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Mark Steel: 2 March SOLD OUT



UK Tour 2019

Not long ago, it seemed highly unlikely the UK would vote to leave the EU. We had a reasonable opposition to the Tory Government, “President” “President” “President” “President” Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn’t going to beat Hilary Clinton, and Mark was living the married suburban ideal. Since then, it’s all gone to absolute shit!  But don’t worry, as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright.

Mark’s sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am revealed that his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year, Mark is back on the road with a new show that is guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is.

Mark has written and presented many series of Mark Steel’s In Town on BBC Radio 4 (new series out soon) and toured it live around the UK. He has presented the BAFTA-nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, and is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s The News Quiz.  Mark has also appeared on BBC2’s QI and Room 101. He has written several acclaimed books, including Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On, and writes a weekly column for The Independentfor which he won Columnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2015.

Mark regularly films his columns for The Independent, and they’re proving very popular indeed. You can find them here: http://www.independent.co.uk/author/mark-steel

**** The Guardian

**** The Independent: “essential viewing”

**** Sunday Times: “Profound yet funny”

2 March, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Tickets £15  SOLD OUT

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The Government Inspector, 16 March

The Government InspectorThe Government Inspector

Shifting Sands Theatre Company present Gogol’s comedy of stupidity, corruption and greed.

Supported by Arts Council England.

The Mayor is in a cold sweat. News has reached him of an imminent investigation by a high-ranking government official who is travelling incognito – The Government Inspector. The officials in the small town are thrown into a panicked frenzy. They waste no time to cover up the misdirected contracts, the bribes, fiddled expenses, abuses of office … corruption that has been going on for years! A simple case of mistaken identity leads matters to spiral hysterically out of control when they believe that a stranger in the town is the real Government Inspector!

Dubious political dealings, mishandled money, bribery, political panic – sounds familiar? The Government Inspector written in 1835 by Gogol is an hilarious satire about corruption in a world where everyone is increasingly desperate to hide their wrongdoings and keep the supposed Government Inspector happy.

Shifting Sands update Gogol’s satire using recent events and scandals to bring contemporary relevance to the show creating an irreverent, accessible comedy rich in clowning and physical comedy.

Starring “ that wonderful, bewildered clown, Gerry Flanagan” Time Out

16 March, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Tickets £14 / £12

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Jack Dee + support, 23 March SOLD OUT

Jack DeeJack Dee

+ support SOLD OUT

A warm-up gig for Jack’s new tour. Details to follow

23 March 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Tickets £15

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Town Hall Chamber Series, 31 March

Town Hall Chamber SeriesTown Hall Chamber Series

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)

Tickets £15

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Gigspanner: 13 April

GigspannerPeter Knight’s Gigspanner

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

Tickets £15

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