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Market Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2AQ
  • Telephone 07967 517125
  • Box office times Mon–Thu 8.45am–4.45pm; Fri 8.45am–4.30pm.
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(2017 - Hungary) [15] - 91 mins Subtitles12th August 1945, 11am. Two mysterious strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station of a Hungarian village. In the shadow of Russian occupation, the people of the village are preparing for the wedding of the son of the clerk, but the brides former fianc returns from captivity. Within a few hours, everything changes. Secrets, sins, reckoning, love, betrayal, confrontation.Ferenc Trk directs this multi-award winning film.

Fri 21 Jun


The 39 Steps'by John Buchan

Our Star Theatre Company present The 39 Stepsby John Buchan, adapted by Patrick BarlowOur Star Theatre Company are delighted to be back on home-turf at The Market Theatre Ledbury with their brand-new tour of one of Britains most celebrated plays, The 39 Steps.Four actors. Dozens of characters. One thrilling, hilarious adventure. Inspired by Hitchcocks iconic film and the classic spy novel, this play plunges you into the world of Richard Hannay, an ordinary man forced to go on the run after aiding a mysterious woman. From the shadowy streets of 1930s London to the wild moors of Scotland and beyond, The 39 Stepstraces Richards madcap quest to keep government secrets out of the wrong hands.

Sat 1 Jun


Ballet Screening - Romeo And Juliet

Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the storys tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers.The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.

Tue 18 Jun


Big Sing Uk Summer Youth Project Presents - Starlight Express

Following the success ofThe Wizard of Oz, The Addams Family, Annie and last year, The Wind in the Willows, the Big Sing Summer Youth Project is back in Ledbury with another West End Smash Hit Show.The Race Is On!!!!A childs train set magically comes to life as the engines compete to become the Fastest Engine in the World! Rusty, the underdog, has little chance until, inspired by the legend of the Starlight Express, he ultimately defeats his arch-rivals Greaseball and Electra before going on to win the hand of lovely, first class coach, Pearl.Andrew Lloyd Webbers catchy score, played by a live orchestra, features an eclectic mix of musical styles and includes the new song I Do and the full Megamix, together with the classics U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D., Rolling Stock, Pumping Iron and AC/DC.Dont be stranded at the station. Book your tickets now, and join Big Sing UK on the STARLIGHT EXPRESSthis August!

Fri 9 Aug


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Sun 11 Aug


Black Is The Color Of My Voice

Presented by Apphia CampbellDirect from sell-outs in Shanghai, New York, London and Edinburgh Fringe, Apphia Campbell tours her acclaimed play. Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, the show follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.Campbell may wear Simones trademark head wrap but her performance goes beyond impersonation - - The TimesApphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational… she will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears - - Broadway BabyA compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song - - Ed Festival Magazine

Fri 20 Sep


The Blackheart Orchestra

After 10 years of concert touring across the world, performances at the UKs most prestigious auditoriums including Birmingham Symphony Hall, Gateshead Sage and twice at The London Palladium, award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans. Chrissy Mostyns haunting vocals, the Mike Oldfield-like multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington, plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human psyche. The unique Blackheart Orchestra is definitely one of the must-see bands of 2019.Limelight Award Nominee - Progressive Music Awards 2018Best British Duo - Exposure Music AwardsNo.4 Best New Band of 2018 - PROG Magazine Readers Poll

Sat 25 May



(2018 - USA) [15] - 135 minsVisionary filmmaker Spike Lees Oscar and BAFTA winning film.Its the early 1970s, and Ron is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Dept. Determined to make his name, he sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, and together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organisation aims to sanitise its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

Fri 26 Jul


Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody
  • 2018
  • UK/USA
  • 1h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers

The Freddie Mercury story. Malek as Mercury does a great job, with a passionate and impressive performance, but despite the recreation of momentous performances it’s a disappointingly tame affair, with a by-the-numbers screenplay and a bland lack of insight into Mercury’s heritage or sexuality.

Fri 3 May

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

(2019 - USA) [15] - 106 minsLee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) made her living in the 1970s and 80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Este Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. Out of step with current tastes and no longer able to get published, Lee turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me? relays the true story of the best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats).Directed by Marielle Heller.

Fri 19 Jul


The Children Act

(2017 - UK) [12A] - 103 minsRichard Eyres faithful adaptation of Ian McEwans novel, where Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge. As her marriage crumbles, she must decide a case involving Adam, a teenager who as a Jehovahs Witness is refusing a blood transfusion. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Its always rewarding to watch the ever-reliable Thompson bring her lucid wit and deep emotional reserves to bear on a meaty role. Her towering performance as a woman in despair packs a real punch.

Fri 10 May


The Disappearing Act

From the company that brought the wonderful Scorched to Ledbury, the story of magicians assistant, Edie Rose, at three different stages of her career - using visual physical theatre, new writing, song, puppetry and magic tricks!

