Jan
11
to Jan 20

Jack and The Beanstalk

“Jack And The Beanstalk” by Alan Frayn

Friday 11th - Sunday 20th JANUARY 2019.

Evening performances 7pm, Saturday and Sunday performances 1pm and 6pm (No performances Monday 14th or Tuesday 15th)

Tickets £12.50, TheatreCards £11, Under 18s £8.00

Directors– Laura Harris and Sophie Grundy-Holmes

Musical Director – Joel Browne

Choreographer - Nicky Wright

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 Join our hero Jack, his mother Dame Dotty, and brother Simple Simon and of course Buttermilk the Cow as they venture up the Beanstalk that has mysteriously grown in their backyard. Who or what will they find at the top? This sparkling new version of the fun filled family pantomime is certain to banish boredom. What better way to kick the winter blues than with a trip to the Theatre?! Abundant audience participation, visual comedy and traditional pantomime antics are guaranteed, together with two particularly havoc-prone Broker’s Men, Snatchet and Scarper, and the King, Queen and Princess, and the eternal battle between good and evil. This pantomime is great fun for all ages whether you’re 4 or 104!!

 **Please Note Saturday 19th January 1pm and 6pm.  These two performances will be filmed, in accordance with filming licences, exclusively for the Louth Playgoers and the Pantomime cast & crew. The filming of the Pantomime is not available to members for public. Because of the nature of Pantomime performances, audience members MAY get filmed during the production. If this is not acceptable to you, please book an alternative performance.

Jack and The Beanstalk is kindly sponsored by NT Shaw of Louth.

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Jan
24
7:30 PM19:30

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect presented by  makin projects in association with Andrew Roach Talent

Thursday 24th January 7.30pm

Tickets £12, TheatreCards £10.50

 

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Following total sold-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2015, 2016 and 2017, award-winning comedian Juliette Burton embarks on her first UK tour with her critically-acclaimed docu-comedy in which she investigates the power of kindness. Most of us find it hard enough being kind to ourselves - let alone others. So is being nice outdated? Or can small acts of kindness have big effects?
Join Juliette as she finds out whether kindness holds the power to change lives, cure mental health conditions, make friends, restore hope, dispel despair, end poverty and even defeat death. It's a tall order for a comedy show but when it comes to entertainment, Juliette is fearless! It's kind of her thing. Would you #DareToBeKind?


As seen on The One Show (BBC One), This Morning (ITV) and BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals (BBC iPlayer).
Winner: Spirit of the Fringe (Guildford Fringe 2017)
Winner: Voice Mag’s Pick of the Fringe (Edinburgh Fringe 2017)


“Burton’s got huge talent…and then some!” *****Daily Mirror
"Moving and inspiring... Educational and hilarious... Heartwarming in every way... Her charisma, uniqueness and talent make Burton a force to be reckoned with... A must-see." *****Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
"Intelligent, emotional, liberating - everything it should be... Burton seems like the type of person everybody would want in their life." ***** Voice Mag
“Delightfully well written…laughs aplenty throughout’’ **** One4review
“Impressive” **** Daily Record
“Powerful stuff” **** Sunday Express


     About Juliette:
     Juliette Burton is an award-winning performer, writer, presenter and ex BBC broadcast journalist.
She has previously performed three solo shows (When I Grow Up, Look At Me and Decision Time) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her shows have been seen by audiences around the world and she has performed at some of the best-known festivals including Leicester Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and New Zealand International Comedy Festival. In 2015 Juliette won the Argus Angel Award at Brighton Fringe for Look At Me.
Juliette’s TV and radio credits include The One Show (BBC1), This Morning (ITV), Skin Deep and Feeling Kind of Funny (both BBC Scotland). She also played the lead role in SuperMum, directed by Lisa Gifford, which premiered at the 2015 Raindance Film Festival.

As a writer, Juliette has contributed to Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post and BBC News. She is also an ambassador for mental health charities Rethink, Mind and B-eat.

You can see the trailer for Butterfly Effect here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4gjUrbP_cg&feature=youtu.be

 

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Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Graffiti Classics

Graffiti Classics

Friday 25th January 7.00pm

Tickets £14.00, TheatreCard £12.50 Under 18s £6.00

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16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and exhilarating for young and old alike. Graffiti Classics bursts the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show. It's a classical concert, gypsy-folk romp, opera, stand-up comedy and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! There really is something for everyone; Graffiti Classics never fails to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults love the uplifting and virtuosic variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction.

Graffiti Classics also forms part of the EVOLVE Music Project

EVOLVE is a collaboration between schools and arts centres with LOV (Lincolnshire One Venues) helping to put young people at the forefront of that partnership.

A local school will come and see this high profile music performance followed by a 10 week

programme created by a trained Emerging Music Leader, who will work closely with the students during the project.

The group of students will be supported to create a music event to share with the rest of their school and will also be guided through obtaining an Arts Award qualification.

For more information about EVOLVE contact Kate Newman, Project Coordinator for EVOLVE knewman@lincoln.ac.uk 07738118512





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Slim Eddie's Speakeasy presented by King Edward VI Grammar School
Jan
30
to Feb 1

Slim Eddie's Speakeasy presented by King Edward VI Grammar School

Slim Eddie’s Speakeasy

Wednesday 30th January - Friday 1st February 7.30pm

Tickets £9.00 Adults, £7.00 Concessions (Students and Seniors)

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It's 1930’s Chicago and Slim Eddie’s show suddenly finds itself without a star.  Slim Eddie has already seen a few acts that have caught his eye…but will his heart rule his head?Join us behind the scenes; watch the acts audition; listen to the big band sound of 1930s Jazz and Blues, and hear the soloists fight it out.

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The Commitment Brothers
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

The Commitment Brothers

Saturday 2nd February 2019 7.30pm

Tickets £12, Concessions £10

Following on from their sell-out shows at Sleaford Playhouse, Grantham Guildhall Theatre and The Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton, The Commitment Brothers are pleased to announce their debut performance at Riverhead Theatre in Louth.

With over 100 years musical experience between them, these versatile Grantham based musicians, Steve, Mark, Phil, Daz & Tango provide a lively and energetic tribute show that’s filled with the very best music from two iconic films, “The Commitments”, and “The Blues Brothers”.

You’ll be rocking in the aisles to the sounds of Gimme Some Lovin’, Everybody Needs Somebody, Soul Man, In the Midnight Hour, and many more great songs that continue to stand the test of time.

So don your black trilby hats, white shirts, black ties and dark glasses for an evening of top live musical entertainment.

 Check out their showreel at http://thecommitmentbrothers.co.uk/

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Alfie
Feb
13
to Feb 16

Alfie

“Alfie” by Bill Naughton

Wednesday 13th- Saturday 16th February 2019 7.30pm Nightly

Tickets £9.50, TheatreCards £8, Under 18s £6.00

 Directed by Matt Sargent. A joint production between Louth Playgoers and MJS Productions

 

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The ultimate amoral "swinger", Alfie swaggers and philosophises his way through a parade of 'birds' in 1960's London, allowing the audience to eavesdrop as he goes. When one carefree entanglement proves too close for even Alfie's comfort, the "swinger" lands with a thud. A hit in London, this story became a classic film that made a star of Michael Caine as the title cad. One not to miss.

 

Kindly Sponsored by Micronclean

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Under the Sea Craft Workshop in association with do-Dance
Feb
19
to Feb 20

Under the Sea Craft Workshop in association with do-Dance

Under The Sea Craft Workshop

Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th February 2019 10am - 3pm  

Workshop Fee £30

In association with Sophie Watkinson from do-Dance

Swim with mermaids and hunt for the long lost treasure chest with pirates during this half term. Get creative, get crafty and join the adventure under the sea for two fun filled days as we explore the life of living under water with dancing, crafts and games for 6-11 year olds.

To Book a place please telephone Box Office on 01507 600350. Open Mon- Sat 10am-1pm.

