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South Shropshire's lively arts centre

May - August 2013

SUMMER Blazin’ Fiddles Just playin’ their fiddles 28 June page 19

NT Live presents

The Audience 13 June page 12

Finding Joy Vamos Theatre

An Evening with John Challis

18 July page 21

Only Fools & Boycie 25 May page 8


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Welcome to our Summer

Concept and editorial: Sam Cole, Design: Craig Cooper

We hope you like our summer brochure. It’s designed to be easier to use: the centre pages form an easy reference pull-out section illustrating our complete programme. Put it on your fridge, pin board or even notice board at work…never again will you overlook what’s on at South Shropshire’s Lively Arts Centre! Those of you who have enjoyed our exciting programme of live and recorded broadcasts will not be disappointed with this season’s offerings. We are screening two live plays from the National Theatre: the critically acclaimed This House and their current hit, starring Helen Mirren reprising her role as the Queen, The Audience. Shows

The Audience

not to be missed, so do book early for them. Opera lovers will be pleased to see that not only are we to present Rossini’s La donna del lago and Britten’s Gloriana from The Royal Opera House, but also a stunning production of Don Carlo from The Salzburg Festival in late August, date to be announced. Fans of Andrea Bocelli are in for a treat - we have two screenings of his much

May to August 2013

publicised Love in Portofino concert, recorded last year. To complete the line up, we have The Bolshoi Ballet with their staging of Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich live from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. As for theatre, we are thrilled to have the marvellous Vamos Theatre back again. Their two previous productions Nursing Lives and Much Ado about Wenlock were such hits with our audience that we are delighted to be staging this year’s production, Finding Joy. If you have yet to see a Vamos show, we urge you to come along on 18 July, as a great evening is in store. We also have the wonderful Fetch Theatre Company, internationally renowned for their exciting style of visual theatre, featuring an amazing

array of Bunraku puppets. Live music this summer comes from Blazin’ Fiddles, one of the most exciting and memorable fiddle ensembles currently performing and

Finding Joy

the Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra which has been wowing audiences in Wales and the Borders for the last three years. Finally, we are extremely lucky to have The Spooky Men’s Chorale. This world-famous group of singers is sure to delight with their wide-ranging repertoire – everything from Georgian table songs and Cole Porter

Blazin' Fiddles

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Regular Events Gwasg Gregynog Andrea Bocelli Romeo and Juliet (Bolshoi Ballet) This House (NT Live) Robin Ince

The Spoo ky

Men's Cho rale

classics to their hilarious spoof of ABBA’s Dancing Queen – they really are a must see. You will see this symbol on many of our events this season. It represents a Ludlow Assembly Rooms Fundraising Event, all of which are organised by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Last year, they raised a staggering £26,000, all of which goes towards keeping us here, providing top quality entertainment for you. If you are someone with fresh ideas for fundraising events or experience of fundraising, they would love to hear from you. Please enquire at Box Office.

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John Challis La donna del lago (ROH Live) Half Term Fun We Need Bees (Theatr Na nÓg) Comedy Club (Chortle) Ludlow English Song Weekend Puppet Cabaret (Fetch Theatre) The Audience (NT Live) Become a Friend At a Glance Pull-Out Guide Seating Plans & Location Map Secret Gardens of Ludlow Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra Ludlow Fringe Festival Gloriana (ROH) Blazin’ Fiddles

This House

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival on Tour


Double Dickens (Adaptable Theatre)

Don Carlo (Salzburg Festival)

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Ludlow Festival of Small Gardens


Ludlow Walkabout Finding Joy (Vamos Theatre) The Heart of Leonardo

We all look forward to welcoming you this summer.

The Moveable Feast

The Ludlow Assembly Rooms team.

