The Wizard of Oz

Saturday 25th May

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Join Dorothy on her magical adventure ‘Over the Rainbow’ in this all new show from KD Productions. This fantastic family show is fun for all the family and guaranteed to have you smiling all the way to Oz and back as Dorothy and her friends battle that Wicked Witch. This is a feel good show with modern songs* the kids will love and that classic story we all know and cherish.

(*Not from the Film)

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Tropix: Part One

Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June 7.30pm

COLCHESTER COMPANY

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Following on from the SELL OUT success of the past seven year’s performances, The Company Performing Arts are thrilled to be back at the West Cliff Theatre with their spectacular annual production. This tropical fiesta features The Company students showcasing their skills in a variety of song and dance. Featuring a large cast of young people aged from 2 -19 years old, don’t miss the opportunity to witness the outstanding talents of The Company in TROPIX.

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Ceri Dupree: The Ladies I Love

Friday 7th June 7.30pm

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The faaaaabulous comedy female impersonator Ceri Dupree returns to the West Cliff Theatre in his spectacular new show – The Ladies I Love – in which he plays a tongue in cheek tribute to female stars from yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Expect even more eye popping and jaw dropping costumes and a few surprises along the way!

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“Dupree storms the stage with style, wit, glamour and a pace that leaves you amazed” Time Out

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The Quo Experience

Saturday 8th June 7.30pm

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Rockin’ All Over The World –  Whatever You Want – Down Down – Living On An Island – In The Army Now – What You’re Proposing – Burning Bridges… just a few of the many hits spreading five decades of Status Quo’s incredible music history.

With such an impressive line-up of seriously experienced musicians and passionate Quo fans, along with a stage full show that includes the legendary Status Quo wall of white Marshalls and replica guitars, The Quo Experience is fully armed to take the act as far as is possibly achievable in the tribute band industry. The Quo Experience is, however, not just another Quo tribute band – it is an ‘experience'; an ongoing chance to ‘experience’ the sounds and looks of “Britain’s biggest singles chart band of all time” as we all remember it!

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“An excellent show, really capturing the essence of the Quo I played with for 13 odd years – the attention to detail was awesome!” MATT LETLEY – Status Quo drummer 2000-2013

 

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Evolution Showcase

Saturday 15th June, 7.30pm

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This is a showcase of the student’s achievements during their One Year course at Evolution Foundation College, before they embark on their chosen 3 year Performing Art Course.

The students will be performing all aspects of Dance (including Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Commercial and Jazz), Singing, Acting and Musical Theatre.

Please Note: Tickets to the general public go on sale in April.

Parents and pupils can access the website via the code you have been given.

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The Divine Dusty

SUNDAY MATINEE

16TH JUNE 2.30PM

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The Divine Dusty – the Dusty Springfield Songbook

Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien OBE was born on 16th April 1939. To you and I she is, and always will be, Dusty Springfield. Her distinctive sound and peroxide blonde bouffant hair made her an icon of the swinging sixties. She is consistently named amongst the best female rock artists of all time and here is why – “Wishin’ and Hopin’ “, “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself”, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”, and, of course, “Son of a Preacher Man”. This is no tribute act – our cast of three will not only be delving into the musical archive of the divine Dusty but also telling you a little bit about her extraordinary private life.

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See How They Run

Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd June. 7.30pm

Saturday matinee 2.30pm

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The Rev. Lionel Toop’s wife, Penelope, is an ex-actress. While Lionel is away Clive, an actor, calls. He invites Penelope to dine in town which is out of boun’s to servicemen. He dresses in Lionel’s blacks. Miss Skillon, a parishioner, sees the couple repeating one of their theatrical scenes and draws the wrong conclusion. Add to the mix a cluster of clerics, mistaken identities and a German POW disguised as a vicar and you have all the right ingredients for a classic British farce.

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Simply The Best

Sunday 23rd June. 7.30pm

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Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner with this full stage production brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s.

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Featuring the powerful, raspy vocals and thrilling stage presence of Caroline Borole live on stage, complete with band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers to make this the definitive tribute, and a fabulous fun night out!

