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The Little Theatre with BIG ENTERTAINMENT

Spring Season 2018

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LOOK OUT FOR A BOLD AND THRILLING SPRING SEASON! We’re delighted to open our doors this spring to a packed season filled with must-see musicals, breathtaking dance, a host of live comedy shows and a number of fantastic events. It’s truly thrilling to see PASHA KOVALEV back at the Palace Theatre, followed by further fantastic top shows: THE ELVIS YEARS, the entertaining FORBIDDEN NIGHTS and the smash-hit THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC to name a few. If all of those weren’t enough, we also have a refreshing line up of singers this Spring. Including the remarkable Irish singer TOMMY FLEMING, the country rock ‘n’ roller RAYMOND FROGGATT, singer-songwriter comedian RICHARD DIGANCE and even the power-pop group BAY CITY ROLLERS Bring the family! For live action watch WELSH WRESTLING, to be overwhelmingly mesmerised come see CIRQUE ENCHANTMENT, for those curious kids test their Dinosaur knowledge against a TV scientist in SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT DINOSAURS…?! Outstanding comedy is in abundance with DALISO CHAPONDA, STEPHEN BAILEY, SWING WITH LAUGHTER and our favourite SHIP OF FOOLS COMEDY!

If you haven’t already joined our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, it’s a good time as any, especially with so many brand new shows and old favourites on the horizon. This way anything new will reach you first and you’ll never miss out again! So if you’re here for the laughs or you’re simply a lover of great musicals/plays then this is a season not to be missed! If you’ve not tried it yet our new online booking system is the easiest way to purchase tickets 24 hours a day, go to www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk and register today! Tim Mackrill, Theatre Manager. Box Office Opening Hours Non Performance Days MONDAY - CLOSED TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY 10.00am - 5.30pm THURSDAY - FRIDAY 10.00am - 6.00pm SATURDAY - 12.00pm - 6.00pm SUNDAY - CLOSED

Performance Days MONDAY - 6.00pm - 8.00pm TUESDAY - FRIDAY - 10.00am - 8.00pm SATURDAY - 12.00pm - 8.00pm SUNDAY - 6.00pm - 8.00pm

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We are delighted to announce the return of our local operatic societies feel-good musicals including OKLAHOMA from Studley Operatic Society and Astwood Bank Operatic Society with the dazzling CAROUSEL.

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As always, we are lucky enough to be able to welcome the return visit from the successful ELO EXPERIENCE and the talented Ballet Theatre UK with their performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

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Tourist Information...................................................................39 Seating Plan and Accessibility...............................................40

How to Find Us..........................................................................42 Forthcoming Attractions Listing for Summer 2018................44


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DIARY KEY - Main House, Palace Studio, Bar Lounge.

JANUARY Fri 19th Welsh Wrestling Sat 20th Just Dance Sat 27th Mount Carmel Does Structly Come Dancing

FEBRUARY

Starlight School of Dance – Jack and the Beanstalk NYJO – Female Jazz Icons Re-Take That: Wonderland Claude Bourbon – Medieval & Spanish Blues Choirs at the Palace The Elvis Years Keith Slater’s Sinatra Celebration Some Guys Have All the Luck The Jungle Book Cirque Enchantment Ballet Theatre UK – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Frankenstein 1899 The Counterfeit Sixties

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The Manfreds Swing with Laughter (starring Kenny Lynch, Anita Harris, Jessica Martin and Don Maclean) Keith Slater’s 60s Celebration Dire Streets So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs…?! (with Dr Ben Garrod) Tommy Fleming in Concert Mark James – Sideshow Tricks Blake Alice in Wonderland TJ Higgs – The Medium Poetry Slam Carpenters Gold – Live in Concert Floyd in the Flesh Ship of Fools Comedy Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers Annette Gregory presents Ladies of Jazz Studley Operatic Society - Oklahoma

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Fri 2nd Forbidden Nights Sat 3rd Sing-a-long-a Beauty and the Beast Sat 3rd Stephen Bailey Wed 7th Elevenses March Thur 8th Horrible Histories – More Best of Barmy Britain Fri 9th Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael Fri 9th My Year with Flying Scotsman Sat 10th Thank You for the Music Sat 10th Knoxville Highway – A Journey through the Heart and Soul of Country Music Wed 14th – Sat 17th Astwood Bank Operatic Society - Carousel Fri 16th Richard Digance Tue 20th Pyramid Choir 2018 Wed 21st Pasha Kovalev Thur 22nd Daliso Chaponda – What the African Said… Fri 23rd The Fureys Sat 24th The ELO Experience Sat 24th Raymond Froggatt Wed 28th – Thur 29th Up ‘n’ Under Sat 31st The Jerseys

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WRESTLING SUPERSTARS UK

Main House Saturday 20th January : 6.30pm and Sunday 21st January : 5.30pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval) JJTA Promotions present

JUST DANCE

A dance extravaganza produced through the collaboration of many amateur dance troupes from across the country to bring a night of spectacular dancing and fun to the Palace Theatre.   This show is perfect for all ages and will make you want to get up out of your seats and boogie along yourselves. Tickets £14.00* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum £4. Age: Suitable for all Hirer production

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The top rope flying, body slamming superstars of Wrestling will dazzle you and amaze you in this one night wrestling extravaganza! Come cheer the good guys, boo the bad guys, and make as much noise as possible at this over the top event which all the family will love!! Some of the top wrestlers in the country will be on hand, including the sensational STEVIE STARR, the all action muscle man JOHN TITAN, the Mexican high flyer MAGICO, and the parents favourite, the 25 stone barrel of fun BIG DOG!! So don’t miss out and LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!

Tickets: £14.00* £11.00* (disc) £43.00* (family ticket) *Inclusive of £1 booking fee up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for All Hirer Production

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Main House Friday 19th January : 6.30pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

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Main House Saturday 27th January: 7.30pm (RT Not Yet Known)

MOUNT CARMEL DOES STRICTLY COME DANCING

A charity night of entertainment and glamour as amateur couples take to the stage in a dance competition. Audience participation is a must for this event as everyone gets the opportunity to vote. Tickets £11.00*, £7.00* (disc) £6.00* (Under 16s) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all Hirer production

Main House Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd February 7.15pm and 2.15pm (Saturday Matinee) (RT Not Yet Known)

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STARLIGHT SCHOOL OF DANCE PRESENTS JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!! Join the Starlight School of Dance and they scale new heights in this tale of old where intrigue, magic beans and a young man’s determination to rescue the love of his life from being eaten by the Giant will win the day!! With help from Dame Trot and Handy Andy how could he not succeed? With a host of crazy characters and lots of dancing this is one mad adventure you will not want to miss! Oh no, you won’t…….! Tickets £13.50* £11.50* (disc) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum £4. Hirer production


NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA – FEMALE JAZZ ICONS

Tickets £16.00* £14.00* (disc) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all

Main House Friday 9th February: 7.30pm (RT 2 hours approx. including interval)

RE-TAKE THAT - WONDERLAND (& ROBBIE LIVE!)

