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The Central Theatre

Chatham Including

Brook Theatre highlights

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Spring 2010 Thu, 29 April

Sean Lock


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THE CENTRAL THEATRE, CHATHAM MAKE IT YOURS THIS SPRING Once you’ve seen a live show, it becomes your story to tell. There are no repeats to refer friends to, just your memories. You become part of the performance, setting the scene, editing the standout highlights and passing on the buzz of a fantastic night out. At The Central Theatre the stage is set. This beautiful 966-seat venue is already home to a myriad of memories and it’s waiting, with open arms, for you to come along and make more unforgettable memories of your own.

Paul Carrack

Making The Central Theatre 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 Front cover focus – Sean Lock Star of BBC2’s QI and team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, Sean Lock arrives at the Central on 29 April, with his fantastic new stand up show.

Room on the Broom

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Defending the Caveman

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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 spring season, make a note in your diary for the following shows also coming to your Central Theatre in summer 2010…

Wed, 12 May 7.30pm

Jimmy Carr - Rapier Wit A heady mix of artistic integrity, loyalty and avarice has put Jimmy back on the road. If you only see one comedy show this year… what’s the matter with you? Get out more. Warning - adult content. Not suitable for under 16s.

Sun, 16 May 3.30pm and 8pm

The Solid Silver 60s Show Featuring Dave Berry, Mike Pinder, Brian Poole and Peter Sarstedt, all backed by Vanity Fare and including special guests The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Troggs. Hear classic hits including Needles and Pins, Where Do You Go To My Lovely and Wild Thing.

Sun, 6 Jun 7.30pm

The City of London Sinfonia The world-renowned sinfonia returns for its final concert of the 2010 season. Including works by Mozart, Haydn, Weber and Copland. Book for two concerts in the

season and get the third for free.

Thu, 10 Jun 7.30pm

Billy Ocean Britain’s biggest-selling black artist, with more than 30 million record sales throughout an illustrious career, returns with hits including When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going) and Caribbean Queen.

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Spring 2010 Tue, 5 Jan 8pm Tickets: £9, folk mailing list members and Friends of The Central Theatre, £8

Tue, 12 Jan 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets: £6, or

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

Sat, 23 Jan 9am - 4pm £10, places limited and must be booked in advance

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Medway Folk Cellar presents

Quicksilver – support from Skinner’s 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” and is known to folk fans across the UK for her work with acappella trio Artisan. A spiritlifting night of cracking music.

White Christmas

(1954, U)

Director: Michael Curtiz

Special matinee performance - 2.30pm

Starring: Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney One of the greatest feel-good movies of all time. Bob (Crosby) and Phil are ex-army buddies who have taken Broadway by storm, with their song and dance shows. When they meet Betty (Clooney) and Judy, love threatens to blossom. However, Bob and Phil’s attempts to help an old army friend are misinterpreted and Betty takes off. Can the boys help their friend and find love before Christmas day? A musical blockbuster featuring the songs of Irving Berlin. THE BIG PICTURE: The title song was first used in the 1942 hit Holiday Inn.

Technical Workshop In partnership with New Brompton College An invaluable opportunity, for anyone aged 16 and over, who wants to get to grips with what makes a theatre tick. From lighting and sound engineering to stage management, this one-day course will feed curiosity and give an insight to those choosing a career in live entertainment, or to those who are operating in non-professional venues. Run by staff from the Central and Brook theatres. Wear casual clothes and trainers. Refreshments and buffet lunch provided.


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Lee Mack – Going Out Don’t miss out next time. Send your contact details to boxoffice@medway.gov.uk and get regular email updates.

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Medway Folk Cellar presents

Steve Turner –

support from Skinner’s Rats

One of the finest singer/concertina players of his generation, Steve won Melody Maker’s Star of the 80s competition in 1979 and turned professional. Drawing on a family heritage that stretches back to the late 1800s, he made four acclaimed albums before retiring from the folk scene. He returned in 2004, drawing on friends including Martin Carthy and Nancy Kerr, to complete album number five and has since recorded number six. Hear a master at work.

