Thursday 03 March 2016 – 7PM
In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey The Walking Dead, State of Play) is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging?
THE MARVELLOUS MECHANICAL MESMERIST
Friday 26 February 2016 – 7.45pm
Welding the art of steampunk stage hypnotism with comedy theatre, mesmeric magic and mentalism and a even a spirit cabinet seance to bring you fast, funny, fantastical empowering entertainment.
AS YOU LIKE IT NT LIVE
Thursday 25 February 2016 – 7pm
Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at Manchester International Festival) as Rosalind.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS
Thursday 11 February 2016, FRIDAY 12, SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY – 7pm
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.
MARK BRUCE ODYSSEY
Thursday 04 February 2016, Friday 05, Saturday 06 – 7.45pm
This multi award-winning company brings you an Odyssey of now – contemporary horror and fantasy splintering from ancient myth, the themes universal: how we face our mortality and the gods inside us.
LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
Thursday 28 January 2016 – 7pm
Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. But while these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed…
Tuesday 08 December 2015 – 7pm
Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
Friday 04 December 2015, TO SATURDAY 12 DECEMBER – Matinees 2pm Eves 7pm
The award-winning Merlin Theatre Company presents a magical, visual musical – perfect for families to kick-start the seasonal festivities. Based on the original fairy tale, The Little Mermaid has been written specially for the company to perform during this year of celebration.
THE WINTER’S TALE
Thursday 26 November 2015 – 7.15PM
Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.
OF MICE AND MEN
Sunday 22 November 2015 – 3pm
The hit Broadway production, filmed on stage in New York by National Theatre Live, comes to the UK.
This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a testament to the bonds of friendship.
RING AROUND THE MOON
Thursday 19 November 2015, FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER, SATURDAY 21 NOVEMBER – 7.45pm
Frome Drama Club presents Anouilh’s delightfully frothy romantic comedy, set on the evening of Mme Desmortes’ grand ball at the Chateau and full of grotesquely comic characters, mistaken identity and tortuous misadventure, leading of course to a charmingly happy ending…
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
Saturday 07 November 2015, Sunday 08 November – 7.45pm
‘All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players’. Thus spoke the great man. But can two noble gentlemen and one lusty wench really cover all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in less than two hours?
SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL 2015
Friday 06 November 2015 – 7pm
The UK’s largest youth drama festival enables over 1,000 primary, secondary, and special schools to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre. 35,000 young people will take to stages across the UK.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Julie Taymor
Thursday 05 November 2015 – 7.45pm
Of all Shakespeare’s plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the most phantasmagorical, with fairies, spells and hallucinatory lovers. From the director of The Lion King, Julie Taymor, comes a cinematic experience of the much heralded inaugural stage production.
BOJANGLES DANCE SHOWCASE
Saturday 31 October 2015 – 1pm and 6pm
Watch the youngest pupils take to the stage in the afternoon, then come to the evening performance for a special surprise for both audience and pupils!
Bojangles will be showcasing all kinds of dance including ballet, tap, street and breakdance.
PUSS IN BOOTS
Thursday 29 October 2015 – 11am and 2pm
With a host of puppets and a working windmill, Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies shows how Puss fools both the King and the Ogre to put his master at the top. Come and see this classic furry tail – it’s the cat’s whiskers!
LADY AND THE TRAMP
Wednesday 28 October 2015 – 2pm
Join us for this Disney animated classic as we follow a pampered cocker spaniel named Lady whose comfortable life slips away once her owners have a baby, until she is befriended by the tough stray mutt Tramp…
WE ARE BRONTË
Saturday 24 October 2015 – 7.45pm
A piece of comic visual theatre inspired by the real and imaginary worlds of Yorkshire’s literary siblings, presented in Publick Transport’s irreverent style.
Physical theatre collides with stand-up, clowning and improvisation – this promises to be no ordinary Brontë adaptation.
Wednesday 21 October 2015 – 7pm
Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.
Henry V is performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt. Following his performance as Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II Alex Hassell returns as Henry V.
Sunday 18 October 2015, Thursday 22 October – 7pm
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
Thursday 15 October 2015, Friday 16 October, Saturday 17 October – 7.45pm
Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, winner of the TONY Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical.
THE BALLAD OF MARTHA BROWN
Saturday 03 October 2015 – 7.45pm
Angel Exit’s latest original drama is based on the life and times of the last woman publicly hanged in Dorset in 1856. It is a tale of jealousy, passion, a murder, a wrongly-accused horse, a black silk dress and the gawping mob at the hang-fair.
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
Wednesday 30 September 2015 – 7.45pm
Fresh from a West End run of The Trials of Oscar Wilde, European Arts Company presents this combination of drawing-room comedy and gothic horror. Adapted by Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland, the play is timed to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the story’s publication.
HOW THE KOALA LEARNT TO HUG
Sunday 27 September 2015 – 3pm
We all love a good hug and none of us more so than that famous king of cuddles, the koala. But just how did the koala learn to hug? Based on the best-selling book by Steven Lee, this charming family musical is especially for children aged three and over to enjoy with their grown ups.
WAITING FOR GODOT
Friday 25 September 2015 – 7.45pm
Beckett’s 60-year-old masterpiece is a ground-breaking, anarchic meditation on the meaning of life and death. Part allegory, part burlesque, Beckett’s unique, timeless play moves seamlessly between absurdist comic sketch and captivating philosophical drama.
