Please find below details of shows and events at Lighthouse Poole for May 2024.  

The Mousetrap
until Saturday 4 May, 7.45pm (2.30pm Wed, Sat mat), Theatre
The world’s longest running play on its 70th anniversary tour, this thrilling West End production is the genre-defining murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time, Agatha Christie.

Lighthouse Open Call 2024
until Sunday 11 May, daily, Gallery

Exhibition of work by artists with an association with Dorset.

Royal Opera House: Carmen
Wednesday 1 May, 6.45pm, Cinema

Damiano Michieletto’s sizzling new production evokes all the passion and heat of Bizet’s score with Aigul Akhmetshina performing the title role. Age guidance: 8+
Encore: Saturday 4 May, 6.45pm

BSO: Voices from the East

Wednesday 1 May, 7.30pm, Concert Hall
Kirill Karabits conducts music by Tchaikovsky, Kancheli, Balakirev and his father Ivan Karabits.

Daniel Foxx: Villain
Thursday 2 May, 8pm, Sherling Studio

What’s a little evil amongst friends? Fresh from a complete sell-out extended run at the Edinburgh Fringe, award-winning gossip and TikTok starlet Daniel Foxx delivers a sensational show about childhood, Tilda Swinton and bullying (but in a chic way). Age guidance: 14+

Richard Shelton: Frank Sinatra – The Retirement Concert
Friday 3 May, 7.30pm, Concert Hall

Relive the lightning-in-a-bottle moments celebrating one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, in this note-for-note recreation of the Chairman of the Board’s retirement concert, featuring Richard Shelton and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Studio Jazz: Sarah Gillespie Band
Friday 3 May, 7.45pm, Sherling Studio

The critically acclaimed, Anglo-American songstress Sarah Gillespie mixes jazz and folk and veers from delicate melancholic laments to raucous pastiche and Tom Waits-esque blues played by a virtuosic band of jazz heavies.

Films & Fun: The Princess and the Frog (U)
Saturday 4 May, 10.30am, Cinema

Winning family animation followed by a free themed crafting session.

Laura Smyth: Living My Best Life
Saturday 4 May, 8pm, Sherling Studio

Star of Live At The Apollo and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Laura Smyth’s brand-new show explores all aspects of modern life. Age guidance: 14+

The Next Generation – School of Rock: The Musical
Sunday 5 May, 3pm, 7pm, Theatre

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes, the UYT youth group production is based on the 2003 film.

NT Live: Nye (cert tbc)
Tuesday 7 May, 7.30pm, Cinema

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state and created the NHS.

BSO: Iolanta

Wednesday 8 May, 7.30pm, Concert Hall
Kirill Karabits conducts Tchaikovsky’s final opera, with Olga Kulchynska in the title role.

Orchestra Baobab
Wednesday 8 May, 7.30pm, Theatre

Senegal’s legendary band celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new album scheduled for release in the Autumn.

English Touring Opera: Manon Lescaut
Friday 10 May, 7.30pm, Theatre

Puccini’s opera based on a controversial book by the Abbé Provost, Manon Lescaut is a devastating depiction of a woman wrestling with her desire for love on her own terms, and the rigid double standards imposed on her by society.

Cider With Kirsty
Friday 10 May, 8pm, Sherling Studio

Award-winning masters of improvisation The Ciderhouse Rebellion with acclaimed singer Kirsty Merryn tour their debut album.

English Touring Opera: The Great Stink
Saturday 11 May, 11am, 2pm, Theatre

The second opera in ETO’s series about climate change and the environment, a hilarious, participatory family show about poo… lots of it! Brought to life by singers, musicians and puppets, audiences meet Queen Victoria, Prime Minister Disraeli, and even the Thames herself. Age guidance: 7+

English Touring Opera: The Rake’s Progress
Saturday 11 May, 7.30pm, Theatre

Stravinsky’s brilliantly inventive opera charts young Tom Rakewell’s journey from an unexpected inheritance to dissolution at the hands of his own naivety and a mysterious new friend.