Jake & Elwood

- The Best Blues Brothers Show In The World…EVER!!!

Jake & Elwood invite you to spend an evening in Chicago as they explode on stage for their musical extravaganza. With their fabulous Black Rhino Band and special guest tributes to James Brown and the sensational Charvelles, you will be left with little doubt as to why this is called The Best Blues Brothers Show In The World…EVER!!!. Featuring a feast of the much loved, worldrenowned favourites including Everybody Needs Somebody, Sweet Home Chicago, Sex Machine and Dancing In The Street. A night to remember, proving what happens when talent, energy and great music collide. “They proceed to stun the crowd in a manner that Aykroyd and Belushi would have been proud of.” Evening Standard

Tue, 2 Feb 8pm Tickets: £8, folk mailing list members and Friends of The Central Theatre, £7

Sat, 6 Feb 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £19 Band – B: £17.50

See the film at The Central Theatre on Tue, 20 April. See page 18 for more details.

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Spring 2010 Tue, 9 Feb 7.30pm

Tickets: £6, or

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

Thu, 11 Feb 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £1

Buy tickets for two concerts and get the third for free. Senior citizens and students £1.50 off single concerts, groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket prices – not to be used in conjunction with buy two, get one free offer.

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The Godfather

(1972, 18)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola Starring: Marlon Brando and Al Pacino Against a backdrop of intense friction with Paramount Pictures, Coppola crafted what is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. Adapted from Mario Puzo’s novel, The Godfather was the first gangster film to explore the complexities of the Mafia and sympathetically portray some of its members. THE BIG PICTURE: Paramount wanted Ernest Borgnine to play the Don.

City of London Sinfonia An evening of strings with Chloë Hanslip Bartok Divertimento for String Orchestra Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in D minor Walton Two Pieces from Henry V Haydn Symphony No 91 Nicholas Ward - Director Chloë Hanslip - Violin Where Bartok’s Divertimento bustles with a sunny optimism around a brooding middle movement, Haydn’s Symphony No. 91 is a veritable tour de force, a work full of warmth and good spirits. With the popular Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn, rediscovered by Yehudi Menuhin in 1951 and Walton’s Two Pieces for Strings from the film score of Olivier’s great Henry V. “Chloë Hanslip is likely to become the greatest violinist of her generation.” Limelight • Pre-concert-talk at 6.45pm – free to ticket holders • The Encore: Informal live music in the bar after the concert The City of London Sinfonia season continues on Thursday, 25 March and Sunday, 6 June.

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Fri, 12 – Thu, 18 Feb

February break family film

Tickets: Adults: £4 Concessions: £3.25

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

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Medway Ethnic Minority Forum presents

Desi Rhythms Desi means native in Punjabi and tonight promises to be an extravagant evening of Asian music and dance. The fourth in a series of extremely popular Desi Rhythm events.

Toni Moss Academy presents

Follow Your Dream A fantastic evening’s entertainment of song and dance from performers of all ages. From ballet to jazz, there’s something for everyone.

Vivid Movement Ltd presents

Bring It Street Dance Championships Get down and see some of the UK’s best street dancers compete for the title of Street Dance Champion. Includes a fantastic line up of special guests.

Noddy in Toyland Celebrate 60 years of Noddy It’s an exciting day in Toy Town, it’s Noddy and Tessie Bear’s singa-long, dance-a-long party and everyone is invited to join in the fun… everyone except Sly and Gobbo, the two naughty goblins who are out to spoil the fun. However, our hero Noddy is keeping an eye on those two and knows exactly how to stay one step ahead, despite their crazy antics to try to ruin the party. With Mr Plod, Whiz the Robot, Bumpy Dog, Car and Big Ears, Noddy in Toyland promises to be a fun-filled adventure for children of all ages. NODDY® TOYLAND® NODDY IN TOYLAND™ © [2008] CRL.

