Lancaster Grand

Shows for October 2014

Footlights presents "The Accrington Pals"

by Peter Whelan

Tuesday 14th October to Saturday 18th October at 7:30pm

Set in Accrington and the Battlefield of the Somme between 1914 and 1916, the play portrays the lives of the women of the Accrington area, and their men folk who volunteered to join the local battalion The Accrington Pals, part of the East Lancashire Regiment, and who were cut down in one day on 1 July 1916.

Footlights’ performances of this moving and powerful play will be our marking of the centenary of the start of the First World War in 1914.

The play will be directed by Alan Mathews.



Tickets: £9.50/£8.50 (conc) £7.50 Tuesday evening. £7.50 for school parties

This show is in the past.

Reel Rock

Wednesday 22nd October at 7:30pm

Years in the making from the world’s best adventure film makers. This year’s ‘Reel Rock’ features ‘Valley Uprising’ a feature length film documenting the riveting tale of rock climbing in the Yosemite Valley.  Generation after generation of climbers have competed amongst each other for supremacy on Yosemite’s massive granite cliffs, constantly redefining the limits of climbing and human possibility. 

Valley Uprising brings the wild history of climbing in this legendary national park to the big screen and captures a half century struggle against the laws of gravity and the laws of the land. 

A celebration of adventure and climbing with great prize giveaways! 

Tickets: £11/ £9 conc

This show is in the past.

Mugenkyo Drummers

Thursday 23rd October at 7:30pm

Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography with inventive lighting, muscular synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic martial imagery & infectious belly laugh humour - all in a spellbinding display of sheer athleticism. Feel the energy & experience the power of this unique performance. 

As the most successful touring taiko drum group on this continent, Mugenkyo have developed a spectacular passionate style with music for the soul, fusing the traditional spirit with a contemporary look & sound, creating a modern stage performance that has captivated audiences everywhere… 

" « « « « « Just when you think it could not get any more powerful, it doubles in intensity. This show is not one to be missed."

Edinburgh Evening News

Tickets: £18/£15 £10 under 18's and students

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Mark Steel's Back in Town

Friday 24th October at 8pm

The ‘Mark Steel’s in Town’ show, based on the Radio 4 series in which I write a show centred around each town, has now been to at least 5 million places. It’s a sparkling verdict on humanity that I’ve mocked them all and somehow am still alive. 

I’ve stood behind a Londoner on a cliff in Dorset, who said to his wife “That lighthouse is getting on my bloody wick.” I’ve seen rivalries such as that in Corby, when I thanked a librarian for finding me a book and she replied ‘Yes, because here we’re not like those miserable arses from Kettering’. I’ve even read a book called ‘A History of the Railway in Didcot’ that starts “This book is in no way a history of the railway in Didcot.”

For this show I’ve found dozens more towns to humiliate, as well as pledging to discover what makes your own town ridiculous. 

There will be pictures, and ranting, some people will call things out, and you’ll be a far better audience than the miserable arses from down the road.  

As well as Mark Steel’s In Town, Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Newsquiz.  He’s also appeared on BBC2’s QI and Room 101. He’s written several, acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On and he writes a weekly column for The Independent. 

Mark will be touring in spring and summer 2014. Visit for further information and dates. / Twitter: @mrmarksteel


‘He’s a man with a passionate desire to communicate his ideas, who is also very funny’ – The Guardian

‘Steel’s rapier wit cuts to the chase’ – The Observer

‘Excellent standup’ – The Times



Tickets: £15

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That's Entertainment 2014

Happy Feet Theatre School

Saturday 25th October 7pm Sunday 26th October 4pm

The Happy Feet Dancers are back to entertain us again with another fantastic show. The local school brings a delightful spectacle full of dance, music and colour.

You’ll be tapping along with these talented pupils.

Join us and let Happy Feet entertain you.


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The Circus of Horrors -Night of the Zombie

Tuesday 28th October at 7:30pm

The show that stormed into the finals of Britain's Got Talent & now a West End smash is back to mark its 20th Anniversary in spectacular style. The last few of years has seen the profile of The Circus of Horrors jump tremendously after rampaging into the finals of Britain's Got Talent & to this date it is still the only circus ever to reach the finals. Its appearances on various subsequent TV shows have turned what set out as a cult show into a household name – taking the Extreme to the Mainstream. Its TV credits now boast The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant & Dec, The One Show and A Royal Comand Performance.
Last year saw another giant leap for the show when it began a series of dates in  London's West End becoming the first circus to appear in a West End Theatre for 100 years.

