Buddy Holly’s Winter Dance Party

Friday 25th May 7.30pm

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Four West End artists pay tribute to Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Richie Valens and Di Mucci, along with The Counterfeit Crickets – a lively rock ‘n’ roll band

An uplifting show that will have you singing along and your feet tapping away

A chance to hear all the hits including – ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Blue Days Black Nights’, ‘Bo Diddley’ and many more!

Marc Robinson from ‘Buddy The Musical’, will help celebrate and recreate the music of Buddy Holly. To this very day, Buddy Holly’s music is respected worldwide, and Buddy Holly’s Winter Dance Party aims to keep that passion alive.

Will rock ‘n’ roll ever die? That’ll be the day!

Suitable for all ages

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A West End Songbook

Saturday 26th May 7.30pm

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Luminaire – Part 1

Wednesday 30th May to Thursday 31st May 7.30pm

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‘Better to illuminate than merely shine’

Following on from the SELL OUT success of the past six year’s performances, The Company Performing Arts are thrilled to be back at the West Cliff Theatre with their spectacular annual production. The Company students showcase 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 LUMINAIRE.

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Morning Has Broken: Ron Vincent Sings a Salute to Cat Stevens

Friday 1st June 7.30pm

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We apologize but unfortunately this show will not be going ahead. Please contact the Box Office for further information regarding a booking for this show.   BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

The Ultimate Commitments & Blues Brothers Experience

Saturday 2nd June 7.30pm

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Committed to the Blues Brothers, takes the greatest songs from two cult films, and recreates all the iconic atmosphere of a live performance of The Commitments and The Blues Brothers, and puts them together to create two fantastic tribute shows in one memorable evening of foot tapping, sing along entertainment, capturing the essence of both the music and the films – in a stage show / concert experience that electrifies!

In a show suitable for all ages, this live 12 piece showband will perform some of the greatest Soul songs from the two films in an evening where you will not only take you back musically but visually too, with some of those great scenes from the films, lots of laughs, plenty of crowd participation, and a night not to be missed, so put on your pork pie hats and dark glasses and join us for a night to remember.

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Stupendous Show Stopping Musicals!

Sunday 3rd June 6.30pm

Presented by Clacton Theatretrain

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The Billy Fury Years

Starring Michael King

Friday 8th June 7.30pm

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One of the best-selling recording artists of the 1960s, Billy Fury enjoyed a string of hit singles totalling a remarkable 332 weeks in the British charts. Health problems since childhood led to the singer’s untimely death on January 28, 1983.

Hailed as “the best Fury since Fury”, Michael King and his fantastic collection of musicians take you on a journey through the musical career of Britain’s best loved rock n roll legend.

An exciting 2 hour show filled with Billy Fury’s greatest hits and more delivered live in true Fury style. This is a night of pure breathtaking Billy Fury entertainment plus the best Fury sound you will hear!.

The whole show is further enhanced by fantastic audio and video effects plus various costume changes depicting the ever changing image and face of the Fury phenomenon.

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Friends Unite Against Cancer

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Summer Variety Show

Sunday 10th June 6pm

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Evolution Showcase – Class of 2017-18

Saturday 16th June 7.30pm

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Giovanni Pernice – Born to Win

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ FINALIST, Giovanni Pernice, returns to the stage with a bang in his brand new UK and Ireland tour ‘BORN TO WIN’.

Thursday June 21st 7.30pm

After the huge success of ‘Dance is Life’ in 2017, Giovanni is once again set to get your hearts beating a little faster, showcasing a story of love and passion, with even more heat, even more energy, and even more drama than ever before!
Returning to join Giovanni are Luba Mushtuk, dancer and assistant choreographer on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, as his gorgeous leading lady, along with ‘Dancing with the Stars Ireland’ professionals Giulia Dotta, Kai Widdrington, Emily Barker, and Curtis Pritchard. The show also welcomes the fantastic Stephen Vincent and Kylee Brown from the international ‘Burn the Floor’ tour.
Get ready for glitzy costumes and spectacular routines to dances like the Paso Doble, the Argentine Tango, the Rumba, the Viennese Waltz, and not forgetting the Jive, to name just a few!

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Sun Records – The Concert

Friday 22nd June 7.30pm

Where Rock’n’Roll Was Born – the Official Sun Records Concert Show

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 The legendary record 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.

