Curtain up on autumn season

LAUGH A MINUTE: Ed Byrne is bringing his new show to Buxton Opera House. Photo contributed.
LAUGH A MINUTE: Ed Byrne is bringing his new show to Buxton Opera House. Photo contributed.

BUXTON Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre has unveiled its latest autumn programme, featuring a host of exciting new shows up for grabs.

The new what’s on brochure, which runs from August through to February 2012, includes drama, dance, comedy, children, family shows and much more.

The programme is bursting with top-quality comedians this season including: the effortlessly funny and the best-selling author of A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English – Shappi Khorsandi. Lee Nelson is live at the venue for the first time after finding success with his BBC Three Well Good Show. Multi-award-winning Omid Djalili will also return with his brand new comedy show Tour of Duty. Mark Watson, host of ITV’s Mark Watson Kicks Off and star of cult Radio Four series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better, will appear. Ed Byrne will also perform with his new show, Crowd Pleaser, exploring subjects and situations Ed finds frustratingly maddening. Other comedians set to appear include Jethro and Chris Addison.

Drama highlights will see a double-header from Ian Dickens Productions – The Woman in White and Changing Rooms, and a double-bill from Original Theatre with Twelfth Night and See How They Run. An exciting new national tour of Equus from London Classic Theatre will take place as will the latest play from the pen of John Godber: The Debt Collectors. Other titles set to be dramatised over the coming months include Frankenstein, The Tempest and A Bedfull of Foreigners.

Dance this season features a full-length piece from Darshan Singh Bhuller, telling the life story of Caravaggio.

Tangomotion will provide a breathtaking evening, featuring live music from Tango Siempre, the UK’s leading tango ensemble.

And An Evening of Burlesque direct from the West End will showcase tantalising yet tasteful showgirls and combine Parisian charm with Las Vegas glamour.

Ballet in the new season includes Theatre UK with their presentation of The Snow Queen, and The European Ballet will return with The Nutcracker.

Music will encompass rock ‘n’ roll icon, author, restaurateur, photographer and legendary former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.

The world famous Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will appear at the venue, as will Buxton-born front-man of The Commotions Lloyd Cole.

And legendary ‘Bluesbreaker’ John Mayall, who helped to launch the career of Eric Clapton, will also play the Opera House.

Other acts to take place include Radio 2 Folk Award winners Show of Hands, electronic folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span and hit singer of Promise Me, Beverley Craven, who will also take to the stage.

Opera fans can look forward to a night with Opera della Luna performing The Ghosts of Ruddigore, Ellen Kent with La Traviata and there will be a triple bill from English Touring Opera: The Bach Concert, The Fairy Queen and Xerxes.

Children and family events are big news during the new season with the venue announcing a complete new learning and participation programme called Kaleidoscope – including OctoberFest, an annual October half-term arts festival.

With events for all, from toddlers right up to 19-year olds, the festival even includes a five-day drama school for young people aged 14 and over.

Other children and family events include this year’s annual pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Numberjacks - Live!, Hansel and Gretel, The Secret Garden and many more.

To purchase tickets for shows or to make bookings, call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or visit the website www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.