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Henry VIII is the only king whose shape your remember. He bestrides our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still reverberate today. The Reformation is the first Brexit; his minsiters devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and his tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics as brutally as in our own age of Isis. In this lecture David Starkey draws on his unique knowldge of Henry's reign on the one hand, and his insights as a leading commentator on modern politics on the other, to illuminate both the Tudor age and our own.
‘Maudie’, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. ‘Maudie’ charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
Director: Aisling Walsh
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett
Run Time: 115minutes
3 Count Wrestling made a hard hitting return to the Forum this past April for the first time since 2013 with their own unique brand of family friendly pro wrestling. Come the 30th September they're back with one of their most unpredictable nights of the year - 3CW presents DARKEST DEEDS! A night of pro wrestling mystery and intrigue, we'll see the mysterious DARKEST DRAW match as well as appearances from local hero and worldwide star Martin Kirby, the current 3CW Champion (at press time) Alex Gracie, ITV World of Sport sensation El Ligero and many more! Tickets start from £12 and a family discount is available!! Ringside seating is available but is selling as quickly as ever - please don't delay if you want the best seats in the house!!
Paris, 1964. Alberto Giacometti, the celebrated artist, bumps into his old friend, a respected American critic, James Lord, and suggests that he sit for a portrait because he has an interesting face. Lord is flattered by the request, but as the days go by and turn into weeks and weeks seemingly with no end in sight, he realises his entire life has been hijacked by the erratic genius. The portrait continues to ebb and flow. Veering between frustration and joy, Lord ultimately sees logic in the artist's chaotic mind and witnesses Giacometti complete one of his last masterpieces.
Another chance to see Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch take on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
Tickets On Sale 10 am Friday 7th April....
“He's blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can't manufacture” – Daily Telegraph
Jason Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.
‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic.
“Effortlessly entertaining” – Evening Standard
Over 16s only
Colin Firth returns as Harry Hart having taken a bullet to the head in the first film. With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.
Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day, shaped the destiny of Iraq after WWI in ways that still reverberate today.
Rural Arts - On Tour and Tangram Theatre present:
Five years ago, James best friend Tom was diagnosed with heart cancer and given three months to live. His last wish was to be given a full Viking burial.
This is the remarkable, hilarious, heart-lifting and outlandish story of how James actually gave his best mate the send off he wanted.
Originally developed at the Vaults Festival where it won the Origins Award, Team Viking was one of the runaway hots of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival, combining storytelling, music and comedy-theatre to rave reviews.
“To call it a comedy about friendship, mourning and terminal illness - which on one level it is - would in no way convey what a joyous thing it is” - The Stage
One of Merchant Ivory’s undisputed masterpieces, this adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic 1910 novel is a saga of class relations and changing times in Edwardian England. Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) become involved with two couples: a wealthy, conservative industrialist (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife (Vanessa Redgrave), and a working-class man (Samuel West) and his mistress (Nicola Duffet). The interwoven fates and misfortunes of these three families and the diverging trajectories of the two sisters" lives are connected to the ownership of HOWARD"S END, a beloved country home. A compelling, brilliantly acted study of one woman’s struggle to maintain her ideals and integrity in the face of Edwardian society’s moribund conformist values.
Director: James Ivory Stars: Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave
Another movie with a stellar cast of British performers. The story of Otto and Elise Hampel, a working-class couple in wartime Berlin who distributed anonymous anti-Hitler protests after their son died, inspired the novelist Hans Fallada to write a fictional account in 1947. Belatedly published in 2009 under the English title Alone in Berlin, it’s actually been filmed four times before, in German and Czech.
Director: Vincent Perez Stars: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl
and support to be announced
The UK's leading comedian/magician is coming to Northallerton! Recently seen on ITV1’s ‘The Next Great Magician’ and star of BBC1’s ‘The Magicians.’ Expect Pete's trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic.
Other television appearances include BBC1’s ‘Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief’, BBC2's 'The Sarah Millican Television Programme', BBC1's ’ The John Bishop Show’ and BBC1's 'Celebrity Mastermind.’
