The Real Ken Dodd, The Man I Loved

An exclusive documentary film revealing for the first time the private man behind Britain’s greatest comic genius.
Not yet broadcast and produced over four years with full access from Ken’s widow Lady Dodd, the film takes an in-depth look into Doddy’s private world, exploring the many secrets of his comic talent, revealing never-before-seen home videos, stage performances and extracts from some of the thousands of Ken’s diary notebooks which he’s asked his wife to burn after his death.
Wrestling with her conscience for quite some time, Lady Dodd finally agrees with entertainment historians, museum curators and many of Ken’s admirers like Harry Hill, Lee Mack, Miriam Margolyes Paul O’Grady, Johnny Vegas, and Sir Ian McKellen to preserve Doddy’s notebooks for posterity.

Unseen Cinema – Blood Tea and Red String

Blood Tea and Red String – with live musical accompaniment performed by Rosie Brownhill

Blood Tea and Red String is a surreal handmade stop-motion fairy tale for adults created and animated entirely by director Christiane Cegavske over a period of 13 years. It tells the story of aristocratic white mice who commission gentle oak dwelling artisans to create a doll for them. When the Oak Dwellers fall in love with the doll they refuse to give her up. Resorting to thievery, the jilted mice abscond with her in the middle of the night. The Oak Dwellers must journey through their mystical and dangerous land to reclaim their love.

The film is dialogue-free, which has enabled it to reach audiences worldwide and allows viewers to find their own interpretations of the story. This special screening will include a live musical accompaniment by Rosie Brownhill, a folk and traditional inspired multi-instrumentalist from Staffordshire. Rosie will be accompanying the film with new musical material, playing a mixture of instruments including penny whistles, finger style guitar, and chord organ.

 

Classic Film Afternoon – The Seven Year Itch

When his family go away for the summer a hitherto faithful husband with an overactive imagination is tempted by a beautiful neighbour.

Mind you, the neighbour is Marilyn Monroe in one of her most famous roles . . !

Includes a hot drink and a cake and a cake from our theatre cafe. Food served from 12noon, film starts at 1.00pm.

£6.00 per ticket, £10.00 for two.

Classic Film Afternoon – East of Eden

Join us for our legendary Classic Film Afternoons; a hot drink, a cake and great movie, all for just £6.00 (£10.00 for two).

Two brothers in 1910s California struggle to maintain their strict, Bible-toting father’s favor as an old secret about their long-absent mother comes to light.

Classic Film Afternoon – Carry On Cleo

Join us for our legendary Classic Film Afternoons; a hot drink, a cake and great movie, all for just £6.00 (£10.00 for two).

Two Britons, Hengist and Horsa, are captured and enslaved by invading Romans and taken to Rome. One of their first encounters in Rome leaves Hengist being mistaken for a fighter, and gets drafted into the Royal Guard to protect Caesar. That all sounds quite serious doesn’t it. It really isn’t. All together now: Infamy, infamy..!

Classic film Afternoon – Kramer Vs Kramer

Join us for our legendary Classic Film Afternoons; a hot drink, a cake and great movie, all for just £6.00 (£10.00 for two).

After his wife leaves him, a work obsessed Manhattan advertising executive is forced to learn long-neglected parenting skills, but a heated custody battle over the couple’s young son deepens the wounds left by the separation.

Classic Film Afternoon – Pink Panther Strikes Again

Join us for our legendary Classic Film Afternoons; a hot drink, a cake and great movie, all for just £6.00 (£10.00 for two).

After escaping from an insane asylum the bonkers Charles Dreyfus sends 26 assassins on the trail of the forever bumbling Inspector Clouseau.

Classic Film Afternoon – Viva Las Vegas

Join us for our legendary Classic Film Afternoons; a hot drink, a cake and great movie, all for just £6.00 (£10.00 for two).

A race-car driver preparing for the Grand Prix wiles his time in Las Vegas working as a waiter to pay for his new engine and soon strikes up a romance with a beautiful young woman.

Classic Film Afternoon – What’s Up Doc?

Join us for our legendary Classic Film Afternoons; a hot drink, a cake and great movie, all for just £6.00 (£10.00 for two).

The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.

Classic Film Afternoon – Wuthering Heights

Get a hot drink, a cake and a classic film all for just £6.00 (£10.00 for two).

Emily Brontë’s timeless tale of love and passion comes alive in this stirring film version starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes.