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Published: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:05:50 +0000

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Powerful classic puts school's drama students in spotlight

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:54:00 +0000

AN ARTHUR Miller classic is this year's Queen Katherine School's key stage four drama production.

Seasonal showstoppers and Christmas crackers to light up the festive season

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:55:00 +0000

ONCE upon a time there was a rather dodgy wolf who created a real song and dance about finding a tasty treat to eat.

Award-winning acts bring much mirth and merriment to popular comedy club's festive show

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:44:00 +0000

ULVERSTON’S acclaimed comedy club is back for a festive show to conclude what has been another fantastic year for stand up in the town.

Look out it's panto-monium as talented young cast brings magical story to the stage

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:40:00 +0000

COME Friday and it will be panto-monium in Grange-over-Sands as a talented cast of 40 budding performers bring a magical story of an adventurous young man and his talking cat to the Victoria Hall.

Actor Natasha brings childhood favourite to life in stage version of much loved children’s novel

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:44:00 +0000

MARY Lennox, the heroine of The Secret Garden, the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is described as "Mary, Mary, quite contrary," and as "a self-absorbed child who gave her entire thought to herself," writes DAVID WARD.

Players festive fable is in true panto style

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:59:00 +0000

THE Pied Piper of Hamelin is Silverdale Players' festive fable running at The Gaskell Hall, Silverdale, from Wednesday-Saturday, December 6-9 (7.30pm).

Shadow Tales mixes action, theatre, puppetry and storytelling

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:39:00 +0000

AS PART of its tour of major theatres across Cumbria, Prism Arts Studio Theatre brings its latest production, Shadow Tales, to Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre on Thursday, December 7 (1.30pm). Prism is an integrated group where adults with learning disabilities and professional artists work in partnership, creating new original productions. A mix of live action, shadow theatre, puppetry and storytelling, Shadow Tales follows the story of Charles, who when he was five years old moved back to England from India to avoid conflict. Ten years later, with just a letter from his mother, Charles returns to India and with the help of people he meets on the way, he discovers his story. Box office 01539-725133.

Region's top talent in spotlight for fabulous fundraiser

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:32:00 +0000

ONE of the region's most popular entertainers is back on stage in a fabulous fundraiser for another good cause.

He's the Wan - Naked and Baring All

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:30:00 +0000

HE BECAME famous for getting ordinary members of the public to bare all in front of the TV cameras, writes JOHN ANSON.

Cool Yule ready to bring seasonal glow to town

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:15:00 +0000

SLEEPING Beauty, Kendal Town Crier, Richard Matthews and songsters Kendal Waits join the merry throng of actors and musicians playing their respective parts in next week's Kendal Cool Yule Winterfest at Kendal Museum.

Double bill of strange and supernatural

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:15:00 +0000

A SUPERNATURAL double bill of terrifying tales from two famous writers, featuring two actors, one told tongue-in-cheek, the other straight down the line, are next in the spotlight at the Old Laundry Theatre.

Prizewinning wordsmith is Poem and a Pint's special guest

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:02:00 +0000

POEM and a Pint’s Saturday, November 18 event (7.30pm) takes supporters of the tuneful literary event back to Ulverston's Laurel and Hardy Museum.

Powerful drama is Ulverston Outsiders next theatrical offering

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:36:00 +0000

A COMPELLING story of love, guilt and the corrupting power of greed, is Ulverston Outsiders' latest, much awaited, theatrical offering.

Carousel "was a dream come true" for number one singer

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:28:00 +0000

BY HER own admission, Katherine Jenkins just loves Christmas, writes JOHN ANSON.

New and radical solo production based on Jane Ayre takes centre stage at Old Laundry

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 15:33:00 +0000

ACCLAIMED performer Rebecca Vaughan takes centre stage at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness, on Thursday, November 16 (7.30pm) in Dyad Productions Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, a new and radical solo production, written and directed by Elton Townend Jones. Based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte, the play tells of governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester, who struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation.

