Sat 30th Nov
The Choir Factor perform Pop Rock, Motownand Gospel classics from the 60’s through to the present day from a whole hostof artists including Adele, Jess Glynne, Bruno Marrs, Ed Sheeran, U2,Queen and Charlie Puth to name but a few.
Get a little closer to our nearest neighbour when The Moon Exhibition comes to the Museum of Gloucester this summer! Running from Saturday 29th June to Saturday 21st September, make sure you don’t miss this wonderful exhibition at the museum, in the 50th anniversary year of the Moon Landings…
Examples of some of the stunning exhibits on display will be an inflatable 3m Moon, Moon maps and newspapers from the day of the Moon landings, Lunar rock samples, replica models of rockets, modules and computers and even a replica space suit! There is also a lot to keep the kids amused, including our fun interactive zone, space costumes dress up and reading corner.
Venue: Museum of Gloucester, Brunswick Road, Gloucester.
Booking: You can book online, over the phone or in store at the Museum of Gloucester & Tourist Information Centre.
Price: Adults £3.50, Children £1.50
Discover 2000 years of fascinating history during a 90 minute stroll with an expert Guide.
Some of the highlights along the way:
Venue: Meet at St . Michael's Tower, Southgate Street
Start Time: 11:00
Duration: 90 minutes
Access: Level pedestrianised surface, wheelchair friendly
From Laika stop-motion animation studio this new adventure sees Mr. Link recruiting explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.
Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.
Ever looked down through the glass chamber outside Boots and wondered what else is down there? Well why not go down and take a look! Join our very own Lucius Sita – (a real Roman Solider in full uniform!) for special tours throughout the summer break. A fascinating trip for all ages!
Venue: The Eastgate Chamber (Meet at the Museum of Gloucester)
Start Time: 14.00 & 15.00
Duration: 30 minutes
Access: These tours are not wheelchair accessible and people with other accessibility requirements may have difficulty entering the chamber as it is underground and accessed by stairs only.
Further Info: Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult
Gloria(Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity, and family.From Academy Award-winning director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman,Disobedience) comes a sophisticated romantic comedy that shows love can strike at any time, relationships are never simple, and nothing can get you down aslong as you keep dancing.
"To whom should I complain?"
When a young novice nun is compromised bya corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him,he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in theearly 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director,Gregory Doran, directs this new production.
Join BBC Radio Gloucester presenter Jo Durrant to hear about her passion for space, celebrating arts and science as well as some of the ‘out-of-this world’ characters she has come across along the way…Venue: Museum of Gloucester, Brunswick Road, Gloucester.
In 1987 during the austere days of Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Some friendships transcend life times. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heart warming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.
An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.
Join Emily Gravestock, Head of Applications Strategy at UK Space Agency, for the story from the first satellite, Sputnik to today (including a personal experience of a rocket launch)…Venue: Museum of Gloucester, Brunswick Road,Gloucester.
Based on atrue story, Vita and Virginia details the passionate relationship between literary trail blazer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki), and enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton). When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. The ensuing relationship leads to the birth of Woolf’s bold, experimental novel- Orlando.
Matthias LeGoff, an Olympic champion at the end of his career, makes a homophobic statement on TV. His punishment: coach the Shiny Shrimps, a flamboyant and amateur gay water-polo team. They have only one thing in mind: to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia where the hottest international LGBT athletes compete. With the return of their glamourous trans-team member and with the best pool choreography,how can they not win.
Frenchlanguage with English subtitles
The Cathedral Stonemasons are undertaking a project to restore the historic stonework of the North Ambulatory and this tour will take you behind the scenes of their work. Those with a head for heights will get up close to stained glass, architectural features and ancient stonework that otherwise could only be admired from way below on the ground.
Tours last around an hour. Over 18s only, minimum 1.2m height. No heels or open toed shoes to be worn on the tour.
New York City's Stonewall Inn is regarded by many as the site of gay and lesbian liberation since it was at this bar that drag queens fought back against police June 27-28, 1969. This documentary uses extensive archival film, movie clips and personal recollections to construct an audiovisual history of the gay community before the Stonewall riots.
From the filmmaking team behind the highly-acclaimed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, Pavarotti is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award winner Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of The Voice...The Man...The Legend. Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world.
Famous locally born poets are brought to life and the origins of old Gloucester rhymes are vividly described in this fascinating walk through the centre of the city.
