Entertainment

Film review: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (12A)

My expectations were high ahead of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. I had it my head that Benedict Cumberbatch’s latest outing as the Sorcerer Supreme would serve as a major game-changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – and had hopes for plenty of high-profile cameos, too. While the second part of that paragraph delivered in surprising ways, ...

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Bank on brill weekend with Manics, Ibiza legends and Simply Red

Manic Street Preachers, Simply Red, Lisa Stansfield and Paul Oakenfold are all among those taking part in three days of musical delight on Peterborough’s Embankment this summer. Three huge gigs are being put on over three days, starting with the legendary Cafe Mambo bringing the Ibizan vibe to the banks of the River Nene on Friday, June 10. Serving up ...

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Celebrate lives at concert

A charity concert is being held to celebrate the lives of two Pinchbeck men. Let’s Celebrate will be held at Pinchbeck St Mary’s Church on Thursday, April 28 as part of the village’s returning Flower Festival. The concern is being held in memory of choir master John Bland and Rev Paul Hardingham. The John Bland Memorial Choir is organising the ...

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Charity country night at club

Veteran band Troubadour Country and legend Mervyn Futter are the star attractions as Spalding Services and Social Club looks to raise money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance in May. The High Street venue is putting on a special country music night on Saturday, May 7 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Troubadour Country are a five-piece band playing old and ...

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Get All Shook Up by Act II Youth Theatre

The worlds of Elvis and William Shakespeare are set to collide on the South Holland Centre stage next week thanks to Act II Youth Theatre. The group is putting on All Shook Up, a musical based on the King of Rock’s songs, the plot of which is inspired by the Bard’s Twelfth Night. A spokesman for the South Holland Centre ...

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Council’s Easter break events

More than a week of events are being planned for the school’s Easter break by South Holland District Council.Everything from a park run to skate jam and learning to play a brass instrument have been lined-up at a variety of venues starting from Saturday, April 2.Skate jams will be held in Crowland and Spalding while discovery trails in the town ...

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Get ready for a bunch of laughs

The St Nicolas Players are back on the South Holland Centre stage this week with their latest show, A Bunch of Amateurs. The comedy written by Have I Got News For You’s Ian Hislop is being staged at 7.30pm tonight (Wednesday), Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. The Spalding-based group is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and this show ...

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Film review: The Batman (15)

My hopes were high for The Batman after what looked like top choices on both the director and cast – and, thankfully, it delivers big time. With a dark detective-like storyline, an incredible sound track, a brutally brilliant Batman and perhaps the best version of The Riddler yet, Matt Reeves has delivered a truly great film for DC fans. And ...

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Film review: Moonfall (12A)

I don’t know why, but crazy disaster films that are about 7/10 at best are one of my favourite genres – especially at the cinema. Moonfall has always looked to have that kind of potential, especially given that it’s directed by Roland Emmerich, who is the absolute Don when it comes to this kind of movie. The likes of Independence ...

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Step into Spalding with free fun day

A free day of fun-filled activities is being promised for later this month including a petting farm, virtual reality experiences, vintage rides and live entertainment. South Holland District Council will be encouraging families to Spring into Spalding on Saturday, March 26.The event, which will run from 10am until 2pm, will have activities for all ages, running alongside the usual traders ...

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Film review: Sing 2 (U)

Around Christmas time a friend recommended we watch a film called Sing. Released back in 2016, this animated hit from Illumination (the studio which brought us Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets) was an instant hit in our house, with gorilla Johnny becoming a firm favourite with our five-year-old son, Isaac. Fortunately being a bit late to the ...

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The trappings of blame at centre

Comedian Geoff Norcott blames the parents and he’s heading here to Spalding to tell you all about it. The comedian has become a regular on TV and radio shows in the last few years, be they political satires such as The Mash Report, Mock The Week or The News Quiz or showcasing his talent for anecdotes on the likes of ...

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Players return to SH Centre stage

A Hollywood star is on his way to inspire an amateur theatre group. That’s the premise of St Nicolas Players’ latest production A Bunch of Amateurs. They’ll be performing the play by Ian Hislop and Nick Chapman at the South Holland Centre from March 16 to 19. A spokesman for the group said: “To boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood ...

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TV review: Afterlife (series three)

By student writer Charlie Jiggins Ricky Gervais’ After Life returns for its third and final instalment to a relatively unchanged narrative that we have seen for the last two seasons. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed it despite the hammering from critics. Following on from season two, Tony (Gervais) is still struggling to cope with the loss of his wife, Lisa (Kerry ...

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Film review: Scream (18)

Bringing back beloved film franchises has been a bit of trend in recent years, with varying results. You only have to look at Star Wars, The Matrix and Ghostbusters to see that bringing back iconic characters resonates with their fans; and now it’s time for Scream to get that treatment. If (like me) you enjoyed Wes Craven’s popular 1996 slasher ...

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Film review: The Matrix Resurrections (15)

For many people, the original Matrix film (1999) still stands up as arguably the best science-fiction film of all time. I’ll be honest, I’m one of that crowd – and I even loved the sequels Reloaded (2003) and Revolutions (also 2003), which is something of an unpopular opinion. Another Matrix film has long been mooted, but when it was revealed ...

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Year to start with satellite showings

Two big performances will be beamed into Spalding from London in January. The South Holland Centre is showing Puccini’s Tosca live from The Royal Opera House at 7.15pm on Wednesday, January 19. Then on Thursday, January 27, Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt is being screened live from the West End. The acclaimed writer of Shakespeare In Love’s creation tells the story of ...

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Film review: Spider-man: No Way Home (12A)

Spider-Man is comfortably one of the most used superheroes in film history – but I’m here to tell you that No Way Home is his best-ever outing on the big screen, by some distance. Boasting more surprises and Easter Eggs than you can possibly imagine, villains used expertly, a huge cast and emotional gut punches galore, Tom Holland’s third outing ...

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‘See It Safely’ at the South Holland Centre

Spalding’s South Holland Centre has been granted the ‘See It Safely’ mark to guarantee attendees it’s following all Covid-19 guidelines and keeping them safe. The Market Place is currently showing the pantomime Dick Whittington until December 30. A spokesman for the centre operated by South Holland District Council, said: ”We have been granted the use of Society Of London Theatre ...

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Film review: King Richard (12A)

I’d suggest that you’d need to have been living under a rock for much of the past 25 years if you’ve never heard of sisters Venus and Serena Williams. Two of the top female tennis players of all-time, they dominated the sport for the best part of 20 years and took the ladies’ game to new levels on and off ...

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