Sat, 13 Feb 7.30pm Tickets: £5

Tue, 16 – Wed, 17 Feb 7.30pm Tickets: £10, concessions available

Sat, 20 Feb 3pm Tickets: £10 in advance and £12 on the door

Sun, 21 Feb 2pm Tickets: Adults: £12 Children: £10 Family of four £40 (maximum two adults)

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Mon, 22 Feb 7.30pm

Jules et Jim (1962, PG)

Tickets: £6, or

Starring: Jeanne Moreau and Oskar Werner Great friends Jules and Jim both fall for the free-spirited Catherine, who chooses Jules and they marry on the eve of the First World War. When the war is over Jim visits the couple in Austria and old passions are inflamed. A seminal film from the vaults of the French new wave, with Moreau perfectly capturing the style and sexuality of the nouvelle vague scene. English subtitles. THE BIG PICTURE: Moreau is also a talented vocalist, once performing with Sinatra at Carnegie Hall.

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

Director: Francois Truffaut

Tue, 23 Feb 8pm

Medway Folk Cellar presents

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

A new folk duo, born of celebrated and established acts; featuring Pierre Vincent of The Dealers and Gemma Gayner of JD and the Longfellows. Pierre’s mix of searching social comment, electrifying vocals and deft guitar skills, in harmony with Gayner’s violin and vocals, promises to be a night to remember. The duo will tonight launch their debut ep.

Wed, 24 Feb 7.30pm

Who’s Bad -

Tickets: Band – A: £23.50 Band – B: £22.50

Who’s Bad, the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band, is an infectious production that will take you on an unforgettable musical journey. From ABC to You Rock My World, this is an electrifying revival of the king of pop. Spearheaded by some of North Carolina’s finest musicians, Who’s Bad has crafted an intricate performance complete with synchronized dance routines, blaring horn section and down-deep rhythms. See exclusive show footage www.whosbadmusic.com

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Whistle Stop Tour – support from Doug Hudson

A tribute to the Jackson 5, the Jacksons and Michael Jackson


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Paul Carrack

From Roxy Music, Squeeze and Mike and the Mechanics

Paul Carrack’s soulful vocals and songwriting prowess have been at the heart of some of the most successful bands of the 70s and 80s. Join him as, backed by a seven-piece band, he revisits the poppowered highlights of a career that spans almost 40 years. He made his name with Ace, whose global hit How Long peaked at number three in America. After a brief stint with Roxy Music and working as a session musician for bands including The Smiths and The Undertones, he again found worldwide fame with Squeeze and Mike and the Mechanics. With a set that includes Tempted, The Living Years, How Long and Paul’s acclaimed solo work, his latest tour is a journey to the heart of classic song writing.

Room on the Broom Kenneth H Wax Ltd and Nick Brooke Ltd present A Tall Stories production. Adapted from the best-selling book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. A spellbinding new adventure from the creators of the international hit stage show The Gruffalo. The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick, until a mighty wind blasts her hat, bow and wand away into the night. All is not lost, as they meet some fun new friends who help retrieve the witch’s lost things. One after one they all hop on the broom for a ride. Watch a sneak preview – www.tallstories.org.uk A magical, musical delight for children aged three and over.

Thu, 25 Feb 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £24.50 Band – B: £23

Fri, 26 Feb 2.30pm and Sat, 27 Feb 12noon and 2.30pm

© Axel Scheffler and Macmillan Children’s Books

Tickets: £10 Schools £6.50 with one teacher free per 10 tickets paid for. Family of four £36

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

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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Spring 2010 Sun, 28 Feb 7.30pm

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Elvis on Tour

- featuring Lee ‘Memphis’ King

Tickets: Band – A: £19.50 Band – B: £18.50

Herald the return of Lee ‘Memphis’ King, finalist on BBC1’s World’s Greatest Elvis, with a great new show for 2010. Elvis on Tour showcases the two most iconic periods of Elvis’ career. The first half of the show features his 1968 comeback special while the second half explodes into life with his Vegas years. With an outstanding band and singers, this spectacular recreation of Elvis Presley on stage is a must see. www.leememphisking.com

Mon, 1 – Wed, 3 Mar 7.30pm

Blackeyed Theatre, in association with South Hill Park Arts Centre,

Tickets: Band – A: £16 Band – B: £14

£9 if you aCT now! and book for three plays this season.

