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Autumn 2010

The Central Theatre

Chatham Including

Brook Theatre highlights

Box office: 01634 338338 www.thecentraltheatre.co.uk


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THE CENTRAL THEATRE, CHATHAM MAKE IT YOURS THIS AUTUMN There’s nothing like the buzz of a live show. No pause, rewind or play it again; just that instant spark between the performer and you – and of course, the memories. Once you’ve enjoyed a great night out at this beautiful 966-seat venue in the heart of Medway, it becomes your Central Theatre. Making it yours is at the heart of our programming, carefully putting together a season of shows to reflect the tastes of the area and excite as many people as possible. “If you haven’t been for a while you might have forgotten what a delightful theatre Chatham has in its centre.” Kent on Sunday

Joe Pasquale Tango Pasión

Front cover focus – Jack and the Beanstalk Get ready for some fe-fi-fo-fun this Christmas with our giant family pantomime. Starring Phil Gallagher (Cbeebies’ Mister Maker), Emma Barton (Honey from EastEnders), Paul Burling (Britain’s Got Talent) and a break-dancing cow.

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Circus of Horrors

ai N r o co w nd w iti ith on in Whether you are shopping in Chatham High Street, looking for a g quick working lunch or coming to see a show at The Central Theatre,

Now even more choice at The Sandwich Cellar

Dramatically good food

The Sandwich Cellar is now fully accessible for customers with disabilities.

The Sandwich Cellar is open to all. Alongside our selection of freshly made-to-order sandwiches, baguettes and jacket potatoes we have added an extended range of coffees, freshly baked treats and pasta salads. Teas and cold drinks also available and a fully licensed bar. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am - 2.30pm Take away available - please phone 01634 338301 to place your order.

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Pre-show orders can be placed in advance. For evening performances please phone by 2pm.


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Now booking... Before you delve into our exciting autumn season, make a note in your diary for the following shows also coming to your Central Theatre in spring 2011…

Fri, 21 – Sat, 22 Jan

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

© Bob Workman

"A perfect mini-adventure...ingenious." The Daily Mail. "A fun-filled frolic." The Guardian. "Quite simply, the best family show I've seen." Sky Arts.

Fri, 28 Jan 7.30pm

The Three Degrees The soul, chart-topping legends arrive in Medway with all your favourite hits including When Will I See You Again. Starring Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Cynthia Garrison.

Sun, 6 Feb 7.30pm

The Great American Soulbook Starring Gary U.S Bonds and featuring Ben E. King Hear these two legends, backed by a stunning eight-piece band, perform classic hits including Soul Man, Respect, Stand By Me, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay and many more. Turn over for details of more fantastic shows coming to the theatre next spring...

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Autumn 2010

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Now booking... Before you delve into our exciting autumn season, make a note in your diary for the following shows also coming to your Central Theatre in spring 2011…

Fri, 18 Mar 7.30pm

10cc One of the greatest guitar-pop groups of the seventies, featuring founder Graham Gouldman and Rick Fenn. Hear classic hits including Dreadlock Holiday and I’m Mandy Fly Me.

Sun, 20 Mar 7.30pm

The Big Ballet Starring 16 Corps de Ballet dancers, each weighing no less than 16 stone. An elegant comedy put together more than 16 years ago to challenge accepted social standards with wit, elegance and grace.

Sat, 26 Mar 7.30pm

Chas & Dave – Together Again After deciding to call it a day in 2009, Dave is going to join Chas on the road again, for a final farewell tour. This is your last chance to hear the duo perform their classic hits. A chance to say ’I was there’ in years to come.

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Meet Me in St Louis (1944, U) Director: Vincente Minnelli Starring: Judy Garland and Tom Drake This romantic, charming musical was the second highest grossing picture of 1944 and features Judy Garland debuting the hits The Trolley Song and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. THE BIG PICTURE: Leading lady Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli married in 1945.

The Anderson School of Dance presents

The Magical World of Movies & Musicals! Following the success of From Rock 2 Boogie! and Go Grease Go! The Anderson School of Dance returns with a new production, crammed with show-stopping numbers including Thriller, Dirty Dancing, Wicked, Hairspray and many more. Featuring a cast of around 100 dancers and numerous costume changes, this dance extravaganza promises to be colourful and lively.

Ross Noble – Nonsensory Overload The last time Ross Noble was in Chatham he was reaching for the stars at The Brook Theatre’s Medway Comedy Club. He’s since gone interstellar. As well as being a TV regular his hit 2009 live show, Things, ran for six weeks at The Apollo Theatre and also became the biggest stand-up comedy gig in Australian history. Ross is now back on the road with Nonsensory Overload, doing what he does best, spinning forth hilarious nonsense for your amusement. “Brilliantly inventive, quirky stand-up .. see him and marvel.” The Sun “The great improviser.” The Guardian Not suitable for under 15s.