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Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children
Feb
21
1:00 PM13:00

Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children

Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children

Thurday 21st February 1pm and 4pm

Tickets £8, Under 16s £6

 

Jay Foreman is an award winning musical comedian whose songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, The One Show, London Live TV and Dave Gorman's UK/Ireland tour. Jay provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly show which regularly sells out its entire runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

 

“With dark humour and wordplay reminiscent of Roald Dahl, he should more often than not grab the attention of even the most reluctant child..” BroadwayBaby.com ★★★★

 

“My fellow child-wranglers laughed happily, probably even louder than their enthralled kids.” ThreeWeeks ★★★★

 

“Disturbingly catchy... my daughter was still singing about caterpillar sick right up until bedtime!” One4Review ★★★★

 

'Classy and funny... Victoria Wood for the Spotify generation' Chortle

 

'Heartily recommended' Fest

 

• SELL-OUT Edinburgh Fringe 2014

• SELL-OUT Edinburgh Fringe 2015

 

Video clips from Jay Foreman

Trousers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BJR6Zn45dc

Caterpillar Sick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjOWnLlFMvM

Ten Green Bottles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo--Cyj67pQ

Bim Bim Bim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLteD9wIfFM

 

Website https://www.jayforeman.co.uk

Twitter @jayforeman

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New London Opera Group Spring Concert
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

New London Opera Group Spring Concert

New London Opera Group Spring Concert

 Saturday 23rd February 2019

Tickets £14, TheatreCards £12.50

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The New London Opera Group is delighted to start its 15th Anniversary Season with a new production of Sir Lennox Berkeley’s hilarious musical farce A Dinner Engagement. First performed in 1954, A Dinner Engagement is set around a dinner party given by the hapless Earl and Countess of Dunmow, who are desperate to marry their daughter off to a visiting European prince. However, they have fallen on hard times and most of their staff have walked out. The Earl and Countess rise to the occasion by deciding to cook the meal themselves, aided only by their char lady, Mrs Kneebone! The witty libretto is matched by Berkeley’s charming score which sparkles like champagne, with moments of tender romance and riotous comedy.

 

The second half of the evening will be a celebration of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, which have always formed the backbone of the New London Opera Group’s repertoire. Featuring a host of popular favourites from HMS Pinafore, The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance among others, the concert will be a perfect springtime treat for music lovers.

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Great Train Robbery
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

Great Train Robbery

Great Train Robbery presented by Scratchworks Theatre Company

Friday 1st March 2019 7.30pm

Tickets £12.00, TheatreCards £10.50

In the early hours of Thursday 8th August 1963, the heist of the century was under way. Whilst the world was tucked up in bed, 15 men put a finger up to the government and stole 2 million British pounds from Her Majesty’s Royal Mail train. Five days later the first clues were found, the gang was busted and the rest is history.

But what about the ones that got away?

Join the four forgotten females as they leave behind their kitchen-sink lives and embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem. Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, Scratchworks will unfold the untold tale of the unlikely female four.

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Knights of Comedy
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

Knights of Comedy

Knights of Comedy

Saturday 9th March 7.30pm

Tickets £10 in Advance or £12 on the door



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The Knights of Comedy return to Louth Riverhead Theatre with another brilliant show, this time featuring Steve Rimmer (the UK’s only working Bomb Disposal Engineer Comedian), Jed Salisbury (local Comedian from Hull) , The Vox Pops (Nottingham based group who turn stories from the crowd into a sketch) and being headlined by Sully O’Sullivan (originally from New Zealand, with a reputation as one of the most reliable and solid comperes on the circuit).


*Contains Adult Humour

*Line up subject to change




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The Diary of Anne Frank
Mar
11
to Mar 16

The Diary of Anne Frank

“The Diary Of Anne Frank” by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Monday 11th- Saturday 16th MARCH 2019 7.30pm Nightly

Tickets £9.50, TheatreCards £8, Under 18s £5.00

Director –Susan Hewer

Assistant Director - Jayne Myers

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Few more poignant true stories emerged from World War II than the diary of young Anne Frank. Published afterwards in 1950 by her father, the only family survivor, it records the minutiae of twenty-five months that two Jewish families spent in hiding from the Gestapo in an Amsterdam warehouse attic. The constant secrecy, growing hunger and friction of living in such cramped conditions could not dull Anne's vibrant personality or her passion for living. Whether you’re an Anne Frank expert, have read her diary or merely know the name, this production will bring to life one of the most famous stories ever recorded. School bookings encouraged.

 

"When I write I can shake off all my cares.  My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived.  But, and that's a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer?"  (Anne Frank, 5th April 1944)

 

The Diary of Anne Frank is Kindly Sponsored by F.B Wealth

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Andante Live Blowin in the Wind Afternoon Tea Concert
Mar
21
2:30 PM14:30

Andante Live Blowin in the Wind Afternoon Tea Concert

Blowin’ In the Wind, Songs of Peace, Protest & Love

Thursday 19th March 2019 2.30pm

Tickets £6.00

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Join us as we take you back to the era of PEACE, PROTEST & LOVE with uniquely arranged classic songs such as ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Imagine’, ‘The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’,‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘All you need is Love’ and many more.

 

Andante Live presents “Blowin’ in the Wind”. Combining the vocal harmonies of Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson, sixteen instruments between them and outstanding musicianship, they perform an uplifting and inspiring show to give you a fabulous evening of unforgettable music. When Dylan, Baez and friends sang their songs of peace, protest & love, “times certainly were a- changin’..”

Our Afternoon Tea Concerts also include a free tea or filter coffee in the interval, what's not to love?!

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The Room at the Top of the House presented by Standby Theatre Company
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

The Room at the Top of the House presented by Standby Theatre Company

The Room at the Top of the House presented by Standby Theatre Company

Friday 22d March 7.30pm

Tickets £9.50, TheatreCards £8.00,  Under 18s £6.00

 

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Josh finds the outside world a fascinating and frightening place. At a time when he is most vulnerable, a room of forgotten things quickly becomes the perfect place for him to escape reality. His family make a desperate attempt to help him realise there is more to life than photos on a shelf and postcards under the door.

This is an honest and uplifting show about fear and the impact our decisions have on those we care about, told through mesmerising movement, poetic text and visual inventiveness.




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ELO Again - The Ultimate Electric Light Orchestra Tribute Show
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

ELO Again - The Ultimate Electric Light Orchestra Tribute Show

ELO Again - The Ultimate Electric Light Orchestra Tribute Show

Saturday 30th March 7.30pm

Tickets £20, TheatreCards £18.50

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ELO AGAIN are back with their stunning 'Re-Discovery Tour’ celebrating the truly universal music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra.

Now in their 8th year ELO AGAIN really give you a dramatic taste of what a legendary ELO concert would have been like back in their heyday, the whole experience is professionally re-enacted with a great sound reproduction, light show and visual effects.
They perform all the big hits – MR BLUE SKY, LIVIN’ THING, SWEET TALKIN’ WOMAN, SHINE A LITTLE LOVE, CONFUSION, LAST TRAIN TO LONDON, ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN, WILD WEST HERO, DON'T BRING ME DOWN, THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP, TELEPHONE LINE, TURN TO STONE plus many more.

As the UK’s No.1 tribute show, ELO AGAIN provide you with the spectacular live effect of ELO’s famous orchestrations, soaring strings and vocals. They certainly know how to entertain too, as the hits just keep on coming. Their version of MR BLUE SKY is breathtaking, full of passion and fervour; the whole auditorium will be on its feet.

Come along and relive the age of Glam Rock as ELO AGAIN pay tribute to the beautifully crafted songs of Jeff Lynne. You will revel in ELO’s unique symphonic rock style and hear some of the most unforgettable classic rock and pop songs of our generation.


The timeless MR BLUE SKY returns, so Roll Over Beethoven - Rock 'n Roll Is King.

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Apr
7
2:30 PM14:30

Easter Bingo

Easter Bingo brought to you by Friends of Louth Playgoers

Sunday 7th April 2019

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Doors Open 1.30pm

Eyes Down at 2.30pm

 

Come and join us for an afternoon of Easter fun. Plenty of Prizes for 1 line, 2 lines and a Full House.

 

Why not try your hand at winning Easter eggs and many other goodies? Bring your Bingo Dobbers, bring your friends and family, and don’t forget to get your Raffle tickets to win some of our fantastic prizes.

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Loot
Apr
8
to Apr 13

Loot

“Loot” by Joe Orton

Monday 8th - Saturday 13th APRIL 2019 7.30pm Nightly

Tickets £9.50, TheatreCards £8, Under 18s £5.00

Directors - Holly and Rob Mapletoft

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A masterpiece of black farce, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves. Dennis works for an undertaker. Hal's old Mum has just died. They rob the bank next door to the funeral parlour and find just the place to hide the loot. With the money hidden in Mum's coffin, there's no place for Mum whose body keeps re-appearing at the most inopportune times. When Inspector Truscott turns up, the already thickened plot goes topsy-turvy. Rarely performed in the amateur theatre scene, Louth Playgoers are proud to present one of the most famous plays of its generation.

