Exhibitions - Broad Street 2020 – New College Stamford
9th January until 23rd January - Stamford PE9 2DL - 9.30am - 9pm - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com
New College Stamford, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. The work on show is primarily inspired by Broad Street with its juxtaposition of architectural styles, historical context and ethos of the area.
Exhibitions - Avenue of Dreams
11th January until 15th March - Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 10am-5pm - 01652 660380, www.the-ropewalk.co.uk
A collection of paintings and prints by Sheffield based/Irish born artist Alex McArthur. Inspired by the natural world, her practice is influenced by long established landscape traditions.
Exhibitions - East Riding Artists – The Bare Level Plain
18th January until 22nd March - Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 10am-5pm - 01652 660380, www.the-ropewalk.co.uk
An exhibition of original artworks with the 1936 novel South Riding by Winifred Holtby, and in particular those areas of the East Riding described in the novel, as the exhibition’s focus and theme.
Music - The Shirt Tail Stompers
24th January - Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough DN21 2AL - 7.30pm - 01427 676655, www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/ trinity-arts-centre
One of the world’s leading swing bands, the Shirt Tail Stompers are firmly established at home and internationally playing Harlem swing and the hot jazz of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
Music - Stamford Chamber Orchestra presents Sublime Strings
25th January - Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford PE9 2DL - 7.30pm - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com
Warm away the winter blues with some wonderful Dvorak – his hugely-popular Serenade for Strings and Nocturne – along with Vaughan Williams’s blissful Oboe Concerto (soloist Katie Bennington) and Puccini’s Crisantemi.
Music - Through the Years – Simon & Garfunkel
25th January - New Theatre Royal, Lincoln LN2 1JJ - 7.30pm - 01522 519999, www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk
Critically acclaimed as one of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world. Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years has toured the globe extensively receiving standing ovations and selling out theatres.
Music - The Seamus Egan Project
25th January - Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 8pm - 01652 660380, www.roperyhall.co.uk
Few artists from traditional Irish music are more influential than Seamus Egan, a founding member of Solas. In his hands, flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, and whistle are all handled with astounding dexterity.
Theatre - Nature Elly presented by Barmpot Theatre, Lincolnshire One Venues, Magna Vitae and Little Angel Thea
25th January - Riverhead Theatre, Louth LN11 0BX - 11am - 01507 600350, www.louthriverheadtheatre.com
Nature Elly is perfect for 2-5 year olds and their families, is full of games and fun, and lots of chances for the children to meet and interact with cute puppet animals.
Comedy - Paul Sinha: Hazy Little Thing Called Love
26th January - The Engine Shed, Lincoln LN6 7TS - 7.30pm - 0871 220 0260, www.engineshed.co.uk
The Chase star has lived content in the understanding that stability and happiness are lovely ideas but not really for him. Decades of bearing witness to the narratives of others can slowly change a man.
Talks - William Shaw & Jo Spain – Crime Writers in Conversation
28th January - Lincoln LN2 1LP - 7pm - 01522 262374, facebook.com/lindumbooks
William Shaw comes to Lincoln with book two of his latest series, Deadland. He will be in conversation with Jo Spain, with her new thriller Six Wicked Reasons.
Comedy - Knock Knock Comedy Club
30th January - Baths Hall, Scunthorpe DN15 7RG, 8pm - 8pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk
Three more comedians will take to the Knock Knock Comedy Club stage. The event will be held in the downstairs Lounge at Baths Hall, Scunthorpe. Tickets are limited.
Talks - An Audience with the Rev Richard Coles
30th January - South Holland Centre, Spalding PE11 1SS - 7.30pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk
The Rev Richard Coles is one of the few celebrities to bridge the gap between pop and the pulpit, but whatever the medium, the message is essentially witty, thought-provoking and always interesting.
Theatre - Where is Mrs Christie?
30th January - Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford PE9 2DL - 7.30pm - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com
The Mystery of Agatha Christie’s Eleven Lost Days… Did Agatha Christie lie? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Actor Liz Grand presents her new one-woman show.
