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The Heron Theatre

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Stanley Street, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7AS
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  • 2021
  • UK
  • 1h 38min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie, Caitriona Balfe

Acclaimed semi-autobiographical comedy-drama from Kenneth Branagh about a young boy growing up in working-class Belfast during the tumultuous late 1960s.

It’s 1969 and the imaginative, free-spirited Buddy (Jude Hill) knows every inch of every person in his street of Protestant and Catholic families. He pops into neighbouring houses as though they were his own and people look out for him while his working-class parents (Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe) hustle to make ends meet. But this blissful sense of security is about to be broken by sectarian violence.

Belfast might be Kenneth Branagh’s most reflective film to date, but he brings to this intimate tale the same gift for big canvas filmmaking as seen in previous work. Shot in lustrous black and white by Haris Zambarloukos and accompanied by a rousing Van Morrison soundtrack, the film sees Buddy’s child’s-eye perspective on the increasing social unrest give way to imaginings inspired by his love of movies. With a world-class cast that also includes Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds as Buddy’s beloved grandparents, Belfast is a big-hearted ode to a city, its community and to family.

Fri 1 Jul


Concert for a Changing World – Keith James

Songs For A Changing World Keith James

Keith James returns tom The Heron, following two highly acclaimed concerts in 2016 and 2018 to perform unique and timeless songs of vision, question and change.

Words that reverberate with the tenacity of human spirit in these current times of brooding disquiet, fractured societies and the fear of Nature. A number of the Songs written in the 20th century have changed history and moved millions of people to do things they never thought possible. Now everything is moving so fast and yet, so little has changed.

Included in this concert are songs written by, Joan Baez, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Maya Angelou, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young; Also included are many of Keith’s songs from his 2020 Album ‘Paradise lost’ and from his brand new 2021 Album ‘Can you imagine’

For this concert, many of the songs have been given a powerful brand new verse that stands proud against this current wave of crises.

Keith, a life-long devotee of emotional performance, approaches each of these songs with fresh courage and passion, provoking both reflection and reconciliation.

Sat 18 Jun


The Dale-Buri Guitar Duo

The Dale-Buri Guitar Duo

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Nico Buri   guitarTom Dale   guitar Guitarists Nico Buri and Tom Dale met at the Royal Northern College of Music September 2019, where they are currently studying with world-renowned guitarist, Craig Ogden. Both skilled improvisers, they initially played together in a flamenco fusion project at the RNCM Opera Theatre in February 2020. This project also gave them an opportunity to work with successful South African cellist, Abel Selacoe.

From this predominantly improvisatory setting, they have explored the duo repertoire for classical guitar with an early emphasis on Latin American compositions, notably those of Astor Piazzolla and Maximo Diego Pujol. Lockdown delayed their first public performance until June 2021 at RNCM’s Carol Nash Recital Room but since then they have gained attention and acclaim for performances both within and outside the RNCM.

Now expanding their repertoire to cover a broad period and style of guitar music, Nico and Tom are preparing for a busy year of concerts alongside their ongoing undergraduate studies.  Nico Buri and Tom Dale appear by kind permission of the RNCM. 

Sun 5 Jun


The Duke

The Duke
  • 2020
  • UK
  • 1h 36min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Roger Michell
  • Cast: Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead, Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode

In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, steals Goyas portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. 

Fri 19 Aug


Film at the Heron – Emma (POSTPONED)

This is a new (2020) adaptation of Jane Austen’s Regency classic – the last book she wrote before her death.

It tells the story of Emma Woodhouse (Anna Taylor-Joy), a handsome, clever, and unmarried heiress. Although Emma is seemingly totally uninterested in the subject of marriage for herself, in truth she has little insight into her own motives when attempting to arrange matches for her friends. She is a spoilt daughter of a doting widowed father and at times can be casually cruel. She believes otherwise, but is in fact an incompetent matchmaker who wreaks havoc.

Fri 3 Jun


Exhibition on Screen – Pissarro: The Father of Impressionism

Exhibition on Screen: Pissarro – Father of Impressionism
  • 2022
  • 1h 30min
  • Directed by: David Bickerstaff

Without Camille Pissarro, there is no Impressionist movement. He is rightfully known as the father of Impressionism.

It was a dramatic path that Pissarro followed, and throughout it all he wrote extensively to his family. It is through these intimate and revealing letters that this gripping film reveals Pissarro’s life and work.

Born in the West Indies, Pissarro found his passion in paint as a young man in Paris, and by the age of 43 had corralled a group of enthusiastic artists into a new collective. Their first show was scorned by the critics, but the group had acquired a new name: the Impressionists. For the next 40 years Pissarro was the driving force behind what has today become the world’s favourite artistic movement.

The Ashmolean Museum has a long tradition of excellence. As the UK’s first ever public museum (it opened its doors in May 1683) it houses a wonderfully rich collection, including the remarkable Pissarro archive. With exclusive access to most extensive archive of any Impressionist painter, and to the first major Pissarro retrospective in four decades, this film explores and highlights the enthralling and hugely important biography and output of an incredible artist.

Tue 28 Jun


The Jesters Jigsaw

The Jesters Jigsaw

Following their visit in 2019 audience members said of The Jester’s Jigsaw, Sarah Price and Nicky Parker ‘they must come again’. They have performed improvised comedy from Edinburgh to London and will team up with some surprise friends to host a night exclusively for us. A show that will be occasionally unpredictable but always full of fun and laughter - it's one not to be missed!

Fri 10 Jun


King Lear

King Lear

An inventive, irreverent, and highly accessible solo adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, from the point of view of Lear’s long suffering and ever-loyal Fool. The bastard Edmund, haughty Goneril, poor deluded Gloucester, sweet Cordelia, – in this sad and sorry tale are brought to glorious life. Blindness, betrayal, delusion, deceit, love, loyalty, lust and greed – a funny, poignant and heart-breaking production.

Fri 17 Jun


Parallel Mothers

Parallel Mothers
  • 2021
  • Spain
  • 2h 3min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Cast: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

The story of two mothers who give birth on the same day.

Fri 5 Aug


Roll Over Beethoven

Roll Over Beethoven

The works of the great composers as you may never have heard them before! Comedy song writers have often played fast and loose with the rarefied world of classical music, an artform that can take itself rather seriously. This classical pianist, singer and performer, makes a welcome return, bringing the two worlds together, with the work of Flanders & Swann, Joyce Grenfell, Dudley Moore, Gilbert & Sullivan and others.

Fri 27 May


West Side Story Pg-13 2 H 36 M

*To buy tickets - Click "Book Now" and follow the instructions. *For event start/finish times - Click the "Event Title" below *For theatre location and map - Click "The Heron Theatre below.  Director: Steven SpielbergMusic by Leonard Bernstein          Lyrics by Steven SondheimCast: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBoseThe original film of West Side Story won 10 Oscars in 1961 and Steven Spielberg’s handsome revival takes the well-known story and much-loved musical to new heights, with dazzling effect.  It reproduces the original period setting with stunning digital fabrications of late 50’s New York that some critics have described as hyperreal.The Romeo and Juliet inspired couple, Tony and Maria, are caught up in a racially motivated turf war between two street gangs, the Puerto Rican Sharks and the white Jets._“…a visually staggering revival “ (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian}_

Fri 15 Jul


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