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What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District

PUBLISHED: 09:06 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:19 18 April 2018

Steptoe and Son will entertain at Lancaster Grand Theatre

Steptoe and Son will entertain at Lancaster Grand Theatre

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Our guide to the best events in and around Lancashire during April

THEATRE AND DANCE

3rd - 7th

Birdsong

This production tells a mesmerising story of love and courage, before and during the war. In pre-war France, a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their worlds upside down.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford, 0843 208 6000

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5th - 14th

Educating Rita

The Dukes first homegrown production of the spring season is this classic comedy, a witty exploration of class, privilege and the power of literature by Willy Russell.

The Dukes, Lancaster, 
01524 598500

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6th

Daliso Chaponda: What The African Said

Britain’s Got Talent and Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer act comedian Daliso Chaponda will be embarking on his debut stand up tour.

Charter Theatre, Preston, 01772 804444

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6th - 14th

Be My Baby

Set in a Mother and Baby Home in the 1960s and peppered with songs from the period, this production by Southport Dramatic Club follows the fortunes of 19-year-old Mary Adams, unmarried and seven months pregnant.

Little Theatre Southport, 
01704 530521

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Until 7th

Whiskey Galore

The spring-summer 2018 season opens with a new adaptation of Compton Mackenzie’s comedy classic. The islanders of Great and Little Todday are dismayed to find their whisky supply dwindling as the government diverts the precious stuff to the Americans.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre, 0161 624 2829

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8th

Steptoe and Son

John Hewer and Jeremy Smith star in three episodes of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson’s legendary sitcom.

Lancaster Grand Theatre, 01524 64695

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9th - 14th

Of Mice and Men

Written by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck and based on his own experiences in the twenties, Of Mice and Men tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch.

Manchester Opera House, 
0844 871 3018

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11th - 14th

And Then There Were None

Preston Drama Club presents this play by Agatha Christie. Ten strangers accept invitations to a house party on a remote island, where the only thing they have in common is a past they’re unwilling to reveal.

Preston Playhouse, 
01772 744771

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11th - 21st

A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Romeo and Juliet

Liverpool born Daniel Taylor immersive production of Shakespeare`s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns as part of an alternating repertoire, along with the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.

The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 888 4411

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13th

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

The comedian’s latest tour promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason’s life growing up working class, then finding that as he’s got older, part of him has become middle class.

Southport Theatre, 
0844 871 7660

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17th

Judy to Bette: The Stars of Old Hollywood

Rebecca Perry returns for a night of marvellous melodies and scandalous headlines from the golden age of Hollywood. She takes to the stage to look at the lives of the ladies who broke convention and started something bigger.

Garstang Library Theatre, 
www.rebeccaperry.ca

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19th - May 5th

The Big Corner

Adapted from the short stories of Bill Naughton by Lawrence Till. Bill and Alf, two young Bolton lads hungry for adventure, discover the mystery and the delights of girls as they grow up together.

Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 
01204 556505

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20th

The Faye Knowles-Chapman Award for Choreography

Preston’s College Dance presents an eclectic evening of dance, choreographed and produced by the students and judged by industry professionals.

Charter Theatre, Preston, 01772 804444

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26th - 28th April

TRIAL

Four women on trial. Four women who no one believes. TRIAL is a brand new play, written and performed by 4 female writer/performers, telling real stories of women

who have not been believed. The show weaves together multiple women’s’ stories and includes verbatim court material. Within the setting of the Council Chamber, the

audience are immersed in the action and transported to each location in the story.

Bolton Council Chamber, Bolton Town Hall, Victoria Square, South Enterance, BL1 1RU https://octagonbolton.co.uk

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

5th

The Jam with Bruce Foxton

Enjoy performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam and hear hits such as Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, Going Underground, Town Called Malice and The Modern World.

Lowther Pavilion, Lytham Saint Annes, 01253 794 221

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6th

The South

This line up features former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles. They play the songs made famous by the original band and bring back the full flavour and excitement with the nine piece live band.

