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September to December ’11

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December

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Exhibitions

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Seating Plan

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Booking Your Tickets

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Season’s Diary

Top quality entertainment at your local arts centre. Welcome to a packed programme for this autumn, with something for everyone. We’ve got drama, dance, music, opera, film and comedy in abundance, some great exhibitions and workshops and courses that you can take part in. With no RSC season in Newcastle this year you can enjoy our Shakespeare offer instead – Macbeth from the Icarus Theatre Collective, Gerard Logan’s brilliant The Rape of Lucrece, and to finish the season the hilarious Oddsocks are back with The Merry Wives of Windsor. And the local community are joining in too with the Shakespeare Schools Festival and the Complete Works. This season Queen’s Hall Arts is celebrating its 10th birthday, but our minds are very much on the future and, in particular, developing our Creative Futures programme for young people. We have two fund raising evenings which we hope you will support – a Comedy Club Special on 1st October and a screening of High Society on 17th December. You can support us and have fun at the same time. Geof Keys Artistic Director | Queen’s Hall Arts

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Big Owl Comedy Club Friday 9 September

8.30pm

In the Exchange Café Laugh your socks off with some of the best comedy on the national circuit. Book early. Tickets: £8.50 £4.00 (student)

Film at the Bandstand The Jungle Book (U) Saturday 10 September 8.30pm A free outdoor screening of the animated Disney film featuring so many classic characters and songs. (1967)

Film in the Theatre Rear Window (PG) Thursday 15 September

8.00pm

A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. Stars James Stewart & Grace Kelly. (1954)

Running time: 1hr 15mins FREE Event in the Abbey Grounds, Hexham

Jazz Club Thursday 15 September 8.00pm In the Exchange Café Play along with the rhythm section of the evening in an informal atmosphere then sit back and enjoy the guests. Tickets: £3.00 on the door | Under 18s free

Director: Alfred Hitchcock Running time: 1hr 52minutes Tickets: £4.00 £3.00 (Friends / Film Club Members)

Hexham Film Club Sign up for free membership at the box office and enjoy discounted tickets, social events, film programmes and discussions. You also get to choose the films!

Student Standby Tickets Our Student Standby Scheme aims to encourage young people to gain inexpensive access to the arts. The Student Standby Scheme allows any person aged over 13 yrs and in full time education to buy a ticket to a selected Queen's Hall Arts-promoted show in the 24 hours before curtain-up for the reduced price of £2.50.

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These seats can’t be reserved and will only be available in person at the Box Office. A valid student card or proof of age (under 18) must be shown.


One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy Friday 16 September 7.30pm Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

September

Canadian actor Charles Ross spent much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away, watching Star Wars videos over - and over and over again. The result of this misspent youth is his hilarious show, One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy, where he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes! Whether you’re a committed Star Wars fan or simply want to enjoy a fast paced, side-splitting evening that’s out of this world, make sure you don’t miss it! Support act: Danny Pensive

One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All ‘Star Wars’ elements property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

London Classic Theatre present Equus by Peter Shaffer Saturday 17 September

7.30pm

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality. In a Hampshire stable, a youth blinds six horses with a metal spike. Convicted of this appalling crime, seventeen-year-old Alan Strang is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital where Martin Dysart, the child psychiatrist, is assigned to him. As Dysart digs deeper, he begins to win Alan’s trust and the truth gradually emerges. In 2007, the play was revived in the West End for the first time since its première in a critically-acclaimed production starring Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths. Equus contains strong language, adult themes and nudity. Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

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Jazz in the Café Gerry Richardson Trio Friday 23 September 8.00pm Gerry Richardson swaps the Hammond Organ for the piano to play a mix of Latin and funk, a few vocals with a Mose Allison feel, and maybe even a touch of reggae. Enhancing the rhythmic drive of his performance are regular partners Garry Linsley on sax and Neil Harland on bass. Supported by Jazz Action. Tickets: £7.50 | £6.00 (Friends) £4.00 (student)

Mike Fry Foundation Community Arts Day Saturday 24 September 10.00am – 5.00pm A celebration of creativity in the community. Browse displays from regional arts organisations, find out more about groups and clubs in your area and buy crafts from local artisans. Watch performances on the main stage and take part in a range of workshops from dance & drama to script writing. For more information about the day or to reserve a place at a workshop session, contact chair@mikefryfoundation.org.uk

Comedy Rocks Charity Night Brendan Healy and The Junco Partners Saturday 24 September 7.30pm Join Brendan Healy, acclaimed stand-up comedian, actor and musician with a unique and personal brand of storytelling, and one of the region’s best loved bands, the North East’s legendary R&B band The Junco Partners for an evening in aid of Josie’s Dragonfly Trust. Tickets: £14.00

