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AUGUST 2013 to FEBRUARY 2014

9 to 14 September

18 to 23 November

BOX OFFICE 0845 127 2190 OR 01298 72190

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Welcome ...to our August 2013 to February 2014 What’s On brochure. Once again, there’s loads to be on the lookout for: •

The Autumn Season is littered with highlight productions, including Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, James & The Giant Peach, the first ever national tour of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, a superb Baroque double-bill from English Touring Opera, and Ready Steady Cook Live!

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There’s also our annual traditional Christmas panto, which this year is Cinderella, starring Jonny Freeman from M.I. High and Sarah Thomas from Last of The Summer Wine

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Our highly-popular New Year’s Eve Gala Concert (again preceded by Dinner in The Octagon for those who want the full-works night-out!) and again featuring our friends from the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, is back for a third year, on 31 December

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The latest addition to our annual festival programme - The Buxton Adventure Festival - premiered in 2012 and presented by Heason Events, is back for a second year

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As ever, there’s loads on offer in our Kaleidoscope Learning & Participation prgramme (see pages 4 & 5), including a packed OctoberFest for youngsters, and three productions (Beauty & The Beast, The Crucible, Alice In Wonderland) by our Kaleidoscope Young Peoples Theatre Companies

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On top of all that, there’s a long list of famous names dropping by over the next 7 months, from The Magic Numbers, Stewart Lee, Gareth Gates, Bill Wyman and Al Murray, to Punt & Dennis, Paul Carrack, Reginald D Hunter, Roger Moore and Paul Merton, among many others!

It certainly looks like one of our best Autumn & Winter programmes ever - so be sure to book early. We look forward to welcoming you to the Opera House & Arts Centre many times! Andrew Aughton, Chief Executive Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre

      

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Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre are operated by High Peak Theatre Trust, a registered charity run on an entirely not-for-profit basis. In order to present the artistic programme and staff the theatre, we rely on our major funders, High Peak Borough Council and Arts Council England (see right), substantial volunteer help (around 200 local people), our earned share of Box Office income, ancillary income such as bar sales, plus around ÂŁ200,000 annual fundraising (from concerts, regular donors, Cash Bonanza members, etc). Thank you if you help or support us in any way. The Theatre Trust is run by a Board of Trustee-Directors and a complement of paid staff and volunteers. The current Board members are: Clive Beattie (Chairman), Dr Beverley Carter Lady Jasmine Cavendish, Elizabeth Hitchin Louise Potter, Carol Prowse, Paul Rooney Keith Savage (nominee of High Peak Borough Council) John Scampion, Rosemary Stafford, Colin Sykes

     

Lady Jasmine Cavendish is also the Patron of the Trust, while Michael Williams and Bob Mulholland are the Vice-Patrons.

High Peak Borough Council has been a funder of the Opera House since 1979. The Council makes an annual grant towards our artistic and operating costs, and also gives financial assistance to the Buxton Festival and International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. The Council is also the owner of the Opera House & the Pavilion Arts Centre, and maintains the fabric of both buildings. The restoration & refurbishments of 1979, 2001 & 2007 were all partnership projects between Council and Trust, with significant funding from both.

Arts Council England has been a funder of the Opera House since 2003, making an annual grant towards our artistic costs, specifically the drama programme. ACE has also previously given financial support to our Live Music Festival, A to Z Festival, Education Officer post & Fringe Seasons, and also made capital grants to the 2001 refurbishment and the Pavilion Arts Centre project.

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BUXTON OPERA HOUSE &PAVILION ARTS CENTRE Young People’s Theatre Companies OctoberFest 2013 We have spaces in most of our companies for the Autumn 2013 term, starting in September, so if you would like to join please contact Jo Eltringham at participation2@boh.org.uk or 01298 72050. Sessions take place in the Pavilion Arts Centre as follows: Mini Theatre (ages 5 to 7):

Sun 9.30am

Junior Theatre (ages 8 to 10):

Sat 9.30am or Sun 11am

Intermediate Theatre (ages 11 to 13):

Sat 11.30am or Mon 4.30pm

Youth Theatre (ages 14 to 18):

Mon 7pm or Tues 7pm

Fees are payable half-termly. Weekly session fees are £5 Mini, £6 Junior, £8 Intermediate & Youth. To get a flavour of what it’s like to be in our Young People’s Companies, why not come and see one of our Autumn productions: Beauty & The Beast (Youth Theatre in October), The Crucible (Intermediate Theatre in November) or Alice in Wonderland (Junior Theatre in December)?

We will be opening our doors wide once again to children & families during this October half term (26 Oct to 3 Nov) for another mouthwatering selection of workshops and performances. Look out for our OctoberFest brochure, available early in September, with half a dozen brilliant shows plus workshops from as little as £3.50! This year also sees the return of our ever popular Spooky Sleepover in the Opera House - always a popular sell-out, so book early! Plus workshops in music, drama, magic, costume design, make-up, singing...and another Roller Rave in The Octagon!

Arts Club Our adult Arts Club has been going from strength to strength over the past two years. Come and enjoy the opportunity to be creative with arts professionals, in a series of workshops lead by local visual artists – without the clearing up after! Whether you’re a budding artist yourself, a complete beginner or enjoy the therapeutic side of the arts – Kaleidoscope Arts Club is for you.

Beanbag Stories Beanbag Stories provides a chance for your cheeky monkeys to get lost in their imaginations. Led by our Kaleidoscope team, the sessions encourage your child to learn through storytelling and discover new worlds, far off kingdoms and set sail on the seven seas! We aim to nurture your child’s speaking and listening skills, improve concentration and most of all raise you and your toddlers’ spirits with lots of giggles! So come and experience the stories, sounds and songs of Beanbag Stories – creative play for shufflebottoms and babies! We meet once a month on Tuesdays from 11.15am to 12noon. The Autumn 2013 dates are: 10 Sept, 22 Oct, 12 Nov, 17 Dec. Tickets from the Box Office.

So if you are free in the day and want to learn more about the expressive arts then try something new with Arts Club! We meet every other Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Pavilion Arts Centre. The Autumn 2013 dates are 10 Sept, 24 Sept, 22 Oct, 5 Nov, 19 Nov, 3 Dec & 17 Dec. Sessions are £5, payable on the door.

Young Drama Panel The YDP is Kaleidoscope’s reviewers’ group for GCSE and A-Level students (ages 13 to 18). Drama Panel members attend several drama productions (for free!) which includes a pre-show workshop, discussion over interval drinks and (usually) an after-show talk with members of the company – all the help you need to write your review. Simple! Never written a review before? – not a problem. We’ll give you plenty of tips, and we’ll encourage you to express your thoughts in whatever format you choose!

This Autumn, why not try something new with our Kaleidoscope Lunchtime Choir, for beginners and more experienced singers alike! Led by Local Vocal’s teacher, Carol Bowns, it’s a great chance to sing in a group some choir classics, your favourite hymns as well as pop and folk songs. Buxton Opera House & Buxton Festival have teamed up to provide this great opportunity to try something new, every other Tuesday in the Pavilion Arts Centre at 1pm to 2pm. The Autumn 2013 dates are: 17 Sept, 1 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov, 26 Nov, 10 Dec. Tickets are £3.50 available at the Box Office or on the door. Said Carol: “It’ll be as varied as an African lullaby or a Caribbean round one minute, and a 60s pop song, some gospel or something classical the next!”

We also do: Jump Dance Week • EasterFest • Schools Workshops • Puppet Festival Workshops • Work Experience • and more!

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Opera House Sunday 18 August 7.30pm London Festival Opera presents

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA London Festival Opera return after their hugely popular summer shows in 2010 and 2011 with a brand new Night at the Opera production accompanied by a select chamber ensemble, with costumed highlights from The Magic Flute (Mozart’s final opera, containing some of his most enchanting characters and music), followed by celebrated arias and ensembles from Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Offenbach and Gilbert & Sullivan. LFO brings together artists from the major British companies including the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, along with exceptional singers from the new, younger ranks of British opera. Join them for an evening of great music, superb singing, drama, humour and sumptuous costumes in a performance for connoisseurs and newcomers alike. ‘Opera as near perfection as you could get it’ – The Sunday Telegraph Tickets: £18, £20 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Pavilion Arts Centre Thursday 22 August 7.30pm London Contemporary Theatre presents

AS YOU LIKE IT Join us for music, verse and laughter in Shakespeare’s summer comedy treat As You Like It. Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando. When she is banished from the court by her usurping uncle, Duke Frederick, Rosalind takes on the appearance of a boy calling herself Ganymede. She travels with her cousin Celia to the Forest of Arden, where her father and his friends live in exile like Robin Hood and his merry men. New friends are made and families are reunited as they meet the extravagant characters of the forest. Free after-show Q&A with the company in the Stalls. Tickets: £12 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1 off JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

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Opera House Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 August 7.30pm Matinee: Saturday 2.30pm Present Company presents its 25th Anniversary production of Jerry Herman’s

HELLO DOLLY! It is 50 years since Dolly first said Hello! to an adoring public prior to a triumphant Broadway run of 2,844 performances, and 25 years since Present Company first performed on the Opera House stage. After 2000’s Mack & Mabel and 2004’s La Cage Aux Folles, Present Company is delighted to complete the trio of Herman masterpieces with his greatest triumph. Dolly Levi, matchmaker par excellence, employs all her wiles to secure a new husband for herself, turning New York upside down in the process, and bringing romance and joy to everyone she meets.

Hailed for his glamorous and hilarious interpretation of Albin in La Cage… Richard Potts takes up the challenge of following in the footsteps of such legendary figures as Carol Channing, Barbara Streisand & Danny La Rue. Hello, Dolly!, It Only Takes a Moment, Put On Your Sunday Clothes, It Takes a Woman, Before the Parade Passes By and So Long, Dearie! – enjoy these razzle-dazzle numbers and more from Jerry Herman’s up-beat and magnificent score! Present Company uses professional principals & orchestra with a non-professional chorus. Tickets: £14.50, £16.50, £18.50 (eves), £13, £15, £17 (matinee) Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): ½ price Wed, £2 off all other perfs. Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 7

Opera House Sunday 25 August 7.30pm

Opera House Monday 26 August 7.30pm

DUTCH SWING COLLEGE BAND

Murder One presents

This world-famous group of young and vibrant musicians excels in keeping alive the exciting music of the DSC Band. With a unique stage show, the highest musical standards and seven of the finest jazz musicians anywhere, this band is quite outstanding. The repertoire includes traditional favourites, some fine originals, touches of Latin and Creole, some Ellington and Basie tunes, all coupled with a true sense of genius – created by musicians who blend together, play in any key, at any tempo, and have a great sense of dynamics.

Pavilion Arts Centre Friday 23 August 6pm London Contemporary Theatre presents

AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS Based on the book by Jules Verne Join us for some music, puppetry and a lot of laughter as Phileas Fogg wagers a bet that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Little does he know about the epic journey that he is about to undertake. With his faithful French servant, Passepartout, Fogg goes on the adventure of a lifetime, travelling across four continents by whatever means he can – train, elephant, steamship and even balloon! The Queen has twenty quid riding on him – what will you wager on this feast of comedy delight? Suitable for ages 4 to 144. Tickets: £12 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1 off JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

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Opera House Sunday 25 August 1.30pm Monday 26 August 11am & 2pm

ROOM ON THE BROOM ‘How the cat purred & how the witch grinned As they sat on their broomstick & flew through the wind’ Adapted for the stage from the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler – a spellbinding musical adventure for children aged 3 & over from the creators of The Gruffalo! The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night. With the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog, her belongings are retrieved. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK! – it snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

The DSC Band has been touring to the UK since 1970, and this 2013 line-up has reached new heights of musical brilliance and presentation. They visit Buxton as part of their summer 2013 festival & concert tour – with the promise that every audience wins when they’re in town: not only is the music fantastic but both musicians and audience have a ball at each and every performance. Tickets: £16, £18 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

RECONSTRUCTING MURDER - A MURDER MYSTERY EVENING A welcome return to Buxton (we presented the event under its previous title – Murder Two Night – in August 2005) for the critically-acclaimed company Murder One for a classic evening of murder and mayhem – an interactive entertainment like no other A young woman, last seen in the vicinity of Buxton Opera House, has dramatically disappeared. Police are holding a reconstruction of her last known movements and alongside members of her family are pleading for you to become involved in the hope that you can solve this intriguing mystery. However, skeletons tumbling from the family closet mean events take an unexpected twist as the action moves from the stage into the auditorium, foyer and bar. This will be your chance to meet the suspects up close and personal to uncover the true facts behind a smokescreen of lies. But beware – one of the family is out to prove that blood is thicker than water... The evening lasts till after 10pm (when we unmask the culprit!!), and you will be moving between the various levels of the theatre, interrogating suspects. The show contains adult themes and language, and is not recommended for under 16s. Tickets: £17.50 No discounts

Tickets: £12 Family Tickets: £44 (4 people incl at least 2 children) or £33 (3 people incl at least 1 child). Children’s groups of 10 or more: £8.50 (1 adult free per 10 childen)

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Opera House Tuesday 27 August 7.30pm

MOTOWN’S GREATEST HITS - HOW SWEET IT IS The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown is back by popular demand! Now in its 11th year, this stunning 100% live show combines first-class music with the slickest choreography and an amazing band to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have! This show will have you Dancing On The Ceiling, featuring songs from legendary artists such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many, many more. So Get Ready…to Go Loco…Down in Acapulco! The UK’s Number 1 Motown production is guaranteed to have you dancing All Night Long! Tickets: £17.50, £19.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Opera House Wednesday 28 August 7.30pm

IN DREAMS - A TRIBUTE TO ROY ORBISON In Dreams continues to sell out venues year after year, proving that the demand for the music of rock & roll’s greatest stars is very much alive. The show pays the ultimate tribute to musical icons Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly by devoting a whole evening to their memory and their music. Hear all of your favourite hits: Only The Lonely, It’s Over, Crying, Wake Up Little Suzie, Peggy Sue, Pretty Woman, Cathy’s Clown and Rave On…all in over two hours of non-stop hits! With stars from the West End and internationally acclaimed singers, these moving and accurate portrayals of this trio of legends have been seen at almost every theatre and concert halls in the UK & Europe. Together with backing band The Rockets, they will have you singing your most loved tunes, stomping your feet and shouting for more! Tickets: £16.50, £18.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

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Opera House Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 August 7.30pm Matinee: Saturday 2.30pm ID Plays presents

A MURDER HAS BEEN ARRANGED By Emlyn Williams A Murder Has Been Arranged is a terrifying edge-ofthe-seat thriller, set in 1930s London, which is certain to enthral with its mysterious power and intricate story-line. Sir Charles Jasper, an eccentric who delves into the occult, is due to inherit two million pounds on his birthday and plans to celebrate the occasion with a party on the stage of the St. James Theatre. But the theatre is supposedly haunted because of several mysterious deaths many years ago, and if Sir Charles

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should die before the clock strikes eleven, his nephew, Maurice Mullins, will inherit the vast fortune. To cap it all, legend says that a murder once committed at the theatre will one day be solved when a mute woman appears on stage to reveal the killer… The cast may be subject to change. Tickets: £13, £15, £17 Discounts: Senior Citizens: £10 (matinee only), £1.50 off all other perfs (not Dress Circle). Groups of 8 or more/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle) JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle) Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): ½ price Thurs, £2 off all other perfs. Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83) 11

Opera House Sunday 1 September 7.30pm

Opera House Monday 2 & Tuesday 3 September 7.30pm Michael Friend Productions presents

IMPROBABLE FICTION By Alan Ayckbourn Six aspiring authors meet on a winter’s evening to discuss their work…writers of romances and children’s literature who are struggling to start, a crime writer who can’t stop, plus a creator of science fiction, a librettist without a musical partner and the Writers’ Circle chairman, who produces instruction booklets. Before long, their various stories start to interweave, and it gets difficult to distinguish fiction from real life… Sharp comedy and affectionate satire characterise this zany, imaginative play, which premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough in 2005 and toured nationally the following year.

THE BOHEMIANS - A NIGHT OF QUEEN Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon & Roger Taylor formed Queen in 1971. In the next two decades, the band released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs. It is estimated that they have sold around 300 million albums, making them not only one of rock’s ultimate superstar bands, but also one of the most successful.

‘With a web of spoof sci-fi characters, a policeman that any crime writer would be proud to disown, a damsel in distress, and the abduction of Arnold's mother-in-law by aliens, there's no shortage of storylines to be enjoyed here’ – The Independent

Opera House Saturday 7 September 7.30pm

Opera House Saturday 7 September 10.30am

The International Brotherhood of Magicians presents

The International Brotherhood of Magicians presents

SOOTY’S MAGIC SHOW

A GALA OF MAGIC & VARIETY

As part of the IBM’s four-day national convention (their 77th!), being held in Buxton this year, CITV’s ever-popular Richard Cadell joins the legendary Sooty, Sweep and Soo, plus a host of children’s magical entertainers from around the UK to amaze, enthral and entertain the youngsters of Buxton and beyond, and their families!

If you think you’ve seen the best of magic and illusion on the telly, then think again! – it’s all here on stage tonight as part of the IBM’s gala night to close their 4-day Buxton convention. Before your very eyes, you will witness the very best in stage illusion from star magicians from the USA and Spain, plus some of our own top UK entertainers – all of whom will leave you well and truly amazed!

