Square Chapel Centre for the Arts Season

These are just a few highlights from a packed season, full details of the new Square Chapel Centre for the Arts programme can be seen on the website www.squarechapel.co.uk

Square Chapel Centre for the Arts Season

A fun-packed season of shows to enjoy from April through to August at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts


  • Our younger audience can enjoy some magical Easter treats


  • A brilliant selection of comedy; from razor sharp stand-up to hilarious theatre


  • Poignant and thought provoking performances


  • Breathtaking dance and a great variety of music to suit all moods and tastes


We’ll soon be putting the clocks forward and saying farewell to darker evenings. As we look forward to a fun-packed spring and summer, we’ve an exciting season of shows at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts (Halifax). From razor sharp comedy, enchanting family shows and powerful Theatre to music to suit most tastes, there’s a great variety of live entertainment to keep all ages entertained.

Highlights include Vamos Theatre’s heartfelt production Nursing Lives’ and the hilariously funny ‘Waiting for Stanley’. In May there’s two evenings of poetry with the brilliant ‘Luke Wright’ and later that same month ‘An Evening of Poetry with Mike Harding’. There’s fantastic comedy with Sony Gold award winner ‘Robin Ince’ and a new show from the hilarious ‘Mitch Benn’.  Plus the explosive ‘Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers’ bring their incredible show to Square Chapel in June.

Children & families

This Easter we have the enchanting ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ on Thursday 2 April and on Saturday 4 April classic barnyard tales are brought to life with puppetry, music and cooking in ‘Chicken Licken’. Ideal for under 5s there’s the beautiful ‘Where Caterpillars Go’ on Sunday 24 May.



On Thursday 2 April Box Tale Soup present their chilling new adaptation of M.R. James’ classic thriller ‘Casting the Runes’. One of the UK’s best full mask theatre companies Vamos Theatre present ‘Nursing Lives’ on Sunday 12 April, and then physical comedy, clowning and puppetry combine to paint a picture of how life was for Britain’s women during the war in the emotional ‘Waiting for Stanley’ on Sunday 26 April. Hotbuckle productions bring to life Austen’s most personal novel in ‘Persuasion’ on Friday 22 May, and taking the audience on a heartbreaking yet very funny journey Paines Plough presents ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ on Sunday 7 June.



Percussive fingerstyle master ‘Preston Reed’, brings his unique music skills to Square Chapel on Sunday 19 April and for a music recital with a difference Will Pickvance performs his sell-out Edinburgh Fringe Show ‘Anatomy of the Piano’ on Saturday 2 May. Contemporary ragtime and roots band ‘My Sweet Patootie’ make a welcome return on Sunday 24 May, as do ‘Sweet Baby James’ with their soulful and sensitive performance of the music of James Taylor on Friday 26 June. With an explosive and dynamic performance ‘The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers’ perform on Thursday 4 June. The world of music and dance combine in the stunning ‘Russian Gypsy Soul’ on Thursday 30 April and then in ‘Jaleo Flamenco’ on Sunday 14 June – a mesmerising spectacle which encapsulates the essence of flamenco.



On Saturday 11 April Peter Gill and Andy Meller perform some of the best sketches and songs from the catalogue of two of America’s greatest satirists of the 50s and 60s in ‘An Evening with the humour of Bob Newhart and Tom Lehrer’. Sony Gold award winner and three times Chortle award winner ‘Robin Ince’ presents his new show ‘Blooming Buzzing Confusion’ on Saturday 9 May, and armed with sharp wit and a few songs ‘Mitch Benn’ is in town on Saturday 13 June.



Following ‘Essex Lion’ the fantastic Luke Wright’ is back at Square Chapel with his new show ‘Stay-at-Home Dandy’ on Friday 8 May. Then on Saturday 23 May the “Grandfather of Folk” ‘Mike Harding’ performs an ‘An Evening of Poetry’.



Northern Accent presents a wonderful evening of words and wildlife with author and photographer Andrew Fusek Peters in ‘Nature Writing on Wednesday 22 April. Reading from his acclaimed wild-swimming memoir ‘Dip’ and accompanied by stunning projections this will be a fascinating evening.


The Grand Budapest Hotel

For one night only on Friday 19 June the stunning Square Chapel will be transformed into ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, with a screening of Wes Andersen’s latest masterpiece, live European folk music, charming waltzes and quirky canapés. A fundraiser for Square Chapel’s Cornerstone campaign.


These are just a few highlights from a packed season, full details of the new Square Chapel Centre for the Arts programme can be seen on the website www.squarechapel.co.uk

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