Sizzling summer season at Buxton

Michael%20McintyreBuxton Opera House has revealed a glittering array of new shows for the summer season.

The Scottish Indie-pop band Belle and Sebastian will be performing at the venue for the first time on May 18 as part of a select tour of historical venues.

Unfortunately if you haven’t got a ticket you are too late as they have already sold out with fans clambering to hear their ninth studio album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, performed live along with hits from their extensive back catalogue.

It is the 125th anniversary since Oscar Wilde wrote his masterpiece The Picture of Dorian Gray and to celebrate the opera house is presenting a new stage adaptation of the gothic horror written by Oscar Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland and European Arts Company on May 24.

The same month (May 26-30) the stage will be a window into the Wild West when a brand-new, whip-cracking production of Calamity Jane starring Jodie Prenger (TV’s I’d Do Anything, Oliver! and Spamalot) comes to the venue in a hot-shot of a show with an Oscar nominated score.

May also offers something completely new for music lovers Buxton Folk in May, which sees some of the country’s leading folk musicians, perform together with talented High Peak artists in a host of events.

As well as a concert from Oysterband with June Tabor and Blair Dunlop on May 2, Big Session in Buxton offers after hours music sessions in The Old Clubhouse, and a guided walk around the spa town with John Jones on May 3.

Comedy includes the legendary Ken Dodd on May 3, Stewart Lee has fresh material at the ready (May 8) and Michael McIntyre is to perform a warm-up gig for his new arena tour on June 26.

The Woman in Black which is being performed from June 16- 20 is a drama to mark in your diary. The gripping thriller (which was recently made into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe) comes to the Opera House as part of a major national tour.

The world renowned Buxton Festival returns in July with a delicious mix of thrilling opera and talks from literary giants, conversationalists and politicians. Whilst August offers a jolly programme of operettas, with The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company making a welcome visit with The Mikado, The Gondoliers and HMS Pinafore.

Children needn’t feel left out of the colourful new season; they will come face-to-face with a dinosaur on August 27 when Jurassic Adventures, a ground-breaking family show transports audiences to a Jurassic theme park with the use of a special climate system, designed to heighten the sensory experience. After a sell-out show in February Sing-a-long-a-Frozen is back at the Opera House on August 10, with fancy dress and audience participation actively encouraged.

As well as enjoying some of the best touring theatre, this summer Buxton drama lovers will have the opportunity to watch plays at the National Theatre in London, without even leaving the town.

NT Live, will see broadcasts of their productions: The Hard Problem (April 16), Man and Superman  (June 1) and Everyman  (August 8), screened in Pavilion Arts Centre, using a live link.

The season also includes monthly jazz and classical recitals, comedy nights, film-screenings and much more. For more information either pick up one of the brochures in Buxton or go to http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk