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Gloucester Guildhall Highlights December 2010

18th November 2010


MUSIC - Chantel McGregor Band

Rock-blues trio.

Thursday 2nd December. Doors 7pm. Tickets £9 Advance, £10 on the door. Over 14s only

MUSIC - Echo and the Bunnymen

Gloucester Guildhall have done it again! Cult 80’s legends Echo & The Bunnymen will be playing an exclusive tour warm up for their 'Crocodiles & Heaven Up Here' tour.Thursday 3rd December. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets SOLD OUT. Over 14s only

COMEDY - The Big Laugh Special: Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club

Multiple award winner, and as seen and heard on Nerdstock, Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Now Show, The News Quiz, and Loose Ends, comedian Robin Ince brings his Bad Book Club show to The Big Laugh.

Saturday 4th December. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions).  Doors 8.30pm. Bar til 12.30am, music til 1am. Over 18s only. Unreserved seating.

MUSIC - Fish: The Fishheads Acoustic Tour

Derek William Dick (stage name Fish), born 25 April 1958, is a Scottish progressive rock singer, lyric writer and occasional actor. After a patchy career as a gardener and forestry worker, he came to public attention in 1981 with the group Marillion…Sunday 5th December. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £17.50. Over 14s only

SPEAKERS An Evening With… Sir David Frost

Sir David Frost entertains with hilarious stories of 'behind the scenes' anecdotes about life in TV from That Was the Week That Was, the celebrated 1960's satirical show, to the present. The BBC's most respected interviewer is the only person to have interviewed the last seven Presidents of the United States and the last six Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom.Monday 6th December. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £18 adv. £20 on the door.

MUSIC - The Bluetones

The Bluetones are Londoners (Mark, Scott and Adam) but not quite cockneys, except for drummer Eds (real name: Ed), who's a northerner but not quite a Geordie, and some say not quite a drummer. Armed with a head full of dreams (get money and girls) and a clutch of lethal pop songs, they set about changing the world .......... forever.

Tuesday 7th December. Tickets £14.50 adv. £16.50 on the door.  Doors 7.30pm. Over 14s only.


MUSIC - Bad Manners

Ska legends Bad Manners have always been a non-stop party band & continue to hold that high accolade to this date, touring extensively both here & abroad. So lace up your DMs, pull on your braces, and get yourself to the Xmas party with Buster & the Band. You won’t forget it!Wednesday 8th December. Tickets £15.  Doors 7.30pm. Over 14s.MUSIC

Neville Staple from The Specials

Best known for his work writing & composing, the lead singer from The Specials, and as one of the founding members of Fun Boy 3, Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice.Friday 10th December. Tickets £13 adv, £15 on the door.  Doors 7.30pm. Over 14s.

PANTO - Dracula: The Pantomime

After successfully teaming up twice over the past year with Scrooge: The Musical and A Night on Broadway, Gloucester Guildhall is delighted to announce our partnership with GODS will continue this Christmas for Dracula: The Pantomime. If you're tired of all the traditional Panto fayre, we've got a 'fang-tastic' alternative for you to sink your teeth into. This Christmas at Gloucester Guildhall, you'll die laughing...Monday 13th – Saturday 18th December (Matinee on Saturday). Tickets £9.50 adults, £7.50 concs, £6.50 Children (under 16's), £30 Group Ticket (2 adults, 2 children).  Doors 7pm for evening performance, show starts at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee doors 2pm, show starts at 2.30pm. All Ages.


MUSIC - Wired

December’s Wired show ends the year on a high with headliners Summerlin joined by local heroes The Echoes, along with The Victory Show and Pop/Rock/Punk/Electronic.

Sunday 19th December. Tickets £6.  Doors 7.30pm. All ages.

MUSIC - Whole Lotta Led

Given the thumbs-up by no less a guitar god than Jimmy Page himself, Whole Lotta Led are THE Led Zeppelin tribute band. Firm favourites with the Guildhall crowd, Whole Lotta Led are a permanent fixture in our calendar, and rightly so!Thursday 23rd December. Tickets £12.50 adv. £14.50 on the door.  Doors 7.30pm. Over 14s only.

COMEDY - The Big New Year Laugh

There's only one place worth being at the end of the year - The New Year Big Laugh at Gloucester Guildhall. Top comedians, a fantastic buffet, free champagne on arrival, and a disco until the wee hours, this will be a night you won't forget!Friday 31st December. Tickets £35.  Doors 8.30pm. Bar til 12.30am, music til 1am. Over 18s only. Unreserved seating.


D7 Church @ Gloucester Guildhall

Every Sunday at 11.30am. All welcome. Free entry

Knitters With Attitude

Free group for all who are interested in knitting, crochet, spinning.

Whether you're used to tangling with the wool and the needles or casting on for the first time, come and do it in company and comfort in the Guildhall's café-bar. A chat and a drink will help your fingers fly, plus there'll be advice on hand for those tricky bits. Just turn up with your kit and join in.

Tuesday 14th December

7pm - meet in the café-bar.

