Edinburgh Fringe previews and Baroque Theatre coming to Haverhill Arts Centre

Up Pompeii theatre cast members ANL-140407-105342005
Up Pompeii theatre cast members ANL-140407-105342005

Over the years our Edinburgh Fringe Previews have seen some of the best UK comedians try out their material at the Arts Centre before they head up to Edinburgh.

This year we have some more excellent acts, on Friday, July 11 PAUL CHOWDRY returns to Haverhill and on Friday, July 18 we have ROB BECKETT (best known as a co-host on the ITV2 show I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! NOW!).

The fun starts at 8pm for both shows, prepare for some rib tickling, those chuckle muscles will be doing overtime!

Baroque Theatre brings UP POMPEII by Miles Tredinnick to the Arts Centre on Saturday 12 July.

Based on the original characters for the Frankie Howerd BBC comedy, this hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all the television favourites in this full-length play.

As Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, he’s quickly caught up in the myriad of liaisons in all quarters of his master’s house.

Why does Ludicrus not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome? And why does his wife return so quickly from the country? Guaranteed tittering from the start at 7.30pm to the finish! Suitable for ages 14 and over.

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the National Theatre Live broadcast of SKYLIGHT, the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s play on Thursday, July 17 at 7pm.

Critics have duly raved and tickets in the West End accordingly sold out. On a bitterly cold London evening, Kyra receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom.

As the evening progresses the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

On the cinema front we have a second showing of tense psychological thriller THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY (12A) on Monday, July 14 at 7.30pm.

FADING GIGOLO (15) starring Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara and John Turturro is showing on Tuesday, July 15 at 7.30pm.

Verging on insolvency, two old friends Fioravante and Murray hit upon the idea of upscale male prostitution, Murray offering to pimp out Fioravante to their well-heeled female acquaintances.

But the two friends get entangled in the mysteries of femininity as they attempt to exploit something they don’t fully understand.

JIMMY’S HALL (12A) showing on Wednesday 16 and Thursday, July 24 at 7.30pm is directed by Ken Loach and is the true story of Jimmy Gralton’s mission to energise a rural community in 1930s Ireland by opening a dance hall which he sees as a means of overcoming the grinding poverty and cultural isolation wreaked by the Depression.

Following the success of previous events, the Haverhill Historic Transport Rally & Road Run will take place on Sunday, July 13.

The South Car Park behind the Arts Centre will be chock-a-block full of vintage cars, trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles from yesteryear.

Entrance is free and there will be free vintage bus rides for everyone every 30 minutes between 1pm and 4pm.

The rally starts at 10am and ends at 5pm. A road run of more than 30 vehicles will leave at 11.30am and travel through Sturmer, Stoke by Clare and Clare before returning to town along the A143.