Chris & Pui and friends are bringing their family show back to Warrington

Everyone’s favourite CBeebies double act, Chris & Pui, are bringing back their much-loved family show to Parr Hall this autumn.

The two shows, on Sunday 22 October, promise songs, comedy sketches, a dash of magic and heaps of joining in for all the family.

Familiar Chris & Pui TV characters including, Incy Wincy, Twinkle, Old MacDonald, Humpty, and Granny Humpty will be dropping by, along with the toys, Tom, Momo, Teddington, Stuffy, and Miss Mouse.

Catch the Gingerbread Man, marvel at the Ugly Duckling becoming a beautiful swan and oooh and aaah as Miss Mouse attempts to zoom zoom zoom to the cheesy moon in her rocket.

Chris & Pui have been a double act for over a decade working everyday on CBeebies – the BBC’s pre-school brand.

They currently star in their own programme Show Me Show Me, which airs twice a day and fulfils the old ‘Play School’ remit with its promise of early discovery through songs, rhymes, and imaginative play. Last summer they filmed series 6.

Most recently Chris starred in CBeebies Stargazing featuring astronaut Tim Peake in the International Space Station along with Miss Mouse who has been floating around in zero gravity much to the amusement of Twitter followers.

The show is perfect for ages 2 to 102, and tickets are on sale now.

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Cult performance poet Dr John Cooper Clarke to share musings with Warrington

Poet, movie star, rock star, TV and radio presenter, comedian, and social and cultural comedian; not many people can claim to be all of the above but Dr John Cooper Clarke can.

He shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original people’s poet and since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible in today’s pop culture.

Aside from his trademark look which continues to resonate with fashionistas young and old, and his poetry being included on the national curriculum syllabus, his effect on modern music is huge; his influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B to name a couple.

His latest show, which comes to Warrington’s Parr Hall on 28 October, is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat; it’s a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game.

Tickets are on sale now.

Saturday 28 October 2017, 7pm, Tickets £24.50/£19.50/£15
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Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer Todd Terry treats Warrington to special visit

Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer Todd Terry is making a special visit to Warrington’s Parr Hall next month.

Todd is one of the world’s most celebrated figures in dance music and with almost two decades of dance floor domination under his belt the quality of his productions goes from strength to strength.

The American DJ has been engulfed in dance music since he first started listening to European dance music records while growing up in Brooklyn.

Already devoted to turntables, he heard something different in those tracks and later said: “I never got a break in New York but England happened right away so I catered to them.”

By 1988, Todd hit big in England and Europe and his notoriety was making its way back to the US.

In addition to DJ appearances, Todd was cutting his classic underground tracks A Day in the Life, Weekend and Can You Party, released under monikers such as The Todd Terry Project, House of Gypsies and Royal House, all considered essential and ground-breaking.

In the mid-90s, the Ministry of Sound’s eponymous UK label released A Day in the Life, a collection of Todd Terry tracks that had been causing dance floor panic; this led to a deal with Mercury Records and the first release, Keep On Jumpin’, featured a vocal workout from super-divas Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown, together for the first time ever.

The song became a top 10 UK crossover pop hit and worldwide smash which Todd followed with the anthem Somethin’ Going On, a top 5 UK crossover pop hit.

Meanwhile, Todd continued to break new ground as a producer and remixer; from SNAP to Annie Lennox, George Michael to Bjork, Todd’s mixes bridge the ground between club cool and commercial accessibility.

In 1995, his remix for Everything but the Girl’s Missing became a worldwide smash, giving the British duo their first ever hit.

He then rode the charts with mixes for Garbage (Stupid Girl), The Cardigans (Lovefool and Been It), 10,000 Maniacs (More Than This), Jamiroquai (Alright) and The Lightning Seeds (You Showed Me), among others.

He also produced a Robin S track (Givin’ U All That I’ve Got) for the multi-platinum Space Jam soundtrack.

Saturday 15 April 2017, 4pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £15
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Comedian Paul Foot with surreal sense of humour makes first trip to Warrington

Surreal comedian Paul Foot is making his first trip to Warrington and he is bringing his alter ego and sidekick pig with him.

In Paul’s first new show in two years, Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces to tackle the big issues like terrorism, Ant and Dec, immigration, The X-Factor and breakfast.

The multi-award winner has appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie to You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World, Russell Howard’s Good News and The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4.

Time Out said: “Utterly outlandish, but beneath layers of absurdity is Foot’s sharp eye for satire.”
And Three Weeks said: “He’s a comedy whirlwind from the school of Spike Milligan. It’s risky to call someone unique but Foot is certainly pretty close.”

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World-class jazz saxophonist Chris Potter heads for Warrington

World-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation.

And the people of Warrington will have an opportunity next month to experience his talent, accompanied by The Inner City Ensemble, live at Pyramid arts centre.

Online jazz, blues and roots music magazine Down Beat called him “one of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” while Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown”.

Jazz sax elder statesman Dave Liebman described Chris as “one of the best musicians around”, a sentiment shared by the readers of Down Beat in voting him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine’s 2008 readers’ poll.

A potent improviser and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize, Potter’s impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader, and sideman appearances on over 100 albums.

He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo work on In Vogue, a track from Joanne Brackeen’s 1999 album Pink Elephant Magic, and was prominently featured on Steely Dan’s Grammy-winning album from 2000, Two Against Nature.

He has performed or recorded with many of the leading names in jazz including Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown and many others.

For this second edition in the Jazz Directors Series, presented by Band on the Wall and partners, Potter is performing with the Inner City Ensemble, an evolving group of the UK’s most promising emerging professional musicians, selected through an open call application process.

The Jazz Directors Series is a two-year residency and touring project which brings together emerging UK professional jazz musicians with an internationally revered jazz director.

Tickets for the show on Friday 14 April are available online.

Hilarious new Crissy Rock play will have Parr Hall audience dying with laughter

Hilarious new play Seriously Dead is bringing comedian Crissy Rock back to Parr Hall this summer, and it promises to have the audience dying with laughter.

After the success of Dirty Dusting, a hit comedy show starring Crissy which entertained the Warrington audience last June, the Benidorm actress and star of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here is returning to the town.

Coming with her will be Leah Bell, who also starred in Dirty Dusting, Frazer Hines of Emmerdale and Doctor Who, Billy Pearce and Paul Dunn.

One ordinary day in the quiet little town of Olwinskirk a chain of extraordinary events begins to take place, bringing the lives of Betty, Albert, Billy and the local undertaker Tristan de Winter to an uncomfortable crossroads.

Albert Blunderstone has been hiding abroad for ten years after having committed a bank robbery with a small time crook called Nodger Wilson.

On the day he flies home to attend a funeral he runs into Betty, who used to be married to Nodger, and in an attempt to find out what happened to his share of the dosh, he befriends Betty and her current husband Billy Blenkinsopp.

The lives of Betty, Albert, Billy and the undertaker become inextricably linked on a path that is leading to The Pearly Gates and a disgruntled Guardian Angel named Thelma.

This is a brand new comedy play which promises to have audiences dying with laughter!

Tickets for the Thursday 22 June Parr Hall date are on sale now.

Thursday 22 June, 7.30pm, £21
Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL
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For Those About to Rock returns to Parr Hall after success of last year’s event

Popular music night For Those About to Rock is returning to Parr Hall this December after the 2016 event drew in hundreds of music fans.

With two top tribute acts, Livewire AC/DC and Limehouse Lizzy, co-headlining the 2017 Christmas Jailbreak, Friday 15 December promises to be a night to remember.

Livewire AC/DC is a unique six-man tribute to rock music’s greatest band, AC/DC, and their live shows – two hours of high voltage rock ‘n’ roll – are complete with cannons and a wall of Marshall amps.

Both “Bon” and “Brian” are present on the rock ‘n’ roll train for a night to remember and with the rhythm section locked in the freedom of the stage and the music is given to “Angus Young”, who gives an uncanny performance with meticulous detail in appearance, energy and his note for note heartfelt renditions.

The band aim to put the audience slap bang in the middle of the show with hit after hit, including Back in Black, Rosie and Highway to Hell; there will also be one or two gems thrown in for the aficionados.

Sharing the stage will be Limehouse Lizzy – who have performed for Virgin Atlantic in Barbados, enjoyed TV appearances and been recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy – are entering their 21st year with their most explosive show yet.

The critically-acclaimed line-up have managed to shoehorn For Those About to Rock into a busy schedule of international tours, corporate clients and book appearances in what will be their third co-headline tour with Livewire.

The boys are back in town! And tickets are on sale now.

Friday 15 December, 7.30pm, £20 advance
Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL
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Nation’s favourite Psychic Sally celebrates ninth year on road with visit to Parr Hall

The nation’s favourite psychic Sally Morgan is back and better than ever with her brand new and most jaw-dropping show yet, and she’s sharing it with Warrington next month.

Call Me Psychic is a funny, entertaining, sometimes heart-breaking, often controversial show which celebrates Sally’s ninth year on the road.

She brings the dead to life with her trademark sense of fun and intrigue in an interactive stage show that will leave the Parr Hall audience gobsmacked.

Sally said: “I can’t wait to come to Warrington. The psychic energy there will be fizzing before and during the show and there will be laughter and tears and hopefully an unforgettable night for all.
“Every night when I’m on stage amazing things happen and it’s a privilege to be able to pass on messages of love and comfort to the people I share my gift with.”

Sally’s emotional sell-out theatre shows were the subject of Sky Living’s hugely popular television series Psychic Sally: On the Road which followed her gruelling tour schedule showcasing her phenomenal ability to speak with people beyond the grave.

She was also the star of ITV’s Star Psychic and has written several best-selling books, including the latest instalment of her amazing life story Call Me Psychic.

Her straight-talking, down-to-earth style and bubbly personality demystifies the world of spirits and she is credited with bringing mediumship into the 21st century.

Sally had her first psychic experience at the age of four when she saw her first ghost, and has grown up with the ability to receive messages from the spirit world.

It is well-known that she read for Princess Diana for over four years and she has given readings for countless celebrities and public figures, being linked with stars such as George Michael, Katie Price and Helen Flanagan.

She has appeared on television shows such as Loose Women, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, Celebrity Come Dine with Me and Celebrity Juice.

“There is psychic energy around all of us,” she said.

“Everyone has the ability to plug into it and at the show in Parr Hall I will be able to use that energy to draw messages through from the other side.

“I never know what will come through which means I’m often just as surprised as the audience.

“Sometimes messages are shocking, sometimes they are heart-breaking and sometimes they are just plain bizarre, but they are always entertaining and, ultimately, hopefully the audience will be uplifted and leave full of hope.

“Simply sit back, be open-minded and make sure you come forward if you think there is a message for you. Seeing is believing!”

The show is investigational and for the purpose of entertainment.

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Radio and TV presenter, musician and writer Mark Radcliffe tells tales of colourful life

Lancashire lad Mark Radcliffe will be sharing his tales of life as a radio DJ and TV presenter, musician and writer on his upcoming visit to Pyramid next month.

Mark has many strings to his bow and as a result has met a variety of fascinating and famous faces along the way.

Plus he’s an “all round cheese fetishist” who’s been making a little go a long way for several decades.

This show is no exception: expect stories and songs of middle-aged angst and ennui along with tales of ineptitude and encounters with some of music’s most famous names who Mark has on speed dial, even if his calls are blocked at the other end.

Radcliffe was one half of BBC Radio 1 duo Mark and Lard who worked on the station for 14 years, including a brief spell on the flagship Breakfast Show and a subsequent afternoon slot which garnered three prestigious Sony Radio Academy Awards.

He later joined BBC Radio 2 and has presented various TV shows for the BBC including its coverage of Glastonbury Festival.

He currently presents The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2 and co-hosts a weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music with Stuart Maconie.

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Musical weekend brings classic sounds to Parr Hall

70s Disco on Friday 17 March, 8pm,
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Northern Soul on Saturday 18 March, 8pm,
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Warrington will boogie the night away this March as two fantastic music events come to Parr Hall.

Music lovers are being invited to don their dance shoes in March for the memorable melodies of 70s Disco and the distinctive rhythms of Northern Soul.

Returning to Parr Hall on Friday 17 March, 70s Disco has proven itself to be an unforgettable night which fans flock to as they step back in time to the disco era, complete with all that glitters, and all that hair!

National DJs will be playing original vinyl and bringing back the sounds of Billy Ocean, Barry White, Edwin Starr, Chairmen of the Board, Bay City Rollers, Detroit Spinners, Donna Summer, Three Degrees, Chic, Kool and The Gang, T. Rex, Sister Sledge, and many more.

For those who prefer rhythm and blues to glitter balls there’s Northern Soul on Saturday 18 March featuring some of the country’s greatest legends of the genre.

A hybrid of American soul music and distinctive dance styles, the genre is still popular almost half a century later and this event will be sure to have Warrington dancing the night away.

These two fantastic nights out are not to be missed!

Much-loved folk group The Dublin Legends to visit Warrington next month

Thursday 23 March 2017, 7.30pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £22.50
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Much-loved folk group The Dublin Legends, formerly The Dubliners, have toured the world to huge critical acclaim and now they have their sights set on Warrington.

In 2012 The Dubliners celebrated 50 glorious years in the music business by receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and rapidly followed it up with a sell-out UK concert tour, the highlight of which was a magical night at The Royal Albert Hall.

Sadly however, they subsequently suffered a body blow with the sudden death of founding member “Banjo” Barney McKenna. This tragic occurrence prompted the remaining members to sit down and discuss the band’s future.

The outcome was that Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell and Patsy Watchorn decided, like the name of their live greatest hits album, it was “Too Late to Stop Now” and enlisted the services of Gerry O’Connor, to become The Dublin Legends.

Since then they have toured the world to huge critical acclaim, playing all the old classics including Whisky in the Jar, Dirty Old Town and The Wild Rover.

TV star and explorer Levison Wood shares adventures in Warrington show

Thursday 16 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £22.50/£17.50
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Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood will be sharing stories about his terrifying and challenging adventures when his tour calls in to Parr Hall.

An Evening with Levison Wood will give a rare insight into his exploits as a modern day explorer which will no doubt fascinate the Warrington audience.

His shows have been receiving rave reviews across the UK and internationally, the documentary series Walking The Americas has been airing on Channel 4 over the last month and his book of the same name is being published by Hodder & Stoughton this month.

With his keen desire to immerse himself fully in local cultures and customs, Levison Wood has delighted audiences around the globe with stories of his epic adventures, ranging from being chased by crocodiles and hippos in Africa, shot at by gunmen, falling off a mountain, being arrested more times than he can remember and meeting such illustrious characters as the Dalai Lama and George Clooney along the way.

In this adventure-filled one-man show, Levison recounts his amusing and sometimes poignant tales of life as a soldier in the Parachute Regiment and his subsequent transition into an explorer of international standing.

The tour will include further tales and behind the scenes moments from his journeys walking the length of the Nile and climbing the Himalayas, both of which were documented by Channel 4, alongside his most recent travels walking 1,700 miles along the length of Central America, taking in eight countries from Mexico to Colombia and his bid to cross the treacherous Darien Gap.

With his honest accounts of life on the road, Levison hopes to challenge preconceptions and inspire a new generation of adventurers with tales of hope and hospitality, firmly believing the more people go out and see the world, the better a place it will be.

Folk singer/songwriter Seth Lakeman heading to Warrington next month

Saturday 11 March 2017, 7pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £23.50/£18.50
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West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman is returning to Parr Hall next month as part of a new album tour.

Ballads of the Broken Few, Seth’s eighth studio album was released in September with the single Meet Me in the Twilight playlisted soon after on BBC Radio 2.

The album, which was produced by Ethan Johns, is a stunning combination of the singer’s dynamic songwriting and playing, and the sublime harmony vocals of emerging young female trio Wildwood Kin.

Seth’s soaring vocals are perfectly complemented by the seamless harmonies of Wildwood Kin who are also from Devon.

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winner’s previous albums include Mercury Prize-nominated Kitty Jay, the gold-selling Freedom Fields which featured the hit singles Lady of the Sea and The White Hare, Poor Man’s Heaven, Hearts and Minds, Tales from the Barrel House, and Word of Mouth.

With Ballads of the Broken Few, Seth demonstrates yet again that, far from being complacent, he is constantly exploring new and bold musical paths.

The new tour, which calls in at Warrington on 11 March, will feature tracks from the new album and live favourites from his back catalogue.

More tickets up for grabs for nearly sold-out Al Murray show at Parr Hall

Friday 17 February 2017, 7pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £27.50
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Extra tickets have been made available for Al Murray The Pub Landlord’s new show at Parr Hall after popular demand.

The popular comedian with his unique brand of humour is calling in at Warrington next Friday, 17 February, and more tickets are now up for grabs after the show nearly sold out.

He calls himself a publican, politician and philosopher and on this tour, Let’s Go Backwards Together, Al will embark on a common sense campaign to “re-Great Britain”.

The critically-acclaimed comedian’s on-stage persona will address Europe, the NHS, “whatever the hell is going on in the Middle East”, the gathering storm of fortnightly bin collections and plenty of other issues which are regular pub chat fodder, all in his typical brash style.

Parr Hall’s audience will be watching The Pub Landlord answer the call of destiny, even though it’s an unlisted number, call time on tyranny, even though he isn’t quite sure what it means, and even say no to women ordering anything other than a glass of white wine or fruit-based drink.

In the 20 years since The Pub Landlord first roared into existence, Al Murray has become “a supremely polished performer” according to Mail on Sunday, and The Daily Telegraph said “Murray’s affectionate, double-edged satire feels as fresh as ever”.

Tickets are on sale now but hurry, they’ll sell-out fast!

Irish folk group The High Kings go on tour with Warrington date

Thursday 8 June 2017, 7pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £20
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The High Kings, the true heirs of Ireland’s folk heritage, are the most exciting Irish folk group to come along in years, and they’re heading to Warrington on 8 June.

Members Brian Dunphy, Finbarr Clancy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden are all internationally-acclaimed singers of Irish folk songs; a quartet of accomplished musical pedigrees.

The band first exploded onto the Irish folk music scene in 2008 and since then have sold out hundreds of shows in Ireland, the UK, Germany and the US as well as making numerous TV appearances and achieving multi-platinum status.

At the Parr Hall show, The High Kings will showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between the four of them, bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites including The Rocky Road to Dublin, The Town I Loved So Well and The Parting Glass.

Family favourite Milkshake! Live returns to Warrington with two fun shows

Milkshake-SquareSaturday 29 July 2017, 11.30am & 3pm,
Parr Hall, £14.50/under 16s £13/family ticket £51
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Family favourite Milkshake! Live is returning to Parr Hall with more fun and old friends.

The Magic Story Book will star kids’ TV favourites like Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer and Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, and Wissper.

This all-singing, all-dancing, musical masterpiece is led by Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters who promise to take the Warrington audiences on an amazing journey through the world’s favourite fairytales.

Set inside Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this is a brand new live show sure to amaze and delight as the cast sing songs and share stories that young and old will know and love.

Kings of “popera” G4 showcase new album with show at Parr Hall

G4webThursday 2 March 2017, 7.30pm
Parr Hall, £75 VIP package/£32.50/£28.50
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The so-called “kings of popera” G4 will be performing exciting new tracks from their brand new album Love Songs when they visit Parr Hall next month.

G4 – Live in Concert will call into Warrington on Thursday 2 March, hot on the heels of the release of their new album ‘G4 Love Songs’.

Due to overwhelming demand for the vocal harmony group, who shot to fame on ITV’s The X Factor, multi-platinum selling G4 are back on the road with special guests and their trademark harmonies which wow audiences wherever they go.

Having reformed in 2014 they have continued to transport their loyal following right back to the moment they first fell in love with G4’s sound.

The group are excited to take their classic releases of Bohemian Rhapsody, My Way and Nessun Dorma on the road and are also thrilled to showcase some of the greatest love songs of all time as they tour their hotly-anticipated album G4 Love Songs for the very first time.

The new album features songs including Your Song, Amigos Para Siempre and I’d Do Anything for Love and the show promises to be an evening of classic and romantic music that will transport the Warrington audience away with these consummate entertainers.

VIP tickets include a pre-show meet and greet with G4 at 6pm, with a glass of wine and a chance to take photos and autographs.

Nation’s favourite bear Sooty is bringing his friends to Warrington

sooty-webTuesday 21 February, Shows at 11am and 2.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £12/£10
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Izzy, wizzy, let’s get busy, because the nation’s favourite TV bear Sooty is bringing his friends to Warrington’s Parr Hall this month for a fun-packed show.

The hugely popular children’s character and his friends Sweep and Soo are back for two shows on Tuesday 21 February with guaranteed giggles for all the family.