Thursday 24 September 2015 – 7pm
Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge. National Theatre Live’s 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus returns to theatres and cinemas by popular demand.
Wednesday 16 September 2015 -
West Cornwall, 1895: a once-glorious tin mine is on its last legs. Made in Cornwall and based on a true story, Miracle Theatre’s feature film stars Jenny Agutter, Dudley Sutton and Ben Luxon.
TOM CARPENTER AND HIS BAND
Friday 11 September 2015 – 7.45pm
If you like jazz and swing music with a twist of pop you’ll love the sounds of Tom Carpenter and his band. Will I Am describes him as ‘freakin’ awesome’.
This event is a joint fundraiser for Merlin Theatre and Tourettes Action.
THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM
Thursday 03 September 2015 – 7pm
Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar’s wild comedy of love and cash. The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.
Wednesday 26 August 2015 – 7PM
Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies.
But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him.
WEST SIDE STORY
Thursday 20 August 2015, FRIDAY 21 AUGUST, SATURDAY 22 AUGUST – 7pm
Following the huge successes of Oliver! and Singin’ in the Rain, Tri.art students perform one of the greatest musicals of all time. The dark theme and the focus on social problems still resonate today.
Friday 14 August 2015 – 7pm
Tim Minchin’s musical masterpiece about a girl who dares to change her destiny features five much-loved songs with linking passages and excerpts creating a wonderful mini version of the current west end favourite!
Matilda Junior Summer School
Monday 10 August 2015, Workshops: Monday 10 – Friday 14 August. Performance: 14 August – Times tba
The workshop will take place between Monday 10 and Friday 14 August with a performance on 14 August. Booking with a deposit is essential.
Sorry – we’re not able to take bookings for this workshop on line at the moment. Please call the Box Office 01373 465949 to book a place.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Sunday 26 July 2015 – 7pm
Everyone wants to marry mild-mannered Bianca. No-one wants to marry her older sister Kate. Their father won’t let anyone marry Bianca until a husband can be found for Kate – but no-one knows anyone mad enough to take her on. Until Petruchio comes to town…
A SHOW ABOUT CHOICE
Friday 24 July 2015 – 7.45pm
A story about choice: about a woman paralysed by decision. Told through physical performance, story-telling and animation, we watch as she dangles from buildings, journeys through micro-landscapes and dances in the rain.
MERCHANT OF VENICE
Wednesday 22 July 2015 – 7pm
In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all, as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made.
With the gold flowing all is well, but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over. A wronged father, and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood.
Saturday 18 July 2015 – 7.45pm
Frome’s finest musical theatre performers attempt to produce a rock musical loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème in just 24 hours. Can they do it?
Thursday 16 July 2015 – 7pm
Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out…
Sunday 12 July 2015 – 7.45pm
Michael Pennington, one of the most respected and learned actors, star of stage, screen and radio, reads from his recently published autobiography Let Me Play the Lion Too: How to be an Actor.
Saturday 11 July 2015 – 7.45pm
One of the finest singer-songwriters of his generation, presenting songs from his superb solo albums The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook and of course from the famous Squeeze back catalogue including Labelled With Love, Tempted and of course, Up the Junction.
THE SECOND BEST BED
Thursday 09 July 2015 – 7.45pm
It is the night of Shakespeare’s funeral. The mourners have all gone home, leaving his wife Anne to remember her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he?
THE MAGNIFICENT THREE
Tuesday 07 July 2015 – 7PM
Cornwall’s’ award winning Miracle Theatre takes a long-awaited visit to the Wild West with this brand new spaghetti western for lovers of open-air theatre.
THE TROUBLE WITH WOMEN IS MEN
Sunday 05 July 2015 – 7.45pm
Olivier Award winner Sara Kestelman and BAFTA-nominated Leo Aylen ask women and men some impudent questions about men and women and turn man-woman clichés upside down.
ROM WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY
Friday 03 July 2015 – 7.45pm
Join Romesh Ranganathan as he hits the road with his eagerly anticipated brand new show ‘Rom Wasn’t Built In A Day’.
THROUGH THE PORTRAIT GALLERY
Sunday 21 June 2015 – 4pm
Join Tri.Art Dance Academy as we journey through the portrait gallery and bring the artworks to life through a series of dance.
THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA
Saturday 13 June 2015 – 7.45pm
An award-winning hilarious take on Cervantes’ timeless novel.
Two feisty señoritas and a downtrodden Englishman take on Don Quixote’s quest accompanied only by an otherworldly virtuoso guitarist.
Tuesday 09 June 2015 – 6.45pm
A live feature-film premiere: the events that shook Suffolk in 2006 when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women…
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Sunday 07 June 2015 – 3pm
A brand new production of Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular play of love and intrigue, magic and celebration set on that most dangerous of nights when fairies are abroad and nothing is as it seems…
Saturday 06 June 2015 – 7.45pm
With their work rooted in the ridiculous, LeNavet Bete presents a physical comedy influenced by the world-famous detective. Dick Tracy promises to have the bad guys in handcuffs and the audience in stitches.
THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE
Sunday 31 May 2015 – 3pm
Bored with his chores, the apprentice waves his wand and a broom magically fetches water for him. But he can’t find a spell to stop it. In desperation he saws it in half – and everything spirals out of control…