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WHAT’S ON SPRING SEASON JAN - MAY 2018

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WELCOME The Spring Season at the Regis Centre is set to be one of our busiest yet. Filled with famous faces, exciting musicals, laugh-outloud comedy and popular music, we are certain there is something for everyone this Spring.

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We are delighted to be welcoming TV’s Griff Rhys Jones here on Sunday 18 February (page 10) with his new tour ‘Where Was I?’. Focussing on 40 years of travels around the globe, this is set to be a fascinating and intimate evening with one of comedy’s greats. Speaking of comedy, we are excited that Rich Hall will be stopping off here in April with Rich Hall’s Hoedown (page 17). Hailed as being “blissfully funny” by the Telegraph, his gig is one not to miss. Other highlights of the season include jazz royalty Jacqui Dankworth (page 6), Michael Portillo (page 5), Gerry and the Pacemakers in their farewell tour (page 7) and popular tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - Frankie’s Guys (page 8). We will have family entertainment on Saturday 10 February with Don’t Dribble on the Dragon (page 9). This spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big hearted adults, cheeky cool kids and loving little ones alike. The theatre will also be introducing two professional touring plays into it’s Spring Season. First a highly-acclaimed production of John Godber’s classic comedy Teechers (page 15) about life at a struggling ‘sink school’. The second is a new comedy Seriously Dead (page 19) starring Crissy Rock and Tommy Cannon. Whether it’s popping in for a quiet coffee or coming to see one of our many productions, we look forward to welcoming you to the Regis Centre soon!

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University of Chichester Musical Theatre Performance Company

Drama workshops for ages 8 to 16 years Saturdays. £3 per session Arun Theatre Youth is an exciting youth theatre on the South Coast. We enable young people between the ages of 8 and 16 to get involved in drama, providing a broad range of high quality theatre experiences in a positive and supportive environment. Working towards performances in the Alexandra Theatre, young people can develop their skills, not only in theatre and performance but also in confidence, communication and creativity working with theatre industry professionals.

Spring Term: 13 January - 24 March Act One: 10am - 11am Act Two: 11.30am - 12.30pm Come along to a free first session to find out more, email us at arty@regiscentre.co.uk or visit the Youth Theatre page on our website. 4

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THE WEDDING SINGER Music by Matthew Sklar, Lyrics by Chad Beguelin, Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy. Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe).

THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer's sparkling new score does for the '80s what Hairspray did for the '60s. It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favourite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. @UOCwedding or Snapchat: MTPCompany

Thurs 18 - Sat 20 January 7.30pm, 2.30pm Sat Mat TICKETS

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MICHAEL PORTILLO

BROS Musical Productions

LIFE: A GAME OF TWO HALVES

THE SOUND OF MUSICALS

It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM. A track record like that suggests to many a privileged friend of the rich and famous. But since leaving the house a decade ago Michael has endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for solid workmanship and creative energy, as found in our great Victorian Railways, and the daily toil of the working man. A historian at heart, he has used a Victorian railway guide to take millions of viewers on a historical voyage of discovery throughout the UK, Ireland, the USA and Europe. Listen to his extraordinary story, told with a light almost “stand up” touch, and then feel free to question him about it.

Mon 22 January 7pm TICKETS

£17.50 £15.50 Concessions

From show stopping solos to roof raising ensemble numbers, this show is packed with some of the biggest hits from the West End and Broadway! Featuring a live band and a talented local cast, THE SOUND OF MUSICALS is sure to be an exciting and enjoyable night out. The programme includes songs from all your favourite musicals including Beauty and the Beast, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Anything Goes, Wicked, Sunset Boulevard, Guys and Dolls and West Side Story, plus a sneak peek into the company's upcoming production of Sister Act.

Fri 26 & Sat 27 January 7.30pm, 2.30pm Sat Mat TICKETS

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JACQUI DANKWORTH ‘JAZZ SIRENS’ Given her musical pedigree – daughter of Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth – it is no surprise that Jacqui is firmly positioned as one of the UK’s foremost jazz vocalists. In this very special and intimate evening, Jacqui turns her attention to the most iconic vocalists of the Twentieth Century and the singers who defined 'The Great American Songbook' - including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee. Through a diverse repertoire arranged and curated by Jacqui, the concert celebrates the music of the ‘Jazz Sirens’, whose legacy and influence defined a classic era of jazz singing. Featuring numbers that made them international stars, alongside stylish reworkings of lesser -known gems, this is an evening of world-class music. “Had I not been sitting about three feet away from the action, I would have suspected some kind of electronic trickery because the arrangement was so complex, the timing so nifty and Ms Dankworth’s vocal control so exquisite” - The Observer

Sun 28 January 7.30pm TICKETS 6

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DANCE HOUSE 2018 The House of Dance is a local Arts driven initiative dedicated to supporting and encouraging the development of innovative and exciting dance. One of our aims is to provide performance opportunities for young people and for them to experience the workings of a professional theatre. Our Dance House evenings celebrate the hard work, commitment and skill of young people within our vibrant community. It is an opportunity to share their dance work with an audience, as well as other schools, in a positive collaboration with professional artists and theatre technicians. There is much to celebrate here.

Mon 29 & Tues 30 January Mon 26 & Tues 27 March Mon 23 & Tues 24 April Tues 1 May 7pm TICKETS

£10 / £5 Under 16s

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GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS THE FAREWELL TOUR We are delighted to welcome Gerry and the Pacemakers to Bognor Regis on their farewell tour. Don’t miss what is officially the last chance to see the legend Gerry Marsden before he retires alongside his band. Gerry and the Pacemakers burst onto the scene with three consecutive number one hits – How Do You Do It, I Like It and You’ll Never Walk Alone. Now, the iconic band return to Bognor Regis to perform in this special show, alongside special guest Steve Ellis of the Love Affair.

