Kirkate announces autumn season of music, comedy, theatre and film


FAMOUS faces and acclaimed Edinburgh Festival shows feature in the new autumn season programme at The Kirkgate.

The Cockermouth arts centre has unveiled its packed September and October line-up of music, comedy, theatre and film.

This month gets under way with super-stylish action comedy Baby Driver screening on Monday 4, but September also sees the launch of the all-new Kirkgate Film Fridays, bringing the best newly-released blockbusters every third Friday of the month. First up on the menu is Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk (Friday 15) starring Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance.

New to the programme is the Friends of the Kirkgate’s Pie and Pea Supper Race Night fundraiser (Saturday 16).

For music, the month includes a live appearance from multi award-winning folk artist Rachel Newton on Friday 8 and a screening of Dave Gilmour live at Pompeii on Wednesday 13, and in comedy, Dead Ringers star Jan Ravens takes to the stage on Saturday 23 for a night of laugh-out-loud entertainment.

The month draws to a close with Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Wednesday 20) screening live from the Royal Opera House, smash-hit rom com The Big Sick (Monday 25), and achingly funny theatre from Paines Plough Theatre Company in Growth (Friday 29).

October follows up with Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch owning the title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Thursday 5). Friends of the Kirkgate are back with their Ladies Fashion Show and Pop Up Shop (Saturday 7), and more big screen greatness with Maudie (Monday 9). Then Eric Cass hosts his fully illustrated lecture Cockermouth and the Railways (Friday 13), followed by a trip to the Pennines with Best British Feature from the Edinburgh International Film Festival, God’s Own Country (Monday 16).

For a mid-October film-athon, Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig star in high-octane heist comedy Logan Lucky (Friday 20), then Star Wars’ John Boyega stars in Detroit (Monday 23), and Roald Dahl’s delightful BFG (Tuesday 24) is the perfect half term treat for little ones and their grown-ups.

Family fun continues throughout the school break with interactive theatre show The Library Lion (Thursday 26) from Untied Artists, along with Alice in Wonderland (Sunday 29) from the Royal Opera House.

Find the full line-up and tickets online at

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 4:20PM
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