Music, gags and Madoc

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CELEBRATED British actor Philip Madoc stars in a Chesterfield debut for I Met A Man Who Wasn’t There from Wednesday, a new play penned by soap scriptwriter Philip Meeks.

The Pomegranate stages the story of a popular medium who suddenly vanishes from public gaze after the death of his wife.

When an investigative journalist tracks him down to a northern seaside town he reveals the story of his life and his abilities – and unearths her own terrible secret.

The mismatched pair slowly learn what connects them and why they have been drawn together.

Madoc’s 50 year-career includes Lloyd George, Last Of The Mohicans, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, The Avengers and Doctor Who, Dad’s Army, Porridge and The Good Life as well as theatre work with The RSC and in London’s West End. He stars alongide Cathy Shipton, best known for playing Sister Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin in BBC’s Casualty between 1986 and 2004.

n Less famous but on a bigger scale, six months of work at Sheffield’s Ecclesfield School comes to fruition on Wednesday when their production of the West End smash hit We Will Rock You opens.

The show, based on the songs of Queen and set in a future when musical instruments no longer exist, features 100 students dancing, singing and acting alongside special light effects.

Performances are in Lady Mabel Hall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7.30. Tickets, £4/£2, are sold out except for Wednesday.

n Before then Tankersley Manor continues as one of the newer names on South Yorkshire’s comedy venue circuit tonight when The Comedy Club Barnsley hosts funny magic artist Mandy Muden, as seen on Faking It and Come Dine With Me, Raymond Mearns and headliner Martin Beaumont.

Sticking with laughs, on Thursday Abbcom welcomes Beat The Frog winner Brennan Reece, Ben Schofield, Jon Wells, Andy Niner and others to Bar Abbey, beneath Sheffield’s Abbeydale Cinema. The same night Last Laugh sees Jo Enright host Quincy and Tom Craine at Sheffield pubs The Lescar and The Greystones.

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