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The Cabinet of Living Cinema
Theatre of the Wandering West
Join us for an evening of live music accompanied by beautiful animations and films from one of Dorset’s finest original musical groups, The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

Led by musician and composer, Kieron Maguire, this new performance, commissioned by the Arts Council, tells a moving and heartfelt story of love and loss, set in Kafka’s Prague. Combining a music set with exquisite hand-drawn animations, film, soundscapes and roaring klezmer, this is a truly magical performance set in the historical surroundings of Shelley Theatre.
Saturday 13 February 2016 20:00
Jack Maguire presents
Valentine Violin 2
Treat your loved one to a surprise on this very special night. Following last years sell out Valentines Violin concert, Jack Maguire presents another evening of Love, Lust and Jealousy, with his special guest Bethany Jameson, lead singer of "Musique A Trois". Tangos, Gypsy violin, Tchaikowsky, Scheherazade, Carmen, and French chanson, are accompanied by Sam Hanson on piano. Jack was orchestra leader for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras fireworks concerts, now Associate Musician for the Bournemouth Arts Festival By The Sea, performing here at the Shelley Theatre.
Sunday 14 February 2016 19:30
A BFI supported screening of
Film: The Lobster
A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animals and released into the woods. This is a brave, highly creative, surreal film with an impressive cast.

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.
Saturday 20 February 2016 20:00
If you could imagine the love child of Jake Thakery and Victoria Wood that would be Polly Morris. Her observational comedy songs about such things as supermarket shopping or the perils of e-mail, are songs that you can instantly identify with and are guaranteed to raise a smile. These are peppered with more thoughtful acoustic numbers that are reminiscent of Karen Carpenter. Polly has been performing from a very early age. She has produced 3 albums. "In the Meantime", "Dinner for Two", and "Just One Click".
<\br>With support from Folk Band Kadia, and folk singers Terry McDonald and Bob carter.
Friday 26 February 2016 19:30
The Dodge Brothers in association with Shelley Theatre
The Dodge Brothers Live
Comprising Mike Hammond, Aly Hirji, (BBC film critic) Mark Kermode and Alex Hammond, The Dodge Brothers are renowned for their take on Classic Americana and return to Shelley Theatre after a sell out gig in 2014.

The band has presented this potent musical brew on BBC2 Culture Show’s 'busking challenge' and they regularly feature on Simon Mayo’s Five Live Friday show. They recently appeared at the Royal Albert Hall at the Concert for Care alongside David Arnold, Paloma Faith and Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. Support act to be announced.
Saturday 27 February 2016 19:30
A BFI supported screening of
Film: He Named Me Malala
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) provides intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls' education. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls' education globally. The film gives a glimpse into this young girl's life.

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.
Saturday 05 March 2016 20:00
Show And Tell / house present Ross Sutherland
Standby For Tape Back-Up
"Two years ago, I found a videotape in my loft. On it: one and a half films, one quiz show and two sit-coms. Somehow, it became the story of my life” (Ross Sutherland) After a near death experience, Ross found himself house-bound with only one thing for company: an old videotape that once belonged to his granddad. The true story of one man’s journey into synchronicity and madness. 'One of the stand-out shows of the Edinburgh Fringe' ★★★★★ Stage

Following this, there will be a free event for all ticket holders in the bar - more here!
Friday 11 March 2016 20:00
Shelley Theatre
My Dad's Shed
A free event for ticket holders from Standby For Tape Backup in the bar after the show. My Dads Shed gives you up close access to a random selection of 500+ vinyl albums from a collection of thousands left behind by My Dad. Pick any track you fancy, hand it to our human jukebox and we'll play it! Albums range from 70s disco to Broadway to soul and pretty much anything in-between! The set list is yours. The bar is open throughout.

Friday 11 March 2016 21:15
Bournemouth Folk Club present
Martin Simpson – A Concert
Bournemouth Folk Club presents Martin Simpson - an English folk singer, guitarist and songwriter. His music reflects a wide variety of influences and styles, rooted in Britain, Ireland, America and beyond.

Acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.
Saturday 12 March 2016 20:00
Meryl Streep & Helena Bonham Carter in
Film: Suffragette
SUFFRAGETTE is a thrilling drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. Radicalised and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives.

