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Panto Factor panel from left: Bev Creagh, Anna Kumble, Rob Pearce, Jasette Amos

Checking out the talent at Panto Factor auditions

The Panto Factor panel – and yes folks, that’s me on the left in the photo – saw some awesome talent at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre on Sunday.

Origami elephants

Jumbo effort to beat world record at Whipsnade Zoo

Whipsnade Zoo is attempting to smash the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of origami elephants ever displayed.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man

Classy spy thriller is a slow-burner, says Matt Adcock

With Islamic militants all over the current news agenda, it seems timely to check Anton Corbijn’s new film, A Most Wanted Man, writes Matt Adcock.

The Mousetrap

Popular play is set to make a killing at the box office

Beloved Agatha Christie murder mystery The Mousetrap returns to Milton Keynes Theatre next week as part of its first ever UK tour to mark the show’s 60th anniversary.

Community event

‘Glorious vision’ of Wardown Park Bandstand a huge step closer

Luton’s four Rotary clubs, along with the Rotary Youth Trust for Luton, have joined forces to design and build a modern bandstand – to be known as the Rotary Bandstand – in Wardown Park.


Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Frank, Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, Only Lovers Left Alive

On first look you might not be able to recognise the star of quirky comedy drama FRANK (Curzon).

Rebecca Hill and Bradley Leech of Unbound Productions

Double award for playwright at the Edinburgh Festival

Young Luton playwright Rebecca Hill is celebrating after winning not one but two accolades at the Edinburgh Festival – the prestigious Fringe First Award from The Scotsman and the Three Weeks Editor’s Award.

Sophie Fowkes work will be on display at the MK Gallery art exhibition

Students art part of exhibition

University of Bedfordshire student, Sophie Fowkes, has been chosen to exhibit her work in a group exhibition at MK Gallery. It will run until Sunday, September 28.

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Making art available to the whole community

A newly renovated warehouse in Arundel Road is opening up all sorts of artistic opportunities.

Dick Whittington was at the Grove Theatre last year

Panto fever is hotting up with star auditions this weekend

Fancy performing in a full scale pantomime extravaganza? If you’d like to be part of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood during this festive season at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre, then keep your eyes peeled.

Madame Tussauds

Wax works when you want to meet the stars at Madame Tussauds

Working in the media you get to meet, or be in the presence of, a famous person or two from time to time. Toyah Wilcox, Chris Barrie, Princess Anne, Gareth Gates and, err, Mister Maker and Andy from CBeebies spring to mind from recent years!

The Beatles in chewing gum!

Hideous, bizarre... but Believe It Or Not brilliant Ripley’s!

I’ve been to central London and, in particular, the Picadilly Circus/Leicester Square area countless times over the years, but Believe It Or Not I’d never ventured into Ripley’s.

Griffin Players rehearsing The Ladykillers

Griffin Players set to knock ’em dead with The Ladykillers

One of the most successful periods of British cinema produced the famous Ealing comedy films of the 1950s.

Dan Stevens in The Guest

Matt Adcock at the cinema: Guest appearance by Downton Abbey star

Adam Wingard reanimates the spirit of the ’80s with slick action/horror thriller The Guest, writes Matt Adcock.

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Brighouse and Rastrick Band

Luton North Rotary Club are presenting a charity concert at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre on Saturday September 27.

Some of last year's Panto Factor finalists

Panto Factor gathers momentum as judging panel is announced

Things are hotting up on the festive front as this year’s Panto Factor Judges have been announced.

Bruce Foxton of From the Jam

From the Jam are rocking back for UKCCA concert

Last time From the Jam came to town, their concert at Luton’s UK Centre for Carnival Arts sold out two weeks before the performance.

Dawn French in 30 Million Minutes

30 million minutes of Dawn

Dawn French fans are in for a treat when the Queen of Comedy comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from September 17 - 20.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Sabotage

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Sabotage, Pompeii, The Two Faces Of January, Vamps

Arnie Schwarzenegger’s undemanding style of acting continues to do exactly what it says on the tin.

United We Stand

‘Shrewsbury 24’ play strikes a chord with jailed Ricky

United We Stand, a highly-anticipated new play based on the story of the “Shrewsbury 24”, is set to preview before its UK tour at Leighton Buzzard Theatre later this month.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Violence, action and nudity in sinful city

Nine years after the hard-boiled graphic novel sensation Sin City burst onto the big screen, co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (who is also the writer) reunite to take us back to the mean black and white, hyper- stylised streets, writes Matt Adcock.

Elio Pace who is touring with The Billy Joel Songbook

Elio Pace sings Billy Joel

Billy Joel is notoriously reticent about appearing live.

Zac Efron in Neighbours.

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Neighbours, Brick Mansions, Plastic, The Angriest Man In Brooklyn

The boundaries of taste and logic are stretched to the limit in outrageous comedy NEIGHBOURS (15: Universal).

Galway girl Sharon Shannon at Luton's Fleadh Fiesta

Family fun at Luton’s first Fleadh Fiesta

Galway Girl Sharon Shannon (above) was one of many stars taking part in Luton’s first Fleadh Fiesta at Lewsey Park on Sunday.
The accomplished accordion player – who’s also adept with the fiddle, tin whistle and melodeon – had the crowds roaring for more, singing traditional Irish songs from her best-selling album.

Iain Warburton (centre) with Graeme Davis and Teela Hughes of Music 24

Music 24’s inspiring video leads to Barbican invitation

Music 24’s Teela Hughes and Graeme Davis are head over heels with excitement.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: The Amazing Spider-Man 2; Next Goal Wins; A Perfect Plan

The webslinging hero battles a powerful new enemy when a downtrodden engineer develops lethal electrical powers in adventure sequel THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (12: Sony).

Scarlett Johansson as Lucy.

Girl power from Lucy the kick-ass heroine

What happens when we unlock the whole 100% cerebral capacity of our brains?, asks Matt Adcock.

The show's hosts Jen and Curtis

Milkshake! tour is coming to town to entertain the kids

Channel 5’s children’s TV strand, Milkshake! is coming to the Grove Theatre on Saturday, September 6.

Last year's Summer in the Sun. Photo by Love Luton

St George’s Square to be transformed into sandpit for week-long summer festival video

Love Luton will officially open its second annual Summer in the Sun festival tomorrow in St George’s Square.

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