10 Shows not to miss at Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre February 2017

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This month will see some great shows and events on at Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre – here’s our round up of 10 shows and events not to miss this month:

Take a look behind the scenes at one of the country’s finest examples of a Frank Matcham theatre. In our new series of guided tours, discover the fascinating history of this iconic building, from its Edwardian beginning right up to the present day. Starting from the Dress Circle bar, the tour will take you through to the auditorium and backstage where you will get a glimpse of the inner workings of the theatre. More tours will be announced throughout the year, so check our website for details.

Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton | 2nd February 2017, 2pm

Entry / Cost: £10 per person

More stand-up from some new and not-so-new faces on the comedy club circuit, a steal at £7 for advance tickets, £10 on the door. This month: Chris Washington, Anthony King, Howard Walker. Compere: Carl Jones. Ages 18 & over only. Shows may contain strong language and adult material.

Pavilion Arts Centre, St. John’s Road, Buxton | 3rd February 2017, 7.30pm

Entry / Cost: £7 in advance, £10 on the door

If you have children under 5 then our Mini Movers & Groovers sessions are ideal for you! Through a mix of creative movement and dance, toddlers and children can learn new skills in a fun and relaxed setting.

Sessions use imaginative play, movement and music to help teach balance and co-ordination.

Sessions take place on Monday morning from 10am during term time.

Buxton Opera House, Dress Circle Bar, Water Street, Buxton | 6th February 2017, 10am to 10.45am

Entry / Cost: £5 per session (participating adults FREE, Book for 5 sessions, get the 6th session free!)

Following the release of their new studio album Give Me your Future in May 2016, Space now embark on a new tour.

Space came to prominence in the mind-1990s with hits including Female of the Species, Me and You Versus the World and The Ballad of Tom Jones. The band reunited in 2011 after a six year break. The new album has been produced by Grammy and BRIT award winning producer Steve Levine, who has worked with The Clash, Culture Cub, Beach Boys, Deniece Williams and Gary Moore to name a few.

Space have sold over two million albums worldwide with titles including Spiders, Tin Planet, Suburban Rock and Roll and Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab. They have also released 10 top 40 singles and a host of other single releases to date, with titles including Neighborhood, Female of the Species, Me and You vs. the World, Avenging Angels and Dark Clouds and Begin Again. The band continues to write gritty edgy pop songs that captive the imagination of the listener.

Pavilion Arts Centre, St. John’s Road, Buxton | 9th February 2017, 7.30pm

Entry / Cost: £15

When Bram Stoker’s widow welcomes lawyer Mr Leech into her home, there begins a tale of the most feared vampire of all time, of his un-dead life and times and the remarkable characters he has met down the centuries. An original stage-play concerning the actual story of Count Dracula – prepare for nothing but the bloody truth!

Pavilion Arts Centre Studio, St. John’s Road, Buxton | 16th February 2017, 7.30pm

Entry / Cost: £12

After an incredible three decades of touring, the UK’s No.1 rock ‘n’ roll variety production That’ll Be The Day returns with another opportunity to see its latest most popular show! Featuring a sensational line-up of classic gold hits, spanning the 50s right through to the 70s, mixed as always, with even more hilarious comedy!

Complete with stunning costumes and incredible live music performances, we guarantee you’ll be on your feet and dancing in the aisles before the night is over. Welcome to the golden age of popular music… revived!

Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton | 19th February 2017, 7.30pm

Entry / Cost: £28, discounts available

This adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller takes some liberties with the book. At the heart of the story is a brilliant performance by Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson. Her life has hit rock-bottom. Alcoholic and divorced she imagines the lives of others offer the perfection that her own does not.

Starring Emily Blunt.

Running Time: 112 mins

Pavilion Arts Centre, St. John’s Road, Buxton | 20th February 2017, 7.30pm

Entry / Cost: £5, discounts available

Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood shares his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer. With his keen desire to immerse himself fully in local cultures and customs, Levison has delighted audiences around the globe with stories of his epic adventures, ranging from being chased by crocodiles and hippos in Africa, shot at by gunmen, falling off a mountain, being arrested more times than he can remember and meeting such illustrious characters as the Dalai Lama and George Clooney along the way.

In this adventure-filled one-man show, Levison recounts his amusing and sometimes poignant tales of life as a soldier in the Parachute Regiment and his subsequent transition into an explorer of international standing. His latest tour will include further tales and behind the scenes moments from his journeys walking the length of the Nile and the Himalayas, both of which were documented by Channel 4, alongside his most recent travels walking 1,800 miles along the length of Central America, taking in eight countries from Mexico to Colombia and his bid to cross the treacherous Darien Gap. With his honest accounts of life on the road, Levison hopes to challenge our preconceptions and inspire a new generation of adventurers with tales of hope and hospitality, firmly believing the more people go out and see the world, the better a place it will be. His shows have received rave reviews both across the UK and internationally.

Levison Wood’s documentary series Walking the Americas is currently on air on Channel 4, whilst his book of the same name will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in February.

There’s still time to catch-up on the ‘Walking The Americas’ before the series finale this Sunday 29th January at 8pm on Channel 4, visit: www.channel4.com/programmes/walking-the-americas

Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton | 21st February 2017, 7.30pm

Entry / Cost: £25.50, discounts available – only a few tickets left you’ll have to be quick!

In this third outing as Bridget, Renee Zellweger has reached 43-years-of-age and her biological clock is ticking fast. Motherhood is a possibility but in the chaotic world that she inhabits it is never going to be straightforward. Finding herself pregnant who is the father? Old flame Mark or handsome stranger Jack?

Starring Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth.

Running Time: 123 mins

Pavilion Arts Centre, St. John’s Road, Buxton | 22nd February 2017, 7.30pm

Entry / Cost: £5, discounts available

A sparkling whodunit based on the thrilling classics by E. W. Hornung

Harry ‘Bunny’ Manders is convinced that his erstwhile partner in crime, the gentleman cracksman A. J. Raffles, drowned while escaping a daring theft aboard a transatlantic liner. But a chance reply to a newspaper advertisement reveals an entirely different scenario, and at once Bunny is embroiled again in his old life of burglary, mayhem, adventure and murder!

Bunny is played by the exuberant Ian Sharrock, hugely familiar to audiences from his ten years as Jackie Merrick in Emmerdale, while his other TV appearances include Heartbeat, The Bill, Casualty, Where The Heart Is and – perhaps most memorably – as Jed Maxwell, Alan Partridge’s biggest and most scarily obsessive fan in I’m Alan Partridge.

Pavilion Arts Centre, St. John’s Road, Buxton | 23rd – 25th February 2017, 7.30pm

Entry / Cost: £16 – £20, discounts available

For more information and full listings of what’s on at Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, go to www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk