What’s On at Dorchester Arts this Season

  • hanselWeb 16 February • Hansel & Gretel Brought To Life (Join In) - WORKSHOP – Town hall 10am – 12noon £8 / £6 for siblings, Ages 6 – 12 Max 12 Places Come and join in a creative retelling of the story of Hansel and Gretel led by... Read More »
  • poetryofplays 17 February • The Poetry of Plays - In this joint fundraiser for Dorchester Arts and Dorchester Community Plays Association playwrights Stephanie Dale and David Edgar will demonstrate how drama shares many of the elements and structures of poetry. Illustrating the evening, local... Read More »
  • mike-web 22 February • Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Enrico Tomasso - We are delighted to welcome pianist Mike Denham to the Corn Exchange as he kicks off his regular SpeakEasy nights for 2017 with Enrico Tomasso, three times winner of the British Jazz Award for Best... Read More »
  • chekov_web 24 Febraury • Chekhov’s Shorts - European Arts Company return with a hugely entertaining collection of classic one-act farces by Anton Chekhov, including The Evils of Tobacco, The Dimwit, The Bear, Swan Song and The Proposal. Originally performed in Russian vaudeville theatres, these bittersweet plays are Chekhov... Read More »
  • Jenny Eclair2 26 February • How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane) • Jenny Eclair - SOLD OUT! Dorchester Corn Exchange 8pm (doors and bar 7:30pm) Great news – Jenny is coming back to Dorchester in February! Her October show sold out in no time and we wanted to give all... Read More »
  • wildwest_web 3 March • Wild West Fundraiser - Sorry, our spring fundraiser has had to be cancelled, but details of our next fundraising event on July 30th will be announced very soon…
  • Steve-Knightleyweb 8 March • Steve Knightley - Show of Hands frontman Steve Knightley returns with his latest live show ‘Landlocked’. Inspired by the 2015 ‘Grow Your Own Gig’ tour of rural venues, which came to Dorchester Arts, the first half of the... Read More »
  • ThriveWEb 10 March • Thrive - This exciting, immersive production for young people uses humour, movement and spoken word to portray the most challenging of emotions with courage and optimism. When Ollie, Ashleigh and Raph are thrown together by a sudden... Read More »
  • beverlyweb 11 March • Beverley Craven - Dorchester Corn Exchange 8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm) £22.50/£20.50 members and concessions BRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven is back on the road performing a handful of select venues in 2017 as she continues to promote her acclaimed... Read More »
  • Rom op image 18 March • A Night of Romantic Opera - A third visit to Dorchester for the acclaimed Swansea City Opera with a captivating show transporting audiences into the world of Romantic Opera. This enchanting evening of arias and ensembles accompanied by piano is performed... Read More »
  • RWD15_Toby-PeachWEB 22 March • The Eulogy of Toby Peach - Toby has come to deliver his Eulogy. Join him as he enters the (not so) exclusive Cancer Club; sample chemotherapy cocktails, select the perfect funeral playlist and marvel at Willy Wonka’s life-saving stem cell machine.... Read More »
  • RONNIE SCOTTS for web 24 March • The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars present The Ronnie Scott’s Story - Dorchester Corn Exchange 8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm) £22/£20 members and concessions Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, led by the club’s musical director, take to the stage to celebrate... Read More »
  • Martin-Harley_WEB 25 March • Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro - Supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist Martin Harley and stand up bass player Daniel Kimbro hit the road following the success of their acclaimed album Live At Southern Ground, an album described by The... Read More »
  • DYT_WEB 30 & 31 March • DYT: Pronoun - Isabella and Josh are childhood sweethearts. It should be happy ever after. But it is not that simple, Isabella has now become a boy. This is an engaging and thought-provoking story about transition, testosterone and... Read More »
  • hounslow_web 2 April • The Diary Of A Hounslow Girl - The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is told through the eyes of a 16 year old British Muslim Girl growing up in West London. From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus this... Read More »
  • RICHDIGENCE_WEB 6 April • Richard Digance - Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin and Robin Williams, or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen. Richard Digance has. Richard is a rare... Read More »
  • Ninebarrow_web 8 April • Ninebarrow - Ninebarrow are building a huge reputation for their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as ‘sounding damn fine’ and by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’, Jon Whitley and... Read More »
  • elephant-image-FOR-WEB 12 April • An Elephant in the Garden, by Michael Morpurgo - CHILDREN’S THEATRE – Corn Exchange 2.30pm and 7pm (doors open 1/2 hour before performances) £11 / £9 members and concessions Another fantastic story from the creator of War Horse. 1945 Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother... Read More »
  • Elephant-workshop-image 13 April • Elephant Puppet Workshop - Join In – Dorchester Town hall 10am – 12midday £7 / £5 for siblings Age Guidance 8-14 Join us for this workshop, inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s story. Learn how to create a moving elephant puppet... Read More »
  • Bronte_web 21 April • We Are Bronte - We Are Brontë is a madcap physical interpretation of the Brontë myth, taking the real and imaginary worlds of the Yorkshire siblings as inspiration. With only a handful of props, the two masterful performers deconstruct... Read More »
  • Stacey Kent for web 22 April • Stacey Kent - Dorchester Corn Exchange 8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm) £22/£20 members and concessions The internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, comes to Dorchester with a brand new concert, featuring music from her latest album TENDERLY (Sony... Read More »
  • WEB_Kathryn-Roberts-&-Sean-Lakeman-Press-Shot-2 23 April • Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman -   Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo –... Read More »
  • Skimmity-Hitchers_web 28 April • Skimmity Hitchers + Support - Fuelled by Cider presents… Since 2010 the Skimmity Hitchers have been ploughing a furrow through the West Country music scene unlike any other band. Their gigs are the stuff of legend – part hoedown, cabaret... Read More »
  • shappi_web 4 May • Shappi Khorsandi • ‘Oh My Country!’ From Morris Dancing to Morrissey - Shappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain. She’s reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome).... Read More »
  • kokoro 7 May • Kokoro - 2.30pm (doors and bar 2pm) Dorchester Corn Exchange               Kokoro is the new music ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, committed to bringing contemporary music to the South and... Read More »
  • Ezio-image-for-web 12 May • Ezio - In a world where would be starlets cry on talent shows and ex boy band members are considered credible, Ezio do what they do. They deliver the most exquisitely crafted and varied songs today with... Read More »
  • Phil Beer Band for web 25 May • The Phil Beer Band -   Dorchester Corn Exchange 8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm) £20 / £18 members and concessions The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes... Read More »
  • MATFORDE 26 May • Matt Forde – NEW DATE! -   We are delighted to announce that Matt Forde will now be coming to Dorchester Arts on Friday 26 May.   Following the UK’s most important referendum until the next one, host of hit show... Read More »
  • Juan Martin Flamenco Trio 17 web 1 June • Juan Martín – Arte Flamenco Puro - Dorchester Corn Exchange 8pm (doors and bar 7:30pm) Juan Martín, a truly awe-inspiring guitarist, composer and all encompassing musician travels to Dorchester Arts with a new flamenco programme of music, song and dance direct from... Read More »