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THE ALBANY theatre



2020 now booking

albanytheatre.co.uk | 02476 99 89 64 Albany Road | Coventry | CV5 6JQ



You can book tickets for all our events online, by phone or in person.

Our exclusive gift vouchers are available from the box office. Redeemable against tickets, either in part or whole to any performance at The Albany, they make the perfect gift. And as an additional touch, we can include a personal message! Contact the box office for further information 02476 99 89 64 boxoffice@albanytheatre.co.uk

BOX OFFICE: 02476 99 89 64 Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 1.30pm and one hour before the start of a performance. We are planning to extend these hours over the coming months. BOOK ONLINE: albanytheatre.co.uk There are NO fees for tickets purchased in person at the box office. There is a transaction charge for online and phone sales of £1.50 per booking. You can print tickets at home or show your smart phone on the door. We regret we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges. HOW TO FIND US: From Coventry city centre: Ring Road exit 7, first left at the lights is Albany Road. The entrance is the first building on the right with both the theatre and studio accessible by stairs or ramp. PARKING - From Coventry city centre: Ring Road exit 7, sharp left at second set of lights is a multi-storey car park. Limited parking/spaces for Blue Badge holders at the front of the building. ALL parking must be paid for (cash only). BY RAIL - 10 mins walk from Coventry Train Station. ACCESSIBILITY We are able to provide a limited number of seats for wheelchair users or patrons with reduced mobility in the main auditorium. These are located at the rear of the stalls. Seating in The Studio is unreserved and fully accessible. Please book these seats via the box office. We offer a range of performances that are accessible to specific groups including BSL Interpreted and Relaxed performances. The auditorium is fitted with an infra-red system. To obtain a headset or hearing aid necklace, please request from the box office prior to the performance.

DONATIONS As a charity, we rely on donations. With our box office system you are invited to donate at the time of booking and, where appropriate, it is easy to Gift Aid your contribution. Every penny helps and we are extremely grateful for all the support we receive. For more information on this and other ways to help, contact us info@albanytheatre.co.uk

VOLUNTEER WITH US The theatre has developed and flourished thanks to the hard work and dedication of all our volunteers - our front of house, admin, box office and technical teams couldn’t function without them. If you’d like to join us, please email darren.knapton@albanytheatre.co.uk or drop in to see us. PROUD OF WHAT WE DO AND THOSE WHO HELP US DO IT


WELCOME TO OUR SPRING & SUMMER 2020 SEASON Welcome to our Spring and Summer 2020 season - another jam-packed programme of events at The Albany. Alongside some returning favourites, we’ve got a host of new and outstanding shows and events for audiences of all ages to enjoy... Fabulous family shows, spectacular dance, award-winning drama, tour premieres and stunning performances that’ll be music to your ears. Our studio SOUNDS continue with another series of acoustic sessions from both emerging artists and favourite musicians performing their thrilling live sets in our studio. Look out too for additional events with the introduction of our monthly studio COMEDY. Boasting both established and up-and-coming acts from across TV and the comedy circuit, these events are already proving popular.

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We hope you’ll enjoy visiting The Albany time and again to enjoy the unique experiences on offer and we look forward to seeing you over the spring and summer months for a feast of entertainment to be proud of.

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We’ll soon be announcing our Christmas 2020 show but remember, Panto is not just for Christmas! Oh no it isn’t! Look out for Bobby Davro returning in our Easter Eggstravaganza, The Wizard of Oz and as things get saucy with a strictly adults only panto in February!


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We’re really pleased to welcome back Strictly favourite, Giovanni Pernice who premieres his UK tour here for the fourth year running. We’re also delighted to see Ballroom Boys, Ian Waite & Vincent Simone hot-footing it back to the theatre with their new show.

Building on the success of previous children’s performances, we want to continue to ensure that families and friends are at the heart of our community, so we’ve programmed more shows that prove everyone can enjoy the theatre together. Look out for BAFTA-winning shows, favourite story time adaptations and a series of heart-warming tales full of music, song and dance that are guaranteed to keep audiences of any age enchanted and entertained.

