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AUTUMN South Shropshire's lively arts centre

September - December 2013

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Grand Days Out at

Ludlow’s Festival of Small Gardens Sunday 25 & Monday 26 August 12.00-6.00 pm

This August Bank Holiday weekend, give yourself a treat with two days of pure enjoyment. Map/Ticket (giving access to all gardens) £6 or £10 for two days. Available from: Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Myriad Organics, The Broad Bean, Carvell’s ‘Art of Tea’ Rooms, Bodenhams and from the gardens on the day.

For enquiries call Ludlow Assembly Rooms 01584 878141

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This season the Assembly Rooms brings you three top names from the world of Modern Folk. First up is Lau, winner of Best Group in this year’s BBC Folk Awards; following on is Kathryn Tickell, the world’s foremost exponent of the Northumbrian Pipes; and we round the season off with the fabulous Belshazzar’s Feast.

Morrissey 25: Live Turandot (ROH) T S Eliot Poetry Prize Tour

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Those who enjoy our live streamed events will be delighted to see the range we have this season. This autumn we will be bringing you the world's best opera from some spectacular venues, one of which is La Traviata from the opening night of La Scala’s 2013/14 season. We also have the new RSC Live from Stratfordupon-Avon programme, starting with the sell-out production of Richard II starring David Tennant, and for fans of popular music we bring you Morrissey: 25 Live, his sell-out gig recorded earlier this year at Hollywood High School. National Theatre Live is to screen two of the plays that were broadcast before we were able to take part in live streaming: Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art and the much acclaimed Hamlet, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Othello (NT Live)

If comedy is your thing we have three top name stand-ups to tempt you. Phill Jupitus brings us his hit show You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here; the Cornish funny man Jethro takes to our stage; and rounding off the year we have the hilariously funny Alastair McGowan.

Les Vêspres siciliennes



And last, but by no means least, we have two fantastic seasonal productions for our younger audience members and their families: Likely Story Theatre bring their Christmas extravaganza Tinsel Tales; and the ever popular Image Musical Theatre present Scrooge, an interactive children’s musical for us all to join in.

Animal Farm (Guy Masterton & TTI)


Kathryn Tickell


Hobsons Inland Sea Shanty Singers


Alastair McGowan


La Traviata from La Scala, Milan


We think you’ll agree there’s something for everyone this season, so look through our brochure and put some dates in your diary.

The Nutcracker


LDN Wrestling


We look forward to welcoming you this autumn.

Belshazzar’s Feast


Kate Howe Chief Executive Assembly Rooms – Ludlow.

Tinsel Tales (Likely Story Theatre)


Scrooge (Image Musical Theatre)


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Mephistopheles Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs Phill Jupitus Don Quixote (ROH LIVE) Hamlet (NT Live) Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes Romeo & Juliet (Ballet Cymru) Blood, Bones and Blobby Bits The Tallest Horse on Earth (Silly Boys) At a Glance Pull-Out AGM Frankenstein (NT Live) The Habit of Art (NT Live) Richard II (RSC)

September to December 2013

Concept and editorial: Sam Cole, Design: Craig Cooper

Welcome to our Autumn Programme INSIDE


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Regular Events First Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm

Wednesdays 10am-12.30pm: over 50s Fridays 7pm-9pm: Juniors & adults

Poetry Café

Table Tennis

Bring your own or your favourite poems to read and discuss in convivial company. This season's themes:

Basic coaching for all ages. Bats and balls provided

4 Sept - Intrigue 2 Oct - Healing

Wednesday £3 per session Friday £2.50 adults £1.50 juniors Studio

6 Nov - Listen 4 Dec - Appetites

Saturdays, 10.30am-12.30pm



Mondays, 5pm-6pm: 7-11 years, 6.30-8pm: 11-16 years

A fun Saturday morning arts and crafts club for ages 8 to 16. For details call Tanith Kinton, 01584 876532

No Strings Attached Puppetry & Mask Theatre with The Fetch Theatre Company

A weekly workshop for children aged 7-16 to learn new theatre skills using puppetry and masks, working with an internationally renowned local company. £50 per term or £6 per session Oscars

Sunday 22 September, 20 October, 24 November, 10am-2pm

Tabletop Sales

A fun way to sell off surplus goodies and raise some cash. £6 per table, early booking recommended. To book a table call Faraway on 01547 540477 email: Oscars and Studio

September to December 2013

Kindly supported by Ludlow Art Society £35 / £30 concessions per term Studio

Wednesday 18 September, 23 October, 27 November, 7pm

The Ludlow Pudding Experience If a dinner with seven desserts is your idea of heaven, then come along to our monthly pudding extravaganza - a choice of main course, followed by a selection of scrumptious old favourites as well as intriguing new puddings. £17.95 for main course, all puddings, a glass of house wine and coffee. Oscars

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Regular Lectures Ludlow Civic Society Wednesday 11th Sept, 7.30pm The Chateaux and Gardens of Normandy. Mrs. Helen McCabe, NADFAS lecturer Wednesday 9th Oct, 7.30pm Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works. Simon Buteux, Director, Birmingham Conservation Trust Wednesday 13th Nov, 7.30pm Lucien Bonaparte - A Gilded Cage. Barney Rolfe-Smith, local historian and author

