Theatre and Drama

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  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    Little Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Sweet smell of the Tudors! Gentlewoman Anna Fielding with a nosegay of lavender, rosemary and bay, at Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Little Moreton Hall Opens for 2018 Season on 10 Feb

    Not just the sights and sounds but the smells of the 16th Century will be featured at Little Moreton Hall during 2018.

    When the hall re-opens on 10 February, ‘Welcome to the 16th Scent-ury’ will focus on the aromas of Tudor times, with a special ‘You Smell’ trail appealing particularly to families. You will be able to sample the aromas of herbs such as tansy, lady’s bedstraw and meadowsweet; rich spices such as cinnamon, cloves and ‘grains of paradise’, and some exotic Tudor perfumes.

    But not everything will be idyllic.  Odours of sweat and damp wool, the smell of the privvy and the stench of rough, harsh tobacco will also be part of the experience.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram/National Trust

    Anna Fielding, from the Hall, explained, ‘Country life in Tudor times involved a lot of hard physical toil. And you were dressed in heavy wool clothes. So some perspiration would be inevitable. You also tended your animals, undertook gruelling work in the dairy and had ‘interesting’ ideas about waste disposal.

    We would probably not be very happy about some of the smells wafting round. Even some of the perfumes favoured by the Tudors would not be to our taste.

    On the other hand, the Tudors would feel people today give off the scent of harsh chemicals. Sixteenth century ideas of keeping clean and of the way bodies interacted with the environment were not the same as ours. The smells we like or dislike would be different to those the Tudors felt strongly about and the reactions people had to various smells of everyday life in the past can give us a real insight into their way of thinking.

    ‘This wonderful old house is the ideal setting to explore those different attitudes and discover the way people really lived in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.  Last year we looked at the way the Tudors slept. Visitors had a great time discovering the rules and guidelines the Tudors followed to ensure a good night’s sleep. Once again, their ideas were different from ours.’

    Another feature of the new season at Little Moreton Hall will be Candlemas, a religious festival which centred on taking a candle to church to have it blessed.

    From 10 February you will be able to make your own candle and take in the aromas of beeswax and incense. Then, from Monday 19 February to Sunday 25 February dozens of artificial candles will bring a warm glow to the principal rooms of the hall.

    Little Moreton Hall is open seven days a week from 10 to 25 Feb, then Weds – Sun, 11am – 5pm.

    Candlemas Festival: 19 February – 25 February

    For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/littlemoretonhall or call 01260 272018.

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018
    Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    April
    15th, Sunday Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Charity Dog Walk – to register Click Here
    22nd, Sunday Spring Plant Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    28th & 29th, Saturday & Sunday Guided Estate & Bluebell Walks – to book tickets Click Here

    May
    6th & 7th, Sunday & Monday Guided Estate & Bluebell Walks
    – to book tickets Click Here
    11th, 12th & 13th, Friday – Sunday Galloway Antiques Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    26th, 27th & 28th, Saturday – Monday Geronimo Family Festival – to book tickets Click Here

    June
    2nd & 3rd, Saturday & Sunday NGS The Old Parsonage tickets will be released soon
    8th, Friday Houghton Weavers Summer Picnic – to book tickets Click Here
    16th & 17th, Saturday & Sunday Rough Runner – to book tickets Click Here
    23rd & 24th, Saturday & Sunday Garden Festival – to book tickets Click Here
    28th – 1st July, Thursday – Sunday Spirit of the Horse – to book tickets Click Here

    July
    8th, Sunday Fairy Tales & Trails Day – to book tickets Click Here
    14th, Saturday NMC Outdoor Concert on the Park – to book tickets Click Here
    19th, Thursday Walled Garden Theatre – The Importance of Being Earnest – to book tickets Click Here
    26th, Thursday The Arley Summer Soiree – tickets will be released soon

    August
    5th, Sunday NGS Arley Hall & Gardens normal daily entry price applies
    23rd, Thursday Walled Garden Theatre – The Tempest – to book tickets Click Here
    25th, 26th & 27th, Saturday, Sunday & Monday Caravan & Camping Rally – to book tickets Click Here

    September
    9th, Sunday Autumn Plant Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    15th, Saturday Firework Champions – to book tickets Click Here
    22nd & 23rd, Saturday & Sunday The Great British Food Festival  – to book tickets Click Here
    28th, 29th & 30th, Friday – Sunday Galloway Antiques Fair – to book tickets Click Here

    October
    7th, Sunday Wedding Open Day – to book tickets Click Here
    14th, Sunday Mushroom Walks – to book tickets Click Here

    November
    13th & 14th, Tuesday & Wednesday Shopping Spectacular – to book tickets Click Here

    December
    1st – 6th, Saturday – Thursday Christmas Floral Extravaganza - tickets will be released soon

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018
    Sat
    01
    Sep
    2018
    Dunham Massey,

    Escape to Dunham Massey’s garden this summer for outdoor entertainment the whole family will enjoy.

