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Lighthouse: Poole's Centre for the Arts

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21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG
  • Telephone 01202 280000
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 10am–9pm.
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  • Website www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
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Ben Elton

Ben Elton

The legendary comedian, author and playwright heads out on a stand-up tour for the first time in 15 years.

Sat 19 Oct

£34

BSO: Beethoven's Fifth

Violin Fireworks

It is in the Fifth Symphony that you truly encounter the genius of Beethoven through the musical manifestations of his intimate thoughts, his secret sorrows and his intensely concentrated rage. If listened to with fresh ears, it is still possible to be astonished at the force and compressive power of this awesome vision of triumph over tragedy. Chopin’s early-Romantic concerto par excellence is dominated by the piano with the orchestra merely providing a light accompaniment. Brimming with bold and colourful details, Chopin’s delicate touch and dazzling virtuosity shines through. Imaginative and personal, its poetry and virtuosity linger long in the memory. Verdi’s intricate writing and captivating harmonic language makes this quite an overture – the changes in character from solemn to jubilant creating both intrigue and wonder.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Wed 20 Mar

£16–£48

BSO: Classic FM Hall of Fame

Classic FM Hall of Fame

Rossini’s evocative overture with its flowing melodies and infectious momentum, is instantly recognisable while Grieg’s Piano Concerto is loved for its lyrical and melodic tunes, drawn from Norwegian folk music. Witness the fire, passion and revenge in a doomed Spanish love story in the orchestral suite from Bizet’s Carmen and bathe in the silvery light of Debussy’s ode to the moon. Finally, Gershwin’s vivid musical postcard portrays the impressions of Parisian life – the American tourist brought to life in a bluesy trumpet solo, rollicking syncopated rhythms, and sweeping, romantic melodies.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Sat 20 Apr

£12–£43 (Children £6–£21.50)

BSO: Counterpoint Counterparts

Counterpoint Counterparts

In just four years Mozart wrote sixteen glorious piano concertos. No.23 (K.488) was an immediate success, remaining popular probably as much for its wistfulness as for melodies verging on the sublime. It does not open with fanfare – rather it begins with a gentle melody, setting the stage for a unique blend of moods from quiet serenity to flashes of aural radiance. The spirited finale perhaps reminds us that this was the product of one of the most exhilarating periods in his tragically brief life. In his Fifth Symphony, Bruckner built on the Austro-German symphonic tradition of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, taking it to a monumental scale infused with rich, progressive harmonies and a stunning mastery of counterpoint, containing his most complex and innovative musical thoughts, set out like a huge mathematical puzzle.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Wed 13 Mar

£16–£48

BSO: Elgar's Enigma

Love and Death

A work dazzling in its ingenuity, technical skill and range of expression Enigma Variations was an immediate popular success and catapulted Elgar into national and international fame. The original theme is remarkable in that it has the same rhythm whether it is played forwards or backwards, and the two halves of the phrase suggest two different keys that create drama into the melody. Sibelius’ last symphony shines with a unique radiance. It is the culmination of a lifetime of work in the direction of concision and organic unity within symphonic form; themes and ideas mingling together in a seamless tapestry of motifs. Schumann’s Cello Concerto is a thoughtful work, at times contemplative and questioning, at others stormy and tumultuous, even playful. Ives referred to The Unanswered Question as a “cosmic landscape” in which the strings portray “the silences of the Druids.” Over that quiet background the solo trumpet phrase asks “the perennial question of existence.”

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Wed 24 Apr

£16–£48

BSO: Heroes & Superheroes

BSO: Heroes & Superheroes

Heroes both historical and fictitious as well as superheroes of the Marvel and DC comics are a fertile mine of inspiration for Hollywood and some of the best big screen adventures ever. With music from the glorious days of Technicolor© to the recent blockbusters of today!

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Sat 15 Mar

£14–£46

BSO: Iolanta

Iolanta

Tchaikovsky’s last opera is tender, magical and poignant. Extolling the healing power of love, Iolanta tells the story of the king of Provence’s daughter, who is blind. King René has forbidden anyone from revealing the truth. When two young knights – her intended bridegroom and his best friend – stumble into the castle, Iolanta falls in love and discovers the truth about her sight. Upon learning of her illness, she yearns and wishes for healing so sincerely that a miracle happens, and she is cured; the opera culminating in a joyous hymn of praise. The score is particularly notable for its opening prelude which features only winds. The love duet is the best-known moment in the opera, as is the grand finale, both featuring some of Tchaikovsky’s most uplifting melodies.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Wed 8 May

