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The Events Guide: 13th May to 19th May 2018

Written by on 8th May 2018



Mon 14/5 at 10.30am : The Happy Monday Club.

The Drill Hall runs regular creative play sessions for the under 5s in the café bar on Mondays. The sessions are organised by Rhubarb Theatre and led each week by a different local artist (music, dance, storytelling & making). There are just 20 places each week and accompanying adults go free (the bar is always open for coffee & cake!).

Tickets : £3, Accompanying adults : Free.   Enquiries : 01522 873894.


Thurs 17/5 until Sat 19/5 at 7.30pm : Sense and Sensibility.

The Dashwood sisters are complete opposites. Sensible Elinor is ruled by her head. Passionate Marianne follows her heart. When their father dies, they are forced to leave their grand home and move to live among strangers. Their only hope for a secure future is to find a husband. But, in the rigid society of Regency England, when you have no dowry, finding the right suitor is a tricky business. Fall in love with the wrong man, for example a handsome rake like Willoughby, or a penniless would-be parson like Edward Ferrars, and it could lead to your ruin.
Lincoln-based Common Ground Theatre Company return to the Drill Hall with this new adaptation which promises to delight audiences and Austen fans alike.

Tickets : From £10.   Enquiries : 01522 873894.



Sun 13/5 at 4pm : Dad’s Army Radio Hour.

Two actors play 25 characters in this brilliant staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series. Celebrating 50 years of Perry and Croft’s quintessential sitcom, which won the Best One-Liner accolade in a poll of comedians conducted earlier this year by Gold, with the immortal words “Don’t tell him, Pike”.
Double Fringe First Award winner David Benson  and Jack Lane  present a selection of classic radio episodes featuring favourite lines, cherished characters and great feats of vocal impersonation!

Tickets : £20, Concessions : £18.   Enquiries : 01522 519999.


Wed 16/5 at 8pm : The Word Theatre – May.

The WORD theatre brings the biggest, most exciting, and relevant Spoken Word artists in the UK to the stunning theatre stage of the New Theatre Royal every month.

Headliner, Usaama Minhas.

Usaama Minhas is a poet, rapper and actor. Usaama started writing in his teens and later spent a year in New York on an actor training conservatory for Theatre, Film and TV. While in New York, he began performing at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Pyramid Club. On returning to the UK, Usaama moved to London to pursue a career in Hip Hop. In 2013, he released the Hand in Hand EP, a self-produced album combining Rap music and Spoken Word poetry. Later that year, Usaama won the ‘Britain’s Got Bars’ Rap Battle Tournament at French Montana’s show at the indigo at The O2, sharing the stage with Lady Leshurr and Ghetts. Usaama was long-listed for the Outspoken Prize For Poetry 2017 and 2018, and he was the April 2017 winner of Kat Francois’s WORD4WORD poetry slam and the May 2017 winner of the Genesis Slam. Usaama is the 2017 Hammer and Tongue Hackney Slam Champion and the 2018 Hammer and Tongue National Slam Champion. He released his “Forgot About Rap” mixtape in April, and is currently working on an EP and a book, while he continues to travel and perform his poetry.

Tickets : £11, Students : £8.   Enquiries : 01522 519999.


Thurs 17/5 at 7.15pm : The Dam Busters. (Cert U, 124 mins, 1955).

The Dam Busters at 75, live from the Albert Hall. Considered one of the greatest war pictures of all time, The Dam Busters returns to the big screen for one night only to mark the 75th anniversary of the legendary WW2 mission.

Directed by Michael Anderson and based on the incredible true story of Commander Guy Gibson and his squadron, The Dam Busters captures all the thrilling action and suspense of the magnificent exploits of a group of young pilots and their crews, charged with taking out the supposedly inpenetrable Ruhr river dams of Germany with an ingenious bouncing bomb which was designed by Barnes Wallis.

