Fri 26 July | Spooky Men’s Chorale | SOLD OUT!

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 26 July
  • 8.00pm
  • £22 / £20 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

THIS SHOW HAS NOW SOLD OUT.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED ON OUR WAITING LIST, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH BOX OFFICE ON 01305 266926.

The Spooky Men wooed us with an outstanding concert at the end of summer 2018 and now they’re back! They are the gift that keeps on giving… as thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks. They emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW fifteen years ago and armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully impressing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.

Their 2019 tour includes material from a brand new album, and a winning spectrum of Georgian songs, pindrop-beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and immaculate man anthems.

You must see them. Really, you must.

‘Inspired – and a triumph of choreography! Catch them on the road – a fantastic night out is guaranteed!’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Sun 28 July | A Summer Sunday with Dillie Keane | SOLD OUT!

  • Whitcombe Manor
  • Sunday 28 July
  • 12 noon
  • £30
  • Seated

THIS SHOW HAS NOW SOLD OUT.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED ON OUR WAITING LIST, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH BOX OFFICE ON 01305 266926.

This year we have a real treat for our summer fundraiser at beautiful Whitcombe Manor! 

The outrageously funny, Olivier Award-nominated actress, singer and comedian Dillie Keane is making a special trip to Dorset for one afternoon only to play and sing her repertoire of original songs – from gorgeous songs of love to songs of downright filth. 

Not for the fainthearted!  But very very funny.

Join us for a unique experience in lovely surroundings – as ever, your ticket includes a complimentary glass of bubbly and delicious canapes, creating a perfect summer afternoon of pleasure.

 “Keane, whose piano-playing remains as sprightly and inventive as ever, prompts gales of laughter with merely the raising of a quizzical eyebrow.”  The Times

By the kind invitation of Minette and Alec Walters

Sponsored by The Gallery on the Square

Thur 8 August | The Pirates of Penzance |

  • Nothe Fort
  • Thursday 8 August
  • 7.00pm
  • £16 / £14 / £45 family ticket (4 people, max. 2 adults)
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Bring a chair

Join us at seaside for the jolliest maritime musical comedy of all time in the wonderful setting of Weymouth’s Nothe Fort.

A swashbuckling farce of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit, the Pirates of Penzance is complete with brave(ish) pirates, a completely dotty Major-General, his beautiful unwed daughters and a bumbling bunch of hopeless but hilarious policemen.

With such famous songs as I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General, A Policemen’s Lot Is Not A Happy One, and Poor Wand’ring One to name but a few, this is a fantastic family friendly mix of comic characters, witty dialogue, and great tunes. Perfect entertainment for a summer’s evening…

The young singers bring rich tones and harmony to the work along with impressive acting skills…a musical event to remember
Dorset Echo
of The Mikado

Sun 18 Aug | The Legend of King Arthur (Boxtree Productions)

  • Maumbury Rings
  • Sunday 18 August
  • 5.00pm
  • £11 / £9 / £36 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
  • 2 Hours (Approx)
  • Bring a chair

Pack up a picnic and join us in the open air to enjoy this classic tale of Arthur, a sword and the Knights of the round table. With inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling, you and your family will be talking about this experience for years to come!

Arthur is fed up! He is tired of his knuckles being rapped by his teacher, being ignored by his parents and bullied by his brother Kay. However, little does he know that there is prophecy of a hero, destined to pull the sword from the stone and unite Britain, it couldn’t possibly be little Arthur could it? With Merlin and his knights by his side, will Arthur be able to reunite Britain and thwart the evil plans of Morgan Le Fay?

Our guide to getting the best out of your evening

Bring whatever you need for a cosy afternoon or evening. Sun shades, sun cream, warm woollies, blankets, waterproofs and insect spray!

Low backed chairs, rugs and a cushion are always nice. Combine comfort and style!.

Bring friends and family (family tickets are available. The more the merrier for a fun day or night out!

Pick a great spot and enjoy the atmospheric surroundings

It’s very helpful to safely find your way back to the car for evening performances.