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.

Please note, this film was originally scheduled for 06/02/16. All customers who booked into the origional date are in the process of being contacted. The date was changed as the film distributors unfortunately changed the commercial release date after event was on sale.
Friday 18 March 2016 20:00
Forest Forge Theatre
A buoyant and poetic play in two halves - River Rising and Catch the Water - set against the backdrop of the heritage waterways of Wessex. This exciting new play has been written by local playwright Deborah Gearing, (nominated for the Meyer Whitworth award for "The Cage").
Follow the story of a brother and sister as they chart the ebb and flow of their lives on a journey from youthful rebellion to adult ideals. This is a love song for the waterways of Wessex.
Saturday 19 March 2016 19:30
Dirt In The Gate Movies
Film: The Return of the Living Dead
DIRT IN THE GATE MOVIES present their next 35mm film Screening plus supporting programme.

"Do You Wanna Party?"

When foreman Frank (James Karen) shows new employee Freddy (Thom Mathews) a lost secret military experiment in a supply warehouse, the two klutzes accidentally release a gas that reanimates corpses into flesh-eating zombies. As the epidemic spreads and the creatures satisfy their hunger in gory and outlandish ways, Frank and Freddy fight to survive with the help of their boss (Clu Gulager) and a mysterious mortician (Don Calfa).

The bar is open from 6pm serving a wide range of drinks, cocktails and popcorn!
Saturday 26 March 2016 19:00
Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper & James Corden in
Film: The Lady in the Van
The true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her to temporarily park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years. Starring Maggie Smith with a supporting cast of UK treasures, this is a film not to be missed.

"Maggie Smith is magnificent as a homeless woman who shares Alan Bennett’s drive in this moving adaptation of the West End play". The Guardian.

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.
Saturday 02 April 2016 20:00
Proteus Theatre
Becoming Hattie
Told through the eyes of Jo in 1974 and herself 40 years later, this thoughtful, funny, warm and nostalgic comedy is an affectionate look at the life and career of a remarkable woman – Hattie Jacques and a witty, caustic look at modern life in show business and its cultural attitudes toward larger women. A world where Simon Russell Beale can play an XXL Hamlet, but lead roles are non-existent for larger actresses. Could it be that nothing has changed for women like Jo since Hattie did Carry On?

Proteus Theatre - "The Best of British Theatre from Basingstoke" - The Independent
Saturday 09 April 2016 20:00
CHTV presents
Charlie Hides Whooo?
Celebrity impersonator/YouTube Sensation Charlie Hides returns to Shelley Theatre with a camp tribute to some of the world's biggest divas, Outrageous, out-spoken and heir to Joan Rivers' crown as queen of the wicked one liner, Charlie is NOT for the easily offended.
"My favourite impersonator, hysterical, brilliant" - Cher
"Younger, bitchier and twice as quick as Joan Rivers" - London Times
"My favourite drag queen" - Kylie Minogue
Saturday 16 April 2016 20:00
Dorchester Arts and DT2 Productions
What can a teenage boy who is into free-running and a middle-aged woman with Parkinson's possibly have in common?
The desire to move...

Based on a true story this groundbreaking new play tackles an important and fascinating subject with humour, elegance and emotion.

Using projected imagery and live parkour this superb production explores real-life experiences between two people seemingly at polar opposites...

Dorchester Arts and DT2 Productions have co-commissioned this exciting new play by Sue Wylie and Shelley Theatre are delighted to be hosting it as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week.
Friday 22 April 2016 20:00
Looking at the Shelley Theatre now, it’s easy to forget that it has a rich history spanning over 150 years. In this lecture, David Coates will shed light on the extravagant private theatricals hosted by Sir Percy Florence Shelley at Boscombe Manor. Using captivating images from archives and collections across Britain, he will also uncover the lost history of Shelley's private theatre in London. Evidence will be used to show that these theatrical ventures were important to the birth and development of the amateur theatre movement that we know and love today!
Saturday 23 April 2016 11:00 with Shelley Theatre
Shelley Spring Cider Festival
Our next Cider Festival features event features even more ciders from to try (plus a full service bar if you don’t fancy cider!), food from the Perfect Pig Hog Roast and live music from seven-piece ‘gypsy folkNroll’ band Holy Moly & The Crackers. Making an impact on both the national and international tour circuit; they have played well over 200 shows throughout the UK, including sell out concerts in London, the Midlands, Yorkshire, Newcastle and Edinburgh. A totally unique event in a totally unique venue!

