key times January – February 2012
What’s on at the Key Theatre and around the city Brought to you with
New Year’s Resolutions already broken? Find out how Vivacity can help
Heritage Theatres & Arts
Countdown to Museum reopening
Sport & Leisure Libraries
Welcome to 2012 from Key Times+ and Vivacity.
a welcome return to the students of Peterborough Regional College with Oh What A Lovely War.
It’s the second week of the New Year, and if you’re already struggling to keep those New Year’s Resolutions, we can make it a whole lot easier with our Vivacity gym membership – come along to one of our four gyms to find out more.
Although the Key Theatre is closed during January and February, whilst undergoing refurbishment thanks to funding from Peterborough City Council, it’s not too early to book your tickets for the new season of shows kicking off from early March: highlights include Berkoff’s The Trial, Ben Elton’s Silly Cow plus
At Peterborough Museum, we’re getting ready for our grand re-opening – read our latest update here, and look out for next month’s Key Times which will showcase all you can expect from your new look city centre Museum. And don’t miss out on our February half term fun activities, from Pirate Fun in the libraries to a Valentine’s Roller Disco at Werrington. We hope you enjoy this issue of Key Times+ - please let us know what you think by emailing enquiries@ vivacity-peterborough.com
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23 Festival preview To find out the latest news about what’s going on across Vivacity, visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com Vivacity is now on Facebook. Simply search for Vivacity Peterborough. Key Times+ Pick up the latest copy of Key Times+, which now includes all of Vivacity’s arts, culture, heritage and sporting events, from all Vivacity outlets, the Peterborough Evening Telegraph and online at our website.
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Vivacity Value Gym Membership
New Year resolutions already broken? Why not make it easier on yourself with a Vivacity gym membership. Take your pick from four fantastic gyms across the city, unlimited swimming (including the Lido in summer), a huge choice of classes, and your own personalised induction programme - all included in your monthly membership fee. Plus, every month you’ll receive exclusive member offers, news and discounts. We saw some fantastic improvements take place across our facilities in 2011, including a brand new spin studio and health suite at the Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre and refurbished changing rooms to complement the new 67-station gym. Find out how you can keep fit and healthy, starting from just £6 a week, by contacting: Werrington Leisure Centre (576606); Bushfield Leisure Centre (864656); Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre (864760) and Jack Hunt Swimming Pool & Gym (264644). Try out any Vivacity Gym for FREE at our open weekend on 14 and 15 January (excludes classes and swimming). Terms and conditions apply. Visit vivacity-peterborough. com for more details. 4
If you register for a FREE one day gym trial before the end of February you’ll be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win £1,000 worth of prizes from Bristows Cycles.
Whatever age or size you are, whether you cycle for leisure, commute or are a more competitive cyclist, Bristows Cycles are confident that they can find the right bike for you.
Bristows Cycles are a small, family business, located on the outskirts of Peterborough close to Ferry Meadows Country Park.
They stock a full range of bikes, across a range of brands including Bianchi, Giant, Ridgeback and Trek, and a large selection of accessories including pumps, helmets, bottles and cages, plus clothing from Endura.
Although small in numbers, they more than make up for this with their knowledge and enthusiasm!
Bristows Cycles, 46 Church Drive, Orton Waterville, Peterborough, PE2 5HE Bristows.cycles@ btopenworld.com 01733 231755 Opening Hours: 9:00am till 5:30pm Mon - Fri, 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturdays. Closed Thursdays and Sundays. Visit www.bristowscycles. co.uk to find out more
Key Theatre enjoys a Spring makeover If you’ve been to the Key Theatre in recent weeks you may have noticed some building work to the side and rear of the building. A £1m investment from Peterborough City Council has funded a major building project which will give the theatre some much needed new backstage facilities including dressing rooms, scenery storage and new offices. These exciting improvements are set to be completed later this spring, and as a result of these essential works, the theatre will be closed throughout January and February. But, fear not, we will be opening the doors
again at the beginning of March with a great new season of shows in the 360-seat auditorium and 94-seat studio theatre. As always, there will be a great selection of comedy, drama, music and dance and there’s sure to be something for everyone - see Page 32 onwards for more details. As part of the new season we will be offering some early-bird and group booking ticket offers for many of the productions. Call the box office on 01733 207239 or visit our website vivacity-peterborough. com for details. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Key Theatre very soon.
Museum & Art Gallery
Countdown begins to Museum reopening Excitement is growing as Peterborough Museum prepares to reopen to the public at the end of March. The museum has been closed for a year for a £3.2 million redevelopment programme, thanks to funding from Peterborough City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Vivacity, which has seen a major change to both the building and galleries. Improvements include stunning new exhibition galleries, a new cafe set in a Georgian drawing room, a new museum shop and education suite. Much of the work has been about restoring and showcasing this important
historic building which has been a Tudor mansion, Georgian town house, Victorian hospital, and the city’s museum since 1931. Its traditional Georgian appearance has been recreated while the rare Victorian operating theatre (one of the very few in Europe) will be opened to the public for the first time. A new gallery space has been created within the museum to tell the fascinating story of the building and people associated
with it over the centuries. There will also be opportunities within the new look galleries to interact with more of the museum’s remarkable collections and exciting new interactive displays. Sarah Stannage, Heritage Services Manager for Vivacity said: “The redevelopment will completely transform the museum as a heritage attraction for Peterborough. I can’t wait for us to reopen next Easter and to see the surprise and delight on our visitors’ faces when they get the chance to look around.” Visit vivacity-peterborough.com for more details.
