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What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District in February 2019

PUBLISHED: 10:27 31 January 2019

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

THEATRE AND DANCE

1st- 2nd March

Yellow Breck Road

Gerry Linford returns with a brand-new comedy where Dot, now 21 embarks on an adventure that is out of this world.

Liverpool’s Royal Court, Liverpool, royalcourtliverpool.co.uk

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2nd

Lipstick on your Collar

Direct from London’s West End, step back in time with an evening of back to back hits from the 1950s and 60s. Performed by a full live band, don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes.

Charter Theatre, Preston, prestonguildhall.co.uk

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8th Feb-2nd March

Mother Courage and her Children

A sharp new version of Brecht’s celebrated classic, see’s Julie Hesmondhalgh as Mother Courage as she roams from one army camp to another with her offspring in tow.

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

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12th

Chinese New Year

Enjoy a celebration of the Chinese New Year, with the performing talents of the internationally-renowned Shanghai Theatre Academy. Expect a mix of dance, theatre, and music, all of them detailing the intricacy, history, and beauty of Chinese culture.

Preston Guild Hall, Preston, 0177 280 4444

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14th-16th

Spirit of the Dance

Now celebrating its 15th Anniversary, enjoy the powerful rhythms and artistic flair of the popular Irish dance show.

Preston Guild Hall, Preston, 0177 280 4444

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15th

La Fille mal Gardée

Recreated by Alexander Gorsky, this remains one of the oldest ballets still regularly performed. A gentle tale of love thwarted, unrequited and found.

Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 871 3017

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16th

The Little Mermaid

Its celebration time under the sea and everyone is very excited for a brand new musical pantomime adventure, with the classic tale of The Little Mermaid.

Blackburn Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 0125 468 5500

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18th-23rd

Jesus Christ Superstar

Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society presents Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s entertaining musical Jesus Christ Superstar

St Marys Centre, Clitheroe, thopera.co.uk

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19th Feb-30th March

Les Miserables

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables will tour the UK in 2019.With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, and will feature the popular songs.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, atgtickets.com

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21st-23rd

Romeo and Juliet

The tragic love story gets a modern day dance interpretation which takes inspiration from Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation.

Paul McCartney Auditorium, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, 0151 709 4988

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21st Feb- 2nd March

Glory

Glory will immerse audiences into the eccentric world of wrestling where the characters grapple with issues of race, identity and what it means to be British today.

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

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23rd

Dance is Life

BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice is back with his popular dance show, Dance is Life. Featuring seven world class professional dancers, this show features a variety of different dances including the rumba and ballroom.

Burnley Mechanics, Burnley, 01282 664400

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26th Feb- 2nd March

Noughts and Crosses

Written by Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz, Noughts and Crosses is a dystopian Romeo and Juliet where racial and social divides lead romance to terrible danger.

The Lowry, Salford, thelowry.com

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26th Feb-9th March

The Bodyguard

The smash-hit West End musical returns with Alexandra Burke taking on Whitney Houston’s role in this romantic thriller.

Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool, atgtickets.com

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28th

Rhod Gilbert - The Book of John

Multi-award-winning Welsh comedian is back, with a brand new live show that includes a more raw and personal outlook on the life of Rhod.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, kinggeorgeshall.com

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

1st

St Petersburg Philharmonic

Featuring Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Piano Concerto No.1, and ending with Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5.

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

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2nd

Vishten

Vishtèn, an award-winning Acadian band, celebrate 15 years together with their sixth album ‘Horzons’ with this extensive UK tour.

Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, liverpoolphil.com

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3rd

The Churchfitters

Enjoy a range of original folk music mixed with a slew of jokes that create audience interaction. Also notice the unique types of instruments.

Library Theatre, Darwen, 0844 847 1664

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8th

Jackie Oates

Folk singer/songwriter Jackie Oates is set to perform and entertain audiences with this tour.

The Platform, Morecambe, 01524 582803

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13th

Stonebridge String Quartet

Enjoy an evening listening to the string quartet playing Haydn’s String Quartet No. 4; Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No 1 and Shostakovitch’s String Quartet No. 8.