Loot –
A Joe Orton play tells of a theft,
With a rich widower left bereft.
What can the thieves do with the plunder?
With a funeral to attend, it leads us to wonder.
A coffin, a hearse, a body, a nurse,
Two thieves, one son, could it get worse?
Hey it the sixties, don’t be a square,
Come see which criminals are caught in the snare.

 

Loot is kindly sponsored by NT Shaw of Louth.

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Easter Craft Workshop
Apr
9
to Apr 10

Easter Craft Workshop

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Easter Craft Workshop in association with Sophie Watkinson from do-Dance

Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April 2019

Fees £30

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Join the Easter bunny and hunt for eggs this Easter Holiday. Get creative, get crafty and make lots of Easter things for your friends and family, for two fun filled days of carrots, white rabbits easter eggs and more.



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Summer Winos - Live! Presented by Hambledon Productions.
Apr
17
7:30 PM19:30

Summer Winos - Live! Presented by Hambledon Productions.

SUMMER WINOS – LIVE! Presented by Hambledon Productions

Wednesday 17th April 7.30pm

Tickets £10, Seniors and Students £9.00

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Two Men, Two Hundred and Ninety-Five Episodes, One Obsession…

When does a fondness for a TV show become an obsession? Andrew and Bob’s gentle love of Last of the Summer Wine quickly become a quest to watch all 295 episodes in order,  while visiting locations, making films, meeting the cast, and boozing with the writer.

Ultimately, turning their passion into a show. But they’re not obsessed. Are they?

Seven years after embarking on the ‘Summer Winos’ quest, Andrew and Bob take to the stage to explain just how Last of the Summer Wine has taken over their lives, and what YOU can learn and love from the world’s longest-running sitcom!

There will be dressing up, audience participation, overly-earnest reminiscing, and – brace yourself– kazoos*. The show, which picked up favourable reviews from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is the finest appreciation of a national institution.

*Bath not included.




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The Magic of Wonderland presented by Magic Light Productions
Apr
18
1:00 PM13:00

The Magic of Wonderland presented by Magic Light Productions

'The Magic of WONDERLAND’ presented by Magic Light Productions

Thursday 18th April 1pm and 4pm

Tickets £9.50 TheatreCards £8.00, Under 18s £6.00

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Following their visit last April with The Magic of Treasure island featuring their cheeky Toucan, Magic Light Productions return to the Riverhead Theatre with The Magic of Wonderland. Join Alice and her friends on a magical, mad-cap adventure in Wonderland!

In our exciting adaptation of this classic tale, you are invited to a celebration of teapots and tarts, croquet and caterpillars, riddles and rhymes, as Alice discovers the spectacular wonders of a place like no other.

Packed full of magic, illusions, comedy, puppets and songs, this is a date you won’t want to be late for..!




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Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

Two 2

TWO 2 presented by Reform Theatre Company/Harrogate Theatre

Written by Jim Cartwright

Wednesday 24th April 7.30pm

Tickets £11, TheatreCards £9.50

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Two 2; Jim Cartwright’s brand new play that revisits the lives, loves and laughs of regulars in a Northern boozer. Time may have passed but the pub is still standing - just.

Punters are now few and far between, and despite all attempts at quiz nights, karaoke and pub grub it could soon be last orders for the struggling landlord and lady. At odds with one another, but holding it together one shift at a time, their lives have become as bitter as the ale they serve.

But when a once in a lifetime opportunity presents itself in the form of a one way ticket out of there, will either of them have the courage to turn their backs on the pub, and most importantly, each other?

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Apr
25
2:30 PM14:30

Dave Moylan's Golden Days of Variety Afternoon Tea Concert

Dave Moylan's Golden Days of Variety Afternoon Tea Concert

Thursday 25th April 2.30pm

Tickets £6.00

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Dave Moylan has a professional entertainer for much of his long life. In this show Dave recreates the essence of the great days of Variety, recalling some of the greatest entertainers and the funniest comedians of all time! Plus comedy and magic from Dave's much-acclaimed stage show.

Included in the show is a free tea or coffee at the interval so why not step back in time and join us for an afternoon of music and magic.



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Escape presented by Richard Jones
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Escape presented by Richard Jones

Escape, Breaking the limits of the Mind, Lance Corporal Richard Jones

Friday 26th April 2019 7.30pm

Tickets £22.00, TheatreCards £20.50, Under 18s £20.50

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Imagine walking in to a capsule where your daily life fades away behind you and you’re part of an exclusive audience that’s more than just a magic show.

Imagine that you could be transported into a world where every boundary you’ve ever put up in your mind could be broken?

Richard Jones was the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2016 and is a British Army soldier as well as one of the world’s greatest magicians. With his captivating performances, Richard has travelled every continent with his first-class show.

With news of his next tour, Escape being announced, Richard has something very different in store for fans – this time, he’s attempting ‘meaningful magic’, that’s not just your normal set of tricks, but a programme by which to live your life.

Richard says, ‘I decided it was time to shake things up for this tour and I wanted to combine techniques from my normal magic shows with new techniques of self-help that I’ve been developing.’

‘I’m confident in the notion that I could change the way audience members minds’ work forever with a series of mind methods that can cure a whole host of issues and insecurities.’

‘I can’t wait to unleash this new side of me to the public and get out there to start potentially changing lives.’

With his classic mind-blowing tricks from Britain’s Got Talent also part of the show, Richard continues to combine his experiences and training from the Army with his love for magic and illusion to create something unique and unmissable.

What others said:

“You Sir - are a wizard. That has to be magic.” - Simon Cowell

“Absolutely Mind Boggling!” - Prince Charles.

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Bon Joe V
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Bon Joe V

Bon Joe v

Saturday 27th April 2019 8.00pm

Tickets £10

 

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Tickets £10

Bon Joe V are a fully live 5 piece tribute band to the legendary US Stadium rock band.  Made up of experienced semi pro musicians it’s a sure to be a night to remember.


Brand New for 2019 and unique to Bon Joe V, they are playing the album Slippery When Wet in full and in order.... this will then be followed by a stunning greatest hits set!   


So grab your cowboy hat and join us for songs such as Bad Medicine, You Give Love a Bad Name, Always and Living on a Prayer



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Me3 Afternoon Tea Concert
May
9
2:30 PM14:30

Me3 Afternoon Tea Concert

Me3 Afternoon Tea Concert

Thursday 9th May 2019 2.30pm

Tickets £6.00

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Me3 are a jazz/lounge trio consisting of Gemma Newman on lead vocals, Matthew Jeffery on piano and vocals and Mike Wood on saxophone. Gemma appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar and Annie at the Riverhead Theatre, Matthew has played for many shows here and Mike is no stranger to the theatre pit. You may have seen Mike busking on the streets of Lincoln, Market Rasen, Brigg and other places. The trio have been together since the Summer of 2017 and their easy-going Swing/Latin set is guaranteed to please.




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Oklahoma!
May
13
to May 25

Oklahoma!

“Oklahoma!” by Rodgers & Hammerstein

Monday 13th - Saturday 25th MAY 2019 7.30pm Nightly (No performance Sunday 19th)

Tickets £12.50, TheatreCards £11, Under 18s £6.00

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Producer/Director – Jamie Harris

Musical Director – Keith Weston

Choreographer – Nicky Wright

Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and having established the rules of musical theatre that are still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colourful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. Featuring such classics as “Oh What A Beautiful Morning” “I Cain’t Say No” “The Farmer And The Cowman” and the title song, this epic Musical is one not to miss!

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Mad about the Musicals
May
30
7:30 PM19:30

Mad about the Musicals

Mad about the Musicals

Thursday 30th May 2019 7.30pm

Tickets £20 TheatreCards £18.50

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Taking you on a whistle-stop tour from the heart of London’s theatreland to the glitz of

Broadway, the critically acclaimed Mad About The Musicals is back - celebrating the

very best songs from the shows we all know and love!

With a host of your favourite numbers from the pen of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew

Lloyd Webber and Boublil & Schonberg, the talented cast of Mad About The Musicals

evoke the true spirit of the stage, with brilliant vocals, stunning costumes and a

spectacular light show, to bring you the very best show in town!

