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Jodie Prenger on tour in Shirley Valentine

Jodie Prenger takes on the role of a housewife who changes her life for the better in the heart-warming comedy Shirley Valentine.

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VIDEO: Speedy SIV sales is just the ticket to boost regional economy, says new entertainment and events boss

A speedy new tickets sales system to help people buy easier and faster at SIV's venues - including Sheffield Arena - was outlined today as part of major plans to increase business and boost the region's economy.

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Jimmy Carr.

Jimmy Carr heads line-up at new comedy festival

A host of star names will be coming to Buxton for a new comedy festival.

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Absent Friends launches the summer play season at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield.

Ayckbourn comedy for summer play season debut in Chesterfield

Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy Absent Friends kicks off the first summer play season at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre.
A couple invite their friend to their home for tea to cheer him up after he loses his fiancee. But trouble is brewing in this tale of jealousy and infidelity.

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Can you dig deep for Derby Theatre and help with accommodation?

Can you dig deep for Derby Theatre and help with accommodation?

Derby Theatre is on the lookout for home owners in and around the city who are interested in joining the theatre’s Digs List, to offer short term accommodation to actors and other creatives who work at the theatre throughout the year.

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Expectations are high at Derby Theatre

Expectations are high at Derby Theatre

A Derby Theatre production of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens can be seen from September 29-October 21.

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Kids’ auditions to be held for Derby Arena panto

Kids’ auditions to be held for Derby Arena panto

Calling all talented young dancers in the area.

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Kids’ TV star Ben is in Derby Arena panto

Kids’ TV star Ben is in Derby Arena panto

BAFTA-nominated actor and writer Ben Faulks, known to most as CBeebies’ Mr Bloom in the television show Mr Bloom’s Nursery, is set to star as Idle Jacques in this year’s spectacular all-star family panto Beauty and the Beast at Derby Arena.

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Patrick Monaghan

Bumper comedy bill for Edinburgh Festival preview show

Six comedians are lining up for an Edinburgh Festival preview show in Derbyshire.

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John Lyons in Dial M For Murder. Photo by Simon Cooper.

A Touch of Frost actor in stage thriller

John Lyons from telly’s A Touch of Frost stars in the stage play Dial M For Murder.

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Winding Wheel date for star performer Zerdin

Winding Wheel date for star performer Zerdin

America’s Got Talent 2015 winner, the British ventriloquist and comedian Paul Zerdin, is returning to the UK in the autumn with a 45-date tour of All Mouth.

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Edward Day's Hamlet.

Hamlet for gamer geeks

Videogame geekery and Shakespeare combine in an explosive show packed full of physical comedy, video projection and musical mayhem.
Game design is all about giving the player the illusion of meaningful choice, making you feel like your decisions have weight and impact.

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Margaret Hodge: Called to Account

Margaret Hodge: Called to Account

The political reminiscences of the Chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee 2000-2015 may sound a dry subject but Margaret Hodge is an excellent speaker.

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On Behalf of the People

Derbyshire writer premieres new play

Derbyshire playwright Ray Castleton’s new play about a post-war mining family will have two performances in the county.

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Emily Howlett and  Ciaran Alexander Stewart,  in Tribes, Crucible Studio. Photo by Mark Douet.

REVIEW: Deaf actors shine in Tribes

The regional premiere of a play by Nina Raine has opened at the Studio Theatre in Sheffield. Tribes is superbly directed by Kate Hewitt.

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The Vamps at Sheffield O2 Academy on Monday, July 10.

WIN: Tickets to see The Vamps at Sheffield O2 Academy July 10

The Vamps have only just wrapped their massive UK arena tour but are back with an album preview show at the Sheffield Academy on Monday and you could be going for FREE.
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The cast of The Addams Family. Photo by Matt Martin

REVIEW: Addams Family leaves Theatre Royal audience in raptures

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky......the time-honoured traditional way of describing The Addams Family — and the launch of the musical of the same name at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal lived up to this in spades.

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The Empress and Me to be performed at Buxton Fringe. Photo by Ross Ericson.

True story of Chinese princess is played out on stage

Buxton Fringe sees the debut of a new play from Ross Ericson, entitled The Empress and Me.
The play by Grist to the Mill Productions looks for the real woman behind the persona of Princess Der Ling and explores just what it is like to be raised between two cultures.
Lizzie Yu, daughter of a Chinese diplomat and Eurasian mother, was raised in France to be every bit the Victorian Lady, but when her father is recalled home she suddenly finds herself living in the Forbidden City, entangled in the politics of the Chinese Court and lady in waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi. This is the amazing true story of Princess Der Ling who, following her unique experience of life at the Manchu court and close relationship with the Empress Dowager, became an international celebrity.

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Muha. Photo by Matthew Hoyland.

VIDEO: Buxton Fringe offers 68 shows

This year’s Buxton Fringe features acclaimed new talent from the worlds of comedy, theatre and music in 68 different shows.


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Chamber Opera's production of Jane Austen at New Mills Art Theatre on July 16.

Musical aids theatre renovation

A musical version of Jane Austen’s final novel, Persuasion, at New Mills Art Theatre will help to aid a renovation project at the venue.

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