Music - Hot Club of Lincoln with Moll Amour
31st January - Riverhead Theatre, Louth LN11 0BX - 7.30pm - 01507 600350, www.louthriverheadtheatre.com
The Hot Club of Lincoln play gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, plus classics from The Great American Songbook.
Talks - Literature Talk with Dr Jane Mackay: The Handmaid’s Tale
31st January - Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln LN2 1EY - 12noon - 01522 87389, www.lincolndrillhall.com
Join Dr Jane Mackay as she explores Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, which has recently been adapted into a critically acclaimed TV series.
Talks - Simon Yates: My Mountain Life
31st January - Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln LN2 1EY - 6pm - 01522 87389, www.lincolndrillhall.com
Best known for his harrowing expedition to the Andes documented in Touching the Void, Simon is one of the most famous and accomplished exploratory mountaineers of his time.
Talks - Jane Robinson – Talk and signing
31st January - Lincoln LN2 1LP - 7pm - 01522 262374, facebook.com/lindumbooks
Join Jane Robinson, whose new book Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders focuses on the lives of pioneering women forging careers in the fields of medicine, law, academia, architecture, engineering and the church.
Comedy - Funhouse Comedy
31st January - Spalding PE11 1SS - 8.30pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk
A great night of comedy to allay those winter blues with headliner Barry Castagnola, along with Steve Bugeja and the world’s oldest female comic, Lynn Ruth Miller, 84 years young, inspirational and very funny.
Comedy - Stephen K Amos: Everyman
31st January - Lincoln LN6 7TS - 8pm - 01522 837600, lpac.co.uk
Comedian Stephen K Amos is on a mission to bring about world peace. Or, to at least bring about an evening of peace, one venue at a time. In an age when arguments are started over everything from politics to bendy straws, Stephen K Amos is rising above the anger to remind us all of what we have in common.
Bringing achingly funny anecdotes, hilarious takes on the everyday and his infectious charm, Stephen K Amos will warm your cold, stiffened hearts.
Join together with your fellow human and experience the universal language of laughter. At Lincoln LPAC.
Theatre - Dick Whittington
1st February until 2nd February - Wickenby LN3 5AW - see website for times - 01673 885 500, www.broadbenttheatre.org
A production of this classic pantomime by Lindsey Rural Players at the Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby. Written by Ben Crocker and directed by Marcus Holland.
Comedy - Milton Jones: Milton Impossible
2nd February - Lincoln LN6 7TS - 7.30pm - 0871 220 0260, www.engineshed.co.uk
Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo.
Exhibitions - Ali Hunter – Cats and Landscapes
4th February until 16th February - Lincoln LN1 5BN - 10am - 4pm - 01522 589899, www.samscorergallery.co.uk
Ali Hunter resides in Louth, Lincolnshire and is currently working on her own personal practice as well as commercial projects. She likes to venture into the subjects of animals, cityscapes and landscapes.
Talks - Lincolnshire Historical Plants and Their Uses: An Illustrated Talk By Loretta Rivett
4th February - Brigg & District Servicemen’s Club, Coney Court, Brigg DN20 8EX - 8pm - 01652 650138
An interesting talk about plants and not only their looks or taste but historically their uses for clothes, paper, ink, furniture, rope and dyes.
Theatre - Moscow City Ballet presents The Nutcracker
4th February until 5th February - Scunthorpe DN15 7RG - 7.30pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk
Moscow City Ballet returns to Baths Hall with spectacular performances of one of the most popular classical ballets, The Nutcracker, presented in classic Russian style with full orchestra.
Music - Copper Viper
5th February - Spalding PE11 1SS - 8pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk
Spalding Folk Club welcomes Copper Viper, an acoustic folk duo from London, comprising prolific songwriter and guitarist Robin Joel Sangster and fiddle/mandolin player Duncan Menzies.
