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Pantomimes • Dance • Children’s Activities Music • Forthcoming Events






28 March - 2 April 2017 The JTC proudly presents...




Children’s Activities




Forthcoming Events


Put a smile on everyone’s face, young and old alike, and indulge in some iconic songs, including ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead’, ‘If I Only Had a Brain’ and ‘We’re off to see the Wizard’ to name but a few. Dorothy and her dog, Toto, a Scarecrow, the Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, meet the famous Munchkins in the Land of Oz, then travel the fabled yellow brick road in search of the almighty Wizard of Oz. Things won’t always be plain sailing as the companions battle to avoid the evil clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West. Timeless, the Wizard of Oz is a must see family musical! Venue: Middleton Arena Price: Adults: £15, Under 16s: £12 Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 7.30pm-10pm plus Sunday 2.30pm-4pm Booking: Tickets are only available online at: Please not tickets are not available from Middleton Arena.

Certain events have group booking discounts available please contact the venue for further information. like us on facebook /middletonarena and /heywoodcivic follow @middletonarena and @heywoodcivic for the latest news

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Thursday 13 April 2017 Anton Benson Productions presents...

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Featuring Keith Chegwin and Basil Brush! Belle lives a quiet provincial life in the village of Ooh La La until her father accidentally stumbles across a terrifying Beast and she is taken captive. Now it is up to Jolly King Cheggers, Village Idiot Wally, Dame Dolly Doolittle and the mysterious Fairy Tale to rescue Belle, save the day and unlock the Beast’s magical secret.Beauty and the Beast stars Keith Chegwin as the Jolly King, Basil Brush as the Beast’s hilarious sidekick and Stevi Ritchie as laugh-out-loud comic Wally and is supported by a full professional cast, live musicians and local juvenile dancers. Prepare yourself for an all-singing, all-dancing, laugh-a-minute ride through the fun and frolics of panto land - arriving Easter 2017! “In 20+ years it’s the best panto I’ve ever been to” - Mark Dillon “Fantastic Easter panto! Laughed, Laughed and laughed again!” - Simone Eade Venue: Middleton Arena Price: Adults £17, Children £14 and Family £54 Times: 7pm Booking: Buy tickets online or in person at the Box Office or call 0300 303 8633. (A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)



Children’s Activities

10 - 12 April 2017

DAWSON’S ACADEMY 30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW Dawson’s Academy Stars Celebrate and Shine! The Dawson’s Academy Celebrates its 30th Anniversary year with a spectacular showcase over three nights here at Middleton Arena in April 2017.The shows will Feature all-time favourite hits from stage and screen! The annual Academy shows are always a big hit and a sell out fast! So don’t miss out, please buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Venue: Middleton Arena Price: £10.00 available now through the Academy Times: Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th April 2017 Doors open at 6.45pm - Start time at 7.15pm prompt Booking: Please telephone 01204 842481 (Daytime) or 01204 362072 (Evening) or email us at Please note tickets are not available through the link4life box office or at Middleton Arena

20 June - 24 June 2017

WEST END STARS & BROADWAY BABES Venue: Middleton Arena Price: £8 Times: Weekdays 7pm, Saturday 2pm & 7pm Booking: Please call 07879 642918

Wednesday 5 April 2017

THE ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs, cells, DNA and plenty more besides. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme. The Ensonglopedia of Science is the brand new show by John Hinton, multi-award-winning writer and performer of the Scientrilogy of musical comedies about Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. Peer reviewed by actual real life scientists from institutions including University of Sussex, King’s College London, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Natural History Museum, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and many more. Funded by Arts Council England and the Science & Technology Facilities Council. Features video animation by top international artists. Suitable for ages 7 to adult. “John Hinton is an absolute joy…You can’t help thinking: this guy could get anyone interested in science” – Adelaide Theatre Guide “Hinton expertly makes the most complicated of concepts easily intelligible” – British Theatre Guide Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Price: £5 per person Times: 2pm-3pm


Friday 7 April 2017

EASTER BUNNY’S EGGS-ELLENT ADVENTURE The most chocolatey Easter show ever! Who is behind the mysterious Easter Egg trail? Why are there strange noises coming from beneath the hills? And what is the truth behind the tale of the Easter Bunny? Join the hunt for the hidden chocolate factory in Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure and meet the Easter Bunny afterwards to receive a special Easter present! Songs include children’s favourites: Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes, Wheels On The Bus, The Hokey Cokey, One Finger, One Thumb, If You’re Happy And You Know It and many more! Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure is a family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds and lasts for 40 minutes, followed by our popular meet, greet and treat with the Easter Bunny himself - plus a free Easter present for every child! Enthralling, magical, sing-a-long family fun with all of the ingredients of a classic family show! Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Price: Adults £7.50, Children £7, Family £24 (Family ticket is strictly 2 Adults and 2 Children)

