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The Summer Show 2019 (125 Years of Variety)

The Variety Spectacular with Don Maclean

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Performances Throughout August – Matinees & Evenings (see schedule below)

The West Cliff Theatre in Clacton can date the origin of its annual summer show back to 1894 – which makes it the longest running continuous summer season in the UK and a mile stone as we celebrate 125 years of variety.

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Come and indulge in the glitz and glamour of our great British revue show. Featuring laugh out loud comedy, spell binding performances and spine tingling vocals, together with a company of eight gorgeous dancers plus our junior ensemble…
The Summer Show is not to be missed!

A feast of family entertainment, flavoured with tradition.

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Tuesday 6th August. 2pm & 7.30pm

Wednesday 7th August. 2pm & 6pm

Tuesday 13th August. 2pm & 7.30pm

Wednesday 14th August. 2pm & 6pm

Tuesday 20th August. 2pm & 7.30pm

Wednesday 21st August. 2pm & 6pm

Saturday 24th 2pm & 7.30pm

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Marshall King – The Only Way is ELVIS

Friday 23rd August, 7.30pm

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The award winning Marshall King returns to the West Cliff for another jaw-dropping performance, featuring a band that includes top musicians and backing singers. With authentic jumpsuits made by Elvis’s own costume designer, don’t miss this fun-packed show which will transport you back to the fabulous Las Vegas shows that Elvis was so famous for.  A night not to be missed!
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The Folly Mixtures

Friday 30th August 7.30pm

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Join London’s leading Burlesque stars ‘The Folly Mixtures’ as they bring you an evening of song, dance, circus and Burlesque. Giggle and wiggle your way through a revue show at its finest, full of sparkling costumes, sharp choreography and cheeky personalities.

The troupe have performed in some of London’s most iconic Cabaret venues such as ‘The Café de Paris’, they have toured international from Helsinki to The Seychelles, charming audiences wherever they go. They have even appeared on ITV…removing only gloves of course, for the daytime audience!

Joined by some of the best variety acts on the scene, guaranteed to have you laughing and cheering out loud, this is a fabulous night not to missed!

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‘Like Charlie’s Angels – but with lust, bust and 100% more sex appeal!’ – Alt Entertainer

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Paradise

Saturday 31st August 7.30pm

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As Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise returns to the UK theatres in 2019, we are celebrating with our “Lost Legends” 10th Anniversary Tour. The show continues to grow and to change, bringing to the stage an amazing number of tributes to the legends of rock and roll over the years at every venue.

Each performance will be unique as we try to fit in as many icons as we can, bringing to life the music of the giants of rock and roll. Backed by the dynamic Paradise Band, among the many legends we pay tribute to along the way are, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Big Bopper, Eddie Cochran, Ricky Nelson, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Everly Brothers – and the King himself, Elvis.  Which of your favourites will the jukebox choose to bring to the stage on the night?  Paradise rings the changes to keep the surprises going.  Two hours of rock and roll magic, brought to you by the very best tribute artistes, that’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise.

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Marty Wilde & The Wildcats

Saturday 7th September 7.30pm

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The one and only Mr Reg Smith (Marty Wilde to you and me) returns by popular demand for 2019. Marty is still touring nationally and the West Cliff is always one of his favourite gigs and we are thrilled that he is joining us as we celebrate 125 years of Summer Variety.

His show, Born to Rock ‘n’ Roll, in which he performs with his Wildcats, has received critical acclaim and has not only thrilled his loyal fans but also a whole new generation who are just discovering the man who stormed the charts with ‘Rubber Ball’ and ‘Teenager In Love’.

This is a night not to be missed.

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Only Fools and Boycie

Friday 13th September 7.30pm

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An intimate evening with Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis.
Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career.

Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he’ll be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics.

Mr Challis will also meet fans after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography, Being Boycie, and novel, Reggie: A Stag At Bay.