Sat 9 Nov


A Double Bill Of The Very Grimm Brothers And Sasscappella

Words and music from The Very Grimm Brothers.Adrian Mealing and John Denton (guitar) have appeared alongside John Hegley, Elvis McGonagall, Johnny Fluffypunk and Roger McGough: you are invited to their enchanted forest and encounters with direct action, that side gate, that sharp exit, gingerbread, marmalade, undimmed love and the spinning of gold from straw.The only thing that cheers them up is you!Adrian is a Malvern Poetry Slam Champ and sings a cappella with Men In General, A Fistful of Spookies and The Spooky Mens Chorale. John has several musical identities including John Dentons Midnight Band.Plus the amazing SassCappella, the 3 piece a cappella band who just love singing! With a set that includes an eclectic mix from Jazz to pop to original comedy songs to a few of their own original pieces about life.A slick evenings entertainment, highly recommended- Chris Jaeger, Worcester Live;absolutely a dream- St Katherines Barn, Ledbury

Sat 28 Sep


A Fantastic Woman

(2018 - Chile/Germany/Spain) [15] - 104 mins SubtitlesSomewhere in Santiago at a dimly-lit nightclub, Orlando, the kindly and well-off owner of a textile company, locks eyes with Marina, a hopeful singer and the roughly half-his-age love of his life. But unfortunately, after Marinas birthday celebration and a night of passion, Orlando falls gravely ill. In the wake of her companions untimely death, Marina soon realises that everything is brought into question: her involvement in Orlandos death, their unconventional relationship; and above all, her right to mourn her beloved deceased.Directed by Sebastin Lelio.

Fri 27 Sep


The Favourite

(2019 - UK) [15] - 119 minsYorgos Lanthimos multi BAFTA winning hit. It is the early 18th century and England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Annes ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queens companion.Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.Starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

Fri 28 Jun


Jayne Eyre - Hotbuckle Theatre Company

Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you - and full as much heart!The young, orphaned Jane meets with cruelty at the hands of her aunt and then at the school to which she is banished. She eventually finds her freedom and becomes governess to the daughter of the enigmatic Mr. Rochester at Thornfield Hall. As Jane and Rochesters relationship grows, it is overshadowed by doubt, dark shadows and terrible secrets and she must choose between passion and reason.Yes, Hotbuckle are back in Ledbury following in the wake of their hugely successful Wuthering Heights,(… beautifully handled - this is the companys best yet - BBC Radio Shropshire); andFar From the Madding Crowd - (a magical production - The Stage),Hotbuckle bring their inventiveness, humour and unique magic to Bronts compelling tale.

Sat 11 May


Lads Presents   Bedside Manners

by Derek BenfieldWhen Ferris reluctantly agrees to look after his sisters seedy country inn while she is on holiday, he does not anticipate all the wild comings and goings involving her affairs! Over the course of his house-sitting, Ferris becomes engulfed in lies, confusions, and bewilderments as he tries to prevent the inevitable meetings of husbands, wives, and lovers in assorted compromising situations.

Thu 13 Jun


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Sat 15 Jun


Lady Bird

(2017 - USA) [15] - 94 minsChristine Lady Bird MacPherson is a high school senior from the wrong side of the tracks. She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school.Lady Bird follows the title characters senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college.

Wed 8 May


Ledbury 2019 Summer Youth Project

Big Sing UK is returning to Ledbury in 2019 with our 5th Summer Youth Project.It will run from the 29th July through to the 11th August (Excluding 3rd 4th August)Join us for 2 weeks of Singing, Dancing and Acting as we work towards another Fantastic Musical.Places on this project are limited.A registration/ audition day fee of �20 is required to secure your place for the auditions which will be held on the 27th April 2019 at The Market Theatre in Ledbury. (Recalls will be held on the 28th April)If your child is successful in the auditions, the fee of �169 per student (�109 per extra sibling) will be payable by June 1st 2019.

Sat 27 Apr


Ledbury Community Brass Band - Last Night Of The Proms

Join Ledbury Community Brass Band for their Last Night of the Proms concert. This tribute to the last night of the worlds greatest music festival will feature all the traditional flag-waving tunes, as well as favourites from the brass band repertoire. An evening of music, singing and fun with opportunities for audience participation under the baton of Colin Herbert.Celebrate the best of British traditions with Ledburys very own band.

