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Literature at Lunchtime 2018
Thursday 22 February Daphne du Maurier // My Cousin Rachel

Thursday 29 March Kazuo Ishiguro // Never Let Me Go

Thursday 26 April Francoise Sagan // Bonjour Tristesse

Thursday 31 May Marcel Proust // Remembrance of Things Past

Friday 22 June Fyodor Dostoyevsky // The Brothers Karamazov

Thursday 27 September John Fowles // The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Thursday 25 October Jane Austen // Pride and Prejudice

Thursday 29 November Boris Pasternak // Dr Zhivago

Thursday 13 December Rudyard Kipling // The Jungle Book

£6.50 Book four or more lectures for £5.50 each
29/11/2018 to 13/12/2018
Deacon Blue

Deacon Blue are delighted to announce their 2018 Tour, To Be Here Someday, a celebration of 30 years of Deacon Blue.

The last five years have been something of a renaissance for the band, and a prolific surge of creativity that has spawned three new albums released in quick succession, including 2016’s studio album Believers, which became their highest charting album in 23 years. To Be Here Someday is a tour that celebrates the band’s entire career, and will see them play some of their biggest ever shows.

The tour’s title To Be Here Someday is a line from their iconic single Dignity and encapsulates the band’s hopes, their passion and joy in being able to share with their fans the biggest songs from throughout their career. As has become a feature of their live shows, they will present a set list that will change night by night but will always be full of classic Deacon Blue.

Tickets £41 £31

02/12/2018 19:30
The Human League: Red Live 2018
The Human League will return to the hall in December 2018 with their latest tour - Red Live.

Formed in the late 70s by Sheffield-based computer programmers Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware, The Human League evolved into one of the seminal 80s electro pop bands. Fronted by former hospital porter, Philip Oakey – and featuring female vocalists Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall – the band have gone on to sell millions of records, inspired two generations of artists, written some of the all-time great classic pop songs, had #1’s across Europe and the US and yet still remain fiercely independent.

With Midge Ure's Band Electronica

Tickets £61.50 £41.50

04/12/2018 19:00
Nish Kumar

IT'S IN YOUR NATURE TO DESTROY YOURSELVES

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a nationwide tour of the UK! The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUN STUFF. He's the host of the Mash Report which you might have seen on BBC2, or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven't spoken to in a while.

As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), Taskmaster (Dave), Live From the BBC (Netflix), QI (BBC2) Have I Got News For You (BBC1) and Joel & Nish Vs The World (Netflix/Comedy Central).

“One of the best young comedians we have.” The Times

“A masterclass by a no-frills stand-up at the height of his powers.” The Guardian

“Intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes.” Time Out

Rose d’Or winner – Best Radio Comedy

“A very clever boy.” Nish Kumar

Tickets £24


20/02/2019 19:30
Gabrielle

Gabrielle has announced a UK & Ireland Headline tour for April and May 2019. Gabrielle will be performing both songs from her new album and showcasing her signature hits; http://www.gabrielle.co.uk/tour/

Under My Skin was released this July and charted in the UK charts at #7, her highest charting release since Rise topped the charts in 2000. Under My Skin is Gabrielle’s first studio album in 11 years and marks 25 years since the release of her debut single, Dreams. The number one single stormed the charts all over Europe and Australia, going Gold in the UK and cementing Gabrielle as one of the most exciting names in pop music. Two and a half decades later, album Under My Skin, is reminding the world of Gabrielle’s signature, heart-warming, soul-stirring voice. Under My Skin is released through BMG and is available on CD, Vinyl and all digital and streaming platforms here: https://Gabrielle.lnk.to/UnderMySkinPR.

Gabrielle is one of the UK’s most successful British singer-songwriters. She has sold over 5 million records in the UK alone and scored two number one singles, 10 Top 10 singles, a number one album and five Top 10 Albums. She is also a two time BRIT Award winner, receiving the Best British Breakthrough Act in 1994 and the Best British Female Solo Artist in 1997. Gabrielle has also won various MOBO Awards and an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Song Collection.

Tickets £36.50 £26.50 VIP* £100.50

*VIP Under My Skin Package
Best seats in the house
Meet Gabrielle before the show
Have your photo taken with Gabrielle by the VIP Manager
Exclusive gift chosen by Gabrielle
Custom VIP laminate


25/03/2019 19:00
Magic of Motown

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town!

Seen by over a million people, it's no surprise that the show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history, even performing for Her Majesty the Queen, as special guests at the Royal Variety Performance.

Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.

Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.

This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Grapevine, Get Ready, Dancing In The Streets, My Girl, Blame It On The Boogie, Uptight, Endless Love, My Cherie Amor, All Night Long, Heatwave and many, many more.

This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

Tickets £27.50 £25.50 
Buy nine get 10th ticket free



05/04/2019 19:30
An Evening With Alfie Boe

One of the world's greatest classical singers Alfie Boe brings it back to the UK, announcing a 2019 tour in what is becoming another landmark year for the much loved tenor. Last month, Alfie revealed his return to the solo spotlight with the release of his vibrant and instantly classic album As Time Goes By.