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Wednesday 5 February

an evening with levi pinfold Wednesday 5 Feb | 7pm

Tickets: £10 adult £8 student £5 child

Share the magical secrets of illustrator, Levi Pinfold in one of only three UK events to celebrate the publication of The Goblet of Fire - House Edition. Artist Levi Pinfold has set his eye on bringing the characters, creatures and places for each Hogwarts House to spellbinding life. Join Levi as he shares his inspiration, process and thoughts behind his art and learn more about the secrets hiding within his illustrations and the fascinating stories behind them. This is a very special event ahead of Harry Potter Book Night - a magical opportunity for Harry Potter fans and anyone who loves books and art.

Friday 7 & Saturday 8 Feb

the world famous elvis show Starring Chris Connor Friday 7 & Saturday 8 Feb 7.30pm Tickets: £28

After sold out performances in the West End, The World’s Leading Elvis Performer, Chris Connor (as voted by a worldwide Elvis Presley Fan poll of Best Elvis Tribute Acts in the World in 2015) is back in the building! Starring alongside a 12-piece band, this sensational show recreates the biggest and best performances from Elvis’ 1970s concerts. Suitable for ages 8+

The event will include on stage drawings, Q&A session and a post-show opportunity to purchase and get books signed. Suitable for ages 8+

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Tuesday 11 February

Thursday 13 February

UK TOUR PREMIERE JERSEY BEATS Oh What A Nite! Tuesday 11 Feb | 7.30pm

Tickets: £22 adult £20 concession

One of the greatest tributes to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that follows the sensational career of the original artists from the early days on the streets of New Jersey to glittering, world-wide stardom. With hit after hit, this show is a powerhouse of nostalgia and promises a night of laughter, entertainment and dynamic sound, audiences are guaranteed to be saying Oh, What A Nite! Suitable for ages 12+

DOM JOLY Travel and Comedy in the Danger Zone Thursday 13 Feb | 7.30pm Tickets: £19

Best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV, the writer and broadcaster Dom Joly is undertaking his first UK tour since 2011 in a rare opportunity for fans to see him live. He’s visited some of the most unusual places on the planet and will be sharing his anecdotes and exploits as a serial globe-trotter and seeker of dangerous travel spots; from North Korea through the Congo and Syria to Chernobyl and beyond… Suitable for ages 16+

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Friday 14 February

Thursday 27 February

UK TOUR PREMIERE SHARK IN THE PARK Friday 14 Feb | 1.30 & 4.15pm Tickets: £14 adult £11 child

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – is that a Shark? In the Park!? Based on Nick Sharratt’s muchloved books, follow Timothy and his telescope on three exciting adventures in a fin-tastic family musical show full of dance and music to engage all family audiences. Suitable for ages 2+

family tickets available

GIOVANNI PERNICE This Is Me Thursday 27 Feb | 7.30pm Tickets: £30 standard £36 premium Strictly Come Dancing favourite, Giovanni Pernice is back at The Albany to premiere his brand-new show for 2020! With his natural Italian charm, combined with beautiful choreography, perfectly complemented by a fabulous soundtrack, he’s set to light up the stage alongside his cast of professional dancers for a fourth year of touring. This Is Me pays homage to the music and dances that have inspired his career - from a competition dancer to one of the biggest names on the hit BBC show. Expect all your favourite Ballroom and Latin dances and more… Suitable for ages 5+

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Friday 28 February

JACK (OFF) AND THE BEANSTALK (Adult Panto) Friday 28 Feb | 7.30pm Tickets: £19 adult

Fabulous, funny and filthy! A strictly adults only panto - a gigantic chopper of a show with jokes you’ve bean gagging for. Will Jill get to see Jack’s gigantic chopper? Will Fleshcreep manage to get one over the Fairy? For big girls and boys only so leave the children at home and enjoy an evening of hilarious madcap comedy capers.