Splendid Stargazing You can look forward to seeing stars with the BBC - because Flag Fen is delighted to be hosting two exciting events as part of the Stargazing LIVE season in January. Come and join in a range of astronomy-themed activities and enjoy an evening of stargazing. A Night of Stargazing at Flag Fen. Monday 16 January, 6pm-9pm (last admission 8.30pm) - FREE ENTRY. Join us for an evening event supported by the BBC to find out more about the wonders of the stars.Try your hand at stargazing with our on site astronomers. Learn about the secrets of the universe in our mobile planetarium (places limited) or try your hand at our fun activities. Please ensure you
wrap up warm, bring a torch, and wear appropriate footwear! Splendid Stargazing Sunday at Flag Fen. Sunday 22 January, 10am-7pm (last admission 6pm). £5 adults, £4.50 concessions, £3.75 children, £13.75 families. Join us to explore the mysteries of the sky. Try astronomy inspired crafts, hear the stories of the constellations and visit a planetarium. As the sun goes down, the Peterborough Astronomical Society will be on hand with their telescopes and expertise for stargazing (weather permitting). Never fear if the weather is against us, the society will instead give an exciting talk about the night sky. Wrap up warm and wear appropriate footwear. For more information, call 01733 313414.
Katharine of Aragon Festival Katharine of Aragon, Henry Vlll’s first wife, was buried at Peterborough Cathedral on 29 January 1536. The anniversary of this significant event in royal and Peterborough history is now marked each year with a series of commemorative events. The programme for 2012 has been organised by Peterborough Cathedral in association with Peterborough City Council and Vivacity, and includes: Friday 27 January: Commemorative services at the Cathedral during the day, attended by city dignitaries and local schoolchildren. Saturday 28 January 11am-3pm: Tudor Living History Day at the cathedral, with a chance to meet
Katherine and Henry Vlll, Tudor dancing and music, Tudor crafts, archery, surgery and much more! Saturday 28 January at 7.30pm: An evening talk at the cathedral by Stuart Orme from Peterborough Museum entitled ‘Henry Vlll’s Grandma -Margaret Beaufort of Collyweston’. Sunday 29 January at 2pm: Tudor and Stuart Peterborough Guided Walk around the city centre with a costumed guide. Find out what the city would have been like during the Tudor period and at the time of the Civil War. Tickets £5 adults, £3 concessions. For more information visit www. peterborough-cathedral.org.uk Tickets for the events available at Peterborough Destination Centre, call 01733 452336 vivacity-peterborough.com 9
16 & 22 January
17 January – 21 February
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Heritage Walks If you’re looking for a fun way to find out about the history of our city, why not join one of the museum’s guided walks? The Historic Peterborough Tour is the essential guide to our fascinating, and often undiscovered, history. Discover the secrets of the Cathedral Precincts and hear terrific stories connected to our past. If you’re looking for an unusual, but enthralling, way to spend an evening, why not come on the Peterborough Ghost Walk and explore our spooky stories? Or, take part in the Crime & Punishment Walk to learn about our sinister history, or head onto the Inns and Taverns tour to find out about pubs of the past. All tours last about 100 minutes and take place whatever the
weather, starting from outside the museum in Priestgate. Walkers can turn up and pay on the night, although places are limited and pre-booking is strongly recommended. Historic Peterborough Tours every Saturday at 2pm Peterborough Ghost Walk on 17 January & 21 February at 7.30pm Peterborough Crime Walk on 19 January & 16 February at 7.30pm Inns & Taverns Tour on 2 February at 7.30pm Cost £5 adults; £3 concessions (under 16s, full-time students, over 60s). Telephone 01733 452336 for more information or to book or email museum@ vivacity-peterborough.com
From 7 April
Visit Longthorpe Tower There’s good news for visitors to the historic Longthorpe Tower in Peterborough, as from 7 April it will be open every weekend until 31 October. English Heritage is handing over the day-to-day running of this 14th century property to Vivacity, Peterborough’s culture and leisure trust, who plan to increase the current opening hours and offer guided tours on the first Saturday of every month. Under the new management agreement, English Heritage will still be responsible for maintaining the property and it will remain under its guardianship, however, Vivacity will be in charge of opening and managing the site. Longthorpe Tower is a surviving part of a Medieval fortified 10
Manor House, and contains the finest set of Medieval wall paintings in a domestic setting anywhere in Western Europe. Vivacity’s Heritage Service is keen to hear from volunteers of all ages, who may want to get involved in the creation of new displays, guided tours and events at Longthorpe Tower. If you would like to know more about these interesting volunteering opportunities please call 01733 864775, or email volunteering@ vivacity-peterborough.com For more information about Longthorpe Tower, which was once Peterborough’s best kept historical secret, but will now be open regularly for the public to appreciate, visit vivacity-peterborough.com.
Laptop Workshop for Beginners If you have decided to dip your toe into the world of technology and have bought a laptop you want to learn to use then there’s a workshop to get you started. By coming along, you will learn the basics to give you the confidence to get up and running, even learn how to download photographs from external devices, how to create new folders and how to keep everything organised and a lot more. Don’t forget to bring your fully charged laptop with you. It is FREE but places are limited so please BOOK EARLY. Tuesday 10 January, 10.30am12pm (Central Library) Friday 13 January, 10.30am12pm (Central Library)
Wednesday 18 January, 11am12.30pm (Dogsthorpe Library) For more information and to book, call 01733 864280 or email libraryenquiries@ vivacity-peterborough.com
Download Audio Books The city’s libraries are moving with the times. More and more borrowers are discovering they can simply click and listen by borrowing and downloading audiobooks from their local library. For years, Peterborough libraries have had talking books in the form of CDs and cassettes. Now, at last, we have talking books for download to your MP3 player, tablet, smartphone or PC. The books are FREE to all members of the library and can be downloaded from your own home. It really couldn’t be easier or more convenient. And the really good news is that there are hundreds of books for both children and
adults available to download. Here are the simple steps to take to join the new reading revolution: n Go to http://library. bolindadigital.com/vivacity n Search our collection of over 300 books n Login to your account using your library card and PIN. If you don’t know your PIN, ask us for it n Confirm your choice n Download instantly, or in parts n Listen and enjoy n When you’ve finished the book just delete it from your device. This way you can enjoy the convenience of listening to a good book at home, or away, on your portable device or computer. You’ll love it! vivacity-peterborough.com 13
10, 13 & 18 January
21 & 28 January
Watch The Birdie Calling all 5-12 year olds! Would you like to become a bird detective? Find out what beautiful birds you are likely to see soaring through the air in your garden, or in the park, or down by the river. Discover what they look like and what they are likely to be doing. Join us for fun activities and games - and even make a terrific bird feeder which you can take home. Then you can enjoy watching and spotting which birds decide to drop into your garden for a quick snack.
Watch the Birdie is suitable for all children aged between 5 and 12, accompanied by an adult. The price is £2 per child and you have to book in advance at your local library. Make a note of these dates in your diary to join in all the feathered fun: Saturday 21 January: n Bretton Library (12-1pm) n Central Library (2-3pm) Saturday 28 January: n Dogsthorpe Library (11am12pm) n Orton Library (11am-12pm) n Werrington Library (1-2pm) n Woodston Library (11am12pm)
4 & 7 February
Dickens 2012 Peterborough will be turning Dickensian in February! Dickens 2012 is an international celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens, to mark the bicentenary of his birth. Dickens visited Peterborough on a number of occasions, to hold his famed ‘public readings’. In our main event on Dickens’ birthday, 7 February, local historian Richard Jones will be speaking on Dickens, in full costume, re-enacting the man himself, talking about his life and performing readings from some of his best known works. He will be joined by Stuart Orme from Peterborough Museum revealing Dickens’ many links to
Peterborough. You can even find out which well-known Dickens’ character may have been based on a Peterborough resident. For a taster of our birthday event why not meet Richard at various libraries around the city as he pops in to help celebrate National Libraries Day on Saturday, 4 February. Dickens Readings and Talk: Tuesday, 7 February, 7pm. John Clare Theatre, Central Library. Tickets £3 (£2 concessions) available in advance at the library. Meet the Dickens Re-enactor: Saturday 4 February: Bretton Library (10.30-11.15am), Orton Library (12-12.45pm) and Werrington Library (2-2.45pm). FREE
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Meet The Gruffalo There will be great excitement and delight amongst youngsters in Peterborough at the news that they can meet one of the most popular of all children’s characters – The Gruffalo. The original book by playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, has sold over 10.5 million copies since it was first printed in 1999. The Gruffalo has since won several prizes for children’s literature and has been a stage hit from the West End, via Broadway, to Peterborough’s own Key Theatre. Now The Gruffalo will be at the centre of a half-term special event at selected libraries. The story of what happens when
a quick-thinking mouse comes face-to-face with an owl, a snake and a hungry Gruffalo is sure to enchant all over again. And the really big news is that youngsters can visit selected city libraries and meet the Gruffalo himself. Youngsters will love hearing this wonderful story again and taking part in our Gruffalo events below: Friday, 17 February: Bretton Library (10-11am); Dogsthorpe Library (12-1pm); Werrington Library (2-3pm) Saturday 18 February: Orton Library (10-11am); Hampton Library (11.30am-12.30pm); Central Library (2-3pm) FREE
2 & 3 March
Dr Seuss Extravaganza He was an American writer, poet and cartoonist, but Theodor Seuss Geisel became most famous for the superb children’s books he wrote as Dr Seuss. Dr Seuss was born on March 2, 1904 and died in 1991. Now young fans can join in celebrating Dr Seuss’s birthday and World Book Day at a series of events at libraries across Peterborough. And Dr Seuss is well worth celebrating. He wrote 46 children’s books which have stood the test of time and delighted generations of young readers. At the library events, children will
enjoy stories, crafts and games from the magical world of The Cat In A Hat, Horton the Elephant and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Come along and have a Seuss-errific time! It is suitable for children aged five and over. The cost is £2 per child and you can book in advance at your local library. Make a note of these dates: Friday, 2 March: Werrington Library (11am-12pm); Bretton Library (4-5pm) Saturday, 3 March: Orton Library (11am-12pm); Central Library (2-3pm)
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17 & 18 February
Twenty Years of the Key Youth Theatre One of the great landmarks of 2012 will surely be the 20th Anniversary of the super successful Key Youth Theatre project. That’s right, the biggest and best theatre group for young people in the Eastern Region really has something to celebrate. Set up in 1992 by the late Derek Killeen (Key Theatre Director 1992-2000), the first KYT production was Willy Russell’s Our Day Out, the perfect vehicle for a cast of professional actors and members of the KYT. The following year, Derek, along with Michael Cross, was looking for another show for the youngsters when Michael suggested some Shakespeare. But, Derek really wanted to work on a musical. Their fortunate compromise created a unique piece of theatre featuring a mixture of comedy and drama. And so, Peterborough was thrilled to find Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
had been transformed into Dream Nights! with a bopping, foot-tapping score of hits from the Swinging Sixties. It was to be the first of many rocking the Bard productions, including box office blockbusters Much Ado Ron Ron, Little Richard lll, The Merry Wives of Motown and the recentlyrevived Twelfth Night Fever! Many KYT graduates have gone on to become professional actors, singers,and musicians, thanks not only to the everpopular Summer Musicals, but the Key Youth Theatre weekly classes and the renowned Summer Schools and Easter Drama Workshops. The first KYT event this year will be the production of Journey To X in April (details on Page 36), then there will be the Easter Workshops and, of course, the Summer Schools. EASTER DRAMA WORKSHOP Running for one week
only, from Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 April, this will be a fantastic opportunity for students to create their own production working alongside professional actors and workshop leaders, which will be presented to friends and family at the Key Theatre Studio on Saturday, 14 April. As it is the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, his famous stories and characters will be the inspiration for the show. The workshops will take place at the Key from 9.30am-4.30pm. Price: £95 per child (£10 discount for each additional child). SUMMER SCHOOLS 2012 Week 1: Monday 23-Saturday 28 July; Week 2: Monday 30 JulySaturday 4 August. Price: £145 per week. There will be special offers to mark the 21st year. For an application form go to vivacitypeterborough.com and click the KYT link to Summer School