The record, released in November, celebrates the golden era of music from the 30s and 40s, a time that is often overlooked - sandwiched as it is between the roaring twenties and rock 'n' roll.

Alfie is one of the best-loved vocalists of his generation and a hugely successful, multi-platinum selling artist. He has triumphed on theatre stages and in concert halls around the world and has two recent UK #1 albums under his belt for albums Together and Together Again, made with his great friend Michael Ball. The duo also won two Classic BRIT Awards earlier this year for Best Album and Group of the Year.

"I'm excited to get back on the road, especially with a new record that I'm so proud of. These songs are at their best when performed live!" says Alfie.

He adds, "We'll be enjoying some of great songs from my previous records, but I more than anything want to bring back to life an era when British audiences discovered a brand new kind of American music, full of energy, optimism and romance. I'd like to transport people to a time in their lives, a moment or even a style. I hope you all enjoy being transported there as much as I do!"

Tickets £66.50 £51.50 £36.50 VIP* £176.50 £126.50

*Ultimate VIP meet and greet £176.50
Seat in the first two rows
Exclusive and very limited photo opportunity to meet Alfie Boe in person
Have your photo taken with Alfie Boe by our VIP manager
Exclusive Alfie Boe VIP gift
Official Alfie Boe signed programme
Custom VIP tour laminate

* Up Close VIP £126.50
Seat in the first ten rows
Exclusive Alfie Boe VIP gift
Limited edition official Alfie Boe VIP tour lithograph
Custom VIP tour laminate


11/04/2019 19:00
Collabro

After the success of last year’s huge sell-out theatre tour, Collabro are going back on the road with a mammoth 51 dates across the UK.

Collabro, the world’s most successful musical theatre group, met in 2014 for their first rehearsal at a London pub, just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of Stars for the Britain’s Got Talent judges.

Having triumphed in their semi-final heat with over 63% of the votes, they then won the overall competition with one of the biggest majorities ever. This subsequently led to them joining Simon Cowell’s label Syco, and hence becoming label-mates with the likes of One Direction, Little Mix, Susan Boyle and Il Divo.

Tickets £44 £34 £21 VIP* £130.50 £100.50

*Collabro Diamond VIP Package £130.50 (only available via See and Ticketmaster)
Seated on the front row
Meet the members of Collabro and have your photo taken with them pre-show
A personalised signed photo of the group
VIP gift chosen by Collabro
Tour specific diamond VIP package laminate
Entry into a prize draw to win a box for the Royal Albert Hall show**

*Collabro Gold VIP Package £100.50 (only available via See and Ticketmaster)
A top price seat
Meet the members of Collabro and have your photo taken with them pre-show
A pre-signed photo of the group
VIP gift chosen by Collabro
Tour specific gold VIP package laminate
Entry into a prize draw to win a box for the Royal Albert Hall show**

Doors 7pm - please note this is the time the hall opens not necessarily the starting time of the performance.

**Message from Collabro:
As part of our very special journey, we'd love fans to join us on the final night of the tour, at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall! So, anyone who purchases a VIP Diamond or Gold ticket at any date on the tour will be entered into a draw. One lucky winner will win a VIP box at the Royal Albert Hall for them and four friends. Plus, the chance to come backstage for a private meet and greet with Collabro before the show. http://officialcollabro.com/

13/04/2019 19:00
Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!

So it's time to prepare yourselves for two amazing shows with Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips!

Terrible Tudors
From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry's headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed. Survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience!

Also showing Awful Egyptians.

Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 April 2019

Full Price £18 - £21.50 Children £13.50 - £17.50

Wednesday 17 April 7pm
Thursday 18 April 2pm
Friday 19 April 7pm
Saturday 20 April 2pm
Sunday 21 April 3pm

17/04/2019 to 21/04/2019
Horrible Histories - Awful Egyptians

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!

So it's time to prepare yourselves for two amazing shows with Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips!

Awful Egyptians
From the fascinating Pharaohs to the power of the pyramids, discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in Egypt. Are you ready to rumble with Ramesses the Great? Dare you enter through the Gates of the Afterlife? It's the history of Egypt with the nasty bits left in!

Also showing Terrible Tudors.

Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 April 2019

Full Price £18 - £21.50 Children £13.50 - £17.50

Thursday 18 April 7pm
Friday 19 April 2pm
Saturday 20 April 7pm
Sunday 21 April 11am

18/04/2019 to 21/04/2019
An Evening with Katherine Jenkins

Britain’s best-selling classical artist of the last 25 years, Katherine Jenkins OBE has announced the release of her new album Guiding Light, out 30 November via Decca Records. The release is also accompanied by the announcement of Katherine’s new 2019 tour An Evening With Katherine Jenkins.

