Jam-packed programme for the first part of the year at theatre

After a record-breaking Christmas pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, The Maltings continues to bring exceptional entertainment in 2017.

Thursday, 5th January 2017, 5:23 pm
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:11 pm
Rogue One will be on at the Maltings

Although January is one of the busier months for cinema, not forgetting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story showing every day from tomorrow until January 12, it has still squeezed in some great live shows.

Spittal Variety Group returns with its annual pantomime, this year performing The Pied Piper from Tuesday, January 17 to Sunday, January 22, and Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band, one of the last of the original Louisiana bluesmen, plays with Bob Hall and Hilary Blythe on Wednesday, January 25.

The Bear will be performed at the Maltings

The live programme picks up in February. Berwick Broadcasting Corporation returns with The Golden Age of Wireless on February 4, and Tideline Runners’ new comedy One Big Lie is on from February 16 to 18.

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February is the month for music with the return of Yehudi Menuhin School (February 7), the only Michael Jackson tribute invited to perform for Michael Jackson himself, The King of Pop starring Navi (Februrary 10), The BIG Chris Barber Band (February 12); Legends of American Country Show (February 14) and national treasures Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick on a rare UK duo tour (February 23).

A show for the family, The Bear by Raymond Briggs (February 22), has been adapted by Pins and Needles Productions and tells the story of a little girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear.

And The Maltings has award-winning comedian Omid Djalili, known for his legendary stand-up, for one night as part of his tour (February 16).

In March The Maltings hosts Townsend Productions with its new show, Dare Devil Rides to Jarama, a new play by Neil Gore (March 3); DYAD Productions: Jane Eyre – An Autobiography, performed by Rebecca Vaughan (March 10); Chekhov’s Shorts (March 24) from European Arts Company, and Thèâtre Sans Frontières’ adaptation of acclaimed children’s author David Almond’s Heaven Eyes (March 25).

The Maltings’ new brochure will be coming out near the end of March. Highlights include Northern Ballet returning for its annual show with a new production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears (April 1). Scamp Theatre also returns with a new production based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo,

The Scarecrows’ Wedding (April 20).

See www.maltingsberwick.co.uk for more.

The Bear will be performed at the Maltings