Meeting Point: Meet outside Boots, Eastgate Street
Duration: 60 minutes
Access: This tour is fully accessible
Tarantino’s 9th film follows a faded television actor and his stunt double as they strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
From the film making team behind the highly-acclaimed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, Pavarotti is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to thepeople. Academy Award winner Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of The Voice...The Man...The Legend. Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world.
The Celts are one of the world’s most mysterious ancient people. Join anthropologist and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts for a thrilling journey across Europe, uncovering the truth about this enigmatic tribe: their origins, their treasure and their enduring legacy today. What emerges is not a wild people but a highly sophisticated culture that influenced the ancient world and echoes down the centuries totoday. Alice looks at how some of the latest discoveries in archaeology and linguistics are challenging old preconceptions and casting light on the identity and culture of the ancient Celts.
Operation Chastise - the overnight destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in northwest Germany by the RAF - was an epic that has passed into Britain's national legend. Join leading historian Max Hastings for a masterly account revealing for the first time the full extent of the human story behind the Dambusters raid. He explores Barnes Wallis' bouncing bomb, the squadron that broke the dams at the cost of almost half its number, and the fate of the 1400 civilians who perished as the biblical floods swept the valley.
Historian and TV broadcaster Lucy Worsley tells the fascinating story of Jane Austen’s life showing how and why she lived as she did, examining the spaces and places that mattered to her. It wasn’t all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a painful struggle. Jane famously lived ‘a life without incident’ but with new research and insights Lucy Worsley reveals a passionate woman who fought for her freedom. A woman who, far from being a lonely spinster, had at least five marriage prospects but refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.
Festiva lPresident Janina Ramirez talks about her innovative new BBC TV series Lost and Found where she turns archaeological investigator, exploring three discoveries made on the eve of war in 1939. As the world plunged towards uncertainty, the Olmec civilisation was uncovered in Mexico, the Sutton Hoo ship burial brought the Dark Ages into glittering Technicolor and the oldest artwork made by humans - the Lion Man - was discovered in Germany. She explores each of these profoundly important discoveries, revealing how they have changed our understanding of human history.
Bestselling historian Simon Winchester tells the fascinating story of the men who shaped today’s world showing how their inventions – from the majestic Rolls-Royce to the humble screw – have revolutionised the way we live. He takes us back to the dawn of the industrial revolution in 18th century England, exploring the riveting lives of the men whose extraordinary inventions have shaped the course of history.“An enthralling book and one that does justice to the magnitude and majesty ofits subject” (Sunday Times).
Historian Frank McDonough’s The Hitler Years is a compelling new exploration of the rise and catastrophic fall of the Nazi regime – a 12-year descent into genocide and aggressive war that cost over 50 million lives. He’s joined byleading actor Paul McGann, star of Withnail & I and Dr Who, who narrated the audiobook, to explore the story of The Hitler Years from 1933 to 1939 when Hitler won over most of the German population to his powerful vision of a renewed Third Reich.
Join David Olusoga as he explores the secret government files to lay bare the roots of the ‘Windrush Scandal’, showing that, for black, British immigrants, the ‘hostile environment’ has been 70 years in the making. Historian, broadcaster and filmmaker, David Olusoga is the author of Black and British: A Forgotten History and presenter of A House Through Time.
What inspired Blunt, Burgess, Caincross, Maclean and Philby to betray their country? What did their treachery cost Britain and its allies? Join leading historian Chris Smith as he uses newly released material to explore the fascinating and extraordinary story of the Cambridge spies with afocus on the last and most intriguing Cambridge spy – Bletchley Park codebreaker John Cairncross who leaked both the first atomic secrets and raw decrypts from Enigma to the Soviet Union.
Roman historians record that a tribe called the ‘Dobunni’ lived in Gloucestershire before the Roman invasion, few people today have heard of them but they have left an intriguing legacy of artwork, settlement and culture which is still being uncovered by archaeologists today. Gloucester City Council Archaeologist Andrew Armstrong explores what evidence exists for the Dobunni in the years before the Roman invasion, how they reacted to Roman rule and ultimately what became of them.
Was Matilda the greatest ‘king’ England never had? Leading historian Catherine Hanley tells the story of Matilda – 12th-century empress, skilled military leader, one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages and the first woman to become heir to the English throne. She reveals how Matilda fought for the throne and although she never sat on it herself her reward was to see her son become king.“Authorative, human and utterly compelling” (Helen Castor).
