New TV cop drama set in East Lincolnshire

” When high-flying US police chief Bill Hixon lands in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14 year-old daughter Kelsey in tow, he’s hoping they can flee their painful recent past. But this unfamiliar, unimpressed community will force Bill to question everything about himself and leave him asking whether it’s Boston that needs Bill, or Bill that needs Boston?”

Such is the storyline of “Wild Bill”,  an new detective series commissioned recently by ITV. It stars Rob Lowe as the high-flying US cop who will shake up the East Lincolnshire force; you might recognise him from The West Wing, Parks and Recreation, Code Black or St. Elmo’s Fire.           Continue reading

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We Happy Few: book now!

The Horncastle Theatre Company’s next production is billed as a comedy drama. It’s about an all-female theatre company touring Britain during the darkest days of World War Two, written by a well-known actress and premiered in the West End. The well-known actress is Imogen Stubbs (Lady Nunn) and the play is directed by the indefatigable Penny Holland. You can catch it on the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st July, 7.30 pm at the Lion Theatre. Booking: Horncastle Music Shop (01507 526 566) or On Line. Tickets: £7 (Concessions £6)

The play is inspired by the real-life Osiris Players, whose travelling productions during the war inspired many to take up the profession – Judi Dench to name but one.

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Castaway in Horncastle

The doughty Horncastle Players are now busy rehearsing this year’s pantomime – Robinson Crusoe. Suspend disbelief as Dame Crusoe, her son Robinson, the Captain of the ship Hans Free and Schumacher the gorilla cast off from Horncastle fish docks only to be wrecked on a desert island ruled by the evil pirate Queen.

Of course there are the traditional chases, fights and love interests to keep you on your toes. The show opens on January 24 and runs Wednesday to Saturday over two weeks. Continue reading

Comedy at the Petwood: “The Wedding Reception”

Packing 5-star reviews from London’s West End and Edinburgh Fringe, this bonkers immersive comedy from Interactive Theatre International, the makers of Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, promises to love, honour and disarray…

The Wedding Reception sees Kate and Will expecting a small party to celebrate their wedding – but Kate’s mum had other plans! Cue uninvited guests, misbehaving family and secrets better left in the closet…

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“Remembrance” – a documentary play at the Broadbent Theatre

Remembrance is an original documentary play written specially for the Broadbent Theatre, Wickenby. It tells the story of the Conscientious Objectors who set up Pacifist Farm Communities in Legsby and Holton cum Beckering during World War 2. Many of them were involved in the founding of the Broadbent Theatre and many of their families remain active members of the local community today.

You can catch the play on 6th December at 7.30 and 10th December at 4.30. There’s more background information and a booking link here.

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Great Expectations at the Petwood

Sunday 27th August at 6:30pm: Lincoln based Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Charles Dickens’ unforgettable story of love, family and friendship set in the depths of Victorian England. From the haunting marshlands of Kent to the bustling streets of Victorian London, this epic tale follows the fortunes of a young Pip as he falls in love, finds his fortune and makes his way in the world.

This  classic tale is brought to life with traditional music, full period costume and a whole host of colourful characters, from the convict Magwitch to the elusive Estelle and of course, the eccentric and mysterious Miss Havisham. Join family and friends to follow Pip’s adventures of discovery and expectation in Dickens’ best loved tale, presented in one of the UK’s most beautiful open-air venues.

Buy your tickets online or call the Petwood reservation team on 01526 352411 and select option 1. Continue reading

From the Woodhall Spa notice boards, July 2017

Understandably, most new notices this month have something to do with next weekend’s famous 1940s festival. If you are planning to take part, you can find out more about this major event here.

Here are some alternative attractions that caught my eye:

 

July 12

The Holiday Proms – Sing for Britain

A concert by the Spa Singers, at St. Peter’s Hall. 7.30, admission £5 (£3 under 18s). Call 01526 860373 Continue reading