Rob Lamberti Presents Perfectly George
Saturday 11 May, 7.30pm, Concert Hall

From Wham!, through the diverse eras of his solo career, including timeless hits like Careless Whisper, Faith, I’m Your Man, Club Tropicana, and many more, the show tells the story of George Michael in the vast repertoire of songs that made him an icon.

Coastal Comedy
Saturday 11 May, 8pm, Sherling Studio

Three more hilarious stand-ups hosted by resident MC Adrienne Coles at our monthly comedy night. Age guidance: 18+

Fisherman’s Friends
Sunday 12 May, 7.30pm, Concert Hall

The original Cornish ‘buoy band’ is known around the world, bound by shared experience. For more than 30 years they have gathered on the Platt on the harbour in their native Port Isaac to sing the songs of the sea, songs that in some cases have been handed down for hundreds of years. Age guidance: under 14s to be accompanied by an adult

Dean Friedman
Sunday 12 May, 7.30pm, Sherling Studio

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.

BSO: Shostakovich Five
Wednesday 15 May, 7.30pm, Concert Hall

Kirill Karabits conducts music by Bartók, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Jah Wobble’s Metal Box Rebuilt In Dub
Wednesday 15 May, 7.30pm, Theatre
Jah Wobble’s career spans over 40 years in which he’s played on countless albums, with performers such as PIL’s John Lydon, U2’s The Edge, Sinead O’Connor, combining global music, reggae, fusion and punk influences.

Adam Beattie and Fiona Bevan
Wednesday 15 May, 8pm, Sherling Studio
Songwriter/fingerstyle guitarist Beattie will be double headlining with multi-platinum Canadian-British singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan.

42nd Street: The Musical (PG)
Thursday 16 May, 7.30pm, Cinema

The largest ever staging of the Tony Award-winning musical was filmed live at the Theatre Royal in London’s West End with national treasure Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock.

90s Live
Friday 17 May, 7.30pn, Concert Hall

Get ready as we spice up your life, taking you back for good and hit you one more time with the ultimate 90s party night out.

Studio Jazz: Nishla Smith: The Beast
Friday 17 May, 7.45pm, Sherling Studio

Nishla is one of the brightest singers and artists on the UK scene. Her band project The Beast is an explosion of musical and narrative ideas, told through song and performed by a stunning combination of brilliant young musicians.

Feel the Music
Saturday 18 May, 3pm, Concert Hall
Join twenty-five brilliantly talented young disabled and non-disabled musicians for an uplifting classical concert experience.

BRB2: Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection
Saturday 18 May, 2.30pm, 7.45pm, Theatre

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Poole with Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection performed by BRB2, some of the very best young dancers from around the world.

Behold Ye Ramblers
Saturday 18 May, 8pm, Sherling Studio

a new play about The Clarion newspaper and the organisations formed by its readership whose

campaigning for the right to roam, brought them into conflict with landowners’ hunting and shooting activities and laws that prioritised private property over the wellbeing of others.

The Irish House Party
Monday 20 May, 7.30pm, Theatre

At last, an Irish music show that has come out of Ireland without the clichés that usually follow! Incredibly talented musicians and dancers simply want to bring you the sound and fun of Ireland in an intimate and homely setting.

The Zombies
Tuesday 21 May, 7.30pm, Theatre

Resurrected by original members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, The Zombies chart their career from their breakthrough hit She’s Not There to 2023’s long-awaited new album Different Game.

Royal Ballet: The Winter’s Tale (cert TBC)
Wednesday 22 May, 7.15pm, Cinema

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, The Winter’s Tale is an award-winning modern ballet classic, packed with emotional turmoil heightened by Joby Talbot’s compelling score and Bob Crowley’s atmospheric designs.

