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

PUBLISHED: 10:54 31 December 2018

The Producers, fun-filled musical treat at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester until January 26th. Image by Lee Baxter

The Producers, fun-filled musical treat at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester until January 26th. Image by Lee Baxter

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

THEATRE AND DANCE

3rd

They’ve got talent

The stage showcases some of the well-known comedians that made their mark on Britain’s Got Talent.

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

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9th

Sandi Toksvig

The QI host is touring a brand new, one-woman comedy show. Expect tall stories, fascinatingly funny facts, really silly jokes, a quick fire Q&A and a quiz.

The Lowry, Salford, www.,thelowry.com

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9th-29th

The Rocky Horror Show

Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical returns as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having now been seen by over 30 million theatregoers. It’s an adventure you won’t forget.

Manchester Opera House, Manchester, www.atgtickets.com

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12th

NT Live – Antony and Cleopatra

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Darwen Library Theatre, Darwen, 08448471664

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12th

Swan Lake

The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 290190

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13th

The Nutcracker

This most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. Be swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life, the Mouse King battle with the Nutcracker Prince.

Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 290190

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17th

Moscow City Ballet-Romeo and Juliet

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet is the perfect marriage of a powerful dramatic musical score with a passionate love story. Brimming with Russia’s best dancers, beautiful sets and stunning costumes, Moscow City Ballet is at its outstanding best, performing to acclaim around the globe.

Manchester Palace Theatre, Manchester, www.atgtickets.com

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25th-26th

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe promises to bring adventure, romance, beautiful costumes, and a talented cast. A definite New Year treat for all the family.

Preston Playhouse, Preston, www.prestonplayhouse.co.uk

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25th Jan-2nd Feb

Beauty and the Beast

The classic fairy-tale is being retold in an imaginative way for this entertaining pantomime. With mean step-sisters, a cruel countess and a handsome prince, it’s a must watch show.

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

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25th

Beauty and the Beast

Join the Ballet Theatre UK with one of the most enchanting love stories of all time. Beauty and the Beast is inspired by the original tale, this production telling the story of Belle. It is set to a stunning classical score and will showcase new choreography.

Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk

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25th-26th

Marilyn

This playful and poignant show is Marilyn’s story, told by her - alone in her dressing room. Not the girl in that white dress with the pouting red lips but Marilyn stripped back – just an ordinary girl telling her story.

The Casa, Liverpool, 
0151 709 2148

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

6th

Johann Strauss Gala - Waltzing in a Winter Wonderland

The Strauss musical dynasty wrote hundreds of uplifting pieces with a clear emphasis on memorable melodies and dance rhythms. This performance recreates the glittering romance of a 19th century Viennese ballroom featuring costumes of the period.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 0151 709 3789

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8th

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

The Simon & Garfunkel Story not only tells the tale of the legendary musicians, but relives their journey within a time capsule of contemporary newsreels, adverts and film footage from the 1960s and beyond.

Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool, www.atgtickets.co.uk

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9th

Kendal Jazz Club: Martin Bennett’s Old Green River jazz band

This is a swing band playing for people who enjoy their music.

Kendal RUFC, Kendal, www.kendaljazzclub.co.uk

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10th

The Royal Society of St George Show

The society invites you for an evening of entertainment featuring Michael Berry and a potato pie supper

Blackburn Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 01254685500

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11th

Believe - The Cher Songbook

Turn back time and celebrate the Goddess of Pop, Cher with this tribute show. Experience an exhilarating evening sensationally recreating all her hits, the hair, the costumes from her breathtaking career spanning six decades. Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool, www.atgtickets.co.uk

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17th

New Year Brass

Herald in the New Year with a feast of brilliant music to suit all tastes performed by the Leyland Band under musical director Thomas Wyss.

St Andrews Church, Leyland, 01772 813895

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18th

Merry Hall

Fresh from winning best band and best live act at the folking awards make a welcome return with a new single.

Darwen Library Theatre, Darwen, 08448471664

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19th

Pinked Floyd

Audiences will be entertained by visual show that is put on by this excellent musical tribute to the iconic Pink Floyd.

Pendle Hippodrome, Colne, www.pinked-floyd.co.uk

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19th

Beyond the Barricade

The UK’s longest running musical theatre concert tour returns delivering over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End. Preston Guild Hall, Preston, www.prestonguildhall.co.uk

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25th

Bowie Experience

Bowie Experience is a spectacular concert celebrating the sound and vision of David Bowie. A must see for fans, the latest production features all the hits from A to Ziggy. Preston Guild Hall, Preston, www.prestonguildhall.co.uk

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27th

Brass at the Guild

Between 40 and 50 Brass Bands are expected to compete and a wealth of fine music performances is ensured at the Guild Brass Band Competitions.

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

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27th

Boyzone

After six UK number one singles, five number one albums and 25 years together, the iconic Boyzone embark on their farewell tour with their latest album.

Echo arena, Liverpool, 0344 8000 400

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28th

The Vaccines

The Vaccines return to their roots with Combat Sports; ranging from pure Vaccines rock and roll through to power-pop.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 08448471664

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31st

Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs are one of the leading bands of their generation; they have achieved many top ten singles including the famous number 1 hit ‘Ruby,’ and are back with a run of tour dates.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 08448471664

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31st

Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique

‘Pathétique’ meaning ‘full of feeling’, and Tchaikovsky poured everything he had into one final Symphony: his Sixth. This is music in the raw, pounding with emotion and packed with glorious melodies. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 01517093789

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

1st, 15th, 29th

Thornton Health Walk

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

Marsh Mill Tavern, Thornton, 01995602125

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6th

Reserve Walk

Join for a tour of Brockholes to find out about how they got here, the wildlife that inhabits the area and their conservation aims.

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Samlesbury, 01772872000

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12th

Cleveleys Health Walk

A circular walk around Cleveleys, and comfortable footwear is advised. This walk is suitable for beginners. Cleveleys Community Centre, Cleveleys, 01995602125

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17th-20th

The Holiday and Travel Show

From adventure to culture, cruise and safari, be inspired with the choice of exhibitors offering a huge variety of holiday and travel options. Tap into the expert’s in-depth knowledge of destinations and experiences near and far, then tailor-make your ideal trip.

Event City, Manchester, www.destinations.com/manchester

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26th

Winter Gardens

The world-famous Winter Gardens will again throw open its doors, allowing the public a rare chance to explore every nook and cranny of the Grade II* Listed building. Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 01253629600

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27th

Big Garden Bird Watch

Join and enjoy identifying and counting the many different bird species around whilst contribute to the countrywide RSPB survey.

Hawthorne Park, Thornton Cleveleys, 01253823516

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EXHIBITIONS

16th

The Must Farm Pile-Dwelling: Archaeological investigations of Bronze Age Fenland settlement

A talk by Iona Robinson Zeki who is the supervisor at this dig of international significance.

Sedbergh and District History Society, Sedbergh, www.sedberghhistory.org

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18th

The Dukes Scratch Night

See what North West based artists are working on before anyone else. Local artists will share short work-in-progress performances, and ask you, the audience, to give your feedback. The Dukes, Lancaster, 01524598500

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26th-27th

Kendal Model Railway Exhibition

The annual model railway exhibition is back and will be showcasing various railway models. Kendal Model Railway Club, Kendal, www.kendalmrc.org

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