For Katherine, the new album represents the culmination of a deeply emotional journey which began when her beloved father, Selwyn, died and found a new path when she became a mother. It is an album which speaks of life, hope, acceptance and a universal spirituality, and for Katherine there is a sense of a greater purpose to her performance.

Katherine will be touring new album, Guiding Light this spring and will be joined by one of the UK’s most versatile orchestras, The London Concert Orchestra, under Musical Director Anthony Inglis for the majority of the tour.  The orchestra can be heard regularly at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and The Royal Albert Hall, providing audiences with an eclectic repertoire from popular classics and opera, to hits from films and musicals. The London Concert Orchestra has worked with Katherine for the last two years in her series of hugely popular Christmas concerts.

Tickets £56.50 £41 £31
Diamond package £166.50
Gold package £86.50

 

14/05/2019 19:00
Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels

Everyone’s favourite dynamic duo are heading on tour in Spring 2019 with their live, interactive show - Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels.

Go behind the scenes as Wallace prepares to perform his musical masterpiece My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful canine companion Gromit...what could possibly go wrong?! This unique experience features specially filmed animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment and escapades from the Picture House Orchestra and presenter Matthew Sharp.

Followed by a screening of the award winning Wallace & Gromit film The Wrong Trousers, with the soundtrack performed by the orchestra live on stage, it’s set to be a grand day out for all the family.

© & TM Aardman / W&G Ltd 2018

£23 £21
Concessions £19 £17
Family tickets (two adults, two children or one adult, three children) £71 £63
Schools offer £10 (Buy 10 get the 11th free)


23/05/2019
The Guilty Feminist Live

“I’m a feminist but...”

The Guilty Feminist podcast has become a comedy phenomenon with over 50 million downloads since it launched in late 2016. Comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests discuss things which all twenty-first century feminists agree on - while confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears which undermine those noble goals.

For this special touring version of the show, Deborah will be joined by some of your favourite comedians, guests and musicians from the podcast for a celebration of how far we’ve come, and a conversation about what remains to be done.

Expect laughs, excitement, tears and spectacle as only The Guilty Feminist can provide.

“Very funny… pure, guilt-free pleasure.” The Guardian

Tickets £29 £24 £16.50

Please note, this is a live show and will not be recorded for the podcast. This show will not be unique in every tour location, some material may be repeated across the tour.

 

30/05/2019 19:30
Quadrophenia The Album Live

“Brilliant, a triumph for rock history. Well deserved standing ovation at the end.” Bedford Today

“This is serious stuff, the orchestration is sublime.” Evening Standard

Produced by Concept Concerts this production, acclaimed by a Sunday Times journalist as “mighty, moving and unstoppable,” sees eight-piece band, The Goldhawks, deliver a stunning live performance of The Who’s smash hit concept album, Quadrophenia. From the very first show it has received standing ovations.

Released over 40 years ago in October 1973, The Who’s second rock opera was Pete Townshend’s homage to a pivotal moment in British youth culture. The album tells the story of Jimmy, a Mod, by chronicling his dissatisfaction with life, work, love, home, and family life. It served as an ode to teenage angst and counterculture rebellion, as well as a criticism of the British class, economic and educational systems - but you don't need to be clued up on the history of the Mods and Rockers to enjoy this show. At its core, Quadrophenia, which peaked at number two on the UK and USA charts, is just about teenage confusion, conflict and frustration.

Backed with exciting, and sometimes heart-wrenching, large-screen projection of archival footage, the emotions, tension and raw power that the music demands is delivered masterfully by the fabulous, charismatic band, The Goldhawks, with amazing replication of The Who’s sound.

To send you home on an even bigger high there are a few all-time classic Who hits to close the show!

"Absolutely first class.....Having toured with The Who for 10 years I can safely say that this band is the next best thing and the closest you will ever get to the real thing." Wolfy Foxlow, close friend of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey

https://www.facebook.com/quadrophenialiveband

Tickets £23.50

07/06/2019 20:00
Zog

Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know.  Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three.

Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet…a duel with Gadabout the Great!

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s (founder and Artistic Director of Kneehigh) magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s (award-winning actor and singer-songwriter with The Sussex Wit) sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians.  Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from the page and creates a real and fantastical world. From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat, Zog promises to be roaring fun for all ages.

Praise for Freckle Productions’ previous shows:

**** "A delight from start to finish. A room of children laughing hysterically, all totally mesmerised by the action." Time Out

***** "Brings such joy to children and adults alike. The show was so captivating that no one wanted to miss a moment." The Spy in the Stalls

"‘To call this show lively would be a whopping understatement. Packed with gleeful songs and jolly good fun." The Guardian

**** "Zesty and delightful. A clever compelling treat." Independent

Zog (c) 2010 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books

Tickets £16
Under 16s and groups of 10+ £14

Early Bird Offer - book by 30 September to receive £1 off full price and under 16s tickets (not applicable with the group rate)


05/07/2019 to 07/07/2019