Ludlow Lectures

This season, the lectures continue the theme of The History and Landscape of Ludlow and the Marches. Tuesday 15 Oct, 10am-12noon The Railway through Ludlow and Beyond. Michael Rosenbaum Tuesday 22 Oct, 10am-12noon Why didn't you fight in the Great War Daddy? South Shropshire 1914-18. Derek Beattie Tuesday 29 Oct, 10am-12noon Recreation and Husbandry; historic deer parks in Shropshire. Sandra Morris Tuesday 5 Nov, 10am-12noon William Foxe of Ludford; a C16th recusant philanthropist. Jonathan Moore Tuesday 12 Nov, 10am-12noon Civil War in the Marches. John Barratt


Teme Valley Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lectures Wednesday 18 Sept, 2.15pm The Hitler Emigrés: Their Impact on British Artistic and Cultural Life. Mr Daniel Snowman, author, broadcaster and university lecturer Wednesday 16 Oct, 2.15pm John Opie RA: The Cornish Wonder. Mr Viv Hendra, author and consultant to art galleries Wednesday 20 Nov, 2.15pm Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: Patrons of the Arts, Art Collectors and Artists. Mr Oliver Everett, Librarian Emeritus, Royal Library, Windsor Castle Future Lectures at 2.15pm on the third Wednesday of each month, January to May 2014

Wednesday 11th Dec, 7.30pm Forum and Christmas Party, Palmers’ Hall, Lower Mill Street

Tuesday 19 Nov, 10am-12noon Sex and the Single Pearl. Mike Kelly

Open to all, tickets available on the door £2 members or £4 non-members (annual subscription £13 single or £24.50 joint). Please contact pennywake@mac. com for more information.

£15 per person for all 6 lectures (individual lectures £4) Please make cheques payable to: Ludlow Lectures and send to 3 Poyner Road, Ludlow, SY8 1QT or pay on the door. For further information, call: 01584 874990 or email



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Visitors welcome. £7 per lecture, payable on the door. Membership £38 a year, giving access to outings, study days, volunteering and the NADFAS Magazine. For information contact the Chairman: 01584 711477, Auditorium

September to December 2013


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Friday 6 September to Friday 18 October, 10am-4pm Pink Lady®

Food Photographer of the Year

FREE Gallery and Café Gallery Occasionally the gallery may be closed for a private event. Please ring Box Office to confirm

Jonathon Gregson / Toffee Apples Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year

A vibrant exhibition showcasing the art of photographing food; from cooking and celebrations, to farming, selling and much more. Selected from over 5,500 images submitted from around the world, judges included Antonio Carluccio, James Martin, Ellen Silverman (Gwyneth Paltrow’s food photographer) and David Loftus (Jamie Oliver’s photographer).

Friday 13 September, 7.30pm

Morrissey 25: Live Morrissey 25: Live is a legacy concert, marking 25 years of the solo career of one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic performers. Shot during Morrissey’s most intimate gig in decades, at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles earlier this year this now legendary concert includes many classic tracks from the artist’s prolific repertoire and is an unmissable cinema event for fans worldwide. £12/£10 concessions Auditorium 1hr 35mins.

September to December 2013

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An opera in three acts Sung in Italian The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season gets off to a dramatic start with Puccini’s musically sublime final opera Turandot. Andrei Serban’s production of this dark Oriental fairy tale is spectacular, with Sally Jacobs’s magnificent sets and elaborate masks and costumes inspired by traditional Chinese theatre. One of the greatest Turandot singers today, Lise Lindstrom, makes her Royal Opera debut, with Marco Berti, a wonderful Puccinian singer, in the role of Prince Calaf. Streamed LIVE from The Royal Opera House £16/£15 concessions Auditorium 3hrs, including 2 intervals

Children's Activities We have two fun-packed courses starting this September:

Mondays 5-6pm, 7-11years and 6.30-8pm, 11-16years

No Strings Attached

Puppetry and Mask Theatre with The Fetch Theatre Company A weekly workshop for children aged 7-16 to learn new theatre skills using puppetry and masks. The class is led by Purvin, the Artistic Director of the internationally renowned The Fetch Theatre Company. £50 per term or £6 per session Term starts, Monday 30th September

Saturdays 10am-12.30pm, 8-16 years


A fun and friendly Saturday morning art class where children can really get creative! Some of the projects this term will be: natural sculpture, clay work, puppet making, bottle decorating, BIG art and Christmas gifts and cards. Wear old clothes, we get messy! More details from Tanith 01584 876532 £35 per term / £30 concessions Term starts, Saturday 21st September Supported by Ludlow Art Society

Films Films Films Rush(15)

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September to December 2013


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Gwendoline and Margaret Davies: Monday 23 September, 7.15pm

An Evening of Clairvoyance

Spiritual medium Emily Baker has worked throughout the Midlands for the last 10 years. She is skilled in being able to see, hear and feel spirit around her and practising psychic art to bring messages of comfort to those here in the physical world. Emily is also involved in raising awareness and funds for local charities; the evening will include a raffle, with all proceeds going directly to the Midlands Air Ambulance. £10 Oscars This event is for entertainment purposes only and is organised by Emily Baker, independently of Ludlow Assembly Rooms.

