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Motown Night at BTH 24 February

Motown NightGet your Glad Rags on!

Dance the Night Away with Motown Night

Dancing returns to Bakewell Town Hall with a touch of nostalgia for the classic floor fillers celebrating Motown’s greatest years. The dance floor has seen some action over the years, so bringing back a classic night out was high on the list of priorities for Bakewell Town & Community Trust. The sprung dance floor is an original feature of the building- one that is unique in the area.

Played by national Djs on original vinyl, enjoy the sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s  with music from Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Contours, Edwin Starr and many, many more. Motown hits are guaranteed to create an atmosphere to dance the night away. Our team of Soul DJ’s will play requests, along with a fantastic selection of Soul music from the ’60s and ’70s.

Tickets available online or by phone 01629 810152, from the Bath Street Box Office – or pay on the door £6 ( subject to availability )

24 February

Assembly Room Theatre 8pm-Midnight

£6. Licenced bar.

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Bakewell Comedy Club: 25 February

Bakewell Comedy Club continues…

More top acts and great beer at Bakewell’s own comedy club. Joe Bromehead, the card ninja, Javier Jarquin and Brian Higgins

Javier Jarquin- card ninjaJavier Jarquin

A regular at the biggest clubs in the UK– delighting audiences with well crafted jokes and a very likeable stage persona. He is also a well known act in his native New Zealand and headlines gigs across Europe.

Before coming to the UK in 2010 Javier spent 4 years working as a professional comedian in New Zealand. After winning the ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition in Christchurch, he played and headlined gigs on the circuit in NZ and Melbourne, appeared on a host of television shows, and was a core member of New Zealand’s longest running comedy show: Scared Scriptless. He also took his debut solo stand up show ‘Joke Ninja’ to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014.

Joe Bromehead

Joe BromeheadJoe Bromehead is happy go lucky, cheeky and very funny. The circuit’s only ex-fire fighter he bring a unique take on every day life. “I’ve never seen anything like it, Joe headlined our show and the neighbours came from across the street as they could hear the laughter through the walls.”(Nottingham Comedy Festival)

Brian Higgins

Brian is one of the most experienced headline acts on the comedy circuit. He moved to London in his teens from a small fishing Village in central Scotland. Armed only with a penknife, catapult and a bag full of tadpoles he set out to make his fortune. Twenty years later he still has the penknife.

Brian has a real passion for comedy, and it shows in an impeccably delivered cheeky upbeat set, which never fails to deliver the goods. Brian has had countless appearances on radio, with the likes of Talk Sport, Fred MacAulay show and numerous TV shows, Funny Business, The Warehouse and award winning short film Pub fiction with Al Murray.


25 February, 8pm (Doors 7.15pm)

Tickets £15 01629 810152

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Sheffield Printmakers Exhibition

Original Print Exhibition

Bakewell River by Maude Tricker. Linocut.

Bakewell River by Maude Tricker. Linocut. £135

The Court Room Gallery houses an ever-changing exhibition of original prints by the Sheffield Printmakers, and features the work of several local artists. Working with a diverse range of techniques- from collagraph,dry point, lithograph, monoprint, linocut and digital, the exhibition presents a diverse introduction to the print-makers’ art at its finest. Works are available for sale- please contact the office. We also sell a range of quality greetings cards by our featured artists.

The exhibition is free.

The King Lear: 2 March

The King LearThe King Lear

Shakespeare’s Tragedy…in a pub!

Shifting Sands Theatre Company.

Giving a modern comedic twist to Shakespeare’s popular tragedy, this acclaimed clown theatre sets the action in a pub in the here and now, with pub landlord as king. A compellingly inventive retelling mixing slapstick and pathos with warm humour, this is a marvellously fun night.

Two pints of lager and a play please.

Three drinking buddies take it upon themselves to perform their own version of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, and set it in their local, ‘The King Lear’. Instead of a kingdom they have a pub! Instead a king they have a publican!

When pub landlord Mr Lear announces that he is to retire and divide the pub between his daughters he imitates his famous namesake and demands to know which of them loves him the most. And so unfolds a playful, accessible (and beer-stained) comic retelling of this tragic classic, a family saga to rival the greatest, of old (geezers) versus young (whippersnappers), of jealousy and frustration. Set in a pub.

Shifting Sand’s wonderful production is both hilarious and heart breaking, an exuberantly entertaining show delivered with energy and panache, a tour de force of physical comedy, clowning and vibrant storytelling. There is irreverence, but no parody: Shifting Sands play with Shakespeare’s ingredients yet remain faithful to his themes.

Shifting Sands Theatre has developed a reputation for presenting a clown’s eye view of epic tales, classic texts and devised contemporary material: potent drama based upon playfulness. It ‘reveals that wonderful art of being able to laugh, with others, at ourselves’ (Il Lavoro, Italy).

