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January – March 2019


At a glance




Saturday 26

Forbidden Nights - Sexy Circus


Thursday 31

Thursday Comedy Night

Independently Produced Production

Thursday 31

National Theatre Live - I’m Not Running


The Love Machine Show

Friday 22

Overcome The Musical

Thursday 28

Thursday Night Comedy

MARCH Friday 1

Bon Jovi Forever: One Wild Night Tour

Saturday 2

Rosalind Ventris (Viola) and Marisa Gupta (Piano)

Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16

The Addams Family - The Musical

Saturday 16 The Fureys - St Patricks Weekend

Heywood Civic Centre  /heywoodcivic  @heywoodcivic

Tuesday 26

Circus of Horrors

Thursday 28

Thursday Comedy Night

Friday 29

Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Certain events have group booking discounts available. Please contact the venue for further information.

Friday 29


Saturday 30


Middleton Arena  /middletonarena  @middletonarena


The Love Machine Show From the beginning of popular music with the American Song Book way back in 1935 with classics like Cole Porters Under My Skin, we move on to the rocking 50’s and Why Do Fools Fall In Love and then the swinging 60’s and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me. Motown of course with Heatwave and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough through to the disco era and it’s all aboard the Love Train and many more.


Friday 8 February 2019

It’s a feel good fun production of all the great love related songs delivered with lots of humour, class and style that are sure to get you clapping, singing and enjoying all your favourite memories! Venue: Middleton Arena Show Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £19

Saturday 2 March 2019

Rosalind Ventris (Viola) & Marisa Gupta (Piano) Recognised for her qualities as a soloist and chamber musician, British violist Rosalind Ventris is emerging as one of the most sought after young violists internationally. Born in the USA, of Thai and Indian parentage, Marisa Gupta is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the recipient of numerous awards. As a soloist and chamber musician she has appeared at renowned venues and festivals across the world. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Show Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: Adults £15, Concessions £13 Students (Age 16+) £5, Children (Age 3-16) £1

Ticket offers available. For details please visit To book tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 0330 303 8633



Friday 1 March 2019

Bon Jovi Forever ‘One Wild Night Tour 2018/19’ The only Bon Jovi tribute show you need to see! A high energy, electricity packed show guaranteed to raise your hands. Bon Jovi Forever are committed to reviving the 80/90s style show, receiving rave reviews from fans and venues all over the UK. Every performance is action packed and delivered with the artistry, energy and passion of the real thing. A stunning stage show coupled with effects and explosions will make you believe you’re watching the real Bon Jovi from back in their heyday. This show is guaranteed to give any fan of Bon Jovi ‘One Wild Night’! Venue: Middleton Arena Show Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: Adults £20, Children & Concessions £18


To book tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 0330 303 8633

THE FUREYS - St Patrick’s Weekend!


Saturday 16 March 2019

Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’ and ‘Steal away’ will perform at Middleton Arena. The Fureys are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world. Their emotive songs stir many emotions… tears and laughter, sadness and joy. A Fureys concert is always a night to remember! Venue: Middleton Arena Show Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £22

Friday 29 March 2019

Pasadena Roof Orchestra It´s the Year 1969, a man makes the first step on the moon, The Beatles play their last concert. The first Woodstock happens - and The Pasadena Roof Orchestra gets its licence to swing when over 1000 original dance band arrangements are discovered in an attic by founder-member, John Arthy. But you know that story, don´t you? And the rest - as they say – is history! For over forty years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, based in the UK, has delighted audiences all over the world with its mix of swing and hot dance music. The show includes famous tunes such as ‘Puttin on the Ritz’ ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ ‘The Lullaby of Broadway’ as well as hot numbers from the twenties such as Duke Ellingtons’ ‘Black and Tan Fantasy’ or ‘Truckin’. English Dance Bands are also included, with the beautiful numbers that were sung by Al Bowlly, and arranged to perfection by Ray Noble. The show is far from a pure history lesson as audiences can testify; there is a liberal dose of ‘British humour’ in its presentation. Venue: Middleton Arena Show Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: Adults £19, Children & Concessions £17.50

