Festive festivities at Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove.
The story of Jane Eyre is one of innocence, deceit, retribution and true love. Written almost 170 years ago, Charlotte Bronte’s tale is as inspiring as ever. In a new production by the National Theatre, Jane faces life’s obstacles head on. It’s a bold and dynamic slant on one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.
NT Live presents Jane Eyre on screen on Tuesday 22nd December. Tickets cost £17 (£14 under 16s and students)
Jamie Knight is well known for his superb vocals and is fresh from his recent tour supporting Joan Armatrading. On 21st December Jamie and his 11 piece Manuka band will be back at Artrix performing the best swing, soul, classic pop and lively rock ‘n’ roll in town. With piano, bass, sax, guitars and drums accompanying Jamie’s wonderful voice, this is an evening of Christmas hits that you won’t forget in a hurry.
Tickets cost £13 (£11 over 60s, students and under 16s)
Sgt Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band has received 20 years of worldwide acclaim for their funny and colourful tribute to the Beatles. Featuring some stupendous live arrangements of all the greatest hits and more, this is an ideal pre-Christmas treat for Beatles fans. Featuring Paul McCoatoff and John Legend, this group still have their Ticket to Ride when it comes to performing their tribute to one of the world’s greatest bands. Having retired from regular touring, their festive gig at Artrix on Wednesday 23rd December is a rare comeback appearance for the band.
Tickets cost £17.50
Christmas is an exciting time for children and Artrix has plenty of shows and activities lined up for all the family during December.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a panto and this year’s production of Dick Whittington is no exception. Join King Rat, Fairy Bowbelle and of course Dick himself for lots of fun, laughter and audience participation from 13th to 20th December.
On Monday 21st December children aged 4-11 are invited to join in some fabulous glittery craft activities in time for the sparkliest season at all. The session takes place in the Artrix foyer from 11am to 1pm and costs £2 per child. Following the craft session, there’s a chance to join a magical adventure to the North Pole with an Artrix Cinema screening of Polar Express at 1pm.
Royal Ballet Live’s production of The Nutcracker is one of the most enchanting yet and Clara is transported to the Land of Snow to the tune of Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score. There will be two screenings on Wednesday 16th December at 7.30 pm and another at 2pm on Sunday 27th December.
Little ones will love joining Sinbad the Sailor and his twit of a brother as they set sail in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad at 2.30 pm on 29th December. This Little English Theatre production involves hitching a ride on a giant eagle and coming face to face with a mystical dragon and is ideal for 5 + year olds.
Finally on Wednesday 30th December, Scottish princess Merida will use her archery skills to break a beastly curse in a screening of Brave at 1.00 pm
Tickets for all shows at Artrix are available at the Box Office on 01527 577330 or www.artrix.co.uk