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Saturday, 6 February 2016 - 1:30pm

Preston Youth Theatre in association with Bordello Theatre presents Charles Dickens’ classic tale. When the orphan Pip is invited to the house of the mysterious Miss Havisham, he falls in love with her beautiful adopted daughter Estella.

Theatre | Family
Monday, 8 February 2016 - 7:30pm

The Continental Book Club meets on the 2nd Monday of every month in the Snug. All are welcomed and entry is free. February's book for discussion is 'The Miniaturist' by Jessie Burton.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - 7:00pm

They Eat Culture present their fortnightly film club - a place for the film fanatics of Preston to share in the joyous experience of watching great cinema. Keep an eye on their Twitter account @CinemaATC for weekly clues and hints about the next film to be screened.

Friday, 19 February 2016 - 8:00pm

This London trio bring their brilliant brand of shoegaze and C86 inflected indie-pop to The Continental to celebrate the release of new long player 'Everybody's Dying to Meet You'. Don't miss the chance to catch them on their first ever visit to our fair city, with great support from two of Lancashire's hottest bands.

Sunday, 21 February 2016 - 8:00pm

The beautiful ambient-electronica-jazz soundscape 'City' is the new album from Manchester guitarist and composer Stuart McCallum. For 'City', McCallum steps even further into the world of electronica, whilst still maintaining that magical combination of both acoustic and electronic instruments that gives his music such a distinctive sound.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 7:00pm

They Eat Culture present their fortnightly film club - a place for the film fanatics of Preston to share in the joyous experience of watching great cinema. Keep an eye on their Twitter account @CinemaATC for weekly clues and hints about the next film to be screened.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 8:00pm

"(Fatima and Gould's) collaboration... shatters stereotypes and forges new cross-cultural understanding" Backstage.
Set in post 9/11 America, Dirty Pakistani Lingerie depicts the stories of six Pakistani-American Muslim women ranging in age from a six year old girl to a sixty-five year old woman at the chaotic juncture of two different cultures. Cross-cultural sparks fly and preconceptions about Muslim women, sex, and politics are hilariously shattered in the show The Wall Street Journal says “Breaks down stereotypes of Muslim women in America” and that reviewers call a “must-see” production.

Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 1:30pm

Sunday Afternoon with the Big Bands is back for 2016. This 22 piece big band is a Leeds University Union society and performs public and private functions around Leeds and the West Yorkshire area, Nationally across the UK and have appeared overseas at International Jazz Festivals such as North Sea Jazz Festival.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 - 8:00pm

Presented by Preston & South Ribble Fairtrade Group, The Fair Trade (2008) is an innovative documentary film by director Lauralee Farrer recounting the story of successful fair trade entrepreneur Tamara Johnston. Devastated by the tragic death of her fiancé, Johnston makes a bargain with God to postpone suicide in exchange for a meaningful life.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 - 7:00pm

Focusing on love at different ages and celebrating the nation’s favourite food, Chip Shop Chips is an immersive love story set in a chippy performing in unusual spaces across the North. So put on your dancing shoes, tuck into a fish supper and brace yourself for a unique theatrical experience. This is theatre, but not as you know it: dinner, dance and a show all rolled into one! Ticket price includes a fish n' chips supper!

Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 8:00pm

Sh!t Theatre's Women’s Hour uses satire, song, movement and mess to interrogate how the media portrays women, the obsessive and often funny gender binaries in modern life and the effect that has on the treatment of women in society.

Saturday, 12 March 2016 - 7:00pm

"The best thing to come out of Barnsley since the A61 to Sheffield," says Jarvis Cocker. Put on yer finest knitted gladrags, quaff your barnet, put on your dancing shoes and bring your finest singing voices, as we cordially invite you to witness the Greatest Show On Earth (in tank-tops).

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 - 7:30pm

They Eat Culture present Scratch Preston, a monthly informal showcase for new performance projects and ideas. This platform is open to artists from all disciplines at any stage of their career. Scratch Preston is an opportunity to share new ideas and create conversation between artists and audience members over a pint!

Friday, 18 March 2016 - 8:00pm

Back at the Conti for 2016! One of the original legendary punk bands from the summer of '77 ... and still angry after all these years! Plus special guests Klammer and Fighting.

Sunday, 20 March 2016 - 1:30pm

Dr Jazz and the Cheshire Cats is an exciting 20-piece big band based in Lymm, Cheshire, UK featuring two fantastic vocalists and a line up of experienced musicians. The band specialises in recreating the sounds of the Golden Age of Swing - but often fast forward a few decades to perform more recent big band styles and hits.

Saturday, 26 March 2016 - 8:00pm

An amazing double-header of classic and contemporary indie-pop. The Jazz Butcher is one of the longest running and most cult pop bands in Britain, having recorded some 15 albums since Pat Fish, the Butcher himself, founded the band in 1982.

