Jekyll and Hyde, Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, St Mary’s Centre, until Saturday, February 22

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Jekyll and Hyde, Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, St Mary’s Centre, until Saturday, February 22

3:45pm Friday 21st February 2014

WHILE love and hate are common themes in musical theatre, exploring the deeper psyche of humanity is a rarity.

Panto review: Cinderella @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Panto review: Cinderella @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

9:29am Monday 14th December 2009

IT LOOKS fantastic, it sounds fantastic and you’ll definitely have a ball!

Panto review: Jack and the Beanstalk @ Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: GIANT FUN: The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk take to the stage

3:30pm Monday 14th December 2009

It’s panto time again and along with my youngest children and their young at heart Nanna, I was looking forward to a night of good old family panto fun.

Panto review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz @ Library Theatre, Darwen

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Panto review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz @ Library Theatre, Darwen

9:32am Monday 14th December 2009

FOLLOW the yellow brick road to Darwen over the next couple of weeks to enjoy a fabulous alternative to the traditional pantomime.

Panto review: Sleeping Beauty @ Civic Theatre, Oswaldtwistle

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Panto review: Sleeping Beauty @ Civic Theatre, Oswaldtwistle

9:30am Monday 14th December 2009

If you're after a pantomime treat this festive season, Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre has a real Beauty ... Sleeping Beauty.

Review: Bob Harris @ Library Theatre, Darwen

4:41pm Monday 30th November 2009

WHISPERING Bob as he’s known to millions turned on the charm in Darwen.

Interview: Suzanne Shaw

Preston and Leyland Citizen: KEEPING BUSY: Suzanne Shaw is starring in the White Christmas at The Lowry, Salford Quays

6:43pm Monday 30th November 2009

WHETHER you know her as a former pop star, an ice skating queen, or a bra model for Asda, it’s likely you’ll remember Bury-born Suzanne Shaw as an upbeat, chatty kind of character.

Review: Jason Manford @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Jason Manford

5:39pm Tuesday 24th November 2009

WHEN last year’s comedy festival winner took to the stage at King George’s Hall there was an air of expectation in the audience — and Jason Manford didn’t let us down.

Review: Boogie Nights @ Civic Theatre, Oswaldtwistle

5:19pm Tuesday 24th November 2009

DIG out your flares and polish those platforms until they sparkle – the 1970s are back with a vengeance.

Review: Al Murray – The Pub Landlord @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Al Murray – The Pub Landlord @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

12:40pm Monday 23rd November 2009

THE Alf Garnett of the licensed trade returned to King George’s on Saturday and served round after round of his opinionated, tap room philosophy to an audience which couldn’t get enough.

Review: Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra @ Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

5:21pm Friday 20th November 2009

MMMMM. Nggh. Eh? Hmmm? Huh?

Interview: Terry Alderton

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Terry Alderton

4:58pm Friday 20th November 2009

TERRY Alderton has been described by critics as “outstanding and unpredictable” and he certainly lives up to the latter when I call for our interview.

Interview: Suranne Jones

Preston and Leyland Citizen: HAPPY DAYS: Former Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones is now starring in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit

4:55pm Friday 20th November 2009

A lot of women dread turning 30 but not actress Suranne Jones. She couldn’t be happier about it. The former Coronation Street actress talks about her giggling problem, how brunettes have more fun and her dream of being Bridget Jones.

Review: Circus Of Horrors @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

12:46pm Thursday 19th November 2009

A MAN wearing underpants and a see-through plastic poncho greeted me at King George’s Hall.

Review: First Things First @ Parochial Hall, Ribchester

9:46am Wednesday 18th November 2009

“OH what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!”

Review: Ed Byrne @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Ed Byrne

12:07pm Tuesday 17th November 2009

Genial and engaging Irish comic Ed Byrne gave a hugely entertaining Sunday night performance at King George’s Hall, Blackburn, to an appreciative audience.

Review: Jimmy Carr @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: IN TOWN: Jimmy Carr

10:51am Monday 16th November 2009

There was a boisterous capacity Saturday evening crowd for one of the You Must Be Joking comedy festival’s biggest names.

Review: Roy Chubby Brown @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Roy Chubby Brown @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

5:26pm Friday 13th November 2009

Surely everyone knows what ‘Chubby’ Brown is all about by now. Or do they?