TalkBack Meet the people behind the plays Mon, 1 March, after show

presents

Alfie

by Bill Naughton

A new production of Naughton’s classic, made famous by Michael Caine. Alfie is a young man with an overwhelming desire for the ladies, the more the merrier. He swaggers and philosophises his way from conquest to conquest, carefully rejecting anyone or anything that might touch him too deeply. A stunning production that combines great comedy, soul-searching pathos and a cracking live 60s soundtrack. “One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre.” The Stage. Not suitable for under 11s

aCT now! and TalkBack aCT now! Book tickets for all three plays (Alfie, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and The Graduate) and each ticket will cost just £9 - a cracking season of drama for just £27 and a total saving of up to £21.

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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. See individual listings for TalkBack dates.


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Jethro – Too Late to Grow Up The world’s funniest Cornish comic returns to The Central Theatre and after 35 years in the business, he has finally accepted that it’s too late to grow up. Through mesmerising storytelling Jethro brings to life a strange brew of country characters and covers an unholy host of topics. Not everything he says is politically correct but then what do you expect from Jim Davidson’s favourite storyteller? Warning – adult content. Not suitable for under 16s.

Errol Kennedy’s Imagination Imagination exploded into the UK charts in the early 80s in a riot of extravagant costumes and soul/funk sensibilities. The group notched chart hits in 28 countries with numbers including Just an Illusion, Body Talk and Flashback, before splitting in 1987. Errol Kennedy, Imagination’s drummer and co-singer/writer, brings to life the band’s catalogue of classic 80s pop and a host of great songs that will have fans of live soul/funk drooling. Backed by fantastic musicians and singers.

City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra An evening of popular classics, as part of City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra’s 40th anniversary season. Featuring Alice Neary, one of the UK’s most renowned cellists, playing Elgar’s beautiful Cello Concerto. Dvorak’s symphony, with its wonderful slow movement that became popular nationwide as the Hovis theme, rounds off a memorable concert.

Thu, 4 Mar 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £17

Fri, 5 Mar 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £17.50 Band – B: £16

Sat, 6 Mar 7.30pm Tickets: £13, £11 and £9

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Spring 2010 Tue, 9 Mar 7.30pm

Tickets: £6, or

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

Thu, 11 Mar 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £20 Band – B: £18.50

Box office 01634 338338

Citizen Kane

(1941, U)

Director: Orson Welles Starring: Orson Welles and Dorothy Comingore Voted the greatest film of all time by the American Film Institute, Citizen Kane charts the life of fictional publishing magnate Charles Foster Kane. Welles’ masterpiece opens with Kane’s death and follows the investigations of a journalist, as he tries to make sense of the magnate’s dying words. THE BIG PICTURE: Nominated for nine Academy Awards, the film only won Best Original Screenplay.

The Drifters The only authentic band in the world with the name The Drifters returns to the theatre for a night of timeless, classic hits. Set up – and still run - by the Treadwell family, The Drifters have sold more than 214 million singles with tracks including Saturday Night at the Movies, Under the Boardwalk and Come on Over to My Place. Hear them all tonight with a line-up featuring the raw soul and charisma of Maurice Cannon, Steve King, Damion Charles and Michael Williams. www.thedrifters.co.uk

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


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The Band of HM Royal Marines in concert Chatham Marine Cadet Unit is proud to present The Band of HM Royal Marines with a selection of military, classical, big band and popular music. The concert is in support of the 1951 Cadet Memorial Fund, which funds overseas exchange visits for cadets.

