An Afternoon with Anita Harris is a wonderful cocktail of song, glitz, chat and humour.
With musical accompaniment from her pianist, Anita reveals entertaining anecdotes from her life in show business, the people she has met and the places she has been.
Anita performs the unforgettable songs that have made her into one of the country's best loved stars, including Memory, Just Loving You, All That Jazz and Route 66 amongst many others.
We are thrilled to be welcoming 6 Hands, comprising John Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan to our stage.
After many years of playing together John Williams and John Etheridge are excited to announce that the classical guitarist and composer Gary Ryan is joining them in a colourful and varied programme of solos, duos and trios.
Williams and Etheridge will play some of their most popular pieces together; Williams will also play Vivaldi's Concerto Opus 3 No. 9; and Gary Ryan will be playing his own "Benga Beat" which so excited the audience at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (Globe Theatre) in June 2015.
Duos will include Phillip Houghton's "The Mantis and the Moon" played by Ryan and Williams, "Extra Time" played by Etheridge and Williams and "Malinke Guitars" by the trio. All pieces will be introduced by the players.
ELO AGAIN- THE ULTIMATE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA TRIBUTE SHOW
ELO AGAIN really do give you a dramatic taste of what the classic ELO were like in the heyday. The whole experience is a professional re-enactment of an ELO concert with a great sound reproduction light show and visual effects.
All the big hits are performed – LIVIN’ THING, SWEET TALKIN’ WOMAN, 10538 OVERTURE, WILD WEST HERO, THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP, TELEPHONE LINE, TURN TO STONE plus many, many more.
ELO AGAIN provide the full effect of ELO’s orchestrations, full of depth and tone and they certainly know how to entertain, as the hits just keep on coming. Live cellos and the infamous blue violin make this show the best ELO tribute out there and certainly the most musically authentic. Their version of MR BLUE SKY is full of passion and fervour and will have the whole auditorium jumping to its feet, dancing, clapping and singing well into the night.
A NIGHT OF ELO performed by ELO AGAIN brings back the age of Glam Rock to the 21st century and pays tribute to the beautifully crafted songs of Jeff Lynne. You will revel in ELO’s unique symphonic rock style and
hear some of the most unforgettable classic rock and pop songs of our generation.
With more than thirty Top 40 singles and several of the best-selling albums of the last four decades to choose from, A New Flame brings you a truly memorable evening of great music.
The exceptional 9-piece band recreates every slick groove and perfect melody from Mick Hucknall’s remarkable global career in an unparalleled display of authenticity and style, guaranteed to keep the audience dancing and singing all night.
Howard Jones solo shows are an intimate trip through Howard’s 30 year music career.
Many of his best known songs were composed on his favourite instrument; the piano.
Howard shares behind the scenes stories and reveals the inspiration behind the songs in these rare acoustic shows.
Modifying Humans: Where Does Genetics Stop?
Does the sequencing of human genomes really herald a new opportunity for
medicine or is there a darker side that we ignore?
Advances in gene technology mean that we can not only select embryos for ‘desirable’ characteristics but we can now modify genes of animals with remarkable ease; so possibly very soon we may be able to enhance humans by genetic modification.
Will ethical considerations prevent us from the next step - manufacturing stronger, more gifted and very intelligent children? Or will our imperfect knowledge of how our abilities are inherited mean that they there are some major surprises in store?
The Quo Experience' is a band with an impressively experienced line-up including Shaun Michaels (as Francis Rossi) and Dave Crawte (as the late Rick Parfitt), who have both featured in quality Quo tribute acts in the past. Shaun and Dave have spent years studying every detail of Rossi and Parfitt's looks, playing styles and stage performances to make sure they are both as close to the real thing on stage as is possible, without actually being the legendary rock duo themselves!
However, The Quo Experience is not all about Rick and Francis; it also features Graham Partridge, a superb keyboard player who captures the magic of Andy Bown's playing and vocals perfectly; Alex Bayou, a brilliant ‘Matt Letley’ style drummer, who has been playing along to Quo since he was four years old, and Brian ‘Brino’ Smith on bass, a well-known and respected ‘Rhino’-style player and performer on the Quo tribute circuit for over ten years, who thumps out the Rhino bass lines to help give The Quo Experience the stomach thumping sound every Quo Army fan expects to hear!
With such an impressive line-up of seriously experienced musicians and passionate Quo fans, along with a stage show that includes a wall of white Marshalls, Mark Bass amps and cabs, Bose PA and a quality light show, The Quo Experience is fully armed to take the act as far as is possibly achievable in the tribute band industry.