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October

Rich Seam Theatre Company presents Beef by John Godber Wednesday 28 September 7.30pm Dave was a nobody. Tormented by schoolyard bullies, unnoticed by the girl he loves, ridiculed and laughed at by everyone else. His only escape was the homemade gym in his dad’s garage where he could try to get the physique of his bodybuilding idol Arnold Schwarzenegger. Trouble was, although he’s got the weights, his muscle fantasy is just a weedy dream. But then Dave’s life is changed forever. Now he’s 17 stone of rippling muscle, ready to take control of his destiny and shift the power in his favour to get revenge. But it’s not only Dave’s body that’s changed; so has his mind and he’s struggling to control both. A funny, shocking comedy about a young man’s struggle to better himself in a world that doesn’t seem to make sense. Suitable for ages 15yrs+. Contains strong language. Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

Fundraising Event for the Creative Futures Fund Comedy Special in the Theatre Saturday 1 October 8.30pm Big Owl invades the main theatre with an international celebratory special. Headlining is globe trotting comedian Duncan Oakley, with support from the hilarious Ria Lina and The Big Owl New Act of 2011, Lee Kyle. With regular MC Steffen Peddie as well! Tickets by donation: Suggested minimum donation of around £10 to Creative Futures Fund

Duncan Oakley

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Jazz Club Thursday 6 October 8.00pm In the Exchange Café Play along with the rhythm section of the evening in an informal atmosphere then sit back and enjoy the guests. Tickets: £3.00 on the door | Under 18s free

Film at the Theatre The Lavender Hill Mob (U) Thursday 6 October

8.00pm

A meek bank clerk who oversees a shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbour to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers. Stars Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway and Sid James. (1951) Running time: 1hr 21 minutes Tickets: £4.00 £3.00 (Friends / Film Club Members)

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Seabright Productions and Fitzrovia Productions present The Fitzrovia Radio Hour Friday 7 October 7.30pm The Fitzrovia Radio Hour recreates the unique spirit of 1940s radio plays, and brilliantly evokes a dinner-jacketed age of casual imperialism and stiff upper lips. Performed with cut-glass theatricality blending homage and satire, Fitzrovia mixes the chauvinist attitudes of 1940s Britain with sharp contemporary humour to produce a heady comic cocktail. Throughout the plays, sound effects are created live: a Bakelite hairdryer imitates a heating torch, a desk fan becomes an aeroplane, and multiple types of cabbage help to stage a fight scene. Rippingly good fun! Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)


Chris While & Julie Matthews Saturday 8 October 7.30pm Chris While (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran and percussion) & Julie Matthews (vocals, piano, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki) are breathtaking singers, songwriters, musicians and performers, whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless.

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Best Duo BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009

Though internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the UK’s acoustic / roots arts circuit. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial waste lands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between.. Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

Swing Café Thursday 13 October 7.00pm In the Exchange Café and Foyer Sizzling sounds and jazzy rhythms to accompany an evening of dancing. With a beginner-friendly Lindy Hop lesson for early birds, even the tamest of dancers will be swinging well into the night. No dance experience or partner necessary. No need to dance either, just turn up and enjoy the music! Tickets: £4.00 Pay on the door

Hexham & District Music Society presents Smetana Trio Friday 14 October 7.45pm Acclaimed soloists in the Czech Republic and beyond, Jana Novakova, Jan Palencek and Jitka Cechova have been praised for the conviction and intensity of their performances as a Trio. Besides the monumental Tchaikovsky Trio they will play works by Czech composers Suk and Novak. Tickets: £12.50 | £6.00 (student) £1.00 (schoolchildren)

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2Faced Dance presents In the Dust Saturday 15 October 7.30pm 2Faced Dance returns with a new triple bill of darkly explosive, break-infused contemporary dance works from critically acclaimed choreographers Tom Dale, Place Prize finalist Freddie Opoku-Addaie and 2Faced Artistic Director Tamsin Fitzgerald, exploring themes of decay and destruction. Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

‘Marvelous choreography, fierce, bitter and brutal, that takes the potential for total theatre seriously. Plenty of companies claim to experiment. Plenty of companies make high claims for their work. 2Faced deliver.’

***** The Skinny El Moreno Thursday 20 October 7.30pm In Hexham Library

Shakespeare Schools Festival Tuesday 18 October 7.00pm Queen’s Hall Arts is delighted to be working in partnership with the UK’s largest youth drama festival. Join Trinity School, The Newman Catholic School and William Howard School as they stage three half hour productions.

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Tickets: £8.00 £6.00 (conc / Friends / student)

An evening of romantic and exciting Spanish Guitar music from El Moreno, featuring beautiful solo pieces by the great masters of the past such as Granada and Sevilla by Albeniz, La Maja de Goya by Granados and the lovely Aranjuez Adagio theme by Rodrigo. Also included are works written for the great guitarist, Andres Segovia, such as Madronos and Fandanguillo by Torroba and the flamenco inspired works of Turina. Tickets: £8.50


Friday 21 October 7.30pm Following an award winning run at Edinburgh and sell-out performances in London, Olivier Award nominee and RSC actor Gerard Logan performs his astonishing, internationally-acclaimed performance of Shakespeare’s brilliant, brutal narrative poem, giving an account of the terrible crime of rape and its dreadful consequences. Shakespeare goes beyond the obvious, following the ramifications of the crime wherever they take him, shining a light on a band of behaviour encompassing the bestial and the beautiful.