 

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The Story of Bart

Saturday 14th September 7.30pm

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“The Story of Bart – A Musical Play tells the story of Eastender Lionel Bart. He was a songwriting genius having a career penning huge global chart hits, musicals, film scores and one of the biggest musicals of all time Oliver! Because of this success Bart was earning in the 1960’s the same as the average working man’s weekly wage every minute, but things went wrong, very wrong and by 1972 he was tragically declared bankrupt. Was their a ‘Happy Ending’? West End star John Barr (Les Miserables, Aspects of Love, Evita & Sweeney Todd) takes on the title role and is joined by a full band as they perform Bart’s most unforgettable hits (LIVING DOLL, HANDFUL OF SONGS, DO YOU MIND, SONGS FROM OLIVER! BLITZ, FINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE, MAGGIE MAY!) and many many more… whilst also telling his amazing life story.“

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The Rolling Clones 2019

PLEASE NOTE:

The Rolling Clones performance has been rescheduled to November 2020 due to circumstances beyond our control. The Box Office team will be in touch shortly and please accept our apologies for any disappointment this may cause.

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Swinging at The Cotton Club

Friday 20th September, 7.30pm

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Take a step back into the 1920’s & ‘30s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub, The Cotton Club!

This is an action packed show celebrating the music and dance of the Cotton Club – New York’s most celebrated nightclub.

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With the fabulous Lindy Hop Dance Company recreating the exhilarating dances of the period and the authentic music being provided by The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, featuring the vocal talents of Marlene Hill and the compare/vocalist Megs Etherington, this really is a night not to be missed. Pure joy and excitement from start to finish.
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Joe Brown

Sunday 22nd September 2019, 7.30pm

60TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

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Premier rock ‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown has gone from strength to strength as his contemporary achievements continue to gather momentum.

His ‘Very Best Of’ album achieved Gold Record Status and was on the UK charts for eight weeks staying four weeks in the Top 20 and in the same year his 50th anniversary was celebrated with a wonderful sell-out show at the Royal Albert Hall and his new Ukulele Album caused a similar stir although branching out internationally and broke new territory for Joe in the download market where he is now a Spotify Legend.

He has continued to break box office records and recently received MOJO magazine’s coveted Outstanding Contribution To  Music Award as well as a much deserved MBE.

Joe won over a whole new generation of fans performing on Later With Jools Holland and playing his part closing the show at the Concert For George Harrison. You may have witnessed his critically acclaimed set at Glastonbury Festival or caught him on tour. If you have you’ll already know just what a terrific live talent he is.

In 2017 Joe broke with tradition and toured without a band just taking US Legend Henry Gross along and the two tours & ‘Just Joe’ Double CD release they undertook together in 2017 & 2018 both broke new ground and were rapturously received by audiences who came in record numbers to confirmed that as a raconteur Joe is second to none and as a performer he is just as comfortable solo as with a band.
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Total 80s

Saturday 5th October. 7.30pm

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It’s time to back comb that hair and slip on the shell suit as we take you back to the eighties with an all new production of Total 80’s. No other era has had such a colourful and diverse influence.

Celebrating the amazing musical landscape of this time with all of your favourite hits from artists such as Wham!, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, A-Ha, Cyndi Lauper and many more. This is a theatre show unlike any other, it’s a party atmosphere it will evoke memories you’d forgotten.

Performed by an incredible 7 piece band, that recreates the magic to take you back in time to when it was cool to be different!! So get out your neon, back comb your hair. Cut Footloose and remember to Wake me up before you go go!!!

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The Indians

 Sunday 6th October, 7.30pm

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THE INDIANS, Ireland’s Top Showband are back (again) with their non-stop program of music and song. Regarded as one of the most entertaining Irish bands on the road, they have been consistently entertaining the UK for over four decades!

The Indians “BIG CHIEF” is lead singer Raymond Kelly (Geronimo), and he is regarded as one of the best in the business. With Eamonn Keane (Sitting Bull) on keyboards, accordion and vocals, Kevin McKeown (Long Arrow) on drums and vocals, Brian Woodfull (Crazy Horse) on bass guitar and vocals, it will be a fantastic show!