Summer Fun

Whole Lotta Led The Spooky Men's Chorale

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Regular Events First Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm

Sunday 15 April, 20 May, 15 July, 10am-2pm

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

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:

Poetry Café 1 May - Space 5 June - Ensemble 3 July - Submerged 7 August - Fruits Gallery

Thursdays, 4pm-5pm: 7-11 years, 5pm-6pm: 11+ years

Urban Dance Club with 2Faced Dance

A weekly dance class for children aged 7-11 and 11+ years led by 2Faced Dance Company. Beginners to advanced, all are welcome to come along and learn some urban dance skills. £50 per term or £6 per session Studio

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

Table Tennis Basic coaching for all ages. Bats and balls provided Studio

May to August 2013

Tabletop Sales

Oscars and Studio

Saturdays, 10.30am-12.30pm


A fun Saturday morning arts and crafts club for ages 8 to 16. For details call Tanith Kinton, 01584 876532 Kindly supported by Ludlow Art Society £35 / £30 concessions per term Studio

Wednesday 22 May, 19 June, 24 July and 21 August, 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. £16.95 for main course, all puddings, a glass of house wine and coffee. Oscars

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Gwasg Gregynog

The Harmony of Art and Craft Gwasg Gregynog operates from the same workshop as its illustrious forebear, the Gregynog Press. Renowned since the 1920s for its limited edition books and prints, it uses the traditional crafts of hot-metal typesetting, letterpress printing and hand-binding. A selection of hand-bound Gwasg Gregynog Private Press books will also be displayed Featuring limited edition prints by prominent artists including Hilary Paynter, Rigby Graham, Colin See-Paynton and Kyffin Williams. Limited edition prints & books available for sale. FREE entry Gallery and Café Gallery

Saturday 11 May 2pm & 7pm

Andrea Bocelli Love in Portofino

‘The world’s most beloved tenor singing the world’s most loved songs in one of the most romantic settings on earth. A must see event! ’ In August 2012, Andrea Bocelli, one of the best-selling classical music artists of all time, hosted an intimate and truly romantic concert from one of the most beautiful settings on earth, the Piazzetta in Portofino, Italy. This truly romantic musical occasion was produced by Grammy award winner David Foster and recorded live, so we can all experience the new voice of the millennium on the big screen in true HD splendour.

The concert is preceded by a rare behind the scenes interview with Bocelli.

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£10 / £8 concessions Auditorium Duration: 1hr 47mins

May to August 2013


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Sunday 12 May 4pm Bolshoi Ballet presents

Romeo and Juliet The internationally renowned Bolshoi Ballet company presents Sergei Prokofiev’s iconic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, broadcast live from Moscow. This performance is a revival of Yuri Grigorovich’s acclaimed 1978 production, featuring outstanding choreography, sumptuous costumes and some of the composer’s most lyrical music. Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Radlov and Adrian Piotrovsky. Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich. Streamed LIVE from The Bolshoi Ballet Theatre to our cinema screen £14 / £12 concessions / £8 accompanied child Auditorium Duration: 2hrs 45mins includng interval

Thursday 16 May, 7pm NT Live

This House

It’s 1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fist fights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes.

James Graham’s biting, energetic and critically-acclaimed new play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to manoeuvre a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments. Streamed LIVE from The National Theatre to our cinema screen £15 / £14 concessions Auditorium Duration 3hrs including interval

'A thoroughbred crowd pleaser' The Guardian

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Robin Ince

The Importance of Being Interested Robin Ince, the presenter of Radio 4’s award-winning comedy show The Infinite Monkey Cage, follows up his Happiness Through Science tour with a look at his favourite scientists – Charles Darwin and Richard Feynman. Find out why we have eyebrows, why bald dogs have bad teeth, how heavy metal music makes pigs deaf and why spaghetti snaps into four pieces. It is a loving look into the minds of two giants of human imagination who changed our world view.

Robin Ince

£14 / £13 concessions Auditorium Duration: 1hr 50mins including interval

Friday 17 May, 21 June, 19 July 7.30pm

Slow-Speed Dating Over 40 and single, divorced or widowed? Come and find friendship, romance and companionship through ten or more five-minute, mini-dates. What have you got to lose? Booking essential, call 01584 892049

£25 Oscars More information:

Half Te rm


There’s plenty to get excited about at Ludlow Assembly Rooms this half term. Children’s theatre, We Need Bees (p.10), an exciting art workshop and four screenings of Disney’s fantastical adventure, Oz the Great and Powerful (p.9).

Films Films Films Don't forget to pick up your July & August film sheet

Available from early June

This event is organised by Ludlow Mini Dates independently of Ludlow Assembly Rooms

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The Great Gatsby

May to August 2013


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Saturday 25 May 7.30pm

John Challis Only Fools & Boycie

Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie from BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show this national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he’ll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, as well as friends and fellow performers The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. The show will also celebrate the launch of the second volume of Challis’ autobiography, Boycie & Beyond. John will sign copies during the interval and after the performance. £15 / £13 concessions Auditorium Duration: 2hrs including interval and Q&A session

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Tuesday 28 May, 10.30am-12.30pm

Children’s Art Workshop Ages 7+

Monday 27 May, 6.45pm Royal Opera House Live presents

La donna del lago An opera in two acts, sung in Italian

The ultimate bel canto cast is assembled for this important yet rarely performed masterpiece. Based on Sir Walter Scott’s poem The Lady of the Lake, La donna del lago is the most fully Romantic of Rossini’s Italian operas. Expansive ensembles and shimmering orchestration generate an opulence seldom heard in the composer’s comic works. In the hands of three of the leading bel canto voices of our time, Juan Diego Flórez (Count Almaviva in The Royal Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia), Joyce DiDonato (who sang the title role in Cendrillon with The Royal Opera last Season) and Colin Lee (Tonio in the 2012 revival of La Fille du régiment), La donna del lago promises to be a musical revelation. Streamed LIVE from The Royal Opera House to our cinema screen £16 / £15 concessions Auditorium Duration: 3hrs 20mins including interval.

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Artist and curator of the Ludlow Open, Jo King, leads a fun workshop inspiring ideas among children wishing to enter a piece of artwork for the up-coming Ludlow Junior Open Competition and Exhibition, which will be held at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms in August. Bring your own materials and get creative! £5 Studio

Family Film Mon 27 & Tues 28 May, 2pm and Wed 29 May, 2pm & 7.30pm

Oz the Great & Powerful(PG) Cinema pricing Auditorium

May to August 2013


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Wednesday 29 May, 2pm Theatr Na nÓg presents

We Need Bees An adventure story with music - one bee’s fight for survival for the sake of the colony. Great entertainment for families with children aged 3-8yrs. This fantastic show explains to youngsters why bees are so important. Theatr na nÓg is one of Wales’ most exciting theatre companies with an excellent reputation for professional theatre established over 30 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £5 or 4 tickets for £16 Oscars Duration: 50mins

Wednesday 29 May, 8pm

Comedy Club

MC: Sally-Anne Hayward You’re in for a real treat at our friendly monthly comedy club. In association with Chortle we bring you the best rising stars in the stand-up world live on stage. With Julian Deane, Angela Barnes and Tony Law £8 in advance / £10 on the door Oscars

‘Small time country posh, vs young lady breaking into the stand-up circuit. Fabulous!’ BBC

Comedy Club is taking a break for the summer - back in September!

May to August 2013

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Summer 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June

Ludlow English Song Weekend A full weekend with nine concerts, five talks, discussions and workshops promoted by Finzi Friends Artistic Director Iain Burnside

Friday 31 May, 8pm

Sigh No More Ladies

Elizabeth Watts (Soprano) & Iain Burnside (Piano) A star singer brings settings of Shakespeare songs by eleven composers, and ends with lighthearted settings of Betjeman and Sitwell poetry. £25, £20, £15, £10 St. Laurence’s Church

Thursday 30 May, 8pm

Sunday 2 June, 2.30pm

The King’s Singers

Filtering the Past Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Nicholas Mulroy (Tenor), Ashley Riches (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)

The Cuckoo in the Pear Tree The programme for this unique ensemble was planned especially for this weekend and includes Britten’s seldom performed Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard.

Saturday 1 June, 11.15am

Iain Burnside’s ‘home team’ closes the weekend with Quilter’s beautiful Music, When Soft Voices Die.

with Sir John Tomlinson

£16, £13.50 Auditorium


The famous opera singer passes on some of his experience to three students from the Royal College of Music, accompanied by Susie Allan and Gavin Roberts (piano). £25, £20, £15, £10 St. Laurence’s Church

£16, £13.50 Auditorium

Throughout the weekend there are more concerts, talks and discussions. For further information please see full leaflet available from Ludlow Assembly Rooms Box Office or visit

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12 Saturday 15 June, 8pm Fetch Theatre presents

Puppet Cabaret

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The Audience

Forget Sooty and Sweep - this is puppetry that is profoundly moving, hilariously funny and seductively sexy! Featuring a beautiful bear, a young girl, a mischievous troll, a wedding party and Taboola puppetry’s first burlesque artiste… Audience members must be accompanied by a puppet. So check out the attic or make your own for this extraordinary occasion! If you haven’t got a puppet you’ll be given one to operate on the night. Cut loose your strings and join the puppeteers for a fun-packed evening. You’ll never see puppets in the same light again! Recommended age 14 years+ Brief nudity! £6.50 Oscars Duration: 2hrs 15mins including interval.