RE-TAKE THAT are quite simply the biggest, best and most authentic tribute to one of the biggest British pop acts in history. Celebrating 10 years as the nation’s favourite tribute show with the incredible new WONDERLAND SHOW featuring ROBBIE LIVE. They have brought their multi award winning show to thousands of fans, in audiences across the globe over the last ten years. Performing all of the favourites from the 90’s right through to the latest hits such as Greatest Day, Back for Good, Relight my

Fire and of course a blistering appearance from ROBBIE LIVE which includes Let Me Entertain You, Candy, Love my Life , Heavy Entertainment Show, Angels and more. Their shows are truly a non-stop, breathtaking spectacle from start to finish and always leave the audience wanting more. Tickets £20.00* £80.00* (Boxes - 4 people) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all

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NYJO is a glittering showcase for the UK’s finest young professional jazz musicians, combining a hard-swinging rhythm section and hugely talented soloists. Performing around 40 concerts a year both nationally and internationally. NYJO has helped launch the careers of many of the country’s most renowned jazz musicians including Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Mark Nightingale and Laura Jurd. Under the baton of Music Director Mark Armstrong, the 23-piece orchestra tonight presents its new programme: ‘Female Jazz Icons’, part of its EQ project; remixing the gender balance in jazz.

Female jazz musicians have long been an important part of the jazz scene, celebrated as singers but often under-represented in other roles. Our concert will celebrate women’s contributions to jazz through history, from Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter Valaida Snow and composer and pianist Mary-Lou Williams; to contemporary artists like Maria Schneider, Esperanza Spalding and Mercury nominee Laura Jurd.

LIVE EVENTS

Main House Tuesday 6th February: 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 10 mins approx. including interval)

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Palace Studio Friday 9th February : 7.45pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

CLAUDE BOURBON

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Medieval & Spanish Blues Guitar & Songs Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world. Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; he has played countless venues, including Glastonbury

Main House Saturday 10th February : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

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CHOIRS AT THE PALACE

Features an evening of music showcasing the talents of four local choirs: - Redditch Rock Choir, the Bel Canto Singers, Arrow Vale Singers and the Redditch Gospel Choir. This musical evening will cover many styles from choral to spiritual, traditional folk songs to operetta, musical theatre to pop and rock - something to suit everyone! Tickets £12.00* £10.00* (disc) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all

Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O’Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more. Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach…. Tickets £13.00* £11.00* (disc) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4.


THE ELVIS YEARS

Palace Studio Friday 16th February : 7.45pm (RT 1 hour 50 mins approx. including interval)

KEITH SLATER’S SINATRA CELEBRATION

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“Sinatra Celebration” is a show packed full of Frank’s classic hit songs starting in the pre-war America of the 1930’s through to his final hit in 1994. Computer graphics and projection are part of the show and bring to life the story of one of the world’s favourite artistes. Using state of the art computer technology, film footage and photos from the archives, “Sinatra Celebration” is a virtual experience of the old and the new. Keith Slater has been a professional musician since 1981 and has toured

extensively around the British Isles. He has appeared on national TV and Radio. He regularly works with well-known artIsts Carl Chinn, Malcolm Stent, Don Maclean and award winning bands Inheritance and Vivo where he sings, plays guitar, drums, violin and harmonica.

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The Elvis Years is an outstanding musical production which brings to the stage the incredible and compelling story of the ‘king of rock and roll’ – Elvis Presley. With a top line-up of actor-musicians, multiple costume changes and nostalgic film footage, this glittering two-hour production charts the musical and emotional highs and lows of Elvis’ amazing journey from poor truck-driving teenager from Tupelo, Mississippi through the army, Hollywood and finally the legendary Las Vegas concerts. The lead role is perfectly portrayed by Mario Kombou (from West End production Jailhouse Rock), This feel-good show will instantly transport you back to the golden years of rock’n’roll, as you witness Elvis

audition for the very first time at Sun Studios, then become part of the TV audience for the ’68 Comeback Special, and finally dance in the aisles at a Las Vegas concert as Mario recreates with incredible accuracy the charisma, stage presence and humour of the man himself – you may even get your hands on a scarf! Taking in all the biggest hits including Always On My Mind, (recently voted the UKs all-time favourite Elvis song), That’s Alright Mama, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes, Suspicious Minds, American Trilogy as well as Hollywood favourites Bossa Nova Baby and Viva Las Vegas, you will leave the building on cloud 9!!

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Main House Friday 16th February : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 30 mins approx. including interval)


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Main House Saturday 17th February : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK – THE ROD STEWART STORY

Some Guys Have All The Luck is a fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar! Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singersongwriter and performer right down to the last detail - from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time. The show includes all the massive hits from Rod’s incredible career, classic rockers like Maggie May, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy through to big ballads such as Sailing, You’re In My Heart, and Tonight’s The Night as well as favourites from his days with the Faces such as Stay With Me and Twistin The Night Away and timeless Motown tunes from the album Soulbook. Tickets: £20.00* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all


THE JUNGLE BOOK

Tickets £16.00* £13.00* (disc) £52.00* (family) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all

Palace Studio Thursday 22nd February : 7.45pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

AN EVENING WITH JO ENRIGHT AND FRIENDS

Tickets £12.00* (early bird until 19th Feb) £14.00* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for 18+

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In association with LGBT History Month 2018, top Midlands comic Jo Enright will be headlining a fab night of comedy. Besides being a fine stand-up comedian, Jo has appeared in top TV shows such as Phoenix Nights, I’m Alan Partridge and most recently as Angela in The Job Lot. Performing alongside Jo will be up and coming comics Mark Cram (‘one of the UK’s indy rising stars’ -Chortle Forums) and Les Kershaw (‘the filthy daughter of Thora Hird’ – Janey Godley). Hosting the night will be MY Comedy’s resident MC,

Maureen Younger (‘fantastic resident MC … simply the life blood of the night’ – Solihull News) Expect an eclectic evening of fun and lots of laughter.

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Immersion Theatre are thrilled to bring their trademark energy to their wildest show yet, a brand new musical adaptation of family favourite, THE JUNGLE BOOK! Filled with catchy music, a laugh-out-loud script, audience interaction, and the chance to meet the characters after the show, you are invited to join Mowgli and his friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther on a madcap adventure in the jungle as they meet and attempt to outwit a slithering snake, some cheeky monkeys and the fierce tiger, Shere Khan! Funny, exciting and wildly entertaining, this larger-than-life musical promises to be the perfect treat for families of all ages!