Tue, 14 Sep 7.30pm Tickets: £6, or

£5 if you book online. Students £3.50. Get a loyalty card and see a free screen classic

Wed, 22 – Thu, 23 Sep 7.30pm Tickets: £10, concessions available

Fri, 24 Sep 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £21 Band – B: £19

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Autumn 2010 Sat, 25 Sep 7.30pm Tickets: £12

Sat, 2 Oct 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18.50 Band – B: £17 Friends of The Central Theatre and groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket price.

Mon, 4 Oct 7.30pm Tickets: £18.50 and £17.50

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Gillingham Male Voice Choir With The Central Band of the Royal British Legion An evening of music, entertainment and celebration from the Gillingham Male Voice Choir and its guests. The local choir has a rich history that includes touring Germany and performing as part of a 1,000-strong choir at the Royal Albert Hall in 2006. Raising funds for Help for Heroes.

The Voice of Roy Orbison – 21st anniversary tour Featuring Damien Edwards and tributes to The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly It’s 21 years since rock ‘n’ roll lost one of its most distinctive voices and outstanding performers. Celebrate the timeless appeal of The Big O with this spine-tingling live tribute. Starring Damien Edwards, who played Roy in The Official Roy Orbison Story, and stunning live versions of The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly. Featuring backing band The Rockets throughout, the show is a journey into the vaults of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits including Pretty Woman, Only The Lonely, Peggy Sue, Cathy’s Clown and many more.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer Mid Kent presents

White Caps,Tiger Crepes and Feather Boas Go pink this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a one-off spectacular of 70s nostalgia. Starring The Rubettes, featuring Alan Williams, with classics hits including Sugar Baby Love and Juke Box Jive. Joined by the fantastic MUD II, featuring members of Les Gray’s Mud, donning their Tiger Feet and the colourful Too Rex, one of the country’s finest tributes to the legendary Marc Bolan. All proceeds to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Save money on folk and jazz Join our free folk or jazz mailing list and save £1 on each folk or jazz ticket. Simply fill in a form at our box office, or email your name and address to: folk@medway.gov.uk or jazz@medway.gov.uk

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As well as the saving, we will keep you up-to-date on forthcoming shows. For more details, phone the box office on 01634 338338.

Please note: Seating not guaranteed at busy folk events at The Central Theatre’s Cellar Bar.


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Medway Folk Cellar presents

Jim Causley

– support from Skinners Rats

This young Devon folk singer is carrying on the scene’s deeprooted traditions. He has toured with Waterson:Carthy for the past six years and recently recorded with a host of artists, from The Beautiful South’s David Rotheray to local favourite Phil Beer. Jim’s rich, warm vocals, natural gift for interpreting songs and wry, cheeky stage presence have made him a favourite on the circuit. He’s constantly touring and recording but never misses a wassail in his folkfamous hometown of Whimple, every old twelvey night.

Charlie Landsborough in Concert Charlie returns to Chatham for the first time in more than 18 months. With a new album, Nothing Lasts Forever, under his belt and his talented five-piece band behind him, Charlie’s latest tour is a melodic and charming journey through past and present country music pastures. His wit, warmth and ability to switch effortlessly from ballad to anthem has won a legion of fans worldwide. Whether you’re a Charlie devotee or a new fan one thing is for certain, memories of his concerts last forever.

Tue, 5 October 8pm Tickets: £8, folk mailing list members and Friends of The Central Theatre £7

Wed, 6 Oct 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £17

Thu, 7 – Sat, 9 Oct 7.30pm

Join us for a journey through the vaults of timeless cinema, in the stylish comfort of our auditorium. Includes a brief scene-setting introduction from our host and programmer Nick Walker. For film fans across Medway www.theothercinema.info 7


Autumn 2010 Thu, 7 - Sat 9 Oct 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £16 Band – B: £14

£9 If you aCT now! and book for two plays this season (you can then get a ticket for Richard III on 17 Nov for just £9).

TalkBack Meet the people behind the plays Thu, 7 Oct after show

Sun, 10 Oct 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18.50 Band – B: £17

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Tabs Productions presents

Raining Men

by Chris Ponka

Starring Patric Kearns and Michael Cross. An outrageous musical comedy from the author of the stage hit Hen Party Night! When life’s a drag for three nightclub employees there’s only one thing to do…drag it up. Phil’s a bouncer, Doug is a DJ and Colin’s a barman. It’s coming up to Halloween and the nightclub has no act, so the boys decide to put on a little show of their own, with hilarious results. Featuring the music of Shirley Bassey, Barbara Streisand, Judy Garland and many more. Warning – adult content. Not suitable for under 16s.

