GRAND DIAMOND JUBILEE TOUR 2017
Who could have predicted that a band, which hit the top of the charts 50 years ago in 1961 with a song and style that were already forty years out of date, would still be around in 2016, still playing the same style of music?
The main difference now is that the band has a vast repertoire…. jazz classics from the past, original compositions, novelty numbers ….so whatever your taste in jazz The Temperance Seven will play it for you.
The band had a string of chart successes, notably with "You're Driving Me Crazy", which was Sir George Martin's first ever number one hit, and followed by other top ten hits like "Home in Pasadena", "The Charleston", "Hard Hearted Hannah" and "The Black Bottom", and still has a huge following in the UK and abroad.
The Temperance Seven play what they like, and their enormous enjoyment is hilariously transmitted to their audiences with their zany pythonesque humour..
The brainchild of Martyn Ware and born from the collapse of the original Human League, 80's synth pioneers Heaven 17 have stood the test of time and been an influence on the future of modern music for over thirty years. Their debut 1981 album, 'Penthouse And Pavement', was, and remains, a modern classic. Glenn Gregory and Martyn continue to perform the hits from their overwhelming back catalogue, including 'Temptation' and '(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang', along with unveiling their first new material in 12 years.
More info: Heaven17.com
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A STANDING ONLY CONCERT
A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.
British comedy starring Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton, Richard E. Grant and Sam Claflin
Join internationally renowned vocalist and BBC Radio presenter, Claire Martin OBE, and legendary saxophonist and singer, Ray Gelato, for their new show together: 'A Swingin’ Affair'.
Celebrating the release of their album ‘We’ve Got a World That Swings’ – described by The Observer as “Jazz Artistry” - these much celebrated and respected Artists take to the stage to explore Great American Songbook.
Alongside a world-class trio of musicians, Claire and Ray revisit classics such as 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off', ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’, 'They all Laughed' and 'Can’t We Be Friends’.
If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging - this is the show for you. A swingin’ affair indeed!
‘Hugely entertaining and beautifully performed’
‘Strikes all the right notes, played and sung with real joie de vivre’
Claire Martin OBE:
“Our finest jazz singer"
The Sunday Times
"She ranks amongst the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet"
Jazz Times USA
“A consummate jazz singer with old-school virtues … she wins plaudits everywhere she works”
“Not for nothing is Gelato known as ‘The Godfather of Swing’”
“Gelato’s dapper mixture of swing and Louis Prima jumping jive remains as invigorating as ever”
Liza Pulman, the acclaimed singer & comedienne of Fascinating Aida, celebrating the songs of the great Barbra Streisand with her six piece band, The Stardust Ensemble. Alongside renowned musical director Joseph Atkins, Liza brings you glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of these now legendary songs.
Expect the much loved classics Evergreen, The Way We Were, New York State Of Mind, Second Hand Rose and many more in a full to bursting 90 minute show.
Living Spit present 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII'
Two Actors. Too Many Characters. One Big Ego.
Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There's no escaping that.
Stu McLoughlin doesn't look like any of the wives, but he's going to give it a go.
After their previous self-funded historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard & Stu are at their wits end.
Then they hit on an idea for a show that could change everything....
But can two of the South West's favourite theatrical sons put aside their differences and make it through to the end without killing each other?
'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' is an undisputed hit and with live original music, embroidary, Barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in Tudor history you'll never forget.
A very special evening with award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor, joined here by Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. The superb blend of the three voices and stunning musicianship adds a sweet touch of class to their vibrant performance. Live onstage, her unforgettable songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, including Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, If Only and more seem even more relevant in our present times.
Expect a soulful introspective dip into Hazel's stunning portfolio, the old and the new. A sumptuous night of some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century delivered with passion and fire. With a special Meet & Greet immediately after the show you're in for a treat!
Unmissable, book early!
“They were absolutely fantastic, bringing the entire audience roaring to its feet.” Daily Telegraph
We are thrilled to be presenting, with Artsreach Dorset
Mi Flamenco - Incognito
Mi Flamenco is an international flamenco company with artists of the highest calibre. After a near sell-out UK summer tour in 2016, Mi Flamenco are back on the road with their production, Incognito.
Featuring explosive dance by Ester Tal and Kelian Jimenez, the amazing voice of Luis Vargas Monge (El Mono), beautiful music composed and played by the talented guitarist Uri Tal, and the added magic of Nick Squires on cello, Incognito, is a show with all the spirit of authentic, pulsating flamenco, intertwined with the unexpected. Exciting, moving flamenco dance, powerful song, virtuoso guitar and cello; with lots of charm, imagination and theatre thrown in. A passionate spectacle for dance, music and theatre-lovers everywhere.
From first flamenco experience to aficionado, or for those who simply love theatre, dance or music….or all of the above; Incognito is not to be missed.
Ester Tal – Producer and Artistic Director of Mi Flamenco said “This show embraces what flamenco is, and invites the audience into intimate spaces with the artists. Incognito embraces a sense of theatre - and flamenco's drama, beauty, intrigue, narrative and humour."
“Fantastic, amazing, and passionate. Absolutely loved it!”
