JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, The Carrivick Sisters and More Set for the Lighthouse, Jan 2014

Check out January 2014's shows at the Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts.

Jack and the Beanstalk

TODAY 2-5 January, Theatre, 7pm (not Sun), 3pm, £19.50
It's a giant of a pantomime! Eagerly anticipating a home-town run this Christmas, Debra Stephenson (Coronation Street, The Impressions Show) is Jack in the ever-popular traditional panto. She's joined by Patrick O'Kane (Game of Thrones, The Borgias) as Fleshcreep and the irrepressible Tom Bright as Dame Trott. As ever, the Trott family is penniless and when Jack goes to sell his beloved cow, all he can get is a measly bag of beans. But these are no ordinary beans! When a giant beanstalk appears in the garden, Jack's extraordinary adventures are just about to begin as he must climb the beanstalk, defeat the giant and retrieve the treasure. From the team behind previous Lighthouse hits Aladdin, Cinderella and Peter Pan, the fe-fi-fo-fun is guaranteed!

Circus of Horrors: London After Midnight

18 January, Theatre, 7.45pm, £20.50, £16.50

Having stormed into the finals of Britain's Got Talent, the Circus of Horrors presents what is undoubtedly its greatest show to date. Inspired by the legendary and sinister lost movie, London after Midnight, the show is packed with new shocks designed to take the audience on a whirlwind journey from the capital city ridden with plague in 1665 and culminating in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The story will twist and turn as five murders are committed in various London landmarks, each one becoming more and more horrific and all intermingled with some of the greatest, most daring, bizarre and beautiful circus acts on Earth.

366 Days of Kindness

25 January, Studio, 8pm, £8
In response to the riots of August 2011, Bernadette Russell committed to be kind to a stranger every day for a year. This multi-media show tells the heartbreaking, surprising and challenging stories of that year, which began with burning buildings and ended with the flame of the Olympic torch. Part storytelling, part stand-up, part live documentary, featuring a dinner party with surprise guests including the Dalai Lama, Liam Neeson and Princess Diana, this show attempts to answer the question: is it possible to change the world just by being kind?

Ladies In Retirement

30 January-1 February, Theatre, 7.45pm (Sat mat 2.30pm), £17.50 (mat £15.50)

Directed by Ian Dickens and starring a fantastic cast with well-known actors from stage and screen, this taut, creepy melodrama, based on a famous murder which actually took place at the end of the last century has become one of the most successful and most frequently performed in the modern repertoire. Set in the 1880s, Ladies in Retirement guarantees an evening of Victorian thrills and suspense.

The Carrivick Sisters (pictured)

31 January, Studio, 8pm, £8

Twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick have grown up playing and writing music together and their unique style shows their strong folk and bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots. Their fifth album, Over The Edge, was released last October and demonstrates tight harmonies and a strong connection that only siblings can achieve. The multi-talented duo perform their original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo with remarkable expertise and musicianship.

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