Spring flowers for a revitalized place

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Expectations are growing at the Milton Rooms in Malton as the ever-expanding new program of events kicks off this spring.

The state-of-the-art lighting and sound system is nearly installed and will be ready to host the Ryedale Youth Theater for its production of Matilda Jr – The Musical, which opens April 12 and runs through April 16 with five evening performances and three matinees in the afternoon.

Next is the Malton Beer Festival, Beertown, which takes place from April 21-23 and features a range of cask and cask ales from Brass Castle and Bad Seed and breweries across the UK.

Then the music starts flowing, with The Salts on May 8, The Barricade Boys on May 14, Fairport Convention on May 20, Lollypops & Moptops on June 18, and Snake Davis with Chris Bannister on June 25.

The Ryedale Blues Club continues its monthly sessions with Five Points Gang on April 28, the Tom Killner Band on May 26 and Redfish on June 30.

But it’s not just music and a series of literary, drama and comedy talks are on offer. In collaboration with Kemps Books, there’s poet Rob Cowen in Conversation with Amy-Jane Beer on May 19 and July 8, Follow in the Bronte’s Footsteps – Walking the Invisible with Michael Stewart.

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club features Lauren Pattison and Eddy Brimson on April 29 and there’s a portrayal of one of British comedy’s most beloved figures in Cult Figure – Kenneth Williams on May 27.

On June 19, Red Ladder Theater Company presents The Damned United, the story of Brian Clough’s brief but eventful tenure as Leeds United manager after leaving Derbyshire in 1974.

And for something completely different, May 28 sees wrestling return to the Milton Rooms with Megaslam Wrestling – Live, an exciting experience for the whole family.

New events are being added all the time, so head over to www.themiltonrooms.com for the latest information and keep an eye out for the brand new website coming soon.

Here are some of the upcoming Milton Rooms events. Visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/themiltonrooms to book tickets, unless otherwise stated.

April

Tuesday April 12 to Saturday April 16: Ryedale Youth Theater presents Matilda Jr – The Musical by Roald Dahl. Evenings at 7 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning at 3 p.m. Tickets £12, concessions £10, at www.yourboxoffice.co.uk

Thursday 21 April to Saturday 23 April: Beertown, Malton’s celebration of craft beer, featuring Brass Castle and Bad Seed breweries. Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets at www.beertownmalton.com

Thursday April 28: Ryedale Blues Club presents Five Points Gang, a London-based blues trio that mixes original new tunes with classic blues standards. 8 p.m. Tickets £10.

Friday, April 29: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club presents Lauren Pattison and Eddie Brimson. Lauren, nominated for Edinburgh’s Best Newcomer in 2017, is a comedian, actor and writer with numerous television appearances, while Eddy Brimson has established himself on the live circuit and is considered one of of the main headliners of British comedy. 8 p.m. Tickets £10.

May

Sunday May 8: The Salts Sea Shanties, a co-op of seasoned musicians creating one of the most exciting and energetic sounds around, performing original material alongside their own renditions of traditional songs. 7:30 p.m. Tickets £12.50.

Saturday May 14: Only a few tickets left for The Barricade Boys, the UK’s most exciting theatrical vocal group. 7:30 p.m. Tickets £20.

Thursday May 19: In association with Kemps Books of Malton, naturalist and writer Amy-Jane Beer chats with author Rob Cowen about The Heeding, her raw, devastating yet hopeful collection of poetry. 7:30 p.m. Ticket and reservation £18, ticket only £10, students/under 18 £8.

Friday May 20: Fairport Convention is in Malton as part of its spring tour. Over the band’s 55-year history, there have been many changes, but one thing has remained the same: Fairport’s passion for performance. 7:30 p.m. Tickets £22 until tomorrow, then £27.

Thursday May 26: The Ryedale Blues Club presents the Tom Killner Band. Tom is an up-and-coming blues guitarist from Rotherham. 8 p.m. Tickets £10.

Friday May 27: Cult character: Kenneth Williams. He was a unique and beloved figure in British comedy history, from radio show stealing performances in Hancock’s Half Hour and Round the Horne to over 20 years starring in the legendary Carry On films. Acclaimed actor and impressionist Colin Elmer, who played Kenneth Williams in the UK tours of Round the Horne and Hancock’s Half Hour, reprises his role in this new production telling the story of the great man. 7:30 p.m. £12 tickets or £10 concessions.

Saturday May 28: A new feature for the Milton Rooms, Megaslam Wrestling – Live. The in-ring battle will see Team Megaslam face off against Team Nasty. Megaslam is an engaging live experience for the whole family. 7:30 p.m. Adults £12, children £10, family ticket (two adults and two children) £36.

June

Saturday June 18: Lollypops & Moptops, a must-see show for all fans of 50s and 60s music. The evening’s host is Alan Mosca (formerly of Freddie & The Dreamers), who tells stories of yesteryear with a touch of comedy, while recreating the hits of the super Dreamers. Buddy Walker brings the look of Buddy Holly back to life and finally, National Music Tribute Award winners The Temple Brothers pay tribute to The Everly Brothers. 7:30 p.m. Tickets £23.50.

Sunday June 19: Red Ladder Theater Company presents The Damned United, the story of Brian Clough’s journey in 1974 from his beloved Derbyshire to the team he hated most – Leeds United. 8 p.m. Tickets £12.50/discount £10.

Saturday June 25: Snake Davis with Chris Bannister. Top saxophonist Snake Davis, whose soulful sound has been heard with many great artists from McCartney to The Eurythmics and Klingande to Calvin Harris, is joined by Chris Bannister, a singer-songwriter guitarist of immense talent and class . 8 p.m. Tickets £20.

Thursday June 30: Ryedale Blues Club presents Redfish, a stunning British band who have embarked on a new chapter in 2021, led by the talented and highly acclaimed singer/guitarist Christian Sharpe. 8 p.m. Tickets £10.

Saturday, July 2: Laurel Canyon Union, formed by former Acoustic Alchemy US Grammy-nominated drummer John Shepard. They pay homage to bands and singer-songwriters from the West Coast counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Neil Young, The Eagles, The Byrds and James Taylor. 8 p.m. Tickets £12.50.

Friday, July 8: Walking the invisible – In the footsteps of Brontë. Author Michael Stewart recounts his journey on the historic paths the sisters walked from Liverpool to Scarborough while writing their most famous works. 7:30 p.m. Ticket and reservation £18; ticket only £10; students/under £18 £8.

Are you ready to volunteer?

The Milton Rooms are looking for more volunteers, so anyone with some spare time can join the team, meet new people, learn new skills and support the site. Many roles are available, including office, technology, bar and reception positions. Email [email protected] for more information.

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