Up and coming events in Bakewell Town Hall

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thursday 17 October, 7pm (doors 6.15pm)

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.

Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

For more information, email ntlive@nationaltheatre.org.uk

Thursday 17 October, 7pm (doors 6.15pm)

Tickets £14 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bakewelltownhall/t-zdzvlr 01629 810152

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Wednesday 23 October, curtain up at 7.30pm

‘A Christmas Carol’, adapted by John Mortimer for the RSC

The story which became one of author Charles Dickens most popular works is a Christmas parable that has long endured and inevitably been adapted into various media. However, John Mortimer, creator of the fictional barrister Rumpole of the Bailey and A Voyage Round My Father produced arguably the best version in the Royal Shakespeare Company production in the early 1990s, in its ensemble cast portraying city life in all its variety.

“John Mortimer’s version of A Christmas Carol combines politics with pleasure.… faithful to Dickens’s extraordinary mixture of fantastical melodrama and resurrection myth. It becomes much more than a story about an old skinflint who turns into a charitable giver. It becomes a study in the fear of alienation and reminds us of the penetrating truth of Peter Ackroyd’s comment that through Scrooge, Dickens offers an exaggerated, dream-like image of his own self.

Mortimer manages to rattle our bourgeois comfort while giving us a good night out.”

Michael Billington, The Guardian

Wednesday 23 October, curtain up at 7.30pm

Adults £10, under 16s £8. One free ticket for groups of twelve.


Tony Walsh plus special guest, Stephen James Smith

Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Forget what you imagined a poetry night could be and expect belly-laughs, tears and everything in between from this stunning, big-hearted performer who often leaves audiences on their feet, dazzled and breathless.

“Now a national hero” (The Guardian) having “stunned millions of people” (Huffington Post) with his iconic performance in Manchester in May 2017, international audiences are quickly discovering what has been an open secret for well over a decade: an evening with Tony Walsh is a rip-roaring rock and roller-coaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist at the very top of his game.Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Tickets £14 01629 810152 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bakewelltownhall/t-qgprmx

Rosa & Roberto

3rd November, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Rosa Campos -Fernandez (clarinets) and Roberto Carillo-Garcia (double bass and guitar) – two musicians on four instruments. Hallé members Rosa and Roberto bring Spanish flair and virtuosity to a programme with a Latin flavour, including music by Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos.

Rosa Campos Fernandez was born in Vigo (Spain) and has been Co-Principal E flat Clarinet with the Hallé since 2004.

In addition to this position, Rosa has performed with other orchestras and ensembles including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orquesta de Cadaqués, the Real Filarmonía de Galicia (Santiago de Compostela) and the Moonwinds Ensemble.

She studied clarinet and piano at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Vigo, graduating in 1998, and joined the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2000 to study clarinet and bass clarinet with Anthony Pay, Joan Enric Lluna and Michael Harris. She graduated in 2003 with DPS (Diploma of Professional Studies) with distinction.

Rosa maintains a busy life as a soloist and chamber musician, playing concerts in Taiwan, Sweden, Italy, Spain and England. Her most recent project is with pianist Paul Janes. Alongside her role at the RNCM she is also a visiting teacher of clarinet at Chetham´s School of Music.

Roberto Carillo-Garcia was born on the Island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, where music plays a very important role. There are two symphony orchestras, conservatories and international music festivals giving music lovers plenty of things to do. He studied the classical guitar and then the double bass at the Conservatorio Superior de Mœsica in Santa Cruz, the capital of the island.

He served as principal double bass with Northern Sinfonia, before taking his post as principal bass with the Hallé in 2001. While working day to day as a bassist with the Hallé, Roberto continues to enjoy playing the guitar as a soloist.

3 November, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Tickets £15/12 01629 810152 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bakewelltownhall/t-kmmerz

NT Live: Hansard

by Simon Wood

7th November 7pm (doors 6.15pm)

Hansard; noun

The official report of all parliamentary debates.

See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.

It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.

Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.

For more information, email ntlive@nationaltheatre.org.uk

7 November 7pm (doors 6.15pm)

Tickets £14 01629 810152 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bakewelltownhall/t-rdpmme

Present Laughter

by Noël Coward

28th November, 7pm (doors 6.15pm)

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

For more information, email ntlive@nationaltheatre.org.uk

28 November, 7pm (doors 6.15pm)

Tickets £14 01629 810152 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bakewelltownhall/t-xxmepn

Simon Evans: The Work of the Devil

10 April 2020 8pm (doors 7.15pm)

Simon Evans’ last show, Genius 2.0 (***** “A Masterclass” The Scotsman) provided an hilarious analysis of the departure of any visible sign of intelligence from modern life. But his new show raises the stakes, with his usual excoriating views of a world on fire given a perspective shift from personal revelations that turned his world upside down this year.

“A gripping and, ultimately heart-warming tale… rich with Evans’ wit and caustic observation.” (**** The Scotsman)

“You expect a high standard of stand-up from this veteran performer. But in sharing something so deeply personal, he’s exceeded what seemed to be his full potential… I’d expect it to get even better when it goes out on tour. Outstanding stuff.” ( **** ½ Chortle

Simon Evans is the star of Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth & Simon Evans Goes To Market. Simon has made appearances on This Week, Question Time, Celebrity Mastermind, Pointless Celebrities and Mastermind The Professionals.

10 April, 8pm (doors 7.15pm)

Tickets £15/13 01629 810152 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bakewelltownhall/t-jldjdj