LIVE EVENTS

Main House Wednesday 21st February : 1.30pm & 4.30pm (RT 2 hours approx. including interval)


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Main House Thursday 22nd February: 7.30pm (RT Not Yet Known)

CIRQUE ENCHANTMENT

This concert style cirque production features stunning choreography, breathtaking live vocals and mesmerising circus performers. With an eclectic musical soundtrack including current pop, rock and classical CIRQUE ENCHANTMENT is a magical family show that will delight you. Enter the circus of your mind as a young girl lets her imagination run wild, and discovers a mysterious world of Enchantment. Featuring a talented cast of cirque performers, dancers and vocalists, beautiful costumes and a stunning soundtrack of popular music including current pop favourites, iconic movie music rock, dance and classical. Tickets £23.00* £19.00* (disc) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Tickets £18.00* £17.00*(disc) £13.00* (Child under 16) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all Hirer Production

Palace Studio Friday 23rd February : 7.45pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval) Don’t Go Into The Cellar present

FRANKENSTEIN 1899

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The nineteenth century is drawing to an end, and a brave new world is set to dawn. But the new age of enlightenment and reason will soon be challenged, and scientific fact cast asunder, when the charismatic preacher, Frankenstein, shocks Britons to the core with his claims. For the Reverend can communicate with the dead, and those sceptics intolerant of his beliefs will soon pay for their blasphemy. Acclaimed actor Jonathan Goodwin plays Frankenstein, and is joined by actress Amy Bullock, in a show directed by Gary Archer.

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Join Ballet Theatre UK as we enter the enchanting and magical realm of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Following on from the company’s critically acclaimed production of Romeo and Juliet we present a ballet set to charm the whole family. Be transported to a fantastical world of dazzling dance, music and enchantment. Lovers, fairies, mischief and moonlight conspire in Shakespeare’s classic tale. Through the vision of Artistic Director, Christopher Moore, this innovative production gives the old tale a new life. With stunning original choreography set to

the iconic Mendelssohn score and breathtaking costume you will be transported to the magical woodland of old where you will rediscovery the magical charm of this classic tale. Don’t miss your chance to see this spectacular ballet when it tours the UK Spring 2018, billed as a wonderful treat for young and old, lovers of dance, music and sheer theatrical magic.

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Main House Friday 23rd February : 7.30pm (RT Not Yet Known)


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Main House Saturday 24th February : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. Including interval)

THE COUNTERFEIT SIXTIES

Re-live the sounds of the swinging sixties, as Britain’s No. 1 tribute show brings alive the magic of the sixties, with their tribute to over twenty five bands of that era. The show encompasses everything from that period, from the clothes that were worn, to flashbacks from television history, including: TV programmes, adverts and even clips from the original bands. The Counterfeit Sixties presents a showcase of the great bands of this unforgettable time. The fantastic music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The

Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Monkees - to name but a few - all recreated in this stunning show. The band members have performed their unique tribute shows all over the UK and abroad, and have a wide range of experience in that field. The members of the band have individually worked with notable sixties’ artists such as The Searchers, The Ivy League, The Fortunes, The Tremeloes and many more. Join us for a night of sixties nostalgia! Tickets £17.50* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all Hirer Production

Main House Friday 2nd March : 8pm (RT 2 hours 20 min approx. including interval)

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FORBIDDEN NIGHTS

Roll Up! Roll Up! Circus just got sexy ® with Forbidden Nights giving you an evening to remember with thrills, fantasy and forbidden thoughts at every turn! Jam-packed with action from opener till finale, they will leave you on the edge of your seat! Indulge yourselves in a two-hour production as world-renowned circus artists perform heart-racing tricks in an electric fusion of daring routines, acrobatics and provocative choreography with the ultimate Forbidden Tease and a few men in uniform thrown in for good measure. … Routines including aerial chains, fire acts, acrobatics & live musicians… Not forgetting the Forbidden’s side-splitting Comedy Compere who is as charming and risqué as the routines! Don’t miss Forbidden Nights’ Sexy Circus ®! Tickets £24.50* (first 5 rows in stalls) £21.00* £98.00* (box for 4) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4.


SING-A-LONG-A BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Tickets £16.00* £11.00* (disc) £50.00* (Family 2 adults, 2 children), £36.00* (Family 1 adult, 2 children) Party Rate buy 10 get the 11th free *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4 Age suitable for all.

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Sing-a-long-a Productions invite you to “Be our Guest” at Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast. Join us as we celebrate the brand new adaptation of Disney’s iconic fairy tale with onscreen lyrics so everyone can join in!. This is your chance to sing your heart out to the Disney songs of your childhood such as “Be our Guest”, “Belle”, “Gaston” and not forgetting the “Beauty and The Beast”. Sing along with Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson in this romantic fairy tale and see if you can stop those tears at the end. Our Sing-a-long-a host will start with a pre-show where they will warm up your voices, teach you some hand actions, show you how to use the famous Sing-a-long-a props bag during the film and when to Boo the arrogant Gaston and of course judge the fancy dress competition! For those of you who have been abandoned somewhere on a desert Island and don’t know the story… Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. So some along and celebrate this “tale as old as time”, dress as your favourite character and get ready to feel part of a real fairytale.

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Main House Saturday 3rd March : 7.00pm (RT 2 hours 50 mins approx. including interval)

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Palace Studio Saturday 3rd March : 7.45pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

STEPHEN BAILEY: CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT

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Meet your new potty-mouthed best friend, who supported Katherine Ryan and Jenny Éclair on their recent sell-out UK tours. “Bailey is an absolute crowdpleaser, getting the room howling with laughter.” - Chortle   - One4Review - Fringe Guru  - Voice Magazine   Stephen Bailey’s friendly, open brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the most enjoyable acts on the UK comedy circuit today. He is ‘annoyingly sharp’ (The New Current) and in 2015, his show was nominated for the Amused Moose Comedy Award (Best Show). He is a regular on ITV’s Weekend with Aled

Bar Lounge Wednesday 7th March: 10.30am & 2.30pm (RT 1 hour 15 mins approx)

ELEVENSES AND EVERYTHING STOPS FOR TEA Barni is a versatile vocalist, singing hits from past and present, to include Shirley Bassey and hits from the musicals. Join us for tea and cake plus some live entertainment in the Bar Lounge, where you will be greeted and provided with elevenses and entertained with a selection of music and sing-along songs. So join in the fun. Booking is essential as numbers to the sessions is limited. Tickets £6.50 Age: Suitable for all

Jones & Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and has appeared on ITV2’s Safeword & CelebAbility, ITVBe’s Kate’s Wardrobe Secrets, W’s Celebrity Advice Bureau & Channel 5’s It’s Not Me, It’s You. He also guest-hosted Sunday Takeover on Virgin Radio, featured on The Art’s Show with Jonathan Ross on BBC Radio 2 and was named one of Attitude Magazine’s Top 100 Bachelors of the Year. Tickets £13.50* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for 16+


HORRIBLE HISTORIES : MORE BEST OF BARMY BRITAIN

Tickets £15* £13* (disc) £54.00* (family) SCHOOL RATE £10.00 (no booking fee, 1 free teacher for every 10 seats purchased) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all

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We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for a special production of Horrible Histories featuring MORE of your favourite characters from our barmy past – and a brand new scene with wordy Will! Find out why the Romans were revolting! Could you survive the vicious Vikings? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Would you party with the Puritans? Clap along with crazy King Charles! Dare you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Vomit with the vile Victorians and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War! Its history with the nasty bits left in!