Sat 21 Sep


Ledbury Fringe Presents  On That Note

On That Note is a north London a cappella choir that performs highbrow, lowbrow and eyebrow-raisingly good versions of classical, jazz and popular tunes at festivals and fiestas around the London area. Guided by the young award-winning film composer and arranger Gabriel Chernick, their diverse repertoire spans the music of seven centuries and is complemented by their own original arrangements.Some of its twelve singers are from formal musical backgrounds, having studied at institutions such as Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Cambridge and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. And all are united in their deep love of communal singing, gaining them a loyal audience who regularly comment that They just look like theyre having so much fun!. This year theyve performed their second hugely successful concert for the musically discerning Redbridge Music Society, and more recently had the privilege of performing as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London in Covent Garden.

Sat 13 Jul


Live Opera Screening - Faust

Gounods Faust (1859) was one of the worlds most popular operas from the 1860s to World War II, and remains a core repertory work. The story, adapted by Gounods librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carr from Carrs play Faust et Marguerite, is based on Part I of Goethes epic poem Faust, which was a major inspiration for many composers during the 19th century and beyond. Gounod added a ballet to Act V when Faust received its first Paris Opra staging in 1869.Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil Mphistophls appears and strikes a bargain with the philosopher: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul. Faust agrees, and Mphistophls arranges matters so that Marguerite loses interest in her suitor Sibel and becomes infatuated with Faust.Faust initially seems to love Marguerite in return, but soon abandons her. Her brother Valentin returns from the war and is furious to find his sister pregnant.Will Faust repent his destructive actions, and can his soul, and Marguerites, be saved?

Tue 30 Apr


Mozart In Cuba

presented by The Orchestra of The SwanFirst time in Ledbury for this fabulous orchestra, and we are hugely lucky to be hosting them. In association with Arts Alive, as part of the Orchestras Rural Concert Series 2019-20In association with Arts Alive

Fri 4 Oct


National Theatre Live: All My Sons

The National Theatre production of Arthur Miller's great play, starring Sally Field, Bill Pullman and Jenna Coleman.

Tue 14 May


National Theatre Live Screening - The Lehman Trilogy

by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power. Directed by Sam MendesFrom the Piccadilly Theatre, LondonThe story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside, dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins.163 years later, the firm they establish - Lehman Brothers - spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be broadcast live from Londons West End as part of National Theatre Lives 10th Birthday season.

Thu 25 Jul


National Theatre Live: Small Island

National Theatre Live: Small Island
  • 2019

Live screening of the National Theatre's adaption of Andrea Levy's award-winning novel.

Tue 2 Jul


Thu 11 Jul


A Nice Dilemma And Trial By Jury - Worcester Gilbert And Sullivan Society

For many years, audiences have enjoyed the wonderful collaborations of Gilbert and Sullivan. The Worcester Gilbert and Sullivan Society has great pleasure presenting Trial by Jury, the humorous operetta which concerns a breach of promise of marriage lawsuit, with the judge and legal system being the objects of light-hearted satire.However the evenings entertainment is further enhanced by the prequel to Trial by Jury. The usher arrives at court to discover there is no jury. He is distraught and appeals for help. Very cleverly, well known characters (some of whom are rather dubious) arrive. They tell their stories and offer their services until the jury is complete…For fans of Gilbert and Sullivan and for people who have yet to be introduced to their works, this production will prove entertaining and enjoyable.

Tue 21 May


Wed 22 May


NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors
  • 2011
  • UK
  • E
  • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
  • Cast: David Benson, Oliver Chris, James Corden

James Corden returns to the National Theatre for Richard Bean's English version of Goldoni's classic Italian comedy.

Thu 26 Sep


The Orchestra Of The Swan

The Orchestra present their Mozart in Cuba programmeFirst time in Ledbury for this fabulous orchestra, and we are hugely lucky to be hosting them. In association with Arts Alive, as part of the Orchestras Rural Concert Series 2019-20In association with Arts Alive

Fri 4 Oct


Othello - Pantaloons Theatre Company

What did thy song bode, lady? Hark, canst thou hear me? I will play the swan,And die in music…Ledbury regulars, the madcap Pantaloons, relocate Shakespeares classic tragedy of jealousy and deception to a jazz-age setting, with live music, intense drama, and more than a hint of their own inimitable brand of theatrical mischief.Its stormy outside. In here, tensions are simmering. As a touring swing band gather for their next performance, malevolent trickster Iago begins to sow the seeds of mistrust.

Sat 16 Nov



Johannes Brahms is attending a party to celebrate the first performance of his Violin Concerto - but his genius is overshadowed by his self-destructive ego. His friends are all there, but everyone is caught in a seething cauldron of passionate recriminations - and darkly hilarious outcomes. As the evening progresses and emotions turn on a sixpence, the play moves to its extraordinary conclusion fuelled by turbulent feelings and farcical misunderstandings.Performed by Nicholas Collett (RSC and West End), Neil Salvage (RNT and Old Vic) - together with a live violin score.

