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14th September

By George!

Michael Lunts returns to the Heron with his latest revue of what it means to be English. With music from Noel Coward, Gilbert & Sullivan, Flanders & Swann and others, he includes original items of his own. A sprinkling of light verse from the likes of Betjeman, Ogden Nash and other arch-observers of our character show, often affectionately and hilariously, that we do not always take ourselves quite as seriously as those stiff upper lips suggest!
Michael Lunts
5th October

Sarah Jones with Duncan Gibbs

First performing in the folk clubs of Yorkshire in the mid 1990's, Sarah moved to the Midlands, releasing CD's of her own songs, with a variety of accompanying ensembles and became one of the area's premier entertainers. With the launch of her new album 'Let Days Speak' Sarah tours the UK in October, with her long standing musical partner the multi-talented Duncan Gibbs. An evening of top class songs, fine guitar playing and great fun.
12th October

Midsummer Nights Dream

A new and physically imaginative production of Shakespeare's tale, in the inimitable style for which NTC are renowned. The mechanicals will frame the production and take on the roles of the faerie folk and the court as the story unfolds. Athens - grubby, poor, struggling to survive, viz euro crisis. The faeries - rich, above it all, the jet set, condescending to interfere in the lives of the poor. The bankers will also feature heavily!
Northumberland Theatre Company
21st October
at 2.30pm

Music from Manchester Series

Trio Volant was formed in 2010 and regularly perform together at formal recitals and lunchtime concerts in and around Manchester. They enjoy the opportunity to perform the wind chamber music repertoire. Although comparitively recently formed the members have a wealth of solo, chamber music and orchestral experience, including performances at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; Dvorak Hall, Prague; Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Snape Maltings and Cadogan Hall, London. They are: Imogen Coe   oboe     Thomas Evans   clarinet     Christopher James   bassoon

JACQUES IBERT          Cinq pieces en trio
ALEXANDRE TANSMAN      Suite pour trio d'anches
WOLFGANG MOZART        Divertimento in B flat major K229 No 2
JEAN FRANCAIX          Divertissement
DARIUS MILHAUD         Suite d'apres Corrette Op 161
GORDON JACOB           Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon
JOSEPH CANTELOUBE      Rustiques - Pastorale

The Trio Volant appear by kind permission of the Royal Northern College of Music.
26/27th October

The Adventures of Sancho Panza

Inspired by one of the greatest works of fiction ever published. The classic capers of Don Quixote through the eyes of his wise and often hard done-by sidekick Sancho Panza. Take one idealistic, insane knight and one devoted, down to earth squire, throw them into a plethora of unforgettable incidents, tragic and comic an incredible journey unfolds! A brand new production by Glenys Evans co-directed by Gaynor Lougher & James Williams.
Hijinx Theatre Co

As this performance proceeds without a break, it will be preceded by thirty minutes of live music on a combination of gipsy jazz guitar, double bass and clarinet, followed by an interval of 20 minutes when coffee and drinks will be available as usual.

Thursday - Saturday
8 -10th November

For Starters & Resounding Tinkle

Following their success with Talking Heads and two Noel Coward plays, TheCompany, now an associate company at The Heron, return with two hilarious comedies. 'For Starters' and 'Resounding Tinkle', the latter featuring Steve Hall, Kendal's runner up in the 2011 Britain's Got Talent!
The Company
16th November

Behind the Scenes in Ambridge

Having played the "outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy" in The Archers for the past 12 years Sunny has become one of the listeners' favourite characters! She will fill you in on the behind the scenes stories of the world's longest running soap - with anecdotes, banter, and favourite pieces from her long and distinguished career, humorous and touching in turn. You don't have to be an Archers fan to enjoy this! There is something for everyone!
Sunny Ormonde
25th November
at 2.30pm

Music from Manchester Series - Aomori Quartet

Rebecca Smith    Hugh Blogg    Kay Stephen     Christopher Terepin

Formed of prize winning postgraduates at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Aomori Quartet came together especially for this summer's International Academy of String Quartets at Aldeburgh, studying for ten days with the Kopelman Quartet. The Aomori Quartet has just completed a series of concerts in Wales for Sinfonia Cymru, which they greatly enjoyed, and are now looking forward to a busy year full of exciting repertoire.

Dmitri Shostakovich         String Quartet No 6 in G major Op 101
Joseph Haydn         String Quartet in D minor Op 42
Anton Webern         Langsamer Satz
Felix Mendelssohn         String Quartet No 1 in E flat major Op 12

The Aomori Quartet appear by kind permission of the Royal Northern College of Music.

