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Saturday, 28 January 2017

News: New Season at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham



New Season at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
January – April 2017

Queen's Hall Arts once again has a packed new season of the highest quality drama, live music, dance, film, exhibitions and much more… in fact we’re already into the new season with recent great performances from Royal Northern Sinfonia’s principal flautist Eilidh Gillespie and Norwich Puppet Theatre’s The Tinderbox, and a packed house for Quebec’s finest, Le Vent du Nord

You can view our new January – April 2017 season brochure here on their website

Selected forthcoming highlights include…
§        Opera della Luna returns with The Tales of Offenbach, their take on the hilarious one act operas by the French master of comic opera, Jacques Offenbach.
§        There’s Dirty Dancing going on at QHA this March and we’re off to Broadway and Beyond in late February.
§        There is Great Drama in abundance as we welcome the star of Crazyhead and Eastenders, Arinze Kene in good dog and you can join Vicky Barret in John Godber’s The Empty Nesters’ Club at the end of February. Multistory Theatre retells a 400 year old Shakespearean story with huge relevance particularly in this day and age in Pericles – All at Sea and 
   
Hexham based Theatre Sans Frontieres brings David Almond’s Heaven Eyes to the stage in March. But beware of The Thing that Came from over There, a throwback to the B movies of the 50s.
§        Celebrating the life and magic of Tommy Cooper is Just Like That; The Tommy Cooper Show with John Hewer, and chock full of marvelous mind boggling feats of magic, fresh from their appearance on Penn & Teller’s show, will be Morgan & West when they offer up their Parlour Tricks.
§         There’s dance from Northern School of Contemporary Dance with Verveand Lo-Giudice Dance conjure up a nameless beast in their performance of Savages.
§        Our cover stars are the Owl and the Pussycat from Kitchen Zoo who using puppets and live music will bring their children’s stage show to us in early April. And the Dinosaur Detectives are on the case in February as they seek out fossils and bones (and Dinosaur Poo!!) All good fun for little people….!
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BITESIZE drama is a great way to enjoy great new plays with great food from the Little Angel Café. Watch out for An Evening with an Immigrant from Black Theatre Live. A £12.50 ticket covers the show, accompanying food and a drink.
§        We’ve some great live musiclined up over the next few months but all our White Room Folk Nights are now sold out. There are main house shows with north east singers The Pitmen Poets, from the Isle of Skye Peatbog Faeries, Flamenco legend Juan Martin and classical music from Mishka Rushie Momen and the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio.
§        Our current exhibition from Louise Mackenzie entitled Viral Experiments continues into March with London’s Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition of Hairstyles and Headdresses running from March in to April.
§        Queen’s Hall Film Club is showing 2 classic films, The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart and The Graduate with Dustin Hoffman.
§        And add in community performances from Northumberland Young Farmers and Tynedale Music Festival.

Artistic Director Geof Keys says “First of all, thanks to all of you that helped make our autumn season the busiest it’s ever been – your support for our shows, events, films, exhibitions and workshops is vital for the arts centre and the community it serves.

This new season continues our aim to provide a wide range of art and entertainment, with something for everybody. There are regular favourites: Le Vent du Nord, Clydebuilt Puppets, Multistory Theatre, Juan Martín and Théâtre Sans Frontières, plus some exciting and fun new visitors – Peatbog Faeries, The Tommy Cooper Show, The John Godber Company and Morgan & West. We’re also pleased to welcome the return of the fabulous Opera della Luna with The Tales of Offenbach.

Our galleries programme grows from strength to strength. This season we have a selection of material from Louise Mackenzie, one of the bright stars of Lumiere Durham, and from J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere – a major national tour of the Nigerian photographer’s work curated by the Hayward Gallery. We’ll also be launching www.queenshalldigital.com , our online gallery, to host a range of digital art. “

Tickets:
Tickets are available from the box office at the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS
Box Office (Open 10.00am – 5.00pm Mon to Fri, 10.00am – 4.00pm Sat)
Telephone: 01434 652477
Online booking at www.queenshall.co.uk


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