PAST THEATRE PRODUCTIONS 2013/14

Friday
13 September
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Gordon Giltrap

Over the past forty years Gordon has graced the music business with his dedication to his craft and his affection for his audience, as one of our most respected guitarists. Evading categorisation his music is impossible to put into any kind of a niche, influenced as it is by the rock guitar of Hank Marvin and Pete Townshend, the folk guitar of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn and the classical guitar of Julian Bream and John Williams.
Sue Webster Music
Friday
27 September
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Mr Maugham at Home

Playwright Anthony Curtis brings the panorama of Somerset Maugham's life to the stage with an extraordinary performance by Anthony Smee. The stricken child, the student in Heidelberg, the doctor in Lambeth's slums, the struggling writer in Paris, the stretcher-bearer on Flanders' fields and, incredibly, the international spy. Finally, after glittering success, the tragedy of a life ending in misery, paranoia and social opprobrium.
Beyond Eternity Promotions
Friday
4 October
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Hats Off To Laurel And Hardy

A brand new show about Stan and Ollie, portraying their early lives, rise to international stardom, the decline of their movie careers and their phoenix-like revival on the stages of Europe.
Learn of their commitment to their work, the appreciation of their fans, the love of their wives and - most enduringly - their unerring devotion to each other. Expect recreated highlights from their huge canon of work, accompanied by a little singing and some questionable dancing. This national tour follows six five-star reviews and a sell out show at Brighton Fringe in May 2013.
Lucky Dog Productions
Sunday
13 October
at 2.30pm
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The Solem Quartet

Originally formed at Manchester University in 2011, whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music they were winners of the Britten Centenary Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition and the RNCM Nossek prize. They performed in the final of the Christopher Rowland Chamber Ensemble of the Year award and in July were awarded the prestigious Sir John Barbirolli/ Laurence Turner Memorial prize for string quartet
BENJAMIN BRITTEN         Three Divertimenti
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART         String Quartet No 15 in D minor K 421
BENJAMIN BRITTEN         Rhapsody
JOSEPH HAYDN         String Quartet No 57 in C major Op 74 No 1
Royal Northern College of Music
Friday
18 October
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I Spy Mrs Peery!

A story of mystery, intrigue and suspense, more violent than a crash diet, more spine chilling than ice cubes down the back of yer nightie! Mrs Peery sees it all from behind her net curtains, she never crosses her own door step but she's plenty to say about the state of her neighbours. What would she do if the big bad world got in through her nets?
A thought provoking slice of life focussing on three female neighbours. An hilarious and at many times extremely moving show.
MsFits Theatre
Wednesday to Saturday
6-9 November
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FRIDAY - SOLD OUT

Steel Magnolias

This heart-warming and bittersweet comedy by Robert Harling is set in Truvy's hairdressing salon in Louisiana, where anybody who is anybody gets their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee and acerbic wit, the play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving. Six women lovingly evoke this picture of eccentricity in the Deep South. As the title suggests the female characters can be both as delicate as Magnolias, and as tough as Steel.
The Company
Friday
15 November
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SOLD OUT

Twelve Miles from Nowhere

"My dad had this farm, passed down from his dad and it'll stay in this family". Since Michael and Emily's mother left, time has stood still. Their father James is struggling and can't see a way forward. The farm is in a bad way and going under. Then Craig arrives with enough charisma and ambition to charm the birds from the trees. But is he really the answer to their dreams? A stunning play about life on the edge set against an unexpectedly gritty rural backdrop.
Karen Simpson Productions - and Action Theatre
Sunday
24 November
at 2.30pm
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The Borealis Saxophone Quartet

The Borealis Saxophone Quartet is an award winning ensemble formed in 2009 at the College, where they receive tuition in both classical and jazz saxophone from internationally renowned tutors, including Rob Buckland, Vincent David and Julian Arguelles. They regularly perform as members of a number of RNCM ensembles and recently won the College's prestigious Christopher Rowland Chamber Ensemble of the Year award. They will play a varied programme that in addition to works by classical composers will include items by Barbara Thompson, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Chick Correa plus the première of a new work by Terence Greaves – “Old Suite - New Covers”
Royal Northern College of Music
Friday/Saturday
6/7 December
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SOLD OUT

Hedda Gabler

Henrik Ibsen's play, published in 1890, has gained recognition as a classic of realism, 19th century theatre and world drama. The character of beautiful and wild Hedda is considered by some critics as one of the great dramatic roles in theatre. An ambitious and controlling woman, she returns from her honeymoon into a loveless marriage with her respectable but dull husband, hoping for economic and social success; but that's only the beginning..........
Warton Drama Group
Friday
20 December
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Five at Christmas!

Directly from performing 'Deck the Halls' in Lancaster Castle, the A capella singers, Five In A Bar, present a programme of music and words for the festive season. Carols which are less well known and a few well-known, plus popular Christmas songs and others that celebrate Yuletide, sung in their own unmistakable harmonies, together with seasonal readings, all supplemented by hot mince pies and mulled wine!