Tickets: Adults £8.50, Children £6.50

Tickets: £17, £19 No discounts

Tickets: £15 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.25 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.75 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

A Night of Queen was established in 1996, and re-enacts the band’s glory days, from the crazy 70s to the magical 80s. The Bohemians are the most dynamic and exciting Queen tribute band currently touring the UK, Europe and the world. Standing ovations greet their performances, with full staging, lighting, backdrops, pyrotechnics and outstanding vocals and musicianship, as The Bohemians recreate Queen live in concert. It’s an experience to remember! Tickets: £16.50, £18.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 12

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Opera House Sunday 8 September 7.30pm

Opera House Tuesday 17 September 7.30pm

ACCESS ALL ARIAS

COLIN FRY

From the team behind the immensely popular Beyond The Barricade, Access All Arias is a unique blend of the classical stage and famous musicals, exquisitely sung by sensational West End stars, Helen Hobson (Mamma Mia, Cats, Blood Brothers), Sarah Ryan (Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty & The Beast) and Sarah Eyden of The Swingle Singers.

Back in Buxton for the third time, and always a popular visitor with audiences who enjoy the best in mediumship, Colin Fry – of television’s Sixth Sense, Psychic Private Eyes, The Three Mediums and Colin Fry Live fame – is one of the most celebrated psychic mediums in the UK today. Don’t miss him as he delivers messages of love and comfort in his brand new show.

Singing (with a live band) their own arrangements of popular arias from Puccini to Boublil & Schoenberg, and breaking the boundaries of the classical crossover world with their own unique sound, Access All Arias is high class entertainment with plenty of personality during a totally live show.

Be stunned by Colin’s breathtaking accuracy and compassion in this all-new show, as he conducts an evening of intimate communication with your loved ones.

Previously appearing with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Access All Arias is embarking on its first nationwide tour which will delight music lovers everywhere. If you loved Barricade… then Access All Arias is definitely the show for you! Tickets: £19, £21 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £2 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

We are asked to point out that evenings of mediumship are not scientifically proven and are presented for education and entertainment purposes only.

Pavilion Arts Centre Saturday 14 September 7.30pm

ALBERT LEE & HOGAN’S HEROES Albert Lee, one of the world’s finest guitar-players, needs no introduction to country music and rock fans. He has worked with some of the world's top artists, from Emmylou Harris to The Everly Brothers and Dolly Parton to Eric Clapton. In 2002, at Clapton’s request, Albert appeared at the starstudded Memorial Concert for George Harrison at London's Albert Hall, and was featured alongside Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and Eric Clapton at Eric’s 2007 and 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival. He is also a member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, and fronted the band at the O2 Arena on the night of the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion concert. Albert is a double Grammy award-winner, whose talents continue to be in demand throughout the world. Appearing with him are Hogan’s Heroes, a multi-talented band featuring some of the UK’s top musicians including Gerry Hogan, Peter Baron, Brian Hodgson & Gavin Povey. Tickets: £18, £20 No discounts

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Opera House Sunday 15 September 7.30pm Ballet Theatre UK presents

FRENCH CAN CAN

Tickets: £17.50, £19.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Following in the footsteps of the world-famous Moulin Rouge and Follies Bergere, French Can Can is a critically acclaimed spectacular that celebrates the elegance of Paris and the high-kicking glamour of the city’s most famous dance routine! The show recreates the bohemian world of Toulouse-Lautrec as the perfect backdrop for this lavish musical adventure, featuring an international cast of beautiful and talented dancers and music hall performers with glittering stage sets and over sixty hand-crafted costumes, all played out against the sound of Offenbach's famous Can Can melody, combined with a beautifully romantic Parisian score. The French Can Can dancers perform the breathtaking traditional choreography as well as dazzling new dance routines created especially for this production. In true French burlesque tradition, the performance delivers style, energy and that certain je ne sais quoi! Tickets: £16.50, £18.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 15

Opera House Monday 9 to Saturday 14 September 7.30pm Matinees: Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY Seen by over 22 million people worldwide, this sensational multi-award-winning West End show returns to Buxton Opera House. Forget feel good…Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is feelgreat! Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and many many more, this show is just Peggy Sue-perb! Tickets: £19.50 (Mon eve & Thurs mat), £17.50, £22.50, £27.50 (Tues to Thurs eves & Sat mat), £19.50, £24.50, £29.50 (Fri & Sat eves). Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £2.50 off (not Dress Circle, not Sat eve). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle, not Sat eve). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £3 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

‘The AudienCe go AbsoluTely CrAzy. iT's The show you'll never forgeT’ - dAily MAil ‘Joyous! i love This show’ - sundAy express ‘This show is An AbsoluTe MusT. if you hAven’T seen iT yeT, buy your TiCkeT now!’ - The sun @buddythemusical

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Opera House Wednesday 18 September 7.30pm

KATE RUSBY Of all the stars in the folk music firmament, few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. A remarkable interpretive singer, her soulful vocals resonate with wistful beauty. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction – no matter how old or how modern – she has that rare ability to transport her audience, of touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination. The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resort to compromise. Rusby’s wondrous singing and hugely engaging Yorkshire wit and the intuitive support of her band, drawn from the cream of British folk musicians, ensure that her audiences are treated to a truly unforgettable concert experience. ‘Kate is loved & respected, not just for her voice, but for moving folk forward while remaining true to tradition’ – Sunday Times Tickets: £24 Discounts: Children 16 or under: £15 Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1 off

Opera House Thursday 19 September 7.30pm

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London Classic Theatre presents

ROY ‘CHUBBY’ BROWN

BETRAYAL

He’s still rude, he’s still crude and this time he’s turning headlines into punch lines as his rip-roaring brand of banter continues to burst bellies across the country. Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views – sailing so close to the wind that even the most seasoned of fans will be left gobsmacked!

Betrayal begins after the end of the affair, and pursues an intricate, gripping journey back to its very beginning. In a brilliant device, time is turned upside down as the play charts significant events in reverse. A ruthless exploration of the complexity of the human heart, Betrayal is Pinter’s most accessible work, enthralling and provocatively layered. For ages 14 & over.

As politically incorrect as ever ‘The World’s Most Outrageous Comedian’ is far too rude for TV, so this live performance is the only place to catch him in his natural environment. The show contains strong language and adult material. If easily offended please stay away!

SCHOOLS WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE: Contact participation@boh.org.uk or 01298 72050

Tickets: £19, £21 No discounts

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Opera House Friday 20 & Saturday 21 September 7.30pm Matinee: Saturday 2.30pm

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By Harold Pinter

Emma is married to Robert, a publisher. But for seven years, she has been having an affair with Jerry, a literary agent and Robert’s best friend.

Free after-show Q&A on Fri 20 with the company in the Stalls. Tickets: £12.50, £14.50, £16.50 Discounts: Senior Citizens: £10 (matinee only), £1.50 off all other perfs (not Dress Circle). Groups of 8 or more/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle) JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle) Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

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Opera House Sunday 22 September 7.30pm

Opera House Tuesday 24 September 7.30pm

Opera House Wednesday 25 September 7.30pm

Opera House Thursday 26 September 7.30pm

THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN

Sell A Door Theatre Company presents

THE DRIFTERS

THE STONES

2013 marks the 60th Anniversary of The Drifters and in celebration they present The Diamond Dynasty Tour, featuring the current line-up of Pierre Herelle, Michael Williams, Ryan King and Carlton Powell, who were Sony Gold Disc winners in 2012. This incredible worldwide tour visits the UK, Europe, Asia, America, South Africa and Australia to enable their fans to enjoy their incredible music and success in this very special year.

The Rolling Stones are quite possibly the greatest rock band in history. They have sold over 200 million albums, with hits such as Satisfaction, Start Me Up, Paint It Black, Not Fade Away, Get Off My Cloud, Let’s Spend The Night Together, Time Is On My Side, I Wanna Be Your Man, Honky Tonk Women, and Jumping Jack Flash to name but a few.

From the North Pole to Sydney Opera House, via Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, the ‘Ukes’ are touring planet Earth with their hilarious, foot-stomping, toe-tapping, all-singing, all-plucking obituary of rock & roll and melodious light entertainment. You'll hear music you love and music you 'simply didn't get' transformed into a joyous, headlong stream of musical sound and delight, featuring only 'bonsai guitars', a menagerie of voices and warm personalities. A world tour with only hand luggage! From the first sold out concert in 1985 to the current world tour, the Ukes have been ‘turning the world on’ to the ukulele. They have online clips with millions of views, CD and DVD sales in the hundreds of thousands and sold out shows around the world. They're independent, anarchic, funny, virtuosic, thought provoking and mind boggling. They have sixteenhandedly changed the face of the ukulele world. Today there are thousands of ukulele orchestras, but it all started here – the original and the best, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain! Tickets: £19, £21 No discounts

GHOSTS By Henrik Ibsen From the company who brought you A Taste Of Honey and Lord of the Flies. Helen Alving is trapped in a world where the ‘dead ideas’ preached by Pastor Manders rule outright, and her own family’s insidious legacy threatens scandal. She is desperately trying to conceal her husband’s philandering past by building an orphanage in his name, under the pastor’s guiding hand. But the celebrated return of her estranged son Oswald brings Helen’s ghosts back to haunt her, and all hopes of success are reduced to ashes. Though penned in 1881, it is not hard for us to see the parallels in our own society of today: the pious leaders of the past replaced with our own custodians of the status quo, and money their new religion. For ages 10 & over. SCHOOLS WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE: Contact participation@boh.org.uk or 01298 72050

Including songs such as Under The Boardwalk, Saturday Night At The Movies, Up On The Roof, Kissin’ In The Back Row, Come On Over To My Place, More Than A Number In My Little Red Book and many more from The Drifters’ vast back catalogue, all performed to a live band, The Diamond Dynasty Tour promises to be the best yet! Tickets: £23, £25 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £2.25 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.75 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Tickets: £15.50, £17.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Free after-show Q&A with the company in the Stalls. Tickets: £14 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.25 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.75 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

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Now The Stones bring to the stage all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert. The greatest tribute band in the world pays tribute to the greatest rock band in the world, in a show so close to the original that you will simply not believe your eyes or your ears!

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Opera House Sunday 29 September 7.30pm

Opera House Friday 27 & Saturday 28 September 7.30pm Matinee: Saturday 2.30pm

TENORS UN LIMITED

Rumpus Theatre Company presents

THE RIPPER FILES! By John Goodrum

- THE RAT PACK OF OPERA Mark Homer Eastenders

Jennifer Biddall Hollyoaks

Tenors Un Limited, also known as The Rat Pack of Opera, are excited to be touring the UK (and visiting Buxton!) again with a beautiful evening of soaring melody and stunning vocal harmony. Their clever combination of opera classics and modern day favourites gives you a show full of passion, humour and a love for what they do. Scott, Paul and Jem’s 10th anniversary tour will include songs from their previous albums Brand New Day and Viva La Vita as well as material from their upcoming album. Encompassing the best from Bizet to Puccini, Bublé to Bocelli, this eclectic mix of songs is sure to have something for everyone. Whether your favourite is Nessun Dorma, Come What May, O Sole Mio, You Raise Me Up, Caro Mio Ben, Volare or Time to Say Goodbye, this is an evening not to miss as the ‘21st Century Tenors’ take you on a fabulous musical journey. ‘Tenors with attitude & a strong sense of fun…with this level of stage presence, their show is sure to be a massive hit with any audience’ – The Stage Tickets: £19, £21 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £2 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

A spine-tingling new whodunit based on the world’s most famous case. Charles William Lestrange was a newly promoted detective inspector in the Metropolitan Police, just transferred to H Division in Whitechapel, when the Autumn of Terror, as it came to be known, reached its grizzly height. Now, thirteen years later, and ably assisted by Samuel Edwards and Miss Elsie Fordham, rising star of the music hall stage, Lestrange rehearses again for your titillation and delight those ghoulish events in Victorian Whitechapel which have been a source of universal fascination since the 1880s... The Ripper Files! stars Mark Homer, familiar to audiences from his role as Tony Hills in Eastenders, Jennifer Biddall (Hollyoaks, Footballers Wives Extra Time) and National Theatre actor David Gilbrook, who reprises his acclaimed performance as Inspector Charles Lestrange. With a deliciously wicked sting in the tail, The Ripper Files! is a worthy successor to a long line of Rumpus chillers. 22

‘Magnificent...this unusual whodunnit gripped like steel. I literally jumped out of my seat. It wouldn’t look out of place on any West End stage’ – Thanet Gazette For ages 12 & over. Free after-show Q&A on Fri 27 with the company in the Stalls. Tickets: £13, £15, £17 Discounts: Senior Citizens: £10 (matinee only), £1.50 off all other perfs (not Dress Circle). Groups of 8 or more/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle) JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle) Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

Opera House Monday 30 September 7.30pm

VAMPIRES ROCK Celebrating its 10th year of fangtastic, blood-sucking rock ‘n’ roll, Vampires Rock, one of the most popular and fun-filled nights in our annual calendar, is back in Buxton. Steve Steinman once again excels as the supremely evil Baron Von Rockula, owner of the Live and Let Die club. In search of a new bride, the Baron must convince the unsuspecting Pandora, who auditions for the new singing position, to cross over to the dark side and live for ever in Rock ‘n’ Roll Hell! Along with Steve Steinman’s phenomenal voice, a full cast of superb singers, dancers and formidable band blast their way through some of the greatest ever rock anthems, including We Will Rock You, Bat Out of Hell, Highway To Hell, Since You’ve Been Gone, Sweet Child Of Mine, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Devil Gate Drive, I Love Rock n Roll, Poison and many more. All teamed with an amazing stage set and pyrotechnics to blow your mind, this is a rock spectacular not to be missed! Tickets: £22.50, £24.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £2.25 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.75 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

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Pavilion Arts Centre Wednesday 2 October 7.30pm

Pavilion Arts Centre Thursday 3 October 7.30pm

PAUL DANIELS

THE MAGIC NUMBERS

In the world of television magic, no-one has enjoyed more success than Paul Daniels. From the moment he burst onto our screens in the 70s, his magic shows topped the ratings. He is quite possibly the most successful TV magician of the 20th century, and has become a true magical legend. Come and see his brand new show where he will perform a selection of his favorite illusions and a number of new tricks never performed in public before. He will be joined, as ever, by his regular assistant, the lovely Debbie McGee, for a show full of magic, comedy and amazement.

Opera House Wednesday 2 October 7.30pm

Opera House Tuesday 1 October 7.30pm

GOTTA SING, GOTTA DANCE After two successful UK tours, Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance is back with a stunning new show for 2013. Featuring two hours of spectacular song and dance numbers from stage and screen, Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance invites you on an exhilarating journey through the wonderful world of musical theatre. Join the full company of West End singers and dancers, plus a superb live band, as they take a journey from the MGM movie musicals of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, through stage classics like Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérables and Oliver! to the latest West End smash-hits such as Wicked, Jersey Boys, Hairspray and many more. An unforgettable night at the musicals. ‘Two and a half hours of pure delight’ – Whats On Stage Tickets: £23, £25 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled/JSA/Income Support/Students/Children/Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks: £2 off (not Dress Circle) 24

MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers from both inside and beyond the folk scene. Dave Swarbrick first came to prominence as a young instrumental virtuoso in the Ian Campbell Folk Group. Having worked alongside other musicians such as Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, Beryl and Roger Marriott and A. L. Lloyd, he teamed up with Martin Carthy in 1966.

‘Full of fun and entertainment. As sharp as ever. A must‘ – Whatsonstage.com ’A masterclass in illusion and stagecraft‘ – The Herald Tickets: £16.50, £18.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

- ACOUSTIC TOUR 2013 One of the UK’s best-loved bands embarks on its first ever acoustic tour, playing in the intimate surroundings of some of most beautiful theatres, churches and live music venues across the UK and Ireland. Alongside all the old favourites, the band will be premiering new material from their upcoming fourth album, the as-yet-untitled follow-up to their third (2010’s The Runaway), expected early next year. Prepare to fall in love with The Magic Numbers all over again and if you haven't yet had the pleasure, take a chance! Plus support: Goldheart Assembly. James Dale & John Herbert with tracks from their second album, Long Distance Song Effects. Tickets: £16 No discounts

This remarkable pairing played an important part in the shake-up of British folk music in the mid to late 60s. Their experienced approach to their art lacks none of the fervour of their early days, and brings a maturity born of many years living with the music that is an integral part of their beings. ‘Carthy is arguably the greatest English folk song performer of them all!’ – Q Magazine ‘Swarbrick is a revelation, as instinctively sympathetic and wickedly inspirational as he ever was’ – fRoots Tickets: £15, £17 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

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Opera House Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 October 7.30pm Matinee: Saturday 2.30pm

Pavilion Arts Centre Studio Saturday 5 October 8pm

BRIAN APPLETON’S HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 3 DARTS

The John Godber Company & Theatre Royal Wakefield presents

Brian Appleton, Selly Oak’s most bitter man-rock musicologist and part-time lecturer in Media Studies, takes to the road with a brand new tour, after a lengthy absence. Brian is the creation of Graham Fellows – the man behind comedy legend John Shuttleworth and Goole concreter Dave Tordoff. Brian Appleton’s History of Rock’n’Roll was made into a BBC Radio 4 series. Brian will be looking into some major historical moments and characters and providing answers that even Terry Deary can’t fathom! As well as performing some of his greatest hits like My Turn To Be Poorly – the song that inspired Morrisey to create The Smiths. ‘An inspired creation...Spinal Tap watch your back’ – The Irish Times Tickets: £12 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1 off JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Opera House Sunday 6 October 7.30pm

TIDESWELL MALE VOICE CHOIR & THE MILITARY WIVES CHOIR The increasingly popular Derbyshire chorus, Tideswell Male Voice Choir, under their director Dennis Kay, visit the Opera House for the eighth year running, this year returning (after their 2012 sell-out) with the Military Wives Choir as their special guests. The Military Wives Choir was formed at two army bases in Devon – the Royal Marines base, Chivenor, and the Royal Citadel, Plymouth, as part of Gareth Malone’s BBC TV series The Choir and achieved the coveted 2011 Christmas No.1 spot with their hit Wherever You Are. Their latest album, Stronger Together, was released in November last year and is the latest step in the Military Wives’ remarkable journey. Don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear the men of Tideswell MVC, and the Military Wives, live in Buxton.