There will also be a chance to meet Sooty and Richard!

This brand new show, inspired by the hit CITV programme, will see Sooty, Sweep and Soo spreading mischief while their friend Richard Cadell tries to keep things running smoothly.

Sooty’s magic tricks turn very messy and Sweep’s escapology act has him all tied up. Maybe Soo and her tap dancing will save the day? Special guest stars include Butch and Ramsbottom who will also join the fun.

Expect magic, music and mayhem with a bucketful of audience participation: this is a spectacular treat for Sooty fans old and new.

The Guardian said the show “works like a dream – your children will love it”, Netmums described it as “absolutely brilliant” and former Sooty star Matthew Corbett said: “Richard Cadell is as close to a Corbett as you will ever get – Sooty is on the right hands”.

Warrington Museum is hosting a brilliantly scary and immersive live theatre event, Reckless Rulers

Reckless rulers new webWarrington Museum is hosting a brilliantly scary and immersive live theatre event providing visitors with a fascinating foray into the past.

Following on from the success of the sell-out events Rotten Luck and Smoke & Mirrors, Blackwood Events are giving the public another chance to become part of the history books with Reckless Rulers.

A talented cast of actors will take three groups on a unique tour of the museum’s haunted rooms while sharing the darkest details and performing an array of animated scenes from local history.

Rowan Arnold, writer for Blackwood Events, said: “Visitors can join the Roman Empire and see if they’ve got what it takes to defend the town, fight against the Yorkshire puddings by helping Henry Tudor defeat the vicious Richard III in the War of the Roses, and discover the truth behind “The Great Fire of Warrington”.

“Ruthless Romans and vicious Vikings will be some of the gruesome characters visitors will meet during their journey through Warrington’s horrible history.

“Reckless Rulers is a great event, a unique mix of stories, scares and comedy designed to entertain and educate through live action, lighting, audio and effects; there really is nothing else like it and I look forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible.”

Derek Dick, outreach and engagement manager, added: “We’re really pleased to support Blackwood Events, a young and exciting company, and to showcase this live experience event at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

“The group’s enthusiasm for storytelling is a great way to bring history to life and they make the most of the brilliant space and exhibitions we have here.

“The last two events have been huge successes and it’s wonderful to see visitors engaging in their local history so actively, especially the younger ones who thoroughly enjoy immersing themselves in the stories they hear.”

This family-friendly event has three 45-minute performances to choose from at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm; tickets cost £7.50 or £25 for a group of 4, and are free to Culture Warrington members. Buy tickets online

Interview with ROB BECKETT – ‘MOUTH OF THE SOUTH’ UK TOUR

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By James Rampton

Rob Beckett is one of the most popular comedians in the country. His stand-up shows sell out at the drop of a hat, as audiences are attracted to his brilliant sense of humour, his superb material, his livewire stage presence and his dazzling, mega-watt likability.
He is the sort of bloke you’d love to go for a drink with down the local pub – if that bloke also happened ‎to be the most hilarious man you’d ever met! Audiences up and down the country are just dying to spend time in his company.

The critics agree. The Mail on Sunday raves that Rob, “Lights up the stage with his magnetic personality (not to mention the dazzle from his teeth)”. Meanwhile, ‎the Guardian praises him as,‎ “A relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner with an unshowy, unpretentious, but thoroughly funny shtick.” So it’s extremely good news for all of us that Rob is about to embark on a major nationwide tour with a show entitled “Mouth of the South”.

But what makes the 30-year-old even more appealing is the fact that he does not take his huge success for granted.‎ “I just try and be a normal bloke,” observes Rob, who is a very popular host of the Absolute Radio show, Rock’n’Roll Football.

“You don’t need to be diva-ish in this business. At the end of the day, we’re just chatting on stage. I’m genuinely grateful that people come to see me. If it wasn’t for the audience, I wouldn’t have a jet-wash – I’d just have an ordinary hose!”

Rob, who gave a blistering performance at Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the 02 recently, ‎goes on to explain the depth of his gratitude. “I’ve done hundreds of low-paid jobs in my time. I used to work in a flower market carrying around bags of compost. So the fact that I can now put my face on a poster and people will turn up for the show makes me so pleased!

‎”When I started out as a comedian, I thought, ‘If I can just about make a living doing comedy‎, I’ll be the happiest man in the world!’ So, as you can imagine, I’m pretty happy now!”

Mention of his audience brings us to the fact that one of Rob’s trademarks is his wonderful relationship with the people who flock to his shows.

The comedian, who between 2012 and 2014 co-presented the ITV2 spin-off show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! NOW!, says that this stems from his natural ‎curiosity. “I’m just nosey! I love talking to the audience and getting them involved. I really like hearing their stories. People do the strangest jobs.

“Last night, for instance, someone in the audience‎ told me he was a change manager at a company producing floret salads. So basically he’s in charge of what leaves go in the salad! I like asking questions – it keeps the show fresh.”

Another element that keeps “Mouth of the South” fresh is the fact that Rob never rests on his laurels; he makes sure his material is constantly evolving. The stand-up, who won the Amused Moose Laugh-Off in 2009, reflects that, “I don’t want to feel desperate and that I have to hold on to certain bits. I don’t want to be living in fear of altering a routine.

“For my own sense of self-worth, I’d rather change it and let it progress. I enjoy that much more. That’s how I can do 200 shows on a tour because it’s always growing and changing. If I didn’t do that, I’d have gone mad by now!”

Rob, who also enjoys a thriving TV career and has appeared on such shows as Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, reveals that on the “Mouth of the South” tour he will be covering such down-to-earth, relatable subjects as holidays, Christmas, cold calls and nights out. His routines work so well because they are taken from his own ‎life.

Rob, who hails from South London says that, “I adored the American stand-up Bill Hicks. He used to do fantastic routines about drugs and guns. After hearing that, I thought, ‘No one will want to hear me talk about my life”.

“But then I saw Alan Davies and Peter Kay and realised you can be just as funny talking about nothing very much. If you walk into a pub and say to your mates, ‘What about the new Kit Kats?’, and you can be funny about that, I think that’s quite an achievement.”

Rob adds that he never scripts a show with an o‎ver-arching theme. According to the comedian, “I never write a show with a big narrative because I’d end up trying too hard and getting bored.

Rob proceeds to underscore just how delighted he is by the way in which his comedy career has panned out. “I enjoy making people laugh so much. I’m as funny as I can be for 90 minutes. I try and take people’s minds off things for an hour and a half. If you ever stop enjoying that, that’s the moment to give up.”

He concludes that, “Before I did stand-up, I’d always been rubbish at everything. I was doing all sorts of terrible jobs on the minimum wage and living in a grotty flat in Lewisham.

“Then I started doing comedy, and all of a sudden I finally found something I was good at. People were coming up to me after shows and saying, ‘I was feeling down beforehand, but you’ve really cheered me up tonight’. What a lovely thing to hear!

“At last I’ve discovered something I can do well, and I‎’m not letting it go!”

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is very glad to hear that!

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Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer Todd Terry announces Warrington visit

TT WebSaturday 15 April 2017, 4pm, £15
Parr Hall, Tickets £15
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Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer Todd Terry has announced a special visit to Warrington’s Parr Hall in April.

Todd is one of the world’s most celebrated figures in dance music and with almost two decades of dance floor domination under his belt the quality of his productions goes from strength to strength.

The American DJ has been engulfed in dance music since he first started listening to European dance music records while growing up in Brooklyn.

Already devoted to turntables, he heard something different in those tracks and later said: “I never got a break in New York but England happened right away so I catered to them.”

By 1988, Todd hit big in England and Europe and his notoriety was making its way back to the US.

In addition to DJ appearances, Todd was cutting his classic underground tracks A Day in the Life, Weekend and Can You Party, released under monikers such as The Todd Terry Project, House of Gypsies and Royal House, all considered essential and ground-breaking.

In the mid-90s, the Ministry of Sound’s eponymous UK label released A Day in the Life, a collection of Todd Terry tracks that had been causing dance floor panic; this led to a deal with Mercury Records and the first release, Keep On Jumpin’, featured a vocal workout from super-divas Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown, together for the first time ever.

The song became a top 10 UK crossover pop hit and worldwide smash which Todd followed with the anthem Somethin’ Going On, a top 5 UK crossover pop hit.

Meanwhile, Todd continued to break new ground as a producer and remixer; from SNAP to Annie Lennox, George Michael to Bjork, Todd’s mixes bridge the ground between club cool and commercial accessibility.

In 1995, his remix for Everything but the Girl’s Missing became a worldwide smash, giving the British duo their first ever hit.

He then rode the charts with mixes for Garbage (Stupid Girl), The Cardigans (Love Fool), Everything but the Girl (Wrong), 10,000 Maniacs (More Than This), Jamiroquai (Alright), The Cardigans (Been It), and The Lightning Seeds (You Showed Me), among others.

He also produced a Robin S track (Givin’ You All That I’ve Got) for the multi-platinum Space Jam soundtrack.

Much-loved band The Undertones return with date at Parr Hall

The Undertones WebSaturday 11 November 2017, 7.30pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £20 advance
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Much-loved band The Undertones are building on the success of their comeback tour last year with a raft of new dates, including a trip to Warrington.

Legendary Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who the band listened to religiously as aspiring musicians, was famously so smitten with their hit single Teenage Kicks that he played it twice back to back and declared it was his favourite song of all time.

2016 marked the band’s 40th anniversary and the Derry boys celebrated with a variety of scorching live performances at festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe.

The reviews have been glowing and many critics and fans say the band are playing as well as, or better than, ever before.

This success has spurred the band on to announce a string of further dates in the UK, including Parr Hall on 11 November, as well as a European tour and their first ever forays into Australia and New Zealand.

The shows were an exhilarating live experience for the band and the fans evidently felt the same way.

Bassist Mickey Bradley said: “To be honest, we had such a great time on the last tour that we thought we’d try our luck again. And I promise to use new bass strings to celebrate.”

2016 also saw vinyl remasters of the band’s first two LPs, The Undertones and Hypnotised, and a 7 inch vinyl remix of the 1979 single Get Over You.

Michael Bradley also published his book Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone.

Radio and TV presenter, musician and writer Mark Radcliffe tells tales of colourful life

mrad-webThursday 13 April 2017, 7.30pm
Pyramid, Tickets £14.50
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Lancashire lad Mark Radcliffe will be sharing his tales of life as a radio DJ and TV presenter, musician and writer on his upcoming visit to Pyramid.

Mark has many strings to his bow and as a result has met a variety of fascinating and famous faces along the way.

Plus he’s an “all round cheese fetishist” who’s been making a little go a long way for several decades.

This show is no exception: expect stories and songs of middle-aged angst and ennui along with tales of ineptitude and encounters with some of music’s most famous names who Mark has on speed dial, even if his calls are blocked at the other end.

Radcliffe was one half of BBC Radio 1 duo Mark and Lard who worked on the station for 14 years, including a brief spell on the flagship Breakfast Show and a subsequent afternoon slot which garnered three prestigious Sony Radio Academy Awards.

He later joined BBC Radio 2 and has presented various TV shows for the BBC including its coverage of Glastonbury Festival.

He currently presents The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2 and co-hosts a weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music with Stuart Maconie.

Enjoy the time of your life with ultimate tribute to Dirty Dancing at Parr Hall

DD WebSunday 17 September, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £24/£22
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No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing and now there’s a chance to relive the excitement as this top quality tribute show travels to Warrington.

A Night of Dirty Dancing is the ultimate tribute to the original film which saw an entire generation fall in love with Patrick Swayze and long to be Jennifer Grey.

The Parr Hall performance on Sunday 17 September is a chance to relive the passion, indulge in the romance and celebrate the greatest movie soundtrack of all time.

Recast and re-scripted for 2017, it’s all down to Kellerman’s end of season show: revel in the cherished moments, the memories made and the music that resonated throughout the years in this timeless theatrical treat.

Expect to hear She’s Like the Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Be My Baby, Hungry Eyes and of course, the Academy Award-winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life in the ultimate coming of age romance.

The Warrington audience is invited to immerse itself in this ultimate coming of age romance.

Extra performance added to Jimmy Carr’s trip to Warrington

PrintSaturday 23 September 2017, 7pm and just announced 10pm show
Parr Hall, Tickets £27.50
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Due to huge demand for tickets top comedian Jimmy Carr has announced a second performance for his September visit to Parr Hall.

The stand-up comic, TV star and all-round entertainer is bringing his ‘Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour’ to the Warrington venue for two shows featuring a selection of his very best jokes and brand new material.

A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.

In short, it promises to be the ultimate comedy show.

Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half, and in that time he’s performed nine sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents.

He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award.

Now, all that experience is being put to good use and you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show.

This is the very best of Jimmy Carr.

Tickets for the new 10pm performance are on sale now

Warrington’s Parr Hall to welcome pub landlord Al Murray next month

Al Murray WebFriday 17 February 2017, 7pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £27.50
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Pub landlord Al Murray is set to bring his distinctive brand of humour back to Parr Hall next month.

He calls himself a publican, politician and philosopher and on this tour, Let’s Go Backwards Together, he will embark on a common sense campaign to “re-Great Britain”.

The critically-acclaimed comedian’s on-stage persona will address Europe, the NHS, “whatever the hell is going on in the Middle East”, the gathering storm of fortnightly bin collections and plenty of other issues which are regular pub chat fodder, all in his typical brash style.

Parr Hall’s audience will be watching The Pub Landlord answer the call of destiny, even though it’s an unlisted number, call time on tyranny, even though he isn’t quite sure what it means, and even say no to women ordering anything other than a glass of white wine or fruit-based drink.

In the 20 years since The Pub Landlord first roared into existence, Al Murray has become “a supremely polished performer” according to Mail on Sunday, and The Daily Telegraph said “Murray’s affectionate, double-edged satire feels as fresh as ever”.

Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili to visit Warrington next month

Omid WebSaturday 4 February 2017, £24,
Parr Hall, Tickets £24
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The award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances is now on tour and is calling in at Parr Hall next month.

The British-Iranian comedian is intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining and his Schmuck for a Night tour promises to be a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass.

Omid’s credits range from Hollywood to television and live performances on the West End stage, earning him praise across the world for his performances.

He recently starred in BBC One’s Dickensian and Sky 1’s Lucky Man.

According to The Telegraph he is “one of the most joyfully smart, stimulating and entertaining comedians this country has”, Sunday Times described his show as full of “belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle”, and Metro called it a “confident, engaging and thoughtful show… did someone say National Treasure?”

Rock icon Steve Harley announces Warrington tour date

steve-harley-webSaturday 22 July 2017, 7pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £27.50
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Classic rock icon and original Cockney Rebel Steve Harley will be playing at Parr Hall in July as part of a UK tour.

Steve Harley, who has written and recorded 11 albums in a prolific career spanning four decades, recently returned to the public eye for re-releasing former No. 1 Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) following the tragic murder of MP Jo Cox.

Together with Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray, he formed The Friends of Jo Cox and re-released the song in tribute on 16 December, with proceeds going towards charities the MP had supported.

Originally formed in 1973, Cockney Rebel enjoyed top 20 hits with Judy Teen, Mr Soft, Mr Raffles, Here Comes the Sun and, of course, their No.1 Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me).

The latter is regularly voted among the top singles in the history of the charts, which covers six decades of releases, and The Performing Rights Society has confirmed Make Me Smile as one of the most played records in British broadcasting.

The song has been covered more than 100 times in seven languages, has been featured in several movies including The Full Monty and been used on more than twenty TV and radio advertising campaigns around the world.

Steve has written lyrics for artists including Rod Stewart, who called him “one of the finest lyricists the UK has ever produced”, and continues to play live concerts most years.

He said: “I love it, more now than ever. I cannot imagine stopping it, it’s what I do, play and sing.”

Tickets to Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s Warrington show are on sale now on Steve’s website and See Tickets, and via Pyramid and Parr Hall from 9am on Monday 16 January.

Culture Warrington is delighted to announce the winners of its panto poster competition

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Culture Warrington is delighted to announce the winners of its panto poster competition.
Youngsters were invited to design a poster to celebrate Aladdin, which is currently enjoying a run of performances at Parr Hall, and the entries received were of an excellent standard.
Judges had a hard time choosing the winners but are delighted to announce that first place in the seven and under category went to seven-year-old Maisy Berry and in the eight and above category the winner was Zak Hillyard, aged 10.
The winning entries have now taken pride of place outside Parr Hall for all to see, in time for the upcoming performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Maisy and Zak also won family tickets to see The Sooty Show at the Culture Warrington venue on 21 February, a family swimming pass to any of LiveWire’s pools and a goody bag.
Tickets for this weekend’s performances are still available by popping in to Box Office, by calling 01925 442345 or buy online

Maisy Berry, age 7

Maisy Berry, age 7

Zak Hillyard, age 10

Zak Hillyard, age 10

Living legend Ken Dodd sharing a little happiness with Warrington

KenDoddWEBSunday 29 January, 5pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £21
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The nation’s favourite comedian Ken Dodd, recently made Sir Ken Dodd, is bringing his Happiness Show to Warrington later this month.

The 88-year-old’s incredible and hugely-successful career as a professional entertainer now spans more than 60 fun-filled years and he’s decided it’s high time he revisited Parr Hall.

Ken is a comedian of unrivalled and legendary status who has been entertaining audiences for a lifetime of happiness and laughter.

And that dedication was rewarded with a knighthood in this year’s Queen’s New Year Honours.

Anyone who comes along to enjoy his famous Happiness Show will be absolutely discumknockerated (that’s Knotty Ash for over the moon) by a truly tattifelarius (fun-filled) evening of laughter and songs.

With a supporting company, non-stop gags and a selection of songs presented in his uniquely versatile style, there’ll be everything from ballads to grand opera.

The comedian is a multi-award winning entertainer who loves nothing more than performing for theatre audiences, so don’t miss his fun-filled Happiness Show, a great night out for all the family.

Much-loved folk group The Dublin Legends set sights on Warrington

tdl-webThursday 23 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £22.50
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Much-loved folk group The Dublin Legends, formerly The Dubliners, have toured the world to huge critical acclaim and now they have their sights set on Warrington.

In 2012 The Dubliners celebrated 50 glorious years in the music business by receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and rapidly followed it up with a sell-out UK concert tour, the highlight of which was a magical night at The Royal Albert Hall.

Sadly however, they subsequently suffered a body blow with the sudden death of founding member “Banjo” Barney McKenna: this tragic occurrence prompted the remaining members to sit down and discuss the band’s future.

The outcome was that Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell and Patsy Watchorn decided, like the name of their live greatest hits album, it was “Too Late to Stop Now” and enlisted the services of Gerry O’Connor, to become The Dublin Legends.

Since then they have toured the world to huge critical acclaim.

Tickets to see The Dublin Legends at Parr Hall on Thursday 23 March are on sale now.

The amazing story of the Bee Gees comes to Parr Hall

ywa-webThursday 30 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £24/£22/10th ticket free
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Following its West End debut at the Leicester Square Theatre, You Win Again – The Story of the Bee Gees will be embarking on its first ever nationwide tour.

The Parr Hall audience will have a chance to immerse itself in the Gibb brother’s hits through the sixties, seventies and eighties, not to mention the glittering array of classics they wrote for other stars.

This spectacular production tells the incredible story of the Bee Gees in an all-new musical experience.

Follow the band and their lives, through the early charting triumphs, their fall from grace and their meteoric climb back to the top to become the multi-million selling super group known and loved by millions across the globe.

This breathtaking concert spectacular will take the Warrington audience on a musical journey through all the best songs including Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, More Than a Woman, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep is Your Love?, Tragedy and Words.

Tickets for the show at Parr Hall on Thursday 30 March are on sale now.

Box Office Christmas Opening Times 2016

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Box Office Christmas Opening Times 2016

We have special opening hours over the Christmas period. The Box Office will be open during the following times:

Thursday 22 December 9am – 5pm
Friday 23 December 9am – 5pm
Saturday 24 December 10am – 2pm
Sunday 25 December Closed
Monday 26 December Closed
Tuesday 27 December Closed
Wednesday 28 December 10am – 2pm
Thursday 29 December 10am – 2pm
Friday 30 December 10am – 2pm
Saturday 31 December 10am – 2pm
Sunday 1 December Closed
Monday 2 December Closed

Normal Box Office opening hours will resume from Tuesday 3 January.

Check out the Visiting Us page for further information about visiting Pyramid & Parr Hall.

Discover a whole new world with panto poster competition

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DESIGN a poster to celebrate the launch of Aladdin at Parr Hall to be in with the chance of winning a collection of prizes.
We have joined forces with the Warrington Guardian to offer you the opportunity to create an Aladdin-themed panto poster with the winning entries to take pride of place outside Parr Hall for the final weekend of the show’s run.
Judges will pick their favourites from two categories – seven and under and eight and above.
Both winners will also be awarded a family ticket to The Sooty Show at Parr Hall on Tuesday, February 21, a family swimming pass for use at any of LiveWire’s pools and a goody bag.

The deadline for entries is Monday, January 9.

Designs should be sent to Panto Poster Competition, Pyramid Arts Centre, Cultural Quarter, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL.

The winners will be announced on Thursday, January 12.

Terms and conditions apply.

Stars of Parr Hall panto spread festive cheer on children’s ward

panto-smallFriday 6 January 2017 – Sunday 15 January 2017, 1.30pm & 17.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £12.50/£10.50/£40 family ticket/10th ticket free
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Young patients at Warrington Hospital had huge smiles on their faces this week thanks to a surprise visit by the cast of Parr Hall’s panto Aladdin.

The hero Aladdin with Ping and Pong, from the talented troop of actors who will be entertaining audiences in January, made a special visit to the hospital’s A&E and children’s ward to spread some festive cheer.

They caused quite a stir in their extravagant costumes and met with friendly smiles and calls of “Happy Christmas” wherever they went.

Tony Peers, theatrical producer at Tony Peers Ltd which is running the show, said he was excited about bringing the panto to Warrington.

Himself an actor and comedian before becoming a producer, Tony said: “I always look forward to bringing the panto to Warrington because I performed in Jack and the Beanstalk at Parr Hall many years ago.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it; Warrington’s a great place.

“We do summer shows and lots of one-off performances throughout the year but pantomimes are always special.

“They’re such a great Christmas tradition, and really are entertainment for the whole family, from grandmas and grandpas right down to the little ones.”

The stars of the show also enjoyed a warm welcome when they visited Warrington for the Christmas lights switch-on at Golden Square last month and are looking forward to returning to the town in January.

Nichola Lagan, who plays Aladdin, added: “This panto tells the classic tale of Arabian nights, a genie in a lamp and a beautiful princess, and we’re all determined the Warrington audience will thoroughly enjoy the show.

“It’s a magical story which really captures the imagination of the children and we as a cast couldn’t be more excited about taking it to the Parr Hall stage.”

Tickets for the panto, which runs from Friday 6 January to Sunday 15 January, are on sale now, with special offers available.

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Spoiler Alert! Ed Byrne’s new tour comes to Warrington

ed-byrne-webFriday 8 December 2017, 8pm,
Tickets £24
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Top comedian Ed Byrne, the unrivalled master of observational comedy, is bringing his brand new stand up show to Parr Hall.

Spoiler Alert! is the latest show by the star of Dara and Ed’s Big Adventure and regular panellist on Mock the Week, both on the BBC, and during his twenty years in comedy, Ed has enjoyed huge critical and popular success in the UK and Ireland.

He has performed hit tours, sold out many runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, had a successful two-week run in the West End and appeared on the stage and big screen as well as radio and television.

The Sunday Telegraph described Ed as “at the top of his game” and The Scotsman said: “It is rare for a comic to merit the word ‘masterful’ but in this case it is no overstatement.”

An Edinburgh Festivals Magazine review read: “Hilarious anecdotes… I assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should definitely see.”

Classic ballet Cinderella tells rags to riches tale at Parr Hall

vfbwebSunday 14 May 2017, time,
Tickets £19.50/£17.50/£12.50
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This beautiful adaptation of the classic rags to riches story of Cinderella promises to wow the Warrington audience on its May visit.

Vienna Festival Ballet is proud to present the age-old fairytale on a Spring tour with music by G A Rossini and choreography by Sheila Styles.

A mistreated young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step-sisters and a handsome prince combine to make a perfect piece of story-telling.

Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of Cinderella is based on the traditional story which will no doubt touch the heart of the audience through this performance – a combination of pure classical dancing and a hint of pantomime.

The musical score contains a collection of Rossini’s most famous operatic achievements and has been specially arranged for Vienna Festival Ballet.

Tickets to this magical show, on Sunday 14 May 2017, are on sale now.

New tour to feature The Jam classics and Bruce Foxton solo hits

ftj-webFriday 28 April 2017, 7.30pm,
Tickets £20 advance/£23 on the door
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From The Jam are bringing The Jam classics and Bruce Foxton solo hits to Parr Hall in Warrington as part of their latest tour.

From The Jam have gained a reputation for the kind of incendiary live performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam all those years ago.

The Parr Hall audience can expect to hear classic The Jam hits such as Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, Going Underground, Town Called Malice and The Modern World as well as some live favourites and songs from Bruce’s solo career.

The Jam exploded onto the punk scene in 1977 delivering their ferocious mission statement in the form of debut single In the City.

With a catalogue that includes 18 UK Top 40 singles, The Jam became the sound of the British youth and one of the greatest and biggest-selling bands in British history.

In 2000, Q magazine placed The Jam’s third album All Mod Cons at Number 50 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.

Marc Almond selects Parr Hall as one of just five venues for tour

almond-webTuesday 28 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Tickets £55/£37.50/£27.50/£22.50
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Warrington’s Parr Hall has been selected as one of just five venues to host an eagerly-anticipated tour by Marc Almond.

One of Britain’s most gifted and unique vocal talents, Marc Almond, who is best known for being one half of Soft Cell and his hugely successful solo career, has announced a UK tour in March 2017.

He will be performing songs from both eras ahead of a new album Hits and Pieces to be released the same month.

With shows in London, Perth, York, Buxton and Warrington, the tour is a celebration of Marc Almond’s 60th birthday year and will feature a full band performing No. 1 singles Tainted Love, which spent a record 43 consecutive weeks in the US singles charts, Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart, recorded with Gene Pitney, plus many more of his biggest and best-loved hits.

The songs performed on the tour will also feature on the new album Hits and Pieces which will be available in one and two-CD formats on Universal.

Described by The Observer as “a musician who has never stood still”, Marc Almond found fame in the early 1980s as one half of the pioneering synth-pop duo Soft Cell, and has had a hugely successful, prolific and diverse solo career that has seen him sell more than 30 million records worldwide.

His back catalogue includes much-revered interpretations of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel songs as well as his own self-penned pieces.

Q Magazine recently referred to Marc Almond as “one of pop’s greatest voices” and he has also collaborated with many other legendary figures in music including Tony Visconti, Jools Holland and Nico.

Most recently, Marc performed as part of the BBC Proms celebration of David Bowie’s music.

Now, as he approaches his 60th birthday, these shows are an opportunity to celebrate the “hits and pieces” that have made up one of the most iconic careers in British popular music.

Brit Award-winning KT Tunstall returns to Parr Hall to showcase new album

kt-tunstall_webFriday 26 May 2017, 7pm,
Tickets £35/£25/£17.50
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Brit Award-winning singer KT Tunstall is returning to Parr Hall as part of a 2017 tour to showcase her new album KIN.

The Warrington show, on 26 May, is one of eight new dates announced today alongside news that her new single It Took Me So Long to Get Here, But Here I Am will be released on 6 January.

Brit Award and Ivor Novello Award-winning KT was recently honoured further with the Inspirational Artist gong at the Women in Music Awards.

It Took Me So Long to Get Here, But Here I Am is the third single taken from the full-bodied and full-blooded album KIN which was released earlier this year to rave reviews.

It debuted at No. 7 on the official UK Album Chart and follows previous critically-acclaimed albums Eye To The Telescope, Drastic Fantastic, Tiger Suit and Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon.

KT has a busy few months ahead as she will be a special guest in the Jamie Cullum & Friends Jazz Café show, which raises money for Help Refugees, in London on 4 December, and lending her vocal talents to a charity single in memory of MP Jo Cox.

Early 2017 will see KT supporting Simple Minds across Europe before heading out on her own headline tour which includes a show at Warrington’s Parr Hall on 26 May.

Folk singer/songwriter Seth Lakeman announces Warrington show

seth-lakeman-webSaturday 11 March 2017, 7pm,
Tickets £23.50/£18.50
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West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman is returning to Parr Hall as part of a new album tour.

Ballads of the Broken Few, Seth’s eighth studio album was released in September with the single Meet Me in the Twilight playlisted soon after on BBC Radio 2.

The album, which was produced by Ethan Johns, is a stunning combination of the singer’s dynamic songwriting and playing, and the sublime harmony vocals of emerging young female trio Wildwood Kin.

Seth’s soaring vocals are perfectly complemented by the seamless harmonies of Wildwood Kin who are also from Devon.

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winner’s previous albums include Mercury Prize-nominated Kitty Jay, the gold-selling Freedom Fields which featured the hit singles Lady of the Sea and The White Hare, Poor Man’s Heaven, Hearts and Minds, Tales from the Barrel House, and Word of Mouth.

With Ballads of the Broken Few, Seth demonstrates yet again that, far from being complacent, he is constantly exploring new and bold musical paths.

The new tour, which calls in at Warrington on 11 March 2017, will feature tracks from the new album and live favourites from his back catalogue.

Funny man Rob Beckett tackles big issues in Warrington show

robbeckkett-webTuesday 21 February 2017, 7.15pm,
Tickets £16
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Comedian Rob Beckett is back with a brand new show of funnies and this time he is taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread.

The so-called “Mouth of the South”, which also happens to be the name of the tour, has appeared on every top comedy show going, including BBC1’s Live At The Apollo and Would I Lie To You?, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out of Cats Does Countdown, BBC2’s Mock the Week, ITV’s Play to the Whistle, and ITV2’s Celebrity Juice.

Rob is also a host on TV channel Dave’s podcast The Magic Sponge alongside Jimmy Bullard and Ian Smith, as well as hosting Absolute Radio’s hit show Rock n Roll Football.

The Metro said “there are hints that his eyes are set firmly on arenas that are as big as his mouth” and The Guardian described him as a “relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience”.

Mail on Sunday said he “lights up the stage with his magnetic personality (not to mention the dazzle from his teeth)”.

Comedian Rich Hall’s grouchiness set to make Warrington smile

Rich WebFriday 9 December, 8pm,
Tickets £16
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TV star and comedian Rich Hall is returning to Parr Hall to share his grouchy, deadpan style with the Warrington public on his latest tour.

As the star of the critically-acclaimed BBC4 documentaries Rich Hall’s California Stars, Rich Hall’s You Can Go to Hell, I’m Going to Texas, and Rich Hall’s Inventing the Indian, his unique sense of humour has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit.

The American will be visiting Warrington fresh off the back of success with Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown which guided listeners through the chaos that was the US presidential election on BBC Radio 4, a station he now knows well after having his documentary In Search Of Southern Hospitality aired on it in April.

The award-winning comedian, renowned for his expertly-crafted tirades and banter with audiences, has saddled up and hitched his wagon to tour the British Isles once again.

And this tour promises to leave the Parr Hall audience hanging on every word.

Rich has also become well-known for his television and radio work with notable UK appearances including regular slots on Channel 4’s Very British Problems and Stand Up For the Week, and the BBC’s QI, Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You.

Other strings to his bow include writing for The David Letterman Show, for which he won two Emmy awards, and inspiring Matt Groening’s character Moe Szyslak from The Simpsons.

Rich is also an accomplished author with three releases to his name – Magnificent Bastards, I Blame Society and Things Snowball – and he has two very successful stand-up DVDs to his credit.

According to The Scotsman, his humour “creeps up on you and ambushes your funny bone like no one else” while The Guardian warns “now is the time to grab this chance to see the great man at work”.

Comedy folk band The Lancashire Hotpots’ unique style to entertain Warrington

lhp-webSaturday 13 May 2017, 7pm,
Tickets £15/£13
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The Lancashire Hotpots are hugely popular for their down to earth sense of humour and impressive musicianship in equal measure.

And the St Helens band will no doubt be delighting audiences with their unique talents on the new tour, Food Glorious Food, which calls at Pyramid arts centre on Saturday 13 May 2017.

The Lancashire Hotpots love a good feed and their new tour showcases all their favourite songs about grub.

As well as favourites such as Shopmobility Scooter and I Fear Ikea, the lads will be piling on the comedy calories with songs about late night kebabs, fussy eaters and everyone’s favourite, a chippy tea!

So forget Weightwatchers and join the Hotpots for a night of madcap music and laughs.

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Beautiful ballet brings magical fairytale of Snow White to life

Snow White WEBSunday 11 December, 2.30pm,
Tickets £19.50/£17.50/£12.50
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Vienna Festival Ballet presents this delightful telling of the classic story Snow White in a magical show which is not to be missed.

World premiere choreography by Barry McGrath propels this timeless fairytale into the 21st Century and answers the age-old question “who is the fairest one of all?”

Based on the traditional Grimm brothers’ story, this ballet incorporates all the classic elements – a beautiful girl, an enchanted mirror, a poisoned apple – as well as some added extras like hip-hopping dwarves who help Snow White find her Prince Charming.

This spellbinding ballet promises to entertain and dazzle the whole family when it comes to Warrington’s Parr Hall in December: it’s a perfect Christmas treat!

Beautiful vocalist Kate Rusby captures magic of Christmas for Warrington show

Kate WebFriday 16 December, 7.30pm, Tickets £25/£15
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Kate Rusby’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience and her special Christmas shows will be no exception.

Famously down to earth, for over twenty years Kate’s engaging personality and sharp Yorkshire wit have further endeared her to concert goers everywhere so the audience at her Parr Hall show on 16 December are in for a treat.

It is in her special Christmas concerts that all these elements combine to exquisite effect.

Warm and inviting, spicy and sparkly, she and her marvellous band – joined as ever by a sublime brass quintet – embody the sounds and joyous spirit of the Christmas season.

In her performances Kate is embracing and sharing a South Yorkshire tradition of which she has been a part ever since she was a child.

For over 200 years, from late November to New Year’s Day, Sunday lunchtimes see the good folk of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire flock to their local public houses to sing their own unique variations of familiar carols which, as Kate says, “were kicked out of churches during the Victorian era for being too happy”.

The Houghton Weavers keep folk smiling with Pyramid show

Weavers WebFriday 16 December, 7.30pm, Tickets £14
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THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS have been entertaining for over 40 years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation.

During their time together as a group – comprising Tony Berry, David Littler and Steve Millington – they have performed thousands of concerts, recorded more than 30 albums, starred in several of their own highly successful BBC radio and TV series, and made countless appearances on other programmes.

Their next outing is a tour which aims to “keep folk smiling”, taking in a date at Warrington’s Pyramid arts centre on Friday 16 December.

The Houghton Weavers guarantee a top quality show suitable for all the family honed to perfection over four decades in the business, which combined with their individual style and professionalism adds up to a wonderful night of entertainment.

Dave Spikey returns to Parr Hall to celebrate 30 years in comedy

dave-spikey-webFriday 31 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £17.50
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Funny man Dave Spikey is coming back to Warrington to celebrate 30 years in comedy.

Dave Spikey: Juggling on a Motorbike will look back on his remarkable life and his incredible journey from working class kid to chief biomedical scientist to much-loved comedy performer and writer via Phoenix Nights, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Bullseye, The Royal Variety Show, Parkinson and many more.

The Dead Man Weds and Magnolia star reflects that maybe none of this would have happened and that he would still be looking down his microscope today if it wasn’t for the juggler on the motorbike.

Dave had been working in the NHS for 19 years as a biomedical scientist when in 1987 someone uttered the immortal words: “You’re really funny, you should be a comedian.” And for some reason he took them seriously!
Only a few months later he won the national talent show Stairway to the Stars, clinching the award with a routine about a juggler on a motorbike.

13 years later on Friday 13 October 2000 he switched off his microscope for good and the following Monday found himself sitting on a rain-swept car park dressed as a giant berry wondering if he should have taken more notice of the omens to avoid what may have turned out to be a bit of a mistake.

As it turns out, it wasn’t, and now in 2017 he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his comedy career.

Explorer Levison Wood talks about adventures in Warrington show

levisonwebThursday 16 March 2017, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £22.50/£17.50
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Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood will be sharing stories about his sometimes terrifying and challenging adventures when his tour calls in to Parr Hall.

An Evening with Levison Wood will give a rare insight into his exploits as a modern day explorer which will no doubt fascinate the Warrington audience.

With his keen desire to immerse himself fully in local cultures and customs, Levison Wood has delighted audiences around the globe with stories of his epic adventures, ranging from being chased by crocodiles and hippos in Africa, shot at by gunmen, falling off a mountain, being arrested more times than he can remember and meeting such illustrious characters as the Dalai Lama and George Clooney along the way.

In this adventure-filled one-man show, Levison recounts his amusing and sometimes poignant tales of life as a soldier in the Parachute Regiment and his subsequent transition into an explorer of international standing.

His latest tour will include further tales and behind the scenes moments from his journeys walking the length of the Nile and climbing the Himalayas, both of which were documented by Channel 4, alongside his most recent travels walking 1,700 miles along the length of Central America, taking in eight countries from Mexico to Colombia and his bid to cross the treacherous Darien Gap.

With his honest accounts of life on the road, Levison hopes to challenge preconceptions and inspire a new generation of adventurers with tales of hope and hospitality, firmly believing the more people go out and see the world, the better a place it will be.

His shows have received rave reviews across the UK and internationally, and the forthcoming documentary series Walking The Americas will air on Channel 4 in early spring 2017, while his book of the same name will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in February.

Nation’s favourite bear Sooty is bringing his friends to Warrington

sooty-webTuesday 21 February, 11am and 2.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £12/£10
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Izzy, wizzy, let’s get busy, because the nation’s favourite TV bear Sooty is bringing his friends to Warrington’s Parr Hall for a fun-packed show.

Culture Warrington is delighted to announce the popular children’s character and his friends Sweep and Soo are back for two shows on Tuesday 21 February with guaranteed giggles for all the family.

There will also be a chance to meet Sooty and Richard after the show.

This brand new show, inspired by the hit CITV programme, will see Sooty, Sweep and Soo spreading mischief while their friend Richard Cadell tries to keep things running smoothly.

Sooty’s magic tricks turn very messy and Sweep’s escapology act has him all tied up. Maybe Soo and her tap dancing will save the day? Special guest stars include Butch and Ramsbottom who will also join the fun.

Expect magic, music and mayhem with a bucket-full of audience participation: this is a spectacular treat for Sooty fans old and new.

The Guardian said the show “works like a dream – your children will love it”, Netmums described it as “absolutely brilliant” and former Sooty star Matthew Corbett said: “Richard Cadell is as close to a Corbett as you will ever get – Sooty is on the right hands”.

Hilarious raconteur Gervase Phinn brings his rib-tickling tales to Warrington

Gervase WebWednesday 2 November, 7.30pm,
Pyramid, Tickets £17.50
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Gervase Phinn has been touring theatres across the country for 10 years now as a hilarious raconteur and he’s bringing his rib-tickling tales to Warrington.

The former schools inspector is a best-selling and award-winning author, and radio and TV personality, but he really is at his best and most exciting in front of a live audience.

An Evening with Gervase Phinn will have the Pyramid audience on the edge of its seat, as the storyteller shares his hilarious and sometimes poignant tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales.

Dubbed “the James Herriot of schools”, with his keen ear for the absurd and sharp eye for the ludicrous, Gervase Phinn has delighted audiences all over the UK with stories of his experiences, and his shows have received rave reviews all across the country.

An Evening with Gervase Phinn comes to Warrington on Wednesday 2 November.

New stage play of Twopence to Cross the Mersey heading for Warrington

twopence-full-cast-credit-david-munn-smallFriday 28 October – Saturday 29 October, 7.30pm (and 2.30pm Saturday matinee)
Parr Hall, Tickets £18-£24
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A new stage play about the life of acclaimed author Helen Forrester is heading to Warrington this month.

Twopence to Cross the Mersey comes to Parr Hall on Friday 28 October and Saturday 29 October for three performances including a matinee. Tickets are on sale now.

Twopence tells the true story of a young girl and her formerly-wealthy family as they are suddenly thrown into poverty during the Great Depression of the 1930s and forced to survive in the slums among the streetwise working class.

Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, they uproot their shattered lives and choose Liverpool as the place to start again to rebuild their dreams and fortune.

Unbeknown to them however, a terrible shock awaits them.

The new version of this dramatic, moving and heart-warming tale is staged by Pulse Records Ltd in collaboration with producer and stage writer Rob Fennah and producer Bill Elms, joined by director Bob Eaton.

Rob worked closely with Helen on the original stage production which she lived long enough to see for herself.

He said: “I got to know Helen very well during the last 20 years of her life and during the writing of the original script she would often send faxes and letters of encouragement together with all sorts of additional information that didn’t appear in her books.

