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What’s on at the Key Theatre and around the city

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Save money and get fit in the New Year

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season’s offer from the Key Theatre and the Cresset Theatre is sure to appeal to all ages and tastes.

Welcome to 2011 from Key Times+ and Vivacity. It’s the second week of the New Year, and if you’re already struggling to keep those New Year’s Resolutions, we can help! Our Vivacity gym membership offer means that getting fit and saving money can be ticked off your list – turn to pages 4 & 5 to find out more.

And although the Museum may have closed its doors for 2011, the Museum Service is still well and truly open – see p13 to find out about the Museum on Tour in Peterborough. We hope you enjoy this issue of Key Times+ - please let us know what you think by emailing enquiries@ vivacity-peterborough.com

If fitness isn’t your idea of fun, then Vivacity can offer you plenty of other activities to get through the long winter months. From comedy nights to music to drama, this

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Sports & Leisure

Great value gym membership from Vivacity If you’re struggling to keep your New Year’s Resolutions, then Vivacity can help you keep fit AND save money in 2011 with its great value gym membership offer. Whether you’re a gym-junkie, a water baby, or a complete exercise novice, Vivacity is here to help and support you. Our network of leisure centres means that you have access to a city-wide programme of classes, gyms and pools. And our commitment to providing you with the best quality services means that you can look forward to continued investment in the facilities you enjoy. Visit www.vivacity-peterborough. com to take a closer look at what we’re offering through our virtual tour of the newly refurbished gym at the Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre. There’s a great range of membership options available to suit your lifestyle. So, why not get in touch today to make keeping fit and healthy in 2011 as easy and flexible as possible. * Membership starts at just £6.00

per week. NO annual contract. * Access to ALL of the fitness and swimming facilities in the Vivacity network: Gyms at Werrington, Bushfield and the newly refurbished Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre. A great choice of fitness classes; swimming pools at Jack Hunt and the Regional Swimming Centre; Peterborough Lido in summer. * ALL included in your monthly membership fee. Why not try us out? Sign up now for a FREE ONE DAY PASS and you’ll be entered into a free prize draw for the chance to win a bike worth up to £600 from Greenwheel Cycles. Visit www.vivacity-peterborough. com for details or call: Werrington Leisure Centre: 576606; Bushfield Leisure Centre: 864656; Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre: 551474; Jack Hunt Swimming Pool & Gym: 264644 Terms and conditions apply, see website for more details

Greenwheel Cycles is Peterborough’s newest premier cycling centre, with Peterborough’s first and only in-house pro-fitting centre. Stocking a large range of children’s hybrid and mountain bikes, and the ultimate range of road and time trial bikes, they are able to accomodate every

customer’s needs, from the novice cyclist to those competing at the highest levels. Call 01733 305133 or visit www. greenwheelcycles.co.uk to find out more.

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Revamp at Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre The fitness suite at the Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre has now re-opened, having undergone an extensive refurbishment as part of a £1 million programme which will also see improvements made to the changing rooms, reception area, and an extension to the pavilion of the athletics track. Now operating under Vivacity,

membership of the Centre will also give you access to all the fitness and swimming facilities under Vivacity, including Bushfield, Werrington, Jack Hunt and the Lido in summer.

6pm; Sunday, 8am-5pm

Standard opening hours at the Regional Centre are: Monday and Tuesday, 6.30am10pm; Wednesday-Friday, 6.30am-9pm; Saturday, 8am-

Contact the Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre on 01733 551474 or visit www. vivacity-peterborough. com for more details.

New membership deals are available to help you keep your New Year resolution to get fit, without it costing you a fortune.

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Theatres / Music

Thursday, January 20

Key Theatre

Syd Lawrence Orchestra If proof were needed of the enduring power of big band music it surely lies in the scramble by pop stars of today, including Robbie Williams, Rod Stewart and Cliff Richard to make swing albums. But, nobody does it better than the Syd Lawrence Orchestra who are On The Beat in their great new show. Leader Chris Dean and the team

will get your New Year off to a swinging start with a programme that will set your feet tapping and your heart thumping. The show will feature the timeless music of greats like Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Thursday, January 20, at 7.30pm TICkeTS £16.50

Friday, January 21

Key Theatre

Magic – A Kind of Queen Their music dominated the charts and their live shows became legendary stadiumpacking occasions. Now one of the country’s top tribute acts, Magic, revives the excitement and drama of the Freddie Mercury days in the fantastic show A Kind Of Queen. If you have ever been to a Magic concert then you’ll know that

when it comes to re-creating all those magnificent multi-millionselling Queen hits, then they are the champions. Come, see and feel the stunning occasion that is this remarkable show and it will probably send you Radio GaGa with the sheer delight. Friday, January 21 at 7.30pm. TICkeTS £18.50 (£17.50 concessions)

Sunday, January 22

Key Theatre

The Johnny Cash Story Few artists have been more dedicated to the work of Johnny Cash, than Britain’s own Roger Dean who is an expert on the man and his music. Roger was just 14 years old when he first appeared on a BBC TV programme singing a Cash country hit, and he has been paying tribute to the great man ever since. Now, with his band The

Lazy Boys, he will keep you spellbound with his knowledge of Johnny’s life and music. Between singing numbers such as Big River, Ring of Fire, I Walk The Line and Hurt, Roger describes the hard times that forged the superstar. Saturday, January 22 at 7.30pm. TICkeTS £16 (£14 concessions)

Call the box office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque and credit card transactions.

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Theatres / Music

Friday, February 4

The Cresset

Cresset Got Soul If kids think many of today’s artists are real exponents of R&B and soul, then they could be in for an eye-opener if they head to The Cresset to hear the real thing. Yes, The Cresset’s Got Soul Again, Part 4! Here’s your chance to re-live those days of Northern Soul allnighters, and dig back into Motown Memories of music that

will never die with Tony Dellar and Ian Gray, who are both experts on the music and the artists. DJs in The Northern Room will be Andy Smith and Nigel F, Soul & Motown Room DJs will be John Bradley and Jamie Trundle. Thursday, February 4, at 8pm. TICkeTs £7

Saturday, March 12

The Cresset

Magic of Motown Direct from the UsA comes the hot and grooving The Reach Out Tour – Live, and it will rouse your soul. Head back to the heyday of Tamla Motown when Detroit set the world dancing to the music of The Temptations, Diana Ross & The Supremes, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, the Isley Brothers and scores more.

The best live Motown tribute concert boasts a superblychoreographed cast, 36 millionselling hits, dozens of dazzling costume changes, and that authentic Detroit sound of hits like I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Stop In The Name of Love and Get Ready. saturday, March 12, at 8pm. TICkeTs £19.50

Friday, March 18

The Cresset

Back For Good After all the excitement of Robbie Williams rejoining the band, and their latest album being a fast-selling record breaker, Take That are hotter than ever. And if you like Take That, you will love the hits packed show Back For Good which re-creates the magic of the biggest boy band ever. With their amazing dance

routines, numerous costume changes and phenomenal live performances, adoring fans will be singing and dancing along with the talented cast. The show features a feast of infectious feelgood favourites including Relight My Fire, Shine, A Million Love Songs and Patience. Friday, March 18, at 7.30pm. TICkeTs £18.50

Call the box office on 01733 265705 or visit www.cresset.co.uk A booking fee applies to all transactions.