‘The King Lear’ is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

‘Wonderful.’ Time Out

2 March, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Tickets £10

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Film Friday: The Girl on the Train, 3 March

The Girl on a TrainThe Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.

3 March,7.30pm (Doors 7.15) £5.

Licenced bar

The Lion in Winter: 10 March

The Lion in Winter

Addhock Theatre CompanyThe Lion in Winter

“Well – what shall we hang? The holly or each other?”
It’s Christmas Eve, 1183 and a family are gathering for the festive season, but there’s more at stake than turkey and tinsel. A crown, a princess and the richest province on the continent are all up for grabs. Henry II is getting old. His three sons are snapping at his heels. His wife, his mistress and his arch enemy are all under the same roof. “Well – things look a little bleak for Henry, don’t they?”
Can the old lion outwit them all and hang on to his crown, his kingdom and his beautiful mistress.

Written in 1966, this witty, fast paced drama inspired the film of the same name starring Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn and has become a modern classic. “It’s 1183 and we’re barbarians!”
Let battle commence!

10 March, 7.30pm (Doors 7pm)

Tickets £12.50 / £10

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Dales Craft Fair: 11-13 March

Dales Craft Fairs

All our fairs offer free admission and offer a great range of handmade, handcrafted gifts and foodstuffs. Open most weekends and every second Monday. For further details, please call Shelagh on 07756 071838 or email dalesfairs@yahoo.co.uk.

11-13 March; 25-27 March; 14-17 April; 29 April-1 May; 13-15 May; 27-29 May; 10-12 June; 8-10 July, 29-31 July; 12-14 August; 26-28 August; 9-11 September; 30 September-2 October; 14-16 October; 28-30 October; 11-13 November; 25-27 November; 9-11 December. (All dates are inclusive)

Bakewell Comedy Club: 25 March

Bakewell Comedy ClubGreat Comedy, Great Beer!

Our stand-up delights tonight are Scott Bennett, Gerry K and Nick Page.

25 March, 8pm (doors 7.15)

Tickets £15 01629 810152

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Town Hall Chamber Series: 31 March

Town Hall Chamber SeriesInaugural Chamber music series, 31 March.

The finest classical musicians bring some of the most beautiful music ever written to Bakewell. Featuring musicians from the Halle, the programme features the familiar and lesser-known pieces to enrich your musical knowledge. This month’s performance programme is:

Mozart-Oboe Quarlet K370,

Moeran-Fantasy Quartet for oboe and strings

Dohnányi – Serenade for String Trio Opus 10

Hugh McKenna – oboe ; Paulette Bayley – violin ; Katrina Baker – viola ; Dale Culliford – cello

31 March, 7.30pm (Doors 7pm)

Tickets £12 / £10

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Pink Floydian: 1 April

Pink Floyd(ian) come to BakewellPink Floydian

Get your fill of the Floyd, 1 April.

Pink Floydian are one of the most accurate Pink Floyd tribute bands in the UK today.Gathered together from the cream Floyd loving musicians they deliver well over two and a half hours of Pink Floyd classics covering nine albums including a full performance of the iconic Dark Side of the Moon.

The band sound extremely close to the original recordings, replicating the incredible sounds of Gilmour, Wright, Mason and Waters with precision and dexterity. From the Lush landscapes of “Shine on you crazy diamond” to the haunting refrain of “A Great Gig in the Sky” the band will guide you on a magical journey through the illustrious recording career of the world’s most successful progressive rock band.

 In 2017 the iconic circular screen will be making an appearance, providing spectacular projections along with the light show. This is a show not to be missed, the band will be performing the “ANIMALS” album in full to celebrate 40 years since its release. Have no fear though as all the classic tracks from their other albums will be included in the show.

1 April, 8pm (doors 7.15)

Tickets £12

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Simon Munnery: 8 April

Show And Tell present

Simon MunnerySimon Munnery

Multi award-winning comedian Simon Munnery offers up a new stand-up show. An opening to die for, seven wry observations, a tone poem, four fresh skits and two new commandments.

Simon is a British Comedy Award nominee, Perrier Award nominee and Chortle Award winner. He’s a star of Comedy Central’s Alternative Comedy Experience – as seen on BBC2’s Culture Show and heard on Radio 4’s News Quiz, amongst others.

