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16th December 2009, 2:51pm
Exciting array of talent ready to entertain at LPAC in 2010
The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre Another exciting selection of Britain's finest stage performers are waiting to tread the boards at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Fresh from hosting its first full season of arts events this autumn, the vibrant new venue on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus can now reveal the line-up for its spring 2010 programme.

The LPAC is again set to bring some of the biggest names from the worlds of drama, dance, classical music and comedy to the city.

From macabre murder mysteries to poignant wartime tales, controversial satirical comedy to stunning dance repertoires, the variety of talent on show should offer something to suit audiences of all tastes.

British star Steven Berkoff, fresh from captivating audiences this winter with his production 'Shakespeare's Villains', returns to the LPAC on 30 January for 'One Man'. This two-act social satire explores the mindset of both a murderer wracked with guilt and a thuggish soccer hooligan, complete with pitbull terrier.

In 'Sherlock Holmes – The Death and Life' (14 April) Roger Llewellyn stars in a wryly humorous tale of murder, mystery and the occult. In this 'fantasy based upon a fiction', Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tires of his intolerably arrogant creation Sherlock Holmes and invents the malevolent Moriarty to dispose of him – with surreal and dramatic consequences.

There are fresh interpretations of classics by Pinter ('The Caretaker', 20-21 April) and Godber ('Men of the World', 11-12 May), plus the premiere of 'Bomber's Moon' (26-29 May), a love story told through the eyes of an octogenarian misanthrope which unravels to reveal a war time miracle and modern day tragedy.

For lovers of dance and ballet, the LPAC has lined up the return of the New English Contemporary Ballet (8 May) who will present a sparkling programme of new works by four different choreographers, including Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood.

It will also host the provocative and hard-hitting 'Babel' (20 February) from the acclaimed physical theatre company Stan Won't Dance and an exciting contemporary dance work from top UK choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh in the food-themed 'Just Add Water?' (23 March).

The LPAC's rapidly growing reputation as a stand-up comedy venue will gather pace as it stages the first ever 'Big Comedy Mash' (5 March), featuring the best comedy acts on the circuit today, including headliner Edward Aczel, an Edinburgh favourite  and finalist in Jimmy Carr’s 2005 Comedy Idol.

BBC Radio 4 legend Count Arthur Strong will bring his confused ramblings to the LPAC on 4 February in 'The Man Behind the Smile' and on 10 March Richard Herring, one half of the hit 90s double act Lee and Herring, muses on iconography, racism and facial hair in 'Hitler Moustache'.

The now well-established International Concert Series continues to go from strength to strength, with piano maestros Martin Roscoe and Jin Ju among those scheduled to entertain in 2010.

The LPAC's film screenings roll on with a new 'Oscar Season' devoted to Academy Award winners and a 'Brainstorm Season' featuring some of cinema's most mind-bending plots. And there is a treat in store for children too as the LPAC brings a selection of classic children's films back to the silver screen.

Victoria Simpson, Events and Programme Manager at the LPAC, said: "We're really proud of the line-up we've put together for the new spring season at the LPAC. Some wonderfully talented performers will be heading to Lincoln. There are some exciting new productions, like the drama Bomber's Moon and the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, and we're also welcoming back some old friends in Steven Berkoff and the New English Contemporary Ballet. Then there's a great bill of British comedians and two new film seasons, and we'll continue to play host to some of the world's finest classical musicians. All in all, there's something for everyone this season at the LPAC."

For more information on the LPAC's spring season, visit or call in at the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office, Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln (open Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm). Tickets for LPAC events are available from the Box Office, or by phoning 0844 888 4414.

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