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Sports & Leisure
Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre
Athletics Pavilion Hire As part of the refurbishments at the Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre, the Athletics Pavilion has just undergone an extension. As a result, it is now available for bookings during the daytime, evenings and weekends. The pavilion is perfect for meetings, classes and activities. The pavilion’s excellent facilities feature two large rooms capable of comfortably holding up to 30 people seated in each. There is also a kitchen where you can brew up that all important cuppa. Each room has its own changing facilities and they lead out to both the athletics track and to the Artificial Turf Pitch, both of which are also available to hire during
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the daytime and weekends. The facilities will all be available for hire from January 2012. If you are interested in finding out more about the rooms, facilities and their availability, please contact Scott Beasley on 01733 863760. You can also contact Scott by email on scott.beasley@ vivacity-peterborough.com
Monday, 9 January
Olympic Art for Peterborough
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As part of the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Peterborough’s Sports Services will unveil its new graffiti art at the Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre. Three 8’ x 16’ paintings by Dennis Gibbs, a local graffiti artist, have been commissioned to enhance the viewing gallery of the swimming pool.
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The paintings will represent sports that currently take place indoors and outdoors at the centre.
The paintings will be unveiled on Monday, 9 January at the official launch of the Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre’s newly refurbished facilities.
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Along with the three paintings by Dennis Gibbs, there will
also be the announcement of the three winners of Vivacity’s Olympic Art Competition. The winners’ paintings will be displayed alongside the graffiti art for the public to see and enjoy. Looking forward to the recognition will be artists Elena Simpson, Galenz Galinato and Lauren Walker. It is hoped that the art work will inspire people who use the facilities and provide an important link between sport and art in the city. Official launch of the new facilities at the Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre on Monday, 9 January at 11am. For more info email Nicola.mccready@ vivacity-peterborough.com
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Sports Xtra â€“ February Half-Term Fun Want to become a detective? Then our Detective Xperience is for you. Explore a crime scene, have a go at fingerprinting, tracking suspects, mystery solving and more, at Werrington Leisure Centre on 13 and 14 February from 9.30am-4pm. Extended hours are available from 8.30am-9.30am and 4pm-5pm. Spy School Xperience - become a Secret Agent
for a day. As a trainee spy, you will go on a mission and learn how to navigate, break codes, make gadgets and face laser challenges. Werrington Leisure Centre, 15 February, from 9.30am-4pm with extended hours available. Are you ready for Dance Xperience? Learn how to show off some moves as instructors choreograph hip-hop, street dance, break dance and other routines for you. Werrington Leisure Centre, 13 February, from 9.30am-4pm with
extended hours available. Try Sports Xperience. If you love sport have a go at dodgeball, parachute games, rock-it ball and fencing. Werrington Leisure Centre, 14 February, from 9.30am-4pm with extended hours available. All open to children aged 5-12. To take advantage of special offer of only ÂŁ18 per day use code SSCFEB when booking online. Visit www. sports-xtra.com or email sara. strid-coughlin@
Saturdays & Mondays
Racquetball and Squash
Racquetball enthusiasts will enjoy the range of sessions available at Bushfield Leisure Centre. There’s Wall-To-Wall Racquetball every Saturday at 10.20am-11.40am, £3 per
session, 16 years +. There’s Over 50s Racquetball every Monday 3pm-4.20pm, £2 per session. Bushfield is launching, in January, a Squash Business League, contact Steve Luker on 01733 864656 to sign your organisation up.
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Street Net Street Net is a new programme of netball being launched in Peterborough on 17 January at Jack Hunt School Netball Courts from 5-6pm. The programme is part-funded via Sportivate, a national campaign to get more 16-24 year olds participating in sport. Street Net is aimed at being fun, sociable, relaxed and safe for
both women and men to come along and enjoy themselves. Sessions are on Tuesdays from 5-6pm at Jack Hunt School (Pool Entrance). There’s no booking in advance, just turn up and play. Cost is just £1 per person. For more information contact Matt Taylor on 01733 863783 or email matt. email@example.com
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es Room Hire For Clubs/Activiti ial Werrington Leisure Centre has spaces available for hire at competitive rates.
It could be ideal for mart arts,dance, table tennis or even band practice. Email nigel.bird@ vivacity-peterborough.com
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2 & 3 March
Our Country’s Good ”A play is a world in itself. A tiny colony we could say. And you are in charge of it. That is a great responsibility.” The setting is Australia in 1788. A boatload of disease and disdain spews onto a foreign shore. As the soldiers struggle to impose order on the outcasts of the Old Society, a benevolent governor seizes on the notion of a play. In the shadow of the gallows and the gum tree, the convicts gather and rehearsals begin for The Recruiting Officer. Based on real events, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s award-winning modern classic is an inspiring tale of the transforming power of theatre.
She based it on the celebrated Thomas Keneally book The Playmaker and it won the Evening Standard’s Best New Playwright and Most Promising Playwright awards in 1988. This is a major touring revival produced by the acclaimed Original Theatre Company following on from the success of their recent productions of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa and R. C. Sheriff’s Journey’s End.
