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Picture from Galapagos Affair: When Satan Came to Eden

Tuesday 27th January at 7.00pm

Galapagos Affair: When Satan Came To Eden

Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true crime film of paradise found and lost. A fascinating portrait of 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself.

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Picture from Jonathan Dimbleby Destiny in the Desert - POSTPONED

Wednesday 28th January at 7.30pm

Jonathan Dimbleby Destiny In The Desert - Postponed

Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict in David's diary this event has been postponed, please contact the box office for a full refund.

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Thursday 29th January at 8.00pm (7.15pm Doors)

Punchline Comedy Club Featuring Gary Delaney & Ivo Graham

Have some fun in the depth of winter by joining us in the informal setting of the Studio for an evening of comedy featuring the hilarious Gary Delaney. Gary thinks that most shows don’t contain enough jokes and is trying single-handedly to redress the balance. Gary’s appearances include Mock The Week, BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live etc.

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Saturday 31st January at 8.00pm

Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter and musician hailing from Montreal, Quebec. Three years ago Cohen decided that he and the music business should call it quits. Talked into giving it one last go, he released his best and biggest album to date.

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Thursday 5th February at 8.00pm

The Dunwells

Having spent their formative years playing around Leeds, The Dunwell's first big break came when they hit the shores of the US in 2011 to perform at the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN. Their swift rise developed through an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno plus major festivals in the US (Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, SXSW), the UK (Cornbury, The Great Escape) and most recently at Leeds Arena.

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Monday 9th February at 8.00pm

The Staves

The Staves are Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor a trio of sisters from Hertfordshire. Renown for their perfect 3 part harmonies, their new album ‘If I Was’ (produced by Justin Vernon, Bon Iver frontman) takes The Staves’ original blueprint of sublimely harmonised British indie-folk and gives it an injection of muscle and a much-heightened ambition.

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Wednesday 11th February at 7.00pm

Rsc Live: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours.

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Friday 13th February at 8.00pm

Slow Club

Slow Club is Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson (guitar, vocals, piano) and Rebecca Taylor (drums, vocals, guitar). The band formed in 2005 when they were both still teenagers and spent the next two years touring relentlessly around the North of England. A support slot with US band Tilly And The Wall brought them to the attention of Moshi Moshi Records who released their debut album Yeah So in 2009.

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Monday 16th February at 2.30pm

Red Ladder Theatre Company And Dumbwise Presents

Nicobobinus By Terry Jones

When Nicobobinus is magically turned to gold he and his wild best friend Rosie embark on a musical adventure to discover the Land of Dragons. On the way their friendship, humanity and overall brilliantness are put to the test.

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Friday 20th February at 8.00pm

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders

Andy Fairweather Low’s pedigree is the stuff rock dreams are made of. Corner. The 60s saw him as lead singer in Amen Corner clocking up hit after pop hit. Songs such as Bend Me Shape Me, Hello Suzy, (If Paradise is) Half As Nice are internationally remembered to this day.

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Thursday 26th February at 8.00pm (7.15pm Doors)

Punchline Comedy Club Featuring Patrick Monahan

Adventures In Monahan Land is an energetically witty and charming show from the Irish/Iranian favourite. Expect plenty of playful audience interaction from this loveable Teessider!

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Picture from RSC LIVE: Love’s Labours Won

Sunday 8th March at 7.00pm

Rsc Live: Love’s Labours Won

Better known as Much Ado About Nothing. Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

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Picture from ENO Screen: La Traviata

Wednesday 11th March at 7.00pm

Eno Screen: La Traviata

English National Opera presents the moving story of the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta who is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.

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Picture from Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer

Thursday 12th March at 7.30pm

Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer

Tom Crean (1877-1938) the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive three famous expeditions.

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Friday 20th March at 8.00pm

Seth Lakeman

Westcountry folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman unearthed hidden histories and unsung everyday heroes to commemorate in song from in and around his native Devon and Cornwall for his latest album ‘Word of Mouth’ released in February 2014. Recorded in a church in East Cornwall and featuring the stories of the real people who inspired it, the added guest instrumentalists give depth, drama and wings to songs where working lives, majestic landscapes, the tragedy of war, the price of revolution and more are brought to life.

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Monday 23rd March at 7.00pm

Royal Exchange Manchester Live


From its sell-out run at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare's tragedy.

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Wednesday 25th March at 8.00pm


Oysterband make a modern, folk-based British music, acoustic at heart, sometimes intense, sometimes rocking. Since 1978 they've toured in 35 countries - festivals, concerts, bars, rallies, jails, bring 'em on! - won 5 BBC Folk Awards and made 12 studio albums and one DVD.

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Saturday 28th March at 8.00pm

Seann Walsh

The Lie-In King is back! In his last show 2013 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Seann was living alone and trying to sort himself out. At 28 years of age he returns with his aptly named new show 28 where he is now living with his girlfriend, and she is trying to sort him out.

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Thursday 9th April at 8.00pm

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman are proud to announce their album Tomorrow Will Follow Today, their boldest musical statement to date. After being voted Best Duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013, and also nominated for Best Original Song (The Ballad of Andy Jacobs), they add two rarely covered traditional songs to eight confidently written compositions to create a superb new album.

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Saturday 11th April at 8.00pm

The Blues Band

2015 sees The Blues Band celebrate their 35th year together with Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher.

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Picture from NT LIVE: The Hard Problem By Tom Stoppard

Thursday 16th April at 7.00pm

Nt Live: The Hard Problem By Tom Stoppard

The acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (ex Pocklington School) (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play

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Tuesday 21st April at 7.30pm

Barry Cryer

In yet another farewell tour, Baz returns, having been charged with persistent joking and asks for 20 other shows to be taken into consideration.

