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

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…

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.  

Wed 2 October | Alan Johnson | In My Life

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Wednesday 2 October
  • 8.00pm
  • £19 / £17 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

Alan Johnson is one of the most popular politicians of recent times and now a best-selling author, his memoirs selling half a million copies to date. Inspired by his latest book, In My Life, in this highly entertaining show Alan tells his personal story with the help of some of the music that has formed the soundtrack of his life, from growing up as an orphan in a West London slum in the 50s to becoming a postman before rising through the Labour Party ranks to hold several cabinet posts, including Home Secretary.

Fri 1 November | Seventh Avenue Arts presents: Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years | BRAND NEW SHOW!

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 1 November
  • 8.00pm
  • £18 / £16 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years returns in 2019 with an all new production. Featuring a full live band, moving video footage and stunning vocal harmonies, this spectacular concert takes audiences on a journey through songs and history of Simon and Garfunkel.

Hear all of the hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, The Boxer and the iconic Bridge Over Troubled Water as well as hits from Paul Simon’s solo career such as Call Me Al, Kodachrome and 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover in this unmissable show. Don’t miss your chance to see Simon and Garfunkel Through The Years.

One of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world” – Stuart Cameron, BBC and ITV Broadcaster