The Quo Experience is, however, not just another Quo tribute band - it is an 'experience'; an ongoing chance to 'experience' the sounds and looks of "Britain's biggest singles chart band of all time" as we all remember it!
Salaam, meaning 'peace', is Sonia Sabri Company's latest stunning creation, devised in response to the unrest around the world and aiming to refocus and reminisce on all that is good.
This double-bill programme cleverly weaves a dialogue between live music and Kathak dance, celebrating the simple bliss of being alive. With the world-renowned Tabla maestro Sarvar Sabri performing outstanding compositions of rhythm, and accompaniment on powerful vocals by the talented Shoma Dey on the harmonium, the performance is fuelled with a vibrating a resonance.
Internationally acclaimed for her electric stage presence, dancer Sonia revisits the roots of Kathak in a remarkable performance, which embraces a rich, joyful spirit and builds to a heartpounding rhythmic crescendo. Poignant metaphorical narratives combined with Sonia's command of intricate footwork, eloquent gesture and rapid spins takes audiences on a powerful journey.
Sonia Sabri Company is one of Britain's leading South Asian Dance and Music companies, exciting the national and international dance scene by presenting Kathak dance in new spaces and contexts, and to new audiences, developing a distinctive, contemporary style which speaks to the here and now.
This exciting new show arrives in Dorset through Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.
One of a very select number of UK tour dates, Georgie Fame appears in concert at The Exchange, for one night only.
With his much loved blend of Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Georgie Fame has always worked in the highest musical circles and has become a well known icon of the British music scene. So far there have been more than twenty albums and fourteen hit singles. Add to this a list of collaborations with some of music’s most famous names and in Georgie Fame you have a bona fide music legend!
In this very special and intimate evening, audiences will be treated to Georgie’s hits, alongside music from the Artists that have influenced him - all interspersed with personal stories and anecdotes from his incredible career.
The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce.
Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell.
She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage.
The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
Starring Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux (contains violence, sexual content, language and nudity)
An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The TributeShow is a 5 star homage to the greatest movie soundtrack of all time.
The original concert celebration of the iconic music from the multi-award winning soundtrack to Dirty Dancing is a very high energy, emotional roller-coaster of an evening with breath-taking choreography and buckets of nostalgia.
Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to have the time of your life!
Please note this production is not affiliated with ‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage’ on tour in the UK and worldwide.
Living Spit are back by ever popular demand with a brand new show
Tortoise V Hare
Barry Hare, Wrington running champ. Fit, popular and, above all, fast.
Toby "Tortoise" Gollop, eater of doughnuts. Look up "relaxed" in the Pictionary and you'll see his picture.
Two very different men. One running club and the race to end all races.
Told entirely in rhyme and song, this promises to be an epic tale of romance, redemption and rural running rivalry that you'll never forget.
Come and join Grimethorpe Colliery Band to celebrate their centenary year!
The Grimethorpe Colliery band was formed in 1917 as a leisure activity for the workmen at the colliery.
International fame came to the band with the making of the 1995 film Brassed Off. Since the release of the film the band has toured extensively in Europe, including a film festival in Norway, the World Cup in Paris and the Eurovision Song Contest to an estimated television audience of 50 million!
Graham Harvey, for twenty years the Agricultural Story Editor of The Archers and writer of more than 600 episodes, brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero and an enduring romance.
Set in the Oxfordshire countryside at the end of World War Two, rich in tradition and full of vivid, memorable characters. But this is no nostalgic, bucolic ramble.
This is Elizabeth's story...
What inspires a young Somerset land girl to set off in search of a best selling author in the darkest days of war? The story moves between the 1940s and the current day, reflecting that the love of the countryside, the need to protect it and issues of national identity, are timeless.
"When peace is won, we fight for the land we love"…
Graham Harvey will be taking part in an after-show conversation - included in the ticket price -where he will discuss the issues in the play…and all things Ambridge!
The show features new live music composed and performed by Alastair Collingwood, who has written scores for numerous theatre shows, including Betty in London's West End, directed by Kathy Burke, and Cora with Dana Gillespie, which also toured the USA. His TV credits include the title music for French and Saunders (BBC1), Mad About Alice (BBC 1), Rhona (BBC 2), Vanessa's Real Lives (ITV 1) and How Clean Is Your House? (Channel 4), amongst many others.
The show is supported using public funding by Arts Council England
David Starkey "The King Is Dead: Royal Death & Succession Under The Tudors"
We are delighted to be welcoming renowned historian and Tudor specialist David Starkey back to The Exchange.
