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England's foremost acoustic/folk-rock band. Ashley Hutchings has daringly led indigenous British music onto world stages. Generally considered to be the father of British Folk Rock, Ashley founded Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention and now leads The Albion Band on base guitar.
Founder of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings is joined on stage by Folk superstars Kellie While, Simon Care and Simon Nicol, for an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration. Full of Carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain.
Andy's delivery and style are unique and his jokes are clever, substantial and beautifully crafted. And very, very funny. This is political comedy without the leaflet, satire without the lecture, ridicule without the sanctimony - all brushed with a bit of showbiz glitter. You will leave fulfilled, enlightened and uplifted - not bad for an evening of politics!
Star of Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo delivers his take on British politics.
The Bluejays (Winners of the National Vintage Award for ?Best Band') present an electrifying and authentic tribute to the era when music changed the world forever. Between 1955 and 1959, artists such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran and Little Richard not only transformed the musical landscape but also the way we continue to look at the world today. Much more than just a concert show, The Bluejays take you on a historical journey via breathtaking renditions of the biggest hits of the era (Rock Around The Clock, That's All Right, That'll Be The Day, Tutti Frutti, Summertime Blues, Johnny B. Goode, Wake Up Little Susie, La Bamba, A Teenager In Love and many more) and reveal how the Rock ?n' Roll movement, rather than being ?a communicable disease?, brought about a dream of equality and freedom that we still chase to this day.
"One way or another you've had quite a full life haven't you? A house full of ghosts then? No wonder you look slightly haunted. Like a character out of Edgar Allen Poe. Beware!" A comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him over 60 years; and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and heard it all happen. From his first unsettling encounter as a very young man in 1925 to an unexpected reunion late in life, Anthony Spates' romantic progress is charted in this hilarious and gently touching comedy. The fireworks, the love and loss come at the funniest moments in this brand new classic Ayckbourn comedy.
The play opens with a wise Sufi Dervish telling his story through poems, rubayats, music and dance. This story was chosen from thousands of others and comes from the lands of the Great Silk Road. As the legend says, a mighty Khan ruled a great kingdom, but he was not blessed with an heir and suffered from loneliness. Also among all his courtiers there was not one he could trust. Instead he relied solely on his beloved horse.
Eric has been invited to a Christmas fancy dress party where the only person he knows is the host. Just before he arrives the host is murdered; one of the guests telephones the police and, as the doorbell rings, there is Eric dressed as PC Dixon of Dock Green. Misunderstandings multiply as a real Inspector arrives and, guess what, everyone at the party has a reason to want the host out of the way! A murder, a Christmas party, a comedy, Eric and 20 of the best 60s hits - what more could you want! Evenin' all!
The standard-bearers and boundaty-pushers of English folk-rock for more years than anyone can remember but still performing with boundless energy, humour, and superb musicianship.
In a small town in Yorkshire, a beautiful widow is being wooed by two suitors. Fresh from the City and with endless money to dispose of, the older one showers her with gifts - which the younger (handsome, impecunious, an inveterate gambler) wants to put to better use. A love triangle, then; a tale of rivalry and avarice. But money's a slippery commodity and all is not quite as it seems. Throw in a bailiff, a drunkard, a vamp, a second-hand clothes dealer and two upwardly mobile servants, and the complications multiply. Adapted from Alain-Rene Lesage's savage eighteenth-century comedy Turcaret, Blake Morrison's For Love or Money is a story of monstrous wealth and whopping lies.
The choir was formed in 1947 and have won all the major competitions including 3 firsts at Llangollen and in 1995 became the first British choir to win outright the Gold Award at the Malta International Choir Festival.
They've appeared at the New Vic every Christmas for more than 30 years - a remarkable tradition that means as much to the Choir as it does to us. Formed in 1947 to compete at the 1947 Llangollen Eisteddfod, 2017 sees them celebrating their 70th anniversary. There is no better way to celebrate than being amongst friends, so for this special year this is their second appearance at the New Vic, having had a successful concert earlier in July.
British keys-led funk outfit James Taylor Quartet are masters of the jazz-funk-r’n’b workout. 60s spy themes, psychedelic and free-form jazz all add something to the band’s distinctive sound. Although perhaps best known for the acclaimed theme tunes from Starsky and Hutch and spy spoof Austin Powers, the band has an established 'live' following and been feted by the biggest names in jazz, blues and soul. Chart success and sell out tours make JTQ one of the greats of this generation. The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues, U2 and Tom Jones have all featured James and his distinctive playing on their albums.
In a vain attempt at bourgeois credibility, Manchester's sharp-dressed, sharp-delivering punk poet Lenny, changed his name to John Cooper Clarke and embarked on a ?polysyllabic excursion though Thrillsville'! Clad in the slum chic of the hipster, he issued the slang anthems of the zip age in the desperate esperanto of bop. Expect a mix of hilarious anecdotes of life in a Northern town interspersed with machine-gun fast delivery of some of his best poems. If you think poetry is dull and boring, or posh and erudite - you haven't seen JCC!
Based in London, Congolese Kasai Masai bring us the traditional sound of the most remote equatorial African villages with an Urban Twist.
Festival favourites Kasa? Masa? are back at the New Vic with their traditional sound of remote equatorial African villages, blended with a unique and contemporary twist. Led by singer, song-writer and brilliant drummer, Nickens Nkoso, they play ancestral music passed from generation to generation, rooted in the power of driving percussion and singing, combined with Congolese guitar and jazz saxophone. Kasai Masa? give an incredible live show, filled with absorbing African rhythms and are a firm feel-good favourite!
The Pasadena Roof Orchestra has an unrivalled reputation for its stylish performances of the great showband music of the 1920's, 30's and 40's.
In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine. Examining the lives of a group of ordinary men that do extraordinary things, The Pitmen Painters is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics.
PP Arnold was one of the iconic figures of the Swinging '60s. Responsible for huge hits including The First Cut Is The Deepest, Angel of The Morning and If You Think You're Groovy, this year she celebrates 50 years in the music industry. Performing classic songs from her back catalogue, plus some new material, this is a special night of music from one of the greats.
The great keyboard man formerly of Yes and the Strawbs now almost as well known for being one of the 'Grumpy Old Men'.
Roland, a rich bucket manufacturer, is considering buying a house with a somewhat colourful history. Taking Steps follows the lives of its eccentric occupants over the course of a frantic 24 hours. A Solicitor, a builder, Roland's neurotic wife Elizabeth, her boring brother and his fiancee all contribute to the confusion which ensues, resulting in a hilarious melee of suicide notes, mistaken identities and fights!
Following on from last year's spectacular adaptation of The Snow Queen, this Christmas we set sail on the high seas to bring to life a classic tale of buccaneers and buried gold in our stunning trademark style. Filled with swashbuckling sword fights, live-on-stage music, humour, puppetry and lots of excitement, this is the perfect festive treat for the whole family! 1750, Sleepy Cove. Tired of the quiet life, Gem dreams of adventure and excitement. When a mysterious stranger comes to stay at The Admiral Benbow Inn, she believes her luck is about to change. And so begins an epic journey. A journey filled with pirates and possibilities; buried treasure and blue horizons; seafarers and scallywags. And in the middle of it all, a good-hearted cook called Long John Silver - but is he friend or foe? As Gem helps search for treasure on faraway shores, meeting larger than life characters along the way, she discovers there's far more to a life of adventure than she ever imagined.