Saturday 29 February

sarah and duck Saturday 29 Feb | 2 & 4pm

Tickets: £14 adult £11 child | concession

Join Sarah and Duck and your favourite friends including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady. This delightful, BAFTA awardwinning show is told through an enchanting blend of puppetry, storytelling and music. Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday promises to take audiences of all ages on a magical adventure. Suitable for all ages

Suitable for ages 16+ only

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Friday 6 March


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Thursday 5 March

GO NOW! The Music of the Moody Blues Thursday 5 March | 7.30pm Tickets: £27

Experience the timeless sound of the greatest classic rock band of a generation and Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers in this exceptional tribute that celebrates all the classic hits. Nights in White Satin, Go Now, Tuesday Afternoon, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, Isn’t Life Strange plus Forever Autumn and a show-stealing rendition of Eve of the War from Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds. Gordy Marshall who toured and recorded with The Moody Blues for 25 years, together with Mick Wilson (lead singer of 10CC for 20 years) present a super-group of world class musicians, singers and songwriters to meticulously recreate the elegance of a Moody Blues concert.

mark harrison Friday 6 March | 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 full price £13 concession

Widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists currently operating, Mark Harrison’s highly individual, alloriginal music has taken him to some of the top UK venues and festivals. Described at BBC Radio 2 as “quirky” and an artist who “makes you think afresh”, his recent appearances there have further cemented his growing reputation. Mark is a totally original songwriter, a stunning guitarist and a master storyteller. He combines elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, and his catchy tunes, intriguing lyrics, engaging and striking rhythms will make you smile, think and move. Suitable for all ages


Suitable for ages 8+

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Friday 13 March

3 HAIL MARY’S Friday 13 March | 7.30pm Tickets: £21

The most talked about Irish play in years… with rousing sing-songs, a decapitated statue, a chickenplucker, stories of numerous heart-attacks, a fish that gets away and confusion galore about what they had for lunch, this hilarious comedy guarantees a show full of joy, laughter and tears. For Mary O’Toole, Mary O’Neill and Mary O’Brien it’s the end of an era. They’ve lived together for over 10 years in the nursing home and despite the occasional memory lapse, the odd tantrum and a lot of confusion they have become almost inseparable. These 3 Hail Mary’s are no ordinary Mary’s..! Suitable for ages 8+

Saturday 21 March


The Very Best of the Bee Gees Saturday 21 March | 7.30pm Tickets: £23.50

A dynamic and emotionally charged show creating an evocative journey through a most treasured back catalogue of incredible music. Boasting an ensemble of talent from the West End and TV, the show is fronted by real-life brothers, Gary, Darren and Jack Simmons who create an unrivalled vocal harmony blend. Backed up by a stunning band and live string section, this show is an emotional journey from tender orchestrated 60’s classics such as Massachusetts and Words, to the 70’s Disco classics such as Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive and Tragedy. Suitable for all ages

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Sunday 22 March


Tickets: £13.50 adult £10 child

I don’t know why she swallowed a fly... But you can find out as one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes is brought to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’ best-selling book! This magical show has been written especially for grown-ups to enjoy with their children and relive the delights of this most charming of tales - complete with a feast of sing-along songs, colourful animal characters and heart-warming family fun. The perfect treat for anyone aged 2 to 102! ★★★★★ “Thoroughly entertaining and brilliant fun.” What’s on Stage

Tues 24 - Sat 28 March

BOUNCERS Tues 24 - Sat 28 March mats & eves Tickets: £17

Take 5 Productions present Bouncers - the 1990s remix Friday night is club night - time for the Bouncers to come alive! This is an outrageous parody of the nightclub scene with four bouncers portraying giggly girls, lads on the make and pogo-ing punks all set against the tatty, glitzy glamour of the pulsating dance floor. John Godber’s play is one of the most performed of the twentieth century and captures a vivid picture of the relentless hedonism of nightlife with raw energy and insightful detail. Suitable for ages 14+


Suitable for ages 2+

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Sunday 5 April

the bear based on the book by Raymond Briggs Sunday 5 April | 1.30 & 4.15pm Tickets: £12 adult £10 child

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a polar bear’s lap? Or ride on its back? Have you ever tried to give a bear a bath? Looking after a bear is exhausting stuff. One night when Tilly is fast asleep, an enormous snowy white bear climbs into her bedroom… With dazzling puppetry, delicious music, dreamy storytelling, and dozens of laughs, The Bear is an unforgettable experience for the whole family and a perfect introduction to theatre for little people.