With over-mighty confessors, concealed deaths and lethal faction fights over the still-warm-corpse, the Tudors died as excitingly as they lived.
The lecture uncovers the astonishingly dramatic story.
David will be taking questions from the audience during the evening.
For over forty years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, based in the UK, has delighted audiences all over the world with its mix of swing and hot dance music.
The Pasadena Roof Orchestra show includes famous tunes such as 'Puttin on the Ritz' 'Sweet Georgia Brown' 'The Lullaby of Broadway'as well as hot
numbers from the twenties such as Duke Ellingtons' 'Black andTan Fantasy' or 'Truckin.' English Dance Bands are also included, with the beautiful numbers that were sung by Al Bowlly, and arranged to perfection by Ray Noble.
The show is far from a pure history lesson as audiences can testify; there is a liberal dose of 'British humour' in its presentation.
When it comes to authentic swing music the orchestra has no equal. The reputation of the orchestra is as legendary in its own right, as the bands from the 1920's and 1930's that inspired it.
The orchestra performs year-round, with a line-up of eleven excellent jazz musicians who have perfected their craft and studied jazz at thetop conservatories. Many years of working together and top class arrangements, result in the ensemble sound for which the orchestra is renowned.
Two special evenings of light operatic entertainment, with breathtaking arias, music and sumptuous costumes - all artistically staged in a beautiful, colourful setting. The Exchange is once again delighted to proudly welcome the internationally-renowned London Festival Opera Company.
This year the world of opera and art combine to further enhance your evening by bringing you an exhibition of artwork, kindly supplied by Swarez - one of Europe's leading contemporary artists.
All profits from the event will go to support two very worthy charities - Myeloma UK and The Exchange, Sturminster Newton.
On arrival you will be offered a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. In addition, we will be selling wine by the bottle for you to take to your table, where there will be wine glasses and nibbles and some special ladies gifts, generously supplied by the luxury skincare company Germaine de Capuccini.
Dress code: Black tie or smart and ladies always know best!
Based on the international best selling book.
The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat named Bob.
Starring Luke Treadaway and Joanne Froggatt
CLASSIC ROCK USA!!!
Imagine a rock concert involving three of the biggest named rock stars of the 21st Century!
Classic Rock USA is a heart pumping, drum beating and pulsating rock extravaganza featuring over 25 hits from Bryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi and the 'Boss' himself, Bruce Springsteen.
You will be taken on an epic journey of all things rock, as the totally awesome cast and band brings down the house with the very best selections of these 3 great artists including:
Born to Run
Everything I Do
Neil Sands and his wonderful west end cast are back with a brand new production for 2017.
There can be no doubt that music brings back so many wonderful memories and this feel good afternoon filled with over 60 all time favourite songs from the 1940's through to the 1970's will have the memories flooding back.
From old time sing along, to Rock & Roll, Forties favourites to the pop hits of the 60's and as always a flag waving tribute to the veterans of our Armed Forces.
All mixed with stunning costumes, amazing voices, and lots of laughter, this show will brighten everyone's day and prove how special Music and Memories are.
The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons plus a tribute to Showaddywaddy
By popular demand the New Jersey Boys return to the Exchange with their sensational show 'Oh What A Night'.
The packed 2 set programme featuring the amazing falsetto voice of Einar Vestman and the humour of all round entertainer Gary Gould, is a fusion of tight vocal harmonies and superb solo spots. Expect to hear such hits as Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like A Man and many more.
This years sparkling show includes a tribute to another great rock 'n roll band, Showaddywaddy. So don't be surprised if you find yourself singing and dancing!
Early booking recommended.
China Crisis formed in 1979 in Kirkby on Merseyside, with a core band of vocalist/keyboardist Garry Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon. The band was signed to Virgin Records and recorded their debut album, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms: Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain, which was released in December 1982.
A re-release of ‘African & White’ became China Crisis’ first hit in the UK, reaching number 45 in the UK Singles Chart. When the follow-up single, ‘Christian’ made UK number 12 in early 1983, this brought them to national prominence along with ‘Wishful Thinking’. The band toured Europe and USA during the late eighties and and we are delighted they are performing for us this May!
An Evening with Des O'Connor
One of the UK's greatest ever performers, the incomparable DES O'CONNOR,
in his brand new show celebrating the stage and screen career of this show-business legend.
Des entertains as only he can, whilst bringing to life stories of legendary personalities with whom he has shared the stage, through a fascinating
show-reel of clips featuring entertainment greatsincluding: Barbra Streisand, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Morecambe & Wise, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Pavarotti, Oliver Reed, Shirley Bassey, Will Smith, Robert Redford
and many, many more.
