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Guide to entertainment in Cornwall 2013: February

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.

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Friday, February 1 – Bash Street Theatre: The Last Illusion, The Tolmen Centre, Constantine (and February 2, Stithians Centre; February 13, Landulph Memorial Hall; February 20, St Ives Guildhall; March 8, Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel; March 9, Perranporth Memorial Hall; March 21, Coads Green Social Centre). Physical theatre at its best from one of Cornwall’s most loved companies. With live music and magical illusions, this family show will take you on a poignant journey revisiting the past and back again. www.carntocove.co.uk

Tuesday, February 5 and Wednesday, February 6 – Rambert Dance Company: Labyrinth of Love, Hall for Cornwall. This new commission by Irish choreographer Marguerite Donlon has received glowing reviews. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Wednesday, February 6 – John Shuttleworth, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth

Graham Fellows (he of Jilted John fame) brings masterful comedy creation Shuttleworth and his Yamaha PSS portable keyboard to Falmouth. Unmissable. www.seetickets.com / www.princesspavilion.co.uk

Wednesday, February 6 – Black Fish presents Alaska, Mylor Theatre, Truro College (and February 7 and 8, The Poly, Falmouth; February 9, Devoran Village Hall; February 15, Hall for Gwinear; February 16, North Hill Village Hall; March 2, Towednack & Nancledra Community Hall; March 16, Grampound Community Hall). Alaska brings together three giants of the Cornish theatre world – Giles King, Craig Johnson (performers) and Carl Grose (writer) – in “a tragi-comic riot of Pythonesque dottiness guaranteed to leave you spellbound”. www.carntocove.co.uk \ www.thepoly.org

Friday, February 8 – The Burlesque Show, Hall for Cornwall. Some much-needed titillation in the dullest month of the year. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Saturday, February 9 – Chris Addison: The Time is Now, Again, Hall for Cornwall. One of the best stand-ups around gets his face back out there now the mighty Thick Of It has come to an end. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Wednesday, February 13 – Guinness World Records, Hall for Cornwall. Find out, or perhaps not, who holds the world record for stuffing marshmallows up one single nostril (604) and the world’s stickiest bogey. Answer: Toxteth O’Grady (as any fan of The Young Ones knows). www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Friday, February 15 – Neil Innes: Another Chance to Get it Right, The Poly, Falmouth. A veritable legend of British musical comedy brings his poignant and topical one-man show to Cornwall. www.thepoly.org

Saturday, February 16 – Rodney Bewes: A Boy Growing Up, The Acorn, Penzance. The one-time Likely Lad and lover of Cornwall returns with his latest one-man show. www.theacornpenzance.com

Saturday, February 16 – Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures, Hall for Cornwall. The grand dame of children’s wildlife presenting brings her book of kids’ poetry to life in a fun new show for ages 3 to 8 and their adults. Just don’t mention The Hitman And Her. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Saturday, February 16 – Dave Mynne: Great Expectations, Lelant Village Hall (and March 8, Praa Sands Community Centre; March 16, Blisland Village Hall; June 7, Launceston Town Hall; June 8, Grampound Community Hall; June 15, Hall for Gwinear. One of Kneehigh’s founders returns to the stage, performing all the characters in the Dickens’ classic. Expect much hilarity and not a little emotion. Directed by the scarily talented Simon Harvey. www.carntocove.co.uk

Tuesday, February 19 to Saturday, February 23 – Yes Prime Minister, Hall for Cornwall. How will Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn’s update of Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey’s exploits fare in a post-The Thick Of It world. Well, three sell-out West End seasons and rave reviews speak for themselves. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Tuesday, February 19 to Saturday, February 23 – High Society, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Plymouth. Michael Praed (Robin of Sherwood and The Sound of Music) stars in the Cole Porter evergreen. Worth it for Well, Did You Evah! alone. www.theatreroyal.com

Monday, February 25 to Saturday, March 2 – Driving Miss Daisy, Plymouth Theatre Royal. Gwen Taylor and Don Warrington star in this revival of the prejudice-pricking drama. www.theatreroyal.com

Wednesday, February 27– Anton & Erin Go To Hollywood, Plymouth Pavilions

To some he’s adorable, to others odious, but there’s no denying he’s good on his feet (see also Brendan Cole, January). www.plymouthpavilions.com


Friday, February 1 – Courtney Pine, Hall for Cornwall. One of the jazz greats of his generation returns to the saxophone while debuting material from his 15th studio album. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Saturday, February 2 – Taking Care of Elvis, Hall for Cornwall. A pretend Elvis has entered the building. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Thursday, February 7 – Rumours of Fleetwood Mac: 35th Anniversary ‘Rumours’ Tour, Hall for Cornwall. An homage to Redruth-born Mick Fleetwood’s most celebrated album. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Friday, February 8 – The Devil’s Violin Company: A Love Like Salt, Warleggan Jubilee Hall (also Saturday, February 9 – Mount Pleasant Eco Park). www.carntocove.co.uk

Monday, February 11 – Little Mix, Plymouth Pavilions. Hopefully 2013 will be the year in which Simon Cowell’s death grip on the entertainment industry loosens and we see the final series of the increasingly dire X Factor. For those who love its celebration of the bland, here’s Little Mix. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Tuesday, February 12 – Plan B, Plymouth Pavilions. Ben Drew brings his edgy tales of inner city London to the rural South West again. There’s always a visit to Union Street after the gig to make him feel at home. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Wednesday, February 13 – Boogie Nights: The 70s Musical Concert, Plymouth Pavilions. The Osmond Brothers, Gareth Gates, Andy Abraham, Chico, plus Shane Richie Junior. Enough cheese to make a million Welsh rarebits. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Thursday, February 14 – Songs In The Key Of Stevie, Hall for Cornwall. If you’re going to go to a dreaded tribute night it might as well be one in honour of the inimitable Wonder. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Friday, February 15 – Paloma Faith, Plymouth Pavilions

The sassy, mad as a box of turnips, belter returns to the Pavilions with a spring in her stack-heeled step thanks to the success of that INXS cover. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Saturday, February 15 – Jackie Oates, Tolmen Centree, Constantine. “Oates has emerged as a frontrunner among the new generation of Brit folkies, marked out by the purity of her voice,” The Observer. www.tolmencentre.co.uk

Tuesday, February 26 – Joe Brown, Hall for Cornwall. Britain’s first rock’n’roller (though Tommy Steele may disagree) is still at it and performing everything from rockabilly and gospel to country and folk all topped with his irrepressible humour. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Thursday, February 28 – Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, Hall for Cornwall. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

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

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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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