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William Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece

Gerard Logan will also host a Q&A session after the show. Age suitability: 14 years old and upwards. Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

A Night of Musicals starring Michael Courtney Saturday 22 October 7.30pm

A whistle stop tour to the heart of London’s theatre-land visiting over 20 of your favourite musicals from composers such as Lloyd Webber, Boublil and Schonberg. From the poignant All I Ask of You to the dramatic One Day More, A Night of Musicals’ talented ensemble conjures high quality vocal performances, which evoke the true spirit of the West End. Enjoy two hours of unforgettable West End and Broadway favourites, the stunning vocal talents of Michael Courtney and full supporting cast, top notch dancing, glitzy costumes and a stunning lighting show. Tickets: £14.50

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Reform Theatre Company presents Housebound Wednesday 26 October 7.30pm A comedy for anyone who ever felt frustrated but didn’t know what to do once they were. Jim is sixty-eight, stressed and ready to snap… you name it, he’ll moan about it; it’s the one thing he’s good at. And doesn’t his wife Lucy know it? Stuck at home with him rabbiting on every day, and nowhere to escape to… she’s housebound. And every day is starting to blend into every other… until one Halloween, when a rash act changes everything. From Nick Lane, the acclaimed writer of Hull Truck hits, My Favourite Summer and Me & Me Dad and Reform Theatre who brought us Studs, Thick as Thieves, Happy Jack and Bouncers. Contains some strong language. Tickets: £13.00 | £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

Jazz in the Café ACV Thursday 27 October

8.00pm

ACV was formed by bassist Andy Champion to showcase his compositions, his main influences being jazz and progressive rock with a healthy amount of improvisation thrown in. Supported by Jazz Action. Tickets: £7.50 | £6.00 (Friends) £4.00 (student)

QHA GIFT VOUCHERS Stuck for the ideal Christmas present? Why not give a QHA gift voucher, redeemable against performances?

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Friday 28 October 7.30pm Gilbert & Sullivan meets Rocky Horror as Opera della Luna revisit Ruddigore in their own unique style. Following the company’s innovative productions of HMS Pinafore and Die Fledermaus, the company turns its hand to this popular classic.

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Opera della Luna presents Ruddigore

Ghosts and apparitions take to the stage in a quite literally haunting tale of rural romance. This cleverly re-imagined production features all the well-loved songs, but this is G&S as you have never seen or heard it before! Tickets: £14.50 £13.00 (Friends) | £9.00 (student)

Big Owl Comedy Club Saturday 29 October

8.30pm

In the Exchange Café

Laugh your socks off with some of the best comedy on the national circuit. Book early. Tickets: £8.50 | £4.00 (student)

Ballet Ireland presents Scheherazade Tuesday 1 November 7.30pm Ballet Ireland return with Scheherazade and the mystic of the Arabian nights; music by Rimsky-Korsakov. Betrayed by his former wife, King Shahriyar vows to marry, love and then behead a new bride each night, never to be betrayed again. Having murdered thousands of women, he encounters the beautiful and wise Scheherazade, who pleads to tell him a story before her impending execution. For 1001 nights, he postpones her execution, enthralled as he awaits her next tale of love, hilarity or sorrow. Her enchanting stories bewitch him and he makes her his Queen. Tickets:£13.00 | £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc) | £8.00 (student)

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Jazz Club MsFits Theatre Company presents Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know Thursday 3 November 7.30pm May’s hitting 60 and a bit mad! Matti is an only child and bad! Mia is glamorous, ageless and possibly a little bit dangerous to know! A story of one woman growing old disgracefully, one woman not growing old at all and one very scary child! Families, friendships and pure fantasy in the latest one woman comedy drama from The MsFits, award winning actress Fiona Knowles and multi award winning playwright Rona Munro, a partnership spanning 18 shows including Fur Coat & Magic Knickers and Women Behaving Madly. Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

Thursday 3 November 8.00pm In the Exchange Café Play along with the rhythm section of the evening in an informal atmosphere then sit back and enjoy the guests. Tickets: £3.00 on the door | Under 18s free

Pitman Poets Friday 4 November 7.30pm A unique concert celebrating the songs and culture of North East England’s Coal Mining tradition bringing together four of the region’s leading champions of its musical heritage. With archive footage and photographs, this is a journey through the centuries of a once-great industry, by way of the songs that saw it thrive and dominate, to those that saw its demise and the resulting aftermath. Featuring ex-Lindisfarne singer and writer Billy Mitchell, renowned singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham singer-songwriter Jez Lowe - individually and collectively.

