A View From the Beehive in December

Here comes Christmas! Really? Already?

We lurched into December with a bit of Bah Humbug from the marvelous Dave Mynne performing his wondrous one-man production of a Christmas Carol, just to get us into the spirit! The children and grown-ups loved it!

On Tuesday 5th is the live screening of the Royal Ballet’s fabulous, festive production of ‘The Nutcracker’. Friday brings us a return visit from the brilliant ‘Police Dog Hogan’ which is sold out- sorry folks! Then on Saturday 9th we have Armando Iannucci’s darkly comic film, ‘The Death Of Stalin’ (15)

Alongside Steve Buscemi, as Khrushchev, the core cast consists of Jeffrey Tambor’s Malenkov, Michael Palin’s Molotov, and Simon Russell Beales’s Beria. As Stalin’s inner circle, they must find a way to move forward without their beloved leader. Jason Isaacs gives a great, late, star turn as the army boss and World War II hero Zhukov.

On Sunday 10th we have a very special festive concert with The Albion Christmas Band at 7.30pm- special, because this gathering of legendary folk musicians from Fairport Convention, Edward 11 and the Albion Band collaborate once a year to bring a show that features seasonal songs and tunes smattered with humorous readings and the occasional silly dance. Described in The Guardian as “the perfect antidote to the corporate Xmas” they’re in their 16th year selling out such venues as The Sage, Gateshead, The New Vic, Newcastle-u-Lyme and Buxton Opera House. It is a show for all ages. Don’t miss it.

There’s our free Acoustic Café in the bar on Weds 13th with the lovely Terry Stacey- come on down for a beer and listen or perform a song or two! Everyone is very welcome. Likewise all welcome to our fortnightly Chess, backgammon & board game club in the bar on Thursday 14th  7-9pm.

On Friday 15th we have the recently released film ‘The Man who invented Christmas’ (PG) with a stellar cast of; Dan Stevens, Jonathan Pryce, Christopher Plummer and those two Dickens’ enthusiasts, Miriam Margolyes and Simon Callow. Using real-life inspiration and a vivid imagination, author Charles Dickens (Stevens) brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in “A Christmas Carol,” forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today.

On Saturday 16th we have two showings of the DreamWorks animation ‘The Star’ (U) A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. Then on Thursday 21st we have our Beehive Christmas treat with the much-anticipated return of ‘Mad Dog Mcrea’, come and jump on the purple Happy Bus! Not many tickets left for what promises to be yet another stonkingly splendid gig! Our final fling before we shut up shop and give all our fantastic volunteers a very well earned rest is the Nostalgic cinema showing of the all-time great ‘White Christmas’. This 1954 American musical romantic comedy film stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen it features the fabulous songs of Irving Berlin. We’ll be feeling festive, dressing up and singing along, although not compulsory, it’s definitely to be encouraged! Come and join us at 2pm on Friday 22nd and enjoy a chat and tea & mince pies in the café after the movie.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy, New Year from Wendy and all the Beehive team.