£16–£48

BSO: Let's Dance

Let's Dance

Ravel greatly admired Schubert’s collection of Valses Nobles and Valses Sentimentales, inspiring him to write his own cycle of eight solo piano waltzes which he later orchestrated – each a sparkling jewel. His “choreographic poem” La Valse, however, is a dizzying parody of every aspect of the waltz idiom. Unable to control the wild inertia of its own energy, the piece tears itself apart from within. According to Saint-Saëns himself, the Piano Concerto No.5 was a musical representation of a sea voyage and its wide range of musical motifs do certainly evoke exotic ports of call. Written in Luxor whilst on holiday, it quotes a Nubian love song he heard a Nile boatman sing. Its carefree attitude and delicate orchestral accompaniment is a tantalizing glimpse of the bold, new musical landscape of the French Impressionists that was to follow. Tchaikovsky songs and piano pieces are transformed with considerable affection, wit, and imagination in Stravinsky’s charming suite.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Wed 10 Apr

£16–£48

BSO: Shostakovich Five

Musical Puzzles

Fearing for his life and bowing to pressure from the brutal Stalinist state, Shostakovich wrote his Fifth Symphony to appease the authorities. It was hugely successful – the government was pleased that the rebel had knuckled under, beguiled by its grandeur, beauty and final rousing march, but to many the triumph rang hollow and the Russian in the street saw the truth behind the façade. Brimming with lyricism and unbridled energy, Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto is his most engaging. With its vigorous, percussive themes, moments of sweeping grandeur, angularity and brilliance, it was a break from the Romantic concertos of the past. Composed for a pantomime, Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin is a parable about lust, power relations and the fear of the strange. In turns brutal, frenetic, intense and dream-like, the music is some of his most experimental.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Wed 15 May

£16–£48

BSO: The Best of Williams and Zimmer

The Best of Williams and Zimmer

Two titans of the film music world compete head to head! In a concert featuring some of the best scores of John Williams and Hans Zimmer, the cream of recent movie music is brought together in one place. Award winning soundtracks of some of the most iconic films of all time include Star Wars, Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter, Interstellar, ET, Batman Begins, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Last Samurai, Pirates of the Caribbean, Superman and many, many more.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Sat 2 Mar

£12–£43 (Children £6–£21.50)

BSO: Verdi's Requiem

Mendelssohn's Masterpiece

Verdi conceived his masterpiece of a Requiem on a grand scale. It is as dramatic and powerful as any of his operas. Some critics were distressed at the overtly theatrical character of the music. Some called it sensational and irreligious, yet the most overtly dramatic moments also provide its most moving and even devout passages. The whirling tumult of the Dies irae or the majestic trumpet summons in the Tuba mirum convey a terrifying vision worthy of those from the Book of Revelations. Whatever may have been written about it, audiences loved it and Brahms himself wrote that only a genius could have written such a work. It stands as an honest spiritual testament from a man who naturally conceived and described his experiences in powerful, direct and theatrical terms.

Please note that there will be no interval in this concert.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Wed 28 Feb

£16–£48

BSO: Voices from the East

Voices from the East

Despite its popularity, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto remains refreshingly original with its exciting and altogether exceptional opening and richly forged musical dramas of powerful virtuosity and of uncommon sensitivity. Karabits’ concerto, subtitled Lamentations, takes inspiration from two tragedies that befell Ukraine in the 20th century – the Stalin policy induced famine of 1932-33 and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. Eclectically scored with theatrical gestures, it is modern orchestral music rooted in tradition. In the predominantly meditative Styx, the viola acts as an intermediary between the lands of the living and the dead. It is also the go-between for the orchestra and the chorus, which sings a patchwork text made up of the names of churches, and the titles of folksongs and lullabies from the composer’s native Georgia. Originally composed for solo piano, Balakirev’s virtuosic Islamey is an oriental fantasy inspired by melodies from the Caucasus Mountains.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Wed 1 May

£16–£48

Chris McCausland: Yonks!

Chris McCausland: Yonks!

Bound & Gagged Comedy by arrangement with HD Management.

Following a stonking set on Live at the Apollo 2018! One of the UK's top stand-ups returns! He's blind. He's a dad. He's a husband. He's third in command. He'll speak about all of that, and loads more. Chris has long been one of the top headliners in the country, so you'll definitely be in safe hands! Unless he offers to drive you home.

Fri 13 Jun

£25

Dare to Dream'2024

Dare to Dream'2024

Embark on a magical journey of imagination with "Dare to Dream", presented by students of Mad4Dance! Our students celebrate iconic characters and stories that have influenced generations over the years. Join us for a night of magic and wonder - where dance becomes the canvas for the stories that have inspired us all!

Mon 8 Apr

Cancelled

Dean Friedman

Dean Friedman

A V.E.P (Very Enthusiastic Person) ticket entitles the ticket holder to attend the Sound Check pre-show, a Meet and Greet, and a Photo Opportunity.