'Mirren is superb' Evening Standard

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace - a meeting like no other in British public life - it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. The Audience breaks this contract of silence and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister. The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the acclaimed movie sensation The Queen.

Ludlow Assembly Rooms is working with The Fetch Theatre to present a Puppet Extravaganza this weekend, 14-16 June. Featuring performances, workshops, street puppetry, flash puppetry and more! Pick up a leaflet for full details.

May to August 2013

Streamed LIVE from The National Theatre to our cinema screen £15 / £14 concessions Auditorium Duration: 3hrs including interval

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Did you miss out on tickets for Lee Evans, Eddie Izzard, Roy Strong’s garden visit, Chris Packham, Cerys Mathews, Jack Dee, Alan Bennet’s People or any of the many other top names that have appeared on our bill in recent years? Want to make sure you get your favourite seats for live events throughout the year? If so, why not become a Friend? A Friend’s package starts from as little as £15 a year and ensures you get priority booking on everything we stage. You will also receive a newsletter three times a year and chances to attend pre-show talks and Friend’s receptions when available. This year we will be applying for more funding and a healthy membership makes receiving funding more likely. So, if you want to help secure the future of Ludlow Assembly Rooms, pick up a pen, fill in the form on the back of this pull-out section and bring it in to the Box Office…we’ll do the rest. Thank you.

John Challis

La donna del lago

25 May 7.30pm

27 May 6.45pm

30 May - 2 June

Oscars £8 adv £10 dr

Comedy Club

29 May 8pm

Ludlow English Song Weekend


Theatr Na nÓg

Oscars £5 (4 for £16)

Studio £5

Auditorium £16/£15

We Need Bees

Children’s Art Workshop

Royal Opera House Live

Only Fools and Boycie

The Importance of Being Interested

29 May 2pm

28 May 10.30am

Auditorium £14/£13

Robin Ince

17 May 7.30pm

NT Live

Auditorium £15/£13

Auditorium £15/£14

Whole Lotta Led Children’s Animation Workshops

27 July 7.30pm 30 July 10.30am

2 - 31 Aug

1, 15 Aug 10.30am

The Moveable Feast

20 July 7pm

Ludlow Junior Open

Children's Art Workshop


The Heart of Leonardo

Vamos Theatre

Finding Joy

Ludlow Walkabout

The World of Cartoons

Adaptable Theatre

Double Dickens

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival on Tour


20 July 3pm

18 July 7.30pm

13 July from 10am

12 July 7pm

Auditorium £14/£12/ £8 child

This House

Bolshoi Ballet

16 May 7pm

6 July 8pm

1 - 27 July

Auditorium £10/£8

Visual Arts FREE

Romeo and Juliet

Love in Portofino

Andrea Bocelli

Gwasg Gregynog


12 May 4pm

11 May 2pm & 7pm

10 May 22 June

Visual Arts FREE

Studio £5 each

Studio £5 each

Auditorium £12.50 adv


Auditorium £8

Auditorium £12/£10 4 for £36


Oscars £5

Oscars £10/£8

Visual Arts FREE

What’s on At a glance


Steve Gibbons sings Dylan

24 June 7.15pm

27 June 7.30pm

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Companions  go free

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required. We regret that refunds are not given

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Concessionary rates are available to under

or send a stamped addressed envelope.

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Family friendly 

Infra-red sound  system. Please book headsets

The café bar opens an hour and a half before each event.

Café Bar opening times

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

Box Office opening times

Disabled parking 

Speaking Lift to all floors

Accessible toilets 

Level access from the street

1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AZ.

We accept all major debit and credit cards (booking

£6 one day/ £10 two days

Auditorium £16/£15

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.


