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Funniest jokes of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe revealed

A joke about the new pound coin has been named the funniest of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

(c) Alex Brenner

What’s coming up at Derby Theatre studio

Drama, music and children’s shows offer entertainment to suit all the family in the new season at Derby Theatre studio.
A magical, musical space adventure kicks off the fun. The show 3, 2, 1 Blast Off gives young chldren the opportunity to moonwalk, meet friendly aliens and help Geoffrey Jumper and Mandy get home in time for tea. Catch the production on September 1 and 2.
Tales of Birbal (October 14) focuses on the enchanting world of the Moghul King Akbar, his witty advisor Birbal and travelling storytellers. Humour, puppetry and music combine in this show.
Children are also the focus of the season’s final offering, The Gingerbread Man, which is running in the Studio from December 5 to 31.
During the intervening months, there is plenty to entertain older viewers.
The drama Hymns (September 8 and 9) focuses on four men who reunite to mourn the loss of a close friend but time and events have had a corrosive effect on this once tight-knit bunch. 
High-energy physical theatre, acapella singing and humour combine in Freeman (October 6).
Rich storytelling features in Tell Me Anything (November 3) about a boy trying to be a man and his girl who has an eating disorder.

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Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Jodie Prenger on tour in Shirley Valentine

Jodie Prenger takes on the role of a housewife who changes her life for the better in the heart-warming comedy Shirley Valentine.

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VIDEO: Speedy SIV sales is just the ticket to boost regional economy, says new entertainment and events boss

A speedy new tickets sales system to help people buy easier and faster at SIV's venues - including Sheffield Arena - was outlined today as part of major plans to increase business and boost the region's economy.

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Jimmy Carr.

Jimmy Carr heads line-up at new comedy festival

A host of star names will be coming to Buxton for a new comedy festival.

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Patrick Monaghan

Bumper comedy bill for Edinburgh Festival preview show

Six comedians are lining up for an Edinburgh Festival preview show in Derbyshire.

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John Lyons in Dial M For Murder. Photo by Simon Cooper.

A Touch of Frost actor in stage thriller

John Lyons from telly’s A Touch of Frost stars in the stage play Dial M For Murder.

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Edward Day's Hamlet.

Hamlet for gamer geeks

Videogame geekery and Shakespeare combine in an explosive show packed full of physical comedy, video projection and musical mayhem.
Game design is all about giving the player the illusion of meaningful choice, making you feel like your decisions have weight and impact.

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Margaret Hodge: Called to Account

Margaret Hodge: Called to Account

The political reminiscences of the Chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee 2000-2015 may sound a dry subject but Margaret Hodge is an excellent speaker.

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On Behalf of the People

Derbyshire writer premieres new play

Derbyshire playwright Ray Castleton’s new play about a post-war mining family will have two performances in the county.

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Emily Howlett and  Ciaran Alexander Stewart,  in Tribes, Crucible Studio. Photo by Mark Douet.

REVIEW: Deaf actors shine in Tribes

The regional premiere of a play by Nina Raine has opened at the Studio Theatre in Sheffield. Tribes is superbly directed by Kate Hewitt.

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The Vamps at Sheffield O2 Academy on Monday, July 10.

WIN: Tickets to see The Vamps at Sheffield O2 Academy July 10

The Vamps have only just wrapped their massive UK arena tour but are back with an album preview show at the Sheffield Academy on Monday and you could be going for FREE.
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The cast of The Addams Family. Photo by Matt Martin

REVIEW: Addams Family leaves Theatre Royal audience in raptures

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky......the time-honoured traditional way of describing The Addams Family — and the launch of the musical of the same name at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal lived up to this in spades.

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The Empress and Me to be performed at Buxton Fringe. Photo by Ross Ericson.

True story of Chinese princess is played out on stage

Buxton Fringe sees the debut of a new play from Ross Ericson, entitled The Empress and Me.
The play by Grist to the Mill Productions looks for the real woman behind the persona of Princess Der Ling and explores just what it is like to be raised between two cultures.
Lizzie Yu, daughter of a Chinese diplomat and Eurasian mother, was raised in France to be every bit the Victorian Lady, but when her father is recalled home she suddenly finds herself living in the Forbidden City, entangled in the politics of the Chinese Court and lady in waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi. This is the amazing true story of Princess Der Ling who, following her unique experience of life at the Manchu court and close relationship with the Empress Dowager, became an international celebrity.

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Muha. Photo by Matthew Hoyland.

VIDEO: Buxton Fringe offers 68 shows

This year’s Buxton Fringe features acclaimed new talent from the worlds of comedy, theatre and music in 68 different shows.

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Chamber Opera's production of Jane Austen at New Mills Art Theatre on July 16.

Musical aids theatre renovation

A musical version of Jane Austen’s final novel, Persuasion, at New Mills Art Theatre will help to aid a renovation project at the venue.

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The Marriage of Kim K at the Arts Centre Studio on July 6, July 13 and 18.

Kim Kardashian inspires update of Mozart masterpiece

What do Mozart and Kim Kardashian have in common?
Well, Kim’s 2011 marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries began with a televised fairytale wedding and ended just 72 days later when a mysterious divorce was filed. 
This epic failure of love is one of three collapsing marriages at the centre of a brisk, hilarious and vaultingly ambitious rewrite of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.

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The Last Revolution at Markeaton Park Craft Village from June 23 to 15.

Theatre and cinema in the great outdoors

Outdoor theatre and cinema has returned to Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby.

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Eminem day tickets sold out for shows in Leeds and Reading - but you can still get to see him with a weekend pass.

VIDEO: Leeds Festival Sunday tickets sold out for headliner Eminem

Eminem fans still after tickets to see the rap legend returning to Leeds Festival this summer will now have to buy a weekend camping pass - Sunday day tickets have sold out.

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