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What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District during January

PUBLISHED: 00:00 31 December 2017

Declan Egan, Michael Watson, Simon Bailey and Lewis Griffiths star in Jersey Boys (credit: Matt Martin)

Declan Egan, Michael Watson, Simon Bailey and Lewis Griffiths star in Jersey Boys (credit: Matt Martin)

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Our guide to the best events in and around Lancashire.

THEATRE AND DANCE

3rd

Children’s Movie Matinee

There will be a screening of the fantastic children’s animated movie, Sing, on the big cinema screen at a special children’s matinee.

Pendle Hippodrome Theatre, Colne, www.phtheatre.co.uk

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10th - 20th

Jersey Boys

This is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. Follow the four boys from New Jersey as they become one of the most successful bands in pop history.

Liverpool Empire, 0844 871 3017

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12th

Snow Maiden

Russian State Ballet and Opera present this traditional folk-tale. Protected from the outside world by Father Frost, the exquisite Snow Maiden plays innocently among the dancing snowflakes in the enchanted Land of Frost.

Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 290 190

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16th - 28th

Shrek: The Musical

Based on the story from the award winning film, audience members join unlikely hero Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019

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17th - 20th

Rumours

Preston Drama Club presents a comedy by Neil Simon. Ken and Chris have found their host Charley, a prominent Government official, in his bedroom too dazed to speak, with a bullet wound in his ear lobe. Len and Claire arrive, injured in a car crash, and are soon joined by Ernest and Cookie, Glen and Cassie, each with their own problems.

Preston Playhouse, 01772 744771

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18th - 21st

David Walliams’ Awful Auntie

This is an amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very old car, a very large owl and a very small ghost. Everyone is sure to be entertained.

Charter Theatre, Preston, 01772 804444

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18th - 10th February

Jane Eyre

A new adaptation by Lorna French. Penniless and alone, Jane emerges from a bleak childhood to make her way in life as a governess. At Thornfield Hall she falls in love with her mysterious employer, Mr Rochester, but he is hiding a terrible secret that could ruin everything.

Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 01204 520661

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23rd

Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast

Following the success of his sold out 2017 tour, Greg Davies, BAFTA-nominated star of Cuckoo, Man Down, The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster, is taking his critically acclaimed show on tour for the last time.

Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 3018

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25th - 27th

Macbeth

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society present their original production of the Shakespeare classic.

St Martin’s Parish Hall, Fulwood, www.hallplayers.org.uk

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25th - 10th February

Her Benny

The 25th anniversary production of the classic rags to riches tale. The feel-good family musical tells the story of two urchin children, Nell and Benny Bates, who are forced onto the Liverpool streets to earn a few coppers for their drunken father.

Royal Court, Liverpool, 0151 709 4321

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Until 27th

Guys and Dolls

In this new production, Frank Loesser’s timeless musical is relocated to Harlem during its renaissance and celebrates the vivacity of that era in Black America.

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 0161 833 9833

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27th - 28th

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show, but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit.

Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 290 190

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

6th

A Viennese Celebration

The Hallé’s traditional New Year concert includes all your Strauss family favourites. Romantic waltzes, thrilling polkas and stirring marches are combined with the enchanting Jennifer France singing wonderful arias and songs of the period.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 907 9000

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7th

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah

Be immersed in an evening of beautiful music led by conductor Nicholas Kraemer.

Grand Hall, Preston, 01772 804444

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11th

Verity White

The show will feature Verity with a full band playing material from the album, Breaking Out.

The Castle Hotel, Manchester, www.thecastlehotel.info

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12th

Blackburn Classics: The Halle

Lancashire-born Stephen Bell whirls us through a range of Viennese favourites in a programme featuring Franz Lehar and Richard Strauss.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 0844 847 1664

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12th

Beyond the Barricade

Past principal performers from Les Miserables present a blockbusting show.

Charter Theatre, Preston, 01772 804444

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19th

The Swing Commanders

The UK’s finest Jumpjive, Cowboy Jazz, Blues and Western Swing Band.

Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 01254 685500

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25th

Think Floyd

Celebrating music from all 15 albums by one of the world’s most popular bands.

Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 3018

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27th

Can’t Stop the Feeling

This energetic feel good show of dances and songs is brought to you by a cast aged from 4 to 17. Ticket sale profits go to a local children’s charity or local child in need.

Charter Theatre, Preston, 01772 804444

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

2nd, 16th and 30th

Thornton Health Walk

An easy urban walk linking green areas of Thornton-Cleveleys. It involves some road walking, crossing recreational fields and a woodland path.

Marsh Mill Tavern, Thornton, 01995 602125

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5th

New Year Moon Watch and Stargazing

Local astronomer Robert Ince will be your guide, taking you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way. There will also be talks, videos and hands on help with telescopes.

Brockholes Nature Reserve, 01772 872000

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6th

Illustrated Talk with Dr David Hunt

Dr David Hunt presents his talk, ‘Local History from a Balloon’, preceded by a preview of events at Leyland’s Museum in 2018.

South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre, Leyland, 01772 422041

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6th and 20th

Cleveleys Health Walk

A circular walk around Cleveleys, comfortable footwear advised. This walk is suitable for beginners.

Cleveleys Community Centre, 01995 602125

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Until 7th

Lytham St Annes Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

Discover the creative talent of Fylde’s local photographers who capture the beauty and character of landscapes, portraits and everything in between.

Fylde Gallery, Booths Supermarket, Lytham, 01253 658438

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8th

The Rise and Fall of the Northumbrian Kingdom

A Kendal Historical and Archaeological Society lecture led by Fiona Edmonds.

Shakespeare Centre, near Kendal Town Hall, www.khassite.wordpress.com

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18th - 21st

Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show

From relaxing beach breaks to activity holidays, fly-drive to cruise, foodie experience to wildlife, get some travel inspiration for 2018. The event will welcome over 150 travel brands and 25 hours of free expert talks and panel sessions. Celebrity speakers include Julia Bradbury, Monty Halls and Steve Leonard.

Event City, Manchester, www.destinationsshow.com

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18th - 4th February

Obsession 18

Recognised as one of Europe’s premier gastronomic events, Obsession is celebrating its 18th year with 21 world class guest chefs with 16 Michelin stars between them. Travelling from across the world, these chefs will cook their unique Obsession menus during the 18 night event.

Northcote, Langho, 0333 999 7762

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