Wonderful winter programme of events across South Kesteven's Arts Centres

From pantomimes to poetry, there's lots of live entertainment lined up in South Kesteven to kick off 2022.

The Guildhall Arts Centre and Meres Live auditorium in Grantham, along with Stamford Arts Centre, have launched their new seasons for January, February, and March.

The Programme is packed full of entertainment events for the entire family over the winter months. It highlights the Council's commitment to ensure that everyone who lives, works and visits the district is offered as many opportunities as possible to engage with arts and culture.

Well-known names will be visiting including Paul Jones & Dave Kelly (Grantham, 29 January), Jacqui Dankworth (Stamford, 25 February), Hazel O'Connor (Grantham 9, March) Kiki Dee (Grantham, 11 March) and Marty Wilde (Grantham, 18 March).

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Jacqui Dankworth (Stamford, 25 February)

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Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri  (Grantham, 11 March)

The Groove SEN Disco offers a popular and fun-filled night for adults with disabilities (16+ years), their families and support workers and is in both Stamford and Grantham on various dates.

National Theatre Live events include Tom Stoppard's masterpiece Leopoldstadt (Stamford, 27 January) and Phillip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage (Stamford, 17 February) being beamed directly to Stamford Theatre.

National Theatre Live offers audiences the excitement and spectacle of huge theatre productions without having to leave the district - it's a fantastic way to experience these wonderful shows at a fraction of the cost.

There's also classical music from the Doric String Quartet (Stamford, 5 February), the Stamford Chamber Orchestra (Stamford, 22 January) and London Serenata (Stamford, 5 March).

Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, SKDC's Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, said: "This really is a special programme of events - there is so much variety and talent on display. We are delighted to have so many acts wanting to perform in South Kesteven.

"That such high-quality performers are so keen to visit our district on their nationwide tours is testament to the hard work of staff at our arts centres who organise and host these shows while ensuring measures are in place to keep people safe in line with national Covid-19 advice.

The three centres are running at full capacity with no reduced seating, however Covid-19 protocols remain in place, including enhanced cleaning, ongoing provision of hand-sanitiser stations, and the use of face-coverings still recommended. NHS Covid Passes are not required.

Full listings:

STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE 

 

SAT 15 JAN 11AM, 2.30PM & 6.30PM 

SUN 16 JAN 11AM & 2.30PM 

CINDERELLA 

Polka Dot Pantomimes in association with Stamford Arts Centre present CINDERELLA - the family pantomime where dreams come true. 

Adults £15 (£14) Family of four £50 Schools £7.50 Groups of 10+ £12 

 

MON 17 JAN - 28 MARCH 10AM - 11AM 

BABY BAND CAMP 

Baby Band Camp is a fun interactive class for under 3's, parents, and carers. Get your boogie on, sing some songs and have fun to music! With fun props and dance routines it's the perfect way to kick-start your week. 10am-11am Sessions are £3 per child and booking is essential. With Sarah Hughes from Lincolnshire One Venues Connecting Communities project.(no session in half term) 

£3 per child 

 

FRI 21 JAN | 18 FEB | 25 MAR | 22 APR 7PM 

STAMFORD GROOVE - SEN DISCO 

An exciting, fun-filled night for adults with disabilities aged 16+, their families and support workers.  

£3.50 / Support Worker free 

 

SAT 22 JAN 7.30PM 

STAMFORD CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 

A String Serenade - including Elgar's sublime Serenade and Grieg's joyful Holberg Suite. An evening to be treasured. 

£12.50 (£10.50) £5 under 26s 

 

WED 26 JAN 8PM 

IN VINO VERSES: PINT OF POETRY SPECIAL 

A celebration of the very special relationship between alcohol and poetry! Wine and spirits available to purchase in our Gallery Bar. Non alcoholic options available...rumours of cheese too! (Wine and Cheesy Verses!) 

Free entry 

 

THU 27 JAN 7PM 

LEOPOLDSTADT - NT LIVE  12A 

Filmed live on stage in London's West End, 'Tom Stoppard's masterpiece is magnificent' (Independent) and should not be missed. 

