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Roy Chubby Brown - Don't Get Fit! Get Fat!
Saturday 25 April 7.30pm
Roy Chubby Brown returns with his meatiest show yet! He’s still rude, he’s still crude and this time he’s turning headlines into punch lines as his rip-roaring brand of banter continues to burst bellies across the country. Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views on news, women and gender, sailing so close to the mark even the most seasoned of fans will be left gobsmacked! As politically incorrect as ever ‘The World’s Most Outrageous Comedian’ is far too rude for TV, so this live performance is the only place to catch the flamboyant comedian! If easily offended please stay away!
Warning: Over 18s only - If easily offended please stay away!
Romesh Ranganathan & Suzi Ruffell
Double Header Tour… Rom Wasn’t Built in a Day and Social Chameleon
Saturday 25 April 8pm
£14.25, Concessions £12.25
Join two of comedy's rising young stand-up stars as they embark on their first UK tours. Both fresh from supporting their comedy peers and idols, Romesh Ranganathan (support for Seann Walsh, Bill Burr and Ricky Gervais) and Suzi Ruffell (support for Josh Widdicombe, Alan Carr and Kevin Bridges) will now take their hotly-anticipated shows Rom Wasn’t Built in a Day and Social Chameleon on the road.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Sunday 26 April 7pm
£10, Concessions £9
From acclaimed director Brett Morgen, this first ever, fully authorised documentary feature blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, written word, music (both his most famous and some that’s never been heard), and never-before-seen home movies, with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes.
Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, WA, through the height of his fame, it creates an intense and powerful cinematic insight into an artist who craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame,
Those of Kurt’s generation will learn things about him they never knew. Those who’ve discovered the man and his music more recently will understand what makes Kurt the lasting icon that he is.
Just like the legendary frontman of Nirvana himself, COBAIN: Montage of Heck is authentic, visceral and unflinching. It will get into your head and stay there long after the end credits roll
‘Simply stunning a blistering documentary and the only version of Cobain worth seeing' ★★★★ Cine-Vue
RPO Tchaikovsky Gala
TCHAIKOVSKY - Marche Slave
TCHAIKOVSKY - Piano Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 6, ‘Pathétique’
A spectacular concert that pays tribute to the genius of Tchaikovsky, opening with the patriotic Marche Slave, full of traditional Russian folk melodies and elements of the Russian national anthem which can also be heard in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
From one exuberant ending to a triumphant beginning, Martin Roscoe, one of Britain’s most beloved pianists, introduces the thunderous opening chords of Tchaikovsky’s sublimely romantic and hugely admired Piano Concerto No. 1.
A Tchaikovsky Gala would not be complete without a work that encapsulates the composer’s emotional power, Tchaikovsky’s greatest and final symphonic manuscript, his tragic Symphony No. 6, ‘Pathétique’.
Cheryl, Mike & Jay Formerly of Bucks Fizz
Paradise Regained Tour
Wednesday 29 April 7.30pm
£22.25 & £24.25
Bucks Fizz became one of the UK's biggest pop acts after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with their famous skirt-ripping dance routine. Making Your Mind Up went to number one in nine countries, and was followed by hit singles My Camera Never Lies and Land of Make Believe. More than 30 years on, original members of Bucks Fizz Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston, with founder member Mike Nolan, are now joined by former Eurovision contestant Bobby McVee for their latest tour.
Sex in Suburbia
Starring Claire Sweeney
Friday 1 May 7.30pm
A brand new comedy about dating, men and finding Mr. Right. Penny Crowe is the host of a late-night radio phone-in and as Britain’s leading Agony Aunt, she takes calls about every date from hell and the occasional one from heaven. She is more than happy to dish out relationship advice, but is she as happy to take it? Based on real stories from real women, this show is packed full of sensational songs including I’m Every Woman, I Want to Break Free and Somebody Else’s Guy. This production features strong language and adult themes.