“Beautiful to watch. A great first experience of flamenco.”
“Brilliant story-telling. Excellent mix of music – so creative – can’t wait for more!”
“A murder mystery “whodunit” by Francis Durbridge.
Red Herrings, dodgy dealings and murder abound in this gripping and ingenious play. Jack and Sarah Radford appear to be a happy and successful couple living in a large home in the country. However, Jack is secretly plotting to murder his wife and inherit everything. He tries to convince Sarah that she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown and enlists the help of his girlfriend Anna to dispose of his wife. But all does not go as planned…..
Enter Inspector Cliff Jordan, a man of insight and perception but will his investigative skills become distracted? Almost everyone has a motive……But who is the real killer?”
Book your tickets now and make this a night to remember!
Eric Knowles is one of those rare individuals who is able to share his extensive knowledge of the world of Antiques in a manner that is easily understood. With over
Twenty years working on the BBC’s flagship programme The Antiques Roadshow under his belt, Eric has become the friendly face of what for many years proved to be
a business shrouded with no small element of mystery.
In What’s it Worth?, the lad from Lancashire takes the wraps off a business in which he has been immersed for over 30 years.
The first part of the evening is given over to what are quite often irreverent anecdotal reminiscences, ably supported by excellent images.
The second part of the evening is devoted to the audience’s ‘treasures’, twenty –
five of which have been selected by Eric during the initial meeting and greeting session and welcome party. Eric is keen to assure all those bringing heirlooms that he for one will be drinking only Adam’s Ale until all are safely returned.
Audience members can bring along their heirlooms and treasures for on stage discussion but then, in the final part of the show, they will be able to see their objects brought to the screen, courtesy of a web type camera that will allow a more detailed view and appreciation in the valuation session.
A witty and entertaining look at the world of Antiques with one of its best raconteurs
Fearful of repeating the invasion of Gallipoli in 1915, Winston Churchill attempts to stop the planned invasion of Normandy in 1944. Only the support of Churchill's wife, Clementine, can halt the prime minister's physical and mental collapse.
Starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson
The Award Winning "Whole Lotta Shakin' - Tribute to Shakin' Stevens" has been voted the no.1 Winner for Best UK Tribute Show 2017 by The National Tribute Awards.
The rags to riches story based on the 40 hits of 80's rock n' roll icon Shakin' Stevens.
Starring Rebel Dean (West End, London Palladium) with full live band. The performance includes a full concert (including the famous denims and pink jacket) as would have been seen during the late 80's including all the hits - Green Door, This Ole House, Oh Julie, You Drive Me Crazy and many more.
If you've ever wondered what's behind the Green Door, now is your chance to find out!!
How did a simple plumber’s daughter rise from her humble origins to capture the hearts of a nation?
Taking the role of Vera Lynn, Samantha will share the stories and perform the songs of the ‘Forces Sweetheart’ who ultimately become our country’s first ‘National treasure’?
Described by The Stage newspaper as “Perfection“, Samantha is Britain’s leading performer of the Vera Lynn songbook and has captivated audiences nationwide with her heartfelt and authentic performances. She has performed as Vera Lynn in concerts across the country, providing audiences with Vintage entertainment from the 120s, through the 1940’s and beyond.
So come and be part of this emotional celebration of Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th year.
The Spitfire Sisters - Louisa Revolta, Anna Harding and Hannah Castleman - started in 2011 as a 1940s three-part harmony cover group singing hits from the Andrews and Boswell Sisters. They have since become internationally acclaimed vintage music makers in their own right. They perform an eclectic mix of songs including original tunes from their self-penned album 'Put Your Phone Away', classic repertoire from the 1940s and modern songs with an old fashioned twist.
To find out more please visit www.thespitfiresisters.com.
The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up that presents the best material from the original Blues Brothers movies and is jam-packed full of songs by legends such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Cab Calloway – plus many other blues, soul, Motown and funk classics and a few surprises thrown in along the way. Capturing the sound, energy and persona that propelled the film to a cult status that still thrills audiences worldwide today,
Back with a Brand new production for 2017 with an all new elaborate stage set the Chicago Blues Brothers are taking you back to 1980 to finish the concert at the Palace ballroom hotel This show is a powerhouse two-hour song-fest with over 40 hits performed live on stage in the concert that never finished.
The Chicago Blues Brothers is a joyous hoot, a musical riot, a juiced-up jamboree of the coolest, funkiest soul, blues and Motown hits performed with style, class and showmanship by a troupe of some of the finest entertainers working in modern musical theatre.
Infectious, dazzling, riotous, exuberant and spirited, the legacy of Jake and Elwood has been jump-started for a new generation with an energy that’s impossible to resist. The Chicago Blues Brothers are on a mission once again – in a high-octane, on-stage party you can’t afford to miss.
Tight Classy and Brassy – Time out
Fun and Infectious – The Stage
A high octane musical mash up – Bristol Post
With her natural, unique and accurate presentation, TJ is today firmly placed as the UK’s foremost psychic medium and her broad appeal allows her to support private readings, live theatre appearances and events within the UK and internationally.