Saturday 11 April

rapunzel Saturday 11 April | 2 & 7pm

Tickets: £15 adult £12 concession £10 child

Rapunzel lets her hair down in a brand-new staging of the popular fairy tale. A spectacular and dynamic production from the team who brought last year’s Alice In Wonderland, this family-friendly show combines new music and lyrics with high-energy dance and a cast of loveable characters. Suitable for all ages

family tickets available

Suitable for ages 3+

family tickets available

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Monday 20 April

Thursday 23 April

THE WIZARD OF OZ Easter Panto starring Bobby Davro


Monday 20 April | 2 & 6pm

Tickets: £19 adult £18 senior £11 concession

Tickets: £20.50 adult £18.50 child

Follow the Yellow Brick Road for a fantastic, specially devised Easter pantomime! Join Kansas farm-girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto on a magical adventure and watch in amazement as they are whisked up by a twirling tornado to the magical Land of Oz. Click your heels together and join us over the rainbow for this engaging and energetic show packed with brilliant dance routines, favourite pop songs, audience participation and plenty of laughter for all the family! A wonderful Easter pantomime adaption of L. Frank Baum’s muchloved tale.

Thursday 23 April | 7.30pm

Stories of human endurance, breath-taking environments and soul-stirring journeys - a brand new collection of short films on the big screen. Fire up your imagination and enjoy a thrilling night of adventure to witness stories of human endurance, stunning environments and soul-stirring journeys from one of the world’s top adventurers sharing tales from extraordinary explorations. Suitable for ages 8+

Includes prize giveaways from Tour Sponsors.

Suitable for all ages

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Saturday 25 April

come what may A Night At The Moulin Rouge Saturday 25 April | 7.30pm Tickets: ÂŁ24

Travel back in time as the Children of the Revolution take you on a thrilling non-stop journey into the sexy, disreputable and glamorous underworld of Paris. Join them in an all-singing, alldancing extravaganza and enter

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the secret world of one of the greatest movie-musicals of all time. Bursting at the seams with timeless classics from Moulin Rouge including Come What May, Your Song, Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend, Roxanne and Lady Marmalade plus hit songs from The Greatest Showman and other iconic movie musicals. A spectacular evening of unforgettable dancing, dreams, adventure and above all – love! Suitable for ages 5+

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Wed 29 & Thurs 30 April

Friday 1 May



Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 April | 7.30pm

Tickets: £19 adult £15 child*

Friday 1 May | 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 adult £10 concession £9 students

The romantic world of Jane Austen recreated in a world premiere of this classical adaptation.

The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out…

Following the lives of the Dashwood sisters, the ballet explores the romantic twists and turns of society life in the late 18th century.

This tightly packed, beautifully choreographed love story, the play explores what we say and how we say it; the things we can only hear in the silence; dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons. Rethink Theatre presents an amateur production of Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Sam Steiner. By arrangement with Nick Hern Books | Directed by Lucy Macdonald. Suitable for ages 15+


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Set to a glorious, authentic score, it combines the essence of a period drama with heart-wrenching pas de deux and inspired by artists of the era, promises to be another ballet highlight. “A ballet company of great achievement” The Dancing Times “Glittering costumes, expressive dancers… a pleasure to witness a production of this calibre” Dance Europe Suitable for all ages

* one free child ticket with every adult ticket purchased


Tuesday 12 May


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Saturday 2 May


THE DUBLIN LEGENDS (Formerly The Dubliners)

Saturday 2 May | 7.30pm

Tuesday 12 May | 7.30pm

Following the last two years of her sell-out show Billie & Me, awardwinning singer and musical theatre star Patti Boulaye returns to the stage with her brand-new onewoman show.

The Dublin Legends (formerly world-famous Irish folk band, The Dubliners) take to The Albany stage as part of their nationwide Seven Drunken Nights tour - their first appearance in Coventry for several decades.

Tickets: ÂŁ19

In a fascinating and heartwarming performance, Patti compares and contrasts her life with that of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, whose celebrated career included 17 Top 10 singles and 20 No.1 R&B hits during five decades of recording. Patti will be singing some of her favourite Aretha Franklin numbers including Respect, Say A Little Prayer, Chain of Fools and Think and many, many more including some of her own personal favourites. Suitable for ages 8+


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Tickets: ÂŁ26

Over the last five years this newly formed line-up has continued the iconic musical legacy, travelling nationally and internationally to play concerts to a whole new generation of Irish music fans. Their rousing folk songs and ballads are world-renowned - Fields of Athenry, Dirty Old Town, The Wild Rover, The Rare Auld Times, Molly Malone, The Irish Rover, Black Velvet Band, Seven Drunken Nights and many more - and promise an extraordinary show full of toetapping, foot-stomping music, humour and craic! Suitable for ages 18+