Pioneer collectors of Impressionism

Speaker: Oliver Fairclough, Keeper of Art National Museum Wales Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, the granddaughters of a Welsh coal baron, formed an extraordinary collection of European modern art between 1908 and 1923, which they later bequeathed to Amgueddfa Cymru: National Museum Wales. In the years leading up to the First World War they were among a handful of British patrons to interest themselves in the work of the French impressionist painters, especially Monet, and in the sculpture of Rodin, completing their collection with great paintings by Cézanne and Van Gogh. This talk introduces the collection, and explores the sisters’ motivation and method as collectors. £6.50 Oscars

Friday 27 September, 7pm

T S Eliot Poetry Prize Tour As part of a national tour to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry, three of the world-class poets who have been short-listed in recent years will be reading their work, alongside a wellknown local poet. The T S Eliot Prize is one of the world’s top poetry awards and was

September to December 2013

set up by the Poetry Book Society in 1993 in memory of its founding poet. Previous winners include: Carol Ann Duffy, John Burnside and Sharon Olds £8/£6 student concessions Oscars Duration: 2hrs including interval & book signing

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Autumn 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Thursday 26 September, 7pm NT Live presents


Saturday 28 September, 10am Ludlow Historical Research Group

Facets of Ludlow

Nine hundred years of history The Ludlow Historical Research Group is devoting a day to six presentations on the town’s history. Jonathan Wood will talk on Dinham and the enigmatic St Thomas’s Chapel*. Margaret Clark speaks about the way in which St Laurence’s church changed in the Reformation and she is followed by John Barratt, whose subject is Ludlow in the Civil War. After lunch (at 2pm) Michael Page profiles Thomas Vernon, a man of property in 18th century Ludlow. The next speaker is Jean Brown, whose subject is religion in Victorian Ludlow and the day ends with David Trumper talking about the town in 1960, concluding at 4.45pm. *St Thomas’s Chapel, Dinham will be open to delegates between 1pm and 6pm, by kind invitation of its owner, Mrs Camilla Caldwell.

The National Theatre presents a major new production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy. Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester takes the title role. Playing opposite him as Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear, who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner following their acclaimed collaboration on the National Theatre’s recent production of Hamlet (to be screened at Ludlow Assembly Rooms on 22 October). Streamed LIVE from The National Theatre £15/£14 concessions Auditorium Duration: 3hrs, including interval

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Stay for all of the talks or just those which interest you. To register in advance visit or register on the day. £5 Auditorium 6hrs 45mins, including intervals. Facets of Ludlow is a private hire organised by Ludlow Historical Research Group independently of Ludlow Assembly Rooms

September to December 2013


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An opera in prologue, 4 acts and an epilogue Sung in Italian The San Francisco season opens with Boito’s resplendent retelling of Goethe’s Faust, described as a monumental work of choral grandeur and melodic richness and one of the most impressive productions ever seen at the War Memorial Opera House. The cast includes Ramón Vargas, Patricia Racette and the amazing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov. Delayed LIVE streaming from The San Francisco Opera House £16/£15 concessions Auditorium 3hrs 30mins, including two intervals

Friday 11 October, 8pm

Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs In 2003, Francesca bought a second hand postcard for 50p. The postcard, sent from Lincoln to London was addressed to a Miss L Gibbs. The message reads: ‘Be Careful Tomorrow. A.C.’ Part detective noir, lecture and personal biography, Francesca investigates the message on a postcard sent 100 years ago, becoming obsessed by the life of the woman who received it. What happens when she starts tracing another’s history? And why did Miss Gibbs have to be careful tomorrow? In Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs Francesca takes the audience with her on this intricate, amusing and fascinating journey, gently questioning how we remember those who went before us and how we might like to be remembered ourselves.

September to December 2013

‘Clever and touching’ The Guardian

£10/£8 concessions Oscars 1hr + talk-back session

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Autumn 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Saturday 12 October, 8pm Phill Jupitus Presents

You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here...

Created from the character-based comedy show which he took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, You're Probably Wondering Why I've Asked You Here... is a three-part performance unlike anything you have seen before. Phill Jupitus plays the part of three extraordinary characters: The Late Vernon Herschel Harley, The Late Kurt Schiffer and The Late Phill Jupitus, and with the help of an inquisitive audience, we find out more about them. Leave your preconceptions at the door but don't forget to bring your curiosity. £15


‘This show is a huge amount of fun and an impressive display of Jupitus’ skills’ The Scotsman ‘I left with admiration of the man’s talents and his willingness to try something different. It is an experience not to be missed’ One4Review

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September to December 2013

12 Wednesday 16 October, 7.15pm ROH Live presents

Don Quixote A ballet in three acts

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Ludlow Ludlow Drive Around Drivearound A clue hunt in the countryside surrounding Ludlow

Find clues at 20 specified points on a circular tour of Ludlow, encompassing rural scenes and spectacular views to take your breath away. Visit ancient churches, find out what a toposcope is, discover who won a VC at Gallipoli in 1915 and much more…a wonderful taster of the countryside surrounding Ludlow and its history. Driving distance is approximately 42 miles and the tour takes roughly 4 hours, allowing time at each point to find the clues; it’s a great day out and well worth the time. Do it when you want to, any time, all year round. The adventures of Cervantes’ bumbling knight have been the inspiration for many ballets, best-known of which is the Don Quixote of Marius Petipa, with music by Ludwig Minkus. All the elements of the great classical ballets are here: emotion, drama and vivid characters. Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta has danced the virtuoso role of Basilio many times, so it is especially exciting that he is creating this new production for The Royal Ballet. The music, full of Spanish flair and atmosphere, with a characteristic clarity of melody and rhythm that makes it so instantly appealing, is arranged by Martin Yates, who also conducts.

