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Star names pack Barrow venue programme

THE autumn and winter programme at The Forum promises to be a packed one, with some well-known names and faces taking to the Barrow venue’s stage.

Aled Jones is heading for The Forum in October

As has become its trademark in recent years, the programme once again features a host of well-known comics scheduled to visit, with famous TV face Omid Djalili leading the line-up with an appearance in October. The Iranian stand-up has been a hit with audiences across the region on earlier dates in the tour and comes to Barrow armed with his all-new show, Iranalamadingdong.

Top Irish comedian Jimeoin is back in town later that month, asking the question “Is This It...?!“, before veteran storyteller Pam Ayres comes to town in November. The Forum is also bringing a new regular stand-up showcase event to Barrow, under the banner of the Comedy All-Stars. The first date is September 19, featuring a line-up of Howard Read, the creator of Big Howard, Little Howard, Tony Vino, Wes Zaharuk, and Ben Schofield. The second four-man bill comes to the venue in November.

Grammy Award winner Billy Ocean kicks off the musical programme later this month, performing some of his classics from the past four decades and his new album, Here You Are. The real stars of the movie Brassed Off, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band perform the classics from the film, and reality TV star Marcus Collins will be performing alongside a seven-piece band, both in September.

October sees the arrival of opera star Aled Jones, proving why he has sold 6.5 million albums worldwide, and a tribute to the world’s greatest stadium rock band in the Bon Jovi Experience, while November starts with a visit from Westlife singer Shane Filan.

An urban update on the brass band style is another November highlight, with an appearance from the Hackney Colliery Band, as too are the comedy capers of The Lancashire Hotpots. The Bay City Rollers, including main man Les McKeown, will be performing the number one singles that made them one of the biggest names of the 70s to round out the programme.

As ever there are a number of theatrical treats on offer too, as CAST Theatre Company bring Avenue Q to the stage next month, along with a return for The Reunion, and Barrow Operatic Dramatic Society presents Now That’s What We Call Music.

There’s one for the kids in October as Tall Stories present Emily Brown and the Thing, The Simon and Garfunkel Story also calls in at the venue on its 50th anniversary tour, and the Ladyboys of Bangkok are back with a brand new live show.

Walney Musical Theatre are performing the Cumbrian debut of the musical Evita, and all this before the annual pantomime run, which this year is Goldilocks and the Amazing Three Bears.

A full programme, including dates, times and ticket information, is available online.

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