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What’s On in Warrington – December & January

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Comedy – Sarah Millican – Control Enthusiast – Tuesday 4 – Thursday 6 December (8pm)

Sarah Millican isn’t a control freak – she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see? Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy, this laugh-out-loud show will discuss everything from farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole and a revelation on the correct way to eat a biscuit.

Ticket price: £27.50

Location: Parr Hall

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Music – Kate Rusby at Christmas – Friday 7 December (7.30pm)

Kick off Christmas in style this year as the multi-award winning Kate Rusby heads to town with a festive folk treat. Combining beautifully expressive vocals with a sharp Yorkshire wit, these Christmas concerts really are one of a kind. Warm and inviting, spicy and sparkly, this show is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Ticket price: £18/£26

Location: Parr Hall

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Music – Gemini Musical Theatre – Christmas Gala Concert – Saturday 8 December (7.30pm)

Step into the world of ‘Christmas Past’ as a beautiful, festive-themed concert heads to Parr Hall. Join Gemini Musical Theatre Company and the Manchester Opera Orchestra as they perform a wonderful collection of traditional carols from all over the world, all delivered with a nostalgic Dickensian-themed twist!

Ticket price: £12.50

Location: Parr Hall

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Music – Peter Price – Saturday 8 December (7.30pm)

Internationally-renowned guitarist Peter Price is returning to his hometown of Warrington for a fantastic night of live music. Peter’s performances will take you on an exotic journey from the folk and country blues of Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell and Leadbelly, before exploring the world of jazz, Latin and world music.

Ticket price: £15

Location: Pyramid

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Dance – Vienna Festival Ballet presents The Nutcracker – Sunday 9 December (2.30pm)

Escape to a winter wonderland of sweets and snow this Christmas as one of the world’s best-loved ballets comes to Parr Hall. Known and loved throughout the world, The Nutcracker boasts a wonderful combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, making it a festive family treat like no other.

Ticket price: £12.50

Location: Parr Hall

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Music – Houghton Weavers – Friday 14 December (7.30pm)

The Houghton Weavers have been entertaining us for more than 40 years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation. During their time together as a group they have performed thousands of concerts, recorded more than 30 albums, and starred in several of their own highly successful BBC radio and TV series. This upcoming tour aims to “keep folk smiling”.

Ticket price: £14/£15

Location: Pyramid

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Music – For Those About to Rock – Live/Wire AC/DC vs Whitesnake UK – Saturday 15 December (7.30pm)

High voltage rock ‘n’ roll is heading to Parr Hall this December with the ultimate battle of the bands. Top tribute acts Live/Wire AC/DC and Whitesnake UK are set to go head-to-head in a true rock ‘n’ roll-style showdown as they recreate some of the greatest hits of two iconic bands.

Ticket price: £20

Location: Parr Hall

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Family – The Snowman – Thursday 20 December (1.45pm and 7pm)

Experience the magic of a true Christmas classic in a whole new way when The Snowman comes to Parr Hall’s big screen – with a live full orchestra. With a few extra surprises and a fun introduction to the orchestra, this family show is guaranteed to make you fall in love with Christmas all over again.

Ticket price: £14/£16/£18

Location: Parr Hall

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Music – The Sweet – Blockbuster Christmas Show – Friday 21 December (7.30pm)

Turn back the clock to a time of flares, fashion and fun as glam rock icons The Sweet head to town. Join these national treasures and 70s rock sensations for the ultimate Christmas party as they perform all their greatest hits including Blockbuster, Ballroom Blitz, Fox on the Run and Love is Like Oxygen.

Ticket price: £20

Location: Parr Hall

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January

Family – Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – Friday 4 – Sunday 13 January (7.30pm)

Join the legendary hero Robin Hood as he embarks on a quest to rid the kingdom of the evil Prince John and rescue two little children who have become lost in the woods. Full to the brim with classic panto silliness, as well as songs you’ll be singing all the way home; this is one theatre experience you and your family will never forget!

Ticket price: £10.50/£12.50

Location: Parr Hall

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Music – Fast Love: A Tribute to George Michael – Friday 25 January (8pm)

Relive the passion and flare of a global superstar as this fantastic tribute puts the “boom boom into your heart”. Jam-packed with crowd-pleasing anthems, from the Wham! classics of the new pop revival to the chart-topping success of the 80s album Faith, you’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your favourite hits.

Ticket price: £25

Location: Parr Hall

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EXHIBITIONS

Art – Until Saturday 2 March 2019 (All Day) – Warrington Art Treasures: The National Picture

This is the third in a series of exhibitions celebrating landmark events in the history of the oldest public museum in the North West. Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is joining forces with National Museums Liverpool by borrowing three fantastic works – Enrico Coleman’s Oxen Drawing a Block of Stone to the Studio of John Warrington Wood and Sir Luke Fildes’ A Portrait of Fanny Fildes and The Widower.

Ticket price: Free

Location: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

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Display – Until Saturday 26 January 2019 (All Day) – Warrington Herstories

Warrington Herstories tells the tales of 21 women with connections to the town – women who have made astounding achievements, shown insurmountable compassion to others or simply dared to be different. From writers to poets, social and political campaigners to natural historians, entertainers, doctors and even the odd criminal, these feisty females rivalled their male counterparts to contradict the widely-held perception that “it’s a man’s world”.

Ticket price: Free

Location: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

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Exhibition – Until Saturday 4 May 2019 (All Day) – Peace at Last

Peace at Last is the final instalment in a series of exhibitions to commemorate World War One.  Visitors will discover what life was like for soldiers returning home from the horrors of war and how life for Warrington’s inhabitants changed for ever. The exhibition will include research collected by local history groups.

Ticket price: Free

Location: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

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Art – Until Saturday 19 January 2019 (All Day) – Stanley Lench

Discover the story of forgotten artist Stanley Lench (1934 – 2000) with this fascinating exhibition. Co-curated by Stanley’s lifelong friend David Trowbridge, this remarkable collection charts the artist’s development through portraits of silent screen stars, playwrights, musicians, and other 1960s icons, as well as a selection of drawings and paintings of fantasy figures, and early portraits of his family.

Ticket price: Free

Location: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

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EVENTS

Workshop – Saturday 1 December 2018 (All Day) – Archaeological Finds Identification Day

Amateur archaeologists are being called to bring in their treasure as part of the museum’s Archaeological Finds Identification Day. This fantastic opportunity allows members of the public to have any archaeological discoveries officially identified and recorded. Finds can include objects that are made of metal, flint and pottery that are more than 300 years old. Please bring along a grid reference or details of the object find spot.

Ticket price: Free

Location: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

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