Hilarious panto to kick off New Year at Ardhowen

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NEW Year at Ardhowen Theatre kicks off once again with the fabulous Lakeland Players in yet another hilarious panto opening this Thursday night. Dominic Kirwan, the St. Mary’s and Ballyreagh Bands and up-coming country music star Lisa McHugh provide a variety of music to see us through January.


Lakeland Players have packed the house once again with their 27th annual pantomime, ‘Jack And The Beanstalk’.

When the only means of income for Jack and his mother, Daisy the cow, stops giving milk one morning, Jack is sent to sell her at the market but on the way he meets an old man who offers to give him “magic” beans in exchange for Daisy.

Jack is delighted by his good luck and takes the beans but when he arrives home without any money his exasperated mother throws the beans to the ground and sends Jack to bed without supper.

While Jack sleeps, the beans grow into a gigantic beanstalk. Jack climbs the beanstalk and arrives in a strange land high up in the sky. And so the adventure begins…..

Performances take place on Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th January and Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th January at 8pm. Just a few seats remain so please contact the Box Office for availability.


Dominic Kirwan, one of Ireland’s best and most popular concert performers, embarks on a nationwide concert tour with his excellent band to coincide with the release of his new album.

Dominic’s music reflects a wide variety of influences ranging from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers via Tom Jones.

His career as a performer began with Irish Dancing in his home town of Omagh at the age of 4, until one of his primary school teachers approached his mother after a singing competition and informed her that her son had a very good voice.

Dominic went on to compete in all manner of singing and dancing competitions throughout Ireland and further afield, giving him valuable experience for the career that lay ahead.

Dominic’s first band, The Melody Boys, was formed in early 1979. The group played all over the North West of Ireland, learning their craft in local bars, clubs, dancehalls, weddings and many other functions.

He first went solo at the end of 1984, recording his first single called, “Alice Is In Wonderland,” now a collectors item amongst fans.

All the while, he was entering talent contests the length and breadth of Ireland from UTV’s Entertainer of The Year to Search for a Star on RTE and even BBC’s Opportunity Knocks.

He finally managed to break through in 1988, winning two local radio talent shows, which led directly to his signing to Ritz Records soon after.

Dominic’s hectic touring schedule has taken him all over the globe, giving him the opportunity to work with such great music stars as Charlie Pride, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rodgers, Don Williams and many others.

More recently Dominic has been joined on stage with two of his sons Colm and Barry, both individual talents in their own right.

Amongst his peers and fans alike, Dominic’s live shows are regarded as some of the most vibrant and exciting in today’s music scene.

With his rich voice and wide repertoire, there is always something to please even the most ardent music critic.

Dominic’s concert at Ardhowen Theatre on Thursday January 23 at 8pm features songs from his many albums as well as others from right across the country and pop music spectrum, creating a wonderful atmosphere for his audience and leaving everybody wanting more.


After their previous sell-out concert ‘Musical Harmonies’ in May last year, St. Mary’s Silver Band and Ballyreagh Silver Band are back with another wonderful evening of music.

In February 2010 the St. Mary’s and Ballyreagh Bands launched a joint programme under the title ‘St. Mary’s and Ballyreagh Making Music’.

This project was and is primarily aimed at bridging the divide that exists in their community and the bands will play individually and as a united band demonstrating the respect and appreciation that this project has engendered between the two neighbouring communities.

The bands will be joined by compere Sean McCaffrey and conductor Stephen Crooks on Saturday 25th January at 8pm.


The latest star in country music, Lisa McHugh, will perform at Ardhowen on Friday 31st January.

We are delighted to welcome the Ulster Orchestra back on Saturday 1st February with an evening of Mendelssohn and for anyone who missed out on tickets for Robert Mizzell in December, he will be back for an extra night on Wednesday 5th February.

Check out the theatre website, sign up for mail alerts or follow us on Facebook for information on all the great entertainment lined up for the New Year.

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