AD 79. Abovethe bay of Naples, Vesuvius is spewing thick ash into the sky. Historian Daisy Dunn tells the extraordinary story of one of themost famous and devastating volcanic eruptions of all time. She compellinglyinterweaves one of the ancient world’s greatest catastrophes with a vividrecreation of Roman Italy through the eyes of Pliny the Younger, the survivorwhose eyewitness account recreates the moment-to-moment unfolding of thedisaster in gripping detail. “Rome’s most famous bad-boy poet comes alive asnever before. Stunning” (Boris Johnson).
The star of BBC Radio 4 series Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics brings together her unique combination of ancient history and stand up comedy to take you on a tour around the Trojan War, the greatest conflict in ancient literature. With her trademark wit, she encompasses some of the greatest stories ever written: the Iliad, the Odyssey and many more. The stories of the women affected by the war have been largely untold, but Natalie Haynes puts them back where they belong: at the heart of the story.
From finding Richard III under a car park in Leicester to discovering Britain’s own‘Tutankhamun’ next to Aldi in Southend, the discoveries archaeologists make can have the power to change the fortunes of a city. Gloucester’s own Andrew Armstrong joins the BBC’s Vernon Harwood for a frank and intriguing discussion as he lifts the lid on the highs and lows, the pleasures and pains, of life as City Archaeologist. What’s the most important find he has witnessed? What challenges do archaeologists face? Get a unique behind-the-scenes view as he offers new insights into Gloucester’s greatest discoveries.
Vichy Franceunder Marshal Petain was an authoritarian regime and a perfect instrument forHitler. With original new research from the Dordogne, leading historian Robert Pike tells the dramatic stories of the FrenchResistance during World War Two – tales of often ordinary people, men andwomen, young and old – who each braved constant danger to play their part indestabilising the Vichy state and rejecting the Nazi occupation of their eternalFrance during a period of betrayal, refusal and heroism.
Henry VIIIkilled two queens but also two chief ministers, two dukes, a marquess, twoearls, several barons and a host of bishops, musicians and politicians – mostof whom had been in his inner circle. Tracy Borman’s Henry VIII and the Men who Made Him tellsthe fascinating story of the men who shaped and influenced his reign. Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series, includingthe latest Anna of Kleve, explores the waxing and waning influence ofhis wives on the monarch. Join them as they discuss the powerplay behind thethrone.
Dotted across homes in Britain are people who were witnesses to one of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century, India’s Partition in 1947. Broadcaster Kavita Puri’s award-winning Radio 4 series and book tells their story including that of her father who was twelve when he found himself one of the millions of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims caught up in the devastating aftermath of a hastily drawn border. She’s joined by one of the interviewees from the book to discuss their own experiences alongside the other extraordinary stories she gathered from across Britain.
Historian and BBC filmmaker Dominic Sandbrook explores 1979-1982 in the latest chapter of his dazzling 20th century history of Britain.He tells the story of Thatcher’s daring plan to reverse Britain’s decline. But as factories closed, dole queues lengthened and the inner cities exploded into flames, would her harsh medicine rescue the Sick Man of Europe – or kill it off? He relives the early eighties in all their gaudy glory - and towering above them, the most divisive prime minister of modern times – the Iron Lady.
Andrew Roberts’ Churchill: Walking with Destiny is described by the Sunday Telegraph as “the sort of biography that, one feels, Churchill himself would have wanted. Colossal, energetic,deeply knowledgeable, properly critical, but also sympathetic and, in places, deliciously funny.” One of Britain’s most acclaimed historians joins us to talk about the life of Winston Churchill, a man who towers over every other figure in 20th century British history.
From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ebb and flow of power between East and West lay at the heart of the Cold War. Historian, filmmaker and Cold War expert Taylor Downing explores the unknown crises of the Cold War and how the Soviet leaders nearly pressed the nuclear button in 1983 explored in his book 1983: The World at the Brink – an account described by Tom Holland as “gripping and frankly terrifying”.
Historian Julian Jackson’s magnificent biography reveals the life of the greatest French leader since Napoleon. He explores how World War Two general, Charles de Gaulle, became President of France’s Fifth Republic, challenged US dominance, took France out of NATO and brought his nation to the brink of civil war. He provoked several assassination attempts and twice vetoed Britain’s entry into the EEC, saying with remarkable insight that Britain could never be a happily integrated European power. Julian Jackson tells the remarkable life story of the man who predicted Brexit.
