Julian Richards, archaeologist, presents "A Career in Ruins", a witty, anecdotal talk..
Well known television and radio presenter of "Meet the Ancestors", Blood Of The Vikings" and Countryfile fame, Julian is also an author and authority on Stonehenge.
He is currently involved in a research project on Shaftesbury Abbey.
A chance to see live on stage, one of the only performing Rock'n'Roll pioneers in the world today.
Marty began his career in 1957 and was one of the first British singers to play a leading part in those early formative, and groundbreaking Rock'n'Roll years.
With his many hits and a host of wonderful songs from that era, Marty and his fabulous band the Wildcats take you back through some of the most exciting musical times this country has ever experienced.
A fantastic evening awaits as Marty and the band entertain you on this stunning musical roller coaster, which has become one of the most acclaimed shows in the country today.
Don't miss it!
With her natural, unique and accurate presentation, TJ is today firmly placed as the UK’s foremost psychic medium and her broad appeal allows her to support private readings, live theatre appearances and events within the UK and internationally.
As well as her appearances on Destiny TV, and ITV3’s The X-tra Factor, TJ has starred in 21 episodes of Psychic Private Eyes for Zone Reality, which she filmed at the same time as investigating murders and missing people cases for CBS Reality Television.
Alongside her own very successful annual live UK theatre tours, TJ co-presented ‘The Three Mediums’ theatre show at four major UK cities including a sell-out show at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, London and also appeared on Sky Living’s: ‘Colin Fry Live with TJ Higgs’.
Tchaikovsky - The Man Revealed. A Troubled Genius.
It may be hard to believe, but the man behind such joyous music as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The 1812 Overture and many more of the best loved music ever written, was a deeply troubled individual unsure of his own talent and tortured by his sexuality.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s life – and premature death – has long been mythologised and misunderstood. John Suchet draws back the curtain to show us the real man behind the music.
A shy, emotional child, Tchaikovsky came late to composing as a career. Doubting himself at every turn and keenly wounded by criticism, he went on to become one of the world’s best-loved composers. Yet behind the success lay sadness: the death of his mother haunted him all his life, while his incessant attempts to suppress his homosexuality took a huge toll.
From his disastrous marriage to his extraordinary relationship with his female patron, his many amorous liaisons and his devotion to friends and family, Suchet shows us how the complexity of Tchaikovsky’s emotional life plays out in his music. Long hidden behind sanitised depictions by his brother and the Russian authorities, Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed examines the complex and contradictory character of this great artist, and how he came to take his rightful place among the world’s greatest composers.
Showtime comes to The Exchange as SNADS venture into the world of musical theatre for a dazzling production of songs from Broadway shows such as My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate and more. Featuring professional dancers Nuno and Becky Fernandez, the Stur Steppers Dance School and new musical director Geoff Horton who has recently joined SNADS and brings with him vast experience both on and off stage as a professional singer and coach. Geoff has quickly raised the standard of singing within the group and says that this show promises to be full of quality performances, a glittering evening of music, song and dance. A show not to be missed! He may even sing himself!
Poonamallee Productions present the world première tour of 'A Pure Woman', a new play by Simon Reade based on Christopher Nicholson’s novel ‘Winter' plays across England and Thomas Hardy’s Wessex this autumn and is heading to The Exchange as part of the Artsreach performance programme.
Set in the winter of 1924/1925 and based on true events, 'A Pure Woman' tells the story of 84 year-old Thomas Hardy’s affair of the heart with Gertrude Bugler and the jealousy it inspired in his second wife, Florence.
Gertrude was a young Dorset woman, in her 20s, who played Tess of the D’Urbervilles in the local Hardy Players’ production in Dorchester, adapted by Hardy himself. Florence, in her 40s, had been a muse to Hardy when she was his young secretary while his first wife Emma was still alive. Hardy’s apparent obsession with Gertrude drives Florence into a jealous rage.
Poignant and elegiac, this love triangle touches on issues of ageing, marriage, the lingering influence of a former partner on a relationship and the regrets of women who have sacrificed their own ambitions for those of their husbands. Its fateful, Hardyesque themes will appeal to audiences of all ages.
‘A Pure Woman’ has been dramatised by Simon Reade, who previously adapted Private Peaceful, Pride & Prejudice and the screenplay of Journey’s End.
Christopher Nicholson, author of the novel ‘Winter’ which inspired the play, will be signing copies of the book at this performance. Chris will also give a talk on ‘Winter’ in Sturminster Newton library at 7pm on Thursday 11 October.
Based on Ian McEwan's novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Sam West
Ticket price includes a cocktail on arrival followed by a 3-course 70s style dinner (starter: prawn cocktail vol-au-vents, mini quiches, cheese and pineapple sticks, sticky glaze sausages - main: coq au vin or mushroom stroganoff - dessert: black forest gateau). After dinner a live band will be playing disco classics by Chic, Diana Ross, The Tramps, Sister Sledge etc accompanied by amazing lighting.
