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The Central Theatre

Chatham

Summer 2010 Including

Brook Theatre highlights

Sat, 5 June

An Evening of Burlesque Starring Miss Polly Rae and her Hurly Burly Girlies

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


Summer 2010

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THE CENTRAL THEATRE, CHATHAM MAKE IT YOURS THIS SUMMER 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.

We’ll Meet Again

“If you haven’t been for a while you might have forgotten what a delightful theatre Chatham has in its centre.” Kent on Sunday

Front cover focus – An Evening of Burlesque Direct from London’s West End, tantalising yet tasteful, camp and colourful, this fascinating art form is brought to life for your delectation. Starring the Mistress of Burlesque, Miss Polly Rae.

Billie Ocean

The Brook Theatre summer highlights – page 19

01634 338338 www.thecentraltheatre.co.uk

High School Rocks

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.


Summer 2010

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Now booking... Before you delve into our exciting summer season, make a note in your diary for the following shows also coming to your Central Theatre in autumn 2010…

Wed, 6 Oct 7.30pm

Charlie Landsborough Country star Charlie is a popular figure at the theatre. He hasn’t been to Chatham for a while so this will be your first chance to hear tracks from his latest album, Nothing Lasts Forever, live.

Sun, 10 Oct 7.30pm

Extra Sensory Pasquale Local favourite and international hit, Joe Pasquale, is back on the road. He’s been honing his Zen skills and with his comedic third eye open, will ask the audience to take part in amazing experiments.

Turn over for details of more fantastic shows coming to the theatre this autumn…

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Summer 2010

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Now booking... Before you delve into our exciting summer season, make a note in your diary for the following shows also coming to your Central Theatre in autumn 2010…

Sat, 16 Oct 7.30pm

Tango Pasion Experience the energy, zest and fervor of pure Argentinean Tango, music and song in this magnificent, captivating performance, presented by 12 of Buenos Aires finest Tango dancers, seamlessly choreographed by Hector Zaraspe - former tutor to Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn

Thu, 21 Oct 7.30pm

The Illegal Eagles – the Classics Tour “Accomplished & proficient players, and with beautiful & pitch perfect singers, the band worked their way through all the crowd pleasers…the standing ovation was fully deserved.” The Independent

Sat, 30 Oct 7.30pm

Sixties Gold Starring Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, PJ Proby and Chip Hawkes. Hear classic gold hits including Ferry Cross The Mersey, Sweets for my Sweet, Hold Me, Silence is Golden and many more.

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Summer 2010

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Rory Bremner’s Election Battlebus Tour 2010 As Britain gets ready to vote in the biggest election in a generation, the country’s top satirical impressionist takes to the road again for his first stand-up tour in five years. In the run-up to polling day, Rory Bremner will give his own unique take on the characters and events dominating the news, with impressions ranging from Gordon Brown to Louis Walsh and back again. Described as a one-man opposition party, Rory has been at the heart of political comedy for 20 years. Here’s a chance to see him in action live. The election run-up will give Rory the chance to involve surprise guests in a Q and A session in the second half of the show. Watch this space.

Thu, 8 Apr 7.30pm

Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £17

Tickets sti availabl ll e

Crash, Bang, Wallop! Goldilocks

Sun, 25 Apr 3pm activities 4pm concert

City of London Sinfonia family concert Enter the amazing world of Roald Dahl’s Goldilocks with the City of London Sinfonia musicians, as they play Kurt Schwertsik’s musical setting of the story. Our lively family presenter James Redwood will lead us through the wonderland, with parts read by special guest actors. Arrive early to join us in our popular musical activities beforehand.

Tickets: Adults: £9.50 Children: £7.50 Family of four (max two adults): £30

For children aged 5 to 14-years-old; children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The concert lasts for one hour without interval.

© Rohan Smith

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Summer 2010 Wed, 28 Apr 7.30pm

Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £16.50 Friends of The Central Theatre and groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket prices

Fri, 30 Apr 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £17 Friends of The Central Theatre and groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket prices

Box office 01634 338338

Jus’ Like That - A Night Out with Tommy Cooper starring Clive Mantle Starring Casualty’s Clive Mantle, Jus’ Like That is an hilarious tribute to Tommy Cooper. Relive the fez, the laugh and, of course, the magic with a show that is the closest you’ll get to seeing the late, great comedian live. Mantle, also a star of Holby City and The Vicar of Dibley, has studied tirelessly with the great magician Geoffrey Durham, to learn Cooper’s legendary tricks, wit and mannerisms. Armed with this, a 6ft 4in frame and the perfect features, Mantle is Cooper’s stunning double…jus’ like that.

