Stars in 2013 line-up at Buxton Opera House

Maria Friedman
Maria Friedman

The new 2013 season at Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre has just been announced and it includes some star  names and spellbinding shows. There are more than 100 events in the new brochure with comedy, drama, ballet, burlesque, modern dance, films, music, youth theatre and more all on the bill.

Drama during the new season will include Agatha Christies’ classic mystery of mixed motives and concealed identities A Murder is Announced from Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 January; Woody Sez –The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, a play with music will celebrate the spirit of the American folk legend on Monday 4 February.

Boeing Boeing, a farcical play set on the runway will take off from Thursday 28 February to Saturday 2 March; and the revered Hull Truck Theatre Company will bring to life Charlotte Bronte’s tale of love, loss and redemption Jane Eyre from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April.

Miss Julie (banned in the UK for 50 years when it was first written) is set to stir up emotion with its frank portrayal of sexuality and inter-class relationships on Tuesday 30 April; and Loosing the Plot by John Godber will provide belly-laughs, pathos, wry smiles and tears aplenty from Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 May.

Music to lift the spa town will include one of the most popular live rhythm and blues acts in the world Dr Feelgood on Thursday 7 February.

West End leading lady and one of the greatest show singers of her generation Maria Friedman will be at the venue on Saturday 9 February. Don’t miss one of the only winter festivals in the country Four Four Time Festival of Live Music from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February with a bumper line-up including: Richard Hawley (Sunday 17 February), The Zappatistas (Tuesday 19 February), Heaven 17 (Thursday 21 February) and Red Hot Chilli Pipers (Saturday 23 February). Further ahead, watch out for an entire recreation of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells using just four hands and feet in the live show Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells ‘For Two’ on Tuesday 11 June.

Comedy to take Derbyshire audiences laughing through winter and spring includes legendary comic Jimmy Carr with his show Gagging Order on Tuesday 29 January; Inspector Norse (Tuesday 5 February), a farcical Swedish crime thriller will be performed by the multi-award winning comedy duo Lip Service.

Funny man Justin Moorhouse will charm the pants off the crowd on Friday 8 February and national institution John Shuttleworth is back on the road, stopping off at Buxton on Friday 15 February. Josh Widdicombe (regarded by many as one of the best up-and-coming acts in the UK) will bring his show The Further Adventures of… on Wednesday 3 April.

Children’s shows on offer include an exciting musical adventure with the Bafta award-winning TV animation Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March.  The Wind in The Willows will be performed with plenty of audienceparticipation on Sunday 14 April, Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live! will be at the fairy tale venue from Friday 17 May to Sunday 19 May; and don’t miss the awesomely entertaining – Horrible Histories with two shows – Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 June.

Ballet on the agenda includes Swan Lake (Thursday 7 and Friday 8 March) and The Nutcracker (Saturday 9 March) by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia.

An Evening with the Russian Cossacks, Saturday 6 April will ensure sparks fly with a truly spellbinding spectacle. Birmingham Royal Ballet will provide an outstanding programme of threeworks: The Grand Tour, Take Five and Diverts on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 May. Ballet Theatre UK will provide a special treat with Alice in Wonderland (Sunday 2 June) – a magical night of eclectic music.

The Grand Opera of Belarus will bring the tragic tale of love and lost, Madam Butterfly on Sunday 10 March; Swansea City Opera will bring Don Pasquale, one of the most uproarious and comical of Operas on Sunday 31 March and the tragic opera La Traviata will be performed by Opera UK on Thursday 16 May.

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