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One Night of Elvis Fans of Lee ‘Memphis’ King know they can look forward to him rocking back the years with his stunning tribute to Elvis Presley. But this year fans at the Key Theatre get a special treat as Lee will be joined on stage by the legendary PJ Proby who was a close pal of Elvis, and also sang demo songs for him to hear. Proby became a big star in his own right

when he moved to Britain in the heady days of the 1960s and his solo hits included Hold Me and Somewhere. He will be talking about his time with The King while Lee musically charts Elvis’s career from his 1968 “comeback” show to the Las Vegas years.

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Saturday, January 29

Key Theatre

Saturday, January 29 at 7.30pm TiCKETS £20 (£19 concessions)

Saturday, May 7

Key Theatre

Talon – The Best of The Eagles The sound of Californian rock will bring a warm surge of desert air and some of The Eagles’ greatest hits to the Key. Fabulous tribute band, Talon, will be re-creating the rock legends’ famed Farewell 1 Tour in Melbourne, Australia in 2004, which became one of the biggestselling music DVDs of all time. Of course, it has been a long farewell and the Eagles have since scored again with their latest double

album Long Road Out of Eden. But, shut your eyes and Talon will take you back to a wizard night in Oz when the Eagles lifted the roof with all their biggest group and solo hits. Talon sell tickets fast, so book early to avoid disappointment. Saturday, May 7 at 7.30pm. TiCKETS £18.50

Friday, May 20

Key Theatre

Letz Zep Letz Zep are the most successful and best known tribute act to Led Zeppelin and they take flight at the Key Theatre again this year.

convincing recreation of Led Zeppelin in their prime, complete with the “tight but loose” raw excitement which was the trademark of a Zep concert.

Recently the band was featured in Classic Rock magazine and got a glowing full page report in Kerrang! magazine too.

Their show at the Key last year was a sell out because Letz Zep ain’t foolin’ and their fans know it. Book early to avoid missing out.

All four members possess the considerable musical ability required to produce a completely

Friday, May 20 at 7.30pm. TiCKETS £16

Call the box office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque and credit card transactions.

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Theatres / Music

January 22 & February 12

Castor Village Hall

Shakedown Blues Fans of the blues can look forward to two brilliant shows staged by Shakedown Blues at the Village Hall in Castor, near Peterborough.

12, will be Louis Arzo ‘Gearshifter’ Youngblood, who was born to play the blues, and his repertoire runs the gamut from Bobby Rush to George Jackson.

On Saturday, January 22, ‘Crazy’ Marvin Braxton will take to the stage. The 67-year-old harmonica player made his name on the blues circuit in Chicago and New York. Marvin also recorded with Jimi Hendrix.

Saturday, January 22 and Saturday, February 12, at 7.30pm TICKETS £15 in advance, £16 via PayPal and £17 on the door. Licensed bar.

Appearing on Saturday, February

More info at www. shakedownblues.co.uk Friday, May 27

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Limehouse Lizzy In a pyrotechnic explosion of a show at the Key Theatre, Limehouse Lizzy will keep the spirit of rock icon Phil Lynott and the legendary Thin Lizzy alive. Following their Live & Dangerous and Dedication tours, their Into The Limelight tour in 2008 tied in with an appearance on BBC2’s Arena, and they toured Europe, including a gig in Greece with Key favourites Letz Zep and Think Floyd. The Greatest Hits tour

Friday, May 27, at 7.30pm. TICKETS £16 (£14 concessions)

Call the box office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterborough keytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque & card transactions.

Saturday, May 1

Key Theatre

the Wildcats

means fans can look forward to great numbers like Whiskey In The Jar, Black Rose, and, of course, The Boys Are Back In Town.

Marty Wilde & The Wildcats Following last year’s sell-out performance, Marty Wilde, one of the greatest names in 50s and 60s music is returning to the Key Theatre. Marty and his band, The Wildcats, will be looking back at a career spanning over 50 years. Join Marty as he presents stunning musical memories and pays homage to friends who helped shape British pop music. His own hits include Bad Boy, Jesamine,

Teenager In Love, Rubber Ball, Jezabel and Sea Of Love. Saturday, May 1, at 7.30pm TICKETS £19 (£18 concessions)

Call the Box Office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterborough keytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque & card transactions

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Museum

Museum & Art Gallery

Peterborough Museum goes on tour for 2011 Peterborough Museum closed its doors to the public on Christmas Eve to begin a yearlong £3 million redevelopment programme which will see a major change to both the building and galleries. An exciting range of changes and improvements will be taking place over the coming year to bring the museum into the 21st century with wonderfully recreated galleries which provide the opportunity to interact with more of the museum’s remarkable collections, whilst restoring and showcasing this important historic building. The doors may be closed while the transformation takes place, but it doesn’t mean that the museum service will stop. Quite the opposite! Look out for an exciting range of events and activities when

the team takes the museum service out on tour into the community throughout 2011: n Why not visit our ‘mini’ museum at Central Library featuring a display about Peterborough’s history and ongoing news and information about all the museum activities during the closure, including progress updates on the redevelopment itself. n A mobile museum will be visiting schools and community groups, and the museum will be ‘popping up’ at shopping centres and other attractions. n The schools outreach education sessions will still be available throughout the Spring Term and a variety of workshops will be available during the closure. For details and to book, simply call us on 01733 864700 or email: Museum.education@

vivacity-peterborough.com n An exciting programme of temporary exhibitions, including a historic medicine exhibition at the new City Hospital, events, workshops and family activities are planned at venues across the city. n The popular programme of guided walks and offsite talks will continue. n The Archaeological Finds Identification Service will continue during the closure. Any finds should be taken to the Archives office in Central Library. The Museum telephone number stays the same, so get in touch on 01733 864663 or e-mail museum@vivacity-peterborough. com for information or bookings. Latest news at www.vivacitypeterborough.com and check out our updates and blogs on Facebook and Twitter.

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January/February

Evening Tours Have you got the courage to find out about Peterborough’s haunted reputation? Dare you brave the dark streets and alleyways of the city, where phantoms lurk in the shadows? Or perhaps you’d prefer to find out about the city’s dark criminal past? Or, if none of that appeals, perhaps you’d spend an evening exploring pubs . . . if so, perhaps you’d be advised to book for one of Peterborough Museum’s evening walks – the Peterborough Ghost Walk, the Peterborough Crime & Punishment Walk, or the Peterborough Inns and Taverns tour. All tours last about 100 minutes and take place whatever the weather, starting from outside the museum in Priestgate.

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Walkers can pay on the night, although places are limited and therefore pre-booking is strongly recommended.

