SpArC Theatre

Bishops Castle, SY9 5AY

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Standard WC Yes Standard WC
Rear wheelchair access No Rear wheelchair access
Ramped wheelchair access No Ramped wheelchair access
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Internal lift No Internal lift
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Upcoming Live Shows

Friday17Nov

Hotbuckle Productions
Wuthering Heights

‘Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same’. When Cathy’s father brings home an orphaned Heathcliff, the effect will echo for generations. Emily Bronte’s only novel is a timeless Gothic classic of passionate love, revenge and despair. Shropshire-based Hotbuckle Productions – ‘Perfect theatre with seemingly no effort at all’ (BBC Radio Shropshire) - bring their unique magic to this powerful and emotional story.

Age range
8+

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £7.00 

Time
19:30

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Saturday9Dec

Alison Neil
Mrs Beeton, My Sister

Mrs Beeton, a fat old cook? Far from it.... but she was a real person. Award-winning playwright Alison Neil provides a lively retelling of the entertaining and moving story of Isabella Beeton's surprising life, and how she came to write the world-famous "Book of Household Management". "Lively, humorous and engaging...not to be missed! PEWSEY HERITAGE CENTRE "A very entertaining performance and a sell-out audience!" TENBY ARTS FESTIVAL

Age range
12+

Tickets Adult: £10.00  Child: £5.00 

Time
14:30

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

Extra Event Information
Group discount available direct from SpArC: buy 10 tickets, get 2 free. Tea and cakes on sale.

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Upcoming Satellite Screenings

Sunday29Oct

The Royal Ballet Live
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (ballet) encore

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser... As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream? Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage – to a playing-card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment

Tickets Adult: £13.00  Child: £8.00 

Time
14:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Thursday16Nov

NT Live
Follies

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

Age range
12A

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £5.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Thursday7Dec

NT Live
Young Marx

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

Age range
Cert 12A

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £5.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Sunday10Dec

The Royal Ballet Live
The Nutcracker - ENCORE

Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of dreams and enchantments that take Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. Peter Wright’s enchanting production with its wondrously growing Christmas tree and a rousing battle between the villainous Mouse King and an army of toy soldiers, mines the colour of Tchaikovsky’s score, retaining exquisite surviving fragments of the original Ivanov choreography, including the beautiful pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Tickets Adult: £13.00  Child: £8.00 

Time
14:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Sunday21Jan

2018

Royal Opera House
Rigoletto encore

The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera. Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect...David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

Tickets Adult: £13.00  Child: £8.00 

Time
14:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Wednesday7Feb

2018

Royal Opera House
Tosca

Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

Tickets Adult: £13.00  Child: £8.00 

Time
19:15

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Wednesday14Feb

2018

Royal Shakespeare Company
Twelfth Night RSC

'I am all the daughters of my father's house, And all the brothers too.' Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister... Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £5.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Wednesday28Feb

2018

The Royal Ballet Live
The Winter's Tale (ballet)

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

Tickets Adult: £13.00  Child: £8.00 

Time
19:15

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Thursday8Mar

2018

NT Live
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof encore

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? ★★★★ "A bold reimagining…innovative and powerfully acted" Sunday Times ★★★★ "A brilliant, lacerating account of the play… unforgettable" The Independent ★★★★ "Miller and O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth" The Metro This is a recording of the Young Vic’s production captured during its successful run in the West End. The performance has been ‘Captured live in front of an audience’ rather than being a live broadcast.

Age range
15+

Tickets Adult: £11.00  Child: £5.00 

Time
19:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Sunday11Mar

2018

Royal Opera House
Carmen ROH encore

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

Tickets Adult: £13.00  Child: £8.00 

Time
14:00

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Upcoming Films

Tuesday7Nov

The Princess Bride (PG)

The Princess Bride is stuffed full of every thrilling element of a classic romantic adventure - princes, villains and evil geniuses, giants and giant creatures, sword fights, revenge, kidnapping, and a rescue on white horses - and it coats them all in delicious humor.

Tickets
Adult: £3.00  Child: £3.00 

Time
2.00pm

Running Time
98

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

Extra Event Information
Afternoon film - Accessible Screening- accompanying carers free- tea coffee biscuits £1, low level lighting - no stairs (Cabaret seating), hearing loop. Dial-a-ride Bus service on request

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Thursday9Nov

Their Finest (12)

1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin, an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war. Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley, the pair set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population.

Tickets
Adult: £5.00  Child: £4.00 

Time
7.00pm

Running Time
117

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Friday10Nov

Despicable Me 3 (U)

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother-a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps-one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Tickets
Adult: £5.00  Child: £4.00 

Time
6.30pm

Running Time
90

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

Extra Event Information
Please note the change of date– the date printed in our brochure is now incorrect - Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Thursday30Nov

Wonder Woman (2017) (12a)

Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Tickets
Adult: £5.00  Child: £4.00 

Time
7.00pm

Running Time
141

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

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Tuesday5Dec

A Christmas Carol (1984) (U)

In this atmospheric adaptation (filmed in Shrewsbury in 1984) of Charles Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol," Ebenezer Scrooge (George C Scott) learns the true meaning of Christmas when the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future visit him.

Tickets
Adult: £3.00  Child: £3.00 

Time
2.00pm

Running Time
100

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

Extra Event Information
Afternoon film - Accessible Screening - accompanying carers free- tea coffee biscuits £1, low level lighting - no stairs (Cabaret seating), hearing loop. Dial-a-ride Bus service on request. Shrewsbury was transformed into Victorian London for the 1984 filming of Charles Dickens's classic tale, A Christmas Carol

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Thursday21Dec

Elf (PG)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities.

Tickets
Adult: £5.00  Child: £4.00 

Time
6.00pm

Running Time
97

Enquiries
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk

Extra Event Information
Free popcorn if you wear festive head gear or jumper

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