New season springs into life at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre

Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre has a spectacular programme of films, live screenings, music and events as part of its spring season – beginning with Oscar-nominated movie The Revenant (1 March).

As starkly beautiful as it is harshly uncompromising, with a truly memorable performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as legendary American frontiersman Hugh Glass, the film is a survival and revenge tale inspired by true events.

Guiding a party of fur trappers in the uncolonised wilderness of the 1823 Northern Plains, Glass is attacked by a grizzly bear and left for dead hundreds of miles from civilisation, but not before witnessing his son’s murder.

Other film highlights include the lovingly recreated big screen adaptation of classic television sitcom Dad’s Army (16-18 March; 9 April); Spotlight – the story of a Boston newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning exposure of wrongdoing in the Catholic Church (11, 15 March) – and the Coen Brothers yet-to-be-released comedy Hail Caesar!, starring George Clooney (12, 13, 16 April).

Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre’s very successful Live Screenings also continue with the much-awaited English National Opera Encore Screening of The Mikado on 9 March, together with Hangmen, an award-winning National Theatre production of a deeply funny play starring David Morrissey (3 March). Also, not to be missed is Giselle from the Royal Opera House (6 April), the ultimate romantic classic ballet brought perfectly to the stage by Peter Wright.

The live productions also bring two wonderful children’s treats to the stage for Easter. Stig of the Dump, by London Contemporary Theatre (16 April), arrives nearly 50 years since Stig and Barney’s adventures first saw the light of day, but this timeless children’s classic remains as charming and entertaining as ever. Then on 8 April, Rumpelstiltskin is presented by Ripstop Theatre and Norwich Puppet Theatre – a woolly wonderland of a show with spinning, weaving, lively puppetry, music and storytelling.

For adults, there is a real treat with Maddy Prior In Concert (7 April). A true legend of British folk music, Maddy will perform the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe in her own unique style together with her new musical partners Giles Lewin (Carnival Band) and young accordion player Hannah James.

On 20 May, and not for the faint-hearted, Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre has the mesmerising two-hour audio-visual show, The World’s Worst Serial Killers by Trevor Marriot, a retired Bedfordshire Police detective, famed for his work exploring Jack the Ripper.

To see what else is instore you can view the full listings, plus find and book tickets at www.leightonbuzzardlibrarytheatre.co.uk, or by phone on 0300 300 8125. Booking fees apply at £1 per ticket.

Customers can also book tickets on the free mobile app which can be downloaded by searching for ‘Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre’ via either the iTunes app store or Google Play.
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The Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre box office is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, plus 45 minutes prior to all performances.

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