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Film Friday: Bohemian Rhapsody, 22 March
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his band-mates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day
Friday 22 March, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Tickets £5 OTD
Jack Dee + support, 23 March SOLD OUT
Dales Craft Fair, 30/31 March
Town Hall Chamber Series, 31 March
Our friends from the Hallé Orchestra return with a programme of chamber music from the Zelkova String Quartet.With music from Mozart, Mendelssohn and Dvorak.
Caroline Pether and Ed Pether – violin
Anna Brigham – viola
Jonathan Pether – cello.
Mozart Quartet in B flat major K458
Mendelssohn Quartet in E minor opus 44 no 2
Dvorak Quartet in G major opus 106
Sunday 31 March, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Alan Carr: Work in Progress + Kelly Convey. 6 April SOLD OUT
Work in Progress – SOLD OUT
Join Alan Carr, for a night of work in progress comedy with support from Kelly Convey.
This is your chance to see Alan do one of his first work in progress shows this year. Carr’s unique style of humour and effortless stage presence has made him one of Britain’s most successful and treasured comedians. With sixteen series of Channel 4’s Chatty Man under his belt, Alan has won a multitude of awards including the publicly-voted NTA and a prestigious BAFTA.
Kelly Convey is a So You Think You’re Funny Finalist and she was voted by The Metro as ‘1 of 9 Hilarious Women to Look Out for in 2017’.
Gigspanner: 13 April
10th Anniversary Tour
In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, multi award winning fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write “Gigspanner are pushing at the boundaries, expanding the possibilities and in the process making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer”
Described by Folk Radio UK as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond”, they take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator”
The captivating nature of their set stems not only from their creative ability and vision, but the eclectic nature of the material chosen. There are eddies and undercurrents drawn from a whole palette of influences which engage and enthral audiences to the closing notes.
Their November 2017 release, ‘The Wife of Urban Law’ has already received several ‘Best Of’ end of year accolades, including making it on to Mojo Magazine‘s ‘The 10 Best Folk Albums of 2017’ list, and Peter has received Fatea’s Award for Instrumentalist of the Year for Achievement in 2017.
Saturday 13 April, 7.30pm
Film Friday: Peterloo, 26 April
Film Friday: Peterloo
Internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 80,000 that gathered in Manchester, England to demand democratic reform.Starring Maxine Peake and Rory Kinnear.
Friday 26 April, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Film Friday: BlackkKlansman (15), 3 May
From visionary filmmaker, Oscar-winning Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organisation aims to sanitise its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out.
Please note this film is Certificate 15. You can read the BBFC guide here…
Friday 3 May, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Tickets £5 OTD.
Jazz at the Movies: The Thornbridge Trio, 10 May
Town Hall Chamber Series, 12 May
Our friends from the Hallé Orchestra return with a fantastic programme of piano trios.
Mozart – Piano Trio in E Major K542
Beethoven – Piano trio in C minor opus 1 no 3
Shostakovich – Piano Trio no 2 in E minor opus 67
With members of the Hallé Orchestra: Caroline Pether – violin, Dale Culliford – cello, Paul Janes – piano
Sunday 12 May, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Tickets £15 / 12
Town Hall Chamber Series, 23 June
Our friends return with a wonderfully special programme of baroque music, featuring oboe and for the first time, bassoon.
Biber – Battalia
Vivaldi – Bassoon Concerto in A minor
Bach – Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D minor
Telemann – Concerto for 3 Violins in F major
Vivaldi – Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor
Ensemble directed by Lyn Fletcher with Elena Chiara Comelli – bassoon, and Stephane Rancourt – oboe
23 June 7.30pm
Alfie Moore: Fair Cop Unleashed, 28 September
Fair Cop Unleashed
Join BBC Radio 4’s cop-turned-comedian Alfie Moore for his latest stand-up tour show. Fair Cop Unleashed is based on a dramatic real-life incident from Alfie’s police casebook. Relive with him the thrilling ups and downs of the night a mysterious clown came to town and more than one life ended up in the balance. It was no laughing matter – but this show certainly is! Enjoy Alfie’s unique brand of humour hilariously woven together with his personal insights into his life on the front-line of the police force. Fair Cop Unleashed based on a true dramatic incident from Alfie’s police career (involving escaped lions in Grimsby town centre!)
It’d be a crime to miss it!
★★★★ “…offbeat, revealing and very funny” Daily Mail
★★★★ “…lots of well-crafted jokes and a large dash of police gallows humour” Telegraph
“Brilliantly funny…. genuinely hilarious” David Mitchell
Saturday 28 September 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, 24 October
Sex & Love & Rock & Roll
Standing two metres tall, Tony Walsh is often billed as a ‘giant,’ a ‘colossus’ or a ‘towering talent’ on the UK performance poetry scene. As Longfella he has a long-legged logo, but it’s his remarkable poetry, rather than his notable height, which really stands him out from the crowd. His trademark mix of intimacy and controversy, comedy and tragedy has been stunning audiences from grass-roots poetry gigs to international literature festivals since 2004.
Make no mistake, these are accessible, musical poems; influenced by the songs which soundtrack our lives; brimming with northern warmth and humour; propelled by passion and compassion as their bassline and their beat.
Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
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