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Festival Drayton Centre

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Frogmore Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3AX
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A Dickensian Christmas With Robert Powell and Susan Jameson

Accompanied by Clive Conway - Flute, Christine Croshaw - Piano.

Charles Dickens can truly be said to have invented our traditional Christmas. In this seasonal show, we reveal Dickens the celebrity, the social reformer, the actor, the entrepreneur and, above all, Dickens the supreme entertainer.

We celebrate his life and times through his writings and scenes from his best-loved novels, with a seasonal twist, tasting the varied delights of winter ice-skating, Pickwick's Christmas party, the magic of the newly-introduced Christmas tree, festive feasting and philanthropy, and goodwill to all men! Not forgetting, of course, that perennial favourite, A Christmas Carol, and all interwoven with seasonal merriment and music.

Although a writer from the Victorian era, Dickens's work transcends his time, language and culture. He remains a massive contemporary influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia.

Sun 22 Dec

£21.50 (Members £20)

Dominic Kirwan

Dominic Kirwan

Firmly established as one of Ireland's greatest ever entertainers, Dominic Kirwan hits the road again with a brand new show for 2019.

Featuring his fabulous band, always so popular with his legion of followers, Dominic conveys his own inimitable style to the vast and rich musical heritage of his homeland. Dominic brings to the stage a unique quality as an entertainer, versatile and comfortable, performing a selection of musical styles - pop, country and rock and roll to name a few.

Kirwan's stage presence still lights up the room, ignites and engages the audience and holds them in the palm of his hand. A vibrant mix of classic country, a hint of rock and roll, a sprinkling of a ballad, a touch of standard with just a spot of an inspirational classic.

Relive the magical moments of one of Ireland's finest entertainers this is definitely one show not to be missed.

Fri 29 Nov


Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

Comedy from Mock the Week regular.

Fri 28 Feb


Hal Cruttenden: Chubster

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

Observational humour from the TV regular.

Sat 16 Nov


Sat 23 Nov


Market Drayton Winter Fair

Market Drayton Winter Fair

Market Drayton Winter Fair is our very popular annual festive event, showcasing a fabulous range of gifts, home wear, crafts, food and more.

Sun 10 Nov


Michael Portillo: Life – A Game of Two Halves

Michael Portillo: Life – A Game of Two Halves

A talk with the politician, social commentator and TV documentary maker and controversial former MP for Kensington and Chelsea.

Tue 26 Nov

£22 Book signing before show (Members £20 Book signing before show)

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime

Market Drayton's sparkling pantomime is BACK!

Following 2018's sellout sensation, the team behind Jack and The Beanstalk are back with a dazzling new pantomime for Christmas 2019 - Sleeping Beauty.

With a hilarious new script and jaw-dropping special effects, Market Drayton's very own panto is bigger, better and even more magical than ever.

'Laugh-out-loud humour, great song and dance routines, spectacular set and costumes' - Market Drayton Advertiser

'Magnificent' - Saddleworth Independent

Thu 5 Dec

£12.50 (Children £10; Family £40)

Fri 6 Dec

£12.50 (Children £10; Family £40)

Sat 7 Dec

£12.50 (Children £10; Family £40)

Sun 8 Dec

£12.50 (Children £10; Family £40)

Spencer James: Solo Show

Spencer James: Solo Show

With total record sales of more than 50 million, The Searchers have been touring the globe, entertaining audiences of all ages, for 54 years.

With classic hits such as, Sweets for my Sweet, Needles and Pins, Sugar and Spice, When You Walk in the Room, Love Potion Number Nine and Goodbye My Love, The Searchers have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world's leading nation in the music industry.

After deciding to retire in March 2019 The Searchers lead singer and guitarist of 33 years, Spencer James, will be carrying on the band's legacy and appearing for the first time on his own new solo show.

Singing songs from his life with The Searchers and many other songs from his life over the years, this is an evening of music creativity and expression that you won't want to miss!

Fri 1 Nov


Strictly Ann: An Evening with Ann Widdecombe

An Evening with Ann Widdecombe.

Sailing dangerously close to National Treasure status, one of the most outspoken politicians of our time embarks on her first ever national tour.

Entertaining, enlightening and as controversial as you would expect, Margaret Thatcher and Craig Revel Horwood collide as Ann lifts the lid on life in Westminster and shares behind-the-scenes gossip from some of the nation's best-loved programmes, including Strictly Come Dancing, Have I Got News For You and Celebrity Big Brother.

Fri 14 Feb


Wild Animal Muses

Wild Animal Muses

After the sell out success of his show last year, local professional wildlife photographer Andy Rouse is proud to bring his all new show to the Centre.

"As a photographer I like to tell the story of all species of wildlife, but over the years there have been some very special animals that I have felt particularly connected to.

It is these animals that have inspired me - from the story of Olive, my favourite leopard, to Muninya the Mountain Gorilla, hear about them all and the captivating images they have given me.

In the second half, I will be talking about atmospheric images, those where the light has been the key, think silhouettes and red light. Inspiring and fun for all as always!"

Sat 9 Nov

£16.50 (Members £15)

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