A biting, witty modern comedy from the writer of Bouncers, Perfect Pitch and The Debt Collectors. Join Gail, Hobby & Salty, three 5th form students who, through their end of term play, tell the hilarious story of an idealistic new teacher in his perilous first days at a local comprehensive. The three cast members effortlessly transform into a vast array of characters, including teachers, dinner ladies, students, an obstructive caretaker and of course, the school bully. ‘Bloody funny and top of the class’ – Whats On Stage

Free after-show Q&A on Fri 4 with the company in the Stalls. Tickets: £13, £15, £17 Discounts: Senior Citizens: £10 (matinee only), £1.50 off (not Dress Circle) all other perfs. Groups of 8 or more/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle) JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle) Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): ½ price Thurs, then £2 off Fri & Sat. Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

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Tickets: £26 No discounts

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Pavilion Arts Centre Sunday 6 October 7.30pm

Opera House Monday 7 October 7.30pm

Opera House Tuesday 8 October 7.30pm

Seabright Productions present

Moscow Ballet – La Classique presents

ERIC & LITTLE ERN

SLEEPING BEAUTY

LES MCKEOWN & THE BAY CITY ROLLERS

A moving, affectionate and fantastically funny homage to the greatest comedy double act that Britain has ever seen. Creators and performers, seasoned stage and TV actors Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens vividly bring back the warm memories of a bygone era, recreating some of the finest moments of Morecambe & Wise’s TV and stage performances. Some of the most cherished moments from the archives sit alongside new material, together making a brilliant comedy that recreates the all-ages appeal of Morecambe & Wise in their heyday. ‘A hugely funny & touching homage to the great Morecambe & Wise. Terrific show’ – James Bolam Tickets: £14, £16 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.50 off JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous music fills the air and wondrous characters come to life before your very eyes. Fairytale characters abound alongside a King, a Queen, good and evil fairies, fairies of gold, silver, diamonds and sapphire plus the inevitable handsome Prince. All weave their magic in this timeless tale. Moscow Ballet - La Classique have been regular and popular visitors to the Opera House over the years, and never fail to delight audiences young and old alike with the colourful spectacle of their magnificent performances. Tickets: £17, £21, £25 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £2 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Opera House Supporter

In 1974 the pop world witnessed a new phenomenon the like of which had not been seen since the days of Elvis and The Beatles. The music of The Bay City Rollers became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers growing up in the mid 70s. The face and voice of that soundtrack belonged to Les McKeown. With Les leading the way, the band’s singles and albums shot to Number One all over the globe. Hits such as Bye Bye Baby, Shang A Lang, Summer Love Sensation and Give A Little Love propelled the band to world-wide superstardom and their trademark Scottish tartan was everywhere! Tonight’s show is a celebration of those hectic days of hit songs, touring, TV shows and the behind-thescenes pandemonium that followed the band everywhere they went. All the hit songs are there and audiences are promised a fantastic night of fun and nostalgia as they take a trip back to those days of growing up to the sounds of The Bay City Rollers. Tickets: £17.50, £19.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Opera House Wednesday 9 October 7.30pm Broadway Theatre & Cutting The Strings presents

CISSIE & ADA Cissie & Ada, the immortal comic characters created by the late, great Les Dawson (aided and abetted by Roy Barraclough), grace the theatre stage for the first time in this hilarious new play. Written by playwright Graham Warrener in collaboration with original scriptwriter Terry Ravenscroft, Cissie and Ada revisits the story and the culture behind the side-splitting sketches and that of BBC Light Entertainment in the 80s, as well as bringing Dawson and Barraclough's comedy genius back to life. Two former Coronation Street favourites Eric Potts (Diggory) and Steven Arnold (Ashley) join Steve Nallon (famous as the voice of Mrs Thatcher on Spitting Image) in this hilarious new show. Tickets: £17 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

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Opera House Thursday 10 October 7.30pm Opera & Ballet International presents The Chisinau National Opera & National Philharmonic in Verdi’s

Opera House Saturday 12 October 7.30pm

Opera House Friday 11 October 7.30pm Blackeyed Theatre presents Directed by Ellen Kent, and starring international soloists, this brand new production of the grandest of all operas brings the dusty plains and dramatic grandeur of ancient Egypt to the stage in Verdi’s classic tale of war, jealousy and revenge, at whose heart is the doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, and the Egyptian hero, Radames. With opulent sets and costumes and full orchestra, this traditional production is as stunning visually as it is musically, featuring some of the greatest music Verdi left as his legacy to the world, with the much-loved arias Celest Aida, Ritorna Vincitor and the great chorus piece the Triumphal March. Sung in Italian with English surtitles (please note: surtitles may not be visible from some seats – check when booking). ‘This glittering opera is truly spectacular, with one of the most imposing sets you will see on an operatic stage’ – Manchester Evening News Tickets: £21, £30, £33, £36 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £3.25 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £3.75 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 30

DRACULA The time is 1897. Mankind is on the cusp of vast technological change, scientific mastery and media innovation. As Dracula’s shadow looms large over England, a small group of young men and women, lead by Professor Van Helsing, are locked in a struggle for life itself, where only the fittest will survive. Adapted by John Ginman, this brilliant treatment of Bram Stoker’s adventure blends Victorian Gothic with the contemporary. With specially commissioned live music, powerful ensemble performances and innovative design, Blackeyed’s Dracula promises an exciting and thoughtprovoking theatrical experience. For ages 13 & over. ‘One of the most innovative, audacious companies in contemporary English theatre’ – The Stage Free after-show Q&A with the company in the Stalls. Tickets: £15 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.25 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.75 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

SIXTIES GOLD For lovers of Sixties music, this is the ultimate - and probably never to be repeated! - line-up. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of when it all began. Featuring record-breaking Merseybeat band Gerry & The Pacemakers – the second Liverpool band to chart (after The Beatles), but the first to reach No. 1 and the first act ever to top the charts with their first three singles. Also from Liverpool and tipped to be as big as The Beatles, The Searchers’ first single also went to No. 1 and led to five more Top 5 hits and a total of 128 weeks in the charts. Controversial, ponytailed P.J. Proby, whose trousersplitting moves shocked the nation, was a Melody Maker teen idol award winner in 1964 and spent 91 weeks in the charts. The Fortunes stormed the Top 10 with You’ve Got Your Troubles, Here It Comes Again, Freedom Come Freedom Go and Storm in a Teacup. And finally, Brian Poole and Chip Hawkes – all on stage together! Tickets: £28.50, £30.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £2.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £3.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Opera House Monday 14 October 8pm

STEWART LEE - MUCH A-STEW ABOUT NOTHING Following the sell-out Carpet Remnant World, which toured to Buxton in Autumn 2011, acclaimed writer and comedian Stewart Lee presents a brand new mixed stew of unrelated ideas in preparation for his 2014 TV series. See it live so you can begin the backlash ahead of transmission. ‘He’s the most exciting comedian in the country, bar none’ – The Times ‘More bilious than ever’ – The Guardian ’Marvellously funny: mordant, thoughtful and crafted’ – The Observer ‘About as funny as bubonic plague’ – The Sun May contain strong language. Tickets: £20 No discounts

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Pavilion Arts Centre Friday 18 & Saturday 19 October 7.30pm

Pavilion Arts Centre Sunday 20 October 7.30pm

SECRET LOVE - THE LIFE & MUSIC OF DORIS DAY Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre Company presents

By Laurence Boswell

Opera House Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20 October Wed 1.30pm & 7pm, Thurs 10.30am & 1.30pm, Fri 10.30am & 7pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7pm, Sun 3pm Birmingham Stage Company presents

James lives with Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker – the most revolting Aunts in England. They make him work and slave and never let him play with other children. Then one day he meets a mystical old man who gives him a bag that contains the strongest magic the world has ever known. When James accidentally spills the bag near an old peach tree, the most incredible things start to happen – and James embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with the most amazing group of characters you could ever meet!

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

Birmingham Stage Company proudly presents Roald Dahl’s amazing story, following their acclaimed previous productions of George’s Marvelous Medicine, Horrible Histories and The Jungle Book. If you’re looking for fruitfilled fun and wizzpopping wonders, then don’t miss James – and his Giant Peach! For 7 to 13 year olds & their families.

By Roald Dahl

Tickets: £14.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled/JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: £12.50 (not Dress Circle). School & children’s groups of 10 or more: £9 (1 adult free per 10 children). Family Tickets: £50 (4 people incl at least 2 children) or £37.50 (3 people incl at least 1 child). Opera House Supporter Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £11 Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

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Doris Day has had an extraordinary life encompassing the big band era, Hollywood stardom, financial disaster and domestic tragedy, a TV comeback and tireless campaigning for animal rights. Acclaimed singer and West End actress Claudia Morris has always been inspired by the voice, wisdom and courage of one of Hollywood's best loved figures. In this intimate evening Claudia explores why she's been touched so deeply by the icon she has revered for many years. Expect plenty of laughs, a few tears and some surprises in this celebration of Day's extraordinary music, movies and marriages from one of her most dedicated fans. Accompanied by a live band and with guest appearances from actors portraying key characters in Day's story, Claudia’s account of her idol's journey is an unmissable, heart-warming, toe-tapping show that sheds new light on the true stories behind such hits as Que Sera Sera, Sentimental Journey, It's Magic and Perhaps Perhaps. ‘Passion and clarity delivered with a velvet voice, Claudia lights any stage’ - Sue Marchant, BBC Radio Tickets: £16.50, £18.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

This timeless tale recounts the story of a brave young girl who leaves her beloved, if chaotic, family to discover the mysteries of passion, imagination and love in the glorious palace of the Beast. Our production will take you on a breathtaking journey from the grandeur of 18th century Paris to the bewitching splendour of the Beast’s palace, the house of dreams and secret desires. Performed by the 14 to 18 year olds of our Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre Company, who brought you The Canterbury Tales in 2012, there will be magic, mystery - and, of course, furniture that comes to life! Suitable for ages 11 & over. Tickets: £7 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled/JSA/Income Support/Students/Children/Matcham Cards: £1 off

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Opera House Monday 21 October 7.30pm Theatrical Niche presents

MACBETH

Shakespeare’s supernatural tragedy is presented in a nightmarish new production by Sebastian Rex. The themes of greed and megalomania are showcased in the original Shakespearean language with modern-day additions, as a timeless Macbeth feels the vice-like grip of past sins and the harrowing consequences of murdering sleep. Reality and hallucination merge in this astonishing piece of theatre. ‘This company is one to watch, definitely’ – The Public Reviews SCHOOLS WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE: Contact participation@boh.org.uk or 01298 72050 Free after-show Q&A with the company in the Stalls. Tickets: £13.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.25 off (not Dress Circle) JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle) Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.75 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

Opera House Wednesday 23 October 7.30pm

‘If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!’ – The Today Show

The Reduced Shakespeare Company present

Tickets: £16, £18 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) (REVISED) An irreverent, fast-paced romp through all the Bard’s 37 plays in just 97 minutes, The Complete Works… (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy, clocking up nine years in the West End at the Criterion Theatre. Now it’s been revised for 2013 with the same recycled jokes but in a different order. Join the madcap men in tights for a dose of comedy, history & tragedy that will leave you helpless with laughter!

Opera House Thursday 24 October 7.30pm Opera House Tuesday 22 October 7.30pm A story of love, joy, happiness & heartache endured by Cora and Sean, separated by emigration from each other and their beloved Ireland. Told through music, song & dance, this moving story is a celebration of all things Irish and a unique Irish experience. Featuring original choreography and music, together with Irish classics such as Galway Girl, Irish Rover, Song for Ireland, Danny Boy, Carrickfergus and Ireland’s Call.

THE HOLLIES

Another stunning two-hour show from The Hollies, featuring all their classic hits, including The Air That I Breathe, Carrie Anne, Stop Stop Stop, Bus Stop, Long Cool Woman, Look Through Any Window, I’m Alive, Just One Look On A Carousel, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, plus many more gems in a celebration of all things Hollies. Tickets: £27, £29 No discounts

‘Everyday is St Patricks Day when these guys are in town!’ – BBC Tickets: £20.50, £22.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £2 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

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Pavilion Arts Centre Saturday 26 October 10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm & 3pm

RUSSELL GRANT

LESLEY WATERS

Mimika Theatre presents

Pavilion Arts Centre Thursday 24 October 8pm

RALPH MCTELL - ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD Ralph McTell has enjoyed a 48-year career, and Autumn 2013 sees this quintessential singer-songwriter-guitarist embark on his latest tour, entitled One More For The Road. Ralph’s shows feature beautifully crafted narrative songs, combined with dextrous fingerstyle guitar playing and evocative storytelling, and will of course include the iconic Ivor Novello award-winning Streets of London. Tickets: £19, £21 No discounts

SMALL WORLDS Step inside Mimika’s white canvas dome (which holds just 25 people), erected inside the Arts Centre, and experience this intimate, atmospheric and spellbinding show. Meet five characters - a bug, a young goose, a fox cub, a cat and a six year old girl - and watch their five interweaving stories unfold...stories about journeys big and small, stories about taking that first faltering step into a much bigger world. Small Worlds is a magical and unforgettable piece of visual theatre, fusing digital animation and projection with miniature landscapes, puppets and a highly evocative soundtrack. For children aged 4 to 11. ‘A magical story unfolded through film, visual theatre and puppetry. The wordless production had both the children and adults totally mesmerized’ – Jeffrey Tan, Singapore International Children’s Festival Tickets: £4.50 Maximum of 1 adult per group of children please.

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Opera House Friday 25 & Saturday 26 October 7.30pm

READY, STEADY, COOK LIVE! One of Britain’s most successful TV cookery shows, Ready Steady Cook is coming fresh and live to Buxton Opera House! Star host Russell Grant will introduce TV chef Lesley Waters and a guest television chef to battle out the Green Pepper and Red Tomato kitchen challenge and YOU will get to vote for the winner. You can have the chance to be our special guest and join in the fun on stage by supplying one of the two ingredient bags for the cook off challenge, or the famous Quickie Bag. Visit readysteadycooklive.com for competition entry details.

Perfect for fans of the programme, foodies or those in need of culinary support, the show is ideal for anyone with an appetite for cooking. Watch and learn insider tips and ask the chefs those ‘burning’ questions on preparing a better meal. Will Green Peppers or Red Tomatoes triumph? Book now to decide and vote at Ready Steady Cook Live! Lesley Waters will appear at most venues with an exciting roster of guest chefs including Brian Turner, Kevin Woodford, Nick Nairn and Tony Tobin. Check readysteadycooklive.com to see who will be the TV chef at Buxton. Chefs and guest hosts appear subject to availability. Tickets: £26 No discounts 37

Opera House Sunday 27 October 2.30pm Ballet Cymru presents

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Titania, Queen of The Fairies and Puck, the mischievous messenger, inhabit a supernatural fairy kingdom; Bottom & his ‘rude mechanicals’ are presenting their play, Pyramus & Thisbe; and four lovers, caught in a web of mistaken identity, find their way through the Athenian forest to a joyous reconciliation. Award-winning Ballet Cymru present an outstanding adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless play, featuring Mendelssohn's joyous music, breathtaking performances by some of the finest dancers around, choreography by Artistic Director Darius James and criticallyacclaimed costumes by designer Yvonne Greenleaf. Tickets: £16, £20, £24 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £2 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Pavilion Arts Centre Monday 28 October 2.30pm Mind The Gap presents

TREASURE ISLAND

Opera House Sunday 27 October 8pm

MILTON JONES - ON THE ROAD

For those who missed out on Milton’s sell-out show at the Opera House in January 2013, here he is again – same show, same material, different audience (unless you want to see him again!)

Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic tale, retold by Mike Kenny… with a twist! Hawkins is bored. A long night stretches ahead. Almost as long as the endless shelves that need stacking…

If you like the stuff he’s done on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo or in any of his Radio 4 series then this is the show for you. Featuring his own hilarious drawings, plus, of course, hundreds of his celebrated one-liners!

There be mutiny at Flints! As modern-day and fantasy worlds collide, Flints Supermarket becomes the scene for this classic adventure of Hawkins, Long John Silver, parrots and pirates. Late-night shelf stackers let their imaginations run wild, hiding below decks from the all-controlling security guard, turning the aisles into adventure, carrots into parrots, and cut-loaves into cutlasses! But will they checkout the treasure where eXit marks the spot? Fun for all the family, from cabin lads and lasses to experienced first-mates, in this swash-buckling trolley dash of a show!