The Hollies Featuring original members Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott, The Hollies are set to roll back the years and deliver hit after hit. They had so many in the 60s that only The Shadows and The Beatles charted in the UK top 40 more times. Relive classic pop gems including Carrie Anne, The Air That I Breathe and He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. The Hollies also showcase their new album Then, Now, Always, which is characterised by the soaring harmonies and musical prowess that shot them to fame more than 40 years ago.

Sat, 13 Mar 7.30pm Tickets: £20 and £18

Sun, 21 Mar 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £24.50 Band – B: £23

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Spring 2010 Mon, 22 – Wed, 24 Mar 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £16 Band – B: £14

£9 if you aCT now! and book for three plays this season.

TalkBack Meet the people behind the plays Mon, 22 March, after show

Thu, 25 Mar 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £15

Buy tickets for two concerts and get the third for free. Senior citizens and students £1.50 off single concerts, groups of eight plus, £2 off top ticket prices – not to be used in conjunction with buy two, get one free offer.

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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières Adapted by Mike Maran and Philip Contini With live music from Alison Stephens on mandolin, guitar, trumpet, tuba and percussion, and Anne Evans on flute & piano, Mike Maran brings this epic tale of love and war to the stage with two chickens, two aubergines, three puppets, and a goat. This funny, sad, uplifting and thoroughly entertaining performance is suitable for all ages. A must for everyone who fell in love with the colourful characters that populate the pages of Louis de Bernières’ extraordinary novel. “Engrossing, touching and beautifully played.” The Sunday Times

City of London Sinfonia An evening of romance and majesty Wagner Siegfried Idyll Haydn Trumpet Concert Barber Adagio Mozart Symphony No 41 ‘Jupiter’ Douglas Boyd - Conductor Trumpet soloist – Nicholas Betts Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll is a symphonic poem composed as a birthday present to his wife after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. The ever-popular Adagio for Strings by Barber conveys romance in its wave-like swell of emotion inspired by a stream growing to a river. At the other end of the emotional scale, Haydn’s majestic Symphony No. 41, expresses an extraordinary breadth of emotion, colours and energy within a classic format. • Pre-concert-talk at 6.45pm – free to ticket holders • The Encore: Informal live music in the bar after the concert “City of London Sinfonia plays with absolute engagement,” The Independent


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Norwell Lapley Productions in association with Theater Mogul presents

Defending the Caveman starring Mark Little

Sat, 27 – Sun, 28 Mar 7.30pm Tickets: Band – A: £20 Band – B: £19

Written by Rob Becker and directed by Cathy Farr Direct from the West End, Defending The Caveman - winner of the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 2000 - is set to storm the UK once again. The show is the longest running solo play in Broadway history and has become a worldwide hit. Why do men and women misunderstand each other? The truth, of course, can be traced back to the caveman. This hilariously funny but horribly truthful show affectionately brings the basic differences between men and women brilliantly up-to-date. Starring much-loved actor, comedian and TV personality Mark Little, best known as Neighbours’ legendary Joe Mangel. Watch an online preview – www.defendingthecaveman.co.uk “Absolutely Brilliant! Should be seen by anyone who wants to understand the opposite sex,” John Gray, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Warning – adult content. Not suitable for under 16s.

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Spring 2010 Thu, 1 – Mon, 5 Apr Thu, 1 Apr: 7pm Fri, 2 – Sun 4 Apr: 2pm & 7pm Mon, 5 Apr: 2pm & 6pm Tickets: £17, under 16s and senior citizens £15

Fri, 9 – Thu, 15 Apr Tickets: Adults: £4 Concessions: £3.25

Box office 01634 338338 New World Productions presents

The Wizard of Oz A spectacular all new professional production of the classic story starring Joe Pasquale and Dani Harmer CBBC’s Tracy Beaker. Plus full supporting cast and fantastic live band. Join Dorothy and her pet dog Toto on their adventures through the magical Land of Oz. Meet all your favourite characters including Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and, of course, the Munchkins. Will the wonderful Wizard of Oz be able to help them before the Wicked Witch of the West captures them in her dungeon? Come and join in the fun as New World Productions returns to The Central Theatre. Packed with amazing dance routines, fantastic songs and plenty of laughter for all the family.