From the bittersweet For Forever to the powerful One Day More and the rousing This Is

Me! Sit back and enjoy two hours of unforgettable London and New York favourites,

brought to you by a talented cast - a slice of pure entertainment!



“Outstanding!” (The Stage)


“The best show of its kind” (Encore Magazine).




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Steve Walker's Big Swing Band featuring Sax Legend, Snake Davis
Jun
7
to Jun 8

Steve Walker's Big Swing Band featuring Sax Legend, Snake Davis

Steve Walker’s Big Swing Band featuring Sax Legend Snake Davis

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 7.30pm

Tickets £15 TheatreCards £13.50

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The Riverhead Theatre warmly welcomes back the ever-popular trumpet star Steve Walker and his sensational Big Swing Band performing tracks from their new album On The Record.

Joining the band, as their special guest, is saxophone star Snake Davis.  Snake has played with the biggest names in music including James Brown, Paul McCartney and Tina Turner,  although he is probably best known for his iconic solo on Take That's hit record A Million Love Songs.

The evening will feature hits from the libraries of all the great bands including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson and of course Glenn Miller, plus a selection of Snake’s amazing solos.

So come along for a really exciting night of music as the sizzling trumpet meets the cool sax.




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Grease presented by Blaze Youth Theatre
Jun
12
to Jun 15

Grease presented by Blaze Youth Theatre

Grease presented by Blaze Youth Music Theatre

Wednesday 12th - Saturday 15th June 7.30pm

Tickets £10.00

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Blaze’s annual visit is quickly establishing itself as one of the must-see events of our calendar, and this year they are a month earlier than usual. Tickets always sell out quickly so make sure to book yours without delay!

This year we are heading back to Rydell High School as Blaze present Grease.

Since its electric Broadway and West End debut in the early 1970’s, Grease has remained one of the world’s most popular and enduring musicals. Funny, frank and featuring the hit songs “Greased Lightnin’,” “You’re The One That I Want,” and “Summer Nights”, Grease follows the journey of Danny and Sandy, alongside the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink Ladies, as they navigate high school to the unforgettable rock n’ roll soundtrack that defined generations.

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Death and the Maiden
Jun
19
7:30 PM19:30

Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman

Directed by Adam Morley

Produced by Claire Bibby

Wednesday 19th June 7.30pm

Tickets £12.50, TheatreCards £11.00 , Students £5.00

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The award winning London smash hit play and subsequent feature film DEATH AND THE MAIDEN is revived in this exclusive tour by Baroque Theatre Company. Gripping high drama, with great intensity, this is a unique and first-rate thriller.

Set in an unnamed country that is emerging from a totalitarian dictatorship, the play explores the after effects of repression on hearts and souls in vivid and compelling style. Paulina Escobar's husband Gerardo is to head an investigation into past human rights abuses. Paulina is convinced that the powerful and charismatic Dr. Miranda supervised her abuse as a political prisoner.

Conflict ensues as their lives cross paths and Paulina, gun in hand, captures the Doctor and puts him on trial, Escobar doesn't know whether to believe his distraught wife or his persuasive new friend. This is an enthralling, intellectual and emotional tug of war with the human psyche laid bare.

Age Guidance 16+ (contains mature themes, graphic/offensive language)   





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The Mikado presented by New London Opera Group
Jun
27
to Jun 29

The Mikado presented by New London Opera Group

The Mikado presented by New London Opera Group

Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th June 7.30pm

Tickets £15.50 TheatreCards £14.00

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The Mikado is coming to Titipu - and he's angry. He wants to know if his strict execution orders have been carried out, or if the citizens have been avoiding the bloodthirsty business. The town risks calamity if he finds out they haven't executed anyone in the past year, so a victim must be found - chop chop! Meanwhile, travelling minstrel Nanki-Poo has fallen in love with Yum-Yum. But so has Titipu's executioner Ko-Ko - who is suddenly feeling a little axe-happy.

The New London Opera Group is thrilled to return to Louth with their first new production of The Mikado - one of Gilbert & Sullivan's best-loved operas - since the company's first tour to the Riverhead Theatre in 2004.






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Jul
4
to Jul 6

Welcome to our School Play by Emily Clegg

Welcome to our School Play

Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th July 7.30pm

Tickets £5.50

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Co-Produced by Hambledon Productions and Louth Playgoers Society

Directed by John Hewer




It’s a new year at Oak Academy and Headteacher Mrs. Wilson is determined to get the

school back on track. What better way than with an all-singing, all-dancing

Christmas Extravaganza?!

But, as the old saying goes, you should never work with children or animals, and with

Harmony’s off-key singing; Billy’s stage-fright; and Damien living up to his namesake, the show looks set to be a disaster. Will a Christmas miracle save the show at the last possible moment? Probably not. Will the parents love it anyway? Of course they will! Will the teachers still be sober when the curtain falls? Don’t hold your breath…



Emily’s script won the audience vote at Scratch Night 2018.




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West End versus Broadway
Jul
13
2:30 PM14:30

West End versus Broadway

West End versus Broadway

Saturday 13th July 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets £11.50 TheatreCards £10.00 and £7.50 for Under 18s

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From the team that brought you Musical Memories and Once Upon A Time, and now in its 5th consecutive year, Louth Playgoers Summer Concert returns once again, this time with WEST END VERSUS BROADWAY. Join us as we challenge the notion of who does musicals best! Is there a winner? Who was best at which time? We will find out together. With over 30 songs from both sides of the Atlantic taking in all your favourite shows of the last 80 years, you are guaranteed to have a truly fabulous evening of musical entertainment.

These concerts always sell out quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.




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Sarah Munro Angel Road Tour
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Sarah Munro Angel Road Tour

Saturday 27th July 8.00pm

Tickets £15

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“There’s some real raw talent here! Expecting big things from her in the future” - the words of Jamie Cullum after hearing 22 year old singer-songwriter and guitarist, Sarah Munro. With a delicate songbird’s voice reminiscent of Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua, Sarah's music has been championed by legendary lyricist Don Black, as well as Jamie Cullum and Michael Ball - both of whom featured her debut single 'For Eternity' on their BBC Radio 2 shows. In 2017, Sarah performed headline sets at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Cornbury Festival after completing a 24-date UK tour supporting Paul Carrack in prestigious venues, including the London Palladium. Sarah has recently released her second album 'Angel Road', which features 10 brand-new original songs ranging from contemporary folk to jazz and explores the themes of escapism, loss, dreams and illusion. Following her sold-out headline shows at PizzaExpress Jazz Club, The Pheasantry, The Stables and The Forge, Sarah will be touring venues across the UK throughout 2019, performing songs from her debut album ‘Say Hello To You’ and her latest 'Angel Road', as well as classic covers including 'Over The Rainbow' and 'Autumn Leaves'.

Check out Sarah's work at:

Website: sarahmunromusic.com

Facebook: facebook.com/sarahmunromusicuk

Twitter & Instagram: @sarahmunromusic

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6hGZJ5TG_g

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Senior Summer Workshop
Jul
28
to Aug 10

Senior Summer Workshop

Louth Playgoers Summer Workshop 2019

Sunday 28th July  - Saturday 10th August

Fees £80 or (Earlybird Offer £70 if paid by 30th March)


Fancy working with a professional team and taking over the Riverhead Theatre for two weeks staging a hit musical? Louth Playgoers Society offer this brilliant opportunity every year to those aged 16-24, giving all participants a chance to shine through a full-scale production incorporating music, dance and acting, as well as backstage responsibilities. The team, as well as showcasing their performance abilities, will gain confidence, learn stagecraft and also experience the importance of working together as a creative team. The envy of those aged under 16 and over 24, the Summer Workshop (this year, the new musical comedy ‘The Addams Family’) is subject to availability, reasonably priced at £80 (or the Earlybird offer of £70  if deposit is paid by 30th March). The workshop runs from 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday both weeks with an introductory day on Sunday 28th July, and 3 nights of the Final show performed on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th August.


Call 01507 600350 to book a place

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The Addams Family
Aug
8
to Aug 10

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th August

Tickets £11.00 TheatreCards £9.50, Under 18s £6.00

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A New Musical Comedy



THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare! Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. Join Lurch, Uncle Fester, Grandma and all the extended Addams family in this nutty, musical comedy. You may simply die – laughing!

