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2FaCeD DaNcE is one of the UK’s leading dance companies, scooping an abundance of 5 star reviews, picking up awards and selling out their first UK tour. This brand new work takes their unique fusion of break, street and contemporary dance to a new level.
A former special forces hero, now puts his military background to full use in shows such as SAS Who Dares Wins.
A former special forces hero, now puts his military background to full use in shows such as SAS Who Dares Wins.
A circus show like no other! Max lives on a trampoline, with only his little pet bird for company. Every day his life is the same, but Max decides he wants a new life. Follow the two friends in their funny, bouncy daily routine, with breathtaking trampoline skills and hilarious clowning. A brilliant and unique new show for all the family.
When Phileas Fogg and his faithful servant Passepartout board the train in London in 1875, he has only 80 days to travel round the world to win the wager between him and his friends at the great Reform Club. A grand adventure lies ahead, using conventional and more often unconventional travel arrangements; his journey will, of course, include romance, danger and surprises with the redoubtable Scotland Yard pursuing him at every turn.
'Heaven is a Place on Earth', 'Leave a Light On', 'Runaway Horses' - just a few of the huge hits from Belinda Carlisle.
Venturing beneath the cosy facade of middle-class life and into one of every day deceit, Betrayal is a play that begins with an ending. Meet Robert, a publisher, and his wife Emma who runs an art gallery. Add in Robert's best friend Jerry, a literary agent, and then consider the fact that Emma and Jerry have had a seven-year affair and things begin to get interesting. Betrayal opens with Emma and Jerrry meeting for a drink two years after the affair has ended, tracing the relationship of the three backwards over nine years to the evening when it all began...is Emma betraying her husband?...is Jerry betraying his best friend?...or are they all betraying themselves. First played in 1978.
Famous for creating unique harmony versions of pop, classical and West-End anthems, the four British singers take audiences on a musical rollercoaster.
Join the Brit-Award winning vocalists for their Christmas show, featuring festive songs in beautiful trio harmony, video projections and their famous fast-paced comedy banter.
'A windy day, a brand new kite, for Penguin Blue a maiden flight...' Meet Penguin Blue and friends as they go on an acrobatic Antarctic adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites. With a trio of acrobatic penguins, alongside magical puppetry and live music Metta Theatre's BLOWN AWAY is a joyous stage adaptation of Rob Biddulph's award winning children's book. Fun for all the family.
A Christmas Carol is the most famous book Charles Dickens ever wrote and one of the most daring. As the Ghosts spirit Scrooge from his past to his present to his future, Dickens plunges the reader cinematically from the miser's dank and creaking house in the City to riotous festivities, from cozy hearths to graveyards. And all the time the author's voice, tender, savage, magisterial, is present.
Dickens' mystical Christmas fable is brought to life by Olivier Award-winner Guy Masterson, veteran of smash hit solo shows including Under Milk Wood and Animal Farm (both recent sell-outs at Salisbury Playhouse). Famed for bringing multiple characters to vivid life, Masterson recreates Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs, Tiny Tim and more in an enchanting performance that will dazzle and linger long in the memory. Guaranteed to get you into the Christmas Spirit - in many more ways than one!
A woman returns to visit her family home, and misses the one thing she values most: the father she remembers. It's in a place where there's singing and dancing and eating and drinking and being merry, and of friendships and familial link as the total core of communities. It's in a place where we still have mountains unadorned. Where the summer smells of sun and the winter smells of burning coal. It's about a heyday, the heyday of a man. It's about ageing... about fading. I think if I piece it back together somehow - If the vase has been broken and I put back the pieces, it can get better... Combining text with choreography, video and specially commissioned music, Declining Solo is the sequel to Two Destination Language's award-winning Near Gone.
1998 Perrier Award Nominee. Irish comedian.
Effie, an old lady who has lived in mental institutions since the age of 13 has been admitted to hospital with severe burns. Treating her is Dr Kovacs who finds in Effie's extraordinary story of injustice and official callousness the key to her own suppressed anger and power.
Three teenagers, on the roof of a nightclub, thrown together through circumstance, all searching for an answer to the same question - who cares? Fall Out explores the story of three young people whose night out leads to a journey of self-discovery, testing friendships and questioning identity and loyalty. An uncompromising look at growing discontent and how easily we can be led to find the wrong answers to the questions surrounding our own happiness.
