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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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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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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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To help us celebrate 125 years of Summer Variety the West Cliff Theatre is proud to announce that topping the bill for our 2019 Summer Show is the one and only MR. Don Maclean.

Don shot to fame in the 70s appearing alongside Michael Aspel, Peter Glaze and Jan Hunt in Crackerjack. He was a firm favourite with adults as well as children as week after week he appeared in one of the BBC’s most cherished children’s entertainment shows.

But Don is also a world class comic who has spent years entertaining people all over the world. His quick wit, observational humour and laugh out loud routines make him as popular and relevant today as he was when he first started his career. Over the years Don has been a regular visitor to the West Cliff as well as topping the bill on numerous occasions for the Summer Show, but up until May no one at the theatre had even considered a return was on the cards.

Theatre manager Rob Mitchell-Gears takes up the story “Don went down a storm in May when he appeared in our 125 show, and as he said goodnight and shook my hand he quietly said ‘Summer show this year, call me’. And with a sly smile and a twinkle in his eye Don left the theatre and me speechless. I spoke with the Trust and Aaron Lissimore who is the Producer of the Summer Show and four days later I’m on the phone to Don talking through the details with him.”

“What’s great about Don is that he loves the West Cliff passionately. He asked me a lot of questions about the show and what we had planned and how he would fit into that.”

Those plans are advancing well with everyone on the creative team determined to ensure that this year’s Summer Show really is a celebration of 125 years of summer variety. If you have never seen the show or not been for a while then this really is the year to book a seat!

“Don is so excited to be returning to the West Cliff, his love and enthusiasm for this theatre is infectious.”

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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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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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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Sun Records

 Friday 4th October, 7.30pm

Where Rock ‘N’ Roll was born.

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The label that brought you Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Rufus Thomas and scores more rockin’ pioneers, comes to life live on stage.

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Revisit the recording studio where the distinctive Sun sound was crafted by musical visionary Sam Phillips. His trailblazing Memphis studio brought us That’s Alright Mama, Great Balls of Fire, I Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’, Bear Cat, Blue Suede Shoes, Good Rockin’ Tonight. . . hundreds of hits that would influence the world of music.

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Featuring the musical instruments of the era, starring a multi-talented cast of singers and a supporting cast of amazing musicians, the official concert show takes you back to the birthplace of rock’n’roll.

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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.

Tickets go on sale Friday 12th April at 9am.

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Talon – The Best of Eagles

Saturday 12th October 2019, 7.30pm.

Greatest Hits Tour 2019

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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 before 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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