“Helen and I often talked about a touring production of Twopence to Cross the Mersey so I am really pleased to finally see it happen.

“I had always visualised Twopence as a straight play and was thrilled when audiences and reviewers alike gave the new adaptation a big thumbs up.

“We’re excited and delighted to take the play on the road so greater numbers of Helen’s readers can see her most famous book come to life as a stage play and we cannot wait to bring the show to Warrington’s Parr Hall with a very strong cast who will do justice to Helen’s story.”

The new stage adaptation is fully endorsed by the Helen Forrester estate and has the blessing of her son Robert Bhatia.

He added: “The play is great. I saw it last year and Maria Lovelady was utterly convincing as my mother.”

The play features an eight-strong ensemble cast including Emma Dears (Judy & Liza, Les Miserables) as Mother, Christopher Jordan (Moving On, Coronation Street) as Father, Maria Lovelady as Helen, and Tom Cawte (Witless, The Lone Pine Club) as Alan.

Eithne Browne (Brookside, Brick Up The Mersey Tunnel), Jake Abraham (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Game of Thrones), Roy Carruthers (Night Collar, Tales from Haunted Liverpool), and Phil Hearne (Good Golly Miss Molly, Blood Brothers) all take on lead roles, as well as supplementary characters throughout.

‘Beautifully-crafted tribute’ to Whitney Houston due to raise roof at Parr Hall

photo-whitney-belinda-singing-pointing-up-img_2068-hiresThursday 27 October, 7.30pm, £25
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Whitney Houston fans are in for a treat as the next best thing, Belinda Davids, is coming to Warrington’s Parr Hall on Thursday 27 October.

The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston Show is a breathtaking production featuring the impeccable vocal talents of the South African singer described by many as “jaw-droppingly similar” to the beloved pop diva’s.

The show is a beautifully-crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers, complete with a full band and dancers who bring to life more than two hours-worth of Whitney Houston’s best-loved pop hits.

In addition to her pitch perfect sound, Davids openly acknowledges that Houston was her personal idol and the original inspiration for her own career when she began singing professionally at the age of 14.

She said: “I want people to come and remember Whitney when she was at the top of her game and when she was fabulous.”

People all over the world have done exactly that with the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa already hosting sell-out performances in the show’s first two years of touring.

The Greatest Love of All features 20 of Houston’s most popular tracks taken from the full span of her career, including I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, I’m Every Woman, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, Exhale (Shoop Shoop) and Million Dollar Bill to name a few.

Davids is directed by Showtime Management creative director John Van Grinsven Senior and joined on tour by the production team responsible for the worldwide hit tribute show Michael Jackson HIStory.

Much-loved pop star Gabrielle coming to Parr Hall in just three weeks

gab-web3 November 2016, 7pm,
Parr Hall, tickets from £25/35 (VIP package £99)
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Veteran pop star Gabrielle will be making “Dreams” come true with a visit to Parr Hall on November 3.

A unique artist with one of the most distinctive voices in the business, Gabrielle has achieved a great deal without becoming an in-your-face, look at me “celebrity”.

Her career got off to an incredible start in 1993 when she broke the record for the highest chart debut by a female with the single, Dreams.

As a 23-year-old club singer from Brockley, South London, she was the archetypal outsider; she didn’t possess the sort of belting voice you’d expect of an R&B vocalist and wearing an eyepatch made her visually striking.

She quickly became one of Britain’s most successful soul singers despite saying there were “so many other girls with better voices” who were a “hell of a lot skinnier”.

In an industry where longevity is becoming increasingly rare, the hits have been unstoppable; Give Me A Little More Time, If You Ever, When a Woman, Sunshine and Out Of Reach, which she wrote for the soundtrack of Bridget Jones’s Diary, to name a few.

Then there are the multi-platinum albums, Gabrielle, Rise and Dreams Can Come True, and she recently featured on Naughty Boy’s album Hotel Cabana alongside the likes of Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Emeli Sande.

Gabrielle said: “It was an incredible project to be part of and funny for me that the other guests were artists like Tinie Tempah and Ed Sheeran. I’m the veteran, the surprise in there and I loved that.”
In 2013 Gabrielle released a seventh album with the iconic Island records – a double album of all her greatest hits, some of her favourite album tracks and seven brand new songs.

With the new songs came a new sound, the album titled Now and Always: 20 Years of Dreaming also includes a new version of the classic Dreams re-produced and re-recorded by Naughty Boy.

2014 saw Gabrielle go on her first UK tour since 2008. With a new band, new team and new energy she loved being back on stage and it reignited her passion for performing live.

The Now and Always tour was a huge success and Gabrielle felt reconnected with her fans, at every show she could be seen taking selfies from the stage with audience members.

Gabrielle hit the road again earlier this year as special guest opener for Michael Bolton on his UK tour and after an amazing response from audiences decided it was time for her own headline tour.

“I love performing live,” she added. “When I’m at home being mum it’s so easy to forget there are people who come along to see me and sing along to songs I’ve written.

“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so grateful that after 23 years I still have the chance to perform and record.

“It’s what I know and what I love – when I said dreams can come true, I wasn’t wrong!”

Legendary rockers UFO now less than two weeks from Warrington show

ufo webWednesday 26 October, 7.30pm, £22.50
Parr Hall, Tickets £22.50
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The tour, which calls at Warrington on 26 October, will showcase A Conspiracy of Stars, the band’s 22nd studio album, as well as some old favourites.

This is the first time in more than 20 years the British band have recorded an album in their native country and it exudes that typically British easy-going confidence for which the band has been known for more than 45 years.

A Conspiracy of Stars is described as a “strong release” consisting of 11 songs which combine everything the group stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse song-writing and intelligent lyrics.

The fact that the album was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides, of Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore fame, adds to the success of the recording and sees UFO prove that past and present can be blended.

UFO’s success story began in London way back in 1969, when vocalist Phil Mogg, drummer Andy Parker, guitarist Mick Bolton and bassist Pete Way formed the group.

Even in the seventies, the band distinguished themselves with their own, unmistakable style, touching a nerve among their following with rock numbers like Prince Kajuku, Follow You Home and C’mon Everybody from their albums UFO 1, Flying and UFO Live.

The global breakthrough came when German guitarist Michael Schenker joined the fold in 1973, having left his band Scorpions to follow an offer by Phil Mogg and Pete Way.

UFO released three consecutive rock classics with Schenker – Phenomenon (1974), Force It (1975) and No Heavy Pettin’ (1976) – featuring classics like Doctor Doctor, Shoot Shoot, and Rock Bottom.

And following the arrival of keyboarder/rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond, UFO released Lights Out (1977) and Obsession (1978), which included the hit singles Too Hot to Handle, Lights Out and Only You Can Rock Me.

Their live cut Strangers In The Night came out in 1979 and is described by the press to this day as one of the best live releases of all time, while also signalling the end of the Mogg, Way, Schenker, Parker and Raymond line-up.

The band now consists of original members Phil Mogg, vocals, and Paul Raymond on keyboards and guitar, classic-era drummer Andy Parker, lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, a permanent member since 2003, and American bassist Rob De Luca who joined in 2012.

Space race seen through eyes of child in touching family play

AWSE_WebMonday 24 October, 2pm,
Pyramid, Tickets £10/£8/£30 (family)
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It’s 1967 and the space race is on. Alfie White is crazy about space and his dad is training to be the first man on the moon.

At least that’s what Alfie tells his schoolmates. In fact, his dad has disappeared without trace, as if swallowed up by a black hole.

Together with his best friend Meg, Alfie sets out on a daring mission to find his dad. But where on earth, or in space, is he?

Alfie White: Space Explorer, which comes to Pyramid on Monday 24 October, is a cosmic tale of adventure and discovery for everyone aged five and up.

It’s Tall Stories’ latest production and had a brilliant run at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe with great feedback from audiences and reviewers alike.

Broadway Baby described the show as “a thrilling everyday adventure that is engaging for all ages” while The Stage said it was “an accomplished piece of children’s storytelling theatre” which “holds the children in rapt and often amused attention”.

Battle of wills, and jokes, is heading for Warrington

CS WEBSaturday 22 October, 2.30pm
Pyramid, Tickets £8/£6
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Now in its 15th year Comedy Sportz is an all-ages, all-improvised show where two teams battle it out for laughs which is sure to entertain the Warrington audience.

Players create quick-witted sketches, scenes and songs from whatever suggestions are thrown at them by the audience, creating a show that’s fast, feel good and always unpredictably funny.

There’s a referee on hand to steer the entertainment, call any fouls and help the audience decide the winner and, most importantly, it’s great entertainment for the whole family, including children aged eight and up.

Lancashire Evening Post described Comedy Sportz as “a non-stop stream of gags, sketches and general hilarity,“ Netmums said “kids enjoyed the interactive nature of the show and were in fits of giggles all the way through” and Yorkshire Times said the show was “quick, witty, sometimes ingenious, and more often than not, just down-right silly”.

To see what Comedy Sportz is all about visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdE06PIjd9k

Warrington author’s film debut The Violators to air in home town

VioWebSaturday 15 October, 7.30pm
Pyramid, Tickets £7
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Critically-acclaimed writer Helen Walsh is bringing her first film back to her home town as part of Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.

The author of The Lemon Grove, Brass and Once Upon a Time in England will also be taking part in a question and answer session following the end of the film.

Described by The Times as “a powerful debut” and “impressive, credible and fascinating” by The Film Review on BBC News, The Violators is a powerful and engaging British drama.

The cast is led by rising stars Lauren McQueen (The Mill, Ordinary Lies) and Brogan Ellis (Waterloo Road) alongside Stephen Lord (Penny Dreadful, Shameless, Route Irish), Liam Ainsworth (Kajaki), Derek Barr (Pride) and newcomer Callum King Chadwick.

After testifying against her abusive father, Shelly (McQueen) finds herself rehoused on a sink estate she can barely call home. A petty thief, Shelly spends her days roaming the estate and docklands in search of opportunities.

When she attracts the attention of estate loan shark and groomer Mikey Finnegan (Lord), Shelly finds herself thrust under the watchful gaze of a mysterious stranger, Rachel (Ellis).

As Shelly’s relationship with Mikey develops, so does Rachel’s fixation with Shelly. The shock revelation that Shelly’s father is to be given early parole forces Shelly to make a decision that will alter the fates of all three of them forever.

Set amid the desolate beauty of a post-industrial wasteland, The Violators is a meditation on the meaning of home, and the potency and fragility of young girls’ sexuality.

Helen Walsh, who wrote and directed The Violators, was born in Warrington in 1976 and her first novel Brass, about a female sex addict, was the recipient of a Betty Trask Award and was published to great acclaim around the world.

Her second novel, Once Upon a Time in England, won the Somerset Maugham Prize.

Helen has written four novels to date, all of which have been published internationally. The Lemon Grove, her most recent, was a critically-acclaimed best-seller. All of her work touches upon the complexities and ambiguities of female sexuality.

The Violators marks her debut feature film as writer/director and is produced by Red Union Films, with the support of the BFI Film Fund.

The Arts Desk described the film as “ballsy, bruising, brilliant” and The Upcoming said it was “absorbing, hard-hitting and quietly powerful”.

New show 21,000 Miles of Rail explores how we interact on trains

21000-mile-of-rail-wcaf-thumbFriday 14 October, 7.30pm, £10
Pyramid, Tickets £10
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A new theatre show called 21,000 Miles of Rail is inviting rail users to think about how they interact with others on the daily commute.

In an age where ticket fares are rising and stations are busier than ever, Hannah Butterfield has made a show for the commuters of the country that unpacks the rules of talking on trains and tests the possibilities of chance encounters with strangers.

21,000 Miles of Rail brings live music, heart-warming true train stories and even a little bit of laughter to its audiences.

You can’t find your ticket, someone’s sat in your seat and the train guard has just announced a 45-minute delay – sound familiar?

Like thousands of others Hannah has been on a lot of these train journeys, but this isn’t a show about one person, one story or one, one-way ticket.

It’s a season pass taking you on a number of routes, through a variety of stations, following a number of people making their way… somewhere.

Somewhere between a musical, a theatre show and A Brief Encounter, 21,000 Miles of Rail is about telling true stories and confronting the realities of the morning commute with the magic which surrounds travel by rail.

Hannah said: “This show was born out of a slightly unusual experiment: I spent a ‘working day’ observing people passing through Leeds city railway station. I was witness to all sorts of behaviours, coincidences, challenges and acts of kindness.

“21,000 Miles of Rail is about the possibility of making connections with the people you haven’t met yet. It’s about communication, or lack of in some cases, and finding hope in the most unexpected places.”

Hannah Butterfield is rapidly becoming a celebrated young artist and her work has been championed by Sheffield Theatres and West Yorkshire Playhouse, and shown at international festivals around the world.

This show was developed through her time last year as a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow when she spent one year with the critically-acclaimed theatre company Third Angel.

Warrington residents prescribed dose of laughter with comedy about NHS

this-might-hurt-1Friday 7 October, 7.30pm, £16
Pyramid, Tickets £16
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Popular playwright John Godber has put a comedic spin on dealing with the NHS and the prognosis is This Might Hurt.

This latest play by the BAFTA Award-winning writer of Teechers, Bouncers and The Debt Collectors visits Warrington’s Pyramid on Friday 7 October as part of a UK tour, following its premiere at Theatre Royal Wakefield.

Produced by The John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield, and directed by Godber, This Might Hurt is a hilarious and heartbreaking look at the NHS, investigating what we deserve and what we actually receive.

When tough actor Jack Skipton, played by Robert Angell, returns from filming to care for his ageing aunt he has no idea what he’s letting himself in for.

This might be his most taxing role to date as he begins an incredible odyssey through the NHS, from cancelled GP appointments to wrongly-booked scans, frustrated consultants to abusive home carers who smoke on the doorstep.

With bleak humour and shades of Breaking Bad, This Might Hurt is an emotional, bittersweet and shocking true story of one family’s experiences with an embattled health service.

From over-stressed consultants to over-weight home carers, Godber’s eye for observation has never been sharper and it’s told in a bold physical theatre style with breathtaking grit and honesty.

Rachael Abbey and Jodie Morley also star as 27 different characters.

In this cutting vision of the state of our health one thing’s for sure: this might hurt!

Wilko Johnson brings new zest for life to Warrington

Wilko_lr_nomicThursday 6 October 2016, 7.30pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £25
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Wilko Johnson is feeling more alive than ever, despite a terminal cancer diagnosis, and he’s bringing his new zest for life to Warrington.

The singer and guitarist’s unique playing style, his black-suited, scowling look, and the yards he covered across the stage in Feelgood, the Solid Senders and Ian Dury’s The Blockheads will be resurrected at Parr Hall on 6 October with special quest Aaron Keylock.

In a recent interview Wilko said: “I’m supposed to be dead.”

But despite the doctor’s worst predictions he continues to perform with vigour claiming “there’s nothing like being told you’re dying to make you feel alive”.

He could have been a retired teacher by now but was lured into music by his first Telecaster soon after becoming the strutting, grimacing, six-string rhythmic powerhouse behind Lee Brilleaux in Dr Feelgood.

Wilko and his bandmates were in the vanguard of the pub rock movement, performing gutsy down-to-earth rock and roll many viewed as a welcome antidote to the faltering prog-rock era.

Heavily influenced by legendary guitarist Mick Green from 60s rockers Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, Wilko employs a finger-style, chop-chord strumming action (the ‘stab’, as he describes it). This allows for chords and lead guitar to be played at the same time, giving fluency and a distinctive sound very unlike the cleaner swat of a pick.

With this economic sound, coupled with that black-suited, scowling look, and the yards he covered across the stage pausing only to twist the guitar lead out from under his feet, Wilko became one of the guitar heroes of the era.

His influence was felt in bands up and down the country, and later in the emergent punk revolution (Joe Strummer of the Clash bought a Telecaster after seeing Wilko play).

Feelgood had four successful albums in Wilko’s time, and then followed a busy creative period playing in an early incarnation of the Wilko Johnson Band, the Solid Senders, before he joined Ian Dury’s band The Blockheads, in 1980.

All through the 80s, 90s and into the new millennium he continued to gig in the UK, Europe and Japan. But it was when Julien Temple’s award-winning Oil City Confidential came out in 2009, with Wilko emerging as the film’s star, that the world once again sat up and paid attention to his extraordinary talent.

His career took another twist in 2010, when he was offered an acting part in the hit series Game of Thrones, playing the role of mute executioner Ilyn Payne.

He appeared in 4 episodes shown in 2011 and 2012, and later explained: “They said they wanted somebody really sinister who went around looking daggers at people before killing them. That made it easy. Looking daggers at people is what I do all the time.”

Russell Kane is the right man at the wrong time in Warrington

Russ WebWednesday 5 October 2016, 8pm
Parr Hall, tickets £17
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Russell Kane is unleashing yet another blisteringly funny stand-up performance about growing up, growing down, and why farts will always be funny.

If you’re 16 but feel 21, 40 years old but tragically faking 25, or in your 80s with the heart of three oxen, then this is the show for you.

In Right Man, Wrong Time Russell explores the theory that no-one is ever the right age, claiming it’s the beauty and curse of being a “real person”.

Described by Evening Standard as “extremely funny”, “at the top of his game” by The Guardian and “one of the quickest, most stimulating stand-ups in the land” by The Times, Russell is a multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter.

He is famed for his critically-acclaimed tours and has been performing sell-outs across the globe: now he’s back with this brand new show.

TV appearances include three series of BBC3‘s Live At The Electric, regular stints on Live at the Apollo, BBC3’s Unzipped, and ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Now!

Most recently Russell travelled the world with YouTube stars filming the new survival programme Stupid Man, Smart Phone and he has released two best-selling DVDs: the award-winning Smokescreens & Castles, recorded in front of his home crowd at the Palace Theatre in Westcliff-on-Sea in 2011, and his newest DVD Russell Kane Live, a special one-off show recorded in London’s West End in October 2015.

He’s also got the silverware to prove his credentials with four nominations for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards in which he won best show in 2010 before going on to make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Barry Award in one year.

Icons of the 80s and Starsailor bring 4000 music fans to Warrington

go-west-peter-coxMore than 4000 music fans descended on Warrington Town Centre this weekend to attend two incredible concerts which marked the opening weekend of this year’s Warrington Festival.

On Friday (16 September) Go West, Nik Kershaw and special guests, T’Pau came together as the Icons of the 80s for one special concert experience on Warrington’s Bank Park.

T’Pau opened the show playing some new material and their biggest hits; Heart and Soul and China in Your Hand, which spent five weeks at number one back in 1987.

Go West and Nik Kershaw came together to play an amalgamated set of their own hits including We Close Our Eyes and I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me and also a number of rock and indie covers.

The crowd went wild for the 80s legends with many gig goers wearing leg warmers and tutus and waving neon glow sticks.

On Saturday (17 September), Warrington paid an official tribute to local band, Viola Beach who tragically lost their lives while on tour in Sweden earlier this year.

Starsailor, along with 13 regional artists, came together for an all-day music event on Bank Park.

carol-decker-from-tpauStarsailor, who were performing their first outdoor headline set in Warrington, paid their own tribute to the band by performing one of their tracks, Swings and Waterslides.

The gig also included sets from Manchester indie four-piece, The Rainband who appeared at Glastonbury in June, PSYBLINGS, who played the Viola Beach celebration event at Parr Hall with The Coral and Courteeners earlier this year, and Ellie Dibben who was a support act at last year’s Warrington Festival alongside Viola Beach.

An exclusive video tribute to Viola Beach was also shown as part of the event with unseen footage of the band performing some of the tracks from their posthumous album, Viola Beach, which went to number one last month.

These two events launched a two week celebration of culture, sport and entertainment across the town which lasts until 2 October.

Official hometown tribute to Viola Beach takes place this weekend

viola-beach-playing-at-warrington-festival-2015-smallerBank Park, Warrington, Saturday 17 September 2016
Tickets and information: Tickets are priced at £10 each
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Viola Beach’s hometown will officially pay tribute to the band and their manager this weekend by putting on an all-day music event to celebrate their legacy.

Starsailor, along with 13 regional artists, will come together at Warrington’s Bank Park on Saturday (17 September) to pay tribute to the five local lads who tragically lost their lives while on tour in Sweden earlier this year.

The event, which is part of this year’s Warrington Festival, will also feature an exclusive video tribute to the band that has only been shown once before at the celebration gig at Parr Hall back in April.

The video features unseen footage of the band performing some of the tracks from their posthumous album, Viola Beach, which went to number one last month.