Featuring Bruce Foxton from the original line up of The Jam and from Stiff Little Fingers. Playing classic The Jam hits such as Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, Going Underground, Town Called Malice and The Modern World as well as songs from Bruce Foxton's solo career.
Tisana, Ruhab and Haleema are three normal teenage girls who have been best friends forever. But when they are kidnapped from their hometown in Nigeria, each must find their own way to survive. Girls explores the stories behind the headlines and hashtags that quickly become yesterday's news.
What does it mean to follow a dream. When you don't fit in. And the odds are stacked against you? Exploring ambition, communication and friendship, the story follows the Great Odds; Marco, Grouch and Jewels, on an exciting and sometimes wobbly journey... Dreams change shape, unexpected things are uncovered and success comes through surprising discoveries. Integrating visual storytelling, British Sign Language, live music, sound and puppetry, Mac's Arcadian presents Great Odds, its first play, in co- production with Lighthouse Poole, supported by Improbable.
Tobes is young, free, single and having a ball. Off. Surrounded by people for whom life seems to be oh so simple, Tobes' confidence is taking a beating from the girlfriend who's met someone else, the brother for whom football trumps family, the flatmate who's just not that into him and the doctor... who might have some more bad news. Growth is a modern-day story of fear, hope, denial, love, and loss. And of getting over it.
A reclusive children's writer becomes wildly successful. Her books are treasured across the country. But when a troubling narrative starts to unfold, we find ourselves asking: What matters more, the storyteller or the story? Brilliantly imaginative and theatrically original, Heather is a short, sharp play about language, prejudice and the power of stories.
Heather Small, the biggest voice, and biggest haircut, in pop. Most famous for being the voice of Manchester based band M People, she has also enjoyed a successful solo career.
In 2005, Heather's solo single Proud became the official soundtrack for London's 2012 Olympic bid
Jack a young boy from a poor family, exchanges the family cow for some magic beans. The beans grow overnight into a huge beanstalk which Jack climbs into the clouds, arriving at a magical land ruled over by a cruel giant. Jack battles the giant and decides to rescue a young princess held captive in the giant's castle.
Renowned for his hilarious observations and loveable, friendly delivery Jason has been a firm favourite with comedy fans of all ages since his first solo stand-up show earned him huge critical acclaim and a nomination for the prestigious Perrier Newcomer Award back in 2005.
1420s France - ravaged by war, under occupation from the English, a population divided. 18 year old Joan is a farmer's daughter, a freedom fighter, and just maybe the original drag king? Dressed as a boy, Joan defies convention and leads her county to freedom, but at what cost? 600 years on, in a world where women ?dragging up' as men is distinctly underground, Joan is still ahead of her time. Expect bold new writing combined with a playful and provocative cabaret style in this one-woman show about what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.
John Mayall was, as a child, influenced by such greats as Leadbelly, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith, and Eddie Lang. From the age of 13 he taught himself to play and develop his own style with the aid of a neighbour's piano, borrowed guitars, and secondhand harmonicas. John met his soulmate in Eric Clapton, who had quit the Yardbirds in favour of playing the blues. This historic union culminated in the first hit album for John’s band, the Bluesbreakers, and resulted in worldwide legendary status. A succession of great musicians defined their artistic roots under John's leadership, and he became well known for discovering new talent. As sidemen left to form their own groups, others took their places. Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood became Fleetwood Mac. Andy Fraser formed Free, and Mick Taylor joined the Rolling Stones. As Eric Clapton has stated, "John Mayall has actually run an incredibly great school for musicians."
Kwaidan is a cinematic and atmospheric piece inspired by Japanese ghost stories and horror movies which combines life-sized puppets, humanettes, acting and video projections.
The Ladykillers tells the story of the eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrots in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross. Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals. Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Things do not go well and the Professor’s plan starts to unravel in spectacular and hilarious fashion.
Christmas is coming and little Robin is very excited. To help him count down the days, Mummy and Daddy have given him an advent calendar. Behind every window is a picture and every picture tells a story. Join Robin as he links the pictures together on a magical quest towards Christmas Day.
From the writers of last year's The Night Before Christmas, this brand new production will be full of song, magic and surprises for all the family.
