9th Jan 2017

Press Release

Off to a laughing start for 2017 at the Carnegie!


New Season Header Spring 2017


With a great line-up to kick off 2017, the Carnegie Theatre in Workington is yet again bringing a quality selection of shows for all audiences.

The Carnegie will be hosting some huge names in British comedy with 80s television superstars Cannon & Ball in a comedy play The Dressing Room, Brian Conley making his first trip to the venue with his superb one man show, cheeky Lee Nelson making a return visit to Workington, panel show stalwart Andy Parsons, Patrick Monahan and Grumpy Old Woman, Jenny Éclair bringing her middle aged survival guide.

Music is also high on the agenda as the venue reaches the climax of its prestigious Monroe’s Bar Battle of the Bands as five finalist will be providing an evening of the best in local rock and pop. Musical nostalgia is also on its way with Foreigners Journey bringing back the power rock of 80s legends, Foreigner and Journey, Supersonic 70s challenging audiences to party like its 1975 and tributes to The Dubliners, Queen, David Bowie and ELO also appearing.

Breaking Glass icon, Hazel O’Connor will also be bringing an intimate performance in March and folk fans will be delighted to see The Houghton Weavers with their traditional music and humour and All Folk’ d Up with their high energy toe-tapping twist on Irish classics.

The timeless classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, makes it off the page and onto the stage at the venue later in the Spring. The critically acclaimed West End and internationally recognised production features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories. The perfect treat for the little ones, this colourful show will blow their socks off!

Musical Theatre has always featured strongly in the Carnegie’s programme and this year is no exception. WAOS Juniors will be bringing the hugely ambitious production of Starlight Express in February, WADAMS will be presenting Legally Blonde and the venue is also presenting the professional production of Great Expectations The Musical in March.

Cult Classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show gets the Sing A Longa treatment in March as the campest cult classic of all time gets a screening with props and sing-along lyrics for the audience to join in with. Whist fancy dress is not obligatory, the venue are encouraging customers to come along dressed as their favourite Rocky Horror character!

Contemporary cabaret is also on the menu as the Music Hall Tavern returns with their brand new show jam packed with glitter, glam and music and comedy from Mrs T and the “girls”. Muscle, music, magic and mayhem is also promised as the UK’s premier UK male revue show, The Dreamboys appear in March.

Recently shortlisted as a finalist at the Cumbria Culture Awards, the Carnegie has recently upgraded its online presence with a new website and easier seat selection facility on smartphones, tablets and laptops and is seeing a surge in bookings being made online.

Venue Manager, Karen Thompson said, “It’s so exciting to see the programme develop and grow so quickly as national promoters and tour managers discover our hidden gem and I’m really proud to launch this season of top notch shows and events. With more competition than ever from television, internet, cinema, video games and other leisure offers, its brilliant to see live entertainment not just holding its own in West Cumbria, but growing and getting bigger and better than ever. I really must pay tribute to our small but dedicated team of staff and volunteers who work so hard to make it happen.”

Booking is available for all of the Carnegie’s shows via www.carnegietheatre.co.uk or by calling 01900 602122.


For more information, interviews, competitions and photos please contact Karen Thompson on 01900 602122 or at karen.thompson@carnegietheatre.co.uk

Our Box Office hours are changing from the 2nd July. Our new hours will be 10am-4pm Monday to Friday with late night opening until 7pm Thursdays. We will be closed weekends and bank holidays.

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