The Atkinson

The Atkinson
Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1DB
  • Telephone 01704 533333
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  • Website www.theatkinson.co.uk

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Founded by William Atkinson in the late 1800s. the Atkinson has been open in its current format, since May 2013. The venue comprises a theatre, studio, cafe, shop, exhibition spaces, library and a museum.

The Atkinson is dedicated to providing a good-quality programme of events ranging from permanent and temporary displays, to community events, and aim to work closely with their audience to continue to bring what they want to see.

Southport train station is three minutes away and there are three accessible park and ride services as well as a number of on and off-road car parking facilities.

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There are 45 events at this location

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Afternoon Tea Dance

Social event for the over 50s. With entertainment from Sefton Opera.

Mon 15 Feb

Free-£2 / 01704 533333

Alun Cochrane: A Show with a Man in It

  • 4 stars

The laconic Yorkshireman returns with gentle observations.

Thu 17 Mar

Ange Hardy

Traditional folk with emphasis on vocal harmonies from the singer-songwriter.

Sat 13 Feb

£41 festival ticket / 01704 533333

Breaking The Ice

Unicorn/ Filskit Theatre Company presents an interactive story, based on video footage of a wild polar bear and a Husky playing together.

Sun 28 Feb

£8 (Children £6; £24) / 01704 533333

Busk Love Folk

As part of Love Folk Festival, unsigned acts will have the opportunity to perform original works.

Sat 13 Feb

Free / 01704 533333

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Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up

Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations inspired by being Ramsey's realisation that he's not a kid anymore.

Wed 9 Mar

£17.50 / 01704 533333

Ed Byrne: Outside, Looking In

The Dublin-stand-up and regular guest on Mock The Week returns with a new show of observational humor.

Fri 22 Apr

£19 / 01704 533333

Eddi Reader

The popular folk pop chanteuse, known for her work with Fairground Attraction and often called upon to add her voice to other people's records tours her latest album Vagabond.

Sat 2 Apr

£22.50 / 01704 533333

Sat 21 May

Elbow Jane

Acoustic contemporary folk-rock.

Sat 13 Feb

£41 festival ticket / 01704 533333

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Fay Hield And The Hurricane Party

The BBC Radio 2 award-winning from Yorkshire ensemble performs traditional folk.

Fri 18 Mar

£14 (£12) / 01704 533333

Graphics Club

Bring your pencils and your ideas for this superhero-themed art class for adults.

Thu 10 Mar

Phone for prices / 01704 533333

Grumpy Old Women: Fifty Shades of Beige

Jenny Eclair and her fellow funny people Susie Blake and Kate Robbins present a brand new show.

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

  • 3 stars

The star of BBC Radio 4's Hal and regular TV panelist rants about modern life in his ever so slightly camp voice.

Handa's Hen: Little Angel Theatre (Ages 2-6)

An adaptation of Eileen Browne's children's book which tells the story of Handa and her friend Akeyo, and all the different animals they encounter, using 55 handmade puppets.

Wed 2 Mar

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How the Koala Learnt to Hug

  • Written by: Steven Lee

Learn about the power of a good hug with a host of animals including Karen the koala bear and Natalie the wombat. Ages 4+.

Sun 21 Feb

£8 (Children £6; £24) / 01704 533333

In Love With Opera

Heritage Opera presents a programme which include excerpts from operas and musicals La Boheme, The Merry Widow, The Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Tosca and more.

Sat 20 Feb

£14 (£12) / 01704 533333

The Ince Blundell Collection Of Roman Sculpture

Dr Gina Muskett talks about the formation of the celebrated collection and showcases some of the most important sculptures.

Inky Watercolour Coastal Patterns

Create and design your own inky watercolour cards inspired by patterns from the local coastline. Have fun with runny inks and colourful watercolour washes. Suitable for over 5s.

Sat 5 Mar

£3.50 sibling (Children £4.50) / 01704 533333

Junkers 88 Plane Wreckage: Shot Down Over Banks 15th April 1941

Joanne Chamberlain, Collections Development Officer, discusses the venue's Object Of The Month.

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Keston Cobblers Club

Folk pop five-piece from Kent.

Sat 27 Feb

£12.50 / 01704 533333

Sat 5 Mar

£15–£17.50 / 01704 533333

Dry humour from Andy Askins, plus Tudor Owen and Funmbi Omotaya.

Love Folk 2016

A two-day celebration of folk music with headliners Seth Lakeman and Michael McGoldrick, and performances from John McCusker, John Doyle, Elbow Jane, Ange Hardy and many more.

Fri 12 Feb

Times to be confirmed / £16–£36 / 01704 533333

Sat 13 Feb

Times to be confirmed / £16–£36 / 01704 533333

Making The Most Of Media

A workshop and question and answer session with Fatea's editor Neil King. Learn how to make the most of social media and the internet in terms of getting your band noticed.