Directed by JOHN HEWER Musical Director CHRISTOPHER PETERS Choreography by BECCI MILES

Book by MARSHALL BRICKMAN and RICK ELICE Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA

Based on Characters Created by CHARLES ADDAMS



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Junior Summer Workshops
Aug
12
to Aug 23

Junior Summer Workshops

Junior Summer Workshops


For Age 7-10 years Monday 12th - Friday 16th August 10am-3pm

For Age 11-15 years Monday 19th - Friday 23rd August 10am - 3pm



Jacqueline Wilson from Blaze Youth Music Theatre returns to run our fun workshops during the summer holiday.

This year, Week 1 for 7-10 year olds will be based on the story of The Little Mermaid

Week 2 for 11 - 15 years olds will be based on the story of Matilda

The students are in from 10am - 3pm Monday to Friday and work towards a showcase to parents on the Friday afternoon.


Call 01507 600350 to book a place

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Wartime and Beyond - The Good Old Days in Louth and Lincolnshire Presented by Lincolnshire Film Archive
Sep
7
2:30 PM14:30

Wartime and Beyond - The Good Old Days in Louth and Lincolnshire Presented by Lincolnshire Film Archive

Wartime and Beyond - The Good Old Days in Louth and Lincolnshire Presented by Lincolnshire Film Archive

Saturday 7th September 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Afternoon Tickets £8.50, TheatreCards £7.00 Evening Tickets £10.50, TheatreCards £9.00


Lincolnshire Film Archive presents two different showings:

The Matinee will present a selection of the Hallam & Rawlings Playhouse Newsreels of Louth in the late 1930s and early wartime.

The Evening show will feature films from Louth and other parts of northern Lincolnshire dating from the 1960s onwards, including items not seen locally since their original production.




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Last Night of the Proms
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms

Saturday 28th September 2019 7.30pm

Tickets £14.50 TheatreCards £13.00

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Once again we welcome back our friends from the Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers. A group who treat us every year to that special sound, pomp and ceremony only a military band can deliver.


Tickets for this event always sell out so make sure to book your tickets early!




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A Vision of Elvis
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

A Vision of Elvis

‘A VISION OF ELVIS’ Starring ROB KINGSLEY
Saturday 26th October 2019 7.30pm

Tickets £22.00 TheatreCards £20.50


Rob Kingsley is the No 1 Elvis Presley Tribute Artist, Grand European Champion, and Best Vegas Elvis And was voted the Best Overall Male Artist at the National Music Tribute Awards

Rob Kingsley has always been an Elvis fan and has taken his show, ‘A VISION OF ELVIS’,  all over the world.  Currently celebrating ten years of touring, Rob brings A VISION OF ELVIS to UK venues this autumn.

 

Rob Kingsley: “Elvis has been my hero for as long as I can remember.  He’s such a global icon and the music is incredible; there’s nothing better than being able to recreate Elvis’ sound and the musical arrangements of all his amazing songs with world class musicians which is what we’re doing on this tour.  We’re so lucky – we’ve met so many Elvis fans from the UK to Japan, it’s been a blast!  I’m really looking forward to performing the show around the UK this autumn.”

 

‘A VISION OF ELVIS’ has long been considered the ultimate Elvis tribute show and has been endorsed by long time Elvis friend, official photographer and tour manager, Ed Bonja, who remarked: "He sings like Elvis, but most importantly, he seems to capture the very soul of Elvis – his charisma, his gestures; hell, he even walks like Elvis!”

 

 

 ‘A VISION OF ELVIS’ starts with a dramatic turn in Elvis’ life: it’s 1968 and the major musical event of the year is the first live TV special for Elvis Presley in what became known as The ’68 Comeback Special:  

 

Explains Rob Kingsley:  "Elvis had not performed live in seven years; his Hollywood films had been panned by the critics (though they were loved by his fans!)  but then he made his ’68 Comeback Special and with that one sensational TV show, he was The King once more.  The show made him irresistibly cool again and UK cinemas are screening the film this autumn to mark its 50th anniversary.  For me the most memorable set was an improv session which had Elvis jamming with his band, laughing and bantering between performances of Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog and I Can’t Help Falling In Love and in response to the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Elvis gave an emotional rendition of If I Can Dream.

"Ultimately the ’68 Comeback Special was so successful it landed Elvis a residency at the International Hotel in Vegas, where he put on a phenomenal 700 shows between 1969 and 1976."

Rob and his first class band will perform Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds, American Trilogy and many more.  The show’s costumes, instruments and stage design are authentically recreated to give the feel and energy of a live Elvis concert. 

 

ROB KINGSLEY chats about his show:
What’s your favourite song?

Rob:  An American Trilogy – it’s a medley of three incredibly powerful 19th century American songs from the deep south that became a real showstopper when Elvis performed it at his concerts.  

 

What do you like best about touring?

Rob:  Performing in prestigious venues all over the UK and meeting audiences.  I also love travelling to different countries and performing the show for audiences around the world.

 

 Tell us five things you couldn’t live without when you’re on tour ? 

Rob:  My wife, who is our stage manager; my band, sound & lighting crew; my Alexa to listen to Elvis; my Vocalzone throat pastilles [a Tom Jones tip!] and my favourite aftershave.

 

And finally what’s the audience reaction like when you’re onstage? 

Rob:  The best part of the show is when I'm standing in the wings waiting to go on.  It’s the anticipation before I step onstage; when the music starts and I can hear the audience clapping and whooping and it creates such a brilliant energy. To see so many people enjoying the show laughing, dancing, singing and reacting the way they do makes it all worthwhile. 

See a clip from the show here

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Nutcracker Craft Workshop in association with do-Dance
Jan
2
to Jan 3

Nutcracker Craft Workshop in association with do-Dance

Nutcracker Craft Workshop

Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd January 2019 10am- 3pm

Workshop Fee £30

In association with Sophie Watkinson from do-Dance

Step into a strange and mysterious parallel world this Christmas Holiday. Join us for two fun filled days as we explore the Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Enjoy playing games, making dances, and getting crafty with the Nutcracker for 6-11 year olds.

To Book a place please telephone Box Office on 01507 600350. Open Mon- Sat 10am-1pm.

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Christmas with Steptoe and Son
Dec
15
2:30 PM14:30

Christmas with Steptoe and Son

Christmas with STEPTOE AND SON Presented by Hambledon Productions

Saturday 15th December 2018 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets £12, Seniors and Students £10

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Hambledon Productions proudly present Ray Galton and Alan Simpson’s Christmas With STEPTOE AND SON. Adapted by John Hewer

Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without some classic, festive sitcom comedy so why not make a visit to 26 Oil Drum Lane, Shepherd’s Bush to catch up with the nation’s favourite rag-and-bone-men and indulge in their yuletide misadventures!

Albert and Harold – united by blood, divided over everything else – seem doomed to spend Christmas in each other’s company. But Harold has his flights of fancy… including a flight he fancies abroad as well as to throw the biggest Christmas party London’s ever seen! His “dirty old man” Albert, of course, has other ideas… I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas at Mrs. Clifford’s B&B in Bognor Regis anyway??

These much-loved episodes from Ray Galton and Alan Simpson have been freshly adapted for the stage and are presented by Hambledon Productions – the company behind the recent sell-out successes’ “Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show” and “Steptoe and Son”.

Kindly Sponsored by NT Shaw of Louth

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PLEASE NOTE: The 7.30pm show is now SOLD OUT

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Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! ​​​​​​​

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! Presented by Squashbox Theatre

Friday 14th December 7pm

Tickets £8.50, Under 16s £5, TheatreCards £7

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Squashbox Theatre's new show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings!

 

Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, play hunt the brussel sprout, endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper and gaze at the “beautiful” Christmas fairy...  

 

Learn about Yuletide traditions old and new, hear the story of the first Christmas Tree and even explore some festive science.

 

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, quizzes and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts - all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

 

“Craig has a huge sense of joy and fun that is as inspiring as it is infectious. An engaging entertainer to be treasured." The Cornishman

www.squashboxtheatre.co.uk

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Blaze Christmas Afternoon Tea Concert
Dec
13
2:30 PM14:30

Blaze Christmas Afternoon Tea Concert

Blaze Afternoon Tea Concert

Thursday 13th December 2.30pm

Tickets £6

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A pre-Christmas treat here at the Riverhead Theatre. Blaze Theatre perform Christmas favourites and songs from the musicals in this afternoon show. Blaze Theatre from Grimsby, are regulars at the Riverhead Theatre, with recent sell-out performances of Les Miserables and Sweeney Todd and this summer’s hotly anticipated West Side Story. They always deliver a wonderful show, so were the obvious choice for a pre-Christmas knees up! So come and join us, and enjoy a free tea or coffee and mince pie in the interval!