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed... Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. A donkey, a camel and a new born lamb. A tiny baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a makeshift bed in a dilapidated farmyard outbuilding. But enough about what Stu's bought Howard for Christmas. With the usual mix of silly songs, pitiful puppetry and more Biblical befuddlement than you can shake a figgy pudding at, Living Spit's Nativity promises to be a cornucopia of Christmassy comedy that you'll never forget!
After their triumphant take on Frankenstein and A Christmas Carol, Howard and Stu are back to tackle the second greatest Christmas story ever told. Yes, that's right folks, Living Spit are doing the NATIVITY!
Scottish pop icon and TV personality.
Back by popular demand after her hugely successful 2016 tour, Lulu is on the road again with her biggest tour yet! Lulu has always been 'All About the Music' and that's what she delivers in a power-packed performance full of her hits, new songs and fan favorites. You'll be on your feet from beginning to end. An intimate look into the incredible musical journey of a music legend, Lulu's show is peppered with anecdotes from a life in the fast lane (or in the limelight).
An evening of classic Motown.
Motown legends Martha Reeves and the Vandellas perform their soul and Motown classics Dancing in the Street, Jimmy Mac, Nowhere Town and more. Plus, back by popular demand following their recent tour with Ben E. King, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds perform hits I'll Go Where the Music Takes Me, Now is the Time and other 70s soul hits. A must see show for any vintage soul and Motown fan.
Former Ultravox member.
Shakespeare's story of fairies, love and marriage told in ballet form.
This funny and heart-warming adaptation features vibrant classical choreography danced by some of the finest dancers around. Mendelssohn's joyous music is interpreted by Artistic Director Darius James, and highlights include radiant costumes, sets and video projection. The Queen of the Fairies, Titania, and Puck, the mischievous messenger, inhabit the supernatural fairy kingdom. Bottom and his boot-wearing 'Rude Mechanicals' present their famous play Pyramus and Thisbe. And finally, the lovers, caught in a thrilling web of mistaken identity and confusion, finally find their way through the Athenian forest to an unforgettable and joyous reconciliation.
Milton Jones is renowned for his string of surreal and unusual one-liners. On stage, hair gelled in 360 different directions, clothes half-spaceman, half '70s Bhs, he was Perrier Finalist of 1997 and Best Newcomer in 1996. His delivery is part weirdo, part childish, part punch drunk.
Great Scott! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Not content with their lot as the nineteenth century's greatest magic duo, this prestidigitatory pair present a conjuring spectacular to the audiences of the modern day. No future is left unseen and no timeline left unaltered as these temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time! An unforgettable evening of magic, mystery, and the unexplainable.
Murder mysteries do not come any better than this one from the mistress of murder mysteries. When a local newspaper carries an insert stating 'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday 13th at Little Paddock at 18:30'. Miss Marple decides to investigate.
Set against the harsh backdrop of the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men is the story of George and Lennie, two friends with a simple dream: to own a farm and live off the fat of the land. There are times, though, when sharpwitted George feels the burden of looking after Lennie, while gentle giant Lennie doesn't realise his own strength... As they drift from job to job, trouble's never far away, and before long it's time to move on again. When the pair get work in Soledad, California, however, the dream looks set to become a reality. But a tragic turn of events threatens to destroy George and Lennie's friendship and leaves George faced with an impossible choice...
Writer, entertainer, comedienne and broadcaster.
40 years after she first appeared on TV's Opportunity Knocks Pam Ayres brings her latest show to Artrix following the recent paperback release of her latest book of poetry, YOU MADE ME LATE AGAIN! Pam Ayres' work is funny, and approachable. It sounds simple, as though dashed off, but this is deceptive. Her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the detail of everyday life, and for the absurdity therein, makes for an art that hides art. Her books have been bestsellers for 40 years, and Pam is still a regular on Radio and TV, on programmes such as Just A Minute, Loose Ends, six series of Ayres On The Air for Radio 4, the Paul O'Grady Show, Alan Titchmarsh Show, Countdown, and The One Show.
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.
A musical story by Sergei Prokofiev.
