What’s On in Cheshire - January 2014

Swan Lake, Manchester

Swan Lake, Manchester - Credit: Archant

What’s On in Cheshire during January

THEATRE AND DANCE

Until 5th

Dick Wittington

Pantomime telling the rags to riches tale of a man and his cat on an amazing quest for fame and fortune and featuring all the traditional pantomime ingredients.

The Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 7660

7th-11th

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Aladdin

Cheshire Youth Pantomime Society presents Aladdin with a cast and live band made up of some of the most talented 11 to 19 years olds in Cheshire.

The Woodford Centre, Woodford, 07910 187583

8th-18th

Ghost

Based on the 1990 romantic drama of the same name, Ghost features the story of Sam and Molly who are attacked on the way home to their apartment one night. When Sam dies he gets caught between this world and the next until his killer is revealed.

Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent, 0844 871 7649

Until 11th

Wanted! Robin Hood

Fun-filled magical musical adventure for everyone aged six and upwards.

The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester, 0843 208 6010

Until 12th

Beauty and the Beast

Fun-filled family pantomime starring Amy Diamond from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC talent show Over the Rainbow and Andy Moss from Hollyoaks.

The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn, 0151 907 8360

13th-14th

Swan Lake

The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the palace ballroom to the moon lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all – exquisite ensemble pieces, memorable pas de deux and breathtaking solos.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0844 907 9000

18th-17th

Wrong ‘Un

February 1918 and after several decades of protest and four years of bloody war Parliament is poised to grant what the suffragettes have demanded and fought for – votes for all women.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford, Manchester, 0844 815 4873

16th-25th

Sleeping Beauty

Knutsford Little Theatre present their family pantomime.

Knutsford Little Theatre, 01565 633000

20th-24th

The Pride

Philip, Oliver and Sylvia exist in a complex love triangle which spans over half a century, living and loving simultaneously in 1958 and the present against a background of changing attitudes towards homosexuality. Contains scenes of a sexual nature.

The Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 7660

Until 25th

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast – the rock ‘n’ roll panto is seasonal entertainment with all the trimmings – jokes, slapstick and lashings of audience participation.

Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 0845 330 3565

26th

5

Fun packed show featuring spectacular performances and celebrating Andrew Curphey Theatre Company’s fifth anniversary.

The Brindley, Runcorn, 0151 907 8360

27th

Vampires Rock

Steve Steinman once again plays the supremely evil Baron Von Rockula owner of the Live and Let Die Club in Vampires Rock.

The Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 7660

27th-Feb 1st

Thriller Live

Thriller Live continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael Jackson’s 30 year musical career.

The Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 7660

28th

Ballroom to Broadway

Anton Du Beke stars in this trip of treats celebrating the golden sounds of musical through a star-spangled programme of dance and song.

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 0151 709 3789

MUSIC AND CONCERTS

4th

New Year in Vienna

The Halle present favourite arias, waltzes and polkas from the Strauss family, Lehar and others to celebrate the New Year.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester,

5th

Johann Strauss Gala

This is a delectable fusion of music, dance and song in what has to be the ultimate Viennese party. Hosting the performance is showman, Rainer Hersch, who with his inimitable wit and panache he whisks the audience back to 19th century Vienna on a journey through a programme of the finest waltzes and polkas from the Strauss musical dynasty and other timeless dance music.

Liverpool Philharmonic, 0151 709 3789

8th

Chester Music Society Concert

Chester Music Society concert with Jonathan Dormand on cello and Marisa Gupta on piano performing a programme of music by Beethoven, Brahms, Poulenc and Popper.

St Mary’s Centre, Chester, 01244 381995

11th

Turkish and Other Delights

The Northern Chamber Orchestra present this concert of teenage talents with the former BBC Young Musician finalist and Chetham’s student, Callum Smart.

Heritage Centre, Macclesfield, 01625 378123

23rd-25th

Cirque Berserk

Cirque style skills and artistry meet the thrills and spills of the big top as Cirque Berserk comes to town.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford 0844 815 4873

31st

ICS: A concert for John Dowland’s 450th birthday

BBC Philharmonic present songs, galliards and other dances by the English Renaissance composer John Dowland.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

FAIRS, FESTIVALS, DAYS OUT AND CHARITY EVENTS

17th-19th

Tatton Park Antiques and Fine Art Fair

A wide range of antiques, traditional and contemporary art, sculpture and decorative pieces will be on sale, including period furniture, Arts & Crafts and 20th century pieces, English watercolours, Persian rugs and carpets, Victorian and 20th century jewellery, fine silver, glass, enamels, prints, English clocks, decorative mirrors and much more.

Tatton Park, Knutsford, 01278 784912

13th-16th February

The Chester Antiques Show

Popular and prestigious fair featuring 19th and 20th century watercolours and oils, paintings from north west artists, early English pottery, collectable silver, period furniture. and more.

County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse, Chester, 01825 744074

16th

Chester Lecture Society

David Cummings takes us through the changing seasons and their effect on the Cheshire countryside and its inhabitants.

Lecture Theatre, Grosvenor Museum, Chester, 01244 972197

Until 31st

Open Art Exhibition

See a selection of work produced by local and national artists.

Macclesfield Silk Museum, 01625 612045

OUR FAB FIVE

5th

Licence to Thrill

Brendan Cole and a cast of 14 musicians and six world class dancers dazzle audiences with scintillating music and choreography in this two hour dance and big band extravamganza.

The Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019

7th

The Sleeping Beauty

Every child’s favourite fairytale, this is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumers and wonderful sets from the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse.

Liverpool Empire Theatre, 0844 871 3017

13th

Re:play Festival

The seventh annual re:play festival which brings together the best productions seen in Manchester and Salford’s non theatre spaces over the previous 12 month, as well as presenting a range of developmental opportunities for new writers and new work commissioned especially for the festival.

www.librarytheatre.com

20th-25th

Tonight’s The Night

Smash hit musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart and starring Jade Ewen from the Sugarbabes, launches a new tour.

The Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019

29th

Chester Young Musician of the Year Recital

Presented by Chester Music Society.

St Mary’s Centre, Chester, 01928 787496