Friday 2 to Saturday 3 March. Nightly at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm Tickets £16 (£13 concessions) Key I.P: £9
5 – 7 March
A Bedfull Of Foreigners Forget the gloom of winter and get set to burst into spring with this hilarious trouserdropping, bed-hopping, laughter-raising farce. And guaranteed to put a great big smile on your face is the fact that it stars that larger-than-life, master-of-mirth, Damian Williams. The Dave Freeman play is set in a French village near the German border on the eve of a local festival. When Stanley and Brenda, who are on a motoring trip, successfully book a room for the night, they consider themselves lucky - but not for long! In less than an hour, Stanley finds himself (in Brenda’s absence) lowering an attractive, stark naked, girl from the window,
with the room’s radiator hanging from a rope near the ceiling. The arrival of Claude, the attractive girl’s husband, and his mistress, Simone, causes further chaos. But that’s just the start, before long almost everyone’s in the wrong bed as people dressed as nuns and monks rush in and out, while seductions and confrontations run rampant. Monday 5 to Wednesday 7 March. Nightly at 7.30pm, Wednesday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets All evening shows £16 (£13 concessions); Wednesday matinee £12. Key I.P: £9
To book, call the box office on 01733 207239, visit the Destination Centre, £1 booking fee applies to all in Bridge Street, or book online at www.vivacity-peterborough.com Acheque and card transactions. 32
The Birthday Party Back in 1958, The Birthday Party was a young Harold Pinter’s first full-length play. Today it is one of his best known, most celebrated (leaving some critics eating their words) and most performed. It is simply a modern masterpiece and a brilliant demonstration of how comedy and menace can be fused to underscore the light and shade of human existence. It is certain
to produce a riveting perfomance from the Mask Theatre team in the intimate atmosphere of the Key’s ground floor studio space. The setting is a seaside boarding house where the arrival of two strangers heralds shocks for Stanley. Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 March, nightly at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm Tickets £8 (£6 concessions)
Thursday, 8 March
Syd Lawrence Orchestra: Carry On Swinging The Key is going to be jumping when the beefy, brassy, sound of the Big Bands lifts the rafters thanks to Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Catch this humdinger of a night and you’ll be whisked back to the golden era of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Billy May, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and other greats as the band Carry On Swinging.
Chris will be at the helm as the band comes up with the perfect mix of magical, musical, ingredients, guaranteed to make you smile from the moment the curtain goes up until you’re whistling the classic numbers all the way home.
Thursday, 8 March at 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50
Friday, 9 March
One Night Of Elvis Just one night, but it will make dreams come true for Elvis Presley fans. Nobody does Elvis better than Lee Memphis King and in this terrific tribute show he covers the whole Presley legend from his pelvis-pounding 1950s’ rock ‘n’ roll heyday, through the acclaimed 1968 TV comeback special, to the glitter jump suits and power ballads of the Vegas years.
You’ll be All Shook Up with your fingers clicking and your toes a-tapping as Lee brings the majesty of the voice and the electrifying power of Elvis’s performances back to life, accompanied by his world class backing singers and orchestra.
Friday, 9 March, at 7.30pm Tickets £20 (£19 concessions)
To book, call the box office on 01733 207239, visit the Destination Centre, A £1.50 booking fee applies to in BridgeStreet, or book online atvivacity-peterborough.com all cheque and card transactions. vivacity-peterborough.com 33
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Saturday, 10 March
A Moment Of Mishearing Boundary-pushing musician, writer and novelist Amit Chaudhuri will present a night to remember at the Key Theatre.
He is also an accomplished and acclaimed composer who trained in the Hindustani classical tradition, and is a songwriter and singer to boot.
With his own band, Amit will introduce A Moment of Mishearing, his all-new eclectic, multi-media musical production exploring his literary and musical ideas.
Amit reveals: “As I was practising raga Todi, (I heard) the riff to Clapton’s Layla in a handful of notes I was singing. Those moments of mishearing contained within them my past and a moment in the history of Bombay converging with the present.”
Amit Chaudhuri is one of India’s leading novelists with five novels under his talented belt, not to mention three works of non-fiction, a volume of poetry, and duties as editor of the Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature. He has won literary awards in his home country, the UK and America.
A Moment of Mishearing will be a show about memory, chance, music and a city. Saturday 10 March at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (£8.50 concessions) Key I.P: £7.50
Monday, 12 March
Key Theatre Studio
Brett Goldstein Grew Up In A Strip Club Brett Goldstein is an actor and writer who turned to stand-up in 2006, and just a year later was selected for a “best of new comedy”showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. One thing’s for sure, Brett didn’t have to scratch around for material - not with the life he’s led! In 2001, Brett’s father had a spectacular mid-life crisis and instead of buying a sports car, he bought a strip club in Marbella! What followed was surprising, frightening and oddly emotional, and Brett was on the frontline for the whole thing. He waited 10 years to tell this story - mainly because it has taken so long to process it all, and for the laws to change enough so that
he could tell it in public. LAUGH at the antics of the Mafia! CRY at the loss of a young man’s innocence! MARVEL at the strippers and their magic ways! GASP at the backstage secrets. And CLAP politely at the end when you realise you’ve just sat through someone else’s therapy. The Times said it was “A good story, brilliantly told”, while WhatsOnStage said: “Goldstein is an excellent comedian and a talented storyteller. This is top class.” Monday, 12 March at 7.30pm Tickets £8.50 (£5 students) Key I.P: £7
To book, call the box office on 01733 207239, visit the Destination Centre, A £1.50 booking fee applies to in Bridge Street, or book online at vivacity-peterborough.com all cheque and card transactions. 34
Tuesday, 13 March
The Trial More than 40 years after its first performance, Steven Berkoff’s brilliant adaptation of Franz Kafka’s masterpiece has become a classic work of 20th Century theatre. The Trial tells the story of Joseph K, an estranged and rootless citizen who is the victim of anonymous governing forces. Deceived by an authoritarian power he is relentlessly hunted down for a crime that remains nameless. When he’s arrested and awaiting trial, K sinks deeper and deeper as he tries to escape through twists and turns that are at once shocking, thrilling and funny. Kafka’s universal parable about the human condition is retold
in Berkoff’s startlingly original, fresh and endlessly surprising play, which is brought to the Key Theatre by Blackeyed Theatre. Kafka’s nightmare vision, Berkoff’s crackling script and the company’s trademark ensemble-style physical theatre combine to create an inspiring and unforgettable piece of drama, ideal for lovers of pure theatre. It is suitable for age 14+ The Stage called Blackeyed Theatre: “One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre.”