Thank You for the Music Live tribute to ABBA and the Bee Gees. A fantastic new show celebrating 40 years of ABBA hits and the glittering, multi-million-selling chart toppers of the brothers Gibb; featuring stunning singers and an amazing live band. Hear classic tracks including Mama Mia, Dancing Queen, Stayin’ Alive and Night Fever. See exclusive online footage – www.easytheatres.com

Become a friend and enjoy exclusive benefits

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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 £37, and regular newsletters. Membership is just £10 a year. For more information contact box office on 01634 338338 or email boxoffice@medway.gov.uk


Summer 2010

Jim Davidson

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– If I Ruled the World

Back with his most outrageous, controversial and politically incorrect show yet, King Jim gives the crowd exactly what it wants, with his latest stand-up show filled with tales of wanton women, pointless wars and her majesty’s troops. All rise and salute Jim Davidson and let him show you how the world should be… if he had his way. Warning – adult content. Not suitable for under 18s.

Lee Mack – Going Out Critically acclaimed BAFTA-winning comedian Lee Mack returns to the stage with a hotly anticipated new show. Lee is best known to BBC One viewers as the star of multi-award winning Not Going Out and as team captain on Would I Lie To You?

Sat, 1 May 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £20 Band – B: £18.50

Sun, 2 May 5pm Tickets: £18.50

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Summer 2010 Tue, 4 May 8pm

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Medway Folk Cellar presents

John Kirkpatrick – support from Skinners Rats

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

Fri, 7 May 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £19.50 Band – B: £18

From the late 60s, John has been at the forefront of innovative folk in Britain, playing with, amongst others, the Albion Band, Steeleye Span and the Richard Thompson Band, as well as establishing himself as a brilliant solo act. Specialising in concertina and squeezebox, John is regarded as a virtuoso instrumentalist, mesmerizing songwriter and one of folk music’s leading interpreters of traditional songs.

That’ll Be The Day Prepare for a party as the UK’s most successful touring rock ‘n’ roll production returns with a new spring 2010 Show. Trevor, Gary and the gang bring on back the good times with a combination of their unique comedy routines mixed with back-to-back non-stop classic-gold hits from the 50s through to the 70s. Revel in a fantastic party atmosphere and welcome the weekend in style. For all the latest news and profiles visit www.thatllbetheday.com “What a great value for money show That’ll be the Day is. Not to be missed!” The Daily Mail

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.


Summer 2010

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Beyond The Barricade The most successful and popular touring show of its kind returns with a new production for 2010. The cast of past principal performers from Les Miserables and the West End recreate original Broadway and West End musical hits with amazing authenticity, from Miss Saigon, The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera to We Will Rock You, Blood Brothers and many more major hit productions. It climaxes with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Miserables. www.beyondthebarricade.com

An Audience with Sally Morgan – psychic to the stars

Tickets: Band – A: £18.50 Band – B: £17.50 Groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket prices

Sun, 9 May 7.30pm

Fresh from her new hit TV series Psychic Sally On The Road, Britain’s best-loved celebrity psychic returns, by overwhelming public demand, for her 2010 national theatre tour. Sally’s reputation has been built from her close relationship with many high profile celebrities and she is most notably famous for her work with the late Princess Diana. She now brings her tremendous personality to the stage with a unique theatrical experience, which is both hugely entertaining and enlightening. www.sallymorgan.tv Please note: There are no guaranteed or certain results and the show is for the purposes of amusement/entertainment.

Tickets: Band – A: £19 Band – B: £18

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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Summer 2010 Tue, 11 May 7.30pm

Tickets: £6, or £5 if you book online. Students £3.50. See four Screen Classics and get a fifth free

Wed, 12 May 7.30pm

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High Society (1956, U) Director: Charles Walters Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra Set to Cole Porter’s cracking music and lyrics, this comedy musical romp marked Crosby and Sinatra’s first on-screen pairing and was Kelly’s final motion picture, before becoming Princess of Monaco. The madcap plot focuses on Tracy Lord (Kelly) as, on the eve of her wedding, she is confronted by three potential suitors. A remake of The Philadelphia Story and featuring timeless songs including Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Well, Did You Evah! THE BIG PICTURE: Grace Kelly was second choice to play Tracy Lord, after Elisabeth Taylor turned down the role.

Jimmy Carr – Rapier Wit Don’t miss out next time. Send your contact details to boxoffice@medway.gov.uk and get regular email updates.