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Hear all the energetic Rock and soulful RnB hits that made Tina one of the 20th century’s biggest names in music – Simply the Best, What’s Love Got to Do With It, River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, We Don’t Need Another Hero, What You Get is What You See, Private Dancer and many more.

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Nat King Cole Centenary Songbook

Friday 28th June 7.30pm

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Andy Abraham is known across the country as the runner up of ITV’s 2005 series of The X Factor. He captured the hearts of the country then and will do so once again, as he has masterminded a special new tour called The Nat King Cole Songbook.

Throughout his career, Nat King Cole recorded more than 100 songs, and so Andy has had the unenviable task of selecting just a handful of tracks for the show. While Andy certainly hasn’t ignored the challenge that comes with stepping into the shoes of a man like Nat, he has already successfully covered hits from some of the most legendary music icons, so is the perfect vocalist for the feat. And, with his versatile voice and undying passion for Nat’s music, there is no doubt that he will do the man, and his music, great justice.

The show itself will be a mix of some of Nat’s most-loved songs, and, always a stickler for keeping his shows interactive Andy will also include intervals of thought provoking commentary throughout.

 

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Hormonal Housewives

Saturday 29th June 7.30pm

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Join the Hormonal Housewives as they blast their witty way through a catalogue of women’s bits: weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, moody teenagers, men, zumba, therapy, housework, homework, electrolysis, men, sex, working out, staying in, going out, bikini waxes, celebrity gossip, eating, not eating, chocolate, wine, more chocolate, social media, more wine, and all the other joys of being a 21st century woman!

No subject is taboo for these girls and no thought is too private as the challenges of modern womanhood are sliced, diced and put to rights. And that’s not all – audiences will be treated to some of the very best bits from the previous tour of this smash-hit show.

A seriously funny evening – what these women can’t teach you about modern womanhood isn’t worth knowing…

“Ticked all the right boxes – the audience loved it.” (Edinburgh Evening News) “The show is slick, fun, cheeky, smart and topical.” (Manchester Evening News)

“’Hormonal Housewives’ hits the proverbial spot for the hordes of females who are hell bent on having a laugh at both their own expense and that of the male species.” (The Stage) “Candid…camp…provocative…I laughed my head off.” (audience member)

“Upfront, extremely personal, hilarious – I loved it!” (audience member)

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Colne School: RAW

WEDNESDAY 3rd JULY 7.30pm

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please note there is an additional £1 fee per ticket on the price shown above.

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Dream Believe Achieve – Theatretrain

SUNDAY 30th JUNE 6.30pm

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This show celebrates the best of 10 years of Theatretrain Clacton a vibrant show with amazing dances, songs and script from Shrek , Chitty Chitty Bang Bang , Alice in Wonderland, Lilo and Stitch , international dances from around the world , singing in the rain , Pirates Of The Caribbean and many, many more , a fabulous  entertaining night out for all the family to enjoy together .

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Travelin Man – The Ricky Nelson Rock N Roll Show

Friday 5th July 7.30pm

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Travelin Man is the Uks first and only tribute show dedicated to the rock n roll legend Ricky Nelson. This authentic show features all the hits of the man who was second only to Elvis in record sales between 1957 & 1962.

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‘Hello Mary Lou, It’s Late, Fools Rush In, Lonesome Town and Travelin Man’ are just some of the hits that Dave B will be performing as he takes on the persona of Ricky. Dave is already well known for performing in the show Rock n Roll Paradise, as well as numerous TV, Radio and west end performances.

Backed by the all-star Travelin Man Band and with special guest star Peter Gill, this is a Rock n Roll feast not to be missed.

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Jimmy Cricket

Saturday 6th July, 7.30pm.

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Jimmy Cricket returns to the West Cliff as part of our 125 years of Variety Celebrations.  Jimmy has appeared here numerous times and is a firm favourite in Clacton. With his trademark Wellie Boots, Letters to ‘Mammy’ and infamous catch phrase ‘There’s More’, this is the perfect family friendly summer’s night out.

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Heroes & Villains

Sunday 14th July 3.00pm

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The Award -winning West Cliff Youth Theatre present their annual fund-raising concert for the West Cliff Theatre.