‘A genuine innovator in the land of the samey, and an annual must-see for any comedy connoisseur’ – The Guardian

‘Convention defying, innovative stuff. Simon Munnery is a brilliant comedian’ – The Times

‘Simon Munnery is as bold and brilliant as ever’ ★★★★★ The Scotsman

18 April, 8pm (Doors 7.15pm)

Tickets £14.50

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Town Hall Chamber Series, 28 April

Town Hall Chamber SeriesChamber Series Continues, 28 April

Our musicians return with a fine performance of:

Wolf-Italian Serenade,

Haydn-String quartet, Opus 64 ‘The Lark’

Schubert-String Quintet in C  Major

Caroline Pether – violin ; Rosemary Attree  – violin ; Raymond Lester – viola, Nick Trygstad  -cello ; Dale Culliford -cello

28 April, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Tickets £12 / £10

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Motown Night: 70's disco: 5 May

70’s Disco NightMotown Night 70s special

Motown night returns with a special 70s disco night.

Dance the night away to all your favourite vinyl classics. Great tunes, great beer.

5 May, 8pm ’til late

£6 on the door.

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Live & Local: Martin Harley: 28 May

Martin Harley- Live, 28 MayMartin Harley

Master of blues guitar comes to Bakewell

Martin Harley is a supremely talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He’s a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta, the slide guitar, and many other forms of roots music. Though Harley’s sound is rooted in the blues it seeks to tell his own story and draws on the ruminations of a musician who has spent much of his life on the road.

“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” – Guitarist Magazine

“Harley has it all – voice, guitar artistry and the songs” – Total Music

“No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” – Roots Magazine

28 May, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Tickets £10

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Boleyn: 17 June

Boleyn: The Death and Life of a QueenBoleyn

Written by local theatre director and curator of Belper Arts festival, George Gunby, Boleyn charts the remarkable woman who lost her head to Henry.

Intelligent, feisty, opinionated and politically savvy. Henry VIII was besotted by Anne and yet, just three years after they married, he had her executed. The motives behind Henry’s actions fascinated George. Henry’s need for a son and heir became an obsession and his disappointment with Anne’s ability to provide one grew.

 Did Henry plot Anne’s downfall? Did Cromwell hatch a plot – a scenario so wild and bizarre – because Anne had become an encumbrance to his ambition? Or was it all true; was Anne promiscuous and disloyal to Henry?

The play is as much about human behaviour, motivation and power. It’s about the lengths that people will go to maintain their position and influence.


With Sali Gresham as Anne Boleyn,

Fliss Goldsmith as Mary Tudor,

Terry Stevenson as Thomas Cromwell

Jeff Foster as the Duke of Norfolk

Michael Fletcher as Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

Chelsea Anne Richter as Elizabeth

Judy Richter as Lady Margaret

Nick Evison  as George Boleyn

Lighting and Sound – Jamie Vella

17 June, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Tickets £12.50

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Town Hall Chamber Series, 22 June

Town Hall Chamber SeriesChamber Series Continues, 22 June

Members of the Halle are joined by the Chagall String Trio for tonight’s programme:

Music by Bach and Beethoven

Sarah Brandwood-Spencer – violin

David Aspen – viola

Simon Turner – cello

22 June, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Tickets £12 / £10

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Mawkin: 17 November

Mawkin bring muscular folk to BakewellMawkin

Channelling Bellowhead and Fairport

In 2015 Mawkin delivered their self-produced and critically acclaimed album ‘The Ties That Bind’. Their ‘unapologetically energetic’ approach and DIY ethic surprised critics, fans and welcomed new audience members describing them as a ‘modern day Fairport’. With a host of rebel rousing folk songs and instrumentals the band modernise traditional folk material with their own touch and have since excited audiences with their artillery of loud, boisterous, foot stomping live sets. Critics of the album suggested that Mawkin might fill the ‘Bellowhead shaped hole’ so it seemed only natural to support them on their farewell tour of 2016 among a flurry of key festivals and UK tour dates.

The band members have a wealth of other musical experience between them with brothers David and James’s involvement with Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson, Jim Moray, Topette!, and the two providing stand-in support for members of Bellowhead. Nick Cooke is Kate Rusby and False Lights’ melodeon player, is a professional mastering engineer and has worked with some of the most iconic producers in our lifetime. Lee Richardson, who’s former background was in dance music, is an award winning producer of TV, advertising and trailer music.

The band’s line-up is:James Delarre: Vocals, Violin; David Delarre: Vocals, Guitar; Nick Cooke: Melodeon; Danny Crump: Bass; Lee Richardson: Drums
‘Masculine, Muscular Folk Quintet’ – The Independent
‘A Gutsy re-working of Traditional Songs’ – The Guardian
‘Unconditionally Mighty’ – MOJO
‘Invigorating, Highly Inventive’ – Q Magazine
‘Unapologetically Energetic’ – Songlines Magazine
‘A wholly edgier version of folk’ – Cambridge News
‘The Pogue-ish sound that resides in young men’s heads’ – The Independent

17 November, 7.30pm (Doors 7pm)

Tickets £15

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