North Devon Theatres have announced a brand new programme of shows at the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe from January to March 2009. Those appearing include comedians Andy Parsons and Jethro, musicians Fairport Conve

North Devon Theatres have announced a brand new programme of shows at the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe from January to March 2009. Those appearing include comedians Andy Parsons and Jethro, musicians Fairport Convention, Marty Wilde and Moya Brennan, magician Paul Daniels, quality theatricals with Spider's Web and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and more stunning music as the Classical Season continues.For all those wanting to enjoy some last minute festive frivolity, the panto Jack and the Beanstalk continues into January finishing on January 4.. There will be more top quality acts appearing in the intimate setting of the Gallery Sessions. Folk/rock singer Boo Hewerdine gets things started on January 14 in his relaxed and charismatic style, and then the jazz sounds of the Julian Seigel Trio arrive on January 21. Apples and Snakes bring more dynamic and uplifting poetry to the floor on January 28, instrumental folk wizard Phil Beer performs on February 11, there will be more jazz with Steve Grossman and Damon Brown on February 25, and rounding things off will be soul-stirring folk artists Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley on March 19.The folk music continues with the legendary Fairport Convention who are credited with being the originators of British folk rock. They welcome guests Ken Nichol and Phil Cool to join them for their performance on February 3.Irish musician and singer Clannad Moya Brennan takes to the stage on March 14 to promote her new album Heart Strings. She is one of Ireland's most respected acts and will play a range of Celtic instruments and perform songs from her solo career and classic Clannad tracks.One of the greatest music stars of the 50s and 60s Marty Wilde returns on March 6 with his Wildcats to play an evening of rock 'n' roll classics from his own vaults as well as others.Other original hitmakers of the 60s arrive on March 21 as the Solid Silver 60s present an all star line-up of The Searchers, Merseybeats, John Walker of The Walker Brothers, and Wayne Fontana.Following their sell-out performance last year the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain return on January 30 with their unique blend of musical genius and madness, and the kings of Scrumpy and Western The Wurzels perform their cider soaked songs on March 6. For a music show with bite try Vampires Rock on January 24. With a hint of comedy, superb dancers and a live band this show is sure to rock you as the cast of vampires sing great anthems including We Will Rock You and Since You've Been Gone. Three legendary acts of the music world will be celebrated with ZU2 on January 17 paying tribute to U2. Reggae legend Bob Marley will be honoured in the show Zion on January 31, and then Homeward Bound on February 21 lovingly recreates the harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel. The Classical Season continues with two appearances from resident orchestra Sinfonia Classica, the first on January 22 with David Pyatt on horn, and then with violinist Tasmin Little on March 27t. The Academy of St Martin in the Fields perform a programme of Mendelssohn and Brahms on March 7 and there will be a Lunchtime Classical Concert with cellist John Myerscough and pianist Lara Dodds-Eden on March 18. There will be plenty of opportunities for a good old laugh as more comedians head our way. The charming and wickedly funny Stephen K Amos arrives on January 29, followed by one of the team captains of Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats Jason Manford on February 12. Britain's top female comedy trio Fascinating Aida perform on March 20, Mock the Week's clever and satirical Andy Parsons on March 26, cheeky Cornish chappy Jethro on March 28, as well as the return of the Comedy Club at the Landmark with more up and coming comedians on January 16, February 13, and March 13.On January 31 master mind reader Marc Paul will astound all with his mind reading abilities, then national treasure and one of the UK's most accomplished magicians, Paul Daniels, takes to the stage with his wife and glamorous assistant Debbie McGee for magic, music and comedy on February 28. More fantastic theatricals will be arriving over the coming months as the Agatha Christie Theatre Company return this time with Spider's Web, the story of a hostess and her guests who get tangled up in a murder investigation from February 2nd to 7th. The magical musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is back from March 30 to April 4, the Barnstaple Amateur Operatic Society present Fiddler on the Roof from March 10 to 14 and local talented performers come together to raise funds for charity and celebrate the world of musicals in Make Me Smile on January 24.Continuing the talented locals theme, The Foul Players gather together to put on another of the popular Murder Mystery Dinners this time set in a wedding party on February 14, and then XS Baggage perform Harold Pinter's darkly comic masterpiece The Dumb Waiter on March 27. Local youngsters from Make the Move also get the chance to stage their own fun-filled production of Mr Macaroni on March 27 and 28. Students from Ilfracombe Arts College perform Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on February 11 and 12, and local Scout and Guide groups present the 30th annual Gang Show from February 18 to 21Dance events include the Hartley Williamson School of Dance with the ballet Hiawatha on February 14, Flhip Flhop on February 20 combines elements of hip-hop, DJ-ing, MC-ing and beatboxing, Moscow Ballet with the romantic ballet Giselle on February 27 and 28, and Rebecca Varley's Dance Academy present Let's Dance on March 21.And for all prospective brides and bridegrooms The Landmark Wedding Fair on March 8 will include a range of exhibitors providing ideas and inspiration to help make the big day one to remember.For further information or to book tickets for any of the shows call the Box Office on 01271 32 42 42 or visit www.northdevon-theatres.org.uk