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On Saturday Dec 5th we will show our first film under Covid restrictions and then review this experiment. Covid prevention measures will include the auditorium being set up for social distancing with a one way system.  Regarding face coverings we will follow the Scottish government guidance namely - it is mandatory to wear face coverings in cinemas, although there are exemptions for certain people and it is a reasonable excuse to remove a face covering when you need to eat and drink. If you wear a face visor/shield you are asked to also wear a face covering as a visor is not considered to offer sufficient protection.

If you are coming as separate bubbles please book your tickets separately. For example if you have 4 tickets in one booking we will sit you all together. Please let us know (via uhallpromo@gmail.com) if you have access issues. If necessary we can seat people on the floor area without having to negotiate steps.

All bookings must be made online and in advance - see the ticket booking link in each listing. You do not need to print out your reference – we will just ask for your name. If you buy 4 tickets (which is the maximum) we would expect you to all sit together without social distancing. It will not be possible to purchase tickets on the door. If you need to contact us about your booking use email and send to uhallpromo@gmail.com

You will notice that ticket prices have gone up due to the small maximum size of the audience, but we are absorbing the ticket booking fee with wegottickets.com so you won't have to pay it. Please note as well that - as per our usual policy - all films will be screened with subtitles.

And please see the details below for the free online event on Friday 13th November with three brilliant local storytellers . The links are there in the write-up

The Universal Hall Promotions Team  Nov 12th 

 

 

 

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July 2017

Phill Jupitus (comedy) Tues. 25th July, 8pm

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funnyman smashes laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks. In addition he does live stand up shows all over the UK, and appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies As yet Untitled (Dave), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC1).

The show is suitable for ages 14+ (some strong language).

Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start

£16 plus £1 booking fee at the Phoenix Stores and 10% online – to buy online click here

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September 2017

Indigenous People (music and dance) Sat 2nd Sept, 8pm

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

With the same performers on stage as Friday night the emphasis will be on audience participation, in the dance which will be using western ‘free’ styles of moves learned with the Africans during the day’s workshops. (However it is not necessary to have attended the workshops to come to this evening event). Kakatsitsi are renowned for their accessible and funky dance grooves, so if you enjoy a good dance and like the idea of participating alongside some Bushmen from the Kalahari, this event’s for
you!

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

To buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

To see a video of Kakasitsi click here

To see a video of the !Gubi Family click here

Special Offer: Book a 2/3 night stay in a caravan at the adjacent Findhorn Bay Holiday Park when you come to see the Indigenous People live in the Universal Hall and get a 15% discount. You must book through their website (click here) and enter the code: africa17 in the ‘voucher code’ box when you book
(Valid 1st /2nd /3rd September 2017)

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Indigenous People (workshops & Sun. night event) Sat 2nd/Sun 3rd Sept

Sunday, September 3, 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Drumming. Universal Hall Auditorium.

Learn to play a number of rhythms on the Kpanlogo peg drum of southern Ghana, similar to the Latin Conga in sound and technique. Drums will be supplied. Kakatsiti pay particular attention to teaching the techniques of ‘tone’, ‘bass’ and ‘tips’ to make sure students are producing clear and precise sounds. Students will starting by learning ‘Oge’, a relatively easy rhythm composed of three parts all played together with the cowbell. After ‘Oge’, students will move on to the three parts of ‘Fume Fume’ before finishing with the popular ‘Kpanlogo’ rhythm which while made of only two parts, involves the use of the ‘slap’ technique which is relatively harder to play than the ‘tone’ and ‘bass’ usually played by self-taught drummers. 

 

Dance. Universal Hall, Dance Drama Studio.

Learn to dance a number of traditional dances from Ghana including the popular ‘Kpanlogo’ social dance from southern Ghana as well as ‘Kule’ – a dance choregraphed by Kofi Adarwkah, principle male dancer in Kakatsitsi.  The dance involve a series of moves that correspond to drum calls performed by the master drummer. 

 

Dance and Song with San Bushmen of Kalahari. Universal Hall, Recording Studio

Learn to sing, clap and dance in the style of the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Namibia as taught by members of the !Gubi Family. A number of songs / chants will be learned as well as clapping and stamping patterns that are traditionally performed to accompany the singing.

Workshop Prices and Times. £10 a session. £20 a day. £40 for weekend ticket which includes Sunday night. £50 weekend includes ticket for Sat night and Sun night. Each of the three styles of workshops listed above will run three times on Sat and three times on Sun in the time slots listed below.

Sat 10.00-12.00. 1.30-3.30. 4.00-5.30

Sun. 11.00-1.00. 2.30 – 4.30. 5.00-6.00 everyone in Hall for practice.

Sun. 7.30. Performance in Universal Hall with all workshop groups.

Contact Universal Hall to book on universalhall@gmail.com or Tel 01309 691170.

