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Brewery Arts

122A Highgate, KENDAL, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
01539 725 133

What's On Highlights

Melanie Baker
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Indie-folk artist Melanie Baker, hailing from the Lake District, isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve. Her direct and honest lyricism capture themes such as falling in and out of love, self-reflection and the anxieties of modern life.

Her captivating live set has been refined over years of performing and since playing her first solo gigs as a teenager, she has gone onto support the likes of dodie, Tessa Violet, Maisie Peters and Will Varley.

Her two self-released EPs “Dreamer” (2018) and “Broken” (2020) have organically amassed over a million streams on Spotify alone and received radio play from BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 1.

Reflecting on her songwriting process, Melanie says “I write about what I know and how I feel, if other people can relate to that then sharing those songs feels like an integral part of the process.” At just 22 years old, Melanie’s fearless vulnerability allows her music to cut to the chase of raw and relatable human experiences.

Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £10 | Malt Room Cabaret

Propellor – Flight
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Propellor are a 12-piece ensemble of soaring strings, ambient guitar, double percussion and otherworldly winds, directed by Kendal’s own Jack McNeill.

Flight is their latest large-scale production tracing the connections between music, birds, humans and the science in between. This is a collaboration with one of the UK’s leading authors on nature Mark Cocker and a host of incredible writers, artists and musicians.

Doors 6.45pm | Tickets £12.50 | Theatre

The Billy Joel ALBUMS SHOW starring Elio Pace and his Band
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The ALBUMS SHOW is BACK… for a FOURTH time!
TWO MORE classic Billy Joel albums performed in their entirety… in ONE sensational show.

Following the incredible success of the previous three ALBUMS SHOWtours, the award winning Elio Pace and his amazing band return in October 2022, this time performing two more Billy Joel classic albums in their entirety, THE BRIDGE and TURNSTILES.

Doors 7pm | Tickets £32 | Theatre

National Theatre Live – Jack Absolute Flies Again
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From the writer of One Man, Two Guvnors comes a hilarious new play, set in 1940s British summertime.

After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to rejoin his fearless young Hurricane squadron at RAF Fontwell. Once back on British soil, Jack is shocked to find his old flame, Lydia, on the base. He sets his sights on winning her heart, but with turbulence and hilarity never far away, his advances quickly turn to anarchy.

Emily Burns directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals, featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin and Kelvin Fletcher.

Written by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris | Based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals

Starts 7pm | Tickets £15.50 | Conc. £13.50 | Recorded Screening | Screen One

Father Earth – A Documentary Feature Film + Live Q&A
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Father Earth is the true story of one man’s attempt to help save the planet, by converting a derelict church on the Orkney Isles into an eco friendly recording studio. It’s also a fascinating study of a psychological power struggle between a character comedian – Graham Fellows, and his long-standing creation – John Shuttleworth.

Father Earth is also about family relationships – specifically between fathers and sons – and it explores the paradox: how in the battle against extinction we are often distracted by personal and family issues, as they appear more important and pressing than the future of the planet.

Cinema | (12A) | 83 minutes |
7th October 20:30
After the screening there will be an informal Q&A with Graham Fellows (AKA John Shuttleworth)

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Attention Humans! This is HENGE.

We are not from this world.

We bring you music from distant planets.

We offer this gift for the edification of humankind… so that eventually your species may put an end to war and set up new homes in space.

Extra-terrestrial joymongers – HENGE – have been delighting audiences in the UK and Europe since they landed on Planet Earth seven years ago. Their scintillating live performances earned them ‘Best Live Act’ at the Independent Festival Awards and they have since cemented their reputation with two acclaimed albums, numerous tours and regular main-stage festival appearances.

Matinee Doors 3pm | Evening show Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £12.50 | Family of 4 £40 | Malt Room Standing

Andy Irvine
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Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as “a tradition in himself.” Musician, singer and songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career. From Sweeney’s Men in the mid-60s to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s, his duo with Paul Brady in the later 70s, and Patrick Street to Mozaik, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.
As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie.
Ever the man for new pastures, in the last decade, Andy has played concerts in Moscow, Mexico City, Newfoundland, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua as well as undertaking extensive tours of Japan, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Argentina and Chile. He now brings his tour to Kendal.