Ludlow’s Festival of Small Gardens

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Auditorium £16/£15 or £50 for 4

Auditorium £12

Auditorium £16/£15

Oscars £5

25 - 26 Aug 12pm - 6pm

Salzburg Festival

Don Carlo

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

17 Aug 8pm Late Aug 7.15am

Studio £5

Up Close and Personal with Corner Exotics

16 Aug 10.30am Auditorium £16/13 u18

Studio £5

Children’s Animation Workshops

6, 13, 20, 27 Aug 10.30am

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

Blazin’ Fiddles

Ludlow Fringe

Royal Opera House Live

Ludlow Fringe

Auditorium £12

Auditorium £15


Oscars £6.50

Auditorium £15/£14

How to book

28 June 7.30pm

Electro Swing Dance Night

22 June 9pm

Ludlow Fringe

Seven Deadly Sins

Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra

Secret Gardens of Ludlow

The Fetch Theatre

22 June 7.30pm

21 June 7.30pm

16 June 12pm - 6pm

Puppet Cabaret

15 June 8pm

NT Live

The Audience

13 June 7pm


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Sunday 16 June 12noon-6pm

Secret Gardens of Ludlow This year we explore an eclectic selection of a dozen wonderful gardens hidden away in Ludlow’s town centre: Broad Street, Mill Street, Dinham & Linney, offering not only horticultural gems and lawns to die for, but unfamiliar views of St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow Castle or the Shropshire Hills. Some gardens have never been open to the public before – others are old favourites. Afternoon teas, ice cream, books, cards, sculpture, garden accessories and plants will all be on sale, plus a mini museum of garden tools. Ticket & Map £6.50 Available from Box Office from early May


Friday 21 June, 7.30pm

Pre-concert talk with writer and conductor Paul Kildea

Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra

The author of the new definitive biography, Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century. Kildea was formerly Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival and also Artistic Director of Wigmore Hall.

Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra

Wagner Siegfried Idyll Britten Sinfonietta Brahms Serenade no. 1 in D major

MWCO was founded in 2010 to bring world-class music to Mid Wales and the Borders. Directed from the violin by Marcia Crayford (ex-leader Nash Ensemble) this concert celebrates the bicentenaries of Wagner and Britten.

Free to ticket holders

£15 Auditorium, Duration of performance: 2hrs including interval

Paul Kildea

Marcia Crayford

This concert was made possible through grants from Orchestras Live and an anonymous donor.

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May to August 2013

More details: Saturday 22 June, 9pm - 1am

Saturday 22 June, 7.30pm

Seven Deadly Sins From their sell-out successes in New York and Edinburgh, the internationally renowned La Bordello Boheme are here to showcase some of the world’s greatest Cabaret, Circus, Variety and Burlesque talent. Come and enjoy an evening of fabulous entertainment as they create a night filled with decadent and saucy acts based around the Seven Deadly Sins. Witness some incredible performances and expect fire, glitter and flesh. £12, or £15 if booked with Electro Swing Dance Night Auditorium

Saturday 22 June

Vintage Day Vintage Market 10am - 4pm FREE Vintage Hair and Make-up 11am - 12.30pm £5 Burlesque Workshop 1pm - 2pm £5 Hula Hoop Workshop 2pm - 3pm £5 Jive and Swing era Dance 3pm - 4pm £5 Oscars

Electro Swing Dance Night

A musical fusion of swing styles from Jazz, Jive and the Big Band Era creates a night of club and dance-friendly sounds to keep you on your toes. Dress to impress and enjoy some lively displays of dance at its best. Late bar. £5 on the door, or £15 when booked with La Bordello Boheme’s Seven Deadly Sins Oscars

Thursday 27 June, 7.30pm

Steve Gibbons sings Dylan It was while playing a residency in Germany that Steve Gibbons first heard Bob Dylan. ‘His voice made me tingle, the songs made me shiver, the moment is frozen,’ he said. Years later with members of Fairport Convention he recorded two marvellous albums of the great man’s songs. Here’s a chance to hear one of the great and legendary rock voices interpreting a personal choice from the Dylan song book. It promises to be an evening not to be missed. Supported by Grey Wolf, first rate purveyors of Old-Time American music. £12 Auditorium

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Monday 24 June, 7.15pm ROH Live presents


An opera in three acts Sung in English Benjamin Britten’s portrait of the public and private faces of Elizabeth I is a brilliant depiction of the Tudor court and the tension between affairs of state and affairs of the heart. Focusing on Elizabeth’s relationship with the young Earl of Essex, Gloriana captures the dichotomy between the public image of the Virgin Queen and her seething personal feelings . Starring Susan Bullock, Toby Spence, Patricia Bardon and Mark Stone £16 / £15 concessions Auditorium Duration: 3 hrs, including two intervals.