Easter family film

FILM

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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

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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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Kent Music in Medway Festival 2010 Sat, 10 Apr 7.30pm

Kent County Youth Orchestra An evening of the best in classical music including Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Performed by students aged 13 to 22. Kent County Youth Orchestra is Kent's premiere youth orchestra with a reputation that goes beyond Kent’s boundaries.

Sun, 11 Apr 7.30pm

Tickets:10 April: £12 and £14 11 April: £10 and £12

Kent Youth Wind Orchestra and Kent Youth Choirs An evening of Americana. With medleys from Broadway showstoppers to Sinatra in concert, this will be a night to remember.

Concessions available. Students 50% off full price tickets

Medway Folk Cellar presents Tue, 13 Apr 8pm

Urban Folk Quartet – support from Skinner’s Rats The Urban Folk Quartet blend a heady mix of traditional tunes from England and Spain with the vibrant fusion rhythms of the Birmingham scene. Consisting of demon fiddle players Joe Broughton (Albion Band, Feast of Fiddles) and Paloma Trigas (Carlos Nunez), irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Frank Moon and storming rhythms from Tom Chapman, the quartet is packed with talent, energy and wit.

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

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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Spring 2010 Fri, 16 Apr 7.30pm

Box office 01634 338338

Go West – 25th Anniversary Tour

Tickets: Band – A: £22.50 Band – B: £21

Close your eyes and think back to the mid-80s, when Go West were demolishing north, south and east with a string of global hits and million-plus selling albums. Twenty five years on the band is back on the road, celebrating a quarter of a century in the business and a string of classic hits including We Close Our Eyes, Call Me, Goodbye Girl and The King of Wishful Thinking. Hear them all and more, on this special celebration tour.

Tue, 20 Apr 7.30pm

The Blues Brothers (1980, 15)

Tickets: £6, or

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

See Jake and Elwood, a spectacular live show on 6 February. See page 5 for details

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Director: John Landis Starring: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd This box office hit is a comedy masterpiece, following the trail of destruction as Jake and Elwood Blues let nothing get in their way while on a mission from God. Any film boasting such a cast, a host of soul greats, an electrifying sound track, more car crashes than a demolition derby and one of the coolest double acts ever was always going to be popular. However, directed with wit and vision by Landis, The Blues Brothers has become iconic and is fervently passed from one generation to the next. THE BIG PICTURE: During the final car chase the production team ignored studio trickery and dropped one car from an altitude of more than a mile.


Spring 2010 Thu, 22 – Sat, 24 Apr 7.30pm

Tabs Productions and Angela Browne Ltd present

The Graduate

by Charles Webb

When Ben graduates from college, great things are expected from him. However, feeling confused and disaffected, his life becomes even more complicated when the sultry Mrs Robinson seduces him and they begin a torrid affair. Although it soon ends, the affair comes back to haunt Ben when he falls for Mrs Robinson’s daughter. A vivid stage adaptation of the classic novel and film, featuring the music of Simon and Garfunkel. Warning – contains nudity. Not suitable for under 15s.

Tickets: Band – A: £16 Band – B: £14

£9 if you aCT now! and book for three plays this season.

