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Abba Reunion has been created by the original Director, Producer and Choreographer of the Award Winning Abbamania West End musical, and stars the original 'Frida' from the London cast! The show gives Abba fans, old and new, the opportunity to once again get together and re-live the addictive Abba phenomenum that swept the airwaves and discos during the 70s and 80s in this wonderfully feel good, party style tribute concert. From Waterloo to Dancing Queen, all of the hits are performed with an incredible attention to detail resulting in the perfect Abba look and sound. Superbly accurate harmony vocals and full live- band, combined with stunning replica costumes and excellent authentic choreography has produced one of the most requested tribute shows in the world today. This tribute concert continues to entertain and enthrall throughout the world and leaves fans asking the question..."Did we just see the Abba Reunion Concert that never was?"
The essence of Grand Opera first performed in Cairo in 1871. Set in Egypt at the time of the pharoes. A captain of guard (Radames) is in love with Aida, an Ethiopian slave girl - who happens also to be the daughter of the king of Ethiopia. Her mistress, Amneris, is also in love with Radames. When the Ethiopians invade Radames is chosen to lead the army. When they return victorious Radames asks for all the Ethiopian slaves to be released - except Aida and her father who persuades her to trick Radames into revealing the plans of the Egyptian army - but he suggests that they all run away to Ethiopia together. When Radames is accused of treason he gives himself up to let Aida and her father escape but is condemned to be improisoned alive. As the last stones are put in place Aida appears and joins him in the tomb so that they might die together.
Al Murray is the pub landlord who holds forth on all manner of topics, waxing wide about the state of the world with all the skewed logic of a bar room philosopher. Anyone who has spent even the smallest amount of time in a pub will recognise these immaculate observations of British pub culture.
Publican. Politician. Other thing beginning with P. Philosopher, yeah, that. The nation's critically acclaimed bar-based-braveheart, Al Murray - The Pub Landlord embarks on a common sense crusade to re-Great Britain in his brand new show. We live in troubling times. Europe. The NHS. Whatever the hell is going on in the Middle East. The gathering storm of fortnightly bin collections? Who knows where it will all end? Watch the one man who will answer the call of destiny even though it's an unlisted number. Watch the one man who will call time on tyranny even though he isn't quite sure what it means. Watch the one man who isn't afraid to say no to women ordering anything other than a glass of white wine (or fruit based drink).
A star studded evening of musical entertainment.
Michael Nunn and William Trevitt - former dancers with The Royal Ballet - founded their all-male company Balletboyz in 2000. The company has since won multiple awards and has produced several acclaimed television projects, including The Rough Guide to Choreography (Channel 4), The Royal Ballet in Cuba (More4) and Balletboyz: The Rite of Spring (BBC Three), as well as creating the digital work for Christopher Wheeldon's Electric Counterpoint (The Royal Ballet).
World Premie (Sadlers Wells). BalletBoyz are back with a brand new show, performed by an all-male company of ten amazing dancers who perform to a mesmerizing and evocative original musical score. Featuring two new commissions by internationally acclaimed choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos, Life takes an elegant, powerful and provocative look at life and death, presented in the inimitable BalletBoyz style.
To say the Chinese State Circus is merely a show is grossly to underestimate it; it is the embodiment of a traditional art form which can trace its history back over 2000 years. The presentation lives and breathes with the enthusiasm of its acrobatic artistes. The result is the purest, honest, most abiding and exhilarating circus that is a true privilege to see The undisputed masters of physical theatre will have the audience enthralled with a breathtaking fusion of precision acrobatics, martial arts and dazzling circus skills - entertainment for the whole family.
30 world class Chinese acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers interact with the super-human physical skills and dexterity of the masters of martial arts ? the legendary Shaolin Warriors. The nonstop action from start to awesome finale as thrill follows thrill, what seems impossible becomes a reality, earning the CHINESE STATE CIRCUS the accolade ?incomparable? This latest production returns to the pure and honest perfection in acrobatics upon which their reputation is based, creating a show with: No gimmicks... no fakes... no retakes... quite simply... "The Incomparable Chinese State Circus"
Radio 4 sitcom artist Count Arthur Strong, a former variety star who suffers malapropisms, memory loss and a variety of befuddlements and confusions.
Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. Plus something else. Don't miss this amazing event.
The top Stones tribute band with the Rolling Stones Office itself endorsing the act.
Billed as "The Most Famous Stones Band in England" by Sir Mick Jagger himself, The Counterfeit Stones perform faithful and faultless renditions of The Stones' greatest hits... but buying a ticket to their show will only leave you rockin' from the music, not the dent in your bank balance. Their new tour, FEINT IT, BLACK is the chance to catch their note-perfect performances of the Stones classic songs, skilllfully mixed with 'mockumentary' style videos, retro costumes and humour. Take a chronological journey through the Rolling Stones heyday. Think great rock 'n' roll, think funny, think irreverent, think a little bit risque. Intoxicating young and old alike - these guys are 100% proof that a good shot of copy-rock always hits the target. This band injects a huge dose of nostalgia to those who were there and an education for those who weren't. Fakin' brilliance - It's Phoney Rock 'n' Roll but a real bargain
Salem, Massachusetts 1692. When the stories of three local girls are taken as gospel, a small village populated by Puritans and petty local rivalries, is thrown into panic by talk of witchcraft. The community begins to purge itself, and as accusations fly suspicion alone is accepted as evidence. Written during the vigorous and unscrupulous investigations of Senator J R McCarthy in 1950's America. The Crucible is a timeless portrayal of communal hysteria and the evil of mindless persecution.
While Jack Manningham is on the town each evening his wife Bella is home alone. She can't explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of living room gaslight - is she losing her mind? Does the terror exist in her imagination or are dark secrets living in her home? The surprise arrival of retired Detective Rough leads to a shocking discovery that will shake her respectable Victorian marriage to its core.
A landmark in the history of English literature. Jane simple governess, wins the heart of Edward Fairfax Rochester, the brooding and mysterious master of Thornfield Hall. Questioning the boundaries of class and gender, it is one of the most heartrending and powerful tales of romance and suspense ever told.
Perrier nominee 2002.
Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr's new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he's performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He's won the British Comedy Award for 'Best Live Stand-Up Tour' and been nominated for the Perrier Award. Now all that experience is being put to good use - you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show - this is the very best of Jimmy Carr.
Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper, the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood - on Valentine's Day. Ruth Rendell's brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself.
Puccini's most enduring opera. The story of the love of the poor poet Rodolfo for the consumptive seamstress Mimi. Set in the Latin Quarter of Paris the course of their love is constantly threatened by Rodolfo's jealousy and Mimi's illness. The painter Marcello and the provocative Musetta are the other main characters. This is where 'your tiny hand is frozen' comes from and the last few bars, as Rodolfo realises Mimi is dead, are some of opera's most moving moments.
Paul McCartnet tribute show.
Reuniting the cast of the Hit West End musical, Let it Be and starring Emanuele Angeletti as Paul McCartney, this is a celebration of the life and music of a legend. The show includes all of McCartney's solo hits and a spectacular recreation of the ?Wings Over America' 1976 Concert Tour.
The smash hit show returns authentically recreating the sublime harmonies, slick moves, stylish looks and legendary musicianship that were the making of Motown.
Baby Love - 50 Years of No1 UK Hits Tour. Featuring more chart toppers than ever before, with the music of the Four Tops, Supremes, Temptations, Jackson 5, Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, the show marks the official arrival of Motown style, sophistication and musical brilliance to these shores.
The Infernal Galop - A French dance with English subtitles - This is France as seen by the uptight English imagination, with all the traditional clich?s joyously paraded for our entertainment and climaxing in Offenbach's inevitable Can-Can! Town and Country - Lie back and think of England.. Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noel Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others. Spitfire - An advertisement divertissement: A celebration of male vanity and an affectionate comment on the preening grandeur of the danseur noble, it places Perrot's Pas De Quatre (originally made as a kind of 'diva-off' for the four leading ballerina's of the 19th Century) in the world of men's mail order underwear advertising. Watch with Mother - Seen but not heard? - Conkers, Hopscotch, Doctors & Nurses; Children's games can be all-consuming, competitive and sometimes cruel. Based on Joyce Grenfell's famous "Nursery School" sketches ("George... Don't do that") and set to Percy Grainger's own piano compositions and arrangements of Bach and Faure, this 1991 piece has not been seen for nearly 25 years.