The families of Kris, River, Jack, Tom and Craig are supporting the event and say it will help provide a platform for other emerging talents.

Ben Dunne, dad of River Reeves, said: “River and the band played at Warrington Festival last year and would be so proud to see how they’ve inspired many other local bands to perform on the same stage.”

Ian Piers Dakin, the father of Jack Dakin, added: “Jack, River, Tom, Kris and Craig were all very proud and honoured to play at last year’s festival, supporting Pixie Lott, in their hometown.

“It is an honour for all our family that this legacy has been put into place and they will be remembered by their music.”

Craig’s parents and sister, Sarah, concluded: “Craig was not only their manager but a dear friend to Viola Beach and he believed in their talent and enthusiasm.

“He was excited to put Warrington on the music map and he knew Viola Beach would do exactly that.

“Craig lived life the way that we all should, passionately and wholeheartedly and we are extremely proud of Craig and Viola Beach.”

The gig, which kicks off at 12pm, will include sets from Manchester indie four-piece, The Rainband who appeared at Glastonbury in June, PSYBLINGS, who played the Viola Beach celebration event with The Coral and Courteeners earlier this year, and Ellie Dibben who was a support act at last year’s Warrington Festival alongside Viola Beach.

Emma Hutchinson, chair of the Warrington Festival steering group, said: “This event is about giving local acts the chance to celebrate the legacy of Viola Beach by performing in their hometown.

“Having worked with the band at last year’s festival and at local venues in the town, we believe they were destined for big things and we’re really pleased to be able to provide a platform to celebrate their music.”

Full line-up
Starsailor
The Rainband
Delphina Kings
The Tamalas
Pacific
Joe Hatton
Weekend Wars
PSYBLINGS
The Tapestry
Five Days North
Conquer Rio
The Ambersons
Priestley
Ellie Dibben

Film extravaganza to celebrate greatest stories told on the train tracks

Silver Streak WebAs part of Warrington Festival, Culture Warrington, in partnership with Virgin Trains, will be screening four films that have all been inspired to use train journeys to portray compelling stories about love, murder and journeys on the rails.

Some of the greatest stories ever to be shown on the big screen will be screened at a unique and intimate venue in Bank Quay train station in a small dis-used outhouse at the end of Platform 2 from Thursday 22 September-Sunday 25 September.

Each film selected brilliantly uses train travel as the backdrop to deliver some of the greatest stories ever to be told on train tracks.

The first film to be screened as part of the event is Silver Streak (1976) which features the late great Richard Pryor and sadly more recently enigmatic Gene Wilder. It tells the story of George Caldwell (played by Wilder) who is taking a slow restful trip to Chicago on the Silver Streak. Or so he thinks. He’s involved in a love affair, a murder, is thrown from the train, wanted by the police, and joins forces with a car thief to re-board the train to save his love.

Next, a classic whodunit from Agatha Christie featuring some of the greatest ensemble ever to grace the big screen, Murder on the Orient Express (1974) begins with Hercule Poirot who is travelling from Istanbul to France on the Orient Express. On the first night the man in the next compartment is murdered. Once he starts investigating, Poirot faces a barrage of conflicting clues and potential motives.

Buster Keaton’s The General (1926) will also be part of the film fest. It’s 90 years old this year and is still one of the most awe-inspiring films you will ever see. Keaton stars as Johnnie Gray who loves his train (“The General”) and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he’s more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it’s because he’s a coward. When Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board, Johnnie must rescue both his true loves.

Lastly and by no means least, finishing the remarkable quartet of films is David Lean’s sumptuous adaptation of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter (1945). A love story to end all love stories, this tale of unrequited love takes in 1945 during WWII in and around the fictional Milford railway station. At a café on the station, housewife, Laura Jesson meets Doctor, Alec Harvey. Although they are both already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. Although they continue to meet every Thursday in the small café, they know that their love is impossible.

Individual film dates/times
Thursday 22 September, 7pm – Silver Streak (1976) Certificate PG
Friday 23 September, 7pm – Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Certificate PG
Saturday 24 September, 7pm – The General (1926) Certificate U
Sunday 25 September, 7pm –Brief Encounter (1945)
Tickets are priced at £5 each. Due to the very small and intimate space, tickets are restricted to 15 per screening. Audience members can park at Pyramid arts centre and will be escorted to the train station. The room is at the far end of Platform 2.

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New stage play of Twopence to Cross the Mersey heading for Warrington

TwopenceFriday 28 October – Saturday 29 October, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, £18-£24
Parr Hall, Tickets £18-£24
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A new stage play about the life of acclaimed author Helen Forrester is heading to Warrington this autumn.

Twopence to Cross the Mersey comes to Parr Hall on Friday 28 October and Saturday 29 October for three performances including a matinee. Tickets are on sale now.

The seven-venue tour across the North West and North Wales follows the hugely successful premiere of the new stage play – an adaptation of the book by the same name – which wowed audiences at four Merseyside theatres last spring.

Now, due to popular demand, the play is returning with a new and extended tour for autumn 2016.

Twopence tells the true story of a young girl and her formerly-wealthy family as they are suddenly thrown into poverty during the Great Depression of the 1930s and forced to survive in the slums among the streetwise working class.

Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, they uproot their shattered lives and choose Liverpool as the place to start again to rebuild their dreams and fortune.

Unbeknown to them however, a terrible shock awaits them.

The new version of this dramatic, moving and heart-warming tale is staged by Pulse Records Ltd in collaboration with producer and stage writer Rob Fennah and producer Bill Elms, joined by director Bob Eaton.

Rob worked closely with Helen on the original stage production which she lived long enough to see for herself.

He said: “I got to know Helen very well during the last 20 years of her life and during the writing of the original script she would often send faxes and letters of encouragement together with all sorts of additional information that didn’t appear in her books.

“Helen and I often talked about a touring production of Twopence to Cross the Mersey so I am really pleased to finally see it happen.

“I had always visualised Twopence as a straight play and was thrilled when audiences and reviewers alike gave the new adaptation a big thumbs up.

“We’re excited and delighted to take the play on the road so greater numbers of Helen’s readers can see her most famous book come to life as a stage play and we cannot wait to bring the show to Warrington’s Parr Hall with a very strong cast who will do justice to Helen’s story.”

The new stage adaptation is fully endorsed by the Helen Forrester estate and has the blessing of her son Robert Bhatia who saw the play for himself last spring.

He added: “The play is great. I saw it last year and Maria Lovelady was utterly convincing as my mother.”

The play features an eight-strong ensemble cast including Emma Dears (Judy & Liza, Les Miserables) as Mother, Christopher Jordan (Moving On, Coronation Street) as Father, Maria Lovelady as Helen, and Tom Cawte (Witless, The Lone Pine Club) as Alan.

Eithne Browne (Brookside, Brick Up The Mersey Tunnel), Jake Abraham (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Game of Thrones), Roy Carruthers (Night Collar, Tales from Haunted Liverpool), and Phil Hearne (Good Golly Miss Molly, Blood Brothers) all take on lead roles, as well as supplementary characters throughout.

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls heading for Warrington

Frank Turner WebTuesday 6 December, 7pm
Parr Hall, Tickets £26
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Relentless gigger Frank Turner is bringing his Sleeping Souls to Parr Hall in December as part of a 20-date tour.

This latest outing will cap off another busy year for the folk singer-songwriter who has spent most of 2016 performing at festivals and touring Europe, playing to more than a quarter of a million people since January.

For the upcoming Get Better Tour, which goes on sale on Friday, Turner has teamed up with Plus 1 so that £1 from every ticket sale goes to War Child, a charity which supports children and families affected by conflict.

Turner said: “I’m very happy to be working with Plus 1 on this tour. It feels right to use part of what I do to support such a good cause.”

2016 marks the record-breaking tenth consecutive year Frank Turner has performed at Reading and Leeds Festival, where he opened as special guest on the Main Stage.

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will head to the US in September and October for their fourth run of dates there this year before returning home for the Get Better Tour, named after a track from his 2015 album Positive Songs for Negative People.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 2 September with pre-sale available to those who can’t wait, from 9am on Wednesday 31 August via Gigs and Tours, and See Tickets.

Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard announces UK Tour with new Inner City Ensemble

Band on Wall Hire16th Sep 2016 – Parr Hall, Warrington
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Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and -based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material.

With this new project, Terence is teaming up with some of the UK’s most remarkable emerging musicians, recruited via an open call for participation. Working outside of the conventional jazz or big-band line up, the Inner City Ensemble will include instrumentation such as French Horn, Oboe and Tuba.

The Jazz Directors Series
The Jazz Directors Series is a new two-year residency and touring project which brings together emerging UK professional jazz musicians with an internationally revered Jazz Director.

Each edition comprises of a four-day residency produced by Brighter Sound and a corresponding tour of live concerts produced by Band on the Wall.

Each tour is a collaboration between Band on the Wall and 4 other independent jazz promoters based across the North of England who will be mentored by the established regional promoter and producer ‘Root Music’.

The residency musicians form the Inner City Ensemble, a changing group of emerging professionals who will apply for the positions identified by each Jazz Director with the support of Brighter Sound and Jazz North.

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Full line-up for Warrington Festival revealed

StarwebBank Park, Warrington, Saturday 17 September 2016
Tickets and information: Tickets are priced at £10 each
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Warrington Festival is pleased to reveal the full line-up of local artists who will support Starsailor on Saturday 17 September as part of a tribute to Viola Beach and their manager, who tragically lost their lives earlier this year.

The full-day event will include sets from Manchester indie four-piece, The Rainband who appeared at Glastonbury in June, PSYBLINGS, who played the Viola Beach celebration event at Parr Hall with The Coral and Courteeners earlier this year, and Ellie Dibben who was a support act at last year’s Warrington Festival alongside Viola Beach.

The line-up also includes local Warrington artists The Tamalas, Joe Hatton, Conquer Rio, The Ambersons and Priestley, as well as North West based bands, Five Days North, The Tapestry, Weekend Wars, Pacific and Delphina Kings with the full line-up below.

The event, which will celebrate the legacy of the five lads from Warrington, will also feature a special video set with footage of Viola Beach that was previously shown at the celebration gig at Parr Hall in April.

The families of Kris, River, Jack, Tom and Craig say the event will help provide a platform for other emerging talents.

Ben Dunne, dad of River Reeves, said: “River and the band played at Warrington Festival last year and would be so proud to see how they’ve inspired many other local bands to perform on the same stage.”

Beverly and Ian Piers Dakin, the father of Jack Dakin, added: “Jack, River, Tom, Kris and Craig were all very proud and honoured to play at last year’s festival, supporting Pixie Lott, in their hometown.

“It is an honour for all our family that this legacy has been put into place and they will be remembered by their music.”

Craig’s parents and sister, Sarah, concluded: “Craig was not only their manager but a dear friend to Viola Beach and he believed in their talent and enthusiasm.

“He was excited to put Warrington on the music map and he knew Viola Beach would do exactly that.

“Craig lived life the way that we all should, passionately and wholeheartedly and we are extremely proud of Craig and Viola Beach.”

The Saturday event is part of a wider weekend of music and two weeks of events across the town which celebrate sport, culture and entertainment.

Full line-up
Starsailor
The Rainband
Delphina Kings
The Tamalas
Pacific
Joe Hatton
Weekend Wars
PSYBLINGS
The Tapestry
Five Days North
Conquer Rio
The Ambersons
Priestley
Ellie Dibben

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David Bowie celebration comes to Warrington

STARMANWeb2 September 2016, 7.30pm, Parr Hall
Tickets £20, Buy tickets online

David Bowie fans will be given the chance to bid a fond farewell to their idol in Warrington next month.

Starman – The David Bowie Story will be come to Parr Hall for one night only on Friday 2 September.

The show is the ultimate tribute to the much-loved legend who died in January this year.

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke and Major Tom will all make appearances as the many personas of David Bowie deliver the most memorable, inspiring and lasting songs of a generation.

From Rebel Rebel to China Girl, Let’s Dance to Young Americans via Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars, Changes, Heroes, and Sound and Vision, the list goes on.

Songs from all eras of David Bowie’s celebrated career are performed to perfection in this highly charged show featuring the finest musicians and singers with an amazing performance from theatre stage star Michael King.

Add to that mix big screen audio visual footage and a variety of costume changes and you get an amazing show taking the audience on a ‘fantastic voyage’ of Bowie hits.

The show will provide a highly entertaining, emotional and through-provoking musical celebration of Bowie’s work.

Tickets selling fast for Warrington Festival headline acts

Warrington Festival bannerBank Park, Warrington, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September 2016
Tickets are £10 for Starsailor / £15 for Icons of the 80s

Tickets for the eagerly-anticipated Warrington Festival are selling fast as audiences snap up the chance to see Starsailor and some of the biggest acts of the 80s.

On Friday 16 September the audience at Bank Park will be treated to a trip back to the decade of shoulder pads and the perm as Go West, T’Pau and Nik Kershaw give us the Icons of the 80s.

And on Saturday 17 September popular Indie band Starsailor will be taking to the stage after a day of bands performing in tribute to Viola Beach and their manager.

The recent announcement of the headline acts has generated huge interest already so anyone planning to come along should buy tickets quick before they sell out!

Buy tickets for Icons of the 80s on Friday 16 September at Bank Park
Buy tickets for Starsailor on Saturday 17 September at Bank Park

Be Part of An Event in Tribute to Viola Beach Headlined by Starsailor

Be Part of An Event in Tribute to Viola Beach Headlined by Starsailor
Bands from the region can now submit to play at the event which takes place at Bank Park, Warrington on Saturday 17th September 2016

Warrington Festival is giving bands from the region a chance to play in tribute to Viola Beach and their manager. This is your chance to come together to honour the boys, and what better way than by playing at the very same festival that Viola Beach played last year.

So if you want to be part of this event, then please apply.
Please send a SoundCloud link and a brief biog to lglazier@culturewarrington.org

Submissions are open until Monday 1st August at 9am and you will be then notified if you have been successful during the following weeks.

Starsailor to headline Warrington Festival

Starsailor WebBank Park, Warrington, Saturday 17 September 2016
Tickets are priced at £10 each


Warrington Festival is pleased to announce Starsailor as the latest band to be confirmed for this year’s line-up.

The gig is part of a series of events to celebrate sport, culture and entertainment across Warrington.

It will be the band’s first outdoor headline event in Warrington and their first appearance in the town since they released their greatest hits album last year.

The band was formed at Wigan and Leigh Music College by music students James Walsh (vocals/guitar), James Stelfox (bass), and Ben Byrne (drums). Later saw the arrival of keyboardist Barry Westhead, who cemented their sound.

Starsailor’s initial run of success saw both their ‘Love is Here’ debut album and the 2003 follow-up ‘Silence is Easy’ hit number two in the charts and netted them a total of three million album sales before a hiatus in 2009.

Frontman, James Walsh, said: “It’s been over 15 years since the band first formed and the songs still mean something to people. They still sing the words passionately back at us at gig and we hear stories of how songs have sound tracked key moments in their lives.”

Since their reformation, the band has played on the main stage at the Isle of Wight festival, supported Manchester indie band, James and toured North America with Embrace.

Starsailor will headline the festival following a full day of performances from local artists in tribute to Warrington’s Viola Beach and their manager, who died in a car crash earlier this year.

Be Part of An Event in Tribute to Viola Beach Headlined by Starsailor

Bands from the region can now submit to play at the event which takes place at Bank Park, Warrington on Saturday 17th September 2016

Warrington Festival is giving bands from the region a chance to play in tribute to Viola Beach and their manager. This is your chance to come together to honour the boys, and what better way than by playing at the very same festival that Viola Beach played last year.
So if you want to be part of this event, then please apply.
Please send a SoundCloud link and a brief biog to lglazier@culturewarrington.org
Submissions are open until Monday 1st August at 9am and you will be then notified if you have been successful during the following weeks.

Visit the official Warrington Festival website for all your festival information.

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Icons of the 80s join Warrington Festival line up

Icons of the 80s WebBank Park, Warrington, Friday 16 September 2016
Tickets and information: Tickets are priced at £15 each

Go West, Nik Kershaw and special guests, T’Pau will come together for one concert on the opening night of Warrington Festival 2016.

The three legendary 80s stars are set to join forces for a truly incredible concert experience on Warrington’s Bank Park on Friday 16 September.

Their appearance will kick off a two week celebration of culture, sport and entertainment across the town.

With millions of albums sales and iconic hits such as We Close Our Eyes, Call Me, Wouldn’t It Be Good, The Riddle, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Heart and Soul and the classic China in Your Hand, this authentic eighties triple header is not to be missed.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Go West’s first hit single We Close Our Eyes. Other hits followed including Call Me, Goodbye Girl and Don’t Look Down, Faithful, and the smash hit theme song from the film Pretty Woman, King of Wishful Thinking.

Nik Kershaw first achieved chart success in 1984 with Wouldn’t It Be Good?, followed by other classics such as Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, and The Riddle. A prolific writer for other artists, Nik also penned the number one single The One and Only for Chesney Hawkes.

T’Pau’s first single Heart and Soul was released in 1987 and initially found success in the US after being featured in a Pepe Jeans commercial, before charting in the UK. Their biggest hit China in Your Hand hit the top spot in the UK later that year, and stayed at number one for five weeks.

Tickets go on sale on Monday 18 July at 9am

Visit the official Warrington Festival website for more festival information and updates.

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‘Beautifully-crafted tribute’ to Whitney Houston comes to Warrington

Whitney WebThursday 27 October, 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £25

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Whitney Houston fans are in for a treat as the next best thing, Belinda Davids, comes to Warrington’s Parr Hall.

The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston Show is a breathtaking production featuring the impeccable vocal talents of the South African singer described by many as “jaw-droppingly similar” to the beloved pop diva’s.

The show is a beautifully-crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers, complete with a full band and dancers who bring to life more than two hours-worth of Whitney Houston’s best-loved pop hits.

In addition to her pitch perfect sound, Davids openly acknowledges that Houston was her personal idol and the original inspiration for her own career when she began singing professionally at the age of 14.

She said: “I want people to come and remember Whitney when she was at the top of her game and when she was fabulous.”

People all over the world have done exactly that with the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa already hosting sell-out performances in the show’s first two years of touring.
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The Greatest Love of All features 20 of Houston’s most popular tracks taken from the full span of her career including I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, I’m Every Woman, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, Exhale (Shoop Shoop) and Million Dollar Bill to name a few.

Davids is directed by Showtime Management creative director John Van Grinsven Senior and joined on tour by the production team responsible for the worldwide hit tribute show Michael Jackson HIStory.

Jason Donovan announces very special Warrington show

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Wednesday 21 December
Parr Hall, 7.30pm,
Tickets £35

80s heart-throb and star of the stage Jason Donovan has added a date at Parr Hall to his already packed 2016 tour.

The pop star and former Neighbours actor has been enjoying such phenomenal demand for tickets that another show was desperately needed: and he chose Warrington to host!

The 33-date greatest hits tour, which kicked off in the spring, has seen Jason return to his pop roots to celebrate his 1989 five-times-platinum debut album Ten Good Reasons which he is performing in full for the first time.

The Warrington audience is in for a special treat as Jason has chosen Parr Hall as the venue for the last night of the tour on December 21.

10 Good Reasons became the biggest-selling album of 1989 and remains a massive fan favourite, featuring the number one hits Too Many Broken Hearts, Sealed with a Kiss and the unforgettable duet with Kylie Minogue, Especially for You.

Jason Donovan said: “The response to the spring Ten Good Reasons tour was so overwhelming.

“The audiences seemed to enjoy reliving that particular time in their lives for a short while as much as I did.

“Music has a wonderful opportunity to put you in a time and place, and trigger an emotional connection that no other creative medium can.

“Ten Good Reasons was a defining moment for me and my fans and I am delighted we have the opportunity to play the songs all over again in Warrington, and then play a few Christmas favourites at the same time.”

Jason, who has starred in a host of stage plays from The Rocky Horror Show to Joseph, will of course be performing his other greatest hits including Any Dream Will Do, When You Come Back to Me, Nothing Can Divide Us and Happy Together.

He added: “Whether it’s theatre or touring I’ve always placed a high importance on giving my fans a great live show.

“I’m looking forward to bringing all the pieces together and delivering a show in Warrington that gives personality, some great memories and, most importantly, gives the audience exactly what they want to hear.”

Tickets for this not-to-be-missed show go on sale on Friday 1 July.

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip promises wild night in Warrington

MAET WebSaturday 9 July, 8pm
Pyramid, Tickets £10
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Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip, who wowed last year’s Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival audience, are returning to the town for a memorable show at Pyramid arts centre.