£15 (£13) £10 for under 26s 

 

FRI 28 JAN 7.30PM 

SWING 'N' SINATRA 

Five Star Swing presents a journey through the decades of this unforgettable genre, from the Tommy Dorsey band to Hollywood and from Vegas "Rat Pack" to recordings with the Count Basie band. 

£23 (£21.50) 

 

SAT 29 JAN 8.30PM 

DISCO FOR GROWN UPS 

Pop-up 70s and 80s Disco Party is coming back to Stamford! Get ready to boogie the night away at the beautiful ballroom. Over 18s only. Doors open 7.30pm, dancing from 8.30pm to midnight. 

£14 

 

SAT 29 JAN 7.30PM 

CHÂTEAU GHOUL  

LIPSERVICE THEATRE 

Château Ghoul is East Yorkshire's go-to boutique hotel. Our hosts Brian and Brenda introduce a cornucopia of events which guarantee fun for all the family - the only trouble is, the guests keep dying...  Lip Service combine live on-stage hilarity with stunning digital projections to create a multimedia haunted house thriller. 

£16 (£15) 

 

THU 3 FEB 7.30PM 

POSTING LETTERS TO THE MOON 

An evening of wartime letters between the actress Celia Johnson and her husband Peter Fleming read by their daughter, Lucy Fleming, with Simon Williams.  

Presented by Clive Conway. 

£20 (£18) 

 

FRI 4 FEB 8PM 

JAZZ IN THE THEATRE 

MATT RATCLIFFE TRIO 

Matt Ratcliffe and his Trio bring a set of reimagined and arranged pieces from the Beatles Songbook. Featuring vocalist Helen Gayle. 

£12 (£10) 

 

SAT 5 FEB | 5 MAR | 2 APR 12NOON - 3.30PM 

HARMONICA WORKSHOPS 

Harmonica phenomenon Steve Lockwood presents a workshop for harmonica players of all abilities including complete beginners. 

£40 

 

SAT 5 FEB 8PM 

PINT OF COMEDY 

Four terrific comics and one slightly grumpy compere are back to brighten up your winter evenings. Starring Duncan Oakley. 

£10 (£8) 

 

SAT 5 FEB 7.30PM 

DORIC STRING QUARTET 

The second concert in our series examining the string quartets of Beethoven against contrasting and complementary quartets by composers influenced by him. 

£20 (£18) 

 

FRI 11 FEB 7.30PM 

KING PLEASURE AND THE BISCUIT BOYS 

King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys are more than just the world's greatest jump, jive and swing band - they're an institution! 

£18 (£16) 

 

SAT 12 FEB 2.30PM 

PINOCCHIO - NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE 

A playful story exploring what it means to love - with slapstick humour and a very big fish! This highly visual production features puppetry, illusion and an atmospheric soundtrack. 

Age 4+ 60 minutes 

£10 (£8) Family ticket £30 

 

MON 14 - FRI 18 FEB 

WILDCATS HALF TERM WORKSHOPS 

£24.50 per child per day. Book with Caz Dolby on 01780 762000 or at www.wildcatstheatreschool.co.uk 

 

TUE 15 FEB 7.30PM 

PHILIPPA MASSEY HISTORY TALK 

A HISTORY OF STAMFORD COMMUNICATIONS  

A fascinating talk on the various conduits that became available as technology created new and different ways of passing information. 

£6 (£5.50) 

 

THU 17 FEB 7PM 

THE BOOK OF DUST - LA BELLE SAUVAGE NT LIVE 

Screened live from London's Bridge Theatre to Stamford, by Philip Pullman, adapted by Bryony Lavery directed by Nicholas Hytner. 

£15 (£13) £10 for under 26s 

 

FRI 18 FEB 10AM TO 3PM 

ARTS AROUND TOWN 

Enjoy a splendid array of family activities right across the town. Low cost or free activities. Check our social media and website pages for full details. 

 

FRI 25 FEB 7.30PM 

JACQUI DANKWORTH & CHARLIE WOOD - JUST YOU, JUST ME 

Multi award winning vocalist, Jacqui Dankworth, is joined by acclaimed American pianist-vocalist, Charlie Wood for a unique concert of duets celebrating a century of song. 