A unique and unforgettable evening of music, laughter and iconic moments of Television Gold!
"Down to earth, good looking and self deprecating, Des has got wit and charm in bundles. Great numbers by some of the great song writers all fell under Des' spell as mirth and music filled the theatre. Cheeky, cheerful and just downright brilliant as an entertainer, Des showed us all what a true gentleman of show business he is and why he is loved by so many. He is still pulling them in, still has so much to give and leaves so many others in his wake.
A delightful night out and one I hope will be repeated."
Paul Thomas: The West London Times
Jo Burt is an English songwriter, storyteller, singer and guitar player possibly best known for his incredible history working
with musical legends such as Freddie Mercury, The Troggs and even Black Sabbath over the past 40 years.
The show comprises tracks from the brand new album together with audience favourites from previous releases
'Indestructible' and 'Seven Seeds'; and is interspersed with Jo's own versions of some of the huge hits that have shaped
his career (Wild Thing, Paranoid, 2-4-6-8 Motorway etc).
Jo's writing style is based on his background of rock, with a southern-style influence and a very English 'Beatles-esque'
twist. To use his own terms – 'Anglicana' and 'psycho-country'. He is an hypnotic performer, drawing in his listeners with
tales from his recording and touring past, and telling gripping and intriguing stories through his songs themselves. His
warm and enthusiastic approach never fails to endear him to his audience and the connection and friendship with his
band is equally apparent as they clearly thrive on performing Jo's music. It shows - together with his band, Jo continues to
electrify his audience with the mixture of honesty, intensity and humour that he brings to each performance.
Watch Jo's music videos here: www.youtube.com/user/wummingbird.
Jethro - 40 Years The Joker
A memorable evening of hysterical nonsense, as we take a peek into the circus lurking deep within the mind of, probably the greatest, comic storyteller ever to grace the stage.
Jethro beguiles and befuddles his audience with the endless stream of irreverent twaddle that has created a comedy genius.
Over 4 million DVD sales pay testament to the legion of fans who have followed Jethro faithfully throughout his career.
Now, with stories old and new we present, live on stage,
JETHRO 'FORTY YEARS THE JOKER'
|Friday 9 Jun 2017||20:00 Book Now (Please Call Box Office)|
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood
Directed by Christopher Scott
"We are not wholly bad or good, who live our lives under Milk Wood."
"Dylan Thomas's beautiful, bawdy, affectionate, reckless and deeply original play was justly crowned at its first performance by a storm of cheers." So wrote The Times on Under Milk Wood's stage debut.
In the fictitious fishing village of Llareggub, this twenty four hour peek into the lives and loves of the likes of Captain Cat, Polly Garter and Willy Nilly has continued to enthral its audiences ever since. With its canvas of nonsense gossip, feuds, affairs, fights, frauds and practical jokes, the play pulses with the vitality and relish of real life characters re-living their dreams and desires. Come closer now, and enter the world of Under Milk Wood.
"It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobbledstreets silent and the hunched courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea."
The annual west Country tour by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School comes to The Exchange through Artsreach, Dorset's touring arts charity.
This incredible live show creates a new era in Irish entertainment, featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the handsome Young Irish Tenors, an
array of the most talented, gifted cast who keep audiences wowed all over the world.
The show continues to evolve thanks to the constant striving for perfection by its producer. “Rhythm of the Dance” celebrates a renewed vigour in Irish culture, embracing traditional and current to the ancient SeanNos dance style.
Internationally rated as one of the most popular and successful Irish Step Dance shows on tour, by critics, audiences, and millions of fans around the world.
Be sure to share the experience when it comes to a venue near you.
For more information go to : www.rhythmofthedance.com
We are thrilled to be welcoming back Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy (UK's premier pedal steel player).
One of the UK's most popular Live touring bands, Los Pacaminos play the very best in Tex Mex Border music from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and even Roy Orbsion.
This is a Tequila fuelled Tex Mex party night, as each venue becomes the perfect cantina setting for a great night's rocking with the cactus sharp, tequila filled, stetson wearing, magnificent 6, Los Pacaminos!!!
After a sellout concert in 2016 at The Exchange (one of the highlights of the year at the venue) The Christians return for what will be another great night. If you missed them first time round make sure not to miss out and book early!
Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits. Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, What's in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe and often confused people with their band name (in fact just the brothers surname with absolutely no religious connotation!)
Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian (who very much deserves the Daily Mirror's description of him as having 'one of the finest voices in pop) who has only gained in vocal stature (and wit) over the years, the band are enjoying a revival currently touring successfully in the UK and Europe.