Tickets: £21 No discounts

Mind the Gap is an award-winning theatre company that works with learning disabled and non-disabled artists as equals. ‘A show with a broad, infectious grin…it will inspire and excite and leave you with a lump in your throat’ – The Stage review of Stig of the Dump (2011)

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Tickets: Adults £7, Children £6 Family Tickets: £24 (4 people incl at least 2 children) or £18 (3 people incl at least 1 child). Children 2 or under: £2.50 (on parent’s knee) Babies under 12 months: Free (on parent’s knee)

Opera House Monday 28 October 7.30pm

GARETH GATES Multi-million-selling Gareth Gates visits Buxton Opera House for the very first time! The Pop Idol runner-up (to Will Young) of 2002 has made a name for himself in the worlds of major recording (Any One of Us, Spirit In The Sky, Unchained Melody) and musical theatre (Joseph, Les Miserables, Legally Blonde and Loserville). Now 29, Gareth has recently been touring in a concert version of the hit 70s show Boogie Nights and working on new songs for a fourth studio album with his band. With 3 albums, 4 UK Number Ones and almost four million record sales already under his belt, he now visits Buxton with his 4-piece band - and there’s never been a better time to catch him live! Tickets: £20, £22 No discounts

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Pavilion Arts Centre Tuesday 29 October 7.30pm

Opera House Tuesday 29 October 7.30pm Creative Cow presents

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Shakespeare’s epic & delightful comedy is a rollicking tale of marriage, fidelity, trickery and love. The puffed-up & degenerate Sir John Falstaff is seized with the outrageous idea that seducing two of Windsor’s wealthy merry wives will prove his virility and give him access to their money. The assignations are made, but with female cunning and a devilish plot involving their husbands, Falstaff is repeatedly tricked and humiliated... From the company that brought The Rivals and Charley’s Aunt to Buxton in 2012 and ’13. ‘Outstanding ensemble in a flawless production’ – UK Theatre Network Free after-show Q&A with the company in the Stalls. Tickets: £15 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.25 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.75 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83) 40

Opera House Wednesday 30 October 2pm Blunderbus Theatre Company presents

ERIC BIBB

HOW TO CATCH A STAR

Eric Bibb’s new album Deeper In The Well is being hailed as one of the most important roots albums of recent years. Not only does it cross genres – folk, gospel, acoustic blues, and down-home country – but it offers a sound steeped in the rural Louisiana where it was recorded.

Once there was a boy and he loved stars very much. Every night he watched stars from his bedroom window and wished he had one of his own. One day, he decided he would try to catch a star. But first he had to think of a plan.

His breakthrough album, Good Stuff, released in 1997, was followed by Me To You, featuring some of his personal heroes, among them Pops & Mavis Staples. There then followed the Grammy-nominated Shakin’ a Tailfeather (with Taj Mahal & Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir); Friends, which featured Odetta, Charlie Musselwhite, Guy Davis & Taj Mahal; and two collaborations with his father, A Family Affair and Praising Peace: A Tribute to Paul Robeson. More recent was his 2010 Booker’s Guitar, a tribute to blues pioneer Bukka White. A four-decade career, 35 albums, countless radio and TV shows and non-stop touring have given Eric Bibb a world and music view that’s tempered by curiosity and compassion. Don’t miss his Buxton visit! Tickets: £26 No discounts

Follow Boy on his incredible journey across land, sea and skies in his search for a special starry friend. Following the international success of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, Blunderbus present this funny, gentle retelling of award-winning children’s author Oliver Jeffers’ bewitching and bestselling children's book. With an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling, this is a must-see for small people aged 3 to 7, and grown-up stargazers! ‘Totally captivating’ – The Primary Times Tickets: Adults £8, Children £7 Family Tickets: £28 (4 people incl at least 2 children) or £21 (3 people incl at least 1 child). Children 2 or under: £2.50 (on parent’s knee) Babies under 12 months: Free (on parent’s knee)

Following a smash hit UK Tour in 2012, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back in this groundbreaking new stage production – a radio show like you never saw before, packed with laughter, really wild sound effects, a live band, HD projections, and drinks with extremely silly names. Joining Simon Jones (Arthur Dent) and Hitchhiker’s favourites from the legendary radio and TV cast, will be a VIP guest voice from the book (including in 2012 Terry Jones, Clive Anderson, Phill Jupitus and Andrew Sachs).

Opera House Thursday 31 October 7.30pm The Radio Theatre Company presents

‘A technical triumph...the best version of the book I have witnessed so far’ – Sebastian Gahan, Liverpool Live Tickets: £27 No discounts

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Opera House Friday 1 November 8pm

IN THE PAVILION ARTS CENTRE STUDIO & THE PAUPERS PIT THEATRE

Opera House Saturday 2 November 3.30pm

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- IMPRO CHUMS

‘You could see this every night and never tire of it…they continue to be the finest purveyors of the improv art’ – Daily Mirror May contain strong language

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Tickets: £20, £22 No discounts

The Octagon, Pavilion Gardens Friday 1 November 8pm to 1am

THE 6TH BUXTON SOUL NIGHT Buxton’s Soul Night returns for another great night of Northern Soul & Motown, this time playing the music that made Wigan Casino famous. With outstanding national DJs Ian Gee, Pete Eccles, Sean Chapman, Nige Brown and Daz Dakin. For a great mix of 100% oldies, rare and not-so-rare Northern Soul this is an evening not to be missed. Large dance floor & bar until 1am. Record sellers welcome by arrangement contact: phil@soulovereasy.co.uk Tickets: £7 (No discounts) 42

‘Open the door to a world of secrets...’ When Mary Lennox is orphaned, she has to return from India and live with her distant uncle in Yorkshire. Forming a friendship with local boy Dickon, Mary begins to take an interest in the mysterious house where she now lives and is entranced by the garden...but can she unlock the secrets that are held within? Aria Entertainment and Knockhardy Productions bring the three times Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden to life in an intimate concert, accompanied by a live chamber orchestra. Tickets: Adults £14, Children £12 Family Tickets: £48 (4 people incl at least 2 children) or £36 (3 people incl at least 1 child)

studio season Presented in association with Buxton Festival Fringe & the University of Derby Theatre Arts Department

SEPT DEC 2013

Paul Merton, one of the UK's best-loved performers, and his world-renowned Impro Chums: Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch & Suki Webster will create a new and unique comedy show, based entirely on suggestions from the audience, their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off! Always a huge hit in Buxton, so book early!

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Studio Theatre Friday 27 September 7.30pm

Studio Theatre Wednesday 9 October 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Just Some Theatre Company presents

Page-2-Stage Productions presents

COWARD Paupers Pit Theatre Friday 13 & Saturday 14 September 7.30pm

Studio Theatre Friday 20 & Saturday 21 September 7.30pm

Elysion Productions presents

Planet Rabbit Productions presents

JOHN & MARK JUST LIKE ANTHEA

By George Gunby

Imagine. Imagine a prison cell. Imagine a killer in that prison cell. Imagine that the killer is visited by the man he gunned down. Imagine that meeting. Imagine Mark Chapman meeting John Lennon. Just imagine. From the award-winning Elysion Productions. Tickets: £6.50 (Discounts: £1 off)

A comedy by Claire Spratt Hopeless home-makers Paula and Debbie live in chaotic homes yet dream of tidy cupboards, neatly folded bed linen and the ability to prepare more than a microwave meal. When Paula decides to 're-brand' herself as an immaculate homemaker to find a new husband, and arguments between Debbie and husband Terry over their messy house reach breaking point, it's the kick start they both need. In a bid to become perfect housewives they turn to DVDs & books by domestic goddess Anthea Turner. However, their 'Anthea obsession' might leave them with gleaming taps and perfectly folded towels, but little time for anything else. Join the ladies on their journey to be ‘just like Anthea!’ Tickets: £8.50 (Discounts: £1 off)

Coward is James Martin Charlton’s new play about the life of playwright, performer, musician and wit, Noël Coward, and his relationship with a struggling young actor named Leonard, set in the lively and ostentatious 1930s. Leonard is starstruck by Noël’s signature charm and wit. Lured away from his girlfriend and his faith, he is seduced by the lifestyle Noël promises him. But will Leonard ever become the great actor he always wanted to be, or is the part Noël has in mind for him more amorous than it is theatrical? All the while, events are observed and stage-managed by Noël's personal assistant, Cole Lesley, the epitome of the faithful servant. ‘An intelligent, accessible play written with dash, wit & real comic brio’ – David Eldridge For audiences aged 14 & over. Tickets: £8.50 (Discounts: £1 off)

Studio Theatre Saturday 28 September 7.30pm Lucky Fin Productions presents

I WOULD I KNEW THY HEART RICHARD III RETOLD Did the greatest of English playwrights betray the greatest of English Kings? The War of the Rose rages in England. Nothing is sacred, no one is safe and the altar of Tewkesbury Abbey runs red with blood. Richard and his brothers fought fiercely for the Kingdom and now this notorious monarch wills us to redefine his life, his loves and his reign. Was his real battle not with the House of Lancaster but with the Woodville family, a vast clan of beautiful women and brave knights who had switched sides before? Lucky Fin stays true to form and tells Richard’s tale through the voices of the women who surrounded him. Ambition, power, faith and treachery lie at the hearts of the women behind this epic feud. For audiences aged 12 & over. Tickets: £6.50 (Discounts: £1 off)

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Studio Theatre Friday 25 October 7.30pm Cotton Grass Theatre presents

ROMEO & JULIET Page-2-Stage, founded by Justine Elizabeth Bailey & Darren John Langford, is committed to producing daring yet accessible versions of classic works - particularly Shakespeare. Romeo & Juliet is the quintessential love story, as timeless as it is beautiful. Passions collide, blood is shed and love and hate live side by side in one of the greatest tragedies in English literary history. ‘The schoolchildren were enthralled’ – The Sentinel, Staffordshire Tickets: £8.50 (Discounts: £1 off) Schools groups: £5 (teachers 1 in 10 free)

YOU MIGHT AS WELL LIVE: Paupers Pit Theatre Friday 11 & Saturday 12 October 7.30pm Nunkie Theatre Company presents

TWO GHOST STORIES by M.R. James Performed by R.M. Lloyd Parry Over a century after they were first published, the ghost stories of M.R. James retain their power to terrify and amuse. This gripping one-man show retells two of the earliest and eeriest: In Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook, a young Cambridge antiquary discovers the devil in the details of an old book in a medieval town in the French Pyrenees... In The Mezzotint a ghoulish revenge is enacted within a work of art, before the helpless eyes of a museum curator in Oxford...

AN EVENING WITH DOROTHY PARKER Accompanied on stage by the Steve Salfield Jazz Trio, playing the music of the 1920s and 30s, David Frederickson’s new play features the words, wisdom and wisecracks of one of America's foremost jazz age writers. Dorothy Parker's journalism was characterised by rapier wit and her poems and short stories by melancholy and aching vulnerability. Her pen frequently upset the literary establishment and provided an acerbic commentary on life in inter-war America.

Studio Theatre Thursday 7 November 7.30pm Hotbuckle Productions presents

DAVID COPPERFIELD By Charles Dickens ‘Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.’

For audiences aged 14 & over.

Young David Copperfield's sheltered life with his doting mother is thrown into turmoil when she marries the ruthless and violent Murdstone. Thrust into an uncaring world of poverty and hardship, David must work out who to trust if he is to grow into the man he must become. Capturing the haunting beauty of the Yarmouth coast and bustling Victorian London, Hotbuckle use their distinctive style to tell the beloved story of Dickens' favourite child as only they know how.

Tickets: £8.50 (Discounts: £1 off)

Tickets: £8.50 (Discounts: £1 off)

She was active also in cultural politics, setting up the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League and the Screenwriters' Guild. Of course, she ended up on Senator McCarthy's blacklist which, she said, severely curtailed her earning power. But it didn't stop her telling it like it was!

‘Wonderful, magical storytelling’ – The Daily Mail For audiences aged 13 & over. Tickets: £8.50 (Discounts: £1 off)

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Paupers Pit Theatre Friday 22 & Saturday 23 November 7.30pm

Pavilion Arts Centre Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November Heason Events presents

Studio Theatre Saturday 9 November 7.30pm Little Solder Productions presents

YOU AND ME By Roger Simeon Two elderly sisters live in a foreign land against the backdrop of a battered rug and a mountain of mysterious boxes. They share an existence of outrageous defamation, tender reminiscing and pure madness, careering between affection and annoyance. But is their behaviour just eccentricity or something more destructive? A bitter-sweet physical comedy which won the Argus Angel Award at Brighton Fringe 2013, You and Me is a funny yet touching story which explores old age with humour, imagination and tenderness. ‘Impeccably-timed physical theatre’ - The Stage ‘Masterpiece. The best of the Fringe so far’ - Brighton Argus Tickets: £6.50 (Discounts: £1 off)

THE MAGDALEN WHITEWASH By Valerie Goodwin Locked away for life in convent laundries, a generation of Irish girls were told: ‘Do penance or perish’. Their crime? Unplanned pregnancy; in some cases, unwillingly. This is the true story of one such laundry in Ireland, in the 1930s. (Unbelievably, the last one closed in Dublin in 1996.) With songs, multiple roles and the lyrical lilt of the Irish, this play has now been performed all over the world, from Australia to Dublin itself. Wash away the stain! For audiences aged 12 & over. Tickets: £8.50 (Discounts: £1 off)

Paupers Pit Theatre Friday 13 & Saturday 14 December 7.30pm

Studio Theatre Friday 20 & Saturday 21 December 7.30pm

Don’t Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company presents

Distraction Theatre Company presents

ONCE UPON THE A CHRISTMAS SINGULAR EXPLOITS OF DAY SHERLOCK HOLMES The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes features the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career. It also includes autobiographical snippets and an opportunity for the audience to ask the sleuth questions concerning his life and times, the adversaries he has faced and mysteries he has solved. The show is an affectionate one-man homage to the world’s greatest detective that includes quick costume changes and wry humour, presented by Don’t Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company, the British Empire’s finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein. Tickets: £8.50 (Discounts: £1 off)

It is Christmas, 1865, in a small remote village in rural England. Two very serious and somewhat pious sisters are about to have their worlds turned upside-down, with the arrival of their new topsy-turvy housemaid, Babette. Based on the delightful story of Babette’s Feast, watch the sisters deal with the arrival of some more ‘unusual’ guests into their house, in preparation for the big Christmas feast. Stir in Distraction’s unique sense of comedy, sparkle and pizzazz and you have the perfect Christmas treat.

Tickets: £8.50 (Discounts: £1 off)

BUXTON ADVENTURE FESTIVAL 2013 Ten Inspirational Speakers. One Adventure-Packed Weekend

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

10.30am Extreme Mountain Biking for Young Adventurers

10.30am Lorian Biet - Free Running – Urban Acrobatics for Young Adventurers

12.30pm Carey Davies & Chris Townsend - Hill Walking: Going Long & Staying Strong 3pm Al Powell, Jon Morgan, James Thacker & Mark Walker – Passion & Professionalism on the Peaks 5.30pm Juliana Buhring – The Fastest Woman to Circumnavigate the World by Bike 8pm Annie Last – Team GB Mountain Bike Olympian

12.30pm Heather Dawe – Ultra Running: A Personal Obsession with the Mountains 3pm Jez Bragg – Running the Length of New Zealand 5.30pm Rosie Swale Pope – The World’s Longest Unsupported Run 8pm Jason Lewis – Round the World by Human Power

Each session will include a selection of the world’s best adventure sports films. Check www.buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk for more details. Also photo exhibition, family activities, junior aquathlon, alpine workshop and more. Tickets per session: £10 (Under 16s & Students £5, Families of four £20). Buy for any 3 sessions: £25 (Under 16s & Students £12.50)

Plus... Adventure Bites Film Loop - a rolling one-hour loop of short films in the Studio Theatre throughout both days. £4 (Children & Students: £2)

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Taste Productions presents

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Opera House Saturday 2 November 8pm

Opera House Sunday 3 November 7.30pm

AN AUDIENCE WITH

51 SHADES OF MAGGIE

NIGEL FARAGE Whether you subscribe to Prime Minister David Cameron’s 2006 claim that Nigel Farage’s UKIP party is full of "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists" or regard him as the only man who offers a feasible alternative to the doldrums of current mainstream politics, he’s a fascinating phenomenon - and very hard to ignore! Recent poll gains by UKIP have forced him (by no means reluctantly!) into the political spotlight, where his name and face have suddenly become significant on our media landscape. As a result, there’s never been a better time to welcome him to Buxton Opera House! This will be your chance to see Nigel in the flesh and hear him explain why he believes UKIP can offer Britain a better future, why the party did so well in the recent County Council elections, and why, according to him, we would all be better off ditching the EU! Love him or loathe him, it’s difficult to keep him down! Tickets: £15.50, £17.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Opera House Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 November 7.30pm Matinee: Tuesday 2.30pm

Direct from sell-out runs in Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin comes this brand new smash hit comedy. The best-selling send-up of 50 Shades of Grey tells the story of loveable Maggie Muff and her search for love. Maggie is a working class girl who, like most women, has been let down by all the men in her life. Attending an interview at the Social Security Office, Maggie meets the handsome and hunky Mr Big! But will Mr Big turn out to be the man of her dreams, or will his ‘Private Room of Pain’ put her off? This hilarious new play full of naughty bits will have you laughing out loud. Join Maggie and her friends on this (slightly filthy) journey of love, booze and whips! This is the perfect girly night out for you and your friends and promises one of the best nights at the theatre you’ve had in ages... Contains strong language & adult content - over 16s only. Tickets: £21 No discounts

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SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO

Matthew Cammelle, Stephen John Davis and Glyn Kerslake have all played, to huge critical acclaim, the mysterious Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. Tonight they step out from behind the mask and join forces to present what is quite possibly ‘the best gala evening of musical theatre you are ever likely to see’ (The Public Reviews). An evening in the company of Three Phantoms not only offers some very special favourites from a century of West End & Broadway musical magic, but also concludes in a powerful combination of songs, all inspired by the Gaston Leroux novel Le fantôme de l'opéra.

The trio are joined by the fantastic Rebecca Caine, whose performance as Christine in the original cast of Phantom, opposite Michael Crawford, was acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. The lights are dimming, the curtain is about to rise, so relax with the Phantoms, and listen...to the music of the night! ‘Simply phenomenal’ – whatsonstage Three Phantoms is in no way connected with and/or approved/endorsed by Really Useful Group or Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Opera House Wednesday 6 November 7.30pm

FASCINATING AIDA - CHARM OFFENSIVE Following Cheap Flights, their massively successful soldout tour, Britain's best comedy trio and global internet sensation Fascinating Aida bring their brand new show Charm Offensive to Buxton. Newly invigorated by over ten million YouTube hits, Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pullman take to the road once again with a selection of old and new songs to celebrate 30 years of being at the top of the cabaret tree.