UT O D SOL

Sat, 15 May 7.30pm Tickets: £13, £11 and £9

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City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra A wonderful programme of popular classics ends the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra’s 40th anniversary season, beginning with Rossini’s everpopular William Tell Overture. Grieg’s beautiful Piano Concerto sees the return of soloist Jerome Sadler, who played Rachmaninov’s 2nd Concerto with the orchestra two seasons ago. The concert ends with Tchaikovsky’s exhilarating 4th Symphony. Not to be missed.


Summer 2010

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The Solid Silver 60s Show – 25th anniversary featuring Dave Berry, Brian Poole, Peter Sarstedt and Mike Pinder Grab the beads, pop on the kaftan and relive some of the most melodic and memorable hits of the swinging sixties. This 25th anniversary special stars Dave Berry, Brian Poole, Peter Sarstedt and Mike Pinder, all backed by Vanity Fare. The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Troggs complete an all-star line-up delivering hit after sugar-spun hit including Needles and Pins, Where Do You Go To My Lovely, Twist and Shout, Wild Thing, The Crying Game and much more.

Duggie Chapman MBE presents

We’ll Meet Again – Hits from the Blitz Relive the spirit of the forties in a wonderful, new production of Hits from the Blitz. This live celebration pays tribute to the musical and comedy stars of the war years including Vera Lynn, Max Miller, Bing Crosby and Al Jolson. Featuring cast favourites and a new female lead, this warm, funny and rousing production recalls a time when, even though the country was stretched to breaking point, Britain’s spirit was at its highest.

Chas & his Band in Concert – The Rock, Rabbit and Roll Tour When Dave took the difficult decision to retire in 2009 his long-term musical partner and troubadour, Chas, decided to stay on the road, recruiting his son Nick as part of the new band. The result is a roof-raising night of classic Chas and Dave numbers, including Rabbit, Snooker Loopy and Ain’t No Pleasing You. plus a special tribute to rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, with songs and stories about an artist with whom Chas toured and recorded.

Sun, 16 May 3pm and 7.30pm

Tickets: 3pm show Band – A: £20 Band – B: £18 7.30pm show Band – A: £22 Band – B: £20

Thu, 20 May 2.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £11 Band – B: £10 Groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket prices

Fri, 21 May 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £16 Groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket prices

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Summer 2010

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Sat, 22 May 2.30 and 7.30pm

Duets Dance School presents

Tickets: £9, concessions available

This is Duets Dance School’s fifth show at The Central Theatre. As usual, we have three sections themed around stepping in time. All different styles of dance will be performed by talented students of all different ages.

Tue, 25 May 7.30pm

La Dolce Vita (1960, 15)

Tickets: £6, or

£5 if you book online. Students £3.50. See four Screen Classics and get a fifth free

Fri, 28 May – Thu, 3 Jun Tickets: Adults £4 Concessions £3.25

Step In Time

Director: Federico Fellini Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée Fellini’s masterpiece charts seven days in the life of journalist and manabout-town Marcello, as he struggles to find meaning in a life that is descending into moral decay. Set in swinging Rome, La Dolce Vita is a stunning example of Fellini’s storytelling prowess and acute sense of visual verve. From the image of Christ flying high above the papal city, to Ekberg cavorting in the Trevi Fountain, the film is a feast for the eyes, as well as acting as a magnet to the moral compass. Winner of Best Costume Design at the 1961 Academy Awards. THE BIG PICTURE: Nico, who later found fame with the Velvet Underground, plays herself in the ‘party of nobles’ scene.

May break family film

FILM

Please visit www.thecentraltheatre.co.uk or see local press for details.

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 12


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Medway Folk Cellar presents

Dave Cousins and Ian Cutler – support from Doug Hudson This is a rare opportunity to hear Dave Cousins and Ian Cutler. Singer and guitarist Dave Cousins' distinctive voice and charismatic personality defined that famous folk rock band The Strawbs who topped the charts with classic hits like Lay Down and Part Of The Union in the early '70s. Ian Cutler's fiddle playing is brash and brilliant, as you can hear with The Bully Wee Band and Feast of Fiddles, and the perfect foil to Dave's guitar.

