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It is with great sadness that we report the death of Des Davies after a short illness.
Des was part of the original team who built Daneside Theatre back in the 1980s, having previously been part of the stage crew for Congleton Operatic Society for many years. He was an untiring supporter of the Theatre, putting in many hours of work, much of which went unnoticed. He helped maintain the building, let in contractors and looked after them, built sets, tidied up, stage managed some shows and worked on the stage crew for many more. He could be relied upon as someone who got things done. He had his own methods and often said, "I wouldn't do it that way" to other people backstage, but always in good humour. He certainly made more than his fair share when it was time to make a brew for the team, and wasn't afraid of the washing up either!
His last show with us was Congleton Pantomime's Robin Hood in January, for which he built many of the on-stage props and scenery.
He will be missed greatly and our thoughts and condolences go to Des's wife, son and family.
In this Americanised musical stage version, adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name, six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. One of them, Jerry, declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they’ll go “the full monty”—strip all the way. As they prepare for the show, working through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, they overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie.
Tickets (£10 - £14) from Congleton TIC 01260 271095 , and online.Read More
The international smash hit musical comedy Hairspray the Musical.
Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for integration. But can she win equality – and Link’s heart – without denting her ‘do?
Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more.
Tickets £12.00. Available from Congleton TIC and onlineRead More
Sam Mendes' 1st World War, award-winning film.
April 1917, the Western Front. Two British soldiers are sent to deliver an urgent message to an isolated regiment. If the message is not received in time the regiment will walk into a trap and be massacred. To get to the regiment they will need to cross through enemy territory. Time is of the essence and the journey will be fraught with danger.
All tickets £5.
Tickets for films are sold exclusively though Congleton Tourist information Centre, in the front of the Town Hall, High Street, Congleton. Please apply in person, or over the phone on 01260 271095.The event appears on Ticketsource only to let our patrons know about the event, but tickets are not available on-line
Daneside Theatre is an independent theatre with a charitable status that aims to provide a venue for the community that all ages can benefit from.
The 300-seat theatre is located just on the edge of the town centre just off the Mountbatten Way, the dual carriageway that runs through the town. It is the home of various amateur groups as well as being available to hire for shows and business events. The original theatre built in the 1980s was extended in 2000 to add rehearsal rooms, scenery store and provides better access and facilities for all theatre users.
These facilities enable shows of all types to be staged, from plays to musicals, films to dance shows, pantomimes to concerts. So we aim to have something to suit all tastes during our season.
For further details of our shows this current season see the What’s On section.
Over the next two years we will be embarking on an exciting project to improve the foyer area of the theatre, and small improvements to the auditorium and back stage areas.
If you think that you could help us with our fund-raising activities, please get in touch
Please support the theatre in our goal to maintain and improve the theatre. We have no central funding and are supported by the societies that use the theatre, and by you, our audiences.