Sun, 25 Apr 3pm activities, 4pm concert

Crash, Bang, Wallop! - Goldilocks City of London Sinfonia family concert

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

Enter the wicked world of Roald Dahl’s Goldilocks with the City of London Sinfonia musicians, as they play Kurt Schwertsik’s musical setting of the story. Other colourful pieces include the first movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and pieces by tangowriter Astor Piazzolla. Our lively family presenter James Redwood will lead us through the wonderland, with narration by a special guest actor. Arrive early to join us in our popular musical activities beforehand. 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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Spring 2010 Wed, 28 Apr 7.30pm

Box office 01634 338338

Jus’ Like That - A Night Out with Tommy Cooper starring Clive Mantle

Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £16.50

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 6'4" frame and the perfect features, Mantle is Cooper's stunning double...jus' like that.

Thu, 29 Apr 7.30pm

Off the Kerb Productions presents

Tickets: Band – A: £15 Band – B: £14

Lockipedia is a new stand up show from the comedian Sean Lock. Lockipedia is a very unreliable, misleading but highly entertaining information resource. Lockipedia is sloppy knowledge. Lockipedia is what Sean knows about stuff. Lockipedia can only be accessed live. Lockipedia is funny. Sean Lock is a star of BBC2's QI and team captain on channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Sean Lock – Lockipedia

"One of the finest and most original comedians around." The Independent Warning - adult content. Not suitable for under 14s.

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Spring 2010

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Thank You for the Music

Fri, 30 Apr 7.30pm

Together on one stage – ABBA and the Bee Gees A fantastic new show celebrating 40 years of ABBA hits and the glittering, multimillion-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. Now in its 17th year, Thank You for the Music has now been packing out stadiums around the world for even longer than Bjorn, Agnetha, Benny and Frida. See exclusive online footage – www.easytheatres.com

Tickets: Band – A: £18 Band – B: £17

Jim Davidson

Sat, 1 May 7.30pm

– 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.

Tickets: Band – A: £20 Band – B: £18.50

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See page 27 for booking information


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, 1 Feb 8pm

Hal Cruttenden plus support “He takes the personal, the surreal, the ridiculous and the political, and whizzes them into a delicious comedy smoothie that is sweet with a hint of sharpness.” The Scotsman Tickets: £10, Medway Comedy Club members £9 Mon, 1 Mar 8pm

Andrew Maxwell plus support Andrew Maxwell was voted King of Comedy on Channel 4 and appeared on Have I Got News for You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. 2010 is for the taking. Tickets: £11, Medway Comedy Club members £10 Mon, 12 Apr 8pm

Shazia Mirza plus support “Her laconic one-liners represent something quite unique in modern comedy. In these fraught times, she actually manages to make being a Muslim woman seem wonderfully life-enhancingly funny.” The Guardian Tickets: £11, Medway Comedy Club members £10

The Brook Theatre, Chatham Highlights, spring 2010

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

Box office 01634 338338

The BrookHighlights, Theatre spring 2010

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at The Brook The new, the great and the legendary play in intimate surroundings. Cabaret seating and licensed bar. Thu, 21 Jan 8pm

Bully Wee Band Featuring local favourite Ian Cutler, the band blend acoustic guitars, mandolin, fiddle and keyboards with mesmerizing effect. Tickets: £10, folk mailing list members £9 Thu, 25 Feb 8pm

The Brook Theatre, Chatham Highlights, spring 2010

The Singing Loins

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Back on the road with a great new album. “Unravelling England is a storming album and, once again, the Loins deliver a sharp knee to the nuts of all purveyors of the polite and half hearted.” Rock n Reel Tickets: £10, folk mailing list members £9 Thu, 18 Mar 8pm

St Patrick’s Night Party with the McManigan Academy of Irish Dancers A fantastic night of Irish dancing from an academy that has been recognised at European and world championships.. Tickets: £8, folk mailing list members £7 Thu, 22 Apr 8pm

Harvey Andrews One of folk’s warmest and most thoughtful performers. He has played with legends on the circuit including Martin Carthy, Ralph McTell and Richard Thompson. Tickets: £10, folk mailing list members £9

World music at The Brook As the popularity of world music grows, The Brook Theatre offers you a choice of the best and most interesting sounds from all corners of the globe. Explore music that reflects the culture and history of lands and peoples, some you may already know and some you may never have realised existed.