Pay cash on the day.

Book concert tickets and get more info at www.universalhall.co.uk

With the Kaktsitsi Drum workshop we expect many people will want to come to the whole of Saturday as a block of workshops. We assume that if people only want to come to one workshop they will come to the Saturday morning workshop at 10.00. There will be a clear progression from learning techniques, to learning a simple rhythm to learning a more complex rhythm. On Sunday we would expect Kaktsitsi to review the work done on Saturday and then progress to teaching other rhythms. The goal of Sunday will be to reach a standard where the rhythms learned can be performed for dancing on the Sunday night. It could be possible for experienced drummers to join for the first time on Sunday morning if they are unable to join on Saturday. Do contact us if you wish to do this. The Sunday 5.00 practice for everyone is now considered unnecessary and instead we will continue in our separate groups till 5.00.

With the Kakatsitsi Dance workshop and the San Workshops in Dance and Song the Saturday and Sunday workshops will be self contained. We expect some people may for example want to do the San workshop all day Saturday and the Kakatsitsi dance workshop all day Sunday. Again however we recommend coming to the 10.00 workshop on Saturday or the 11.00 workshop on Sunday if you only want to do one workshop. The Saturday and Sunday workshops will again build towards informal performances on Sunday evening.  We would expect there to be people coming on Sunday night who have not attended the workshops. These people would sometimes just dance and sometimes watch. We would not expect people attending only on Sunday night to drum.

We expect the exact structure will be adapted to fit the participants. Kakatsitsi are very experienced workshop leaders and we look forward to an exciting weekend.

 

Children’s Workshops. Advance Booking essential

Children’s Drumming (Saturday only) 10.30-11.20. Children’s Dance 11.30-12.30.

Children’s Workshops by donation. Come to both as the dance goes with the drumming. Suitable for age 4-10. Venue: Sunshine Room, East Whins, The Park, Findhorn.

Contact Melissa Godbeer for children’s workshop booking only.

Tel. 07788 476230 or email: cyc@findhorn.cc

Special Offer: Book a 2/3 night stay in a caravan at the adjacent Findhorn Bay Holiday Park when you come to see the Indigenous People live in the Universal Hall and get a 15% discount. You must book through their website (click here) and enter the code: africa17 in the ‘voucher code’ box when you book
(Valid 1st /2nd /3rd September 2017)

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ParkFest Ceilidh (participatory dance) Sat 9th Sept, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

As Park of the ParkFest Celebrations on the 9th and 10th Sept, there will be a free ceilidh on Saturday night in the Universal Hall with live music from members of two great Scottish bands – Session A9 and Old Blind Dogs. This will follow a day of delicious food & drink, crafts, live music, woodland activities, comedy & entertainment at different venues all over the Park, Findhorn. The event is a collaboration between The Phoenix Stores, La Bohème, Findhorn Bay Holiday Park, Universal Hall, Findhorn Foundation, Findhorn Hinterland Trust and Moray Art Centre.

Free entry

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October 2017

Reflecting Fridas (storytelling) Wed 25th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The life and work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are the inspiration for this show, created and performed by Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines and forming a part of the Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival. Frida’s loves, injuries and suffering were the subject for her work. She was an exceptional artist and she had a unique life which will be revealed in the story. Ana Maria Lines is a Brazilian storyteller and journalist. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil and her family origins range from African to Brazilian and Portuguese. Please note: this event will be held in the Moray Art Centre near the Universal Hall.

£10/£8 concs /£6 U16s

To buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

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November 2017

The North – Joan Clevillé Dance (dance theatre) Wed. 22nd Nov, 7.30pm

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

After their acclaimed debut Plan B for Utopia, Joan Clevillé Dance return with The North; the bleak yet whimsical story, told in dance, of a young man’s journey in search of meaning in an unpredictable environment. It’s a place we all know, but we have never been… a forest, a desert of ice. The land of ancient gods, wild animals and strange creatures. The home of the Terrible and the Sublime… Joan Clevillé Dance are based in Scotland and create work that challenges the conventional boundaries between dance and theatre. There will be a free post show talk after the performance. Recommended age 11+

“Ridiculously entertaining and chillingly dark… Utterly more-ish” The Herald ★ ★ ★ ★

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

to buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

to see a video click here

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February 2018

Rich Hall’s Hoedown (comedy) Thu 22nd Feb 2018, 7.30pm

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

As Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show rolls into the Universal Hall, there has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You and Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown have built him a new legion of followers, as has appearances on Have I Got News For You and QI. But if you’ve only ever seen Hall on TV, you’ve short-changed yourself. The Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. Rich delivers stand-up, improvised ballads, and cracking good musicianship. A hilarious, foot-stomping, good time is to be had by all. Age advice: 14+