Hailed by critics and fans alike as one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald’s Girl and more.

A consummate entertainer, Friedman will be performing songs from throughout his four-decade career, including familiar, radio hits and fan favourites. Invite family and friends and join Friedman for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share.

Sun 12 May

£30.24–£51.36

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing
  • 1987
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Emile Ardolino
  • Written by: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Cast: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she's disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort's dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby's father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she's determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.

Thu 14 Mar

£29.50–£65.50

Dr John Cooper Clarke: 75 Years of John Cooper Clarke

Dr John Cooper Clarke

The legendary Mancunian punk poet, who is a spiritual godfather to the likes of Mike Skinner and Plan B hauls his insatiable laconic wit on tour.

Sat 20 Apr

Prices to be confirmed

With Luke Wright.

Ed Gamble: Hot Diggity Dog

Ed Gamble

Another 'bracing flurry of idiocy' from the comedian Ed Gamble.

Thu 20 Jun

£29.68

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

The veteran singer-songwriter and guitarist, born Declan Patrick MacManus, plays from a selection of his pub rock and new wave hits including 'Alison', 'Watching The Detectives' and 'Pump It Up'.

Wed 18 Sep

Prices to be confirmed

The Enemy

The Enemy

Typically laddish indie three-piece from Coventry who just about get away with their lack of originality with brute passion. The guys are off on a final tour, so this is the last chance to see them.

Fri 26 Jul

£27.56

Fisherman's Friends

Fisherman's Friends

A nine-man shanty folk group drawing on 200 years of traditional vocal repertoire.

Sun 12 May

£30.25–£37.95

Ian Prowse

Ian Prowse & A Fiddle Of Fire. Mersey Hymns: The Acoustic Tour

Chester-born alt rock singer-songwriter.

Fri 12 Apr

£18.66

Jah Wobble

Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart

The musician, born John Wardle, plays world music from his career, plus new works.

Wed 15 May

£31.27

Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan

First came Neighbours, then the West End beckoned, not forgetting an appearance in the celebrity jungle. And now he's singing again, especially for us.

Fri 21 Feb

£41.04–£159

Jimmy Carr: Laughs Funny

Jimmy Carr: Laughs Funny

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

Sat 12 Oct

£36.50

Laura Smyth: Living My Best Life

Laura Smyth: Living My Best Life

Star of Live At The Apollo, Laura Smyth’s brand-new show explores all aspects of modern life. She has fun mugging off all the madness of parenting, childhood, school, marriage, social media, work, and chasing her dreams.

In her own inimitable style, she gets to the truth of the human experience, treading the line between bluntness and warmth throughout. Ultimately, she is asking how ‘living your best life’ is actually achieved – heads up: it don’t involve Instagram!

Fresh from tour support for Jack Whitehall and Michelle de Swarte, this is her at her uncensored and ridiculous best.

Sat 4 May

£15.50

Lloyd Griffith: Baroque And Roll

Lloyd Griffith: Baroque & Roll

Fresh from supporting Jack Whitehall on his 2023 UK arena tour, comedian Lloyd Griffith is back with a brand new show ‘Baroque and Roll’. It’s a big year for Lloyd, he’s turning 40 and with it, the impending midlife crisis - or ‘renaissance’ as he’s insisting it’s called; complete with body hair removal, head hair additions, teeth whitening and obviously the obligatory half marathon sign up. It’ll be funny and yes, there’ll be the odd song or two from that magnificent voice of his.

As seen on Ted Lasso (Apple), Nolly (ITV), Soccer AM (RIP), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Can you beat the bookies (BBC), Live at The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), House of Games (BBC).

Fri 26 Apr

£17.27

Sat 27 Apr

£17.27

Lou Sanders: One Word: Wow

Lou Sanders: One Word: Wow

It's me again, your old internet friend Dr Giggles.

It's time for a little get together; so pull up a chair, get all cosy and let me tell you about the time I gave this horse a boner. I'll bring my skates, you bring your wallet and we'll all take some piccies.

Maybe this show is the real vaccine?

As seen on The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS), Taskmaster (Channel 4), QI (BBC Two), Travel Man (Channel 4) and co-host of Mel Giedroyc's Unforgivable (Dave).

Sat 12 Apr

£26.88

Lucy Beaumont

Lucy Beaumont

It’s time for the wife to tour now…

Award-winning stand-up comedian before she met Jon Richardson, Lucy Beaumont is going to let loose and let slip on her roller coaster world. Life through the Beaumont lens is more surreal than you could ever imagine.

Wed 27 Mar

£25.20

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets - More Games For May

The Pink Floyd drummer performs songs from two of the band's earliest albums.