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Gilbert O’Sullivan

Friday 11th October 7.30pm

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Enjoying one of the most creative and commercially successful periods of an outstanding career, Gilbert O’Sullivan has continued to look to the future while his famous back catalogue has, as ever, won respect and adoration all over the world. 2018’s self-titled album reached the top 20 and he now returns for a solo show that will see him present new songs alongside classics in an intimate and unforgettable setting.

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Talon – The Best of Eagles

Saturday 12th October 2019, 7.30pm.

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Talon have risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful theatre touring shows in the UK and the ‘Greatest Hits Tour 2019’ will once again feature the Eagles timeless back catalogue including Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights, Take It To The Limit, Desperado, Lyin’ Eyes, Life In The Fast Lane and many more.

This world class seven-piece band are a phenomenon and have truly transcended the tag of ‘tribute’. They have become a brand name in their own right who are not only revered by their peers, respected by the music industry but dearly loved by their massive and expanding fan base that together have become a ‘family’.

 

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Mad About The Musicals

Sunday 13th October 2019, 7.30pm

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Taking you on a whistle stop tour from the heart of London’s theatre land to the glitz of Broadway, the critically acclaimed Mad About The Musicals is back – celebrating the very best songs from the shows we all know and love!

With a host of your favourite numbers from the pen of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Boublil & Schonberg, the talented cast of Mad About The Musicals evoke the true spirit of the stage, with brilliant vocals, stunning costumes and a spectacular light show, to bring you the very best show in town!

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Thunder

Friday 18th October, 7.30pm

Unplugged and Unscripted – An Intimate Evening with Danny & Luke

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They usually headline arenas and festivals. But this autumn, British rock band Thunder will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a series of up-close-and-personal shows for fans. Founding members singer Danny Bowes and guitarist Luke Morley will talking through the highs and lows of life in Britain’s most popular rock band. And they’ll punctuate their unscripted conversation with host Mick Wall by playing acoustic versions of fan favourites. The 16-date Unplugged and Unscripted tour will give fans the chance to see them as they’ve never been seen before. And the addition of a strictly limited number of VIP tickets will also provide followers with the chance to meet them after each show.
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Beatlemania

Saturday 19th October, 7.30pm

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Roll up, roll up, for a rip-roaring magical musical tour through the back catalogue of the world’s greatest ever band.

Every song is a winner in this note-perfect musical love letter to the Fab Four. John, Paul, George and Ringo take to the stage one more time as the supremely-talented cast revive all 17 of their No1 hits including: She Loves You, Can’t Buy Me Love, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, We Can Work it Out, All You Need is Love, Get Back and so many more. . . including a five-star performance of Hey Jude on the golden anniversary of the four-times platinum classic hit.

From their mop-top Beatlemania beginnings to the psychedelic highs of Sgt Pepper and beyond, all the biggest hits feature. The most authentic production on tour brings The Beatles to life, live on stage. Stunning attention to detail – from the original musical instruments and stitch perfect costumes even down to Lennon and McCartney’s on-stage banter – combines with superb vocals and sublime musicianship.

Money can’t buy you love, but it can get you seats for an evening to remember featuring the biggest and best songs ever recorded, performed live in concert. Get your ticket to ride back in time in style with the incredible Beatlemania!
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The Simon and Garfunkel Story

Sunday 20th October, 7.30pm

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Direct from a weeklong run in London’s West End at the Vaudeville Theatre, a SOLD OUT Worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed!

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“Fantastic” – Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2.

“Authentic and Exciting” – The Stage
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Ariana Grande & Jo Jo Tribute

Friday 25th October 6pm.

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‘Sweeney Entertainments presents’– The U.K.’s number one tributes to global superstar Ariana Grande & kids’ sensation JoJo Siwa together in the most exciting new Pop production of 2019!

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Ariana’s music videos have been viewed a total of more than nine billion times online. Her accolades include three American Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and four Grammy Award nominations.