Extra Sensory Pasquale Yes ladies and gentlemen, in the Chinese Year of the Tiger, Joe has been honing his psychic skills. Join him as he opens his third eye and asks the audience to take part in amazing experiments, such as why do we only use 28 per cent of our brain power while the other 31 per cent lays dormant? Or why do birds suddenly appear… every time you are near? Suitable for all the family.

aCT now! and TalkBack aCT now! Book tickets for Raining Men and The Ghost of Mrs Muir and each ticket will cost just £9, a cracking saving of up to £7 per ticket. If you book tickets for both of these plays then you can get a ticket for either performance of Richard III, on 17 November, for £9.

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TalkBack - your chance to chat with the cast after the curtain falls. Hosted by Nick Walker, who will review the play and pose questions to the cast. An informal and revealing insight.


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Key Largo (1948, PG) Director: John Houston Starring: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Frank McCloud (Bogart) visits a backwater Key Largo hotel, run by his late friend’s father and widow. When he finds out it’s been taken over by notorious gangster Johnny Rocco, McCloud is at first indifferent. But as he becomes more involved a hurricane approaches and the plot is whipped into a frenzied climax. THE BIG PICTURE: The gangster Johnny Rocco was modelled on Al Capone.

Born to Rock ‘n’ Roll – Marty Wilde and guests Starring Marty Wilde, Eden Kane and Jet Harris Come with us, on a journey through space and time, when teen idols had an edge, musical talent and knew how to rock ‘n’ roll. Taking the stage tonight are England’s dreamboat pin-ups of the late fifties and early 60s. Wilde’s voice, attitude and looks melted hearts and steamed up the charts while Kane and Harris were top 10 regulars. A rare chance to witness three originals performing their own hits and collaborating live on stage. Also featuring his legendary band The Wildcats and Roxy Wilde.

Tue, 12 Oct 7.30pm Tickets: £6, or

£5 if you book online. Students £3.50. Get a loyalty card and see a free screen classic

Wed, 13 Oct 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £20.50 Band – B: £19

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Become a friend and enjoy exclusive benefits Are you a theatre lover? Are you interested in saving money on a wide variety of shows? Friends of The Central Theatre receive lots of exclusive benefits including discounted tickets for selected shows and films, two free tickets to the pantomime, a saving of up to £36, and regular newsletters. Membership is just £10 a year. For more information contact box office on 01634 338338 or email boxoffice@medway.gov.uk

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Autumn 2010 Thu, 14 Oct 7.30pm

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Grand Tchaikovsky Gala Back a Central t the fo first tim r the almost 2 e in 0 years

Tickets: Band – A: £25 Band – B: £22.50 Band – C: £19.50 Senior citizens and students £1.50 off top two ticket prices. Groups of eight plus, £2 off top two ticket prices

Conductor: Grzegorz Nowak Piano: Alexander Romanovsky The world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) returns to The Central Theatre with a spectacular evening of Tchaikovsky’s finest work. • Marche Slave • 1812 Overture

• Piano Concerto No.1 with pianist Alexander Romanovsky • Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Acknowledged as one of the UK’s most prodigious orchestras, the RPO enjoys an international reputation and it is a pleasure to welcome them back to a theatre that naturally heightens the intimacy and intensity of great classical music. “It has been many years since we last performed at The Central Theatre and we are very excited to be returning.” Ian Maclay, RPO Managing Director

Sat, 16 Oct 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £17 Friends of The Central Theatre and groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket price.

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Tango Pasión – Último Two decades after the Broadway success of Tango Argentino, the creators reignited the passion of Tango with a brand-new live spectacle, combining virtuosity with sensuality. The result, Tango Pasión, has since taken the international stage by storm, enthralling audiences with its charm and zeal. Experience the energy, zest and fervor of pure Argentinean Tango in this captivating performance, presented by 12 of Buenos Aires’ finest Tango dancers. Choreographed by Hector Zaraspe - former tutor to Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn - accompanied by the salient sounds of a live sevenpiece orchestra.


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Paul Burling’s Medway Has Talent A variety extravaganza showcasing Medway’s stars of tomorrow and hosted by panto star, top comedy impressionist and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Paul Burling. Finalists will be vying for the Medway Has Talent title, the £500 top prize and a one-off appearance in this year’s spectacular pantomime. Your chance to witness the birth of the next SuBo or Diversity. Think you’re a star of tomorrow? Then apply for auditions, which will also take place at The Central Theatre. See page 21.