LIVE EVENTS

Main House Thursday 8th March : 1.30pm & 7.00pm (RT 1 hour and 5 minutes approx. no interval) Birmingham Stage Company present

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Main House Friday 9th March : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

FASTLOVE – A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE MICHAEL

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Get ready for an unforgettable evening with a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the all new production for 2017 – Fast Love: A Tribute to George Michael. The show is packed with crowd pleasing anthems. From Wham! classics of the ‘new pop’ revival to the chart topping success of the eighties album Faith. All the awesome tunes of the nineties & noughties including the irresistible Flawless. This is a spellbinding experience you don’t want to miss. You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless

Palace Studio Friday 9th March : 7.45pm (RT 2 hours 10 mins approx. including interval)

MY YEAR WITH FLYING SCOTSMAN

The award winning television programme maker David Parker, was lucky enough to be able to spend 12 months filming the rebuilding of Flying Scotsman, regarded by many as the world’s most famous steam engine. But the year was anything but a bed of roses. Using clips from the programmes he made, Dave will talk about how he persuaded Robson Green to present the programme and some of the Challenges involved with filming a team of craftsmen under extraordinary pressure. The evening will end with a showing of his film for ITV ‘Flying Scotsman’ Tickets £9.00* (early bird rate till 2nd March) £11.00* £9.00* (disc) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all

Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure, One More Try, Outside, Jesus To A Child, I Want Your Sex, Kissing A Fool, and many more. Relive the passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael in this incredible concert sensation. As the great man said: you gotta have faith… So book your tickets now! www.entertainers.co.uk Tickets £22.00* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all


THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC

Tickets £23.00* £22.00* (disc) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all

Palace Studio Saturday 10th March : 7.45pm (RT 2 hours approx. including interval)

KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY

A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HEART AND SOUL OF COUNTRY MUSIC

Knoxville Highway is a freewheeling, foot tapping, sing-a-long show celebrating everything Country. Featuring classic songs, Blue Grass and the great Nashville sound!!. The Highwaymen bring warmth along with outstanding musicianship, and humour. Bring a hat, and sing along!!

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Presents the ultimate tribute to ABBA Welcome to an all new sequin-spangled spectacular like never before! This amazing international smash-hit show brings all of ABBA’s No.1 hits and more to the stage with lycra-tight harmonies and dazzling performances from an all-star cast that’ll have you thanking ABBA for the music again and again! Record-breaking movies, smash-hit West End musicals, chart-topping albums and singles – ABBA’s incredible legacy now lives on in concert with this all-new for 2017 international smash-hit show. Dancing kings and queens – have the time of your lives with the all-time greatest party-time extravaganza. ABBA HITS: Waterloo; Dancing Queen; Super Trouper; Mamma Mia; Knowing Me, Knowing You; Gimme, Gimme, Gimme; The Winner Takes It

All; Thank You for the Music; Fernando; Money, Money, Money; The Name of the Game; Take A Chance on Me; Chiquitita; SOS; I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do; Voulez Vous; I Have A Dream; Lay All Your Love On Me; Honey Honey; Ring Ring; Summer Night City; Does Your Mother Know; One of Us What the papers say: “Polished to perfection. . . live band and vocals were absolutely spot on” Daily Echo “Well-rehearsed, tight in their delivery and well choreographed. A good night, enjoyed by all” The News, Portsmouth “Polished choreography and sequin-spangled costumes” Brighton Argus “Tightly choreographed and a standing ovation. . . feels like the real thing” Daily Echo

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Main House Saturday 10th March : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)


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Main House Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th March 7.30pm & Sat Mat 2.30pm (RT 2 hours 50 mins approx. including interval) Astwood Bank Operatic Society present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s

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CAROUSEL

The story of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan is no ordinary boy-meets-girl love story. Set against the backdrop of a seemingly idyllic New England coastal town, their illfated romance is beset by unemployment, poverty and violence. When Billy dies after a bungled attempted robbery, he leaves Julie expecting their child. However, in the afterlife, Billy is given one last opportunity to do the right thing and the story ends with the uplifting affirmation that, however dark the past and uncertain the present, there is always hope for a brighter future. With memorable music such as “If I Loved You”, “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, Carousel is an all-time favourite. This contemporary production by Astwood Bank Operatic Society sets the action in the 1950s. The heart-wrenching story-line and rousing company numbers will have you reaching for the tissues and joyously toe-tapping in equal measure. Tickets Wed Eve & Sat Mat £16.00* £8.50* (under 16s) Thurs, Fri & Sat Eves £17.00* £16.00* (disc) £9.00* (under 16s) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum £4. To purchase without booking fee call ABOS Ticket Hotline on 01527 63319 Age: Suitable for all Hirer Production

Music by Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on Ferenc Molnar’s Play “Liliom” As adapted by Benjamin F.Glazer Original Dances by Agnes De Mille An amateur production by arrangement with R & H Theatricals Europe


LIVE EVENTS

Palace Studio Friday 16th March : 7.45pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

RICHARD DIGANCE

Tickets: £16.00* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a max of £4. Age: Suitable for 12+

Main House Tuesday 20th March : 2.30pm & 4.30pm (RT Not Yet Known)

PYRAMID CHOIR 2018

Come and join The Arrow Valley PYRAMID CHOIR in a performance where anything goes! Hear songs from musical shows to the latest pop hits sung by talented children from across Redditch. Tickets £4.00* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum £4. Age: Suitable for all Hirer production

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Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He has also won a Sony Award and is one of only three British folk singers mentioned in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his contribution to comedy song writing. He has released 31 albums, written 14 books and has nearly 5 million visits on YouTube. He also composed the songs and music for Bill Bryson’s best-selling Audio CD book ‘The Road To Little Dribbling.’ He has worked in America with movie star Steve Martin and recalls two of his greatest moments as playing The London Pallidum with Robin Williams and a guitar duet on TV with Queen guitarist Brian May. Off-stage he composes soundtracks and incidental music for TV and movies.

