AUDIENCES will see Johannes Brahms like never before in a new dark comedy shining a spotlight on the composer.

The play, Oysters, features live music and is coming to Dorchester Corn Exchange at 8pm on Wednesday, June 5.

At a party to celebrate the first performance of his Violin Concerto, the composer’s genius is overshadowed by his self-destructive ego. On his quest for perfection we meet a mesmerizing gallery of characters, leading audiences to the question: why art, and what price do we pay for it?

The show is performed by Oysters Creative, a theatre group comprised of an award-winning cast and crew. Co-producers and performers Neil Salvage and Nicholas Collett have between them worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, and have performed in the West End and at the Old Vic.

The play is directed by Amy Bonsall.

Mark Tattersall, artistic director at Dorchester Arts, said: "Oyster Creatives have created a compelling and darkly funny tale, fusing music, history and comedy, that explores the passions and foibles of this iconic character."

Tickets are £14 or £12 for concessions, and can be bought online, in person at the Corn Exchange of by contacting the box office at Dorchester Arts.