Brochure brim full for a new season

Packed with comedy, live music, dance, theatre and more, the latest Berwick Maltings programme has something for everyone.

Friday, 15th April 2016, 16:30 pm
Pop Factor

Highlights from the packed April to October schedule include Shakespeare Untold (April 30), a family-friendly double bill with a fun twist on two classic tales, on tour from the world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe.

Fertile Ground is Dancing the Road with an exciting and unusual dance show (May 20), hankies will need to be at the ready for what we’re sure will be a very moving production of Peter Wheelan’s The Accrington Pals (July 1), and prepare for a theatrical thrill ride with the intriguing new musical 72hrs in Moscow from The Tideline Runners (August 18 to 20).

Kathryn Tickell and The Side. Picture by Graham Oliver

A real coup comes in the form of Paines Plough’s acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing (September 16).

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The venue’s comedy offering has something for everyone, with very nearly sold-out shows from Susan Calman (April 20) and Julian Clary (May 14), as well as the return of lovable Geordie Patrick Monahan (May 28). The Damp Knights are back with an hilarious evening of improv in Turtle Recall (June 3), and the much-loved Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket promises laughter for the whole family (July 17).

The Maltings is the place to be for live music in the coming months, with folk musician Pete Coe (May 7), the family favourite Pop Factor (June 4), classic jazz from Ken Mathieson’s Orchestra (June 17), Scottish teen sensation Brandon McPhee (July 6), award-winning Celtic band The Outside Track (July 22), foot stomping Scocha (August 13), virtuosos The Blues Band (September 9), and spirited Kathryn Tickell and The Side (October 21).

And the audience can take their pick of tributes too, from Neil Diamond to The Who, and Queen to Bryan Adams, throughout the year.

Julian Clary

Never content with just bringing in some fabulous talent to the town, The Maltings team regularly produces its own shows, starting with Gilbert and Sullivan’s outrageous Iolanthe in June as part of another breath-taking season of Berwick Festival Opera.

Maltings Youth Theatre and Friends are all-singing, all-dancing in The Producers (May 5 to 7).

And the Junior Youth Theatre’s custard pie-filled Bugsy Malone is set to be another hoot (June 23 to 25).

After last year’s sell-out success of Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty will be getting the festive treatment in December as the panto for the year, running from December 17 to 30.

Kathryn Tickell and The Side. Picture by Graham Oliver

Tickets for Sleeping Beauty will go on sale from Saturday.

And if you book before November 10, you will be in with a chance of winning a family cinema voucher every month throughout 2017.

Full details of all the shows, ticket prices and timings are available on the theatre’s website at

Tickets can also be booked online or by calling the box office hotline on 01289 330999.

Julian Clary