Lighthouse: Poole's Centre for the Arts

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21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG
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Carl Orff's Carmina Burana

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana

As part of their 2022-23 season the orchestra will deliver their most ambitious production yet, when they perform at Lighthouse, Arts and Entertainment, Poole. The orchestra will work in partnership with SoundStorm Music Education Agency and supported by Arts Council England. Performing alongside Magna Sinfonia will be other musicians and a sizeable choir formed from students of schools in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The programme opens with John Adams’ mesmeric fanfare Short Ride in a Fast Machine which takes you on an exhilarating musical joyride in a fast car. After which, inspired by a visit to an art exhibition, you’ll hear Pictures at an Exhibition which Mussorgsky composed as a memorial to his friend, the Russian artist Viktor Hartmann. Originally written for solo piano but later orchestrated by Ravel, each of the 10 movements represents one of the artworks on display.

For the main event the huge forces of the collective choir join the orchestra in a performance of Carmina Burana. Carmina Burana translates from Latin as ‘Songs of Beuren’. The title refers to a collection of early 13th-century songs and poems that was discovered in Beuren in 1803. Carl Orff’s setting of this collection of medieval poems to music weaves humour through darkness and joy, with its powerful, pulsating rhythms and inspired melodies used to dramatic effect. The work’s opening movement ‘O Fortuna’ instantly sounds familiar, as it has earnt a place in popular culture through its use in tv and film soundtracks and advertisements, and is now possibly one of the most performed pieces of choral music in the world.

The program features soloists Isabelle Atkinson | Soprano, Morgen Michel | Tenor, Yuki Okuyama | Baritone and the orchestra will be conducted by Maxime Tortelier.

Sat 25 Feb

£16.75–£26.75 (Students £5 Under 18s)

The Classic Rock Show

The Classic Rock Show

Air guitars at the ready for this incredible musical journey through the best moments in rock featuring music by the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Dire Straits and Meat Loaf.

Sat 18 Mar


An Evening with Adam Frost

An Evening with Adam Frost

Due to overwhelming public demand Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost has announced more dates to his ‘An Evening With Adam Frost’ tour In 2023. The tour starts on Friday 17th March at Exeter’s Corn Exchange and culminates on Saturday 22nd April at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn The award winning British garden designer will give advice and tell amusing stories from a lifetime in the garden.

Best known for his successes at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Adam will explore his love for the great outdoors. His interest started from a very young age whilst helping his grandparents with their allotment and he became fascinated with watching plants and vegetables grow, and the wildlife it attracted.

From working with Geoff Hamilton at Barnsdale Gardens to going solo in 1996 for the rollercoaster ride of designing multiple award-winning show gardens there is nothing that he doesn’t know about gardening! Adam remains passionate about inspiring adults and children alike to start their own horticultural journeys. This show is enlightening and engaging, promising to leave you eager to head home and get your gardening gloves on.

Adam Frost is an award-winning British garden designer, TV presenter and motivational speaker. Aside from BBC’s Gardeners’ World (BBC Two), he also appears regularly on the BBC’s coverage of RHS Flower Show. He has also featured on The One Show and DIY SOS (BBC One) as well as The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV). In 2016 he won ‘Best New Talent’ at the RTS West Awards. Since 2007, Adam has amassed seven gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He regularly lectures on a wide range of horticultural topics, both nationally and internationally and is a regular contributor to Gardeners’ World and other horticultural magazines.

His first book ‘Real Gardens’ was published in 2015 and his second ‘RHS How to Create your Garden: Ideas and Advice for Transforming your Outdoor Space’ is available now. In 2014 Adam set up The Homebase Garden Academy with the specific aim of helping Britain’s next generation of horticulture students to kick-start their careers, by teaching them about garden design and landscaping. As well as running his own garden design and landscape business he also sits on the Horticulture Trades Association; is an RHS Ambassador and runs The Adam Frost Garden School where he hosts masterclasses on design and other gardening courses. Adam and his wife Sulina live in Lincolnshire with their four children, one horse, two ponies, two dogs and an ancient cat.

Sat 18 Mar


Frankie Boyle: Lap of Shame

Frankie Boyle: Lap of Shame

The Scottish comedian tours his latest hour.

Thu 30 Mar


Hey Duggee

Hey Duggee

Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show is going to be HUGE and will feature Duggee, the Squirrels and many more of your favourite characters! Betty wants to make costumes, Happy wants to sing, Tag wants to make music, Norrie wants to dance, Roly wants jelly and they all want you to join them at the Clubhouse.

There is so much to do, but luckily Duggee has his Theatre Badge. Will you get yours too? A-Woof!

Join Duggee and the Squirrels in this new vibrant interactive production bursting with music, puppets and barrels of laughs along the way.

It’s time for a Duggee hug!

Sat 25 Feb


Sun 26 Feb


Jenny Eclair: Sixty Plus! (FFS!)

Jenny Eclair: Sixty! (FFS)

A grumpy look at life from Ms Eclair, having hit 60 and a new decade of decrepitude.

Fri 27 Oct


Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny 2.0

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Famed for his award-winning stand-up and TV presenting roles, comedian Jimmy Carr celebrates an illustrious career spanning more than two decades.

Thu 23 Mar


The Levellers

The Levellers

Perennial crusty favourites influenced by punk and traditional English music.

