Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Winner of Best Motion Picture 2018 Golden Globes and Best Actor Rami Malek
We are delighted to welcome back Rhodri Miles in his new one man show Shylock.
Is Shylock the Jewish moneylender from The Merchant of Venice a villain or victim? Gareth Armstrong’s award winning solo play confronts these stereotypes through the eyes of his only friend and the only other Jewish man in the whole of Shakespeare Tubal. Celebrating the richness of Shakespeare’s language and conjuring up a whole cast of characters , this dazzling, moving, often hilarious play is a fascinating exploration of Shylock and his people.
Re-live the sounds of the swinging sixties, as Britain’s No. 1 tribute show brings alive the magic of the sixties, with their tribute to over twenty five bands of that era. The Counterfeit Sixties presents a showcase of the great bands of this unforgettable time. The fantastic music of The Beatles, The
Rolling Stones, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Monkees - to name but a few - all recreated in this stunning
show. Join us for a night of sixties nostalgia!
Well-known in and around Sturminster Newton, The Mill Singers is a male voice choir, priding itself on its musical standard and the warm camaraderie among its members.
The Choir makes music, together with their musical director Peter Lattimer, in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere while aspiring to a high level of performance.
The Choir’s repertoire includes light opera, musicals, film music and love songs, folk songs, sacred works and spirituals, pop song arrangements and even the occasional piece written especially for the Choir!
Performing principally in Dorset and the surrounding counties they have also sung in Montebourg, Normandy, the twin town of Sturminster Newton.
.“ This concert is being performed on behalf of the Twinning Association to help fund the celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Twinning, which will be taking place on 1st June”.
Please note: This is a private hirer event. The Exchange are selling tickets from our box office on their behalf.
Winner of The National Music Tribute Awards 2018, Jimmy Jemain is the Official UK No.1 Cliff Richard Tribute. A Winner Of Stars In Your Eyes, Jimmy has been singing now for nearly 30 years... Jimmy Jemain looks like Cliff, sings like him, walks like him and talks like him. It really is quite extraordinary, people cannot believe that it’s not actually Sir Cliff Richard himself performing!
Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins -- the beloved nanny from their childhood -- arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure.
Emily Blunt, Ben Wishaw
Join Neil Sands for his biggest ever matinee show with more singers, more stunning costumes, more memories and even more fun. This brand new production for 2019 is guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish with over 60 all-time favourite songs that have been the time lines of our lives. This feel good afternoon is mixed with stunning voices, dazzling costumes, tons of good old fashioned fun, and a truly unique
atmosphere that will brighten any day.
A man who is suffering a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team. Comedy.
Rob Brydon, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Jane Horrocks
Get dressed up to the nines and party like 007 at this unique Bond themed party. On arrival you will be welcomed with a cocktail and a ‘fun casino’ (no money involved) will be open allowing you to play blackjack and roulette for prizes. Canapés will be served by waiting staff offering a selection to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. Later in the evening live band Stone Groove will play a mix of Bond themes and dance floor fillers to ensure a night to remember!
There will be four stations of themed canapés:
Warm wholegrain mustard and honey glazed sausages
Mini oven roasted new potatoes with garlic and rosemary
Mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish cream
Selection of cheese, grapes and biscuits
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
Blinis with smoked salmon, sour cream and caviar
Fresh seafood: mussels, cockles, oysters, crab, prawns and Octopussy
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
Confit duck, hoisin and spring onion wrap
Chicken satay with peanut dipping sauce
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
Profiteroles with salted caramel dip
Dark and white chocolate dipped strawberries
Please note: This is a private hirer event. We are selling tickets on their behalf from our Box Office.
Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly both grew up in the same part of Texas. They recorded their earlier work in the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, even at one point recording the same songs 'An empty cup’ (and a broken date) as well as ‘You’ve Got Love’ both written by Roy Orbison.
The two Artists brought a unique Texas influence into their music and through their creative writing for both an individual sound was born!
Roy Orbison went on to write so many songs including ‘Only the Lonely’ & ‘Crying’, and Buddy Holly in his short Career showed his writing talents would of gone on to match any songwriter in the world, which earned him a place (13th) in ‘The Rolling Stone’ ‘100 Greatest Artist of all Time’!
Darren Page’s vocal abilities have brought a reputation that always delivers a quality to entertain, but Darren’s secret love in music is Roy Orbison which sits very comfortable in Darren Page’s voice range.
Marc Robinson has played the part of Buddy Holly all over the world and all over Great Britain; he performed in ‘Buddy ‘The Musical and numerous other shows, with partners he founded ‘In Dreams & ‘Rockin on Heavens Door’, he also has many TV appearances to his name.
Marc’s latest show ‘Through the Decades with Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly’ will deliver a feel good factor with all the hits from…I Drove all Night, Mean Woman Blues, Pretty Woman, Heartbeat, Peggy Sue, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore & Raining in my Heart, to name but a few!