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5 £ E V A S

‘Cabaret Heaven’ – Metro ‘Sharp enough to be considered a dangerous weapon’ – Daily Telegraph Tickets: £17.50, £19.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Saturday 9 November 7.30pm Pavilion Arts Centre Wednesday 6 November 7.30pm

HAZEL O’CONNOR - THE BREAKING GLASS BAREFOOT TOUR 2013

BY HANDEL Friday 8 November 7.30pm

Handel’s three-year visit to Italy culminated in the premiere of Agrippina in Venice in 1709. Composing at speed to a scandalously witty libretto by a cardinal (Vincenzo Grimani) Handel drew on his experience of the Italian style, plundering his catalogue of cantatas written for the intelligentsia of Rome and producing a youthful masterpiece of dazzling invention and virtuosity. Widely regarded as Handel’s first operatic masterpiece, Agrippina stands out for the quality of its music, full of freshness and musical invention.

Hazel O’Connor is back in Buxton, teaming up with saxophonist Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards, to create a superb blend of musicianship and a trio of classy voices. Expect a sumptuous evening of some of the great songs of the 20th century delivered with passion and fire, a soulful introspective dip into Hazel's stunning portfolio – the old and the new with stories and tales from along the way.

THE CORONATION OF POPPEA BY MONTEVERDI

Both operas sung in English & accompanied by a live period orchestra.

Here live and onstage, her unforgettable songs from the movie Breaking Glass, including Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, only seem even more relevant in our present times. In addition to the release of Breaking Glass on DVD, this unique tour also coincides with the publication of Hazel's long-awaited autobiography Breaking Glass Barefoot. With a critically acclaimed new album I Give You My Sunshine and a special Meet & Greet immediately after the show, you're in for a treat!

Love, power, morality, corruption…Monteverdi’s final masterpiece is often described as his greatest achievement, combining mythic and very human themes, and featuring some of his most glorious music. One of the first operas to use historical events and people, it tells the story of Nero’s infatuation with the young and beautiful Poppea as she tries to make him divorce his wife Ottavia and take her as his new queen and empress.

There will be FREE pre-performance talks on both evenings at 6.30pm in the Pavilion Arts Centre. Please ask for a ticket when booking for the opera.

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Directed by James Conway and conducted by Michael Rosewell, Poppea shows us a world of ruthless and all-toohuman characters, where lust and ambition ultimately triumph over virtue.

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Opera House Sunday 10 November 1.30pm

Opera House Sunday 10 November 7.30pm

Pavilion Arts Centre Sunday 10 November 7.30pm

Big Wooden Horse & Nick Brooke Limited present

ED BYRNE

CARA DILLON

- ROARING FORTIES

Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in life. Her staggeringly beautiful voice has the ability to reach inside a song and imbue it with not only profound sweetness but also poignancy and depth.

ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS Based on the book by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort Written & directed by Adam Bampton-Smith ‘Aliens love underpants In every shape and size But there are no underpants in space So here's a big surprise!’ This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book is delightfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course!) this fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family. In fact, you'll laugh your PANTS off!

A self-confessed ‘miserable old git’ since the age of 23, Ed Byrne is now in his forties. While for others this might result in a crisis that prompts the purchase of a sports car, Ed embraces middle age with open arms. Come join him, as he truly comes of age and gives out his clarion cry: ‘I am in my forties - HEAR ME ROAR!’ ‘Byrne at the top of his game’ – The Sunday Telegraph ‘Jokes come so fast that hecklers can’t get a word in edgeways’ – The Times May contain strong language Tickets: £23.50 No discounts

Born in Dungiven in 1975, she was immersed in the rich cultural heritage of her native County Derry, winning the All Ireland Traditional Singing Trophy aged only 14. She went on to sing with Oige, De Dannan and then Equation, where she met her husband and musical collaborator Sam Lakeman. The combination of Cara's expressive vocals and Lakeman's rippling piano and fresh production squeezed new life into ancient material. Whether she's singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or her & Sam’s original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer. Her autumn tour will showcase the songs on her new album, scheduled for release in October 2013.

‘A rhyming story that’s simply pantastic!’ – British Book Awards

‘Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice’ – Q Magazine

Aliens Love Underpants © Claire Freedman and Ben Cort 2007

Plus support

Tickets: Adults £13, Children £12 Family Tickets: £48 (4 people incl at least 2 children) or £36 (3 people incl at least 1 child). Children 2 or under: £2.50 (on parent’s knee) Babies under 12 months: Free (on parent’s knee)

Tickets: £21.50 No discounts

Opera House Monday 11 November 7.30pm

BILL WYMAN'S RHYTHM KINGS FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST MARIA MULDAUR Rock and roll icon, author and legendary former Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman has seen it all and continues to live life to the full. His latest musical rebirth as the driving force behind the fabulous Rhythm Kings sees him return to his musical roots. This set of virtuoso musicians superbly bring back to life the kind of classic rhythm and blues that first inspired Wyman to pick up the guitar as a teenager. It’s a show imbued with absolute quality. The Rhythm Kings will be joined by very special guest Maria Muldaur, best known for the hit single Midnight at the Oasis. Tickets: £25, £35, £40 No discounts

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Pavilion Arts Centre Friday 15 & Saturday 16 November 7.30pm Matinee: Saturday 2.30pm

Opera House Wednesday 13 November 7.30pm

Opera House Friday 15 November 7.30pm

REGINALD D HUNTER

LEO SAYER

- IN THE MIDST OF CRACKERS

- THE SILVERBIRD ANNIVERSARY TOUR

BREAKING THE CODE

Hit-makers come and go, but Leo Sayer is a stayer, a powerhouse performer who has sold millions of albums around the world and had 20 worldwide top ten hits during his career. After 40 years, he is still captivating audiences globally with an amazing live show featuring his uniquely powerful and recognisable voice.

His genius helped win the War But in peace, his battle was just beginning…

Following two previous sell-out tours of the UK and the release of his debut stand-up DVD, Reginald D Hunter Live, Reginald – a popular guest on many of the UK’s best-loved TV shows including Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You – sets out on tour again in 2013 in a brand new show entitled Reginald D Hunter – In The Midst Of Crackers. ‘His presence and intelligence make him one of the most brilliantly unpredictable comics in the country’ – Sunday Times May contain strong language Tickets: £21, £23 No discounts

Opera House Thursday 14 November 7.30pm

AN EVENING WITH SIR ROGER MOORE The legendary film star chats with biographer Gareth Owen about his astonishing life and career. Featuring inside stories and exclusive anecdotes from an extraordinary career that has included the iconic TV series The Saint and The Persuaders, plus Hollywood blockbusters and, of course, twelve years and seven movies as 007 - James Bond. He’s also been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for over 20 years.

At 63 years of age, and with no signs of slowing down, his voice is as strong as it has ever been. His creativity is constantly flowing, fuelled by his boyish enthusiasm and love for all kinds of music, and the art of songwriting. This show features all his hits including You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, Thunder In My Heart, When I Need You, Long Tall Glasses, Orchard Road, More Than I Can Say and many more – songs that captivated a generation around the world. Join Leo for one night and celebrate his amazing career - we know that you will feel like dancing!

Buxton Drama League presents

By Hugh Whitemore

This award-winning drama tells the true story of Alan Turing, the mathematical genius and computer pioneer whose work at Bletchley Park led to the cracking of the Enigma Code – personally acknowledged by Winston Churchill as the pivotal moment in the defeat of Nazism – but whose personal life brought him into direct conflict with the social conventions of post-war Britain. Following the critical success of Habeas Corpus and The Winter’s Tale, Buxton Drama League returns with this compassionate and riveting portrait of an extraordinary mind, based on the book Alan Turing, The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. This play contains adult themes. Free after-show Q&A on Fri 15 with the company in the Stalls. Tickets: £11, £13 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1 off JSA/Income Support/Students/ Children: ½ price Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.50 off PlayLink (see p84)

Tickets: £26 No discounts

There will also be a unique opportunity to put your questions to the Hollywood legend at the end of the show. ‘A marvellous raconteur’ – Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail Tickets: £24, £26 No discounts

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Opera House Saturday 16 November 2pm

Opera House Sunday 17 November 7.30pm

Pavilion Arts Centre Friday 22 & Saturday 23 November 7.30pm

BANANAS IN PYJAMAS

ALISTAIR MCGOWAN

Kaleidoscope Intermediate Theatre Company presents

It’s Banana-riffic! It’s Partytime in Cuddlestown Park. But wait...the guest of honour’s gone missing. It’s a Banana emergency! Join B1, B2, Amy, Lulu and Morgan in this brand new, all singing, all dancing show. With plenty of audience participation, and slapstick fun...can you help the Banana Detectives solve the case? Tickets: Adults £13, Children £11 Family Tickets: £44 (4 people incl at least 2 children) or £33 (3 people incl at least 1 child). Children 2 or under: £2.50 (on parent’s knee) Babies under 12 months: Free (on parent’s knee)

- NOT JUST A PRETTY VOICE The nation’s favourite impressionist, Alistair McGowan, goes back to his stand-up roots for a new two-hour show. Asking the big questions like: Would the world be a happier place if Ed Miliband was Prime Minister? What are we really thinking while watching Shakespeare? And is Hilary Devey Jessie J’s mum? Expect to hear everyone from Andy Murray to Colin Murray, riffs on everything from Jeff Stelling to bad spelling - and at least one song about butter. Warning: may contain puns! ‘Wickedly funny mimicry’ – Sunday Mirror Tickets: £16 No discounts

Opera House Saturday 16 November 7.30pm

ADAM HILLS - HAPPYISM Fresh from his triumph as host of Channel 4's critically acclaimed The Last Leg, Australian funnyman Adam Hills returns to the UK with his long overdue and highly anticipated new show Happyism, which will see everyone's favourite Antipodean comedian in a first-class evening of comedy with the usual anecdotes and audience participation all delivered in his refreshingly laid-back style. Adam Hills has achieved international acclaim as one of the world’s best stand-up comics. His combination of positive, uplifting comedy and rampant spontaneity have seen him receive a swag of awards, glowing reviews and a legion of fans around the globe.

By Arthur Miller In 1692 in the village of Salem, more than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft - the Devil's magic - and 19 were executed. Arthur Miller’s vivid cautionary play about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism and false accusations concentrates on the key figures caught up in the persecution. But what was at the heart of these accusations and how did paranoia and mass hysteria take such a hold on an entire community? Explore the dangers of blindly following with the crowd with the 11 to 13 year olds of our Kaleidoscope Intermediate Theatre Company. Suitable for ages 11 & over. Tickets: £7 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled/JSA/Income Support/Students/Children/Matcham Cards: £1 off

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DIRECT E FROM THND WEST E Opera House Monday 18 to Saturday 23 November 7.30pm Matinees: Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

THE MOUSETRAP By Agatha Christie The legendary, record-breaking, Box Office smash hit thriller celebrates its 60th anniversary. A classic. A landmark. A legend. The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest-running show of any kind in the history of British theatre. With over 25,000 performances, it’s a play to be proud of. And to celebrate 60 incredible years on stage, it’s going on tour for the first time, with a star cast, to give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this masterpiece here at Buxton Opera House.

‘THE CLEVEREST MURDER MYSTERY OF BRITISH THEATRE’ - THE TELEGRAPH ‘A TRULY ENTERTAINING CLASSIC THRILLER’ - SUNDAY TIMES ‘DESERVEDLY A CLASSIC AMONG MURDER THRILLERS’ - THE OBSERVER

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed. In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner. Tickets: £16, £21, £26 (Thurs mat), £19, £24, £29 (Mon to Thurs eves & Sat mat), £21, £26, £31 (Fri & Sat eves) No discounts

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Opera House Wednesday 27 November 7.30pm

AL MURRAY - THE ONLY WAY IS EPIC Britain’s favourite landlord returns to Buxton with a re-run of his 2012 show. If you missed it last year, now’s your chance!

Opera House Monday 25 November 7pm Poonamallee Productions presents Opera House Sunday 24 November 7.30pm

JANE MCDONALD The spotlight beckons again for singer and TV star Jane McDonald, one of the nation’s favourite entertainers. Back on tour, Jane presents an exciting and emotionally charged evening of music and laughter. Jane will feature many of the best-loved songs and hits from her incredible career, including some of her own compositions and brand new material from her forthcoming album. Together with her fantastic musicians and backing singers, Jane brings the audience to their feet night after night in the ultimate feelgood show. This is one night you won’t want to miss! Tickets: £27.50, £29.50 No discounts

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TORO! TORO! By Michael Morpurgo From the creators of the Private Peaceful stage production and the author of War Horse. Young Antonito lives an idyllic life on his parents' cattle farm in southern Spain. But the peace is shattered when he realises that his favourite bull-calf, brave Paco, is destined to fight in the bullring. Taking both their destinies into his own hands, and risking the lives and love of his family, Antonito hatches a daring plan. But it will take enormous courage - because this is 1936, and the drums of civil war are echoing across the Spanish plains. Originally produced by Salisbury Playhouse and nominated for the TMA Award for Best Show for Young People, Toro! Toro! captures the passion and drama of rapidly growing up in the heat of war. ‘A tale of another country and another time that resonates with the here and now...once again Morpurgo demonstrates his talent for stories of absolute clarity about big events’ – Sunday Times Recommended for 8 years & over. Tickets: £12 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

Opera House Tuesday 26 November 7.30pm

SLADE AND SWEET In the 70s, Slade became one of Europe's biggest bands, touring and recording continuously, producing a catalogue of hits that became synonymous with the era and providing a soundtrack to the glam generation. Slade today are still one of the most exciting live bands on the road – their stage performance is a dynamic, powerful and exhilarating roller-coaster ride of pure unadulterated rock 'n' roll. Tonight’s line-up features original members Dave Hill & Don Powell, plus John Berry & Mal McNulty. Sweet (latest line-up: Pete Lincoln, Andy Scott, Tony O’Hora & Bruce Bisland) are a national treasure and a rock phenomena who have taken every continent by storm for more than four decades. The quintessential glam rock band, who brought androgynous looks and crunching guitar pop to the masses, have spent over three years in the UK charts alone. They have sold over 55 million records worldwide, and, including their No.1 hit Blockbuster, had 34 No.1 hits worldwide and still play to sell out audiences everywhere.

Broken Britain may be staring into the bottom of an empty pint glass, but don’t lose hope – Al Murray The Pub Landlord is back to fill it up again, with a show of epic proportions. Following a phenomenally successful, twice-extended 2012/13 tour, Britain’s most irrepressible innkeeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery on a return visit to Buxton. This monumental stand-up show from the multiaward-winning comedian is sure to sell-out fast. It’s not just a tour...it’s a national pep talk, so get your orders in now! ‘Murray’s interaction with his crowd remains one of the wonders of the comedy world’ – The Times May contain strong language. Tickets: £26.50 No discounts

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Opera House Thursday 28 November 7.30pm

80S TRIPLE BILL - GO WEST, HUE & CRY, THE CHRISTIANS The 80s are back, as three critically-acclaimed legends of the era join forces in this major new UK tour. Go West, Hue & Cry and special guests The Christians are united on the same bill for the first time ever.

While Hue & Cry (Labour Of Love, Looking For Linda, Violently) perform an acoustic set that highlights their incredible songwriting skills, million-selling Go West (We Close Our Eyes, Call Me, King Of Wishful Thinking) and The Christians (Ideal World, Forgotten Town and Harvest For The World) will recreate their iconic original sound, bringing to life over twenty five years of perfecting their craft and performing to audiences at sold out stadiums, intimate unplugged sets and everything in between. This is truly an authentic 80s triple header not to be missed!

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HIT THE ROAD JACK - THE RAY CHARLES LEGACY This stunning new show starring the multi-award-winning Buzz D’Angelo as Ray Charles, along with a powerful 13strong cast, is a sensational tribute to the legend that is Ray Charles.

Tickets: £27.50. £29.50 Discounts: Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

With glowing reviews in for the lyricism and depth of her new album Traces, Scottish singersongwriter Karine Polwart has been nominated for three awards at the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 (Folk Singer of the Year, Best Album & Best Original Song). With her two regular collaborators, brother Steven Polwart (guitars & vocals) and Inge Thomson (accordion, percussion & vocals) she will play a raft of songs from the new album and some live favourites.

Pavilion Arts Centre Thursday 28 November 7.30pm

Opera House Saturday 30 November 7.30pm

Karine draws from folk’s long tradition while keeping pace with the changing times. Her talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies, and her gift for saying just enough without overstating her case, come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance. She also has the purest of singing voices, drawing the listener towards her in the same way one might lean towards a late night fireside tale. ‘Like a book of short stories set to music, full of stunning nuances and depths’ – BBC Music

Opera House Friday 29 November 7.30pm

Ray had the distinction of being both a national treasure in the USA and an international phenomenon. During his remarkable 50 year career, he virtually invented soul music by bringing together the fervour of gospel, the secular lyrics and narratives of blues and country, and the bigband arrangements of jazz to create dozens of classic rhythm & blues and rock numbers.

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK

Sit back and enjoy the live performance of some of Ray’s most memorable and timeless songs, including Unchain My Heart, Hallelujah, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Mess Around, Georgia On My Mind, What I Say, Hit The Road Jack and many more. Orchestrated and conducted by legendary Bee Gees Musical Director Gary Moberley.