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Main House Wednesday 21st March : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 10 mins appox. Including interval)

THE MAGIC OF HOLLYWOOD

Lights, Camera.... Ballroom. Pasha Kovalev (from “BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing”) returns with his brand new show “The Magic of Hollywood” This amazing new show will be jam packed with sequins, glitz and glamour as Pasha takes to the stage with his sensational dancers as they perform “Oscar worthy performances” all set to a Hollywood theme.... it promises to be a night, not to be missed! Tickets £25.50* (Meet and Greet at 6.30pm for a maximum of 30 people at £20.00 per head.) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4 Age: Suitable for all


DALISO CHAPONDA WHAT THE AFRICAN SAID…

perfect comedian to discuss what the media has become, which he does in his hilarious new show ‘What African Said…’. The show is about recent news, old news, fake news, and stories that were never quite but was ALMOST news. It is also a show about the things we say to each other; gossip, tall stories and of course declarations of love.    Tickets £16.00* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for 14+

Main House Friday 23rd March : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 25 mins approx. including interval)

THE FUREYS

Irish Legends, the FUREYS return for another great night of Music, songs and stories in this their 40th Anniversary year. Hear them sing their timeless classics including ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc plus songs from their new CD ‘The Times they are a changing’ Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy. www.thefureys.com

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Britain’s Got Talent and Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer act comedian Daliso Chaponda is bring his tour ‘What the African Said…’ to the Palace Theatre. The Malawian born stand up was a standout star from the popular TV show and captured the nation’s hearts. He garnered over 8 million Facebook views and 9 million on YouTube. Daliso Chaponda has lived in countries where the press is not allowed to criticize the government and in others with no libel laws where they can say anything. He has been both a journalist and a jaded newsreader. He is the

LIVE EVENTS

Main House Thursday 22nd March : 8.00pm (RT Not Yet Known) Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE and Christian Knowles for ROAR Comedy in association with Live Nation presents


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Main House Saturday 24th March : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

THE ELO EXPERIENCE

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The legacy left by Jeff Lynne & The Electric Light Orchestra barely needs any introduction – suffice to say that between 1972 and 1986 they achieved more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band on the planet! ‘10538 Overture’,’Evil Woman’, ‘Living Thing’, ‘Diary of Horace Wimp’, Don’t Bring me Down’ and of course ‘Mr Blue Sky’ went on to become the soundtrack of our lives. In 2016 Jeff Lynne’s ELO came back to prominence with the release of a brand new album - Alone In The Universe and a UK and World tour. The ELO Experience 2018 tour will included the greatest hits from an extensive and impressive back catalogue spanning over 45 years. Blending rock rhythms with classical influences, ELO also released many classic albums such as ‘A New World Record’, ‘Discovery’ and ‘Out of the Blue’, and many sell out tours which further established them as one of the most important

Palace Studio Saturday 24th March : 7.45pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

RAYMOND FROGGATT

Raymond is a stalwart of the music industry, a star 50 years in the making. ‘Froggie’ has spent those years treading the boards, writing and singing songs that have been covered by so many other artists. He was song writer to Sir Cliff Richard for ten years there are not many artists that he hasn’t written or recorded with, but to name a couple, the legendary Isaac Hayes and the now knighted Sir Elton John. His concerts are sold out across the country and abroad,’ Froggie’ writes and sings his own songs mesmerising his audience, making them laugh with one of his many stories or cry with

emotion with a song that touches the heart like no other. Raymond has released another album of songs to coincide with this new tour. Tickets £14.50* (until Saturday 17th March) £15.50* (from Sunday 18th March) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all.

and influential bands ever. The ELO Experience are the world’s foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra. With a sensational string section, a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, why not come along and enjoy this incredible show which accurately reproduces the songs and sounds and takes you on a magical musical journey through time. The ELO Experience have been bringing the music of Jeff Lynne and The Electric Light orchestra to the live stage for over 12 years. To find out more, read reviews and comments etc please visit www.elotribute.com Tickets £23.00* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all


UP N UNDER

Tickets £16.00* £13.00* (disc) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for 12+

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From the writer of TEECHERS and BOUNCERS This brilliantly funny play brings the muddy world of amateur rugby league up close and on to your theatre lap. Follow the story of an inept pub team from the Wheatsheaf Arms. The Cobblers’ Arms have been the best and most feared Amateur Rugby League team for the past ten years. But Arthur thinks he can change all that. He bets their coach that he could train a bunch of deadbeats to defeat them . But to do so he must first get them into shape…..with the help of one, very attractive, Hazel Scott!! This production stars actors from the Palace Theatre 2017 March production of ‘The Ghost Train’ A Professional production by Midlands theatre company ‘The Little English Theatre’

LIVE EVENTS

Main House Wednesday 28th – Thursday 29th March : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 10 mins approx. including interval) The Little English Theatre presents John Godber’s rugby comedy

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Main House Saturday 31st March : 7.30pm (RT Not Yet Known)

THE JERSEYS

After performing a sellout tour last year and also performing for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle, The Jerseys are making their way to The Palace Theatre for the second leg of their tour! The all singing, all dancing cast pay tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons performing hits including ‘Let’s Hang On’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, and ‘Walk Like A Man’. Tickets £18.00* £16.00* (disc) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4.


THE MANFREDS

Tickets: £25.00* £21.00* (rear circle) £90.00* (Box - max four people) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4.

Main House Friday 6th April : 7.30pm (RT Not Yet Known)

SWING WITH LAUGHTER!

Variety is back with a capital V as legendary British Entertainers Kenny Lynch OBE and Don Maclean MBE swap their golf clubs for a unique night of comedy and music, in the company of talented friends. These evergreen performers who are recognised worldwide as masters of light entertainment, will take audiences back to the golden days of entertainment, when families would gather around the television to watch variety specials such as Sunday Night at The London Palladium and Live From Her Majesty’s. These classic shows featured the very best in song, dance and comedy, performed by some of the greatest

entertainers in the world. Now in 2018 Swing With Laughter recreates those magical shows and adds a modern flavour, for today’s audiences who are enjoying the current revival in the popularity of variety. “A FABULOUS MIXTURE OF CLASSIC COMEDY AND SWINGING MUSIC – NOT TO BE MISSED!” John Judge - The Daily Telegraph www.swingwithlaughter.co.uk Tickets £24.50* £20.50* (disc) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable For All

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The ‘60s group Manfred Mann is now considered, more than ever, one of the finest and most respected bands from that era. Their numerous hits were R&B based with an undercurrent of jazz - a very unusual but winning combination of playing style and substance. As a result, their records have a timeless quality and, some 55 years on, The Manfreds, with original front man, Paul Jones, will be performing many of their hits, including ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’,

one of the most popular and instantly recognisable songs of the ‘60’s, and still the biggest audience pleaser at their concerts, along with a mix of Jazz and Blues covers from their new album ‘Makin’ Tracks’ Paul Jones, with his unique harmonica sound, will be joined by Mike Hugg on keyboards, Tom McGuinness on guitar, Rob Townsend on drums, Marcus Cliffe on bass, and Simon Currie on saxophone/ flute.

LIVE EVENTS

Main House Thursday 5th April : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 25 mins approx. including interval)

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Palace Studio Friday 6th April : 7.45pm (RT 1 hour 50 mins approx. including interval)

KEITH SLATER’S 60’S CELEBRATION

Turn on, tune in and drop out as we take you on a musical journey through one of the most inventive and influential decades of our time. The ‘Swinging Sixties’, the decade that gave us : The Mini Car! The Mini Skirt! The World Cup ….and Teenagers! A show packed full of classic songs from The Beatles, The Searchers, The Beach Boys, Peter Sarstedt and many more. This is a tribute to a decade that shaped a generation. From Rock ‘n’ Roll to psychedelia, from segregation to the summer of love and beyond.