After playing in Europe and all over Great Britain Darren Page joined Marc Robinson, they both have dedicated their careers to Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly, this two-hour uplifting Rock n Roll Show is full of pure nostalgia with all their Hits and a few earlier ones too!
Will Rock n Roll ever Die? That’ll be the Day!
Join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Barbara Nice was all-conquering
in her four-part BBC Radio 2 sitcom broadcast in March 2017. Experience this critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy live - from ‘Phoenix Nights’ actress and comedian Janice Connolly. Barbara will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step with this new show about chance and luck. Age: 14+
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars Winner of the Best Actress Oscar Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
Queen Victoria: a little old lady, spherical in shape, dressed in black, perpetually grumpy. Right? Historian Lucy Worsley wants to make you think again.
Meet a complex, contradictory woman, who had a traumatic childhood, who loved dancing, who suffered calamity and bereavement, before coming out the other side as an eccentric, powerful and really rather magnificent old lady.
Lucy's illustrated talk takes you into the life, the palaces, and the rich colourful age of this woman who ruled a quarter of the globe.
With 20 different real ales on offer & a good choice of ciders there will be plenty for you to sample and enjoy over the weekend. Ales and ciders will be available from 7pm on Friday & noon on Saturday & Sunday.
Music will happen throughout the evening and afternoon with the likes of headliners Jack and a Box on Friday and All Killer No Filler on Saturday evening.
On Saturday there will be the monthly Arts & Crafts Market at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton Rotary Club's Gardening Fair in the Railway Gardens with The Big Lunch in the Railway Gardens on Sunday.
Sunday is a mellower affair with ales available again from noon and a more laid back style of musical entertainment will be on offer.
Food is available over the weekend with scrumptious food from Sturminster Newton Rotary Club available in our marquee.
Entry to the Festival Weekend is FREE so there’s really no reason not to come along!
Join Kate for a fascinating talk about her latest book - Thinking on my Feet - as well as her life working with wildlife, the far flung places that this has taken her to and the inspiring people she has met on her travels. There's also a unique chance to go 'behind the camera' as Kate describes how the programmes are made along with some lovely anecdotes about the filming
The second series of Kate's popular BBC programme Back to the Land attracted great audiences and was be the latest in a long line of programmes Kate has presented for the BBC including Springwatch and Autumm Watch, Wild Shepherdess, Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer, Curious Creatures and Extreme Wives with Kate Humble.
In 2007 she and her husband Ludo moved to a smallholding in Wales and in 2011 set up 'Humble by Nature' a rural skills school on a working farm in the Wye Valley. They live with a variety of feathered and furry livestock and three dogs.
Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions
Photo credit Tim Martin
“Can you see the fire’s still alight…. Burning into the night….”
Genesis Legacy is an outstanding touring show paying respects to the musical careers of Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford’s “Mike and the Mechanics”, Steve Hackett and the band that brought them all together…. “Genesis”.
This 2 hour explosive, inclusive, immersive and commercial show delivers on the biggest commercial hits from these stellar pillars of the UK Music Community including the likes of “Over my Shoulder” (Mike and the Mechanics), “One more night” (Phil Collins), “Games without Frontiers” (Peter Gabriel) and “Invisible Touch” (Genesis).
Run, managed and performed by 6 fans of these incredible artists, the attention to those little musical and sonic details makes Genesis Legacy a unique, standout and must-see show for any Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett or Mike Rutherford fan.
To be at a Genesis Legacy show is to be among friends…”
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer
Adapted by John Hartoch
A colourful cast of characters set off for Canterbury, competing to tell their tales of love, lust, adventure and chivalry. Brimming with verve and energy, Chaucer’s well-loved stories are brought beautifully and vividly alive by the students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
All of medieval life is here, with the wide range of social strata rubbing shoulders as the Miller, the Steward and the Wife of Bath (among others) all have their tales to tell. The Canterbury Tales is a touchstone of English literature and has delighted readers for centuries.
Opened in 1946 by Laurence Olivier, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has grown a reputation for attracting the very best in young acting talent and, as such, has some notable alumni to its name including Daniel Day Lewis, Greta Scacchi, Peter O’Toole, Olivia Colman and many more. The School’s annual visit to Dorset is always a firm favourite on the Artsreach programme and this year will be no exception; early booking is advised. Suitable 14+
The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high octane, adrenaline-pumping musicamash up which has jump started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on this cult classic and an energy and spirit that is impossible to resist.
Back with a brand new mission, The Chicago Blues Brothers are heading for Detroit to take on some of the biggest and most loved Motown anthems along with all the Blues Brothers classics you know and love. With hit’s from Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, James Brown, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Jackson 5 and the Supremes this promises to be the biggest party show the UK has ever seen.
Backed by the mutliaward winning CBB Band and the incredible Sweet Soul Sisters, a new stage set and state of the art full stage projection – this is one show you can’t afford to miss.
The Chicago Blues Brothers is a joyous hoot, a musical riot, a juiced-up jamboree of the coolest, funkiest soul, blues and Motown hits performed with style, class and showmanship by a troupe of some of the finest entertainers working in modern musical theatre.
