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HAVING recently survived the Australian jungle in ITV’s ‘I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!’, Colin Baker, also known as the sixth incarnation of the universally loved Doctor in Doctor Who, heads an all star cast for a new adaptation of the classic Victorian thriller The Woman In White, which visits Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts from Tuesday to Saturday.

Based on the book which has never been out of print since its first publication in 1860, Ian Dickens Production have confirmed a cast that also features Peter Amory, best known as the evil Chris Tate in Emmerdale, Neil Stacy, star of the classic comedy Duty Free, Grange Hill’s Karen Ford who played the art teacher ‘Miss Booth’ for seven years and established stage and television actors Glyn Grain and Richard Tate.

Walter Hartright, a handsome art teacher, is assailed by The Woman in White on a London road at midnight where she pleads with him for his help to prevent her from being taken to an asylum. She disappears just as suddenly as she appears, but this first unsettling encounter is the beginning of a long journey which takes Walter to the darkest continents of his heart.

Love, suspense and danger all combine to create a haunting mystery of mistaken identities and stolen fortunes, heroism, high drama and volatile passions.

n IF you’re looking to chase away the winter blues, look no further than Spread a Little Happiness – the great British Songbook at The Point on Tuesday.

Featuring music by some of the UK’s finest songwriters including Noel Coward, Ivor Novello and Andrew Lloyd-Webber, the show takes you on a journey through the hits and headlines of the last 100 years.

Presented by a quartet of performers, the show takes you down memory lane from the racy refrains of Old Time Music Hall and stirring anthems of war to the blockbuster musicals of the 80s.

It promises to be an unforgettable evening of raising the spirits, touching hearts and stirring national pride.

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