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Wednesday 22nd April at 8.00pm

The Shires

Country music duo The Shires are set to make their third appearance at the venue within ten months, to promote their debut album 'Brave' as part of a nationwide tour.

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Saturday 25th April at 8.00pm

Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse is an American roots/melodic folk singer-songwriter. He has been lauded for his special talents – creating little slices of heaven with words and music that have captured the hearts and minds of both critics, and fans, the globe over, whether it is the New York Times talking about his “pop-folk introspection”

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Wednesday 29th April at 7.30pm

Idle Motion Theatre Company Presents

Shooting The Light

Developed with New Diorama, The Lowry and Greenwich Theatre. From the brilliant company that brought us last year’s stunning play about Bletchley Park – That Is All You Need To Know.

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Thursday 30th April at 8.00pm (7.15pm Doors)

Punchline Comedy Club

It’s the best night out in Pocklington as we welcome top comedians from the national circuit. Many past comedians have gone on to dizzy heights including Sarah Millican, Rhod Gilbert, Chris Ramsey, Jason Manford and Mark Watson! Come along and discover the next ‘big thing’. The show is in the Studio, cabaret-style with bar available throughout.

Age 16+

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Picture from Courtney Pine presents ‘Song’ with Zoe Rahman

Tuesday 5th May at 8.00pm

Courtney Pine Presents ‘Song’ With Zoe Rahman

With an OBE and CBE for services to music Courtney Pine continues to break new ground. In April 2014 he joined Herbie Hancock and a dazzling line-up of Jazz all-stars for UNESCO’S International Jazz Day and his name regularly appears on the list of Most Influential Black Britons.

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Tuesday 12th May at 8.00pm

Thea Gilmore

"Deceptively populist" one noted music journalist called her in 2010... Thea Gilmore's fans famously range from Bruce Springsteen, Richard Thompson and Joan Baez to poet Simon Armitage and novelists William Boyd and Neil Gaiman, but of all the many plaudits the press have hurled her way in an extraordinary 14 year career it may be that the above is the most relevant right now.....

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Picture from NT LIVE: Man and Superman By Bernard Shaw

Thursday 14th May at 7.00pm

Nt Live: Man And Superman By Bernard Shaw

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

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Picture from ENO Screen: The Pirates of Penzance

Tuesday 19th May at 7.30pm

Eno Screen: The Pirates Of Penzance

Sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes – Gilbert and Sullivan’s dazzling comic opera The Pirates of Penzance

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Friday 22nd May at 7.30pm

An Evening Of Poetry With Mike Harding

With a resume that reads folk singer and songwriter, poet and playwright, comedian and broadcaster, fell-walker and fly-fisherman; it’s hard to pigeon-hole Mike Harding.

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Saturday 23rd May at 8.00pm

Chris Smither

Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Chris draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers.

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Picture from Exhibition on Screen: The Impressionists (90mins)

Tuesday 26th May at 7.00pm

Exhibition On Screen: The Impressionists (90mins)

They are the world’s most popular artists. But why and how did they paint, and what lies behind their enduring appeal? To help answer these questions, the film has secured unique access to a major new exhibition focusing on the 19th-century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel.

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Friday 29th May at 2.30pm

Horse + Bamboo Presents

Red Riding Hood

A young girl, a hungry wolf, and a walk through the woods - it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but Red Riding Hood’s not scared… well maybe she’s a little bit scared.

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Wednesday 3rd June at 7.30pm

Reform Theatre Company & Harrogate Theatre Presents

April In Paris By John Godber

Al and Bet’s relationship is on the rocks. He has recently lost his job, she works in a shoe shop and can only dream of a better life, but things are about to change... When Bet wins a romantic night in the city of love, Al wonders who she’ll take along!

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Saturday 6th June at 7.30pm

Brighouse And Rastrick Band

Regarded by many as the best and most consistent �public subscription band� in the world. In its time the majority of premier band championships have been held by �Briggus� whilst the band has also attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur.

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Friday 19th June at 7.30pm

Emmanuel Vass

Charismatic award winning pianist Emmanuel Vass has established himself firmly on the national scene after his successful From Bach to Bond debut album and national tour. He is now returning to Pocklington as part of his Sonic Waves second CD and tour.

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Picture from ENO Screen: Carmen

Wednesday 1st July at 7.00pm

Eno Screen: Carmen

A passionate tale of lust, seduction and betrayal, Bizet’s Carmen is set during the dying days of Franco’s Spain, Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of this must-see opera has been enjoyed by audiences across Europe.

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Picture from Fire and Rain - The Music of James Taylor & Carole King

Thursday 2nd July at 8.00pm

Fire And Rain - The Music Of James Taylor & Carole King

This is not a tribute or sound-a-like act. It’s simply a collection of five of the best musicians from the North of England coming together to play music they love. Expect the classic JT & CK songs played with skill, passion, emotion, humour and humility.

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Friday 17th July at 8.00pm (Doors 6.30pm)

Al Murray - The Pub Landlord'S Summer Saloon

The Nation’s favourite pub philosopher turns pop-up publican and invites you to his jumped - up saloon. Comedy, variety and music are all on tap in this headline show led by the ringmaster of rabble rousing. This is a rare opportunity to catch one of Britain’s finest comedians as he polishes his legendary bar-room banter. No room for half measures here…

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Tuesday 28th July at 7.30pm

Pam Ayres

2015 is the 40th Anniversary since Pam appeared on TV’s Opportunity Knocks the Britain’s Got Talent TV show of its day, and this proved to be the start of an incredible career for a unique entertainer, writer and broadcaster.

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