With an amazing 2018 behind them, 2019 brings folk/rock Holy Moly & The Crackers back out onto the stage with a brand new album and an army of growing fans. Come along for the ride - the craziest party in town always has room for one more!
Influenced by an eclectic range of music, HMATC play an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, Balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, this wrangling folk group present a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!
HMATC released their album Salem in July 2017, receiving acclaimed reviews and radio play from several stations. The band have toured the UK twice, selling out venues across the country and appearing at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Bestival and Beautiful Days. Salem's lead single, the barnstorming indie-rock anthem Cold Comfort Lane, was used for the end credits for the 2018 blockbuster movie Oceans 8.
FULL BAND PERFORMANCE
From punk princess to cult stage and screen actress, Toyah Willcox is a vibrant performer and an inextinguishable flame. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage/screen actress and music composer. In a career spanning over 40 years Toyah has amassed thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty-four albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, acted in twenty feature films and presented hundreds of television programmes.
The year 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of her music career as Toyah released her first ever single and album studio in 1979. This concert –with her full electric band– will be a celebratory retrospective including hit singles, album classics and fan favourites.
Please note this is unreserved seating. The raked seating will be out for those that want to sit and the floor will be standing only.
SHOWADDYWADDY have long been established as Europe's most successful ever exponents of retro-inspired rock & roll. The record simply speaks for itself!
23 Top 40 hit singles, including 10 Top 5 hits “Under The Moon of Love,” “When,” “You Got What It Takes,” “3 Steps To Heaven,” “Hey Rock & Roll” and many more.
15 massive selling albums (including the Christmas number 1 in 1978)
An incredible live show - acclaimed the world over!
In excess of 50 Top of the Pops performances, and countless industry awards!
Royal Variety performances (one to the delight of the Queen Mother - who actually requested to meet the band post-performance)
Bill toppers at the prestigious Golden Orpheus World Music Festival before a staggering TV audience of 300 million people - making history in the process by becoming the first western-world band to be screened live in Communist Cuba!
As if the band's amazing success through 4 decades were not enough, here well into the 21st Century the demand for these legendary performers is every bit as strong, which is surely a testament to their outstanding reputation as live artists.
Late 2004 saw the release of the re-mastered "Very Best Of" collection, which helped the band achieve their first Gold Album award for in excess of 20 years, eclipsing all expectations by remaining on the album chart for 3 months and once again confirming SHOWADDYWADDY as proven recording artists.
On the back of the compilation’s phenomenal success it was not long before the boys were asked to record their first album of new material for 15 years, culminating in a classic collection of hit covers originally recorded by their 70's contemporaries. Released during late 2006 on DMG the record entitled "I Love Rock & Roll" went on to achieve healthy worldwide sales, further demonstrating this unique band’s startling versatility.
Late '08 saw the much anticipated release of the concept album & DVD entitled "The Sun Album," researched from 9800 original Sun titles in which the band lovingly created 'the album they always wanted to make,' achieving a long time ambition in the process by recording at the revered Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Released to amazing Industry and public acclaim the CD/DVD soon became something of a cult classic, continuing to win over a legion of new admirers with its re-release in 2014.
Between 2009 and 2011 the band performed a series of unique concerts across the UK under the title of "An Evening of Rock & Roll with SHOWADDYWADDY". The gigs featured the band delving into their formative years, exhibiting their true musical prowess thru a selection of songs from The Sun Album in an exclusive opening set, followed hot on the heels by a stirring second-half set chock-full of the band's innumerable collection of cherished hit singles.
On the back of massive public demand following a succession of sell-out concerts, along with augmenting the line-up with keyboards and additional percussion, the band again took to the road, touring extensively throughout 2012, 2013 & 2014 with a rejuvenated show to celebrate an astonishing forty years of rock ‘n’ roll, featuring 2 drummers for the first time since the glam days of the 70's in a non-stop barrage of hits hailed by the media as 'an adrenaline fueled nostalgic treat.'
2016 saw the new line-up returning to the studio to celebrate their continued success, culminating in the release of a brand new album entitled NEXT CHAPTER, consisting of a collection of classic covers fused with a handful of newly written songs, all bearing the hallmarks of the inimitable SHOWADDYWADDY style, a sample of which feature in the band’s current onstage repertoire.
2019 sees the ‘hardest working artists in the UK’ embark on yet another strenuous 70 date nationwide theatre tour, perhaps needless to say including a number of surprises along the way.
The band's track record and versatility are without question - concerts, corporate conventions, festivals, universities, colleges, clubs & private functions the world over still clamor to book the remarkable one-of-a-kind SHOWADDYWADDY!
After more than 40 incredible years, rock & roll music is truly alive and kicking in the hands of this amazing band.
LEAD VOCALS ANDY PELOS
DRUMS ROMEO CHALLENGER
BASS GUITAR BILLY NORMAN
KEYBOARDS/VOCALS DEAN LOACH
LEAD GUITAR/VOCALS RAY HATFIELD
DRUMS/GUITAR/VOCALS ROB HEWINS