The show started it’s gruesome begging's at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival and became an instant hit, touring al over the world from Chile to Chatham, Argentina to Aberdeen, Japan to Jersey including festival appearances with Alice Cooper, Eminem, Motley Crue, Oasis, Iron Maiden, The Manic St Preachers, Marilyn Manson and many more. The latest incarnation ‘The Night of the Zombie’ is set in 2020, a decrepit & corpse ridden London, plagued by a swamp of Zombies. In a city ruled by the undead & climaxing in an awesome flaming apocalypse. The story twists and turns with grisly murders and sensational shock’s – all interwoven with some of the greatest and most bizarre circus acts on earth, sword swallowers, knife throwers, daredevil balancing acts, astounding aerialists, a demon dwarf, a Guinness World Record holding ‘hairculian’ hair hanging beauty, Sinister Sisters, gyrating & fire limboing acrobats & much more.

Performed by an almighty cast with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek and the devil driver rock n’ roll of Dr Haze & The Interceptors from Hell.

The Circus of Horrors – The Night of the Zombie is on tour throughout the UK
Recommended age 14+ or with parental guidance

Tickets: Stalls (premium) £20, Circle (value) £18, Restricted view £16

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The Nutcracker Ballet

presented by The Vienna Festival Ballet

Wednesday 29th October at 7pm

Audiences have the opportunity to catch one of Tchaikovsky’s world famous classical ballets.

The enchanting tale of ‘The Nutcracker follows Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Their adventures see the Prince and Clara combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy on a wonderful trip to a kingdom made entirely of sweets.

An excellent company of talented young dancers, their energy and enthusiasm is breathtaking

Tickets: £18/£16 conc /£10 child

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The Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

UK touring Theatre in association with Redbridge Drama Centre directed by Michael Woodwood

Thursday 30th October at 7:30pm

“A woman doesn’t have the right to protect her own dying father, or to save her husband’s life!  I can’t believe that’s true…”

 Following the success of their highly-acclaimed national tour of Strindberg’s Miss Julie in 2013, UK Touring Theatre returns with a brand new English version of A Doll’s House; Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking play about marriage, money, and the freedom of women in the late 19thcentury. 

 Torvald and Nora Helmer have it all: a loving marriage, three beautiful children, and a secure financial future as a result of Torvald’s new appointment at the bank.  But Nora has a secret, and the arrival of an unexpected visitor on Christmas Eve threatens to tear their lives apart forever…  

This production is the World Premiere of an exciting and accessible new translation of A Doll’s House from the original Dano-Norwegian script; touring to theatres across the UK this Autumn.

 Praise for “Miss Julie” (2013):***** “A gripping, intimate production of this challenging classic drama”                    Remote Goat

“Classics performed to this standard deserve a warm welcome”   The Croydon Citizen****

“Quality acting” - The Public Reviews

“Intelligent, well performed and executed…Well worth seeing” – One Suffolk

Tickets: £14/£12 schools £8 1 teacher place with every 10

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One Night of Elvis

Friday 31st October at 7:30pm

In this brand new show for 2014, Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist - Lee Memphis King, presents the ultimate tribute to The King - celebrating the entire career of the musical legend. This spectacular show begins with an authentic recreation of the legendary ’68 Comeback Special, featuring the famous ‘sit down’ section, progressing through to a rousing expo of Elvis’s years performing in Vegas. Lee brings the majesty of the voice and the electrifying power of Elvis’s performance back to life. Accompanied throughout by his world class band and backing singers that breathe the life into the music of a legend. The show also features large screen projection, making it the biggest Elvis show to tour UK theatres.

 Over the last 10 years as Lee has toured his ‘One Night of Elvis’ he has picked up many accolades including ‘Best professional Elvis tribute in the world’ at the 2005 Collingwood Festival and World’s Greatest Elvis’ finalist and has headlined and sold out some of the most prestigious venues across the UK and Europe.

 To any fan of Elvis this show is the only way to enjoy the music of the greatest, most celebrated artist the world has known. Prepare to be enthralled by this amazing musical journey and spend one night with Elvis.


Tickets: £20

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Tickets can be collected from the box office in advance or half an hour before the show.

Little man in costume hired from the Lancaster Grand Costume Dept.