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The Birthday Party Back in 1958, The Birthday Party was a young Harold Pinter’s first full-length play. Today it is one of his best known, most celebrated (leaving some critics eating their words) and most performed. It is simply a modern masterpiece and a brilliant demonstration of how comedy and menace can be fused to underscore the light and shade of human existence. It is certain

to produce a riveting perfomance from the Mask Theatre team in the intimate atmosphere of the Key’s ground floor studio space. The setting is a seaside boarding house where the arrival of two strangers heralds shocks for Stanley. Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 March, nightly at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm Tickets £8 (£6 concessions)

Thursday, 8 March

Key Theatre

Syd Lawrence Orchestra: Carry On Swinging The Key is going to be jumping when the beefy, brassy, sound of the Big Bands lifts the rafters thanks to Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Catch this humdinger of a night and you’ll be whisked back to the golden era of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Billy May, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and other greats as the band Carry On Swinging.

Chris will be at the helm as the band comes up with the perfect mix of magical, musical, ingredients, guaranteed to make you smile from the moment the curtain goes up until you’re whistling the classic numbers all the way home.

Thursday, 8 March at 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50

Friday, 9 March

Key Theatre

One Night Of Elvis Just one night, but it will make dreams come true for Elvis Presley fans. Nobody does Elvis better than Lee Memphis King and in this terrific tribute show he covers the whole Presley legend from his pelvis-pounding 1950s’ rock ‘n’ roll heyday, through the acclaimed 1968 TV comeback special, to the glitter jump suits and power ballads of the Vegas years.

You’ll be All Shook Up with your fingers clicking and your toes a-tapping as Lee brings the majesty of the voice and the electrifying power of Elvis’s performances back to life, accompanied by his world class backing singers and orchestra.

Friday, 9 March, at 7.30pm Tickets £20 (£19 concessions)

To book, call the box office on 01733 207239, visit the Destination Centre, A £1.50 booking fee applies to in BridgeStreet, or book online all cheque and card transactions. 33


6–10 March

Key Theatre Studios

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