Having a laugh at the club

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5:16am Monday 21st April 2014

THE Courtlaughing Comedy Club springs back into action, with two more comedy nights next month, each one featuring two new comedians and a hilarious MC.

Growing old grumpily

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7:25am Sunday 20th April 2014

THE brand spanking new Grumpy Old Women show includes learning the art of ‘Grumpy Grooming’, the joy of large pants, a free nagging master class (how to get your way without him even noticing) and beards for women - which style will suit you?

The best laid plans

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6:20am Sunday 20th April 2014

THE Play That Goes Wrong exploded onto the stage with phenomenal success last year. Opening at the Old Red Lion in London to unanimous rave reviews, the show then transferred to the West End where it enjoyed two successive runs at the Trafalgar Studios, followed by a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival, and it's now coming to Malvern Theatres.

Getting away with murder

Hereford Times: Christopher Timothy gets to the bottom of the case with humour and gravitas

4:25pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Some things are sacrosanct. And Hitchcock has to be one them.

A peach of a production

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5:49am Monday 14th April 2014

AMBITIOUS drama group, the Cradley Village Players will stage their most spectacular show ever this Easter, complete with a peach that glows, a peach that flies over the heads of the audience and a peach that rolls over members of the cast.

Murder comes calling

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10:42am Sunday 13th April 2014

THE intense and darkly gripping thriller, Dial M for Murder, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, stars Christopher Timothy (All Creatures Great and

Award-winning comic heads for The Courtyard

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7:48pm Thursday 10th April 2014

COMEDIAN Billy Pearce emerged from the fertile talent fields of Butlins in the mid 1980s. Multi award-winner Billy has won just about every comedy award going, including a British Comedy Award, Solo Comedian of the Year and Best Television Comedy Newcomer at the London Palladium.

Students celebrate centenary

7:58am Monday 7th April 2014

TO coincide with this year’s World War 1 centenary commemorations, Performing Arts students at Hereford College of Arts (HCA) take to the stage to perform their adaptation of the critically acclaimed musical, Oh What A Lovely War.


5:03am Monday 7th April 2014

JOHN Fitzgerald, Glasbury resident and a founding member of Glasbury Arts, promises to take his audience on a voyage from childhood to adulthood in an event entitled A Voyage Around John Fitzgerald, offering a dip into his professional life in childcare and child protection, with a short detour to the infamous West murders in Gloucester, before sailing into the calmer waters of photography, the arts and life on a canal boat.


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5:54am Saturday 5th April 2014

THE official Agatha Christie Theatre Company is delighted to announce that one of Britain’s most instantly recognisable actors Robert Powell is to star as Hercule Poirot in a new production of her first ever play Black Coffee playing which comes to Malvern next week.

Mike opens his photo albums

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6:46am Friday 4th April 2014

MIKE McGear McCartney, photographer, member of iconic band Scaffold, not to mention brother of Beatle Paul, has such a wealth of anecdotes and stories about growing up in Liverpool that it's a wonder he's only now touring the country with a one-man show, Sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll (i wish!), that opens his family album to wider view.

Ms Dynamite to perform at the Jailhouse

8:49am Thursday 3rd April 2014

ONE of the country's biggest rappers is to perform at a Hereford nightclub next week.

Celebrating our differences

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1:59pm Monday 31st March 2014

ARTS Alive is thrilled to present the fascinating, moving and often hilarious stories of people from diverse cultures and mixed identities, in a bold and insightful new show from the creators of Curry Tales.

Classic tale told by puppets

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7:57am Monday 31st March 2014

THE Frog and the Princess is a poignant re-telling of the Brothers Grimm tale, especially created for four to eight year olds and their families by Rene Baker and Norwich Puppet Theatre.

Challenging drama from intermediate youth theatre

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4:02pm Saturday 29th March 2014

THE Courtyard's Intermediate Youth Theatre takes to the stage next month with three thought-provoking one-act plays.

Drama, dance and laugh-out-loud fun at The Courtyard this summer

5:51pm Friday 28th March 2014

THE Courtyard's new summer brochure contains a wealth of entertainment for everyone, from fresh contemporary dance to daring drama, from fun family shows to an eclectic selection of music, with the third annual CourtLaughing comedy festival promising a laugh-out-loud weekend at the beginning of June.

Drama inspired by Miller and Monroe

5:57pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

RED Rope Theatre Company presents Arthur Miller's intimate two-hander Two Way Mirror at Ledbury's Market Theatre.

Homage to the nineties

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5:55am Saturday 22nd March 2014

Live interactive storytelling interspersed with video interviews, music and photo archive – award-winning comedian Rosie Wilby traces a personal journey through early 90’s feminism to find the collective of women who set up Matrix, York University’s feminist newspaper in the 90’s.