Talking Scarlet presents

The Ghost and Mrs Muir Based on a novel by R A Dick - adapted for the stage and directed by Patric Kearns A whimsical comedy combining love, mystery and deceit. Strong-willed widow Lucy Muir goes to live in the haunted Gull Cottage by the seaside. On the night of her arrival she is greeted by the chilling ghost of weather-worn former owner Captain Gregg. The unlikely pair become friends and allies. However, when a charming man arrives with his sights on the young widow, Lucy’s budding friendship with the captain is threatened forever. A new stage version starring Marcus Hutton, previously a Brookside regular, and Anna Brecon who played Lady Tara in Emmerdale.

The Illegal Eagles -

The Classics Tour 2010

Taking it to the limit, The Illegal Eagles are back in Chatham for a night of classic hits performed in Californian sound and vision. Having established themselves as Europe’s premiere Eagles tribute, the band has a soaring new set including global hits Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, Take it to the Limit, Tequila Sunrise and many more. “Accomplished and proficient players, and with beautiful and pitch perfect singers, the band worked their way through all the crowd pleasers…the standing ovation was fully deserved.” The Independent

Sun, 17 Oct 7.30pm Tickets: £7.50 Friends of The Central Theatre £2 off top ticket price.

Mon, 18 – Wed, 20 Oct 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £16 Band – B: £14

£9 If you a CT now! and book for two plays this season (then get a ticket for Richard III on 17 Nov for just £9)

TalkBack Meet the people behind the plays Mon, 18 Oct after show

Thu, 21 Oct 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18.50 Band – B: £17

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Autumn 2010 Fri, 22 – Thu, 28 Oct Tickets: Adults £4.25 Concessions £3.50

Sat, 23 Oct 7.30pm

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Autumn break family film

FILM

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One Night of Queen – with Gary Mullen and The Works

Tickets: Band – A: £18.50 Band – B: £17

Since winning the grand final of Stars in their Eyes 10 years ago, as the legendary Freddie Mercury, Gary has floored audiences worldwide with One Night of Queen. Break free from the nine-to-five shackles and treat yourself to a kind of magic packed with explosive hits, flamboyant stagecraft and lighting brilliance. Beats a night at the opera or a day at the races hands down. “Fantastic!” Sir Terry Wogan

Sun, 24 Oct 3pm

All Star American Superslam Wrestling

Tickets: Adults Band – A: £13 Band – B: £11

A knock-out family spectacular to celebrate All Star Wrestling’s 40th anniversary. Starring the fearsome two-ton American Avalanche and his fierce ally The Brooklyn Brawler. Pitting their wits against this demolition duo are some of the UK’s finest merchants of the ring including current Superslam Heavyweight Champion Bad News Brown, Barbarian Karl Kramer and, fresh from a role in the latest Harry Potter film, Mark Sealey, better known as Little Legs. A no-holds-barred, thrill-a-minute afternoon for all the family.

Children Band – A: £8 Band – B: £7 Family of four (max two adults): £38 Friends of The Central Theatre £2 off top ticket price.

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Sixties Gold Starring Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, PJ Proby and Chip Hawkes Relive the greatest musical decade of modern times in a show packed with sugar-spun melodies, chiming harmonies and rock-rolling back beats. Some of the most memorable chart toppers of the sixties bring to life classic feelgood hits including Ferry Cross the Mersey, Sweets for my Sweet, Hold Me, Silence is Golden and many more.

Medway Folk Cellar presents

Quicksilver

– support from Skinners Rats

Quicksilver is Grant Baynham and Hilary Spencer. Grant became a household name as part of BBC1’s That’s Life! and blends formidable songwriting skills with a sparkling sense of humour. In the words of Mr Baynham, “Hilary has one of the most staggering voices in British acoustic music”. A spirit-lifting night of cracking music. folk legend Dave Swarbrick, at Medway Folk Cellar next January – tickets on sale now

Sat, 30 Oct 3pm and 7.30pm Tickets: 3pm performance Band – A: £21 Band – B: £19.50 7.30pm performance Band – A: £23 Band – B: £21.50

Tue, 2 November 8pm Tickets: £9, folk mailing list members and Friends of The Central Theatre £8

Don’t miss

Support acts Support acts are regularly used by production companies to start a show and warm up the audience for the main act. The Central Theatre does not always know if a support act is being used, or what the support act will be, at the time of going to press. Customers are advised that support acts may be used at the discretion of the producing management. For further information please ask at the box office on the day of the performance.

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Autumn 2010 Thu, 4 Nov 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £16.50 Groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket price.

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The 80s Rocked! Starring former members of Tyketto, Thunder, Magnum and Krokus For those who used to rock, it’s time to don the leathers and raise the salute again for a night of the best rock anthems from a decade that shook its fans all night long. Classic hits being offered up live and loud include Sweet Child ‘O’ Mine, Livin On A Prayer, Jump, Love In An Elevator, Back In Black and many more. Delivering this riff-raining feast are rock masters who have toured the world.

Fri, 5 Nov 7.30pm

Jenny Eclair – Old Dog New Tricks - plus support

Tickets: Band – A: £18.50 Band – B: £17

Having dug up some fresh comedy bones, Jenny Eclair is back, wagging her arthritic tail and resisting the urge to sniff lamp-posts. Yes, the old dog of the circuit is trotting once more around the block, proving yet again that she’s got what it takes to be an award winner (Crufts, 1982 and Perrier Comedy Award, 1995). As well as being a stand-up stalwart Jenny is a Grumpy Old Women team captain, author and actress (Skins and The Bill). www.jennyeclair.com

Assisted Access Scheme We operate a membership scheme for customers needing assistance in accessing the theatre and its services. Under the scheme, members who need an assistant to help them access our facilities will be able to buy an

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additional ticket at half the standard ticket price. For full details on individual and organisation membership please phone the box office on 01634 338338 or email boxoffice@medway.gov.uk


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The Stylistics One of the best-selling soul groups ever return to perform live at The Central Theatre. Since the early 70s The Stylistics have been at the forefront of the Philadelphia sound, achieving a remarkable 12 consecutive top 10 hits. The line-up features two of the original band members, Herbert Murrell and Airrion Love, with the help of Van Fields and Harold Brown. Hear classic hits including You’re a Big Girl Now and You Make Me Feel Brand New.

Chatham Grammar School for Girls presents

Medway Media Conference 11: Representing A chance for local film students, teachers and anyone else interested in the media to get together and discuss the ways the media shapes our lives. The 11th annual conference includes talks, presentations and an afternoon film screening focusing on how men are portrayed by the media. An enlightening and thought-provoking day.

An American in Paris (1951, U) Director: Vincente Minnelli Starring: Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron Voted in the top 10 of the American Film Institute’s Greatest Movie Musicals, An American in Paris was inspired by George Gershwin’s orchestral composition of the same name. The plot follows the increasingly complicated love life of struggling American expatriate Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) in Paris. THE BIG PICTURE: The ballet scene cost more than $500,000 to make, a staggering amount in 1951.

Sun, 7 Nov 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £20 Band – B: £18.50

Tue, 9 Nov 9.30am – 3.30pm Tickets £7

Tue, 9 Nov 7.30pm Tickets: £6, or

£5 if you book online. Students £3.50. Get a loyalty card and see a free screen classic

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Autumn 2010 Wed, 10 Nov 7.30pm

Box office 01634 338338 The Rudolf Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy presents

Swan Lake

Tickets: Adults Band – A: £17 Band – B: £16 Children Band – A: £8.50 Band – B: £8 Senior citizens Band – A: £16 Band – B: £15

The Ballet Academy is named after the legendary Nureyev, the greatest dancer of the 20th century. As such it embodies his high professionalism and selfdevotion, making it one of the world’s best choreographic schools. Blend this background with one of the best-loved fairy-tale ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and stunning costumes and you’ve got what promises to be a magical evening for all the family, packed with romance and mystery.

Fri, 12 Nov 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £19.50 Band – B: £18.50

Sally Morgan – Psychic Sally on the Road Sally returns after her sell-out performance at The Central Theatre in May. Her reputation has been built from her close relationship with many high profile celebrities, including notable work with the late Princess Diana. Sally brings to the stage her tremendous personality for an evening that is both hugely entertaining and enlightening. Tickets are already selling fast, so book now for an evening with one of Britain’s best-loved celebrity psychics. www.sallymorgan.tv Please note: There are no guaranteed or certain results and the show is for the purposes of amusement/entertainment.

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The Circus of Horrors – The Four Chapters From Hell celebrating 15 bloody years Roll-up, roll-up for the world’s premiere circus freak show featuring some of the most bizarre and beautiful acts on earth. From dare devil trapeze artists and contortionists to sword swallowers and knife throwers, the weird, wild cast of 26 are fuelled by the devildriven rock ‘n’ roll of Dr Haze & The Interceptors From Hell. Follow them into the depths of Hades in this gothic musical extravaganza, where women hide in tiny bell jars, bodies are morbidly mutilated and vampires roam with undead intent. Imagine if Quentin Tarantino directed Cirque Du Soliel…you…you would still only be halfway there. Not for the squeamish. Warning – adult content. Not suitable for under 16s.

