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Music & Theatre Bookings

Music & Theatre Bookings


'Kon Tiki' - an exciting launch at Dean Clough in more ways than one...
Cine Galleria
Dean Clough in partnership with Reel Solutions presents ' CineGalleria': a selection of new releases and established classics on digital in the Crossley Gallery. Mixed cabaret seating, drinks available. Fortnightly Thursdays at 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00 (booking not required).

– Thursday 26th February 2015 at 7.30pm
Under Milk Wood
Dir. Andrew Sinclair GB 1972 88 mins (12A)
Richard Burton and Ryan Davies are the drunken, rollicking nocturnal visitors to Dylan Thomas’s ‘llareggub’; with cameos from Peter O'Toole (as blind Captain Cat) and Elizabeth Taylor (as sailors' whore Rosie Probert). A formidable Celtic ensemble includes Siân Phillips, Glynis Johns, Angharad Rees, Vivien Merchant and Talfryn Thomas.
+ Richard Burton: Lion of the Welsh
Writer and broadcaster Tony Earnshaw presents an exploration of the work of a fearless and versatile performer. Lion of the Welsh is a lively and objective re-consideration of Richard Burton’s oeuvre, using many of the actor’s own words and clips from his films.(Runtime: 50 mins). Tickets £6.00 (booking not required).

– Thursday, 12th March 2015 at 7.30pm
Dirs. Joachim Roenning, Espen Sandberg Norway 2012 114 mins (15) Some subtitles.
In 1947, ignored by the scientific community, the ‘experimental archaeologist’ Thor Heyerdahl set sail in a balsa wood raft on an epic 5,000-mile journey to prove that the Polynesian islands were populated from Peru. Guided only by the currents he was accompanied by five companions, only one of whom had ever been to sea before. A true story that makes for splendid, old-fashioned adventure filmmaking. Tickets £6.00 (booking not required).

– Thursday, 26th March 2015 at 7.30pm
Love is Strange
Dir. Ira Sachs USA/Fra/Braz/Gre 2014 94 mins (15)
Together for years and recently married, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are forced out of their home and obliged to test family loyalties by being unwanted (and reluctant) houseguests. A fascinating study of how lives can be forcibly re-evaluated, this is also a gentle and subtle study of commitment and mutual devotion. Tickets £6.00 (booking not required).

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King Lear by William Shakespeare
Northern Broadsides' production of Shakespeare’s

Directed by Jonathan Miller
Designed by Isabella Bywater
Lighting by Guy Hoare

Premieres in the Viaduct Theatre on:

Feb 27th and 28th 2015 at 7.30pm (Preview nights)
March 3rd to 7th 2015 at 7.30pm (NB Tickets for March 4th will not go on general sale until Dec 14th 2014)
Matinee performance on March 7th at 2.30pm

King Lear is the story of a family at war with itself. Lear, an ageing and deeply flawed individual, wrecks his relationship with his three daughters and in doing so, loses all he has. What is there left? This question, which is Lear’s predicament and Shakespeare’s genius, invites us all to think upon what we might gain when nothing is all we have.

Jonathan Miller famously described King Lear as “The most interesting play Shakespeare ever wrote”. With his keen eye for the subtleties of human behaviour and a sharp focus on the emotional power of the story, be prepared for a ‘Lear’ stripped back to its heart and soul; intimate, moving and utterly believable.

This is Miller’s second collaboration with the multi award-winning Northern Broadsides; a company whose trademark vigour, simplicity and down-to-earth performance style has won over a whole new generation of Shakespeare fans. 

If you’ve seen King Lear before, forget everything you know as Jonathan Miller brings his remarkable talent for detailed human observation to the play. You will see it afresh.

“Northern Broadsides have a vigorous aesthetic, a way of doing Shakespeare that is revelatory.” – The Independent on Sunday

“Northern Broadsides can bring Shakespeare to life as gripping, accessible theatre for today simply by making the words sing.” – The Guardian

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The 'stag's horn' profile that can reveal ash dieback...
Cafe Scientifique: Fungi, friend or foe?
Fungi: friend or foe?
with Dr Robin Sen, Manchester Metropolitan University
Wednesday March 11th 2015 at 7:30 pm
The Cooking School Café, Dean Clough, HX3 5AX

The recent arrival of ash dieback disease caused by a fungus, Chalara fraxinea, has undoubtedly raised public awareness to the destructiveness of members of the fungal kingdom. Agrochemical and pharmaceutical industries have spent large fortunes developing fungicides and fungal antibiotics to protect crop plants, livestock and ourselves from soil borne fungal diseases. Yet these broad-spectrum antifungals lose efficacy over time and are highly toxic to non-target animals and humans because of close inter-kingdom ties between fungi and animals that share a common eukaryotic cell physiology. Robin Sell argues for the need to take a more pro-fungal stance by 'fighting fire with fire' in a bid to establish a new ‘sustainable’ agricultural revolution.

Dr Robin Sen is Reader in Soil Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology at Manchester Metropolitan University. His scientific career began at Rothamsted Experimental Station (now Rothamsted Research) in 1978 he worked with pioneers in soil microbial ecology and plant growth promoting root symbiotic mycorrhizal ecophysiology of crops. From 1987 to 2003, he worked at the University of Helsinki, Finland gaining a Ph.D and Docentship in forest soil microbiology. He went on to establish a forest microbiology research group at the Viikki Biocentre and was later awarded a 5-year Senior Research Fellowship (Academy of Finland). Between 2004-2005, he worked at the Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen as a Senior Scientist on forest soil food-web microbiology before taking up a Senior lectureship at MMU.

