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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.
Dorset plays host to a number wonderfully unique theatres hosting performances by large scale West End productions to community lead projects.
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.
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.
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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125 seat Cinema and Theatre, often hosting special event evenings. Family Film Matinees during school holidays. Charming old fashioned interior dating from 1920 and own Bar. Also a venue for The Purbeck Film Festival (www.purbeckfilm.com).
The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis dates back to the 1800s with a dramatic position on the edge of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, a Wold Heritage Site.
Country Park/Nature Reserve
A beautiful island with wonderful views, wildlife and history including rare red squirrels, birds and the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding. Also host to the annual Brownsea Open Air Theatre.
Dorchester Arts is the year-round provider of arts performances and entertainment in Dorset’s County Town.