Kensington Palace, 1993. She was the Diana of her day. That day has gone. But HRH The Princess Margaret, the most glamorous figure of her generation, has a final chance to be of service. While the Royal Family is at Balmoral, she removes several bags of correspondence from the Queen Mother's home, including potentially sensational letters from Prince Charles - and Diana, Princess of Wales. She means to burn them all. But there are other papers. Some of them relate to Margaret herself, and a scandal as dangerous as anything since. When an ex-gangster arrives to bring her even closer to her past, the Queen's sister has the choice to make or break her family yet again. Inspired by actual events, A Princess Undone sheds light on one of the Royal Family's most controversial, enigmatic members. Witty, charming and provocative, yet ultimately on her own, Princess Margaret is not easily forgotten.
Rebecca first shot to fame in 2010 as a finalist in the seventh series of The X Factor. Undeterred by the narrow loss to Matt Cardle, Rebecca released her critically acclaimed debut album Heaven the following year. Her second album Freedom was also a Top 10 hit, and consolidated the Scouse singer's position as one of the most promising young artists in the country.
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.
Contributions to the show by:Ava Astaire-McKenzie, Bruce Oldfield, Darcey Bussell, Don Black and Twiggy.
The Road to Huntsville blends research with fictional storytelling, peppered with footage from her trip to Texas. Stephanie Ridings explores the strange and uncomfortable phenomenon of British women who fall in love with men on death row. In Livingston, Texas, the inmates of death row are housed just a forty-five minute drive down open highways to Huntsville, their final destination. In Britain are women who write to them, put in touch through hundreds of websites where prisoners can advertise for a pen pal, or humanitarian services that try to alleviate the harsh quality of life. Stephanie relates with compassion and a macabre humour how she came to stand outside the Huntsville prison as an inmate was executed and the talks she had with a former prison warden as she tells the fictional story of a researcher who falls in love with an inmates.
Since winning the 2008 if.comedy Best Newcomer Award for her debut solo show Sarah Millican's Not Nice at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sarah is fast on her way to becoming a household name. She has already notched up a number of appearances on top comedy shows including Mock the Week, Michael Mcintyre's Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo and The Bubble.
Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she's a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see? Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then so are you! Whether you're sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you're told to, welcome. You'll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit. Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy.
Shane was just a teenager when the mighty Westlife formed in 1998 and in 2012, after 14 UK number one singles, 12 massive albums and numerous tours, the band decided to call it a day. For Shane, the future meant landing a deal with record giant Universal and beginning work on his first ever solo album, You and Me, which was recorded in both the UK and US.
Holmes and Watson are called upon to investigate the Whitechapel murders that are sending shockwaves through London. But when the evidence points to only one possible and ridiculous conclusion about the identity of Jack the Ripper, is our super sleuth prepared to believe the unbelievable?
The world premiere of a brand new Sherlock Holmes caper delivered at breakneck pace in a hilarious, deeply daft theatrical explosion for adults and family audiences. This world premiere of a brand new Sherlock Holmes caper is a laugh-a-minute pastiche of Conan Doyle's investigative pair delivered at breakneck pace and a raucous night at the theatre.
Led by producer, vocalist and songwriter Jazzie B, Soul II Soul were one of the most innovative dance/R&B outfits of the late 80s, creating a seductive, deep R&B that borrowed from Philly soul, disco, reggae and 80s. They inspired a generation and continue to do so, with the likes of Will.I.Am being a huge fan.
Since their debut in 1969, Steeleye Span have been one of the most influential names in British roots music. Pioneers of folk-rock, Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever, taking it from small clubs into the world of gold discs and international tours.
Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring old hands and new young faces. Having just released the album Dodgy Bastards to great critical acclaim, this is a great chance to see them perform fresh folk gems alongside the time-honoured tracks that have made them one of the most successful British folk rock bands ever.
January 1916: Bert Brocklesby is a schoolteacher, and preacher at his local Methodist chapel; Bertrand Russell is one of the greatest philosophers of his time. With the advent of military conscription their worlds are about to be turned upside down.
Michael Mears portrays conscientious objectors, army generals, Prime Ministers, world-famous mathematicians, and many more, in this compelling, shocking and inspiring story of the men who said no to war.
The highly acclaimed Choir of St John's College, Cambridge perform Vivaldi's masterpiece as a fitting finale to this selection of his finest works.
Thriller. Alone in her flat Susie is anxious - so much so that when a stranger turns up claiming to be a family friend she is glad of the company. Suddenly she finds herself at the centre of a murder investigation and her only hope is to solve the mystery of the missing doll.
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres, two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the frontline. Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.