Music | 12th October | Tickets £20.50 | Theatre | Doors 7.30pm

Hannah Moule & The Moulettes
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Now embarking on the biggest musical adventure in their career so far, Hannah Moule & the band are continuing to challenge expectations with this extraordinary project. In place of a fifth album, Xenolalia is 55 pieces of music; a set of songs about communication told 5 ways for 5 ensembles: Strings, Horns, A Cappella, Electronica & Electric. An experiment in composition, collaboration & production, with full access to the project through Patreon.

Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £17.50 | Support Blythe Pepino (Mesadorm) | Theatre

Jason Byrne
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Jason Byrne has not only had his heart unblocked and been given a new lease of life, but his whole career has been unblocked too! The constipation of Covid has been cleared, live entertainment has been colonically irrigated and readied up for us all. The bans from social media platforms have been lifted and Jason is back dishing up platters of fun to everyone.

Join Jason Byrne live on stage as he unleashes what he does best. Guaranteed pure and utter UNBLOCKED joy and laughter.

This guarantee is not guaranteed.

Starts 8pm | Tickets £20 | Theatre

From The Fields Presents Dreadzone
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Fast approaching their 30th anniversary, Dreadzone are an unstoppable force who have long been, and still are, one of the best live bands around with a loyal and ever growing fanbase due in part to their storming and energetic live shows.
Dreadzone have been releasing albums and progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub since their inception in 1993. Dreadzone opened the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 1994 and began to bring their unique blend of electro, dub and reggae to a wider audience, going on to chart several singles including their Top 20 hit ‘Little Britain’.
Their last studio album ‘Dread Times’, released on their own Dubwiser label, stormed into the Top 40 UK Official Album Charts on release – the first time the band have charted in over 20 years.

Music | Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £23 | Malt Room Standing | Age 14+

Thea Gilmore + Support
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After the success of her first ever solo tour in 2021, Thea Gilmore is back with an eagerly anticipated new set of live dates in October and November.

A formidable performer on stage, Thea is among the finest singer songwriters of her generation, a frank and fearless pursuer of home truths who has constantly adapted to remain relevant in the fickle, forever changing music industry. And done so on her own terms.

Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £19 | Theatre

Wishbone Ash
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The classic rock bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s enjoy a unique place in popular musical history. The Beatles had gone their separate ways, Britain had already experienced the Blues Boom, and Psychedelia had made its impact. The creative possibilities were infinite. Wishbone Ash embarked on the nascent Progressive Rock scene in 1969, taking full advantage of a fertile musical environment where they produced a distinctive brand of melodic rock. Inspired equally by British folk traditions and American jazz and R&B, the group
played to public and critical acclaim.

Starts 8pm | Tickets £25.50 | Theatre

Keeley Forsyth
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Keeley Forsyth is a composer, singer and actor from Oldham in the north-west of England.

Built upon sparse arrangements, Keeley Forsyth’s music is centred around a singular, emotionally raw and magnetic vocal delivery, by turns devastating and uplifting. The characters who populate her songs tell stories of the high and low tides; of freedom and entrapment, of hard-won triumphs and the darker corners of domestic life.

Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £14.50 | + Support | Theatre

Luke Wright
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John Cooper Clarke’s regular warm-up guy writes poems that are tender, riotous, caustic and romantic then delivers them with the ferocity and panache of a raconteur at the top of his game.

This is an ALL-NEW show with deliciously funny poems set against a backdrop of of pandemic politics, ageing parents, and an endless, droning culture war.

WINNER Stage Award
Presenter of Contains Strong Language Live (BBC Radio 4)

“Luke Wright is one of the greats. A poetic pugilist. Beguiling and hypnotic.” Carl Bara^t

“His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour.” The Guardian

“Fierce, wistful, romantic and witty. A sensational hour of poetry.” ????? The Stage

Starts 8.15pm | Tickets £12.50 | Malt Room Cabaret Seating

Nick Sharratt’s Halloween Drawalong
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Join much-loved children’s author and illustrator Nick Sharratt for a special Halloween-themed drawalong. He’ll be sketching gently spooky characters from a selection of his fun-filled picture books, including the hugely popular ‘You Choose’, ‘Shark in the Park’ and ‘Pants’ series. And you can draw along with him!