A celebration of life after 40, 50 and beyond. It all begins with four women, 'Power Woman', 'Soap Star', 'Rutland Housewife' and 'Earth Mother', at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra - and hot flushes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex and day-to-day challenges with aging parents, aging children and aging partners! A joyful parody of 25 re-lyricized classic baby boomer hits, the 90-minute show features chart-toppers including 'I Heard It Thru the Grapevine You No Longer See 39' and the Motown favourite 'My Thighs'.
The sounds and emotions of Queen that only live instruments skillfuly played and perfect harmonies can achieve.
The award-winning musical that tells the electrifying story of the night in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis came together to make music and ended up making history. It is inspired by the actual event that took place on 4 December 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis and features over 20 of the greatest rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B and country hits ever written including: Blue Suede Shoes, I Walk The Line, Fever, Great Balls of Fire, Hound Dog, Folsom Prison Blues and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On. The legendary meeting was masterminded by Sun Records' founder Sam Phillips, who discovered all four of the musicians, and brought Elvis Presley (and his then girlfriend) back to the recording studio that launched him to stardom. Together with Sun Records' fast-rising new superstar Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, who was still chasing his next big hit after writing and recording Blue Suede Shoes, the fourth member of this impromptu "quartet" was Phillips' latest signing, Jerry Lee Lewis. Million Dollar Quartet is a story of fame, friendship, discovery, divided loyalties, professional jealousy and incredible music as four of the music industry's most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, made music together for the first and only time in their careers.
Classical French comedy. Harpagon, the Miser, a capricious and unpredictable fool, attempts to ruin the lives of his family with the sole purpose of protecting his vast fortune. A fortune he has no intention of ever touching himself.
Set in the 6th Century BC in Jerusalem and Babylon. Zacharias the high priest, enforces his people to stand up for their rights against Nabucco. His son Ishmael and Fenena, the daughter of Nabuco, have a secret love affair. Abigail who is an illegitimate daughter of the ruler hears of the liaison and swears she will take revenge. Will she accomplish her goal or will love reign.
The Bee Gees were three brothers who, from singing close harmony as children, grew to become world superstars by their early twenties. They went on to be acknowledged as some of the greatest song writers in history. Nights On Broadway present a tribute to the Bee Gees through a fantastic live concert, featuring the Gibb brothers incredible songs from over four decades - from the 60s to the 90s. The show gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert, with a unique blend of classic hits, acoustic medleys and dance floor favourites. The show is a totally live concert experience, with a seven piece band that pride themselves on musical authenticity, and in particular the accurate recreation of the vocal talents and harmonies of the Bee Gees, with costume changes complimenting the show to give a full Bee Gees Concert Experience.
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that's what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing.
A Roy Orbison tribute show.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife... The ultimate romantic comedy, Jane Austen’s story of the five Bennet sisters and their relentless pursuit of suitable husbands is one of the best-loved novels ever written, constantly topping the polls of favourite books. When feisty Elizabeth Bennet first meets handsome bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. When she later discovers that he has scuppered the relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, the family’s lives are turned upside down as Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and pokes gentle fun at the affectations and etiquette of provincial middle-class life.
Ayckbourn's first West End hit comedy of confusion. A lazy summer Sunday in the late 60's. Ginny has fallen in love with Greg and wants Philip to leave her alone. So she sets off to see Philip and tell him once-and-for-all. Greg thinks she's visiting her parents and discovers Philips address so decides to pay a surprise visit and ask for her hand. For once, Philip's wife is still at home when Greg arrives before Ginny. Confused?