The country’s most entertaining lexicographer – star of Countdown’s ‘Dictionary Corner’ and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown – joins us to reveal the fascinating history of language. From the adventures that lie hidden within words such as ‘lasagne’ and ‘bugbear’ to the mysterious disappearance of‘kempt’, ‘gormful’ and ‘ruly’ (and yes you really can be ‘gruntled’!) she takes us on a journey into the curious, unexpected and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day.
Join Jo Durrant for a special recording of her BBC radioshow, where guests including Janina Ramirez and City Archaeologist Andrew Armstrong will be sharing some of their greatest career highlights, discussing how arts and science combine for them and doing some myth busting along the way. Visit gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk to find out the full line-up.
This event will be broadcast for BBC Radio Gloucestershire
Bestselling historian Henry Hemming tells the story of a propaganda campaign like no other: the covert British operation led by MI6 to manipulate American public opinion and bring the USA into the Second World War. With access to previously private and classified accounts, he reveals the truth of this daring, brilliant and maverick ‘fake news’ campaign which changed the course of the war and can now be told in full for the very first time.
The Bletchley Park codebreakers are the stuff of legend, but now find out the vital role they played in D-Day – and ultimately Allied Victory. Bletchley Park’s historian David Kenyon uses newly declassified documents and first-hand stories from code-breaking veterans to reveal how Bletchley moved from Nazi codebreaking to intelligence work, whilst intelligence historian Helen Fry tells the story of the elaborate and brilliant MI6 operation by which German prisoner-of-war Generals were tricked into giving away vital Nazi secrets. Join them to hear intriguing stories of undercover WW2 intelligence told for the first time.
This year marks the centenary of GCHQ and its Director Jeremy Fleming joins former diplomat and Gloucester MP Richard Graham to talk about the history of this ground-breaking organisation from its origins in WW1 through Bletchley Park and the Cold War to its discreet but crucial role inkeeping the UK safe today. As well as exploring GCHQ’s past, he discusses the new challenges that lie ahead in a fast-changing world.
Join acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell to hear the incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, an American socialite with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the SOE. She was the first Allied woman behind enemy lines, helped to light the flame of the French Resistance and became the Gestapo’s most wanted Allied spy. ‘A cracking story of an extraordinarily brave woman.’ (Daily Telegraph)
Peter Moore’s award-winning Endeavour tells the tale of the ship that took Captain Cook to the South Seas in 1768 but was a vessel with many different lives which became the most significant ship in the history of British exploration. Paul Arnott’s Windrush: A Ship Through Time similarly explores a unique vessel which played an active part in momentous events – as a Nazi troop carrier, a prison ship transporting Jews to Auschwitz and finally in her most famous voyage from the Caribbean bringing the first wave of 20th century Caribbean migrants to Britain. Join them as they tell the intriguing story of two extraordinary ships and the remarkable windows they offer on their age.
On 16 August 1819 at St Peter’s Field Manchester armed cavalry attacked a peaceful rally of 60,000 pro-democracy reformers. With more than 600 injured or killed it was the bloodiest political event of the 19th century on British soil. Using hundreds of eye-witness accounts, many of them newly-discovered, leading historian Robert Poole tells the extraordinary story of that day and sheds a new light on the build-up and aftermath of the Peterloo Massacre.
The story of the cut-throat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Backed by J.P.Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, has seen fatal flaws in Edison's direct current design.Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current
Why did the Spanish launch their Armada against England? How did Francis Drake counter the Spanish threat? What were the strategic and political ramifications, and how did England manage to overthrow the Spanish invasion – was it luck or judgement? Leading historian and BBC broadcaster Sam Willis (BBC4’s The Silk Road and Britain’s Outlaws) offers a fascinating new perspective on the Spanish Armada and the Elizabethan Age.
What links zebras to World War Two? The history of the beard to the Crimean War? And what ties the bed to the expansion of the British Empire? BBC4 presenter Sam Willis and historian James Daybell take us on a joyous journey of discovery -from the Tudors to WW2, the Roman Empire to the Victorians - as they bring to the Festival stage their award-winning podcast enjoyed by half-a-million people worldwide. “History as you’ve never seen it before” (Dan Snow).