Nick has illustrated over 300 books and has worked with top authors including Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen and Kes Gray. He’s also the illustrator of Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s phenomenally successful children’s novels. Nick’s been awarded a gold Blue Peter badge too!

This event is ideal for Nick’s younger fans. Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on.

Starts 2pm | Tickets £9 | Theatre

Nosferatu 100th Anniversary Screening with Live Piano Score
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2022 brings the centenary of the most influential horror film of all time, as we welcome back classic pianist Tony Judge, with an exclusive original score, played on the Brewery’s own Steinway Piano.

In 1922 one film changed cinema and defined screen terror. 100 years later, it continues to haunt and terrify audiences. 2022 brings the centenary of the most influential horror film of all time. The turning point in the career of legendary director F.W. Murnau (Sunrise, The Last Laugh), the screen’s first, albeit unauthorised adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (which itself celebrates its 125th Anniversary this year) features Max Schreck’s unforgettable performance as the vampire Count Orlok, the most chilling portrayal of cadaverous evil in film history. Although a court order to destroy the film was successfully brought by Stoker’s widow, some copies escaped, and subsequently gave the 20th century some of its defining images of supernatural terror and dread.

Cinema | (PG) | 94 minutes |
29th October 20:00
Starts 8pm | Tickets £8.50 | Conc. £7.50 | U25s £6| Theatre

Tankus The Henge
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Tankus the Henge have built their reputation on exceptional songwriting, spectacular live performances and relentless hard work, playing hundreds of shows across Europe and building a devoted fan base along the way.

Their funk-fuelled repertoire is wildly eclectic, ranging from New Orleans-inspired swing to heavy rock riffs, and since their beginnings in the ratty alleyways of London’s Soho, the band has evolved into a wild groove machine.

Musically inspired by bands from the British invasion of the sixties and artists such as Tom Waits, Blur, Randy Newman and Queens of the Stone Age, and with lyrics influenced by 20th Century American Literature, specifically the Beat Generation and Gonzo journalism, Tankus the Henge defy categorisation. Their hair-raising show, like no other, has to be seen and heard to be believed. Like a psychedelic, rock-n-roll octopus – only with four more legs.

“Like The Clash from New Orleans” Nikolaj Torp Larsen – The Specials

Tankus The Henge
Music |
29th October
Doors 8pm | Tickets: £18 | Malt Room Standing

Vincent Dance Theatre: Hold Tight
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Home is where our story begins. It’s not always a place – it’s a condition, a feeling, a sense of connection. It forms who we are and how we move through the world. Hold Tight explores the impact of separation on family relationships and how abrupt change and adverse childhood experiences impact on young people, their behaviour and their sense of identity, especially children taken into care.

With two teenagers and four adults on stage and testimonies from care-experienced young people embedded in the work, VDT’s production explores home, family and belonging and considers how, when we long for intimacy and connection, sometimes we just have to Hold Tight.

Vincent ‘explores the visceral emotional labour involved in surviving – and creating – home.’ The Psychologist, In Loco Parentis, 2020

Directed & Designed by Charlotte Vincent
Composed by Jules Maxwell

Starts 8pm | Tickets £14 | Conc. £11 | Theatre | Age guidance 14+

Stereo Naked
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Stereo Naked consist of bass, banjo, and vocal harmonies. Restless and soulful, the band have made themselves at home on the road, tallying up a marathon’s worth of concerts and tours since releasing their debut album “Roadkill Highway”. The mixture of folk and indie in their musical palette has created a dappled scene. Feminine charm mingles with a dash of dark cynicism, while yodelling odes tell tales of uncertain love and there’s a simple honesty to it all.

Each song is a small handmade story that never loses its plot, inviting the listener to stay with each phrase.

Stereo Naked has pulled off a cunning trick: repackaging their shared passion for Bluegrass, to take it out of its niche and use it to captivate a wider audience. What’s more, they’ve done it while filling out the genre with their own special magic, all pithy charm and intricate empathy.

Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £12.50 | Support Rain of Animals | Malt Room

Clinton Baptiste vs Ramone
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As featured in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights…it’s Clinton Baptiste – and his arch psychic enemy Ramone from the massively popular Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast

Communicating with the Afterlife? What could be more mind expanding?!

The public are rightly hypnotised by mere mortals with extra-sensoryability and Britain is honoured to have spawned two of the most gifted mystics in the world, the coiffured titans of the Unknown – Clinton Baptiste and Ramone Tamine.

Clinton Baptiste is the notorious clairvoyant medium psychic who bravely tells the punters what the spirits are saying… whether the recipient is willing to hear the bald truth or not. Ramone is a Scottish soothsayer and spirit-channeller from the Caledonian cabaret circuit. His expertise in the Dark Arts is surpassed only in the dexterity of his cutting Glaswegian bitchiness.

Start 7.30pm | Tickets £25.50 | Theatre | Age 14+ | On general sale 10 Dec, 10am

Morgan & West- Unbelievable Science
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Morgan & West present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology in this fun for all the family science extravaganza!

Magicians, time travellers and all-round spiffing chaps Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bona fide, legitimately qualified scientists, and now are bringing their love of enlightenment to the stage!

Expect explosive thrills, chemical spills and a risk assessment that gives their stage manager chills, all backed up by the daring duo’s trademark wit, charm and detailed knowledge of the scientific method. Leave your lab coats at the door it’s time for Unbelievable Science!

On TV Morgan & West have fooled Penn & Teller (Fool Us ITV 1), competed to be the Next Great Magician (ITV 1), and even attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC).

Please note: Morgan & West take full responsibility for any horizons broadened, passions enflamed or minds blown during the course of the show.

Starts 7pm | Tickets £10 | Theatre |
Age guidance 6+

The Northern Soultrain
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Now in their fourteenth year as the UK’s leading Northern Soul band, THE NORTHERN SOULTRAIN return to Kendal for what promises to be yet another big soul party courtesy of Lancashire’s Number one soul band! This nine piece freight train of a soul band had already been filling dance halls and dance floors with their powerful live shows when in 2013 the band decided to focus almost exclusively on Northern Soul. Since then the band have gone from strength to strength gaining high praise from venues, festivals, promoters and audiences all over the country.

Fronted by their charismatic and energetic lead singer David John Jaggs, the group also present the sounds of the ‘Union Pacific Horns’ and one of the tightest and driving rhythms sections currently on the soul scene! “We always have great gigs in Cumbria and the Brewery Arts Centre is right up there with the best of them.

Doors 8pm | Tickets £13.50 | Malt Room Standing | + Support

Matt Deighton
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Matt Deighton’s stunning discography is an undiscovered island inhabited by a human being everyone wants to love and protect from the world around him. Matt’s is a story of genuinely great musicianship and songwriting; but most of all, of the beauty and fragility of one of Britain’s greatest lost talents and how life around him has sometimes shaped a fate beyond his control; but who has come back with something more beautiful every time the storm abated.

Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £18.50 | Theatre

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Ground-breaking, chart-topping, genre-bending, globetrotting, instantly enthralling… it’s little wonder that Talisk rank highly amongst the most in-demand folk-based groups to emerge from Scotland in the last decade and more.

Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018), Graeme Armstrong and Benedict Morris (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019) fuse concertina, guitar and fiddle to produce a truly innovative, multi-layered signature that has captivated audiences around the globe. At its core, three seemingly acoustic instruments – but in the hands of three master craftsmen; one unmistakable, bold sound and a captivating live show.

Alongside extensive touring, Talisk have stacked up major awards for their explosively energetic, artfully woven sound – including Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and the Belhaven Bursary for Innovation.

Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £16.50 | Theatre

The Lancashire Hotpots
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The Lancashire Hotpots are back with a bang on their Top Of The Pots tour. Celebrating 15 years of fun, Bernard and the boys are here for a rumbustious night of fun playing all your Hotpot favourites: I Fear Ikea, Egg, Sausage, Chips & Beans and of course Chippy Tea! Strap yourself in for an unbeatable night of music and laughs with The Lancashire Hotpots!