FEATURING LIVE/WIRE AC/DC & THE ZZ TOPS

‘A great showman with an ability to charm audiences at will’ – The Stage

Back by popular demand! The high energy rock ‘n’ boogie tour! Live/Wire are a unique six-man tribute to rock's greatest band AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls and over two hours of high voltage rock and roll. And with both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson present, the very start of AC/DC is covered followed by a musical tour of the past forty electric years as the rock ‘n’ roll train powers on and on until the cannons fire ceremoniously to bring the evening to a superb crescendo.

Tickets: £18, £20 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Joining them are The ZZ Tops, and trust us, senors and senoritas...it's fiesta time! So put on those cheap sunglasses and get down to the hot rodded boogie of The ZZ Tops! These Sharp Dressed Men are not to be missed! ‘Closest I've seen!’ – Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top Tickets: £20 No discounts

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Pavilion Arts Centre Saturday 30 November 8pm

Pavilion Arts Centre Sunday 1 December 7.30pm

BLA BLA BLA

LEO HOULDING

Bla Bla Bla (aka Buxton Local Artists) is back with a great concert of musical talent from the High Peak, in association with Club Acoustic.

If modern British adventure has a face, it looks a lot like Leo Houlding. A prodigy who started by scaling the Old Man of Hoy aged just ten, 31-year-old Leo has climbed the most difficult mountains in the world. In search of ever greater adventure, 2012 took Leo to the wildest, least accessible and most contrasting corners of Earth...

Featuring Wragged Tree, who draw from a wide range of influences; Jolly Jock, who revisits music hall songs as well as rock tunes for the audience to sing along to; Tony Maloney & The Lonely Ponies, an acoustic 4piece band playing contemporary folk; Part Baked, with genre-hopping sets and improv; and finally, The Indieannas, a local indie rock band, whose live performances are a treat.

Leo will talk about both adventures in this new show, illustrated with world-class photography and film footage from multiaward-winning film-maker Alastair Lee. ‘The only two words that come to mind are ‘bloody hell!’ What sheer guts & determination!’ – Sir Richard Branson

Tickets: £7.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled/ JSA/Income Support/Students/Children/Matcham Cards: £1 off

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Opera House Sunday 1 December 7.30pm

CHRIS DEAN’S SYD LAWRENCE ORCHESTRA - BIG BAND WONDERLAND Swing into the season of goodwill with Chris Dean and the ‘Best Big Band in the Land’. Christmas would not be complete without the ultimate festive Big Band concert, packed with swing classics from the likes of Miller, Basie, Dorsey, Hefti, and Billy May to name but a few, alongside yuletide favourites, bringing non-stop Christmas cheer. Help us spread holiday cheer with a veritable Christmas feast of Big Band goodies that should definitely roast your chestnuts! Tickets: £18, £20 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 64

Cerro Autana is a mountain deep in the Venezuelan jungle. Just to reach the mountain, Leo faced deadly snakes, searing heat, swarms of insects and a terrifying encounter with a shaman’s blow pipe - a tale Indiana Jones would be proud of. Ulvetanna is a 4,500ft cliff in a remote, rarely-visited area of Antarctica, the hardest summit to reach on the harshest continent on Earth. Temperatures of minus 40, hurricane force winds and a remoteness unlike anywhere else on Earth.

Opera House Sunday 8 December 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS WITH THE BUXTON MUSICAL SOCIETY Plus their special guests, The Choir of Worcester College, Oxford Join us once again for our traditional carol concert with Buxton's very own Musical Society chorus & orchestra, conducted by Michael Williams, and, of course, their very special guests the Choir of Worcester College, Oxford. This is a concert always guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit, and includes a wide selection of carols and Christmas songs, with the audience, as usual, actively encouraged to sing along! Tickets: £13, £15 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.25 off not Dress Circle) JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle) Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks: £1.75 off Standby Tickets: £5

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Opera House Thursday 12 December 2013 to Wednesday 1 January 2014

Thurs 12 Dec

1pm

Fri 13 Dec

1pm & 7pm

Channel Theatre Productions & Buxton Opera House present The Annual Buxton Family Pantomime

Sat 14 Dec

2.30pm & 7pm

Sun 15 Dec

No performances

Mon 16 Dec

1pm

Tues 17 Dec

10am & 2pm

Wed 18 Dec

1pm & 6.30pm

Thurs 19 Dec

1pm & 6.30pm

Fri 20 Dec

2pm & 7pm

Starring Sarah Thomas (Last of the Summer Wine) as a magical Fairy Godmother and Jonny Freeman (Frank London from CBBC's M.I. High) as the loveable Buttons. Olivia Sloyan (fresh from the acclaimed musical Blood Brothers) also makes an welcome return to Buxton Opera House in the title role, after her memorable 2011 performance as Snow White.

Sat 21 Dec

2.30pm & 7pm

Sun 22 Dec

1.30pm

Mon 23 Dec

2pm & 6.30pm

Tues 24 Dec

2pm

With hilarious comedy, catchy songs and colourful dance routines, this classic rags-to-riches story has everything you’ve come to expect from a Buxton Opera House pantomime - and more. No need to ask your fairy Godmother, just call the box office today!

Wed 25 Dec

No performances

Thurs 26 Dec

2pm & 6.30pm

Fri 27 Dec

2.30pm & 7pm

Sat 28 Dec

2.30pm & 7pm

Sun 29 Dec

2pm & 6.30pm

Mon 30 Dec

2pm & 6.30pm

Tues 31 Dec

1pm

Wed 1 Jan

2pm

CINDERELLA Make your family’s dreams come true this Christmas with a special invitation to Cinderella, the hottest ticket of the panto season.

Tickets: £16, £18.50, £21 Discounts: Senior Citizens/Disabled/JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: £1.75 off Children’s Groups of 10 or more: £9 (1 adult free per 10 children) Adult Groups of 10 or more: £16 Children 2 or under: £2.50 (on parent’s knee) Babies under 12 months: Free (on parent’s knee) Matcham Card/Buxton Breaks: ½-price (all shows up to 19 Dec, not Sat 14), £2.25 off all other performances. Standby Tickets: £5 (see p84)

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Kaleidoscope Junior Theatre Company presents

Pavilion Arts Centre Friday 13 December at 7pm & Saturday 14 December at 3pm By Lewis Carroll. Adapted by Tim Kelly Follow the delightful adventures of Alice as she journeys into the fantastical world of talking animals, comic royalty and races where contestants run in circles! There’s also the Mad Hatter’s frantic tea party, the watch-carrying White Rabbit and talking flowers. Along the way Alice must deal with the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, a sneezing Duchess and a baby that turns into a pig! Come and enjoy the 8 to 10 year olds of our Kaleidoscope Junior Theatre Company, as they take a modern view of an old classic, where nonsense makes quite good sense! Suitable for ages 4 & over. Tickets: £7 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled/JSA/Income Support/Students/Children/Matcham Cards: £1 off

Opera House Monday 16 December 8pm

STEELEYE SPAN Formed in 1969, Steeleye Span helped define the term ‘folk-rock’, reaching a peak of commercial success in the 70s with All Around My Hat and Gaudete. Fronted for over 40 years by the voice of Maddy Prior, they remain among the most popular visitors to Buxton. Don’t miss their special Christmas show. Tickets: £17.50, £19.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Opera House Sunday 22 December 7.30pm

THE VERY BEST OF

BRASS & COMEDY WITH THE BRIGHOUSE & RASTRICK BAND & NORMAN PRINCE One of the best brass bands in the world combine their talents with the ex-Houghton Weavers frontman in a night of feel-good entertainment. With a million-selling chart hit (The Floral Dance) and a successful TV series (Sit Thi Deawn) respectively under their belts, these two acts certainly know how to put on a show! Tickets: £17, £19 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Opera House Sunday 15 December 7.30pm Ballet Theatre UK presents

Pavilion Arts Centre Thursday 19 December 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS CROONERS A perfect treat for the Christmas season – a wondrous experience that evokes joy & elevates the spirit to new heights, whether you’re seeing this traditional festive favourite for the hundredth time or discovering its classic magic for the first time. Either way, Ballet Theatre UK’s The Nutcracker is sure to leave you with treasured memories that will last a lifetime. Tchaikovsky's most loved and unforgettable musical score combines with magical choreography, exquisite costumes

and breathtaking scenery that together bring this wonderful ballet fantasy to life. Tickets: £17, £21, £25 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £2 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: Opera House Supporter ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

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Back for a third year, Christmas Crooners features the Christmas hits of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. A cast of West End Singers, backed by the Jazz All-Stars, perform over 30 well-known festive hits including The Christmas Song, Little Drummer Boy, White Christmas and swing arrangements of Christmas carols & songs. Staged in the style of Andy Williams’ Christmas Shows, the production comes complete with Christmas trees, rocking chairs and of course a warm glowing fireplace, as The Crooners guarantee a show full of swinging Christmas cheer. Tickets: £16, £18 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.50 off JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 69

Opera House Saturday 4 January 7.30pm Opera House Tuesday 31 December 9.30pm The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra presents

NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA CONCERT Our New Year’s Eve Gala Concert - a massive hit in its first two years, 2011 and 2012, returns for a third glorious performance! Join us for a stunning fundraising orchestral concert in the beautiful surroundings of the Opera House to ring in the New Year of 2014. In aid of future capital and artistic work at the Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre. Join us and the 44-piece British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra for a fantastic evening, full of vocal and orchestral favourites. Compere Mark Langley takes control of proceedings for the third time, along with a quartet of top-class British opera singers. The concert promises favourites from opera, ballet, film, TV and musicals - rounded off at midnight with Auld Lang Syne, a touch of Vienna and a New Year singalong for the whole audience. There’s no doubt it’ll be yet another Opera House night to remember! Tickets: £20, £25, £30, £35 (No discounts)

NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA DINNER Why not make your New Year’s Eve the complete gala night out? Join us for a 3-course pre-concert dinner at 7.15pm in the magnificent Octagon in the Pavilion Gardens complex, behind the Opera House. Enjoy wonderful food and great company, then take the short stroll down the Promenade to the Opera House for the concert - the perfect way to end the old year and ring in the new! Dinner: £42.50 70

ULTIMATE BOWIE David Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential innovators of the last five decades, selling around 200 million albums during his career. He first caught the public’s eye in 1969, with his space-age mini-melodrama Space Oddity, followed in 1972 by the flamboyant Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from Mars. Hits such as Starman, Golden Years, Ashes To Ashes and Heroes followed, with a re-emergence in the mid-80s with the pop sounds of Let’s Dance and China Girl. Then in 2013, came his latest reincarnation, after a decade’s silence. Ultimate Bowie pays tribute to the work of this global superstar, in a show that is visually stunning and vocally impressive. Ed Blaney takes the spotlight and leads an 8-piece band that takes us from Bowie’s early years right up to the 21st century. This band isn’t called Ultimate Bowie for nothing – they capture the real essence and authenticity of David Bowie in concert! Tickets: £16.50, £18.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Opera House Sunday 5 January 7.30pm

PAUL CARRACK 'The Man with the Golden Voice' according to a recent BBC4 documentary, Paul Carrack has provided the vocals for such pop classics as How Long, Tempted, The Living Years, Over My Shoulder and many more. Having recently completed a worldwide tour as a guest artist in Eric Clapton's band, Paul is now back on familiar ground with his Sheffield-based band playing songs from his vast catalogue. Not to be missed - and always a Buxton sell-out, so book early! Tickets: £27.50, £29.50 No discounts

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Opera House Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 January 7.30pm Matinees: Thursday & Saturday at 2.30pm

Opera House Sunday 12 January 7.30pm

TODD MILLER & THE JOE LOSS ORCHESTRA

ID Plays presents

CHARLES DICKENS’

THE PICKWICK PAPERS

2014 sees The Joe Loss Orchestra celebrating its 80th anniversary and Todd Miller’s 40th with the orchestra. The orchestra is one of Britain’s longest-running live entertainment companies of any kind - a unique British entertainment achievement, so they must be doing something right! Their recording and touring achievements are so numerous they’re almost impossible to list! In 1989 Joe Loss, Britain’s most celebrated band leader, entrusted the leadership of his beloved band to his lead vocalist Todd Miller, who has led the orchestra through to the present day, performing the best in live entertainment for all generations. As their signature tune since 1938 suggests, they are determined to keep their audiences Still In The Mood. Tickets: £15.50, £17.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Adapted for the stage By Nicola Boyce Here’s the tale of the eccentric journey of Samuel Pickwick, as he travels around the country in 1827, attempting to use his massive brain to ‘observe human nature’ for the greater good of mankind. Accompanied by his friend, the hapless Nathaniel Winkle, and his cockney manservant, Sam Weller, Pickwick runs into a multitude of colourful personalities along the way. This version is adapted by Nicola Boyce, who also brought A Christmas Carol and The Woman in White to the stage for IDP. Expect duelling, elopement, bribery, fisticuffs, mistaken identity, near drowning, and finally, imprisonment for debt! Follow the haphazard and often farcical journey of Pickwick and a host of well-loved characters including Sam Weller,

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Mr. Jingle, Nathaniel Winkle, Mrs. Bardell and The Fat Boy on their weird and wonderful ‘perambulations, perils, travels and adventures’ throughout the country. With a star cast, to be announced. Tickets: £13, £15, £17 Discounts: Senior Citizens: £10 (matinee only), £1.50 off all other perfs (not Dress Circle). Groups of 8 or more/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): ½ price Wed, £2 off all other perfs. Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

Opera House Sunday 19 January 7.30pm

MAGICAL MOZART BY CANDLELIGHT From the producers of A Viennese Strauss Gala, this sumptuous, fully-costumed show immerses the audience in the wonderful music and the classical world of one of history’s great composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With beautiful costumes, music, and of course candlelight, the European Baroque Ensemble and Singers will transport you back to the sumptuous days of Salzburg and Vienna in the late 18th century. Magical Mozart by Candlelight is an evening of classical music and song which includes excerpts from the maestro’s operas The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi fan Tutte, among others, plus many more favourite vocal and instrumental moments from Mozart’s memorable masterpieces! Tickets: £17.50, £19.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

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Opera House Friday 17 & Saturday 18 January 7.30pm Matinee: Saturday 2.30pm

against the fierce social and political backdrop of 1760s Scotland, this is an exciting and gripping adventure story packed full of physical storytelling and imagination.

Sell-A-Door Theatre Company presents

Sell a Door Theatre Company launch their 2014 season with this highly imaginative re-telling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story, perfect for young and old audiences alike.

KIDNAPPED Adapted by Ivan Wilkinson from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson ‘There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility. We get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people.’ Adapted by dynamic playwright Ivan Wilkinson, Kidnapped chronicles the adventures of Alan Breck and Davie Balfour as they escape shipwreck and murder on a quest for justice. Set 74

Opera House Saturday 25 January 7.30pm

Opera House Sunday 26 January 7.30pm

ABBA REUNION

DEREK ACORAH

ABBA Reunion is the creation of the director, producer and choreographer of the award-winning musical ABBAmania, and stars the original Frida from the London West End cast!

Voted Britain’s Favourite Male Medium by the prestigious Soul & Spirit Magazine, Derek Acorah makes his debut visit to Buxton Opera House. With countless hours of spirit contact, Derek’s friendly and sincere delivery, down-to-earth charm and obvious dedication to his work has endeared him to tens of thousands of people, many of whom regularly attend his amazing live events.

ABBA Reunion gives ABBA fans, old and new, the opportunity to once again re-live the addictive ABBA phenomenon that swept the airwaves and discos of the 70s and 80s in a truly feel-good party-style tribute concert. From Waterloo to Dancing Queen, all of the hits are performed with unrivalled authenticity from both an audio and visual perspective. Superbly accurate vocals, harmony, guitar and keyboards combined with replica costumes and authentic choreography to produce one of the most requested tribute shows in the world today.

We are asked to remind you that evenings of mediumship are not scientifically proven and are presented for education and entertainment purposes only.

Tickets: £17.50, £19.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

Tickets: £16.50, £18.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

‘The model of the modern medium’ – The Guardian ‘I did not know what to expect. The experience was exhilarating’ – John (audience member)

Free after-show Q&A on Fri 17 with the company in the Stalls. Tickets: £14 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.25 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £1.75 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

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Opera House Thursday 6 & Friday 7 February 7.30pm Matinee: Friday 1.30pm Icarus Theatre Collective presents

OTHELLO A tempestuous journey from scandal and intrigue to lust and vengeance. Othello’s world is brought vividly to life as a live string quartet and a stunning ensemble cast combine with some of literature’s most vibrant language and characters. A dangerous tale of ambition, jealousy and love will unfurl as Shakespeare’s classic tale of deception hurtles to its dramatic conclusion.

Opera House Thurs 30 January to Sat 1 February 7.30pm Matinee: Saturday 2.30pm ID Plays presents

TIME & TIME AGAIN By Alan Ayckbourn Mistaken identity and Battenberg cake combine to amuse, as love is born during a cricket match and lost during a game of football. The play opens after a funeral, as husband and wife, Graham and Anna, along with Leonard, Peter and girlfriend Joan are having tea. Skip to some months down the line and Joan’s affections have transferred to Leonard, although Peter is blissfully unaware. When the penny does eventually drop for him, he thinks it’s the lecherous Graham who has stolen Joan. Needless to say, confusion ensues. Oh! - and there’s a fishing gnome somewhere in there too! A true masterpiece of British eccentricity! Star cast to be announced Tickets: £13, £15, £17 Discounts: Senior Citizens: £10 (matinee only), £1.50 off all other perfs (not Dress Circle). Groups of 8 or more/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle) Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): ½ price Thurs, £2 off all other perfs. Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83) 76

Opera House Sunday 2 February 7.30pm Mid Wales Opera presents

ACIS & GALATEA By Handel Following their 2013 tour of Albert Herring, Mid Wales present another operatic gem. Possibly the most famous pastoral opera ever, Acis... is a masterpiece by George Frederic Handel, with words by John Gay, best known for The Beggar’s Opera. It tells an enchanting story from ancient mythology: Acis is the son of the spirit Pan, Galatea a nymph of the sea. They fall in love, only to be thwarted by the monstrous cyclops, Polyphemus. In a jealous rage he murders Acis, leaving Galatea bereft. In her despair, she turns the blood of her dead lover into a river, forever flowing into the sea.

