Theatres in Dorset

Dorset plays host to a number of wonderfully unique theatres with performances by large scale West End productions as well as small community groups.

There is nothing more thrilling than the excitement of a live theatre production - the nervous energy and expectation of the audience provides a magical evening of entertainment.

Spend a night with the stars

Dorset’s network of large theatres including the Bournemouth International Centre, Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre and the Weymouth Pavilion all provide an extensive year round calendar of shows and performances of major touring companies that bring a bit of the glitz glamour of London’s theatre land to Dorset.

Unique and intimate locations

We also have number of charming uniquely intimate theatres within our towns and villages that provide a warming community feel. Many of the performances to be enjoyed are stage by local clubs and arts groups giving a delightful feel of grass roots theatre.

Try the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne, the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis or The Rex in Wareham.

Performances in picturesque settings

During the warmer months Dorset provides some stunning location for its much loved outdoor theatre productions. Wonderful location such as Brownsea Island and Athelhampton House offer the backdrop for some superb performances.

What could be better than settling down with your picnic and a glass of something bubbly to watch Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream or any one of a number of astonishing productions!

We hope that we’ve now convinced you to sample the very best of the theatre right here in Dorset. Make sure you check out our arts events page and find a performance to enjoy while you’re here.

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