Buddy Holly and The Cricketers 2010 The world’s longest running Buddy Holly show arrives in Chatham packed with all your favourite hits and starring some of the finest actor-musicians in the business. The cast’s West End credits include Buddy, Lennon and Jailhouse Rock and they recently further enhanced their credentials with a guest-starring role on the BBC’s One and Only. Hear timeless classics including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy! and many more.

Sat, 13 Nov 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £20 Band – B: £18.50 Groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket price.

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Sun, 14 Nov 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £17.50 Band – B: £16.50 Friends of The Central Theatre and groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket price.

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Fri, 19 Nov 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £21.50 Band – B: £20

by William Shakespeare

“It all comes across as clearly as one of the great English stories should.” Benedict Nightingale, The Times

Maximum Rhythm ‘N’ Blues Featuring The Manfreds, Alan Price and Cliff Bennett Starring original sixties members Paul Jones, Mike D’Abo, Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness. The Manfreds boast a set list crammed with rhythm ‘n’ blues classics. Manfred Mann topped the pops with Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Pretty Flamingo and The Mighty Quinn and have in their canon timeless pop gems including 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and Ha Ha! Said the Clown. The band’s special guests are Alan Price, who brings his quintessential style to the bill with tracks including I Put a Spell on You and The House that Jack Built, and Cliff Bennett who had top 10 hits with One Way Love and Got to Get You into My Life.

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A stunning production of Shakespeare’s tale of the brilliant, scheming hunchback who murders and seduces his way to the throne. The final chapter of the War of the Roses, Richard III dramatises the life of one of the most diabolical and manipulative, yet charming and witty villains in Shakespeare’s canon. Embittered by his own physical deformities, the power-hungry Richard will stop at nothing to gain control of England.

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If you aCT now! and book for Raining Men and The Ghost and Mrs Muir this season then you can then also get a ticket for Richard III for just £9.

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Tickets: Band – A: £16 Band – B: £14 Schools: £5, with one teacher free with every 10 tickets bought

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Wed, 17 Nov 1.30pm and 7.30pm

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City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Sat, 20 Nov 7.30pm

A programme of Russian drama, passion, romance and excitement. Featuring soloist Alexander Ardakov, who was educated at Moscow Conservatoire and a soloist with Moscow State Philharmonia from 1981 to 1991. Includes pieces by Borodin and Shostakovich and and concluding with Rachmaninov’s awe-inspiring Symphony No.2. Save money and buy a season ticket, covering three concerts. Ask box office for details.

Tickets: £14, £11 and £9

That’ll Be The Day – Brand New 2010 Christmas Show The UK’s most successful touring rock ‘n’ roll production, the legendary That’ll Be The Day, returns with a new 2010 Christmas Show. Trevor, Gary and the gang celebrate the festive season by bringing on back the good times. A combination of their unique comedy routines, mixed with a nonstop line up of all the best Christmas hits means a show with a real feelgood party atmosphere. Join in and treat yourself to an early Christmas pressie. www.thatllbetheday.com “The best rock ‘n’ roll show on the road.” Time Out

Forces Sweethearts at Christmas A special Christmas edition of the popular wartime nostalgia show. Beryl, Carolyn and Jenny are the three hard-working sweethearts who will recreate the magic of 40s favourites including Dame Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields, Marlene Dietrich, The Andrews Sisters and many more; all neatly packaged with some Christmas surprises. Most of the great Christmas songs were written during the 40s or the immediate post-war years. So, get ready to sing along to all your festive favourites, as sung by the great sweethearts of the era.

Concessions available on single and season tickets.

Sun, 21 Nov 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £19.50 Band – B: £18

Tue, 23 Nov 2.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £10.50 Band – B: £9.50

Friends of The Central Theatre and groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket price.

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Brook Theatre Highlights, autumn 2010 Medway Comedy Club Presenting comedians on the cusp of going interstellar. This could be your last chance to see these rising stars in intimate surroundings. Strictly for over 18s. Mon, 4 Oct 8pm

The Brook Theatre, Chatham Highlights, Autumn 2010

The Al Pitcher World Pitcher Tour

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Fresh from a sell-out Antipodean tour, Al returns to the UK with his multi-award-winning show. “A truly unique and hilarious show – don’t miss your chance to catch one of the true gems of the comedy scene.” Time Out Tickets: £11, Medway Comedy Club Members £10 Mon, 1 Nov 8pm

Rob Deering plus support This is Rob’s new show, his first since feminist classic Boobs 2008 and his first national tour since Charmageddon the year before that. ‘Uses music to brilliantly accessorise his swipes at the innate gormlessness of contemporary culture’ The Guardian Tickets: £11, Medway Comedy Club Members £10