"The new poster-boy for British comedy magic" The Telegraph
"The best magic tricks in the universe" The Independent
“The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century” The Times
Suitable for Age 14+
Show: 7.30 pm
Manchester comedian and former regular contributor to XFM’s breakfast show, Hayley Ellis has gone from strength to strength since she began performing.
A regular MC at gigs around the country, Hayley’s natural warmth and charm make her impossible to dislike, something which has become evident in her success in new act competitions throughout the UK. She can also sometimes be heard on your wireless with Jason Manford (Absolute Radio) and her sketches and jokes have appeared on Newsjack (Radio 4).
Last summer, Hayley performed at the Edinburgh Festival with her second solo show “Fomo”.
Two of Hayley’s jokes were featured in the Top jokes of the Fringe 2016 by WOW 247.
“Ellis is a talent”...Fest Mag
“Outstanding. Her quick wit, ability to ad-lib and audience involvement provided the right tone and mood from the outset. Greatly entertained the crowd.”...Rock Radio
“Destined for comedy greatness. Don’t be surprised if you see Hayley Ellis on your TV soon, and I don’t mean on Crimewatch. One of the hottest comedy prospects going.”...Jim Salveson, Producer XFM Manchester Breakfast Show
King Lear decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosity is cruelly repaid. As he comes to realise the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity. Broadcast live to cinemas from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, this brand new retelling of one of the Bard’s greatest plays will capture your heart.
Join Thomas and his friends in this exciting adventure to the mainland that shows us friendship is more important than being the favourite engine. Can Thomas and the new experimental engines save James and help bring him back to the Island of Sodor?
Director: David Stoten Stars: Mark Moraghan, John Hasler, Joseph May
Are your kids outgoing or shy or boistrous or weird? Maybe stand up comedy is for them. It really does take all sorts.
Come and learn from the Northeast's top kids comedian, Lee Kyle (CBBC), as he gives them a few tricks of the trade in a fun, supportive environment.
Lee Kyle is the best at comedy and anyone who says he isn't is a liar. Mind you, it is him who is typing this.
He's going to do all of his kids comedy and will not swear. Well, he might say boobs but that's about it.
Adults only allowed if they aren't boring, kids only allowed if they don't steal from charity boxes.
'Very Funny' - Primary Times
'Had the entire crowd on their feet' - Northern Echo
TICKETS ON SALE
Northallerton Musical Theatre Company presents
"Carousel" - Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical. Glorious, memorable songs such as “If I loved you”, “June is bustin’ out all over” and “Real Nice Clambake”, not forgetting the iconic “You’ll Never Walk Alone” make it an all-time favourite (“Best Musical of the 20th Century” - Time Magazine). Our fantastic cast bring to life the doomed love affair in 1873 between impressionable young Julie Jordan and the charming fairground bad boy Billy Bigelow. The consequences for their small fishing community in Maine, USA, play out in spirited song and dance numbers, with an unforgettable emotional finale.
Barbie and her sisters take off on another exciting, global adventure to visit their friend Ken at his summer internship at a beautiful and exotic coral reef. While exploring the wonders of the reef, Barbie and her sisters also discover the rare and spectacular gemstone dolphins that live there. Isla, a mysterious and charismatic girl with a very special connection to the dolphins, befriends Barbie and then reveals that she is actually a magical mermaid! But when trouble is afoot, Isla must use her enchanted mermaid powers to team up with Barbie, her sisters, Ken, the puppies and the dolphins - together they save the day!
Maurice may look like a penguin - but he's a real tiger inside! Raised by a tigress, he's the clumsiest Kung-Fu master ever. Along with his friends, The Jungle Bunch, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle, as his mother did before him. But Igor, an evil koala, wants to destroy the jungle once and for all, helped by his army of silly baboons... The Jungle Bunch - to the rescue.
Director: David Alaux Stars: Paul Borne, Philippe Bozo, Pascal Casanova
Starring the Dame and delight of British Films don’t miss Judi Dench in this period piece. Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favour with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.
Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Michael Gambon, Judi Dench, Olivia Williams
Why not climb aboard Captain Knickerbockers vessel the good ship Naughty Nellie and join family favourites 'Double Trouble' for a brand new swashbuckling panto adventure this Halloween!
Will Damian and Tom aka 'Swash' & 'Buckle' find all the treasure in the ocean before the evil sea witch 'Atlantica' casts her curse? Will the ship sink to the bottom of the sea? Will there be comedy by the bucket full? Find out by booking your tickets today!
