A pearl of a show

Hereford Times: Acclaimed theatre company Dumbshow present The Pearl, based on Steinbeck's novella.

7:51am Saturday 1st November 2014

WHEN an impoverished pearl diver finds the pearl of the world he thinks his life will be transformed forever. But seduced by its beauty and the promise of riches, he is blind to the pearl’s destructive power.

I told you I was ill

Hereford Times: The Hypochondriac - Tony Robinson as Argan and Imogen Stubbs as Beline - Photo credit Simon Annand - (ref193) (11337812)

6:52am Saturday 1st November 2014

A BRAND new production of The Hypochondriac runs at Malvern Theatres from Monday, November 3.

Dorothy converts Steve to Oz

Hereford Times: Dorothy and Toto - Holly Clack with Dotty the dog.

5:29pm Thursday 30th October 2014

THIS autumn's production from the ever-popular Hereford Musical Theatre Company is the classic The Wizard of Oz.

Something wicked this way comes

4:08pm Thursday 30th October 2014

TAKE the plunge into Macbeth in Pitch Black at The Courtyard as Shakespeare’s shortest, paciest tragedy is performed in the round and in complete darkness by London Contemporary Theatre.

In search of a bit of balance

Hereford Times: A scene from Fantastic Acts! which comes to Ledbury next month.

5:03am Monday 27th October 2014

HILARITY and vitality abound as Riding Lights Theatre Company presents Fantastic Acts at St Michael and All Angels in Ledbury on Wednesday, November 12.

Scary story for a scary night

Hereford Times: One man, dozens of sound effects - one spooky story

6:23am Saturday 25th October 2014

ARTS Alive and The Conquest Theatre in Bromyard are offering audiences a shivery treat for Hallowe’en, with Little Earthquake’s acclaimed production of The Tell Tale Heart.

Brand backs local charities

Hereford Times: Jo Brand

5:42am Friday 24th October 2014

HONORARY Patron of The Courtyard, Jo Brand is returning to the venue to perform two shows to raise money for The Courtyard and Megan Baker House.

Perfect imperfections

Hereford Times: Mark Watson reflects on his own and others' character defects in new show, Flaws

2:46am Friday 24th October 2014

FOLLOWING a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, multi-award-winning Mark Watson has embarked on a 65-date national tour, which brings him to The Courtyard on Friday, October 31.

Jesus - by the people who knew him

Hereford Times: Simon Callow

12:06pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

SIMON Callow returns to Malvern Theatres on Saturday to tackle one-man play The Man Jesus.

Dylan remembered

7:23am Thursday 23rd October 2014

COINCIDING with the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth on October 27, 1914, a programme on Sunday afternoon by poet Edward Storey and Revd. Preb Stephen Hollinghurst celebrates the tragically short life of the poet, more than the man.

Headline

Hereford Times: Dilek Rose and Isaac Ssebandeke rehearse The Taming of the Shrew.

8:50pm Saturday 18th October 2014

GOODRICH Village Hall presents Two Gents Productions' The Taming of the Shrew on Saturday, October 25.

Looking for the last story

Hereford Times: Searching for the last untold story on earth.

1:26pm Saturday 18th October 2014

THE Story Giant, a family show for anyone aged seven or over, comes to The Courtyard on Monday, October 27.

Reflective train of thought

Hereford Times: Megan de Bell aged 14 of Dorstone playing young Liz Wilson (Liz Ahern) and Diana Blunt

6:46am Saturday 18th October 2014

HAY Theatre Company are in the final stage of their reminiscence project, Reflections, which began in October last year, and set out to collect memories from elderly people local to Hay-on-Wye borders, with a view to creating a new play script and production from the material.

Nostalgic charm of a classic whodunnit

Hereford Times: Whodunnit - everyone has something to hide in The Mousetrap

10:16am Friday 17th October 2014

A THEATRICAL institution, a byword for longevity, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, running at Malvern Theatres until Saturday, certainly looks its age. But in a world hurtling towards a technological takeover, it's something of a comfort to spend a couple of hours in a world that's now vanished out of sight.

Ballet and opera added to local offering

7:53pm Thursday 16th October 2014

FOLLOWING the success of its NT Live screenings of Medea and A Streetcar Named Desire, The Playhouse Cinema in Leominster is extending its screenings to include ballet and opera, starting on Saturday with live streaming of The Royal Ballet's Manon, Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet.