Historian Dan Snow will host this commemorative screening, paying tribute to Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his comrades of the legendary 617 Squadron with music from the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.

The film stars : Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave and Ursula Jeans.

Tickets : £16.50.   Enquiries : 01522 519999.


Fri 18/5 at 7.30pm : An Evening with Peter Andre.

Peter Andre is an accomplished global media star prominently known for his successful music and television career. Peter hit a peak in his music career during the 1990s when he became the sixth highest selling artist in the UK. He’s had numerous number one hit singles, two number one albums and toured all over the world collecting a multitude of national and international awards along the way. Peter is currently performing gigs across Europe, he is also touring Australia and New Zealand again at the end of this year.

Several years ago, Peter made the decision to bring his reality show ‘Peter Andre: My Life’ to a close after a very successful tenth series. Peter’s reality show focussed around family life and established him as one of the most doting celebrity fathers in the UK.

Tickets : £47.   Enquiries : 01522 519999.


Sat 19/5 at 7.30pm : Whitney – Queen of the Night.

A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in the spirit of Whitney, deliver a show that exceeds expectation on every level. Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, I will Always Love You, and many more, this show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artiste in the world ever! Whitney’s one true legacy was her music which touched most of us at some time in our lives. Share her life and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the Night!

Tickets : £26.   Enquiries : 01522 519999.



Thurs 17/5 at 7.30pm : Railways Remembered.

Transport in Britain was nationalised on 1st January 1948 with the formation of the British Transport Commission. British Railways is best remembered, but also British Road Services, British Waterways & others all served the needs of the nation. It also marked a new era in documentary film making. This special screening explores the aspiration of nationalised transport, remembering the buses, lorries & waterways of more than 60 years ago as well as the steam-hauled Royal Scot express – full steam ahead.

Tickets : £7.50.   Enquiries : 01636 655755.



Sat 19/5 at 7.30pm : Dare – Tribute to The Human League.

A guaranteed top class show with all round authenticity, Dare brings you the ultimate Human League experience. Be prepared for a journey through the decades with this fabulous band, described as synthpop at its best. Extremely talented and professional musicians make up this unmissable tribute act.

Tickets : £19.50.   Enquiries : 01636 655755.



Thurs 17/5 at 7.30pm : INKA.

When two parents struggle to relate to their youngest son, Isaac, they create INKA for him. INKA is the human companion, without the human commitment. She is the upgrade from the devices that you are already familiar with. INKA can build relationships, playback memories and share human emotion.

Using a combination of physical theatre, multimedia and original music, INKA is a show that explores how technological advancements can help or hinder a person, a relationship and a family. But with INKA constantly developing at a rapid speed, should she be kept private, or should she join our world in mass production?

Tickets : £8, Students/U26s : £5.   Enquiries : 01522 837600.


Fri 18/5 from 1pm : Fashion Show 2018.

This annual event showcases the latest talent emerging from the University of Lincoln’s BA Fashion programme. The event plays host to both a fashion show and static exhibition, enabling guests to view garment and millinery collections, in addition to fashion design portfolios.

Entrance : Free.   Enquiries : 01522 837600.


Fri 18/5 at 7.30pm : The Assassination Of Michael Baxter.

This is a theatre piece which contemplates the human psyche. Using the combination of physical and narrative theatre, Think Box Theatre challenges the understanding of humanity in addition to the psychological deterioration of Michael Baxter, who is accused of murdering his best friend Rob. Feelings, vivid memories and emotions run rampant for Michael, affecting those around him, the people he trusts and those he loves.

Tickets : £8, Students/U26s : £5.



Thurs 17/5 until Sat 19/5 at 7.30pm : A Bunch Of Amateurs.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s comedy about a village drama group was originally conceived as a film staring Burt Reynolds, Derek Jacobi and Imelda Staunton. It was selected for the Royal Film Performance in November 2008, where the Queen apparently enjoyed it so much that she had it shown at that year’s Christmas celebrations at Sandringham.