Tickets: all £10.00
Special Family Ticket: £36.00
Oh, Whistle And I'll Come to You by M R James, Adapted by Nobby Dimon, and
The Signalman by Charles Dickens, Adapted by Simon Corble
Two terrifying tales from the masters of the ripping yarn, one told tongue-in-cheek and one.... straight down the line! Directed by Vivienne Garnet
Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon created the original adaptation of The 39 Steps which went on to be an international hit. Here they bring different approaches to the challenge of staging the supernatural.
North Country Theatre are once again staging this production in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and all monies raised by the Local Fundraising Committee this year will go to the building of The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at the Friarage Hospital, work to be completed in September 2018.
Tickets: all £10.00
Alice Kenny is doing her best to get on with her life. After separating from her husband she’s trying to figure out how to make things feel normal for her two young daughters. So, when it’s time to celebrate her birthday, all she wants is a carefree night out with her friends. But when she wakes up the next morning with a younger man in her bed, the reality of the situation kicks in. And when her mother shows up early, with Alice’s two daughters in tow, her one-night-stand quickly becomes everyone’s business.
If she got her way, everyone would forget it ever happened. But Alice never seems to get her way. After finding out they’re struggling artists and aspiring filmmakers, her mother invites the young man and his two friends to stay. And just when she thought it couldn’t get more awkward, Alice’s husband shows up, hoping to repair their marriage.
Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer Stars: Lake Bell, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen
Popular local drama group, the Allerton Players present A Bolt from the Blue, an electrifying comedy by David Tristram. Edward Jones is just an ordinary man until his fortieth birthday when he is careless enough to get struck by lightning, and as a result begins to age in reverse. At first he is delighted, but then begins to realise that getting younger is not without its problems. With a little help from an eccentric doctor, a bald hair specialist and a experimental scientist with an invisible dog, he tries to reverse the process, with interesting results!
Make sure you don't miss out on this hilarious comedy from the creator of Inspector Drake.
If you are a Winnie the Pooh fan or enjoy a biopic then this delightful story should enchant you. This British film follows A.A. Milne and his creation of his Winnie-the-Pooh tales through his interactions with his young son Christopher Robin Milne.
Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald,
The Glass Castle
Based on a memoir, four siblings must learn to take care of themselves as their responsibility-averse, free-spirit parents both inspire and inhibit them. When sober, the children's brilliant and charismatic father captured their imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Meanwhile, their mother abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want to take on the work of raising a family.
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton Stars: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts
Run Time: 127 minutes
Leeming Military Wives Choir are delighted to be performing a concert of Remembrance at The Forum, Northallerton. We would love for you to join us, as we remember those who have fallen in combat. We will be singing songs and telling stories relevant to wars across history, including what it means to us to be Military Wives, and serving members of the armed forces. The programme will include music from Dame Vera Lynn, Traditional Hymns and songs commissioned for the Military Wives Choir and made famous with the help of Gareth Malone.
Northallerton & District Flower Club are delighted to invite you to their Open Meeting with National Demonstrator David Ryland from Armathwaite in Cumbria.
David is a Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and a self-confessed Plantaholic. When he is not travelling the length and breadth of the country with his wonderful demonstrations, taking part in competitions or promoting the work of the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies, he is working in his beloved garden which he opens to the public.
David brings a mix of art and horticulture together, using unusual garden material and glorious flowers to create “A Christmas Collection” of spectacular arrangements.
If you are extremely lucky in the raffle you may even leave, at the end of the evening, with one of David’s creations!
Do join us for a fun filled evening of festive flowers and friendship. You will be regally entertained, we promise!
When a dark force threatens Ponyville and the Mane 6, they go on a journey to the end of Equestria to save their beloved home and they meet new friends and dangerous challenges along the way.
Director: Jayson Thiessen Stars: Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber
Hold the Front Page –
The Railway Town’s Newspaper – “Treasuring our Railway Heritage”
An evening with Peter Barron
Peter Barron is one of the UK’s most experienced newspaper editors and columnists. You’ll laugh out loud at the disasters and you’ll be moved to tears by the triumphs but there’s never a dull moment as Peter looks back on a career in the news which earned him an MBE.
