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Comedy review: Tom Stade at Preston’s Charter Theatre

If you are expecting this review to be a blow by blow account of Tom Stade’s latest show, you’ll be disappointed.

Ribcaged artistic director Owen Phillips at the company's offices in Clitheroe.

More finalist nominations ahead for theatre company with strong Ribchester connections

Lancashire’s awards season is underway and Ribcaged Productions, the Ribble Valley’s professional theatre company with strong Ribchester connections, are once again in the spotlight.

Jimi Love is the frontman for Purple Rain, a celebration of the music of Prince

Blackpool will see some Purple Rain

Not many successful bands start out as a pub bet, but that is exactly how Purple Rain hit the scene, and after 11 years they are still going strong.
Ella Shaw performing at The Grand.

Ella’s new academy will nurture young talent

A brand new modern day arts academy to develop and nurture young talent from around the Ribble Valley is being launched.

David Walker (dad), Sally Bankes (mum), Taj Atwal (Rita). Photo: Richard Davenport

Rita, Sue and Bob too at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

We’re treated to a brilliant opening, and a taste of what’s to come, as the Eighties soundtrack is used to great effect to initiate scene changes.
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The stage adaptation is based on the original TV series by Raymond Allen

Joe Pasquale to play Frank Spencer in stage version of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Comedian Joe Pasquale will play accident-prone Frank Spencer in the first ever stage production of 1970s sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

The cast of the Young RATS play King Arthur.

Tickets on sale for Young RATS play

Ribchester Amateur Theatrical Society – The RATS – is holding its annual Young RATS play next week.

Funniest jokes of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe revealed

Funniest jokes of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe revealed

A joke about the new pound coin has been named the funniest of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Students are exploring life in a Lancashire cotton mill through dance, music and clogging.

Clitheroe teenager joins fellow students to take centre stage in new production Cotton

Four outstanding dancers including a teenager from Clitheroe who are studying at Burnley College’s Sixth Form Centre will be helping to explore Lancashire’s proud cotton history in an exciting new project this month.

Year Six pupils at Edisford Primary School in Clitheroe at their performance of the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Pupils leave school with a bang – a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Year Six pupils at Edisford Primary School in Clitheroe waved a fond farewell to their primary school years with a rousing performance of the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Join Mole in Preston's Avenham Park this summer

Preston parks are setting for family theatre

What better way to celebrate the school holidays and having the children at home than heading of to Avenham and Miller Park every Friday for live family theatre in the open air?

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Ribble Valley high school's phenomenal performance

Following the journey of ex-convict Jean Valjean, Les Misérables is a tale of humanity set against the backdrop of a French uprising, writes Catherine Whitham from Clitheroe Parish Church Operatic and Dramatic Society.

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Last year's RATS promenade production cast in The Rabbits of Sandleford Warren.

Village actors to open action packed festival in Ribchester

‘Poison in the Parish’ performed by The Ribchester Amateur Theatrical Society (RATS) will open this year’s Ribfest on Monday (July 17) at 7pm.

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Joanna Lavelle as Bridget Sullivan.

Whalley actress Joanna’s leading role in new show

A Ribble Valley actress has secured the main part in a gripping one-woman show about the infamous Lizzie Borden.

The Zellkova Quartet, who will be appearing at RIBFEST

A jam packed week of music and arts in Ribchester

RIBFEST returns to Ribchester this year with a tremendous line-up.

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The Grimsargh Players are set to perform two comedies written by one of their members

The Grimsargh Players are set to perform two comedies written by one of their members

Not only are amateur dramatic group The Grimsargh Players celebrating their 75th anniversary, but for the first time in the group’s history, they are set to perform two plays written by one of their own members.

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David Birrell - Photo: Ian Tilton

Talking Heads at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

No-one can tell a story quite like Alan Bennett, as fans of his Talking Heads will readily testify. Here we have a threesome as delightful as they are poignant, as comic as they are tragic.

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The impressive cast of Nightmare

Players' production anything but a nightmare

If a "nightmare" is an experience that can be described as an unpleasant experience then the tile of the Rossendale Players' latest production is perhaps a bit misleading.

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MIndgame is being presented at Preston Guild Hall later this month

Foyle’s War creator will take you on a mind-bending thriller

Mindgame – A mind-bending psychological thriller from the pen of Anthony Horowitz  – creator of Foyles War –  comes to Preston Guild Hall on June 19 – 21.

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First Hippo On The Moon is being presented at Preston's Charter Theatre on Tuesday

Glasto regular... a bonkers Bingo and treats for children

Friday night’s monthly comedy event at Preston Guild Hall's Lancaster Suite is hosted by MC Sally Anne Hayward.

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