Tickets will NOT be available on the door.
TV wildlife presenters from Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch broadcasters Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams present the wild and exciting WILDLIFE ROAD TRIP
Natural history broadcasters Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams team up to perform this informative and amusing wildlife show packed with fascinating facts and fun. Their exciting journey is filled with real life stories and takes the audience behind the scenes of the wonderful world of wildlife and TV presenting.
Come and celebrate with the band as they commemorate 30 YEARS since the Wilburys original album release and pay a special tribute to The Big O, who died later the same year.
Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys Experience will take you on a journey through the story of the Wilburys. With expert narrative and big screen action, this 30th Anniversary Special is unmissable.
With tributes to, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. All the Traveling Wilbury hits and classics are included in the show including Handle with Care, End of the Line, Wilbury Twist, Heading for the Light, Tweeter and the Monkey Man, Nobody’s Child, Last Night and many more.
Totally unique to this production are five authentic Lookalike-Sound-alike’s to the famous Traveling Wilburys, enabling the show to explore the Solo Hits of the Famous Five. Mr Blue Sky, Pretty Woman, Blowin in the Wind, Here Comes The Sun, Runnin Down a Dream, Sweet Talkin Woman, Only the Lonely, the Mighty Quinn and I Got My Mind Set on You are just a few of the Million-Selling hits you’ll hear throughout the show.
This joyous, up-tempo feel-good celebration of classic pop music is guaranteed to have you singing and dancing in the aisles.
Rage, Tears & Cider - Peace Day 1919
This original play is to be performed on the weekend when the country will celebrate the end of the Great War.
Set in Sturminster Newton on a single day, Peace Day 1919, the play uses both real and fictional characters to examine some of the social and emotional effects of the War on those left behind.
Those familiar with the history of Sturminster Newton may recognise the names of Mary Lowndes, Charlie Stride, Rev. Algernon Ward, Montague Scott-Williams and Sarah Fudge.
Specially commissioned, Rage, Tears and Cider is written by Tony Benge and Sue Ashby. Craig White directs a collective team of local actors, who are Taboo Theatre Commpany. Taboo came into being in 2006 performing Colder Than Here by Laura Wade in a production that toured across the UK for five years. This is their third subsequent production.
Rage, Tears and Cider is generously supported by Sturminster Newton Town Council, SturQuest Enterprises and the Dorset Rural Fund.
In an emotional and unique evening of music and warmth, Matt Monro's son, Matt Monro Jnr, will be performing unforgettable songs such as Born Free, Walk Away and Portrait of my Love. Matt Monro was one of Britain's most popular and endearing artists. Known to his peers as the 'Singer's Singer', he would frequently pack out concert halls and stadiums all over the world, leaving a lasting legacy and inspiring some of today's most popular acts including Michael Buble, Monica Mancini and Rick Astley. Monro Jnr is a performer in his own right and has been in the public eye since the age of 13 when he appeared with his father on Opportunity Knocks in 1977. Since then, he has gone on to tour with Cannon and Ball as well as Hinge and Bracket. He continues to tour and record as he strives to keep his father's music alive for all to enjoy.
Celebrating the life & music of the legendary
Be prepared to be transported in time by this tribute to one of Britain's most popular & endearing singers, named 'the singer's singer' by his peers.
"Matt Monro is one of the finest male vocalists in the singing business" - Frank Sinatra
The show is enhanced by audio visual & narration.
Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.
Starring Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones
DAVID STARKEY. HENRY VIII: THE FIRST BREXITEER?
Henry VIII, like a colossus, bestrides the history of our country. He invented the idea of British uniqueness; in fact, the Reformation could be defined as the first Brexit, when his ministers devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty. In this talk David Starkey draws on his unique knowledge of Henry’s reign to examine his tumultuous personal life, which pitted religion against politics as brutally as in our own age of Isis, through to the Grand Tourists who bought European culture with British money, all offering so very many parallels with the Brexit situation we find ourselves in today.
She's Merkel To His Trump. He's Boris to her Theresa. Two of Britain's finest impressionists come together on one bill to make sense (and nonsense) of a world where Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary, Donald Trump is US President, and Brexit means Brexit. Good luck with that.
Featuring personalities from Farage to Lumley, Diane Abbott to Fiona Bruce and the sublime to Jacob Rees Mogg. Over 30 characters for the price of 2 (3 at weekends). A unique mix of impressions and satire from the stars of Bremner, Bird and Fortune and Dead Ringers
“Rory Bremner is fast paced and thought provoking... prodigiously gifted” **** TELEGRAPH
“Jan Ravens... The perfect mimic for our times” OBSERVER
The Exchange welcomes the UK’s authoritative Queen tribute show, played absolutely live in a two-hour rock spectacle!
Champions of Rock recreates the magic, fun & showmanship of
the bands touring days, as they played to millions of people every year.