In September 1938 Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. He declared it was ‘peace in our time’, but within a year Britain was at war with Germany. Join historian Tim Bouverie as he tells the dramatic story of Chamberlain, Churchill and the road to war, a compelling reappraisal of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and Parliamentary infighting that enabled Nazi domination of Europe. “Appeasing Hitler is an astonishingly accomplished debut”(Antony Beevor).
Most of the women who ever lived left no trace of their existence on the record of history. However, in a remarkable piece of detective work, historian and TV broadcaster Suzannah Lipscomb reveals the details of real women’s lives in 16th century Nimes; a colourful weave of love, faith, friendship and sex, tales of women’s everyday triumphs and tragedies.“Essential reading for all those interested in the hidden stories of the Reformation and hearing the everyday voices so often left out of history books” (Kate Mosse).
Joinhistorian Sophie Therese Ambler for a riveting account of the medieval warrior knight whooverthrew his King by marching on Henry III’s hall in Westminster in 1258 andseizing the reins of power. She tells the story of Simon de Montfort -England’s first revolutionary - with a clarity which reveals all of theexcitement, chaos andtragedy of England’s first revolution.
As well as being a gripping BBC drama Call the Midwife charts the course of Britain’s 20th century medical and social history - the challenges, changes and innovations - through the lens of the midwives of Poplar. Join writer and co-producer Heidi Thomas and Dr Turner (aka actor Stephen McGann) as they discuss the pleasures and challenges of creating Call the Midwife and telling the people’s story of 20th century Britain.
Drawing on formerly unseen archive material social historian Hallie Rubenhold turns the narrative of the Ripper murders upside down as she unearths the real story of his victims in her compelling and bestselling new book, The Five. She reveals a 19th century London world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny.
Who were the people whose actions have inspired powerful change but are hidden - or have been deliberately erased - from history? Leading historians Janina Ramirez and Hallie Rubenhold each choose the figures they admire who have been hidden from history and explore their extraordinary lives. Chaired by Pamela Armstrong.
What does the moon mean to us? From Ancient Egypt to the Tudor Kings, Jules Verne to James Bond, mankind has always been enthralled by the moon. Join curator of the major new exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich Melanie Vandenbrouck as she explores the compelling history of the moon through the ages - from poetry to painting, philosophy to politics - which tells us as much about our own dreams and desires as it does about our celestial neighbour.
Stalin exchanged more than 600 messages with Allied leaders Churchill and Roosevelt during the Second World War from intimate personal greetings to vivid insights about diplomacy and strategy. Leading historian David Reynolds sheds a fascinating new light into the political negotiation, diplomatic manoeuvring and human story behind the ‘Big Three’. He explains how they forged and maintained an alliance whilst revealing the issues and egos that set the stage for the Cold War.
KateAdie discussesher career as a news correspondent and the extraordinary events of TiananmenSquare in 1989 where she narrowly missed a bullet and broadcast the story ofthe massacre to the world. What was it like to be there? What are therepercussions 30 years on? She talks about life as BBC Chief News Correspondenton the front line in the world’s trouble spots exploring the challenges andinsights it brought.
From Vietnam to Iraq, Martin Bell has seen how war has changed over the last 50 years, neither fought nor reported as it used to be. As modern news increasingly seeks to entertain first and inform second, the man in the white suit provides a moving account of all he has witnessed throughout his career and issues an impassioned call to put the substance back into reporting explored in his book War and the Death of News.
Join Cerys Matthews as she takes us around theworld, celebrating her love of food and music. Wherever musician, author and BBC broadcaster Cerys Matthews travels she loves to eat where the locals eat, drink the local brew, hear the local stories and enjoy great food, songs and company. And she always wants to bring back what she's learnt.Join her as she talks about her favourite places around the globe – their histories, myths, poems and songs – bringing back the memories, tastes and sounds explored in her latest book Where the Wild Cooks Go.
based on The Servant of Two Masters by CarloGoldoni, with songs by Grant Olding
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother,who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Gigglebox returns with 3 new acts and loads more laughs. Giggle Box features the very best up and coming comedians on the circuit and in the process gives you one heck of a night out in your favourite city centre venue.
See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live tocinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guineapig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London,don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker),broadcast live to a cinema near you.
Presented by DryWrite, Soho Theatre and AnnapurnaTheatre
Oas-is - The UK's BEST Oasis tribute band return to Gloucester, after 4 SOLD OUT shows in a row!
Celebrating 25 years of the incredible debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ the Oas-is gents will honour this by playing the album in full + a greatest hits set!
Oas-is are five Oasis fanatics who live and breath Manchester's finest band and are now dedicated to giving you the best look and sound that you should expect from an Oasis tribute band
Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him.The opera is renowned for its ever-shifting portrayals of complex characters,fast-moving action and mix of the comic and the heartfelt. A cast ofinternational singers – both familiar and making Royal Opera debuts – under conductor Hartmut Haenchen perform the glorious arias and ensembles of this opera favourite.
‘The course of true love never didrun smooth.’
A feudingfairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and atroupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magicalroyal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistakenidentities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.
Shakespeare’smost famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre inLondon. Gwendoline Christie (Game ofThrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing,NT Live: Young Marx), DavidMoorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) andHammed Animashaun (The Barber ShopChronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.
Directedby Nicholas Hytner, this production of AMidsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive stagingof Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagiousfogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the actionon foot.
Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences,not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.
Dodgy will play their album HOMEGROWN in full plus other hits at a handful of UK dates this Winter. Homegrown is the band’s breakthrough, gold-selling second album and this tour continues the album’s 25thanniversary celebrations after a hugely successful tour in the Spring.
Dodgy were together for seven years in the 90’s, releasing three albums totalling over amillion sales worldwide. Their 1994 album Homegrown features the hitsingle ‘Staying Out forthe Summer’ which was the band’s first Top 20 hit single. They quickly followedup in 1996 with album number three ‘Free Peace Sweet’ which spawned the hits ‘Ina Room’, ‘Good Enough’ (which is officially one of the most played tracks onBritish radio in the last 20 years) and ‘If You're Thinking of Me’.
Fast forward to2019 and the band are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Homegrown.As well asplaying the album in its entirety, Dodgy will be playing tracks from ‘FreePeace Sweet’, other hits and live favourites.
From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarized in one act,full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of The Royal Ballet’s heritage.
The official report of all parliamentary debates.See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London. It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport. Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.
The Thinking Drinkers
Heroes of Hooch
The Thinking Drinkers return with a BRAND-NEW SHOW, ahilarious and intoxicating look at history’s greatest drinkers. Enjoy five freedrinks as the award-winning experts reveal how alcohol has inspired pioneeringexplorers, politicians and painters in equal measure, from Plato and Picasso,to Nelson, Napoleon and Norm from Cheers. You'll learn a lot, laugh a lot and,don't forget, you get five free drinks. 'Pioneers of alcohol based comedy'(Sunday Times). 'A terrific show. The best value for money in town' ****(Scotsman). 'Hugely funny, genuinely fascinating' **** (Edinburgh EveningNews).
Doors 7.30 / Starts 8pm
Formed in 1995 and famously described in their early days by theNME as sounding like ‘a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs’,Idlewild’s marriage of punk rock, poetry and Highland spirit saw them grow froma raucous cult curiosity into chart-bothering national treasures. Growing moremature and masterful with melody they dropped six acclaimed albums and twocompilations before deciding to take a break in 2010.
Livinglife and continuing solo ventures filled their time away and a few years passedbefore friendship and the bind of their creative relationship brought them backtogether for 2015’s ‘Everything Ever Written’. Wondering if there was still ahunger for Idlewild, the band’s own compulsion and flair translated into one ofthe most ambitious records of their career. With it came critical praise, analbum in the top 20 and successful tours of the UK, Japan and America with theband selling out venues as large as they ever had.
“Idlewildhas always been a band without a plan, in the best possible sense,” saysfrontman Roddy Woomble. “We didn’t start this feeling like it was a viablecareer choice or anything like that. It was all about communicating ideas andtrying to write some cool songs. I look back on our beginnings as quite aninnocent time but with ‘Everything Ever Written’ the desire was there just tocarry on doing it.”
Withnew members Luciano Rossi (Keyboards) and Andrew Mitchell (Bass) on board,Woomble, guitarist Rod Jones and drummer Colin Newton felt a renewed sense ofpurpose. So much so that the week that ‘Everything Ever Written’ was releasedthey were already beginning to start work on what would become the bold stepsidewards - ‘Interview Music’. Inspired, at the end of a US tour they decampedto Los Angeles to record these ideas, but it would be some years before theyset themselves up at Jones’ own Edinburgh studio to finish the record.
