Cornwall LivingIssue #66

Winter at HFC

As the temperature cools and we look to keep ourselves entertained indoors, Hall For Cornwall once again provides a programme brimming with variety over the autumn and winter months. 

Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday 5th to Sunday 31st December

Edward ‘Kernow King’ Rowe and Granville Saxton return in this year’s Christmas show, Sleeping Beauty, the final chapter in a trilogy of adventures featuring our much-loved Cornishman, Kenwyne and his extended family. Disaster has befallen the Kingdom of King Mark. Beloved Princess Rose has been struck down by an ancient curse which forces her to sleep for an eternity, the King is nowhere to be seen and sinister forces are plotting to take his power. But is there anyone brave enough to take on this princely quest? Who will defeat the dreaded dragon Leatherclaw and awaken our sleeping beauty with true love’s kiss? From the creative team that brought you hit shows Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat! and Jack and the Beanstalk, Hall For Cornwall are proud to present a home grown production to enchant and entertain adults and children alike. Expect magic, music, comedy and some sparkling surprises – it promises to be a ‘bewty!

Ray Mears

Tuesday 14th November

Legendary survival expert, Ray Mears presents his new live show, Born to go Wild. From a very young age Ray discovered the joys of exploring the most undisturbed, wild and natural areas left on our planet. Ray will take you on a journey that he deeply values and explain why he believes these are vital for the human spirit.

Age recommendation: 12+

Saba Douglas-Hamilton: A Life with Elephants

Thursday 16th November

Join Saba Douglas-Hamilton – the acclaimed elephant conservationist and presenter of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries – for an evening of exciting animal stories and intimate behind-the-scenes tales of life in Kenya with her young family.

Dracula: The Bloody Truth

Friday 17th November

Exeter based theatre company, Le Navet Bete creates hilarious and accessible comedy theatre using creative and engaging storytelling. Dracula: The Bloody Truth will transport you across Europe, from the sinister Transylvanian mountains to the awkwardly charming seaside town of Whitby, whilst the frantic Van Helsing and his three amateur actors try to stage a life-changing, factual theatrical production of the events of Dracula. Age recommendation: 8+

Kneehigh: The Tin Drum

Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th November

The award-winning Kneehigh Theatre presents The Tin Drum. On Oskar’s third birthday he decides to remain a child forever. Armed with a heart full of rage, a singing voice that shatters glass and a seemingly indestructible tin drum, Oskar sets about revealing the world for what it truly is. From the team that brought you the internationally acclaimed Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), Kneehigh retells this extraordinary story – part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out, part epic poem. Age recommendation: 14+

Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet

Giselle: Wednesday 17th
and Thursday 18th January

Swan Lake: Friday 19th
and Saturday 20th January

The acclaimed Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet returns to Hall For Cornwall with two stunning shows, each complemented by a full orchestra. One of the few 19th century romantic ballets to survive, Giselle is the unrequited love story of a young village girl who loves to dance. This leads to tender romance, heartbreak, death and the afterlife. Swan Lake is Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, an epic story of Prince Siegfried and his true love, Odette who, tricked by an evil sorcerer Von Rothbart and his daughter Odile, would rather die together than live apart.

Crazy For You

Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th February

High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, Crazy for You is the ultimate feel-good musical starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and West End and TV star Claire Sweeney. The story charts the troubled love story of Bobby, son of a wealthy New York banking family and frustrated Broadway hoofer, and Polly, daughter of the proprietor of a failing theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. Sent to close the theatre down, Bobby falls for Polly and, in the guise of a Hungarian impresario, decides to save the theatre by putting on a show. Mistaken identities, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.