Club Academy, Manchester, 0161 832 1111

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7th

Celebrating Quincy Jones

The Halle present a concert celebrating the phenomenal success of the legendary composer, arranger, record producer, instrumentalist, film and television producer and actor, Quincy Jones.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 237 7008

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8th

Mozart Madness

As part of Manchester Camerata and Pendle Young Musicians Bursary 2017-2018 season, be entertained by mesmerising pianist, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, who returns for another session of vivid music making with Gábor and the orchestra – Mozart in high definition.

The Muni Theatre, Colne, 
01282 661234

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11th

Piano 4 Hands

Widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading piano duos, Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa are regular performers at London’s Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre. The pair will play Mozart, David Matthews, Schubert, Prokofiev and Ravel.

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

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12th

Kim Wilde: Here Come The Aliens

Pop icon Kim Wilde is heading out on a brand new 19-date UK tour in spring 2018. Expect to hear hits such as Kids In America and You Keep Me Hangin’ On from the 1980s star.

Preston Guild Hall, 
01772 804444

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24th

Heather Small

As Part of M People, Heather has achieved massive worldwide success with hits such as Moving On Up, One Night In Heaven and Search For The Hero.

Charter Theatre, Preston, 01772 804444

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25th

Daniel O’Donnell

International singing star Daniel O’Donnell returns to Blackpool with his new band and special guest Mary Duff.

Blackpool Opera House, 
0844 856 1111

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

7th

Plant Hunters’ Fair

Entry to the plant fair is just £1 in aid of Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust. The plant fair offers the opportunity to visit many specialist nurseries to get the gardening season off to a great start with a great range of perennials, alpines, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties.

Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, 
www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

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Until 8th

Fair & Foul: Ruskin & The Grotesque

Jill Rock is an artist with a keen interest in Ruskin and Schwitters. Working within the conceptual template of Ruskin’s analysis of the relevance of the Gothic in his own time, Jill’s installation presents a contemporary response to the Gothic as it speaks to us now.

Brantwood, Coniston, 
015394 41396

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9th

Graham Hooley

Alongside the Kendal Historical & Archaeological Society’s annual general meeting, there will be a lecture by Graham Hooley on ‘Guarding the Pass: Low Borrowbridge in the Tebay Gorge’.

The Shakespeare Centre, Kendal, www.khassite.wordpress.com

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15th

Chorley Grand Prix

Returns for the fourth year running, this prestigious event will see cyclists from around the UK and oversees battle it out over a challenging five lap, 100 mile route as part of the 2018 HSBC UK Spring Cup Series.

Chorley town centre, 
www.chorley.gov.uk

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17th

Elizabeth Frink

South Lakeland Decorative & Fine Arts Society present their lecture on Elizabeth Frink: the Expressive Power of Bronze. The afternoon will be a celebration of the art of one of Britain’s leading sculptors.

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 01229 468525

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19th - June 30th

Hit the North

This major group art exhibition, assembled by leading photography curator Greg Hobson, will feature works by contemporary photographic artists exploring notions of the North of England. Rather than exploiting northern pictorial tropes and stereotypes, the photographs will relate to the artists’ interests, explorations and geographical investigations.

Central Library, St. Peter’s Square, Manchester, 
www.hobophoto.co.uk

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24th

Tea Dance

Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of live music provided by organist Chris Hopkins, who is direct from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Featuring mixed ballroom and sequence dancing, and refreshments are available.

Grand Hall, Preston, 
01772 804444

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28th - 29th

Liverpool Spring Festival

A fun packed weekend for all ages. The outdoor event features a whole raft of interactive workshops, producers’ market, vintage fairground and DJ sets, as well as a wide range of mouth-watering food and drink.

Sefton Park, Liverpool, www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

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28th - May 7th

Ulverston WalkFest

WalkFest has taken place each year since 1999 and has become a firm favourite with local walkers and those from much further away. The programme of walks will appeal to all ages and abilities of between 1 mile and 10 miles, with many taking in local and industrial history.

Ulverston, www.ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk

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