Entertainment News Archive - August 01, 2008

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Anita Dobson - the former barmaid Angie in BBC 1's EastEnders - has a starring role in Hello Dolly which opens at the Bristol Hippodrome on Tuesday.

Alison Steadman will star in Alan Bennett's satirical comedy Enjoy at the Theatre Royal Bath later this month The actress - who will forever be remembered in the role of the ghastly Beverley in Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party - will star alongside David Troughton, most recently seen in the BBC's series of Doctor Who.

Anyone who missed the Womad festival last weekend still has a chance to hear a range of guitarists, singer, musicians and dancers at Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University, Newton Park tomorrow evening as part of a showcase concert.

Pop starlet Kate Nash will begin the Saturday night at Glastonbury Extravaganza on August 8 and 9. Her first single, Caroline's A Victim/Birds, was released through Moshi Moshi last February and its success led to her being signed to the Polydor offshoot Fiction Records.

A Winning 'Dusty Springfield' and ballerinas each tipping the scales at more than 17st will all be topping the bill this autumn in Scunthorpe. These are just some of the exciting prospects in store for North Lincolnshire theatregoers, in a package which has now been unveiled at the Plowright.

Young actors and musicians are preparing to showcase their talents at one of the world's most famous arts festivals. Students from Lincoln's Bishop Grosseteste University College will set off on Saturday for a week-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

It's been more than two and a half years since Hull lads The Paddingtons released their acclaimed debut album, First Comes First.

By laura stuart-cook Singing, dancing and gymnastics were all on show in the first heat of the Junior Search For A Star contest. Held at Cleethorpes' Memorial Hall, the competition saw 12-year- old Lucy McGuire sing her way to pole position.

Jazz guitarist Joe Beck, who has died aged 62, worked with some of the greatest names in 20th century music such as Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and James Brown. He died at a hospice after battling lung cancer.

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