£25 (£23) 

 

SAT 26 FEB 7.30PM 

STAMFORD INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 

Stamford International Music Festival is back with a programme to include: 

Haydn - String Quartet Op.76 No.5 in D 

Dvořák - String Quintet No. 2 in G, Op. 77 

£20 (£10 under 18s) 

 

FRI 4 MAR 8PM 

PINT OF COMEDY 

Four terrific comics and one slightly grumpy compere are back to brighten up your winter evenings. Starring Jonathan Elston 

£10 (£8) 

 

SAT 5 MAR 7.30PM  

LONDON SERENATA - POT POURRI EUROPA 

Music by Mozart, Ibert, Rossini, Ligeti and Arnold from Stamford favourites London Serenata. Hear them live in the superb acoustic of the Ballroom. 

£20 (£18) 

 

TUE 8 TO SAT 12 MARCH 7.45PM 

I AM A CAMERA 

STAMFORD SHOESTRING THEATRE 

Christopher Isherwood's novel 'Goodbye to Berlin' is brought to vivid, moving, and satirical life in 'I am a Camera' on which the musical 'Cabaret' was based.  

£12 (£10) 

 

FRI 11 MAR 8PM 

HARLEY KIMBRO LEWIS 

From Knoxville to Nashville via Hertfordshire, Martin Harley, Daniel Kimbro & Sam Lewis collaborate for the first time on a slow cooked, laid-back album reminiscent of an early American songbook. 

£18.50 

 

THU 17 MAR 7.30PM 

ROWAN RHEINGANS  

DISPATCHES ON THE RED DRESS 

Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and courageous new solo show by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans. 

£16 (£15) 

 

WED 23 MAR 7.30PM 

KATHRYN ROBERTS AND SEAN LAKEMAN 

Popular wife and husband duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships. 

£18 (£16) 

 

GUILDHALL ARTS CENTRE, GRANTHAM 

 

THURS 27 JAN 7:30PM 

PAUL JONES & DAVE KELLY  

A live acoustic set by this dynamic duo is an occasion you'll remember. If you're a true Blues fan, everything you need is here. 

£26 

 

THURS 27 JAN 8:00PM 

FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB 

GEOFF NORCOTT Has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie To You, Mock The Week and even Question Time. 

PETE FIRMAN The country's leading comedy magicians. TV appearances include The Generation Game, The Next Great Magician and Tonight at The London Palladium. 

Jack Gleadow, Kate Martin. 

Compere Spiky Mike 

£12 

 

SAT 29 JAN 7:30PM 

THE SEARCHERS AND HOLLIES EXPERIENCE 

The best of both worlds brings to the stage the magical hits of these two legendary harmony bands. 

£20 (£18) 

 

FRI 4 FEB 7:30PM 

POSTING LETTERS TO THE MOON 

An evening of wartime letters between the actress Celia Johnson and her husband Peter Fleming read by their daughter, Lucy Fleming, and Simon Williams. 

£20 (£18) 

 

SAT 5 FEB 7:30PM 

NICK ROSS ORCHESTRA 

Recapture the sounds of a bygone era as the Nick Ross Orchestra presents 'an unmissable evening of music and song'. 

£23 (£22) 

 

FRI 11 FEB 7.30PM 

YUKON HO! JENNIFER IRONS 

Jennifer's one woman show about growing up in a tough, isolated mining town where she started her performing career dancing the Can-Can in return for hard liquor and poker chips. 

£14 (£12) 

 

SAT 12 FEB 8:00PM 

HEY BEATLES  

Nationally-acclaimed tribute Hey Beatles return to the Guildhall for a 6th time, playing the hits of The Fab Four and evoking the spirit of the swinging 60s in this not to be missed concert.  

£12 (£10) 

 

THE GROOVE 7PM - 10PM 

Disco for those aged 16+ with additional needs 

Sat 12 Feb 2022 

Sat 12 March 2022 

Sat 23 April 2022 

Sat 21 May 2022 

Sat 23 July 2022 

We do not provide 1:1 support at this event. 

£5 (carers go free but must book a ticket) 

 

HALF TERM FAMILY DAYS 

WED 16 FEB 11AM TO 2PM - ARTS/CRAFTS AND PRINTING 

Lots of hands-on activities to entertain the whole family. 