Sat 13 Feb

Free / 01704 533333

The Marcus Malone Band

The Detroit-born singer-songwriter performs classic blues.

Sat 19 Mar

£12.50 / 01704 533333

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Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie

Les Enfants Terribles presents a blend of vaudeville, circus, puppetry, dance, music and magic suitable for the whole family.

Sun 20 Mar

£8 (Children £6; £24) / 01704 533333

Michael McGoldrick, John Doyle & John McCusker

Traditional music from master flautist McGoldrick (Flook, Lunasa and Capercaillie), McCusker (Battlefield Band) and guitarist Doyle.

Fri 12 Feb

£17; £41 festival ticket / 01704 533333

Murder At Muldoon Manor

An interactive mystery thriller, set in 1924 at a Hertfordshire country manor. Quiz the cast after the performance to find out who committed the crime.

Sat 12 Mar

£17.50 inc buffet and drink / 01704 533333

Music Of The Travellers

Classical and world fusion quartet, who perform Latin, Klezmer, Celtic and jazz styles.

Mon 7 Mar

£11 / 01704 533333

Nawal Gebreel Scarf Making Workshop

A daylong scarf-making course with the world renowned textile designer. Learn and use hand stitching and folding techniques to create a three-dimensional quality to the fabric.

Sat 27 Feb

£40 inc materials and refreshments / 01704 533333

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One Day, Something Happens: Paintings Of People

In this Hayward Touring and Arts Council Collection exhibition, curated by Jennifer Higgie, a series of photographs look at the everyday theatricality of the body.

Sat 20 Feb

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Mon 22 Feb

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One Day Something Happens: Paintings Of People

As part of the Heritage Talks series, Jane Brown, Gallery Manager at The Atkinson, will discuss key works by Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Paula Rego, as well as the wider history of British figurative painting.

Thu 10 Mar

Printed Notebooks: An Introduction To DIY Block Printing

Learn how to print and decorate your own notebooks and create unique patterns. The session is led by print-maker Jenny Robson.

Sat 26 Mar

£40 inc materials and refreshments / 01704 533333

Puss In Boots

  • Written by: Patrick Lynch (adaptation)

A show based on the famous and ever-popular fairy tale by Marcello Chiarenza, adapted and performed by Patrick Lynch.

Sun 6 Mar

£8 (Children £6; £24) / 01704 533333

Rag Mama Rag

Country, blues and acoustica from the duo, formed in 1991.

Sat 26 Mar

£12 / 01704 533333

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Richard Alston Dance Company: Burning

One of Britain’s finest contemporary dance companies celebrates its 20th anniversary with Martin Lawrance’s popular Liszt-inspired work, Burning.

Thu 3 Mar

£15 (£13) / 01704 533333

Richard Alston Dance Company Pre-Show Talk

A talk on the story and work behind the company's latest performance, entitled Stronghold.

Thu 3 Mar

Free to ticketholders of main event / 01704 533333

Seth Lakeman

A haunting original take on folk rock from the former Mercury Music Prize nominee.

Sat 13 Feb

£15; £41 festival ticket / 01704 533333

Sheelanagig

Goodtime folk with a mix of traditional, contemporary, Klezmer and Celtic by the Bristol-based band.

Sat 13 Feb

£41 festival ticket / 01704 533333

Shojo Manga: The World of Japanese Girls’ Comics

In association with Kyoto International Manga Museum, The Atkinson presents the first major exhibition of Japanese shojo (girls') manga in the UK.

Fri 12 Feb

Sat 13 Feb

Sun 14 Feb

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Thea Gilmore

Prolific singer-songwriter from Oxfordshire whose style is strongly influenced by Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell.

Fri 11 Mar

£22.50 / 01704 533333

Tutankhamun To Art Deco: Egyptomania In 20th Century Popular Culture

Dr Amanda Draper discusses the Western fascination with Ancient Egypt with reference to Howard Carter's famous discovery in 1922.

Victorian Dreamers

An exhibition looking at escapist nature of Victorian art.

Fri 12 Feb

Free / 01704 533333

Sat 13 Feb

Free / 01704 533333

Sun 14 Feb

Free / 01704 533333

…and 273 more dates until 13 Nov

Will Pound And Eddy Jay

Harmonica player Pound, who is a three-time nominee for BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year, performs contemporary and traditional folk with celebrated accordionist Jay.

Sat 13 Feb

£41 festival ticket / 01704 533333

Woody Pines

Roots outfit from Asheville, North Carolina playing old time country, ragtime and western swing.

Wed 2 Mar

£11; £9 adv / 01704 533333

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