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Hearts and Mines

‘Brassed Off’ remains one of the best feel-good films of the 1990s and a stage version is coming to the Gala theatre in Durham.

There can’t be that many places that a stage version of ‘Brassed Off’ would work better than Durham, and this version – adapted by Paul Allen from Mark Herman’s original screenplay – will feature Country Durham brass band players performing everything from the William Tell Overture to Land of Hope and Glory. It’s 1992 and Danny’s lifelong ambition to lead his local colliery band to the National Brass Band Competition at the Royal Albert Hall looks like it might finally happen. But as the pit faces closure, the future looks bleak. And when flugelhorn player Gloria arrives, bringing a renewed sense of hope, no on know who she’s really playing for. Funny and life-affirming. GM

Brassed Off, 6-24 September, Gala, Durham, 7.30pm (plus some mats.), from £20. galadurham.co.uk

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