Get ready to step back in time and relive special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. The ?Remembering Fred Tour' will take you on a magical journey of dance, live music and entertainment supported by special appearances from various celebrity guests. Strictly Come Dancing stars Aljaz and Janette will be performing steps and turns from the golden age of Hollywood's most celebrated dance routines. Audiences will hear from famous Fred fans including Twiggy, Darcey Bussell, Don Black and Bruce Oldfield who will share stories of how the screen icon touched their lives and discuss what made him so special. Remembering Fred will feature songs such as They Can't Take That Away From Me, Night & Day, S'Wonderful, Cheek To Cheek, Puttin' On The Ritz, Let's Face The Music & Dance, The Way You Look Tonight, Top Hat, White Tie & Tail and many others.
Romeo gate-crashes a ball given by his family's enemies, the Capulets, only to fall in love with their daughter Juliet. Their passion is mutual, but the hatred between their families forces their relationship to a catastrophic conclusion.
English rose Lucy Honeychurch is touring Italy with her prim spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett as chaperone. Charlotte is quick to step in when Lucy makes the mistake of fraternising with the lower-class Mr Emerson and his son George at their Florentine pensione. However, when she witnesses Lucy and George kissing, she has no option but to whisk Lucy away to Rome. Back home at the family's Surrey estate Lucy becomes engaged to the eminently suitable (but priggish and pretentious) Cecil Vyse. Charlotte has sworn Lucy to secrecy over the kiss with George, but will Lucy be able to repress her feelings when she discovers that the Emersons have taken a house in the village? With its cast of vivid characters, this elegant comedy written in 1908, is widely recognized as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century. The award-winning Merchant Ivory film adaptation in 1985 was voted number nine in The Guardian's list of the best romantic films of all time.
Rated as one of the world's top mediums, Sally's reputation has been built from her close relationship with many high-profile celebrities. Since becoming a professional medium, Sally has gone on to read for a whole host of celebrities from film stars to radio presenters, musicians to soap actors. These have included George Michael, Koo Stark, Uma Thurman, Mel B and perhaps most notably, the late Pricess Diana whom Sally read for over a period of several years.
The Searchers is one of the few British pop groups which has maintained a position at the top for over 45 years and are second only to The Beatles as Liverpool's finest 60s group. In 1963, after capitalising on the popularity of the Merseybeat Phenomenon, The Searchers quickly established their own distinctive sound and a loyal following with a 12 string lead guitar and harmonies which anticipated the sound of The Byrds. 'Sweets For My Sweet', 'Sugar and Spice' and 'Needles and Pins' are the group's three number one hits. With total world sales exceeding over 30 million, The Searchers have continued to play music throughout the world, collecting awards and recruiting new fans of all ages.
Original classics performed by 4 of the most popular bands of the 60s
Another explosive tour. For one night only seven legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten. Herman's Hermits, Chris Farlowe, New Amen Corner, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Union Gapuk, The Ivy League, Alan Mosca from Freddie and The Dreamers.
From the creators of Essence of Ireland and Ireland's Call The Musical, Seven Drunken Nights brings to life the music of Ireland's favourite sons, The Dubliners. Telling the story of a career spanning 50 years and evoking the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Jim McCann, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan, this hugely talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group to life. A show that will have you singing and clapping along to such classics as The Wild Rover, The Black Velvet Band, The Irish Rover, Molly Malone, Finnegan's Wake, McAlpines Fusileers, Raglan Road and of course The Seven Drunken Nights.
Back in the fifties and sixties, Revue was an essential part of London's varied theatre scene offering a fun filled evening. A simple format of sketches, songs and skits, the Shakespeare Revue is inspired by the Bard and put over with vigour, delight and panache by the accomplished performers. A rich vein of comic writing and song, much of it seems to be also a potted history of British entertainment styles. First presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Centre and subsequently in the West End, this joyous words and music celebration gathers together some of the finest comic material inspired by the Bard. The evening continues with comic contributions from the cream of writing and performing talent such as Alan Bennett, Maureen Lipman, Ned Sherrin and Victoria Wood to name just a few.
Based on the original Royal Shakespeare Company production
The Simon and Garfunkel Story tells the fascinating tale of how two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world's most successful music duo of all time. Starting from their humble beginnings as 50's Rock n Roll duo 'Tom & Jerry', The Simon and Garfunkel Story takes you through all the songs and stories that shaped them, the dramatic split, their individual solo careers and ending with a stunning recreation of the legendary 1981 Central Park reunion concert.