Icarus launched in 2004, and are lauded as one of the UK’s most fearless and dynamic companies, with a reputation for punchy and vibrant productions of contemporary and classic theatre. SCHOOLS WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE: Contact participation@boh.org.uk or 01298 72050 Free after-show Q&A on Thurs 6 with the company in the Stalls. Tickets: £16 Discounts: Senior Citizens: £10 (matinee only), £1.50 off all other perfs (not Dress Circle). Groups of 8 or more/Disabled: £1.50 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5 PlayLink (see p83)

MWO and co-production partners the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama are joined by world-renowned violinist Rachel Podger and members of her Brecon Baroque ensemble to bring you a very special production of this beautiful opera, featuring RWCMD students alongside the professional company.

Opera House Saturday 8 February 7.30pm

NIGHTS ON BROADWAY - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEE GEES The Bee Gees were three brothers who, from singing close harmony as children, grew to become world superstars by their early twenties. They went on to be acknowledged among the greatest popular songwriters in history. Nights On Broadway present a tribute to The Bee Gees through a fantastic live concert, featuring the Gibb brothers’ incredible songs from over four decades - from the 60s to the 90s. The show features a 7-piece band and gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert, with a unique blend of classic hits, acoustic medleys and dance floor favourites. Tickets: £16.50, £18.50 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.25 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

‘There’s always plenty to relish with MWO...they’re to be recommended!’ – Theatre Wales Tickets: £15, £19, £23 Discounts: Groups of 8 or more/Senior Citizens/Disabled: £2 off (not Dress Circle). JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle). Matcham Cards/Buxton Breaks (see p83): £2.50 off Standby Tickets (see p84): £5

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Opera House Sunday 9 February 2pm

Opera House Wednesday 12 February 7.30pm

Opera House Friday 14 February 7.30pm

POSTMAN PAT

Michael Friend Productions present

PUNT & DENNIS

- IT’S SHOWTIME!

Pavilion Arts Centre Saturday 8 February 7.30pm

MARK THOMAS - 100 ACTS OF MINOR DISSENT Mark goes back to what he does best - mischief. The show is his quest to commit 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of one year. Mark catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring

Premier Stage Productions & Classic Media present a brand new, fun-filled show featuring everyone's favourite postman. See Pat and his friends live on stage in their exciting new story. It's the day of the Great Greendale Talent Show and there’s much excitement as a top talent scout will be on the lookout for a rising star. Pat has a new karaoke machine to deliver for the show – but when the machine breaks down it looks like the talent show might be in jeopardy. Can Pat save the day? With songs, laughs and audience participation, Postman Pat Live is this year’s must-see show for 3 to 6 year olds! Tickets: Adults £13, Children £11 Family Tickets: £44 (4 people incl at least 2 children) or £33 (3 people incl at least 1 child). Children 2 or under: £2.50 (on parent’s knee). Babies under 12 months: Free (on parent’s knee)

Tickets: £14, £16 Students: £10

THE MAN OF DESTINY

- LIFE ON THE ROAD

By George Bernard Shaw

Steve & Hugh (Mary Whitehouse Experience, Outnumbered, Mock The Week, The Now Show) live the dream as they cruise the contraflow lanes, follow the one-way systems, unwrap the pasties and sip the service-station coffees of Britain in their quest to find somewhere to park that’s vaguely near your local theatre.

It is the year 1796. Napoleon waits in an Italian inn for urgent despatches. Instead he is confronted by a very attractive Strange Lady who seems to know him better than he knows himself. In the highly entertaining battle of wills and wits which ensues (ironically interrupted by the innkeeper) the fate of the future ruler of Europe hangs in the balance. This production of Shaw’s witty attack on empty heroism and political expediency was revived at Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead early in 2013 and now transfers to Buxton as part of a short Spring 2014 tour.

‘The kings of satirical comedy’ – The Guardian ‘Unbelievably funny...a real class act’ – The Scotsman For ages 16 & over only. Tickets: £20.50, £22.50 Discounts available

Tickets: £14 Discounts available

Opera House Sunday 9 February 7.30pm

ANDY KIRKPATRICK - INAPPROPRIATE CLIMBING Hugely entertaining - and still the only ‘stand-up mountaineer’ in the UK - author & mountaineer Andy Kirkpatrick returns with his fifth theatre tour. Since the last one in 2011 Andy has been busy climbing all over the world and has tons of new stories to tell. This time the maverick mountaineer will be talking about climbing El Cap with his 13-year-old daughter (as featured in CBBC’s My Life series), revisiting Norway’s Troll Wall and his latest winter expedition to attempt the North Face of the Eiger. ‘Gut-wrenching, entertaining and challenging’ – The Guardian

Opera House Thursday 13 February 7.30pm Russian State Ballet & Opera House presents

LA TRAVIATA By Verdi

After the popular performance of Madame Butterfly in March 2013, here is another world class opera from the same production team. La Traviata is a love story shrouded in sacrifice and misunderstanding. Courtesan Violetta is stuck in a round of endless parties until writer Alfredo convinces her to live in the country. Deeply in love, all is blissful contentment until some home truths convince her to leave Alfredo and head back into the arms of another... Performed with a large live orchestra. Sung in Italian with English surtitles (please note: surtitles may not be visible from some seats - check when booking). Tickets: £20, £30, £33, £36 Discounts available

May contain strong language. Tickets: £11, £13 Discounts available

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Pavilion Arts Centre 1pm to 2pm

Sunday 18 August

More Friday Lunchtime Recitals by prizewinning students from Manchester’s internationally-renowned conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music (except 10 Jan).

Lunches available in the Arts Centre bar from 12.30pm

Sunday 17 November

A new series of shows in the Opera House/Arts Centre programme – a Comedy Club especially for kids and their mums & dads!

The wizard Gandalf brings a band of dwarves to the home of Bilbo Baggins, who joins them to help defeat the dragon Smaug. 169m.

of the original Star Trek format, with Chris Pine again as Kirk, plus a villainous Benedict Cumberbatch. 132m.

Sunday 1 September

Sunday 24 November

LINCOLN (12A)

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (15)

Tickets: £5 (No discounts)

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Sunday 25 August

F Scott Fitzgerald’s glitzy 1920s US society drama gets the Baz Luhrmann treatment, with Leonardo DiCaprio & Carey Mulligan. 143m.

STAR TREK INTO THE HOBBIT - AN DARKNESS (12A) UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (12A) The second in JJ Abrams’ re-working

‘The perfect way to entertain the whole family’ – Three Weeks

JAZZ

Pavilion Arts Centre 1pm to 2pm

THE GREAT GATSBY (12A)

Saturday 5 October 3pm and Saturday 7 December 3pm

‘A highlight for children... giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy with the fun & feel of a real comedy club’ – The Guardian

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Sunday 27 October

A teenager escapes a sinking ship but is cast adrift with only a deadly tiger for companyl. 127m.

Cracking entertainment for everyone over 6 years old and under 400 years old (no vampires or Highlanders – that’s a movie joke, which, if you’re only 6, you may not get – sorry! We’ll cut that bit from the show!). We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best…but without the rude bits!

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Pavilion Arts Centre 7.30pm

LIFE OF PI (PG) Pavilion Arts Centre

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Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Abraham Lincoln, anxious to pass the 13th Amendment before the end of the Civil War. 150m.

Sunday 22 September

TRANCE (15) James McEvoy, Rosario Dawson & Vincent Cassel in an art-heist thriller from Danny Boyle. 101m.

Sunday 29 September

OBLIVION (12A) Aliens, human clones & spaceships abound in this post-apocalyptic thriller with Tom Cruise & Morgan Freeman. 124m.

Steven Soderbergh’s acclaimed biopic of Liberace (Michael Douglas), focussing on the pianist’s relationship with the much younger Scott Thorson (Matt Damon). 118m.

Sunday 8 December

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (12A) Shakespeare relocated to a gated estate in California, with an entertaining blend of US pop culture and British high culture. 108m. Tickets: £4 (Discounts: 50p off)

Friday 13 September

THE AQUILLO REED TRIO Clarinet, oboe & bassoon. Includes works by Jean Francaix, Poulenc & Henri Tomasi

Friday 4 October

DWYRES Harp duo. Includes works by John Thomas, Carlos Salzedo & Bernard Andres

Friday 1 November

CASSIA STRING QUARTET Includes works by Schumann & Ravel

Friday 6 December

BRILLANTE BRASS QUINTET Includes works by Mozart, Bernstein & Victor Ewald

Friday 10 January

SARAH DOUGLAS & AMY WAKEFIELD Clarinet & Piano. Includes works by Schumann, Pierne, Gershwin & Vaughan Williams Tickets: £6 (No discounts)

Sunday lunchtime jazz concerts from the cream of the Manchester and North West jazz scene, from trad to contemporary.

Sunday 8 September

Sunday 10 November

THE CHICAGO SWING KATZ

THE ALEX MCKOWN BAND

This 6-piece band plays all the great New Orleans jazz tunes, plus some of the best from the Swing era thrown in for good measure! They particularly like to play in the 'loose', 'Chicago style' of jazz made famous by Eddie Condon and his bands. When asked what style his band played, Eddie replied, ‘We call it music’. Good answer!

Alex was the youngest nominee for a British Blues Award in 2011 & ‘12. Mentored by Hamilton Loomis, he entertains with a mix of classic & original funk blues. The band also features the world class sax playing of Simon Peat who has performed with Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone & jazz greats Johnny Griffin & Maynard Ferguson. The tight backline is Lee Buckle (bass) & Martin Schofield (drums).

Sunday 6 October

THE STUART RILEY OCTET This 8-piece band makes a welcome return to Buxton, with a mix of originals & jazz standards - some wellknown, some less so, but all composed or arranged by their leader. The Guardian said of them: ‘Riley is a skilful tunesmith & arranger, equally adept with Gil Evans-like cool jazz, Basie-style swing & lyrical balladry’ also: ‘the quality of soloing is impressive.’

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Sunday 8 December

ANDY POWELL Andy Powell returns singing classic swing and songs from the great American songbook. Accompanied by pianist Steve Ramsbottom plus special guests, Andy will perform songs by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Harry Connick Jnr, Michael Buble, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and a touch of Sam Cooke soul. Tickets: £5 (No discounts)

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ARTS

CENTRE

Pavilion Arts Centre 8pm

BUXTON BUZZ COMEDY CLUB More first-Friday-of-the-month stand-up from some new and not-so-new faces on the comedy club circuit.

BUXTON OPERA HOUSE IS A MEMBER OF

GIANT CASH BONANZA Giant Cash Bonanza is a lottery run on the theatre’s behalf by the Giant Cash Bonanza Society, and all proceeds from the subscriptions paid by Buxton Opera House members go solely and directly towards the upkeep, improvement and running of the theatre.

Friday 13 September

TOBY MURESIANU,TOM TOAL, LEE PEART COMPERE: AGRAMAN THE HUMAN ANAGRAM

THERE IS ONE ANNUAL JACKPOT PRIZE OF £10,000

Friday 4 October

JOHN GAVIN, MARY UNFAITHFUL, EDDIE FRENCH. COMPERE: CHRIS CONROY Friday 1 November

DALISO CHAPONDA, PETE TECKMAN, CHRIS WASHINGTON. COMPERE: RICH WALL Friday 6 December

SUSAN MURRAY, COLIN MANFORD, JOHN LEBBON. COMPERE: LEWIS CHARLESWORTH Friday 10 January

DUNCAN OAKLEY, PHIL PAGETT, MEIR FRANK. COMPERE: FREDDIE FARRELL Tickets: £6 (No discounts) Shows may contain strong language & adult material.

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ALL FOR JUST £2 PER WEEK If you would like to be part of Giant Cash Bonanza and support the future of the Opera House, call the theatre on 01298 72050. If you’re already a member, then… Thank You & Good Luck! The Giant Cash Bonanza Society is registered with the Gambling Commission, reg 28662. Promoter: Giant Cash Bonanza Society. Person of Trust: Mr R Thewlis. Minimum age of participation: 16 yeasr old.

There’s a mouth-watering selection of drama on offer at Buxton Opera House & the Pavilion Arts Centre. So don’t stop at one serving – get greedy and help yourself to the lot!

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Call 0845 127 2190 (Local rate from any landline in the UK) or 01298 72190. 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday or until 6pm when there is no performance. Sunday: 4pm to 8pm if there is an evening performance. Hours can vary according to performance times. Most major debit/credit cards are accepted. We also accept National Theatre Tokens. All ticket prices shown in this brochure include a £1 Booking Fee (50p for tickets under £10) which goes towards the cost of operating and maintaining the Opera House & Arts Centre. There is no Booking Fee for workshops or other participatory activities.

• Half price tickets on first nights for some shows • Discounts on most shows (not available online) • Mailing list membership and priority notification • Monthly e-newsletter with details of the latest new shows on sale • Reservations held without payment until one week before a performance (2 weeks for very busy or sold out perfs)

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Premier Membership – £35 Up to 4 discounted tickets per show. Great for families! Individual Membership – £18 One discounted ticket per show Senior Membership – £13 One discounted ticket per show for those over 60 (proof of eligibility may be required)

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Get a discount (not available online) off your tickets for most shows when you book your overnight stay at any holiday accomodation in the Buxton area. A list of hotels and guest houses is available from Buxton Tourist Information Centre on 01298 25106 or on-line at www.visitpeakdistrict.com Please note: You will be asked for some form of ID confirming your overnight stay when collecting your Buxton Breaks tickets (eg: booking form, hotel compliments slip or room key).

DISABLED CUSTOMERS & COMPANIONS Registered Disabled customers receive discounts to many performances, as indicated on each page. Essential companions or anyone in receipt of Carers’ Allowance are admitted free (proof of eligibility may be requested). Companions outside these categories receive a 50% discount (when discounts are available on that performance).

SCHOOL & GROUP DISCOUNTS

Special discounts are usually available for groups and schools. In addition to our standard rate for groups of 8 or more (available on most shows), we are also BOOKINGS AT THE usually able to offer more generous PAVILION ARTS CENTRE discounts for groups of 20 or more (or Bookings for the Arts Centre can be made 10+ for schools). For many shows, at the Opera House Box Office until one teachers accompanying school or student hour before each Arts Centre performance, groups are free – ask at the Box Office. and then either on the door (for the Studio To join our free groups mailing list call us – cash only) or at the Arts Centre Box Office on 01298 72050 or email: (only for the Main Room – use the St John’s marketingassistant@boh.org.uk. Rd entrance) after that.

CHILDREN IN THE THEATRE

Online booking is available 24 hours a day at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk. Some discounts, including group bookings and Matcham discounts, may not be available online. Please note that for online bookings there is a small (non-refundable in the event of cancellation) internet fee per ticket.

DISCOUNTS Discounted prices apply (unless stated otherwise) to Senior Citizens, groups of 8 or more adults, JSA claimants, people in receipt of Income Support (including Pensions Credit), disabled people, full-time students (aged 16 & over) and children aged 3 to 15. Please be prepared to provide proof of status. Only one discount can apply per ticket.

RELOCATION OF SHOWS Very occasionally, we may have to relocate a show from the Opera House to the Arts Centre or from the Arts Centre main auditorium to the studio (or vice versa in each case). Tickets originally purchased as numbered may become unallocated, in which case we regret we cannot refund.

Children are welcome at the Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre, but please note the following: • Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult. • School or children’s groups of 10 or more should be accompanied by at least one adult per 10 children. • Children under the age of 3 (& Babies 12 months or under) can only be admitted at family shows where the £2.50 discounted price (or ‘Babies Free’ offer) is indicated, & not to any other shows. Sadly, we are not able to accommodate under 3s in the Paupers Pit or Studio Theatre. • A safety leaflet is produced for all families using the Opera House balconies or boxes; please ask when booking. For safety reasons, Upper Circle side seats & boxes are not sold to families with children under 10.

DANCING If you book to see a show in the Opera House and wish to dance, please ensure you book seats in the Stalls as we do not allow dancing on the upper levels. The Upper Circle sides and boxes are ‘no standing at all’ areas. 83

STANDBY TICKETS Limited numbers of £5 Standby Tickets are available for most performances (see each entry in this brochure to be sure) from one hour before the performance (not Opera House Dress Circle seats) to Full-time Students (aged 16 & over) and people in receipt of JSA/Income Support. Proof of status is required.

TICKET EXCHANGE If you are unable to attend a performance for any reason, we will exchange your tickets for another performance (if any) of the same event subject to availability. (We cannot transfer tickets or money to an alternative show). We can offer this service provided that your tickets are returned to the Box Office at least 48 hours before the performance. Tickets will not be refunded unless the performance is cancelled. Postage charges are nonrefundable in the event of cancellation.

RESERVATIONS Reservations will be held for a maximum of seven working days. On the day of a performance reservations are held until 30 minutes before the start of a show. For very busy shows, tickets booked within 7 days of the performance must be paid for at the time of booking.