Although refreshments are also available from an hour before each performance.

Fri 13 September | Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 13 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £13 / £11 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (approx)
  • Seated

2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente are a vocal/guitar duo like no other.

Calling the Isle of Lewis and Spain home respectively, their music traverses nationalities. Vocals in in Gaelic, Scots and English, their music cover centuries old ballads meet Gaelic puirt a beul, songs from the mines and cotton mills, as well as some original writing.

Josie’s voice, crystal clear. With its slight island twang, equally at home in any of these domains. Accompanied by Pablo’s dynamic, sensitive guitar playing, they illuminate the lyrics. The music at times sparse and haunting, at others driving and all consuming, will leave you stunned.

They are both accomplished musicians in their own right. Josie Duncan a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with some of the masters of the Scottish and Gaelic traditions. Pablo Lafuente studied guitar and fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and has put down cultural roots in Scotland, exploring the tradition to its deepest core.

Sat 14 September | La Boheme (Opera Holloway)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Saturday 14 Spetember
  • 7.00pm
  • £18 / £16 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (Approx)
  • Seated

Opera Holloway are delighted to be performing Puccini’s La Boheme, a thrilling and passionate love story, as depicted by one of Opera’s true legends. La Boheme depicts the ever-changing fortunes of the lives of four flatmates, reluctant to leave their student days behind them. Conducted by Lewis Gaston and directed by Fiona Williams, we follow the unfolding love story of Mimi and Rudolfo from its joyous beginnings to the bitter end. Opera Holloway’s production moves the action to a seaside town, on the south coast of England. Four young men are living the youthful dream, yearning for love and not working too hard. Their flat is run down and they’re content to live on take-aways. They complain when they run out of money and have perfected the art of dodging the landlord. Their lives are filled with trips to the pub, late night dancing and girls. 

Until Mimi knocks on the door. Rodolfo opens it, eyes and hands meet and a passionate affair begins. We follow the impoverished lovers as their relationship unfurls on the chilly promenade.  

This contemporary new production of Puccini’s classic tear-jerker, captures the raw, consuming power of young love performed in Opera Holloway’s trademark intimate and immediate style.

Wed 18 September | Big Heads and Others | 3-She

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 18 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £5
  • 1 hr
  • Seated

This comedy sketch show will take you on a journey from the topical and tropical to the meticulous and ridiculous.

Travel to Easter Island, face up to Killer Ladybugs, peek inside a woman’s handbag and trek alongside some not-so-religious pilgrims.

Written by 3-She, a trio of Dorset women writers who will make you laugh at the absurdity of the everyday.

“My only complaint? An hour wasn’t long enough. More please”. Dorset Eye

Fri 20 September | Beverley Craven | Strings Attached | with special guest Judie Tzuke

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 20 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £27
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

Beverley Craven makes a welcome return to the Dorchester Arts stage. With two of her favourite musicians and a string quartet ensemble this intimate ‘one-off’ show will feature songs and stories spanning her (almost) 30-year career as a singer/songwriter and performer. Featuring special guest star, Judie Tzuke.

Fresh from the highly acclaimed, sell-out Woman To Woman UK tour with fellow artistes Julia Fordham and Judie Tzuke, This intimate ‘one-off’ show will feature songs and stories spanning her (almost) 30-year career as a singer/songwriter and performer.

The Brit Award winner first shot to fame in 1991 when her debut album, featuring three of her top 20 hits, reached number 3 in the UK charts. A humorous and highly entertaining evening is in store as Beverley bares her soul and music onstage with classic songs such as Holding On, Loves Scenes, Memories and Promise Me. Her witty narrative, unforgettable melodies and poignant sentiments will leave you with a warm glow of nostalgia, or maybe even the odd tear…

Wed 25 September | Quentin Collins Sextet

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Wednesday 25 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £14 / £12 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (Approx)
  • Seated

As one of the hardest working and in-demand internationally renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins, has formed an all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tom Harrison. On this tour, Quentin celebrates the release of his new album ‘Road Warrior,’ featuring the star of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, pianist Dan Nimmer. Road Warrior is a musical depiction of life as a touring musician, which all of these artists know too well. Tonight’s group is an all star British lineup;

