Historic setting for Pendle Productions’ theatre

2:45pm Thursday 10th July 2014

WHALLEY Abbey is the picturesque venue for live theatre this summer as Pendle Productions’ professional actors roll up for a season of merriment.

Jimmy Cricket to headline special anniversary variety show in Blackburn

Blackpool Citizen: Jimmy Cricket

5:27pm Friday 28th September 2012

COMEDIAN Jimmy Cricket will headline a special variety show next month to mark the 10th anniversary of the official opening of Blackburn’s Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Auditions for Oswaldtwistle's Christmas shows

2:29pm Wednesday 5th September 2012

YOUNG people are being invited to audition to take part in Christmas shows.

Burnley panto announced

2:30pm Tuesday 14th August 2012

THIS year’s production for Sion Pantomime Society has been announced.

Change of programme for Blackburn Arts Club

2:30pm Tuesday 14th August 2012

A change has been made to the opening play of Blackburn Arts Club’s 2012-13 season.

Theatre shop in fund-raising bid

2:29pm Tuesday 14th August 2012

BLACKBURN Musical Theatre Company is this week occupying the charity shop in the former Vall Hall Jewellers shop, in King William Street.

Queen thanks Bacup singers for royal concert

2:28pm Tuesday 14th August 2012

MEMBERS of Bacup Operatic and Dramatic Society are toasting the Queen after receiving a letter of thanks for their tribute to her Diamond Jubilee earlier this summer.

Young performers hone their skills

Blackpool Citizen: Children take part in the summer workshops

2:17pm Tuesday 14th August 2012

YOUNG performers honed their skills to present a new take on some classic tales at the Drama Circle’s summer workshop.

What's on - June 15

4:34pm Friday 15th June 2012

theatre LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN — Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Saturday, May 19 to Saturday, June 23.

Search is on for East Lancashire singing talent

11:54am Monday 11th June 2012

EAST Lancashire’s answer to The X Factor is launched tonight with the first of five contests to find a star of tomorrow.

'Nation's tenor' goes on tour

11:51am Monday 11th June 2012

FRESH from his success in the year’s top live show — the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert — Lancashire’s own Alfie Boe has announced his biggest ever UK tour for next year.

Clitheroe girl 'too tall' to star in award-winning musical Matilda

Blackpool Citizen: Madeleine Dummer

1:45pm Friday 20th April 2012

AN 11-year-old from Clitheroe came within reaching distance of playing the lead role in the award-winning West End show, Matilda the Musical.

WHAT'S ON: Stage Diary

4:39pm Tuesday 27th March 2012

This week's theatre listings.

What's On: Little Shop of Horrors, Blackburn

4:38pm Tuesday 27th March 2012

GO down on Skid Row, to see Rossendale Amateur Operatic Society’s 2012 musical.

What's On: Calendar Girls, Chorley

4:36pm Tuesday 27th March 2012

‘SISTERS are doing it for themselves’ at Chorley Little Theatre, with auditions taking place for Calendar Girls on Sunday at 11am.

Barrowford mother and son nominated for NODA North West awards

Blackpool Citizen: ON FORM Sally

11:00am Tuesday 6th March 2012

A MOTHER and son stage duo are celebrating nominations for the North West’s biggest amateur theatre awards.

90 years of magic as Blackburn's King George’s Hall reaches another special milestone

Blackpool Citizen: ROYAL ASSENT An early picture of King George’s Hall

2:50pm Friday 14th October 2011

As East Lancashire’s largest entertainment venue King George’s Hall celebrates its 90th anniversary we takes a look through the history books at the famous Blackburn landmark.

New rules to be drawn up before Colne hypnotism show can go ahead

Blackpool Citizen: ACT: Ken Webster

5:57pm Friday 7th October 2011

A TV hypnotist has forced town hall chiefs in Pendle to rewrite their rules after booking a show at Colne Muni.

VAMP it up with Buckshaw's new theatre company

2:14pm Tuesday 20th September 2011

NEWLY-formed amateur dramatics group Buckshaw Village Amateur Musical Performers (VAMP) is holding its first auditions on Saturday, for its production of The Best Little Nightclub In Chorley.

Blackburn students wow Edinburgh fringe

Blackpool Citizen: TALENTED Force Quit are Fringe favourites

9:00pm Thursday 11th August 2011

A TALENTED group of performers have been wowing audiences at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival and have been nominated for a top award.