Sat 22 Jun



An adaptation from local company Our Star Theatre Company of Daphne du Mauriers classic novel.Max de Winter brings his shy young bride to Manderley, his great house in Cornwall. Everywhere, she senses the overpowering presence of Rebecca, Maxs drowned wife. Mrs. Danvers, the grim housekeeper, will not allow her to forget her shortcomings. She doubts Maxs love until Rebeccas body is found. Max confesses that he murdered Rebecca, hating her depravity. The husband and wife now face the exciting fight to save Max from the gallows.

Fri 22 Nov


Royal Ballet Live: Triple Bill – Within The Golden Hour/Flight Pattern/New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Screening of contemporary work from The Royal Ballet including Christopher Wheeldon's' Within the Golden Hour, Crystal Pite's Flight Pattern and new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Thu 16 May


Royal Shakespeare Company: Screening - Measure For Measure

To whom should I complain?When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her.Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today.Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production.

Thu 22 Aug


Royal Shakespeare Company: Screening - The Taming Of The Shrew

Angus Jackson directs Shakespeares epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power.The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smiths Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fentons adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action

Thu 27 Jun


Shooshoobaby Presents  The Great Cabaret Safari

Ladies and Gentlemen: hold on to your top hats - the effortlessly funny musical trio, ShooShooBaby, is coming to town!

Sat 5 Oct


Stan And Ollie

(2019 - UK/USA/Canada) [PG] - 90 mins The true story of Hollywoods greatest comedy double act, starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. Their golden era long behind them, Stan and Ollie embark on their farewell tour of Britain and Ireland. With the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) - a formidable double act in their own right - the pairs love of performing, and each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.Directed by Jon S Baird.

Wed 10 Jul


A Star is Born

A Star is Born
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bradley Cooper
  • Cast: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott

Jackson (Cooper) is a famous musician, his best years behind him, who discovers young singer Ally (Gaga) in a bar one night. What could have been yet another remake is a revelation: Gaga sings up a storm and is nuanced and convincing, but Cooper is extraordinary as co-writer, producer, director and star. Smart, funny and heartbreaking.

Fri 31 May


Sunday Bloody Sunday

(2018 - USA) [15] - 138 minsA surprisingly satisfying remake that succeeds because Lady Gaga can certainly act and Bradley Cooper, who also directs, can sing: plus theres genuine chemistry between them. Ageing, alcoholic Country music star Jackson Maine (Cooper) discovers - and falls in love with - struggling artist Ally (Gaga). But even as Allys career takes off, their relationship is breaking down, as Jack battles his demons. The end result is engaging, entertaining, and heart breaking. Emotional manipulation that works even if youre not normally a sucker for this type of thing!

Fri 30 Aug


Tulip Fever

(2017 - UK/USA) [15] - 105 mins In 17th Century Amsterdam, orphaned girl Sophia (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to rich and powerful merchant Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz) - an unhappy arrangement that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter Jan Van Loos (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchants ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.Directed by Justin Chadwick.

Wed 19 Jun


The Turn Of The Screw

presented by Box Tale SoupA new adaptation of Henry James story from this innovative company, with brilliant acting, some puppetry and a haunting original soundtrack. 2018 Edinburgh Fringe sell out

Sat 30 Nov


The Upside

(2017 - USA) [12A] - 126 mins Well, yes, here we go again! And yes, they are all back: Streep, Brosnan, Cher, Imrie, Walters, Firth…It is five years since the events of Mamma Mia. Sophie plans to re-open the renovated Hotel Bella Donna with a party reuniting her family and friends. Nearly 30 years earlier, a young Donna ventured on a life-changing summer holiday that lead her to the Greek island of Kalokairi and the three loves of her life - any of whom might be Sophies dad!Directed by Ol Parker.

Wed 18 Sep


The Voice Behind The Stars

presented by Lambert Jackson Theatre Companywritten and performed by Eliza JacksonYou thought you heard Deborah Kerr singing as Anna in The King and I, Natalie Wood singing as Maria in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn singing as Eliza in My Fair Lady? Well you didnt. It was actually the unheralded Marni Nixon, and this is her musical story. Featuring much-loved tunes from these films, this show is not to be missed.This one-woman show tells the story of the most prolific ghost singer of all time: the best film diva you (almost) never saw. In a classic story of old Hollywood, Marni Nixon had to sign her life away. She was forbidden from telling anyone who or what films she sang on. Luckily for her, Deborah Kerr (The King and I, An Affair to Remember), who she dubbed for extensively, accidentally spilled the beans about Marni. It happened last night!, Deborah tells a secret - these headlines lead to interviews with all the papers and even Time Magazine. But despite all of this notoriety, her work as the ghostess with the mostess(t) is still mostly unknown. Magnetic, magical performance - Edinburgh Guide The show is as remarkable as its heroine - Theatre Weekly Her voice is pitch perfect - One4Review Immaculate perfection - Musical Talk

Fri 1 Nov


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