Cafe Scientifique is part of a national array of voluntary talks and debates based on scientific themes to which EVERYONE is welcomed. There is no admission fee, although donations towards the speaker's expenses are requested at the end of the evening.

Next meeting: Wednesday, March 11th @ 7.30pm
Fungi: Friend or foe? with Dr Robin Sen, Manchester Metropolitan University

Full details of this and other upcoming talks on

Food served 6.00 to 7.00pm. To avoid disappointment pre-order on 01422 366516 or via

Ciabatta Pizzas with mixed salad
Choose from:
• Roasted vegetables and halloumi cheese topped with mozzarella – £6.50
• Slow roasted pulled pork with BBQ sauce, peppers and topped with mozzarella – £6.50
• Spanish chorizo, salami, red onion with mozzarella and black olives – £6.75

Chicken Korma Curry
Served on a bed of boiled rice, accompanied with warm pitta bread and homemade chutneys – £ 7.50

Vegetable Rogan Josh Curry
Served on a bed of boiled rice, with warm Pitta bread and homemade chutneys – £ 7.50

Sharing Platter for two
Onion bhajis, vegetable samosas, lamb koftas, naan bread, olives with mixed salad and fresh yogurt dip – £9.50

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Lucy and Kit. Kit
Lucy and Kit. Kit's the one with the beard...
Kit Downes & Lucy Railton
Friday 13th March 2015 at 8.00pm
Booking on or 01422 255266
Tickets: £20.00 (Concs £15)
The premiere of a new jazz suite that will be devised at Dean Clough by Kit Downes (“One of the finest pianists of his generation”) and cellist Lucy Railton (Akram Kahn, Max Reinhardt etc).. A unique event that includes a special bonus recording for pre-booked audience members.

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We've only got one thing to say about Dan Nightingale... Hurrah!
Dean Clough Comedy Night
Hugely popular monthly comedy nights with top performers from the UK national circuit.
Tickets £10. Free ticket for table of eight (ie £70) via the box office on 01422 255266.
All performances start at 8.00pm. Bar available between performances.
(Details of pre-gig meals available on or telephone 01422 366516)

The NEXT GIG on FRIDAY, 20th March 2015 features some of the best upcoming talent on the UK circuit with...

JIMMY MCGHIE - "“Grown-up, insightful comedy that isn’t dependent on shock value." – Chortle
STUART MITCHELL - "So popular, this bloke!" – Frank Skinner
DAN NIGHTINGALE - "Dan's laughing, we're laughing... funny as hell" – Leicester Mercury

Future Gigs: April 17th with Justin Moorhouse, Jess Fostekew & André Vincent * May 15th with Paul Tonkinson, TBC & André Vincent * June 19th with Tom Wrigglesworth, Andrew Ryan & Martin Mor * July 17th with Rob Rouse, TBC & Martin Mor.

Features adult material. Performance details may change.

Come early and try our new menu with Curry, Pizzas and Koftas available to pre-order!
Freshly cooked on the premises and served between 6.00pm and 7.30pm.

• Chicken Korma Curry
• Served on a bed of boiled rice, accompanied with warm pitta bread and homemade chutneys – £ 7.50

• Vegetable Rogan Josh Curry
• Served on a bed of boiled rice, accompanied with warm Pitta bread and homemade chutneys – £ 7.50

• Ciabatta Pizzas with a mixed salad.
• Choose from–
• Roasted vegetables and halloumi cheese topped with mozzarella – £6.50
• Slow roasted pulled pork with BBQ sauce, peppers and topped with mozzarella – £6.50
• Spanish chorizo, salami, red onion topped with mozzarella and black olives – £6.75

• Sharing Platter for two
• Onion bhajis, vegetable samosas, lamb koftas, naan bread, olives with mixed salad and fresh yogurt dip – £9.50

Please pre-order your food choices and reserve your table by phone or email. If you have a large party that you would like us to cater for do not hesitate to contact us on 01422 366516 or via

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Young or old, athletic or sedentary - Tai Chi is designed for you!
Young or old, athletic or sedentary - Tai Chi is designed for you!
Tai Chi
The Corner House @ Dean Clough
Every Tuesday 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Calm mind: Strong body!

Specialist guidance in Tai Chi sessions held by Marsha from Tai Chi Tigers. Tai Chi strengthens muscles, improves balance and co-ordination and is good for blood pressure and posture. First timers welcome to come and watch before committing to a six-week session. Ring Marsha on 07810 094395.

SPECIAL OFFER of £30.00 for a six-week course fee (ie £5.00 per session). PLEASE NOTE: This event is not available via the internet. Booking is via the telephopne number above and payment is made on the day.

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Image by Keith Hanselman
Image by Keith Hanselman
Life Drawing
A regular life-drawing session takes place at Dean Clough every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays).

Convened by painter in residence Doug Binder, the sessions run from 10.30 to 12.30 in the morning and from 1.30 to 3.30 in the afternoon.

Bring your own materials. Fees are £5.50 per session (ie £11.00 for the whole day).

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Michael LeCount (l) and Tony Priestman (r)
(pic: Lorne Campbell)
Michael LeCount (l) and Tony Priestman (r) (pic: Lorne Campbell)
The Dean Clough Lego brick model
The Dean Clough Lego brick model will eventually use around a million bricks, be 35 foot long and have a chimney that's over 7 foot high.

RIGHT NOW, though, it's a 'mere' 15 foot long... and actually it's still pretty stunning.

Lego modellers Michael LeCount and Tony Priestman are at present studiously crafting the landscape around the East end of the half-mile site that used to be the world's largest carpet mill. You can see how it is progressing - for free - at any time during the normal gallery hours of 9.30am to 5.00pm, seven days a week.

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