    Chapterhouse Theatre is returning to this National Trust place with three exciting open air performances to enjoy. Go on an adventure with Sherlock Holmes on Saturday 14 July, enjoy an evening of regency romance with Sense and Sensibility on Sunday 22 July and head down the rabbit hole with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Saturday 4 August.

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

    Head to the beautiful Northumbrian countryside with Sherlock Holmes as his legendary nemesis awaits the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense.

    Sense and Sensibility ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

    Travel back in time as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society. Adapted by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this lively tale follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility.

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

    Take a trip down the rabbit hole and join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters from the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter to the terrifying Queen of Hearts. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production to delight the entire family.

    QUAD Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival

    Return to the garden at the end of the summer for QUAD’s Outdoor Film Festival. Spend the evening under the stars watching classic films in the perfect summer setting. Choose from Moulin Rouge on Friday 31 Augustand Top Gun on Saturday 1 September.

    Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge captures the spirit of the Bohemian revolution sweeping the underworld of Paris. At the Moulin Rouge, the rich and poor are one, being entertained by the dancers. Christian (Ewan McGregor), a young English writer starts a love affair with the star courtesan Sabine (Nicole Kidman). Top Gun takes us into the danger zone with Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards starring as fighter pilots Maverick and Goose. Maverick’s cocky demeanour push him to compete for the Top Gun trophy against fellow pilot Iceman (Val Kilmer).

    Visitors attending a cinema experience at Hardwick Hall,  Derbyshire.

    Booking is essential for all outdoor theatre and cinema events. Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

     

  • Thu
    23
    Aug
    2018
    Sat
    25
    Aug
    2018
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Lovers of Cole Porter’s music are in for a treat as Present Company is bringing one of his most successful romantic musical comedies, High Society, to Buxton Opera House.

    “Well Did You Ev-ah? What a swell party!” Butlers in bow ties, guests in glittery gowns and, floating on a sea of champagne, a bride-to-be, set the scene for the story of millionaire socialite,Tracy Samantha Lord, who is about to re-marry. However, her family’s idea of a suitable groom differs from hers and no-one can understand why she wishes to replace her former husband, CK Dexter-Haven for her fiancé George Kettredge. It’s to be the Long Island society wedding of the year. The flowers have arrived, the bubbly’s on ice and the guests, the press and the paparazzi are assembling. All  they need now is for the ceremony to actually happen. Adapted from one of Hollywood’s best-loved films, Cole Porter’s vintage musical is a giddy blend of well-loved songs, fizzing one-liners and champagne-fuelled farce.

    The Philadelphia Story was first written in the late Thirties as a stage play for Katherine Hepburn but soon transferred to the silver screen where Hepburn was joined by Cary Grant and James Stewart. In 1956 Cole Porter accepted a $250,000 offer from MGM to write the songs for a Technicolour musical version which was to be re-named High Society, starring Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly, in her last film before she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. Packed with memorable numbers such as: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. True Love, Well Did You Ev'ah, Let’s Misbehave, You’re Sensational, I Love Paris and It’s Alright With Me, it’s a perfect cocktail of comedy, music and romance.

    To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

  • Sun
    09
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Direct from London’s West End You Win Again – Celebrating the Music of The Bee Gees is a premiere tribute to the unique sound of the Bee Gees. Prepare to immersive yourself in the distinct sound of the Gibbs brothers’ music which will take you on a journey through the 60s, 70s and 80s.

    This concert spectacular which will feature all of their best-known hits including Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, More Than A Woman, You Should Be Dancing and How Deep is your Love along with many more favourites which will have you dancing in your seat.  You can also hear hits that the Bee Gees wrote for other artists such as Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton.