Revisit the blessed recording studio where the distinctive sound we know and love today was crafted from gospel, blues, hillbilly, country, boogie and western swing 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 for generations to come. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

The Story of Guitar Heroes

Friday 29th June 7.30pm

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“If you like music and guitars you will LOVE this show!”

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes you will have chance to experience in one amazing show!

This phenomenal live concert style ‘rockumentry’ is performed by the extraordinarily talented and renowned musician: Phil Walker, and his exceptional band.

With over 20 guitars used on stage, the show accurately recreates the sound and ambiance of each guitar hero starting from the 1950s to the present day.

Also offering the very latest in video screen technology to create a larger than life event.

Compounded in a creative and powerful experience this show not only appeals to all those budding guitar heroes out there, but to music lovers of all ages.

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Pete Waterman

Saturday 30th June 7.30pm

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Following on from his sell out Royal Festival Hall ‘A Life in Song’ concert, one of the most prolific music moguls of a generation, the original hit man behind more than 100 Top 40 UK Hits and 40 Million records, Pete Waterman OBE, will take centre stage and talk about his fascinating career, love of music, stories behind some of the biggest artists and songs in the world that he has been involved with, his love of railways and his involvement in the great British railway.

You’ll hear anecdotes about his career, careers he has been involved in such as Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer, Jason Donovan, Bananarama, Steps and many many more. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

The Kilkennys

Sunday 1st July 7.30pm

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The Astor Big Band with Sadie Nine

Miller Plays the Musicals

Saturday 7th July 7.30pm

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The Astor Big Band and singers with Sadie Nine of BBC Essex present a concert including a host of Glenn Miller classics including ” In the Mood” , “ American Patrol”, “At Last” etc . plus the Big Band standards of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and music from such show as “West Side Story” , “Les Misérables “ and “Chess” – all in the Miller easy listening style – with an added section to reflect the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War 1 and the songs that took the troops to war in 1914. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

Dan Snow – An Evening with the ‘History Guy’

Sunday 8th July 7.30pm

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An Evening with DAN SNOW will feature the well-known historian and TV presenter recount anecdotes of memorable experiences from his very successful career as an historian and broadcaster.

Otherwise known as ‘The History Guy’ Dan will also research and include historical facts and stories relating to the specific area/ town of each theatre on the tour and will be aided by the use of digital screens.

The show will be an undoubted success with academics, students, families (young and old) and all those interested in the history of their region and town.

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Luminaire – Part 2

Thursday 19th July to Friday 20th July 7.30pm

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‘Better to illuminate than merely shine’

Following on from the SELL OUT success of the past six year’s performances, The Company Performing Arts are thrilled to be back at the West Cliff Theatre with their spectacular annual production. The Company students showcase 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 LUMINAIRE.

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Bee Gees Fever Show

Saturday 21st July 7.30pm

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Since 1999 Bee Gees Fever have been wowing audiences across the UK and Europe with their stunning live tribute to the music of the Brothers Gibb.

From soulful ballads to high-energy disco classics, the band faithfully recreates the songs that made the Bee Gees musical legends.

Bee Gees Fever perform all songs completely live: no backing tracks; no sequencers; just five guys, their voices and their instruments creating an undeniably authentic show packed with raw energy. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

Come Follow the Band

Sunday 22nd July 3pm

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Roll up, Roll up for the West Cliff Youth Theatre’s annual fundraising variety show in aid of The West Cliff Theatre.

The show has a circus theme and include songs from shows such
as “Barnum” and “The Greatest Showman” as well as more modern songs and dances.

Please come and support our talented young people as they bring colour, fun, music and dance to your Sunday afternoon.

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Lance Ellington Sings Broadway

Saturday 28th July 7.30pm

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Join BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s lead vocalist for an enchanting evening of classic hits from all your favourite musicals plus some of your STRICTLY favourites.

Platinum award-winning artist Lance and his all-star band revive show stoppers from Guys and Dolls, Aspects of Love, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, South Pacific, Anything Goes. . . these and all your favourite musicals.

Featuring all the glitz and glamour of Strictly – including the promise of some behind-the-scenes exclusives – it’s the very best of Broadway: Luck Be a Lady, Some Enchanted Evening, Love Changes Everything, The Impossible Dream, Somewhere and This is the Moment plus scores more musical masterpieces.  