Last entry 10pm
Friday 29 April 2016 18:00
Lily Tomlin in the hit comedy drama
Film: Grandma
Lily Tomlin is Elle Reid. Elle has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.
Saturday 30 April 2016 20:00
A Fundraiser for Shelley Theatre Trust
Bourne2sing – A fundraising concert for Shelley Theatre
Bourne2Sing is a 30 strong Bournemouth Male Voice Choir that raises money for good causes in the area. We are delighted that they are coming to the Shelley Theatre for one night only to sing in aid of raising funds to build more ladies washroom facilities!
The repertoire includes light and popular songs such as Any Dream Will Do, I Dreamed A Dream, The Wonder Of You and American Trilogy. The concert will include special guests.
Friday 13 May 2016 19:30
Raising funds for the Shelley Theatre Trust
Eurovision Anonymous
Last year 50 brave people in Boscombe partied the night away with 200 million others across the world to the sounds of European pop music on the big cinema screen, fortified with cocktails, complimentary scorecards and flags safe in the knowledge that Sweden was always going to win. This year we have more of the same (sadly no bearded lady) but this is Eurovision so you never know what fabulous surprises lurk around the corner! The party starts at the bar from 7pm until the broadcast ends with the screening starting from 7.50pm in the theatre.
Saturday 14 May 2016 19:00
Sisata Theatre Company
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
This year SISATA is making the bold move away from Shakespeare to tackle the classic novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles, adapted and directed by Charmaine K Parkin. Four actors play multiple roles in what is an enigmatic and fast paced telling of virtue, love and injustice, but above all the impact of this on the human condition. Their interactive and engaging performances aim to make universal classic tales interesting and enjoyable for all ages.

Following the interval, there will be an opportunity to chat with the company about the piece.
Saturday 28 May 2016 19:30
Mark is a professional classical guitarist who studied guitar performance with Carlos Bonell who gave a sell out performance at Shelley Theatre last year. Mark has toured across the UK and is bringing his repertoire to Boscombe for the first time.

‘A Brilliant Recital.’ Bournemouth Evening Echo

Note - This concert is re scheduled from the originally published date of 30/10/2015.
Thursday 02 June 2016 20:00
They’ve formed orchestras from strangers on the London Underground, Edinburgh Fringe, Glastonbury Festival and in 2015 they performed with 101 different musicians in 10 days. Their next challenge is the biggest yet. In 10 days they will travel to 10 different cities and create pop-up orchestras totalling 150 musicians.

Will they succeed? Come find out in this comedy talk/presentation followed by a one-off concert with a pop-up orchestra, featuring the music of Buswell & Nyberg, popular tunes & movie themes and a performance with a local special guest. Their last visit to Shelley Theatre in 2015 was one of the most inspiring events of the year – not to be missed!
Wednesday 08 June 2016 20:00
Something Underground Theatre Company
A Good Jew
1938. Sol and Hilda play in the Frankfurt Sinfonietta. They're in love. So what? Well, Hilda’s father is a Nazi Official, and Sol is, of course, a Jew. As Sol's family is scattered by deportation, his mother gives him fatal advice: “Survive. At all costs” Thus, through assuming Aryan identity, Sol relinquishes his roots, his love, his art, and his baby sister Anja. Can Hilda, by herself posing as a Jew, save them all from the grim Nazi show-camp that is Theresienstadt?
Friday 10 June 2016 19:30
JSLN Dance Company
Variations of Pointe
JSLN Dance Company is a neo classical ballet company, founded in 2012. “Variations of Pointe” is a new triple bill encompassing all aspects of ballet: grace, elegance and entertainment with something for everyone. Whether you’re already a ballet lover, or just want to find yourself rolling around in your seats to the antics of familiar characters from Allo Allo interpreted into the language of dance, this show is for you.
Saturday 11 June 2016 19:30
Wessex Actors Company
Noel Coward’s Hay Fever epitomises the sophisticated wit and cynicism of the era between the two wars. It is a comedy of bad manners about a family who torment a group of unsuspecting house guests with their theatrical excesses. It is a fabulous, frothy, feverish farce with underlying themes of cruelty, jealousy and despair. Each of the limelight-loving family members, not least Judith, the mother, has secretly invited a guest. Misjudged meetings, secret seductions and scandalous revelations are rife during an outrageous weekend.
Saturday 02 July 2016 19:30
Dirt In The Gate Movies
Film: The Exorcist
Dirt In The Gate Movies are proud to present their next film event projected in its original 35mm film format.
Nothing prepared audiences in 1973 for what some people have regarded as the scariest film ever made...
Sensational, shocking horror story about possession and the subsequent exorcism of demonic spirits from a young, innocent girl. The Exorcist was notable for being one of the biggest box-office successes of its time and it remains one of the few horror films nominated for Best Picture. However, it was also one of the most opposed films for its controversial content.

