4th September 2009, 11:54am
Comedy, drama, dance and much more at the LPAC
Steven Berkoff From stand-up comedians to Shakespearean villains, an eclectic cast of characters is waiting in the wings to amuse, entertain and enthral audiences at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) this autumn.

The venue on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus has unveiled its arts programme for October to December, revealing an ensemble cast of some of the country’s best-loved theatre companies, dance groups and stage actors.

World-renown actor, writer and director Steven Berkoff will give a ‘masterclass in evil’ in Shakespeare’s Villains – a one-man exploration of the psyches of such notorious characters as Iago, Shylock and Macbeth. The production, which has enjoyed a successful West End run and toured extensively overseas, is part of the LPAC’s Singles season of dramatic monologues.

The LPAC’s drama programme also features adaptations of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, along with gripping contemporary productions. These include Morecambe: The Man What Brought Us Sunshine, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the death of Britain’s best-loved comedian.

Alongside these dramatic offerings, the LPAC will again bring an exciting array of cutting-edge contemporary dance productions to Lincoln.

Acclaimed director and choreographer Jasmin Vardimon, whose show Yesterday wowed LPAC audiences earlier this year, returns to the venue in October with her new work, Justitia. A narrative-driven piece of physical dance theatre, this is a gripping crime story which delves into the depths of our justice system.

The action continues when Tilted Productions perform Trapped, a new dance theatre piece by award-winning choreographer Maresa von Stockert. The production places five characters in a surreal Kafkaesque landscape as it explores notions of personal freedom in our surveillance obsessed times.

The tone will be lighter but no less surreal as the LPAC welcomes some of the country’s finest comedians. The LPAC is one of the venues for this October’s Lincoln Comedy Festival, when it will host a live recording of Richard Herring and Andrew Collins’ podcast, plus shows by Josie Long, Jason Cook and Milton Jones, among others.

Younger audiences will be spoilt for choice too as the LPAC continues to attract critically-acclaimed family shows straight from the West End.

Following the success of this summer’s production of The Tiger Who Came To Tea, another colourful stage adaptation of a classic kids’ book will delight children and adults alike when We’re Going On A Bear Hunt enjoys a nine-day run in December.

And for the first time the LPAC will host a cinema season, showing a selection of classic and contemporary films, including Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Dark Knight. Tickets for the screenings cost just £3 and are available on the door.

Julie Tippins, Commercial Resources Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “We’re very proud of the programme we have put together for the autumn and winter season at the LPAC. Many of these productions have won plaudits both nationally and internationally, so it’s fantastic to be able to offer theatre-goers in our region the chance to see such great artists in such an intimate setting.”

Full listings and tickets are available from the LPAC and Engine Shed Box Office, Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln, 0844 88 4414 or www.lpac.co.uk. Several ticket offers are available, including buy tickets for all four dance productions for the price of three. Free car parking is available at the LPAC.

Anyone wanting to be kept up to date with what’s on at the LPAC can join the mailing list by visiting: www.lpac.co.uk/site/Mailing_List.
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