East Lancashire teenager wins Young Magician of the Year title

Blackpool Citizen: MAGIC CIRCLES Ben Proos

4:20pm Tuesday 2nd August 2011

AN up-and-coming magician wowed some of the country’s top illusionists to take the Young Magician of the Year title.

Blackburn theatre’s new manager sets stage for bright future

Blackpool Citizen: Blackburn theatre’s new manager sets stage for bright future

6:52pm Tuesday 19th July 2011

AS the new man in charge of the Blackburn's Thwaites Empire Theatre, Paul Mason is acutely aware of the special postion he is in.

Princely gift to mark Blackburn theatre company's 100 years

Blackpool Citizen: LOOK BACK BMTC chairman Gary Worthy and secretary Tony Fry look at The Student Prince programme

5:23pm Tuesday 19th July 2011

AN 85-year-old programme has been handed to Blackburn Musical Theatre Company as it prepares to celebrate its centenary year.

Blackburn teenager set for prestigious dance school

Blackpool Citizen: BROLLY GOOD   Paige Szatkowski  celebrates being selected to join a top dance school

10:01am Friday 1st July 2011

A BLACKBURN teenager is jumping for joy after being selected to join a prestigious dance school.

Theatre group forged in the ashes of Burnley riots

Blackpool Citizen: LEAD ROLE Abdul Salek

7:36pm Tuesday 28th June 2011

A GROUP of actors, writers and performers who first worked together in the aftermath of the 2001 Burnley riots are set to showcase a new work as part of a Manchester fringe festival.

The Lancashire woman who's driving the Manchester International Festival

Blackpool Citizen: DRIVING FORCE Christine Cort believes the event is great for the area

1:19pm Tuesday 28th June 2011

Meet Christine Cort, the East Lancashire-born associate director of the Manchester International Festival, which starts this week.

Blackburn comic Tez through to semi-finals

Blackpool Citizen: Blackburn comic Tez through to semi-finals

2:05pm Monday 6th June 2011

A STAND-UP comedian from Blackburn has reached the semi-finals of a BBC Radio 2 competition.

Peter Kay fans boost Blackburn girl's cancer battle

Blackpool Citizen: ‘HOPE IT HELPS’ Comedian Peter Kay

9:56am Wednesday 18th May 2011

Peter Kay has boosted a life-saving campaign for a six-year-old cancer battler by £10,000 – after letting her ‘av’ ticket proceeds from two warm-up shows.

East Lancashire’s best theatrical talents take on rest of North West

Blackpool Citizen: LET LOOSE The cast of Todmorden AODS’s Footloose, listed in the choreography category

11:25am Tuesday 12th April 2011

PERFORMERS across East Lancashire are counting down to the North West amateur theatre world’s Oscars.

A Grand three years for Clitheroe arts centre

Blackpool Citizen: TEAM From left, events manager Matt Evans, cafe manager Laura Clarkson, receptionists Catherine Taylor and Samantha Rawcliffe, and owner Steven Lancaster

11:43am Friday 25th March 2011

THIS weekend Clitheroe Grand marks its third anniversary. We look back at the past three years which have seen the former cinema become a leading live music venue of the North West.

Ribchester choreographer wins Olivier award for work in West End

Blackpool Citizen: Ribchester choreographer wins Olivier award for work in West End

10:15am Thursday 17th March 2011

A CHOREOGRAPHER from East Lancashire has been recognised among the best in theatre after picking up a Laurence Olivier Award.

Lord Ashcroft's good luck message for Blackburn world premiere

Blackpool Citizen: MEDALS Lord Ashcroft

4:00pm Tuesday 8th March 2011

Lord Ashcroft has sent a message of good luck to the cast of Jimmy Cricket’s musical ahead of its world premiere in Blackburn.

Burnley farewell show raises £3,000 to Help the Heroes

Blackpool Citizen: GALA LINE UP The G&S company in final rehearsals

1:34pm Tuesday 1st March 2011

A farewell concert by an East Lancashire light opera company has raised £3,000 for the forces charity, Help for Heroes.

Burnley Mechanics in ‘no permit for hypno show’

Blackpool Citizen: ACT: Ken Webster

10:54am Wednesday 9th February 2011

COUNCIL bosses were left bamboozled after a TV hypnotist booked a stage show at Burnley Mechanics.

Little Voice with a Darwen accent

Blackpool Citizen: THEATRE DOUBLE Rebecca

2:00pm Saturday 5th February 2011

A MAJOR new theatre production of Little Voice is to have a distinctly Darwen accent - thanks to an article in the Lancashire Telegraph.