Acclaimed new score accompanies classic silent movie

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:32:00 +0000

FW MURNAU'S classic Dracula-inspired Nosferatu film will be screened at Beetham's Heron Theatre on Friday and Saturday, November 10/11.

New comedy explores return of wolves

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:42:00 +0000

WOLVES are Coming For You is a brand new comedy from Oliver-nominated playwright Joel Horwood. A co-production from Pentabus Theatre Company and the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, the story follows the shock reaction of residents of a sleepy village when wolves are reintroduced into the countryside surrounding their homes. Playing Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre on Friday, November 3 (7.45pm), Pentabus artistic director Sophie Motley said Joel’s brilliant play captures how the wild outside can frighten, delight and ultimately coalesce a rural community. "His observations are beautiful; intricate characters ageing from 11 to 80 are portrayed with great depth, dexterity and a wry smile."

Community theatre group performs First World War play in aid of Poppy Appeal

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 17:02:00 +0000

ROSE Community Theatre performs Sedbergh and the Great War at the People's Hall on Sunday, November 5, a short play in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Members of Sedbergh Town Band provide the music throughout the performance with the cast mainly made up of young people from the local community who portray the effects of war on a family and community.

Cool Yule is magical warm up for festive season

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 12:43:00 +0000

THERE is magic in the air - or there certainly will be when members of Kendal Community Theatre don their theatrical apparel and spread a little festive sparkle around town.

Society swings into musical mode and heads along the Yellow Brick Road

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 19:13:00 +0100

KENDAL Amateur Operatic Society is ready to swing into musical mode with a cast of colourful characters bringing some all singing, all dancing, magic to town.

Modern take on Dickens' classic has plenty star turns

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:20:00 +0100

JUDITH Notley pauses to reflect.

Top talents put together thought provoking piece of theatre

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:46:00 +0100

NATALIE Morrell and Simon McElligott have that special knack of being able to create fresh and original theatre in a dynamic and visual style.

Music, movement and magic of puppetry

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:46:00 +0100

RURAL touring favourites, Lempen Puppet Theatre, return to Eden performing Cardboard Carnival at Dufton Village Hall on Saturday, October 28 (6.30pm) and Shap Memorial Hall on Sunday, October 29 (4pm).

Award-winning comedian and podcaster brings Fringe success to Brewery

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:10:00 +0100

FOLLOWING her successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Danish laughter maker Sofie Hagen takes her new show Dead Baby Frog on the road playing Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre on Saturday, October 28 (7.45pm).

Survival expert and television presenter is off on an expedition of a different kind

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:08:00 +0100

RAY Mears is definitely a man you would want to be able to turn to in a moment of crisis, writes JOHN ANSON.

Doyennes of drama take centre stage in double bill of quality comedy

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:13:00 +0100

A DOUBLE bill of comedy is next in the Grange Drama spotlight.

Hoot Owl wings his way to Ulverston for inventive new family show

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:58:00 +0100

STAR turn in Proon Productions latest family show is Hoot Owl.

REVIEW: brilliant, laugh out loud musical has superb cast

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:04:00 +0100

By Jeeves, Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness

Hilarious show that gives a physical theatre twist to Gothic tale

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:54:05 +0100

A BRAND new dose of comedy theatre is heading to the Brewery.

Play that puts 20 years of excessive drinking centre stage

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 20:05:00 +0100

SOAKED is the new play by acclaimed Cumbrian writer and actress Emma Rydal and is heading to Ulverston's Coronation Hall on Friday, October 13 (7.30pm).

Star of TV's The Bill in the theatre spotlight

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 12:45:00 +0100

BURNSIDE from The Bill has gone and got himself promoted! But that’s news to actor Chris Ellison who played the hard-nosed inspector in TV’s much-loved police drama, The Bill, writes JOHN ANSON.

Chaos and camaraderie during Storm Desmond is centrepiece of play

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 19:15:00 +0100

BRIDGES collapsed, rivers burst their banks and landslides were triggered as torrential rain from Storm Desmond swept through villages and towns across Cumbria and other parts of the UK during the first weekend of December 2015.