Thu, 25 Nov 8pm

Micky Flanagan plus support Micky hits the road again, on the back of a stunning year, with The Out Out Tour. He’s already been a huge success on Michael McIntyre’s Road Show and delighted fans and critics alike with his BBC Radio 4 series What Chance Change? Tickets: £12, Medway Comedy Club Members £11

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Just five minutes up the road is our sister venue, The Brook Theatre. Stunning Victorian architecture provides an unforgettable and intimate backdrop for shows and performances that will be very familiar to many of you. From stand-out stand-up comedy to folk, jazz and world music, it’s a vibrant and vital part of The Central Theatre family and if you haven’t already, why not make it yours too.

The new, the great and the legendary play in intimate surroundings. Cabaret seating and licensed bar.

Thu, 23 Sep 8pm Medway launch for new album The Tim Edey Collective Expect an evening of folk, celtic, acoustic and contemporary music and songs and stories and witness some of the most spellbinding musicianship and singing your likely to hear. Tickets: £10, folk mailing list members £9 Thu, 21 Oct 8pm

Wheeler Street “Like the Pogues without the punk…(Wheeler Street) plays with every bit of the authenticity mustered by the likes of Fairport Convention.” Q Magazine Tickets: £10, folk mailing list members £9 Tue, 23 Nov 8pm

Vin Garbutt A veteran of the global folk circuit since 1969 and a BBC Folk Awards winner, Vin’s writing, singing and guitar playing is moving, humane, inspired and funny. Tickets: £10, folk mailing list members £9 Thu, 23 Dec 7.30pm

Punkem’s Mid-Winter Revels An interactive folk winter revels show for all the family. Packed with comedy and weird and wonderful instruments. Featuring folk comedy duo Wynndebagge & Skynntite. Tickets: £10, folk mailing list members £9. Family of four (max two adults) £25.

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A stand-out season in a theatre that is ideal for jazz, where the beautiful, high ceiling gives notes and voices toom to fly. Programmed by John Levett.

Take in the broad spectrum of jazz in a theatre that gives notes and voices room to soar. Tue, 5 Oct 8pm

The Gwilym Simcock Trio Gwilym is recognised as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the British scene. "A jaw-droppingly exciting pianist." The Guardian Tickets: £10, jazz mailing list members £9 Tue, 2 Nov 8pm

The Brook Theatre, Chatham Highlights, Autumn 2010

Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble

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Gilad returns with the Orient House Ensemble 10th Anniversary Tour, drawing on the music of Coltrane and Bird as well as the beautiful music of the Middle East to create something new and wonderful. Tickets: £11, jazz mailing list members £10 Tue, 30 Nov 8pm

The Jive Aces The UK’s number one jive and swing band returns to The Brook Theatre, on the back of headlining at The Royal Albert Hall. For swingers across the land, not to be missed. Tickets: £12, jazz mailing list members £11

Magical theatre for children this Christmas at The Brook Theatre

The Mouse Who Saved Christmas

A cuddly and interactive magical adventure created especially for pre-school, reception and Key Stage 1 children. Meet Archie the mouse and help him in his quest to save Christmas. A new production for The Brook Theatre that puts children at the heart of the story. They will travel with Archie through different areas of the main auditorium, as the adventure unfolds, having their imaginations and sense stimulated along the way. Email your name and address to stephen.coole@medway.gov.uk and be one of the first to find out full details.


Autumn 2010

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What’s on For all your latest events and entertainment in Medway

Traditional Will History Month BlackAdams England Festival Throughout

Medway, October

11 September, 2010

12 September, 2010

Highlighting and celebrating the achievements of the black community. Uncover the hidden history of our communities. www.medway.gov.uk/bhm

Sweeps Festival

4 and 5 December 2010

30 April to 2 May 2011

John Tate

Dickensian Christmas

whatsonmedway.co.uk


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Booking information Box office hours

Gift vouchers

The box office is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm or until 15 minutes after curtain up on performance nights. Please be patient when phoning the box office during busy periods (for example around show times) as calls are answered in strict rotation.

