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Guide to entertainment in Cornwall 2013: April

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

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2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for entertainment in Cornwall.

Here is Lee Trewhela's guide to the year ahead.

Download and print out the guide here



Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4 – The Wizard Of Oz, Plymouth Pavilions. A new Easter pantomime starring Bobby Davro and Sarah-Jane Honeywell from CBeebies? A slightly off-yellow brick road, perhaps. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Saturday, April 6 – Russell Kane, Hall for Cornwall. The comedian with the hair and a seemingly non-stop array of shows on BBC Three returns to Truro. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Sunday, April 7 – Virginia Ironside: Growing Old Disgracefully, Hall for Cornwall. How an agony aunt reaches 60 and becomes a stand-up comic in a show directed by Nigel Planer. Very good, apparently. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Wednesday, April 10 – Jethro, Hall for Cornwall. Wot ’appened woz ... Geoff Rowe is in the curious position of being a comedian who’s completely off the radar when it comes to television and trends, but can still sell out venues like the Hall for Cornwall in a heartbeat. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13 – Derren Brown, Plymouth Pavilions. He’s a genius though there are still those who take against him. See Brown live and change your mind. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Thursday, April 11 – Kepow Theatre Company: Crazy Little Thing Called Love, St Ives Guildhall (and April 12, Launceston Town Hall; April 27, Altarnun Village Hall; April 28, Golant Village Hall; May 10, Lamorna Village Hall; May 26, St Erme Community Centre). A comic look at love, in all its many forms. Romantic love. Platonic Love. The love of a hobby, pet, money or God. You name it, this comedy show explores it. www.carntocove.co.uk

Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 – Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Hall for Cornwall. My five-year-old can tell you all about Nanny Plum, Gaston, etc as can any little one in the country. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Tuesday, April 16 to Saturday, April 20 – The Misanthrope, Hall for Cornwall. English Touring Theatre once brought a stunning production of Brecht and Weill’s Threepenny Opera to the HfC which was so good I went twice. The company is now back with a version of Moliere’s classic mockery of manners and morals as adapted by “Liverpool poet” Roger McGough. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Thursday, April 18 – Owdyado Theatre: Wrongdoings And Wake Up Calls At The Stop Off Motel, Carn Marth Hotel, Newquay. This Cornish theatre company’s reputation increases with each performance. This production won over all who saw it in 2012 – here’s another chance to catch it. www.carntocove.co.uk

Saturday, April 20 – Silly Boys Theatre: The Tallest Horse On Earth, The Centre, Newlyn (and May 18, Trannack School, near Helston)

Set in a patchwork world of string, papier-mâché and toy tractors, The Tallest Horse on Earth is the story of Tim, a little boy who is the proud owner of The Tallest Horse on Earth. Or so he thinks .... With puppetry, live music and a good measure of giant smashing, expect an epic adventure of small proportions. www.carntocove.co.uk

Saturday, April 20 – Jimmy Carr, Plymouth Pavilions. The satellite dish-faced comedian continues his non-stop tour of the country in order to pay his tax bill. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Tuesday, April 23 to Thursday, April 25 – I Was A Rat!, Hall for Cornwall. Teatro Kismet perform a visually seductive version of Philip Pullman’s gripping story. For audiences of all ages. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Friday, April 26 – Bill Bailey, Plymouth Pavilions. As with his previous tours, Qualmpeddler will be a mix of musical mash-ups, silliness and owls as performed by the human equivalent of an orc. www.plymouthpavilions.com


Tuesday, April 2 to Saturday, April 6 – Welsh National Opera, Theatre Royal, Plymouth. One of the UK’s most popular opera companies presents Lulu, Madam Butterfly and The Cunning Little Vixen during its stay in Plymouth. www.theatreroyal.com

Thursday, April 4 – The Songs And Story of Neil Diamond, The Acorn, Penzance. Who knew that Dominic Finley, a former member of 1980s chart-toppers Cutting Crew, was also a dab hand at Diamond? www.theacornpenzance.com

Sunday, April 7 – Fisherman’s Friends, Theatre Royal, Plymouth. Another chance to heave and haul away with Cornwall’s most successful musical export. www.theatreroyal.com