PERSONAL DATA Please note that personal information (such as name, address, phone number, email address, etc) given to our Box Office during a ticket transaction is held securely and confidentially, and we or our visiting companies may use it to contact you by post, phone or e-mail for marketing purposes. If you would prefer not to receive information regarding future events, please let us know. 84

general information ACCESS

THEATRE TOURS & COFFEE MORNINGS

The Opera House is an Edwardian building and only partially accessible to wheelchair users. The wheelchair entrance is 72cms at its narrowest point. We have three wheelchair spaces in the Stalls (ground floor level) and a specially adapted toilet. Unfortunately the Stalls bar is not wheelchair accessible, but a member of staff will gladly bring refreshments to your seat.

The Fundraising Friends of Buxton Opera House hold public coffee mornings at the Opera House between 10am and 12 noon, and tours (£2.50 per person) of the theatre at 11am, most Saturdays. Private group tours can also be arranged (£5 per person). Contact 01298 72050 for details.

The Opera House Foyer and Box Office counter are not wheelchair accessible, but there is now wheelchair access to the side Box Office door (in Water St), with an intercom system to alert staff. The Dress Circle and Upper Circle levels are not wheelchair accessible and can only be reached by climbing the stairs. The building is not accessible by motorised scooter. All parts of the Pavilion Arts Centre (and both St John’s Rd entrances) are accessible by wheelchair, apart from the Main Room balcony. In both venues, safety considerations mean that, if you would have difficulty making your own way out of the building in an emergency, we strongly request that you bring a companion. see p83 for details of companions’ tickets. We have passive infra-red (PIR) systems in both the Opera House & Arts Centre for people with hearing impairments. This works through a special headset (rather than your hearing aid), which is available from the theatre – please reserve one when you book your tickets (a £10 cash deposit is required on the night). There is also an induction loop system at both Box Offices. Audio & braille copies of each Opera House/Arts Centre brochure are available. To request a copy contact the Marketing Department on 01298 72050. Guide dogs are welcome.

REFRESHMENTS Pre-show and interval drinks are available in the Opera House & Arts Centre bars. The bars are open from approximately 45 minutes prior to each performance. Don’t forget to order interval drinks in advance. Please note both venues are no smoking buildings.

LATECOMERS will only be admitted at a suitable break in the performance, which will be at the discretion of the performers or management.

WILLOUGHBY LUNCHEON CLUB The Willoughby Club raises funds for the Opera House by organising lunches at The Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton, on the last Thursday of each month, from March to November. Contact 01298 813464 for details.

GETTING TO THE OPERA HOUSE & PAVILION ARTS CENTRE

DIARY

Buxton Opera House

AUGUST

Pavilion Arts Centre

Other

SEPTEMBER

Sunday 18

London Festival Opera: A Night At The Opera

7.30pm

Sunday 1

The Bohemians – A Night of Queen

7.30pm

Sunday 18

Film: Life of Pi (PG)

7.30pm

Sunday 1

Film: Lincoln (12A)

7.30pm

Wednesday 21

Present Company: Hello, Dolly!

7.30pm

Monday 2

Michael Friend Productions: Improbable Fiction

7.30pm

Thursday 22

Present Company: Hello, Dolly!

7.30pm

Tuesday 3

Michael Friend Productions: Improbable Fiction

Thursday 22

London Contemporary Theatre: As You Like It

7.30pm

Saturday 7

Sooty’s Magic Show

Friday 23

London Contemporary Theatre: Around The World In 80 Days

6pm

Saturday 7

A Gala of Magic & Variety

Friday 23

Present Company: Hello, Dolly!

7.30pm

Sunday 8

Jazz at the Arts Centre – The Chicago Swing Katz

Saturday 24

Present Company: Hello, Dolly!

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 8

Access All Arias

7.30pm

Sunday 25

Room on the Broom

1.30pm

Monday 9

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

7.30pm

Sunday 25

The Dutch Swing College Band

7.30pm

Tuesday 10

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

7.30pm

Sunday 25

Film: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey (12A)

7.30pm

Wednesday 11

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

7.30pm

Monday 26

Room on the Broom

Thursday 12

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

2.30pm & 7.30pm

11am & 2pm

7.30pm 10.30am 7.30pm 1pm

Monday 26

Reconstructing Murder – A Murder Mystery Evening

7.30pm

Friday 13

Recitals at the Arts Centre – The Aquillo Reed Trio

BY CAR

Tuesday 27

How Sweet It Is – Motown’s Greatest Hits

7.30pm

Friday 13

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

7.30pm

Buxton is easy to reach via the A6, A515 and A53. The theatre is well sign-posted once you reach the town centre.

Wednesday 28 In Dreams – A Tribute to Roy Orbison

7.30pm

Friday 13

Elysion Productions: John & Mark

7.30pm

Thursday 29

ID: Plays: A Murder Has Been Arranged

7.30pm

Friday 13

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club

Friday 30

ID: Plays: A Murder Has Been Arranged

7.30pm

Saturday 14

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

BY RAIL

Saturday 31

ID: Plays: A Murder Has Been Arranged

2.30pm & 7.30pm

1pm

8pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 14

Albert Lee

7.30pm

A train service is available from Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton. For further information on all available services and connections call 08457 484950.

Saturday 14

Elysion Productions: John & Mark

7.30pm

Sunday 15

Ballet Theatre UK: French Can Can

7.30pm

Tuesday 17

Colin Fry

7.30pm

PARKING

Wednesday 18

Kate Rusby

7.30pm

There is free parking after 6pm in the car park at the rear of the Pavilion Gardens, a short walk away from both venues, or in some streets close to the theatre which are not covered by the Residents Parking Scheme.

Thursday 19

Roy Chubby Brown

7.30pm

Friday 20

London Classic Theatre: Betrayal

7.30pm

Friday 20

Planet Rabbit Productions: Just Like Anthea

Saturday 21

London Classic Theatre: Betrayal

CUSTOMER SERVICE If you have any queries, complaints or comments, the theatre has a clear policy on how such matters are handled and you should in the first instance write, please, to the Chief Executive at: Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN. A copy of the theatre’s Comments & Complaints Policy is available on request.

7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 21

Planet Rabbit Productions: Just Like Anthea

7.30pm

Sunday 22

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

7.30pm

Sunday 22

Film: Trance (15)

7.30pm

Tuesday 24

Sell A Door Theatre Company: Ghosts

7.30pm

Wednesday 25 The Drifters

7.30pm

Thursday 26

The Stones

7.30pm

Friday 27

Rumpus Theatre Company: The Ripper Files

7.30pm

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Friday 27

Just Some Theatre Company: Coward

7.30pm

If you would like to make new friends, learn new skills and contribute to the life of this wonderful theatre why not join Buxton Opera House & the Pavilion Arts Centre as a volunteer?

Saturday 28

Rumpus Theatre Company: The Ripper Files

Saturday 28

Lucky Fin Productions: I Would I Knew Thy Heart

7.30pm

Sunday 29

Tenors Un Limited – The Rat Pack of Opera

7.30pm

Sunday 29

Film: Oblivion (12A)

7.30pm

Monday 30

Vampires Rock

7.30pm

Volunteers assist with a range of tasks including selling programmes and ice creams, serving drinks at the bar and showing people to their seats. We need volunteers for both daytime & evening performances, during the week or at the weekend. An induction process is provided and on-going training is offered to volunteer staff. To find out more, contact our House Manager on 01298 72050, (email: housemanager@boh.org.uk) or write to her at Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN.

2.30pm & 7.30pm

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Programme details are correct at time of printing. Occasionally, changes occur which are beyond our control. Please ensure you check our website for the most up-to-date programme information.

Buxton Opera House

Pavilion Arts Centre

Other

Sunday 20

Birmingham Stage Co: James & The Giant Peach

Thursday 14

An Evening With Sir Roger Moore

7.30pm

Thursday 19

Christmas Crooners

7.30pm

Tuesday 1

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance

7.30pm

Sunday 20

Secret Love – The Life and Music of Doris Day

7.30pm

Friday 15

Leo Sayer – The Silverbird Anniversary Tour

7.30pm

Friday 20

Distraction Theatre: Once Upon A Christmas Day

7.30pm

Wednesday 2

Martin Carthy & David Swarbrick

7.30pm

Monday 21

Theatrical Niche: Macbeth

7.30pm

Friday 15

Buxton Drama League: Breaking The Code

7.30pm

7.30pm

Wednesday 2

Paul Daniels

7.30pm

Tuesday 22

Essence of Ireland

7.30pm

Saturday 16

Bananas In Pyjamas

Thursday 3

John Godber Company: Teechers

7.30pm

Wednesday 23 Reduced Shakespeare Co: Complete Works (Abridged)

7.30pm

Saturday 16

Buxton Drama League: Breaking The Code

Thursday 3

The Magic Numbers

7.30pm

Thursday 24

The Hollies

7.30pm

Friday 4

Recitals at the Arts Centre – Dwyres Harp Duo

1pm

Thursday 24

Ralph McTell – One More For The Road

Friday 4

John Godber Company: Teechers

Friday 25

Read Steady Cook Live!

OCTOBER

Friday 4

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club

Saturday 5

John Godber Company: Teechers

Saturday 5 Saturday 5

7.30pm 8pm

3pm

Saturday 21

Distraction Theatre: Once Upon A Christmas Day

2pm

Sunday 22

The Very Best of Best of Brass & Comedy

7.30pm

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tuesday 31

New Year’s Eve Gala Concert

9.30pm

7.30pm

Saturday 16

Adam Hills

7.30pm

8pm

Sunday 17

Alistair McGowan

7.30pm

JANUARY

7.30pm

Sunday 17

Film: Star Trek Into Darkness (12A)

7.30pm

Saturday 4

Ultimate Bowie Paul Carrack

7.30pm

ID: Plays: The Pickwick Papers

7.30pm

7.30pm

Monday 18

The Mousetrap

7.30pm

Sunday 5

10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 3pm

Tuesday 19

The Mousetrap

7.30pm

Wednesday 8

7.30pm

Friday 25

Cotton Grass Theatre: You Might As Well Live

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 26

Mimika Theatre: Small Worlds

Comedy Club 4 Kids

3pm

Saturday 26

Read Steady Cook Live!

7.30pm

Wednesday 20 The Mousetrap

Brian Appleton’s History of the World in Three Darts

8pm

Sunday 27

Ballet Cymru: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2.30pm

Thursday 21

The Mousetrap

Thursday 9

ID: Plays: The Pickwick Papers

2.30pm & 7.30pm

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Friday 10

ID: Plays: The Pickwick Papers

7.30pm

Recitals at the Arts Centre – Clarinet & Piano Duo

Sunday 6

Jazz at the Arts Centre – The Stuart Riley Octet

1pm

Sunday 27

Film: The Great Gatsby (12A)

7.30pm

Friday 22

The Mousetrap

7.30pm

Friday 10

Sunday 6

Tideswell Male Voice Choir & The Military Wives Choir

7.30pm

Sunday 27

Milton Jones – On The Road

8pm

Friday 22

Kaleidoscope Intermediate Theatre: The Crucible

7.30pm

Friday 10

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club

1pm

Sunday 6

Eric and Little Ern

7.30pm

Monday 28

Mind The Gap: Treasure Island

2.30pm

Friday 22

Taste Productions: The Magdalen Whitewash

7.30pm

Saturday 11

ID: Plays: The Pickwick Papers

Monday 7

Moscow Ballet – La Classique: Sleeping Beauty

7.30pm

Monday 28

Gareth Gates

7.30pm

Saturday 23

The Mousetrap

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 12

Jazz at the Arts Centre – Barry Dallman’s White Canvas Todd Miller & the Joe Loss Orchestra

8pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 1pm

7.30pm

Tuesday 29

Creative Cow: The Merry Wives of Windsor

7.30pm

Saturday 23

Kaleidoscope Intermediate Theatre: The Crucible

7.30pm

Sunday 12

1.30pm & 7.30pm

Tuesday 29

Eric Bibb In Concert

7.30pm

Saturday 23

Taste Productions: The Magdalen Whitewash

7.30pm

Friday 17

Sell A Door Theatre Company: Kidnapped

7.30pm

7.30pm

Wednesday 30 How To Catch A Star

2pm

Sunday 24

Jane McDonald

7.30pm

Saturday 18

Sell A Door Theatre Company: Kidnapped

2.30pm & 7.30pm

7.30pm

Thursday 31

7.30pm

Sunday 24

Film: Behind The Candelabra (15)

7.30pm

Sunday 19

Magical Mozart by Candlelight

7.30pm

Saturday 25

Abba Reunion

7.30pm

Tuesday 8

Les McKeown & The Bay City Rollers

Wednesday 9

Page-2-Stage Productions: Romeo and Juliet

Wednesday 9

Broadway Theatre & Cutting The Strings: Cissie and Ada

Thursday 10

Opera & Ballet International: Aida

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show!

Monday 25

Poonamallee Productions: Toro! Toro!

Tuesday 26

Slade & Sweet

7.30pm

Sunday 26

Derek Acorah

7.30pm

1pm

Wednesday 27 Al Murray – The Only Way Is Epic

7.30pm

Thursday 30

ID: Plays: Time & Time Again

7.30pm

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

8pm

Thursday 28

7.30pm

Friday 31

ID: Plays: Time & Time Again

7.30pm

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club

8pm

Thursday 28

Karine Polwart

7.30pm

The 6th Buxton Soul Night

8pm

Friday 29

For Those About To Rock

7.30pm

Saturday 30

The Ray Charles Legacy

7.30pm

Saturday 1

ID: Plays: Time & Time Again

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 2

Mid Wales Opera: Acis and Galatea

Thursday 6

Icarus Theatre Collective: Othello

7.30pm

Friday 7

Icarus Theatre Collective: Othello

1.30pm & 7.30pm

Friday 11

Blackeyed Theatre: Dracula

7.30pm

Friday 11

Nunkie Theatre Company: Two Ghost Stories

7.30pm

NOVEMBER

Saturday 12

Sixties Gold

7.30pm

Friday 1

Recitals at the Arts Centre – Cassia String Quartet

Saturday 12

Nunkie Theatre Company: Two Ghost Stories

7.30pm

Friday 1

Monday 14

Stewart Lee – Much A-Stew About Nothing

8pm

Friday 1

Wednesday 16

Birmingham Stage Co: James & The Giant Peach

1.30pm & 7pm

Friday 1

Thursday 17

Birmingham Stage Co: James & The Giant Peach

10.30am & 1.30pm SATURDAY 2 & SUNDAY 3 BUXTON ADVENTURE FESTIVAL 2013 (SEE P47)

Saturday 30

Friday 18

Birmingham Stage Co: James & The Giant Peach

10.30am & 7pm

Friday 18

Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre: Beauty & The Beast

7.30pm

Saturday 19

Birmingham Stage Co: James & The Giant Peach

2.30pm & 7pm

Saturday 2

The Secret Garden In Concert

Saturday 19

Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre: Beauty & The Beast

7.30pm

Saturday 2

Nigel Farage

Sunday 3

51 Shades of Maggie

7.30pm

Monday 4

Three Phantoms In Concert

7.30pm

Tuesday 5

Three Phantoms In Concert

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Wednesday 6

Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive

7.30pm

Wednesday 6

Hazel O’Connor

7.30pm

3.30pm 8pm

80s Triple Bill: Go West, Hue & Cry, The Christians

Bla-Bla-Bla

7pm

7.30pm

8pm

DECEMBER

FEBRUARY 7.30pm

Sunday 1

Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra

7.30pm

Saturday 8

Nights On Broadway – The Bee Gees Story

7.30pm

Sunday 1

Leo Houlding: Amazon To Antarctica

7.30pm

Saturday 8

Mark Thomas

7.30pm

Friday 6

Recitals at the Arts Centre – Brillante Brass Quintet

1pm

Sunday 9

Postman Pat

Friday 6

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club

8pm

Sunday 9

Andy Kirkpatrick

7.30pm

Saturday 7

Comedy Club 4 Kids

3pm

Wednesday 12

Michael Friend Productions: The Man of Destiny

7.30pm

Sunday 8

Jazz at the Arts Centre – Andy Powell

1pm

Thursday 13

Russian State Ballet & Opera House: La Traviata

7.30pm

Sunday 8

Christmas with Buxton Musical Society

7.30pm

Friday 14

Punt and Dennis – Life On The Road

7.30pm

Sunday 8

Film: Much Ado About Nothing (12A)

7.30pm

Thursday 7

Hotbuckle Productions: David Copperfield

7.30pm

Friday 8

English Touring Opera: Coronation of Poppea

7.30pm

Saturday 9

English Touring Opera: Agrippina

7.30pm

Saturday 9

Little Soldier Productions: You and Me

7.30pm

Sunday 10

Jazz at the Arts Centre – The Alex McKown Band

Sunday 10

Aliens Love Underpants

1.30pm

Friday 13

Kaleidoscope Junior Theatre: Alice In Wonderland

Sunday 10

Ed Byrne – Roaring Forties

7.30pm

Friday 13

The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

Sunday 10

Cara Dillon

7.30pm

Saturday 14

Kaleidoscope Junior Theatre: Alice In Wonderland

Monday 11

Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings

7.30pm

Saturday 14

The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

7.30pm

Wednesday 13

Reginald D Hunter

7.30pm

Sunday 15

Ballet Theatre UK: The Nutcracker

7.30pm

Monday 16

Steeleye Span

2pm

Thursday 12 December to Wednesday 1 January Cinderella (see p66 & p67)

1pm 7pm 7.30pm 3pm

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BUXTON OPERA HOUSE & PAVILION ARTS CENTRE Thank You to our Supporters Our current business and funding partners and other supporters include:

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High Peak Borough Council Arts Council England Fundraising Friends of Buxton Opera House The Willoughby Luncheon Club 88


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