Ghost Walks: January 18 and February 15 Crime Walks: January 20 and February 17 Inns & Taverns Tours: January 6 and February 3. All start at 7.30pm. TICKETS Adults £5, £3 for children/ concessions (students and OAPs) For more details call 01733 864663, e-mail museum@ vivacity-peterborough. com, or check www.vivacitypeterborough.com Tickets can be bought from the Destination Centre

Friday, January 28 – Sunday, January 30

Katharine of Aragon Festival Katharine of Aragon, Henry Vlll’s first wife, was buried at Peterborough Cathedral on January 29, 1536. The anniversary of this significant event is now marked each year with a series of commemorative events. The programme for 2011 has been organised by the Cathedral in association with Peterborough City Council and Vivacity and includes: Friday, January 28: Commemorative Services at the Cathedral during the day, attended by city dignitaries and local schoolchildren. An evening talk at the Cathedral by Stuart Orme from Peterborough Museum on The Life and Times of Old Scarlett. Saturday, January 29: Tudor Living History Day at the

Cathedral, with a chance to meet Katharine and Henry Vlll, Tudor dancing and music, Tudor crafts, archery, surgery and much more. Also there will be a concert by the The Sixteen who are recognised as one of the world’s greatest choral and period instrument orchestras. This will feature music Katharine would have heard at courts and also a piece reputedly written especially for her by Henry. Sunday, January 30: Tudor and Stuart Peterborough. Guided walk around the city centre with a costumed guide at 2pm. Tickets: £5 adults, £3 concessions. For more information visit www. peterborough-cathedral.org.uk Tickets for events are available from the Cathedral shop or Peterborough Destination Centre.

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Libraries

Every Thursday

Libraries

Moonlight Hare There’s great news for mums and tots with the opportunity to join in the fun with Moonlight Hare’s Baby and Toddler Club at the Central Library. The Peterborough Central Library and Peterborough Museum are joining together with this new baby and toddler club. Join us on Thursdays for songs, stories and fun activities. The fun and games will centre around a historical museum object, and there will be a different theme each week. The FREE event is ideal for 0-4 year olds and is a great way to help your child develop language and social skills through chatter, rhyme and interactions. Little minds are active and open to taking in new

experiences and information. Through play and meeting other youngsters, toddlers quickly learn new things and can satisy their natural inquisitiveness about the world around them. Moonlight Hare’s Baby and Toddler Club will help bring them on - in leaps and bounds! Every Thursday, starting January 6, from 10.3011.15am. The club is free.

For more information call 01733 864700, e-mail museum.education@ vivacity-peterborough. com or visit the website www.vivacitypeterborough.com February 25 – 28

Key Theatre

Peterborough Has Talent 2011 Calling all singers, dance acts, bands, gymnasts, comedians - any act, any age, any talent! Yes, it’s that time of year again, and come February the search begins for Peterborough’s best and brightest acts to star in the city’s biggest talent show. Whether you are the next Diversity, Katy Perry or Michael McIntyre, if you have a talent that you want to share with the world then come along and show us! We all know that Peterborough is blessed with talented people, and this is a chance for them to really shine. Never mind just the X-Factor, we are keen to see every factor in the alphabet on show. And who knows, it could be the start of something big. The winner of Peterborough

Has Talent 2011 will get the opportunity to perform at some of the biggest events across the city, along with a cash prize. Peterborough Has Talent 2011 will take place on June 18 at the Key Theatre. All funds raised by the show will go to the Papworth Trust and the Mayor’s Charities. The auditions will take place at the Key Theatre on: ■ Friday February 25, 5pm-8pm ■ Sunday, February 27, 10am-2pm ■ Monday, February 28, 5pm-8pm

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Theatres

Wednesday, January 26

The Cresset

Dance Challenge Hot on the heels of its success in London, Dance Challenge arrives in Peterborough at the Cresset Theatre.

giving the young people of Peterborough global coverage.

Fresh, exclusive and positively high-energy, Dance Challenge is a nationally renowned dance competition with a 21st Century edge, showcasing the future of dance in the UK.

The event takes place on Wednesday, January 26 at 1pm and 7pm. Want to dance? Register your team: www. DanceChallenge.co.uk or call 0845 539 0014 There are limited places left! Dance Challenge is open to groups from primary and secondary schools as well as community groups and dance schools. From £2.66 per dancer (if you bring 30 dancers) or £80 per team Spectators tickets cost £12.50, £8 concessions and £7 for groups of 10+.

This is a dance competition with a twist, where spectators are also the protagonists and professionals share the experience with local dancers. The finalists of the Peterborough competition will be given the chance to perform at the London Finals in Chelsea on Sunday, July 17, which will be streamed live online for the world to see,

Monday, February 21

The Cresset

Sally Morgan Everywhere she appears, she sells out at the box office, so you don’t need to be clairvoyant to predict big success when Sally Morgan appears at The Cresset. Sally is never far from the headlines and has become known as a celebrity clairvoyant associated with big names from all walks of life who have consulted her. Sally even appeared with Katie Price (aka Jordan) on her hugely sucessful fly-on-the-wall television series What Katie Did Next. Sally has had two big TV series of her own with Sally Morgan: Star Psychic for ITV2 and Sally: On The Road for satellite channel Living.

She tours the country performing to huge audiences, as well as offering one-to-one readings to enthused fans and celebrities including Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendon Cole and Ricky Whittle and former I’m A Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here! runner up Kim Woodburn. The ratings for her TV shows have been tremendous and this has had a huge impact on the box office sales. Come and see her, hear her, and you’ll understand why Sally Morgan is always in the headlines! Sunday, February 21 at 7.30pm TiCkETS £21.50

Call the box office on 01733 265705 or book at www.cresset.co.uk A booking fee applies to all transactions.

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Libraries

January 17 – February 4

Libraries

Laptop workshop for beginners As technology has moved on, the laptop has replaced the more conventional desktop computer in millions of homes. If you have a laptop of your own and don’t know where to start with it, why not come to our laptop workshop? You’ll learn about basic programs and how to download and save files.

Bring your laptop (fully charged!) to Central Library, Broadway on the day and we’ll take care of the rest. Monday, January 17, 10am–11.30pm Thursday, January 20, 2pm-3.30pm Friday, February 4, 10am–11.30am

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Libraries

Digital photography for beginners Digital cameras are very useful gadgets, but sometimes it can be tricky to work out how to use them and get the best out of them. So why not learn a new skill in the New Year with our online Digital Photography for Beginners course? You can take photos using one of our cameras and download them to the computer, before learning how to use basic

special effects on them. Please note: You need to already have some basic computer skills in order to attend this fun and interesting workshop. Central Library: Monday, January 17, 2-3pm Werrington Library: Tuesday, January 18, 10-11am Orton Library: Thursday, January 20, 11-noon

Tuesday, January 25

John Clare Theatre

Meet The Author – Jack Sheffield If you think there can’t be anything funny about being a teacher in today’s world, then Jack Sheffield’s bestselling books might change your mind. Come and enjoy a funny and heart-warming talk by the author at the John Clare Theatre. Jack is the author of a series of village school novels based on his time as a headteacher at two Yorkshire schools and he will be talking

about the fifth novel in his series called, Please Sir! There will be the opportunity to buy books and have them signed by the author. Tuesday, January 25 at 7pm, John Clare Theatre, Central Library. TICkeTS £3 (£2 concessions and reading groups) Tickets available from Central Library or Waterstones Bridge Street. To book, call the events team on 01733 864287.