THU 17 FEB 11AM TO 2PM - SCIENCE & TECH DISCOVERY DAY 

What will you discover in this fun filled day? 

FRI 18 FEB 11AM TO 2PM - CEILIDH FOR KIDS 

Live music, singing and dancing for families. Learn how to Ceilidh in Guildhall's Ballroom. 

£3 per child (accompanying parent/ carers free)  

Drop in activities - you can stay for an hour or the whole session. 

 

THURS 17 - SAT 19 FEB 7:15PM & SAT MAT 2:00PM 

GANG SHOW - 40 YEARS YOUNG! 

A fun filled variety show for all the family performed by members of the local scout and guide associations from 5yrs to 70yrs. 

£10 (£8.50) no concessions Saturday night 

 

THURS 24 FEB 8:00PM 

FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB 

STEVE ROYLE Gloriously entertaining act that came 3rd in Britain's Got Talent 2020 and has appeared on ITV's Live at The Palladium and in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights. 

LLOYD GRIFFITH Multi-talented entertainer and ex-choir boy with numerous TV appearances, including previous co-host of Soccer AM on Sky Sports.  

David Whitney, Mark Bittlestone. 

Compere Spiky Mike 

£12  

 

WED 23 - SAT 26 FEB 7:30PM   

SIN-DERELLA 

Adult pantomime - limited availability. 

£15 

 

SUN 6 MARCH 7:30PM 

MERES LIVE AUDITORIUM  

WHITNEY: QUEEN OF THE NIGHT  

Whitney - Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. 

Venue: Meres Live, Trent Road, Grantham, NG31 7XQ 

£25 (£23) 1 in 10 go free - includes £1 booking fee per ticket 

 

WED 9 MARCH 7:30PM 

HAZEL O'CONNOR BREAKING GLASS 40 YEARS ON - HALLELUJAH  

The first major female star of the 80's, award winning singer-songwriter Hazel O'Connor rose to fame exactly forty years ago in 1980 starring in the film Breaking Glass. 

£20  

 

FRI 11 MARCH 7:30PM 

KIKI DEE AND CARMELO LUGGERI - THE LONG ROAD HOME TOUR 

Join Kiki and Carmelo for an acoustic journey of stories and song which include unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki's own hits. 

£24 (£23) 

 

SAT 12 MARCH 7:30PM 

MADE IN MOTOR CITY 

Made in Motor City aim to recreate the classic music & sounds of the Motown record label from the 1960s & 70s.  

£17.50 (£16) 

 

FRI 18 MARCH 7:30PM 

MARTY WILDE AND THE WILDCATS 

Marty Wilde and the Wildcats bring you a much-acclaimed show - a show that has been rocking the audiences around the country. A show not to be missed! 

£23.50 

 

WED 23 - SAT 26 MARCH 7.30PM & SAT MAT 2PM 

WIND IN THE WILLOWS - HARROWBY SINGERS 

Full of humour, wit, a soaring score, and heart-warming lessons of friendship, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS is the perfect feel-good musical for family audiences.  

£14 

 

THURS 24 MARCH 8:00PM 

FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB 

MARKUS BIRDMAN Brilliant touring International comic with numerous TV and radio appearances under his belt. 

BENNETT ARRON Witty, Jewish comic that always goes down a storm at our clubs. No TV appearances, just bloody brilliant! 

Matt Bragg 

Compere Spiky Mike 

£12 

 

FRI 25 MARCH 7:30PM 

MERES LIVE AUDITORIUM 

FORBIDDEN NIGHTS - MALE VARIETY AND CIRCUS ACT 

Forbidden Nights is made up of a male vocalist, aerial artist, pole performer and fire act all with an element of strip tease - think Cirque du Soleil meets Magic Mike. 

Venue: Meres Live Auditorium, Trent Road, Grantham, NG31 7XQ 

Price Band A (front four rows) - £25 Price Band B - £22 - price includes £1 booking fee 

 

TUE 29 MARCH- FRI 1 APRIL 8:00PM 

OLIVER! NEW YOUTH THEATRE 

New Youth Theatre present the award-winning musical Oliver! - the adaptation of the classic Dickens novel. 

£10 (£9.50)