Review: Tom Wrigglesworth @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: IT’S A LAUGH: Tom gets to grips with a lobster

2:45pm Tuesday 10th November 2009

There aren’t many comedians who invent laws. Not ones that are legally recognised anyway.

Review: Frog & Bucket Comedy Club @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

11:25am Monday 9th November 2009

The ever-popular club returned with another sold-out night of laughs.

Review: Grumpy Old Women @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Grumpy Old Women @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

11:25am Monday 9th November 2009

Choosing to spend an evening listening to three women moan is a strange concept.

Review: Martin 'Bigpig' Mor @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Martin 'Bigpig' Mor @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

6:05pm Friday 6th November 2009

COMING away from a comedy gig feeling like you’ve made friends with the comedian is a rare occurrence.

Interview: Tom Wrigglesworth

Preston and Leyland Citizen: IT’S A LAUGH: Tom gets to grips with a lobster

4:12pm Friday 6th November 2009

COMEDIAN Tom Wrigglesworth has an unusual list of people to thank for his current stand-up routine — a ‘jobsworth’ train ticket inspector, a police officer who nearly arrested him and, most of all, Richard Branson.

Review: Stephen K Amos @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Stephen K Amos @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

11:32am Thursday 5th November 2009

Being the opening act at a comedy festival comes with pressures of its own.

Interview: Wendi Peters in Grumpy Old Women 2

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Grumpy Old Women @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

2:32pm Wednesday 4th November 2009

IT’S official — women are the grumpier sex. Just ask East Lancashire’s own Grumpy Old Woman, Wendi Peters.

Interview: Paul Simpson

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview:  Paul Simpson

2:00pm Monday 2nd November 2009

BLACKBURN actor-turned-director Paul Simpson on his mission to de-segregate his home town, his life on the farm, and his latest play at The Lowry.

Interview: Stephen K Amos

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Stephen K Amos

3:58pm Friday 30th October 2009

EAST Lancashire's biggest comedy festival starts in Blackburn next week. Stephen K Amos, who begins the three-week extravaganza, spoke to us about his transformation from student to comedian, his resolution to laugh at least once a day.

Review: Punk Rock @ Royal Exchange, Manchester

1:28pm Friday 30th October 2009

Set in a fee-paying grammar school in Stockport, Simon Stephens’ powerful new play begins as an Etonian teen drama, however it slowly dawns that a violent underbelly within these seemingly normal youngsters is going to “pop” spectacularly.

Review: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice @ Vaudeville, London

Preston and Leyland Citizen: STAGE STRUCK: Diana Vickers on stage in Little Voice transforms from shy schoolgirl to a singing sensation

12:44pm Friday 23rd October 2009

In the space of 12 months, Diana Vickers has gone from East Lancashire schoolgirl via the X Factor to a starring role in the West End. We were in the audience for the opening night of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

Review: Simon Amstell @ Lowry, Salford

4:03pm Friday 23rd October 2009

Dressed in skinny jeans and a black T-shirt, Simon Amstell exposed his loneliness, family secrets and sex life (or rather a lack of one) to 1,500 people.

Interview: Des O'Connor

Preston and Leyland Citizen: PERFORMER: Des’s live show combines music, humour and audience participation

3:55pm Friday 23rd October 2009

For the first time in 46 years, Des O’Connor doesn’t have his own TV show — and the veteran entertainer couldn’t be happier about it. He spoke to us ahead of his East Lancashire appearance.

Review: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ Palace Theatre, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: TEAR-JERKER: Craig Chalmers

4:00pm Friday 23rd October 2009

I wasn’t exactly in a ‘relaxed place’ for a night at the theatre, but, that’s one of the reasons I love a show - they have the power to make you believe all is well.

Review: Rent @ Little Theatre, Chorley

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Rent @ Little Theatre, Chorley

12:43pm Tuesday 20th October 2009

Arriving at an amateur production knowing its musical director is a professional of some standing – especially having led the band of said show in the West End – there’s a certain level of expectation before a single note has been played or sung.

Interview: Ed Byrne

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Ed Byrne

2:42pm Friday 16th October 2009

THE applause goes on so long when Ed Byrne appears live that the comedian is forced to return to the stage for an encore.

Interview: Sue Nicholls in A Night At The Oscars

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Sue Nicholls in A Night At The Oscars

4:19pm Friday 9th October 2009

SHE was off to buy a “new frock” when I phoned to speak with Sue Nicholls, aka Coronation Street’s veteran crimper Audrey Roberts.

