All Events
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

Thursday 02 June 2016 20:00
Dramatic productions
The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband
Ken decides to trade in Hilary, his wife of twenty five years, after the onset of middle age finds him in the arms of Laura - a young, slim, attractive and vibrant free spirit. The only problem is...she can’t cook! Missing the food and comfort of his old life, Ken accepts his ex-wife’s invitation to dinner, unaware of the delicacies she plans to serve... Debbie Isitt’s original take on the love triangle scenario devilishly blends black humour with seasoning and a little dash of sauce. Dramatic Productions are associate artists at Lighthouse Poole and are currently touring the South West.
Friday 03 June 2016 19:30
Saturday 04 June 2016 19:30
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. 10 (ish) real life strangers / musicians from Bournemouth will meet for the first time on our stage and play music selected at random by you the audience! SUPPORT FROM KADIA and KRISTA GREEN. Plus comedy power point presentation from the orchestrator of this 10 day tour Shaun Buswell. One of the most inspiring and creative highlights from our live music line up last year. Not to be missed

Kadia - Dorset folk trio
Krista Green - Singer-songwriter, winner of BMTH Unplugged 2011
Wednesday 08 June 2016 20:00
Ecotainment! presents a screening of
Film: This Changes Everything
What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we'll ever get to build a better world? This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Green Screen Solar Cinema returns to Shelley Theatre for a special World Environment Day screening of this documentary film. Special guests End Ecocide will host a discussion in the auditorium after the film about the issues raised.

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein's international non-fiction bestseller. The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein's narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

End Ecocide on Earth is a grassroots movement aimed at recognising the destruction of ecosystems as an international Crime Against Peace. Ecocide is already prohibited during war time but legal in peace. Time has come to change that and ensure accountability of decision-makers responsible for large-scale destruction of ecosystems, the very basis of life on earth. We are a network of volunteers working across the world for the recognition of Ecocide.
Thursday 09 June 2016 19:30
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
Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth in
Film: The Dressmaker
A bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. Femme Fatale Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslett), a beautiful and talented misfit, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses to right the wrongs of the past. Armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in doing so gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. Sweeping the Australian film awards season, one to watch!

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.
Friday 17 June 2016 20:00
A fundraiser for the Bourne Free Charity
Film: Weekend
After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special. Weekend is both an honest and unapologetic love story between two guys and a film about the universal struggle for an authentic life in all its forms. It is about the search for identity and the importance of making a passionate commitment to your life.

A British film initially released in 2011, but still being released globally including this year in Italy.
“One of the truest, most beautiful movies ever made about two strangers.” The Boston Globe.

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.

All proceeds from this event go to Bournemouth’s Bourne Free Charity. Find out more about them here
Friday 24 June 2016 20:00
ImpAct Theatre
Talking Heads
ImpAct Theatre presents A Woman of No Importance, A Chip in the Sugar and Soldiering On. Alan Bennett is one of Britain's best-loved and most highly acclaimed writers and these three Talking Heads originally written for television are now brought to you by ImpAct Theatre who have gained a reputation over the years for producing quality theatre.
Saturday 25 June 2016 14:30
Saturday 25 June 2016 19:30
Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in
Film: Youth
From the Academy Award-winning director of The Great Beauty, and featuring a career-best performance from Michael Caine, Youth is a warm, witty and deeply moving portrait of love and loss. With dazzling visuals, a great soundtrack and a stellar supporting cast that includes Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz and Jane Fonda. At the 28th European Film Awards, Youth won Best Film, Best Director for Sorrentino, and Best Actor for Caine.

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.
Friday 01 July 2016 20:00
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
Mi Flamenco presentar
Flamenco Incognito
After a sell-out premiere performance in 2015, Mi Flamenco are back at the Shelley!
Mi Flamenco is an international flamenco company with artists of the highest calibre, bringing quality, and entertaining performance to UK audiences and beyond.
Their new creation, Flamenco Incognito, is a show with all the spirit of authentic, pulsating flamenco, intertwined with the unexpected.
Exciting, moving flamenco dance, powerful song, virtuoso guitar and cello; with lots of charm, imagination and theatre thrown in.

A passionate spectacle for dance, music and theatre-lovers everywhere.

"…stunning flamenco dancing backed up by hugely talented guitar players and singers"
Helen Potter (Docklands Review)
"…gut-wrenchingly beautiful dance."
Matthew Jenkin (News shopper Review)
Friday 15 July 2016 20:00
Lily James & Sam Reilly in
Film: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield.

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 16 July 2016 20:00
The Red Fez Orchestra
The Red Fez Orchestra
Join The Red Fez Orchestra for an evening of Dance Band music from the 1920s & 1930s.