To book tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 0330 303 8633



Comedy returns to Heywood Civic Centre, last Thursday of the month. Each night features the best acts from the national and international comedy circuit hand-picked to guarantee a brilliant evening’s entertainment. The ‘uniquely original’ Chris Kehoe (pictured) is your MC. ‘Mixing the topical and the surreal with aplomb’ Chris is ‘an important and intelligent voice’ and a ‘rising star of the comedy world’. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Show Starts: 8pm Tickets: £10

Thursday 31 January 2019

Thursday Night Comedy Dan Nightingale - Dan Nightingale is widely regarded as one of the best performers working on the comedy circuit today. Mixing fiendishly accurate observation with energetic characterisations and killer punch lines, his comedy is original, playful, intelligent, poignant and exciting; sometimes ridiculous… but always hilarious. Simon Lomas - Winner of numerous awards and plaudits already, Simon Lomas is already a master of offbeat jokes and observations. “The writing is strong, efficient and offbeat, with an enviable hit rate” Chortle Scott Bennett - A rising star and the great hope of Northern comedy, Scott Bennett should not be missed. “Observational comedy with everyman appeal, stretches every premise to find the laughs; pleasingly executed tales” Chortle

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Scott Bennett

Stephen Carlin

To book tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 0330 303 8633

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Thursday Night Comedy Stephen Carlin - Terse and Intense, Stephen Carlin holds the bottom of a dirty whisky glass to his eye, sees the world through its clouded prism and reports his findings in the brutal patois of the snooker club...



Thursday 28 February 2019

Stephen has supported Stephen Merchant on tour as well as Stewart Lee who named him as one of the ‘Ten Best Comedians Ever’. Tom Taylor - Multi-award winning comedian Tom Taylor has received high praise from audiences and critics alike. His unique brand of musical comedy is smart and silly in equal measure and he boasts an impressive stock of quirky, and very funny, musical one-liners. Alun Cochrane - Award-winning stand up comedian Alun Cochrane has appeared on numerous TV shows including Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Russell Howard’s Good News, Mock The Week, Dave’s One Night Stand, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. “Cochrane’s on-stage persona is allied to a real craft and creativity in his writing, yielding results that satisfy both the comedy purists and those who simply want big belly laughs on a night out.” - The Guardian

Thursday 28 March 2019

Thursday Night Comedy Harriet Dyer - One of the most interesting, fun and genuinely funny acts on the circuit. “Dyer exists in a joyful equilibrium, at the point where self-depreciation and a total embracement of oddness meet in utterly likeable harmony… Beautifully, brilliantly weird… Absolutely worth a watch” Broadway Baby Jamie Hutchinson - Jamie Hutchinson is one of the most exciting and promising acts on the circuit. After a load of awards (including winning XSManchester Comedian Of The Year 2017 and Hot Water Comedian of the Year). This kid is going places and catch him now before he’s on the telly! Gavin Webster - Gavin Webster is a bona fide comedy legend. Famed and respected by his peers for his uncompromising and unusual approach and distinctly original routines, he now boasts a large cult following round the country. Gavin has also supported some of the biggest household names on tour including Kevin Bridges and Alexi Sayle. He has also become a cult hero at the Edinburgh Fringe having performed an amazing ten solo shows over his career and has even appeared in a Ken Loach film.

Alun Cochrane

Harriet Dyer

Jamie Hutchinson

To book tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 0330 303 8633

Gavin Webster



Thursday 31 January 2019

National Theatre Live I’m Not Running by David Hare I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare? Hare was recently described by The Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English’. His other work includes Pravda and Skylight, broadcast by National Theatre Live in 2014. Venue: Middleton Arena Show Starts: 7pm Tickets: £13


To book tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 0330 303 8633

Forbidden Nights – Sexy Circus This is a brand new show for 2019 with great new acts and routines added, so brace yourself for two hours of thrilling action, provocative choreography with the ultimate Forbidden strip tease (and a few men in uniform thrown in for good measure).


