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Queen tribute to rock and roll

Rock and roll nostalgia will soon be making it’s way to the city as tribute band Queen Esque will embark on their biggest tour yet.

Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY. Tom Clark (Carabosse). Photo by Johan Persson

Review: Sleeping Beauty at The Lowry

In a strange twist of fate, worthy of any Hans Christian Anderson yarn, Matthew Bourne, once the subversive enfant terrible of the ballet world, has been transformed into the handsome home-coming  hero. His once-shocking productions which so trod on the toes of ballet purists have eased  into a position of traditional familiarity, with many people now making a return trip to a Matthew Bourne production  part of their annual Christmas festivities.

Anthony Quinlan, from Emmerdale

Emmerdale star to switch on Morecambe Arndale’s Christmas lights

A range of festivities are set to take place this weekend in Morecambe including the light switch-on hosted by Santa Claus and Anthony Quinlan at the Arndale Centre.

Scouting for Girls

Scouting for Girls sign for Morecambe Carnival

The British pop band have been confirmed to join the line-up for Morecambe Carnival next year.

A scene from Cinderfella at The Dukes.

Homeless to have a ball at Lancaster’s Dukes

A classic fairytale can be seen in a new light when performed by a group of homeless people at The Dukes this Christmas.

A scene from Cinderfella at The Dukes.

Monocle Chronicles casts an eye over band’s first three years

A Morecambe band featuring a grumpy southerner, a drummer and bassist who are a replica of each other, and a guitarist with unusual breakfast habits have released their debut album.

The Angel Tree byLucinda Riley

Book review: The Angel Tree by Lucinda Riley

Since an accident 20 years ago, Greta’s amnesia has turned her life into a closed book but as long-lost memories start to reappear, the past returns with a vengeance.

Turn up the heat with some winter-warming romance

Book reviews: Turn up the heat with some winter-warming romance

Love is guaranteed to heat up the cold nights with a red-hot collection of romantic reads from some of the biggest names in popular fiction.

Turn up the heat with some winter-warming romance

Celebrating Lady of jazz at Morecambe’s Platform

The centenary of the birth of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday will be celebrated at the Platform in Morecambe on Friday November 27.

Beauty and the Beast which runs at The Dukes in Lancaster from November 20-January 2.JPG

REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast at The Dukes

I studied Jean Cocteau’s 1947 release of La Belle et la Bette (Beauty and The Beast) as part of a film module for my Degree back in 2001.

Downton Abbey

Book Review: Downton Abbey: A Celebration by Jessica Fellowes

Suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms already? Need a fix to fill the glaring gap left by the end of the final series? Here’s the perfect antidote… the ultimate companion to six years of TV heaven!

Lancashire Hotpots on stage

Hotpots strike gold with song for Lancashire Day

“Black pudding, black peas, and Blackpool” are to be immortalised in a new song by comedy folk group The Lancashire Hotpots, which will be released on Lancashire Day.


Lancashire Hotpots on stage

WATCH: Lord’s Prayer ad at centre of cinema ban row

The Church of England has said the policy preventing them from showing an advert featuring the Lord’s Prayer did not exist at the time they were trying to get the video into cinemas.


The Storm Leopards

Book reviews: Get ready for Christmas with Little Tiger Press

The big day is coming and it’s time to enjoy the countdown with a colourful collection of Christmas crackers from vibrant children’s publisher Little Tiger Press.

Mog - star of the Sainsbury's ad

Top 10 Christmas Adverts of 2015

We all know that festive season has become a big deal for retailers and the Christmas advert can now make or break a shop’s year. We take a look at our Top 10 favourite ads of 2015.


Men on the Menu by Bambi Smyth

Book review: Men on the Menu by Bambi Smyth

When Bambi Smyth split up with the love of her live, she was determined to find the right man.

The Dressmaker stars Liam Hemsworth and Kate Winslet

Film review: The Dressmaker

Revenge, mother-daughter bonds and the transformative power of clothes are the threads stitched deftly throughout Jocelyn Moorhouse's quirky Australian comedy drama, which induces tears as much as giggles.

The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of our National Imagination byDominic Sandbrook

The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of our National Imagination by Dominic Sandbrook

Viewers who have been enjoying Let Us Entertain You on BBC 2 this month should find the accompanying book – with a lengthy title that bears absolutely no resemblance to the TV name – a fascinating read.

Rami Malek stars as Elliott in the new tech thriller Mr Robot

Just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean they're not out to get you

It’s only five weeks until Christmas, and I suppose we’re all thinking about what to buy mum, and our partner, and the kids, and weird Uncle Billy, the one who smells of Swarfega and rice pudding.

The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

Book review: The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

A seven-book series was always going to be an ambitious project but two books into her trans-global Seven Sisters epic and master storyteller Lucinda Riley is on the crest of a wave.

Mockingjay - Part 2 is released on November 19th

Film review: The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 2

At a critical juncture in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Woody Harrelson's grizzled mentor Haymitch Abernathy pays tribute to his battle-scarred protegee, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).

Beauty and the Beast. Picture by Darren Andrews.

New pictures for Beauty and the Beast at Dukes

A beastly tale beautifully told will entertain audiences at The Dukes in Lancaster this festive season.

Paul Hayes entertains the visitors at the Festival Market.

Morecambe and Lancaster shoppers to get festive treat

The Festival Market in Morecambe is hosting its annual Christmas festival this month with TV personality Paul Hayes entertaining shoppers.