Friday 28 June, 7.30pm

Blazin’ Fiddles Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and you’ve got the award-winning Blazin’ Fiddles on your hands. In the past decade no other band has quite captured the excitement, passion and the sensitivity of Scottish music.

Like rare single malts, each member of Blazin’ Fiddles draws the distinct flavour of music from their part of the highlands and islands. From solo to ensemble sets, they all come together in a fiery blend that raises the roof. Fiddlers Jenna Reid, Bruce Macgregor, Allan Henderson and Iain Macfarlane are joined by Anna Massie on guitar/fiddle and Angus Lyon on keyboard to form one of the best live acts today. £16 / £15 concessions or 4 tickets for £50 Auditorium, Duration: 2hrs

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Monday 1 July - Saturday 27 July

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival on Tour Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival is the only event of its kind in the UK and this year celebrates its 10th birthday. It’s About Time is the theme for this year’s Festival Exhibition and consists of over eighty original and quality signed prints of cartoons on the theme of Time. A great chance to buy high quality, professional cartoon art at affordable prices. FREE Gallery and Café Gallery

Friday 12 July, 7pm view exhibition with Roger, talk begins 7.30pm

The World of Cartoons

The world-famous cartoonist and humorous illustrator, Roger Penwill, will share his experiences of the cartooning world with this illustrated talk. For those who wish to view the exhibition beforehand, Roger will be available from 7pm in his role as originator and chairman of the Cartoon Festival to add a little background colour. £5 Oscars, Duration of talk: 1hr

Saturday 6 July, 8pm Adaptable Theatre presents

Double Dickens Adaptable Theatre presents Double Dickens, a celebration of the work of Charles Dickens. This memorable, characterbased piece of storytelling will delight audiences of all ages. Be prepared for laughter and tears as Doctor Marigold tells of his life on the road as a Victorian salesman and enjoy the spectacle of Mr Pickwick trying to survive The Trial of Pickwick. These two one-man plays will make you feel better about life! £10 Oscars, Duration: 2hrs, including a 20min interval This event is organised by Adaptable Theatre independently of Ludlow Assembly Rooms

May to August 2013

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Summer 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Saturday 13 July

Ludlow Walkabout Formally the Challenge Walk

This year we have two wonderful circular routes to choose from: 15 miles and 8+ miles, each starting at Castle Square and finishing at Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Wherever possible the routes will be on footpaths and bridleways, meandering through beautiful countryside with points of interest along the way. Advance booking is essential as numbers are limited. Booking closes on 6 July or earlier if the maximum number is reached. Entry forms available from 1st April from Box Office or Entry fee £12.50 - includes a light lunch on the walk and a buffet meal at the finish. 15 mile walk starts at 10am, 8+ mile walk starts at 11am.

Thursday 18 July 7.30pm Vamos Theatre presents

Finding Joy

Joy is creative, funny, loves to dance and is losing her memory: her grandson Danny is rebellious, fearless, bright and always getting into trouble. When out of the blue, Danny decides to become Joy’s carer, where will their unexpected and playful bond lead them?

Finding Joy is about memory, ageing, love, and of course - about Joy! Vamos Theatre creates innovative full mask theatre that brims with visual inventiveness, music, puppetry, dexterity and hilarity. It is funny and fearless theatre from one of the UK’s foremost full mask theatre companies. Suitable for 12 years and upwards. £12 / £10 concessions Buy 4 tickets for £36 Auditorium Duration: 2hrs including interval

'An immensely affirmative joie de vivre... It’s an intensely moving tribute and triumph. Catch it while you can' The Stage

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May to August 2013


Book online at Saturday 20 July, 3pm

The Heart of Leonardo Mr Francis Wells is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge. He is a recognised world leader in his field of mitral and tricuspid valve surgery, and an accomplished artist with a specific interest in Leonardo da Vinci. He will bring a unique surgeon’s perspective to Leonardo’s anatomical drawings in this fascinating talk. Francis Wells is the author of The Heart of Leonardo: foreword by HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales. A fundraising event organised by St George’s Church, Clun £8, Auditorium, Duration 1hr 15mins

Saturday 20 July, 7pm prompt

The Moveable Feast

One of our most popular fundraising events. An opportunity to enjoy a delicious three-course meal with local hosts in their own homes, changing venue and dining companions for each course, then finally all participants meet together for coffee. It’s a wonderful chance to meet new people and visit homes in and around Ludlow. Everyone is welcome to be a host or a guest, including singletons. Early booking is recommended as places are limited. Booking forms available from Box Office £25