Saturday, 2 April 2016 - 8:00pm

Revitalising the Ska and 2 Tone classics of The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, Bad Manners and many others from the late 70s and early 80s, Ska Face isn't just a band; it's an experience.

Saturday, 9 April 2016 - 8:00pm

We proudly welcome back... The Monochrome Set! The Set were a heavily influential part of the post-punk movement that evolved after the scorched earth of punk. Today they continue to innovate with a string of new LP releases.

Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 8:00pm

Written by the award-winning author of Bantams, The Human Touch explores with humour and sensitivity the UK care system through the eyes of the cared for and their carers. Three unique perspectives take us on three moving, funny, and inspiring journeys.

Friday, 15 April 2016 - 8:00pm

Gagarin is the solo project of Graham “Dids” Dowdall of PERE UBU. He makes instrumental electronica that doesn’t adhere to any particular scene or style and draws on influences ranging from contemporary classical to techno and every point beyond.

Saturday, 16 April 2016 - 8:00pm

RIMKA bring a rare and original style of music developed in Liverpool and rooted in heritage from Senegal. This music will make any audience move. A unique blend of Afro-Jazz, Sabar-Beat, and Mbalax, with elements of funk and rock, driven by the frequently insane but always mesmerising Sabar beats of world renowned Karim Mbaye.

Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 8:00pm

Inspired by the confessional radio show of the same name, Late Night Love is an unflinching attempt to unpick the truth from the fiction of power ballads.

Join Eggs Collective in the static between radio stations, for a tender and ridiculous show that clambers up your drainpipe with a rose between its teeth.

Saturday, 30 April 2016 - 8:00pm

The latest punk legends to hit The Continental's stage! CHELSEA was formed in 1976 by Gene October, quickly releasing the all-time classic 'Right to Work'. Catch them here on their 40th Anniversary Tour as they gear up to re-release their huge back catalogue.

Thursday, 5 May 2016 - 8:00pm

London, 2001. Raves. Revision. Re-election. Nadia is swept up in one hot summer’s night of love that promises endless possibilities. Drinking, dancing, hope, ambition, lust, greed… and decisions that will determine the rest of her life. Rhythmically underscored by a live mix of old school UK Garage, award-winning writer Sabrina Mahfouz explores the legacy of a cultural movement that defined the hopes of a generation. London, 2015. Re-wind.

Music | Theatre
Friday, 6 May 2016 - 8:00pm

Alan Davey's ECLECTIC DEVILS is the new name of THE PSYCHEDELIC WARLORDS. Following the success of years of tours in the UK and headlining a night at Roadburn, The PWs have built a solid reputation performing classic albums by Hawkwind and Bob Calvert. However, last year the band gelled into a stronger permanent unit and they're going to be performing new songs from their debut album, out this year, along with songs Alan Davey wrote over his 21 years with Hawkwind and work from his solo back catalogue.

Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 8:00pm

‘Spirit Of ’86 in 2016’ tour will further present the very best of the songs contained within both ‘Declaration’ and ‘Strength’ in a uniquely contemporary style that honours the legacy the band left on the decade it helped define. There's also a new album in the works, so Alarm fans will also be treated to debut performances of brand new material from a soon to be released Mike Peters & The Alarm album.

Friday, 13 May 2016 - 8:00pm

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Neil Hagerty honed his subversive approach to rock in two of the underground's most prominent bands: Pussy Galore and Royal Trux. Hagerty's solo career proved to be prolific, and the past decade has seen him release almost an LP a year with current outfit The Howling Hex. Don't miss the chance to catch one of alternative rock's great innovators right here at The Continental.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 - 8:00pm

In this contemporary exploration of The Odyssey we meet Tilly, a young girl on a fantastical quest to find her father. We are treated to a feast of words, light and movement as we follow Tilly on her journey. This dark and humorous tale will delight, surprise and move you.

Saturday, 4 June 2016 - 8:00pm

Martin Bramah’s decision to reform Blue Orchids in September 2012 was eagerly welcomed by the band’s legion of fans.
Originally formed in 1979, after Bramah had departed The Fall, Blue Orchids is viewed, by many commentators, as one of a handful of post-punk outfits that delivered quality material with great songs and a mesmerising live act, and which has consequently stood the test of time.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 - 8:00pm

Nominated for Best Drama and Best New Writing at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, The Stars Are Made of Concrete shows the people behind the statistics and how they try to carry on with grace, humour... and ladyboys.

Thursday, 9 June 2016 - 8:00pm

Nominated for Best Drama and Best New Writing at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, The Stars Are Made of Concrete shows the people behind the statistics and how they try to carry on with grace, humour... and ladyboys.