Suitable for ages 16+
Classical Music Season 2015/16 RPO
New Classical Music Season 2015-2016
Our New Season features a wonderful programme of great live music from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with nine concerts this year, including a welcome return from John Rutter who once again brings us his Christmas Celebration. We also welcome back Croydon’s very own London Mozart Players, as well as wonderful operas, ballets and live transmissions in our new cinema from ENO and the Royal Opera House.
All Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are bookable as a ‘Subscription Package’. This means that by booking three or more concerts in advance you make significant savings on ticket prices. The applicable concerts (all the RPO concerts) are clearly indicated in the brochure (click on the link below to view or download).
Single RPO concert tickets will then go on sale a week later from Friday 1st May 2015 and they will then be available to purchase on the Internet both singly and as Subscription Packages.
Tickets for individual RPO concerts start from only £12 (£8 for under 25s), but you can save much more when you subscribe to a bigger number of concerts.
We look forward to seeing you in 2015 - 2016!
Alan Carr - Yap, Yap, Yap!
Sunday 10 May 8pm
No stranger to yap, Alan Carr will be yapping his way around the UK & Ireland with his brand new stand up show Yap, Yap, Yap! The BAFTA and British Comedy Award-winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his stand up roots with his hilarious take on life. Yap it up!
‘An absolute natural on stage… a born storyteller, sheer entertainment’ London Evening Standard
An Evening with Nigel Kennedy
And Oxford Philomusica - Bach, Kennedy & Jimi Hendrix
Friday 22 May 7.30pm
£33.50, £37.50 & £41.50
From Bach to Jimi Hendrix, violin maverick Nigel Kennedy bridges musical boundaries in what promises to be an evening of brilliance, improvisation and showmanship from one of the world’s most dynamic musicians.
Expect the unexpected and come prepared for show stopping performances of works new, old and reborn, including music written by Kennedy himself, and arrangements for violin and orchestra of the twentieth-century emblem of American songwriting, Jimi Hendrix.
The Pirates of Treasure Island
Saturday 23 May 6pm & Sunday 24 May 4pm
Adults £20, Children £15, Family Ticket £65
Plus buy 10 tickets and the receive the 11th ticket free
Starring Edele Lynch (B*Witched and Celebrity Big Brother) and Sid Sloane (CBeebies and Jack and the Beanstalk). This swashbuckling adventure is considered to be the original pirate tale, packed with treasure maps, bearded one-legged pirates, tropical islands, parrots, mutiny, and the dreaded black spot! This new stage version of the children’s classic by Robert Louis Stevenson, blends the best of storytelling, pantomime and musical theatre, to create a spectacular adventure for the whole family, with a full supporting cast and a 5-piece band.
23/05/2015 to 24/05/2015
STOP!... THE PLAY
It starts out as a worthy new piece called The Dark Heart of Art, about an artist struggling for recognition in a cold, heartless world. But then as rehearsals get underway, chaos takes over. The play starts veering wildly all over the place as the writer goes mad and takes his play over the edge, dragging the hapless actors and the hopeless director down with it.
This hysterical new comedy is a satirical masterclass and intriguing insight into what really goes on behind the locked door of a rehearsal room.
Please note: This show contains adult themes and is suitable for ages 16+.
26/05/2015 to 30/05/2015
Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model
Saturday 6 June 8pm
A dude who is fast becoming a recognisable face on British TV with appearances on BBC 1's Live at the Apollo & Let's Dance for Comic Relief, BBC 2's Mock The Week, QI & Never Mind the Buzzcocks, C4's 8 Out of 10 Cats and more, Katherine Ryan embarks on her second UK stand-up tour.
The fresh, often dangerously fierce pop-culture obsessed Canadian, was unaffected by publicized death threats and survived the world's first crack smoking mayor.
'Warped wit... striking presence... killer lines... calm confidence' The Scotsman
Twelve Angry Men
Now it’s your turn to witness a ‘BRILLIANT’, ‘RIVETING’, ‘TRIUMPH’ of a show.