More than just a man with his guitar. This show includes modern day computer graphics using larger than life banners, lighting and screen projection. This 60’s production is a musical and visual reminder of life back in the day when Britain was swinging. Tickets £13.00* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all

Main House Saturday 7th April : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

DIRE STREETS

Dire Streets perfectly capture the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time. Fronted by finger picking guitar ace John Brunsdon and his band of accomplished musicians, they play with an attention to detail and musicianship that marks them as the stand-out Dire Straits tribute in the UK. Dire Streets cover tracks from early classics like Sultans of Swing and Lady Writer, through to

the mega-hits of the 80s and Brothers in Arms, taking in all the classic album and live versions from the legendary Alchemy, Live Aid and Mandela concerts. The band has been described by one popular venue as “very close to the real thing”, while another declared “at last, a decent tribute to Dire Straits!” Tickets £19.00* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all Hirer Production


SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT DINOSAURS

Tickets £16.50* £13.50* (disc) £56.00* (Family) £15.00* (Party Rate for 10+ All seats) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for 5+

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Starring Ben Garrod So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs is the hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now! Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using film footage from the BBC’s ‘Planet Dinosaur’. So come and test your knowledge against Dr Ben in this hit live interactive show which is bigger and better than ever. ‘I would highly recommend this show to anyone with a small person that loves dinosaurs!’ Families Online ‘Who knew learning over Half Term would be so fun!’ North East Family Fun

LIVE EVENTS

Main House Tuesday 10th April : 2.30pm (RT 1 hour 45 mins approx. including interval)

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Main House Thursday 12th April : 7.30pm (RT 1 hour 50 mins approx. including interval)

TOMMY FLEMING IN CONCERT

Tommy Fleming has many times been described as the “Voice of Ireland” and is one of Ireland’s top entertainers with over 6 million YouTube hits and over 3 million album sales worldwide. After the huge success of “PADDY” the musical in Ireland & UK Tommy is returning with his own concert for a tour in April 2018. After receiving critical acclaims for his acting and singing in “PADDY” he is returning to his roots as he celebrates 25 years as a professional singer. If you’ve seen Tommy in “PADDY” you won’t want to miss his concerts in April 2018. Tickets £24.00* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all Hirer Production.


LIVE EVENTS

Palace Studio Thursday 12th April: 7.45pm (RT 2 hours 10 mins approx. including interval)

MARK JAMES - SIDESHOW TRICKS

Tickets £15.50*, £13.30* (disc) £11.00* (Under 16s) *inclusive of £1 booking fee per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all Hirer production

Main House Friday 13th April : 7.30pm (RT Not Yet Known)

BLAKE

Celebrating 10 years together, Brit-Awardwinning vocal trio BLAKE are back with a brand new album & UK tour. The sounds of classical anthems, big musicals and contemporary songs are set to collide once again, along with the boys lush harmony vocals and irreverent banter. The show features atmospheric video projections, dramatic lighting, live choirs in selective venues only and great instrumentalists.

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Mark has worked professionally for over a decade, on land and at sea in over 40 countries worldwide. Combining original comedy and magic with juggling, escapology and music to create a show like no other. Mark’s show is a nonstop laugh riot that will have you on the edge of your seat and giggling like a child. It’s completely clean too! If you want to know why Mark has become the first choice for holiday companies and entertainment agencies all over the world


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Main House Saturday 14th April : 2.00pm and 6.00pm (RT Not Yet Known)

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Alice is enjoying her picnic when she sees the most curious of sights: a white rabbit talking to himself. Following the rabbit down a rabbit hole, Alice finds herself in the fantastical Wonderland, inhabited by the Duchess (Dame Dolly), the bonkers Mad Hatter, the evil The Queen of Hearts and her henchmen Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee. Will Alice find her way back? Or will she find true love in Wonderland? All will be revealed Easter 2018… Starring Britain’s Got Talent winner ASHLEIGH BUTLER and her dog SULLY alongside Children’s TV Legend DAVE BENSON PHILLIPS and FURTHER STAR CASTING STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED, come and join us on this laugh a minute all-singing, all-dancing panto ride through Wonderland! Tickets: £17.00* £15.50* (disc) £58.00* (Family) £60.00* (Box for 4) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4.


LIVE EVENTS

Palace Studio Saturday 14th April : 7.45pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

TJ HIGGS - THE MEDIUM

Tickets: £21.00* £20.00* (disc) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for 16+

Main House Wednesday 18th April: 7.00pm (RT Not Yet Known)

POETRY SLAM

Like gladiators to the coliseum … they come to wage a war of words. Some gladiators will fall … and some will emerge victorious with a jolly nice trophy, a pat on the head from teacher and no detentions for at least a week. This live final is the culmination of a poetry slam project involving Middle Schools from Worcestershire, which has seen young people trying to find out “who has the X Factor” … but in a poetic kind of way.

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With her natural, unique and accurate presentation, TJ is today firmly placed as the UK’s foremost psychic medium and her broad appeal allows her to support private readings, live theatre appearances and events within the UK and internationally. As well as her appearances on Destiny TV and ITV3’s The Xtra Factor, TJ has starred in 21 episodes of Psychic Private Eyes for Zone Reality, which she filmed at the same time as investigating murders and missing people cases for CBS Reality Television. Alongside her own very successful annual live UK theatre tours, TJ co-presented ‘The Three Mediums’ theatre show at four major UK cities including a sell-out show at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, London and also appeared on Sky Living’s: ‘Colin Fry Live with TJ Higgs’.


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Main House Thursday 19th April: 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

CARPENTERS GOLD – LIVE IN CONCERT

Carpenters Gold supremely captures how the duo was ‘live in concert’ and is the most accurate Carpenters tribute production on the stage today. The iconic voice of Karen Carpenter is a magically soothing one, and few vocalists can attempt to emulate her accurately, but International West End vocalist Vikki Holland-Bowyer possesses the warm dulcet tones which sound uncannily similar to the 70s superstar. Whilst ‘Richard Carpenter’ is played by musical arranger vocalist Greg Stevenson, who is also featured in the show performing on the piano, alongside his ‘sister’ on the drums whilst enjoying on stage humour. Together they authentically perform the greatest hits, such as Goodbye to Love, Solitaire, We’ve Only Just Begun, Top of the World, Yesterday Once More, Superstar, plus many more; recreating the exceptional look and sound of their extensive World tours. An absolute must for all fans of the fantastic Karen and Richard. Tickets £21.00*, £20.00* (rear circle) £80.00* (boxes – 4 people) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all


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Palace Studio Friday 20th April: 7.45pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

SHIP OF FOOLS

Tickets: £10.00* *Inclusive of a £1 booking fee up to a maximum of £4.