Tue 25 Jun

£54.63–£66.50

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Post-Oasis indie rock from Gallagher senior who is happy to dip into the Oasis back catalogue to bolster his set.

Sun 17 Mar

£71.50–£93.50

Paul Foot: Dissolve

Paul Foot: Dissolve

IMWP

Greetings! It's my brand-new show, baybayyy! Ever considered the unique predicament of the soft-shell crab? I have. What about the numerous problems of organising a suburban orgy? The catering, for example. It's an absolute nightmare! The multi award-winning and critically acclaimed comedian presents his 10th solo Edinburgh show prior to extensive tours of the UK, Australia and New Zealand. 'Flat-out hilarious throughout, he remains one of the most original laugh-makers at the Fringe, consistently brilliant… this is live comedy at its most original' ★★★★★ (New European). 'A deranged genius' ★★★★ (Sydney Morning Herald).

Age category: 14+

Thu 4 Apr

£17.99

Paul Weller

Paul Weller

The Modfather and former Jam frontman performs material from his 40-plus year career.

Thu 4 Apr

Sold out

Queenz - The Show With Balls!

Queenz: The Show With Balls!

Direct from their smash-hit run in London's West End, these dazzling divas deliver a night of fun and fabulousness as they dance like Britney and sing like Whitney.

Get ready for jaw dropping live vocals and a set list full of pop party anthems. including. 'Queen Of The Night, Born This Way, Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Musical Mashups and so much more! You'll be feeling fierce and fabulous before you know it!

Age guidance: strictly 14+ contains adult humour and mild language

Thu 28 Mar

£22–£29

Rhod Gilbert & The Giant Grapefruit

Rhod Gilbert & The Giant Grapefruit

Blue Jeans Management

The multi award-winning Welsh comedian is back with a brand-new live show. In a seven-year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod. Almost all of it shit. Just when he thought he'd hit rock bottom, he met a bloke… called John. This show sees Rhod as funny as ever, but like never before. Raw, personal and brutally honest; no more lies, no more nonsense. As seen on Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience, Would I Lie to You?, Taskmaster, QI, The Apprentice: You're Fired, Live at The Apollo, Have I Got News for You.

Age category: 16+

Fri 4 Oct

£35

Rob Beckett: Wallop

Rob Beckett: Wallop

Observational and high-energy new material from the award-winning stand-up whose TV appearances include All Together Now, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live at the Apollo.

Fri 20 Jun

£31.50

Sat 21 Jun

£31.50

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to perform the iconic Rumours album in its entirety, plus a special set celebrating the very best of Fleetwood Mac.

This show allows fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have secured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved groups of all time.

Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups.

Thu 11 Apr

£36.36–£45

Russell Kane Live: Hyperactive!

Russell Kane Live: The Essex Variant!

Russell Kane’s bringing to town his gut-punch funny, searing, award-winning take on the two years we’ve just gone through. Hailed as the The Guardian’s Number 1 comedy performance to come out of 2020 (The Guardian are miserable and usually hate everything) – this high-octane show brings nuclear-energy belly laughs and pant-wetting observations which prove laughter really is the best medicine* (*actually, it’s probably hospital medicine).

Russell Kane has two chart-topping, award-bagging podcasts: Man Baggage and BBC Radio 4’s Evil Genius. He is a regular on Channel 4, BBC, and ITV: all the usual shows you see funny people on. He’s also a writer, actor, and presenter. He drinks lots of coffee and is ‘like that in real life’.

He was the first ever comedian to bag the two most prestigious comedy awards on earth in the same year, for the same show: The Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards (formerly The Perrier), and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award, (formerly known as the Barry Award). He’s also a raving bighead that likes listing his achievements.

Fri 27 Sep

£31.50

Simon Brodkin

Simon Brodkin: 100% Simon Brodkin

Fresh from his sold-out, critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run and becoming the most viewed British comedian of all time on TikTok, world-famous prankster and Lee Nelson creator Simon Brodkin is back with an outrageous new stand-up show.

In ‘Screwed Up’ Simon rips into celebrity culture, social media, the police, Putin, Prince Andrew and Jesus. Nothing is off limits in this hilarious show, including his own mental health, his family, his five arrests and how he once found himself at an underground sex party.

Thu 21 Nov

£27.82

Simon Reeve: To The Ends Of The Earth

Simon Reeve: To The Ends Of The Earth

The journalist sets out on his first-ever tour to discuss the many fascinating adventures he has undertaken.

Thu 23 May

£31.50

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 5 Dec

£19–£30

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 21 Jun

£21.40–£33.20

The Zombies

The Zombies

Psychedelic 60s pop rockers The Zombies return to the stage with both founding and current members vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent.

Tue 21 May

£39.72

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