Sun 23 Jun | The Tempest (Handlebards)

  • Maumbury Rings
  • Sunday 23 June
  • 7.00pm
  • £13 / £11 / £40 (Family. Max 2 Adults)
  • 2 hours approx
  • Bring a chair

This unique all-female cycling troupe make a welcome return by pedal power, this time with a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ’The Tempest’ like none other.

In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

And what’s the play about? Well – a shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems. There’s magic, mu-sicality and mystery a plenty!This is an outdoor production, so please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather!

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.

Thur 27 June – Sat 6 July | Far From The Madding Crowd (The New Hardy Players)

  • Various (see below)
  • Thur 27 June - Sat 6 July
  • Various (see below)
  • £15.00 / £7.50 under 18s
  • 2 Hours (approx)
  • Bring a chair

Thursday 27 June, Max Gate, Dorchester, 7.15pm SOLD OUT!

Friday 28 June, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, 7.30pm

Saturday 29 June, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, 7.30pm

Thursday 4 July, The Vicarage, Cerne Abbas, 7.30pm

Friday 5 July, Came House, near Dorchester, 7.30pm

Saturday 6 July, Came House, near Dorchester, 2.30pm

The New Hardy Players never fail to impress and this year is no exception with a dramatic outdoor production based on the well-loved novel that prompted Thomas Hardy to become a full time writer. With over 50 actors and musicians, the ever popular New Hardy Players bring to life the colourful local characters of Weatherbury. The story unfolds around the Maltster’s Arms, the Corn Exchange and Weatherbury Farm itself reflecting the full panoply of Wessex folk.

This new script tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene, a head strong young woman and her entwining relationships with the loyal shepherd Gabriel Oak, the charismatic but irresponsible Sergeant Troy and with the prosperous but disturbed Farmer Boldwood.

The New Hardy Players’ performances raise funds for local charities each year.

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.

Sun 30 June | Picasso’s Women by Brian McAvera (Flying Elephant Productions)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Sunday 30 June
  • 7.00pm
  • £14 / £12 members and concessions
  • 2 Hours (Approx)
  • Seated

A unique look at the great painter’s early life through the voices of his wives, mistresses and muses.
These three honest and humorous monologues were originally produced at the National Theatre and on BBC Radio 3. The unique stories of French model Fernande, Russian ballerina Olga and 17-year-old mistress Marie-Thérèse give an insight into life with Picasso and the influence the women had on his art

Following recognition at last summer’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, these three monologues take a look at the great painter Picasso’s early life through the voices of his wives, mistresses and muses. The stories of French model Fernande, Russian ballerina Olga and 17-year-old mistress Marie-Thérèse gives an insight into the influence the women had on his art. Originally produced at the National Theatre and on BBC Radio 3, the production earnt pick of the Fringe and a Favourite Theatre Show Nomination as well as a London transfer. The show also features artwork that reflects its content.

"Admirably performed and inventively staged"
The Times

Thurs 11 July | Mallets

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Thursday 11 July
  • 8.00pm
  • £10 / £8 members and concessions
  • 50 Mins (approx)
  • Seated
‘Mallets’ takes place on a prissy perfect croquet lawn in middle England, as the most tranquil of summer’s afternoons is forced to pay witness to a bloodthirsty grudge match between two rival couples. It’s a ruthless, marital comedy that is both darkly funny and little bit sad – all washed down with a good glug of Pimm’s.
 
Directed by Merle Wheldon-Posner and Felix Firth, Mallets is being previewed by Dorchester Arts before facing the music at 2019’s Edinburgh Fringe.
 
Please note that this production contains strong language, sexual references and mild violence

Fri 12 July | A Perfect World | Miracle Theatre

  • Maumbury Rings, DT1 1QN
  • Friday 12 July
  • 7.30pm
  • £13 / £11 / £40 family (max. 2 adults)
  • 2 hours approx.
  • bring a chair and a picnic!

Dorchester Arts’ favourites Miracle Theatre present the story of a feisty young woman who ventures into a ‘Boys-Own’ world of undiscovered jungles, treasure maps, campfires and penknives on an action-packed adventure.

Leading her team of quarrelsome explorers she stumbles into a bountiful paradise, whose inhabitants seem entirely peaceful, productive and fulfilled.

Is this tranquil place the best of all possible worlds? Or is it all too good to be true? A rollicking music-filled adventure touring the great outdoors this summer!

A rollicking music-filled adventure making the most of the great outdoors this summer!

Written & Directed by Bill Scott with original music by Tom Adams

Miracle is a touring theatre company based in Cornwall with a reputation for producing, comical, highly entertaining and thought provoking shows suitable for anyone & everyone.

Since 1979 they have been touring to the far flung corners of the South West. Miracles outdoor productions have become a ‘must do’ activity and pop up in unexpected and extraordinary, including gardens beaches, castles and clifftops.

Our guide to getting the best out of your evening

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

  • Bring your own seat – Low backed chairs, rugs and a cushion are always nice. Combine comfort and style!

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

  • Arrive Early – Pick a great spot and enjoy the atmospheric surroundings

  • Bring a Torch – It’s very helpful to safely find your way back to the car for evening performances.

  • Bring a Picnic – Although refreshments are also available from an hour before each performance.

 

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.