The plot runs on the mixture of simplicity and implausibilty that fuels all farce. Facing the loss of their community theatre, an amateur dramatic group from the Suffolk village of Stratford St John decides that their only hope is to cast a celebrity in their final production. To their astonishment, ageing Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steel accepts the role of King Lear.

But when the great man arrives in his flying jacket and aviator shades, it turns out that his agent has confused Stratford St John with the other Stratford. Jefferson thinks he will be treading the boards at the RSC and is peeved, to put it mildly, when his list of demands is briskly nixed by his director, Dorothy, who produces a mobility scooter in place of the requested limo.

Tickets : £10, Concessions : £9.   Enquiries : 0300 400 0101.



Mon 14/5 and Tues 15/5 at 2pm : Land Of Hope And Glory.

Neil Sands and his wonderful West End Cast are back with their hit new production for 2018, Land of Hope & Glory, celebrating The Best of British Entertainment and especially produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of The First World War.

This patriotic and nostalgic afternoon is filled with marvellous and memorable songs, including a rousing selection from Last Night of The Proms, Old Time Sing Alongs, Great British Show Tunes, and ever popular favourites from the 40s 50s & 60s.

This promises to be their biggest and most spectacular production ever. Over two hours of timeless nostalgia, with sensational voices, more than 50 stunning costume changes, ending with a spectacular flag waving finale. Including a live poppy drop, as we remember the fallen, and all sing those wonderful Songs That Won the War, in a commemoration of the centenary of the end of The First World War.

Tickets : £11.50, Concessions : £10.50   Enquiries : 01476 406158.


Wed 16/5 at 11am : HQ Bomber Command 617 Dambuster Squadron.

This event is now SOLD OUT.


Wed 16/5 at 2pm and 7.30pm : Film : The Greatest Showman (Cert PG, 105 mins, 2017).

Starring : Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.

Tickets : £4, Concessions : £3.   Enquiries : 01476 406158.


Thurs 17/5 at 7.30pm : A Brave Face.

“Dear mum, things are a bit tough right now. But don’t worry – I’m ok. I’ll tell you about it when I get back.” Afghanistan: 2009. Under bright blue skies, a small girl stands and watches the soldier. She smiles, just like his sister… Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training is complete, combat is a buzz; he’s part of a team, and knows his job. But on one particular hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And then, when he returns home, the trouble really begins. Vamos Theatre is the UK’s leading full mask theatre company. Praised by press and public alike for its consummate full mask skills, engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, the company continues to involve and engage audiences across borders and boundaries, taking on challenging themes with poignancy, humour and humanity. Created from two years of research with ex and serving soldiers, families and health professionals, A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress in the military, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war.With compassion and fearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told. A Brave Face is suitable for audiences age 12 years + and is accessible for hearing and d/Deaf audiences alike

Tickets : £12, Concessions : £10 U26s : £5.   Enquiries : 01476 406158.


Sat 19/5 at 7.30pm : May Dance.

Put your glad rags on and join Ann Gibbons for a glamorous evening of ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. Not to be missed for all lovers of dance – a fantastic evening’s dancing, fun, laughter and a first class buffet in the impressive ballroom at the Guildhall Arts Centre. Dress code: Black Tie optional Tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets : £16.   Enquiries : 01476 406158.


Sat 19/5 at 7.30pm : The Kast Off Kinks.

The Kast off Kinks are actual former members of the legendary band ‘The Kinks’, back together playing great music and re-living the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name.

This great line-up features Mick Avory (original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-84), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 80’s & 90’s and still with Sir Ray Davies), John Dalton (bass/vocals, Kinks 60’s & 70’s) alongside Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, formerly of the Beach Boys, Noel Redding & Tim Rose).

