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What’s on in March

MARCH 2020

Where to go and things to do in Dorset and Somerset in March 2020. We’ve got theatre, comedy, music, dance, art, eating out and more…

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Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, Tues 3 – Sat 7 March

Ashley Shaw ‘Victoria Page’ and Adam Cooper ‘Boris Lermontov’. Photo by Johan Persson

Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed stage adaptation of The Red Shoes is set to romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. It’s tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Keep an eye out for our review.

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Chef meets sommelier suppers, The Pig-near Bath, Weds 4 March

Extend your knowledge of wines under the radar, from Uruguay, Bulgaria, the Lebanon and other places around the globe, and tuck into a fabulous sharing Piggy feast. £80 per person to include fizz, Piggy Bits, 3-course supper and wine pairing. Book events@thepignearbath.com or 01761 490490.

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Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps: Travel and Comedy in the Danger Zone, Dorchester Arts, Dorchester,  Weds 4 March; Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 7 MarchMcMillan Theatre, Bridgwater, Sat 21 March

The serial globe-trotter and seeker of dangerous travel spots – from North Korea to Chernobyl – and former school mate of Osama bin Laden, on his UK tour.

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Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone’s Watching,  Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Weds 4 March

She’s made a name for herself by turning tragedy and anxiety into big laughs but this year she’s actually happy.

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Yoga and Art at the Museum, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Wed 4 March, Mon 25 March

Bev Alderson will help you find your zen with an hour-long hatha yoga session in the medieval Great Hall of Taunton Castle. You don’t have to know your downward dog from a cow stretch but if you do, that’s OK too, as the session is suitable for all levels of experience and everything’s provided. 8.30am – 10am. £10.

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Nicholas McCarthy, Minehead Methodist Church, Bridport Arts Centre, Ilminster Arts Centre and The Dance House Crewkerne, Thurs 5 – Sat 7 March

This man is phenomenal: the only one-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music ever, Nicholas McCarthy’s concert performances, recordings and media features have gained critical acclaim. One of the Concerts in the West series.

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Boyzlife, Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth, Thurs 5 March

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It’s an Irish mash-up (apologies for the potato pun) but fans of boybands Westlife and Boyzone are in for a treat as the two become one, with a full-band production show featuring Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy.

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Mark Steel: Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright,  Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Thurs 5 March

The lefty comic is determined to remain optimistic.

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Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, Bath Pavilion, Fri 6 – Sun 8 March

Unique, unusual furniture and deco for inside the home – and out – at the 31st Bath Decorative Antiques Fair. Get your free tickets here.

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Adult Aerial Yoga Workshop, Balance – The Countryside Gym, Timsbury, nr Bath, Sat 7 March

Defy gravity to perform all sorts of yoga poses possible using giant hammocks and straps. Sounds fun.

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Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us, Merlin Theatre, Frome,  Sat 7 March; Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Weds 11 March

The comic picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?

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Figures and Faces, Andelli Art, near Wells, Sat 7 – Sat 21 March

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Does what it says on the tin, beautifully and in a wide range of styles – from sharply-focussed realism to highly expressive, experimental forms and compositions – and all made by contemporary and 20th century artists. Come to browse and to buy.

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Feminista Film Festival, Strode Theatre, Street, Sun 8 March

On International World Women’s Day, programme of short films about inspiring women and girls around the world. Part of the UK-wide Feminista Film Festival.

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#March4Women and WOW Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London, Sun 8 March

Trip up to The Smoke to celebrate International Women’s Day?  The Women of the World Festival at the Royal Festival Hall is from 12noon-1.15pm, with Emeli Sandé and RAYE alongside other musicians, actors, climate experts, youth activists and women directly impacted by the climate emergency. The #March4Women Rally starts at 1.45pm from Whitehall Place and ends at Parliament Square with guest appearances and speeches. The march is free, but you must register.

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Faustus, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Tues 10 – Sat 21 March

Photo Manuel Harlan

Award-winning theatre maker Chris Bush (The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Pericles) reimagines Faustus as a woman who makes the ultimate sacrifice to traverse centuries and alter the course of history.

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Bleak House, The Regal Theatre, Minehead, Thurs 12 March

Five fab actor-musicians play a cast of 50 in The Pantaloons’ retelling of the Dickens’ classic tale of love, skulduggery – and spontaneous combustion.

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Crimes, Camera, Action, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 12 – Sat 28 March

Bath-based theatre company New Old Friends will transport you to golden era Hollywood and world-weary, hard-boiled private eye Stan Shakespeare.

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Jen Brister: Under Privilege, Dorchester Corn Exchange, Fri 13 March

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Jen Brister describes herself as a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, d***head, and it’s that kind of self-deprecating humour, we love. Her show Under Privilege takes an irreverent look at the often controversial subject of ‘privilege’. Who has it? Who doesn’t? And why does no one like to admit they have any?