“Blissfully Funny” The Guardian

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March 2018

Freagra (dance) Wed 7th March, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Presented by Rob Heaslip Dance, Freagra is a playful, colourful performance of contemporary dance, suitable for all ages, with universal themes of community, conflict and harmony. Performed by five exceptional dancers, accompanied by an original music score and breathtaking lighting and costume design. “ …by the end of the 50-minute piece, it has become increasingly hard to resist becoming caught up in its every nuanceThe Times ★★★★

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16’s

To buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

 
 
Rob Heaslip Dance – Open Dance Workshop
Tuesday 6 March 2018, 7 – 9pm
Universal Hall, Findhorn
 
Meet and dance with the Rob Heaslip Dance Company in this free workshop for adults of all dancing abilities and experience. Explore identity, choice and consensus through movement, using similar tasks that were used to create the piece “Freagra” (presented at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7 March 2018 at the Universal Hall), providing a deeper insight into the origins and themes of the work.
 
This workshop is free but with limited capacity so booking is essential. Please visit www.bodysurfscotland.co.uk to book online or email info@bodysurfscotland.co.uk
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June 2018

Fred Macaulay ‘30 Years On’ (comedy) Sat 2nd June, 8pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In May 1988, a young(ish) Fred MacAulay made his stand-up debut at the Mayfest ‘So You Think You’re Funny” competition. Much of what Fred talked about that night was about his (very) young family coupled with his wry observations about society and politics. His observations have led him to success on television and radio, in such shows as QI, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week To celebrate his 30 years of stand-up, Fred is back touring. His 2017 stand-up shows were legendary and in many reviews the shows were described simply as “A Masterclass”.

£15/£13 concs

To buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

 

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September 2018

Scotland: The Big Picture (slides and talk) Sun 30th Sept, 2pm

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Pine marten (Martes martes) youngster in pine tree in woodland, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Wester Ross, Scotland, UK

Although it’s easy to be seduced by the beauty of the landscape, Scotland has become one of the most ecologically depleted nations on Earth. A bold vision for the future is slowly emerging – a place where nature works, and crucially, where people prosper. Photographer Peter Cairns of Wild Media Foundation, showcases some of Scotland’s top photographers and their stunning imagery, but also poses an intriguing question: What should Scotland look like? This event is part of the Findhorn Bay Festival.

£10/£8 conc/£5 Under 26s

Tickets from: www.findhornbayfestival.com T: 01309 675333

 

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March 2019

Simon Evans: Genius (Comedy) Tue 26th Mar, doors 7.30pm for 8pm start

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans’. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm… Age guidance 14+ (swearing and adult content)

‘Super-sharp wit’ Time Out

£13 one price plus booking fee.  To book online (10% booking fee) click here

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April 2019

Heroes (aerial dance), Wed 10th April, 7.30pm

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The new aerial dance show from All or Nothing and Room 2 Manoeuvre, Heroes explores the cult of celebrity and the fall from grace, the hidden heroes, superheroes and asks, who do we really, actually look up to? Light hearted with something for all the family, the show mixes aerial skills with dance theatre and contemporary circus.  Asking profound universal questions with humour, straight talking and lots of moving, we follow the journey of the two performers as they navigate their way through the world of idolising and being idolised. Advised age 7+  For details about the associated workshop see below.

£12/10 concs/8 U16’s

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

To see a video trailer click here

WORKSHOP

There will be an Aerial Workshop at Dyke Village Hall Tues 9th April 2019 from 6.30 – 8.00pm

Come and be your own Hero! Fly through the air on aerial hoop with a workshop from the cast of the show. The workshop will focus on aerial hoop and movement from the show and look at the themes surrounding the work. We’ll begin with a warm up on the floor before progressing onto the equipment, learning basic moves and tricks and the odd spin in there too! Suitable for all levels – from the absolute beginner to those more experienced. The workshop is free but participants need to buy an online ticket to the show to book their workshop place.

Please buy ticket here https://www.wegottickets.com/event/460972  and email universalhall@gmail.com to reserve your place

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May 2019

Leah MacRae – My Big Fat Fabulous Diary (comedy) Sat 25th May 2019, 8pm

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control this concert has been cancelled. Online ticket holders will be refunded to the card used for purchase. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack (Comedy) Sun 26th May, doors 7.30pm for 8pm start

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life. Since last touring Scotland, Phill Jupitus has upped sticks and moved here. In this new show SASSY KNACK, Phill shares yarns and thoughts from his time North of Hadrian’s Wall. Adult themes and situations but delivered childishly. Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks. In addition he does live stand up shows all over the UK, and appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC1).  The show is suitable for ages 14+ (language)

“… a true comic talent” Manchester Evening News

£16 plus booking fee

To buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

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June 2019

Mike Dilger: A Wild Time in Scotland – Filming Adventures with The One Show (talk) Thu 13th June, 7pm

Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 An entertaining and informative evening with ecologist, natural history presenter, writer and BBC1 The One Show’s ‘Wild Man’ Mike Dilger! Mike will join us for the opening night of the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival,  to share highlights from over a hundred different trips in and around Scotland, filming everything from Bumblebees to Basking Sharks. Showing clips from some of the best wildlife films he’s made in the area, and he’ll reveal what goes on behind the scenes, spilling the beans on everything you ever wanted to know about his weird and wonderful job but were afraid to ask! This fantastic event is run in partnership with Kendal Mountain Festival, who specialise in bringing adventure stories to life through film and intrepid speakers. We hope you can join us for a one of a kind evening!