Encore: Saturday 25 May, 7.15pm

Rave On
Wednesday 22 May, 7.45pm, Theatre

With hits from the likes of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Lulu, The Beach Boys and many more, Rave On is a thrilling tour through music’s most revolutionary decades.

Good Habits
Wednesday 22 May 8pm, Sherling Studio

One of the UK’s most exciting new folk duos , Good Habits’ award-winning, genre-fusing sound has received international critical acclaim in the three short years they have been performing.

Simon Reeve: To the Ends of the Earth
Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm, Concert Hall

With behind the scenes footage and stunning imagery, Simon will inspire and remind audiences that we all need more journeys in our lives, and plenty of wild experiences.

HAGS: A Musical Extravaganza
Thursday 23 May, 8pm, Sherling Studio

In Bideford in 1682, the final witch trial in Britain took place. Three women were accused of witchcraft, tried & hanged. Fast forward to the present day and name one female magician… pretty tricky. But tonight, three fearless females are climbing out of their boxes, shaking off the sequins and investigating what really happened in a small town in North Devon 340 years ago.

Age guidance: 11+

Poole Pride: ‘We Didn’t Know Whether It was a Revolution or a Party’: John Chesterman & Gay Pride
Friday 24 May – Sunday 16 June, daily, Gallery
Arts University Bournemouth, in association with Bournemouth University and Lush Cosmetics, present a collaborative exhibition of words and images concerning the important and sometimes overlooked history of LGBT+ activism in the UK. At the centre of this exhibition is a research project aimed at recognising the life and work of one of the more elusive figures involved in this story, campaigner, and activist John Chesterman.

Sleeping Beauty: 100 Years of Enchantment
Saturday 25 May, 12.30pm, 6.30pm, Theatre
Be enchanted by this spectacular adaptation of the much-loved tale from award-winning local school, Centre Stage School of Dance and Performing Arts.

The Boy at the Back of the Class
Tuesday 28 May – Saturday 1 June, 7pm (Tues, Fri, Sat), 11am (Wed, Thurs), 2.30pm (Wed, Thurs), 2pm (Sat), Theatre

Told from a child’s perspective, balancing heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class highlights the power of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense and reminds us that everyone needs a place to call home.

Wednesday 19 May, 7.30pm, Concert Hall

Following the release of their highly anticipated new album The Feminine Divine last year, Dexys are back on the road with a new tour that includes Lighthouse for their first show in Poole since 1982.

Pipeline – An Evening on New Writing for Stage 
Wednesday 29 May, 8pm, Sherling Studio 
In association with Dorset Scriptwriters, an opportunity to watch a selection of work in development, rehearsed and performed with actors, presented script in-hand. With an opportunity to discuss the work afterwards in the bar. It’s free to book a ticket. 

Lunchtime Recital: Harold Gordon-Smith
Thursday 30 May, 105pm, Sherling Studio

Harold Gordon-Smith is an international prize-winning guitarist and has performed in venues such as Kings Place and Wigmore Hall as well as Latitude festival.

Dementia Friendly Screening: Grease (PG)
Thursday 30 May, 2pm, Cinema

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in landmark film version of the hit musical.

Message in a Bottle (cert TBC)
Thursday 30 May, 7.20pm, Cinema
Spectacular new dance-theatre show from five-time Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, inspired by and set to the iconic hits of Sting, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Walking On The Moon, and more.

Jive Talkin’
Friday 31 May, 7.30pm, Concert Hall
Renowned as the original and very best Bee Gees tribute show, and the only Bee Gees tribute show that has actually performed with the original Bee Gees – expect a two-hour explosion of music and vocal harmony and all the great Bee Gees hits.

Studio Jazz: Remi Harris Trio
Friday 31 May, 7.45pm, Sherling Studio
Acclaimed guitarist Remi Harris presents an evening of music from the acoustic jazz of the 1930s and 40s to the electric blues of the 1960s and 70s.

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