Drivearound pack £5.00 – available from Box Office. Pack includes complete directions, clues, points of information e.g. available facilities on the tour and answers.

Streamed LIVE from The Royal Opera House £14/£12 concessions/ £8 accompanied child Auditorium Duration: 3hrs, including two intervals

September to December 2013

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Autumn 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Saturday 19 October, 7.30pm

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

The Assembly Rooms welcomes back The Johnny Cash Roadshow, a show not to be missed and one that truly celebrates the career of the music legend Johnny Cash. Fronted by the respected singer/ songwriter Clive John, with backing group The Spirit Band and accompanied by an amazing video backdrop featuring evocative images from Cash’s life, the show really does capture the essence of what it was like to be at a live Cash show. The Johnny Cash Roadshow takes the audience from the 1950s right up to 2002; all his greatest hits are included such as Ring of Fire and Walk the Line as well as the Johnny and June duets Jackson, Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man, featuring Jill Schoonjans as June Carter. ‘Clive captures my Grandfather just as he was - absolutely authentic to the point where it felt it wasn't a tribute’ Caitlin Crowell

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£19/£17 concessions Auditorium This event is organised by Clive John independently of Ludlow Assembly Rooms

September to December 2013


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The 2010 broadcast of Hamlet is screened as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations. Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet in this dynamic production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play about the human condition, directed by Nicholas Hytner. He is joined by Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King) and Ruth Negga (Ophelia). LIVE encore streaming from The National Theatre £15/£14 concessions Auditorium Duration: 3hrs 30mins, including interval

Thursday 24 October, 8pm

Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes The double Grammy-award winner Albert Lee returns with his multi-talented band Hogan’s Heroes, featuring Gerry Hogan on guitar, Peter Baron on drums, bass guitar played by Brian Hodgson and Gavin Povey on keyboards. Albert is one of the world’s finest guitar players; he has been in the line-up of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival three times, and also played at George Harrison’s memorial, The Concert for George at the Royal Albert Hall, so we are delighted to welcome him to the stage here at the Assembly Rooms. £20 concessions Auditorium Duration: 2hrs 30mins, including interval

September to December 2013

‘...a great player, fluid, lyrical and free; a truly wonderful singer, soulful and strong’ Eric Clapton

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Autumn 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Friday 25 October to Saturday 30 November, 10am-4pm

The Brecon Group The Brecon Group comprises five very different artists, joining forces to present this exciting and eclectic exhibition. Lesley Lillywhite - artist and print maker Jilly Tinniswood - sculptor and painter Robert Macdonald - artist and author Karin Mear - painter Veronica Gibson - painter and print maker FREE entry Gallery & Café Gallery

Photo: Michael Iwanoski

Occasionally the gallery may be closed for a private event. Please ring Box Office to confirm

Friday 25 October, 7.30pm Ballet Cymru presents

Romeo and Juliet

Live and on stage here Intense fighting, passionate duets and universal themes echo through dramatic and lyrical choreography in this production from the award-winning Ballet Cymru (formerly Independent Ballet Wales). Exquisite costumes and extraordinary video projections create a world of danger and excitement where two young lovers are caught in an age-old feud. Romeo and Juliet is a dynamic and unique collaboration between three of Wales’ outstanding arts organisations: Ballet Cymru, Coreo Cymru and The Riverfront Theatre, Newport. £16/£15 concessions £10 accompanied child Auditorium Duration: 2hrs, including interval Generously supported by

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September to December 2013

16 Saturday 26th October, 6.15pm - discussion, 7.30pm - film Friends of Ludlow Arts Festival

The Tempest

A rare opportunity to see Julie Taymor’s innovative film, starring Helen Mirren. The screening brings to a close the day-long Shakespeare Film Festival organised by the Friends of Ludlow Arts Festival. Prior to the screening a pre-film discussion will be held by a panel of film-makers, writers and experts, to which members of the public are welcome. Pre-film talk £2.50 Film: cinema pricing Auditorium For cinema pricing see page 20

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HALF TERM FUN Thursday 31st October, 10.30am - 12noon

Blood, Bones & Blobby Bits! Create spiders, potions, crunchy bones, and ghouls in a fun filled session for Halloween. Age 6 yrs+ (under 8’s must be accompanied) £5 each Duration: 1 hr 30mins



Mon 28 and Tues 29 Oct, 2pm

The Smurfs 2(U) Wed 30, Thurs 31 Oct, 2pm


For cinema pricing see page 20

Wednesday 30 October, 2pm Silly Boys Theatre presents

The Tallest Horse on Earth

A tall tale of equine adventure! Set in a patchwork world of wool, bubbles and gnomies, this is the story of Tim, a little boy who happens to be the proud owner of the tallest horse on earth… or so he thinks! A warm-hearted puppet show told with live music, shadow puppetry and a large dollop of giant-smashing. For children and their families. 2+ £6/£4 concessions Oscars Duration: 1hr

September to December 2013

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Sponsorship Packages Raise your profile across The Marches and West Midlands and make our customers yours.

