Extraordinary tale in Live & Local show

We Shall Be Free
We Shall Be Free

There is to be a Live And Local performance at Holloway’s Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, on Thursday, February 13, starting at 7.30pm.

Following their highly successful tour of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, which appeared at Holloway in October 2012, Townsend Productions present We Shall Be Free, based on the true story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Set in 1834, We Shall Be Free follows the extraordinary story of George and Betsy Loveless.

He was a Methodist minister and leader of the six Dorset farm labours who were tried, convicted and condemned to harsh transportation by an oppressive Government for having the temerity to swear a secret oath and form a secret union to fight against a succession of wage cuts inflicted by the local landowner.

This important story is told using the entertaining theatrical style developed through the production of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists; through Andy Vine’s powerful political cartoons and animation; through puppetry and the exquisite musical arrangements by revered folk singer and squeezebox player John Kirkpatrick, of the songs and rallying hymns of the Dorset labouring classes that resound down the years.

We Shall Be Free is a new play written by and starring Neil Gore, with Elizabeth Eves.

It is directed by Louise Townsend and Richard Stone with design by Fine Time Fontayne.

For tickets and details contact Dave Carless for more information on 01773 856545.

Derbyshire-based Present Company will make their latest visit to Derby Theatre on Friday and Saturday (February 7-8) when they perform Franz Lehar’s sparkling operetta The Merry Widow.

Lehar’s tale of romantic intrigues in a Paris Embassy in the Naughty Nineties remains one of the most popular operettas ever written.

First performed in Vienna in 1905, The Merry Widow was an immediate success, playing throughout Europe, the United States and, ultimately, the entire world. For over 100 years, the three-act operetta has broken box office records and delighted audiences wherever it has been played. It has been turned into films, television features, a full length ballet and even an ice show, while its songs, like Vilia, You’ll Find Me At Maxim’s and The Merry Widow Waltz, have become classic favourites featuring in recordings by countless artists. Its overture is probably the most often played piece of music on Classic FM.

No less than 37 enthusiastic and talented performers appear on stage, including Sarah and Richard Potts, Mike Spriggs, Andrew Lockwood and Judith Hanson. This strong principal line-up is matched by a formidable production team led by Jean Gemmell, with orchestra under the baton of Morris Fisher.

The evening shows start at 7.30pm and there will be an additional Saturday matinee from 2.30pm.

Call the box office on 01332 593939 or go online at www.derbytheatre.co.uk