Main House Friday 20th April: 8:00pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

FLOYD IN THE FLESH?

Floyd in the Flesh? are a tribute to one of the UK’s greatest bands, Pink Floyd. Working hard to replicate the sounds and visuals of their peers, Floyd in the Flesh? deliver their set with passion and enthusiasm. As well as performing the music accurately, the band is accompanied by a full lighting show and video projections which gives the audience an authentic Pink Floyd experience. Performing songs from albums such as Dark side of the moon, Wish you were here, Animals, The Wall and many more, there is something for Floyd fans of all eras!

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A club with regular shows around the Midlands and beyond, Ship of Fools now arrives in Worcs. Specialising in the best of rising comedy talent, you can expect a wide and varied bill of acts and when you see them on the TV you can say that you saw them here first! Compere Alan Seaman is an experienced hand to get the night going.  


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Main House SATURDAY 21st APRIL : 7.30pm (RT 2 hours 30 mins approx. including interval)

LES McKEOWN’S BAY CITY ROLLERS

“Bay City Rollers icon Les McKeown is back on tour, bringing his fantastic show to Palace Theatre !!! Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers promises to be a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and his Legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and The Bay City Rollers’ music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers.  Les brings back the all the thrill and excitement of Rollermania, performing all the original hits including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Remember, Summerlove Sensation and Give A Little Love plus many many more as well as introducing new songs from the upcoming new Bay City Rollers album.   Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers bring a new energy to all the classic hits. Tickets £23.50* *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age : Suitable for all

Palace Studio Saturday 21st April : 7.45pm (RT 2 hours 20 mins approx. including interval)

ANNETTE GREGORY – LADIES OF JAZZ

Following on from her successful ‘Ella’ tour, Annette will captivate you with The Ladies Of Jazz. Bringing her rich, deep delicate phrasing to songs sung by legends like Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Antia O’day. Enchanting you with some hidden gems from the likes of Julie Christie and Chris Conner. Annette and her band will be performing some of the best loved jazz favourites, Cry Me River, My Baby Just Cares For Me & What A Difference A Day Made Highlighting moments in their careers, Annette will take you through the changing land scape and influence of some of the wonderful female vocalist of Jazz. Tickets £13.00* £19.00* (for two tickets when purchased together) *inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4. Age: Suitable for all


OKLAHOMA!

“Oklahoma is set at the turn of the 20th Century amongst the farming and ranching families of the Wild West. It features a love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy and Laurey, a beautiful, feisty farm girl. Oklahoma is a feel good, thigh slapping, rope spinning bundle of fun, packed full of well-known songs. We can guarantee you will leave the theatre with a smile on your face humming these memorable tunes from this fabulous musical for all the family. So don’t delay, book today – we look forward to seeing y’all” An amateur production by arrangement with R & H Theatricals Europe

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Music by Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lyon Riggs Original Dances by Agnes De Miller

Tickets Tues Eve & Sat Mat £13.50* Wed – Sat Eves £17.00* Group Offer Buy 10 tickets and get the 11th free (Must be for the same performance and only available on full priced tickets Wed-Sat Eves) To order tickets please email tickets@ studley-operatic.co.uk, call our ticket secretary, Anne Healy on 01527 404696, or post a booking form to Anne at: 92 Rectory Road, Headless Cross, Redditch B97 4LJ. Please make cheques payable to Studley Operatic Society and enclose a stamped address envelope with all postal bookings. Let us know if you have a seating preference and we will endeavour to accommodate you. Tickets are also available via the box office on 01527 65203 or  www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk . A booking fee of £1 per ticket (up to a maximum of £4) will apply to all tickets purchased from The Palace Theatre. Age: Suitable for all Hirer Production  

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Main House Tuesday 24th – Saturday 28th April : 7.30pm & Sat Mat 2.30pm (RT 2 hours 50 mins approx. including interval) Studley Operatic Society presents

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Redditch Tourist Information Centre is located in the foyer of the Palace Theatre . The tourist information centre offers a range of local and holiday information to residents and visitors. Also we operate a booking service for day trips with Dudley’s Coaches. A selection of souvenirs and postcards are available, together with a range of maps, books about local history and walking. Our pleasant and knowledgeable staff will try and answer all your queries. Opening Hours Refer to page 2 Telephone enquiries: 01527 60806 Email: info.centre@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk Redditch T.I.C. Palace Theatre Alcester Street Redditch Worcestershire B98 8AE

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FACILITIES FOR DISABLED PATRONS ACCESS AND SAFETY The Palace Theatre welcomes all visitors, regardless of disability or mobility problems, to all its productions and events; we intend to make every visit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The best approach to the theatre is on Grove Street where there is limited disabled parking.

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BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED Guide dogs are admitted into all public areas of the building including our auditorium. Please inform staff of attending guide dogs prior to the event to ensure an appropriate seat is allocated (subject to availability).

PALACE THEATRE SEATING PLAN

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Please use this seating plan to help choose your seats The Palace Theatre Seats 420 There are 10 wheelchair spaces in the auditiorium 8 in the Stalls and 2 in the Circle

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PLEASE BE ADVISED : Due to the design of the auditorium the Circle has less leg room than the stalls

DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED There is a loop system in the auditorium which can be used with hearing aids set to the ‘T’ position. Details of signed performances where available can be found with individual show information. Signed performances with specially allocated seats close to the signer can be arranged. IMPAIRED MOBILITY There is a lift to all front of house areas, main auditorium and studio. Wheelchair users have easy access to the foyer through automatic doors from Alcester Street. Wheelchair positions are now located in the stalls and in a wheelchair box in the circle. Please see plan above. Accessible toilets are available on all levels of the Palace Theatre.


In Person Call in at the Theatre Box Office and Information Centre accessible from the Alcester Street. Tickets can be purchased in person and where you can pay by cash, Palace Theatre Gift Tokens or by most major credit and debit cards

Holders of Concessionary Reddicards/Students Subject to availability you may claim a full price ticket at a significantly reduced rate as stated in the brochure. This special concessionary rate can only be claimed 3 days before the shows opens and is limited to one seat for each Concessionary Reddicard held.

Purchasing by Telephone 01527 65203 You can secure your seats by paying over the phone using a credit or debit card. Tickets can be posted to you for a charge of £1.00 If the performance is within seven days tickets will be held for your collection at the box office. Please note all tickets are subject to a £1.00 booking fee per ticket up to a maximum of £4.00.

Please note: Concessionary Reddicards are allocated to people receiving the following benefits. Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Disability Working Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and Invalidity Benefit. Please bring your Reddicard or proof of status when booking. The Palace Theatre no longer sells Reddicards please purchase them at the Abbey Stadium.