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form, Clitheroe, clitheroeconcerts.org

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15th

Blackburn Classics: The Halle

The Hallé’s Principal Clarinet Sergio Castelló López is soloist in Mozart’s serene concerto. The concert opens with Falla’s remarkably beautiful El amor brujo.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 0844 847 1664

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16th

Let Me Entertain You - The Robbie Williams Story

Be transported from the Robbie Williams show at Knebworth to the Royal Albert Hall swing show and back to the Heavy Entertainment show Robbie toured in 2017 with this popular tribute act.


Preston Guild Hall, Preston, prestonguildhall.co.uk

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17th

Manchester Gospel Festival

Amateur choirs and singers from the UK, Europe and USA come together with the dynamic Wayne Ellington – a star of The Voice in 2018 – for a concert that will have you on your feet.

The Stoller Hall, Manchester, stollerhall.com

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19th

Peter Andre

CelebratePeter Andre’s musical journey, from his early hits to his recent tracks.

Opera House and Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 01636 555 666

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21st

Steely Dan

Grammy Award winning jazz rock band Steely Dan have sold over 40 million albums worldwide. Donald Fagen will be joined by special guest Steve Winwood.

Manchester Arena, Manchester, manchester-arena.com

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22nd-23rd

Cream Classical

The popular weekend of shows is back with a 50 piece Kaleidoscope Orchestra, directed Tim Crooks and curated by DJ/Producer duo K-Klass to showcase dance music at its best.

Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool, liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

31st Jan – 2nd Feb

Pendle Beer Festival

For a 15th year ithe festival will showcase local and regional beers from along the Pennine Way.

The Mune Theatre, Colne, pendlebeerfestival.co.uk

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2nd-3rd

Handmade and Fair Trade market

A free, fun and vibrant day out for all ages. Stall holders will be bringing a variety of high quality handmade goods and crafting materials along with Fair Trade items.

Accrington Market Hall, Accrington, 074323344372

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6th and 17th

Winckley Square Guided Walk and Talk

Learn more about your local heritage with a guided walk around Preston’s only Georgian square.

Winckley Square Gardens, Preston, 07849 069577

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15th-16th

Love Folk Festival

The fifth annual Love Folk Festival returns to Southport for a long weekend celebrating new, upcoming and traditional folk music. Featuring a double headline of Martin and Eliza Carthy and Faustus.

The Atkinson, Southport, theatkinson.co.uk

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18th-22nd

Circus Week

A full week of activities is coming to Accrington to keep the family entertained, including a petting zoo, life-size animal puppets and circus workshops.

Accrington Town Square, Accrington

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18th -23rd

Kidsfest

This February half term take part in this family festival; watch, see and learn in this jam packed week-long celebration for families of all ages.

The Atkinson, Southport, theatkinson.co.uk

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Until 28th Feb

Spectaculum

Bring out your inner child with classic carnival games such as hook-a-duck, play your cards right and ring toss, all under a huge Big Top style marquee. There will also be cocktails and street food available.

Parliament Street, Liverpool, spectaculumliverpool.co.uk

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CHARITY EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

9th

Spectacularfest 2

Featuring seven bands and a DJ, all profits will be donated to the British Heart Foundation.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, kinggeorgeshall.com

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9th

Kidz 4 kidz

Now in its 18th year, this volunteer led community Theatre Company that is putting on an evening of entertainment to raise money to buy equipment for a local boy with Angelman Syndrome.

Charter Theatre, Preston, prestonguildhall.co.uk

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9th Feb- 25th Mar

Dr Jekyll’s Laboratory: Science and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century

Explore a Victorian doctor’s study, experience the wonder and fear of 19th century medicine.

The Atkinson, Southport, theatkinson.co.uk

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18th

Re-imagined: The George Howard Gallery

Taking the historic interior of Old Tullie House and its interesting collections of art, nature and history as the inspiration, the display of objects and stories will re-imagine a secret history of the building.

Tullie House Museum and Gallery, Cumbria, tulliehouse.co.uk

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23rd Feb – 4th May

Aslan Gaisumov and Janice Kerbel

Discover works by two contemporary artists; Aslan Gaisumov’s film Keicheyuhea which reflects the turbulent histories of the Chechen people and Fight, a series of silkscreen posters by Janice Kerbel where the actions of a choreographed unarmed fight on human-sized sheets of paper is represented. u

Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre, Bury, buryartmuseum.co.uk

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