Time: 2pm

Tuesday 11 April 2017

THE WILD ROADSHOW The Wild Roadshow is proud to present the wonderful world of animals to children of all ages, in ‘handson’ animal encounter workshops. Get up close and personal with the likes of snakes, spiders and cockroaches and find out where they live, what they like to eat and much more. An interactive sessions with a trained creepy crawly specialist who will talk the children through all there is to know about the world of reptiles and more. Please book early as only 25 places available for each session. Each session is 45 mins long. Suitable for 3 year olds and over. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Price: £5 including hot food Times: 12pm-12.45pm, 12.45pm-1.30pm, 1.30pm-2.15pm, 3pm-3.45pm 3.45pm-4.30pm


Music Saturday 1 April 2017

Soul and Motown Nite Excellent dance floor, superb sound system, 350 capacity, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s sounds of Motown, Stax and Atlantic plus a bit of Mod beat for good measure. The best Motown DJ’s in the North West providing all your Soul needs. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Price: £6 on the door Times: Doors open 7.30pm - Starts 8pm-1am Licensed Bar until 12.30am

Saturday 13 May 2017

Clare Hammond - Pianist Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music). In 2015, Clare played the younger version of Dame Maggie Smith’s character, Miss Shepherd, in the film The Lady in the Van, based on Alan Bennett’s play of the same name, performing all the piano pieces throughout the film. She also won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’, in recognition of outstanding achievements. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Price: Adult £15, Over 60 £13, Student £5, Child £1 Times: Doors open 7pm - Starts 7.30pm-12am

Friday 19 May 2017

Derek Ryan in Concert Derek Ryan has become one of country music’s leading entertainers and makes his highly anticipated return to Manchester for a performance of his self-penned hits along with a sprinkling of country classics. His theatre shows contain music featured on his studio albums including ‘God’s Plan’, ‘Life Is A River’ and ‘Hold on to your Hat’. Derek’s rise to stardom on the country scene has been at a phenomenal rate, with few other country stars having made such an impact. He is a constant recipient of Ireland’s most prestigious music awards and is regularly awarded ‘Entertainer of the Year’ ‘Songwriter of the Year’ and “Album of the Year’. Derek has been credited as one of the people instrumental in reinvigorated Irish Country Music by opening it to a new young audience. More information on Derek Ryan is available from Venue: Middleton Arena Price: £21 Times: Doors open 7pm - Starts 7.30pm Booking: Buy tickets online or in person at the Box Office or ring 0300 303 8633.

(A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)


Saturday 10 June 2017

Dan Whieldon Trio + Guest Richard Iles Classically trained pianist Dan Whieldon has been active on the Jazz scene for the last ten years. Dan acquired a taste for the ‘European’ Jazz sound whilst studying in Brussels shaping his recently released CD ‘Positive Changes’.

Forthcoming Events Thursday 7 September 2017

Paul Choudhry

Inspired by the Bill Evans school, many of its compositions are short forms with a ‘song feel’ about them, such as his ‘Waltz for Ronnie’ and ‘Para Ti’. Dan will perform a varied programme of his own compositions and some familiar tunes. Richard Iles is a highly respected lecturer in jazz studies. A prolific composer, brass teacher and trumpet tutor for Bolton Music Service, he is Musical Director of various Jazz Orchestras and Big Bands including Chetham’s School of Music.

Friday 13 October 2017

Lee Nelson – Serious Joker

Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Price: Adult £15, Over 60 £13, Student £5, Child £1 Times: Doors open 5pm - Starts 5.30pm-12am Booking: Buy tickets online or in person at the Box Office or ring 0300 303 8633.

(A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to online bookings plus a postage charge of £1.50 if required.)

Monday 20 November

Ed Byrne - Spoiler Alert

Friday 24 November 2017

Dave Spikey - Juggling on a Motorbike


Contact Details Heywood Civic

Middleton Arena

LCpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood, OL10 1LW Tel: 0300 303 8633* Email:

LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1AG Box Office: 0300 303 8633 BOOK TICKETS ONLINE 24/7 at




Heywood Civic Centre is fully accessible to public areas with disabled lift to the upper floor. Customers are invited to discuss any special needs in advance. There is free parking to the side of the building with designated disabled parking bays. Car Park access is via Hornby Street.

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Middleton Arena is located two minutes from the town centre, bus station and additional pay and display car parking. By car, Middleton is approx five minutes from the M60 (Junction 19) and the M62 (Junction 19) and 15 minutes from Manchester City Centre. Licensed Bar and Café available.


Middleton Arena is fully accessible to public areas with lift to upper floors. Customers are invited to discuss any special needs. There is free on-site parking for 90 cars to the rear of the building with disabled and family parking bays to the front. Car park access is via LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way.

Middleton’s and Heywood’s premier venues for Entertainment, Concerts, Theatrical Shows and Business Meetings. For information about hiring either venue for your event please visit

This information is available in large print on request. *Calls charged at local rate.

Link4Life is the trading name of Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust. Registered Charity No: 1118610

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