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2019 Season

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A Victorian thriller
by Patrick Hamilton
21st-23rd February 2019
Tivoli Theatre Wimborne
Tel: 01202 885566
Tickets £13 evenings, £11 Saturday matinee *

This classic Victorian thriller is a powerful story of a young woman psychologically dominated by her husband.

While Jack Manningham is out on the town each evening his wife Bella stays at home alone, believing she’s losing her mind. She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of the living room gaslights. The surprise arrival of retired Detective Rough leads to a shocking discovery that will shake her respectable Victorian marriage to its core.

Gaslight was first staged in 1938 and won Ingrid Bergman an Oscar for her role in the 1944 film version. As well as his other great play Rope (filmed by Alfred Hitchcock), Patrick Hamilton wrote several acclaimed novels, including Hangover Square and the trilogy Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky.

The play is directed by Sam Moulton and produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

* booking fees may apply

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The classic comedy
by Oliver Goldsmith

27th-30th June 2019

Open air production in the
grounds of Deans Court Wimborne

Tickets on sale at Tivoli Theatre Wimborne
Tel: 01202 885566
£14 in advance*

£15 on the gate (subject to availability - cash sales only)

Oliver Goldsmith’s witty and warm-hearted comedy has been delighting audiences for nearly 250 years.

Hardcastle, a country squire, is expecting the arrival of Marlow, the son of an aristocratic friend he’d like to introduce to his daughter Kate, with a view to marriage. But thanks to Hardcastle’s mischievous stepson Tony Lumpkin, Marlow mistakes his prospective father-in-law for an innkeeper, and Kate for the barmaid.

The good news is, while Marlow is entirely tongue-tied and incapable of eye contact with a lady of his own class, he’s an absolute charmer with women of a different stamp. And so, as Hardcastle’s indignation intensifies, Kate’s appreciation for her misguided suitor soars, as she hides her true identity and ‘stoops to conquer’.

Meanwhile Marlow’s friend Hastings is in love with Kate’s cousin Constance. But standing in their way is Constance’s aunt and guardian, the selfish and vain Mrs Hardcastle, who wants her niece to marry her son Tony so that Constance’s inheritance of valuable jewels stays in the family.

Chaos and confusion ensue in this classic comedy of errors! Come and join us in the glorious grounds of Deans Court to watch one of the great comedies of the English language. Directed by Richard Neal.

Grounds open for picnics 60 minutes before performance starts. Vehicle access ONLY via Poole Road (BH21 1QF). Pedestrians ONLY via the Deans Court Lane entrance (BH21 1EE). Free parking. Licensed bar. Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. Performances will continue in most weather, including wet weather, so bring appropriate clothing. Refunds will only be issued in the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled before the play starts. Please see Conditions of Sale.

* booking fees may apply


By Craig Warner
Based on the novel ‘Strangers on a Train’ by Patricia Highsmith

17th-19th October 2019
Tivoli Theatre Wimborne

Guy Haines and Charles Bruno meet on a train. Because they're strangers they "can say anything they like" to one another. Bruno proposes the perfect murder: he will kill Guy's unfaithful wife if Guy will kill his much-hated father. Guy never imagines Bruno is serious. But Bruno is deadly serious.
Phyllis Spencer directs this tense psychological thriller.