08/06/2015 to 13/06/2015
Reginald D Hunter
The Man Who Attempted to do as Much as Such
Thursday 11 June 8pm
£26.25, Concessions £24.25
Reginald D Hunter returns to the UK in 2015 with a brand new tour following a hugely successful year filming and performing around the world.
Having appeared at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Sydney Opera House Gala in Australia, Reginald then made his debut in New Zealand. He then moved closer to home with his first tour of mainland Europe before travelling back to his birthplace in America to film Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South, a three part BBC2 series, which is due for transmission in early 2015.
‘A dangerously funny man’ Independent
‘A refreshingly ruminative, searingly honest comedy style.’ Telegraph
‘This is comedy of a rare scope’ ★★★★★ Times
Age recommendation 18+
And Then There Were None
Monday 22 – Saturday 27 June 7.30pm
Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm
£22.50 - £30.50
Plus buy 10 tickets and receive the 11th ticket free
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, And Then There Were None returns to the stage to follow in the footsteps of the company’s hugely successful Witness for the Prosecution and Black Coffee.
Starring BAFTA nominated stage and screen star Paul Nicholas, Colin Buchanan from Dalziel and Pascoe, Susan Penhaligon, who starred in Bouquet of Barbed Wire and A Fine Romance, TV favourite Mark Curry, Emmerdale and West End leading lady Verity Rushworth, Emmerdale star Frazer Hines, and from ITV’s award winning Soldier Soldier, Ben Nealon.
A group of 10 strangers are lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon. Upon arrival it is discovered that their host, an eccentric millionaire, is missing… stranded on the island by a torrential storm and haunted by an ancient nursery rhyme, one by one the guests begin to die… with only the fallen believed to be innocent who amongst them is the killer?
Based on the best-selling mystery novel of all time, Agatha Christie’s own stage adaptation of this dark and captivating tale will thrill and enthral, as murder unfolds.
22/06/2015 to 27/06/2015
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Friday 17 July 7pm
£32.50 & £37.50
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER RETURNS TO THE UK TO PERFORM A SELECTION OF EXCLUSIVE SUMMER SHOWS
Mary Chapin Carpenter, the five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, will be returning to the UK to perform a selection of exclusive summer shows.
Mary Chapin Carpenter’s last release in 2014, Songs From the Movie was the country soft-rocker’s first foray into orchestral music. It was recorded at the legendary AIR Studios in London with a 63-piece group backing her up. Conducted and arranged by Grammy Award winning producer Vince Mendoza.
Carpenter has sold more than 13 million albums since releasing her debut album Hometown Girl nearly 30 years ago in 1987. She is the only artist to have won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance four consecutive years. To date, Carpenter’s albums have garnered five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two Country Music Association Awards and two Academy of Country Music Awards. She has also earned two Country Music Association Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Her traditional approach to song-crafting transcends contemporary country and Americana, and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time. Respected far and wide as a wildly successful recording and performing artist, Carpenter remains a true musical force and one of the most accomplished and distinctive singer-songwriters in the world today.
‘At times nearly exquisite, at all others...beautiful’ All Music Guide
‘Carefully observed storytelling’ The Guardian
‘A journey from orchestral ethereality to hand-clapping country-pop’ New York Times
Tinariwen - Support from King Size Slim
Thursday 23 July 8pm
£24 & £27
WINNERS OF THE 2011 ‘WORLD MUSIC’ GRAMMY AWARD
Tinariwen, the original Nomadic desert blues-rockers perform as part of Ambition Festival at Fairfield Halls. From the World Cup opening ceremony to the stage of the Grammy Awards and support slots for the Rolling Stones, these Taurag former guerrilla fighters have reached far beyond their Malian homeland in the Sahara to build a global following for their music.
So powerful are their hypnotic, lonesome songs that their meaning is understood across the world regardless of the language barrier between them and their legions of devotees. Their global journey was further emphasised as this phenomenal band recorded their 2014 album, Emmaar, in the deserts of California’s Joshua Tree National Park.
