The Importance of Being Earnest

Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th March 7.30pm
(+ Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm)

Presented by Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society

This is the best known and best loved of Oscar Wilde’s comedies, first performed in 1895. It is the story of two bachelors, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two young women, Gwendolen and Cecily, who both claim they could only love men named Ernest. Jack and Algernon struggle to keep up with their own stories and become entangled in a web of deception, disguise and misadventure, with hilarious results.

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Patsy Cline – The Concert She Never Gave

Sunday 26th March 7.30pm

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An evening of song, laughter and legendary stories is promised when you come along to this enthralling tribute to the music, life and times of Patsy Cline.

It is some 50 years since Patsy left a great legacy of hit records. This wonderful show pays tribute to country music’s world renowned superstar.

Featuring the star of the West End production ‘Patsy’ , the fabulously talented Sandy Kelly, ‘Ireland’s Queen of country music’

Sandy Kelly’s performance as “Patsy” has captured the hearts of legions of fans all over the world. This feel-good show will leave you wanting more as she performs Patsy’s unforgettable
hits including:

‘Crazy’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ , ‘Walking After Midnight’ and ‘I fall to pieces’.

An evening of true country nostalgia.

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The ELO Experience

Thursday 30th March 7.30pm

Sensational Tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra

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The ELO Experience are the world’s foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra.

With a sensational string section, a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, why not come along and enjoy this incredible show which accurately reproduces the songs and sounds and takes you on a magical musical journey through time. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

Classic Rock USA

Friday 31st March 7.30pm

Imagine a Rock Concert involving three of the biggest name Rock Stars of the 21st Century?

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Classic Rock USA is a heart pumping, drum beating, pulsating Rock extravaganza featuring over 25 hits from Brian Adams, Jon Bon Jovi and the ‘Boss ‘himself Bruce Springsteen.

You will be taken on an epic journey of all things rock, as the totally awesome cast and band brings down the house with only the very best selections of these 3 great artists, including Born to run, Thunder Road, Hungry Heart, Everything I do , Summer of 69 and the Rock of Anthem’s of Jon Bon Jovi, Living on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Bed of Roses and many more…………………

Get Ready to Rock out and Party On with Classic Rock USA!!!!!!
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Gerry & The Pacemakers

Gerry Cross The Mersey

Saturday 1st April 7.30pm

plus support from comedian MIKE LANCASTER

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Join in this musical journey through the life and times of one of our greatest 60s icons – Gerry Marsden.

Gerry & the Pacemakers topped the UK and US charts for much of the 60s. Gerry talks about his early beginnings in Liverpool, those heady days of the 60s and up to the present. Hear all Gerry’s greatest hits mixed with stories, jokes and anecdotes from his years at the top.

This is a roller coaster ride of fun, music and nostalgia not to be missed. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

Twist & Shout

Saturday 8th April 7.30pm

An all-star cast from the West End deliver a musical powerhouse of a show that starts with the explosion of Brit Pop in 1962 through to the era of Flower Power and Free Love of the late sixties.

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Sing and dance along with an all-star West End cast to the music of The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Rolling Stones, Cilla Black, Manfred Mann, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Sandie Shaw and many more…

Featuring incredible performances and beautiful bespoke costumes, Twist & Shout will transport you back to the sights and sounds of the ‘Swinging Sixties’. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

Alice in Wonderland

Sunday 9th April 2.30pm

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Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this fantastical, larger-than- life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family.

Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the notorious Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and of course, the Mad-as a bat-Hatter! BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

The Sooty Show

Thursday 13th April 11am & 2.30pm

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Izzy wizzy let’s get busy! Sooty is back in a brand-new show with guaranteed giggles for the whole family! Direct from CITV, Sooty, Sweep and Soo head into town accompanied by TV’s Richard Cadell. Mr Slater has put Richard in charge of running the show but nothing is going to plan! Sooty’s magic tricks turn very messy and Sweep’s escapology act has him all tied up. Maybe Soo and her tap dancing will save the day? With special guest stars Butch and Ramsbottom.

Expect magic, music and mayhem with buckets full of audience participation. A spectacular treat for Sooty fans old and new – plus a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show!

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Supersonic 70s Show

Saturday 15th April 7.30pm

“The most explosive show in theatre land”

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It’s the hottest ticket in town! An incredible live show so jam packed with classic 70s hits it’s no wonder it’s been described as “the best 70s show of its kind- West End quality”.

