A TOUR warm-up show from razor sharp comedy star Jimmy Carr is among the highlights of a busy six-month programme for Chesterfield’s two most popular venues.
The Winding Wheel hosts the 8 Out Of Ten Cats presenter on February 10 when he tries out material for his Gagging Order UK dates.
Fellow stand-up hero Stewart Francis, the quick-witted Canadian regular on Mock The Week, adds to the laughter count as does American comic Doug Stanhope and vintage British men of jokes Jim Davidson and Freddie Starr – the latter in town with his Back From The Jungle Tour.
In May the youthful Keith Jack is at the Holywell Street venue in the touring Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber favourite Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Sheffield’s Paul Carrack and folk stalwarts Fairport Convention are among musical offerings at the Wheel which include leading tribute acts The Bon Jovi Experience and The Stones. Chris Dean’s Carry On Swinging, The Fureys, Joe Longthorne, The Searchers and Smokie further the variety alongside One Night Of Elvis, Billy Fury story Halfway To Paradise, We’ll Meet Again and Gary Mullen’s One Night Of Queen.
Moscow Ballet - La Classique’s Swan Lake adds an international flavour to The Pomegranate in March with Swan Lake amid a packed programme, which opened last week with The Merry Wives Of Windsor.
Sheffield’s panto dame Damian Williams returns to the venue in Dave Freeman’s British farce A Bedfull Of Foreigners on January 24 ahead of Agatha Christie spoof Murdered To Death.
The Corporation Street theatre hosts fresh productions of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, Laurie Lee’s Cotswold childhood romp Cider With Rosie and Alan Ayckbourn’s Haunting Julia.
Patric Kearns directs topical tabloid tale Silly Cow, a satire which brings a Chesterfield return from Talking Scarlet Ltd.
Ray Cooney’s comedy Funny Money lands in March ahead of Bernstein and Sondheim’s musical classic West Side Story and an April date with Opera della Luna’s The Merry Widow.
Dyad Productions tender a modern adaptation of Mark Twain’s affectionate satire The Diaries Of Adam And Eve while Talking Scarlet are back again with dark drama Kiss Chase.
Chesterfield Playgoers Society present David Hare’s Amy’s View hot on the heels of Chesterfield Operatic Society’s Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.
Madonna-themed Like A Virgin precedes thriller Murder Mistaken, darts drama Best In The World and musical romp Raining Men.
Oklahoma and Little Shop Of Horrors add further music to a calendar that includes a stage take on TV sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo and family shows Dracula Rock Show, Funny Bones, Rent, The Aristocats Kids and The Little Big Club.
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