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What's On in Lancashire and the Lake District in April 2019

PUBLISHED: 09:14 02 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:14 02 April 2019

Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales make an appearance at The Dukes this spring

Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales make an appearance at The Dukes this spring

JOSE A GUZMAN COLON

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

THEATRE AND DANCE

3rd-6th

Old Times

The past is a dangerous place for these characters where the present is overwhelmed with intimations of a frightening past. This Harold Pinter play is brought to life on the Muni stage.

Muni Theatre, Colne, 01282 661234

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3rd-6th

Cats the Musical

This classic entertaining show is being performed by Valley Academy School of Musical Theatre and Dance.

Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 01254 685500

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5th

Ant Middleton – Mind over Muscle

Ant Middleton, best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s show, SAS: Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape has announced a brand new fully immersive show. Ant will take the audience through a motivational journey of self-help and self-discovery.

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 01253 629600

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6th-22nd

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is the Easter panto this year starring Linda Lusardi as The Wicked Witch and ITV’s The Voice star Lucy Kane as Glinda.St Helen’s Theatre, www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com

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6th Apr-25th May

West Side Story

This classic show marries stunning choreography to a matchless songbook. It’s the Jets and the Sharks, two rival gangs who make New York’s mean streets even meaner. But it’s also passionate and romantic show.

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, www.royalexchange.co.uk

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9th-13th

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

A production showcasing a vivid portrait of girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future in this bold production by Kate Wasserberg. The Lowry, Salford, www.thelowry.com

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9th

The Ginger Snapped

See Ru Paul’s Drag Race favourite, Jinkx Monsoon as she makes her Dukes debut this spring. Music and mental health collide in this witty, biting look at the dark side of drag fame.

The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, www.dukes-lancaster.org

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10th-13th

My Fair Lady

A long-standing amateur theatre group with an impressive history of performing musicals, plays and pantomimes will be performing the ever- popular musical.

The Albert Halls, Bolton, www.alberthalls-bolton.co.uk

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13th

Do You Think That’s Wise? The Life and Times of John Le Mesurier

Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression mimic Julian Dutton portrays Dad’s Army legend in Do You Think That’s Wise? The Life and Times of John Le Mesurier

Darwen Library Theatre, Blackburn, www.darwenlibrarytheatre.com

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13th

Rouse Ye Women

Through traditional songs and moving ballads, Rouse Ye Women tells the story of the female chainmakers of Cradley Heath, Birmingham, striking to achieve a living wage for themselves and their families.

Arnside Educational Institure, Arnside, 01524 762254

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18th

Glenn Wool - Wool’s Gold II (The Iron Pirate)

Saying a heart-felt goodbye to the British comedy scene, Glenn delves back into his catalogue of material spanning 25 years to perform some of his more subversive routines.

Hot Water Comedy Club, Liverpool, www.hotwatercomedy.co.uk

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26th-27th

Big Up North Dance Theatre Festival

Ludus Dance and The Dukes present two nights of performance that ‘Big Up’ the diverse and exciting range of high quality dance theatre talent on our very own doorstep, including performances professional artists and community and youth performers.

The Dukes, Lancaster, www.dukes-lancaster.org

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

3rd

Chaplina Kalnits Duo

Award-winning Yulia Chaplina and Yuri Kalnits on violin and piano will perform a selection of classical music including Beethoven and Ravel.

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre

www.clitheroeconcerts.org

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3rd

Charlie Landsborough

Known for his major successes such as My Forever Friend and I Will Love You All My Life, Charlie’s show encompass all genres of music from his beautiful ballads to folk, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, pop and gospel as he embarks on his extended farewell tour.

Preston Guild Hall, Preston, www.prestonguildhall.co.uk

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4th

Opera for Everyone

An evening filled with the thrills, spills, passions and playfulness of opera. Experience great music and great singing in an informal setting. The Gregson Centre, Lancaster, 01524849959

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4th

Feast of Fiddles

The Feast of Fiddles band-wagon trundles merrily on in its Silver Jubilee year. Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 25 spring tours, 24 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name and is set to embark on another.

The Atkinson, Southport, www.theatkinson.co.uk

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5th

Mànran

This Scottish band is taking their eclectic folk music on tour and bringing audiences more of their uplifting sound. 
The Platform, Morecambe, 01524 582803

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5th

Classics to Pop

A performance of classical, jazz & pop performed by first class professionals Gaynor Sutcliffe, Bob Buller and Maxine Molin-Rose on violin, cello and harp, and more. Part of the church fundraising Ribble Valley Music Festival. St Lenards Church, Langho, 01254 384893

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6th

Chris Connor – The World’s Famous Elvis Show

Direct from the West End, this show authentically recreates Elvis at his best and features the live energetic band The Steels, a 13-piece band and backing vocals by The Sweet Harmonies.

