What’s on in September
Our guide to the best events in and around Lancashire
THEATRE AND DANCE
WUTHERING HEIGHTS Join Heartbreak Productions for this outdoor adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic tale. Pack a chair or blanket, a picnic, and dress for the weather for this outdoor theatre production.
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Samlesbury, brockholes.org/ open-air-theatre
THE UNEXPECTED GUEST
A classic Agatha Christie murder mystery in which a stranger gets embroiled in murder and family secrets. Farnworth
Little Theatre, Farnworth, farnworthlittletheatre.co.uk
10TH SEPT – 12TH OCT &JULIET
&Juliet is the quirky and funloving new musical that asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? &Juliet features some of the biggest pop anthems arranged by the Tony and Grammy Award-winning orchestrator Bill Sherman. Manchester Opera House, Manchester, atgtickets. com
11TH SEPT-2ND OCT
NOT JUST BOLLYWOOD
Part of Celebrating Women in Global Cinema, this is a celebration of contemporary Indian culture. This puts a spotlight on some of the best examples of Indian independent films directed by women. HOME, Manchester, homemcr.org 11TH-14TH
THE WOMAN IN BLACK
Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation. Grand Theatre, Blackpool, blackpoolgrand.co.uk
MOORHOUSE: NORTHERN JOKER Lancashire Life columnist Justin Moorhouse is taking his comedic show on tour where he shares his uncertainty with everything from his family growing up to the current political climate.
Muni Theatre, Colne,
13TH SEPT – 19TH OCT MACBETH
Pulling the audience into an unsettling world of power and desire, director Christopher Haydon’s contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth sees actor Lucy Ellinson take on the iconic title role. Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, royalexchange. co.uk/whats-on-and-tickets/ macbeth
THE FIRE OF OLYMPUS An operatic take on the legends of Prometheus and Pandora, using the power of Greek myth to resonate with the modern world.
Burnley Mechanics, Burnley, burnleymechanics.co.uk
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL
The popular musical is back, telling the story of three workmates pushed to the boiling point. The musicals feature music by Dolly Parton and stars Louise Redknapp
Palace Theatre, Manchester, atgtickets.co.uk
Diversity’s UK tour, ‘Born Ready’ marks 10 years since they won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent.
Winter Gardens, Blackpool, wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/ whats-on/diversity
Award winning comedian Russell Kane is back with a new tour show, discussing love, family and life. King George’s Hall, Blackburn, kinggeorgeshall. com
MUSIC AND CONCERTS
The Opera Boys are back with a brand new show full of opera, classics and west end performances.
Blackburn Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 0845 847 1664 7TH
Tina Turner tribute act Justine Riddoch, performs some of the star’s biggest hits.
Platform, Morecambe, uk.patronbase.com/_ Theplatform/productions/ Tina/performances
Following a sold-out run of solo shows; Stereophonics front-man, Kelly Jones has announced further dates to his Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day tour. Blackpool Opera House, Blackpool, stereophonics.com/ Kellytour
THE BRITISH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Ward Thomas, Catherine Mcgrath and Sarah Darling will headline this new festival which will include performances across five stages. Winter Gardens, Blackpool, wintergardensblackpool.co.uk
PENRITH TOWN BAND To celebrate Penrith Town Band’s 125th anniversary year, awardwinning Foden’s Band is set to put on a unique concert.
St Andrew’s Church, Penrith, penrithtwonband.co.uk
LAST NIGHT OF THE RIBBLE VALLEY PROMS Raising money for St Michael and St Johns Church, this evening will feature music from the Musicals with Championship Section Wingates Band and a performance from soprano Emma Radcliffe and others.
The Old School Rooms, Lowergate, Clitheroe,
Dervish have been bringing traditional Irish music to the world for more than 29 years and continue to put Irish music on the map with their latest tour.