“Startingin LA gave us a principle feel for the songs,” says Woomble. “Musically andlyrically we were striving to push them into a different space really. Idlewildhas loved Los Angeles since we recorded ‘Warnings/Promises’ there in 2004.There’s a romanticism to it unlike any other American city and, of course,musically it has such a rich history. As a city it’s hugely conflicted betweenextreme wealth and extreme poverty. It’s like the American Dream going sour infront of your eyes but visually, artistically, a powerful place”.
“Alot of the songs are about dreams and dreaming and the thoughts and ideas thatcome from this state. I live in the Scottish Highlands, and between there andCalifornia you’ve got two locations that can put you in a dream like state –driving down Sunset Boulevard as the sun sets or driving over the remoteArdnamurchan peninsula as the sun rises. The world seems unreal, magical.You’re dreaming through a landscape.”
Asguitarist Rod Jones puts it, by the time they returned to Leith in Edinburgh,“the sonic identity had been imprinted on the songs” – one of positivity,possibility and looking for extremes.
“We’rereally strong personalities in the band,” said Jones. “In the playing and thewriting of this album, we were a bit more comfortable in ourselves. It wasabout taking things as far we could and nothing seemed like too much or toofar. There were less boundaries than before.”
Beforereuniting to finish the album Jones embarked on some production work, Woomblereleased his acclaimed, intimate and introspective solo record ‘The Deluder’and the band performed a run of shows to celebrate the anniversary of theirseminal record ‘The Remote Part’. One of those shows would see them meet uponce again with the producer of that record Dave Eringa, who would provideIdlewild with the grounding they needed to finish ‘Interview Music’.
“Heproduced five tracks on the album, but also brought focus back to the band andmade us actually finish it,” admits Woomble. “He made it sound like us. We’vegot a lot of gratitude to him for that. We
just trust him. He knows what Idlewild are. He’s known us for 20years and he know how to make us sound good.”
Jonesagrees: “When we work with Dave, there is a way that he imagines Idlewild. Itworked. On this album, there’s a classic element to it, but there are so manytwists and turns in there that people might not expect.”
Thatthere are. Opener ‘Dream Variations’ is a slave to its absorbing melody, beforetaking a surprise left-turn and drifting into a waltz-like trance. Much likethe rest of the record it has the indie-rock DNA of the band but mutated in newand strange ways. ‘Same Things Twice’ takes the fire of the earlier, heavierhighlights like ‘A Modern Way Of Letting Go’ or ‘Little Discourage’ and carriesit with a more mature grace. Then ‘I Almost Didn’t Notice’ and ‘Mount Analogue’make for record’s centre-pieces as playful, adventurous and strange – driven byabandon but still loyal to all that you want from Idlewild and, not least, fromWoomble’s lyrics. Here you’ll find another tapestry of riddles written to“celebrate vagueness”, inspired by the joy of five living for the now, butalways retaining the initial spirit with which they formed.
“Forthe one way flow of information that any interview normally consists of‘Interview Music’ is the imaginary soundtrack,” reveals Woomble. “Many of thesongs words started out as poems, or short stories which I would then edit intomusic essentially. Otherwise conversations are my biggest inspiration. I ambeing forever criticised by friends for writing down things that have beensaid. Using lines from real conversations is something I have always done,maybe ‘When I Argue I See Shapes’ being the best known example.
“Misunderstandingis a very pure artistic moment though – when meaning is suspended between whatwas intended and what has been understood. I guess that is what ‘InterviewMusic’ is all about.”
Everyrush of joyful noise has a thought and purpose behind it. Idlewild are stillvery DIY, they just always need to do something different while still chasingthat magic something that you just can’t fathom.
“What’sreally important about Idlewild is that we are basically punk rock kids,”concludes Woomble. “No one ever taught us how to play anything. We formed aband and we learned. We were inspired by the bands we saw just getting up onstage, making a noise and trying to change your ideas.
“That’sprincipally what the band still do. I’m not a kid rolling around screaming intoa microphone on the floor anymore, but that ideal is still at our core.”
Hundred Watt Club - An evening ofburlesque & vaudeville
Saturday 23rd November * 8pm
Watt Club return to Gloucester Guildhall with with their ravishing, risque
& ridiculous evening of burlesque, comedy & cabaret!
Prepare to be teased by the cream of the
glittering UK burlesque scene, to roll in the aisles at riotous comedy and be
awestruck by incredible circus stunts. Expect the unexpected, but be ready for
a good old fashioned, bawdy & champagne soaked variety show!