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Libraries

February 19 – 26

Libraries

Pond Life! Half-term Youngsters can get beneath the surface to understand more about the wonderful hidden world of water creatures when Pond Life! comes to Libraries during the February half-term holiday. Come to our fun filled Green Balloon Club events for children aged 3 to 7 and see how a pond comes to life in Spring. Find out where frogs go in winter? Do fish sleep? And how does a toad cross the road? What have the animals have been doing this winter and how can you help them now it is spring? Meet some giant ‘pond creatures’ and have a go at making a frog puppet. Don’t forget to wear your Green Balloon Club T-shirt!

Hop to it and book today! n Bretton Library Saturday 26th 11.30am to 12.30pm n Central Library Tuesday 22nd 1pm to 2pm n Dogsthorpe Library Wednesday 23rd 2pm to 3pm n Eye Library Thursday 24th 2pm to 3pm n Hampton Library Wednesday 23rd 11am to noon n Orton Library Friday 25th 11am to noon n Stanground Library Tuesday 22nd 11am to noon n Thorney Library Saturday 19th 11am to noon n Werrington Library Monday 21st 11am to noon n Woodston Library Thursday 24th 11am to 12noon

Places must be booked and paid in advance. Cost is £2 per child

Monday, February 21

Libraries

Family fun with Dinah Capparucci Favourite books and characters close to children’s hearts leap off the pages in a very special way in an event not to be missed. Youngsters who are delighted by particular books seldom get the chance to hear the author talk about their creations in the flesh. This is the perfect half-term event for fans of funny fiction, and is aimed at children aged seven to 12 who are accompanied by a parent or carer. So, mums and dads should not miss the chance to bring the youngsters along to join Dinah Capparucci, author of the hilarious Warning! Trilogy

at the John Clare Theatre, in Central Library, Broadway. Dinah will delight her young fans by taking them through the wacky stories that have inspired her writing. You can also meet the crazy characters who have ended up on the pages of her books, and listen to amazing anecdotes that are sure to have audiences rolling in the aisles! Monday, February 21, 11am – noon John Clare Theatre, Central Library, Broadway TICKETS £2 per family

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Sports & Leisure

February 25 – 29

Sports & Leisure

Half-Term Sports

It’s half-term again soon, and once again Vivacity has organised a fun-packed programme of events for children to enjoy. For more information and to book, call Werrington Sports Centre, on 01733 576606, Bushfield Sports Centre on 01733 864656, or 01733 863760 for the fishing. Monday, Table Tennis February 25 10am to noon. Werrington Sports Centre £4 (£3 @ctive)

Wii Sports 1pm to 3pm Werrington Sports Centre £4 (£3 @ctive)

Tuesday, Fishing February 26 10am to noon Decoy Lakes £4 (£3 @ctive)

Netball (High 5) 1pm to 3pm Werrington Sports Centre £4 (£3 @ctive)

Wednesday, Hockey (Zone) February 27 1pm to 3pm Werrington Sports Centre £4 (£3 @ctive)

Girls only fitness session 1pm to 3pm Bushfield Sports Centre £4 (£3 @ctive)

Thursday, Badminton February 28 10am to noon Bushfield Sports Centre £4 (£3 @ctive)

Wii Sports 1pm to 3pm Bushfield Sports Centre £4 (£3 @ctive)

Friday, Racquet Sports February 29 10am to noon Werrington Sports Centre £4 (£3 @ctive)

Football 1pm to 3pm Werrington Sports Centre £4 (£3 @ctive)

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Sports & Leisure

Tuesday afternoons

Sports & Leisure

FINS Disabled Swimming Club Being disabled need not preclude youngsters from enjoying all the benefits of swimming. The FINS Disabled Swimming Club is aiming to help with expert support and training The special sessions are held on Tuesdays and the cost is just £2 per session. Session 1 from 4.00 – 4.35pm is a structured session aimed at coaching young swimmers

with a disability to integrate into competitive swimming. Session 2 from 4.35 to 5.10pm aims to develop the fundamental swimming skills for disabled non-swimmers (support in water)

For more information or to book contact Scott Beasley on 01733 863760 or e-mail scott. beasley@vivacitypeterborough.com

Sports & Leisure

Activities for adults with a disability Vivacity has teamed up with DIAL Peterborough and YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to offer a number of exercise and sports opportunities. They are gym based and offer a friendly, social and relaxed environment. These sessions can help you achieve your goals whether they are improving fitness, losing weight, increasing confidence, or looking to get back to work.

Mondays: YMCA Gym at the Cresset, Bretton, 10am-12noon Tuesdays: Bushfield Leisure Centre 11am-1pm Wednesdays: YMCA Gym 2-4pm; Thursdays: YMCA Gym 1-3pm; Fridays: Peterborough Prison 3-5pm. Mon-Thurs sessions cost £2.00. Friday Prison session £1. Booking essential, call Matt Taylor on 01733 863783 or e-mail matt. taylor@vivacity-peterborough.com

Friday afternoons

Sports & Leisure

Over-50s Fitness Over-50s from all over the city are being welcomed to come and attend a new class available in Peterborough which aims to promote a good physical and mental wellbeing through exercise. This new activity will be just what the doctor ordered, with the activity broken down into two segments: chair-based aerobics focusing on joint and muscle mobility; the second element involves fun games

like bowls, chair-based cricket, curling and much more. These sessions are fun and social and all activities can be adapted to suit the requirements of every individual whatever your current health issues may be. Fridays, 2-3pm. Price £2.50.

Contact Werrington Sports Centre on 01733 576606

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Mini Tennis Coaching Budding Andy Murrays of tomorrow have to start somewhere. And for some, Werrington Leisure Centre in Peterborough could well be the place. Mini Tennis Coaching is now on hand to give youngsters a start in playing the great game. Mini Tennis is suitable for 4-7 year olds and is a great way to improve hand-eye co-ordination. The sessions consist of drills,

Sports & Leisure

Monday, January 10 – Monday, February 21

Sports & Leisure

techniques and fun games to develop skills towards playing tennis properly. Sessions will be taking place on Mondays, from January 10 to February 21, between 5.10-5.55pm. It costs just £25 for a 7-week course.

Call 01733 576606 or e-mail werrington. sports@vivacitypeterborough.com January 15 & 16

Sports & Leisure

Cat Show For the second year running, Werrington Leisure Centre will be host to the ‘Cor Cats’ show. This is a great chance for breeders to showcase the various types of pedigree felines before a panel of judges. This is the serious side of this well-supported event, but cat lovers amongst members of the public will be feline fine if they come along.

Saturday and Sunday 15 and 16 January from 10am to 4pm. Entry prices to be confirmed.

For more information contact Werrington Leisure Centre. Call: 01733 576606 or e-mail werringtonsports@ vivacity-peterborough. com Monday nights

Sports & Leisure

Monday Night Athletics Monday Night Athletics is a session specifically designed to introduce children and young people to athletics, whatever their current fitness or background.

track and field events.