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Christmas Double Bill
Dec
4
to Dec 8

Christmas Double Bill

Christmas Double Bill

“Twas The Night Before Christmas” by Ken Ludwig and “LPS Christmas Spectacular”

Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th DECEMBER 2018 7pm Nightly also Saturday  2pm Matinee

Tickets £9.50, TheatreCards £8, Under 18s £5.00

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Director – Frances Brindle

Assistant Director - Kerry Ward

Choreography - Beve Tooze

Musical Director - Miranda Wickland

 

 

Act 1. Twas the Night Before Christmas

We begin with Emily and Amos enjoying a Christmas Eve Party at Uncle Brierley’s House in Vermont when suddenly a mysterious visitor flies in. Calliope the Elf needs their help to save Christmas so that Santa doesn’t forget to deliver to their house again this Christmas! Join them as they travel to the North Pole to infiltrate Santa’s Workshop and stop the baddies who are trying to steal the Naughty and Nice List, will they get the list and get it to Santa before he is due to start his deliveries?

Act 2. Christmas Spectacular

Join us at the North Pole for an evening full of song, dance and Christmas cheer. We have unwanted Santas, jingly Elves, festive Wombles and the Christmas Parade of the South Boggington WI. Also featuring Elite Academy of Dance, we hope to fill you full of sparkle and shine and festive frolics to truly get you into the Christmas Spirit.

 

Kindly Sponsored by The Woolpack, Louth

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Christmas Bingo
Nov
25
2:30 PM14:30

Christmas Bingo

Christmas Bingo brought to you by Friends of Louth Playgoers

Sunday 25th November

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Doors Open 1.30pm

Eyes Down at 2.30pm

 

Come and join us for an afternoon of fun before the festive season really begins. Prizes for 1 line, 2 lines and a Full House.

 

Bring your Bingo Dobbers and don’t forget to get your Raffle tickets to win some of our fantastic prizes.

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The NewGrass Cutters Band
Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

The NewGrass Cutters Band

The NewGrass Cutters Band

Saturday 24th November 2018 7.30pm

Tickets £15.00 TheatreCards £13.50

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The NewGrass Cutters is a four piece progressive ‘NewGrass’ band who play arrangements of some of the greatest contemporary and classic songs.  The Band play highly original versions of some of the best-known rock and pop songs from the last 50 years, the arrangements combined with their four part vocal harmonies are simply brilliant.  Pete Brown, Phil Capaldi, Richard Collins and Andy Crowdy are all veterans of the UK Music Scene and have worked with many big names. The Big fans of the band already include guitar legend Albert Lee, Amen Corner's Andy Fairweather-Low, Chas 'n' Dave plus Fairport Convention's Dave Peg who invited the NewGrass Cutters to play at the internationally renowned Cropredy Festival. The NewGrass Cutters' performance there was a sensation with 20,000 folk fans grinning and cheering as they danced to the band's unique banjo, lap steel, mandolin, bass and percussion version of classics like 'Too Much Too Young', 'Good Vibrations', 'Born to be Wild', 'Voodoo Chile' and 'Listen to the Music'

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What is unusual is that all four band members can sing in different styles so there are some quality vocal harmonies as well as some really original arrangements.  Pete Brown and Phil Capaldi are the lead singers and with Richard and Andy joining in, the four-part vocal harmonies are one of the real strengths of the band. The arrangements are imaginative too. The band call their style of music ‘Newgrass’- basically it is their own interpretations of top quality songs with a touch of Bluegrass.  They have received some great testimonials from other artists:

Albert Lee – “I have to say I am very impressed. I love this music. Great playing and interesting song choices.”

Dave Pegg – “Triffic playing and tasty arrangements with vocals and energy to match.”

Andy Fairweather Low – “New…you bet! New life into great songs, with great playing and singing.  Fabulous choice of songs, its music doing only what music can…. what a great idea…what a great band.”

Dave Peacock -  “Great singing’ great playing’, great repertoire, this band’s got the lot, it’s kinda new grass yet something else and they really are something else”.

Pete Brown – Lead vocals, Lapsteel, Mandolin - Pete started his career playing guitar with his Dad Joe Brown at the tender age of 15 and went on to produce the multimillion selling “Stop” with his sister Sam Brown.  Over the years he has worked with many top artists live and in the studio including Deep Purple, Dave Gilmour, George Harrison, Dusty Springfield, Edwin Star, Sade, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Courtney Pine, Status Quo, Everything but the Girl and the specials to name but a few.

Phil Capaldi – Lead vocals, Drums, Percussion - Phil started his career playing in his brothers (Jim Capaldi - Traffic) band “The Contenders” as vocalist/percussionist.  Over his career spanning 40 years Phil has worked and toured with many top artists from the UK and USA including Dave Edmunds, Steve Winwood, Status Quo, Bill Wyman, Dave Peacock, Henry Gross, the Nashville Super Pickers, Burrito Brothers, Don Gibson, Raymond Froggatt and many more. Phil has for the last 25 years been performing in Joe Browns touring and recording band as the drummer/percussionist/vocalist.

Richard Collins – Banjo, Mandolin, backing vocals -  Richard is a leading light of the UK Bluegrass scene, a three times winner of the UK Banjo championships, he has toured with many British and American artists and for the last few years has been playing in Joe Browns touring band.  Richard also performs with classical mandolin ensemble, The Mandolinquents and has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Andy Crowdy – Double bass, backing vocals - Andy Crowdy is a well known and highly rated bass player on the UK jazz scene.  He has performed with many UK players (Garry Potter, Dis Dizley, Clark Tracy, Alan Barnes and Tina May to name a few).  Andy combines an incredible sense of rhythm and rive with a lyrical musicality which comes to the fore in his solos. Andy has a love of many musical styles leading him to playing rock, blues, folk and pop.

Tickets £15, Theatrecards £13.50

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Down and Out Abbey
Nov
23
7:00 PM19:00

Down and Out Abbey

Blackbird Flies, a theatre group for adults with learning disabilities are a group who are part of the Daytime Opportunities Service from Virginia House. They are presenting 'Down & Out Abbey' at the Riverhead Theatre. This play illustrates their take on a tale of mystery and suspense, it's a mash up of Cluedo versus Fawlty Towers.

The performance will take place on Friday 23rd November at 7pm til 8pm.

Tickets are free and available from the Box Office.

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Robin Windsor - The All Fun Farewell Tour
Nov
18
2:30 PM14:30

Robin Windsor - The All Fun Farewell Tour

Robin Windsor: The All Fun Farewell Tour

Sunday 18th November 2.30pm and 7.30pm

One of Strictly’s favourite professional dancers...

This autumn sees one of BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s favourite professionals, Robin Windsor, as he heads out on tour for the very last time!

Robin has decided to hang up his dancing shoes after a long and successful career, and he can’t wait to flaunt his artistry for you one last time!

As well as appearing on the hit T.V show for five years, the professional dancer has also performed all over the world in shows ‘Burn the Floor’, including on Broadway and the West End, ‘Keep Dancing’, and most recently ‘Dance to the Music’ with Kristina Rihanoff.

Expect lots of amazing dance routines, fun, cheeky chat and plenty of sparkles in this incredible action packed extravaganza that reflects Robin’s energetic personality! He will take you on a journey through his most memorable performances of his dance career with his team of professional dancers:

- Anya Garnis - Robin's leading lady

Credits include: BBC Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance USA, Burn the Floor World Tour, Burn the Floor on Broadway.

Supporting cast -

Victoria Martin, Nina Geric, Domenico Palmisano, Gustavo Viglio - all have performed around the world with Burn the Floor, as well as competing at the highest levels on the Ballroom and Latin circuit.

Robin’s dream for the future is to get everyone around the country dancing, because, he says, ultimately it makes everyone happy!

Performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets £26, TheatreCard £25, Under 18 £25

Special Meet and Greet Tickets £46 These are limited and can only be booked via the Box Office and not online   Meet and Greet will start at 1pm and 6pm for each performance respectively.