Featuring a selection of music from various sources, this song and dance show promises to take you on a magical journey to meet different Heroes and Villians.
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ICONS: Celebrating The Legendary DIVA’S

FRIDAY 19th JULY. 7.30pm

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Unleash Your Inner Diva and join this sensational cast, as we take you through the biggest divas of the decades. Performing the hits of legends such as Cher, Aretha, Whitney, Dusty, Tina, Barbra & so many more.

Incredible Costumes, Stunning Vocals & Slick Choreography, it’s the night out you’ve been waiting for – Grab Your Hairbrush, Grab the Girls and #UnleashYourInnerDiva

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Rock for Heroes

SATURDAY 20th JULY. 7.30pm

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Are you ready to ROCK! Immerse yourself in the incredible new live music experience with Rock For Heroes. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artist across the eras, fundraising in support of Help for Heroes.

We will be collecting for this amazing cause, after every show. Performed by a full live rock band and superb singers, It’s the must see show of the year. With music from artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Spandau Ballet, Bryan Adams, Elton John, AC/DC, Whitesnake & so many more. You won’t see a bad wig here, this isn’t a tribute act this is simply paying tribute, the best way we can to the legends in music. This is a night not to be missed, filled with laughter, great music and all for an incredible cause.

Book your tickets today & be part of Rock For Heroes – Music, Laughter & A Rockin’ Night Out!

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Tropix: Part Two

Friday 26th & Saturday 27th July 7.30pm

CLACTON-ON-SEA COMPANY

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Following on from the SELL OUT success of the past seven year’s performances, The Company Performing Arts are thrilled to be back at the West Cliff Theatre with their spectacular annual production. This tropical fiesta features The Company students showcasing their skills in a variety of song and dance. Featuring a large cast of young people aged from 2 -19 years old, don’t miss the opportunity to witness the outstanding talents of The Company in TROPIX.

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The Summer Show 2019 (125 Years of Variety)

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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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Big Girls Don’t cry

Friday 9th August 7.30pm

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Step back in time, to the era of romance. Where gents were gents, and gals were gals! Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band.

During the sixties and seventies number one hits Sherry, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll and Big Girls Don’t Cry helped propel the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli to super stardom.

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After selling an incredible 100 million records worldwide, there’s a Four Seasons song that shares a special place in everyone’s heart. This internationally acclaimed show authentically revives the sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest.

It showcases Frankie’s incredible falsettos, and features his solo hits like GreaseLet’s Hang On, Working My Way Back to You, Beggin’, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and Who Loves You.

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Jim Davidson

Saturday 17th August 7.30pm

The People Fight Back – Summer 2019 Tour

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Jim Davidson OBE returns to the West Cliff for what promises to be another sell out performance, packed with his outrageous and truthful take on life in these PC days.

For one night only and quite definitely only for Adults!

 

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Lee Mead – Ten Years

The Anniversary Tour

Sunday 18th August, 7.30pm.

(Rescheduled from November 2018)

It’s been 10 years (actually 11 now) since Lee Mead first donned the coat in the West End Production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

So join Lee and his amazing band as he takes you through the last ten years of his life. Featuring songs from the classic shows he has starred in, such as Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Legally Blonde, Wicked and many more.

So come along for a fantastic evening of songs and stories and you never know, Lee might don the coat once more!
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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!

‘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 Rollin Clones

Sunday 15th September 7.30pm

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The Rollin’ Clones have been entertaining crowds across the country for over seventeen years, distilling the show down to a pure hit of rock ‘n’ roll, with a chaser of sequinned Glam.

From the early days of the rhythm and blues, through to the excesses of the 70s, The Rollin’ Clones’ rock ‘n’ roll show is a faithful interpretation of their greatest hits, delivered with a smirk and a wink, recalling the mischief making of Mr Jagger himself and remaining true to the spirit of the originals.

Without a doubt the most exciting tribute to the Rolling Stones…Outstanding” – The Daily Mail

The Rollin’ Clones manage to re-create the Stones at their most prolific and do it with all the passion and raw energy of the real thing. Great fun, fine musicians and an excellent choice of songs. Not to be missed!” – The Rolling Stones Supporters Association

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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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