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Friday, August 1, 2014

Autumn is packed with treats at The Met

The Met’s Autumn/Winter season is on sale now, featuring over 100 events, two festivals, half term fun for kids and our 2014 Christmas production – Hansel and Gretel from Horse + Bamboo Theatre Company.


The season kicks off with the remarkable folk duo of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick (4 September). Other folk highlights include Altan (6 September), Karine Polwart (2 October), Hayseed Dixie’s John Wheeler (11 October), Sharon Shannon (8 November), our annual festive visit from St Agnes Fountain (3 December) and the return of Moulettes (13 December).


There’s some great rock, pop and blues concerts coming up; including Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble (11 September), guitar legend Steve Howe (13 September) and the return of China Crisis (31 October). We’re treated to an acoustic evening with Kiki Dee (6 November) and Julia Fordham pays a visit to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her Porcelain album (13 November).


The theatre programme features a mix of great comedies, dramas and thrillers including The Hysterical Historical Show from LipService (11 & 12 September), The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star (1 October), The Addams Family (22-25 October) and The Misadventures of Charles Dickens (11 November).


Children and families in Bury will be spoilt for choice with a jam-packed October half-term featuring storytelling show Adventures with Sam (25 October), Hey, Presto – the cat magician (28 October), the return of CBeebies’ Dominic Berry with When Trolls Try To Eat Your Goldfish (29 October), Hugless Douglas (30 October) and the tale of The Queen’s Knickers (1 November). There’s also the perfect chance to introduce the kids to live music with Megson’s Family Folk Show (18 October) and the return of musical theatre company Artful Playground (8 November).


The Met presents two riveting talks this season; from international drug baron–turned-national treasure Howard Marks (14 November) on his remarkable life, and BBC Radio presenter Stuart Maconie (4 December) on his new project, The People’s Songs


Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 October see’s our third annual Homegrown Festival of the finest English Folk music return, taking place alongside the English Folk Expo, which brings over 100 music industry delegates to Bury. This year’s line up features headliners Show of Hands and Fishermans Friends with over 20 more fantastic acts across three days.


For the Centenary of the Great War we have two events to mark the occasion in true Met style; Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle : Made in the Great War – a multi-media performance telling the tale of the fiddle that due to WWI took 100 years to create, and Songs for the Voiceless – a collaboration of nine folk stars bringing to life as-yet unheard stories from 1914-18.


Bury Beer Festival returns for another weekend of all-around indulgence on 21 – 22 November. Each year the Beer Festival turns The Met’s Main Theatre into a gigantic bar filled with real ales, ciders and perries from across the North West.


Last, but definitely not least, our 2014 Christmas show is Horse + Bamboo Theatre Company’s puppet and masque telling of the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel, running from 16 December – Christmas Eve. Brother and sister Hansel and Gretel are lost in the woods and they’re so hungry that they could eat a house – so imagine their luck when they come across a house made out of gingerbread and cake. Sometimes, if you want something badly enough it might just happen, but getting what you want isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be…


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.