Every year over 100,000 people visit Ludlow Assembly Rooms and we distribute over 70,000 brochures throughout the area. Our visitors represent every part of the community across the region, including the customers your business is trying to reach. There are many ways in which you can promote your business to our audience - by simply becoming a business supporter, you will feature in our brochure and also on our website. We have four tiers of sponsorship: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum which start at ÂŁ500 for a whole year. You can also make a big impact on targeted segments of our audience by sponsoring an event, film or one of our many top-name live shows from as little as ÂŁ300.

To find out more about the various opportunities, call Richard Harding 07966 223598

11 Oct 8pm

3 Oct 6.30pm

28 Sept 10am

27 Sept 7pm

26 Sept 7pm

25 Sept 8pm

23 Sept 7.15pm

Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs

San Francisco Opera House



Ludlow Historical Research Group

Facets of Ludlow

T S Eliot Poetry Tour

NT Live


Friends of Ludlow Museum

Gwendoline and Margaret Davies

An Evening of Clairvoyance

The Royal Opera House Live


Morrissey 25: Live

13 Sept 7.30pm

17 Sept 7.15pm

Food Photographer of the Year

6 Sept 18 Oct


£10/£8 Oscars

£16/£15 Auditorium

£5 Auditorium

£8/£6 Oscars

£15/£14 Auditorium

£6.50 Oscars

£10 Oscars

£16/£15 Auditorium

£12/£10 Auditorium

FREE Visual Arts

29 Nov 8pm

23 Nov 7.30pm

22 Nov 7pm

21 Nov 8pm

17 Nov 8pm

16 Nov 8pm

13 Nov 7pm

7 Nov 7pm

6 Nov 7pm

4 Nov 5.45pm

1 Nov 7.30pm

Kathryn Tickell


NT Live


Animal Farm


Limehouse Lizzy

RSC Live from Statford-upon-Avon

Richard II

NT Live

The Habit of Art

Olivier Memorial Peace Lecture

The Royal Opera House Live

Les Vêspres siciliennes

We Three Kings of Rock ‘n’ Roll


£16/£12 Auditorium

£20 Auditorium

£15/£14 Auditorium

£12/£10 £8 schools Auditorium

£16 £12 under 18s Auditorium

£14 Auditorium

£15/£14 Auditorium

£15/£14 Auditorium

£6/£3 Oscars

£16/£15 Auditorium

£16/15 Auditorium

What’s on At a glance

NT Live



Silly Boys Theatre

The Tallest Horse

Friends of Ludlow Arts Festival

The Tempest

Tinsel Tales

19 Dec 1.30pm & 7pm

students, senior citizens, unemployed and registered disabled people. Proof of status required. We regret that refunds are not given and that tickets cannot be exchanged.

send a stamped addressed envelope. Concessionary rates are available to under 16s,

£10 /£8 £6 groups Auditorium

£10/£8 £6 schools Auditorium

£13/£12 Auditorium

£12/£10 Family of 4 £40 Auditorium

£14/£12 £8 child

£14 Auditorium

£16/£15 Auditorium

£15 Auditorium

fee applies). Ticket collection from the Box Office or

23 & 24 Dec Scrooge 2.30pm Image Musical Theatre

Belshazzar’s Feast

LDN Wrestling

The Royal Opera House Live

The Nutcracker

Gypsy Fire

from La Scala, Milan

La Traviata

14 Dec 7.30pm

13 Dec 7.30pm

12 Dec 7.15pm

11 Dec 8pm

7 Dec 5pm

Alistair McGowan

Hobsons Inland Sea Shanty Singers

6 Dec 7.30pm 6 Dec 8pm

FREE Visual Arts

Susie Church

6-24 Jan

£8 Oscars

FREE Visual Arts

Nik Burns & Danny Waples

6-24 Jan


We accept all major debit and credit cards (booking

£15/£14 Auditorium

FREE* Auditorium

£6/£4 Oscars

Talk £2.50 Film - cinema pricing

£16/£15 £10 child Auditorium

FREE Visual Arts

£20 Auditorium

£15/£14 Auditorium

£19/£17 Auditorium

£14/£12 £8 child Auditorium

£15 Auditorium

*Free to Friends of Ludlow Assembly Rooms see page 21 for further details

By phone 01584 878141, online, in person at the Box Office or by post.

How to book

31 Oct & 19 Nov 7pm

30 Oct from 6.45pm

30 Oct 2pm

26th Oct discussion 6.15pm film 7.30pm

Ballet Cymru

Romeo and Juliet

The Brecon Group

25 Oct 30 Nov

25 Oct 7.30pm

Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes

NT Live


Johnny Cash Roadshow

The Royal Opera House Live

Don Quixote

Phill Jupitus

You're Probably Wondering Why I've Asked You Here...

24 Oct 8pm

22 Oct 7pm

19 Oct 7.30pm

16 Oct 7.15pm

12 Oct 8pm

Monday to Saturday 10am - 3pm & 6pm - 8pm (Closed Sunday)

Café Bar opening times The café bar opens an hour and a half before each event.

