Past Performances

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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


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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.


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JOHN

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.


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THE CRUCIBLE

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.


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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.


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WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

Thursday 20 November 2014, Friday 21 November, Saturday 22 November – 7.45pm

Agatha Christie’s most celebrated courtroom drama is directed for Frome Drama Club by Philip de Glanville. It is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat, gasping at the final twists in this fascinating story of love and betrayal.

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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.


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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.


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SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL

Tuesday 04 November 2014 – 7pm

The Merlin is delighted to welcome the UK’s largest youth drama festival to our stage


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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


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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…


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FRANKENSTEIN (Cumberbatch)

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.


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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 +


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THRILLER WORKSHOP

Thursday 30 October 2014 – 9.30am – 2pm

Our favourite workshop of the year is back, ready to thrill and chill this Halloween.


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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.


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LOTTIE BALLSHOWCASE 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!


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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>


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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.


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A CHORUS LINE

Thursday 16 October 2014, FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER, SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER – 7.4P5M

This production is the first of our many 40th Birthday Celebrations raising funds for the Merlin.

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.


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EDUCATING RONNIE

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.


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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.


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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.


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Wrong ’Un

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.


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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.


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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


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MEDEA

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.


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Oliver!

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.


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THE PILLOWMAN

Friday 08 August 2014, Friday 8 August, Saturday 9 August – 7.45PM


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MACBETH

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.


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SKYLIGHT

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.


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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….


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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


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AN EVENING WITHJEREMY 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.


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AN EVENING WITHSEANN 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.


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BARBARA

Thursday 10 July 2014 – 8PM

A subtle study of love and loyalties in Stasi-era rural East Germany. Directed by Christian Petzold


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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?


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THE TEMPEST

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


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SIMEON WOOD

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.


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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.


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DUMBSTRUCK

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.


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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.


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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.


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Berberian Sound Studio

Thursday 12 June 2014 – 8pm

A richly unfamiliar, convention-twisting black comedy, directed by Peter Strickland


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A COMPÁS

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.


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TRI.ART SHOWCASE

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.


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GEMINUS

Tuesday 03 June 2014 – 10.30AM & 1.30PM

Geminus is a visually and musically stimulating show, featuring dance, rhythm and object manipulation and tailor-made for Early Years.


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GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE

Sunday 01 June 2014 – 3pm

The first outdoor performance of 2014! Following their enormous successes with JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and FANTASTIC MR FOX, and a record-breaking sell-out season of THE TWITS, Illyria returns with yet another Roald Dahl classic full of (literally) larger-than-life characters, plenty to join in with, and just a twist of malicious fun!


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DOUBLE BILL: BUTTERCUP & BARRY THE BEAVER

Saturday 24 May 2014 – 7.30PM & 9PM

A surreal, hilarious and entertaining double-bill from up-and-coming writer/performer Tom Wainwright. His work has been produced by Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Royal Bath, Tobacco Factory, Theatre Bristol, MAYK, Myrtle Theatre, ATC, Paines Plough, Hull Truck, and BBC Radio 4, now you can catch him in Frome!


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National Theatre Live

Thursday 22 May 2014 – 7pm

Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to venues.


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FROME YOUTH CHOIR

Sunday 11 May 2014 – 4PM

Fifty young people from Frome Youth Choir combine their voices with a live band to provide an afternoon of unforgettable musical entertainment.