New season highlights announced for Haverhill Arts Centre

The Barron Knights ANL-151218-105922001
The Barron Knights ANL-151218-105922001

Haverhill Arts Centre’s new season includes The 60s Britpop Girl Show on February 5 as Helen Abbey pays tribute to iconic female performers such as Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield.

More sizzling sixties music can be had with 60s Night with The Dreamers and Sounds Force Five (February 17) and the welcome return of The Barron Knights on March 4.

Uncle Funk and the Boogiewonderband are also back.

Their Ladies Night gig (February 6) promises to be loads of fun with all the best disco dance grooves .

There will be more re-living the super seventies with Wrong Stewart and The Farces on April 29 and Bob Drury in the Viva Neil Diamond tribute on April 15.

Irish chanteur Dominic Kirwan will be performing in his Here for a Good Time show with his son Barry on April 7 and The TestosterTones, an all-male four piece acapella group, on February19.

Comedy fans have a treat in store as the Arts Centre welcomes Omid Djalili with support from Boothby Graffoe on April 16.

There are also two Monkey Nuts Comedy Club Nights on February 21 and April 24.

Children’s shows include My Pet Monster by Blunderbus Theatre (February 17) and Frogs and Snails and Teddy Bear Tales by Freehand Theatre (March 30).

Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow and friends will provide an Easter holidays family treat with a panto version of The Wizard of Oz on April 9.

David Starkey was forced to postpone his last lecture at the Arts Centre but has re-scheduled for April 23.

He will discuss the Magna Carta and its long-reaching effect on the British constitution and our culture.

Tony Stockwell, the psychic known for his TV appearances on Street Psychic, Psychic Private Eyes and Psychic Academy will be back on April 20.

There are two guitar nights in April, the first is Jacques Stotzem the renowned Flemish fingerstylist on April 2 and on April 22 Vicki Genfan and Stuart Marsters come together to showcase the breadth of the acoustic guitar.

Events cinema (a mix of live and recorded broadcasts from national/international companies) gets going with The Nutcracker on January 3 as performed by The Bolshoi Ballet.

There is more from the Bolshoi with The Taming of The Shrew, Spartacus and Don Quixote, on January 31, March 20 and April 10 respectively.

Matthew Bourne provides a contemporary take on Bizet’s Carmen with The Car Man, where the action is transported to a 1950s greasy, garage-diner, on March 1.

Drama broadcasts include Donmar Warehouse’s Liaisons Dangereuses (Thursday, February 11) starring Dominic West and As You Like It from the National Theatre (Thursday, February 25).

The English National Opera present The Mikado and The Magic Flute on Wednesday, January 27 and Wednesday, March 9.

Nick Keeble Arts and Leisure Manager said: “I am particularly thrilled that we managed to secure Omid Djalili on his national tour and the fact that Boothby Graffoe is his support act was the icing on the cake!

“As ever we have a wide range of musical and community events and our cinema broadcasts continue to go from strength to strength.

“They’re great for us as they allow us to programme ballet and opera productions that otherwise wouldn’t be possible for us.

“Appealing to another audience perhaps, we have a male variety show Forbidden Nights in February, the event sold out very quickly after it was announced on Facebook.

“So, if you haven’t already, please like our page as we often put our news on social media first.”

For full listings go to www.haverhillartscentre or call 01440 714140 and ask to be sent the Arts Centre brochure.