Folk Unplugged

Come and make some noise at these folk/roots acoustic evenings. Singers, musicians and listeners are all welcome; bring familiar songs and tunes, learn new ones or write your own. For further details contact Sophie on 01453 887132 or email  

Monday 13th December



Musiclab: The Guildhall Open Stage

We don’t care whether you’ve never played in public before or if you’ve just been signed to a major label, at our monthly open mic we promise you a PA and a famously warm and friendly audience. Roots, rock n’ roll, blues, soul, hip-hop, rap - any kind of music is welcome and crazy hybrid jamming is encouraged. We’ll even lend you a guitar.Alternatively, come along to watch and be inspired, make new friends, form a band, challenge the MC to play the most unlikely cover version in the world. Where else can you have that much fun on a Tuesday night for free?Tuesdays 21st December (MC Mark Cole)



LaLa Lounge

Escape the Christmas shopping frenzy for an hour in our comfy cinema. Meet your friends, chill and chat, treat yourself to tea, coffee and cake while the little ones watch stuff on our big screen. You won't want to leave.

For parents with under-5s

Wednesday 8th December 11am - 12 noon




Gloucester Film Society

President: Simon Pegg

If you like classic films you can see a half a dozen of them on the big screen, plus six new releases for £36 by joining the Guildhall’s resident film society. You also get programme notes and a reduction on tickets for other Guildhall movies. What are you waiting for? Pick up a leaflet at the Guildhall or your local library or contact Frank Colls on 01452 538366

Screen Teas

On Mondays at 2pm and Saturdays at 10.45am treat yourself to tea or coffee, cake and the latest film for just £5.

Mr Nice (18)

Dir: Bernard Rose

(UK 2010. 121 mins)

Howard Marks is an ex-teacher who became a drug smuggler and was once Britain’s most wanted man. As played by Rhys Ifans he’s also a Welshman in need of a haircut. Mr Nice (one of his aliases) is based on Marks' autobiography, written after his release from prison. At Oxford he helps out a chum, which leads him almost casually into a globetrotting quest for marijuana involving the CIA, MI6, Mexican Secret Service, the IRA and the Mafia. Chloë Sevigny, David Thewliss and Omid Djalili head a top-notch supporting cast and the 60s-70s setting is so convincing you can almost smell it.

Friday 26th November at 7.45pm, Saturday 27th November at 10.45am, Monday 29th November at 2pm and 7.45pm, Tuesday 30th November – Thursday 2nd December at 7.45pm

The 1st UK Disability Film Festival Day

3rd December 2010

The UK’s leading disability arts and media organisation DASH, supported by ScreenWM, are proud to present the 1st UK Disability Film Festival on the International Day of Disabled People.  All films are subtitled.

The Festival is additionally supported by Oska Bright, the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), The Eveson Charitable Trust, The Elmley Foundation and the BBC.  Full details of all films are available on or DASH’s website at

There are 4 screenings throughout the Day. Profits from ticket sales will go to Artshape (registered charity no 1023920)

11.30 – 1pm

The best of the learning disability festival Oska Bright.  The programme of nine short films will be screened twice; the second time with the audio description played in the auditorium.


2 - 4pm

The first national screening of the UKFC funded Disability short film project MAGIC HOUR; plus a selection of other shorts from around the UK and the world. 



The 1986 BBC film Raspberry Ripple, starring Faye Dunaway. 

Free but tickets must be obtained from the box office in advance.

8 – 10pm

A selection of archive film from the MACE featuring The Leicester Cripples Guild of the 1920s and a fantastic short film about the Shortest Woman in the world who lived in Bromsgrove and drove an adapted Mini.  Most of the films in the MACE collection on show here are from the ATV News Collection from between 1955 and 1975.


SoulBoy (15)

Dirs: Hawa Essuman, Shimmy Marcus

(UK/Ireland 2010. 83mins)

Young Joe hates his boring life driving a van in 70s Stoke until Northern Soul enters his life.  In pursuit of glamorous hairdresser Jane he discovers the all-nighters at the Wigan Casino and – despite initial ineptitude - gets his mate’s sister Mandy to make him over as a soul boy.  Sadly just as he’s finally mastering the moves Jane’s dealer boyfriend introduces drugs to the club and everything spins out of control. Can Joe dance his way out of trouble and get the girl? An affectionately edgy portrait of a lost age with a killer soundtrack.

Saturday 4th December at 10.45am, Monday 6th at 2pm and 7.45pm, Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th at 7.45pm

Burke and Hare (15)

Dir: John Landis

(UK 2010)

In 19th century Edinburgh, William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis) are Irish immigrant chancers. Short of cash, they discover that the local Medical College needs corpses for dissection. It’s a lucrative market, but where are they going to find enough bodies? Bill Bailey, Tim Curry, Stephen Merchant, Jenny Agutter and Christopher Lee lend stellar support to this very black comedy from the director of The Blues Brothers, Animal House and An American Werewolf in London.

Friday 10th December at 7.45pm, Saturday 11th at 10.45am, Monday 13th at 2pm and 7.45pm, Tuesday 14th at 7.45pm (Film Society), Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th at 7.45pm.

Another Year (12A)

Dir: Mike Leigh

(UK 2010. 129 mins)Tom (Jim Broadbent) and Gerri (Ruth Sheen) are a good-hearted professional couple in their 60s who live in North London. Leigh’s thoughtful, bittersweet comedy charts their highs and lows over the course of twelve months as they socialise with their not quite so happy-go-lucky family and friends.

Friday 17th December at 7.30pm, Saturday 18th at 10.45am, Monday 20th at 2pm and 7.45pm, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd at 7.45pm

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (12A)

Dir: David Yates

(UK/USA 2010.)

In the darkest part of this epic tale Voldemort’s Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts and are hunting for Harry, who is on a mission with his chums to find and destroy the Horcruxes. When Harry stumbles on the legend of the Deathly Hallows he realizes - if true - it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Now on the verge of manhood, he must prepare himself for the ultimate battle with his deadliest enemy.

Friday 31st December at 4pm


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