Lancaster Grand

Shows for September 2015

'Our House' the Madness Musical

A Dare To Go Production

Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th september at 7.30pm Saturday matinee 2.30pm

'Our House - The MADNESS Musical' Following on from the success of their 2014 production of ‘Rent’, Dare To Go Theatre return to Lancaster Grand Theatre with the Olivier award winning musical 'OUR HOUSE’ featuring the music of MADNESS!

 Our House is the story of Joe Casey who, on the night of his sixteenth birthday, takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out on their first date. In an effort to impress her, he breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street, The police turn up, at which point Joe’s life splits into two: the Good Joe, who stays to help, and Bad Joe, who flees.

 'OUR HOUSE' combines a witty and brilliantly-crafted romantic tale with the energetic and often madcap songs of Madness, including the hits 'Baggy Trousers', 'Must Be Love', 'Our House' & many more Madness classics. This fast paced, smash hit musical opened in 2002 to rave reviews and has since embarked on several critically acclaimed revivals and tours, which combined with Dare To Go’s talented, high-energy cast, is a show simply not to be missed!

 Keep up to date with Dare To Go Theatre on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DareToGoTheatre OUR HOUSE by Tim Firth Music and lyrics by Madness OUR HOUSE was first produced at the Cambridge Theatre, London on 28th October 2002. Producers were Tiger Aspect Productions, Rupert Lord, Andre Ptaszynski and Phil McIntyre in association with Madness This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.


Tickets: £10/£8 conc

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The Secret Garden

The Chapterhouse Company

Tuesday 8th September at 7pm

Alive with music and song and an array of specially designed theatre puppets, in this most enchanting story, loved  by children and adults alike, we join Marry Lennox on her journey of discovery as she travels to her uncle's house deep in the Yorkshire countryside, where unexpected friends and magical creatures help her unlock the mystery of the secret garden.

Tickets: £13/£9 conc

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Wednesday 9th September at 7:30pm

 Hot on the heels of IL DIVO and Collabro, Brit-Award-winning harmonisers BLAKE are back with a new album, new songs & their most uplifting live show yet! Inspired by the lush trio harmonies of The Three Tenors, The Bee Gees and The Lettermen, the boys will perform exclusive songs from their latest CD 'In Harmony' along with hits from their 4 other award winning pop/classical albums, including 'Fields of Gold', 'Bring Him Home', 'Nessun Dorma' & 'Chasing Cars'. Fresh from tours to the USA, Russia, Korea & China, expect their famous & lively audience banter to feature some hilarious new stories! Celebrating eight years of touring worldwide, BLAKE still offer the most eclectic vocal mix of classical, pop, rock & musicals ever seen.

Tickets: £20 /£19 conc

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The Dressing Room

Thursday 10th September at 7:30pm

A new play written by Bobby Ball is going out on tour this year with an all-star cast including Bobby Ball, Tommy Cannon, Stu Francis, Johnny Casson and Kate Robbins.

                               Comedy play ‘The Dressing Room gives the audience a sneak preview into life behind the scenes. Set backstage in the dressing room each act waits their turn to be called to the stage.

                                One by one they make their performance before returning to the hub of activity in the dressing room where gossip and misunderstandings continue. The audience gets to see what goes on both sides of the curtains and what a performer goes through in the dressing room.

                                Bobby says ‘I am really excited about doing the play and working with such great people and I am sure the audience will love it. It is part variety and part play so I like to call it a playriety. The audience get to watch each star perform their own variety act as well as see the things that happen backstage that a audience don’t usually see, the gossip, what we think of the audience, how we think the show is going…and lots more’

Hope to see you there.

Tickets: £15/£13 conc

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Madam Butterfly

Heritage Opera

Saturday 12th September at 7:30pm

Nagasaki 1900: Cio Cio San (‘Madame Butterfly’) a naïve girl with passionate dreams of romance, marries Lieutenant BF Pinkerton of the US Navy. His ideas of marital commitment are somewhat different to hers, and he soon leaves her to sail back to America. Cio Cio San waits patiently for him for three years, refusing to acknowledge that she has been abandoned, and firmly believing he will one day return to claim her as his wife.At last, Pinkerton’s ship, the SS Abraham Lincoln is seen on the horizon. For Madame Butterfly, however, there will be no happy ending.Manchester–based Heritage Opera, the Northwest’s professional touring opera company (est. 2006), visits Lancaster Grand once more with Puccini’s heart-breaking story of undying love and longing, presented in its own inimitable fashion. Heritage Opera regulars Sarah Helsby Hughes, Nicholas Sales,Serenna Wagner and Mark Saberton lead a professional cast of 10 singers, and the opera is accompanied by a 7 piece orchestral ensemble.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.


Tickets: £20/£19conc £10 under 16 and job seekers

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Leo Sayer - Restless Years Tour - 2015

Monday 14th September at 7:30pm

Grammy award winning, international chart-topping, British music legend Leo Sayer will be performing throughout the UK this autumn in support of his latest album Restless Years.

Known the world over for his army of hits which include Thunder In My Heart, Moonlighting, One Man Band, I Can’t Stop Loving You and the transatlantic number ones, When I Need You and and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing; Leo is very excited to be back in his home country and looking forward to a rare and much anticipated tour.

His latest release has received rave reviews in Australia and is set to follow suit in the UK with a release this summer. Leo will be performing some of this new material alongside the hits and old favourites.

With 16 hit albums and 26 hit singles to his credit, Leo Sayer is one of the most successful acts the UK has ever produced and remains hugely popular worldwide.

Early booking is advised.

