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Motown the Musical arrives in Stoke-on-Trent

Motown The Musical has arrived at the Regent Theatre to 5 Star reviews and the cast have been out and about getting to know the incredible City of Stoke-on-Trent! The Cultural Quarter had plenty of Dancing in the street on Tuesday thanks to a packed opening night performance followed by Wednesdays press …

New Vic announce Christmas Production!

Classic storytelling, a spectacular adventure and theatrical ingenuity aplenty take centre-stage Staffordshire’s New Vic Theatre this Christmas as the theatre-in-the-round’s award-winning creative team stages an all-new production of Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper. Adapted and directed by New Vic Artistic …

Blog | Music Heritage by Keith Burdon

The following is a guest blog written by Keith Burdon. The other day, whilst trawling the interwebs, I came across the following: I can’t remember what 51, 6 and 500 are in Roman numerals… flipping LIVID! This made me chortle a lot, possibly too much, but it also showed how far I am behind …

Slip Casting & Surface Decoration Workshop | Middleport Pottery

Join ceramic designer Alex Allday in her studio at Middleport Pottery for a 1 day workshop that will enable you to challenge your creativity in a fun and stimulating environment and equip you with a variety of different skills and techniques within ceramics and surface design.During the 1st half of the day you will lea …

We’ll meet again at Trentham – with the BGT’s D-Day Darlings

Winston Churchill, Britain’s Got Talent finalists the D-Day Darlings, and patriotic flag waving crowds are set to make summer go with a real swing at Staffordshire’s award-winning Trentham Gardens. A special, one-night-only event will bring proms-style entertainment to the lakeside stage as the …

Newcastle BID secures Arts Council funding for The Homecoming Circus Celebration

Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District (BID) has been awarded almost £64,000 by Arts Council England to deliver its award-winning celebration of circus for the next two years. The Homecoming – in association with arts programme Appetite, led by the New Vic Theatre, and supporte …

“World-First” Production for New Vic Theatre

This summer the New Vic Theatre stages the world-first in-the-round production of classic comedy-drama Brassed Off, the powerful story about community spirit in a Yorkshire mining town. Director Conrad Nelson, whose Much Ado About Nothing – a co-production between New Vic and Northern Broadsides – is currently on tour …

Your City Festival RETURNS to the City!

Your City Festival returns to galvanise Stoke-on-Trent for its third year – and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. Taking place on the last Bank Holiday weekend of May, the festival boasts an impressive line-up of over 90 acts spanning a plethora of diverse genres, and p …

Blog | Culture through the eyes of Alan Barrett

The following is a blog written by our Cultural Champion for Stoke, Alan Barrett. I’m never completely sure what to say about culture, because there’s such diverse and eclectic opinion on the subject. All I can do is tell you how I see it, and ask that you forgive any naivety or perceived controversy on my part. I look …

New Vic Theatre announce their Summer Season!

Staffordshire’s New Vic Theatre will co-produce a heart-warming quirky comedy, a classic drama about a brass band, and a story filled with magical moNments, devilish encounters and spellbinding music this summer. The theatre will also venture stateside for its first international tour as its acclaimed production of …

Council’s Highest Honour for Silverdale’s Fred and Connie Van Buren

A husband and wife duo who entertained audiences all over the world for more than 40 years with their magnificent magic and illusion performances have achieved their latest amazing feat – securing the Council’s highest honour. Fred and Connie Van Buren, from Silverdale, are receiving the honorary Fr …

Blog | Silverdale, The birthplace of a Prime Minister?

The following is a guest blog post written by Keith Burdon Is it weird to have a favourite year? It would make sense if mine was 1972. The year I was born and the year that Stoke City finally won something of import. A friend from school always used to boast that he was there as his Mum was pregnant when Tony Waddingto …