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Published: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:28:07 +0000

Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:28:07 +0000

 



Family show is clever and playful but delivers a powerful message

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:21:09 +0000

THE Knotted Project's Natalie Morrell and Simon McElligott's perform their latest work Chit Chat Chalk Show at the Brewery on Saturday, February 24.



High profile stand up comedian and writer hits the road with new show

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:46:06 +0000

COMEDIAN and writer Mark Steel's sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am revealed that his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now the star of BBC Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year (2015), is back on the road with a new show - Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright, calling in at Lancaster's Grand Theatre on Thursday, May 17, and Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre, the following night, Friday, May 18. Mark is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Newsquiz and has written several acclaimed books, including Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On.



Pioneering digital artists descend on 'bigger and better' festival

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:52:03 +0000

BIGGER and better - that's the word from the team behind this year's Settle Stories Festival with more than 70 events in the burgeoning event's 2018 line-up.



Kendal theatre company sets its innovative sights on Edinburgh Fringe

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:33:07 +0000

CHAOS Collective has set its sights on this year's Edinburgh Fringe with director Lauren Davey preparing a modern reimagining of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing.



Deliciously daring concoction of comedy and cookery

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:23:05 +0000

TWO actors, one curry house, and a dramatically daring concoction of comedy and cookery.



Five star film festival puts well-known faces of TV on big screen

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 17:06:07 +0000

FAMILIAR faces from television and stage are set to light up the big screen at this month's Keswick Film Festival.



Next Poem and a Pint night features in demand wordsmith

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 14:16:04 +0000

POEM and a Pint’s mighty midwinter event takes place as usual at Ulverston's Coronation Hall.



Rising star of comedy puts new hit show in spotlight

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:03:07 +0000

MULTI-award winning comedian Sophie Willan takes her new smash hit show Branded to The Dukes next week.



Community theatre group stages another ground-breaking and innovative drama festival

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:53:10 +0000

KENDAL Community Theatre presents another ground-breaking drama festival this year celebrating a century of women’s suffrage.



One to watch comedian has theatre gig

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:19:03 +0000

HAILED as one of the top five young comedians to watch, Fern Brady makes her Dukes debut on Thursday, February 1 (8pm).



Strictly's 'bad boy' dances the night away

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:13:12 +0000

HE’S known as the 'bad boy' of Strictly and Brendan Cole readily admits that he’s one of the TV dance show’s more colourful characters, writes JOHN ANSON.



Lakes Players back on the glittering pantomime trail

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:31:10 +0000

CINDERELLA is doing her upmost to get to the ball - and The Lakes Players are giving her a hilarious helping hand.



New theatre season is spicy, dynamic and epic mix

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:45:12 +0000

HERON Theatre's new season offerings includes a hot ticket from the 2016 Edinburgh Festival.



Theatre's new drama season has many entertaining ingredients

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:31:07 +0000

FROM the sophistication of a Noel Coward comedy to a play served with a fish and chip supper, The Dukes new visiting drama season has many entertaining ingredients.



Fabulous fundraiser pays tribute to Victoria Wood

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:49:03 +0000

ELAINE Burke's fun-filled Let’s Do it - A Tribute to Victoria Wood returns to the spotlight on Friday, January 26 (8pm) at Kendal's Castle Green Hotel.



Cinderella panto promises enough laughs to make your sides ache

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:21:00 +0000

PANTOMIME is that most quintessential of family entertainments and you have to hand it to the Lakes Players they certainly know how to stage one.



Sting's must-see musical sails into the spotlight

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:19:00 +0000

HE MAY be one of the world’s best selling artists but Sting is remarkably self-effacing when it comes to his musical, The Last Ship, which will be touring the UK for the first time this year, writes JOHN ANSON.



Top names included in line-up for popular Words by the Water literary gathering

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 20:09:00 +0000

WORDS by the Water's eminent line-up for its 2018 literary gathering at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake includes top comedian Shappi Khorsandi, Michael Rosen, Vince Cable, Peter Snow, Polly Toynbee, Micheal Buerk, Claire Tomalin, Ben Okri, Michael Frayn, Simon Heffer and many more. Running from March 9-18, festival president Melvyn Bragg will also speak at the event on stage with his daughter Marie-Elsa Bragg, in conversation about the role of faith in their fiction and lives. Festival themes include Politics and Change, Ways of Being, Exploration and Global perspectives. Booking opens on January 8 on 017687-74411.



Actors needed for fresh take on Shakespeare comedy

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:07:00 +0000

FOLLOWING on from last year's sell-out performances of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, director Sandra Williams is poised to sprinkle her magic on another innovative Cartmel Priory and Marshal Theatre Company production Much Ado About Nothing.



From page to stage - award-winning director brings much loved story to life

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 14:02:00 +0000

EVERY night - and sometimes twice daily - the stage of Theatre by the Lake bursts into bloom as a tale is told of a sad little orphan, a girl who is uprooted from her home in India to find friends and happiness in Yorkshire, writes DAVID WARD.



BATS pantomime promises to be a belting 'beast' of a show

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:39:00 +0000

PLAYING it for laughs is the name of the game for renowned panto-teers Burneside Amateur Theatrical Society.



Hit songs from Christmas show released on souvenir CD

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 19:07:00 +0000

A HIGH flying production of Aladdin is entertaining audiences at The Dukes until January 6.



Former Atomic Kitten brings musical magic to big budget show

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:03:00 +0000

LIZ McClarnon is surrounded by Christmas trees, lights twinkling like a night-time sky full of stars, writes JOHN ANSON. Brightly wrapped boxes and sticks of candy cane form small piles at her feet.



Festive fables and fabulous fun-filled traditional family shows

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:34:00 +0000

STILL playing on the panto front is Lancaster Footlights festive fable Dick Whittington at the Grand Theatre, on various dates until December 29, a fabulous and fun-filled traditional family show brimming with music, dancing, jokes and lashings of laughter.



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.