Tuesday, April 9 – Suggs: My Life Story, Hall for Cornwall. Accompanied by a pianist rather than the six other Nutty Boys, the former Graham McPherson brings his successful one-man show back to Cornwall following an appearance at the Port Eliot Festival in 2012. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Tuesday, April 9 – Simple Minds, Plymouth Pavilions. After regaining their reputation touring the first five sleek and electronic albums last year, Jim Kerr and co are back with a tour featuring all the big, flabby hits. Nosediving reputation again or resurrection continued? www.plymouthpavilions.com

Thursday, April 11 – Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Hall for Cornwall. One of the world’s leading ensembles return to the county with some Schubert, Mozart and Strauss. Keep reading What’s On in 2013 for details of world-beating classical concerts at Truro Cathedral, St Endellion, Truro 3 Arts and more. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Friday, April 12 – Men in General, Lostwithiel Community Centre (and April 13, Tresmeer Village Hall). Men In General mix a cappella classics with comedy, advice on relationships, indoor parachute jumping, a road movie, the benefits of going barefoot, a painting by Edward Hopper, unusual hobbies for men, a pub at midnight and mistakes anyone could make. www.carntocove.co.uk

Saturday, April 13 – Larry Miller, The Acorn, Penzance. He’s been called the Stevie Ray Vaughan of the UK and is one of our greatest blues guitarists, filling the void left by Rory Gallagher. www.theacornpenzance.com

Monday, April 15 – King Charles, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth. Like an ickle, hairy collision of the similarly ickle and hairy Prince and Marc Bolan, King Charles is a pop star on the rise and from the same stable as Mumford & Sons. Previous gigs in Cornwall have been blistering affairs. www.princesspavilion.co.uk

Tuesday, April 16 – Temple of Rock Tour 2013: Michael Schenker, Virgil and The Accelerators, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth. Boasting former Scorpions members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz on drums and bass respectively, MSG stalwart Wayne Findlay on keyboards and Doogie White (ex Rainbow / Yngwee Malmsteen) on vocals, the Temple Of Rock 2013 concerts will include a plethora of hits spanning Michael Schenker’s colourful career, from The Scorpions, through UFO and his own group. Those of us raised on The Smiths won’t be there. www.princesspavilion.co.uk

Saturday, April 20 – Show of Hands with special guests Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, Performance Centre, University College Falmouth. One of the South West’s best loved acts, the duo of Steve Knightley and Phil Beer have brought folk music kicking and screaming into the 21st century. www.theperformancecentre.org

Monday, April 22 – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Resonate Ensembles, St Marwenne Church, Marhamchurch (and April 25, St Endellion Church, Wind Section; April 25, The Tolmen Centre, Constantine, Brass Section; April 25, Performance Centre, University College Falmouth, String Section). The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Cornwall Learning and KEAP, is proposing a major new long-term residency called BSO Live in Cornwall. www.carntocove.co.uk

Thursday, April 25 – Gerry Cross The Mersey: Gerry Marsden, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth. The first artist to have their first three singles go straight to No 1 in the UK charts plays all the Merseybeat hits. www.princesspavilion.co.uk

Saturday, April 27 – Adam Ant & the Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse, Hall for Cornwall. There won’t be a better gig in Cornwall this year. Fact. Well, not in my Ant-addicted brain anyway. The hits, the cult punk tunes and even new songs from his Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter album, due on January 21, will all be played. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Saturday, April 27 – Martin Simpson, The Acorn, Penzance. The UK’s own Springsteen, though only the cognoscenti know it. www.theacornpenzance.com

Saturday, April 27 – Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Calstock Arts Centre. Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have just been nominated in both the Best Duo and Best Original Song categories in the prestigious 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. www.calstockarts.org

Saturday, April 27 – People’s String Foundation, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno. See January entry though this should be the most dramatic venue in which to see the band. www.minack.com

Sunday, April 28 – Military Wives, Hall for Cornwall. Gareth Malone’s choir has grown like Topsy and is now a national concern. This concert will feature an RAF band and the BBC’s Howard Leader. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Monday, April 29 – Michael Ball, Plymouth Pavilions. Fresh from the success of Sweeney Todd, everyone’s favourite musical theatre star brings his Both Sides Now tour to the Pavilions. www.plymouthpavilions.com

See What's On's guide to entertainment in Cornwall in January

See What's On's guide to entertainment in Cornwall in February

See What's On's guide to entertainment in Cornwall in March

See What's On's guide to entertainment in Cornwall in April

See What's On's guide to entertainment in Cornwall in May

See What's On's guide to entertainment in Cornwall in June

See What's On's guide to entertainment in Cornwall from July to December

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