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JOHN Hodge’s play is set in late 1930s Russia and concerns the relationship between writer Mikhail Bulgakov and Dictator Joseph Stalin.  It premiered at London’s National Theatre in 2011 and went on to win the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.


THERE is an old theatrical saying that actors should never work with children or animals, and the reason becomes patently clear in this production. Seven accomplished actors work their socks off for nigh-on two and a half hours, only to be upstaged minutes before the end by brief appearances from an endearing little blonde-haired boy, Jack Tarling, and a real live chicken. With a name. Feathers Miller. But of course.


DANCING its way on to the BIC Windsor Hall stage last night, Riverdance arrived in Bournemouth on its 20th anniversary tour. It's hard to believe that the show is only a little older than myself, developing from a seven-minute interval performance at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest into a fully fledged successful show. Exploring Irish ancestry with a mythological feel, Riverdance incorporates dance and music to create a West End worthy show.


Ha Ha Hood! and The Prince of Leaves

Comedy queen Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang, M’Lord) and comedy duo Cannon and Ball team up for an all-out outrageous side splitting romp in Ha Ha Hood! and The Prince of Leaves at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts on Tuesday 7 October at 7.45pm.

Created by Ben Langley, who also takes on the mantle of Robin, Ha Ha Hood! and the Prince of Leaves visits Poole as part of a 61 date national tour this autumn.

Sixties Gold Back In Poole

The ultimate line-up for sixties music comes to Poole when Sixties Gold returns by popular demand to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts on Friday 3 October at 7.30pm.

Vienna Festival Ballet's Nutcracker In Swanage

Audiences have the opportunity to catch one of Tchaikovsky's world famous classical ballets The Nutcracker when the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet company returns to the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage on October 8 at 7.30pm.

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The Tempest

The Brides Of March

BOURNEMOUTH Little Theatre will shortly be holding auditions for The Brides of March, written by John Chapman and to be dIrected by Don Cherrett.

Performance dates  - Mon 8th to Sat 13th December 2014 at Bournemouth Little Theatre, Jameson Road, Winton.

Play reading at same venue - Fri 19th September at 7.30pm

Auditions at same venue - Sun 21st September at 7.30pm


Are you aged 7 or over? Would you like to appear in  Aladdin at the King’s Theatre, Southsea?

The Kings is holding children's open auditions to find this year’s junior and senior pantomime stars.

Candidates will be auditioned in groups and taught a short dance routine, so please wear suitable clothes.

If successful, candidates should be available to attend rehearsals mainly after school and at weekends.  Rehearsal start dates are still to be confirmed. Please note these positions are unpaid.