As well as her appearances on Destiny TV, and ITV3’s The X-tra Factor, TJ has starred in 21 episodes of Psychic Private Eyes for Zone Reality, which she filmed at the same time as investigating murders and missing people cases for CBS Reality Television.
Alongside her own very successful annual live UK theatre tours, TJ co-presented ‘The Three Mediums’ theatre show at four major UK cities including a sell-out show at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, London and also appeared on Sky Living’s: ‘Colin Fry Live with TJ Higgs’.
One Night of SKA is a two hour homage to the music, bands and artistes that influenced two generations of teenagers.
Taking the best of the original 1960s Jamaican scene as well as the 2 Tone English Revival of the late 1970s this is crammed full of songs made famous by names such as Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker, Madness and Tony Tribe. Expect such fabulous hits as The Israelites, One Step Beyond, It Mek, My Girl, Monkey Man, Ghost Town, Watermelon Man, Red Red Wine, Too Much Too Young, Enjoy Yourself, and Al Capone amongst many, many others. This is a brand new show starring the hugely talented Gerry Slattery (Boy George Band, Rubettes, Showaddywaddy, Alvin Stardust Band etc etc) on guitar and vocals, and featuring the wonderful Chris Kane
(original Bad Manners) on saxophones.
Islanders off the coast of Scotland compete with a stuffy English commander to recover 50,000 cases of whisky from a wrecked cargo vessel.
Starring Eddie Izzard, Tim Piggot-Smith, Gregor Fisher
The highly acclaimed 17 piece band, now into its 33rd year, makes a welcome first visit to The Exchange with an exciting programme of feel good classics which takes a nostalgic,
musical journey back to the golden age of swing and beyond. With a special tribute to the fabulous Ella Fitzgerald from the band’s stunning vocalist Paula Mitchell, this is an unmissable show.
As usual, the band is led by saxophonist Ken Parr and features some of the leading musicians in the West Country.
Now in its tenth record breaking year, “Christmas Crooners” is jam packed with festive favourites including the Christmashits of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself - Frank Sinatra.
Alongside is the beautiful Christmas “belle” singing her favourite
Christmas songs, including Santa Baby, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Rocking Around The Christmas Tree and many more.
This fantastic cast of West-End Singers, are backed by the superb and talented swing band: The Jazz All-Stars performing over 30 well known Christmas hits.There will also be swing arrangements of Christmas hymns and songs such as “Deck The Halls” and “Silent Night”.
After their triumphant take on Charles Dickens’ 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!
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 comic Christmassy crudeness that you’ll never forget!
16+ (not for the faint-hearted)
Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.
A wonderful musical starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Kevin Kline with the voices of Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor and Hatdn Gwynne.
Take a trip down memory lane with this critically acclaimed live 50s & 60s music show conceived at the iconic London Palladium and performed by the fantastic 6-piece band The Fugitives and & female vocalists The Tiffany Girls all recreating the sounds and the hits of this unforgettable era. With ‘Diddy’ David telling some not to be missed anecdotes from his experiences working with the stars and the music, which will have you dancing in the aisles by the end, this is an evening that will leave you wanting more.
Ben is recognised as one of the UK’s supreme boogie piano players and has worked with The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Screaming Lord Sutch, PJ Harvey, Amy Macdonald, Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall, Charlie Watts, The Ronnie Wood Band, Paul Weller, Dave Gilmore, Dave Stewart, The Teenagers, Nine Below Zero….and the list keeps growing!
Special surprise guest!
Bowie Experience is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie. A must see for all Bowie fans, the latest production promises an
unforgettable journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy.
Bowie Experience continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail, bringing the golden years of David Bowie to theatres across the globe.
So, put on your red shoes and Let’s Dance!
After a sell out concert last year Jethro is back by popular demand!
Every once in a while there comes along a true comedy genius,
someone who rapidly gains cult status with the British public.
Such is the case with Jethro!
Armed with nothing more than a microphone and delivered
to you in a warm Cornish accent, Jethro has the rare ability to paint hilarious pictures in the mind of his audience.
Over 4 million DVD sales pay testimony to the size and dedication of his army of followers, and their love of the unpredictable, irreverent twaddle that reduces his audience to tears of laughter night after unforgettable night
‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s.
Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging – whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breathtaking routines.
In this show, the exciting dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous The Lindy Hop Dance Company, the world’s premier jazz dance company and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra featuring vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington.
The Searchers remarkable career continues. With such classic hits as, Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don't Throw Your Love Away; Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room, they have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world's leading nation in the music industry. There is no doubt that the decade that gave us The Beatles as well as The Searchers and many others was very special and will go down in history as being the most imaginative period of music creativity and expression.
With total record sales well in excess of 50 million, The Searchers still have great appeal to audiences of all ages. They tour the globe as much today as they have done throughout a fantastic career spanning 5 decades.
Their special 'solo' concert is a highly entertaining show and has been enthusiastically and warmly received throughout the world. Combined with anecdotes and reminiscences, this fully self-contained concert includes all their famous hits, plus many album recordings, B-sides and a selection of other collector and well known favourites.
Don't miss The Searchers live in concert!