Expect an evening of iconic hits including: You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Days, Waterloo Sunset, Come Dancing, All Day and All of the Night plus more…

Tickets : £16.   Enquiries : 01476 406158.



Sat 19/5 at 7.30pm : Lest We Forget.

Performed by the North Hykeham and District Choral Society, this is a concert featuring a medley of songs and readings for the Centenary celebrations, commemorating the end of The Great War.

Tickets : £8, Concessions : £5.   Enquiries : 01522 883311.



Now until 1/7 from 10am : Arms and Armour at the Castle.

Imagine the clash of steel in combat and sport and be awed by these lethal weapons from times gone by.  Visitors can view a selection of real arms and armour from Tudor to Victorian times, imagine the warriors and soldiers who would have worn and used these arms and armour and got themselves “dressed to kill”.

Visitors to the Victorian Prison can see new displays of the Heritage Service collection of arms and armour.  The objects on display take a thematic look at elements of the collection, and include three suits of 16th Century armour, horse armour, armour from the English Civil War, bladed weapons and finally a variety of armour.

Annual Passes, All Inclusive, Prison & Magna Carta, Castle and Cathedral Joint tickets are valid for this event.

Entry : Normal entry charges apply.   Enquiries : 01522 782040.


Sat 19/5 at 5.30pm : Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers.   

After joining the Bay City Rollers in November 1973, the band, with Les McKeown on lead vocals, shot to superstardom. “Remember”, the Bay City Rollers’ first single with Les McKeown’s vocals, shot up the UK charts to No. 6 and was quickly followed by “Shang-A-Lang”, “Summerlove Sensation” and “All Of Me Loves All Of You” all hitting the Top Five. “Bye Bye Baby” was their first UK Number One in May 1975 followed by “Give A Little Love” in July. Their first US single, “Saturday Night”, went straight to the top number 1 spot of the Billboard charts, and their first British album, “Rollin'” was the first debut album to top the number 1 position in the charts. The BCR released many more Top 10 songs over the next two years including “I Only Wanna Be With You”, and “You Made Me Believe In Magic”. Between 1975 – 1978, they toured all over the world and played to sold out crowds in the USA, Japan, Great Britain, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

After leaving the Bay City Rollers in 1978, The Bay City Rollers changed their name to The Rollers engaged a new singer and quickly disappeared from public eye. When Les McKeown reunited the band in 1982 for sold out shows at Tokyo’s famous Budokan it was such a huge success they toured again in 1983, releasing a double ‘Live in Japan’ LP. This was the first time the stage included the Fab 5 Bay City Rollers line up starring Les McKeown.

Tickets : £54.95.   Enquiries : 01522 782040.



Sat 19/5 at 7pm : Organ Recital – Jeffrey Makinson.

Lincoln Cathedral is delighted to present Jeffrey Makinson – Assistant Director of Music and Sub-Organist at Lincoln Cathedral.

The 2018 Organ Recital Series showcases talent from across the UK and Europe, welcoming some of the greatest Organists to Lincoln to perform on the world famous Father Willis Organ. All concerts are performed in the Nave of Lincoln Cathedral.

As part of his duties at Lincoln Cathedral, Jeffrey directs the girl Choristers and accompanies the Cathedral Choir for many of the choral services and concerts. In addition to Jeffrey’s duties at Lincoln Cathedral, he is also Music Director of Beverley Chamber Choir and Tutor for the Royal College of Organists Academy. Jeffrey maintains a very busy schedule as recitalist, accompanist, conductor, teacher and adjudicator in Lincoln and around the country.

Jeffrey is internationally renowned and has performed across Europe and North America, as well as in the UK – performing at the majority of major Cathedrals, Abbey’s, Collegiate Chapels, Churches and concert halls. he has worked extensively for the BBC as regular Musical Director and Organist for Radio 4 Daily Service, Jeffrey has also worked on Songs Praise and many other productions. Jeffrey enjoys promoting new music and has worked alongside some of the country’s leading ensembles – the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé and the Philharmonia Orchestra to name a few.