Talks - Good Grief – Five Deserts in Search of My Father and I
5th February - Stamford PE9 2DL - 7.30pm - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com
Author, musician and adventurer Jon Lawrence presents a poignant, yet amusing one-man show detailing his remarkable treks across five continents to raise money for a cancer charity in memory of his father.
Music - Fairport Convention
6th February - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 8pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com
This year’s Winter Tour concert will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including Full House which was released 50 years ago this year.
Music - Field and Dyke Sounds of Lincolnshire: Factories, Voices and Music
6th February - Lincoln LN6 7DQ - 7.30pm - 01522 837600, lpac.co.uk
Folklore historian and musician Danny Pedler and two time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Greg Russell present a project combining traditional music with the sounds of industry.
Talks - Lecture: Jonathan Foyle
6th February - Gainsborough DN21 2AL - 1.45pm - 01427 676655, www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/ trinity-arts-centre
Hosted by The Arts Society Gainsborough and District, Dr Jonathan Foyle will speak on ‘A Comparison of English Cathedrals’. At Trinity Arts Centre. Visitors always welcome – £7 entrance.
Comedy - Chris Hutchinson: Live 2020
7th February - Lincoln LN6 7TS - 8pm - 0871 220 0260, www.engineshed.co.uk
After two consecutive sell-out years, Carl returns with a brand new show. Expect stories, observations and audience interaction. Join this dynamic and versatile performer for a truly unmissable evening of comedy.
Music - Breabach
7th February - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 8pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com
Breabach’s unique musicianship, combining bagpipes, fiddle, bass and guitar with Gaelic vocals and step dance, has won them fans across the globe and a nomination in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Music - The Magic of Motown
7th February - Scunthorpe DN15 7RG - 8pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk
Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. At Baths Hall.
Talks - Strictly Ann Widdecombe
7th February - Lincoln LN2 1JJ - 7.30pm - 01522 519999, www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk
Sailing dangerously close to National Treasure status, one of the most outspoken politicians of our time embarks on her first ever national tour. Entertaining, enlightening and as controversial as you would expect.
Theatre - Dick Whittington
7th February until 8th February - Wickenby LN3 5AW - see website for times - 01673 885 500, www.broadbenttheatre.org
A production of this classic pantomime by Lindsey Rural Players at the Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby. Written by Ben Crocker and directed by Marcus Holland.
Theatre - Choice Grenfell
7th February - Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 7.30pm - 01652 660380, www.roperyhall.co.uk
A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the loss of comedienne and monologist Joyce Grenfell. A wonderful tribute featuring some of the best of Grenfell’s hilarious songs and monologues.
Exhibitions - Annabel McCourt: Electric Fence
8th February until 10th May - Lincoln LN2 1LP - 01522 782040, www.thecollectionmuseum.com
McCourt’s well-known installation ‘Electric Fence’ will take over the upstairs gallery space in the Usher Gallery, alongside a series of new works specially commissioned for this exhibition.
Talks - The Night Sky Show
8th February - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 8pm - 01522 873894 www.lincolndrillhall.com
Learn about the constellations, stars, planets and the deeper cosmos, the sheer scale of the universe and the mythology and stories of the night sky. Presented by Adrian West – a passionate and experienced astronomer.
Music - Seth Lakeman – A Pilgrim’s Tale
8th February - Trinity Arts Centre, Trinity Street, Gainsborough DN21 2AL - £25 - 01427 676655, www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/ trinity-arts-centre
On his new album, A Pilgrim’s Tale, Seth Lakeman tells the epic and soulful tale of the historic voyage to the New World. Lakeman will be playing songs from the album live with his band in the towns and cities that the Pilgrim Fathers came from, including Gainsborough.
The album, due for release this spring, features contributions from bass player Ben Nichols, Seth’s sister-in-law Cara Dillon, dad Geoff Lakeman, folk musician Benji Kirkpatrick and is narrated by actor Paul McGann.
The multi award-winning folk singer was raised and still lives on Dartmoor, within sight of the sea at Plymouth, from where the Puritans sailed on the Mayflower in 1620. Lincolnshire of course has its own connections with this world-changing story and is marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower with a host of events throughout the county in 2020.