Five In A Bar
Friday
24 January
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SOLD OUT

Tickling the Ivories

Following his highly successful performance of the revue “By George!” actor, pianist, singer & general one-man band, Michael Lunts, presents this potted ‘history’ of comedy song, mining the archives from the 1870’s to the 1970’s, from Gilbert and Sullivan to Tom Lehrer, from Music Hall to Monty Python. One man in a white jacket, 88 piano keys and a treasure trove of musical mirth. “Tickling the Ivories” is a show that is guaranteed to tickle anyone's sense of humour
Michael Lunts
Friday
14 February
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Female Gothic

In the unquiet darkness between life and death, a haunted woman tells strange tales of the macabre and terrifying; eerie stories that have gathered dust and been forgotten. Until now. In the thrilling tradition of M R James and Edgar Allan Poe, in this literary spine-chiller, Rebecca Vaughan celebrates three lost gothic works from the great Victorian female writers.
Dyad Productions
Friday
21 February
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SOLD OUT

The 39 & 1/2 Steps

Creating live radio for a theatre audience requires great skill and a good deal of fine tuned comic expertise. This show offers a double whammy. The original play, performed with great authenticity and aplomb, then the sound effects, often upstaging the play itself, with hilarious consequences. They make radio look good as they are some of the best dressed actors on the stage.
Radio Revellers
Friday
7 March
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The Actor's Apology

The Story . . . . is true. 18th Century actor George Frederick Cooke is summoned by his audience to explain and apologise for his on-stage drunkenness during a portrayal of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’. “I’ll die first. Let them burn.” . . .Thus begins his life story. . . .“A Wickedly wry study of arrogance and insecurity”. Adapted from a play originally written for the famed TV and stage actor, the late Gordon Rowe
DT Productions
To be preceded by a collection of songs from Shakespearean times, performed by Brewers Apron the six member
a capella group from Warton.
Friday
14 March
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SOLD OUT

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

“Murder is always a mistake: One should never do anything one cannot talk about after dinner…” A tale of love, honour, duty, fortune-telling and murder! This hilarious retelling of a classic story revels in the wit of Wilde, borrowing from Wodehouse, to create a wicked black comedy positively fizzing with fun. Join Lord Arthur and his valet, for an evening of ludicrous indulgence.
Rocket Theatre
Sunday
30 March
at 2.30pm
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The Pether Trio

Edward Pether violin            Alex Mitchell viola            Richard Isaac cello

Initially a string quartet, The Pether Trio have been together for three years. They won the RNCM Hirsch Prize with the Beethoven String Trio in E flat major and were finalists in the College’s Weil Prize. This summer they performed the Divertimento by Mozart at RNCM and competed in the Chris Rowland RNCM Ensemble of the Year competition.

FRANZ SCHUBERT         String Trio in B flat major D 471
ERNO DOHNANYI         Serenade in C major for String Trio Op 10
J S BACH arr D SITKOVETSKY         Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Royal Northern College of Music
Friday
4 April
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Perhaps the Best Comedy Songs in the World Ever, Maybe

This show does exactly what it says on the tin, possibly –the best comedy songs covering many years by a host of great names and a few surprises. All attempted with just the aid of a piano and whatever talent they can muster. If you are looking for a serious dramatic evening then this is not for you. If you want to see grown men having fun at their own expense, and maybe yours, then step right up.
Isosceles
Friday
25 April
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SOLD OUT

"Mozartissimo"

Be transported back in time to an 18th Century Salon for an exquisite evening of Mozart opera, especially arranged for wind trio, soprano and baritone, all lavishly staged and costumed and beautifully performed, with informative and witty dialogue about Mozart, his life and his operas. Arias and duets from his lesser known gems as well as his more popular masterpieces.
Opera Box
Sunday
4 May
at 2.30pm
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Piano Soloists

Chetham's students have provided us with wonderful performances in the past and we anticipate the same experience on this occasion from the four performers:
Mariam Loladze-Meredith
J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in F minor
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major
Chopin - Fantaisie-Impromptu in C♯ minor
Varvara Maniichuk
Mozart - Adagio in B minor
Mendelssohn - Prelude and Fugue
Ravel - Sonatine
Jordan Kilpatrick
Beethoven - Sonata No. 4 in E♭ major
Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G minor
  
Callum McLachlan
J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in F♯ minor
Beethoven - Sonata No. 8 in C minor
Liszt - Paraphrase on Verdi's 'Rigolettto'
Chetham's School of Music
Thur, Fri, Sat
15, 16, 17 May
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FRIDAY SOLD OUT

Groping For Words

Thelma is a very clever woman who could have been a Professor of English but has somehow found her self teaching an Adult Literacy class. Her student’s are desperate to learn to read and write with jobs and family relationships at risk.
In Groping For Words Sue Townsend brings her brilliant sense of humour to a serious subject in a play which entertains and challenges “in a fine vein of comic indignation” (The Times). The Company,last seen at The Heron Theatre, with their sell-out production of Steel Magnolias, return with a play which “erupts with jokes”(City Life)
Directed by Eileen Nichols, who knew Sue Townsend – this new production is dedicated to the memory of the writer who died recently.
The Company
Friday
30 May
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David Copperfield

Young David Copperfield's sheltered life with his doting mother is thrown into turmoil when she marries the ruthless and violent Murdstone and he is thrust into an uncaring world of poverty and hardship. Capturing the haunting beauty of the Yarmouth coast and bustling Victorian London, Hotbuckle use their distinctive style to tell the story of Dickens' favourite child as only they know how.
Hotbuckle Productions
Thursday & Friday
19 & 20 June
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FRIDAY SOLD OUT

Forgotten Voices
A play by Malcolm McKay

" the story of ordinary men and women?”
“extraordinary more like"
"voices that never be forgotten"

Based on the oral testimonies of veterans of the first World War, collected by the Sound Archive of the Imperial War Museum, Forgotten Voices tells the story of five survivors - four men and one woman - whose memories provide a vivid and compelling first-hand account of The Great War. It is set in a room of the Imperial War Museum circa 1963.
Directed by Ginny Scott and performed by theCOMPANY, who have assembled a strong cast for this commemorative production.

This production will be available to book throughout the North West.
E-mail ginny@dramafactory.co.uk Telephone 01524 62819 for details.

The Company

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