Fri 10 Mar


Lloyd Griffith: One Tonne of Fun

Lloyd Griffith: Not Just a Pretty Face

After Lloyd's last tour was interrupted by ‘you know what' and ended up lasting eight years or so, he's BACK with a brand-new fresh stand-up tour show for 2023. This is Lloyd's biggest tour to date and he is pumped/really needs you to come. Since school, Lloyd has always been a show off, doing anything he can to make people laugh, and 20 odd years later, nothing's changed. There'll be his unique bag of stand up, dubious impressions, and obviously a sprinkling of his (incredible) singing. Lloyd Griffith is: One Tonne of Fun.

As seen on Ted Lasso, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Soccer AM, Comedy Central at The Comedy Store, Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club, Can You Beat The Bookies, Roast Battle, Question of Sport, Not Going Out, House of Games and loads of other stuff. Jack Whitehall's Arena tour support.

Wed 1 Mar


Midge Ure: Voice and Visions Tour

Midge Ure: Voice and Visions Tour

Midge Ure & Band Electronica celebrate 40 years since the release of Ultravox's Rage In Eden and Quartet albums.

Sat 6 May


Prue Leith

Nothing is off the menu in this frank, revealing and very funny all new show.

In her first ever live show, Prue will take audiences through the ups and downs of being a successful restaurateur, novelist, businesswoman and Great British Bake-Off judge - feeding the rich and famous, cooking for royalty and even poisoning her clients!

In the second half of the show Prue will be joined on stage by Clive Tulloh. Clive will put questions from the audience that they’ve always wanted to ask to Prue making the show a unique night to remember.

Fri 10 Feb


Ross Noble: Jibber Jabber Jamboree

Ross Noble: Humournoid

Comedian Ross Noble's newest hour.

Thu 15 Feb


Stacey Dooley

Stacey Dooley

Stacey Dooley has firmly established herself as one of the most recognisable faces on British TV. Alongside her hugely popular BBC investigative series, in which she covered a diverse range of topics from across the world, the documentary maker and author of the Sunday Times bestseller, On the Frontline with the Women Who Fight Back, is also the presenter of BBC1's This Is My House; BBC2’s DNA; Glow Up for BBC3, and W's Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over – and lest we forget, our 2018 Strictly champion.

Following several sell-out UK tours, Stacey is heading back on the road to celebrate the publication of her new book, which explores the mental health crisis in Britain and its particular impact on young people, inspired by Stacey’s two most recent documentaries on mental health.

In conversation for these limited events, Stacey will open up the conversation about mental health in young people, to challenge the stigma and stereotypes around it. Having worked in collaboration with mental health experts and charities, Stacey will responsibly share the stories of young people in the UK directly affected by mental health issues, in order to shine a light on life on the mental health frontline and give a voice to young people throughout the UK who are living with mental health conditions across the spectrum.

Stacey will also touch on related, broader topics which she has tackled in her documentaries – poverty, addiction, identity, the pressures of social media – and look back on the stand-out moments and interactions from her wide-reaching career.

Join her for what promises to be a thought-provoking, inspiring and informative evening. With a chance to try your own hand at journalism and ask Stacey the questions, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Presented by Fane.

Sun 18 Jun


The Tap Dancing Mermaid

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Front Room is excited to invite you to gather round for the Moon’s magical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night.

Marina, The Moon and a bunch of beautiful, hand-crafted mer-puppets are swimming their way to Front Room to star in the 10 year anniversary tour of The Tap Dancing Mermaid, ready to meet a new generation of mer-fans!

Tessa Bide Productions bring you stunning puppets, original live music and tap dancing that will make you want to stick 50ps to your shoes and join in!

For everyone aged 3 to 133.

Sat 18 Mar

Times to be confirmed

Tubular Bells Live in Concert

Tubular Bells Live in Concert

The spectacle marks the 50th anniversary of Tubular Bells, the debut studio album by English multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter Mike Oldfield. Oldfield, who was just 17 years old when he started composing the music, recorded and played almost all of the instruments on the album. Conceived in 1971 and finally released in 1973, it gained worldwide acclaim when the opening theme was used for the soundtrack of the horror film The Exorcist. Tubular Bells is a progressive journey through classical, jazz, folk, prog rock and electronica.

Ten performers from Circa Contemporary Circus present Oldfield’s work in its physical form, their heart-stopping acrobatics intricately woven together to reflect the music. The performance is directed by Yaron Lifschitz. The musical director, Robin Smith, has collaborated with Mike Oldfield over three decades including memorable performances of Tubular Bells at Edinburgh Castle in 1992 and at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Thu 9 Feb


What's Love Got To Do With It?

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Ultimate tribute concert to Tina Turner, presented by the award-winning producers behind Whitney - Queen Of The Night.

Thu 22 Jun


Whitney: Queen of the Night

Whitney: Queen of the Night

A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in the spirit of Whitney, deliver a show that exceeds expectation on every level.

Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s that include, 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody', 'One Moment In Time', 'I’m Every Woman', 'My Love is Your Love', 'So Emotional Baby', 'Run to You', 'Saving All My Love', 'I Will Always Love You', and many more, this show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artiste in the world ever!

Whitney’s one true legacy was her music which touched most of us at some time in our lives. Share her life and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the Night!

Fri 17 Mar


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