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Lest We Forget
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Lest We Forget

Saturday 17th November 7.30pm

Tickets £10 Adults and £8 Under 16s

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On the Saturday following Remembrance Day we present a night of music to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and future generations.. With many a memorable song that will even get you singing along including ‘Over The Rainbow’, “We’ll Meet Again’ and “Don’t  Sit Under The Apple Tree”. All concluding with 'The Last Post' and two minutes silence.

Come along and be thoroughly entertained and wear your poppies with pride.

All profits from this performance will be donated to 'The Royal British Legion'.

Organised by Adam Barter who has been an avid supporter of the British Legion and has played the Last Post at Louth Remembrance Sunday for the past 16 years

Assisted by Jamie Harris and Musically Directed by Keith Weston

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I Got Gershwin
Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

I Got Gershwin

I Got Gershwin presented by Robert Habermann

Thursday 15th November 2018 7.30pm

Tickets £12.50, TheatreCards £11.00

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Award winning singer Robert Habermann returns to Louth to  present his unique program of the life of song composer George Gershwin,  singing thirty of Gershwin’s great songs, and telling the story of this remarkable composer’s career.  Gershwin was born in 1899 in the lower Westside of New York, starting out as a song plugger in a music publishing house,  writing his first major huge hit "SWANEE" in twenty minutes on a bus In 1919! Then In 1924 collaborating with his older brother Ira, to write a huge number classic songs for Broadway and Hollywood, for the Broadway stars of the day , Fred Astaire, Gertrude Lawrence and Ethel Merman. This included such hits as: I Got Rhythm, Someone To Watch Over Me, Fascinating Rhythm, and They Can't Take That Away From Me.

" I GOT GERSHWIN" also features  excerpts from his opera “Porgy And Bess”, which included  the immortal song ‘Summertime’. An excerpt from Gershwin's masterpiece  “Rhapsody In Blue”, written in 1924 at the request of Paul Whitman, is also included.

This is the full  story of a musical genius who suddenly died at the young age of 38 at the very height of his career. Robert tells the full story and also talks about his special meeting with George’s younger sister, Frances Gershwin.

“I GOT GERSHWIN”   was first performed at  London’s Royal Festival Hall to celebrate the centenary of George Gershwin's birth.  

BACKGROUND

Award winning singer Robert Habermann was discovered by legendary American singers  Margaret Whiting and Kay Starr. Winner of the coveted MAC Award for best international Performer in New York, Robert was the first UK singer to present a show about Frank Sinatra  celebrating ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ 80th birthday at the Royal Festival Hall in 1995. Robert performed his unique story book shows throughout the United Kingdom to universal acclaim and was very warmly received at The Riverhead Theatre last year.

Robert performs in the UK and U.S.A, appearing regularly at London Royal Albert Hall, Theatre Royal Windsor, Millfield Arts Enfield  Centre and many other venues.

Robert was voted Best International Performer  by the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets of New York.

The Musical Director for this show is Trevor Brown, who was MD for many great recording artists including: Shirley Bassey, Michael Barrymore and TV show POP IDOL and many Royal Variety shows

 

You can contact Robert via his website roberthabermann.net

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Cool Vintage Afternoon Tea Concert
Nov
15
2:30 PM14:30

Cool Vintage Afternoon Tea Concert

Cool Vintage Afternoon Tea Concert

Thursday 15th November 2.30pm

Tickets £6

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Cool Vintage, the group with a musical twist !

Cool Vintage play music through the decades for you to listen to, join in with the singing and even have a little impromptu dance!

Tracy, Patrick,Tim and Pat are experienced musicians rocking you through the 50’s right up to their current noughties numbers.

Join us for a fun-filled musical afternoon with a cuppa and a laugh.

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Jane Eyre
Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, presented by Hotbuckle Productions

Wednesday 14th November 7.30pm

Tickets £12  TheatreCards £10.50

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Following the success of Wuthering Heights, “… beautifully handled … this is the company’s best yet” BBC Radio Shropshire, and Far From the Madding Crowd, “… a magical production” The Stage, Hotbuckle bring their inventiveness, humour and unique magic to Brontë’s compelling tale

"Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart!"

The young, orphaned Jane meets with cruelty at the hands of her Aunt and then at the school to which she is banished. She eventually finds her freedom and becomes a governess to the daughter of the enigmatic Mr Rochester at Thornfield Hall. As Jane and Rochester’s relationship grows, it is overshadowed by doubt, dark shadows and terrible secrets and she must choose between passion and reason.

 

Ahead of it’s time

"Go and see the remarkable adaptation of  Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights by Adrian Preater and the totally absorbing performance of Hotbuckle Productions ....a virtuoso performance by four outstanding actors." Ashley Ray, The Down Recorder.

"….The play’s sudden swings of mood from tenderness to rumbustiousness are beautifully handled and the whole production is wonderfully disciplined. ...This is the company’s best yet.” Chris Eldon Lee, BBC Radio Shropshire


Following Persuasion –‘a magical production’ (The Stage) - and Far From the Madding Crowd - ‘exceptionally slick, beautifully acted’ (BBC Radio Shropshire) -Hotbuckle bring their unique magic to this powerful and emotional story.

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Little Shop of Horrors
Nov
5
to Nov 10

Little Shop of Horrors

“Little Shop Of Horrors” by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman

Monday 5th - Saturday 10th NOVEMBER 2018 7.30pm Nightly

Tickets £12.50, TheatreCards £11, Under 18s £6.00

Director – Susan Munro

Musical Director – Joel Browne

Assistant Director - Michelle Browne

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A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. In this gleefully gruesome musical which has made audiences scream with laughter, Seymour, a poor florist's assistant, allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant he names "Audrey II” This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Seymour as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD. Goings-on surrounding the growing plant's demand for more, more, MORE are accompanied by witty parodies of Sixties music including such classics as “Suddenly Seymour” “Somewhere That’s Green” and of course the title song. Remember whatever you do, DON’T FEED THE PLANT!

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70 Shades Damper
Nov
2
to Nov 3

70 Shades Damper

70 Shades Damper presented by MJS Productions

Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November 7.30pm

Tickets £10

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Tom Goode wants to be a comedian, his wife wants a baby, his agent wants more money - under everybody’s thumb can Tom Goode survive the pressures of love and life, fame and fertility clinics, cash and the karma sutra.

The cast of three bring to life a whole host of characters who make this hilarious story come to life with pace and energy.


The cast who’s previous offerings have included ‘69 Shades of Beige’ and ‘Teechers’ return offering their own unique style for a night of comedy and multi-role playing chaos. Their energy and slickness has been much admired in previous productions bringing the audience to their feet on many occasions.

Matt Sargent who wrote and directed previous outings including ‘Swingers’ which sold out here earlier in the year is going all out with a mix of comedy, madness, pathos , crazy characters and cracking one-liners.

Be sure not to miss their return to Louth Playgoers for 2 nights only.
 

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Stories on a String
Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Stories on a String

Stories on a String Presented by Dotted Line Theatre & Polyglot Arts

Thursday 25th October Performance at 12noon, Workshop is at 2pm

Tickets £7.00, Under 16s £5, Workshop Fee £5.00

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Stories on a String brings the mysteries of the Amazon jungle to life through live Brazilian music, songs and puppetry, for ages 6+.

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City girl Jacina must leave her Facebook-fuelled life to travel on a quest for her grandma, into the Amazon jungle. Her journey is full of surprises, as she encounters mythical creatures and discovers her family’s roots! But there’s no WiFi in the rain forest, so when her phone stops working, Jacina feels lost and afraid... She must rely on her eyes, her ears and her heart, as the creatures of the jungle reveal to her a new path and a way back home. Not every answer can be found in the technology in the palm of our hand!
 

Inspired by Literatura de Cordel, a style of poetry from Brazil recited with music and sold as an illustrated booklet on a string. Presented by Dotted Line Theatre and Polyglot Arts.

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The Damned United
Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Damned United

Red Ladder Theatre Company presents:
The Damned United

Wednesday 24th October 2018 7.30pm

Written by Anders Lustgarten adapted from the novel by David Peace
Directed by Rod Dixon

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Brian Clough’s journey from his beloved Derby County to the team he hated the most.

Down the stairs…
Along the corridor…
Round the corner…
Into the dressing room…


HIS dressing room.


Hateful, hateful place
Spiteful, spiteful place.
Dirty, dirty Leeds.


1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds.


Adapted from David Peace’s brilliant and ingenious novel, The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.

