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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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Comedian Rob Brydon is going it alone on a tour which sees him take to the stage at Preston's Guild Hall

Would he lie to you? Rob set to play Guild Hall

Comedy favourite Rob Brydon has announced a national tour – with a date in Preston.

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Louise Jameson, Janet Henfrey, Souad Faress, Susan Twist and Denise Black. Photo: Richard Davenport

Winter Hill at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

As Shakespeare might have said, now is the Winter Hill of our discontent.

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Comedian Bill Bailey is heading to Preston next year

What larks are in store when comedy ‘treasure’ Bill flies in

Pronounced by The Guardian Guide as “approaching the status of national treasure” and hailed by The Times as being, “at the top of his game”, comedian musician Bill Bailey has announced details of his brand new live show, Larks in Transit – and he’ll be heading north west – including Preston, Blackburn and Southport.

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Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate and Clitheroe Town Mayor Maureen Fenton visited Clitheroes St James CE Primary School to listen to the Year Five children perform their Clitheroe song entitled The Keeper of Clitheroe.

Pupils’ song is part of local history

Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate and Clitheroe Town Mayor Maureen Fenton visited Clitheroe’s St James’ CE Primary School to listen to the Year Five children perform their Clitheroe song entitled “The Keeper of Clitheroe”.

Ruby Wax is returning to The Colne Muni stage with Frazzled. (s)

TV star in town to tackle epidemic

A TV comedian is taking on the stress epidemic that plagues four in four of us in a show easing worry with doses of laughter.

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Alistair Higgins and the cast of Dreamboats And Petticoats, heading to Blackpool Opera House this week

Musical marathon is a dream tour to play

For 10 years, baby boomers have been reliving their youth through the CDs celebrating the music of the 50s and 60s.
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Colin Connor, Natasha Davidson and Susan Twist. Photo: Richard Davenport

Theatre review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

The tenant of Wildfell Hall is a woman of mystery; a woman with secrets. And it is difficult to say much more than that without spoiling it for you.

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California Suite

Belly laughs in Beverly Hills with the Players

Take a peek inside the California Suite hotel room in the Rossendale Player's latest production, a side-splitting rendition of Neil Simon's famous play.
Kathryn Bland and Kevin Clarke star in California Suite

California Calling for the Players

Take a trip to California via Rossendale in a hilarious new stage production.
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Steve Peat and Hans Rey enjoying breakfast at the Derby Arms, Thornley, Longridge.

World champion wheelie enjoys local hospitality

A multiple world champion mountain biker experienced the best of the Ribble Valley countryside by bike after being the star of a show at The Grand in Clitheroe.


Il Destino to hit right notes at music festival

The Ribble Valley is fortunate to have more live music per capita than most cities in Britain, and events that cater for a wide range of tastes in music.

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Soweto Kinch.

Festival will celebrate music from from all over the world

British saxophonist, rapper and MC Soweto Kinch will headline a new festival in the county this month.

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Stepsisters Amy J Payne and Sky Ingram are pictured  with their father played by Henry Waddington. Photo by Alastair Muir

Theatre review: Opera North: Cinderella/ La Cenerentola – The Lowry, Salford

If you are like me and love the idea of opera and just wish it was made a bit more easier to understand – then look no further than Opera North’s thoroughly modern and uplifting performance of Cinderella.
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Cast members of the Rabbits of Sandleford Warren at Ribfest 2016.

Ribchester set to stage a return of popular music and drama festival

RibFest is back for 2017! - The team organising last year’s successful event says it is delighted to inform ‘friends, supporters, sponsors and all local culture vultures’ that the dates for this year are July 17-23.

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Christian Edwards as Cyrano and Sharon Singh at Roxane.

Romantic comedy and musketeers set for Lancaster stage

Northern Broadsides return to The Dukes this month celebrating their 25th anniversary with a new version of classic romantic comedy, Cyrano de Bergerac.

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