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Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)


Film in the Theatre Breakfast at Tiffany’s (PG)

Wednesday 9 November 7.45pm

Thursday 10 November 8.00pm

Martin Roscoe is a recitalist, accompanist, chamber musician and teacher, and is recording the complete Beethoven Sonatas during this season to mark his sixtieth birthday. He will play an all-Beethoven programme. Tickets: £12.50 | £6.00 (student) £1.00 (Schoolchildren)

A struggling writer moves into a New York apartment building and becomes intrigued by his pretty, quirky neighbour Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn). (1961) Running time: 1hr 55mins Tickets: £4.00 £3.00 (Friends / Film Club Members) PART OF

A Théâtre Sans Frontières and Northern Stage Co-Production Lorca: Amor en el Jardín (Love in the Garden) Friday 11 November 7.30pm

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Hexham & District Music Society presents Martin Roscoe (piano)

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A luscious evening of performance, poetry and music inspired by Spain’s greatest writer of the 20th century, Federico García Lorca. Come into Lorca’s ‘garden of love’ and hear the fantastical story of Don Perlimplín. A wealthy and studious man, he just wants to spend his days quietly reading books. Reluctantly, he marries the unsuitably gorgeous and much younger Belisa, but what has he let himself in for? In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Lorca’s death, TSF brings its unparalleled visual and physical style to this passionate and original adaptation of El Amor de Don Perlimplín y Belisa en su Jardín. With evocative live music, larger-than-life characters and Lorca’s poetry, be seduced by this surreal tale of deceit, disguise and obsession. Performed in Spanish. Suitable for ages 15yrs and above. Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

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Cocktails at Tiffany’s Saturday 12 November

8pm – 11pm

Read the book, see the film or enjoy our fabulous cocktail party as New York comes to NE46. Special offer cocktails from the Exchange Café. The Big Read is raising money for Tynedale Hospice at Home.

Icarus Theatre Collective presents Macbeth Wednesday 23 November 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 including a cocktail, canapés and live music.

Swing Café Wednesday 16 November 7.00pm Sizzling sounds and jazzy rhythms to accompany an evening of dancing. [See Thursday 13 October] Tickets: £4.00 Pay on the door

Queen’s Hall Theatre Club presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Thurs 17 - Sat 19 November 7.30pm Shakespeare may be turning in his grave, but the show that’s become a cult classic and London’s longest running comedy, contains all 37 plays in just 97 minutes. As the comedies aren’t anywhere near as funny as the tragedies, all sixteen have been condensed into ‘Four Weddings and a Transvestite’! There’s also war, madness, TV cookery and sport. The cheek! The nerve! Come and see for yourself as members of the Muchly Reduced Queen’s Hall Theatre Club put the ham back into Hamlet! Tickets: £10.00 | £9.00 (conc) £7.00 (Under 18s)

Something wicked this way comes… The vicious, barbaric undercurrent in Shakespeare’s epic tragedy surfaces in this kinetic, blood-thirsty production. Unrivalled on the battlefield, Macbeth is rewarded with rank and favour by a grateful king. But with each enemy butchered to serve his vaulting ambition, Macbeth’s lust for power takes a more menacing grip. Lauded as one of the most fearless touring companies in the UK, Icarus’ new production goes straight for the jugular. Expect inventive performances and original live music. Produced in association with South Hill Park Arts Centre and the King’s Theatre Portsmouth.

Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)


Jazz in the Café Horn Dogs Friday 25 November 8.00pm

Thursday 24 November 7.30pm Demonstrators Patti Dawson and Kate Russell will take the audience through a professional flower demonstration in readiness for the festive season.

November

Hexham & District Flower Club presents A Christmas Carol (with apologies to Charles Dickens)

Tickets: £10

Big Owl Comedy Club Saturday 26 November 8.30pm In the Exchange Café Laugh your socks off with some of the best comedy on the national circuit. Book early. Tickets: £8.50 | £4.00 (student)

In the style of New Orleans marching brass bands, Horn Dogs is an 8 piece band with an ever growing repertoire of originals, homages to the masters of the genre and some of your favourite tunes as you’ve never heard them. Supported by Jazz Action. Tickets: £7.50 | £6.00 (Friends £4.00 (student)

Hexham Amateur Stage Society presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Sunday 27 November Mon 28 Nov – Sat 3 Dec Saturday 3 December

5.00pm 7.00pm 2.00pm

HASS brings this tale as old as time to life with a spectacular show including singing teapots, dancing plates and an enchanted castle! Featuring memorable songs, fabulous costumes and a dazzling set, Beauty and the Beast is a love story with a difference, a timeless fairytale for adults and children alike. Tickets: £12.00 | £11.00 (OAPs / 16yrs & under) £44 (family 2 adults & 2 children 16yrs & under)

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Tickets on sale from the Queen’s Hall Box Office from Monday 31 October.

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Horse + Bamboo presents Red Riding Hood Monday 5 December 6.30pm Horse + Bamboo presents a gorgeously rendered re-telling of the classic girl-and-the-wolf tale. Exquisite visuals blend with pantomime-style silliness and spooky moments to create an enchanting piece of theatre. A story that everybody knows – or do they? Ideal for all ages over 4yrs. Running time: 45 minutes School / Group performances

Tuesday 6 December 10.00am & 1.00pm Wednesday 7 December 10.00am & 1.00pm

Hexham & District Music Society presents Sally Pryce

Tickets: £6.50 | £20.00 (Family)

Film in the Theatre Mr Hulot’s Holiday (U)

Wednesday 7 December 7.45pm

Thursday 8 December 8.00pm

Sally Pryce is a young harpist of phenomenal ability and her various chamber groups have won much praise for their imaginative programming and flawless playing. Flautist Laura Lucas returns to Hexham for this concert, along with clarinettist, Sarah Williamson. Their programme will include works by Jolivet, Debussy, Cecilia MacDowall, Mozart and Ravel.

Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati) goes on a holiday to a seaside resort, but accidents and misunderstandings follow him where ever he goes. Although his intentions are good, they always turn out catastrophically. (1954)

Tickets: £12.50 | £6.00 (student) £1.00 (schoolchildren)

Director: Jacques Tati Running time: 1hr 23mins Tickets: £4.00 £3.00 (Friends / Film Club Members)


Thursday 8 December 8.00pm

Big Owl Comedy Club Christmas Special in the Theatre

In the Exchange Café Play along with the rhythm section of the evening in an informal atmosphere then sit back and enjoy the guests. Tickets: £3.00 on the door | Under 18s free

December

Jazz Club

Saturday 10 December 8.30pm

Hexham Round Table Christmas Concert Saturday 10 December 2.00pm An afternoon of music hall with a modern twist; featuring local musicians, choirs and bands for the benefit of the elderly and disabled in Tynedale.

A special festive show to warm your cockles or anything else that needs to be toasty. We’ve the return of the most requested acts from the last 4 years, Canadian Wes Zahuruk, along with Andy Fury, Anvil Springstien and regular host Steffen Peddie. Tickets: £10.00 | £9.00 (Groups of 6+) £8.00 (Friends / student / benefit conc)

FREE admission by ticket only

Brother Wolf presents Christmas Carol – As told by Jacob Marley (deceased) Wednesday 14 December 7.30pm A unique one-man show adapted and performed by award-winning actor / writer, James Hyland. Told from the perspective of Scrooge’s deceased business partner, this critically acclaimed theatrical adaptation promises thrills, chills and excitement aplenty. Jacob Marley is dead and condemned to an eternity of carrying a heavy chain, forged in life; a life to which he can no longer return except to recount the tale of his miserly business partner, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the path that lead to his redemption. Through Marley’s words, we learn how three magical spirits opened Scrooge’s eyes and made him realise the true value of love and forgiveness. Parental discretion advised for children under seven Tickets: £13.00 | £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

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Swing Café Thursday 15 December 7.00pm Sizzling sounds and jazzy rhythms to accompany an evening of dancing. [See Thursday 13 October] Tickets: £4.00 Pay on the door

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Queen’s Hall Friends Event Fundraising Event for the Creative Futures Fund Chairman’s Film Night High Society (PG) Saturday 17 December

From 7.00pm

Join QHA Chairman, Roger Lowans, and members of the Queen’s Hall board, Film Club and staff for a fund raising evening with carol singers, a buffet and the classic 1956 Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly film. QHA aims to raise a Creative Futures Fund of £200,000 which will be used to encourage and support the artistic aspirations of the next generation through a bursary scheme for training, an apprenticeship scheme and a development programme of work across all artforms. Film running time: 2hrs Tickets by donation: Suggested minimum donation of around £10 to the Creative Futures Fund

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Hidden Pearl Productions presents Turn Back the Clock Friday 16 December 7.30pm A celebration of the wit and wisdom of Joyce Grenfell, her songs and monologues, with the help of a nice pianist, a French pleat, a pearl necklace and a lovely taffeta skirt. In honour of Joyce Grenfell’s centenary year, hidden in this comedy revue can be found some of her more delicate and poignant pieces. This gem of nostalgia from the golden age of revue is suitable for all. Delight in the truthful, funny and moving characters. Revel in the evocation of one of the greatest female entertainers of the twentieth century. Adapted and performed by Cheryl Knight with Alice Farnham at the pianoforte. By arrangement with Samuel French and Sheil Land Associates

Tickets: £13.00 £11.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)


December Oddsocks Productions presents The Merry Wives of Windsor Monday 19 – Friday 23 December

7.30pm

There’s a right raucous rumbustious romp going on in jolly old Windsor town! Hold on to your 1950 style hats, as two merry wives give that lovable “naughty knight”, that most famous of Shakespearean characters, the fun loving Falstaff, a shock he’ll never forget, in return for his unwanted amorous attentions. Laughter, surprises and fun for all the family guaranteed in an exciting evening of infectious frivolity! Tickets: £13.00 | £11.00 (Friends) | £7.00 (student / benefit conc) | £34 (family)

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ENTRY TO GALLERY ONE & GALLERY TWO IS FREE

A South Bank Touring exhibition from the Hayward Gallery London Outrageous Fortune Saturday 10 September – Saturday 8 October GALLERY ONE & TWO Seventy-eight artists, whose work encompasses a variety of formal, conceptual, expressionist, literary or design-based approaches, have been asked to create a card for a contemporary tarot pack. Each artist has been drawn a card from the classic Tarot de Marseilles deck, and invited to interpret it concisely through the lens of their own practice.