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With 8.5 million YouTube subscribers and 7.5 million Instagram followers, JoJo Siwa is THE biggest teen star of her generation. A role model to millions of young girls around the world; there’s just no stopping her! With six hit singles to her name including ‘Kid In A Candy Store,’ ‘Boomerang’ and ‘Hold The Drama,’ JoJo was always bound to be a star… and she’s still only 15!

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Bee Gees Fever

Saturday 26th October, 7.30pm.

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Since 1999 Bee Gees Fever have been playing totally live to venues all across the UK and Europe, honing their skills with one purpose in mind – to entertain audiences. And they have been achieving this for over 20 years.

The Bee Gees Fever show is a celebration of the music of the Gibb brothers, now including a guest female vocalist, which transports you back in time as hit after hit is performed from one of the biggest selling groups of all time. From ‘Jive Talking’ to ‘Tragedy’, and not forgetting ‘Staying Alive’ or ‘Night Fever’ this is an evening not to be missed.

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Astor Big Band-The Glenn Miller Story

 Sunday 27th October 2.30pm

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The 18 piece Astor Big Band and Singers present the story of Alton G Miller from the formation of his first band in 1936 through to his tragic death, 75 years ago this December, on a flight from Bedford to Paris on Dec 14th 1944.

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We use the format of his “Chesterfied” sponsored broadcasts – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue to bring you a host of Miller classics and a selection of more modern compositions from shows including Les Misérables, West Side Story and Chess as he would have played them.  A Concert to appeal to all fans of Big Bands and Modern Musicals.

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Marty MacDonald’s Toy Machine

TUESDAY 29th OCTOBER 1.30pm

– featuring the voice of Justin Fletcher from CBeebies as Pongo the Pig!

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“Everyone at Marty MacDonald’s Farmis delighted with the special delivery that’s arrived – the Toy Machine that makes all of the toys in the world!

But then they realise that Crafty the Crowhas been up to mischief and it shouldn’t really be there at all…

Worse still, the machine has stopped working, so they need to fix it before the Toymaker comes to get it back!

Join Marty, Sally the Scarecrow, Pongo the Pig, Molly-Moo the Cow and Sheena the Sheep in a fun, musical, interactive adventure to repair the Toy Machine, save the day and give the world back its toys plus come in your spookiest Halloween costume and take part in the biggest fancy dress competition in town!”

Songs include:

Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes, The Wheels On The Bus, The Hokey Cokey, The Grand Old Duke Of York, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Old MacDonald Had A Farm and many more!

Marty MacDonald’s Toy Machine is a fun, interactive, song-filled adventure,

set on a colourful farmyard and featuring a host of lovable puppet characters.  This family show is particularly suitable for 2 – 7 year olds and has a special cast meet & greet after the performance.

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I’m Still Standing

FRIDAY 1st NOVEMBER 7.30pm

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I’m Still Standing – The Music of Elton John is a musical celebration of the legendary 50 year career of Sir Elton John. Featuring all of his greatest hits performed by the outstanding Joel Buckingham and backed by an amazing live band and features strong imagery throughout the show both on the screen and even the piano itself.

And no show about Elton John would be complete without the outrageous outfits and glasses which have become a signature of his live shows from the early 1970’s right up to the modern day. His unique blend of pop and rock styles turned him into one of the biggest icons of the 20th century.

The show takes you through an incredible legacy of great songs and music and features all the hits including Crocodile Rock, Rocket Man, Candle in the Wind, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Sacrifice, Daniel and The Circle of Life.

Elton is a true Icon, a showman and most of all a great song writer. This show will rock you all the way home.
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Purple Zeppelin

 Saturday 2nd November, 7.30pm

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Purple Zeppelin are four talented and versatile musicians with decades of playing between them, comprising thousands of gigs and sessions in the UK and overseas, selling out venues up and down the country.
However, this is much more than just a great band performing all the ‘Greatest Hits’ – it’s a theatrical insight into these two giants of rock, complete with special effects, onstage ‘artistic differences’ and audience participation!