 

Quentin Collins – Trumpet

Tony Kofi – Alto Saxophone

Leo Richardson – Tenor Saxophone

Steve Hamilton – Piano

Larry Bartley – Bass

Winston Clifford – Drums

 

About the album;

As one of the hardest working and in-demand internationally renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins, has formed an all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tom Harrison, which gave birth to the Quentin Collins Sextet. Quentin’s overarching ambition was to record an album, consisting of original material, with the joint collaboration of a select all-star US rhythm section and an established UK-based horn section. The end result is a flat-out outstanding collection of contemporary straight-ahead material, equally written by Collins and Harrison. As background, Quentin met in-demand US pianist Dan Nimmer (Wynton Marsalis) while touring with The Kyle Eastwood Band, where Collins has been a regular for 10+ years. Collins was so impressed with Nimmer’s playing that he invited him to be a part of the new project. Nimmer graciously accepted the offer, and suggested that the incredible drummer, Willie Jones III from New York City, joined the line-up. In addition, one of Nimmer’s close friends from high school, NY bassist Joe Sanders, rounded out the most impressive roster. Collins further decided to stretch the front line with young tenor sax sensation, Leo Richardson, whose debut album Quentin produced on the Ubuntu Music record label. By chance, Tom Harrison also went to music college with Richardson, which made the ensemble that much more synchronistic. Road Warrior is a musical depiction of life as a touring musician, which all of these artists know too well. One track in particular, Look Ahead (What Do You See?), is a spiritual journey into the future, written for Collins’ son, asking him to project many years ahead and dream an outcome. To round out the total team, Harrison asked the iconic Jazz Messenger’s legend, sax titan Jean Toussaint, to join the family in performing on two tracks and to produce the album. Collins, by contrast, asked the multi-talented composer/arranger/musician Troy Miller (Laura Mvula) to be the engineer to mix the album.

Fri 27 September | An Audience with Jonathan Agnew

Jonathan Agnew Image supplied courtesy of Philip Brown Photos
  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 27 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £22 / £20 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

An Audience with Jonathan Agnew is always full of surprises and fun for cricket fans and non-lovers of the game alike.  A trip down memory lane, recounting tales from a wonderful and entertaining career on the field and in the commentary box, with film footage, audio clips and photographs on our big screen.

An Audience with Jonathan Agnew is always full of surprises and fun for cricket fans and non-lovers of the game alike.  A trip down memory lane, recounting tales from a wonderful and entertaining career on the field and in the commentary box, with film footage, audio clips and photographs on our big screen.

Jonathan Agnew – or “Aggers” as he is known to his many fans – is the BBC’s cricket correspondent and the senior member of the award-winning Test Match Special team.

Jonathan’s distinguished playing career began in 1978 when he made his debut for Leicestershire following impressive performances in club cricket.  He was to stay with the county throughout his playing career before retiring aged 30.

Jonathan began to gain experience as a journalist while still playing cricket, working for BBC Radio Leicester as a sports producer.  Following his retirement he had a brief stint as the cricket correspondent of Today newspaper before joining Test Match Special in 1990.  In April 2011 Jonathan commentated on the Royal Wedding for BBC Radio 4. He has worked at two Olympic Games for the BBC covering archery in 2012 and equestrianism in 2016 .

Jonathan is the author of many best-selling books including 8 Days A Week; Aggers’ Special Delivery; Inside the Box (with Peter Baxter); Ask Bearders (with Bill Frindall); Over To You Aggers; Thanks, Johnners: An Affectionate Tribute to a Broadcast Legend, the Jonathan Agnew’s Cricket Year series. and Aggers’ Ashes. His most recent book, Cricket: A Modern Anthology, was published in 2013.

In what little spare time he has, Aggers loves nothing more than flying light aircraft and walking his dogs through the Leicestershire countryside. He is also proud to be a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Leicestershire and was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to broadcasting.