Sat 30 Mar | Flanders and Swann: At The Drop of (Another) Hippopotamus

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 30 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £17 / £15

Comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4 musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins return with another selection of songs from those ingenious comedy songsmiths, Michael Flanders and Donald Swann. They have starched their beards and trimmed their dinner jackets, and are ready to bring you an evening of wit and wordplay.

Lifelong fans and the uninitiated alike will delight to see the boys breathe new life into all the classics, The Hippopotamus (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), The Gnu, The Gas Man Cometh and many more – plus a few new hidden gems along the way!

By arrangement with the estates of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

‘Such energy and relish… caught the period remarkably well… well worth seeing’ The Independent

Having delighted audiences across the globe for the past decade, the Rolls Royce of Flanders and Swann show is now coming to Dorchester!

So join Duncan, Tim and the Hippo for the most sublime Flanders and Swann show since… well, since Flanders and Swann themselves!

By arrangement with the estates of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Thurs 4 April | The Noise Next Door – Remix

  • Corn Exchange
  • Thurs 4 April
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13 / £5

This improv comedy troupe presents a show that will split sides, blow minds, and drop jaws.  Taking audience suggestions, they will transform audience suggestions into ferociously funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, and explosive physicality.

Eleven time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the boys will leave you in awe of their lightning-quick wit and totally original comedic talents. They have appeared on BBC One, BBC Three, ITV1, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4, and have performed alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Al Murray, and Harry Hill.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Wed 5 June | Oysters (Oysters Creatives)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Wednesday 5 June
  • 8.00pm
  • £14 / £12 members and concessions
  • 2 Hours (approx)
  • Seated

A new dark comedy with live music shining a powerful spotlight on composer Johannes Brahms.  At a party to celebrate the first performance of his Violin Concerto the composer’s genius is overshadowed by his self-destructive ego. On his quest for perfection we meet a mesmerizing gallery of characters – the arthritic, embittered and ageing Clara Schumann; the mad, jealous unstable virtuoso Joachim; the pompous and waspish critic Hanslick; and the gentle friend and disciple Von Herzogenberg. As the evening progresses and emotions turn on a sixpence, the play moves to its extraordinary conclusion fuelled by turbulent feelings and farcical misunderstandings. And at the centre of it all is the question ‘Why art…and what price do we pay for it?’

Performed by an award-winning cast including Nicholas Collett (RSC, West End), Neil Salvage (RNT, Old Vic) and Eleanor Ryan as Violinist – directed by Amy Bonsall, designed by Maddy Sinclair