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Saturday 6 June

IAN WAITE & VINCENT SIMONE Act Two! Saturday 6 June | 7.30pm

Tickets: £35 premium £32 standard £66 VIP

After the roaring success of their five-star rated 2019 tour, The Ballroom Boys double act Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are set to return in 2020 with a brandnew show - Ian Waite and Vincent Simone… ACT TWO! The fabulous Strictly Come Dancing stars promise another wonderful evening of oldfashioned variety - dance, comedy and song. Combining beautiful costumes, gorgeous lighting and world class routines, including the Viennese Waltz, the Foxtrot, the Rhumba, and of course another incredible Argentine Tango routine by the master, this stunning show guarantees an evening full of humour and exquisite talent.

Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 June

TWIRLYWOOS live! Monday 8 June | 2 & 4.15pm Tuesday 9 June | 10.30am & 1pm Tickets: £14 adult £11 child

Back by popular demand The Twirlywoos are setting sail around the UK once again to welcome young fans on a theatrical adventure. Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show. Suitable for ages 2+

family tickets available

Suitable ages 5+

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Thursday 11 June

girls just wanna have fun Thursday 11 June | 7.30pm Tickets: ÂŁ25

From the producers of Hormonal Housewives, join this star cast for a musical comedy sketch show full of laugh-out-loud antics and classic pop anthems that define what it is to be a 21st century woman. 02476 99 89 64

Four refreshingly honest and unreserved girls on a riotous evening take a no-holds-barred comedy romp through everything life throws at a modern-day women: dating, relationships, breakups, fashion, dieting, chocolate, more dieting, sex, going out, staying in, wine, more wine and of course, men. Suitable for ages 14+

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Phoenix Theatre Productions

Fri 19 & Sat 20 June various

Tickets: £15 adult £12 child | concession Stars of local theatre productions from across Coventry and Warwickshire, along with over 50 kids join together to perform songs from many West End and Broadway musicals including Matilda, Billy Elliot, Les Miserables, Kinky Boots, 9 to 5, Come from Away, The Lion King and many, many more!

Sat 12 Sept | 8pm

Tickets: £13 adv. £16 door With an authenticity and provenance that’s hard to beat, The Smiths Ltd are the ultimate tribute. Experience the thrill of the iconic songs and re-live the excitement of a band that S meant everything.

whitesnake’S bernie marsden Fri 18 Sept | 7.30pm Tickets: £21

Here I Go Again An evening in the company of one of rock’s true legends sharing stories, singing songs and answering fans’ questions.


A fun-filled evening of song and dance.


Suitable for all ages

Saturday 3 October | 8pm | Tickets: £19 A return to the Golden Age of British Comedy when comedy was good old-fashioned clean fun! Sketches, songs, surprises and guest appearances. Suitable for ages 14+

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STICK MAN LIVE Sat 10 & Sun 11 Oct various Details online soon

Fri 9 Oct | 7.30pm Details online soon

They’ve kept it sexy, made it funny and added a few twists a long the way. A unique adaptation of DH Lawrence’s classic novel.

STRICTLY SHERLOCK Wed 4 Nov | 7.30pm

Tickets: £11 adult £8.50 conc The finest chillers and thrillers live again! A new adaptation of nineteenthcentury literature’s greatest ghost and horror stories for modern-day audiences. Suitable for ages 12+


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the dong with a luminous nose Tue 27 Oct | 2pm

This award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

Details online soon



Tues 17 Nov

Tickets: £23

12 noon & 4pm Tickets: £14 adult £11 child Back by popular demand, this captivating and timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage.

A huge and colourful cast of abstract and figurative puppets present Edward Lear’s nonsense classic.

Fri 20 Nov | 8pm Two unforgettable hours on a fabulous ride through the ‘mop top’ hits of Beatlemania, the psychedelic creativity of Sgt. Pepper to the melodic wonder and energy of the Fab Four’s later work.