Tuesday, 13 March at 7.30pm Tickets £12 (£8.50 students) Key I.P: £8.50
15 & 16 March
Key Theatre Studio
Journey to X A group of friends have formed a new band. Now all they have to do is raise the money to get to London to audition for the world’s biggest talent contest. Costumes, songs and fundraising techniques may divide opinion but one girl has a far more important choice to make. Their journey in search of fame and fortune is really a journey for something far less glamorous. Something their country doesn’t approve of, something their parents wouldn’t condone. In a culture of instant fame and talent show headlines, the importance of life and friendships come to the fore. Journey To X is also a story of
the risks teenagers take when plunged into an adult world. Following their massive success with Too Fast last year, the Key Youth Theatre company will stage this fantastic new play as part of the National Theatre’s Connections programme for 2012, for which 10 plays by British and international writers have been commissioned to inspire young theatre companies. Don’t miss seeing this vibrant, exciting company of young actors meet the challenge of this entertaining new drama. Thursday, 15 and Friday, 16 March, at 7.30pm nightly Tickets £8.50 (£7.50 students)
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Theatre / Music
Friday, 16 March
Magic – A Kind of Queen It is not just a kind of magic, it is MAGIC, the first and still the best tribute to Queen and the fantastic music they made with never-to-be-forgotten lead singer Freddie Mercury. Prepare to be amazed, to be thrilled, and to feel part of an anthemic event when Magic perform Queen’s Greatest Hits in the intimate surroundings of the Key Theatre. And, how refreshing in these days of pre-recorded backing tracks, that Magic perform completely live. With five vocals to back up the powerful lead voice of the dynamic Roger Brown, Magic can recreate all the complex harmonies that are Queen’s trademark recording sound.
This, along with two guitars, bass, drums and the brilliant keyboard skills of Dave Chapman, produces a sound second to none. Although not attempting to emulate Queen visually, Magic creates all the excitement of a Queen live show. While playing at the Key will take them closer to their audience, Magic are no strangers to the big stage having headlined concerts from Moscow’s Gorky Park to America, Hong Kong, the Middle East and throughout Europe. Be assured - they WILL rock you! Friday,16 March at 7.30pm Tickets £18.50 (£17.50 concessions)
Saturday, 17 March
The Johnny Cash Story The word ‘legend’ may be over-used, and sometimes undeserved, but if anyone qualifies to be called just that it must be Johnny Cash. He grew up in appalling poverty and put all he learned about life into his songs, with a deep gravelly voice that sounded like it had been down many a long hard road. Johnny may be gone, but his music lives on, and sales of his albums have never been higher. And, on stage, the Cash tradition and musical heritage is kept alive by Britain’s own Roger Dean and his band, The Lazy Boys. Roger cut his teeth on the music of Johnny Cash and even appeared on BBC television
at the age of 14 singing The Tennessee Flat Top Box. Roger not only knows the music, he knows all about John R. the man, and he’ll keep you spellbound with his stories about the making of this country music giant and his journey from a dirt poor existence in Arkansas to topping the bill at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Not to mention recording alongside Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison in the early days of the Sun recording studio in Memphis. Roger will be singing all the Cash greats from Big River and Ring of Fire to I Walk The Line and Hurt Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm. Tickets £16 (£14 concessions)
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Silly Cow Prepare for a laugh-outloud treat when Ben Elton’s stitches-busting comedy rocks the Key Theatre. As one sharp-witted reviewer put it: “Ben Elton’s characters spar with such eviscerating wit it’s a wonder they don’t cut themselves.” Silly Cow will certainly put you in the moo-d to enjoy a real lark. It is very, very funny and pulls no punches in what is a slick, sly, satire about the savage world of the tabloid press. Ben may have written it years ago with Dawn French in mind for the leading part, but it could hardly be more topical now in view of the demise of the News of the World and phone-hacking inquiries.