One-woman crusade to put Oswaldtwistle on cultural map

Blackpool Citizen: STAGE_STRUCK: Gayle Knight with, from left, Sophie Chadwick, Sebastian Hardy, Maddie Knight and Hannah Dodd

3:23pm Monday 17th January 2011

For almost 10 years, Gayle Knight has been on a one-woman crusade to bring the arts to Oswaldtwistle. Now she is intent on putting the revamped Civic Arts Centre on the North West’s cultural map.

Pendle's Cheeky Monkeys split up

Blackpool Citizen: STAR ACT: Charlie Dixon and Krista Hyatt, performing as the Cheeky Monkeys

10:09am Sunday 2nd January 2011

BRITAIN'S Got Talent stars The Cheeky Monkeys have split, according to their mums.

Chorley Little Theatre to unveil £100,000 revamp

Blackpool Citizen: Chorley Little Theatre chairman Ian Robinson, left, with Councillor Peter Goldsworthy and Dave McDonald from Poppy Signs show off the new-look Theatre complete with bespoke sign

4:47pm Thursday 30th December 2010

A THEATRE is equipped for a vibrant future after the completion of a £100,000 revamp.

Pendle girl to be Munchkin in West End Wizard of Oz

Blackpool Citizen: Ava Mercer-O’Brien, who will be playing a Munchkin

4:00pm Saturday 18th December 2010

A BUDDING star of the West End is on the yellow brick road to success after landing a role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

Life's a stage for Blackburn's old troupers

Blackpool Citizen: MAKE ‘EM LAUGH: Frank Arkwright

4:17pm Monday 6th December 2010

AT an age when most people are putting their feet up to settle into retirement, a group of East Lancashire pensioners are hitting the stage.

John Bishop is winner of Blackburn with Darwen Comedy Festival award

10:40am Friday 3rd December 2010

SCOUSE stand-up John Bishop has won the Lancashire Telegraph trophy for the best performance during the Blackburn and Darwen Comedy Festival.

Actress needed for Jimmy Cricket’s musical debut

4:25pm Tuesday 9th November 2010

AN East Lancashire actress is being sought for the remaining part in a musical world premiere being staged in March.

Backstage crew needed for Garrick Club

5:20pm Tuesday 2nd November 2010

BURNLEY Garrick Club is looking for new backstage crew for future productions.

Standing ovation for much-missed Patricia at East Lancs 'Oscars'

1:25pm Tuesday 5th October 2010

A standing ovation in memory of one of East Lancashire’s most remarkable musicians was the highlight of the NODA North West District Three awards.

Big drama is set for East Lancashire's ‘Oscars’

5:00pm Thursday 30th September 2010

PERFORMERS from across East Lancashire will be coming together on October 1 to celebrate the area’s annual ‘Oscars’.

Curtain up on bid to expand Blackburn theatre

Blackpool Citizen: EXPAND: Michael Berry with a model of the new entrance

9:51am Monday 13th September 2010

BLACKBURN'S Thwaites Empire Theatre is putting together an ambitious bid to double the size of its performing arts centre.

Accrington actor to star on Broadway

Blackpool Citizen: STAGE STAR: Joseph Alessi with co-star Annete McLaughlin in Brief Encounter which is heading to Broadway

3:10pm Sunday 27th June 2010

AN EAST Lancashire actor is swapping Accrington Broadway for its New York namesake with a starring role in Brief Encounter.

Barrowford kids to tread boards at RSC

6:07pm Wednesday 9th June 2010

CHILDREN from a Pendle school will tread the boards of one of the most prestigious theatres in the UK.

East Lancs drama group bringing back Playback theatre

Blackpool Citizen: STORY TELLING: Ray Conlan poses as a member of the audience, while the group re-enacts his experience of a Las Vegas casino. Also pictured are artistic director Leslie Davidoff, Les Crick, Anne Heys, Judy Sowter and Pam Shackleton

11:40am Wednesday 9th June 2010

PIONEERING improvised drama workshops aimed at bringing people closer together have been devised by a Burnley theatre company.

Nelson venue celebrating an ACE first year

Blackpool Citizen: SUCCESS: Operations manager Nicole Morgan outside the centre

5:09pm Monday 7th June 2010

As it celebrates its first anniversary tomorrow, The ACE Centre in Nelson is fast becoming one of the most talked-about venues in East Lancashire. We discover the secret of its success.






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