Central Theatre and Brook Theatre gift vouchers are available in denominations of £1, £5, £10 and £20. Vouchers are valid for 18 months from date of purchase. Where to find The Central Theatre

By credit/debit card Phone the box office after 10am and pay for your tickets by credit/debit card. Tickets can be posted to you on the same day for a 75p charge or kept at the box office for collection on the day. Postal bookings When booking by post, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope so that tickets can be forwarded to you. Cheques should be made payable to Medway Council. Please print your name, address, daytime phone number and cheque card number on the reverse. Reservations Tickets must be paid for in person, by phone, credit card or by post within three days of reservation or 30 minutes before curtain up, whichever is the sooner. Seats not paid for after this time will be released. Exchange and resale of tickets Tickets should be considered as non-exchangeable and nonrefundable and we advise patrons to check their tickets upon receipt. However when a show has more than one performance, tickets may be exchanged from one performance to another. Unwanted tickets may be left with the box office for resale. However, The Central and Brook theatres cannot guarantee their sale and will only offer them for resale once all of the theatre's own seats have been sold. There is an administration charge of £1 per ticket for each of these services. Discounts and concessions The Central and Brook theatres reserve the right to introduce special offers and discounts without notice. Concessions, where offered, are available for under 16s or over 60s. Single concessions only apply. Please note concessionary and special offer tickets must be requested at time of purchase and discounts cannot be applied retrospectively. Talks and tours If you group or organisation is interested in finding out what goes on behind the scenes at The Central Theatre, we are happy to arrange talks or tours of the building. These are most effective when linked to a planned visit to a performance. Hires The Central Theatre facilities are available for hire by local businesses and organisations. For further information please phone 01634 338300. Doors open Thirty minutes before curtain up. The licensed bar is open during performances and interval drinks can be ordered before the performance.

Postcode for sat nav users only: ME4 4RG While every effort is made to ensure that all advertised events take place and that prices are correct; this programme is subject to alteration without prior notice. Management reserves the right to refuse admission THE CENTRAL THEATRE* Facilities for customers with disabilities There are wheelchair spaces available in a variety of areas of the stalls (please advise box office staff when booking). There is car parking for blue badge holders adjacent to the theatre (access via Best Street). Entry for customers in wheelchairs is via the front entrance where a platform lift provides access to the stalls. There is an alternative entrance for customers in wheelchairs, as well as those with mobility problems, at the side of the building next to the blue badge car park. Please note that this entrance is only open 30 minutes before a performance and closes when the performance commences. A lift has been installed at the rear of the Stalls to provide further access to the balcony (not suitable for customers in wheelchairs) and to the Cellar Bar. Facilities for customers with hearing difficulties There is an infra-red system suitable for use either through earphones (obtainable at box office) or via the T setting on your hearing aid. To access either service an adaptor needs to be obtained from the box office, or by asking a member of the front of house staff. There is no charge for this service but you will be asked for your name and seat number. A Minicom system is available at the box office on 01634 880969. * See The Brook Theatre brochure for variations of its facilities.

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At a glance

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September Tue, 14 Wed, 22 – Thu, 23 Fri, 24 Sat, 25

Meet Me In St Louis The Magical World of Movies and Musicals! Ross Noble Gillingham Male Voice Choir

Sat, 2 Mon, 4 Tue, 5 Wed, 6 Thu, 7 – Sat, 9 Sun, 10 Tue, 12 Wed, 13 Thu, 14 Sat, 16 Sun, 17 Mon, 18 – Wed, 20 Thu, 21 Fir, 22 – Thu, 28 Sat, 23 Sun, 24 Sat, 30

The Voice of Roy Orbison White Caps, Tiger Crepes and Feather Boas Jim Causley Charlie Landsborough in Concert Raining Men Extra Sensory Pasquale Key Largo Marty Wilde and Guests The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Tango Pasion – Ultimo Paul Burling’s Medway Has Talent The Ghost and Mrs Muir The Illegal Eagles Autumn break family film One Night of Queen All Star American Superslam Wrestling Sixties Gold

Tue, 2 Thu, 4 Fri, 5 Sun, 7 Tue, 9 Tue, 9 Wed, 10 Fri, 12 Sat, 13 Sun, 14 Wed, 17 Fri, 19 Sat, 20 Sun, 21 Tue, 23

Quicksilver The 80s Rocked Jenny Eclair The Stylistics Medway Media Conference 11 An American in Paris Swan Lake Sally Morgan The Circus of Horrors Buddy Holly and The Cricketers Richard III Maximum Rhythm ‘N’ Blues City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra That’ll Be The Day Forces Sweethearts at Christmas

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

October 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 3pm 7.30pm

November 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 9.30am-3.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm

The Central Theatre, 170 High Street, Chatham, Kent ME4 4AS

G5770

Box office: 01634 338338 Opening hours Mon – Sat 10am to 5pm, and up to 15 minutes after performances begin. Minicom Service (for people with hearing disabilities) 01634 880969

The Central Theatre brochure - Autumn 2010  

Packed full of new entertainment for the Autumn 2010 season

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