Credit: Susan Hiller

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Exhibitions

Susan Hiller, Homage to Marcel Duchamp (study for), Courtesy of the artist and Slimvolume.

Good Times, Bad Times, All Times Get Over Saturday 15 October – Saturday 19 November GALLERY ONE Curated for the Queen’s Hall Gallery by Jonathan Watkins (Director, IKON Gallery Birmingham) and presented as part of the International Print Biennale, Good Times, Bad Times, All Times Get Over is a rare opportunity to see prints by the extraordinary nineteenth century wood engraver and ornithologist Thomas Bewick and contemporary responses to his work by artists Graham Gussin, Lutz and Guggisberg, and Bedwyr Williams.


Exhibitions Elements in Blue - John Erwin Saturday 15 October – Saturday 19 November GALLERY TWO John Erwin takes photographs that represent his preference for images which are minimalist and have calming blues as their basis. He is drawn to simple yet ornate elements, but to find them in isolation, without distractions, is difficult. Sometimes a helping hand is required in the form of snow, mist, a high or low tide, or an incoming weather system, any of which can mask out these unwanted features. Under the right conditions a bridge, a tree, a post, or even just a frosty blade of grass can become the focal point of a stunning vista.

OPENS Saturday 26 November – Saturday 7 January THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING

This is your chance to buy a work of art from hundreds of affordable pieces. Grab that unique Christmas present now! [Application forms will be downloadable from the website from Monday 3 October]

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Music

Write Your Life Stories

Minims Junior Choir

Starts Thursday 1 September 10.30am – 12.30pm

Mondays 4.00pm - 5.30pm At the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Starts Monday 12 September

At Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham Everyone has a story to tell; writer / tutor John Halliday will lead a series of 5 fortnightly workshops on memoir and autobiography and look at learning how to write effectively about events and experiences, as well as creating lively and interesting characters. Tickets: £55 for all 5 workshops Book through Box Office 01434 652477

Burnlaw Craft Workshops led by artist Becky Mackenzie 10.00am – 4.00pm at the Burnlaw Centre, Whitfield

Fabric Dolls Saturday 15 October

Come and make one or more beautiful fabric dolls using vintage fabrics and stitching.

A Hand-made Christmas Saturday 3 December

Come and make a selection of beautiful and unique Christmas gifts and decorations including garlands, tree decorations and beeswax candles, using vintage fabrics, printing techniques and seasonal fruits.

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Ticket per workshop:£25 plus materials used Book through Box Office 01434 652477

For ages 7-12 years, Minims sings rounds, spirituals, folk & world music. Led by musician and teacher Sarah Robinson, children are encouraged to develop their voices, sing in harmony, perform regularly and most of all have fun. New young singers welcome - Places available. £40 | £30 (conc) for the term Book through Box Office 01434 652477 or call Sarah on 07977 218883 to find out more.

Down in the Attic Mondays 5.45pm - 7.15pm At the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Starts Monday 12 September

An exciting youth folk band led by Sophy Ball. £40 | £30 (conc) for the term Book through Box Office 01434 652477

Hexham Junior Strings Saturday 10.00 – 11.00am during term-time At Hexham Community Church Starts Saturday 24 September

An exciting opportunity for young orchestral string players, aged 7 - 13yrs, to come together and enjoy the experience of playing in an ensemble. £35 for the term To find out more and for bookings please contact Jacky Craig at jacqueline.craig@northumberland.gov.uk


Horsley

Mondays 8.00pm At Hexham Community Church Starts Monday 12 September

Mondays 1.00pm & Wednesdays 9.30am and 11.00am at The Hearth

Sing, relax and unwind with folk songs, shanties, rounds, gospel, contemporary songs and more! Led by guest choir leader Kat Davidson until October 17 and then by regular director David Oliver, the choir offers challenges and rewards to beginners and experienced singers alike. £15 per half term (concessions available) For more info contact Jane Dammers 01434 604512

Singing Babies A magical, musical journey to enjoy with your baby. Designed to stimulate and captivate the very young.

Book through Louise on 01434 604667

Prudhoe Singers Tuesdays 10.00am – 11.50am term time. At Prudhoe Community Church Continues Tuesday in term time

Join in with this weekly chance to sing. New beginners are welcome.

Wylam Wailers Thursday nights 6.00pm - 8.00pm term time At the West End Church Starts Monday 12 September

All welcome at this weekly chance to sing. For more details contact Keren on 01661 830035

Hexham Starts Tuesday 13 September 9.30am & 11.00am at St Mary’s Church Hall.

£40 for six week term (inc. coffee and cake) Book through Box Office 01434 652477

Horsley

Tyne Valley Big Band Thursdays 6.00pm At West End Methodist Church Starts Thursday 22 September

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A joyful exploration into rhythm, dance and song. Live and interactive musical performances.

