Today’s Theatre Events


Chester and Wrexham Based Theatre Company Kick off 2020 season with visit by popular Folk Group and a classic Bronte Novel

Following on from the success of staging a smash hit production of “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs”, a Chester and Wrexham based theatre company will begin its 2020 season by playing host to one of the UK’s most popular and longest running folk groups as well as staging an adaptation of one of Emily Bronte’s most popular works.

The new season launched by local Theatre company Tip Top Productions at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester will open with a special concert appearance by legendary folk group The Houghton Weavers on Saturday 25th January at 7.30pm.

The popular group, famous for their live shows as well as their own highly successful BBC TV and Radio shows have been entertaining audiences for over 44 years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation. The Weavers current line up sees Jim Berry, the brother of founder member Tony Berry who sadly passed away last year,  performing alongside Steve Millington and David Littler.

Steve Davies, Artistic Director of the Forum Studio Theatre’s resident company Tip Top Productions said ” We always look foward to welcoming The Houghton Weavers back to The Forum Studio Theatre. They have a real following throughout the UK and always guarantee a wonderful evening of entertainment which is suitable for all the family”.

Details of this special concert appearance by The Houghton Weavers, and all upcoming shows and events at The Forum Studio Theatre can be found at where tickets can also be booked online. Alternatively, contact the Box Office on 01244 341296.

Paul Crofts


This Sunday morning(26.01.2020), everyone is welcome to come and join us for Joseph auditions and a musical theatre workshop. This workshop session beginning at 10am (registration from 9.30am) will be open to everyone (age 16+) whether you are auditioning or not, so join the fun! #tiptoptheatre #musicals. More info and registration:


29/01/20 – 01/02/20

Emily Brontë’s classic comes to The Forum Studio Theatre.

The saga of two Yorkshire families in the remote Pennine Hills, and the doomed relationship of Heathcliff and Cathy Earnshaw is brilliantly brought to life.

Adapted for the stage by Jane Thornton and directed for Tip Top by Laura Coard. The show, based on the classic novel runs from Wednesday 29th January – Saturday 1st February at 7.30pm with a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 1st February.

Speaking about bringing the classic novel to the stage, director Laura Coard said “We hope fans of Emily Bronte will really enjoy this production. We are really looking foward to bringing the well known characters of the book to life on stage in what will be Tip Top’s first production of 2020”.

Full details of “Wuthering Heights” and all upcoming shows and events at The Forum Studio Theatre can be found at where tickets can also be booked online. Alternatively, contact the Box Office on 01244 341296.

Paul Crofts


Times and Tickets

Evenings at 7.30, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets from £7 – book early for the best price




Many people looking to take up the challenge of a new hobby, a Community Orchestra based near Chester is looking to recruit new members of all ages and all abilities to help swell its ranks in the run up to concert performances being staged in 2020. The Jan Modelski Community Orchestra, founded in 2001 by Conductor and Musical Director Jan Modelski is currently based in the village of Barrow near Chester and was set up with the aim of enabling musicians of all ages and abilities to participate in a performing amateur orchestra.

Originally from London, Jan has lived in the Chester & North Wales areas for over 20 years and is a full time professional musician with many years’ experience as a conductor and performer, gaining an ever-increasing reputation in the orchestral music scene in the North West. He is currently Founder, Conductor and Musical Director to the Chester Big Band, the Jan Modelski Pop Orchestra, the Jan Modelski Big Band and the Wirral Community Orchestra.  The Orchestra already has concerts planned for 2020 including February 5th at St Mary’s Creative space at 7.30pm and July 20th at St Mary’s Without the Walls at 7.00 pm, with a performance in December also in the pipeline.

The atmosphere is friendly, informal and geared towards encouraging the best performances from its members and aiding their musical development. The orchestra has an “open admission” ethos – which means that there is no audition and no one is ever turned away, the only requirements are a basic ability to read music, a desire to play with other performers and a sense of humour.”

The average attendance is between 60 and 70 players and a number of players participate in more than one Orchestra. All three Orchestras share the common goals of enjoyment, encouragement and development”. All three Orchestras perform two concerts each year. The Orchestras rehearse on Saturday mornings in term time at Barrow Village Hall with the Introductory and Intermediate Orchestras session starting at 9.15 am and the Main Orchestra at 11.10 am.

Full details about the Orchestra and how to get involved can be found at