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Shows for February 2018

Griff Rhys Jones : Where was I?

Friday 2nd February at 7:30pm

Join the star of Not the Nine o'clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from forty years of travelling - down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. It's a career, if you mean bouncing chaotically downhill without a map. 

 

‘Great Comedy’ ★★★★ – The Telegraph

Tickets: £18

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The Legends of American Country

Wednesday 7th February at 7:30pm

Following a sell out UK tour in 2016 direct from Ireland Europe's No 1 Country music show “The Legends of American Country  " returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping Country classics. The 2017 tour will showcase highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Alan Jackson and 4 brand new tributes to icons George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Patsy Cline and Don Williams in this must see extravaganza. The show features 3 fantastic singers in Rod Mc Auley, Joe Moore and Tracey Mc Auley all backed by the superb Keltic Storm  and coupled with an authentic stage set that will transport you all the way to  Nashville and back . One things for sure if you like Country music this is the only show in town! 

 

Tickets: £18.50

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The Witches

Based on the fantastic story by Roald Dahl

Evenings at 7.30pm Saturday matinee at 2.00pm

Stagestruck Theatre dare you to come and see:

            A FUN FILLED FAMILY SHOW.

COME ALONG AND SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT A "REAL WITCH"

YOU NEVER KNOW ONE COULD BE SITTING JUST NEXT TO YOU !       

REIMAGINED BY LIZ BREWSTER WITH ORIGINAL SCORE BY PHIL ALLCOCK       

Tickets: £12 £10

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An Evening with Jason Donovon

Thursday 15th February at 7:30pm

The boy who made his name on Neighbours and became one of Britain's biggest ever pop stars is now firmly established as a serious actor and national treasure. Jason Donovan had four number one singles and took the lead role in Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He won the hearts and minds of a nation during a glorious run to the final of I'm A Celebrity before wowing millions with his moves on Strictly Come Dancing. His successful move to the stage earned plaudits for The King's Speech and The War Of The Worlds. And his recent Ten Good Reasons anniversary tour was another smash hit. Now, for the first time, fans can meet Jason Up Close. Appearing in An Audience With, Jason will talk about the highs and lows of his career. Expect previously-untold stories and exclusive, stripped-back-and-acoustic versions of his biggest hits. It's the most intimate show of his life - get ready to meet Jason Up Close.

Tickets: £25

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Milkshake! Live ‘The Magic Story Book’

12:00 & 3:30pm

Friday 16th February 2018

Starring Milkshake! favourites; Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. 

Set amongst Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this brand new live show is sure to amaze and delight!  The Milkshake! cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and love.

Performances at 12pm and 3:30pm.

Adults £15

Under 16's £13.50

Under 12 months Free

Family £53

 

Online booking notices:

For Children 12 months - 2 years please contact box office to book your tickets and for more information on prices.

Concession tickets are for for children under 16 - £13.50

 * The Milkshake Live show will feature 2 Milkshake! Presenters. Jen, Derek, Kemi, Amy, Olivia, Curtis and Sita may only appear at certain venues. © Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited 2017. All Rights Reserved. ©2017 DreamWorks Distribution Limited. All Rights Reserved. Bob the Builder™©2017 Hit Entertainment Limited and Keith Chapman. Fireman Sam™©2017 Prism Art & Design Limited. “Little Princess” derived from the television series by The Illuminated Film Company and based upon the books by Tony Ross (published by Andersen Press). © 2017 The Illuminated Film Company. All Rights Reserved. © CHF Pip! Plc 2013-2016, All Rights Reserved. © Wissper LTD. ©Winduna Enterprises Ltd. 2017. © 2017 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Tickets: £15

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Kerry Ellis - 20th Anniversary Tour

Saturday 17th February at 7:30pm

Join Kerry Ellis as she embarks on a UK tour to celebrate 20 years since her West End debut.

The West End's favourite leading lady will sing songs from Bond, to Bareilles to Bacharach and more, telling stories from her career to date. Ellis has just released her latest hit album on Sony Music with Brian May, Golden Days, and has stared in shows such as We Will Rock You and was the first British Elphaba in both the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked. Her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! and Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon, and Fantine in Les Miserables. She has released several Top 40 albums, and is in huge demand around the world for her concert work

Tickets: £22.50

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The Retrospective Tour – The Lloyd Cole songbook 1983-1996

Wednesday 21st February at 7pm

 "We are delighted to announce Lloyd Cole will be here on Wednesday 21st February 2018 with The Retrospective Tour – the Lloyd Cole songbook 1983 - 1996, celebrating the recent release of the 1983 – 1996 anthology, Lloyd will perform songs exclusively from this classic period.