Talks - Sinclair McKay – Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness
10th February - Lincoln LN2 1LP - 7pm - 01522 262374, facebook.com/lindumbooks
Historian Sinclair McKay is best known for his books on Bletchley Park and is a literary critic for the Telegraph and Spectator. Tickets £7 from Lindum Books and online from The Collection.
Theatre - Tess of the D’Urbervilles
12th February until 15th February - Louth LN11 0BX - 7.30pm - 01507 600350 louthriverheadtheatre.com
This year Hotbuckle are guest performers for the February play at Louth Riverhead Theatre. Thomas Hardy’s fictional masterpiece traces the life of the young country girl, Tess Durbeyfield.
Comedy - 100% Simon Brodkin
14th February - Spalding PE11 1SS - 8pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk
After an award-winning career as Lee Nelson, Brodkin unleashes his funniest creation yet, as himself! Fresh from a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Simon visits South Holland Centre.
Music - Paul McKenna Band
14th February - Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 8pm - 01652 660380, www.roperyhall.co.uk
Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among its finest younger singer-songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, which has brought comparisons to Dick Gaughan.
Music - G2 Definitive Genesis
14th February - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 8pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com
Having performed classic Genesis for nearly two decades, G2 Definitive Genesis are making their first visit to Lincoln Drill Hall. G2 pay tribute to a vintage period in Genesis’ long history.
Days Out - Indie Lincs
14th February until 16th February - Lincoln LN6 7DQ - 9.30am - 11pm - 01522 837600, lpac.co.uk
Now moving into its fifth year, Indie Lincs is an international film festival championing low and micro budget films and their filmmakers. Visit www.indie-lincs.com. Day Pass available from Lincoln LPAC.
Comedy - Kate Fox: Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras
15th February - Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 7.30pm - 01652 660380, www.roperyhall.co.uk
This funny performance lecture uncovers the hidden history of the writers, scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protestors, musicians and other heroines who make up a far more diverse North than we usually see.
Music - Metamorphoses
16th February - Spalding PE11 1SS - 3pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk
Metamorphoses is an ensemble of world class musicians, all of whom perform individually and in ensembles in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.
Days Out - Wedding Open Day
16th February - Doddington LN6 4RU - 12 noon - 6pm - 01522 812501, www.doddingtonhall.com
View the award-winning Coach House, the Long Gallery of the Elizabethan Hall and beautiful estate accommodation. The Doddington team and selected recommended suppliers will be on hand to discuss your perfect wedding day.
Theatre - Mimi and the Mountain Dragon presented by Skewbald Theatre
18th February - Louth LN11 0BX - 12.30pm - 01507 600350 louthriverheadtheatre.com
With lively original songs, atmospheric storytelling and magical puppets, Mimi and the Mountain Dragon is an exciting new show about friendship, courage and adventure for anyone who loves snow, dragons and stories.
Talks - Controlling the Demon Drink: The Alcohol Problem in Victorian Lincolnshire
19th February - St Hugh’s Hall, Lincoln LN2 5AQ - 7.30pm - 01522 521337, www.slha.org.uk
Evening talk organised by the Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology presented by Adam Cartwright. Public houses and brewing, the Temperance Movement and libel action. Admission charge.
Comedy - Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang
20th February - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 8pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com
Phil has made a name for himself (that name being Phil Wang) exploring sex, romance, politics, and his mixed British-Malaysian heritage with shows that delight in his unique Wang brand of smart and silly.
Days Out - Fabulous Family Walks – Arts Around Town
21st February - Stamford PE9 2DL - 11am - 2pm - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com
Historical and hysterical circus themed tours of Stamford with Stamford Sights and Secrets Tours. Join the travelling circus from the Arts Centre and discover hidden corners and activities throughout the town.
Music - Toyah – Acoustic, Up Close and Personal
22nd February - Stamford PE9 2DL - 7.30pm - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com
This ‘unplugged’ style gig will include Toyah Willcox performing an acoustic set of her loved hit singles and other classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her 40-year career.