Support comes from the heavyweight acoustic roots sound of 2014 British Blues Award winner King Size Slim.
‘By the time the set closes, it’s impossible not to feel that one has experienced some form of shamanic ritual: the very root of the rock ’n’ roll communion’ The Independent ★★★★
Stand! Lee Scratch Perry & Mad Professor
STAND! Presents Lee Scratch Perry and Mad Professor plus DJ set from Lloyd Coxsone
Thursday 23 July 9pm
STAND! and the Croydon Dub Club join the Ambition Festival party and play host to the legendary producer, songwriter, performer, dub innovator and musical genius Lee Scratch Perry.
Lee Perry launched his career in the 1950s at Jamaica’s famed Studio One, where he recorded over 30 Ska records for studio boss Coxsone Dodd. A brief period followed working for Joe Gibbs’ Amalgamated label, before unleashing his own Upsetter label in 1968. From the very first release his unique approach to the studio shone through with the sampling of a baby crying on the massive selling People Funny Boy. Through to 1972 he not only worked with his in-house band The Upsetters, writing and producing many hits including Return of the Django and Live Injection, but also found success producing for The Wailers including the iconic tracks Mr.Brown, Soul Rebels, Duppy Conqueror, Don’t Rock My Boat, Sun Is Shining and many more.
In 1973 Perry built the Black Ark studio in his back yard and went onto produce arguably the most innovative albums not only of his career but also in the world of reggae, including the trinity of Junior Murvin’s Police and Thieves, The Congos' Heart of the Congos and Max Romeo’s War Inna Babylon albums.
In more recent times the Grammy award winning Perry has been listed in Rolling Stone magazine‘s Top 100 artists of all time, collaborated with Mad Professor, Beastie Boys, Adrian Sherwood, The Orb, and released dozens of albums in his own right.
Performing at STAND! with a full band and being ‘live dub engineered’ by long-time collaborator Mad Professor, this is set to be something very special for fans of all things dub and good vibes.
Add in a DJ set from the legendary Godfather of the Sound System, Sir Lloyd Coxsone, and we're in for a party that's going to be BIGGER THAN BIG!
This event is general admission and all-standing.
Soul II Soul - Plus Support
Friday 24 July 8pm
£24 & £27
A happy face, a thumpin' bass, for a lovin' race... the one and only Jazzie B leads the two-time Grammy Award-winners and legendary British R&B group Soul II Soul for this special show as part of Ambition Festival at Fairfield Halls, featuring a full line-up with strings and the iconic sound of Caron Wheeler on vocals.
Beginning life as a sound system and evolving into a full live musical collective led by producer/vocalist/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 influenced by Philly soul, disco, reggae that sounds that could only have come out of London and that sounds as fresh now as it did back in the day. They inspired a generation and continue to do so, with the likes of Will.I.Am being a huge fan.
Best known for their hits Back To Life, Keep On Movin and Get A Life, Soul II Soul have sold in excess of 10 million albums worldwide and marked their 25th anniversary in 2014.
Peppa Pig's Surprise
Saturday 31 October 1pm & 4pm
Sunday 1 November 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Adults £21.50, £17.50 & £15.50, Children £19.50, £15.50 & £13.50
Family ticket £62.50, plus groups of 10+ receive a 10% discount
Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back at Fairfield Halls in a brand new live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Surprise.
It’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and George – they can’t guess what it is, can you?
Enjoy fun, games and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show with new songs and new life size puppets, Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers!
‘A rollicking, all singing, dancing interactive adventure.’ Daily Telegraph
‘A treat for your little one’s eyes and ears.’ ★★★★★ Daily Express
‘Enjoyably inventive.’ ★★★★ Time Out
31/10/2015 to 01/11/2015
Fairfield Halls, Park Lane
Croydon, CR9 1DG, UK