Interview: Jessie Wallace in Stepping Out

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Jessie Wallace in Stepping Out

4:17pm Friday 9th October 2009

HOW many women do you know that would make themselves look fatter on purpose? Actress Jessie Wallace has done just that for her latest stage role — and the best bit is she doesn’t mind!

Interview: Tony Stockwell

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Tony Stockwell

4:14pm Friday 9th October 2009

HIS show might be out of this world but TV psychic Tony Stockwell is as down-to-earth as the next man.

Interview: Deborah Grant in Absurd Person Singular at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Deborah Grant in Absurd Person Singular at Blackpool Grand Theatre

1:35pm Friday 9th October 2009

Alan Ayckbourn’s savagely funny social comedy Absurd Person Singular comes to Blackpool starring actress Deborah Grant, whose numerous starring roles include Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Bergerac and, most recently, Holby City.

Interview: Laurence Clark

Preston and Leyland Citizen: CRUSADE: Laurence Clark wants to remove the stigma from the word ‘spastic’

1:30pm Friday 9th October 2009

CHERIE Blair has described him a “sit-down comedian” and Jim Davidson has been banned from his shows. But now Laurence Clark is making the headlines on his own with his controversial new show.

Interview: Diana Vickers

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Diana Vickers

1:43pm Monday 5th October 2009

SINGING sensation Diana Vickers has landed herself the title role in a new West End production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. The former Westholme pupil tells how she may be living the dream in London, but nothing beats shopping in Blackburn on a Saturday afternoon.

Review: Disney On Ice: Princess Wishes @ Arena, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Disney On Ice: Princess Wishes @ Arena, Manchester

11:37am Friday 2nd October 2009

Once upon an ice rink there was a magnificent castle and an amazing fairytale about to begin...

Interview: Huw Higginson in All My Sons

Preston and Leyland Citizen: ON STAGE: Former Bill actor Huw Higginson

1:35pm Friday 25th September 2009

IT was as an 11-year-old schoolboy when Huw Higginson fell in love with the theatre.

Interview: Shaun Williamson in Porridge

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Shaun Williamson

1:13pm Friday 25th September 2009

HE'S been a postman, worked on the wines and spirits aisle at Safeway and most famously played lovable buffoon Barry Evans in EastEnders.

Review: Mixed Up North @ Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Preston and Leyland Citizen: PREMIERE: Mixed Up North does not shirk the issues

4:16pm Monday 14th September 2009

MIXED Up North was never going to be the cheeriest play.

Interview: Mark Adams of That’s Amore

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Mark Adams of That’s Amore

12:50pm Friday 11th September 2009

AFTER four years in the West End, That’s Amore, celebrating the career of famous Rat Packer Dean Martin, is touring the UK. We spoke to Mark Adams, dubbed the Dean Martin of the 21st century.

Interview: Penelope Keith

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Penelope Keith

12:46pm Friday 11th September 2009

AS someone who describes herself as “a gardener who acts”, Penelope Keith's latest role as the recently-bereaved wife of a village vicar in comedy Entertaining Angels couldn't be more perfect.

Interview: Ed Byrne

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Ed Byrne

2:14pm Friday 28th August 2009

Comedian Ed Byrne is a familiar face on TV thanks to his appearances on shows such as Mock The Week, Have I Got News for You, Head On Comedy and the sitcom Sam’s Game.

Interview: Dave Spikey

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Dave Spikey

11:31am Friday 21st August 2009

COMEDIAN Dave Spikey is bringing his Best Medicine – Repeat Prescription tour back to Lancashire. He told us about his love of the Red Rose County, where he gets his material, and his friendship with Peter Kay.

Interview: Anthony Pedley

Preston and Leyland Citizen: acting is CHILD’S PLAY: Anthony Pedley stars in The BFG

11:25am Friday 21st August 2009

ACTING for kids isn’t as easy as it looks, according to actor Anthony Pedley, who plays the BFG in a brand new production coming to Manchester Palace Theatre.

Interview: Rob Brydon

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Interview: Rob Brydon

11:23am Friday 21st August 2009

HE’S the best thing to come out of Wales since leek soup, and we all wish he was our uncle. We spoke to man-of-the-moment Rob Brydon, who comes to Blackpool in September.






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