The bar is open from 6pm serving a wider range of drinks, cocktails and popcorn!
Saturday 09 July 2016 19:00
Experience opera like you've never seen before, as Pop-Up Opera take to the stage with this incredibly fast-paced comical face in their adaptation of this much loved score. Witness razor-sharp timing as the ever resourceful barber, Figaro, tries to help the young Count Almaviva win the hand of the beautiful Rosina out of love rather than for his wealth. Soon the pair set about to produce many disguises for the count, and thus the farce ensues…! Pop-up Opera is an innovative and not to be missed professional touring opera company dedicated to making opera enjoyable and inviting, without losing the quality of musical performance. "a serious commitment to musical standards... along with a personality of its own that reminds you that opera, inter alia, can actually be quite fun." *Opera Now Magazine* ★★★★★
Saturday 30 July 2016 19:30
The London Repertory Players
The Business of Murder
THE LONDON REPERTORY PLAYERS welcome you to a summer of murder and intrigue! Enjoy two classic thrillers as part of your holiday or - if you are lucky enough to live nearby – as two great reasons to come again to your local theatre.

This is a gripping psychological thriller from the pen of that doyen of great detective / thriller writers Richard Harris (A Touch of Frost, The Avengers, The Sweeney and The Last Detective). It enjoyed a successful 9 year run in the West End. ‘Welcome to a thriller that achieves it all’- Sunday Times.

The London Repertory Players is a company of professional actors led by producer Vernon Thompson who has directed over 60 productions in professional repertory and on the London fringe.

Early bird offer available until June 30th on standard price tickets. 1 show & 2 show family tickets and group discounts available over the phone only.

Saturday 6th August special offer - An exclusive pre show cocktail reception in the Chandelier Room for £20 at 6.30pm includes your ticket to the show plus cocktail.
Wednesday 03 August 2016 19:30
Thursday 04 August 2016 19:30
Friday 05 August 2016 19:30
Saturday 06 August 2016 19:30
The London Repertory Players
Dead of Night
Jack has just been acquitted of manslaughter, and regales his girlfriend Maggie and their neighbours with an account of the trial. A clear case of self-defence. Or was it? The shocks keep coming in this classic thriller written by Coronation Street scriptwriter Peter Whalley.

The London Repertory Players is a company of professional actors led by producer Vernon Thompson who has directed over 60 productions in professional repertory and on the London fringe.

Early bird offer available until June 30th on standard price tickets. 1 show & 2 show family tickets and group discounts available over the phone only.
Wednesday 10 August 2016 19:30
Thursday 11 August 2016 19:30
Friday 12 August 2016 19:30
Saturday 13 August 2016 19:30
How Small. How Far
Monday to Friday, Lucy catches the 8am train to London Bridge. 9am, her day begins at Insignia Asset Management, where she is in charge of the photocopier, printer, scanner, shredder and binder. She's the only person in the office who knows how to clear a paper jam. But how does that fit into The Grand Scheme Of Things? Then one Wednesday afternoon, Lucy decides to rescue the abused office pot plant and her life alters. Inside her flat 24 floors up, she starts to cultivate her own personal wilderness.

After rave reviews for Garden at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals, How Small How Far Theatre embark on their first national tour supported by Greenwich Theatre and the Arts Council Of England.
Thursday 08 September 2016 20:00