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The inexplicable return of Emperor Palpatine has stunned the surviving members of the resistance, who under the stewardship of General Leia Organa (The late Carrie Fisher) must now deal with this ominous new threat, as well as facing off against the evil First order.

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For 40 years, Themen, a surgeon, combined practising orthopaedic surgery with a career in music.

That included backing up Joe Cocker on his classic breakthrough hit, With a Little Help from My Friends (which earned Art a princely £15.75).

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Stephen K Amos will involve the audience in his comedy at Cambridge Junction on Friday, January 24.

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Music Scores from the good, the bad and the epic are promised when Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra play film favourites at Saffron Hall.

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Helen George hits just the right note in My Cousin Rachel to leave us wondering at the end whether she was, after all, a wronged woman.

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With the same hilarious body swap antics that made the last film such a hoot, The Next Level doubles down on this success by adding more characters and freshens things up by switching their roles.

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The Prince and The Witch is set in a kingdom where the royals are a loving couple who chase each other around the palace corridors.

The kingdom has fallen on hard times, everyone is watching their spending, except Lord Cringeworthy, the Lord Chancellor.

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A Downton Abbey star and an Absolutely Fabulous favourite are among the performers set to appear at Cambridge Arts Theatre this year.

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Cambridge

The band Chineke! the cellist Sheku Kenneh-Mason, who played at Harry and Meghan's wedding, trumpeter Alison Balsom - and violinist Nicola Benedetti are all part of the spring programme for Saffron Hall

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Celebrated saxophonist Jess Gillam will play at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Thursday, January 31.

The concert continues the Boldfield Orchestral Series with the European Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Eva Stegeman. Tickets for people aged under 26 are just £5.

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Braintree was the birthplace of Courtaulds. This is the story of the development

of artificial silk and the influence of a family whose members became war heroes, local politicians and suffragettes.

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Treasure Island the Pantomime is playing at Haverhill Arts Centre from Friday, January 17 to Saturday, January 25.

Presented by Centre Stage, this will be a traditional family show with plenty of audience participation, songs, dancing, pieces of eight and ooo-ahh me hearties.

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Strictly Come Dancing winner for 2017, Joe McFadden (known also for Heartbeat and Holby City) will star in a new production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Cambridge Corn Exchange

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Vienna's annual New Year's concert is so famous around the world that tickets are given through a lottery system a year in advance, with best seats costing over a thousand Euros. Luckily, the Viennese tradition was recreated by the BBC Concert Orchestra at Saffron Hall on Saturday, January 4.

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Local musicians who do not often have the chance to perform can do so this month at a bookshop in Saffron Walden.

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Will Smith and Spider-Man's Tom Holland make for an unlikely duo in eye-popping animated action-comedy Spies In Disguise.

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For film fans, a new year means awards season approaches. Oscar Nominations will be announced on January 13 before the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles hosts the 92nd academy awards on February 9. PAUL STEWARD predicts the runners and riders in the six main categories and says who has the best chance of winning a golden statuette.

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Helen George (Trixie in Call the Midwife) takes to the stage at Cambridge Arts Theatre as Rachel in Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel.

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A month of unusual music is at Saffron Hall for January both in the main hall and the foyer.

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