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  • Atkinson announces its new summer season

    Henry James

    THE Atkinson, Sefton’s home for arts and entertainment has announced its new summer season.

    Top named comedians Chris Ramsey (Thursday, May 17) and Ed Byrne (Saturday, April 28) feature alongside Edinburgh favourite Barbara Nice in her interactive show Raffle (Saturday, May 26) and the romp across the Doctor’s 54 years, 13 faces and countless adventures with Who, Me on Saturday, June 30. Investigating whether Doctor Who (the television show) is guilty of inciting in him a debilitating obsession, or whether it has shaped him into a well-rounded, mentally-sound member of society.

    Toya Wilcox delivers an intimate evening of stories and songs on Friday, May 11 and headlines Southport Festival (Friday 11 – Sunday, May 13) along with Strictly Come Dancing runner up Giovanni with his new show Born to Win (Sold out) while Gretchen Peters, the cast of Walk like a Man on Friday, June 22 and Texas born blues musician Hamilton Loomis give the venue the sound of live music.

    Chrissy Rock leads the cast in Dirty Dusting on Thursday, June 14. Gladys, Elsie and Olive are three cleaning ladies who are about to be “put out to pasture” by their overzealous office manager Dave. But a chance wrong number requiring a sex chat line rings into the office and gives them a great idea… “Why not run a sex chat line?” After all, their age and appearance won’t matter on the telephone and providing they can keep this a secret from their boss… they could be onto a winner!

    Folk fans won’t be disappointed with the combination of Nancy Kerr and Luke Daniels on Friday, May 18, followed by The Demon Barbers XL – Disco At The Tavern on Friday, June 8. This part gig, part dance show from the band brings a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning Roadshow.

    Then on Thursday June 14 three friends who are all stars of folk-rock with a wealth of musical history under their belts, Burgess, Nicol & Kemp take to the stage for a night not to be missed, in association with Friends of Folk.

    The Chris Bevington Organisation returns after their success at the Big Blues Festival last year for a full gig on Friday, June 6.

    The venue continues to programme work for families with a new adaptation of the classic Wind in the Willows from Scott Ritchie Productions & KD Theatre Productions.

    Audiences can meet all their favourite characters including loyal Mole, faithful Ratty and wise old Badger as they do their best to keep the mischievous Mr Toad out of trouble. Will they be able to stop the Wicked Weasel from taking over Toad Hall?!

    Keepy Uppy on Saturday, May 26 from Tutti Frutti Theatre is a play for the 2018 World Cup year, for football fans, non-football fans, children and families. Join them and celebrate the joy of the beautiful game with popping rhymes, fab footie moves, flicks and sidesteps underscored by toe tapping live music.

    Stuff and Nonsense return with their new production of The Gingerbread Man Sunday, May 13 and Mei Productions, bring to life Cbeebies stars Sarah and Duck in their Live Show on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1.

    Families from all over the North West have been enjoying the Viking: Rediscover the Legend exhibition in partnership with the British Museum and Yorkshire Museum.

    For the first time people will see the most significant Viking treasure hoards ever discovered in Britain on display together. Ground-breaking research and new discoveries will challenge peoples’ perceptions and give them a fresh perspective on how Vikings shaped every aspect of their lives in Britain.

    It has attracted over 3,000 people in the first 10 days and with the Viking re-enactors returning on May 12/13 for Southport Festival don’t miss the opportunity to have a go and learn more about Vikings and their way of life. The Viking ships will also be returning!

    Individuals can see the exhibition (the only place in the North West) until Saturday, July 7. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now, visit theatkinson.co.uk or call Box Office 01704 533333.

    The Museum and Discover Ancient Egypt Gallery are free to visit and they have lots of interactive displays. People can visit Monday-Saturday 10am -4pm.

    Now on sale at The Atkinson for autumn 2018: Eddie Reader, Cara Dillon, Sense & Sensibility, Limehouse Lizzy, Big Blues Festival, Dave Spikey and more.


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