Led by the ‘Catsuit Wondergirl’ Janey Bombshell, ‘Supersonic 70s’ will take you back to when Pop was at its peak.

From the towering majesty of Queen, ELO & Carpenters, the ‘pin-up pop’ of The Osmonds, David Essex & David Cassidy and the foot stompin’ Glam Rock of Sweet, Mud & T.Rex. Now, add the classic sounds of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ & ‘Grease’ and even those winning ‘UK Eurovision hits’ and with humour a-plenty you have a sensational show simply too good to miss!

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The Matt Monro Story

Friday 21st April 7.30pm

CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF THE LEGENDARY MATT MONRO. 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

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“The Singer’s Singer”

The Matt Monro story is an inspired performance by Matt Monro Jr making this unforgettable show a unique evening of music, warmth and love, keeping the memory of his father and his music alive.

From ‘Born Free’ to ‘Walk Away’ to ‘Potrait of my Love’ be prepared to be transported in time by this tribute to one of Britain’s most popular and endearing singers named “The Singer’s Singer” by his peers.

The show is enhanced by audio visual and narration. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

A Tribute to Cliff Richard & The Shadows

Saturday 22nd April 7.30pm

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Jimmy Jemain IS the world’s best known Cliff Richard Tribute Artiste and has, indeed, travelled extensively across the globe presenting his fantastic show.
Jimmy Jemain & The Rapiers (who are the proud recipients of a trophy plate for “Services to Rock ‘n’ Roll” which they received at The 33rd Rockers’ Reunion Winter Party), combine in this highly believable show, giving an unrivalled performance as Cliff & The Shadows. Audiences can look forward to an evening of fabulous nostalgia returning to the early days of Pop, featuring all Cliff’s hits of that unforgettable era.

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Russell Kane – Right Man, Wrong Age

Friday 28th April 8pm

⭐⭐⭐“ Extremely funny ” Evening Standard
⭐⭐⭐⭐“ One of the quickest, most stimulating stand-ups in the land ” The Timesrussell-kane-2016-2Are you 16-years-old, yet feel 21? Are you 40, but tragically faking 25? Or maybe you’re full-on 80 years, with the heart of three oxen and the sex drive of a bonobo chimp. Don’t worry: this is normal. No one is ever the ‘right’ age – it’s is the beauty and the curse of being a real person.

In this brand new show, Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringly-funny, award-winning stand-up performance about growing up and growing down. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

The Four Seasons

An Amateur Production Presented by:

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Saturday 29th April 6pm & Sunday 30th April 2.30pm

The Four Seasons

 

The Debbie Millar School of Dance returns to the West Cliff for the fifth successive year with routines in Ballet, Tap, Disco & Modern featuring dancers from Tiny Tots through to Adults.

Show Proceeds in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance

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Roy G Hemmings – Hits of Motown

Saturday 6th May 7.30pm
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Experience the Sounds of Motown!

Original Drifters member Roy G Hemmings brings together the sound of three of America’s iconic Labels Motown, the Sound of Philadelphia and Stax Atlantic, in one action packed show.

Featuring songs by The Three Degrees, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Stevie Wonder, Billy Paul, Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and the O’Jays to name a few. Including the hits Me & Mrs Jones, Don’t Leave Me this Way, Givin’ Up Givin’ In, Stop In The Name of Love, When Will I See You Again,  Love Train, Get Ready, Woman In Love, Dancing In The Streets, How Sweet It Is, Hold Back the Night, My Girl and more.

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Oh! Carol

Saturday 13th May 7.30pm

Oh! Carol- The Musical Story of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield

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From their humble beginnings in Brooklyn to the dizzying heights of their success in the 50s & 60s the songwriting genius of Neil Sedaka and ‘Howie’ Howard Greenfield will go down in musical history as one of the most successful partnerships of all time.

This show is packed full of hits such as Calendar Girl, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, [Is This The Way To] Amarillo, Stupid Cupid and of course Oh! Carol, masterpieces made famous not only by Sedaka but also other well known performers like Connie Francis, Tony Christie, Tom Jones and LaVern Baker.

With a good luck message from Mr Sedaka himself, this talented cast and their phenomenal band of west end musicians take to the stage to bring you a show dedicated to celebrating these two giants of the song writing world with two hours worth of songs and the stories behind them.

If you like to sing-a-long or just want to hear great music this show is for you.

“It’s always flattering when talented performers honor my music.I thank the Oh Carol team for their homage to the work of Sedaka & Greenfield.  Wishing you continued success” 
– Neil Sedaka.

