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Little by little, things at the Arts Centre are getting back to some sort of normality.

Our room hire is gradually picking up, rehearsals are underway for the October production of Bugsy Malone (tickets are selling well already) and plans are afoot for a pantomime in January.

Our Friday films are back in September and the monthly Tuesday afternoon seniors’ matinees (for over 50s) have returned. These are ticketed events, which can be bought on the day or in advance.

The Gallery continues to thrive with increased footfall and in the autumn, we hope to allow artists to resume holding private viewings, albeit with reduced numbers.

Our season of recorded live streaming events began well with The King and I in August and the delighted audience was able to feel safe and enjoy a drink and ice cream in the interval. We’re now looking forward to showing Michael Ball and Alfie Boe – Back Together, in September and the ballet Cinderella in December.

We are aware that COVID is still with us and will be for some time to come, so for the time being we will continue to operate a socially distanced seating plan and encourage the wearing of masks in narrow or busy spaces.

We would like you to know that the seating plan is flexible and if you wish to book a single seat or come with a small group, willing to sit together, we can arrange this for you.

Just ask at the Box office or email

We hear reports that some theatres are now fully open, but we have to remember that our elderly building is not really fit for purpose and does not have the space, ventilation or insulation that we really require.

Perhaps, now is the time to pick up on our expansion plans again.

Jenny Parker

The Box Office is open 10:00 – 12:30, Monday to Saturday.

The Film Society’s activities have been curtailed by the pandemic since early 2020 but with recent and planned relaxations of government restrictions, the Committee has been considering the way forward.

Founded nearly 40 years ago, the society is determined to continue to offer a wide variety of feature films in the Arts Centre auditorium to members and the local community.

The current plan (early July 2021) is to start a new season in September, beginning with the three films left from 2019-20: Leave No Trace, Woman at War and Sorry We Missed You.

These would be followed by County Lines (a locally made film) and four award-winning titles: Nomadland, The Father, Sound of Metal and Judas and the Black Messiah.

So, once things are confirmed, there’ll be every reason to renew or take out a Film Society membership.

Further news will follow when we have it.

The Shaftesbury Arts Centre Art Group will start its usual Workshop meetings on Monday 13th of September 2021 at 2.00pm finishing at 4.30pm, in the Phoenix Room. The workshops will continue as usual on Monday afternoons, with the exception of the half-term break on Monday 25th of October. Monday 13th December will be the last workshop until early January 2022. All mediums and abilities are welcome.

For more information  see the Art Group page.