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DON’T MISS! YOUNG TALENT @ THE ALBANY WHAT’S COMING UP... More fantastic performances showcasing some of the very best of Coventry’s young talent. DATE



FEBRUARY Sun 9 & Mon 10

Chorley School of Dance


Little Mermaid Jr. Show - EleVate Theatre


Sat 4



Wed 8 & Thurs 9

Kayleigh Hill Dance Academy


Thu 16 - Sun 19

Wing It Theatre Does Broadway - Easter Show


YOG Barnum

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Tue 2

Coventry Gotta Dance


Sat 27

Pattison’s College


Sun 28

Coventry TheatreTrain


Sat 4

Eloquent Dance


This show is a colourful, dynamic spectacle full of circus, side-show legends, toe-tapping songs and immense heart.

Sun 19

Jill Purser Theatre School


Wing It Theatre Summer Show


Suitable for all ages Family tickets available

For details of all forthcoming school, dance academy and youth group performances, please check our website to confirm times and ticket availability - albanytheatre.co.uk

BARNUM Coventry Youth Operetta Group Wed 6 - Sat 9 May | 7.30pm Sat mat | 2.30pm Tickets: £18 adult £15.50 child

Another impressive and ambitious production from Coventry’s Youth Operetta Group. A joyful and moving musical portrait of PT Barnum, the nineteenth century’s greatest show-biz legend.

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MAY Wed 6 - Sat 9



AUGUST Wed 12 - Sat 15



CVFolk SECOND SUNDAY it’s all about the funny... Studio Comedy Club Tickets: £12.50

Sniggers, snorts, chortles, chuckles and good old belly-laughs - join us for a regular barrel of hilarity with comedians from across the touring circuit and television performing live in our studio. In conjunction with Off The Kerb, we are delighted to host our Comedy Club in the Albany studio. Off The Kerb has established itself as one of the leading comedy agencies in the UK, discovering and managing some of the biggest and best names in comedy and entertainment including those from the Edinburgh Fringe and domestic and international record-breaking arena tours. NEXT DATES: Fri 14 Feb and Fri 20 March | 8pm (future dates tbc) Acts and line-up announced online Tickets: £12.50 | Suitable for ages 18+

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Second Sundays | 7pm Tickets: various

Coventry’s finest performers and guests bringing you the best in classic and contemporary folk. Check out the online listings for their monthly open mic events and gig announcements. NB: Please note the new start time of 7pm

The shows listed in this brochure are just a selection of the events and performances at the Albany Theatre and may be subject to changes and additions. For all up-to-date dates, times and ticket prices, make sure to check our website: albanytheatre.co.uk. We email regular newsletters and offers to our audiences: if you’d like to be included, make sure you agree to us contacting you (with your current email address) when you sign in to your box office account or book with us. We look forward to being in touch. You can also follow us on social media: facebook.com/TheAlbanyTheatre twitter.com/albanytheatre instagram.com/albanytheatre

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DEVELOPMENT @ THE ALBANY - MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD It’s now nine years since I joined the project to re-open what had been the well-loved College or Butts Theatre, saved by the farsighted actions of Coventry City Council, and seven years (on February 1st) since the doors of the newly named Albany Theatre were opened. It has been a mammoth project and a massive commitment from everybody who has contributed, from the hundreds of volunteers (including the Directors and Trustees) through to the paid staff we have been able to employ over the years. If you have been a patron for some time, you will have followed the many challenges the Albany has faced. There have been doubters, pitfalls and dangers. But, thanks to everyone’s hard work and dedication there have been magical, joyous moments - increasingly so in recent times and now is the time to stop talking about survival and to start talking about the very positive and bright future that lies ahead of us. The Trust has commissioned exciting development plans from the internationally renowned

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theatre design consultancy, Charcoalblue, and has now appointed its first salaried Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Kevin Shaw. Kevin’s previous role was as the CEO and Artistic Director of the Oldham Coliseum Theatre where over a long period he directed over 70 plays and co-wrote and directed 15 pantomimes. Kevin is well respected nationally and will bring strong, inspirational and highprofile leadership to the Albany. As soon as Kevin gets his feet under the table, we will be announcing our plans. We will need to raise some of the funds ourselves, so please do expect to hear appeals for donations from our growing numbers of patrons as well as from organisations and funding bodies. The plans are nothing if not ambitious. We’ve talked about it a lot, but finally this is it. The future of the Albany starts right now, and it is a very exciting prospect for the City and for you. David Meredith Chair, Albany Theatre Trust



THE ALBANY hire us

Conveniently located close to Coventry City Centre, adjacent to Premier Inn and just a short walk from Ramada Hotel, the theatre is an ideal venue for meetings, conferences, seminars and events. The newly-created Albany Studio is a bright and airy space also used for shows, rehearsals, filming, photography, community events, seminars and conferences. Its flexible layout and industrial-chic setting provide an ideal backdrop for all events.



