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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5 More Minutes

An interactive show for children about bedtime and settling down to go to sleep featuring live music and puppetry. Please take your bedtime snuggly.

Fri 17 Feb

Studio

£8 (Children £6; £24) / 01704 533333

Andrew Lawrence: Reasons to Kill Yourself

  • 3 stars

Vitriolic humour from the former double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee.

Fri 24 Feb

Studio

£14 (£12) / 01704 533333

Basco

Irrepressible Scandinavian folk roots band, fast becoming an unavoidable phenomenon on the European folk music scene.

Fri 27 Jan

£10 / 01704 533333

Big Blues Festival

#BigBlues Festival returns! Join us for a weekend of great music, great food, great ale and great fun at our second annual #BigBlues Festival, as we celebrate what rock, rhythm and blues has to offer! The line-up is big and bold and presents music that is desperate to be heard! Come along and hear Chicago style…

Fri 17 Mar

£34 / 01704 533333

Big Blues Festival 2017

#BigBlues Festival 2017 Announced! We hope you can join us for our third annual Big Blues Festival next October, it promises to be a weekend of great music, great food, great ale and great fun as we celebrate what rock, rhythm and blues has to offer! The line-up is as big as it is bold and presents music that is desperate…

Fri 6 Oct

£15–£45 / 01704 533333

Sat 7 Oct

£15–£45 / 01704 533333

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The Blues Band

The Blues Band line-up of Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Rob Townsend, Gary Fletcher and Tom McGuiness continues to pay tribute to the blues and R&B boom which inspired them to pick up their instruments in the first place.

Fri 17 Feb

Studio

£22 / 01704 533333

The Colour of Me

A rainbow of colours, live music and projection accompany this interactive dance performance.

Sat 4 Feb

Studio

£8 (Children £6; £24) / 01704 533333

Compton & Newberry

A stringband of two – mandolin master Mike Compton and veteran banjoist/guitarist Joe Newberry – pay homage to pioneering American musicians such as The Monroe Brothers, Robert Johnson and The Carter Family.

Wed 1 Feb

Studio

£11; £9 adv / 01704 533333

Darkside: The Pink Floyd Show

The tribute act performs songs by Pink Floyd, including songs from Dark Side Of The Moon to Division Bell. Featuring the vocals of Faye Brookes.

Sat 18 Mar

£18 / 01704 533333

Don't Dribble on the Dragon

An adventure about friendship featuring a magical dragon.

Mon 13 Feb

£8.50 / 01704 533333

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Fairport Convention

Veteran folk group whose current line-up features founding member Simon Nicol with Gerry Conway, Chris Leslie, Dave Pegg and Ric Sanders.

Fri 10 Feb

£20; £48 festival ticket for 2 days / 01704 533333

Fleetwood Bac

The ensemble performs rock in tribute to the award-winning band.

Fri 21 Apr

£18 / 01704 533333

Folklaw

The six-piece ensemble from Gloucestershire led by vocalist, song-writer and front man Nick Gibbs performs its exhilarating new-age folk compositions.

Sat 11 Feb

£48 2 day festival ticket / 01704 533333

The Fureys

The Irish folk legends perform.

Sat 11 Mar

£20 / 01704 533333

Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option

New show from the German Comedy Ambassador.

Fri 28 Apr

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Howard Jones

The pioneering multi-instrumentalist and popular singer, acclaimed for his performance at Live Aid in 1985, performs synth-pop and new wave.

Wed 22 Mar

£23 / 01704 533333

Jim Causley

The singer/accordionist performs a selection of traditional songs from his native Devon and some from his album of self-penned work.

Fri 3 Mar

£12 / 01704 533333

Jon Boden

Jon Boden is best known is the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead.

Sat 11 Feb

£20; £48 2 day festival ticket / 01704 533333

King King

Glasgow blues outfit fronted by Alan Nimmo.

Sat 20 May

£20 / 01704 533333

Lady Maisery - CD Launch

Folk trio with a unique approach to harmony singing and intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions.

Sat 11 Feb

Studio

£38 2 day festival ticket / 01704 533333

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Laugh Out Loud Comedy

We'll be bringing you comedians off the telly from such shows as BBC2's Mock the Week, Channel 4's 8 out of 10 cats, BBC1's Michael Mcintyre's comedy roadshow, Have I Got News for You and Comedy Central's Paramount's 'Live at the Comedy Store etc. Plus the best of the rest. Previously we've booked the likes of Jason…

Sat 6 May

£15 / 01704 533333

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club: Dan Nightingale

Stand-up from the John Bishop's Only Joking regular, with Marcel Lucont and Chris Kent.

Sat 4 Mar

£17.50; £15 adv / 01704 533333

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Live material from famous faces from TV panel shows and other comedy roadshows.

Sat 6 May

Wed 7 Jun

Thu 8 Jun

…and 4 more dates until 12 Jun

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club: Mick Ferry

The award-winning Manchester-based comic presents his razor-sharp satirical and often surreal material. With Tom Wrigglesworth and Luke Honnority.

