All Events
Tom Hanks stars in
Film: A Hologram for the King
In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. Baffled by local customs and stymied by an opaque bureaucracy, he eventually finds his footing with the help of a wise-cracking taxi driver and a beautiful Saudi doctor.

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 21 October 2016 20:00
Dorchester Arts and DT2 Productions
What can a teenage boy who is into free running and a middle-agedwoman with Parkinson's possibly have in common? The desire to move.... Kinetics is based on the remarkable true story of two people seemingly at polar opposites. As Rose tries to come to terms with her diagnosis, an unlikely friendship springs up when Lukas literally lands on her doorstep. But will the bond between them be strong enough when things go wrong?

With brilliant writing, dynamic projected images and live parkour, this play is personal, poignant and will make you laugh out loud.

"This is an amazing story that needs to be told". Dorset Echo
Saturday 22 October 2016 20:00
Shelley Theatre
My Dad's Shed
A free event for ticket holders from tonights 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.

Saturday 22 October 2016 21:00 with Shelley Theatre
Halloween Cider Festival
Join us for haunted fun with for an evening of ghoulish cider tasting with traditionally made award winning craft ciders plus live music from 'Ukular Fusion' band the Mother Ukers. Fancy dress optional!

The Mother Ukers are a Ukulele band performing covers and original material for your pleasure. Using ukuleles of all shapes and sizes the Mother Ukers take you on a musical journey through time and space. With songs & flavours of Modern pop, Punk, Classic rock, the Swinging 60s, Fabulous 50s blended together and marinaded with the sound and rhythms of the roaring 20s and seasoned with a touch of the blues in a swamp grass melody. The Mother Ukers unleash the power of their humble little four string ukes and guarantee to tickle your ears, kiss your soul & get them feet a tapping!

Last entry 10pm
Friday 28 October 2016 18:00
Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant & Simon Helberg in
Film: Florence Foster Jenkins
The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her "husband" and manager, St Clair Bayfieldan aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge. With career best performances from Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant & Simon Helberg.

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 29 October 2016 20:00
Shelley Theatre & The Shelley Frankenstein Festival present
Computer Fright Night: Mary Shelley Halloween Lecture
Are digital monsters real? A Public Lecture on the themes of technology, society, utopias and dystopias.

Mary Shelley was, perhaps one of the first modern science fiction writers. She lived in an "Age of Wonder" between the Enlightenment and Modernity, yet her life was touched by tragedy and death. Technology brought hope for a better life, but unimaginable horrors and disappointments. Shelley's monsters are alive today, and more frightening than ever. They have become small, invisible and convinced us they are our friends, but tonight we shall meet the ghosts in the machines in all of our pockets.

Will robot zombies take over the world? Why do we create monsters? Smartphone, friend or foe? Who is listening? Should we be scared of hackers? Come along and find out in this special event as part of the first Shelley Frankenstein Festival!

Speakers will include Computer Scientist Dr. Andy Farnell, psychotherapist K.E Brown and security engineer L. Cowley.
Monday 31 October 2016 19:00
Theatre 2000
Love Story
A musical by Stephen Clark and Howard Goodall, inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling novel of the same name. Oliver, a rich young man, meets Jenny, a poor student and gifted pianist. Against all odds they fall in love, only for their lives together to end tragically. The musical premiered in Chichester in 2010 before transferring to the West End. This poignant story has breathtakingly beautiful music and is sure to tug at the heartstrings.
Wednesday 02 November 2016 20:00
Thursday 03 November 2016 20:00
Friday 04 November 2016 20:00
Saturday 05 November 2016 20:00
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
Hugh Jackman & Christopher Walken in
Film: Eddie the Eagle
Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, Eddie takes on the establishment at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

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.
Thursday 10 November 2016 20:00
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
The Shooting From The Hip 48 Hour Film Contest presents film makers new and seasoned with the ultimate creative challenge. Write, shoot and edit a film all in 48 hours. See a night of thrills and spills as local film making talent compete for the Golden Holster award for best film and get in on the action by voting for your favourite film at Bournemouth’s most exhilarating film making event – The Shooting From The Hip 48 Hour Film Contest Screening.
Thursday 17 November 2016 19:00
Musique a Trois present
Musique a Trois
Cabaret style Swing & Jazz-French-Chanson, with 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. .