The trio are an edgy, funny, poetic unit who play rock and roll stand up: they are Glastonbury regulars having performed multiple shows at each of the last seven Worthy Farm festivals and are due to perform again this year when the legendary event starts on Thursday 22 June.

Chaos ensues whenever the trio take to the stage, as they will at Pyramid on Saturday 9 July – the only non-festival date in their summer schedule – with Mik tumbling around, spluttering lyrics, tripping over leads and throwing straws around.

He also likes to spout random observations and share his unusual train of thought with the audience.

Guitarist Jonny Flockton and Benson Walker on bass dutifully hold fort, trying to rein Mik in while creating a backdrop which is equal parts joyous, funky, elegant and rocky: every show is different.

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip have also appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts, had slots at Bath Comedy Fest, and Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals, as well as supporting the legendary Chas & Dave at their O2 Academy show in Leeds.

Their performances have prompted glowing reviews and flattering descriptions including “sensational”, “genius” and “brilliant” from the likes of performance poet John Cooper Clarke: comedian Johnny Vegas once called Mik “the mad professor of comedy”.

And the trio went down a storm at last year’s Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival gaining commendation from Culture Warrington as a “strange and wonderful beast of a band”.

Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili to visit Warrington

Omid WebSaturday 4 February 2017
Parr Hall, 8pm, tickets £24
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The award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances is back on a nationwide tour and will be calling in at Parr Hall.

The British-Iranian comedian is intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining and his Schmuck for a Night tour promises to be a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass.

Omid’s credits range from Hollywood to television and live performances on the West End stage, earning him praise across the world for his performances.

He recently starred in BBC One’s Dickensian and Sky 1’s Lucky Man.

According to The Telegraph he is “one of the most joyfully smart, stimulating and entertaining comedians this country has”, Sunday Times described his show as full of “belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle”, and Metro called it a “confident, engaging and thoughtful show… did someone say National Treasure?”

Cleaning ladies try some Dirty Dusting at Parr Hall

DD WebFriday 10 June, Time 7.30pm,
Parr Hall, tickets £20
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Dirty Dusting is returning to the stage after a sell-out tour in 2014 and Warrington is high on the “to-do” list.

This hilarious show, featuring Crissy Rock from the hit TV series Benidorm, follows the antics of three cleaners who are a little past their sell by date as they start up an adult chat line.

Gladys, Elsie and Olive are about to be put out to pasture by their overzealous office manager Dave and, feeling they have little chance of gaining employment elsewhere, the ladies need a way to boost their falling income.

A chance wrong number requiring an adult chat line rings into the office and gives them a great idea… after all, their age and appearance won’t matter on the telephone and, providing they can keep it a secret from their boss, they could be onto a winner.

The trio hope to really clean up as the “Telephone Belles” but needless to say things don’t go entirely according to plan.

Dirty Dusting is a heart-warming feel-good comedy that will have the Warrington audience rolling in the aisles and smiling every time the phone rings.

UFO is heading for Warrington

ufo webWednesday 26 October, 7.30pm
Parr Hall, tickets £22.50
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Parr Hall is delighted to announce legendary rockers UFO will be landing at the venue in October.

The tour, which calls at Warrington on October 26, will showcase A Conspiracy of Stars, the band’s 22nd studio album, as well as some old favourites.

This is the first time in more than 20 years the British band have recorded an album in their native country and it exudes that typically British easy-going confidence for which the band has been known for more than 45 years.

A Conspiracy of Stars is described as a “strong release” consisting of 11 songs which combine everything the group stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse song-writing and intelligent lyrics.

And the fact that the album was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides, of Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore fame, adds to the success of the recording and sees UFO prove that past and present can be blended.

UFO’s success story began in London way back in 1969, when vocalist Phil Mogg, drummer Andy Parker, guitarist Mick Bolton and bassist Pete Way formed the group.

Even in the seventies, the band distinguished themselves with their own, unmistakable style, touching a nerve among their following with rock numbers like Prince Kajuku, Follow You Home and C’mon Everybody from their albums UFO 1, Flying and UFO Live.

The global breakthrough arrived when German guitarist Michael Schenker joined the fold in 1973, having left his band Scorpions to follow an offer by Phil Mogg and Pete Way.

UFO released three consecutive rock classics with Schenker – Phenomenon (1974), Force It (1975) and No Heavy Pettin’ (1976) – featuring classics like Doctor Doctor, Shoot, Shoot, and Rock Bottom.

And following the arrival of keyboarder/rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond, UFO released Lights Out (1977) and Obsession (1978), which included the hit singles Too Hot to Handle, Lights Out and Only You Can Rock Me.

Their live cut Strangers In The Night came out in 1979 and is described by the press to this day as one of the best live releases of all time, while also signalling the end of the Mogg, Way, Schenker, Parker and Raymond line-up.

The band now consists of original members Phil Mogg, vocals, and Paul Raymond on keyboards and guitar, classic-era drummer Andy Parker, lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, a permanent member since 2003, and American bassist Rob De Luca who joined in 2012.

Culture Warrington and LiveWire launch volunteer drive

PyramidWebCulture Warrington and LiveWire are holding an event next month to recruit new volunteers to be part of some of the town’s biggest events and health and wellbeing activities.

The two companies have recently revamped their existing volunteer schemes, and have identified lots of new opportunities for people to get involved with leisure, library, health and cultural activities in the town.

The event, which is being held on Saturday 4 June between 10am-2pm at Pyramid arts centre, will give budding volunteers the chance to find out more about the specific volunteer roles on offer.

Culture Warrington is giving those interested in arts, entertainment or heritage the opportunity to work across a variety of departments including; sales and marketing, events, heritage, outreach, research or cataloguing.

Meanwhile, LiveWire is offering volunteers the chance to get involved with sports engagement, community wellbeing and library activities.

Sharon Sinnott, HR officer at LiveWire and Culture Warrington, said: “Volunteering at LiveWire or Culture Warrington will not only give local people the chance to get involved with some of the biggest events in Warrington, it will also provide the opportunity to gain new skills which will be a welcome boost to CVs.”

Over the last year, both LiveWire and Culture Warrington have supported more than 170 volunteers to take part in many different events including Warrington Festival, Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, the LiveWire Mile and the Summer Reading Challenge.

Some of the volunteers who have worked with Culture Warrington and LiveWire in the past have even gone on to secure permanent employment with the companies.

Carenza Foxall from Longford started volunteering with the LiveWire leisure team four years ago and due to the commitment, initiative and ability she showed during her time as a volunteer, she has now been employed by LiveWire as a lifeguard.

Hannah White began volunteering at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery after university. Her volunteering role, which gave her experience working with a huge range of collections, has supported her to secure positions at museums across the North West and she’s now back at Warrington Museum undertaking the permanent role of Collections Assistant.

Hannah, said: “Upon leaving university, I had decided to pursue a career working in museums, but due to the competitive nature of this industry I knew that I needed to acquire the transferable skills required to gain my first job, and volunteering with Culture Warrington enabled me to do this.”

The new volunteer offer is being launched during Volunteers’ Week – a national celebration of the contribution that millions of volunteers across the country make every year.

Parr Hall to welcome pub landlord Al Murray

Al Murray WebFriday 17 February 2017, 7pm,
Parr Hall, Tickets £27.50
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Pub landlord Al Murray is set to bring his distinctive brand of humour back to Parr Hall, with tickets going on sale this Friday for his new tour which hits Warrington in February 2017.

He calls himself a publican, politician and philosopher, and on his next tour Let’s Go Backwards Together, he will embark on a common sense campaign to “re-Great Britain”.

The critically-acclaimed comedian’s on-stage persona will address Europe, the NHS, “whatever the hell is going on in the Middle East”, the gathering storm of fortnightly bin collections and plenty of other issues which are regular pub chat fodder, all in his typical brash style.

Parr Hall’s audience will be watching The Pub Landlord answer the call of destiny, even though it’s an unlisted number, call time on tyranny, even though he isn’t quite sure what it means, and even say no to women ordering anything other than a glass of white wine or fruit-based drink.

In the 20 years since The Pub Landlord first roared into existence, Al Murray has become “a supremely polished performer” according to Mail on Sunday, and The Daily Telegraph said “Murray’s affectionate, double-edged satire feels as fresh as ever”.

Gabrielle will be making “Dreams” come true at Parr Hall

Gabweb3 November 2016, 7pm, Parr Hall
Tickets from £25/35 (VIP package £99)
Tickets go on general sale on Friday 13 May

Culture Warrington is delighted to announce that veteran pop star Gabrielle will be making “Dreams” come true with a visit to Parr Hall this winter

A unique artist with one of the most distinctive voices in the business, Gabrielle has achieved a great deal without becoming an in-your-face, look at me “celebrity”.

Her career got off to an incredible start in 1993 when she broke the record for the highest chart debut by a female with the single, Dreams.

As a 23-year-old club singer from Brockley, South London, she was the archetypal outsider; she didn’t possess the sort of belting voice you’d expect of an R&B vocalist and wearing an eyepatch made her visually striking.

She quickly became one of Britain’s most successful soul singers despite saying there were “so many other girls with better voices” who were a “hell of a lot skinnier”.

In an industry where longevity is becoming increasingly rare, the hits have been unstoppable; Give Me A Little More Time, If You Ever, When a Woman, Sunshine and Out Of Reach, which she wrote for the soundtrack of Bridget Jones’s Diary, to name a few.

Then there are the multi-platinum albums, Gabrielle, Rise and Dreams Can Come True, and she recently featured on Naughty Boy’s album Hotel Cabana alongside the likes of Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Emeli Sande.

Gabrielle said: “It was an incredible project to be part of and funny for me that the other guests were artists like Tinie Tempah and Ed Sheeran. I’m the veteran, the surprise in there and I loved that.”

In 2013 Gabrielle released a seventh album with the iconic Island records – a double album of all her greatest hits, some of her favourite album tracks and seven brand new songs.

With the new songs came a new sound, the album titled Now and Always: 20 Years of Dreaming also includes a new version of the classic Dreams re-produced and re-recorded by Naughty Boy.

2014 saw Gabrielle go on her first UK tour since 2008. With a new band, new team and new energy she loved being back on stage and it reignited her passion for performing live.

The Now and Always tour was a huge success and Gabrielle felt reconnected with her fans, at every show she could be seen taking selfies from the stage with audience members.

Last month Gabrielle hit the road again as special guest opener for Michael Bolton on his UK tour and after an amazing response from audiences decided it was time for her own headline tour.

“I love performing live,” she added. “When I’m at home being mum it’s so easy to forget there are people who come along to see me and sing along to songs I’ve written.

“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so grateful that after 23 years I still have the chance to perform and record.

“It’s what I know and what I love – when I said dreams can come true, I wasn’t wrong!”

A fascinating collection of 1966 World Cup memorabilia is going on display at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

1966 World Cup memorabilia in Warrington to mark 50th anniversary

Old Trafford posterKeen collector Neil Perkins has kindly given the venue permission to showcase dozens of items he has gathered over the years to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic match in the display, They Think it’s All Over, which goes on show in May.

The Warrington 53-year-old, who watched England beat Germany with his dad when he was four, has a varied hoard including autographs, rare tickets to World Cup Willie souvenirs, original posters and a Wembley tournament flag.

Neil began collecting these rare and unusual items in about 2001 when he discovered eBay, having previously picked up a few items in collectors’ fairs and vintage shops.

Visitors to Warrington Museum & Art Gallery will also be able to view an evocative photo album containing images of the 1966 Brazilian team’s stay at Lymm Hotel, largely taken by Roger Allen the very proud hotel manager at the time.

Earlier this year Lymm Heritage Centre group hosted a four-day display, which attracted national media interest, about the South American players’ visit and have kindly shared their resources and information for the display.

Ice bucketNeil, a Leeds United fan, admitted he could not quite remember the match itself but watched it with his dad while on holiday in Torquay – the TV in the hotel lounge broke just as Germany equalised.

He said: “Although we had some luck, a home advantage and a couple of decisions in our favour, the team was a very well-organised and strong unit with several world class players and a determined manager.

“I’m really happy to see my collection on display at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.”

Michelle Hill, collections and archives manager at Culture Warrington, said: “This is a really fascinating collection which we’re delighted to be showcasing at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

“2016 is a big year in the world of football, with the 50th anniversary of that wonderful 1966 World Cup victory and the Euro 2016 tournament coming up, and it’s great we can celebrate a connection to that here in Warrington.”

Listings information:
Exhibition title: They Think it’s all Over
Dates: 14 May – 1 October 2016
Admission: Free
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Warrington, WA1 1JB

Warrington’s bravest invited to spend spooky night in museum

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Things go bump in the night – especially at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

Culture Warrington and Blackwood Events acting group are giving the public a rare chance to test their bravery at the upcoming free event Rotten Luck, organised as part of Culture24’s Museums at Night biannual UK-wide festival.

On the spookiest night in May, Friday 13, visitors to the museum will be able to see the venue come to life as a cast of actors take them on a journey of corruption, torture and torment during a dark and mysterious period in the town’s past.

This eerie event, set among display cases featuring a mummy, a cursed head, and plenty of scary dolls, has three performances to choose from at 5.45pm, 6.30pm and 7.15pm and a haunting short film accompanied live by experimental electronica musicians.

Museums at Night gives museums and art galleries the chance to come together around a single, simple campaign to attract the attentions of venues, audiences and the media.

MuseumsAtNight1It’s a social experience where visitors can get involved and delve deeper into fascinating subjects.

Only a limited number of tickets are available for this special event, so a quick call now to Pyramid & Parr Hall box office is essential.

The recommended age for the event at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is 12 plus and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Derek Dick, outreach and engagement manager at Culture Warrington, said: “Museums at Night is a great event which we’re really pleased to be involved with here at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

“Anyone who comes along will see the building and its displays in a new light and will be given a rare insight into the spookier side of the town’s history.

“October’s event went really well and we’re excited to build on this success in 2016.”
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Vienna Festival Ballet brings magical tale of Swan Lake to Warrington

Snow Web29 May 2016, 2.30pm, £19.50/£16.50/£12.50
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One of the best known love stories ever told is being performed at Parr Hall through breathtaking ballet.

Vienna Festival Ballet is presenting Swan Lake on May 29 complete with the glorious and unmistakable music of Tchaikovsky.

This production of the magical tale about the Swan Queen and the evil magician Von Rothbart features lavish costumes, stunning scenery and international stars, capturing the audience’s imagination and drawing them in to this enchanting world.

Swan Lake, the most popular ballet in the world, encompasses like no other the full range of human emotions from hope to despair, terror to tenderness and melancholy to ecstasy.

This rousing and inspiring show is one not to miss and promises to be a hit with newcomers to ballet and those already in love with the art form.

The Oxford Times said: “Vienna Festival Ballet, with its talented array of young artistes, ensures you won’t see dancers going through the motions.”

The Worthing Herald said: “This production looks and feels absolutely right.”

Arts and craft hero Mister Maker brings his shapes to Warrington

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Family favourites Mister Maker and The Shapes will be inspiring the audience to get crafty on his visit to Parr Hall on 2 June.

The CBeebies star is embarking on his first ever live theatre tour which will give little ones who love his TV show the chance to join him on arty adventures.

Known for his skills in making cardboard cottages, hairy blow paintings and paper dot birds to name a few, the craft man will be bringing plenty of fresh ideas to inspire youngsters to have a go with paints, felt-tips and colourful card.

There will be a big ‘make’ to take part in, super songs to sing along to, and of course Mister Maker’s fabulous supporting cast The Shapes.

His colourful friends known as Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle will be backed by a talented group of all-singing, all-dancing friends which make this interactive arty adventure fun for all the family.

Phil Gallagher, aka Mister Maker, said: “This is our first ever Mister Maker theatre tour in the UK and I am so excited. We’ll be singing, dancing and making some amazing arty creations.

“I can’t wait to share the fun with all my Mini Makers so join me, Circle, Triangle, Square and Rectangle for a real arty adventure, and get ready to make some noise.”

Pyramid closed Thursday 14 April for essential maintenance

Please be aware that Pyramid will be closed on Thursday 14 April for essential maintenance work. Box Office will be temporarily relocated to Parr Hall for the day and tickets can be purchased from the counter or by telephone or online. Sorry for the inconvenience. Everything will be back to normal on Friday.

David Bowie fans given chance to say farewell at Parr Hall

STARMANWeb2 September 2016, 7.30pm, £20 (£21 inc. online booking fee)
Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL
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Starman – The David Bowie Story is the ultimate tribute to the much-loved legend.

But the show is also a highly entertaining, emotional and thought-provoking musical celebration fans will want to see again and again, particularly since the star’s death in January.

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke and Major Tom will all make appearances at the Warrington show on September 2 as the many personas of David Bowie deliver the most memorable, inspiring and lasting songs of a generation.

From Rebel Rebel to China Girl, Let’s Dance to Young Americans via Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars, Changes, Heroes, and Sound and Vision, the list goes on.

Songs from all eras of David Bowie’s celebrated career are performed to perfection in this highly charged show featuring the finest musicians and singers with an amazing performance from theatre stage star
Michael King.

Add to that mix big screen audio visual footage and a variety of costume changes and you get an amazing show taking the audience on a ‘Fantastic Voyage’ of Bowie hits.

Tickets are on sale now.

Musical fans have plenty to go mad about in Parr Hall

May 5 2016, 7.30pm (doors 6.15pm), £22/£20 concessions (£23/£21 inc online booking fee)
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Fans of big screen songs will have plenty to celebrate as the Mad About the Musicals tour calls at Warrington.

Pop star Gareth Gates is joining director and producer Michael Courtney for the 10th anniversary of the show which promises to be one to remember.

Taking audiences on a whistle stop tour from the heart of London’s theatre land to the glitz of Broadway, Mad About the Musicals is back on tour to celebrate the very best songs from the shows loved by thousands.

Classics penned by the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Boublil and Schonberg, and many more will be performed by the talented cast of Mad About the Musicals as they evoke the true spirit of the stage.

The sounds of brilliant vocals and West End musicians will echo around Parr Hall at the show on May 5 bringing the sparkling world of song and dance to the Warrington audience.

From Phantom of the Opera’s poignant All I Ask of You to Les Miserables’ dramatic One Day More, audiences can sit back and enjoy two hours of unforgettable favourites brought to life by a cast fresh from the West End including Gareth Gates and Michael Courtney.

The show, which has been hailed as “outstanding” by The Stage, “the best show of its kind” by Encore Magazine and was nominated for UK ‘producer of the year’, is definitely one not to miss.

Tickets are on sale now.

Wilko Johnson brings new zest for life to Warrington

Thursday 6 October 2016, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Tickets £25, Tickets on sale Friday 15 April

Wilko_lr_nomicWilko Johnson is feeling more alive than ever, despite a terminal cancer diagnosis, and he’s bringing his new zest for life to Warrington.

In a recent interview he said: “I’m supposed to be dead.”

But despite the doctor’s worst predictions he continues to perform with vigour claiming “there’s nothing like being told you’re dying to make you feel alive”.

He could have been a retired teacher by now but was lured into music by his first Telecaster soon after becoming the strutting, grimacing, six-string rhythmic powerhouse behind Lee Brilleaux in Dr Feelgood.

Wilko and his bandmates were in the vanguard of the pub rock movement, performing gutsy down-to-earth rock and roll many viewed as a welcome antidote to the faltering prog-rock era.

Wilko’s unique playing style, his black-suited, scowling look, and the yards he covered across the stage in Feelgood, the Solid Senders and Ian Dury’s The Blockheads will be resurrected at Parr Hall on 6 October with special quest Aaron Keylock.

Justin Moorhouse brings his People and Feelings tour to Warrington

21 October 2016, 8pm, £16 (£17 including online booking fee)Justin Moorhouse Web
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Everyone’s favourite northern charmer Justin Moorhouse is back on the road and he’s just announced that he’ll be bringing his brand new tour to Warrington’s Pyramid this October.

Known for his slots on Live at the Apollo, The News Quiz and Fighting Talk, he’s a little slimmer but still as “belly laugh funny”, according to Manchester Evening News.

And his People and Feelings tour promises to be better than ever.

After taking last year’s show for a run, of which The Guardian said “the amount of first-rate comic craft that goes into his deceptively simple routines is worthy of admiration”, he’s had a think about people.

He also discusses feelings, how he feels about people, and how people feel about him – this is shaping up to be one very funny show.

“He charms the pants off the crowd,” The Sunday Times.

“Comedic tour de force… brought a tear to a critical glass eye,” The Herald.

“Simultaneously down to earth and out of this world,” The List.

A Night of Dirty Dancing comes to Warrington

Saturday 23 April 2016, 8pm, £22/£20/10th ticket free
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Celebrating the greatest soundtrack of all time, Parr Hall is set to host the ultimate tribute show to the classic film Dirty Dancing. On Saturday 23 April, audiences will have the night of their lives as Warrington is transported to the 80s.

Featuring all of the favourite songs, Parr Hall will relive the iconic summer romance between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Dance along to this unforgettable theatrical treat, and revisit the famous Catskills mountains where they fell in love.

The original film followed Baby, who finds herself stuck at the resort one summer with her parents. She is soon enlisted by the charismatic dance instructor Johnny as his new partner, except her father doesn’t approve. Baby is determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer, leading to the one of the most memorable movie sequences in history.

Don’t miss out on this incredible night out, filled with dancing, singing and great costumes. As the warm weather of the summer beckons, a night of Dirty Dancing will be exactly what Warrington will need to have the time of their life.

Sally Morgan brings the spirit world to Warrington

Tuesday 19 April 2016, 7.30pm, £24.50
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The nation’s favourite psychic, Sally Morgan is returning to Warrington’s Parr Hall on Tuesday 19 April, and she’s better than ever with a brand new which is her most jaw-dropping yet.

Often referred to as ‘psychic to the stars’, her clients have included Katie Price, George Michael, and the late Princess Diana. Funny, entertaining, sometimes heart breaking, and often controversial, this will be a night to remember as Sally delves into the spiritual world.

This is Morgan’s seventh year of touring around the country, delivering accurate messages from beyond the grave to bring hope and comfort to her audiences. Taking them on a journey into the spirit world, she always leaves her audience with a sense of wonder and understanding of what may lie beyond.

Famous for her down to earth nature and infectious personality, her audiences are guaranteed to have a fantastic and enlightening night out. As they say… seeing is believing.

How the Koala Learnt to Hug comes to Pyramid

Koala WebSunday 10 April 2016, 11.30am & 2.30pm
Pyramid, tickets £8.50/£7.50/£28 family

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Warrington will feel the heat of the Australian sun as the beloved tale of How the Koala Learnt to Hug comes to Pyramid for a charming production next month.

Created especially for parents to enjoy with their children, this fun-filled musical arrives at the venue on Sunday 10 April. Follow Karen the Koala as she tells the story of how her cute and cuddly kind finally learnt to hug.

Based on the book by Steven Lee, the production is in its fifth year and has won the hearts of many audiences across the country. There’s no better way to learn about the magic of family and the importance of a good cuddle than from a grumpy little koala from Down Under.

Suitable for everyone from the age of three right up to 103, there will be plenty of fun to be had for everyone.

Featuring beautiful puppet characters, great stories, sing along songs and superb games. The only thing that the audience will need to bring is some first class hugging.

VIOLA BEACH – A CELEBRATION – FULL LINE UP ANNOUNCED

VIOLA BEACH
A CELEBRATION
WARRINGTON PARR HALL – SATURDAY 2ND APRIL

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To celebrate the lives of Viola Beach and their dedicated manager Craig Tarry, there will be special night in memory of the five remarkable young men at Warrington Parr Hall on Saturday 2 April.

The sold out show will feature a line-up of friends, bands they’ve played with, influences and peers from across the country which will be compered by BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart.

The Coral and Liam Fray are set to perform alongside an acoustic set from The Kooks. Special guests Blossoms, Eliza and the Bear, Hidden Charms, The Vryll Society, The Strawberries and Psyblings will also join together to celebrate the lives and music of the band.

All proceeds from the show will go to all their families.

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THE CORAL, LIAM FRAY, THE KOOKS ACOUSTIC, BLOSSOMS, ELIZA AND THE BEAR, HIDDEN CHARMS, THE VRYLL SOCIETY, THE STRAWBERRIES, PSYBLINGS.

Squeeze to play Warrington’s Parr Hall

Tuesday 6 September 2016
Parr Hall
Tickets priced from £32.50

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Culture Warrington is pleased to announce that the legendary Squeeze will grace Parr Hall’s stage in September in their only North West show this year.

Following a run of festival dates over the summer, the band will head indoors for three headline shows this autumn in Warrington, North Hampton and Hull.

Squeeze have long been a captivating live act. As well as a vast catalogue including hits such as Cool For Cats, Up The Junction and Tempted, the shows will also include songs from their latest album Cradle To The Grave, their first collection of new tracks since 1998.

Cradle To The Grave marked the complete and, frankly, triumphant reintegration of the masterful songwriting axis of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, in a beautifully-observed series of fond vignettes about childhood, growing up and the absurdities of the ride through life we’re all on.

The group first formed in 1973, shortly after Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had begun their song writing partnership, brought together by an ad in a sweetshop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982, the maturity of their songs outliving their initial burst of chart activity on the back of New Wave.

Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning song writing duo, Chris and Glenn reunited nine years ago to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together since.

Squeeze recently hit the headlines around the world when appearing on the BBC’s current affairs show ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ alongside fellow guest Prime Minister David Cameron. On the spur of the moment Glenn Tilbrook decided to protest about government policy and deliberately changed the final couplet of the band’s song ‘Cradle To The Grave

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 4 March.

Folk star Cara Dillon set to play at Parr Hall

Saturday 19 March 2016, 8pm, £20
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Something special is in store for Warrington, as Cara Dillon arrives at Parr Hall on Saturday 19 March to play the extraordinary music which has gained her legions of fans around the world.

Dillon has appeared at prestigious concert halls and festivals all over the world, and she will be adding Parr Hall to that esteemed list as she performs songs from her latest critically-acclaimed album, ‘A Thousand Hearts’, along with a few favourites.

Hailing from County Derry, Dillon has become one of the best known singers of traditional Irish folk around the world, using her unique and beautiful voice to bring a contemporary twist to her thoroughly-Irish musical roots. This has led to some impressive achievements, including winning ‘Album of the Year’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and ‘Best Irish Female’ at the Meteor Music Awards.

Always looking to bring new audiences to her work, Cara Dillon has topped the charts with dance remixes, lent her voice to the title song of Disney’s ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’, and sang with full orchestral backing. It’s no wonder that she can count Ed Sheeran, Alison Krauss, Ellie Goulding, and Robert Plant as fans.

This is a performer who is at the very top of her field, and this show will prove that she will be up there for many years to come.

Nathan Carter’s UK tour comes to Warrington

Nathan WebFriday 18 March 2016, 7.30pm, £24
Parr Hall – Tickets available online

He is the hottest property on the Irish music scene right now, and on Friday 18 March, Nathan Carter is heading to Warrington’s Parr Hall along with his band to fill the legendary venue with the sounds of his unmistakable voice.

Widely regarded as one of the best acts in the genre known as Country and Irish – which he revived with his acclaimed debut album in 2007 – he has since further strengthened his reputation for his ability to put on a fantastic live show by touring all over the world.

Recently announcing his mini tour of the UK, he chose Warrington as one of only ten dates, so this is an event not to be missed.

Nathan has so far recorded six albums, two DVDs and a raft of hit singles, and on the back of last years’ massive summer hit, ‘Good Time Girls’, he signed with the famous DECCA record company, bringing in a whole new chapter to the remarkable Nathan Carter story.

Everyone is welcome at a Nathan Carter concert. Fans of all ages consistently flock to see Carter and his six-piece band at shows all across the UK and Ireland, and this event will be no different.

Experience the superb live sounds, stage sets and extra effort which have built his reputation as an unmissable singing sensation.

BBC Big Band brings the sound of the big divas to Warrington

Sunday 13 March 2016, 7.30pm, £24
Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL
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Warrington’s Parr Hall will be filled with the sounds of the greatest leading ladies in big band history as the acclaimed BBC Big Band arrives on Sunday 13 March.BBC - main group Web

Joined by multi-award winning jazz vocalist, Claire Martin OBE, this renowned band will perform the classic hits of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and many others. This evening of feel-good music and glamour will see audiences dance the night away to grandiose renditions of That Old Black Magic, Fever, Too Darn Hot, and many more.

BBC Big Band is widely regarded as one of the best jazz orchestras in the country, having been a regular feature on BBC radio for nearly half-a-decade. In that time they have performed with some of the greatest jazz artists in history, such as Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, Ray Charles, and Amy Winehouse.

Claire Martin  1Joining them on the stage of Parr Hall is the legendary singer Claire Martin OBE, who is considered one of the finest jazz vocalists on the planet. Having won awards at the British Jazz Awards seven times, audiences will be guaranteed a night of unforgettable music. In 2011, she was rewarded for services to jazz when she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic night out with some of the greatest jazz artists in the country.

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The Proclaimers announce Warrington show

The Proclaimers – Friday 29 July 2016, Parr Hall. Tickets onsale Friday 19 February, £28.50

Warrington’s Parr Hall have announced that legendary Scottish duo The Proclaimers are set to grace the stage this summer and bring a whole host of their unforgettable hits to Warrington.Proclaimers Web

Friday 29 July will be the date to save, as The Proclaimers unleash their undeniably catchy anthems on the equally legendary venue, Parr Hall.

After the release of last year’s acclaimed album ‘Let’s Hear It For The Dogs’, they embarked on a nationwide tour of the biggest venues and festivals around the world.

With appearances at Glastonbury and T in the Park, they are continuing to cement their place as one of the best live acts in the country.

Craig and Charlie Reid’s music is renowned for its emotional honesty, political fire and sing-along raucousness, and it has given them multiple Gold and Platinum records across the world.

This summer, Parr Hall will hear all the classics, from Sunshine on Leith, (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles, Letter From America, I’m On My Way, Life With You, and Let’s Get Married, to name just a few.

The popularity of these Scottish twins is as high as ever, as 2013 saw them cross over into the world of theatre and the silver screen when the stage musical based on their music, Sunshine on Leith, was transformed into a hugely popular film. It spent a month in the top ten of the UK box office, generating more than £4.8 million in ticket sales.

With tickets due to go on sale Friday 19 February at 9am, there’ll be no need to walk 500 miles to experience this fantastic duo. Just call the box office on 01925 442345 or book online.

Rock ‘n’ Roll back the years with Elvis at Parr Hall

Saturday 27 February 2016, 7:30pm, £21.50/£19

The king of rock ‘n’ roll is coming to Warrington, and on Saturday 27 February, Parr Hall will be filled with the unmistakable sounds of Elvis elvisPresley for this glittering two hour production which has been wowing audiences across the country.

Straight from the West End, Mario Kombou portrays the king perfectly – it’s no wonder that he is officially endorsed by the Elvis Presley Enterprises and Elvis’ first cousin Donna Presley. He’ll be bringing all the classics back to life, including Always on my Mind, That’s Alright Mama, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes, Suspicious Minds, and Viva Las Vegas to name just a few.

Audiences will be swept up in the story of his rise to music royalty, from when he was driving trucks in Mississippi, to being drafted into the army, right through to the legendary Las Vegas concerts which cemented his legacy.

Directed by top record producer David Mackay, this show contains incredible actors, multiple costume changes and nostalgic film footage which perfectly captures the magic of Elvis’ reign. This feel good show is not to be missed.

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Warrington welcomes the hilarious Tom Stade

Tom Stade – You’re Welcome
Saturday 27 February 2016, 7pm, Pyramid
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The UK’s favourite Canadian, Tom Stade, is taking his brand new show ‘You’re Welcome’ to Warrington’s Pyramid arts centre and he’s bringing his candid and alluring stand-up with him.

Taking to the stage on Saturday 27 February, expect the usual uncompromising humour, mischievous mayhem, and impressive improvisation which has earned him the reputation of being one of the best comedians around.

It’s no wonder that he has become a TV comedy staple, with appearances on BBC1’s The John Bishop Show, Live at the Apollo, Stand Up for the Week and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, as well as appearances at Edinburgh Festival.

Audiences will be roaring with laughter as Stade ruminates on life’s oddities and revels in his own perpetual shortcomings. It’s no wonder that he has been storming the global stand-up circuit for years, and now Warrington is next in line to host his latest show…you’re welcome.

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Warrington to hold its first ever comedy extravaganza

Warrington to hold its first ever comedy extravaganza

Culture Warrington are set to hold their first ever celebration of comedy this March, filled with unforgettable one-liners and guaranteed giggles Ed Byrne 2016from some of the most popular comedians in the country.

Ed Byrne will headline the comedy extravaganza with a range of other performances and workshops to be held at Pyramid & Parr Hall as part of the month-long celebration.

To kick off the festival some of the funniest up-and-coming talents will be trying out their best jokes as Comedy Store returns to Pyramid on Saturday 5 March. This show has built a reputation for hilarious and unforgettable nights out, so it makes the perfect beginning to the comedy season.

Audiences will fall under the spell of Ed Byrne’s Irish charm and undeniable wit, as he graces the stage of the legendary Parr Hall on Friday 11 March. His ‘Outside, Looking In’ show has toured the entire country – collecting rave reviews along the way – and now it is Warrington’s turn.

Children also have the chance to get in on the comedy action as Comedy Club 4 Kids brings some of the funniest stand-up comedians from around the globe to the town to do what they do best in front of an audience of children and their families. Everyone from six to 400 years old is welcome to the event on Saturday 19 March, as they tell all the best jokes, just without the rude bits.

As part of the season, Pyramid will also be hosting a screening of the best-loved comedy film Some Like It Hot, in the relaxing environment of the Studio Theatre. The all-time outrageous, satirical comedy is one of the most hilarious films ever made.

To round off the season with a bang, Parr Hall will be welcoming a whole host of the funniest comedians around on Thursday 24 March for Who Dares Grins Comedy Night Live, which promises to be a fantastic night. From Craig Murray, Gary Delaney, Kerry Godlima and Terry Alderton, some of the brightest names in the stand-up circuit will bring non-stop laughter to Warrington.

Chris Persoglio, Venue and Events Manager at Culture Warrington, said:
“We’re really excited about holding our first ever celebration of comedy this March. The extravaganza brings some of the biggest names in comedy to the town along with the best upcoming talents in the business. Our recent customer survey results revealed that comedy performances are a real hit with our audiences so we hope that we can grow the celebration each year.”

Beat the winter blues with Dr Feelgood and Eddie & The Hot Rods

Friday 26 February, 7:30pm, Parr Hall

Beat the winter blues with Dr Feelgood and Eddie & The Hot Rods

It’s the season of sniffles and scratchy throats but Parr Hall has just the right medicine. Dr Feelgood and Eddie & The Hot Rods will be DFG Webbringing their distinctive and raw music to Warrington on Friday 26 February.

Dr Feelgood are known around the world as one of the most exciting rhythm and blues acts, and it was their unique sound that led to their album Stupidity shooting straight to the top of the UK charts. They have a string of hit singles, including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, and See You Later Alligator – the group’s first gold record.

Formed in the very same town of Canvey Island in Essex, Eddie & The Hot Rods have also gained a reputation for incredible and energetic live performances. Known particularly for their hit single, Do Anything You Wanna Do, the five-piece band will blow those winter cobwebs away with the sounds of their guitars, bringing punk rock to every corner of the legendary venue Parr Hall.

This is your chance to witness two of the greatest bands of the seventies at one unmissable event.

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Enjoy the undisputed classic film Casablanca at Pyramid

Friday 19 February, 7:30pm,
Pyramid, Tickets £5

Pyramid is showing a range of classic films this season and on Friday 19 February, they will be screening arguably one of the greatest films of all Casablancatime, Casablanca.

With its iconic characters, lines, and theme song, Casablanca has become the quintessential representation of Old Hollywood, featuring masterful performances by the legends that are Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Be transported to the city of Casablanca, as an American expatriate faces the choice between the woman he loves and his allegiance to her husband, who needs his help in order to continue the fight against the Nazis.

Screened on Pyramid’s very own 10ft screen in the intimate surroundings of the Studio Theatre, audiences will be gripped by this unforgettable tale of war and romance.

A perfect post-Valentine’s Day treat.

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Circus of Horrors heads to Warrington

Circus of Horrors heads to Warrington

Friday 19 February, 7:30pm, £16-26

 

The infamous Circus of Horrors comes to Parr Hall on Friday 19 February and they are inviting the people of Warrington to witness the most bizarre circus acts in the country.COH16

Though they have been shocking audiences across the country for 21 years, this mind-blowing act rose to even greater fame when they made it to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, the first ever circus to do so. They will be gracing the stage at Parr Hall with their most outrageous acts to date, celebrating their anniversary in their own gruesome style.

The act has been in high demand for the past few years, and they have seen their TV credits grow to include The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant & Dec, The One Show & A Royal Command Performance.

The Circus of Horrors had their gruesome beginning at Glastonbury at 1995 and became an instant hit, bringing their act to audiences all over the globe, including appearances at numerous festivals alongside Alice Cooper, Eminem, Iron Maiden and many more.

The latest incarnation of the Circus of Horrors sees them going back in time to Victorian London. Following the story of a young girl who runs away to join the circus, the audience will watch in horror as she falls into the nightmarish world of a gruesome Freakshow. They will gasp in horror as she meets killer clowns and sword swallowers, demon dwarfs and the Guinness World Record-holding Hairculean Diva swinging solely from her hair.

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The sounds of the 70s come to Parr Hall

70s Disco – Friday 12 February, 8pm, £7 Buy tickets
Northern Soul – Saturday 13 February, 8pm, £7 Buy tickets

WarrWarrington will boogie the night away this February as two fantastic music events come to Parr Hall, giving everyone the chance to put on their dancing shoes at 70s Disco and feel the rhythm at Northern Soul.

Returning to the fabulous venue of Parr Hall for the third time, 70s Disco has proven itself to be an unforgettable night. On Friday 12 February, this will be an unmissable occasion for fans of the disco era who are still obsessed with glitter and big hair.

National DJs will be playing original vinyl, bringing back the sounds of Billy Ocean, Barry White, Edwin Starr, Chairmen of the Board, Bay City Rollers, Detroit Spinners, Donna Summer, Three Degrees, Chic, Kool & The Gang, T. Rex, Sister Sledge, and many more.

Fath Logo B-WFor those who shunned the disco balls for the rhythm and blues, Northern Soul will up right up their alley. Some of the country’s greatest legends of the northern soul genre will grace the stage at Parr Hall on Saturday 13 February.

A hybrid of American soul music and distinctive dance styles, the genre is still popular almost half a century later and this event will surely get Warrington dancing in the aisles.

Join the company of Ian Gee, John Vincent, Des Jones, Moz Arnold and Pete Eccles as they spin vinyl all night long. Relive the glory days and be transported right back to legendary venues such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester.

It might be cold outside but as the Bee Gees said, you should be dancing – so don’t miss these fantastic nights out.

Stars From The Commitments back in Warrington

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Stars From The Commitments back in Warrington

This year The Stars From The Commitments hit the road for their 25th Anniversary year tour and they are coming to Parr Hall next month to give you a chance to enjoy the best of soul.

The band first performed at the venue in 2015 and due to popular demand they’re coming back for another fantastic night, so be prepared for high energy soul music with that unique Commitments twist.

The nine piece soul band from Dublin, which features actual cast members and musicians from the original Commitments film and sound track, have performed world-wide to hundreds of thousands of people at festivals, clubs, theatres, high profile corporate events and VIP parties.

With Dublin’s finest mix of gritty soul and irresistible Irish charm, the fantastic Stars From The Commitments have continued to spread the word of Irish soul whilst receiving rave reviews.

This dynamic band drives audiences to dance in the aisles and scream for more as they perform all the hits from their multi-million selling soundtrack albums and the Oscar nominated, Golden Globe & BAFTA award winning films: Mustang Sally, Chain of Fools, Take Me To The River, Try A Little Tenderness, Nowhere to Run, In The Midnight Hour and many more.

On many occasions the band has been invited to perform with soul legends BB King, Sam Moore (Sam and Dave), Steve Cropper (The Blues Brothers), Denis Edwards (The Temptations), Ben E King, the late James Brown and also contemporary artists such as The Black Eyed Peas.

The Stars From The Commitments also recorded a well-received live album titled Committed To Soul introducing such soul classics as Hold On I’m Coming, Get Ready and You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman to the bands repertoire. The album also features several of the above highly acclaimed and respected soul artists.

The Commitments were also invited to perform at the Speaker’s St. Patrick’s Day luncheon in Capitol Hill, Washington. DC. In attendance were former US President George W. Bush, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and many distinguished American Senators and Congressmen.

This show is a must-see and is a thrilling live experience that will stir your soul.

Tickets available online

New Year – New What’s On Guide

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Happy New Season – What’s on Guide (January – April)

5246FD_Pyramid & Parr Hall_Jan-Apr 2016_WebThe Festive Season is over and we are already looking forward to an exciting year ahead. We have an amazing line-up of events, activities and big nights out planned for you in 2016.

