Award-winning, internationally-touring theatre company Illyria return to the Merlin to take on one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Expect a gripping story and the dazzling swordplay for which Illyria has an unmatched reputation.
Wednesday 23 July 2014 – 7pm
Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry and broadcast from the West End by National Theatre Live.
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
Saturday 19 July 2014, Saturday 19 July, Sunday 20 July – 7pm
New York State of Mind is a new musical that takes place in New York in the 1920s. The prohibition has been announced to all states of America, banning the importation and consumption of alcohol, ending the life of the night scene. Or so it would seem….
KORA: MUSIC, TRADITION & CRAFT
Thursday 17 July 2014 – 7.45pm
We are sorry to announce this performance has been cancelled
There will however be a performance at Bridgwater Arts Centre on Friday 18 July
AN EVENING WITH…JEREMY HARDY
Sunday 13 July 2014 – 7.45PM
A Frome Festival Performance Jeremy Hardy is the hilarious comedian known for his quick wit and anti-establishment politics, with a prolific career that has spanned three decades.
AN EVENING WITH…SEANN WALSH
Saturday 12 July 2014 – 7.45PM
A Frome Festival Performance Sharp, creative observational comedy from teh award-winning, charismatic comedian, Seann Walsh. The evening will include support from Romesh Ranganathan, nominee for best newcomer at the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2013.
Thursday 10 July 2014 – 8PM
A subtle study of love and loyalties in Stasi-era rural East Germany. Directed by Christian Petzold
COUNT ME IN
Wednesday 09 July 2014 – 7.45PM
A Frome Festival Performance The South West Collective’s COUNT ME IN is a spoken word theatre show about the numbers in our lives. They will also run a free workshop at 2pm, where the words you write will be part of the show. Can we count you in?
Sunday 06 July 2014 – 7PM
A Frome Festival Performance Miracle celebrates 35 years of producing engaging, inventive and enjoyable theatre by bringing together a team of talented collaborators, past and present, to create a fresh and musical adaptation Shakespeare’s timeless play that will delight audiences of all ages. The Tempest will be an outdoor performance
Friday 04 July 2014 – 7.45PM
A FROME FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE Join Simeon Wood, live in concert for one night only. Reknowned for the dexterity of his playing, Simeon has a repertoire including flute, celtic whistles, pan pipes and even an NHS Crutch.
SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE
Tuesday 01 July 2014 – 7.45PM
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School return to the Merlin with Georges Feydeau’s high spirited romp. Sauce For The Goose is stuffed with preening characters knitting their legs in sexual frustration as master French farceur Feydeau’s sparkling play switches from riotous farce to barbed social satire.
Thursday 26 June 2014 – 7.45PM
Armed with a stage full of instruments and a box of chalk, FINE CHISEL’s award-winning actor-musicians conjure the rush of waves, the buzz of a 1960s pirate radio station and the far-from-dry world of marine mammal bioacoustics.
THE MOUSE AND HIS CHILD
Thursday 19 June 2014, Thursday 19 June, Friday 20 June -
Warminster School stage a magical retelling of this classic novel by Russell Hoban.
A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS
Friday 13 June 2014 – 7pm
A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn. A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.
Berberian Sound Studio
Thursday 12 June 2014 – 8pm
A richly unfamiliar, convention-twisting black comedy, directed by Peter Strickland
Tuesday 10 June 2014 – 7.45pm
In a scintillating fusion of heart wrenching vocals, explosive footwork and virtuoso guitar playing, Jaleo return to Britain after three years with their latest new stage show ‘A Compás’, brimming over with the intoxicating rhythms, palpable energy and joie de vivre which has become synonymous with the company.
Saturday 07 June 2014 – 7PM
Join Tri.art for a delightful evening as students from the drama groups, hip hop classes and dance classes perform a wonderful mixed bill of theatre and dance.