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Night & Day; 1930s Fashion and Photographs, American Museum & Gardens, nr Bath, Sat 14 March – Sat 21 June

Back to the glam ’30s, with couture and classic clobber and photos of art deco architecture, wild parties and the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Weddings Open Afternoon, North Cadbury Court, North Cadbury, Sat 14 March

Have a nose around this spectacular country house – ballroom, wood-panelled hall, sumptuous bedrooms, underground casino and disco, indoor pool, a golf tee from the roof – and imagine getting hitched here.

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Alive: In the Face of Death, Lighthouse, Poole, Sat 14 March – Sat 16 May

Rankin, enfant terrible of Cool Britannia, co-founder of Dazed and Confused and photographer of Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, Madonna, David Bowie and more, turns his lens onto death.

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Steve James’ Japanese Explosion, Eastfield Farm, Tintinhull, Sat 14 March

Dig into a sharing feast which includes pork karaage with wasabi mayo, sesame seared tuna, chicken yakitori, beef tataki, chicken katsu curry, grilled miso eggplant, green tea, black sesame and vanilla cheesecake and mandarin and sake cake roll. Booking essential. £38 per person.

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We Will Rock You, Bristol Hippodrome,  Mon 16 – Sat 21 March

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If Bohemian Rhapsody, unleashed a Queen obsession that you’re struggling to shake off, We Will Rock You, should scratch that itch. This worldwide hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK and it’s rocking up in Bristol, with 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances.

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BalletBoyz: Deluxe, Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts,  Weds 18 March

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The men in tights return with their brand new show fusing beautiful dance with original music, including works by Shanghai-based dancer and choreographer Xie Xin (TAO Dance Theatre, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman), composer Jiang Shaofeng and Cassie Kinoshi, of the Mercury Prize-nominated SEED Ensemble.

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Clive Anderson: Me, Macbeth, I , The Electric Palace, Bridport, Weds 18 March; McMillan Theatre, Sat 28 March

Whose Line Is It Anyway/ Loose Ends star on – surprisingly – his first ever solo tour.

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Mother’s Day Floral Workshop, Newton Farm, Newton St Loe, nr Bath, Thurs 19 March

Impress your mum with a seasonal, hand-tied bouquet and table centre piece. £45 includes everything you need and refreshments. Booking essential: 01225 873707 option 3 or roz@newtonfarmfoods.co.uk 

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An evening with Natasha Musson, The Grosvenor Inn, Shaftesbury, Thurs 19 March

The Secret Stylist spills the beans on how to make your clothes work for you.

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About Trees, Heritage Courtyard Gallery & Studios, Wells, Sat 21 March – Tues 14 April

Heat Through Trees by Rebecca Barnard

Some of the West Country’s most acclaimed artists honour and celebrate… guess what?

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Mother’s Day brunch, Kitchen at Jordans Courtyard, Horton’s Cross, near Ilminster, Sun 22 March

Brunch in the rather good cafe and then a peruse of the artisan food and gift shop at Jordans Courtyard? Booking essential 01460 298608.

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Mothering Sunday lunch, Nosh-talgia, Wells, Sun 22 March

Three and five-course roast lunches (with fish and veggie options) from an AA rosette accredited chef Leigh Say at this bistro-style cafe. 3 courses £35; 5 courses £40. Booking essential 01749 670255.

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The King and I, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, Tues March 24 – Sat 4 April

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s lavish and multi-award winning musical comes from the London Palladium and Broadway to the West Country.  Let’s all whistle a happy tune, shall we?

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Caribbean Night, The Marlborough Tavern, Bath, Weds 25 March

Rum punch and a five course tasting menu – ackee and salt cod fritters, jerk pigeon, blackened tiger prawns, curried goat and sweet potato pudding, anyone? £45 per person.

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Russell Kane: The Fast and the Curious, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, Weds 25 March

The multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor and  author’s super high energy show.

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Mexican night, Kitchen at the Wharf, Langport, Fri 27 March

Sombreros on for chilli, fajitas, burritos, nachos, salsa and guacamole – and a moreish chocolate fountain with things to dip. Booking essential 01458 254354.

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Shoephoria, Fashion Museum, Bath, Sat 28 March – March 2021

100 pairs of shoes and boots from the last 300 years including a pair belonging to Queen Victoria, and designer shoes, sneakers and trainers designed by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Versace and Jimmy Choo.

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Early Spring Plant Fair, East Lambrook Manor Gardens, Sat 28 March

The sort of stuff you won’t get in garden centres, from Zantadeschia (no, no idea) to organic zuccini seeds, to buy from over 20 of the South West’s top independent nurseries.

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