Sat 4 Feb

Studio

£17.50; £15 adv / 01704 533333

Lip Service: Mr Darcy Loses The Plot

The award-winning comedy duo Lip Service present another silly celebration of Jane Austen as they explore the world of women writers, scribbling in secret or under pseudonyms and squeezing in their writing amongst other activities.

Sat 25 Mar

£14; £10 under 16s / 01704 533333

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Lloyd Cole

The urbane expatriate pop crooner performs material from his latest album alongside Commotions classics.

Thu 30 Mar

£23; £20 adv / 01704 533333

Love Folk Festival

#LoveFolk Festival is back! We like to think of ourselves as the little festival with the big heart. For the third year running we'll be celebrating new, upcoming and traditional folk music across two days. So, come on, spend the most romantic weekend of the year with us - dancing, singing, drinking, eating and…

Fri 17 Mar

£38 / 01704 533333

Love Folk Festival 2017

#LoveFolk Festival is back! We like to think of ourselves as the little festival with the big heart. For the third year running we'll be celebrating new, upcoming and traditional folk music across two days. So, come on, spend the most romantic weekend of the year with us - dancing, singing, drinking, eating and generally…

Fri 10 Feb

£20–£48 / 01704 533333

Sat 11 Feb

£20–£48 / 01704 533333

Luke Jackson

Canterbury-born folk roots singer-songwriter.

Sat 11 Feb

Studio

£48 ticket for 2 days / 01704 533333

Meier/Oxley

Pete Oxley and Nic Meier bring their original two guitar set on tour.

Thu 30 Mar

£7 / 01704 533333

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Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker And John Doyle

The three musicians and singers, all of whom also appear in other groups as well as solo, collaborate on a range of contemporary and classic folk songs.

Sat 25 Feb

Pantheon: Roman Art Treasures From The Ince Blundell Collection

The story of Henry Blundell's creation of the collection and the magnificent setting in which he housed it is a fascinating one and brings to life a powerful and driven personality who played a major role in the art market of the time.

Sun 22 Jan

Mon 23 Jan

Tue 24 Jan

…and 47 more dates until 12 Mar

Partita

The wind soloists from Orchestra Dell'Arte will be led from the contra-bass by Edward Peak in a performance of Franz Krommer's Opus 57.

Mon 6 Mar

£11 / 01704 533333

Popa Chubby

New York City bluesman in the vein of Joe Bonamassa and Walter Trout.

Sat 28 Jan

£18 / 01704 533333

Rainy Day Band

This is a singalong session were the Rainy Day Band performs to the audience with ukuleles.

Thu 23 Feb

Free / 01704 533333

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Rob Rouse: Are You Sitting Comfortably?

In this full-length show, engaging stand-up Rob Rouse contemplates his adult life, which chiefly involves becoming a father and owning uncontrollable pets. It's a hilarious journey of enforced introspection from a guy who believes that being middle-aged and having an eye-watering mortgage with an unstable job is the key…

Fri 17 Mar

Sam Kelly And The Lost Boys

The Cornwall-based singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist performs traditional and folk music with a slight Gaelic influence alongside his band which includes Ciaran Algar, Graham Coe and Toby Shaer.

Sat 11 Feb

Studio

£48 2 day festival ticket / 01704 533333

Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years

Bookends perform the ultimate show for Simon and Garfunkel fans.

Fri 17 Mar

Simply Dylan

A personal exploration of Bob Dylan classics.

Sat 4 Feb

£20–£25 / 01704 533333

Sleeping Beauty: All Souls Dramatic Club

The amateur theatre ensemble presents a modern take on the classic children's tale.

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Southport Jazz Club Presents: Jazz Cafe: LIPA Big Band

A mix of contemporary big band tunes and classic standards from the Liverpool-based award-winning ensemble directed by multi-instrumentalist and composer, Danny Miller.

Thu 16 Feb

Tia McGraff & Tommy Parham

The internationally renowned and award-winning Americana/country songstress from Port Dover performs alongside the versatile musician.

Wed 1 Mar

£11; £9 adv / 01704 533333

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

  • Written by: Jonathan Rockefeller (adapt)

Based on Eric Carle's hand-painted books, Jonathan Rockefeller's family-friendly stage production uses a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets to faithfully bring to life the four stories: The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Sat 18 Feb

Sun 19 Feb

£9 (Children £7; £28) / 01704 533333

Welcome Home 1925

Murder Mystery Productions presents a combined mystery drama and dining experience, with murder, intrigue and deceit.

Sat 18 Mar

£19.50 / 01704 533333

Wow! Said The Owl

Tim Hopgood's children's book is brought to life through a blend of storytelling, puppetry and music. Explore a world of colour with this curious little owl who is determined to stay awake to see what daylight brings.

Sat 4 Mar

£8 (Children £6; £24) / 01704 533333

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