Directed by the jazz trumpeter Dave Hignett, we are delighted to announce the formation of the first Tyne Valley Big Band! Reading musicians on sax, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section (piano, bass guitar, guitar and drums), with a passion for Big Band Jazz, are invited to play a traditional and modern repertoire in a unique community jazz band for adults and students.

Hexham

£20 per term

Starts Monday 12 September Mondays 9.30am & 11.00am and Wednesday 1.00pm at The Hearth. Book through Louise on 01434 604667

Squeaky Feet

Starts Tuesday 13 September 1.00pm & 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall

£40 for six week term (inc. coffee and cake) Book through Box Office 01434 652477

Courses and Regular Workshops

Tynedale Community Choir

To sign up to this exciting venture contact the Queen’s Hall Box Office or for more information contact Dave on david.hignett @virgin.net

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Dance

Theatre

There are growing opportunities in Northumberland for young people to dance. QHA, in partnership with Dance City, manages the Northumberland Dance Hub as part of the North East Youth Dance Network - an ambitious programme of community and after-school workshops in all styles of dance, led by the county’s best dance leaders and choreographers – visit www.youthdancenortheast.co.uk

Queen’s Hall Arts Youth Theatre At the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Starts Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Saturday 17 September Down Stage (8-11yrs) Tuesdays 4.00pm - 5.30pm Stage Note (11-15yrs) Wednesdays 4.00pm - 5.30pm Up Stage (Autism specific 8-10yrs) Saturdays 10.30am - 12 noon

Youth Dance Project Mondays in term time 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Do you want to dance, perform and / or choreograph and are aged 8-15yrs? The Youth Dance Project could be just for you! Led by Nadia Iftkhar, students work with choreographers and take weekly technique classes, leading to performances across the region.

Develop your creativity through this popular skills based theatre group. Your ideas, your words, your actions, create your own drama! Led by Sue Mitchell. £40 | £30 (conc) for the term Book through Box Office 01434 652477 or call Queen’s Hall Arts Development on 01434 652482 to find out more.

£35 for whole term

Student Standby Tickets Our Student Standby Scheme aims to encourage young people to gain inexpensive access to the arts. The Student Standby Scheme allows any person aged over 13 yrs and in full time education to buy a ticket to a selected Queen's Hall Arts-promoted show in the 24 hours before curtain-up for the reduced price of £2.50. These seats can’t be reserved and will only be available in person at the Box Office. A valid student card or proof of age (under 18) must be shown.

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Allendale Film Club Mondays At Allendale Village Hall 26 Sept 31 Oct 28 Nov 12 Dec

A Single Man The Illusionist About a Boy Australia

Slaley Film Club Fridays at Slaley Commemoration Hall 16 Sep 21 Oct 18 Nov 16 Dec

Life in a Day Unstoppable Good Morning Vietnam Micmacs

Tarset Film Club Thursdays at Tarset Village Hall 8 Sept 6 Oct

Life in a Day The Way Back

Mobile Cinema As well as showing films at the Arts Centre in Hexham, Queen’s Hall Arts promotes a rural film programme providing 80-90 film screenings across Tynedale each year! Films are shown at village halls, schools and film clubs – keep an eye out for a screening near you. Film clubs supported by QHA include Slaley, Wylam, Henshaw (South Tyne), Bardon Mill (South Tyne), Bellingham, Tarset, Allendale, Ovingham and Stocksfield.

QHA GIFT VOUCHERS Stuck for the ideal Christmas present? Why not give a QHA gift voucher, redeemable against performances?

Contact the Box Office on 01434 652477 for details.

Courses and Regular Workshops

Film

Exchange Café The Exchange Café in the Queen’s Hall is open from 9.00am and offers full breakfasts, fabulous cakes and scones, homemade soup, light lunches, hearty dinners, indulgent desserts, cool wines and local beers throughout the day. Whether you’re just passing, looking for lunch or coming to enjoy a show, the Exchange Café offers a wide selection of delicious dishes using fresh, local produce. It’s also the perfect spot for a pre-theatre meal, to catch up with friends, relax in the evening with a glass of wine and to listen to the best jazz and comedy nights around.

For more information or to reserve your table call Chris and Ellen now on

01434 652475

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Box Office

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Discounts

Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm Plus one hour prior to a performance

We offer concessionary prices on selected shows for retired people, full-time students, registered unemployed, people with disabilities and people under 18. A family ticket (of 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) is available on selected performances.

By Telephone Telephone bookings can be made on 01434 652477 using all major credit / debit cards. Tickets can be posted (a £1.00 handling charge applies). Reservations will be held for three days.

By Post Please send cheques payable to ‘Queen’s Hall Arts’ for the full amount to the above address. Tickets can be posted (please add £1.00 or send a sae).

Online Tickets can be booked online through our website www.queenshall.co.uk using credit / debit cards. A handling charge applies.

Refunds We regret that tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged after purchase, except in the case of a cancelled show.

Student Standby The Student Standby Scheme allows any person aged over 13yrs and in full time education to buy a ticket in person to selected Queen’s Hall Arts-promoted shows in the 24 hours before curtain-up for the reduced price of £2.50. Ask at the Box Office or check the website.