Seated at tables in our Mulberry Room, choose from our standard ticket for the show or our platter ticket which also includes an individual selection of meats, cheeses and bread. The bar is open from 7pm.
Tables will be allocated in order of booking and your table number will be available on arrival at the venue. Tables seat 4 persons and you may be sharing. Please call the venue if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
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
Rotary Young Musician Competition
Rotary Young Musician Competition
Rotary Young Musician Competition with Bournemouth Music Competition winners. Jack Maguire comperes this 2016 event. Previous winners include 2 national finalists and two national winners. It is a showcase of Bournemouth’s young talented musicians.

Please note, the £1 under 18s ticket can only be purchased within the same transaction as an Adult ticket.
Sunday 20 November 2016 15:30
Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski in
Film: Victoria
This film is not a movie; it's not about a bank robbery. It IS bank robbery. "Victoria" was shot in one single take. No cuts. No CGI. No cheap tricks. Just one shot. Sweeping the European film awards circuit for its artistic and technical prowess, this stunning and intense film can now be seen on our big screen in dazzling HD.

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.
Thursday 24 November 2016 20:00
The amassed body of music from this hugely popular and sincerely adored singer/songwriter made for a collection of 'must have' records across a whole generation. Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat were on everyone's turntables and on every radio station, live versions are played in concerts, bars and on the world's beaches to this day. Songs such as Wild World, Father and Son, Moonshadow and Where do the Children play have been covered by hundreds of Artists worldwide.

Keith James is one of the most active and inventive performers on this Country's concert scene. All of his concerts are based on dedicated studies of poets and songwriters with whom both he himself and audiences identify as having a quality and integrity far above the norm.

'Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice' Sunday Times
Friday 25 November 2016 20:00
Doppelganger Productions
‘I just want to be miserable like everyone else!’

A vivacious young woman called Hap – nickname for happy – goes to the doctor claiming that there is something wrong with her: she is too happy! Hap always feels so full of joy and wellbeing – and she doesn’t like it. The doctor she visits is a manic depressive. Hap tries to convince the doctor that her condition is serious. Her inability to experience sadness or depression has made her feel inadequate and a social outcast. Her rich booming laughter has destroyed many a friendship and employment opportunity. Hap expresses the impossibility in modern times of simple uncomplicated happiness.
Saturday 26 November 2016 20:00
Chris Fogg Projects
Tree House
Tree House by Chris Fogg is a story of love and dreams, promises and betrayals, hope and redemption, shot through with warmth, humour and compassion.

It relates the fortunes of three people – Robbie, Jane and Alan – whom we first encounter as children playing in a tree house on a piece of waste ground on the edge of a village. We then follow each of them as they navigate their way along the different rungs of the social and property ladder: Jane goes into law, politics and the media; Alan pursues a career in property, finance and the City; while Robbie joins the Army, carries out a number of tours of duty in Afghanistan, defusing roadside bombs, where a spontaneous act of kindness leads to a sudden and unexpected tragedy. Some years later fate conspires to bring all three back to the waste ground, back to the tree house, where old scores are settled in a final act of reckoning. A story for our times. A play for today.
Thursday 01 December 2016 19:30
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
Celebrity impersonator/YouTube Sensation Charlie Hides returns to Shelley Theatre with a festive tribute to some of the world's biggest divas. 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 03 December 2016 20:00
You are invited to join Direct Theatre Improv's highly disciplined troupe of actors for an unscripted evening of crazy performance games, ludicrous scenes and bizarre stories, washed down with sumptuous songs and magnificent musicals. A fun filled frolic fest' of spontaneous stupidity, mixed with moments of extreme tension, dark secrets and Christmas joy. Everything is accompanied by the incredibly intelligent Mr Quaver on keyboard. What more could you possibly want from the approaching season of caring and sharing?!
Sunday 04 December 2016 19:30
Bournemouth Folk Club
Jim Moray
Thirteen years ago Jim Moray released an album that changed the way people perceived, played and presented English folk music. Sweet Englandarrived at a time when, with just a few notable exceptions, traditional music was performed much as it had been in the 1970s to an audience of insiders and aficionados. Jim Moray was a Bowie and Blur fan singing ballads with all of his influences unfurled.

As awards and rave reviews stacked up, much was made of Moray's fearlessness in pushing the boundaries of traditional music. With support: KADIA, a superb local folk act gaining a national reputation.
Friday 09 December 2016 20:00
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
From cosy Christmas jumpers and the warmth of a well worn Christmas tale to sing-a-long-a-Christmas-songs and the world's biggest game of charades, Bob and Lorna's Christmas Party has it all.

