The Summer Season is Here With An inspiring New Line Up From Cumbria’s Kirkgate Arts

Get ready for sensational entertainment from across the UK this summer in Cumbria. Kirkgate Arts in Cockermouth have launched their bold summer season, now live on their brand new website.

Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf (3 June), Salomé (22 June) and Angels in America (22nd & 29 July) are set to be streamed from the capital with NT Live. Local Kirkgate favourites Cockfrock(10 & 11 June) and The Big Kirkgate Quiz (14 July) return with a flourish plus much, much more to celebrate our favourite time of year…

 Marvellous live music this season includes the Peatbog Faeries (9 July), trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance, taking traditional Scottish tunes into the 21st century and Meet the Fitzgeralds ( 27 May )  featuring 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions, exceptional musicianship and incomparable step dancing. Meet virtuoso saxophonist Snake Davis (1 July) and follow Brooks Blues (23-25 June) has he discovers the music of deep south USA or witness Martin Stevenson (2 June) build bridges between folk and pop.

Curb the May half term madness with a free family Fantasy Fun Day (30 May) featuring crafts, treasure hunts and face paints galore to celebrate screenings of Beauty and the Beast (30 May) and Peter Pan (10 June). Cartoonopolis (16 June) brings a heart-warming story of family, autism and imaginary worlds to the big stage stage, whilst Just Soph (1 July) brings a magical adaptation of the wonderful Just So stories through storytelling, puppetry and physical theatre. Later, The Red Turtle (17 July) follows our family film favourites with a beautifully animated, wordless tale of a castaway.

Catch some fantastic theatre to tickle your funny bone with The Adventures of Andy Kershaw (30 June), renowned foreign correspondent and broadcaster as he recollects tales from a life spent on the front lines of rock & roll, and from the front lines of some of the world’s most dangerous countries and Ice Baby a funny and fast paced contemporary play on the struggle of being a grown up. Pop in for tea and cake as our Arts & Allsorts series goes from strength to strength with Opera Meets Jazz (15 June) and a visit from the Cockermouth School Choir And Band (20 July).

For opera lovers we have an exceptionally special performance live streamed from London’s Royal Opera house in Verdi’s Otello (28 June) whilst our Monday night film season continues with all new HD projection, bringing fans of the big screen the likes of real life discovery in The Lost City of Z (5 June), incendiary documentary I Am Not Your Negro (12 June), humorous bio-pic of poet Emily Dickenson in A Quiet Passion (19 June) and Their Finest (3 July) a poignant comedy drama from wartime London.

Gilli Goodfellow, General Manager said:

“This season is jam packed with amazing performances and activities that we can’t wait to share with you.  It’s an exciting time for the Kirkgate and it’s fantastic to hear the positive feedback we’ve had on the programme and the installation of our new film equipment, which now allows us to stream performances from across the globe. Whether you come for the family events, theatre or music there is something for everyone and our new website should make it more accessible and easier to book than ever.”

 Discover the full line up and book tickets online at: and via the Box Office: 01900 826448. You can also sign up to the newsletter for the latest stories and special offers

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