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Booking Your Tickets

Opening Hours

Discounts are also available to Queen’s Hall Friends. More details can be found on page 3.

Everyone Welcome We welcome visitors with disabilities and aim to ensure that your visit is safe and enjoyable. If you require help, please contact us in advance. Companions of wheelchair users may attend shows free of charge. An induction loop is installed in the theatre. Guide dogs are welcome in all areas of the building.

Thank you! A big thank you to our volunteer ushers who donate many hours of their time. If you would like to volunteer as an usher please contact the Box Office. A big thank you to the Red Cross for their attendance during performances. To find out more about the Red Cross contact Keith Mundy on 01434 608203.

Queen’s Hall Arts is a registered independent charity (Registered Charity No. 1088975)

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September

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Fri 9 Sept

Big Owl Comedy Club

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Sat 10 Sept – Sat 8 Oct

Outrageous Fortune

Sat 10 Sept

Film at the Bandstand – The Jungle Book (U)

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Thurs 15 Sept

Jazz Club

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Thurs 15 Sept

Film in the Theatre – Rear Window (PG)

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Fri 16 Sept

One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy

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Sat 17 Sept

London Classic Theatre present Equus

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Fri 23 Sept

Jazz in the Café - Gerry Richardson Trio

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Sat 24 Sept

Mike Fry Foundation Community Arts Day

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Sat 24 Sept

Brendan Healy and The Junco Partners

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Wed 28 Sept

Rich Seam Theatre Company presents Beef

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Sat 1 Oct

Comedy Special in the Theatre

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Thurs 6 Oct

Jazz Club

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Thurs 6 Oct

Film in the Theatre – The Lavender Hill Mob (U)

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Fri 7 Oct

The Fitzrovia Radio Hour

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Sat 8 Oct

Chris While & Julie Matthews

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Thurs 13 Oct

Swing Café

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Fri 14 Oct

Smetana Trio

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October

Sat 15 Oct – Sat 19 Nov

Good Times, Bad Times, All Times Get Over

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Sat 15 Oct – Sat 19 Nov

Elements in Blue - John Erwin

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Sat 15 Oct

Burnlaw Craft Workshops - Fabric Dolls

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Sat 15 Oct

2Faced Dance presents In the Dust

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Tues 18 Oct

Shakespeare Schools Festival

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Thurs 20 Oct

El Moreno

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Fri 21 Oct

The Rape of Lucrece

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Sat 22 Oct

A Night of Musicals

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Wed 26 Oct

Reform Theatre presents Housebound

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Thurs 27 Oct

Jazz in the Café - ACV

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Fri 28 Oct

Opera della Luna presents Ruddigore

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Sat 29 Oct

Big Owl Comedy Club

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Tues 1 Nov

Ballet Ireland presents Scheherazade

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Thurs 3 Nov

MsFits presents Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

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Thurs 3 Nov

Jazz Club

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Fri 4 Nov

Pitman Poets

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Wed 9 Nov

Martin Roscoe (piano)

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Thurs 10 Nov

Film in the Theatre – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (PG)

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Fri 11 Nov

Lorca: Amor en el Jardín (Love in the Garden)

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Sat 12 Nov

Big Read - Cocktails at Tiffany’s

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Wed 16 Nov

Swing Café

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Thurs 17 – Sat 19 Nov

Queen’s Hall Theatre Club presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

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Wed 23 Nov

Macbeth

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Thurs 24 Nov

Hexham & District Flower Club presents A Christmas Carol

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Fri 25 Nov

Jazz in the Café - Horn Dogs

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Sat 26 Nov – Sat 7 Jan

The Art Sale

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Sat 26 Nov

Big Owl Comedy Club

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Sun 27 Nov – Sat 3 Dec

HASS presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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Sat 3 Dec

Burnlaw Craft Workshops - A Hand-made Christmas

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Mon 5 Dec

Horse + Bamboo presents Red Riding Hood

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Wed 7 Dec

Sally Pryce

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Thurs 8 Dec

Film in the Theatre - Mr Hulot’s Holiday (U)

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Thurs 8 Dec

Jazz Club

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Sat 10 Dec

Hexham Round Table Christmas Concert

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Sat 10 Dec

Big Owl Comedy Club Christmas Special in the Theatre

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Season’s Diary

November

December

Wed 14 Dec

Christmas Carol – As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)

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Thurs 15 Dec

Swing Café

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Fri 16 Dec

Turn Back the Clock

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Sat 17 Dec

Chairman’s Film Night – High Society (PG)

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Mon 19 – Fri 23 Dec

Oddsocks Productions presents The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Box Office 01434 652477

Queen’s Hall Arts is an independent charity which aims to enrich people’s lives through the production, presentation and promotion of the arts. If you would like to comment on our service, please contact the Artistic Director Geof Keys or the Chairman of the Trustees Roger Lowans at the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre. Email geof.keys@queenshall.co.uk

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QHA Sept-Dec 2011 Season brochure