We teach children a range of different events, so there is something for everyone.

Monday nights (term time only). Just £1.00 per session.

We have a wide range of competitions the child can chose to enter from cross country to sports hall and

In the summer we are based at Peterborough Athletics Arena and in the winter we are indoors at Stanground Sports Centre.

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Theatres / Key Youth Theatre

July 25 – August 5

Key Theatre

Key Youth Theatre Summer School 2011 Welcome to the 20th year of Summer School –‑ the best in the Eastern Region – and this year will be no exception. The Key Summer School involves acting, movement, music and singing, plus lots of fun too! If you’ve never been, don’t miss out! The Key has a fantastic mix of interesting, talented, young people guided by professional actors, dancers and musicians. It really is the experience of a lifetime and a great way to make new friends. This year’s event will again take place at the Key’s fantastic studio facilities,

with Saturday’s performance in the main auditorium.

FREE tickets to the fantastic end-of-week performance!

Summer School offers fantastic value for money because your children will be:

The Summer Schools are for children aged 8-18 years and will take place over two weeks during the summer holidays. To find out more about them, and our Breakfast Club activities, monthly payment schemes and discounts, pick up an application form from the Box Office or at our website.

n Fully supervised in a safe, controlled area by fully CRB checked staff. n They will learn and develop new skills in a creative, dynamic environment. n They will receive a Summer School T-shirt to keep. n They will also attend a brilliant end-of-the-week party and disco. And if that’s not enough, YOU will receive at least TWO

Week one: Monday 25 to Saturday 30 July Week two: Monday 1 to Saturday 6 August 9.30am‑5pm daily with a late finish on Saturday. Cost: £135 per week

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A Vienesse Strauss Gala Strauss Gala Productions bring you A Viennese Strauss Gala, a brand new production of this ever popular show that recreates the romance of the Viennese Festive Season.

companies, including Opera North, English National Opera and the famed D’Oyly Carte.

It is superbly reminiscent of a bygone age of glamorous soirees and Strauss waltzes.

It will appeal to the romantic as much as the music afficionado and has already proved popular all over the country.

The show features the highlights from some of the great operettas of the Strauss family legends, Kalman and Lehar.

Theatres / Dance-

Tuesday, January 25

Key Theatre

This wonderful production is cleverly staged and choreographed.

One critic wrote: “Beautiful costumes, excellent voices and some fine acting too.”

You will be caught up in the vivid romance of the music from Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow and many more.

Another declared good humouredly: “Don’t get stressed, get Straussed!”

The European Orchestral Ensemble will accompany four soloists from the major opera

Tuesday, January 25 at 7.30pm. TiCkeTS £17.50 (£16.50 concessions)

Friday, March 11

Key Theatre

The Big Ballet A ballet like no other ever seen in the Uk, The Big Ballet features an ensemble of 16 Corps de Ballet dancers, each weighing no less than 16-stone and united in a common cause - not to lose a single pound. Yes, this truly is a heavyweight spectacular of weighty elegance and humour. From Russia’s Ural mountains, the region from which Tchaikovsky hailed, The Big Ballet was formed in 1994 and set out to deliberately and, above all, selfconfidently challenge accepted social standards in a world where the pursuit of slenderness and beauty seems obsessive. The dancers courageously and imposingly prove that

grace, elegance, charisma and nimbleness is not simply for the “thin”, proudly presenting their own voluptuous, yet surprisingly sinuous and flexible figures. These ladies enchant their audiences with different classical and modern ballet pieces in an hilarious comedy show full of fun and astonishing choreography, proving that you shouldn’t take life, or yourself, too seriously. Enjoy the show from Amande Concerts, it will both surprise and thrill you. The Stage said: “Not to be missed.” Good advice! Friday, March 11 at 7.30pm TiCkeTS £19.00 (£17.50 concessions)

Call the box office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque and credit card transactions.

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Theatres / Drama

February 14 – 16

Key Theatre

Dancing at Lughnasa The setting is summer in 1936, where in a cottage in the remote Irish village of Ballybeg, the five Mundy sisters live a simple life with their recently returned brother Jack, a missionary priest, seven-year-old Michael and a wireless set called Marconi. Years later, the now grown up Michael looks back at that fateful summer when the knockings of change finally caught up with the Mundy family. We see the sisters laugh, cry, and dance in their boots in the foothills of Ballybeg, fighting to stave off a change to their lives. The play paints a life-affirming portrait of these brave women

following their loss of love and opportunity, played out with dark humour, raw energy and tenderness. Dancing at Lughnasa is Brian Friel’s Olivier and Tony award-winning play which was also made into a film with Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon. Monday, February 14 to Wednesday, February 16, nightly at 7.30pm. TICkeTs Monday £16.00 (£13.00 concessions) Tuesday & Wednesday: £17.50 (£14.50 concessions). key I.P: £3.50 off full price tickets

February 28 – March 2

Key Theatre

Lillies On The Land This is a truly remarkable and sparkling piece of theatre which celebrates an extraordinary episode in Britain’s history - the work of the Women’s Land Army during World War Two. This delightful, and often deeply touching, play charts the personal journeys of four women who sign up to become Land Girls, determined to work endless, backbreaking hours on farms across the country in a bid to do their best for the War Effort. But, how will these women, hailing from all different walks of life, torn from their families and bereft of all basic home comforts, deal not only with the hardships of farming life and the pressures of war, but also with being

outsiders in new surroundings? Maybe work clothes full of mice and toilet rolls falling from the skies are just what it takes for these girls to get through. It is based on real Land Girls’ memories, with period songs. Monday, February 28 to Wednesday, March 2. Nightly at 7.30pm, 2.30pm matinee on Wednesday. TICkeTs Monday: £16.00 (£13.00 concessions) Tuesday & Wednesday evenings: £17.50 (£14.50 concessions); Wednesday matinee: £15.00 (£12.00 concessions). key I.P: £3.50 off full price tickets on all shows except Wednesday evening.

Call the box office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque and credit card transactions.

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Theatres / Drama

March 3 – 5

Key Theatre Studio

The Opening Night It is a ridiculous comedy that is as tragic as it is funny. A love story that will have the tears of inadequacy rolling down your face before they fall and evaporate into a small reminder of what it is to be free. The Opening Night is a short one-act comedy about a group of misfits trying to create their own theatre company. Originally devised for The Family Care Group, the play was created to

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inspire a group of non-theatrical people to create their own theatre company in the city. This is about people just like you, from a Peterborough estate, trying to create an opportunity for themselves. Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 March, nightly at 7.45pm. TIckeTS £10.00 (£7.00 concessions)

Monday, March 14

Up Out O’ The Sea In a small town on Suffolk’s eroding coastline, life goes on pretty much as usual – until carrie arrives investigating a 30-year-old lifeboat tragedy. As lost lives and loves are dredged to the surface, the past gradually becomes clearer and locals learn to face up to the future. Suffolk-based playwright Andrew Holland was introduced to the

Eastern Angles company who are staging this superb play, through the National Theatre Studio. Andrew has written plays for both the radio and stage and Ivan Cutting, Eastern Angles’ Artistic Director said: “We are really excited by Up Out o‘ the Sea.” Monday, March 14, at 7.30pm TIckeTS £8.50 key I.P: £7.50

Monday, March 21

Key Theatre

The Screwtape Letters This award-winning satirical comedy is set in Professor Screwtape’s study in the timeless dominion of Hell.

objects of his devilish schemes to secure their downfall.

The Screwtape Letters follows his attempts to train two junior devils, including his protégé Wormwood, in the fine art of temptation.

The reputation of Screwtape depends on the success of his students. The play remains faithful to the original text, characters, and themes created by author C.S. Lewis.

He sets them to work on human subjects living in wartime England, who are unaware that they are being used as

Monday, March 21 at 7.30pm. TIckeTS £10.00 (£9.00 concessions)

call the box office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque and credit card transactions.

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle It is Bertolt Brecht’s most famous work, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle is also regarded as one of the most important 20th Century pieces of theatre. It was first presented by the National Theatre in 1997, and now Frank McGuinness’s version of this morality masterpiece is staged in Blackeyed Theatre’s inimitable fashion, combining original live music, stunning design and

captivating performances. After sacrificing everything to protect a child abandoned in the heat of civil war, a servant girl is made to confront the boy’s biological mother in a legal tug-of-love. An ancient tradition, the chalk circle, will decide the outcome.

Theatres / Drama

Wednesday, March 9

Key Theatre

Wednesday, March 9 at 7.30pm TICkeTs £10.00 (£8.50 concesssions). key I.P: £8.00

Thursday, March 10

Key Theatre

The Birthday of the Infanta Adults and young people alike are invited by the Infanta, the spanish princess, to her 12th birthday party.

company’s unique style, the play captures a transitional moment of choice when the heart could melt – or freeze.

This is the only day of the year she is allowed to play with other children, but mixing with those not of her own rank comes at a price.

You will be taken on a compelling journey which draws on the passion and rhythms of Spain.

Adapted from the bittersweet story by Oscar Wilde, and performed in the Trestle

Thursday, March 10 at 7.30pm. TICkeTs £10 (£7.50 for students). key I.P: £8.00

Saturday, March 12

Key Theatre

Private Peaceful This dramatic and compellingly human play relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short, but joyful, past growing up in Devon. He remembers his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices

of war that brought him to the front line. And now, he faces the ultimate disgrace. Death delivered by his own comrades. It is taken from Michael Morpurgo’s winning Blue Peter Book of the Year. saturday, March 12 at 7.30pm. TICkeTs £10.50 (£8.50 concessions). key I.P: £8.00

Call the box office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque and credit card transactions.

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Theatres / Drama

April 12 – 16

Key Theatre

The Chosen Ones Prosperous businessman Greg Harding has something terrible to hide in this drama starring Jennifer Biddall from Hollyoaks and Emmerdale’s Ben Freeman. Unfortunately for Greg, his new gardener Callum knows about his secret. When Greg and his children Ben and Anna gather for a birthday barbecue, Callum arrives ready to act as judge, jury – and executioner! The cold sweat suspense of The

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Chosen Ones races to a spinetingling and terrifying climax. Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 April. Nightly at 7.30pm, 2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday

TickETS Tues: £17 Wed & Thurs evenings: £18 Thurs matinee £15 Sat matinee: £16 Fri and Sat evenings: £19 Concessions for students and over 60s: £3 off full price tickets key i.P: £3.50 off full price tickets for all performances except Friday and Saturday evenings

April 20 – 23

The Railway Children A dazzling new musical adaptation of eternal favourite The Railway children will be on the right lines to entertain families. The story remains familiar as Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis move to Three Chimneys, a house near the railway with their mother because their father has been falsely imprisoned. When the children become

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friendly with Perks, the station porter and the Old Gentleman who regularly takes the 9.15 train, they little realise that something magical is going to happen in their lives. Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 April (no show on Good Friday) Times and prices to be confirmed. Call the Box Office for more details.

May 13 & 14

Hamlet: Prince of Denmark Does revenge justify murder? That is the question at the heart of Shakespeare’s classic Hamlet: Prince of Denmark. The King is dead and consumed with grief, Prince Hamlet devotes himself to avenging his death, with devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom. Friday 13 to Saturday 14 May.

Nightly at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets £16.00 for evening performances; £15.00 for the matinee. £10.00 tickets available for children and students for all performances. School parties: 1 FREE seat for teachers with every 12 purchased key i.P: £3.00 off full price tickets.

call the box office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque and credit card transactions.

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Theatres / Comedy

Thursday, January 20

The Cresset

Stephen K Amos Fresh from a busy year filming his own BBC2 comedy series, The Stephen K Amos Show, the laughtermaker is headed back to The Cresset for a not-so-quiet night in with all his friends in Peterborough. Stephen, as always, will be serving up more melt-in-the-middle, heartfelt humour to warm the very cockles of your heart. Stephen is of Nigerian origin and for many years was a regular feature of the London stand-up comedy circuit. His fortune began to change when he took the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by storm in 2006 with his open, frank and personal show All of Me. From there he became hugely popular

at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Great Debate. Stephen performed to great acclaim on the Alternative Stages at the Reading and Leeds Festivals last year bringing his unique brand of humour to fans old and new alike. The Sunday Times critic said: “Effortless comedy from one of the country’s strongest stand-ups, whether riffing with the crowd or delivering broad, big-grin gags.” The Guardian writer simply said: “Amos is dynamite.” If laughter’s the best medicine, Doctor Amos will see you now! Thursday, January 20, at 8pm. TiCKeTS £18.50

Saturday, February 12

The Cresset

Micky Flanagan The 2007 if. comedy nominee, the almighty Micky Flanagan, is bringing his new show Out Out, to Peterborough. It’s been a great 18 months for Micky – he appeared in Michael McIntyre’s Road Show and Mock The Week on BBC1, his recent Radio 4 series What Chance Change? was a hit with listeners and critics alike, and he is one of a handful of comics to perform their own Comedy Central special. In 2010 he also sold out his two Bloomsbury Theatre shows at record speed. Tirelessly funny, Micky draws on his East End background as he ruthlessly deconstructs the Cockney myth with razorsharp observational wit.

As a former fish packer and window cleaner he tells a comic tale of a working class upbringing where ‘alphabetti spaghetti’ is a luxury and a bottle of Blue Nun the height of sophistication. His star finally exploded in the comedy firmament a couple of years ago with a brilliantly observed Edinburgh Fringe show about his rise from working class Herbert to middle class ponce, and being caught awkwardly between the two. His status was ‘crowned’ recently with an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance. Saturday, February 12 at 8pm. TiCKeTS £15

Call the box office on 01733 265705 or book at www.cresset.co.uk A booking fee applies to all transactions.

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Zoe Lyons A phenomenal new show from Zoe Lyons is coming to The Cresset for one night only. The roar of the crowd is nothing new to this Lyons as she has starred on top-notch telly shows, including Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Mock The Week (BBC2) and The Paul O’Grady Show (ITV1). Anyway, many years ago, while up a hill with the Kate Bush Fan Club,

eating magic fudge, Zoe stumbled upon the secret of inner peace.

