Henry leads an autumn line-up

ONE of the biggest names in showbusiness steps on to the stage at Lancaster’s Grand Theatre this October.

Lenny Henry is one of a long list of household names to perform at the venue this season.

The new season has something for everyone: quality drama, critically acclaimed children’s productions, top comedians, old favourites, opera, ballet and TV favourites, all set to deliver a fantastic programme of events worthy of a much bigger theatre.

Highlights in September include An Evening with Peter Alliss on Tuesday, September 4, and A Taste of Dickens, on Friday, September 7.

Brush off your dancing shoes and come to the amazing Hold Back the Night on September 8.

Back by popular demand the ever lovable Hairy Mclary and friends will be paddling their way in on September 12.

Another fantastic double bill The Houghton Weavers and Wingates Band, a must for all music lovers, strikes a chord on September 15.

An evening with Sean Ruane and Ted Robbins follows on Sunday, September 16.

Lancaster Grand’s new patron Pauline Fleeming, delivers a hilarious drama on dating.

The production runs from Monday, September 17 to Friday, September 21 and all Monday tickets are on buy one get one free.

The manager’s choice of September goes to the incredible Cregan and Co.

Rod Stewart’s original guitarist and song writer Jim Cregan, and his band have teamed up with the incredible voice of Ben Mills former X Factor finalist.

This is on Saturday, September 22.

As the manager’s choice the first 50 tickets purchased can claim them at £10 per ticket, please quote press.

Morecambe Warblers roll into town with Oklahoma between October 2 and 6.

Hotly pursued by Lancaster Footlights with their production of Calendar Girls, running for an extra long run this season, Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, followed by Tuesday, October 16 through to Saturday, October 20, all performances are at 7.30pm.

Bringing her Greatest Hits/ Breaking Glass Tour, Hazel O’Conner brings her unmistakable voice to the stage on October 23.

Having just celebrated 30 years in the business, Hazel is very much looking forward to bringing all her hits to the people of Lancaster.

Back by popular demand, an all star cast return with the fantastic Vagina Monologues.

On Wednesday, October 24, Eve Ensler’s hilarious Broadway and West End smash hit will be headed by Vicky Entwistle (Coronation Street) Clare Buckfield (Dancing on Ice) and Chelsee Healey (Waterloo Road and Strictly Come Dancing Finalist).

Happy Feet School of Dance present another fantastic show with That’s Entertainment on October 26 and 27.

New to the schedule, the fantastic Lenny Henry will be dropping in on Sunday, October 28.

Lenny is most definitely respected as not only an amazing stand up but as a very accomplished actor.

Closing the month, October 30, with Ex-Simple Minds, this is not a tribute as the band features two original members, Derek Forbes and Brian McGee.

It’s comedy all the way in November, with a few other productions thrown in for good measure, this is the biggest Comedy Festival ever at the Grand, branching out over three weeks not one.

Star of Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week Paul Chowdhry kicks off the Comedy Festival with his brand new show What’s Happening White People.

Managed by the same company as Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans and Alan Carr, Paul is destined for huge things, catch him now while you can on November 3.

Hot on his heels the unmistakable Jenny Eclair with her brand new show Eclairious, on November 4.

Touring as a stand-up gives her great pleasure. It also gives her varicose veins, but most importantly it gives her partner (St Geof) a bit of a break.

Jimmy Cricket, and his wellies (on the wrong feet), marches into the Grand on November 6 with fun for all the family and an incredible kids ticket priced at an unbelievable £2.50.

The irresistible Julian Clary brings his new show Position Vacant, Apply Within Tour on November 8.

Master of camp, Julian is scouring the land in search of Love. He’s promised to leave no straight unturned – recommended age 16-plus.

For more information or to book tickets call the box office on 01524 64695.