Access Our facilities are set out in brief below, and in detail in our leaflet Welcome All Access Guide, available from the Box Office. If you have any queries or special requests please call us before you visit. Level access  from the street

Service dogs welcome

Accessible toilets 

Infra-red sound system. Please book headsets

Companions  go free

Family friendly

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Autumn 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Wednesday 30 October, 6.45pm tea/coffee, 7pm-7.45pm AGM, 7.45pm-8pm wine, 8pm talk


The charity which runs the Assembly Rooms, the Ludlow and District Community Association Ltd (LDCA), is an organisation whose members, the Friends of the Assembly Rooms, have the right to vote at the AGM on the election of trustees and various other issues concerning the governance and direction of the venue. The evening will include reports from the Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive on operations and results in the last financial year, and an update of plans to secure and enhance the future of the Assembly Rooms. A speaker from the world of arts management will also give a talk on the provision of the arts in an era of reducing public funding.

FREE, but ticketed.

If you are a Friend, come along and vote – your support will help to guide the LDCA during this phase of exciting developments for the organisation. Meet other Friends beforehand for coffee and tea, wine will be served before the talk.

Open to Friends of Ludlow Assembly Rooms only; non-members can become a Friend for as little as £15 p.a.

Thursday 31 October and Friday 22 November, 7pm NT Live presents


31 October, Benedict Cumberbatch in title role 22 November, Johnny Lee Miller in title role The 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein is screened as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations. Frankenstein enjoyed a sell-out run, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for both Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Oscar-winner Danny Boyle directs with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. LIVE encore streaming from The National Theatre £15/£14 concessions Auditorium Duration: 3hrs, including interval

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September to December 2013


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Friday 1 November, 7.30pm

We Three Kings of Rock ‘n’ Roll

This spectacular wall-to-wall Rock ‘n’ Roll show features three West End artists paying tribute to the icons of the genre. From Stars in their Eyes and Buddy the Musical, Marc Robinson presents a meticulous homage to Buddy Holly; Gavin Stanley gives a sensitive tribute to Billy Fury and finally Steve Halliday brings us Elvis, from his leather-clad days of That's Alright Mama, right up to G.I. Blues. Will Rock ‘n’ Roll ever die? That'll be the day! £16/15 concessions Auditorium Duration: 2hrs 30mins, including interval This event is organised by AM Promotions, independently of Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Monday 4 November, 5.45pm The Royal Opera House Live presents

Les Vêspres siciliennes

An opera in five acts Sung in French The Royal Opera presents a major new production of Verdi’s monumental operatic work Les Vêpres siciliennes for the very first time. Antonio Pappano conducts a star cast that includes Bryan Hymel, Marina Polavskaya, Erwin Schrott and Michael Volle. Streamed LIVE from The Royal Opera House £16/£15 concessions Auditorium Duration: approx. 4hrs 45mins, including two intervals

September to December 2013

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Autumn 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Wednesday 6 November, 7pm

Olivier Memorial Peace Lecture The Utility of Force in an Age of Insecurity Speaker: General Sir Rupert Smith The former NATO Deputy Supreme Commander Europe is a distinguished soldier and writer on warfare. He will speak about the problems of war and peace-building in the contemporary world. £6/£3 students Oscars The Olivier Peace Memorial Lecture is an annual event to focus public attention on questions of conflict and peace-building, organised by Ludlow Quakers independently of Ludlow Assembly Rooms.

Saturday 16 November, 8pm

Thursday 7 November, 7pm NT Live presents

The Habit of Art

National Theatre Live’s 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play, starring Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, is streamed as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations. Bennett’s play of the imagined meeting between Benjamin Britten and his former collaborator and friend W H Auden, is as much about theatre as it is about poetry or music. Looking at the unsettling desires of two difficult men and the ethics of biography, it reflects on growing old, creativity, inspiration and on persisting when all passion is spent: ultimately, on the habit of art. LIVE encore screening from The National Theatre £15/£14 concessions Auditorium Duration: 3hrs, including interval

Limehouse Lizzy Renowned for an action-packed pyrotechnic-fuelled explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive and dominating stages worldwide. The band has also added a tribute in their set to an ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist and world renowned solo artist, the late Gary Moore. £14 Auditorium Duration: 1hr 50 mins, including interval A private hire event organised by Metalbox Productions Ltd, independently of Ludlow Assembly Rooms

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September to December 2013


Book online at Wednesday 13 November, 7pm RSC presents

Richard II

We are thrilled to be screening the first ever live broadcast from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-onAvon. We kick-start an exciting season of three Shakespeare plays with the sellout production of Richard II, with David Tennant in the title role, directed by the company’s Artistic Director, the acclaimed Gregory Doran. Screened LIVE from The Royal Shakespeare Theatre £15/£14 concessions Auditorium Duration: 3hrs including interval

Sunday 17 November, 8pm


Support band Haiku Salut

Lau are one of the most dynamic, up and coming live bands in Britain, so grab your chance to see them here in Ludlow. Their style mixes modern folk with traditional influences through virtuoso musicianship, improvisational skills and a sense of the unexpected.