Fabulous new Journey festival promises end to end day of dance

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:31:00 +0100

THREE professional dance companies play their part in special new festival that puts some of most imaginative moves around in the spotlight.

Chart topping singer lends his voice to theatre's anniversary show

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:36:00 +0100

THIS year the Old Laundry celebrates 25 years of bringing top quality entertainment under its Bowness roof.

Dramatic twists and unexpected turns in challenging piece of theatre

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:10:00 +0100

IDENTITY, migration, exile and celebration of the human spirit, are all issues central to a challenging piece of theatre heading to The Dukes.

Raise a glass to new Poem and a Pint season

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:43:00 +0100

POEM and a Pint’s opening event of the 2017-18 season takes the popular proponents of words and music back to the Malt Kiln Village Hall at Bardsea.

Rich Hall on Donald Trump and the stock market of comedy

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:03:00 +0100

RICH Hall will be picking up from where he left off when he holds his very own Hoedown at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre on Saturday (September 23), writes JOHN ANSON.

Epic telling of famous ancient story

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:30:00 +0100

AN ANCIENT tale of betrayal, revenge, love, honour, magic and transformation that transports audiences to the living landscape of North Wales and its brilliant night sky receives an epic telling at Settle Stories' new arts venue, The Joinery in the centre of Settle on Sunday, September 24 (3pm).

Soundtrack to show is classic Take That

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:50:00 +0100

TAKE That’s Gary Barlow has a message for fans of the band, writes JOHN ANSON.

Top funny men are class acts in theatre's new season

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:13:00 +0100

TWO top funny men and an acclaimed touring theatre company are among the class acts in the new entertainment-packed Heron Theatre season.

Stars of television and radio appear in state-of-the-art theatre

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 19:40:00 +0100

ROUNDABOUT theatre returns to the Brewery next week.

New theatre group presents fast and funny 'dream' production

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 16:15:00 +0100

A MODERN, fast and funny version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is being staged at Cartmel Priory.

Fun and games in society's laughter-laden show

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 12:20:00 +0100

THERE will be plenty of fun and games in this year's Staveley Amateur Operatic Society laughter-laden show.

Entertainers hark back to glittering 1930s with a real rib tickler

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:50:00 +0100

STORTH Entertainers' next show will whisk you back to the glittering 1930s in a heart warming, entertaining and hilarious musical tale.

Star turn storyteller premieres new show

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:48:00 +0100

INTERNATIONAL storyteller Cassandra Wye performs the UK premiere of her new Stories under the Stars show on Saturday (August 26, 7pm) around a campfire at one of the Yorkshire Dales most stunning locations, Lower Winskill Farm, Langcliffe, Settle.

YouTube sensation takes centre stage

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:19:00 +0100

WEST End star, best selling author and internet sensation - it’s hard to believe that Carrie Hope Fletcher is only 24 given how much she has already achieved in her life, writes JOHN ANSON.

REVIEW: perfectly paced gem of a play that captures family tensions and relationships

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:18:00 +0100

Remarkable Invisible at The Studio, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Theatre festival is end to end celebration

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:18:00 +0100

ALAN Ayckbourn is constantly breaking new ground.

Magical Mr Bumble returns for another showstopping extravaganza

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:45:00 +0100

FASTEN your seat belts and enjoy the ride as Burneside Amateur Theatrical Society gear up for another exceptional all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.

Open air theatre back at Brantwood

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:24:00 +0100

ILLYRIA returns to the scenic lakeside meadow of Brantwood on Tuesday, August 22 (7pm) performing one of the most famous cautionary tales ever told - Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. Now in its 26th season, the highly acclaimed touring theatre company first performed the show in 2000 when it was Critic's Choice at the Edinburgh Fringe and attracted multiple five-star reviews on a sell out UK tour. Coniston Launch is providing a ferry service to Brantwood for both shows leaving Coniston boat landings at 6.15pm.