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Coordinates: 50°43′05″N 1°58′40″W / 50.71806°N 1.97778°W / 50.71806; -1.97778

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Lighthouse
Arts centre, Theatre and Cinema
Founded Poole in 1978
Headquarters Poole

Lighthouse is an arts centre in Poole, Dorset, England. According to Arts Council England it is the largest arts centre in the United Kingdom outside London.

It has a 669-seat theatre, a 1,500 seat concert hall, a 150-seat studio, a 105-seat cinema, an Image Lab/media suite, a large gallery for photography and digital art, a restaurant and three function rooms. The concert hall is home to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

The Lighthouse is opposite Poole Bus Station and the Dolphin Shopping Centre.

Programming and types of shows

Lighthouse provides a wide-ranging programme, including:

Theatre

  • Mid-scale musical tours (such as Fame and Blood Brothers)
  • Opera (annually from English Touring Opera)
  • Dance (both contemporary and classical)
  • Ballet
  • Plays (ranging from classics such as Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls to more modern day 'kitchen sink dramas')
  • Pantomime (Cinderella for 2006/7 starring Bobby Crush, Peter Duncan & Brian Cant)
  • Comedy

Concert hall

Studio

  • Small scale children's theatre
  • Small scale adult theatre

Cinema

Eclectic mix of world cinema, and recent releases normally presented 4–8 weeks after general release.

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