Guide to entertainment in Cornwall 2013: July to December
2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for entertainment in Cornwall.
Here is Lee Trewhela's guide to the year ahead.
JULY - December
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Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19 – New Cornwall Opera, The Marriage of Figaro, The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
The homegrown company returns to the venue where it launched with an opera classic.
Monday, July 22 to Saturday, July 27 – Pitmen Painters, Hall for Cornwall
One of the most celebrated plays of recent years, comes to Truro after West End and national success. Lee “Billy Elliot” Hall’s play looks at the Ashington Group of miners turned artists.
Tuesday, July 2 – The xx, Eden Sessions, Eden Project
For musical snobs like me, this is the one that is already setting 2013’s Sessions apart from last year. Naysayers are already crowing that the brittle atmospherics of The xx will be “boring”. Utter rubbish. The magical setting of the biomes is the perfect venue for their all-encompassing sound, which has grown into a mesmerising live proposition in the last couple of years.
Saturday, July 14 – Gigspanner, Tolmen Centre, Constantine
Steeleye Span violinist Peter Knight and his band with their unique brand of high energy folk.
July 27 to August 25 – Bootleg Summer Festival: The Ultimate Tribute, Guildhall, St Ives
Depending on your musical viewpoint, a whole month to revisit the music of your favourites from Bowie and the Stones to Adele and Foo Fighters. For others a living, breathing hell.
Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 9 – The Barnstormers, Parade;
Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16 – Shattered Windscreen, Wild Oats: A Romance Of The Old West;
Monday, August 19 to Friday, August 23 – Next Stage Theatre Company, Our Country’s Good;
Monday, August 26 to Friday, August 30 – The Guildburys Theatre Company, Tartuffe, The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
One of the most unique theatres in the world has a range of productions from across the country this month.
Wednesday, August 7 to Sunday, August 11 – Boardmasters Festival, Newquay
Cornwall’s biggest music (and surf) festival expands this year. Expect some news about headliners very soon.
Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 18 – Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week
The usual wide range of party nights including the traditional 80s vs 90s event and Caribbean night I should coco.
Friday, August 23 to Monday, August 26 – Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge
On the run-up to the popular festival, there will be a Cornwall Festival Folk Club on the second Saturday of each month at the Red Lion, St Kew Highway, starting at 8pm.
Saturday, September 7 – Jimmy Carr, Hall for Cornwall
Still touring to pay his taxes.
Friday, September 27 to Saturday, October 12 – War Horse, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Something to really look forward to in the latter half of the year. The National Theatre production heads west. “The theatre event of the decade” according to The Sunday Times. You will cry at a wooden horse.
Saturday, September 14 to Saturday, September 28 – St Ives September Festival
Among those playing around the town at the popular festival are The Manfreds, a special event featuring patrons Steve Knight and Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Sadie And The Hotheads (featuring Elizabeth McGovern better known as Lady Grantham in Downton Abbey), The Wurzels and John Cooper Clarke.
Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22 – Looe Music Festival
Last year The Stranglers and The Levellers headlined. Who will it be in 2013?
Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22 – Festival of Sport, Marazion
Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success. As well as the community sports, there was two days of music featuring everyone from Reef to Dry The River. We’ll let you know who’s performing as soon as it’s announced.
Wednesday, October 23 – Sarah Millican, Hall for Cornwall (and Friday, October 25, Plymouth Pavilions, www.plymouthpavilions.com)
She’s north eastern, she likes cake, is smutty and has made her dad famous on her TV show.
Thursday, October 24 – Ray Mears, Plymouth Pavilions
Ray Mears plays the latest pop hits on the Pavilions stage. Oh, hang on, Ray Mears shares stories on bushcraft on the Pavilions stage.
Wednesday, November 6 – Ed Byrne, Plymouth Pavilions
A self-confessed “miserable old git” since the age of 23, Ed Byrne is now in his forties. While for others this might result in a crisis that prompts the purchase of a sports car, Ed embraces middle age with open arms. Come join him, as he truly comes of age.
Saturday, November 23 – Bryan Ferry, Plymouth Pavilions
The count of cool will look back on his career from the groundbreaking Roxy Music days through his solo career. The gig will also include a section for his recent trad jazz makeover of classics from his canon.
Saturday, December 14 to Saturday, January 11, 2014 – Cinderella, Hall for Cornwall
It’s panto season again. Oh yes, it really is ....
Tuesday, December 3 to Saturday, December 7 – Glyndebourne On Tour, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
The celebrated Sussex opera house goes on tour with productions of Hansel und Gretel, L’elisir d’amore and The Rape of Lucretia.