It centres on poison-pen critic Doris Wallace, a bitchy tabloid queen who has clawed her way to success and celebrity and hasn’t a good word to say about anybody. Anyway, Doris doesn’t need anybody, she’s got the lot, a toy boy with a regular supply of the best Columbian gear, a pretty PA who might succumb to her advances, and a big TV break on the horizon. She’s not even bothered about the “silly cow” who’s suing her for libel. But, skeletons are rattling about in her cupboard, and pigeons are coming home to roost. Big time. Monday, 19 to Wednesday, 21 March, nightly at 7.30pm. Tickets £16 (£13 concessions) KEY.IP: £9
Thursday, 22 March
Key Theatre Studio
Next Swan Down The River Might Be Black If you like offbeat, surprising, unexpected plays that shine a light on the darkest corners of our society then Next Swan Down The River Might Be Black is not to be missed. Let’s just say, the Key Theatre Studio will become a psychiatric ward for the night. Yes, really. Next Swan Down The River Might Be Black doesn’t even pretend to be floating gently on the surface while paddling furiously beneath the waterline, it gets right to the heart of the matter. No surprise then, that it comes from playwright, poet and performer Sean Burn, who has been called “One of the country’s foremost experimental writers.” The drama is a poetic and
personal response to being sectioned under the Mental Health Act. It follows the shifting alliances of three young women on a psychiatric ward over one momentous week. They are Cerys (19) who is black and depressive, Kay (26) white and bi-polar, and Zee, a Pakistani British student nurse and former service user, who are all fighting a faceless institution in their own way. The play examines diversity, friendships, sexualities and power at a time of rising uncertainty. Can they summon the courage to live through it in this hauntingly lyrical play? Thursday 22 March at 7.30pm Tickets £8.50 KEY.I.P: £7
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19 - 21 March
Theatre / Drama
Friday, 23 March
Key Theatre Studio
Private Resistance It may be unthinkable now, but there was a real risk that Britain could have been invaded by the mighty German army in the 1940s. The public thought that the so-called Dad’s Army of volunteers was all that stood between them and the sound of Gestapo jackboots marching along British streets, if our final defences were overwhelmed. For obvious reasons,no one was told that Winston Churchill had a Plan B to save Britain. And that is the basis for the thought-provoking new drama Private Resistance, which was researched and written by Eastern Angles’ Artistic Director, Ivan Cutting.
Private Resistance presents audiences with the ultimate ‘what if?’ scenario of a German invasion. Set in 1940, it’s a thrilling tale of the so-called Auxiliary Units, Churchill’s secret guerilla army primed to go underground and fight behind the lines. Set in rural Essex, it’s a story of secrecy and sabotage, and of the bonds created and destroyed by war. It will be directed by Naomi Jones who received praise for previous Eastern Angles’ hits Return to Akenfield and The Long Way Home.
Friday, 23 March at 7.30pm. Tickets £8.50 Key I.P: £7.50
26 - 28 March
Murder Mistaken Written by television and stagewriter Janet Green, whose credits include several films, Murder Mistaken is a mystery thriller set in 1950s’ England. At the heart of a gripping and twisting tale is Edward Bare whose superficial charm hides his cold, calculating nature. People believe what they see and Edward is so convincing. He has a passion for older women - or, more truthfully, their money. So, when his rich wife threatens to outlive her usefulness, Edward has a decision to make. He can practically smell the money and can’t wait to get his hands on it, so Edward decides
to hasten his wife’s end. But there’s a nasty surprise for Edward in her will. Determined not to make the same mistake again, Edward marries a rich widow, but when another attractive and wealthy lady arrives on the scene, will Edward be tempted to commit another murder? It is a tense psychological thriller that gets inside the mind of a killer. Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 March, nightly at 7.30pm, Wednesday matinee at 2.30pm Tickets £16 (£13 concessions) Wednesday matinee: £12 Key I.P: £9
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Oh What A Lovely War Those talented Performing Arts students from Peterborough Regional College return to the Key Theatre in March with another great show. This time it is in the Key Theatre Studio with a brilliant version of the World War One satire Oh What A Lovely War. Over 90 years on from the Armistice, Oh What A Lovely War remains a classic of the modern theatre, and stands as a powerful reminder of the atrocities of a war that cost 20 million lives. Told through the songs and documents of the period, it’s a satirical attack on the military incompetence and inconceivable disregard for human life that the First World War has come to represent.
The fact that men were sent to die in their thousands in the mud, blood and chaotic horror of the trenches gave rise to the saying that the ordinary soldiers, at the command of incompetent generals (under the battle cry “Your Country Needs You!”), were “lions led by donkeys.” At times satirical, funny and deeply moving, Oh What A Lovely War has a style all of its own, combining music, dance, songs and sketches to create a vivid picture.
Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 March, nightly at 7.30pm and Thursday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets £8.50 (students £6)
Friday, 30 March
The Barron Knights The Barron Knights were the jokers in the pack when British music dominated the pop scene in the Swinging Sixties. They were without doubt, the most entertaining group to put many a chortle into the charts with their send-ups of the groups and stars of the period. So successful were The Barron Knights’ satirical hits that many pop star egos were bruised if they were not chosen to be sent up. It became like a badge of honour to have been included in one of their mickey-takes. Of course, it didn’t end there, and The Barron Knights are still hugely popular all over Europe. Their musicianship, their harmonies, and, of course, their
humour has led to their peers calling them The Guvnors. Seeing one of their shows is certainly better than any tonic you’ll get on the NHS! Their career highlights have included 300 shows at the London Palladium, a performance at Buckingham Palace, and the Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman admitting they inspired him, to buy his first guitar in 1961. So, Call Up The Groups, enjoy their parody of Killer Queen, their galloping William Tell Overture and other treats as you rock with laughter.
Friday, 30 March, at 7.30pm Tickets £16.50
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27 – 29 March
Key Theatre Studio
Theatre / Drama
Saturday, 31 March
Key Theatre Studio
Tales From A Sea Journey New International Encounter (NIE) return with spellbinding stories from the world’s saltiest stage with their award-winning production Tales From A Sea Journey. In November, 2009, eight performers from NIE embarked on a 3500-mile transatlantic voyage aboard a cargo ship bound for Guadeloupe. This experience is intertwined with seafaring myths and shanties from across the world in a very funny and water-filled show! Using a mix of storytelling, physical theatre, live music, multiple languages and a European ensemble, Tales From A Sea Journey explores the pull and power of the sea
from both an epic and personal perspective. Sail alongside a Second World War naval officer in the Indian Ocean and discover the story of Ella, the first ever Norwegian female trawlerwoman. These tales and more intertwine with NIE’s own fantastic experiences on their voyage. Winners of the 2011 ASSITEJ Award for Artistic Excellence, don’t miss the chance to see NIE when they drop anchor at the Key Theatre Studio!