Down the rabbit hole with Box Tale Soup

Hereford Times: Puppets and live action combine to captivating effect in Alice in Wonderland.

1:59pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE award-winning Box Tale Soup Theatre comes to the Assembly Rooms in Presteigne Saturday with their production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Celebrating the poetry of war

12:09pm Thursday 16th October 2014

VETERAN actor Timothy West narrates an evening of readings and music, The Pity of War, drawing on the poems and letters of Wilfred Owen, which reveal his courage and humanity as he endured experiences and conditions from which many of his fellow soldiers were never fully able to recover.

Leading playwright explores the impact of war - then and now

Hereford Times: A new play by award-winning playwright, Rory Mullarkey

6:28am Monday 13th October 2014

IN the year of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Pentabus has commissioned Each Slow Dusk, a new work for village halls written by Rory Mullarkey. The production, directed by Elizabeth Freestone, will tour to 25 village halls, theatres and arts centres all over the country this autumn, starting on October 14 in All Stretton village hall.

Classic murder mystery on stage

Hereford Times: A murderer in their midst and everyone has a secret to hide in The Mousetrap.

5:19am Saturday 11th October 2014

THE legendary, record-breaking, Box Office smash hit thriller The Mousetrap comes to Malvern Theatres from Monday.

Of war and friendship

Hereford Times: A November Day (11090761)

5:24pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THE world-renowned Thingumajig Theatre presents A November Day at Malvern Theatres on Thursday, October 16.

When cultures collide

Hereford Times: My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding invites you to be part of the magic and mayhem of a cross-cultural wedding, where anything that can go wrong is almost certain to do so.

1:35pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THE award winning Black Country company Kali Theatre presents My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding, inviting the audience to be the guests at the wedding reception of Clare and Arjun. It’s a celebration of a marriage between a country girl and an Indian lad from the city, with all their friends and family. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, of course, in this fast moving comedy drama, full of misunderstanding and mishaps with plenty of neat twists and a Bhangra disco dance for everyone to join in at the end.

The odd couple

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7:44am Friday 3rd October 2014

PIRATE and Parrot is a rip roaring adventure to unite the family in laughter.

Brothers in verse

9:09pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

MARKING the centenary of the beginning of The First World War, Stephen MacDonald’s acclaimed play Not About Heroes appears at Malvern Theatres and The Courtyard next week.

Poetry and apples

4:24pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

POET Henry ends his year as Herefordshire’s poet-in-residence with a celebratory reading at The Big Apple Festival, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12.

Dreams can come true

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12:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

LIANG dreams of being a painter but is too poor to buy a paintbrush. Join him on a magical adventure to find out if dreams can come true.

Watching the detective

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10:46am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A HUGE success on the Arts Alive circuit a couple of years ago; here’s a second chance to fall into the pages of a Raymond Chandler novel; wear your coat collar high and lurk in the shadows for this multi-award winning one-man comedy show … with a dark side.

Friendship lost and found

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6:53am Sunday 28th September 2014

BASED on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, the stage adaptation of The Kite Runner runs at Malvern Theatres from Monday, October 6.

Prepare to be amazed

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3:55pm Thursday 25th September 2014

JOIN an award-winning team of liars, swindlers and cheats for a spectacular night of trickery you’ll be trying to work out for a very long time to come as Champions of Magic come to The Courtyard.

Open air production comes in from the elements

Hereford Times: A scene from the original Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of To Kill a Mockingbird.

8:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

MALVERN Theatres offers a very different space to that offered by Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London, but Tim Sheader will be bringing his acclaimed production of To Kill a Mockingbird indoors for a 30-date tour, including a six day run in Malvern.

Time travelling caper

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2:30am Sunday 14th September 2014

STARRING Andy Day from Andy’s Wild Adventures (CBeebies) alongside comedy partner Mike James, join Mike and Andy as they go on a marvellous adventure in a Time Machine, which sends them on a quest to collect the things they need from the past to help make a very old Andy in the future.

Barber takes his revenge

Hereford Times: Anthony and Johanna played by George Chambers and Emily Chambers

5:19am Saturday 13th September 2014

LEDBURY Amateur Dramatic Society follows a string of successful musicals - Godspell, The Boyfriend, Girls’ Night - with the musical thriller Sweeney Todd.

New play will see the audience divided

8:15am Friday 12th September 2014

HAVING recently produced a play which saw a classic Morgan motor car on stage, Malvern Theatres' writer-in-residence Nick Wilkes is going one step further for Adrian's Wall and is building a Roman wall right across the theatre.