Earlybird tickets - £18 until 30th September. Thereafter £19.50.
A Christmas Night at the Opera features some of the greatest arias and ensembles from the operas of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Offenbach and Gilbert & Sullivan. The artists appear in sumptuous period evening dress recreating the atmosphere and grandeur of past times accompanied by a pianist.
Join in the Christmas spirit by singing popular carols with the soloists!
The programme will be introduced by the baritone Philip Blake-Jones.
London Festival Opera has a considerable reputation and brings together world class artists who have appeared with the major opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne with exceptional young singers. The company has appeared throughout the UK and Europe including in one of the world’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice during the recent Carnival celebrations.
‘A stirring performance and the audience loved it’ THE TIMES
‘Opera at its very best’ THE OXFORD TIMES
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed…
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. A donkey, a camel and a new born lamb. A tiny baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a makeshift bed in a dilapidated farmyard outbuilding. But enough about what Stu’s bought Howard for Christmas.
With the usual mix of silly songs, pitiful puppetry and more Biblical befuddlement than you can shake a figgy pudding at, Living Spit’s Nativity promises to be a cornucopia of Christmassy comedy that you’ll never forget!
16+ (Warning: not for the faint-hearted or those of a religious disposition)
The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humour.
With a superb British cast including Rupert Everett (Director & Writer), Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Colin Morgan
Led by the ‘Catsuit Wonder Girl’ vocalist Janey Bombshell, this ‘all live’ band delivers a power packed spectacle that will have the womendancing in the aisles and the men ‘air guitaring’to all those hits from this golden ageof pop. Taking you on a tantalising trip downmemory lane with timeless classics by stars such as The Carpenters, 10cc and Elton John.
One Night of SKA is a two hour homage to the music, bands and artistes that influenced two generations of teenagers.
Taking the best of the original 1960s Jamaican scene as well as the 2 Tone English Revival of the late 1970s this is crammed full of songs made famous by names such as Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker, Madness and Tony Tribe. Expect such fabulous hits as The Israelites, One Step Beyond, It Mek, My Girl, Monkey Man, Ghost Town, Watermelon Man, Red Red Wine, Too Much Too Young, Enjoy Yourself, and Al Capone amongst many, many others. Starring the hugely talented Gerry Slattery (Boy George Band, Rubettes, Showaddywaddy, Alvin Stardust Band etc etc) on guitar and vocals, and featuring the wonderful Chris Kane (original Bad Manners) on saxophone.
PLEASE NOTE: This will be a standing concert with seats available on one half of the raked seating only should people wish to sit down at any time.
FLEETWOOD BAC are the world’s first and best Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself, the only Mac tribute to authentically replicate the classic 'Rumours' line-up.
Over the last few years they have received rave reviews from 'The Stage' newspaper, the U.K.s leading Fleetwood Mac fansites, the official Stevie Nicks website; and from ecstatic audiences wherever the band played, wowing audiences as far afield as Dubai, St. Tropez, the Cayman Islands and Monte Carlo, and recently selling out the world-famous Minack Theatre in Cornwall.
Fleetwood Bac have also been rated by The Times newspaper as one of the U.K.'s top 5 tributes, alongside The Bootleg Beatles, Bjorn Again and the Counterfeit Stones.
Fans include original Mac bassist and biographer Bob Brunning, who joined the band several times on stage, and Peter Green's official biographer Martin Celmins.
The sound, the look, the mystical atmosphere and on-stage chemistry are all portrayed with the passion and energy that got the seal of approval from ‘Big Daddy’ Mick, and built up an excellent reputation amongst Mac fans through numerous tours, festival appearances, corporate events and TV and radio slots all over the U.K. and Europe.
The Fleetwood Bac show focuses on the ‘Rumours’ era of the band (still the 5th biggest-selling album of all time). It also features several songs from the Peter Green days, plus some of Stevie’s biggest solo hits, in either a theatrical 2-hour show, including costume-changes and an acoustic section, or a one-hour Greatest Hits Show, specially tailored for corporate events.
Songs featured (all UK and US hit singles) include: Dreams, Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way, You Make Loving Fun, Tusk, Gypsy, Everywhere, Oh Well, Rhiannon, Little Lies, Black Magic Woman, Seven Wonders, Say You Love Me, Big Love, Oh Diane, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, Albatross, Sara, Man Of The World, Hold Me, Green Manalishi, Need Your Love So Bad, The Chain etc…
Jason Donovan & His Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour
Jason is delighted to announce that he is extending his Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour into 2019 with a final series of dates. This is a tour with a twist!! These intimate evenings will be a unique opportunity to see him like you’ve never seen him before!
Celebrating his 50th birthday and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will zigzag back and forth through his life, with stories about Neighbours, Ten Good Reasons, Kylie, Joseph, I'm A Celebrity, Strictly and much, much more.
Hear some new stories (and possibly one or two you’ve heard before!) plus some of the songs you know and love for a night like no other!