This very special event is part performance and part party, filling the theatre, bar and foyer with music, stories, laughter and your favourite Christmas games. So put on your party shoes and join Bob and Lorna for a joyful celebration of the festive season's best bits.
Friday 16 December 2016 19:30
Saturday 17 December 2016 19:00
Sunday 18 December 2016 19:00
Tuesday 20 December 2016 19:30
Wednesday 21 December 2016 19:30
Thursday 22 December 2016 19:30
Friday 23 December 2016 19:30
Saturday 24 December 2016 14:00
Bournemouth Folk Club
Steve Knightley
Steve Knightley is the song writing force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England and with three Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name.

The Exeter-based singer-songwriter writes the majority of material for the band, which also features multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer, and together they won the Best Live Act title in the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – the only category voted for by the public.

But Steve is also enjoying success as a solo artist, renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but beyond.
Thursday 12 January 2017 20:00
Bournemouth Folk Club
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding 'damn fine' and by Kate Rusby as 'absolutely amazing', Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs - combining their music with history, folklore and storytelling.
Saturday 28 January 2017 20:00
Wild Heart & Lyric
Wolf Meat
An irreverent, wickedly funny take on the Red Riding Hood tale, set in Grandma's Croydon drug den.

This compelling new show from Wildheart & Lyric brings slapstick, absurdist humour and live music to a world of dirty deals and mistaken identity. Having enjoyed sell-out runs in both Brighton and London, the production now tours the UK for the first time.

Join Grandma, Red, Wolfie and Luna for a raucous ride that subverts well-known characters and turns morals on their heads. This project has benefited from the support of Arts Council England.
Saturday 11 February 2017 20:00
Shelley Theatre
My Dad's Shed
A free event for ticket holders from tonights 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.

Saturday 11 February 2017 21:00
Join the wayward Reynard. H. Fox and his reluctant sidekick Rabbit as they meander their way around the world of the Owl and the Pussycat in their beautiful pea-green boat. Dodge the jellyfish in the deep blue sea, climb the bong-tree to meet the spirit who dwells within and journey with them to find the mystical shilling. Aided by a rockabilly hog (Elvis Pigsley), a Compass Fish and a melodramatic turkey – will they get the Owl and Pussycat to the hill on time to finally tie the knot?
The MakeShift Ensemble bring adventure and humour to this wonderful retelling of Edward Lear’s classic nonsense poem, brought to life with puppetry and live music .
Saturday 18 February 2017 14:00
Bournemouth Folk Club
Phil Beer
Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. He is Steve Knightley's musical partner in Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England and with three Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name.

A dazzling instrumentalist, Phil was nominated for the coveted Musician of the Year title at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Perhaps best known as a top-flight fiddler, he plays in the all-star line-up Feast of Fiddles, but his skills don't stop there. He also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.
Saturday 25 February 2017 20:00
Polly Morris Music
An Evening with Polly Morris
Singer Songwriter Polly Morris will be in the Shelley Theatre to entertain you with her Observational Comedy Songs and more thoughtful numbers. She will be joined by her band and some surprise guests in order to Launch her Fifth Album.

Polly has produced 4 albums in the last 4 years and the fifth one which includes songs such as " I have turned into my Mother", "Best People" as well as some with a more bluesy feel, promises to be one of the best. Come along for an evening of music and entertainment.
Friday 03 March 2017 19:30
Bournemouth Students Union Performing Arts Society
American Idiot
From the award winning Performing Arts Society from the Student Union at Bournemouth University.

The two-time Tony Award winning musical follows Johnny, Tunny and Will as they try to find meaning in the post 9/11 world. Based on Green Day's multi-platinum album, this energetic rock-opera, written by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, includes songs from the American Idiot and the 21st Century Breakdown album.
Wednesday 15 March 2017 19:30
Thursday 16 March 2017 19:30
Friday 17 March 2017 19:30
Saturday 18 March 2017 19:30
Door Ajar Theatre
Fourteen years have passed since the fateful night Thisbe’s parents, Helena and Demetrius, were lost in the woods. The only thing they remember is waking up completely in love with one another. But as their love becomes obsession, where does this leave their neglected and confused daughter, Thisbe? Cue the prankster Puck and his fairy flunkeys who love nothing more than to meddle with the mortal world. With the promise of solving all of her problems, they lure Thisbe into the woods where it isn’t long before she finds herself embroiled in their roguery. Intoxicated with magic and adventure, has Thisbe gone too far this time? Can she stop her family falling apart? And does she even want to?

BSL interpreted and with an original score, this play is full of playful wit and boisterous theatricality.
Friday 24 March 2017 20:00