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…
Saturday 30 May 2015 – 7.45pm
The Freedom Theatre brings its latest production on its first UK tour: the untold accounts by the exiled fighters who sought sanctuary in the Church of the Nativity, of an event that has taken on almost mythical proportions.
BALLET CENTRAL 2015
Saturday 23 May 2015 – 7.45pm
A dazzling programme of ballet, neoclassical, contemporary and narrative dance. The company’s young and dynamic dancers showcase their talent with a diverse performance of newly commissioned works and celebrated revivals.
THE BOY WHO BIT PICASSO
Sunday 17 May 2015 – 11.30am and 3pm
Come and play down on the farm with Tony and Picasso!
Storytelling, music and lots of chances to make your own art – this hands-on family show introduces one of the 20th century’s most influential artists through the eyes of a young boy.
MAN AND SUPERMAN
Thursday 14 May 2015 – 7pm
Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.
Saturday 02 May 2015 – 7.45pm
Dance theatre at its most thrilling. Set against the imagined backdrop of New York’s world famous, iconic Empire State Building, five outstanding male performers inhabit the world of the heroic construction workers of 1930.
FROME DRAMA CLUB: TOM JONES
Thursday 23 April 2015, FRIDAY 24 APRIL, SATURDAY 25 APRIL – 7.45pm
Frome Drama Club presents Tom Jones, Joan Macalpine’s riotous dramatisation of Henry Fielding’s great picaresque novel. This bawdy 18th century romp sees Tom Jones, Squire Allworthy’s adopted son, falling victim to the charms of one rustic wench after another.
THE HARD PROBLEM
Thursday 16 April 2015 – 7pm
Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).
Saturday 11 April 2015 – 2pm, 6.30pm
Tri.Art Dance Academy returns this year with their version of Petipa’s classical ballet, Sleeping Beauty. Join us as we venture into the land of fairy tale, where good reigns over evil and a happily ever after is lived by all.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Monday 30 March 2015, Tuesday 31 March – 7pm
This affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a house-hold name. 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”, “Feed Me”, and “Suddenly Seymour”.
POETRY PLATTER: ROB GEE
Friday 27 March 2015 – 7.45pm
Hilarious and touching, Rob Gee’s FRUITCAKE – Ten Commandments from the Psych Ward brings empathy and personal experience to extreme comedy in a unique performance which has been hailed as a tour-de-force across two continents.
Monday 23 March 2015, THURSDAY 2 APRIL – 7pm
FILMED THEATRE SCREENING
Hamlet’s father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief Hamlet struggles to exact revenge with devastating consequences.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
Thursday 19 March 2015, FRIDAY 20 MARCH, SATURDAY 21 MARCH – 7pm
Selwood Academy presents the Somerset premiere of a new musical production of Jules Verne’s classic adventure, packed with dynamic songs, physical comedy and frantic against-the-clock action.
BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS
Thursday 12 March 2015 – 7pm
Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.