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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Preview: New Season at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham January – April 2018

New Season at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
January – April 2018

Queen's Hall Arts once again has a packed new season of drama, live music, dance, film, exhibitions and much more… 

Selected highlights include…
  • ·        Launch Day is a Co-commission by Queen’s Hall Arts with Dance City and celebrates the working class and shipbuilding, bringing to life artist Alexander Millar’s Gadgies. Presented by Kelly Abbott Dance with a soundtrack that includes music by Geordie guitar legend Mark Knopfler. They’re also looking for aspiring actors / dancers who would like to appear in Launch Day!
  • ·        Other Dance events include the incredible Leviathan based on Moby Dick, Verve 2018 from North School of Contemporary Dance, and the Northumberland Pulse Dance Platform.
  • ·        There’s plenty of Great Drama this season as MultiStory Theatre re-imagine Euripides’ classic tale of betrayal and revenge in Medea, and Blackeyed Theatre brings John Godber’s highly acclaimed comedy Teechers to Hexham. Add in The Chef Show from Ragged Edge Productions - with live Indian cooking from Saathi of Hexham and Steptoe and Son from Hambledon Productions and we’re all set for a season of great drama.
  • ·        Time Travelling Magicians Morgan and West, who fooled Penn & Teller, bring two shows to Queen’s Hall Arts Centre this February; More Magic for Kids on Saturday 3 February is a show full of crazy magic capers for the young, whilst in the evening they’ll astound an older audience with mind boggling, baffling magic… and a ‘totally genuine ability to travel through time!’
  • ·        We’ve some great live music lined up over the next few months. Watch out for our folk nights; the Andy May Trio is already sold out and we’re down to the last few tickets for The Mile Roses). There is also live music from, Bye Bye Baby (a celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Season), ex Steeleye Span fiddler Peter Knight with ex-Bellowhead melodeon player John Spiers, the Police Sting Show, the music of James Taylor and Carole King in You’ve Got a Friend and the inimitable Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham.
  • ·        Hexham & District Music Society continue their season with Kitty Whately returning to her native Northumberland, oboe player Peter Facer and chamber group Kammerphilharmonie Europa from Germany.
  • ·        Fabricated is a group exhibition featuring work made by regional and national artists who make use of new fabrication tools like 3D priners and laser cutters as part of their creative practice.
  • ·        Queen’s Hall Film Club is showing the colourful true story of Queen of Katwe, the multi Oscar winning film The English Patient, the feel-good musical Sing Street and the wonderful Il Postino.
  • ·        And add in a host of community performances from the Young Farmers and Tynedale Music Festival.


Artistic Director, Geof Keys says ‘Welcome to our new season at the arts centre. We’re pleased to be supporting a great variety of art and entertainment to ward off the winter chill and launch into Spring. 

The drama programme spans a huge range of work that started nearly 2,500 years ago with Medea to the latest incarnation of The Chef Show with a guest appearance from Saathi’s. In between there’s everything from Steptoe and Son to John Godber and lots of fun for our younger audiences. 
Our musical offering is also broad with monthly classical music concerts and a range of modern work celebrating the Police, the Four Seasons, James Taylor and Carole King. There’s also a strong folk programme with monthly White Room gigs and main theatre shows from Knight & Spiers and Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham. 

The dance programme is particularly exciting with our commissioned work from Kelly-Abbott Dance (which you can be in!) and the latest from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. 

And if there’s one show you should definitely not miss this season it’s Leviathan on Tuesday 13 March. I saw it at the Blackpool Grand last year – absolutely stunning!’

Tickets:
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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