The Guildhall has plenty planned for the New Year

Derek Jones at Holwell Reservoir on Boxing Day - it was minus five degrees celsius at the time
Derek Jones at Holwell Reservoir on Boxing Day - it was minus five degrees celsius at the time
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THERE’S plenty happening at the Guildhall Arts Centre in the New Year.

The year’s brand new programme kicks off on Wednesday, January 12, with a talented flamenco guitarist.

Juan Martin, voted one of the top flamenco guitarists in the world by US Guitar Player magazine, will be supported by a line-up of the finest musicians and flamenco dancers in the Juan Martin Dance Ensemble.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £15 (£14).

The following day, January 13, the Guildhall’s Literature at Lunch series begins with Edith Wharton’s ‘The Age of Innocence’. The talk is followed by Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’ on February 3, Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ on March 3, Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ on April 7, and William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ on May 5. The talks are given by Dr Jane Mackay, and tickets cost £5.50 (£5) each. If you book for four talks at the same time, you get £2 off each ticket booked.

‘The Age of Innocence’ will be followed by the film starring Daniel Day Lewis and Michelle Pfieffer, and ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ starring Julie Christie and Terence Stamp will show after the talk on the book.

They are just two of the films showing at the Guildhall - also lined up are Robin Hood, The Hurt Locker, Letters to Juliet, The Blind Side, Toy Story 3, Twilight Saga – The Eclipse, and My Fair Lady.

Meanwhile, the Festival of Drama begins on Saturday, January 15, starring talented performers from the Guildhall’s junior, intermediate and senior youth drama groups.

Budding writers, actors, script developers, directors, costume designers and technicians will battle it out in front of a panel of judges to win the chance to perform again in the Guildhall’s 20th Anniversary show on Saturday, April 16. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £5 (£4).

Don’t miss the hilarious Graham Fellowes as John Shuttleworth in ‘A Man With No More Rolls’ on January 27.

For more on what’s on at the Guildhall in 2011, visit