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Love's Labour's Won - RSC Live
Live Transmission from Stratford-Upon-Avon
Wednesday 4 March 7pm
Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.
Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins the day.
Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love’s Labour’s Won, a name possibly given to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime.
Stone Cold Murder
Wednesday 4 - Satursday 7 March 7.30pm
Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm
£20.50, Concessions £18.50
Talking Scarlet presents James Cawood's tense thriller set in deep winter in the English Lake District. Starring Freya Copeland (Emmerdale), Gary Turner (Emmerdale) and David Callister (The Bill).
Olivia and Robert, owners of the Langstrath Country House Hotel, are enjoying the success of their first season and the respite of the winter break when their solitude is disrupted by the appearance of Ramsay, a lost climber looking for shelter. As the evening unfolds, it becomes apparent that Ramsay's presence in this desolate spot is anything but a coincidence, and soon events will take a murderous turn.
04/03/2015 to 07/03/2015
Verdi's La Traviata
Thursday 5 March 7.30pm
£25, £31 & £36
Opera & Ballet International proudly present an Ellen Kent Production. Featuring international soloists, a highly praised chorus and full orchestra. Starring Maria Tonina and Alyona Kistenyova.
La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camélias.
Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate loves and life of the consumptive courtesan, Violetta. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
‘First-rate singing’ The Stage
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Anton & Erin - That's Entertainment
Friday 6 March 7.30pm
£31.75, £40.75 & £44.75
Plus buy 10 tickets and receive the 11th ticket free
Presented by Raymond Gubbay. A dazzling new production for 2015 featuring sensational choreography, sassy tunes and sparkling costumes in a wonderful show of music, song and dance.
Join the UK’s favourite dance couple Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, as they combine the sophisticated elegance of their quickstep, foxtrot, tango and waltz with the showbiz razzmatazz of hits and steps from stage and screen.
Featuring classic hits including That’s Entertainment, True Love, Make ‘Em Laugh, Steppin’ Out With My Baby, There’s No Business Like Show Business and many more. They will be joined by singer Lance Ellington, six world-class Ensemble Dancers and a 25-piece London Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe.
The Theory of Everything
Monday 9 March 3pm & 7pm
£7.50, Concessions £7
Directed by James Marsh, 2014. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Tom Prior. A biographical film telling the story of the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Elaine Mason.
Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft
The Big Chris Barber Band
Friday 13 March 7.30pm
£24.50 & £26.50
Jazz legend Chris Barber celebrates his 66th Anniversary as band leader in 2015 with a European concert tour. With his 10-piece band, featuring a 7-strong front line, Chris will play a selection of his favourite music from his roots in New Orleans style in Bourbon Street Parade to the early music of Duke Ellington and Sidney Bechet. The Big Chris Barber Band combine all these ingredients into an exciting, and often moving, evening of world-class jazz.
The Bootleg Beatles
Tuesday 17 March 8pm
£25.75 & £29.75
Six appearances at Glastonbury Festival, several world tours, numerous radio and TV appearances and many sell-out shows are testament to the band's incredible recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. They have won over the most hardened sceptics and drawn critical acclaim across the globe. With a little help from their orchestral ensemble, they even manage to reproduce live on stage songs The Fab Four never actually performed themselves.
Every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from their witty 'Scouse' banter to their 'inflection perfect' vocal mimicry.
‘Off-the-scale fabulous’ Chris Evans
Stand! Son of Dave
Plus support from Lewis Floyd Henry and The Brothers of Mothershovel
Friday 20 March 7.30pm
This big Stand! Special marks the launch and countdown to Ambition Festival, Croydon's big weekend multi venue music and arts festival on the 23 - 26 July.
Headlining the party is Son of Dave. This one-man Bluesman of Canadian origin is unique in every way: his style, his showmanship, and his musicianship. It takes some kind of genius to get tunes made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loop station onto the soundtrack of Breaking Bad or Later With Jools Holland; Son of Dave has been there and done that (both!).
His legendary live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, the master is on his way to Croydon for a spectacular not to be missed!
Super 'one man band' busker Lewis Floyd Henry has built his reputation playing anywhere and everywhere. Armed with his stellar electric guitar playing (yes this man has it all… incredible solos, tapping, playing with his teeth and tons of feedback) Lewis delivers razor sharp lyrical raps whilst bashing away on a drum kit with his feet. It's a captivating watch! The spirit of the Jimi Hendrix Experience is alive and well and in one man!