    This fabulously authentic production ensures the Gibb brothers’ incredible legacy of classic hit songs is well and truly stayin’ alive.

    You Win Again is on stage at Buxton Opera House on Sunday 9 September at 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced at £28.50.

    Discounts are available.

    To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

  • Fri
    14
    Sep
    2018
    Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018
    HOME 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester, M15 4FN

    othellomacbeth is a striking, condensed staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal and poetic plays. Told by an ensemble company, these two iconic stories collide in a dynamic and visceral new production.

    The company of nine actors play characters in both Othello and Macbeth. As Macbeth and Cassio is Sandy Grierson, who has performed extensively with the RSC, most recently in Dido, Queen of Carthage and Doctor Faustus (also at the Barbican theatre). In the role of Bianca is Kezrena James, whose credits include The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales at The Globe and Bristol Old Vic. Joining them in the role of Emilia is Melissa Johns who is most known for playing Imogen in Coronation Street, her other credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Sheffield Crucible and BBC’s The Interceptor.

    The full cast includes: Samuel Collings (Iago/Macduff), Grace Cookey Gam (Ludovico/Lennox), Paul Courtney Hyu (Brabantio/Duncan), Caroline Faber (Lady Macbeth), Kirsten Foster (Desdemona), Sandy Grierson (Cassio/Macbeth), Kezrena James (Bianca), Melissa Johns (Emilia) and Ery Nzaramba (Othello/Banquo).

    Directed by Jude Christian, who most recently co-directed the sell-out, Royal Court production of My Mum’s a Twat with Vicky Featherstone, as well as the 2015 hit Lela & Co, also at the Royal Court. Jude is also an associate director at the Lyric Hammersmith (The Seagull, Jack and the Beanstalk), and returns to Manchester following her work directing the Royal Exchange and Bush Theatre production of Parliament Square.

    Jude Christian, Director of othellomacbeth said: “This production is an ambitious endeavour, and I’m really excited to have such a passionate, fearless cast to work with. They’re rigorously bringing to life these two monoliths of British culture and asking what they mean in Britain today.”

    othellomacbeth is designed by Basia Binkowska, the overall winner of the Linbury Prize 2017. The Linbury Prize is the UK's most prestigious award for Stage Design, providing a unique opportunity for graduating designers to work with some of the UK's leading theatre, opera and dance companies.

    othellomacbeth at HOME
    Friday 14 September – Saturday 29 September
    Mon-Sat 7.30pm
    Also Matinees Thu 20, Sat 22, Weds 26 & Sat 29 at 2pm
    Previews Friday 14, Sat 15, Mon 17 & Tues 18 at 7.30pm
    Audio Described Touch Tour Wed 26, 6.30pm
    Audio Described performance Wed 26, 7.30pm
    Caption Subtitled performance Thurs 27, 7.30pm plus post show discussion with cast and creatives
    BSL Interpreted performance Fri 28 Sept 7.30pm

    Preview Tickets: From £10 | Tickets: From £10

    Tickets 0161 200 1500 | www.homemcr.org

    HOME 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester, M15 4FN

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018
    Tatton Park, Knutsford

    Cheshire East Council is proudly hosting its first ever Pride in the Park Picnic event at Tatton Park – to celebrate and support the LGBT+ community. 

    The event takes place on Sunday 16 September, in the spectacular gardens of Tatton Park, in Knutsford, and will be open to visitors of all ages, offering lots of family-friendly activities and entertainment on the day.

    Special guests include Brazilian carnival drum and dance act Juba do Leão, an Abba tribute performance from ‘The Twins’, and performances from Proud Mary’s Choir, Cheshire Rock Choir and Sandbach High School Jazz band and Choir.

    Visitors are invited to bring their own picnic from 10am and will also be able to explore the picturesque gardens of Tatton Park free of charge. This colourful, fun-filled, celebratory event will feature a health and wellbeing marketplace for guests to receive key help and support from organisations such as Body Positive, Transforum Manchester and Diversity Role Models. Cheshire East partner agencies, including Cheshire police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will also attend.

    David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and key sponsor for all entertainment on the day, said: “I am very proud to support this event, which reunites the diversity of communities in Cheshire East. “This event is a huge celebration in the LGBT+ calendar and I am personally committed to ensuring that Cheshire Constabulary works with its partners to eradicate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia across Cheshire.”