September to December 2013

' innovative, beautifully realised album HHHH' The Observer

Winners Best Group 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards £16/£12 under 18s Auditorium Duration 2hrs including interval

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Saturday 23 November, 7.30pm


ÂŁ20 Auditorium Duration: 2hrs including interval

Laughter not only provides a fullscale workout for your muscles, it unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins to strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of come along to evening guaranteed to beat those winter blues! Always slightly on the edge, Jethro’s fruity Cornish humour is the perfect remedy to cheer us all. Turning everyday events into farcical stories embellished with hilarity and his trademark West Country dialect. Tales told with such effortless rhythm, timing and charm that it just melts all seriousness into pure laughter. Contains adult humour. Suitable for ages 15+.

This event is organised by Paul Loud independently of Ludlow Assembly Rooms

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September to December 2013


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Thursday 21 November, 8pm Guy Masterton and TTI present

Animal Farm

Friday 29 November, 8pm

Kathryn Tickell

with Ruth Wall and Amy Thatcher A very special evening of sparkling jigs, reels and emotive airs, from three captivating players. Kathryn Tickell is the world’s foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, performer and successful recording artist. She is the recipient of the coveted Queen’s Medal for Music, and is the current BBC Folk Awards “Musician of the Year”.

‘Delights with its physical grace and artistry; it's entirely theatrical’ The Scotsman

She is joined by two exceptional musicians, Amy Thatcher and Ruth Wall. Amy is an accordionist and clog dancer who worked with Kathryn on ‘JigHop’ the multi-genre spectacular commissioned for the 2012 Olympics celebrations. Ruth is a classicallytrained Scottish harpist whose playing is in demand from some of the most exciting ensembles and bands around, including Goldfrapp and Fitkin. £16/£12 concessions Auditorium Duration: 2hrs, including interval

17 years since its world premiere, Guy Masterson’s magnificent solo performance of Orwell’s classic satire is on its final UK tour. Using nothing but a bale of hay, some amazing sound effects and brilliant physical and vocal dexterity, Masterson ignites this famous yarn, bringing a modern sinister relevance to Orwell’s masterwork. Hilariously comic and terribly poignant in turn, Masterson’s breath-taking physical storytelling creates the entire farmyard around you in 90 minutes of utterly compelling theatre. Now officially the most highly performed solo show in the world, this is a must-see performance for all ages. £12/£10 (£8 school groups block booking Auditorium Duration: 1hr 30mins

September to December 2013

‘...the best advertisement for English folk music.’ The Daily Telegraph

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Autumn 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Friday 6 December to Friday 24 January, 10am-4pm

Nik Burns and Danny Waples

The work of Nik Burns and Danny Waples is united in this exciting showcase. Play and opportunity have enabled both artists to take an enlivening approach to their present work; their willingness to take risks with material and process has enabled them to create bodies of work that are born through artistic freedom. FREE Gallery & CafĂŠ Gallery Occasionally the gallery may be closed for a private event. Please ring Box Office to confirm

Friday 6 December to Friday 24 January

Susie Church Artist Susie Church captures the fleeting beauty of the Marches and beyond, using a wide variety of media. The diversity of her work is showcased in this intimate exhibition FREE Snug Gallery Occasionally this gallery may be closed for a private event. Please ring Box Office to confirm

Friday 6 December, 7.30pm

Hobsons Inland Sea Shanty Singers A troupe of inland sea shanty singers fueled by Hobsons real ales! Inspired by the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival, a group of 14 chaps from North Herefordshire formed Europe's most inland sea shanty chorus. The troupe has been engaging audiences with their range of shanties, ballads and other rip-roaring sea songs since September 2009. The group, sponsored by Hobsons Brewery and John Amos & Co. set out to provide a new form of live entertainment; to get people into their local watering holes to meet up, have a good time and join in a good old sing along... all washed down with plenty of grog! ÂŁ8 Oscars Duration: 2hrs 30mins, including interval

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September to December 2013


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Friday 6 December, 8pm

Alistair McGowan Not Just a Pretty Voice

‘Wickedly funny mimicry’ Sunday Mirror ‘Brilliant!... Quick, sharp stand up’ The Telegraph

The nation’s favourite impressionist, Alistair McGowan, goes back to his stand-up roots for a new two-hour show. Asking the big questions like: would the world be a happier place if Ed Miliband was Prime Minister? What are we really thinking while watching Shakespeare? And is Hilary Devey Jessie J’s

September to December 2013

mum? Expect to hear everyone from Andy Murray to Colin Murray, riffs on everything from Jeff Stelling to bad spelling and at least one song about butter. £15 Auditorium Duration: 2hrs

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Autumn 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Saturday 7 December, 5pm Rising Alternatives presents

La Traviata from La Scala, Milan An opera in three acts.