The Atkinson, Southport, theatkinson.co.uk
THE HALLE –
BBC presenter Petroc Trelawny makes a welcome return to the Hallé to guide you through a night of movie classics.
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, halle.co.uk 28TH
PIERJAM PART THREE An exciting series of daytime clubbing events returns to Blackpool for the 2019 closing party with MK and DJ EZ as their two headliners. North Pier, Blackpool, pierjam.com
COUNTY DAYS OUT
THE RAMSBOTTOM JIGSAW FESTIVAL
In its sixth year, come and see hundreds of completed jigsaws displayed together, all available to buy. St Paul’s Church, Ramsbottom, 07870 951251
ROSSENDALE 60S FESTIVAL
Taking you back to the 60s era, this festival features over 40 different venues that will be
putting on 60s themed vents across The Rossendale Valley including an annual shop window dressing competition.
Various venues, Rossendale Valley, 07954 294653
Hoghton Tower’s lawns will be filled with classic cars and bikes, with plenty of national club stands and exhibitors to chat to. Expect arena displays as well as a variety of trade stands and an auto jumble. Hoghton Tower, Preston, markwoodwardclassicevents. com
Taking place in a disused church, this music and arts festival features a range of emerging artists and will feature live bands, DJS, spoken word, live art, creative stalls and art installations.
Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn, 07866 545964
Lancaster city centre will be taken over with a celebration of all things Italian, including Italian entertainment, food and drink, and a street market showcasing top Italian brands alongside artisan produce.
Lancaster City Centre, visitlancaster.org.uk/whats-on/ lancaster-festa-italia
BLACK PUDDING THROWING CHAMPIONSHIP
The annual competition which dates back to the 80s sees Black Puddings being hurled at a pile of Yorkshire Puddings on a 20-foot high plinth.
The Oaks, Ramsbottom
Taking place at Lytham Hall with proceeds going towards Lytham Hall Restoration and Rotary charities, the weekend will feature full size and miniature steam engines of various vehicles, trade and craft stalls, and a dog agility demonstration. Lytham Hall, Lytham, lythamhall.org. uk
A new food and drink show, celebrating the finest producers in the North, promoting local, sustainable and authentic food and drink. Visitors can enjoy a programme of free talks and hands-on demos from chefs and experts. Rheged, Penrith, rheged.com/arts/food-drinkshow-2019/
26TH SEPT – 7TH OCT MANCHESTER
FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL
The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is now a well-established nationally acclaimed event.festival e vents take place in venues across the city and at the Festival Hub at Cathedral Gardens. Various city centre venues, Manchester, foodanddrinkfestival.com
BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIP
The British Musical Fireworks Championship is a pyromusical firework competition across three nights, where competitors battle it out to be crowned the winner. Victoria Park, Southport, visitsouthport.com/whats-on/ british-musical-fireworkschampionship
INSPIRED BY ALICE
Step into the immersive world of Alice, with art, collectables and craft all inspired by the legacy of Alice in Wonderland, as this exhibition explores the origins of Alice in Wonderland and the creativity that Lewis Carroll has sparked. The Atkinson, Southport, theatkinson.co.uk
WITH RUSKIN HIDEYUKI SOBUE
In conjunction with his exhibition, Japanese artist Hideyuki Sobue will also give a talk exploring the relevance of John Ruskin’s legacy sharing his personal experience of research .
Blue Gallery, Brantwood, Coniston, brantwood.org.uk
THE UNITED NATIONS: Retired chartered engineer Richard A Shire will be giving a talk, covering the founding of the United Nations and its role in championing global ecological stewardship and will feature an overview of recent UN work and possible solutions to the current climate.
Bolton School Girls’ Division, Bolton, boltonschool.org
ABOVE: Miriam Teak Lee stars in & Juliet at Manchester Opera House
Louise Redknapp takes on the role of Violet Newstead in 9 To 5 The Musical
ABOVE: The Classic Car Show takes place at Hoghton Tower