Theatres / Comedy

Thursday, February 24

The Cresset

She’s come to the conclusion that life is too short and she’s going to try to be happy, although the word “try” makes it sound like there’s effort involved – and she’s not pleased about that. Thursday, February 24 TiCkeTs £12

Wednesday, March 2

The Cresset

Angelos Epithemiou and friends i can’t believe it, says Angelos, but they are making me go and do MORe of these b****y shows!

also got a copy of Deathwish with Charles Bronson that I found in the Hospice shop. But, now they’ll have to wait coz of these shows.

Apparently it’s because lots of people came to the last ones at Christmas, and they reckon I should do it again. I’m gutted coz I’ve just bought a video player and I’ve got loads of things to watch that I got off the telly, like New Tricks and Crimewatch. I’ve

Anyway, if it’s a bad telly night, then come and watch me mucking about for an hour and a half. I’ll be doing three jokes, two impressions and one dance. Wednesday, March 2, at 7.30pm. TiCkeTs £16.50

Friday, March 5

The Cresset

Roy Chubby Brown Roy Chubby Brown is back in town, so get ready for a barnstorming night of jokes, banter and hilarious mickey-taking. Nobody does it better than Chubby who is Britain’s most outrageous comedian, bar none. You will laugh until it hurts as Chubby rips into his live audiences with a non-stop battering ram of laugh-out-loud comedy.

It is a testament to the lasting power of his personality and material that Chubby has become a sell-out entertainer with a huge following. You certainly won’t see him on TV often - his blue sense of humour makes certain of that! The only word of warning is, if you’re easily offended - forget it! Friday, March 5 at 7.30pm. TiCkeTs £20

Call the box office on 01733 265705 or book at www.cresset.co.uk A booking fee applies to all transactions.

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Theatres / Comedy

The Cresset

Friday, March 11

Mike Wilmot Star of BBC1’s Live At The Apollo, the internationally acclaimed Canadian comedian and Time Out Comedy Award winner, Mike Wilmot is coming to The Cresset. Already an established massive star comedian in his homeland, Mike started working in the UK as a stand-up act in 1995. He then built up a reputation as one of the unsung heroes of the comedy scene, rarely

attracting media attention, while still tickling the funny bones of a growing fan base. Then in 2003 he won the coveted Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy festival and was invited to appear at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Friday, March 11 at 8pm. TiCkeTS £12 plus booking fee

Box office 01733 265705 or www.cresset.co.uk Monday, March 14

The Cresset

Ed Byrne After the success of his last stage show, Different Class, master of observational comedy and star of Mock The Week and Have i Got News For You, ed Byrne is back at The Cresset. This time with his brand new show, Crowd Pleaser, where he explores subjects and situations that Ed finds frustratingly maddening. It is certainly a wickedly funny insight into Ed’s life! Continuing his quest to happily

turn into a grumpy old man, Ed is always certain to deliver laughs in abundance. And that’s whether he is talking about his cat, cake, religion, or potential fatherhood. Monday, March 14 at 7.30pm. TiCkeTS £20 plus booking fee

Call the box office on 01733 265705 or visit www.cresset.co.uk Friday, May 6

Key Theatre

Ha Ha Holmes! The long awaited third show from The Ha Ha Boys is coming soon in Ha Ha Holmes! The Beast of the Blistervilles, a comedy thriller in two acts. It’s new, it’s exciting and it isn’t like any of the recent Sherlock exploits on TV or the big screen. You can count on that. But prepare to cheer as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson embark on their most dangerous adventure yet, solving the mystery of Blisterville

Hall and the supernatural creature that haunts the nearby moors. Never fear, our intrepid duo are on the trail of the beastie! Friday, May 6 at 7.30pm. TiCkeTS £13

Box Office: 01733 207239 or www.peter boroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque & card transactions

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Theatres / Comedy

February 1 – 5

Key Theatre

The Naked Truth Tailor-made for women, The Naked Truth is the comedy play from Dave Simpson, the writer of the smash hit comedy Girls Night Out. Now in its fifth fantastic tour, The Naked Truth has had people on their feet cheering all over the UK. The setting is a pole dancing class (the latest keep fit craze) and the story is about sisterhood. It’s a woman thing, as five very different women struggle hilariously to conquer pole dancing for an event to raise awareness and money for a breast cancer charity. As their stories unfold, and unravel, they share laughter and tears in this hilarious, sad, and ultimately moving play. The Naked Truth represents a call

to all women with its celebration of strength over adversity. It is a show for women, about women, that men absolutely must see (if they dare!) If you loved Calendar Girls then don’t miss this! Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 February. Tuesday to Friday at 7.30pm with Saturday performances at 5pm and 8pm. TiCkeTS All evening performances £18 Saturday at 5pm: £16 Concessions: £2 off full price tickets available on all performances except Saturday at 8pm. key i.P: £2.50 off full price tickets on all performances except Friday and Saturday evenings

March 22 – 26

Key Theatre

Up Pompeii People with fond memories of the hilarious Frankie Howerd classic are going to love seeing Damian Williams play lecherous Lurcio in this side-splitting new production of Up Pompeii. Damian is a huge favourite with Key Theatre audiences and was recently seen in Are You Smarter Than Your 10 Year Old on Sky1. Damian has always admired Frankie as one of his comedy heroes and was always keen to play Lurcio on stage. Up Pompeii will give Damian plenty of scope for nudge-nudge interactions with his audience in the traditional Howerd manner as he creates a fun riot with double entendres, risque gags and scantily clad girls.

Howerd died before the play could be staged as planned in the early 90s. With Damian in charge we guarantee however: “Titter you will” Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 March. Nightly at 7.30pm, 2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday. TiCkeTS Tuesday to Thursday evenings: £18; Thursday matinee: £15; Saturday matinee: £16; Friday evening: £19; Saturday evening: £22 Concessions for students and over-60s: £3.00 off full price tickets on all performances. key i.P: £3.50 off full price tickets on all performances except Friday and Saturday evenings

Call the box office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque and credit card transactions.

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Theatres / Musicals

February 8 – 12

Key Theatre

The Producers Those fabulous Performing Arts students from Peterborough Regional College will once more light up the Key Theatre stage with a new production of the risque stage and film hit The Producers.

scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop.

Based on the original classic film of the same title which went on to become a huge Broadway and West End musical hit, this production is a superb, showbiz sensation.

Tuesday, February 8 to Saturday, February 12. Nightly at 7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday. TiCKeTS Tuesday evening and both matinees: £12 (£9.50 concessions) Wednesday to Friday evenings: £14.00 (£11.50 concessions) Saturday evening: £16.00 (£13.50 concessions) Key i.P: £3.00 off full price tickets except Friday and Saturday evenings

The Producers was adapted from his film by legendary funnyman Mel Brooks, who also wrote the hilarious lyrics for the musical numbers. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who

Complications arise for the duo when it unexpectedly becomes a hit.