The Red Fez Orchestra plays the music from the golden era of Jazz & Art Deco style which produced some of the world's greatest dance bands, introduced us to 'Flappers' and the iconic dance crazes – The Charleston & Black Bottom. The Orchestra features the talents of some of the UK’s finest musicians who have played with famous names in 20's, 30′s music including 'The Pasadena Roof Orchestra','Palm Court Theatre Orchestra', 'Piccadilly Dance Orchestra' and The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. They all come together to create a Fantastic Sounding, Fez wearing, Macassar Oil, Hair Slicked Dance Band.
Friday 22 July 2016 20:00
Arena Theatre
The Last 5 Years
Arena Theatre return to The Shelley with this intriguing and completely unique musical which explores the five year relationship between rising novelist, Jamie, and struggling actress, Cathy. What makes this musical so special is that Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order and Jamie’s is told in chronological order. With a heady mix of musical styles, from pop and jazz through to Latin, Folk and The Blues, this riveting modern musical masterpiece will appeal to all.
Saturday 23 July 2016 14:30
Saturday 23 July 2016 19:30
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
Adenuf Productions
Great Expectations
Charles Dickens' classic tale as told by one of the North's most exciting new theatre companies, Adenuf Productions. Pip, the waif, is joined by Miss Havisham, Estella, Mr Jaggers, Herbert Pocket, and the convict Magwitch in a stellar cast for a bold rendition of one of English literature's finest texts. Great Expectations is about the dreams we all share, and the lives we all lead. Come and share this fabulous story and enjoy a fabulous night of theatre.
Friday 02 September 2016 20:00
Saturday 03 September 2016 15:00
Saturday 03 September 2016 20:00
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.

After the show, pop into my MY DADS SHED to spin the decks and have a drink and a dance!
Thursday 08 September 2016 20:00
Shelley Theatre
My Dad's Shed
A free event for ticket holders from Garden 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.

Thursday 08 September 2016 21:00
The Polly Morris Band, well known for performing observational comedy songs, teams up with local singer/ songwriter Paul Openshaw, and hilarious improvisation troupe "Out of Nowhere" for an evening of comedy and song.
Friday 09 September 2016 19:30
Shelley Theatre presents
Film: Young Frankenstein
A loving and raucous parody of Universal's classic horror films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Filmed in glorious black and white, Mel Brooks re-created the Frankenstein laboratory using the same equipment from the original Frankenstein and this loving attention to detail creates a solid foundation for nonstop comedy. The story involves Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and his effort to resume experiments in re-animation pioneered by his late father. (He's got some help, since dad left behind a book titled How I Did It.) A critical favourite and box office smash of its time!

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.
Friday 16 September 2016 20:00
Warning! This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders, outer-ear disorders, Shakespearean scholars, degrees in Elizabethan history and/or people inclined to motion sickness.
Bawdy, irreverent and sublimely entertaining, let Arena Theatre take you on a whirlwind ride through all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays in just 97 minutes. If you love Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!
Saturday 17 September 2016 19:30
Don’t Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company
The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes
The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes features the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career. It also includes autobiographical snippets concerning his life and times, the adversaries he has faced and mysteries he has solved.
The show is an affectionate one-man homage to the world's greatest detective that includes quick costume changes, humour and audience participation.
Presented by Don't Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company, practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein!
Thursday 22 September 2016 19:30
Dirt In The Gate Movies
Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
A special 35mm film screening by Dirt In The Gate Movies.

Newly engaged couple Brad and Janet encounter a problem on a dark stormy night when their car breaks down in the rain. They both look for help only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. A place to stay is offered, but will Brad and Janet want to remain there? Witness the bizarre, wonderful, cult 1975 classic on the big screen and lets all Do The Time Warp Again! Time Warp cocktails from 6pm!
Saturday 24 September 2016 19:00
Bournemouth Folk Club
Chris While & Julie Matthews
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners in the best duo category 2009, Chris While and Julie Matthews are celebrating 20 years as a duo. The duo comes to Bournemouth following the release of their 9th studio album 'Who We Are'.
While and Matthews are leading acoustic singer/songwriters whose performance will take you on an emotional journey to make you smile, cry, think, stimulate and move you. Their musical talent and passion reflects life's celebrations and challenges, driving inspiration and hope. This is more than music, it's simply electric, unique and unrivalled.
Sunday 25 September 2016 19:15
Two original plays from award-winning Oxford repertory company Reverend Productions. Set in the same unnervingly familiar world, and featuring the same cast, they present two complementary perspectives on modern life. Jekyll centres on brilliant surgeon Ellie, struggling to hold her life together as she cares for her terminally ill brother, Simon. In Nerve, Sam rapidly develops strong feelings for her magnetic new housemate, Danny, but his ruthless sense of justice forces her to become complicit in a terrible crime.
Friday 30 September 2016 19:30
In aid of Macmillan Cancer Care
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Saturday 1st October 2016 11am-2pm

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.