Saturday 26 January 2019

Abandon your inhibitions at the door as the talented cast of acrobats, fire acts, aerial artists and world-renowned circus performers flip and spin across the stage in this high-octane show. This sexy but classy evening with Forbidden Nights is guaranteed to get your pulse racing and leave you begging for more. Yes Ladies - Circus Just Got Sexy® Venue: Middleton Arena Show Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: Rows A-E £25.50 all other rows £21.50

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Circus of Horrors Imagine a fangtastic rock show with amazing light effects and set combined with an amalgamation of bizarre, dare devil & astounding circus acts, accompanied by a rock n roll sound scape of mainly original songs & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek. If Quentin Tarantino had directed Cirque De Soleil then you would be only half way there. The infamous Circus of Horrors features unbelievable sword swallowers, hairculian women swinging around the auditorium from their hair, demon dwarfs, strong man, whirlwind acrobats, flaming limbo, sensational aerialists, knife throwing, cross & long bow wielding Bond like Diva’s, twisted contortion and lots, lots more in this roller coaster of a show that is now celebrating 24 years on the road. ‘You have to go and see this if, one day something will go wrong and you will be able to say I was there’ Graham Norton ‘A Bloody Great Night Out’ The Times ‘Freaking Awesome’ The Sun ‘Blood Thirsty & Burlesque’ The Independent Venue: Middleton Arena Show Starts: 7.30pm Tickets: £24 Adults £21 Children & Concessions Early Bird Offer – book by 31 January and get £3 off each ticket

To book tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 0330 303 8633


Independently Produced Productions

Friday 22 February 2018

Langley House Trust presents Overcome The Musical Overcome is a brand new musical that is previewing first at Middleton Arena. It is an emotional portrayal of two people who find themselves caught in a life of drugs and crime and are desperate to get out. It is full of song, dance and surprises along the way. As you watch these characters you will want them to succeed and be willing them onto a better future. You will see the hard exterior hiding vulnerability. Overcome The Musical highlights the destruction that drugs cause and will be available in a pack for schools to use as a drug prevention tool. This musical shows the two main characters in dreadful places at the beginning. To fund their drug habits, Jane is a prostitute and Nick is a drug dealer who has just returned to “the moor” from prison. Neither has friends outside the gang and can see no way out until they know that they can get support from a nearby charity. They have difficult challenges and choices on the road to recovery. You will see the tears turn to joy as they escape the mess that they are in. This production is an inspiration for people to come off drugs as it shows that people can be helped. All profits are going toward Langley House Trust Venue: Middleton Arena Show Starts: 8pm Tickets: £10

Friday 29 March and Saturday 30 March

Kat’s Dance Academy presents Showtime Proceeds go to Kat’s Dance Event & Community Event and the Heywood Food Bank Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Show Starts: 6.30pm Tickets: £7.50 All children aged 2 plus will need a ticket Family (2 adults and 2 children) £25


To book tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 0330 303 8633

HAODS presents The Addams Family - The Musical In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with the same challenge faced by any other family - the Addams kids are growing up! The Addams family have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and parents Gomez and Morticia would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an eighteen year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal respectable Ohio family! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change. Venue: Heywood Civic Centre Doors Open: Evening 7.30pm / Matinee 2.15pm Stall Tickets: Adults £14, Children & Concessions £12 Family (2 adults & 2 children) £46 Tiered Seating Tickets:

Independently Produced Productions

Tuesday 12 March – Saturday 16 March 2019

Adults £15, Children & Concessions £13 Family (2 adults & 2 children) £50

To book tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 0330 303 8633


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

LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton, Manchester M24 1AG Box Office: 0300 303 8633*



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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. Please use postcode M24 1AG if your are navigating by sat nav.


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 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.

Both venues are available for hire. Please contact your preferred centre for full details and to check availability. All information is correct at the time of print and is subject to change. Please visit for up to date information. *Calls charged at local rate. Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded, unless a performance is cancelled. Programme and artist details are published in good faith; however, occasionally, for reasons beyond our control, changes may be necessary. All tickets will be offered subject to availability at the time of booking.

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

Events Guide January - March 2019  
Events Guide January - March 2019