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Julian Richards Career in Ruins

Julian Richards Career in Ruins

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.

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Thursday 27 Sep 201819:30 Book Now

TJ Higgs

TJ Higgs

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’.


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Thursday 4 Oct 201819:30 Book Now

John Suchet - Tchaikovsky

John Suchet - Tchaikovsky

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.





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Friday 5 Oct 201819:30 Book Now

A Pure Woman

A Pure Woman

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.



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Wednesday 17 Oct 201819:30 Book Now

Wildlife Road Trip

Wildlife Road Trip

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.

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Saturday 27 Oct 201819:30 Book Now

David Starkey: Henry VIII

David Starkey: Henry VIII

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.


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Friday 23 Nov 201819:30 Book Now

Rory Bremner & Jan Ravens

Rory Bremner & Jan Ravens

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


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Thursday 29 Nov 201819:30 Book Now