Saturday 27 July, 7.30pm

Whole Lotta Led Houses of the Holy - 40 years gone

In 1973 Led Zeppelin released their long awaited fifth album - Houses Of The Holy. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its release, Whole Lotta Led will be performing the album in its entirety as the second half of this show. The first half and encore will contain further classic Zeppelin songs. Whole Lotta Led have always avoided the use of wigs and costumes, concentrating on the music to recreate the sounds of Led Zeppelin’s original studio albums with an amazing level of accuracy. £12.50 / £14 on the door Auditorium This event is organised by Good Times Promotions independently of Ludlow Assembly Rooms

May to August 2013

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Summer Fun Friday 16 August 10.30am

Up Close and Personal with Corner Exotics He's back! Simon Airey - The Animal Man invites you to get up close and personal with some beautiful and fascinating creatures. Learn some cool facts about them and us as well as hearing some terrible jokes. £5 Studio Duration: 1hr 30 mins

Friday 2 - Saturday 31 August

Ludlow Junior Open A colourful exhibition by young artists inspired by the Ludlow Open, a national contemporary art exhibition with a continuing programme of outreach work. Entry details from Box Office or FREE Gallery & Café Gallery

Tuesday 30 July, 6, 13 20 and 27 August, 10.30am

Animation Workshops Ages 8-13

Bafta-nominated Sandra Salter of Salty’s Animation Co. will host a series of animation workshops on Tuesday mornings throughout the summer holidays. Children will make an animated film to be screened at the Assembly Rooms during Ludlow Food Festival. Get a credit on the film and pick up tips on how to make animation at home. £5 per session or £20 for all five Studio Duration: 2hrs

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Art Workshops

Thursday 1 August, 10.30am

Sun, Sea and Sand Make a shell-encrusted box or mirror frame, a bottle kite and play Saving the Shrinking Seas a fun, action-packed and educational game.

Thursday 15 August, 10.30am

Travelling the Time Line Make a plaster fossil, a fizzing volcano and a model dinosaur. Games if time! Age 6+ (under 8s must be accompanied) £5 each Studio Duration: 2hrs

May to August 2013


Saturday 17 August, 7.30pm

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The Spooky Men’s Chorale

their fourth tour of the UK and will regale us with rib-tickling (and sometimes heartrending) original compositions and eloquent arrangements by the inspired antipodean choral impresario, Stephen Taberner.

Wave goodbye to choirs as you know them. This one is a macho juggernaut - zany, black-clad, big as a behemoth and show-stoppingly good. Sounding as sacred as a high church choir one minute, wickedly off the wall the next.

Compellingly comic they may be but make no mistake, this is a class act. Pitch perfect harmonies, theatrical delivery, savvy lyrics, imaginations that run riot and men who really can multi-task!

Following their previous triumphant UK tours, The Spooky Men’s Chorale will leave their native New South Wales to embark on

£16 / £13 under 18s Auditorium Duration: 2hrs 30mins

August date & time to be announced

Don Carlo

from the Salzburg Festival Verdi’s dark political drama Don Carlo stars opera greats Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros and Thomas Hampson. All six performances at the Salzburg Festival have now sold-out! Streamed LIVE from The Salzburg Festival to our cinema screen £16 / £15 concessions Auditorium Duration to be announced

May to August 2013

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Summer 2013 | Box Office: 01584 878141 Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August, 12 noon-6pm

Grand Days out at Ludlow’s Festival of Small Gardens It’s the Bank Holiday weekend, so give yourself a treat and take time out for two days of pure enjoyment. Up to 30 lovely gardens to visit with a free minibus link throughout the days. Exciting stalls for plants, garden artefacts, garden pots, cakes, wine, chocolates and more! Music from Ludlow Jazz Quartet and Bang On samba band. Street entertainers including fire jugglers, stilt walkers, hula dancers, magicians and musicians. All kinds of refreshments: light lunches, wine, afternoon tea and ice creams. Sculpture trail and art exhibitions. Map/Ticket £6 (one day), £10 (two days) Available from late June

Map and tickets available from Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Myriad Organics, The Broad Bean, Carvell’s ‘Art of Tea’ Rooms, Bodenham’s and from the gardens on the day.

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