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and this is my friend Mr. Laurel

Almost 3 years ago now Jeffery Holland fulfilled a long-time ambition when he trod the boards as one of the world’s best loved comedy stars, Stan Laurel. He portrayed his idol in a new one-man play ‘.And this is my friend Mr Laurel’ co-written by the award-winning playwright Gail Louw and Jeff himself.

Saturday 12th January 2019 - 7.30pm

Bach meets Chopin

It is well-known that Chopin hugely admired the work of JS Bach and would play his Preludes & Fugues before his own performances, as well as encourage his pupils to exercise their minds and fingers with the great man’s music.

Firstly, a suite from the last set that Bach wrote – a rich, grand and cosmopolitan selection of seven stylised dances from Europe, designed to be played for entertainment in the home. 

The second half features two of Chopin’s most loved works – the romantic third Ballade and the dazzling Scherzo no.2 – alongside a set of Nocturnes by Fauré, who was deeply inspired by Chopin’s soaring melodic lines, and took his harmonic freedom to new levels.

Thursday 17th January 2019 - 7.30pm

Not the Messiah

Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989, just shy of the celebrations for the twentieth anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. In this one man show written by Tom Crawsaw, George Telfer plays Chapman at the end of his life, as he sits on his hospital bed looking back.

Messiah owes its structure to Python. Alongside the man himself, Telfer plays some of Chapman’s more famous characters – the straight-laced army sergeant, the awkward policeman – who may at any point interrupt his speech with criticisms, heckles or to complain that it has all gotten just a bit too silly. 

Saturday 26th January 2019 - 7.30pm

Comedy 42 Stand-up Comedy Club

THIRD Friday of Every Month - Compered by Chris Purchase

Chris was recently named in GQ's Best 100 Jokes in the World, was What's on Comedian of the Year finalist 2016/17/18, was in the final 10 out of 20,000 for Laugh Factory's International comedian of the Year 2018 and hosts Google's European conferences.

Comedy 42 has been running in Lichfield for the last 4 years and has headlined acts from Katherine Ryan to Paul Sinha to Joel Dommett to Gary Delaney and Zoe Lyons.

Headliner to be announced in December.

Friday 15th Febraury 2019 - 8.00pm

The Pendle Witch

1636. Lancaster Castle - The Witches' Tower. You are imprisoned, awaiting trial, crammed into a cell with a solitary woman who has been here for years. She tells you the story that lead to her being imprisoned, beginning at a Witchcraft Trial, twenty-four years previously. 

But she was not the accused witch. In 1612, she was nine, and she was a witness for the prosecution against the Witches of Pendle, including her own brother, sister, and mother. In this story, the infamous Jennet Device herself tells her version of the events which lead to the hanging of ten people - impossible, had it not been for Jennet's testimony - and how her fortunes fared since then.

Friday 22nd February 2019 - 7.30pm

Spies, Seduction and the SS: Life for women in Nazi Germany

Jane Thynne, author of the Clara Vine espionage series, will be talking about the women who were married to leading men of the Nazi regime. Set against the background of Berlin and Paris, her thrillers feature an Anglo-German actress and British Intelligence agent who treads a dangerous path to penetrate the private life of the Third Reich. The novels explore life for both ordinary and VIP women in Hitler’s misogynist and murderous society.

The world is full of books about the leading Nazis, but almost nothing is known about their wives. Yet in many cases these women were an important influence on their husbands. Some of them, like Annelies von Ribbentrop and Lina Heydrich, were considered more Nazi than their men. Others, like Emmy Goering, or Henny, the wife of Baldur von Schirach, actively interceded with their husbands on an occasional basis to save friends. Henny von Schirach actually remonstrated with Hitler over the treatment of Jews in Vienna and was banished from his presence thereafter.

Friday 8th March 2019 - 7.30pm

The Cork Club

A New Play (in partnership with Lichfield Literature Festival)

In the summer of 1911 school friends Jack, Seth, Wally and Alfie form the Cork Club - a secret friendship group which will see them through lazy summer days, first encounters with the girls in the village and their ongoing feuds with Tommy Adams and his gang.

When war breaks out in 1914, it is not long before they are all serving in the trenches, where their friendship is tested more than any of them could have ever imagined. The repercussions of their actions are felt for decades to come.

Saturday 9th March 2019 - 7.30pm

Mrs Oscar Wilde

Constance Lloyd is rarely remembered in literary history. A feminist, a writer and a mother, she is rather remembered as the wife of one of the most infamous Victorians – Oscar Wilde. 

From her childhood days suffering at the hands of her abusive mother to blossoming into a young woman of society, Constance’s story is intriguing and varied. She had her own income, she brought up her two small children almost single-handedly and was one of the most well-known faces and names among the celebrities of London in the late 1800s. 

Friday 29th March 2019 - 7.30pm


Reform Theatre Company/Harrogate Theatre present TWO 2 
Written by Jim Cartwright

Two 2; Jim Cartwright revisits the lives, loves and laughs of regulars in a Northern boozer. Time may have passed but the pub is still standing - just. 

Punters are now few and far between, and despite all attempts at quiz nights, karaoke and pub grub it could soon be last orders for the struggling landlord and lady.

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th May 2019 - 7.30pm