Show Me Chris & Pui One of the hottest double acts on children’s television presents an afternoon of fun, song and games…an ideal treat for pre-school and infant-age kids. Join Chris and Pui as they discover musical instruments, lead on some great joining-in games and sing a host of children’s favourites, including One Finger, One Thumb and Caterpillar. About to embark on their third Cbeebies series, Chris and Pui have been the king and queen of giggles and fun learning for more than 15 years. Chris started his career in the now infamous CBBC broom cupboard and Pui’s credits include being the Teletubbies Po. The afternoon includes favourite characters from Cbeebies hit Show Me Show Me. Chris and Pui invite their young audience to bring along their favourite toy.

Tue, 1 Jun 8pm Tickets: £10, folk mailing list members and Friends of The Central Theatre £9

Fri, 4 Jun 2pm Tickets: Adults: £9 Children: £8 Family of four: £30 (maximum two adults)

Groups of 10+

£6.75 per ticket

A gre May br at e treat foak the kid r s

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Summer 2010

Sat, 5 Jun 7.30pm

Tickets: Band – A: £19.50 Band – B: £18.50 Groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket prices

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An Evening of Burlesque Starring Miss Polly Rae and her Hurly Burly Girlies Direct from London’s West End, tantalising yet tasteful, camp and colourful, this fascinating art form is brought to life for your delectation. As seen on national TV, the Mistress of Burlesque Miss Polly Rae and her Hurly Burly Girlies marry live vocal talent with burlesque art. From the creative director to Kylie Minogue, featuring couture costumes, breathtaking choreography and a fabulous score - a first for The Central Theatre. The show spans Burlesque’s golden era of the 40s to 50s, Marie Antoinette then to Japanese Geisha. Includes an Andrews -Sisters’-style version of Madonna’s Like a Virgin and much more. www.easytheatres.com “Whether as a nun sashaying to It’s a Sin or writhing in bedroom negligee to a slow, sensual version of Michael Jackson’s Bad, Rae displays a sense of humour every bit as naughty as the gradual removing of clothing.” The Stage Warning – adult content. Not suitable for under 18s.

Sun, 6 Jun 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £15 Senior citizens and students £1.50 off

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City of London Sinfonia Gems for clarinet and horn Mozart Weber Haydn Copland Michael

Symphony No 29 Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat Symphony No 22 in E flat ‘The Philosopher’ Clarinet Concerto Collins - conductor & clarinet

Ever-popular Michael Collins returns as both soloist and conductor in this programme featuring two very different sides of the clarinet: Classical early 19th century virtuosity and 20th century jazz. Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 was greeted with frantic applause on debut and remains one of the greatest in the clarinet repertoire. Aaron Copland wrote his concerto for American jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman, under the influence of the Brazilian folk music he heard during his travels. Collins conducts chamber orchestra symphony masterpieces by Mozart and Haydn to round out the programme.


Summer 2010

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Double Indemnity (1944, PG) Director: Billy Wilder Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray and Edward G Robinson Billy Wilders’ classic Film Noir, based on James M Cain’s novel of the same name and penned by Raymond Chandler, tells the dramatic tale of two lovers caught up in a murder plot. The ingredients of lust, greed, passions and murder allied to great performances, taut direction and stunning cinematography make this a must see. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, Double Indemnity was inspired by the real-life Snyder-Gray murder in 1927. THE BIG PICTURE: Other films inspired by the Snyder-Gray murder include The Postman Always Rings Twice and Bodyheat.

Billy Ocean The biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced is back on the road. Bestknown for his worldwide hit, When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going), Billy Ocean’s career has an undercurrent so strong it’s impossible not to be swept along. He has sold more than 30 million records, topped the US charts three times with Caribbean Queen, There’ll Be Sad Songs and Get Outta My Dreams; Get into My Car and has also written hits for La Toya Jackson and Boyzone, among others. Having taken an extended break to be with his family, Billy Ocean is back on the crest of wave, with a new album and all of his classic hits.

Tue, 8 June 7.30pm

Tickets: £6, or

£5 if you book online. Students £3.50. See four Screen Classics and get a fifth free

Thu, 10 Jun 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £23.50 Band – B: £22

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 additional ticket at half the standard ticket price. For full details on individual and organisation membership please

phone the box office on 01634 338338. For a summary of our facilities for customers with disabilities, please see our booking information on page 27. If you would like further information, please ask a member of our box office staff for a copy of the leaflet How to Access Our Services or email boxoffice@medway.gov.uk

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Sat, 12 Jun 3pm

High School Rocks!