★★★★ “If you have socks, prepare for them to be knocked off” –britishtheatre.com

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Dominic Kirwan & Lisa Stanley

Sunday 14th May 7.30pm

Dominic Kirwan & Friends - 900Firmly established as one of Ireland’s greatest ever entertainers, Dominic Kirwan hits the road again in 2017 with a brand new show.

Accompanying DOMINIC on the 2017 tour will be LISA STANLEY, one of Ireland’s top female vocalists and star of TV Channel 389 KEEP IT COUNTRY’s………..…”THE LISA STANLEY SHOW.”
Dominic and Lisa bring their own inimitable style to the vast and rich musical heritage of their homeland. Mixed with the unique quality as versatile entertainers performing a selection of various musical styles, including, Pop, Country and Rock n Roll.
A show not to be missed.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

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The Little Mix Experience

Friday 19th May 6pm

Sweeney Entertainments presents

THE LITTLE MIX EXPERIENCE

If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports you’re sure to L.O.V.E. The Little Mix Experience!

Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to one of the UK’s finest Girl-Bands. With breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK, this is a high-energy show from beginning to end, packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits and suitable for all ages! BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

The Andrews Sisters UK

Friday 26th May 7.30pm

With the MOONLIGHT SERENADE ORCHESTRA

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The UKs only celebration of the Andrews Sisters backed by a full big band (the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK) re-creates the fabulous close harmony sound and feel of those swinging days when they headlined not only in America but also at the London Palladium with numbers such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Rum & Coca Cola and Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen along with the best loved instrumentals from the big bands such as In The Mood, Opus One, Sing, Sing, Sing and Moonlight Serenade plus showcase solos from each of the Sisters.

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Be Bop a Lula

Friday 2nd June 7.30pm

The West End smash hit comes to town starring five giants of rock’n’roll – Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. . .

In 1960 American rockers Eddie and Gene flew in from the States and were joined by British heartthrob Billy Fury for the UK’s very first multi-artist rock’n’roll tour.

Reviewers were appalled by the on stage antics. Audiences screamed their approval. British youth culture was born.

Relive these seminal concerts in the company of incredible singers and a band tighter than a pair of your tightest drainpipe trousers.

And there’s more – Orbison and Holly’s live tours were equally responsible for introducing rock’n’roll to the UK. The five are seen combined on stage for the first time ever. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

Gifted & Talented

Saturday 3rd June 7pm

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Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

Saturday 10th June 7.30pm

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Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius. His impeccable timing, misfiring magic, trademark fez and quick-fire gags made him an international star.

 This ALL-ENCAPSULATING SHOW features John Hewer giving “a remarkably faithful performance” (Time Out) as he “captures the Cooper style, from mumbled speech and loud laughter to the awkward giant body language” (The Stage) and delivering “nuances both obvious and subtle” (Everything Theatre) as the man in the fez.Complete with live musical accompaniment, this CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED TRIBUTE is full of magic and mirth and is the perfect celebration of Britain’s favourite comedian.

It delivers on every one of it’s promises” – Broadway Baby

Supported by The Tommy Cooper Estate and Vicky Cooper.

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Friends Unite Against Cancer

Sunday 11th June 6pm

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Evolution Showcase – Class of 2016-17

Saturday 17th June 7.45pm

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The Kilkennys

Sunday 18th June 7.30pm

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If you haven’t heard of The Kilkennys yet then you are in for a pleasant surprise. Not only can these young balladeers sing but they are incredible musicians and performers and have been credited with keeping Irish folk music and ballads alive.

Over the past decade The Kilkennys have emerged from the traditional settings of the Irish pub scene as a group of musicians with the ability to reinvigorate traditional Irish music and ballads and take them to a new generation. From the humble beginnings of a bunch of young school friends bonded by their love of Irish music, The Kilkennys have toured the length and breadth of Ireland gaining recognition as one of the country’s hardest working bands. In recent years the band has conquered tour circuits all over Europe and have picked up the mantle left by acts such as The Dubliners and The Clancy Brothers. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

Islands in the Stream

Saturday 24th June 8pm

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The Music of Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers

Celebrating the Queen & King of country, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers…

Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of Country Music Royalty!

This thigh-slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with hit after hit including: Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, Here You Come Again, The Gambler, I Will Always Love You, Coward of the Country, plus the smash hit Islands in the Stream.