Age recommended 14+ or with an adult

Tickets: £22.50

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Dave Spikey - Juggling on a Motorbike

Thursday 22nd February at 7:30pm

Dave had been working in the NHS for 19 years as a Biomedical Scientist when in 1987 someone uttered the immortal words, “You’re really funny, you should be a comedian” and for some reason, he took them seriously!!  Only a few short months later he was crowned the winner of the national talent show “Stairway to the Stars”. Larry Grayson, one of the judges, told him that it was a close run thing on the night but what clinched the award for Dave was his routine about a juggler on a motorbike. Fast forward 13 years (Is that possible?) to Friday 13th October 2000 , the day Dave switched off his microscope for good and found himself, the following Monday, sitting on rain swept local car park dressed as a giant berry!! So now in 2017 he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his comedy career. In this show he will look back on his remarkable life and his incredible journey from working class lad to Chief Biomedical Scientist to much loved comedy performer and writer via Phoenix Nights, Eight out of Ten Cats, Bullseye, Dead Man Weds, Magnolia, The Royal Variety Show, Parkinson and many more. He often reflects that maybe none of this would have happened and he might still be looking down his microscope today if it wasn’t for the juggler on the motorbike.

Tickets: £17.50/£16 conc

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Courtney Pine and the Inner City Ensemble

Band on the Wall and Friends

Sunday 25th February at 8pm

No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past thirty + years than Courtney Pine C.B.E. The groundbreaking saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience.  

In 1986 his debut album ‘Journey to the Urge Within’ became the first serious jazz album ever to make the British Top 40 (significantly earning a Silver Disc), and the last two decades have seen him go on to achieve considerable International acclaim.

He has released 16 studio albums under his own name and is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, constantly pushing the boundaries of the genre and remaining firmly at the cutting edge of the UK scene.  

In 2014 he was commissioned to compose and perform a musical response to the work of Matisse for the Tate Modern, this work was broadcast live from the exhibitions to cinemas throughout the UK. He also joined Herbie Hancock and all-star lineup for the globally televised UNESCO International Jazz Day Festival concert live from Osaka in 2014. 

For the fourth edition of the Jazz Directors Series, Pine will be joined by the Inner City Ensemble, a changing lineup of some of the UK’s most exciting emerging professional jazz and crossover musicians. 

“Courtney Pine was once hailed as British jazz’s saviour….he still is” - The Independent 

The Jazz Directors Series is a two-year residency and touring project which brings together emerging UK professional jazz musicians with an internationally revered Jazz Director. 

Each edition comprises of a four-day residency produced by Brighter Sound and a corresponding tour of live concerts produced by Band on the Wall. 

Each tour is a collaboration between Band on the Wall and four independent jazz promoters based across the North of England who will be mentored by the established regional promoter and producer Root Music. 

The residency musicians form the Inner City Ensemble, a changing group of emerging professionals who will apply for the positions identified by each Jazz Director with the support of Brighter Sound and Jazz North.

 

Tickets: £16 until Jan.31st the £19

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The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson adapted for stage by Nick Lane

Monday 26th February at 7:30pm

Doctor Henry Jekyll is a good man. Successful within his field and respected by his peers, he’s close to a neurological discovery that will change the face of medical science forever. However, his methods are less than ethical, and when a close friend and colleague threatens to expose and destroy his work, Jekyll is forced to experiment on himself, whereupon something goes very wrong…or very right. And suddenly Jekyll has a new friend, the brutal Edward Hyde.

A thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde immerses you in the myth and mystery of 19th century London’s fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn. Gripping, stylish and thought-provoking, this is unmissable theatre. Go on...treat your dark side!

 

“One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English Theatre”  The Stage

Recommended for age 11+

Running time: Approx 2 hours (including interval)

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“A finely-crafted adaptation that will keep you fastened to your seat”

British Theatre Guide

“Lane explores the scientific ideas of the day and the development of neuroscience without it feeling like a foundation lecture in 'A' level psychology” The Independent

“A genuinely fresh take on a well-known story” British Theatre Guide

“Through adding in an uncomfortable love triangle…Lane has focused on the real horror lurking underneath this Victorian story; that of the warping effect of repressed sexuality. It is a masterstroke that has been given room to breathe in this new adaptation…a thrillingly dark drama”  The Stage

Tickets: £16 /£15 conc / Schools £10

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Tenors Un Limited - Venice to Vegas

Tuesday 27th February at 7:30pm

Hear the best songs from the world’s Opera Houses, Broadway Theatres & Concert Halls as ‘the Rat Pack of Opera’ take you from ‘Venice to Vegas.’   This is the MUST SEE show of the year.

Scott, Paul & Jem are excited to present their latest show, they will be joined by their musical director at the piano and supported by a local choir ensemble.*

Tenors Un Limited’s soaring vocals and lush harmonies combined with fun, personality and a sense of humour is the perfect recipe for a great night out.

Entertaining. Emotive. Extraordinary.

‘BRAVI’ - STING

Tenors with attitude...a hit!’ - The STAGE

A contemporary, captivating show...Congratulations!’ Dame Cleo Laine

‘[the] 21st Century Tenors’ - Alan Tichmarsh MBE

Tickets: £18

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