Tickets: Adults: £14.50 Children: £12.50 (applies to all under 18s)

A high-energy, foot stomping, totally interactive production featuring all the very best hits from High School Musical 1, 2, & 3, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock and Glee! From Troy and Gabriella’s budding love to Miley Cyress and The Jonas Brothers, all have broken box office records. So join the superb cast for a rollercoaster ride of fun, as they invite you to the ultimate party to celebrate all of these awesome teen sensations in one fantastic concert.

Thu, 17 Jun 7.30pm

Motown’s Greatest Hits – How Sweet It Is

Tickets: Band – A: £19.50 Band – B: £18

The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown is back. This stunning live show features an amazing band and hip-slick choreography, for one of the finest Motown experiences you will ever have. More than 50 golden years of music are remembered in this special performance, featuring hits from legendary artistes including The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Martha Reeves, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers and many more.

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

Sun, 27 Jun 1.30 and 6.30pm

Mandy Ellen Dance School presents

Tickets: £8.50 (for both performances)

At 1.30pm Mandy Ellen Dance School will showcase it’s junior talent with the show Future Stars. Then, at 6.30pm, it is the turn of the school’s senior performers, as they take to the stage in Let Us Entertain You.

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A Variety Double Bill


Summer 2010

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Medway Schools Music Association presents

Thu, 1 Jul 7.30pm

Primary School Prom Celebrating the musical achievements of Medway’s Key Stage 2 pupils who have participated in Medway Council’s Wider Opportunities Music Programme. Up to 300 primary school children will take part, demonstrating their fantastic choral and instrumental abilities.

Ray McVay directs the world famous

Glenn Miller Orchestra

4 July speci al

Join us as the official Glenn Miller Orchestra, led by the legendary Ray McVay, embarks on a spectacular trip down memory lane. Guest artist Dennis Lotis will relive his unforgettable days with the Ted Heath Orchestra. Accompanying Dennis are The Moonlight Serenaders, with their fabulous harmonies, Jan Messeder and Colin Anthony on vocals and the swinging jazz band, The Uptown Hall Gang. Put all of this together and you’ve got a knockout concert that is perfect for big band fans.

Medway Folk Cellar presents

Martin Carthy For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. His style and attitude have influenced global stars including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Long-term admirer and Blur guitarist Graham Coxon recently enlisted Carthy’s help to perform, at The Barbican, his critically-acclaimed 2009 album Spinning Top.

Tickets: £5

Sun, 4 Jul 5pm Tickets: Band – A: £17 Band – B: £16 Senior Citizens: £15 Friends of The Central Theatre and groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket prices

Mon, 5 Jul 8pm Tickets: £9 folk mailing list members and Friends of The Central Theatre £8

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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.

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, 10 May 8pm

Frisky & Mannish’s School of Pop plus support A 2009 Edinburgh hit. “White hot ... Slick, polished and accessible feel-good stuff ... Frisky & Mannish haven’t so much arrived as been flown in by private jet as fully blown superstars.” Time Out Tickets: £11, Medway Comedy Club members £10 Mon, 7 Jun 8pm

Jo Caulfield A hit on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Mock the Week and the standup circuit. “I never knew I could like a woman so much - I’m ashamed to say she did make me wet myself.” Graham Norton. Tickets: £12, Medway Comedy Club members £11 Mon, 5 Jul 8pm

Sarah Millican and Gary Delaney An Edinburgh preview double bill, featuring TV regular and Best Newcomer winner at the 2008 If.comedy award, Sarah Millican, and pretender to the one-liner throne Gary Delaney. Tickets: £12, Medway Comedy Club members £11

Box office 01634 338338 The Brook Theatre, Chatham Highlights, summer 2010

The Brook Theatre Highlights, summer 2010

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Box office 01634 338338 The Brook Theatre, Chatham Highlights, summer 2010 20

at The Brook The new, the great and the legendary play in intimate surroundings. Cabaret seating and licensed bar. Thu, 17 Jun 8pm

Richard Digance Folk comedian Digence has been BAFTA nominated, supported Steve Martin and Robin Williams, won a Gold Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and played to half a million people at Knebworth. It’s on stage that Digence is happiest, armed with just his wit and a guitar. A coup for Folk at The Brook, to host a household name who has recently returned to his folk club roots. Voted by The Sunday People as one of the Magnificent Seven of Comedy, alongside Tommy Cooper and Bob Monkhouse. Tickets: £12, folk mailing list members £11 Thu, 22 Jul 8pm