This year, Shelley Theatre will be following last years massively successful coffee morning with another event serving tea and cakes with the addition of arts and craft stalls. All you need to do is turn up, dig deep in your pockets and eat! If we have anything left over, we'll continue to serve during the Dodge Brothers gig - rock and jam roll.

What's it all for?
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. And as treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. The money we raise will help make sure no one has to face cancer alone, from the moment they’re diagnosed, through treatment and beyond.
Saturday 01 October 2016 11:00
The Dodge Brothers in association with Shelley Theatre
The Dodge Brothers Live
The Dodge Brothers features Mike Hammond (lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo), BBC film critic Mark Kermode (bass, harmonica, vocals), Aly Hirji (rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Alex Hammond (washboard, snare drum, percussion). The Dodge Brothers are renowned for their take on Classic Americana and return to Shelley Theatre after two sell out gigs.

The band regularly feature on Simon Mayo’s Five Live Friday show. They played Royal Albert Hall this year and have gigged with Jools Holland & ‘Hollywood’ David Holmes. Support act to be announced.
Saturday 01 October 2016 19:30
Bournemouth Folk Club
Philip Henry & Hannah Martin
Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, have come a long way on their journey.

In 2009, Phillip, one of the UK's finest slide guitarists and harmonica players, moved into a tent in south Devon. Playing in The Roots Union, he met fiddle-singer Hannah Martin, and the pair instantly recognised a very powerful musical connection. When the band ended, they continued as a duo.

It was during one of these busking stints that they were spotted in an encounter with Steve Knightley (Show Of Hands) that now goes down in folk legend. Recognising the potential of Henry and Martin's partnership, Knightley invited them to accompany Show Of Hands on a nationwide tour.
Sunday 06 November 2016 19:15
Smoking Apples
In Our Hands
Alf is a trawler fisherman at the top of his game. But times are changing and so is the industry, will Alf adapt in order to survive? Follow a fish’s journey from sea to plate, watch a seagull’s ridiculous attempt to find food and witness a father and son reunite.

Award winning Smoking Apples (who bought Cell to Shelley Theatre in 2015) use innovative puppetry, a striking set and an original score to transport you out to sea, under the ocean and onto the deck of the Catcher's Fortune.
"An imagination-fueled cracker of a production" – A Younger Theatre
Supported by Arts Council England.
Friday 11 November 2016 20:00
Benjamin Bloom's Last Man On Earth is a rock musical like no other - featuring the original songs of piano maestro Benjamin Bloom and his fantastic band, the show tells the story of how the world went mad with greed and the unlikely hero who stepped up to save the day! From rock to classical, from choral to cabaret jazz, there's a little bit of everything. Benjamin Bloom last appeared at the Shelley Theatre as a solo support act to The Dodge Brothers.
Saturday 12 November 2016 19:45
Musique a Trois present
Musique a Trois
A Swing & Jazz-French-Chanson packed evening, with a little light Cabaret-style glamour, fun, audience interaction and top class musicianship, to take you somewhere special and send you home feeling just that little bit happier.
The quartet’s own beautiful arrangements of all sorts of timeless gems from Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Hot Club de France, Caro Emerald, Dave Brubeck, Nina Simone, Kirsty MacColl, Pink Martini, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Tom Waits, Zaz … and original comedy songs.
Bethany Jameson (Vocals)
Simon Newton (Guitar, Vocals)
Nick Dyer (Double Bass, Piano)
Ian Ellis (Sax, Clarinet)
Friday 18 November 2016 20:00
Bournemouth Folk Club
Martyn Joseph
Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk-funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.

Often dubbed the Welsh Springsteen for his powerful songwriting, Martyn has won BBC Welsh Music Awards and the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2's series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.
Saturday 19 November 2016 20:00
Broad Horizons Theatre Company
The Little Bit The Boys Admire
Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Marie Lloyd, that pulchritudinous personification of the Golden Age of Music Hall, invites you to an evening of entertainment excellence … she'll sing and dance a bit, sir!

Yes, Miss Marie Lloyd, for one night only, will tell the story of her astonishing and inspiring rise to become the Queen of British Entertainment expressed, as only Marie can, with a song, a story and a naughty wink.

You will laugh! You will cry! You will see the glories of Music Hall live again and hear some of the songs we still remember with nostalgic pleasure. The Marie Lloyd Story - A new play with a few old songs and a lifetime in an evening!
Friday 02 December 2016 19:30
Dirt In The Gate Movies
Film: Gremlins
A special 35mm film screening by Dirt In The Gate Movies.

Sure, he's cute. Of course you can keep him. But heed these three warnings: Don't ever get him wet. Keep him away from bright light. And the most important thing, the one thing you must never forget: no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs . . . never, never feed him after midnight. With these mysterious instructions, young Billy Peltzer takes possession of his cuddly new pet. He gets a whole lot more than he bargained for.
Saturday 10 December 2016 19:00