Albert Halls, Bolton, 0843 208 0500

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12th

Blackburn Classics: The Halle

This special concert celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth, on 11 April, of Sir Charles Hallé, the orchestra’s founder and will include music from Beethoven and Mozart.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, www.kinggeorgeshall.com

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12th

Alexander O’Neal

The R&B singer will be celebrating 30 years of his iconic Hearsay album with a massive 50 date UK tour.

Eventim Olympia, Liverpool, www.eventimolympialco.uk

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18th

Massive Wagons

While the Lancaster hard rock quintet has been active for a decade now, they are back touring and performing their popular hits across the UK.

Preston Guild Hall, Preston, www.prestonguildhall.co.uk

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20th

Totally Tina

Tina Turner tribute rocks into its tenth year and promises a brand new, custom-made performance featuring a whole host of fresh ideas, coupled with the band’s now famous humour.

Civic Arts Theatre, Oswaldtwistle, 01254 398319

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24th

Rufus Wainwright

Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and composer will play four highly anticipated UK dates to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of his eponymous debut.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

6th

Culture and Heritage festival

A day promoting culture and local heritage through food and arts and crafts. A full day market of food stalls – food from many cultures to eat and take away .

Accrington Town Square, Accrington

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9th

Great Eggcase Hunt

Join the Lancashire Wildlife Trust Marine and Community Team for an exploration of the beach in search of egg cases on the strandline. Rossall Beach, Cleveleys, 01995 602125

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19th-22nd

A Seaside 40s Weekend

Embrace all the best things about the 40s this Easter weekend including authentic 40s entertainers and great food and drink. North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, 01253 876525

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19th-22nd

Crafty Vintage – Easter Fair

Enjoy an exciting Easter weekend full of family dances, face-painting, an enchanted Alice in Wonderland themed day and an incredible vintage fair full of homemade gifts and treats.

Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa, Bolton, www.craftyvintage.com

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21st

Easter Sunday Family Funday

Supporting the charity Donna’s Dream House, the Easter Bunny will be hosting the Funday and includes egg rolling, and the best decorated egg competition. There will also be a farm, fairground rides and a craft fair and farmer’s market. Guy’s Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow

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22nd

Easter Family Funday

Enjoy lunch and then let the kids join in the fun with our entertainer including Easter egg rolling, Easter egg hunting, as well as lots of family fun.

The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Preston, 01995 61456

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24th

Blossom Day

Come and look round the small orchard at Brantwood and admire the beautiful apple blossom. Feel free to bring your pencils, water colours or camera and spend some time contemplating the flowers at close quarters.

Brantwood, Cumbria, www.brantwood.org.uk

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EXHIBITIONS

3rd

Appeasing Hitler

Author and political journalist Tim Bouverie will give a talk based on his new book ‘Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War’. The event promises a look at history and a lesson on the challenges of standing up to aggression and authoritarianism and the calamity that results from failing to do so.

Bolton School Girls’ Division, Bolton, www.boltonschool.org

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11th Apr - 4th Aug

Incandescence: Turner in Venice

This exhibition showcases Turner’s magnificent Venice: the Piazetta with the Ceremony of the Doge Marrying the Sea, together with a suite of watercolours from Turner’s visit in 1840. Brantwood, Cumbria, www.brantwood.org.uk

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11th

A Deadly Way to Make a Living: The Fate of Chung Ling Soo, Marvellous Chinese Conjuror

Join the Friends of Blackburn Museum for a talk by Brian Lead, United Kingdom President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and a Friend of Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Blackburn, www.friendsofblackburnmuseum.org.uk

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12th

Art360 After Dark

Musical artists and state of the art audio and visual technology will enhance the way guests view the art on display, and creating an immersive journey through the gallery. Lose yourself in the Op Art inspired 360-degree visuals by illustrator Nanna Koekoek enhanced by the original soundscape by award winning composer Phil Channell.

Local band Annexe the Moon and Jess ‘Breakwave’ Beaumont will also perform. Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, 0151 702 7400

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16th

The Country House in the 20th Century

South Lakeland Decorative and Fine Arts Society present a lecture on the Country house as something of historical interest from the past.

However, those in the care of organisations such as the National Trust are nonetheless living entities, and many are still family homes. How have these survived and thrived?

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 01229 468525

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29th

The Dark Side of the Universe

Experienced science communicator Dr Pete Edwards, Director of Science Outreach at Durham University, will reveal the nature of dark matter and dark energy, explain how we know it is there and explore what it does in this lecture.

Bolton School Girls’ Division, Bolton, www.boltonschool.org

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