It’s a true palace of varieties at Lowther in 2015

Roger McCann, manager of Lowther Pavilion
Roger McCann, manager of Lowther Pavilion

Something for everybody – and some surprises.

That how manager Roger McCann sums up what promises to be a particularly exciting year at Lowther Pavilion.

With comedian Milton Jones’ appearance next month already a sellout and singer Barbara Dickson’s March concert and Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovelev’s appearance in June well on the way to full houses, business has been brisk at the box office – and there are plenty of other shows over the coming months which promise to bring audiences flocking to the Lytham theatre.

“We are very excited about what promises to be a great year,” said Roger, who took over as manager in November.

There is an appealing mix of musical star names, personality speakers, amateur and professional drama and musical productions and even the return of professional wrestling to the West Beach venue for the first time in a decade.

Among the musical stars lined-up for Lowther are Jacqui Dankworth, vocalist daughter of Cleo Liane and John Dankworth, Jim Cregan, long-time collaborator with Rod Stewart, who are at the venue in March, The Blues Band, who make a return appearance in April, David Knopfler, former member of Dire Straits, who will take to the stage in May, Cheryl, Mike and Jay of former Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz, who come to Lytham in June and 60s legends The Searchers and 70s chart-toppers Showaddywaddy, in town in June and July respectively. Joe Longthorne, whose pre-Christmas date was postponed because of illness, is now due to take the Lowther stage on Thursday, February 5.

Golf commentator supreme Peter Alliss is back at Lowther in March after selling out his previous two appearances, while other star speakers including former BBC News reporter and one-time MP Martin Bell, also at the theatre in March and TV historian David Starkey, on stage in April.

The students of Arnold King Edward and Queen Mary School kick off another eventful year of amateur performances with their presentation of Sweeney Todd The Musical beginning on January 29, while other productions to follow include Billy Liar by the Fylde Coast Players in March, The Full Monty by Lytham Operatic Society and Abigail’s Party by the Anonymous Players, both in April. Little Shop of Horrors by Clifton Academy in May and Carousel by St Annes Operatic and Dramatic Society in June.

Megaslam Wrestling bring their family-friendly two hour bill of non-stop action to Lowther in February, April, July and August.

A string of daytime events will include a Fylde Community Showcase next month along with monthly antique fairs, while prime among the surprises is a free comedy show next month by American funnyman Lewis Schaffer.

Based in London, and a regular at the Leicester Square Theatre, Schaffer’s current tour is entitled Free Until Famous - and entails the audience being admitted free of charge and then a collection being taken at the end of the evening. Schaffer’s show is at Lowther on Friday February 6.

Also on the comedy front, there is the opportunity to imagine what kind of material two of our greatest comedy legends might have been performing in 2015 when the show Morecambe and Wise Rebooted takes to the Lowther stage in May. Details of all forthcoming events at Lowther at www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk or on (01253) 794221.