Darlington is known as the birthplace of the Railways; as a result of this major event in the town's history Peter firmly believes this was one of the major factors the Northern Echo was also born in the town in 1870. Peter has always had a passion for railway history and during his editorship he ran a campaign “Treasuring our Railway Heritage” in which he urged the town to do more to capitalise on its railway history. Without the railways there perhaps wouldn't have been a paper, without the paper then Peter's career may have taken a different track.
Time: 7.30 pm
In support of the Wensleydale Railway
Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black Is The Color Of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.
The second part of the evening is Apphia's Soul Sessions cabaret, celebrating Simone's brilliant music. Campbell may wear Simone's trademark head wrap but her performance goes beyond impersonation.
★★★★The Times - Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational... she will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears
★★★★★Broadway Baby - A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song.
★★★★Ed Festival Magazine Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal of the jazz musician.
Scamp Theatre and Freckle Productions present
Touching, funny and utterly orginal, Scamp Theatre's delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's STICK MAN is coming to The Forum.
What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?
This award-winning production, from the teams behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales and The Scarecrows' Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs live music and funky moves.
Most suitable for all aged 3+ but all ages welcome.
"More fun than you can shake a stick at" - Daily Mail
"Wonderfully exuberant an dimaginative! Our 3 year old was engrossed from start to finish"- Time Out Critics' Choice
Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances, is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood to television and the West End stage. Earning praise across the world for his performances Omid recently starred in Dickensian (BBC1), Lucky Man (Sky1) and Going Forward (BBC4) with Jo Brand.
‘One of the most joyfully smart, stimulating and entertaining comedians this country has’ The Telegraph.
‘Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle’ Sunday Times.
‘Confident, engaging, thoughtful show... did someone say national treasure? Metro
Age restriction: 16+
Rural Arts - On Tour and The Forum present:
This friendly and talented multi-instrumental duo will take you on a joyous vibrant musical journey, bringing together the sounds of world, roots and jazz music.
Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion; Peter’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase.
Their repertoire draws from a wide range of styles, including Bluegrass, Latin and Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences they create an upbeat ‘feel good’ rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own.
“Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo” - Leeds Gig Guide
Breathe stars Oscar-nominee Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy (Netflix’s “The Crown”). It follows Robin Cavendish, who becomes paralyzed from the neck down at the age of 28. Along with his wife, Diana, he travels the world to become an advocate for the disabled and with his friend Teddy Hall, invented a wheelchair with a respirator that gave him greater mobility.
Director: Andy Serkis Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander
A Cartoon History of Here - ON SALE 1st September
Comedy, cartoonery, poetry & improv! Created by tonight’s audience with Yorkshire poet, broadcaster & comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year Tony Husband. A fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top funny men reflect upon local stories and legends. For audiences, 9 to 109. @IMcMillan
‘I have never had such feedback from a gig. Everyone went away delighted and exhausted. A superb evening.’ John Watterson, Poppleton
‘the best night we've had at the parish centre for many a year. It was a hoot!’ Mellor
‘the funniest thing I’ve seen in ten years of running this festival’ Steve Boffy, Beeline Festival
'We haven't laughed so much for years … an absolute hit.' Grimsby Everyman Club
‘Tony Husband is even funnier than me’ Griff Rhys Jones
Ninjas and Samurai take on dragons and snake-men in this spin-off from the all-conquering Lego Movie. Evil warlord Lord Gagmadon was banished to the underworld. But now he's attempting a comeback, accompanied by dragons and armies of snake-men. Only an alliance of Ninjas, Samurai and Sensei can defeat him. Dan and Kevin Hageman, who came up with the Lego Movie story, are the writers of this fantastic follow-up.
Directors: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan Stars: Justin Theroux, Olivia Munn, Jackie Chan
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).
Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.
The film is set in Victorian London gripped with fear as a serial killer is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in the blood of his victims. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare, a seasoned detective who has a sneaking suspicion that he's being set up to fail. Inspector Kildare is played with inimitable style by Billy Nighy. Faced with a long list of suspects, Kildare must rely on help from a witness to stop the murders and bring the maniac to justice.
Director: Juan Carlos Medina Stars: Olivia Cooke, Eddie Marsan, Bill Nighy
The show features four of the UKs leading 60s tribute acts on the circuit today.
The music of many of the favourite artists of the era will be showcased in a non-stop 60s extravaganza. The EVERLY BROTHERS greatest hits from 'Cathy's Clown' to 'All I Have To Do Is Dream'. The greatest girl groups of the 60s are featured including THE RONETTES, THE CRYSTALS, THE SHIRELLES and THE SUPREMES.The best of heartthrob ballads of BILLY FURY, BOBBY VEE and BUDDY HOLLY. From 'Halfway to Paradise', 'More Than I Can Say' to 'That'll Be the Day'.
We feature them all. Finally, the 60s Songbirds, BRENDA LEE, CONNIE FRANCIS and SANDIE SHAW amongst many others complete this fabulous night of nostalgia.
A not to be missed memorable night out.
Olivier award-winner Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler) and BAFTA-nominated actress Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) star in this new classically staged production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy directed by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The first play from the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s Oscar Wilde Season, A Woman of No Importance will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.
An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long-buried secret. First performed in 1893, Oscar Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama satirised the socially conservative world of the Victorian upper-class, creating a vivid new theatrical voice which still resonates today.
Start the festive season early and come join the successful Lockwood Brass Band in performing all your favourite Christmas carols. Appealing to all ages this event is guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit as well as helping raise funds to support injured fire fighters and their families.
Achieving the Dream - hosted by Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team
Doug Scott, CBE and Chris Brown, MBE will be explaining the highs and lows of their lives mountaineering.
In aid of Cleveland Mountain Rescue, Community Action Nepal and Claro Enterprises:
Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.
1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.
Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?
Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.
Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.
Stephen K Amos- Bread and Circuses
Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it? Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.
After all, when Ancient Rome needed to distract itself from politics, a few solutions were suggested, but none hit the spot quite like the simple idea of giving the people cheap food and plentiful entertainment – ‘panem et circenses’ or ‘bread and circuses’. Our circuses might no longer involve gladiator fights to the death, but the same principle applies. Modern politics is a confusing mess, so no one can blame you for giving it a miss in favour of a night of laughs.
‘Deliciously deft…we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout…you’ll leave the show smiling’ The Times
‘The feel good comedy of a true stand-up legend’ Perth Now
‘Laughs came thick and fast throughout…don’t miss it’ The Age Melbourne
‘A note perfect hour’ Metro
Tickets - £17.50
Age – 16+
Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.
Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.
A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.
THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS have been entertaining folk for over 40 years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation.
In their time together, the group – comprising Tony Berry, David Littler and Steve Millington – have performed thousands of concerts, recorded over 30 albums, starred in several of their own highly successful BBC radio and TV series, and made countless appearances on other programmes.
The Houghton Weavers guarantee a wonderful evening of entertainment suitable for all the family. Their experience in the business together with their style and professionalism ensures that, as their motto says, they always `Keep Folk Smiling`.
NEW DATE: 22nd February 2018
Grumpy-joyful, silly-serious stand-up.
Jokes, ideas and (possibly) movement will all be deployed for your amusement during this show.
As seen on blah blah and blah, and heard on various funny radio shows.
Age Restriction: 16+
The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and
regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of
forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.
Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.
This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.
Sung in French with English Subtitles.
Lady Windermere's Fan
A new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.
This is the second play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by Classic Spring, a new theatre company led by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe.
The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party? First performed in 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan explores the ambiguity of upper class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era in one of Wilde’s most popular and witty plays.
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free andWest Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.
The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.
Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.
The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.
Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.
Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria La Luce Langue.
Lucy Porter: Choose Your Battles
Lucy Porter’s brand new stand-up tour. In these combative times, it's easy to be irritated, offended or downright enraged by other people. How do we know which causes are worth fighting for?
Lucy uses her hilarious experiences to help you decide. Recent TV and radio appearances include: QI, Insert Name Here, Alan Davies' As Yet Untitled, Room 101, News Quiz, The Now Show.
“Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes … Genuinely delightful” (Telegraph)
"A treat from start to finish" (Herald)
“Rich with fine routines … an endearing hour” (Guardian)
Tickets: £14/£12 concessions
Age guidance: 16+
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.
Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934.
This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.
Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.
Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.