The sing-a-long film version
The tale of the sleeping beauty - sleeping under the spell of a wicked witch until her Prince Charming comes to wake her up.
This is a warm and very funny play about the lives, laughs and loves of a group of women (and one man) attending a weekly tap-dance class in a dingy North London church hall. The dancing improves to such an extent that, by the time of the grand charity show performance, they have been transformed into triumphant tappers, worthy of any chorus line.
Musical version of Richard Harris's original comedy play which was made into a film by Liza Minnelli. The story of the lives and loves of a weekly tap-dancing class as the teacher tries to turn the odd bunch of attendees into a presentable group.
Wildlife TV Presenter, Adventurer, naturalist and writer Steve Backshall takes us on a tour of the real life expeditions that have inspired his novels The Falcon Chronicles. It's a wild journey, illustrated with photos and films from his expeditions from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the tundra to the top of the world's highest peaks, and from the depths of the rainforest to the bottom of the sea.
One day whilst out for a jog, Stick Man is pounced on by a playful dog. Mistaken for an ordinary stick, he is swept far away, being used for all sorts of things: from a flag mast to a cricket bat, a snowman's arm to firewood (well almost!). As his adventure unfolds, Stick Man - lost and alone - wonders if he will ever get back to the family tree. Passing through all the seasons and culminating in a joyful Christmas celebration (with an appearance by a certain portly gentleman dressed in red and white) Stick Man will delight children and their families, no matter the time of year. Three actors and a one-man-band combine with a host of colourful characters and animals to magically re-tell Stick Man's adventures. Music is played live, with a multitude of instruments.
One of ballet's most famous works with some of its best known music. It is Siegfried's birthday and his mother gives him a crossbow and an ultimatum to get married! After the party and finding himself alone he goes hunting. The evil magician Rothbart (half man half bird) keeps beautiful women as swans on the lake - but by night they resume human form. Siegfried is bewitched by Odette, a Princess and one of the Swans. She explains their plight to Siegfried and says the spell can only be broken by someone who'll love her truly for ever. He swears to do so but Odette returns to being a swan as Rothbart's powers are so strong. Siegfried returns to the palace and his mother presents him with a string of women from whom to chose his bride - Rothbart arrives with his daughter Odile disguised as Odette and Siegfried agrees to marry her - only then realising his mistake as Odile reviles him for breaking his vow to Odette. Siegfried returns to the lake and begs Odette to forgive him - then fights Rothbart whom he kills - and the swans are released from the spell.
The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution. Retaining the thrill and tension of the French Revolutionary setting but merging it with a modern, East London aesthetic, the production reimagines Dickens' dangerous and doomed antihero Sydney Carton as a member of the 27 Club (which includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse). The adaptation marries three of the finest artists in their own fields that England has ever known: Dickens the master story-teller, Rattigan the great playwright and Gielgud the mercurial actor. Gielgud intended to play both Sidney Carton and a number of other roles, and this production will realise that ambition - and show off the talents of an incredible team of performers - by having thirty characters played by just eight actors.
15 NOVEMBER - 19 NOVEMBER
EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM
19 OCTOBER - 22 OCTOBER
GRAND THEATRE, WOLVERHAMPTON
22 NOVEMBER - 26 NOVEMBER
THEATRE ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM
27 SEPTEMBER - 1 OCTOBER
RICHMOND THEATRE, OUTER LONDON
11 OCTOBER - 15 OCTOBER
BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE, BLACKPOOL
20 SEPTEMBER - 24 SEPTEMBER
THE PLAYHOUSE, OXFORD
4 OCTOBER - 8 OCTOBER
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD
13 SEPTEMBER - 17 SEPTEMBER
ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON
1 NOVEMBER - 5 NOVEMBER
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
8 NOVEMBER - 12 NOVEMBER
KING'S THEATRE, EDINBURGH
Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hits, including Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I'm Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run To You, Saving All My Love, I Will Always Love You and many more, this show is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time.