Pembrokeshire Theatre and Cinema

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We are very lucky our local Cinema The Torch also doubles up as a theatre so you can enjoy the latest blockbuster, live Opera beamed in from the world renowned Royal Opera House and the Met Opera in New York or you can soak up the latest in contemporary theatre projects and comedy.  July at The Torch Theatre sees Monty Python Live come to the Milford Haven stage and Legend of Oz: Dorothy’s Return on screen. In September there’s Sing Along Rocky Horror and The Royal Shakespeare company will present The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

You can also enjoy a variety of films, music and comedy events at The Queens Hall in Narberth which is just a short drive from Bluestone. They have a regular monthly comedy club and July sees the arrival of Stuart Goldsmith & Craig Deeley. There are two musical events at two very different ends of the musical spectrum: Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook were the voices, musicians and songwriters behind the hits of Squeeze, which also featured Jools Holland in the original lineup. The band delighted audiences with their honky-tonk new wave and pithy lyricism; they also collaborated with Paul Carrack and Elvis Costello among others. Having not played as a duo for 20 years, they have decided to do a small select number of intimate shows ahead of a major British autumn tour. Expect spontaneity, a little chaos, and many of those wonderful hits from across their fruitful career.

The Blims are an outstanding surf rock band with a wealth of original, quirky and catchy songs about real life experiences in Wales and travel overseas. Their warm vibe transforms live shows into parties, and crowds into friends. A must see act for anyone seeking fresh, feel good music that's a little bit different.

September at The Queens Hall brings The Silver Linings Playbook to the big screen, a romantic comedy with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro released last year; addressing broken hearts, mental health, family and love – a powerful combination of emotions makes up this beautiful masterpiece originally written by Matthew Quick, a writer of young adult fiction who favours challenging themes for his works mostly concentrating around the mental health and under privilege of American teenagers.

As summer solstice sends us foggy headed it is important not to forget that for every rainy day we do experience, there is a place to indulge our minds, our emotions and our creativity. This place is usually between the walls of the old buildings that house our local cinemas and theatres, these venues are always in need of support from their local community in order to continue bringing us the newest talents and latest movies as well as bring children the classical pantomimes that remain so popular at Christmas time.

If you’re staying at Bluestone on a summer break you can also enjoy some great interactive dinner shows for children and from the 18th of July we will have a traditional Ceilidh band performing at our month long summer festival.

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