What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District - February 2014

The Killing of Sophie Lancaster in Manchester

The Killing of Sophie Lancaster in Manchester - Credit: Archant

A round up of events in Lancashire and the Lake District during February


Until 2nd

King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table

Broughton Drama Group present this year’s pantomime extravaganza.

The Victory Hall, Broughton-in-Furness, 01229 716115


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Sweeney Todd

LGGS and LRGS present the tale of the demon barber Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim.

The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, 01524 598500


Twelfth Night

Filter Theatre’s explosive version of Twelfth Night, as part of the city’s season of Shakespeare this spring.

The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, 01524 598500


Jimeoin – Yes, yes, Whatever…?!

Hilarious world-class stand-up from one of live comedy’s internationally acclaimed masters.

The Albert Halls, Bolton, 01204 334400


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound and Katherine Kingsley star in the UK premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the legendary 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

The Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 3018

Until 15th


World premiere with the drama centring on a girl growing up in a battered part of Stockport at the end of the seventies, who falls in love with the man who will break her heart into a thousand pieces.

The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 0161 833 9833


Sarah Millican: Homebird

The British Comedy Award’s Queen of Comedy Sarah Millican is giving up the party scene, easing off the drinking and is settling down.

The Guild Hall, Preston, 0844 844 7710


The Cemetery Club

Preston Drama Club presents this show about three Jewish widows – the founder members of ‘The Cemetery Club’ meet each month before going to visit their husband’s graves.

The Playhouse, Preston, 01772 744771

21st-March 8th

The Seagull

The Library Theatre present this new version of the captivating study of the corrosion of youthful idealism, wasted ambitions and unrequited love.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, 0843 208 6010

Until 22nd

Bedroom Farce

Funny, gripping and acutely observed, Alan Ayckbourn’s sophisticated comedy lifts the lid on the secrets of middle-class marriage. Over the course of one night, one outrageously selfish couple parade their problems around the bedrooms of three other couples, exposing the cracks in other people’s marriages as well as their own.

The Coliseum Theatre, Oldham, 0161 624 2829

Until 22nd

Hobson’s Choice

Classic Lancashire comedy by Harold Brighouse telling the story of Salford widower Henry Hobson, struggling to handle his three grown up daughters, each seeking a husband and escape from the family run boot makers shop.

The Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 01204 520661

26th-March 8th

Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley Cropper, Coronation Street) stars in this play – an elegy to Sophie by poet Simon Armitage.

The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 0161 833 9833

27th-April 22nd

Twelfth Night

Set in a stately home in Lancashire, Downton Abbey meets Upstairs Downstairs in a world of drunks in the kitchen, feisty in-between maids, foolish aristocrats, irreverent comics, love sick young men and beautiful ladies in love.

The Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 01204 520661



Johann Strauss Gala

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 whisks the audience back to 19th century Vienna on a light hearted journey through a programme of the finest waltzes and polkas from the Strauss musical dynasty and other timeless dance music.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0844 907 9000


Kimwilton Trio

Clitheroe Concerts Society has a policy of engaging young up-and-coming artists and the February concert does just that featuring Kimon Parry on clarinet, Antony Ingham on piano and Will Melvin on violin.

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, www.clitheroeconcerts.org


Nabucco and Aida

The celebrated Chisinau National Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra with international guest soloists present these epic Verdi operas, sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Liverpool Empire Theatre, 0844 871 3017


Elvis the Ultimate Performance

The world’s leading Elvis performer, Chris Connor performs his tribute to Elvis.

The Wigan/Hindley Rose Club, 01934 256903


Rosemere Cancer Foundation Annual Valentines Concert

Classical singer Camilla Kerslake is set to headline Rosemere’s annual candlelight concert held within the dramatic surroundings of Blackburn Catherdral. All funds raised will go to help the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Blackburn Cathedral, tickets from 01772 522913, www.rosemere.org.uk


Night at the Opera

Bury Choral Society present a selection from well known opera choruses.

The Met, Bury, www.burychoral.org


Mike and The Mechanics

The Albert Halls, Bolton, 01204 334400


The South

Ex members of The Beautiful South, Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler will be singing many of their hits with a nine piece band, as well as several songs from their debut album as ‘The South’.

Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes, 01253 794221



Ghostly Evenings at Hoghton Tower

Silent torchbearers guide you through the darkened halls of the Tower, where you will encounter spectres from the past and be regaled with ghostly happenings from across the centuries. Venture through the underground passages where footsteps from another time echo alongside your own. Finally dine in the warmth and comfort of the Vaio Room. Tickets cost £25.

Hoghton Tower, near Preston, 0844 888 9991


Hoghton Tower Farmers’ Market

Local farmers market with house also open for guided tours.

Hoghton Tower, near Preston


9th-March 9th

Here ant There, Ici et la by Tracy Levine

A major solo exhibition that reveals a long awaited series of Levine’s Yorkshire Dales paintings, contrasting with a series of recent work from the South West of France.

The Gallery at Rheged, Penrith, 01768 860033, www.tracylevine.co.uk

Until March 9th

Tails of Cumbria

Exhibition of paintings by Jo McGrath, featuring her favourite theme – farm animals.

Severn Studio, Brantwood, Coniston, 015394 41396

Until March 29th

Patrick Caulfield

Exhibition of vibrant and witty paintings and prints by Patrick Caulfield, whose iconic and bold style makes him one of the UK’s most distinctive artisits.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Kendal

Until March 15th

Collectable Prints Exhibition

Editions Ltd., Gallery, in the heart of Liverpool’s financial district, are delighted to showcase an exhibition of original limited edition, collaged & hand painted silkscreens, from the country’s most innovative printmakers : Bruce McLean, Dan Baldwin, Sir Peter Blake, Barbara Rae CBE RA RE & Charlotte Cornish.

Editions Ltd : Gallery, 16 Cook Street Liverpool, 0151 236 4236



David Gest’s Legends of Soul

Television star and legendary producer David Gest makes musical history by bringing an all star line up of 10 soul and motown artists to more than 30 venues throughout the UK.

St Helens Theatre Royal, 01744 756000


Inspector Norse

Lip Service Theatre Company present this madcap spoof on the Scandinavian detective story.

Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, 01253 794221, www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk


Crime and Passion: A Victorian Valentine

Liverpool’s premier murder mystery events company Lovehistory, present the biggest and best fully interactive murder mystery dining experience set within the grandeur of one of Liverpool’s most famous buildings.

St George’s Hall, Liverpool, 0844 800 0410


Brendan Cole – Licence To Thrill

Brendan Cole is set to dazzle audiences across the UK. Join him and a cast of 20 musicians and dancers as they take you on a journey of music and dance in this spectacular night of theatre entertainment – an evening of ballroom magic and Latin excitement with music from across the ages.

The Guild Hall, Preston, 0844 844 7710

27th-March 2nd

Liverpool International Jazz Festival

This new festival is back and will include performances from celebrated British Jazz pianist and multi-award winner Jason Rebello who opens the festival, Anglo-American jazz ‘supergroup’ The Impossible Gentlemen and the Stuart McCallum Trio amongst the names.

The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 8000 410