Drama gives injured service personnel a new focus

3:53pm Friday 21st March 2014

THE Two Worlds of Charlie F., written by Owen Sheers is based on an idea from producer Alice Driver, and takes an unflinching look at how injuries sustained in war impact on soldiers' lives.

Prizes awarded at county drama festival

2:56pm Friday 21st March 2014

After three evenings of competition, the awards were presented on Saturday evening to the winners of the 77th annual Herefordshire County Drama Festival. The festival, held at The Courtyard, saw nine teams competing before a large and enthusiastic audience and seeking the approval of Jane Levan, a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators. When Jane’s final judgements were made, the awards and trophies were presented by George Powell, the recently appointed President of the Herefordshire County Drama Festival organisation.

From high flyer to dishwasher

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2:47pm Saturday 15th March 2014

DAVID Essex will be rolling up his sleeves when he returns to the stage this year to play the lead role in a new play, The Dishwashers, which comes to Malvern Theatres on Monday.

A Wicked production at Wales Millennium Centre

Hereford Times: Outstanding performances are matched by stunning costume design

3:13pm Friday 14th March 2014

By Aisling Phillips

A world in a suitcase

5:44am Friday 14th March 2014

AN award-winning adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Northanger Abbey is brought to the Assembly Rooms in Presteigne by Box Tale Soup, presented by Mid Border Arts.

Mothers and daughters

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12:58pm Saturday 1st March 2014

In Germany, in 1938, as the clouds of war thicken, a desperate mother forces her nine year old daughter Eva onto a train, sending her out of danger and into the arms of strangers. In England, decades later, a reluctant mother prepares for the departure of her grown-up daughter, Faith, as she cuts the ties of childhood. Then a chance discovery opens an unhealed wound and a long-buried secret is revealed. In the nine months before the outbreak of World War II, the Kindertransport ferried nearly 10,000, mainly Jewish children from Germany and Austria to safety. Many would never see their parents again.

Students perform Dylan Thomas

9:59am Thursday 27th February 2014

CARDIFF based UCAN productions will be at the Royal National College this evening with a production of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, adapted and directed by Bernard Latham, best known as Hollyoaks' Mr Cunningham.

A cautionary tale from Pentabus and Kali Theatre

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4:35pm Monday 24th February 2014

THE Husbands, which comes to Ludlow Assembly Rooms on Friday, March 7, is a provocative new play about love, jealousy and a woman’s right to choose. A co-production between award-winning Kali Theatre and Shropshire’s Pentabus Theatre, The Husbands starts on Aya’s wedding day. Her third. In a society in which there are few women, that’s just what happens. But as the household prepares for the wedding feast, a stranger arrives – one who threatens to challenge everything they believe in.

Boycie comes to Ledbury's Market Theatre

1:03pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

ENJOY an intimate evening with John Challis, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses, at Ledbury's Market Theatre on Saturday, March 1.

A breath of mountain air

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5:36am Saturday 22nd February 2014

THE Banff Mountain Film Festival, the most prestigious mountain film festival in the world, is currently on a world tour and comes to Malvern Theatres on Friday, February 28.

A death in the family

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12:09pm Friday 21st February 2014

Having impressed with their debut production, DC Jackson's My Romantic History, last year, Liminal Events are back this week with their second, And Fade to Black, written by Liminal founder, Mia Gordon.

Looking for a fresh start

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5:27am Friday 21st February 2014

IN Port of Spain, Trinidad, the snatches of calypso music, hymn tunes and drums are interrupted by the raucous celebrations of troops returning from war. Here, neighbours drink, bawl, make love, look out for each other and crave a better life. But Ephraim is no dreamer and nothing, not even the seductive Rosa, is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a fresh start in England.

The Great War on film

4:54pm Thursday 20th February 2014

THIS year marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1, the first war where the public demanded to know what was happening to the men and film was one way the story came home.

Magical tales of shoes

6:22am Sunday 16th February 2014

Arts Alive presents If the Shoe Fits, a beautiful half-term show for children aged three to seven and their families.

Clowning around in Moscow

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5:57am Sunday 16th February 2014

THE Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest and greatest production to date, Park Gorkogo.

Applauding Peter James's Perfect Murder in Malvern

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8:43am Tuesday 11th February 2014

OVER the last 10 years, Peter James' 'Roy Grace' detective series has accumulated millions of fans through the hugely popular 'Dead' books.

No such thing as a perfect murder?

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7:21am Saturday 8th February 2014

INTERNATIONAL best selling crime novelist Peter James has had his work produced for the stage for the very first time as The Perfect Murder, which spent 15 weeks at No.1 in the book charts, is adapted by award winning writer Shaun McKenna.