Musical director Ed Barker – George Michael’s saxophonist – and West End songbird Zoe Nicholas accompany Lance for an evening of great family entertainment featuring the greatest songs to have ever graced the Broadway stage.

 

“I love Lance and I love Broadway. Just try and keep me away!” Anton Du Beke

“Lance’s voice is in a class of its own…” Des O’Connor

“A wonderful voice” Michael Parkinson

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The Summer Show 2018

The Variety Spectacular

SINCE 1894

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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!

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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Jim Davidson Live!

Friday 10th August 7.30pm

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The people’s favourite and one of Britain’s greatest ever comedians, JIM DAVIDSON OBE telling it ‘like it is’.

The antidote to this PC world we now live in. Don’t worry, it will be outrageous and as truthful as ever!

For one night only!

Adults only

‘Boy does Jim know how to deliver his gospel…..
‘The audience could have stayed all night………. he speaks with a rare honesty’
5 stars Express  

“Showman Jim triumphs… he hit the spot again and again”
Sunday Express ***** 

“Standing ovation to packed houses every night“
The Mirror **** 

“Davidson was cheered to the rafters”
The Telegraph 

“A master of his art”
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Marshall King as ELVIS

Saturday 11th August 7.30pm

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Big Girls Don’t Cry – Celebrating the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Saturday 18th August 8pm

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10th Anniversary Tour – Celebrating a decade of Big Girls Don’t Cry featuring The East Coast Boys

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.

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 Grease, Let’s Hang On, Working My Way Back to You, Beggin’, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and Who Loves You. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

The Searchers

Sunday 19th August 7.30pm

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise

Friday 24th August 7.30pm

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise returns to the UK’s theatres for the 9th successive year but in a new and exciting format. The show’s producers will be taking you on a magical mystery tour through an era that changed the music world for ever, where an amazing number of rock ‘n’ roll stars will be performing at each show.

As the jukebox makes the choices, no two performances will be the same. Each show will be crammed full, with the country’s finest tributes to rock ‘n’ roll’s stars performing the very best songs ever written, supported by the explosively dynamic Paradise Band.

Among the great rock ‘n’ roll legends the show pays tribute to are Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, The Big Bopper, Carl Perkins, Del Shannon, Eddie Cochran, the Everly Brothers, Ritchie Valens, Ricky Nelson, Duane Eddy, Bobby Vee, Neil Sedaka and even the king himself – Elvis.

With so many stars of rock ‘n’ roll on stage in Paradise, you’re in for a rollercoaster of musical memories from the Paradise jukebox. Are you ready to rock and roll with the best show on the road?? All-new Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise is on its way……….!

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Marty Wilde & The Wildcats

Friday 31st August 7.30pm

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Jason Donovan and His Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour

Saturday 8th September 7.30pm

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Jason is delighted to announce that he is extending his Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour this autumn. This is a tour with a twist!! These intimate evenings will be a unique opportunity to see him like you’ve never seen him before!

Celebrating his 50th birthday and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will zigzag back and forth through his life, with stories about Neighbours, Ten Good Reasons, Kylie, Joseph, I’m A Celebrity, Strictly and much, much more.

Hear some new stories (and possibly one or two you’ve heard before!) plus some of the songs you know and love for a night like no other!

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Presented by Ilaz Performerz Dance Company
Sunday 9th September 6pm

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A song and dance spectacular featuring some of Colchester’s most talented amateur performers.

Featuring music from various films and musicals including:

The Greatest Showman, Barnum, 42nd Street and many more plus songs from the different genres and eras including hits by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Little Mix, Michael Jackson and Billy Joel to name a few.

This show hopes to be an enjoyable experience for all!

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Bringing on back the 60s

Starring New Amen Corner
Chris Farlowe & Little Miss Sixties (Nancy Ann Lee)

Saturday 22nd September 7.30pm

The hottest ticket in town has just arrived at your theatre. BRINGING ON BACK THE 60S STARRING NEW AMEN CORNER with their very special guests.

This fast moving show Starring New Amen Corner is a must for lovers of 60s music. With its stunning Multimedia Presentation and special guest appearances from 60s Icon Chris Farlowe and multi award winning Nancy Ann Lee “little Miss Sixties”

Join us for a fantastic evening with New Amen Corner (Europe’s leading 60s revivalists) and their Special Guests, as they perform 2 hours of million selling hits from the most prolific decade in musical history that was the 1960s.

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