Stars shine down on Chesterfield

Marty Wilde
Marty Wilde

Music and theatre stars have a north Derbyshire town on their radar.

Music and theatre stars have a north Derbyshire town on their radar.

Paul Carrack, Marty Wilde and the Wildcats and Fairport Convention are coming to the Winding Wheel next month, followed by The Manfreds, Charlie Landsborough and Chas & Dave in March and Suggs in April.

There are two big theatrical show in the season.

Agatha Christie’s Go Back For Murder will be staged at the Pomegranate Theatre from February 18 to 23. The play stars Liza Goddard, Sophie Ward, Gary Mavers and Lysette Anthony.

The Pitmen Painters, a co-production by the National Theatre and The Live Theatre Newcastle, hits the Pomegranate from April 9 to 13.

Stars of Hollyoaks Kim Tiddy and Ciara Janson are among the cast of Boeing Boeing which will be staged at the Pomegranate in early February.

The New Playwrights Festival spotlighting unsung creative talent is back in March following a break last year.

Film fans are well catered for at the Pomegranate. The Duchess, which was filmed at Chatsworth, will be shown tonight (Thursday, January 10), The Dark Knight Rises will be screened tomorrow and The Woman In Black will be on the big screen on Sunday.

Other films to be shown over the coming weeks include Midnight in Paris, Coriolanus, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Awakening and Bel Ami.

Fun-seeking fans will cheer a new year of comedy at the Winding Wheel where The Lumberjacks (Craig Campbell, Stewart Francis and Glenn Wool) perform in April as does Dave Spikey.

The Spotlight Comedy Club marks its ninth birthday on January 24 with Smug Roberts, as seen on Phoenix Nights, and Chris Turner lined up to the tickle the funnybone. Gag masters throughout the season at the club’s monthly shows include Michael Redmond from Father Ted and Bobby Mair from 8 Out of 10 Cats .

For more details, contact or call 01246 345 222.

We are giving away tickets for a thriller and two comedy plays.

The productions will be presented at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, during the spring play season.

First up is Shock!, by Brian Clemens, which will be staged by Tabs Productions and runs from January 29 to February 2.

The corkscrew thriller is set at a birthday party where celebrations take a sinister turn - culminating in the death of guests and many a shock twist.

The mood is lightened in the next presentation - The Comedy of Terrors, written by John Goodrum, who lives in South Wingfield, and performed by his Rumpus Theatre Company.

This farce is actually set in the Pomegranate Theatre where an actress arrives for an audition and is embroiled in a story of multiple mistaken identity.

The Comedy of Terrors runs from February 12-16.

Completing the season is Stones in his Pockets, by Marie Jones, which will be staged by Talking Scarlet and runs from February 26 to March 2. An hilarious, but poignant, comedy, it is set in Ireland where a community awaits the arrival of a Hollywood film crew.

To be in with a chance of winning tickets to the three plays, tell us the name of the writer of Shock! Send the answer with your name, address and daytime phone number to: Contest, Features Writer, Derbyshire Times, Station Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7XD. Entries close on Thursday,