Tickets: £25 VIP Ticket £55 with meet and greet,signed programme, a photo with Leo

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Rockin' the 70's - featuring the Original Jukebox Heroes

Friday 18th September at 7:30pm


The Original Jukebox Heroes bring a high octane show, with a set list boasting some of the 70's best glam rock tracks including: Fox On The Run, Mamma Weer All Crazee Now, Love is Like Oxygen, Ballroom Blitz and many, many more..

This super-group is made up of six members who have an impressive four decades of live music experience. Jeff Brown on vocals and bass guitar (Sweet and Tremeloes), Steve Whalley on guitar (Slade front-man), Pete Phipps on drums (original drummer with The Glitter Band, Eurhythmics), Phil Hendriks (The Stiffs, Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers), Philip Wright original lead singer and drummer with Paper Lace, providing vocals and additional percussion. 

Get your air guitars at the ready and rock till you drop with this amazing live show!

Tickets: £18/£17 conc

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"Let Me Entertain You" - Robbie Williams Experience

Saturday 19th September at 7:30pm

Is a rollercoaster ride spanning the 25 year career of the legend that is Robbie Williams. From his sellout 3 nights at Knebworth, to the unforgettable "Swing When You're Winning" show at the Royal Albert Hall, As well as reliving where it all began with Take That

Featuring an amazing live band and the glamorous R-W-E Dancers.

This action packed show features all of Robbies hits, including; Rock DJ, Angels, Let Me Entertain You, Come Undone, She's The One, No Regrets, Feel, and some of his most recent hits, including; Go Gentle, You Know Me and Candy.

Plus many many more. 

Starring Hollyoaks Heart-throb Tom Vaughan who is fast becoming one of the most sought after talents in the music world.

He has performed as Robbie Williams to sellout crowds throughout Europe to audiences as large as 20,000 people!

His reputation as one of the the worlds best Robbie Williams tributes is guaranteed to "Relight Your Fire!" 

 "He looks like Robbie, he moves like Robbie and he sounds like Robbie"

 "An Absolute must for all fans of the Robster"

 So Book Now And "Let Him Entertain You"

Tickets: £15/£14 conc

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Wednesday 23rd September at 7:30pm

“I have never been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.”

Emma Woodhouse is handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition. She’s also a bit of a meddler. After her governess is married to the kindly Mr Weston (at Emma’s instigation of course), Miss Woodhouse’s path in life is clear. She must become a matchmaker.

Who better to start with than awkward, unpolished Harriet Smith - she of unknown parentage and the unfortunate object of a most unsuitable gentleman’s affections? Emma really has no choice but to take charge of the situation. Why, with her help, who knows how far Miss Smith could reach? Mr Elton, the charming young vicar? Or the prodigal son Frank Churchill, recently returned home after a long absence?

But as her interfering gets out of hand and events spiral beyond her control, it may be time for Emma to question her judgement. Gently advised by childhood friend Mr Knightley, can Emma untangle the web she’s spun? And what does she truly know of her own heart?

Following on from the wildly successful Persuasion - “pure theatre magic” **** The Stage and David Copperfield – “Superb... a master class in stage adaptation” BBC Radio, Hotbuckle return to the stage with Austen’s most perfect novel. Emma’s Highbury – full of eccentricities and secrets -is brought enchantingly to life with live music and Hotbuckle’s trademark ensemble style.

Tickets: £12/£10 conc

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Terry Christian - Naked Confessions of a Recovering Catholic

Saturday 26th September at 8pm

From the streets of inner-city Manchester to the boulevards of Beverly Hills, Terry Christian's debut stand-up show, The Naked Confessions of a Recovering Catholic takes a snapshot of life, overlooked by an all-seeing ~ and often unforgiving ~ God.

This hilarious romp through the guilt-ridden ~ and occasionally dark ~ realms of life is another brave step for Terry. He brings all the maverick qualities that made him a media bête noire in the 90's ~ via C4's The Word ~ to deliver an honest, funny and sometimes profound stand-up performance. Sex, violence, religion, class prejudice, even stray dogs and useful house cats ~ it's all contained in this terrific show!

The Naked Confessions of a Recovering Catholic is split into two parts: Terry treats his audience to his stand-up performance in the first half, then ~ following the interval ~ he opens himself up for a no-holds-barred Q&A session. This has resulted in Terry divulging all manner of stories about Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger and his all-time thrill of meeting the late great James Brown.

Copies of Terry's most recent book, My Word will be available to purchase on the night and he is happy to sign copies at the end.

Tickets: £15/£14 conc

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Sweeney Todd

presented by Morecambe Warblers A.O.S

Tuesday 29th September to Saturday 3rd October evening performances at 7.15pm Saturday matinee 3rd October at 2.00pm

Featuring one of Sondheim’s darkest and most intricate scores, this musical follows Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street as he returns from Australia to the streets of London seeking revenge against those who separated him from his wife and child.  In London he meets Mrs Lovett who owns a failing pie shop.  She recognises Sweeney Todd and quickley tells him his wife Lucy has died at the hand of Judge Turpin.

Sweeney then sets up his Barber business above Mrs Lovett’s shop intent on seeking revenge on the Judge.  Murder follows and prompted by Mrs Lovett, his victims become fresh ingredients for her tasty pies.  There is a twist in the story which can only lead to a heartbreaking conclusion.

The wonderful music of Sondheim is shown so delightfully in “the ballad of Sweeney Todd”, “The worst pies in London” and the more intense “Epiphany” .  There are also very clever comic songs such as “ By the sea” and “A little Priest” which provide exciting and witty lyrics. 

Sweeney Todd combines all the elements of Love, Tragedy, Horror, Romance and Comedy with a wonderful musical score.  A musical not to be missed.

Tickets: Tuesday £11 all other performances £13

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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.