Fans of the classic sitcom 'Steptoe & Son' loved The Lamproom Theatre Company's production of 'Murder at Oil Drum Lane' in 2013. The two main characters were played by Jonathan Cannon (Harold) and Paul Haley (Albert) - and what a great job they did!
We have been sent some photographs of Lamproom Theatre Company productions by Jonathan Cannon, someone who was first on stage in 1999 and is still part of The Lamproom family 21 years on! Thanks Jonathan - we enjoy the memories - here's to making more in 2021 and for the next 21 years! We start with classic sitcom 'Allo, Allo' in 2005, with a photograph featuring Jonathan, Pat Demetriou, Adrian Ward and Phil Johnson. Enjoy!
Today marks six months since The Lamproom was closed and we began 'The Lamproom Daily' - where does the time go? Sadly, we enter the second six months of closure with no definite plans for re-opening' although we hope to be able to bring some news at the beginning of October - all depending upon what Government guidance dictates - as ever.
In 2019, The Lamproom Theatre Company brought classic farce to the stage with 'Not Now Darling' - it was one of the first productions at The Lamproom twenty one years ago, and was just as well received in 2019 as it was then!
The Lamproom Theatre has a red plaque fixed to the wall on Westgate - do you know what it celebrates? 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the China Inland Mission, which was founded by James Hudson Taylor, a resident of Barnsley who was born in Cheapside in 1832. The China Inland Mission, was one of the largest Christian movements in the world bringing over 800 missionaries to China. Today it continues as Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) after being renamed in 1964. To honour James Hudson Taylor legacy, a trail around Barnsley which features locations associated with his life and family was created. In May 2012 the Hudson Taylor Trail was officially opened, with memorial plaques on the 14 historical locations - The Lamproom was one of them!
As well as missing our comedy at The Lamproom, we are missing drama - once again we SHOULD have been welcoming the lovely Jeffrey Holland this week, with his one-man show 'My Friend Mr Laurel' - we've been trying to arrange this show since we saw it at The Edinburgh Festival some years ago, only to be thwarted at every turn! We'll try again in 2021 and hope to be successful - watch this space!
As we approach Autumn, we are missing our comedy nights at The Lamproom - we SHOULD have been entertained by Manford's Comedy Club and the legendary Billy Pearce during the first two weeks of September - you don't need us to say the rest! Fingers crossed that we will be able to welcome them back very soon - we could all do with a good laugh at the moment!
Back in 1999, one of the first productions that The Lamproom Theatre Company staged was the classic play by Reginald Rose, 'Twelve Angry Men'. It was a huge success and was repeated again as part of the 20th Anniversary year in 2019. Can you remember who the cast were? And who performed in both performances, 20 years apart?
Our very own Jack Land Noble, along with his creative partner Rob Cooper have been working on some new music during lockdown and have just heared the first mix of a very special Coalfield Symphony song; extraordinary... heart-rending... soul-stirring! 💚
Back in 2014 The Lamproom Musical Theatre Company performed 'Jesus Christ Superstar', ten years after it had originally been performed in Barnsley. Nicholas Gillott played Jesus, and what a fantastic job he did - it's a very demanding role, but he rose to the challenge - as did the rest of the cast.
Did you, or someone you know who started out at The Lamproom during our last 21 years, go on to bigger and better things? Please contact us to let us know your connection with The Lamproom and what you are doing now - we'd love to hear from you and share our success stories with the world! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with information - we can't wait to her from you.
The wonderful Ingrid Kellock entertained audiences at The Lamproom in June last year with her alter-ego Pearl Singer - what a fantastic voice! This one-woman show was a huge hit and we can't wait for Pearl to come back with more of her comedy and songs.
During our enforced closure, work has been taking place to install a new stage at The Lamproom. The stage is complete and work is now taking place to ensure that the wing-space is ship-shape, so that, as soon as we are able to open - we are ready!
Breakthrough Theatre brought a fantastic one-woman show to The Lamproom in 2019 - direct from it’s West End run - a brand new, one-woman show that follows the dark and thrill-filled life of the iconic Marilyn Monroe.
There's a lovely article by The Barnsley Chronicle on their 'We Are Barnsley' website today. A shout-out to the LMTC social media team (who are NOT writing this 😂!!!) for their hard work keeping us entertained us during lockdown. Please keep liking, reacting and sharing our posts to ensure the posts keep being seen.
In 2016, The Lamproom Musical Theatre Company brought 'Sister Act' to Barnsley for the first time. The stage musical of the film starring Whoopie Goldberg was a Box Office smash and starred the wonderful Janine Dyer in the lead role of Deloris Van Carter - she was outstanding and Lamproom audiences were indeed privileged to hear such a fantastic voice.,
The draw for The Lamproom 100 Club was made yesterday and the winner of the monthly £100 prize is Mr Stuart Bostwick of Barnsley. The winning number was 46. Congratulations to Stuart - enjoy your winnings!
Fans of 'Britain's Got Talent' will soon see comedian Steve Royle in the final - he'll be winging his way to Barnsley next year to perform at The Lamproom in 'The Lamproom Laughs Out Loud' - when tickets go on sale, make sure you get yours! Steve is a 'class act' - and is sure to make us all 'Laugh Out Loud' in 2021!
The Public Campaign for the Arts have launched The Arts Map, available now at CampaignForTheArts.org/Map, which enables anyone to find and support arts companies near them. The Lamproom Theatre invites UK arts organisations big or small in the Yorkshire and Humberside area to add themselves to the Map, and to share updates as they try to recover from the impacts of Covid-19. Funded entirely by donations, the Map offers a real-time, national and local picture of arts organisations’ recovery status. Users can search the Map by their postcode; check the status of local companies; send messages of support by video, audio or written text; and offer financial support by making a donation. Over time, as stories and messages are added, it will prove the value of the arts to people and places across the UK. Ongoing impacts of Covid-19 mean that the survival of the UK’s globally-renowned arts industry is still not secure, despite the Government’s unprecedented investment of £1.57bn in the cultural and heritage sectors. The theatre industry alone has lost as much as £600m of box office revenue since venues were ordered to close on 20th March. This is why, alongside the Arts Map, the Public Campaign for the Arts have launched a petition calling on the Government to support the arts in every community during the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review. The Lamproom Theatre invites you to join us in urging the public to sign this petition in hope of creating positive change. Sign at: www.campaignforthearts.org/petitions/support-the-arts-in-every-community/
In June 2019 The Lamproom welcomed Julian Dutton, with his one-man show ' Do You Think That's Wise' - a tour-de-force celebrating the life of John Le Mesurier - star of 'Dad's Army' and many other shows throughout his long career. The evening was full of nostalgia and comedy - we would highly recommend seeing Julian become John Le Mesurier if you ever get the chance!