Gordon Giltrap One of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK today, Gordon Giltrap has developed his own unique style, much copied, but rarely bettered. With over 40 years in the business, Gordon’s set will showcase his best-loved hits, as well as explaining the history of his many different guitars. Be prepared for beautiful compositions that cross all musical genres and are delivered with wit, charm and outstanding talent. “Gordon Giltrap is one of an elite few who truly have become legendary in their field in their own lifetime. I am proud to call him my friend.” Brian May Tickets: £10, folk mailing list members £9


Tue, 11 May 8pm

New Jazz Couriers A tribute to Ronnie Scott’s original Jazz Couriers A sterling line-up for what promises to be an unforgettable tribute to the legendary Jazz Couriers. Starring Martin Drew on drums, who toured the world with Oscar Peterson, Mornington Lockett on saxophone, Van Morrison’s pianist Robin Aspland and the award-winning Jim Hart on vibraphone. "The New Jazz Couriers recall the excitement generated by Ronnie Scott in the heyday of the original Jazz Couriers." Tony Augarde Tickets: £11, jazz mailing list members £10 Tue, 8 Jun 8pm

King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys Arguably one of the world’s greatest swing bands, King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys have been on the road for two decades, while releasing 10 albums and clocking up over 125 TV and radio appearances. A night of high-energy fun and fantastic musicianship. “The hardest act to follow since the parting of The Red Sea.” Paul Jones, BBC Radio2 Tickets: £12, jazz mailing list members £11 Tue, 6 Jul 8pm

Anton Browne Trio Anton Browne is a soul jazz singer with a soothing style that is a blend of Al Jarreau and Mel Tormé, with a dash of George Benson. He is equally at home on stage with a big band or with a small group at Ronnie Scotts. Tonight Anton will also play guitar and will be accompanied by piano and bass. A great show for a summer evening. Tickets: £10, jazz mailing list members £9

Box office 01634 338338

Take in the broad spectrum of jazz in a theatre that gives notes and voices room to soar.

The Brook Theatre, Chatham Highlights, summer 2010

at The Brook

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.

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Summer 2010

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

Dickens Sweeps Fuse Bonfire and fireworks History Month Black Festival

Festival

Festival

4, 5 and 6 June, 2010

12 to 26 June, 2010

Throughout

Great Lines, Gillingham. 7 November from 7pm

Medway’s biggest free bonfire and fireworks display,

Medway, October

1, 2 and 3 May, 2010

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

including entertainment from Heart 103.1 & 102.8 FM,

guy making competition and craft workshops (from 5pm). www.medway.gov.uk/events

John Tate

Castle concerts 14, 15, 16 and 17 July, 2010

’ Young peoples Will Adams concert Festival 18 July, 2010

11 September, 2010

Castle concerts 2010

A fantastic series of concerts featuring big names from the past and present. Status Quo, The Saturdays and Will Young are playing while the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will close the series on the Saturday.

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Summer 2010

www.thecentraltheatre.co.uk

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.

Sir John Hawkins Way flyover is now demolished

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

Book online at www.thecentraltheatre.co.uk

April Thu, 8 Sun, 25 Wed, 28 Fri, 30

Rory Bremner Crash, Bang, Wallop! Jus’ Like That Thank You for the Music

7.30pm From 3pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

May Sat, 1 Sun, 2 Tue, 4 Fri, 7 Sat, 8 Sun, 9 Tue, 11 Wed, 12 Sat, 15 Sun, 16 Thu, 20 Fri, 21 Sat, 22 Tue, 25 Fri, 28 – Thu, 3

Jim Davidson 7.30pm Lee Mack 5pm John Kirkpatrick 8pm That’ll Be The Day 7.30pm Beyond The Barricade 7.30pm An Audience with Sally Morgan 7.30pm High Society 7.30pm Jimmy Carr 7.30pm City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra 7.30pm The Solid Silver 60s Show 3pm and 7.30pm We’ll Meet Again 2.30pm Chas & his Band in Concert 7.30pm Duets 2.30pm and 7.30pm La Dolce Vita 7.30pm May break family film

June Tue, 1 Fri, 4 Sat, 5 Sun, 6 Tue, 8 Thu, 10 Sat, 12 Thu, 17 Sun, 27

Cousins and Cutler Show Me Chris & Pui An Evening of Burlesque City of London Sinfonia Double Indemnity Billy Ocean High School Rocks! Motown’s Greatest Hits Mandy Ellen Dance School

8pm 2pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 3pm 7.30pm 1.30pm and 6.30pm

July Primary Schools Prom Glenn Miller Orchestra Martin Carthy

7.30pm 5pm 8pm

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

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

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The Central Theatre, Chatham - Summer Season Brochure