Online booking You can now book seats online at www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk Credit Cards 01527 65203 We accept ACCESS, VISA, DELTA and SWITCH cards, which means you can pay instantly for your tickets. Call the above number and quote your card number, expiry date, name and address. We will charge an extra £1.00 if you want your tickets posted to you. If the performance is within seven days tickets will be held for collection. Concessions Key to concessionary rates. The symbols below indicate concessions that may be available to shows listed in this brochure. They will be shown in brackets next to the ticket price. DR = Discount Rate RC = Reddicard Rate FT = Family Ticket CRC = Concessionary Reddicard Rate Unless otherwise indicated concessions are available if you are under 16, a student, a senior citizen, claiming disability benefit or registered unwaged. Please check to make sure the show you are booking has a discount rate as some of our productions have a flat rate with no concessions. The general Reddicard Concession can be claimed by all Reddicard holders at the rate stated in the brochure. Terms and Conditions of Sale We will only refund tickets if the performance or event has been cancelled. A ticket cannot be refunded in adverse weather conditions if a performance or event still goes ahead. No refund for pre-booked tickets can be made on the announcement of a subsequent offer.

Reasonable behaviour We reserve the right to refuse admission or eject a ticket holder for behaviour likely to cause damage, injury or nuisance, or failure to comply with reasonable requests. On occasion we may have to conduct security searches to ensure safety of customers. Ticket Resale or Exchange It is general practice that tickets are not exchanged or money refunded. However if patrons find that they are unable to use their tickets the Box Office will endeavour to resell them (although this can not be guaranteed) they must be returned at least three days before the performance. The resale value may not total the amount you paid for your tickets originally. Tickets are put up for resale at your own risk. There is an administration charge for this service of £1.50 which will be deducted from the resale value. We will also exchange unwanted tickets on your behalf, for the same show if there is another date to choose from. Exchanges are subject to ticket availability and an administration charge of £1.50 per seat will be made to exchange tickets. Children All children over 12 months of age must have a paid for seat, and will only be admitted to specified children’s shows and the pantomime. Parents with babes in arms under 12 months will only be admitted to specified children’s shows and the pantomime and must report to the Box Office on arrival. We ask that you respect the enjoyment of other patrons and in the event of restlessness request that you take the child from the auditorium. Unaccompanied children attending shows at the Palace are not the responsibility of the theatre and parents leave children at their own risk. Data Protection Once you have booked tickets for the Palace Theatre your details will be held and processed on our Box Office marketing database and from time to time we may send you details about the Palace Theatre and its programme of events and activities. If you do not want your details to be used for this purpose please tell us at the time of booking.

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Late Comers If the ticket holder arrives after the stated start time then we reserve the right to delay entry of latecomers until a suitable break or interval in the performance/event.

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Reservations The Palace Theatre does not take seat reservations, all seats have to be paid for at the time of booking

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Car Parking CAR PARK 2 KINGFISHER CENTRE Afternoon Parking Arrangements Car Park 2 is situated off Access 2 of the Redditch Ring road. You can park in Car Park 2 for matinee performances at the Car Park’s current hourly rate. It is just a short walk of about 5 minutes from this car park back to the theatre. To get back to the Theatre walk across the Town Hall car park and through onto Alcester Street. The theatre will be right in front of you. DO NOT PARK THERE FOR EVENING PERFORMANCES AS THE CAR PARK CLOSES AT 7.00pm Please note users of this car park do so at their own risk. The Theatre and the Kingfisher Centre will not accept responsibility for any damage, accidents or losses of property or vehicles in this car park. QUADRANT CAR PARK: Take Access 1 off the Ring road, proceed straight ahead along Red Lion Street until the road curves to the right. Turn left immediately after the Queen’s Head Pub into Victoria Street and the Quadrant Car Park is on the left. It is just a short walk back past Shipley’s Bingo to the theatre. PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS A CHARGE TO PARK HERE TILL 7.00pm. TRAFFORD PARK: (Evenings Only) At the first roundabout on the ringway take the second exit into Other Road, at the top of the hill you will come to a mini roundabout, go straight on and turn left into the car park opposite Maplin Electronics Store. Take a short walk up Ipsley Street and cross the road at the pelican crossing. Take the underpass under the ringroad and when you emerge the Palace Theatre will be right in front of you.

PARKING FOR DISABLED DRIVERS Disabled parking spaces are available opposite the Theatre in the Hughes Electrical car park. Please be aware however that if you are parking there during the stores opening hours to attend a theatre production you must notify the staff in the Hughes store on arrival of your number plate otherwise you may incur a fine. You may park there after 6pm every evening.

HUGHES ELECTRICAL STORE CAR PARK Please be aware that parking here is limited during the day to 1 and a half hours if you overstay this time you will incur a fine as this is a private car park. You may park there after 6pm every evening.


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LOOKING FOR A GREAT BIRTHDAY OR CHRISTMAS GIFT OR SOMETHING SPECIAL TO CELEBRATE AN ANNIVERSARY? Then why not give those dearest to you the gift of entertainment. You can do this either by purchasing a Palace Theatre gift token (and they can choose their own special night out) or you can buy tickets for them to see one of our fabulous shows. Check the listings below and inside this brochure to find a suitable show for your loved ones and purchase tickets or gift tokens from the box office on 01527 65203.

GREAT SHOWS COMING YOUR WAY FOR THE SUMMER SEASON 2018 MAY

Wed 2nd Fri 4th - Sat 5th Thur 10th Fri 18th Sat 19th Sat 19th Wed 23rd Fri 25th Sat 26th Thur 31st

All Our Yesterdays Fantasy In Dance Rock and Roll Dreams Came True Meat Loaf the Show Legend – The Music of Bob Marley The Searchers Joe Bore – A Room with a Jew Paul Chowdhry Trickster (with guest star Ray Quinn) Lisa Live – Spirit Connections The World Cup Roadshow

JUNE Sat 2nd Wed 6th – Fri 8th

The Little Mermaid The Harlequins – Singin’ in the Rain Jr.

Sat 9th Wed 13th – Thur 14th Wed 20th Sat 23rd – Sun 24th Thur 28th Fri 29th Sat 30th

The Drifters Grumpy Old Women Elevenses June 2018 Just Dance Redditch Has Talent Bringing on Back the 60s Talon – The Acoustic Collection

JULY Sun 1st Wed 4th Sat 7th – Sun 8th Thur 19th Sat 21st – Sun 22nd

Stage Coach – Beauty and the Beast . Giovanni Pernice – Born to Win RND Academy of Dance GaGa Alice’s Adventures

The Palace Theatre reserves the right to change, vary or omit any item of information printed in this brochure without prior notification. Details correct at the time of going to press. Palace Theatre, Alcester Street, Redditch, Worcs, B98 8AE BOX OFFICE 01527 65203 www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk

Palace theatre spring 2018  
Palace theatre spring 2018  

All your shows for the spring 2018 season brought to you by the Palace Theatre Redditch.

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