30th November

Les Misérables

Following their acclaimed production of Dickens' Great Expectations, Hotbuckle bring their innovative style and unique talent to this remarkable novel, one of the most powerful and celebrated works of European literature. Set in a time when riot and revolution were in the air, and those with all the power and money were blinkered to the coming storm, this epic story of love, injustice and atonement is as relevant now as it ever was.
Hotbuckle Theatre
14th December

A Very Dickensian Christmas

In a rich homage to the man who influenced our Christmas festivities more than any other. Andrew Meller presents a festive evening of favourite Dickensian characters and stories. Including Scrooge and Tiny Tim from Christmas Carol, Pickwick and his Christmas at Dingley Dell, Pip's Christmas encounter with Magwitch, Christmas Eve in Cloisterham from The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Christmas Dinner from Sketches by Boz.
Beyond Eternity Productions
18 January

Fast Woman

Daredevil Helle Nice portrayed by Sandra Hunt was a fast woman in life, in love and in motor-racing. An artists' model, dancer and racing driver from peasant France to the demi-monde of 1920s Paris and the racing circuits of Europe and America. Her skill and courage brought her success; her brazen media-savvy brought her many enemies, in one of whom she met her match.
Hunt & Laurence
8 February

Krapp's Last Tape

In addition to playing Tom Simmonite in Last of the Summer Wine, Tom Owen is a fine dramatic actor and brings us this Samuel Beckett play written for the Irish actor Patrick Magee, first produced at the Royal Court in 1958. Beckett described Krapp as 'filled up to his teeth with bitterness', 'like a lion in a cage' while striking a comic note, like the comedians of silent film.
17 February
at 2.30pm

Mediterranean Cocktail

Flute Fiesta comprising two flutes and keyboard, present a Mediterranean Cocktail of (mostly) dance music by composers from Russia to Spain. Leave behind our wintry weather for a couple of hours to hear music from warmer climes. Their delightful and interesting programme will include sunny and moody works by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Elgar, Albeniz and others.
Flute Fiesta
22 February

Contemporary Dance

Taciturn an exciting contemporary dance group from Liverpool believe that that everyone should be able to enjoy contemporary dance and not feel estranged or intimidated by their work. They always aim to create dance that is honest, open and entertaining, with no hidden agenda. and will perform three pieces for us - Worst Case Scenario, Grapple and A Turn or Two.
Taciturn Dance
15 March

A Musical Extravaganza

Classical, romantic and light opera from the Cumbria based Encore Opera Group who, in celebrating their 20th year, have been joined by a number of new members. An evening of beautiful and memorable music is ensured, in a selection of popular and uplifting song from this local multi-talented ensemble.
The Encore Opera Group
22 March

Kings of Cloth of Gold

The year is 1520 and Henry VIII of England meets Frances I of France in a French field where they proceed to display their fabulous power. For ten days they attempt to outdo one another in displays of wealth, feasting and battlefield prowess, though profound issues are the basis for Tony Lidington's absorbing play.
Angus & Ross
5 April


In prison for the murder of her husband, Fay receives a visit from her daughter whom she hasn't seen for 18 years. Hailed by the Daily Telegraph as "a shatteringly powerful play", Iron unravels the lives of both women with scalpel-like precision as Josie struggles to understand the stranger before her and above all to find out what happened on the night her father was killed.
A Footlights Studio Production
12 April

Love Games

When Isaac Williams set off to catch his usual bus, little did he realise that he'd meet the most important people of his life... quickly falling for kind-hearted Sophie, he finds himself fighting for her affection with rival suitor Chris. It's not until Sophie's feisty friend Zoe shows up though that it becomes apparent that, ultimately, everyone is playing 'Love Games'
Purple Dreams Productions
19 April

Home Truths

In Double Booked and Something Fishy, Ruth Rich has hit the menopause and eldest child, Laura is away at Uni. Time to settle down and join a Book Club? Well, that's what she thinks. But as Ruth enters the "sandwich" years and worries over her mildly demented mother, her son Freddie's detention and daughter Ellie's driving and drinking, she discovers it is not easy to please all the people all the time
Ginny Davis
28 April
at 2.30pm

The Cassia String Quartet

The Cassia String Quartet have been together for over two years. Born out of a shared passion for the quartet repertoire, its four members are all currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and regularly receive coaching from their mentor, Peter Cropper, leader of the former Lindsay Quartet. During their time together they have given concerts as part of the Lake District Summer Music, Grassington and RNCM Chamber Music Festivals.
JOSEPH HAYDN           String Quartet No 63 in B flat major Op 76 No 4 'Sunrise'
BENJAMIN BRITTEN String Quartet No 1 in D major
CLAUDE DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor Op 10
Royal Northern College of Music
1,3,4 May

Under Milk Wood

In Dylan Thomas's classic play, initially written for radio, the narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of a small Welsh fishing village. As the town awakens aware now of how their feelings affect all they do, we watch the various characters as they go about their daily business
The Company
17 May


We are pleased to welcome to the Heron for the first time Theatre Broad an innovative Stirling based Theatre Company, in Ira Levin;s famous play.
The playwright was the Stephen King of the 1960s and 1970s. He had a knack for turning absurd plots into realistic horrors, and like King, most of his major works have been made into films. Deathtrap was one of the biggest hits in the history of Broadway, an ingeniously constructed play, two-thirds thriller and one third clever comedy, with gasp-inducing thrills and twists and shocks until the last minute.
Theatre Broad
24 May

End to End

In 2012 three women made a daring and unusual 18-day journey from Land's End to John O'Groats. Trusting only in their resourcefulness and the kindness of strangers they completed their unusual expedition on as many varieties of transport as possible. A heart warming story of their journey, the trials and tribulations faced along the way and the unexpected acts of kindness they encountered
Gramophones Theatre Company