This thing called love ...

6:00am Monday 3rd February 2014

ARTS Alive invites audiences to join Kepow Theatre in a Valentine’s celebration of a Crazy Little Thing Called Love!

Food, glorious food with greedy man Jay Rayner

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5:02am Sunday 2nd February 2014

THE award-winning journalist, broadcaster and food critic Jay Rayner will be at Ludlow Assembly Rooms on Thursday, February 13 with his funny, insightful and provocative show A Greedy Man in a Hungry World.

Chas, no Dave, is out to Gertcha!

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4:47am Saturday 1st February 2014

THE legendary Chas (of Chas and Dave) brings his new show, Gertcha!, to The Courtyard on Friday, February 7, offering the opportunity for a good ole Rabbit with Chas Hodges.

In the garden with Monty

10:02pm Friday 31st January 2014

Renowned gardening writer and BBC television presenter Monty Don will be at Malvern Theatres on Wednesday, talking about his life and travels visiting gardens all over the world.

Packed programme for spring season in Abergavenny

10:02pm Friday 31st January 2014

THE Borough Theatre in Abergavenny has a packed programme for the spring, with a wealth of music including the Brandenburg Bach Soloists, the astonishing Budapest Gypsy Orchestra led by the world-class gypsy jazz musician, Tcha Limberger, and West End star Peter Karrie, back with a fun-filled concert of songs from the musicals.

Baddiel ponders the quality of fame

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5:02am Friday 31st January 2014

When people think of fame, images may spring to mind of either glamour and showbiz or pain and misery. With his new show, Fame: Not The Musical, David Baddiel, still recognisable to many fromThe Mary Whitehouse Experience and his partnerships with Rob Newman and Frank Skinner, reveals a third way. “In the show, I try to demystify what fame is actually like by talking about the day-to-day mundane bits of the experience. If there is a social purpose to the show, it’s to say that fame appears to be this bauble that people either covet or it’s this tragic thing. Well, I’m trying to show how ordinary and stupid fame can be. It can be thrilling but it can also be annoying.”

Jane Asher stars in Moon Tiger, an award-winning novel brought to the stage

7:02pm Monday 27th January 2014

COMPELLING, moving and eloquent, one of the great novels of the 20th century is brought to the stage for the first time, adapted by Simon Reade. Winner of the 1987 Booker Prize, Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger is a haunting story of loss and desire.

Classic Gothic horror

6:02am Sunday 26th January 2014

DRACULA, Bram Stoker’s timeless gothic thriller, which can be seen at The Courtyard on Wednesday and Thursday, February 5 and 6, is adapted by John Ginman and blends Victorian Gothic with the contemporary, drawing on a wide range of forms of popular entertainment..

Lee Hurst explores what winds people up

Hereford Times: Lee Hurst will be examining the things that wind us up when he arrives at The Courtyard next week

11:59am Thursday 23rd January 2014

LEE Hurst, whose latest tour, Things that Make you go Aaaaaagh, comes to Hereford on January 31, fell into stand-up more by accident than design.

New work inspired by Bosnian war

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4:02am Monday 20th January 2014

FOLLOWING its successful premiere at the Write On Festival last July, Anthony Jenkins' play Land of Mines can be seen again at The Courtyard on January 31.

Half price tickets for selected Courtyard shows in January

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6:02am Friday 17th January 2014

THE January sales are still on at The Courtyard, with tickets for three forthcoming shows available at half price.

All's Well with Willow Globe Company

6:01am Friday 17th January 2014

ALL'S Well that Ends Well has all the ingredients of a classic Shakespeare comedy – crossed wires, skulduggery and the girl gets the guy in the end … maybe, and it’s a play that lends itself perfectly to the feisty, accessible style for which The Willow Globe Company is renowned.

Circus of Horrors returns

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5:02am Friday 17th January 2014

The Circus of Horrors return to The Courtyard on Wednesday, January 22, with their new show, London After Midnight.

Sleeping Beauty in Ledbury

Hereford Times: Plenty of corny jokes on offer in Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society's panto, Sleeping Beauty

7:02am Sunday 12th January 2014

LEDBURY Amateur Dramatic Society's 'legendary and fabulous' panto this year is Sleeping Beauty, which runs from Thursday, January 16 to Saturday, January 18 and from Thursday, January 22 to Saturday, January 25.

Dramatic opportunity for older actors

12:01pm Saturday 11th January 2014

A NEW theatre company, Two Score Years &10+, for actors aged 50 and above, are auditioning on Saturday, January 18 for the male roles for a very special production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

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