Tickets : £6.   Enquiries : 01522 561644.



Sat 12/5 and Sun 13/5 from 8am : The Nottinghamshire County Show.

The arrival of spring heralds the coming of the Nottinghamshire County Show, held at the 26-acre Newark Showground from 13th -14th May 2017. The show is a fantastic traditional event, promoting farming, food, rural life and heritage in Nottinghamshire and beyond.

Always a fun day out with plenty to explore, there really is something for everyone, from heart-racing motor cross stunts and live music performances to duck-herding dogs and dancing sheep. Foodies will love the Food Experience Marquee while wannabe athletes will leap at the chance to get active in the SportsZone.
Entrance : £15, U17s : Free, Parking : Free.   Enquiries : 01636 705796.



Sat 19/5 and Sun 20/5 from 9.30am : Behind The Door Tour.

Go behind the scenes on this special tour to explore the lesser seen parts of the Mansion. Discover what it was like to work in a country house. Explore how the house operated from the basements to the private family spaces on the ground and first floors. This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, tour the attic accommodation and find out more about the work of the National Trust.
Each ticket entitles the bearer to a free cup of tea or filter coffee in the restaurant marquee. Booking Essential.

Entrance  :  Normal entry charges apply.   Phone: 0344 249 1895.


Sat 19/5 and Sun 20/5 from 9.30am :  Wild Art Weekend.

Be inspired by Belton’s woodland and create your own work of art out of natural materials. This years #50things activities are kicking off on wild art weekend with Land Art For Kids.
Tick #18 off in your scrapbooks and create some wild art. Use leaves, sticks, pine cones or anything natural to create a master piece. Come rain or shine Land Art For Kids will be on hand to help with your creations.
Suitable for all the family. All materials supplied. Booking Not Needed.

Entrance : Normal entry charges apply.   Enquiries : 01476 566116.



Sat 19/5 at 7.30pm : Twist presented by Baroque Theatre.

Tarantino meets British farce in the comedy thriller that will have you guessing until the shocking end! Presented with echoes of ‘Pulp Fiction’,”Twist” is edgy, slick, stylish and cool.

David Woods is a mild-mannered accountant who sees a sensational way of making a fortune by writing a kiss-and-tell biography about his bitchy wife Sarah, the nation’s favourite actress from the hit soap Doctors and Nurses. He then realises that his book will do even better if she is murdered first! Unfortunately a few obstacles get in his way…

This will be the first time “Twist” has been toured professionally in the UK. Baroque Theatre Company is delighted to be collaborating once again with Miles Tredinnick, having toured nationally with his hilarious “Up Pompeii” in 2014. Miles (who is also known as Riff Regan, lead singer for band London) is a rock musician as well as a stage and screenwriter. He wrote stage and TV material for Frankie Howerd and was also a writer for “Birds of a Feather”. His stage plays have been performed worldwide.

Tickets : £12, Concessions : £10.   Enquiries : 01427 676655.


THE VENUE, Lincoln.

The following films are to be shown in this cinema during the coming week :-


Sun 13/5 at 2.30pm : Sunday Classic – All About Eve (Cert U, 138 mins, 1950)

Starring : Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders.


Wed 16/5 at 2.30pm : Darkest Hour (Cert PG, 125 mins, 2017).

Starring : Gary Oldman, Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas.


Thurs 17/5 at 7.30pm : The One And Only Peter Kay Tribute Act.

Tickets : £14, Students : £10.


Sat 19/5 at 2.30pm : Coco (Cert PG, 105 mins, 2017).

Animated film.


Sat 19/5 at 2.30pm : Ghost Stories (Cert 15, 98 mins, 2017)

Starring : Martin Freeman, Andy Nyman and Paul Whitehouse.


Cinema tickets from £4.50.   Enquiries : 01522 527347.

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