‘Utterly engaging and chaotic’ Mojo
The Brothers of Mothershovel are on a mission to free your soul so your hips will follow. They play roots music raw and hard with some light strokes bringing influences ranging from Ska, Cajun, Soul, Blues, and Country in their self-penned tunes. No gazing at their shoes for these Brothers... they look you straight in the eye and hope you’ll buy them a beer. ‘We are the Brothers of Mothershovel and we haven’t had our Tea Break!’
This event is unallocated seating. Please ignore the seat number you are given when booking your ticket.
Motown's Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is
Tuesday 24 March 7.30pm
The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown is back by popular demand. Now in its 13th successive year, this stunning two-hour show combines first-class music together with the slickest choreography and an amazing band, to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have! Over fifty golden years of Motown music are celebrated featuring songs from legendary artists such as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Jackson Five, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder and many more.
★BEST MUSICAL • ALL MAJOR AWARDS★
Bill Kenwright presents
Willy Russell's Blood Brothers
Monday 30 March - Saturday 4 April 7.45pm
Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm
£24.25 - £36.25, plus buy 10 tickets and receive the 11th ticket free
Marti Pellow as the Narrator
Maureen Nolan in the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. West End star and multi-platinum selling artist Marti Pellow returns to the role of the Narrator and the critically acclaimed Maureen Nolan, reprising her role as the tragic Mrs. Johnstone, in this smash-hit musical.
Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning BLOOD BROTHERS. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it; ‘brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval’ Jack Tinker, Daily Mail.
★★★★★ ‘Terrific’ Sunday Express
★★★★★ ‘Sensational’ Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ ‘Wonderful’ Evening Standard
‘Exhilarating... one of the best musicals ever written’ Sunday Times
‘Brings the audience cheering to it’s feet and roaring approval’ Daily Mail
‘Blood Brothers is a theatrical phenomenon’ Dublin Business Post
30/03/2015 to 04/04/2015
Big Hero 6
Tuesday 31 March 4pm
Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, 2014. Starring Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney. The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom
Saturday 11 April 1pm & 4pm and Sunday 12 April 10am & 1pm
Adults £15 & £17, Children £13 & £15, Family Ticket £60
Plus buy 10 tickets and receive the 11th ticket free
From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage!
Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter on an enchanting journey through the Magical Kingdom. With actors, masks and colourful costumes this beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family.
11/04/2015 to 12/04/2015
Dreamboats and Miniskirts
THE SEQUEL TO ’DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS’
Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield in association with Universal Music presents
The new rock‘n’roll musical… Dreamboats and Miniskirts
Monday 13 - Saturday 18 April 7.30pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm
£23.25 - £31.25, plus buy 10 tickets and receive the 11th ticket free
Book by Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran
It’s 1963, and the world is changing. Bobby and Laura’s single DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS has not taken off. Norman and Sue have settled down to non-marital bliss - and a baby! But Ray and Donna seem blissfully happy…
The advent of the Beatles and the Merseyside sound is inspirational. But will it inspire Bobby and Laura to have one more shot at stardom - Norman to ‘get off the drains’ and find that singing voice he has longed for, and Ray to realise his ambition and manage a really top pop act!?
All will be revealed in a follow up with the same wit, charm, and great songs as DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS. Many of the songs are from the next period in pop history…
Including the smash hits... A Picture Of You, Don’t Ever Change, Do You Love Me Handy Man, It’s In His Kiss Go Now ,When Will I Be Loved, Hippy Hippy, Shake and many more...
13/04/2015 to 18/04/2015
Bellowhead in Concert
Support from Kings of the South Seas
Thursday 16 April 8pm
£24 & £27 (includes £2.50 booking fee per ticket)
Now signed to the legendary Island Records, Bellowhead return to Fairfield Halls following their sold out 2013 show. Touring their latest album Revival plus barnstorming crowd favourites, Bellowhead are firmly established as a ‘must see’ show wherever they play.
Described by both BBC Radio 2 and the Independent as the best live band in the country, Bellowhead’s unique sense of drama and theatre, instrumental virtuosity, verve, humour and blind cheek has seen this eleven-piece outfit spearhead the new folk boom.
‘One of the best live experiences available in the world today’
Chris Evans, BBC Radio2
‘Slicker and more confident than ever’
‘Bellowhead are the signature group of the English folk revival’
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.
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+
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.
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
Fairfield Halls, Park Lane
Croydon, CR9 1DG, UK