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Monday, December 2, 2013
The Met’s Spring 2014 season is now on sale, packed with treats for music fans, comedy lovers, theatre-goers and little-ones.
Starting with The Mairtin O’Connor Band on Thursday 16 January, the season also features the “incomparable” Jacqui Dankworth (23 January), the trio of Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle (8 February), a visit from author Jon Ronson telling the tale of his time with the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band (28 March) and musical nostalgia with Clare Teal singing the songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Judy Garland in The Divas and Me (4 April).
Traditional highlights of the season include our second Burns Night Ceilidh – now taking place in a larger space at The Longfield Suite (24 January), the return of top folk songstresses Rachel Sermanni (1 February) and Emily Smith (27 March), a visit from Newcastle fiddler Tom McConville with his band (22 March) and exhilarating contemporary folk with Peatbog Faeries (29 March) and Iona (3 April).
We’ve yet more musical nostalgia with the return of popular Pink Floyd tribute, Manc Floyd (18 & 19 January), the sons of legendary band Cream play the music of their fathers’ (7 February), and The Sounds of Simon pay homage to Simon and Garfunkel (8 March).
There’s hilarious and thought-provoking comedy coming up with Mark Thomas’ 100 Acts of Minor Dissent (5 February), ITV’s ‘Chaser’ Paul Sinha (22 February) and Rob Newman (of The Mary Whitehouse Experience) performs his first complete show in 7 years, New Theory of Evolution (12 March).
Theatre features yet more laughs with a two-man production of The Six Wives of Henry VIII (5 March) “Horrible Histories for grown-ups” (Fest) and popular rom-com Kissing Sid James (23 April), a turn towards the terrifying with Mr. R. James’ A Pleasing Terror (12 February) and a new production of vampire tale Nosferatu (25 March), a reworking of classic literature with a clown production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull (27 February) and the return of Tayo Aluko’s Call Mr Robeson (13 March), following on from his sell-out Met debut in 2011.
There’s tonnes of treats in store for little-ones this season. Starting with a packed half-term featuring Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories (15 February), tantalising tales from The Brothers Grimm (19 February) and Lyngo Theatre’s adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk (20 February). Spring also features the return of performance poet Dominic Berry with his new show Spark the Goblin Wizard (8 March), a very interactive performance of The Jungle Book (19 April) and brand new puppet show The Worried Walrus (26 April).
Finally, The Met’s education programme continues into 2014 with new Harmonica Workshops from Mat Walklate, Fiddle Workshops with Emma Sweeney, Sound Recording Workshops in our professional recording facility, Edwin Street Studios and a one-off singing day with the English Folk Dance and Song Society and The Full English (8 March).
All these events and more are now on sale on The Met’s website at www.themet.biz. Prices and times vary. You can buy tickets online or speak to one of our friendly staff on 0161 761 2216.