Talks - You’re in a Bad Way
22nd February - Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 7.30pm - 01652 660380, www.roperyhall.co.uk
What happens when you find out your dad has dementia? Writer, Radio 4 regular and creator of John Peel’s Shed, John Osborne returns to Barton upon Humber with a new storytelling show.
Comedy - John Shuttleworth’s Back!
23rd February - Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe DN15 6JP - 7.30pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk
Years of strenuous DIY, not to mention playing his organ whilst perched upon a multi-pack of Diet Sprite with no lumber support, has taken its toll. But – ever the trouper – John returns to the stage.
Theatre - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
24th February - Lincoln LN1 3AR - 7.30pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com
Big Brum’s production of ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ adapted by Chris Cooper is rich in imagery that illuminates the themes at the heart of Stevenson’s complex text.
Comedy - The Merry Opera Company presents Don Giovanni
26th February - Stamford PE9 2DL - 7.30pm - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com
A supernatural comedy-thriller occurring in breakneck real time, Don Giovanni begins with murder, and ends with a hellish sentence passed on the legendary seducer – the epic downfall of a man who always knows what we need, always makes us happy, but eventually realises he is out of time.
Polarising audiences for centuries, startlingly modern yet a dinosaur, can Don Giovanni still make us love him as he hurtles through his final hours? At Stamford Arts Centre.
Directed by international opera director John Ramster, with music direction by Cannes prizewinner, Gabriel Chernick. English translation by Amanda Holden.
Theatre - The National Trust Fan Club
27th February - Spalding PE11 1SS - 7.30pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk
Join Helen Wood’s one-woman quest to visit every National Trust property and become the NT’s biggest super-fan. Direct from its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Comedy - Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties
28th February - Lincoln LN6 7TS - 8pm - 0871 220 0260, www.engineshed.co.uk
Norcott has appeared frequently on Question Time and can be regularly seen putting the cat amongst the pigeons on UK political debate shows.
Comedy - Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us
28th February - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 8pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com
Mark Thomas combines his trademark mix of storytelling, stand-up, mischief and well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.
Music - Weird Garden
28th February - Lincoln LN1 3LB - 6pm - 10pm - 01522 512669, facebook.com/tapenoise
An evening of experimental sound art and performance at Decimal Place art space. Tonight’s artists are Experimental Sonic Machines, Mr Butty, DiseasesofVenus and Fixateur Externe. Free entry.
Comedy - Tom Binns
29th February - Gainsborough DN21 2AL - 8pm - 01427 676655, www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/trinity-arts-centre
Tom Binns is the star and co-writer of BBC One’s Hospital People. He is also an award-winning character comedian working the international comedy festivals and the UK stand-up circuit.
Music - Stamford International Music Festival
29th February - Stamford PE9 2DL - 7.30pm - https://simfestival.com/tickets/
Performers: Freya Goldmark (artistic director & violin), Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux (violin), Francesca Gilbert (viola), Corentin Chassard (cello), Anna Webster (clarinet). Works by Brahms, Stravinsky and Schubert. Tickets £15 (U16 accompanying an adult free).
Music - The Sensational 60s Experience
29th February - Scunthorpe DN15 6QB - 7.30pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk
The Sensational 60s Experience brings you a three hour 60s spectacular of pure nostalgia. Starring Mike Pender (original voice of The Searchers) The Trems, The Fortunes, The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Dakotas.
Music - The Floyd Effect
29th February - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 7.30pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com
With members who have worked with the likes of Bowie, Janet Jackson and Jon Bon Jovi, this is a band of the highest calibre that loves the music of Pink Floyd.
Theatre - Russian State Opera presents Aida
29th February - Lincoln LN2 1JJ - 7.30pm - 01522 519999, www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk
Russian State Opera returns to New Theatre Royal Lincoln with the premiere of Verdi’s opera classic Aida. The brand-new production will feature sumptuous sets and splendid new costumes.