Stars come out for new season

Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will perform at Buxton Opera House�s new Summer Pops Week.
Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will perform at Buxton Opera House�s new Summer Pops Week.
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Famous faces from comedy, music and drama headline a packed programme at Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre in 2013.

The arts venue’s new what’s on brochure - covering the period up to October - has something for everyone, including brand-new comedy shows from Mock the Week’s Andy Parsons, German comic Henning Wehn, Lee Nelson, Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown, Stewart Lee, Milton Jones and Paul Merton.

Riveting drama includes an adaptation of the medieval sleuth novel Cadfael, George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984, and the latest offering from Buxton Drama League, The Winter’s Tale.

The summer season wouldn’t be complete without the visit of Shakespeare’s Globe with King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew.

Popular drama company Ian Dickens returns with an edge-of-the-seat thriller A Murder Has Been Arranged, while from the West End comes Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, charting the star’s rise to fame and untimely death.

Events for children include Nickelodeon’s Dora The Explorer and Sooty’s Magic Show.

Music highlights include English Touring Opera with Così Fan Tutte, Simon Boccanegra and The Siege of Calais. Swinging at the Cotton Club will feature Lindy Hoppers jiving to Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, and Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells For Two is a unique theatrical experience featuring just two musicians.

All the usual summer festivals will return, while a new addition is Summer Pops Week featuring Peter Hook performing New Order hits, and Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

For dates and ticket details, call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.