Check out your new What’s on guide packed with events and activities that are sure to keep those post Christmas blues away and help you enjoy coming months.

Visit your What’s On Guide for a complete list of upcoming events at Pyramid & Parr Hall

Panto Selfie Competition #ParrHallPanto

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Win tickets to see the biggest names at Pyramid & Parr Hall in 2016 with our Dick Whittington #ParrHallPanto competition

 

We have a very special competition for everyone coming to see Dick Whittington at Parr Hall in January.  All you need to do is send us your panto Dick Whittington A5 Flyer (Front)selfie at the panto.  It can be a single selfie or fit as many of your family and friends in as possible, and make it as fun as you can!

You can post on Facebook (don’t forget to tag pyramid & Pall Hall and use #ParrHallPanto

You can tweet your selfie to @PyramidParrHall (don’t forget to use #ParrHallPanto)

We have loads of tickets we want to give away for our big events at Pyramid & Parr Hall in 2016, so send us your panto selfie and you could be enjoying a night out on us!

Happy Snapping and enjoy the panto!

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OH YES THEY DID! DINERS SHOCKED AS PANTO POPS UP AT PESTO!

widnesflashpantoMusic and dancing were on the menu at a busy Widnes restaurant this week after a pantomime flashmob left diners shocked and surprised.

Cast members from Parr Hall’s upcoming production of Dick Whittington burst into Pesto restaurant on Birchfield Road on Tuesday evening taking the restaurant by surprise by spontaneously breaking into song and entertaining unsuspecting customers.

Dressed in full costume, characters including Dick Whittington, played by Rebecca Draper who has just finished filming ITV’s Stand by Your Man, Liverpool born Ellie Carroll who stars as Alice in this version of the classic tale and this year’s villain, King Rat, played by David Kustard performed a number of routines entertaining the families present including the Frozen classic ‘Let It Go’.

Manager of Pesto Gizela Kalkucka commented: “The flashmob was incredibly entertaining for both our staff and diners – especially for the little ones that were in the restaurant – and was a great way to add even more festive fun into our restaurant on Tuesday evening.”

alicewidnes2Producer of this year’s pantomime Tony Peers said: “Pantomime is all about entertaining the whole family so we’re thrilled that the Pesto team gave us the opportunity to bring one of Warrington’s biggest pantomimes out into the community and have some fun together.
“The atmosphere was fantastic and not only did we have a great time but Pesto’s customers also really seemed to enjoy our little pop-up panto performance!”

The family show is set to open at Parr Hall in Warrington on Saturday 2nd January.

You can purchase tickets for Dick Whittington online or contact Pyramid & Parr Hall Box Office.

Parr Hall’s pantomime cast bring festive cheer to children at Warrington Hospital

PantoHospVisitweb3The cast of Parr Hall’s pantomime, Dick Whittington, brought Christmas cheer to patients and staff at Warrington Hospital’s Children’s Ward yesterday (Tuesday 15 December).

The cast, who are taking to Warrington’s most famous stage in January, included Rebecca Draper who takes the lead role as Dick Whittington, Liverpool born Ellie Carroll, who is playing Alice, and David Kustard, who will be returning to his home town to play King Rat.

Dressed in their glittering costumes they brought magic and laughter to youngsters who are spending time in hospital over Christmas. The cast also presented the ward with a Christmas gift for their play room.

Tony Peers Productions returns to Parr Hall this festive season with Dick Whittington, running from Saturday 2 until Sunday 10 January 2016. The rags-to-riches story tells the tale of one man and his cat as they embark on a quest to become Mayor of London, whilst featuring all the traditional pantomime ingredients including; sensational songs, dazzling dance routines, magnificent slapstick comedy and bags of audience participation.
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Magical lantern parade lights up Warrington

Warrington was aglow with hundreds of lights for the town’s annual Lantern Parade yesterday (Thursday 10 December).Lantern1WEB

People of all ages, from right across the town, snaked through the streets each carrying a lovingly-crafted lantern. The theme of this year’s parade was Dick Whittington to coincide with Parr Hall’s festive pantomime.

As part of this year’s event The Liverpool Lantern Company wowed participants and spectators with magnificent larger-than-life animal lanterns.

The parade set off from Queens Gardens at 6:45pm and embarked on a magical softly-lit winter tour of the town centre concluding at Golden Square’s Christmas Village where there was a selection of Christmas stalls.

The stalls were brimming with festive activities for the whole family including, Christmas Carol singers, food and warm drinks.

The event, which was funded by Warrington Borough Council and provided by Culture Warrington, is part of a multitude of Christmas events across Warrington this year.

lantern2WEBWarrington Golden Square shopping centre director, Ian Cox, said: “It was a really special occasion with all those lanterns weaving through the town centre into Golden Square and finishing in the Christmas Village, where we had performers to entertain the crowds with some seasonal cheer.

A lot of people took the opportunity to do a bit of Christmas shopping which all made for a really lovely festive atmosphere.”

Cllr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture, said: “Investing in our Christmas events programme gives us opportunities to support the council’s wider objectives and compliment other events that are taking place.

Not only do we want to provide events for all to enjoy, but we want to attract more residents and visitors into the town to boost the local economy and see what else we have to offer.”

Ken Dodd returns to Warrington with a fun-filled evening of laughter

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Ticket price: £21 (£22 including online booking fee)

Ken Dodd returns to Parr Hall with his famous Happiness Show where audience members will be absolutely discumknockerated (that’s Knotty Ash for ‘over the moon’) by a truly tattifelarius (fun-filled) evening of laughter and songs.

Averaging seven jokes a minute this inventor of words will have audiences bellowing with laughter. Ken Dodd is extraordinarily energetic and never fails to entertain audiences with his Dicky Mint puppet routine and troop of dumpy midgets – the Diddymen.

The Knotty Ash funnyman is a comedian of unrivalled and legendary status with an incredible and hugely successful career as a professional entertainer that spans over 60 fun-filled years.

A multi-award winning entertainer Ken Dodd loves nothing more than entertaining theatre audiences. This fun-filled Happiness Show is for all the family, filled with non-stop gags and a selection of songs presented in his uniquely versatile style.

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Get into the Festive Mood with our #FestiveFridayGiveaway on Facebook

FacebookChristmas is coming and to help you get into the festive mood, visit our Facebook & Twitter every Friday for our #FestiveFridayGiveaway
Starting on Friday 4 December, we are giving you the chance to win tickets for various events at Pyramid & Parr Hall as we spread a little Christmas cheer.

Look out for our competition posts on Facebook and our tweets on Twitter for your chance to enter.
Season’s Greetings to all our customers and have a Happy New Year!


Box Office Christmas Opening Times 2015

We have special opening hours over the Christmas period. The Box Office will be open during the following times:

Monday 21 December 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 22 December 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 23 December 9am – 5pm
Thursday 24 December (Christmas Eve) 9am – 1pm
Friday 25 December(Christmas Day) Closed
Saturday 26 December (Boxing Day) Closed
Sunday 27 December Closed
Monday 28 December Closed
Tuesday 29 December 10am – 2pm
Wednesday 30 December 10am – 2pm
Thursday 31 December 10am – 2pm
Friday 1 January Closed
Saturday 2 January 10am – 2pm

Normal Box Office opening hours will resume from Monday 3 January.

Crowds flock to Warrington town centre to witness laser light show

Laser Show 2015 2WEBThe relentless wind and rain over the weekend didn’t deter thousands of people making their way to Warrington town centre to witness this year’s intergalactic themed laser show.

The Lights in the Sky Laser performance attracted more than 3,000 spectators spanning generations.

Laser light patterns illuminated the skyline above Warrington’s Guardians, reflecting within the water fountain below, and were set to a soundtrack of battling intergalactic spaceships and the eerie unexplainable sounds of space.

This year’s stunning light display was funded by Warrington Borough Council, delivered by Culture Warrington and was part of Warrington Market’s sci-fi Christmas- a traditional Christmas Market with an intergalactic twist.

There are a multitude of Christmas events across Warrington being provided by the council and Culture Warrington this festive season. Stand-out events include the Lantern Parade, Warrington Christmas Markets and Parr Hall’s pantomime Dick Whittington.

Laser Show 2015 1 WEBCllr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture, said: “Events for the Christmas programme have been carefully selected to provide opportunities to support the council’s wider objectives and compliment other events that are taking place. Our aim is to provide exciting and enjoyable events that attract more residents and visitors to the town which will boost the local economy. The challenge is to have the maximum impact with limited resources and we hope we are achieving this with our festive events.”

Take part in the decoration of Pyramid’s Christmas tree

BaubleWEBArt enthusiasts of all ages are invited to a bauble decorating workshop at Pyramid this December to help dress the art centre’s eight foot Christmas tree.

This workshop, which is run by Blooming Art in partnership with Culture Warrington, will take place on Saturday 5 December from 10:30am until 1:30pm and is part of the BBC’s Get Creative – a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity.

Gail Stubbings, founder of Blooming Art Classes Warrington, will lead the workshop in which local residents are welcome to drop in to Pyramid where they will be given the tools and opportunity to express themselves through the decoration of Christmas baubles.

Get Creative aims to boost creativity in the UK, as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative every day. Culture Warrington is joining hundreds of organisations nationwide to become a Get Creative Champion.

Derek Dick, Exhibitions and Services Manager at Culture Warrington, said: ‘It’s fantastic that we are able champion a national campaign that celebrates arts, culture and creativity. With the range of activities on offer at Culture Warrington venues I can confidently say there is something to take part in creatively for all the family.”

Gail Stubbings, owner of Blooming Art Classes Warrington, said: “I am extremely excited to be working in partnership with Culture Warrington to offer a drop-in art workshop for the community. I would encourage everyone to drop in and get creative this summer by putting their artistic skills to the test.”

80s legends turn out for Mr Smiths exhibition launch

Stars of 1980s popular dance TV show The Hit Man and Her, which was filmed at Mr Smiths in Warrington, turned out for the official launch of an peter Waterman Mr Smiths Webexhibition celebrating the iconic club on Friday (20 November).

Music mogul and the Hitman himself Pete Waterman, along with well-loved Hit Man and Her dancers Fitz, Bov, Wiggy and Spike, now a member of boyband 911, attended the 80s themed event to celebrate the opening of the Goodbye Mr Smiths exhibition at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

The exhibition is a response to the community reaction following the fire and demolition of the infamous building that housed the iconic nightclub. It follows the building’s story from the Art Deco Ritz and ABC cinemas to its heyday as Mr Smiths nightclub and its sudden dramatic destruction in April 2015.

The launch was attended by more than 150 people who shared their memories of the club, which attracted people from all over the North West in the 80s and 90s. They were treated to a special performance from DJ Steven Davidson who played old skool tunes and Mr Smiths favourites to entertain the visitors.

A collection of photographs, objects and memories, including oral history interviews with well-known local characters such as Stan the Man and Hitman and Her dancer, Wiggy, pay a nostalgic tribute to the well-loved local landmark.

Pete Waterman, from The Hit Man and Her, said:
“You forget everything that happened at Mr Smiths until you see it on the wall in the exhibition, I’ve seen pictures of me here that I’ve never seen before. It’s amazing to hear people still talk about Mr Smiths with such affection.”

Michelle Hill, curator of the exhibition, said:
“Thanks to everyone who attended the Goodbye Mr Smiths launch event at the museum. It was a fantastic night with people really getting into the party spirit and feeling nostalgic, judging by the amount of photographs and memories that were added to our memory boards.”

The Mr Smiths Exhibition is on at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery until Saturday 20 February

Be swept away on Vienna Festival Ballet’s magical adventure – The Nutcracker

Be swept away on Vienna Festival Ballet’s magical adventure –
The Nutcracker

Sunday 13 December, 2.30pm ballet
Ticket Price: £19.50 / £16.50 / £12.50

Christmas 2015 will see Vienna Festival Ballet perform The Nutcracker at Parr Hall Warrington, for one night only on Sunday 13 December.

Parr Hall will play host to Tchaikovsky’s wonderful, captivating and possibly most famous melodies, setting the scene for everybody’s favourite ballet. Adults and children alike will be captivated by the flurry of the dazzling Snowflakes and delight in the famous waltz of the Flowers.

The traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets.

With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a festive family treat like no other.

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All That Glitters is Gold for the Dick Whittington Pantomime Launch!

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Dick Whittington Panto Cast 2016 (Photo Credit Michelle Smith)

Dick Whittington Panto Cast 2016 (Photo Credit Michelle Smith)


Saturday 2 January 2016 – Sunday 10 January 2016
Ticket prices £12.50/ £10.50/ Family Ticket £40

Warrington welcomed the cast of Parr Hall’s pantomime Dick Whittington last week as they followed Dick’s dream and went in search of streets paved with gold- striking lucky at Warrington’s iconic Golden Gates and the town centre light switch on.

Tony Peers Productions returns to Parr Hall this festive season with Dick Whittington, running from Saturday 2 until Sunday 10 January 2016. The rags-to-riches story tells the tale of one man and his cat as they embark on a quest to become Mayor of London, whilst featuring all the traditional pantomime ingredients including; sensational songs, dazzling dance routines, magnificent slapstick comedy and bags of audience participation.

The 2016 pantomime cast includes comedy act Double Trouble Damian Patton & Tom Rolfe, who will take on the roles of Captain and Mate. This comic duo has comedy mentors of the highest calibre in the form of Damian’s uncles, The Chuckle brothers.

Rebecca Draper takes on the title role of Dick Whittington fresh from filming her part in ITV’s Stand By Your Man and Liverpool born Ellie Carroll will star as Alice in this version of the classic tale.

Parr Hall pantomime veteran Phil Beck returns as the Dame and David Kustard brings to life the character of King Rat in his Mother’s home town.

Finally, after appearing in last year’s pantomime, local dancers from the Felicia Burns School of Dance will once again add festive sparkle to the show.

Tickets on sale now – Book online

Check out the photos from the visit. Thank you to Michelle Smith for the photography www.michellesmithphotography.co.uk

Reignite a passion for film at this autumn’s movie screenings in Warrington

Reignite a passion for film at this autumn’s movie screenings in Warrington

Friday 13 November, The Shining, 7:30pmFilms
Thursday 17 December, It’s A Wonderful Life, 7:30pm
Friday 18 December, Die Hard, 7:30pm
Saturday 19 December, Home Alone, 3:00pm

Ticket price, £5

This Autumn Warrington’s Pyramid will rekindle the town’s excitement for film with a pick of the most challenging, the most iconic and most legendary films of all time.

Screened in the intimate surroundings of Pyramid’s studio theatre, nothing can beat experiencing an all-time favourite movie projected on to a 10ft screen.

To begin the season Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror, The Shining, will be screened at Pyramid on Friday 13 November. Audiences are invited to experience this tale of a family man and would-be writer unravel into a homicidal maniac on what is known by many as the unluckiest day of the year.

With Christmas fast approaching treat loved ones with the magic of film. There are a trio of festive films to delight audiences of all ages and preferences. Choose from the tears and joy of It’s A Wonderful Life, the furious, adrenaline fuelled action of Die Hard or the laugh out loud hilarity of Home Alone. There is certainly something for everyone to stir up that festive feeling.

All movie screenings are shown in the Studio Theatre at Pyramid, Warrington. Refreshments can be purchased on site including alcoholic and soft drinks.

Warrington’s Laser Show returns to the town centre

Warrington’s Laser Show returns to the town centre

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Saturday 28 November
4.30pm, 5pm and 5.30pm, Free
Guardians, Warrington Town Centre, WA1 1UZ

Warrington’s laser show returns to the town centre with a brand new intergalactic theme for 2015.

Three separate performances will take place on Saturday 28 November at 4:30pm, 5pm and 5:30pm, where laser light patterns will illuminate the skyline above Warrington’s Guardians, reflecting within the water fountain below.

This year’s stunning light display, which is funded by Warrington Borough Council and is delivered by Culture Warrington, will be set to a soundtrack of battling intergalactic spaceships and the eerie unexplainable sounds of space.

The event is part of Warrington Market’s sci-fi Christmas- a traditional Christmas market with an intergalactic twist.

Last year’s The Lights in the Sky Laser performance attracted more than 3,000 spectators spanning generations. This year it is expected to achieve an even greater engagement with local families.

The event is part of a multitude of Christmas events across Warrington being provided by the council and Culture Warrington. Other stand-out events include the Lantern Parade, Warrington Christmas Markets and Parr Hall’s pantomime Dick Whittington.

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Father Christmas Needs a Wee will bring some festive giggles to the families of Warrington

Father Christmas Needs a Wee will bring some festive giggles to the families of Warrington

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Ticket Price: £12/£10/ £40 Family Ticket

Following last year’s sold-out hit shows, Father Christmas is back on his rounds… and he still needs a wee. This super show for children is at Warrington’s Parr Hall on Saturday 21 November.

When it comes to theatre for children, you are off to a good start when the title of the show is enough on its own to inspire laughter from your little ones. Father Christmas Needs a Wee is a delightful stage adaptation of Nicholas Allan’s book about the Christmas Eve that saw Santa get caught short.

Father Christmas has a chronic weakness for mince pies, and has been guzzling them down with all the tea and milk and hot chocolate drinks left by the little children to whom he is delivering presents.

But there is nowhere for Santa to have a wee, and he becomes so preoccupied with his plight that he forgets to deliver some of his presents.

Thankfully he can enlist the help of his elf Elfie and with some singing and dancing along the way, he is able to wiggle through the discomfort and get the job done.

TaleGate Theatre have hit the perfect combination of witty humour, fantastic music and the extra sparkle for which they have become known in this fabulously funny and brilliantly bouncy musical adaptation.

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Houghton Weavers bring their 40th Anniversary Tour to Warrington

Houghton Weavers bring their 40th Anniversary Tour to Warrington

Weavers WebSunday 6 December, 7.30pm
Ticket Price: £14/£12

On the eve of their 40th anniversary, the UK’s leading comedy / folk group – The Houghton Weavers – return to Warrington’s Parr Hall on Sunday 6 December.

Comprising of Tony Berry, David Littler and Steve Millington, the band have recorded over 30 albums, have seven of their own BBC television series and six BBC Radio 2 series to their name.

Formed in 1975 and cutting their teeth in the folk clubs of their native Lancashire, The Houghton Weavers have never wavered from their motto of ‘Keep Folk Smiling’.

The group, who have a thriving fan club with members worldwide, entertain their audiences with humorous jokes and antidotes and sing “popular” folk songs from raucous traditional songs to beautiful ballads done in their own inimitable style.

This year they will once again be joined on stage by Tony’s brother James who proved to be a hit with the group’s festive audiences last year.

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Pixie Lott (featuring Jay James, Viola Beach & Ellie Dibben) – Warrington Festival – Buy tickets now!

Pixie Lott – Warrington Festival

Pixie plays her only north west show of the year at Warrington Festival this September, featuring Jay James, Viola Beach and Ellie Dibben.
Line-up is subject to change.
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Four-time BRIT Award nominee Pixie Lott will headline Warrington Festival at Bank Park on Saturday 19th September. Pixie will perform her number one hits Mamma Do (Uh oh, Uh oh), Boys and Girls and All About Tonight live in Warrington. The event will also feature X Factor 2014 finalist Jay James and upcoming local artist Ellie Dibben.

Pixie Lott recently rocked the stage at the Brentwood Festival in Essex and oozed Hollywood glamour in Puttin’ On The Ritz, now she will head north for her premiere performance in Warrington, her only north west concert date this year!

Jay James captured the imagination of the country with his unique voice and stunning live performances as one of the standout contestants on The X Factor 2014. His performance at Warrington Festival is the perfect opportunity for you to experience this gifted performer live.

As well as performing at the festival Jay will also be doing a meet and greet with fans on the day.

Warrington four-piece Viola Beach have already secured impressive national radio airplay and their performance at Warrington Festival follows an eagerly anticipated slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds Festival.

Local teenage songstress Ellie Dibben has recently supported well-known artists including Luke Friend, Elyar Fox and Union J. The 17-year-old country singer will perform a mixture of original songs during her set including Black Cats Summer, What About Us and Shout.

A superb line-up not to be missed!

Jay James: www.officialjayjames.com
twitter.com/jayjames
www.facebook.com/jayjamesofficial

Ellie Dibben: twitter.com/elliejdibben
www.facebook.com/EllieDibbenMusic

Viola Beach: twitter.com/Viola_Beach
www.facebook.com/violabeachwarrington

For further information including the latest event confirmation, volunteering and sponsorship opportunities visit www.warringtonfestival.co.uk

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