NW Productions

Published: 27 January 2013
Reporter: David Upton

Pierrepoint - A Hangman's Tale
The Zero Hour from Imitating the Dog
Colin Baker in The Woman in White

The story of Lancashire pub landlord and England’s most famous hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, comes to the county’s Hanging Town next week.

Pierrepoint—The Hangman’s Tale is Lancaster Dukes Theatre’s first co-production of 2013 and will be presented in the round from Thursday to February 23.

The city is an appropriate venue for between the late 18th and mid 19th centuries, its crown court sentenced more people to hang than any other in England outside London.

Details: www.dukes-lancaster.org

Lancaster writer and director Andrew Quick premières Imitating the Dog theatre company's new production The Zero Hour at the city’s university next week.

It follows the stories of three couples living through three very different versions of the same historical events in the final hours of the war in Berlin in 1945.

Details: www.liveatlica.org

Described as “a deliciously entertaining kind of dance theatre”, dance and performance artists Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion are bringing a new double-bill of work to Lancaster University’s Nuffield Theatre on Monday.

Both performances appear simple but hide a deceptive complexity and mastery of music, rhythm and choreography.

Details: 01524 594151 or www.liveatlica.org

A chance to sample everything from Chinese calligraphy and contemporary dance to storytelling, live music and drama comes to Lancaster next week with the city’s February First Friday.

Every first Friday of the month, Lancaster Arts Partners aim to offer a range of mainly free events encouraging residents and visitors alike try something new on the arts scene.

Details: www.artscity.co.uk

It’s now 30 years since the death of British rock ‘n’ roll icon Billy Fury, but his memory lives on in The Billy Fury Years.

Hailed as "the best Fury since Fury”, Michael King and his musicians stage a two-hour show of greatest hits delivered live.

The show is at Blackburn Thwaites Empire next Thursday; Lancaster Grand on February 24; Clitheroe Grand Theatre May 10.

More than 50 years after his death, the music of another rock legend Buddy Holly, lives on Buddy Holly's Winter Dance Party, which comes to Clitheroe Grand Theatre next Friday.

Box Office: 01200 421 599

Colin Baker, most recently seen on TV’s I’m a Celebrity Get...Me Out of Here!, is at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool next week in the stage adaptation of The Woman in White.

It runs from Monday to Thursday.

Details: 01253 743339 or www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk.

One of the world’s best loved fairy tales comes to life at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool, in the magical opera Hansel and Gretel next Friday.

Co-Opera Co returns after its successful visit with La Boheme and The Marriage of Figaro in 2010 and last year with Carmen and The Magic Flute.

Details: 01253 743339 or www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk.

North West soap legends Nikki Sanderson, Claire King, Dean Sullivan and Sue Devaney have the ultimate make-over for an encore of comedy play Fetish Knights at The Lowry in Salford from next Wednesday.

It’s written by EastEnders and Hollyoaks writer Rob Ellis, who will play self-obsessed narcissist Sean-John Parkinson, and runs until Saturday.

Details: www.thelowry.com

Direct from its Christmas season in the West End, the critically-acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of Goodnight Mister Tom comes to Manchester Opera House from Tuesday to Saturday.

Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian's uplifting tale is brought to life in a stage adaptation by David Wood, with Olivier Award-winning actor Oliver Ford Davies in the title role.

Details: www.atgtickets.com/venues/opera-house-manchester

With one foot in farce and the other in classical ballet, the much loved all-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to The Lowry in Salford next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Trocks, to their friends, have a new lorry-load of costume changes and a new programme that includes Les Sylphides, Pas de Deux, La Vivandiere and Walpurgis Nights.

Details: www.thelowry.com

Next Thursday sees Lowri Evans celebrate the night of her 30th birthday at the Lowry studio.

And for that birthday, in place of a party, she will invite an audience of strangers into a live scrapbook of her life to date.

The Secret Life of You and Me is at venue Thursday and Friday.

Details: www.thelowry.com

The re-vamped and acclaimed play I'm Frank Morgan returns to Manchester next week for eight performances at the Lass Fest Theatre Festival at the Lass O'Gowrie on Charles Street.

Details: www.talesfromparadiseheights.com