Your dazzling cast for the evening are:
MILLIE DOLLAR - bump n grind burlesque
EDD MUIR - International circus royalty!
LENA MAE LENMAN - vivacious, chameleonic
LOU SAFIRE - Award winning, draglesque
PLUS MORE GLITTERING ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Photoof Millie Dollar by Claire Seville
The Lowdown : Hundred Watt Club heartily
employ & embrace adult themes, partial nudity and strong language – over
18s only. Not for the faint hearted or easily offended, there are no refunds if
it's not to your taste! Dressing up to the nines is encouraged, we love it when
our audiences look red carpet ready but there's no official dress-code so if
you’re more comfy in jeans then by all means wear them!).
What the critics say:
'Old school mischief and timeless
raunchiness collide at the Hundred Watt Club. Hats - and corsets - off to Lena
Mae for an excellent night of entertainment' Sussex Express
'Crude and unpleasant...for crudeand unpleasant people.' Seetickets review.
'Harking back to the gin drenched halcyon
days of a grimy Berlin nightclub in the 1930s, Hundred Watt Club sparkles,
fizzles and shines brightly on a dark night.' Fringereview.co.uk
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by Noël Coward
MatthewWarchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock,Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor GarryEssendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfedby an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships competefor his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwindof love, sex, panic and soul-searching.Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter isa giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.
A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love,mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful story book world to life in this Christmas treat for the whole family.
The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky's glittering score,the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet's captivating dancing includingan exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.
RECORDED LIVEAT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Thursday 8December 2016 .
Philly Philly Wang Wang
THE 2019 EDINBURGH FRINGE SELL-OUT HIT
Following a sell-out 2018 tour, and fresh from a 2019 Edinburgh Fringe runthat sold out in advance, Phil ‘Philly Philly Wang Wang’ Wangis back on tour withhis newest show.
Phil has madea name for himself (that name being Phil Wang) exploring sex, romance,politics, and his mixed British-Malaysian heritage with shows that delight inhis unique Wang brand of smart and silly. This one is about morality and themodern sense of self. Swell!
As seen on Taskmaster, Live at the Apollo and Netflix.
‘This is intoxicating stuff’ ★★★★
’Stand-up dreamland’ ★★★★
John Archer: Against The Odds
Semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent and support act forTim Vine on 7 UK tours, John Archer finally takes to the stage on his own oneman show.
A rare chance to see baffling magic with a dash of comedythrown in by the man who many consider to be the best Comedy Magician in the UKtoday.
The first man to fool Penn and Teller on ITV’s ‘Fool Us’with Jonathan Ross and a former winner of the prestigious Magic Circle StageMagician of the Year.
“Amazing!”– SIMON COWELL.
“Hugely Funny. Hugely Talented. You are a Superstar.” – DAVID WALLIAMS.
“Hysterically Funny” –DERREN BROWN.
“You couldput John Archer anywhere andhe would kill anaudience”- PENNJILLETTE (Penn & Teller)
“JohnArcher will blow your mind” – DYNAMO.
£14 / £12 Concs
Suitable for ages 12+
FLEETWOODBAC are the world’s first and best Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, endorsed by MickFleetwood himself, the only Mac tribute to authentically replicate the classic‘Rumours’ line-up.
Over the last few years they havereceived rave reviews from ‘The Stage’ newspaper, the U.K.s leading FleetwoodMac fansites, the official Stevie Nicks website; and from ecstatic audienceswherever the band played, wowing audiences as far afield as Dubai, St. Tropez,the Cayman Islands and Monte Carlo, and twice selling out the world-famousMinack Theatre in Cornwall.
Fleetwood Bac have also been rated by The Times newspaper as one of theU.K.’s top 5 tributes, alongside The Bootleg Beatles, Bjorn Again and theCounterfeit Stones.
Fans include original Mac bassist and biographer Bob Brunning, who joinedthe band several times on stage, and Peter Green’s official biographer MartinCelmins.
The sound, the look, the mystical atmosphere and on-stage chemistry are allportrayed with the passion and energy that got the seal of approval from ‘BigDaddy’ Mick, and built up an excellent reputation amongst Mac fans throughnumerous tours, festival appearances, corporate events and TV and radio slotsall over the U.K. and Europe.
At aBravado show you will hear a large selection of classic material, taken largelyfrom the classic Terry Brown period, performed in a man-for-man, WYSIWYG kindof way, without the use of additional musicians or click-tracks and sequencer.