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.
Tuesday 10 March 2015 – 7.45pm
Emily Brontë’s emotionally gripping Wuthering Heights is, without a doubt, one of the most tragic and infamous love stories ever told. This production will leave you covered in goosebumps and reaching for the nearest copy.
Saturday 07 March 2015 – 7.45pm
With original live music, high energy performances and a huge emotional world, Hammerpuzzle’s 60 minute adaptation of ‘King John’ captures the dynamic realism of this compelling tale whilst holding on to the heart of Shakespeare’s original text.
PIP UTTON: PLAYING MAGGIE
Saturday 28 February 2015 – 7.45pm
Love her or hate her, Margaret Thatcher was one of the central figures in 20th century British politics. It is a challenge for any actor to play her convincingly on stage but, having portrayed both Hitler and Churchill already in his one-man shows, Pip Utton is ‘up for it’.
DISNEY’S FROZEN SING-ALONG
Thursday 19 February 2015 – 12 midday and 3pm
Disney’s Frozen gets the full sing-a-long treatment! Featuring the award winning song ‘Let It Go’ this sing-along version of Disney’s family favourite, with lyrics on screen, is sure to be a hit with the kids this half term
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.