“Blooming brilliant” Zoe Ball, BBC Radio 2

“St Helens’ finest…they’ll bring a smile to your face” Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music

“Beautifully observed, wickedly catchy songs”

Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £17.50 | OTD £19.50 | Malt Room Standing

The Seals
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he Seals are an energetic 5-piece guitar band from Cumbria with over 18 years live experience playing together.

The band are talented, professional musicians with a super cool set list and a solid reputation for delivering a huge sound and explosive live show you won’t forget.

The Seals will be performing a legendary set of classic songs picked from 6 decades of great music bringing a powerful, authentic live band experience!

You will most definitely need your dancing shoes – party on!!

Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £10 | OTD £12 | Malt Room Standing

Tom Stade: The High Road
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With impeccable style, and his usual sense of mischief, the Canadian comedy legend goes to places that others dare not tread. Join this hilarious trip as Tom Stade travels the High Road…

As seen on Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, BBC One’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The John Bishop Show, Live at the Apollo and much more…

Starts 8pm | Tickets £19 | Theatre | Age guidance strictly 16+

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle
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John Doyle, John McCusker and Michael McGoldrick first crossed paths as teenagers. Quarter of a century later, the fired-up folk live-wires are set to celebrate their friendship, and musical kinship, with their first studio album, The Wishing Tree. A thrilling trip through traditional, contemporary and original jigs, reels, ballads and more, it sees them branch out musically, while tracing the roots of their tunes, and acquaintance.
All three retain their youthful excitement for making records and life on the road. “The whole thing’s great fun,” McCusker nods. “We have no agenda other than having a nice time and playing music. That’s the way we tour as well – we throw ourselves in a little car, instruments on our laps, and off we go. And the record? Well, I hope it’s the sound of three old friends, having a great time, making music together.”

Music | Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £20.50 | Conc. £16 | OTD £22 | Theatre

Fleetwood Bac
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Fleetwood Bac are the world’s first and best Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself, the only Mac tribute to authentically replicate the classic ‘Rumours’ line-up. Over the last few years they have received rave reviews wowing audiences as far afield as Dubai, St. Tropez, the Cayman Islands and Monte Carlo, and twice selling out the world-famous Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

Fleetwood Bac have also been rated by The Times newspaper as one of the U.K.’s top five tributes, alongside The Bootleg Beatles, Bjorn Again and the Counterfeit Stones.

Fans include original Mac bassist and biographer Bob Brunning, who joined the band several times on stage, and Peter Green’s official biographer Martin Celmins.

The Fleetwood Bac show focuses on the ‘Rumours’ era of the band (still the 5th biggest-selling album of all time). It also features several songs from the Peter Green days, plus some of Stevie’s biggest solo hits.

Doors 8pm | Tickets £20.50 | Malt Room Standing


Kendal is a short distance from the West Coast Main Line railway station at Oxenholme. The Lakes Line (branch line) connects to Kendal railway station which is with vin easy walking distance of the Brewery. There are taxis and regular buses from Oxenholme Railway Station to Kendal town centre and the Brewery (approx 5 minutes journey).


The theatre has a 65 space car park operated by South Lakeland District Council.

Blue badges holders can park Free of charge for 3 hours.


The Foyer Café is a meeting place for artists, audiences and anyone seeking somewhere to feel at home, to relax, to eat, to drink, to read or to share thoughts, ideas and time with friends and colleagues.


Brewery Arts dining offer presents lovingly made dishes from top quality locally sourced produce. Expect a warm welcome and exceptional service in a spacious new Restaurant & Bar. The family-friendly surroundings make this one of Kendal's most popular places to meet.


The Bar and restaurant specialise in superb cask ales from around the UK and serves a wide selection of interesting bottled beers along with a variety of wines, spirits and soft drinks. Both venues have a bustling, off-beat atmosphere and should be part of any night out in Kendal.

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Since 1972 Brewery Arts has hosted thousands of exciting and vibrant artistic events with many famous names gracing the stages of the Malt Room and Theatre performance spaces. The Brewery has also evolved to become one of the most important education centres for the arts in the North West with an extensive programme of arts based learning for youth and adult learners.

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