Additional staffing and technical team costs, based on requirements can be discussed and arranged by request.

With natural daylight throughout and a high ceiling providing ideal acoustics, it works as an adaptable space to suit all function requirements.

The Art Deco main theatre has a comprehensive set of lighting and sound equipment. We are also able to supply professional, technical support to assist with the staging of events and staffing to ensure all runs smoothly.

For larger events or conferences, the studio space is available as a dedicated break-out area. Any event at he Albany is special, so we will work with you to ensure that our theatre and service match your needs.

The Albany Studio is a unique blankcanvas offering the perfect location for photography, conferences, receptions, parties, product launches, exhibitions, artistic and rehearsal hire or for theatre productions.

The studio accommodates a variety of layouts within its versatile space and can be transformed to suit whatever the event - theatre, cabaret, boardroom - flexibility that works for you.

To enquire about the potential for hiring our spaces, please contact Event Manager | darren.knapton@albanytheatre.co.uk | 07342 882592 02476 99 89 64

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Tue 12

The Dublin Legends



Coventry University Musical Theatre Society



Sat 6

Ian Waite & Vincent Simone



Mon 8 & Tue 9

Twirlywoos Live!



Thu 11

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun



Fri 19 & Sat 20

Another Night at the Musicals - Phoenix



Sing It Coventry








MAY cont.

Wed 5

Levi Pinfold

Fri 7 & Sat 8

Elvis Show - Chris Connor



Tue 26 - Thu 28

Tue 11

Jersey Beats




Thu 13

Dom Joly



Fri 14

Shark in the Park

1.30 & 4.15pm


Fri 14

Comedy Club

Thu 27

Giovianni Pernice - This is Me



Fri 28

Jack (Off) Adult Panto



Sat 29

Sarah & Duck

2 & 4pm


Sun 1

Spring Melodies


Thu 5

GO NOW! Music of the Moody Blues




Fri 6

Mark Harrison




Fri 13

3 Hail Mary’s



Sat 12

The Smiths Tribute

Thu 19

Bob Mortimer & Andy Dawson - Athletico Mince

Fri 18

Bernie Marsden

Fri 20

Comedy Club

Sat 21

Jive Talkin’



Sun 22

There Was An Old Lady...



Tue 24 - Sat 28








JULY Sat 18


















Lewis & Lee Comedy


Fri 9

Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover



Sat 10 & Sun 11

Stick Man Live



S Denotes studio performances

Sun 5

The Bear

1.30 & 3.30pm

Sat 11


2 & 7pm


Mon 20

Wizard of Oz Panto

2 & 6pm


Wed 23

Kendal Mountain Festival



Fri 25

Come What May-A Night at the Moulin Rouge



Wed 29 & Thu 30

Lemons, Lemons...









MAY Fri 1

Sense & Sensibility BTUK

Sat 2

Patti Boulaye


NB. Performances, times and tickets can be subject to change: please see the website for all updated information and any additional show listings. Tickets can be purchased from the box office by - telephone: 02476 99 89 64 - in person: 10.30am - 1.30pm | Monday - Saturday - online: albanytheatre.co.uk (24/7) Bookings made online or by telephone are subject to commission fees. See website for additional information. For School, Dance Academy and Youth Group performance listings, see page 19 WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU SOON

albanytheatre.co.uk | 02476 99 89 64 Albany Road | Coventry | CV5 6JQ

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The Albany Theatre | Spring/Summer 2020  

As we look forward to sunny days and ice-cold drinks we present our spring/summer brochure! Packed with drama, music, dance and plenty of fa...

The Albany Theatre | Spring/Summer 2020  

As we look forward to sunny days and ice-cold drinks we present our spring/summer brochure! Packed with drama, music, dance and plenty of fa...