    Councillor Stewart Gardiner, Cheshire East Council lead member for equality and diversity, said: “Pride in the Park Picnic will be a fantastic event for all visitors from Cheshire East and beyond and will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate the LGBT+ community by giving something back. “This is just the first of many Pride events we are hoping to host in the future and it’s great that, this year, our Pride in the Park celebration will take place in the beautiful gardens of Tatton Park.”

    Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “Pride events are such vibrant occasions and I know this will be no different. You can expect lots of colour, great celebrations and a day to remember. I’m sure it will be a tremendous success.”

    The Pride in the Park Picnic will be a free event to all visitors, although standard entry fees to the park will apply for vehicle parking. A shuttle bus, supplied by Cheshire East Council’s wholly-owned company Transport Service Solutions, will be available on the day to transport people from Knutsford town centre into the park free of charge. To find out more about this event visit the Pride website.

  • Mon
    22
    Oct
    2018
    Sat
    27
    Oct
    2018
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Following the success of its premiere in January 2018, a new cast has been announced for the autumn tour of The Classic Thriller Company’sThe Case Of The Frightened Lady by Edgar Wallace, led by talented stage and TV star, John Partridge.

    John Partridge who is best known to TV audiences as the suave and charismatic Christian Clarke in EastEnders, leads a star cast in the role of Inspector Tanner. John is celebrated as one of musical theatre’s most respected leading men, having starred in major West End hit musicals such as Cats, Starlight Express, Chicago and in Bill Kenwright’s recent lavish musical production of La Cage Aux Folles. John has also been announced to star in the upcoming BBC series of Celebrity MasterChef which is being broadcast in the autumn.

    He will be joined by Deborah Grant (Lady Lebanon), who has starred in Not Going Out and Bergerac; Robert Duncan (Dr Amersham), best known for Drop The Dead Donkey; Phillip Lowrie (Kelver), who starred in Coronation Street as Dennis Tanner; Matt Lacey, who is currently in the BBC sitcom Cuckoo; Scarlett Archer (Isla), best known for playing Nell Fairfax in Emmerdale; and Matt Barber (Lord Lebanon) who starred as Atticus Aldridge in Downton Abbey.

    The production is directed by Roy Marsden who is best known as an actor, particularly in his role as Commander Adam Dalgliesh in ITV's P.D. James series, which he played for 15 years. But he has also been directing plays since he was 15 years old and had successful West End runs with Noel Coward’s Volcano and Agatha Christie’s (under the pen name Mary Westmacott) A Daughter’s a Daughter. This is now Roy’s third time directing a Classic Thriller Theatre Company production having previously directed Rehearsal for Murder and A Judgement in Stone. 

    The Case Of The Frightened Lady will be on stage on Monday 22 – Saturday 27 October.

    Tickets are priced at £22-£32. Discounts are available.

    To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

  • Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018
    The National Tramway Museum Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

    Crich Tramway Museum offers a great day out for all the family, including your dog!

    Open daily until 4th November 2018 from 10.00am.

    For full details of opening times, see 

Wilmslow Guild Players
Wilmslow Guild Players are an amateur theatre group formed in 1926 at the Wilmslow Guild, an independent adult education centre.
Location: Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne Street
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5HD
www.wgp.org.ukWeb
info@wgp.org.ukEmail

 

M.A.D.S. Little Theatre
Plays through the season
Location: Lord Street
Macclesfield
http://www.madstheatre.org.uk/  Web

 

Buxton Opera House
Varied events from opera to popular acts and musicals
Location:
Buxton
Derbyshire
http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/  Web

 

Wilmslow Green Room
Wilmslow
http://members.aol.com/wgrsoc  Web

 

Bollington Festival Players (01625) 875326  Telephonevalpostance@btinternet.com  Email

 

Bollington Children’s Music Theatre http://www.marple55.freeserve.co.uk/  Web

 

Keating Centre of Dance and Drama http://www.kcdd.i12.com  Web

 

Bollington Arts Centre
Wellington Road
Bollington
Cheshire
01625 573863  Telephone

bollingtonartscentre.org.uk

 

Bollington Festival Players
Bollington
Cheshire
01625 574085  Telephone

 

Stagecoach
Wilmslow
Cheshire
01606 784 219  Telephonehttp://www.stagecoach.co.uk  Web