Saturday, 31 March, at 7.30pm Tickets £8.50 Key I.P: £7.50
Singin’ In The Rain After their extraordinary production of Beauty and the Beast at the Key Theatre last year, Westwood Musical Society is splashing out with Singin’ In The Rain. It is one of the greatest musicals of all time, and guaranteed to ensure everyone in the audience has a brolly good time. The society has delighted musical fans with hits like Crazy For You and Oklahoma and will be introducing new faces and talent to bring to life the romance, comedy, and entertainment of one of the world’s best-loved films. The classic story follows Don Lockwood, a famous Hollywood actor with a series of hit films and a staged romance with the most
gorgeous actress in town. With the new sensation of ‘talking pictures’ and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl who is set to steal his heart, things are about to change for Don, and for Hollywood, forever. With glamorous 1920s’costumes and hit songs like Good Morning, Make ‘Em Laugh and the title song, Singin’ In The Rain is musical sunshine all the way. Tuesday 17 to Saturday, 21 April. Nightly at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm Tickets Tuesday-Thursday evenings and Saturday matinee £13 Friday and Saturday evenings £14
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A Right Royal Knees Up Mother Brown isn’t the only one who will be getting her knees up to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration.
Queen’s milestone years when A Right Royal Knees Up explodes in a get-up-out-of-your-seat, rousing, flag waving, finale.
The Key Theatre is going to crown the festivities with a brilliant show aptly called A Right Royal Knees Up.
The Diamond Jubilee Celebration deserves A Right Royal Knees Up - and the Key is going to give you one.
This will be a feel good party packed with sing-a-long memories spanning four weddings and a Coronation.
What better way to join in with the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations as Queen Elizabeth marks her 60th momentous year on the throne?
From the 1940s to the new millennium, this will be a show guaranteed to get your spirits soaring, your hands clapping, and your feet tapping.
Make sure you book early to make sure you can join in the merriest of shows to salute our marvellous Monarch.
We also expect to hear your voices bellowing out those timeless classics that mark the
Tuesday 24 April at 2.30pm Tickets £12.50
Sunday, 11 March
The Merry Widow Opera della Luna returns to Peterborough with a new production of Lehár’s classic operetta The Merry Widow. In a sparkling English translation, this imaginative staging captures the glamour and decadence of turn of the century Paris while infusing the production with Opera della Luna’s trademark wit. The Merry Widow is an operetta by the Austro–Hungarian composer Franz Lehár. The librettists, Viktor Léon and Leo Stein, based the story – concerning a rich widow, and her countrymen’s attempt to keep her money in the principality by finding her the right husband – on an 1861 comedy play, L’attaché d’ambassade (The Embassy
Attaché) by Henri Meilhac. The operetta has enjoyed extraordinary international success since its 1905 premiere in Vienna and continues to be frequently revived and recorded. Film and other adaptations have also been made. Wellknown music from the score includes the “Vilja Song”, “Da geh’ ich zu Maxim” (“You’ll Find Me at Maxim’s”), and the “Merry Widow Waltz”. Opera della Luna, founded in 1994, is a British touring theatre troupe of actor-singers focusing on comic works. Sunday, 11 March, at 3pm Tickets £16.50 (concessions £15)
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Tuesday, 24 April
The Key to a great night out The Key Theatre is the perfect venue for all kinds of theatre, including drama, musicals, comedy, dance and live music. Our main auditorium has a unique atmosphere, providing both intimacy and an excellent view from all of its 360 seats, and the new 94-seat Studio Theatre is ideal for fringe theatre, film and comedy. L
Key Theatre seating plan
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Telephone bookings can be made during Box Office opening hours by calling 01733 207239 or book online 24 hours a day at vivacitypeterborough.com A ÂŁ1.50 booking fee applies to all cheque and card transactions. Throughout January 2012, the box office will be open 10amâ€“6pm.
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.
The Studio seating plan
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Coming up at the Key Our Country’s Good The acclaimed Original Theatre Company return with this award winning modern classic 2-3 March Page 32 A Bedfull Of Foreigners The master of farce Damian Williams returns to the Key Theatre in another side-splitting comedy. 5-7 March Page 32
One Night of Elvis Lee Memphis King is back with his new show Friday 9 March Page 33 A Moment of Mishearing Indian musician and author Amit Chandhuri presents a unique muti-media musical production Saturday 10 March Page 34
Brett Goldstein Grew up in a Strip Club The actor and writer, turned stand-up comic, performs his popular one-man show in the Key Theatre Studio Monday 12 March Page 34
Syd Lawrence Orchestra Chris Dean’s ever-popular band return to the Key stage with their brand new show Carry On Swinging Thursday 8 March Page 33
The Trial Steven Berkoff’s brilliant adaptation of the acclaimed German novel by Franz Kafka Tuesday 13 March Page 36
The Birthday Party Peterborough Mask Theatre perform Harold Pinter’s earliest play 6-10 March
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The Johnny Cash Story Roger Dean returns with his band The Lazy Boys for another performance of some of Johnny Cash’s greatest hits Saturday 17 March Page 38 Silly Cow Ben Elton’s comedy about a bitchy tabloid queen who had clawed her was to success and celebrity. 19-21 March Page 41 Next Swan Down The River Might Be Black A new play featuring actors who have all had problems with mental health Thursday 22 March Page 41 Oh What A Lovely War Students from Peterborough Regional College present this classic First World War satire 27-29 March Page 43
Box Office: 01733 207239/www.vivacity-peterborough.com A £1.50 booking fee applies to all cheque & card transactions