Tue, 2 Feb 8pm

Geoff Gascoyne’s POP BOP Quartet Featuring Jim Mullen on guitar and Sebastian de Krom on drums Bassist Gascoyne and de Krom have spent the last year playing with Jamie Cullum. They return to Medway to play pop hits in a jazz style including classics from Earth, Wind and Fire and Rufus Wainwright Tickets: £10, folk mailing list members £9 Tue, 2 Mar 8pm

Karen Lane With Paul Malsom and Jo Fooks Karen Lane, a favourite singer of Michael Parkinson, showcases her album Can’t Help It. The album is a collaboration with guitarist Paul Malsom, who joins Australian-born Lane and saxophonist Jo Fooks for this night of Brazilian-influenced classics and originals. Tickets: £9, folk mailing list members £8 Tue, 13 Apr 8pm

The Dorian Ford Trio Pianist Dorian Ford and his trio play the music of Bill Evans, who first came to fame as the pianist for Miles Davis’ iconic album Kind of Blue. Tickets: £9, folk mailing list members £8

Sun, 21 Mar 8pm

Mamer The father of Chinagrass. Simple, honest, direct music with one foot in the past and another in the future. Combining traditional elements with western folk, rock and virtuosic performances on guitar. “Astounding eastern music. Never heard anything like it. Wonderful.” Stephen Fry Tickets: £10

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, spring 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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Spring 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

Castle concerts 2010

A fantastic series of concerts featuring big names from the past and present. Status Quo are already confirmed for 14 July and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will close the series on the Saturday. Two more fantastic acts to be announced shortly.

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Spring 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

January Tue, 5 Tue, 12 Sat, 23 Sun, 24

Quicksilver White Christmas Technical Workshop Lee Mack

8pm 2.30pm and 7.30pm 9am – 4pm 7.30pm

Tue, 2 Sat, 6 Tue, 9 Thu, 11 Fri, 12 – Thu, 18 Sat, 13 Tue, 16 – Wed, 17 Sat, 20 Sun, 21 Mon, 22 Tue, 23 Wed, 24 Thu, 25 Fri, 26 – Sat, 27 Sun, 28

Steve Turner 8pm Jake & Elwood 7.30pm The Godfather 7.30pm City of London Sinfonia 7.30pm February break family film Desi Rhythms 7.30pm Follow Your Dream 7.30pm Bring It Street Dance Championships 3pm Noddy in Toyland 2pm Jules et Jim 7.30pm Whistle Stop Tour 8pm Who’s Bad 7.30pm Paul Carrack 7.30pm Room on the Broom 2.30pm (Fri), 12noon and 2.30pm (Sat) Elvis on Tour 7.30pm

Mon, 1 – Wed, 3 Thu, 4 Fri, 5 Sat, 6 Tue, 9 Thu, 11 Sat, 13 Sun, 21 Mon, 22 – Wed, 24 Thu, 25 Sat, 27 – Sun, 28

Alfie Jethro Errol Kennedy’s Imagination City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra Citizen Kane The Drifters The Band of HM Royal Marines The Hollies Captain Corelli’s Mandolin City of London Sinfonia Defending the Caveman

Thu, 1 – Mon, 5 Fri, 9 – Thu, 15 Sat, 10 – Sun, 11 Tue, 13 Fri, 16 Tue, 20 Thu, 22 – Sat, 24 Sun, 25 Wed, 28 Thu, 29 Fri, 30

The Wizard of Oz Easter family film Kent Music in Medway Festival 2010 Urban Folk Quartet Go West – 25th Anniversary Tour The Blues Brothers The Graduate Crash, Bang, Wallop! Jus’ Like That Sean Lock Thank You for the Music

Sat, 1

Jim Davidson

February

March 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

April (See inside for times) 7.30pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm From 3pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

May 7.30pm

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

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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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