Enjoy a superb score and supreme musicianship as we bring the house down with the ultimate tribute to two country music legends. BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

Brian Poole & The TREMELOES

Sunday 2nd July 7.30pm

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It is 54 years ago since the band known as Brian Poole & The Tremeloes recorded their first record. Now over 50 years on the three singers who sang on all the hit recordings of Brian Poole & The Tremeloes, continuing on to greater success as The Tremeloes, after Brian left to go solo.

What we see on this show is Brian Poole, Len “Chip” Hawkes and Dave Munden, together again, performing hits, such as Twist And Shout, Do You Love Me, Silence Is Golden, (Call Me) Number One, Suddenly You Love Me and many many more. Backing will be provided by hit recording stars Vanity Fare.

A great evening of nostalgia taking you back to the Swinging Sixties.

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Bringing on back the 60s

Saturday 8th July 7.30pm

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

This fast moving show Starring The New Amen Corner is a must for lovers of 60s music.

With its stunning Multimedia Presentation and special guest appearances from 60s Icon’s

Mike Pender (The Original Voice of The Searchers). One of the greats to have come out of the Liverpool “Beat Boom”  featuring  million selling hits such as Sugar & Spice, Sweets For My Sweets , Needles & Pins , Don’t Throw Your Love Away etc  

Mike d’Abo (former lead Singer with Manfred Mann) Responsible for such classic hits as Just Like A woman, Semi-Detached Surburban Mr James, Ha Ha Said The Clown, Mighty Quinn etc…..not forgetting his award winning song writing credits of  worldwide hits such as Handbags & Gladrags & Build Me Up Buttercup.

 Join us for a fantastic evening with The 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. Not To Be Missed…..

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Fusion 2017

Sunday 9th July 2.30pm & 7pm

An Amateur Production Presented by Ilaz Dance Company

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Song and dance showcase featuring some of Colchester’s most talented performers.

A fusion of styles and ideas including jazz, tap, modern ballet and musical theatre performed to a variety of music, old and new.

Featuring songs from Aladdin the Musical, School of Rock, Hamilton, Trolls, ED Sheeran, Little Mix, Queen, Chicago and lots more…

Promises to be an enjoyable performance for all ages!

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Giovanni Pernice – Dance is Life

Il Ballo è Vita

Tuesday 11th July 7.30pm

Join Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice and his professional dance team in ‘Dance is Life’. In Italian, it translates to ‘Il ballo é vita’, and this show takes you on a journey of life through dance. This elegant and beautiful tale features four fantastic dancers and two amazing singers that are sure to have you on your feet and leave you with a tear in the eye.

Giovanni joined the hit BBC show in 2015 and made the final in his first year with Georgia May Foote, before teaming up with Laura Whitmore in 2016. Not just another dance and talk show, but a classy narrative which exudes love & passion.

Giovanni Pernice & Luba Mushtuk, from Strictly Come Dancing, star in ‘il ballo è vita’. Not just another ‘An evening with….’ show, but a wonderful story set in a Sicilian Caffè/Bar, our leading man, Giovanni, thinks he has found love, but not everything is as easy as it first appears…

Expect dances such as the ‘Quickstep’, ‘Samba’, ‘Rhumba’, ‘Pasodoble’, ’Argentine Tango’ and of course…his signature dance – the ‘Jive’. An elegant and beautiful tale, performed by
a cast of six professional dancers and two singers, in this classy narrative which exudes love & passion.

Limited premium seats avialable which include meet and greet Giovanni Pernice after the show, signed print and photo opportunity plus the best seats in the house.

Suitable for ages 10 years and over.

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Seriously Dead

Saturday 27th May 7.30pm

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CRISSY ROCK (Benidorm and I’m A Celebrity)
FRAZER HINES (Emmerdale and Doctor Who)
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One ordinary day in the quiet little town of Olwinskirk a chain of extraordinary events began to take place bringing the lives of Betty, Albert, Billy and the local undertaker, Tristan de Winter to an uncomfortable crossroads.

Albert Blunderstone has been hiding abroad for ten years after having committed a bank robbery with a small time crook called Nodger Wilson. On the day that he flies home to attend a funeral, he runs into Betty who used to be married to Nodger and in an attempt to find out what happened to his share of the dosh, he befriends Betty and her current husband Billy Blenkinsopp.

The lives of Betty, Albert, Billy and the local undertaker Tristan de Winter become inextricably linked towards a path that is leading to The Pearly Gates and a disgruntled Guardian Angel named Thelma.

A brand new comedy play that will have you dying with laughter!! BOOK TICKETS / MORE INFO

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