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian and English

Wednesday 11 December, 8pm

Gypsy Fire

Since forming in 2010, Gypsy Fire have pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved with a pure acoustic line up. Featuring tracks from their latest album released in August 2012 at The Royal Albert Hall, each piece is performed with passion and flair. Expect beauty, excitement and boundless energy in this musical whiteknuckle ride! Encompassing many different musical genres, the quartet features the acoustic guitars of Stuart Carter-Smith and Will Barnes plus award-winning jazz violinist Ben Holder and double bassist Paul Jefferies. £14 Oscars Duration: 2hrs, including interval This event is organised by Maddy Jones Music independently of Ludlow Assembly Rooms

We are delighted to bring you this live transmission from the opening night of La Scala’s 2013/2014 season. La Traviata’s role of Violetta requires a single soprano to have a variety of voices and souls. This production features the most famous contemporary Violetta, Diana Damrau, who has dramatic intuition, presence, backbone and the voices for a character that is both alive and sorrowful until her final breath. Alongside her, Piotr Beczala returns to La Scala as Alfredo, and the great Verdi baritone Željko Lučić takes the role of Giorgio. Streamed LIVE from La Scala, Milan £16/£15 concessions Auditorium Duration: 2hrs 40mins, including interval

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‘They are knock out musicians who play with passion, joy and humour; brilliant.’ Hank Marvin

September to December 2013

30 Thursday 12 December, 7.15pm The Royal Opera House Live presents

The Nutcracker A ballet in two acts

Starring, Laura Morera, Frederico Bonelli, Alexander Campbell, Gary Avis and Emma Maguire From the very first notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture to The Nutcracker, a sense of mystery and magic pervades the theatre as Herr Drosselmeyer sets in train the events that will see his beloved nephew, Hans Peter, freed from the enchantment of the evil Mouse King by the resourceful Clara. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984, is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages. Streamed LIVE from The Royal Opera House £14/£12 concessions/ £8 accompanied child Auditorium Duration: 2hrs 10mins, including interval

September to December 2013

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LDN Wrestling

Championship wrestling, full of sparkly costumes and audience participation, is coming to Ludlow for an evening of suplexes and bodyslams. Boo the bad guys and cheer on your favourites as you get the opportunity to get up close and personal with the rip-roaring action. Post show, you will also get the chance to meet the stars and maybe even grab yourself a souvenir or two! See the highest quality, fastest paced, non-stop wrestling action ever seen on these shores. Don't miss out, come and see top names including British Heavyweight Champion Alan Lee Travis, Wrestling politician Richard Parliament, the masked man of mystery the Dark Lord and many more. £12/£10 child/ £40 Family of 4 Auditorium Duration: 1hr 50mins, including interval

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Autumn 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Saturday 14 December, 7.30pm

Belshazzar’s Feast

Thursday 19 December, 1.30pm and 7.30pm Likely Story Theatre presents

Tinsel Tales

This Christmas, join the Captain and crew of the Historia, the greatest story-telling ship to travel the galaxy; the ramshackle crew know how to celebrate Christmas and they invite you to their Story Storage Room to join in the fun as they share some of their favourite tales. Armed with trunks of costumes, silly instruments, plenty of tinsel, buckets of energy and their trusted storytelling engine, they begin where all good stories should begin: “Once upon a time...” Join us to discover some great tales in this fast, furious and fun family Christmas show. £10/£8 concessions (£6 school group block booking) Auditorium Duration: 1 hrs 15mins, including interval

Belshazzar’s Feast starts with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off wry humour for a unique live experience. The evening will get you into the festive mood as the duo perform songs from their two best-selling Christmas themed albums, Stocking Fillers and Frost Bites. £13/£12 concessions Auditorium Duration: 2hrs, including interval Duo known for their sense of humour as well as their impressive musicianship Guardian

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September to December 2013

32 Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 December, 2.30pm Image Musical Theatre presents


Interactive children’s musical Suitable for age 4+

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COMING SOON Booking from 1 September

27 January, 7.15pm ROH present


A ballet in two acts Streamed live from the Royal Opera House £16/15 concessions £8 accompanied child 2hrs 30mins, including interval

2.30 - 3pm audience rehearse, followed by a 20-minute interval 3.20 - 4.20pm show

30 January, 7.00pm NT Live present

Coriolanus Streamed live from the Donmar Warehouse

Dickens’ much loved story of Scrooge and his encounters with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future translates superbly into Image Musical Theatre’s ever popular theatrical format. With the opportunity for the whole audience to sing the chorus songs and for some children to play the carol singers, the Cratchit children, and other parts, this is family theatre at its very best. £10/£8 concessions (£6 group block booking) Auditorium Duration: 1hr 50mins, including interval

September to December 2013

£15 / £14 concessions 3hrs, including interval

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Brochure Line: 01588 650 123


Smarti Children’s Boutique Special things for your special little people

Quality clothes, gifts and accessories

from tots to teens

Ludlow’s renowned Wholefood Restaurant

2/4 Old Street, Ludlow SY8 1NP Open Weekdays & Saturdays 9.30-4.30 Sundays 10.00-4.00 Counter Service. Evenings: Wednesday to Saturday 6.00-9.00 last orders Dine by candlelight with table service. Licensed.

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Legal services to suit you Contact us to learn about our pricing options, which may include Fixed Fees and Service Level Guarantees, or call into our Ludlow offices for an initial chat. Advice on a wide range of legal issues including Residential Property, Family Law, Will Disputes, Legal Advice for Employees, Wills & Trusts, Motoring Offences, Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Medical Negligence, Debt and Disputes. Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, 12 The Business Quarter, Eco Park Road, Ludlow SY8 1FD 01584 872333 Offices throughout Shropshire and in Hereford

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Chang Thai




“A Class Act”

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Market Street, Ludlow.

01584 874212

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Come and see what we have to offer – Hampton Grange Nursing Home Hereford 01432 272418 Lynhales Hall Nursing Home Lyonshall, Herefordshire 01544 340238

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