 

Reviews:

From the month-long run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a performance at Unity Liverpool (25.7),
Pleasance Above – August 2017

'Rod Dixon’s production is brisk and direct... ingenious use of projection' The Reviews Hub


'.. a tribute to an era-defining genius, a portrait of a man terminally wrapped-up in his own bravado... a bloody good story about sporting rivalry' The Stage, ★★★★


From the original production co-produced with West Yorkshire Playhouse, world premiere 2016
‘...as a piece of theatre it really hits the back of the net.’ 
Steve Orme, British Theatre Guide

‘The play is ingeniously staged by Rod Dixon’
Michael Billington, The Guardian


‘A beautifully crafted and imaginative piece of theatre’
The Yorkshire Post


‘Clough and Taylor talk through a lot of their history here, but you don’t need to be any kind of football fan to get fired up by this show. This is a character study, a look at a man inseparable from his mask.’★★★★ The Times


‘Gripping portrayal of a flawed football genius’ The List ★★★★


‘powerful and demanding, Red Ladder Theatre Company’s production of The Damned United is every bit as belligerent and uncompromising as the protagonist of its story' Broadway Baby ★★★★


‘a fascinating, if fictional, psychological study of one of sport’s most complex, charismatic and infuriating characters’ Arts City Liverpool ★★★★


‘a masterpiece of theatre’
★★★★ Liverpool Sound and Vision


'an assured and vibrant take on the passion and brutality of “the working man’s ballet'
The National

Age Recommendation: 14+ (Contains very strong language)

Check out the trailer here: 

PLEASE NOTE, This performance has moved from the Main Auditorium to the Studio Theatre and as such Rush seating will now apply. If you have booked seats and would prefer to choose where you sit, please contact Box Office on 01507 600350 or email admin@louthplaygoers.co.uk

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Land of the Dead Craft Workshop in association with do-Dance
Oct
23
to Oct 24

Land of the Dead Craft Workshop in association with do-Dance

Land of the Dead Craft Workshop 23 and 24th October 10am- 3pm

Workshop Fee £30

In association with Sophie Watkinson from do-Dance

If you love the movie Coco and enjoy all things crafty then you will love this Land of the Dead Workshop during Halloween Half Term. Two fun filled days to celebrate the Day of the Dead by playing games, dancing to Mexican music, crafting colourful skulls and discovering the Land of the Dead for 6-11 year olds.

To Book a place please telephone Box Office on 01507 600350. Open Mon- Sat 10am-1pm.

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The Best of Bowie
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

The Best of Bowie

The Best of Bowie presented by Sweeney Entertainments

Performed by DAVID-LIVE

Saturday 20th October 2018 7.30pm

Tickets £20, TheatreCards £18.50

 

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A Sincere and respectful dedication to David Bowie. With the band having had the present line-up for 10 years, David Live is an honest and insightful musical tribute which looks back over Bowie’s incredible musical legacy.

David Bowie, who died aged just 69 on 10th January 2016, had an immeasurable impact on music and popular culture and this show presents a sincere token of remembrance as frontman Charlie and his band of dedicated aficionados lovingly recreate a selection of Bowie favourites from throughout the years. Their attention to detail, both musically and visually, is impeccable.

‘The Best of Bowie’ is all about love and respect for the man Rolling Stone Magazine called “the greatest rock star ever".

 

“I saw [ DavidLive ] at Goodwood Revival and they were fantastic!"

Chris Evans BBC Radio 2

 

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Misadventures in Movie Locations
Oct
18
2:30 PM14:30

Misadventures in Movie Locations

Misadventures in Movie Locations

Thursday 18th October 2.30pm Afternoon Tea Tickets £6 to include free tea or coffee

Thursday 18th October 7.30pm also featuring a Quiz and Q&A session Tickets £9, TheatreCards £7.50

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In the Footsteps of Heroes

With Guest Speaker Karl Bird

(Former Cruise Director  with Carnival Cruise Lines)

 

Trekking solo in the footsteps of his childhood heroes on the big screen through almost 40 countries, Karl introduces a fascinating presentation of side-splitting tales and compelling stories based on his real life epic adventures. Featuring inside-movie secrets from such classics as Bridge on the River Kwai, Batman, James Bond, The Exotic Marigold Hotel, Avengers and many more.

Combined with a look behind the Iron Curtain, encounters with US Presidents, tigers and even the Dalai Lama, this will be an unforgettable event for all and especially for those who share a love of the movies and travel.

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Arts Council England Question and Answer Session on Funding
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Arts Council England Question and Answer Session on Funding

Arts Council England Q&A Tuesday 16th October 2018 6PM – 8PM,

The Riverhead Theatre, Louth

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Claire Simpson, Relationship Manager for theatre in the East Midlands, will provide an introduction to Arts Council funding, in particular Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice,  with information about how to apply, and an overview of access support. There’s no question too small, this is a session for anyone considering Arts Council funding who wants to find out more!

Running time: 2 hours (with time after to ask questions)
This workshop is FREE but booking is essential. To book your place please call Box Office on 01507 600350 between 10am-1pm Monday - Saturday. or email admin@louthplaygoers.co.uk

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Steel Magnolias
Oct
8
to Oct 13

Steel Magnolias

“Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling

Monday 8th -  Saturday 13th OCTOBER 2018 7.30pm Nightly

Tickets £9.50, TheatreCards £8, Under 18s £5.00

Director – Ashley Stevens

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Set in a beauty parlour in Louisiana, Clairee, Ousier, M’Lynn and Shelby – Truvy’s regular customers – and Annelle, her eager but inexperienced assistant, engage in small town gossip, running the gamut of the birth/marriage/death cycle. Turned into a film in 1989 starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Dolly Parton, this classic play will have you in both fits of laughter and tears as you become immersed in the comic yet turbulent lives of these southern women

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Rowan McCabe, Door-to-Door Poetry
Oct
3
7:30 PM19:30

Rowan McCabe, Door-to-Door Poetry

Rowan McCabe, Door-to-Door Poetry

Wednesday 3rd October 7.30pm

Tickets £10, TheatreCards £8.50

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What do you think would happen if you knocked on a stranger’s door and offered to write them a poem?

 

Two years ago Rowan McCabe became the world's first Door-to-Door Poet. Through a funny and thought-provoking mix of spoken word and theatre, find out about the people he met on his journey around the North East of England; from a council estate in Stockton, to a mosque in Newcastle; from his appearance on BBC Breakfast, to the most expensive properties in the region.

 

About community and loneliness, at the heart of it all lies a simple, yet vital question: Can we trust strangers?

 

“A must-see”- Tim Wells, Morning Star

“Fascinating, entertaining and uplifting”- Sunderland Echo

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1 in 4 presented by Unordinary Ensemble and Magna Vitae
Sep
27
to Sep 28

1 in 4 presented by Unordinary Ensemble and Magna Vitae

1 in 4 presented by Unordinary Ensemble and Magna Vitae

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th September 7.00pm

Tickets £5

 

 

His name is Martin

Martin hates rude people

Martin likes singing

Martin LOVES onion bhajis

Martin is a 1 in 4

And you can help Martin by…

 

Unordinary Ensemble are a group of individuals with a mental health condition living in our community.  With the assistance from Katie and Lizzie from Magna Vitae, Unordinary Ensemble have created, devised, and directed 1 in 4.

 

Unordinary Ensemble are restless, they are craving change and they are inviting you to enter their minds…

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Last Night of the Proms
Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Last Night of the Proms

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We are delighted to welcome back once more our friends from the Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers who treat us every year to that special sound, pomp and ceremony only a military band can deliver.

Be prepared to wave your flags and join in!

Tickets are selling fast so don't miss out - click below to be taken to our online booking page.

Tickets £14, TheatreCards £13

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The Milligan Papers
Sep
20
to Sep 21

The Milligan Papers

The Milligan Papers presented by Hambledon Productions

Written by John Antrobus

20th and 21st September 7.30pm Tickets £12, Seniors and Students £10

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Celebrating 100 years of Spike Milligan, this anarchic “Goon Show from the 1980’s”, written by his longstanding (someone fetch him a chair!) collaborator John Antrobus for BBC Radio, is a fresh, vibrant salute to one of the all-time geniuses of British comedy.


This spirited revival premiers from Hambledon Productions (Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show and Steptoe and Son) and is chock-full of zany, Milligan-esque humour. Revel in a surreal take on Jonah and the Whale, that “cake” elusive Pimpernel and the incredible case of the vanishing Flying Scotsman. All this – and less! – in The Milligan Papers.

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