February 22 – 26

Key Theatre

Disney’s Beauty And The Beast Westwood Musical Society is returning, from a year out fundraising, in triumph by presenting something new and exciting at the Key Theatre. It is a full scale production of the much-loved Disney classic Beauty and The Beast and all the family will love it. Audiences will enjoy the best known songs from the legendary film, including Be Our Guest, in what promises to be a visual and dancing treat that will have everyone singing along, and all the favourite Disney characters will be featured. Beauty and The Beast is sure to be a half-term treat. It tells the familiar story of a handsome, but conceited, prince treating a beggar woman

badly. But, she turns out to be a beautiful enchantress and she turns the pompous prince into a beast, while the castle staff are all transformed into objects to do with their profession or personality. To break the spell the prince must learn to love before a magical rose loses all of its petals. Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 February. Nightly at 7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees Wednesday to Saturday. TiCKeTS Tues evening: £10.00 Wed-Sat matinees: £10.00 (£8.00 concessions) Wed & Thurs evenings: £11.00 Fri & Sat evenings: £12.00 Family tickets (Wednesday to Friday evenings): £40

Call the box office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque and credit card transactions.

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Theatres / Musicals

March 16 – 18

Key Theatre

Our House It is going to be sheer Madness when the eagerly talented young students from Arthur Mellows Village College in Glinton, return to the Key Theatre. Yes, they will be going nutty, but in the nicest possible way when the hits of legendary group Madness form the soundtrack to their production of Our House. It certainly marks quite a change from their very successful presentation of Arabian Nights at the theatre last year. Our House is a very nice house indeed, because the show won the prestigious Olivier award for Best Musical. The production tells the

story of a teenage lad called Joe and the surprising consequences of a decision he makes on his 16th birthday. Madness are, of course, the legendary British ska/pop band from Camden Town who were at the forefront of the 2 Tone reggae-influenced sound of the late 70s and 80s. They produced a string of hits and the show features toe-tapping numbers like Our House (of course), I’ve Been Driving In My Car, Baggy Trousers, and It Must Be Love. Our House was a huge hit in the West End. Thursday, March 16 to Saturday, March 18, nightly at 7.30pm. TICKETS £8.50 (£6.00 concessions)

March 30 – April 9

Key Theatre

My Fair Lady For more than a century Peterborough Operatic & Dramatic Society (PODS) has been delighting city audiences with musical theatre of the highest calibre. And you can bet your boots that PODS will be matching their greatest triumphs of the past with their glittering 2011 production of the legendary My Fair Lady. The talented cast includes Mark Harriss as Professor Higgins, newcomer Kate John as Eliza Doolittle and society chairman Leslie Crowson as Colonel Pickering. The much loved part of Alfred Doolittle will be played by John Torr with Michele Hodgett as

Mrs Pearce the housekeeper. At the helm again will be director Howard Carter following last year’s hit production of Oklahoma!, with the musical director Anthony E Grunwell. Wednesday, March 30 to Saturday, April 9. Nightly at 7.30pm, 2.30pm matinees on both Saturdays TICKETS £14.50 on all shows, except the 7.30pm performance on Saturday April 9, when it will be £16. Concession tickets at £11.50 available on Wednesday, March 30; Thursday, March 31; Monday, April 4; Tuesday, April 5, and both matinees

Call the box office on 01733 207239 or book at www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque and credit card transactions.

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Libraries / Cinema

Thursday evenings

Libraries

Peterborough Arts Cinema

Peterborough Arts Cinema has another great series of films lined up for the John Clare Theatre, in Central Library, Peterborough. Thursday 13 January, at 7:30pm: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009, Sweden): Michael Nyqvist plays Michael Blomkvist, a reporter facing an unjust prison sentence for criminal libel. Before his jail term starts, he is hired by a wealthy industrialist to solve the mystery of a niece who disappeared 40 years before. Thursday 20 January, at 7.30pm: District 9 (2009, USA/ S.Africa): Not too far into the future, a huge, lumbering spaceship shows up over planet Earth and stops there in the sky, hovering over a 21st-century modern city. Progressive liberal politicians have no choice but to allow these poor creatures out and let them live in the outskirts of the city, which they turn into a no-go crime slum called District 9. Thursday 27 January, at 7.30pm: London River (2009, UK): The film is set exactly five years ago in the aftermath of the 7 July suicide bombings in London, but its two central characters are simple, middle-aged people living alone

and far away when the news of the disaster reaches them. Thursday 3 February at 7.30pm: Mother (2009, Korea): Bong Joon-ho’s Mother is a suspense thriller, a gripping psychological study and a witty subversion of the forensic-procedural genre. Thursday 10 February, at 7.30pm: Made in Dagenham (2010, UK): The film stars Sally Hawkins as Rita, confident and forthright, as the ordinary working mum who finds herself elevated to the position of striker-spokeswoman. Thursday, 17 February, at 7.30pm: Winter’s Bone (2009, USA): The action takes place in Missouri, where teenage Ree is effectively the only sentient adult in her household: her mother has become catatonic with depression and her younger brother and sister need looking after. Thursday 24 February, at 7.30pm: The Illusionist (2010, France): Belleville Rendezvous’s Sylvain Chomet eschews the 3D bandwagon and delivers a hand-drawn animated treasure. Tickets: £4 for members, £5 for non-members. More info on www.peterboroughartscinema.co.uk

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The Key Theatre Box Office is open from 11am to 8pm, Mondays to Saturdays, and from an hour prior to performances until 30 minutes after curtain up on Sundays. Telephone bookings can be made during Box Office opening hours by calling 01733 207239 or book online 24 hours a day at www. peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all card and cheque transactions.

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Coming up at the Key Syd Lawrence Orchestra The ever-popular big band led by Chris Dean Thursday 20 January Page 6 Magic – A Kind of Queen Top Queen tribute band Magic make their debut at the Key Friday 21 January Page 6 The Johnny Cash Story Country music’s biggest star is remembered once again by Roger Dean and his band Saturday 22 January Page 6 A Viennese Strauss Gala A brand new production recreating the romance of the Viennese festive season Tuesday 25 January Page 29 One Night of Elvis Lee ‘Memphis’ King returns to

the Key, but with special guest PJ Proby Saturday 29 January Page 8 The Naked Truth A welcome return for the show for women, about women, that men must see (if they dare!) 1 – 5 February Page 41 The Producers Mel Brooks’ musical comedy brought to life by the students of Peterborough Regional College 8 – 11 February Page 42 Dancing at Lughnasa The Original Theatre Company present Brian Friel’s Olivier Award winning play 14 – 16 February Page 31

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Beauty And The Beast Westwood Musical Society Peterborough return to the Key with the Disney classic 22 – 26 February Page 42 Lillies on the Land The Women’s Land Army of World War II celebrated in this new play by Fresh Glory Productions 28 February – 2 March Page 31 The Caucasian Chalk Circle Bertolt Brecht’s masterpiece performed by Blackeyed Theatre Co Wednesday 9 March Page 33 The Big Ballet A comedy ballet of weighty elegance and adorable humour Friday 11 March Page 29

Box Office: 01733 207239/www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk A £1 booking fee applies to all cheque & card transactions

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