Live in Leominster

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7:25am Friday 12th September 2014

THE Playhouse Cinema in Leominster has joined the ranks of local venues showing NT Live productions.

Show commemorates WWI anniversary in words and music

Hereford Times: LOCAL LAD: Rowland Kings' parents ran Cradley post office

5:27pm Thursday 11th September 2014

LOCAL drama group the Cradley Village Players mark the centenary of the start of World War I and its impact on their rural community with Herefordshire to the Somme - a ‘staged’ evening of poetry, prose, pictures and song on Wednesday.

A taste for criticism

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4:36pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A NEW event has been added to the Abergavenny Food Festival’ special event programme as Jay Rayner, restaurant critic for the Observer for more than 15 years, presents My Dining Hell..

Remembering forgotten heroines of two wars

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3:59pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A NEW production by a local theatre company gets its premiere next week, as The Canary Girls opens at The Courtyard.

Ladybird, ladybird

Hereford Times: When it comes to foiling a cunning plan, size isn’t all that matters.

5:27am Sunday 7th September 2014

TWO crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own.

Two of the UK's finest raise the laugh levels

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2:10am Saturday 6th September 2014

Farcical Comedy returns to The Jailhouse on Saturday, September 13, welcoming seven acts including two of the UK’s finest young comics.

Live in Leominster

3:32pm Thursday 4th September 2014

THE Playhouse Cinema in Leominster starts NT Live screenings tonight as part of the Arts Alive touring satellite broadcasts, showing the National Theatre's Medea at 7pm.

Brand new drama group acts its age in Twelfth Night

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9:12am Sunday 24th August 2014

A GROUP of Shropshire’s most experienced actors are working under the ‘umbrella’ of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company to perform in Ludlow.

Ice-cream dreams

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7:03am Saturday 23rd August 2014

MIKRON Travelling theatre group will be at Aymestrey Parish Hall on Friday September 5 with Till the Cown Come Home.

Lust and betrayal lead to tragic end

Hereford Times: Pippa Nixon as Thérèse Raquin with Alison Steadman as Madame Raquin. Picture by Nobby Clark.

9:58am Saturday 16th August 2014

A THRILLING new production of Thérèse Raquin starring Alison Steadman, Pippa Nixon, Desmond Barrit, Kieran Bew, Michael Mears, Charlotte Mills and Hugh Skinner will be on stage at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday, August 23.

Coalition offers no guarantees

Hereford Times: Left to Right Back Row - Paul Costello,Giles Lantos,Tess Herbert,Roger Harris, Mike Lewis, Paul Smith              Front Row - Ali Davies, Ryan Eames

6:38am Sunday 27th July 2014

WRITTEN by local writer and Ledbury Amateur dramatic Society member Paul Costello, Terms and Conditions Apply is a hilarious new comedy, a fabulous political satire about a five-year coalition government, seen through the eyes of ordinary households and in stark contrast to how it's seen through the rose tinted spectacles of politicians.

A comical sprint through British history

Hereford Times: Pantaloons will be taking a romp through British history

5:41am Sunday 27th July 2014

CROFT Castle, near Leominster, will be hosting theatre with a difference on Thursday, July 31, at 7pm, when The Pantaloons Theatre Company present their own inimitable take on the History of Britain.

Inimitable West Country humour

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2:46am Saturday 26th July 2014

CORNISH comedy legend Jethro is back, as large as life, and on tour with his very own unique brand of irresistible West Country tales for a fun-filled night of adult comedy.

Brilliant Oddsocks celebrating 25 years in style

9:41am Friday 25th July 2014

ODDSOCKS produced their usual sparkling brilliance on a dry, if fresh, evening at Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School with their imaginative performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Izzy wizzy, let's get busy with Sooty

4:43pm Thursday 24th July 2014

IT'S Sooty’s Birthday Party and things aren’t going to plan. Sooty and Sweep get messy baking the Birthday cake and will Soo ever decide which dress to wear?

Comedy night will have you in stitches

2:10pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

FARCICAL Comedy is back after a hugely successful sell out debut!

Holmes and Watson return

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9:19pm Monday 14th July 2014

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s Chapterhouse adaptation of Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock and Watson are back in a brand new adventure ...

Ill health forces Doctor Who actor to withdraw from production

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4:23pm Monday 14th July 2014

PAST, present and future have come together in Malvern after an exciting turn of events…




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