Education Awards 2015

Lancaster & Morecambe Education Awards

We are delighted to announce our shortlisted nominations for the Lancaster & Morecambe Education Awards sponsored by Lancaster University.

County Hall

Could you help keep Lancashire’s museums open?

The plight of Lancashire’s cash-strapped County Council could mean outside agencies or residents taking over or helping to run certain services.


North West Wedding Expo 2016

Wedding Expo 2016

If you are getting married and planning your big day, then visiting our Wedding Expo 2016 is an absolute must.

Travel Show 2016

The Travel and Leisure Show 2016

If you are planning to get away for a fabulous holiday, then you will certainly find inspiration at  The Travel and Leisure Show 2016, organised by The Lancashire Evening Post and The Blackpool Gazette.

Travel Show 2016

Book review: Hercules the Bear by Maggie Robin

I defy this book not to bring a tear to your eye.

The Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2016 by Alison Maloney

Book review: The Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2016 by Alison Maloney

Dust off your sequins, do the soft shoe shuffle and get ready to waltz into Christmas with the all-singing, all-dancing Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual for 2016.

Mike Scott (The Waterboys). Potraits in Dublin, Ireland by Dara Munnis.

Gig review: The Waterboys

I have always liked to be different and as a teenager in the 1980s my musical tastes were subjected to a raise of the eyebrow by my peers.

Prickly problems and inventive heroes with Maverick

Book review: Prickly problems and inventive heroes with Maverick

A small publisher with big ideas has an enchanting and eclectic collection of picture books for the family’s youngest readers.


Beastly way to spend Christmas at Dukes

A beastly tale beautifully told will entertain audiences at The Dukes in Lancaster this festive season.

Robert Webb as Jeremy (left) and David Mitchell as Mark (right) with Marks new flatmate Jerry (played by Tim Key)

A fine bromance

Everyone has a point of view, Barry Took could tell you that. A way of looking at the world, and the people in it, that is unique to us.

The Stone Roses in their heyday

When The Stone Roses played in Lancashire

They are the band who defined an era. now one quarter of a century on The Stone Roses are back take on the next generation. The Manchester band has announced a series of stadium gigs next year. Mike Hill looks back at the days they played closer to home in Lancashire.

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Michael Fassbender stars as Steve Jobs

Film review: Steve Jobs

Matthew Turner reviews Danny Boyle’s sort-of biopic Steve Jobs, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet.

Michael Fassbender stars as Steve Jobs

Lancaster festival explores theme of sleep

A week-long festival being staged in Lancaster this month will awaken the senses to the world of ‘After Dark’ with a series of intriguing and unusual events.

Picture by Julian Brown 09/11/15

Organiser Kit Abramson, centre, pictured with artists to promote  the upcoming handmade and vintage festival at The Storey, Lancaster.

NB Pix had to be taken inside due to torrential rain!

Handmade vintage market returns to Lancaster

Lancaster’s Victorian rooms will burst open with vintage crafts as the sixth independent market comes to the city.

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Lancaster Library.

Big love tea dance at Lancaster Library

A big love tea dance celebrating all things vintage will be held at Lancaster library on Tuesday November 17.

King King. Picture by Adam Kennedy.

Scottish vibes in Morecambe blues night

King King, the multi-award winning British Blues band, will be coming to the Platform in Morecambe on Saturday November 14.

The Winter Wonderland Christmas on Preston Flag Market

Christmas markets to fill Lancashire with festive cheer

Lancashire is set to be filled with festive cheer from next week, as a raft of Christmas markets and festivals are set to arrive in the county.


Flashback to the last Charity Stars final and one of the big winners for Derian House Childrens Hospice.

Become our charity star

The big Charity Stars talent competition which aims to give away more than £3,000 in prizes to good causes is now in full swing.

Rosie Deegan, jewellery maker will appear at the market, Lancaster.

Lancaster welcomes return of vintage market

Lancaster’s Victorian rooms will burst open with vintage crafts as the sixth independent market comes to the city.

Asda will not take part in this year's Black Friday.

Asda will not take part in this year’s Black Friday

Asda has revealed it will not participate in this year’s Black Friday sales frenzy.


The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Book review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

How do you like your psychopaths… mad, bad, dangerous, deadly?

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Ralph McTell to play at The Platform

Award winning singer/songwriter and master of the acoustic guitar, Ralph McTell, will be bringing his wealth of talent to the Platform in Morecambe on Friday November 13.

Hairy hands

Killing the beast in Lancaster

An award-winning comedy theatre company is bringing its latest show to Lancaster for the first time this month, after playing to full houses and critical acclaim in Manchester, London and Edinburgh.

Dreaming In Code, Ed Warner. Photo by Luke Evans.

Memories questioned at Lancaster Arts

One of the UK’s leading all-male dance companies will bring its highly acclaimed show to Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University.

Hugh Cornwell

Cornwell’s punk return to Morecambe

Former frontman of The Stranglers, Hugh Cornwell, will make a welcome return visit to the Platform.

Stellen Skarsgard as the careworn cop River

Why I love Stellan Skarsgård

This week, to accompany the ever-increasing sugar fest that is Halloween, there have been various reminiscences about how we didn’t have pumpkins in our day, we had to make do with carving out turnips and other root vegetables. 2 comments

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Film review: Brooklyn

The release of Brooklyn this week signals the beginning of awards season, with the film likely to pick up a number of Oscar and BAFTA nominations across several categories.

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