£12 adult/ £8 U16’s

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August 2019

Looping – Scottish Dance Theatre (Dance) Sat 31st Aug, 8pm

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

LOOPING: Scotland Overdub is a late-night dance, party, and politics experience where everyone is welcome. Led by the full Scottish Dance Theatre company of dancers and embracing the collective spirit of ceilidh dancing and Brazilian street festivals vibes, LOOPING is an immersive performance-party with a distinctively Scottish edge.
Celebrating individual freedom and the collective right of revolution through text produced in collaboration with acclaimed writer Kieran Hurley and set to a fresh electronic dance score performed live by Torben Lars Sylvest, you are invited to join us on the dance floor for a night out not to be missed!

All ages, genders and abilities welcome. Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility needs.

Please note: there may be loud music/flashing lights in this event.

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) – click here

To see a video trailer of the show click here

Workshop: Universal Hall Dance Studio 4.30 – 6.30pm on Saturday 31st August. Scottish Dance Theatre’s team will lead the pre-show practical workshop, designed to give participants an insight into the concepts of the performance and develop everyone’s engagement in Looping. No dance or theatre experience is required; just a willingness to have fun and try new things. £5 pay on the door but please reserve a place in advance by emailing uhallpromo@gmail.com

 

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September 2019

The Chosen – Company Chordelia (dance) Sat 28th Sept, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Created and directed by Kally Lloyd-Jones, The Chosen is an intensely moving dance piece about dying and embracing the art of living. How do we choose to live in the face of the inevitable and how do we think about the final stage of our life cycle? The Chosen addresses our individual mortality from the shifting perspectives of ourselves and our loved ones. This is the world premiere tour from Scotland’s acclaimed Company Chordelia – the winner of Sunday Herald Culture Awards Best Live Performance. 

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

To buy online (10% booking fee) click here

To see a video click here

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October 2019

Dancers of Damelahamid (indigenous dance) Wed 23rd Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Hailing from British Columbia, The Dancers of Damelahamid are an Indigenous dance company. Their rich history of masked dance inspires a compelling performance, celebrating the diversity and history of the many beautiful Canadian Indigenous cultures. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia, the company transform time and space, bringing the ancient into a living tradition. Running time: 1 hour.

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

To buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

 

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November 2019

Tommy Tiernan – Paddy Crazy Horse (comedy) Fri 1st Nov, 8pm

Friday, November 1, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Back on the road again with his new stand-up show Paddy Crazy Horse, Tommy Tiernan rants and raves, he dances and acts. He mixes a love of comic rebellion and a refusal to be conscripted into a rational view of the world with a deep love for talking and the poetry of everyday speech. Tommy Tiernan is the Star of Channel 4’s hit show Derry Girls and Live at the Apollo (BBC) writes a weekly newspaper column for the Sunday Independent and hosts his own chat show on Ireland’s RTE 1 Age recommendation 15+

“There is a spirituality to Tiernan that makes him stand out.  The church’s loss is comedy’s gain…Imperious”  The Irish Independent 

£20 plus booking fee

To book online click here

To see a video of Tommy click here

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March 2020

Endling (dance, music) Wed 18th March, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This event is now cancelled as a coronavirus prevention measure. See top of our home page.

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May 2020

Aquarela (film and talk) Fri 1st May, 7.30pm

Friday, May 1, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This event is now cancelled as a coronavirus  protection  measure.

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Scottish Dance Theatre – Antigone, Interrupted (dance) Sat 30th May, 7.30pm

Saturday, May 30, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This event is now cancelled as a coronavirus prevention measure. See top of our home page.

 

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October 2020

Tommy Tiernan – Tomfoolery (comedy), November 2021 (day tba)

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

TOMMY TIERNAN – TOMFOOLERY which was scheduled to take place on Saturday October 24th 2020 has now been cancelled. We intend to re-schedule for November 2021 but the exact date is not yet confirmed – check this listing for the new date which we’ll post when we know it.  Purchases through wegottickets.com will be refunded automatically.  If you bought your ticket through Ticketmaster you can either request a refund directly from them, or wait for the new date to be announced and use the original booking for the new date in 2021.

 

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