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The band are genuine admirers of both Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and with the accent firmly on entertainment this is a night not to be missed, complete with Ritchie Blackmore’s on stage antics, Jimmy Page’s twin neck Guitar and Theremin, and a very special Violin Bow Solo!

Come and experience the excitement of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in one mesmerising show!

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Jest for Laughs

SUNDAY MATINEE

3rd NOVEMBER 2.30pm

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“Jest For Laughs is a celebration of the golden age of radio comedy. Join us during a ‘Live’ broadcast of the fictional hit sketch show Radio Ha-Ha! Our announcer, resplendent in black tie (and trousers, of course!!) introduces a host of comedy characters, silly situations and shameless shenanigans! If you are a fan of classics like The Navy Lark, Round The Horne, Hancock’s Half Hour and The Goon Show then you will love the crazy capers of our cracking cast. We guarantee your funny bone will be well and truly tickled.”

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ABBAMANIA

Friday 8th November 7.30pm

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EUROPE’S LEADING ABBA TRIBUTE, ABBAMANIA, CONTINUE TO ENTERTAIN AUDIENCES WITH THEIR OUTSTANDING VOCALS AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCE LIVE ON STAGE.

ABBAMANIA’S WIDELY ACCLAIMED TRIBUTE TO ABBA IS A SENSATIONAL TWO HOUR SHOW FEATURING RECORD BREAKING AND TIMELESS HITS FROM ‘WATERLOO’ TO ‘ DANCING QUEEN’  WHICH WILL HAVE YOU DANCING IN THE AISLES.

SO DUST OFF YOUR PLATFORMS, PUT ON YOUR FLARES AND COME ALONG AND ENJOY AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT WITH ABBAMANIA.

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Tendring Brass Band

SUNDAY MATINEE

10th NOVEMBER 3.00pm

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Tendring Brass return to the West Cliff Theatre for our annual Remembrance Day concert entitled “Memories”.  This year’s act of remembrance focuses on the 75 anniversary of the Normandy Landings and RM Musicians killed in the Deal bombing thirty years ago.  By air and sea we recall the moon landing, first Concorde flight and maiden voyage of the QEII in 1969.  The band are joined once again by Chase Lane School Choir singing a medley of songs from Oliver and bring your voices to join in with the hits of Buddy Holly and Ricky Valance.  An afternoon to sit back and reminisce.

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Small Fakers

 Friday 15th November, 7.30pm

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Small Fakers are the UK’s only tribute to 60’s mod legends The Small Faces and have been receiving great acclaim across the country. They even have the support of the Small Faces’ band drummer Kenney Jones.

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If you are a fan of the group or the 60s in general then this is the show for you. With hits like ‘All Or Nothing, Lazy Sunday, Itchycoo Park and Sha La La La Lee’ as well as fan favourites and selected tracks from the 1968 LP Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, this promises to be a great night out.

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Freedom!19 – A tribute to George Michael

Saturday 16th November, 7.30pm

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International tribute artiste Wayne Dilks and his band pay tribute to the late George Michael in this stunning show.

The former frontman, producer and co-founder of Faith the George Michael Legacy returns in 2019 with his new production Freedom!’19.

Wayne has been a George Michael tribute artiste for almost 20 years and delivers his heartfelt tribute to the global Superstar in a sensitive and spectacular way.

Join Wayne and his incredible band for a celebration of George’s fantastic 35 year career with songs from his Wham days up to his final album, Symphonica.

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The Flint Street Nativity

THURSDAY 21st – SATURDAY 23rd NOVEMBER 7.30pm

SATURDAY MATINEE 2.30pm

*****Contains Adult Content*****

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Squabbles arise when Gabriel wants to play Mary, the Star grumbles he’s not a proper star like they have at NASA, Herod won’t stop waving to his mum and dad and the subversive Innkeeper is determined to liven up the traditional script. And then the stick insect escapes…

This warm, witty, funny play by Tim Firth will have you crying with laughter as the truth behind staging a school nativity is fully exposed.

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