Sun 4 February 7.30pm TICKETS

£27.50

Neil Sands Productions

LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY Neil Sands is proud and excited to announce his new production for 2018, LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY, especially produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. This patriotic and nostalgic afternoon is filled with marvellous and memorable songs, including a rousing selection from Last Night of The Proms, old time singalongs, great British show tunes, and ever popular favourites from the 40s 50s and 60s. A mix of 50 stunning costume changes, a uniquely patriotic stage set and two hours of brilliant nostalgia ending with a spectacular flag waving finale makes this show not to be missed. The show includes a live poppy drop, the last post as we remember the fallen, and all those wonderful songs that won the war. Join Neil Sands to commemorate the centenary of the end of The First World War.

Mon 5 February 2pm TICKETS

£12.50 £11.50 Concessions

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Sweeney Entertainments

FRANKIE’S GUYS FRANKIE’S GUYS - a celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - is a fast paced, energetic production with an authentic live concert feel. Putting their own charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like A Man, Sherry and Oh What A Night, the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why The Four Seasons sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation and amazing live vocals and a great live band, it’s clear to see why Frankie's Guys are receiving standing ovations all over the world.

Thurs 8 February 7.30pm 8

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Directed by Nick Lane

Designed by Mike Lees

My brother has a dragon and he keeps it secretly Within a box beneath his socks. He’s hiding it from me… Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom's endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers' friendship apart can a dragon's crazy magic help them put it back together again...or will it only end up making things worse? Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big hearted adults, cheeky cool kids and loving little ones alike. As an extra treat, Steven will be available to sign copies of DON’T DRIBBLE ON THE DRAGON which you can bring with you or buy in the theatre after the show.

“A heart warming story full of love, laughs and sing along songs, this is perfect entertainment for adults and children alike - and brilliant fun!” – The Guide

Sat 10 February, 2.30pm TICKETS £11 / £9 Under 16s £35 Family Ticket For adults and cool kids of all ages (not recommended for under 2s) Running time roughly 60 mins.

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‘Great Comedy’ ★★★★ – The Telegraph

GRIFF RHYS JONES: WHERE WAS I? Join the star of Not the Nine o'clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from forty years of travelling - down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. It's a career, if you mean bouncing chaotically downhill without a map.

Sun 18 February 7.30pm TICKETS 10

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CLIFF...AS IF!

University of Chichester

NUNSENSE THE MEGA MUSICAL

SUPPORTED BY THE DEBONAIRS

The Musical Theatre and Arts Development students at the University of Chichester are fundraising for the Regis Centre and what better way than to perform a musical. NUNSENSE THE MEGA MUSICAL is a comedy about a group of nuns desperately trying to raise money. They find themselves in a tricky situation when 52 of them die mysteriously. Baking cakes and selling cards raises enough money to bury 48 of them. But with 4 bodies still in the cook’s freezer, they put on a show as a fundraiser to bury the last few (before the inspector finds out).

Performed by Will Chandler, CLIFF...AS IF is considered by many to be the number one Sir Cliff Richard performing lookalike. This hugely entertaining show combines the great songs, amazing look and fantastic moves of the Peter Pan of Pop, with a healthy helping of fun!

"A Cliff Richard Tribute Act with music and great fun. Entertainment for all with excellent audience participation". CHARITY FUND RAISER Raising funds, via GIVE4B.E.T.H for specialist therapies for a local boy with cerebral palsy.

An amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd..

Thurs 22 - Sat 24 February 7.30pm, 2.30pm Sat Mat TICKETS

£14 / £12 Concessions £8 NUS

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Weds 28 February 7.30pm TICKETS

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Vienna Festival Ballet

CHOIRFEST 2018

CINDERELLA

Following last year’s incredible success, CHOIRFEST returns to the Regis Centre for a two day festival of music on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 2018.

Music by G. A. Rossini Choreography by Sheila Styles

“This production looks and feels absolutely right” - Worthing Herald Vienna Festival Ballet is proud to present the classic tale of CINDERELLA, one of the best-known rags-toriches fairy tales of all time. A mistreated young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step-sisters and a handsome prince combine to make the perfect piece of story-telling. Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of Cinderella is based on the traditional story, the ballet will surely touch and reach out to everyone’s heart, with its combination of pure classical dancing and a touch of pantomime. The music contains a collection of Rossini’s most famous operatic achievements and has been especially arranged for Vienna Festival Ballet.

Fri 2 March 7.30pm TICKETS

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£21.50 / £19.50 Concs £15.50 Under 16s £12.50 Dance Schools

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Organised by Bersted Arts, and in association with Arun Arts Ltd, ChoirFest will once again welcome a host of community choirs from across the region With each choir bringing their own distinctive tastes, there will surely be a little something for everyone as they come together to celebrate the joy and spirit of community music. For more information go to www.berstedarts.com/ choirfest

Sat 3 March 7.30pm Sun 4 March 5pm TICKETS

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Mayfield Studios

University of Chichester Touring Company

NEW FACES

ON THE TOWN

STARS OF THE FUTURE Mix some top bands from the local area, an amazing dance group and Top DJ in a Top Of The Pops style studio and you have New Faces. Two of the bands record at Mayfield Studio in Portsmouth and have been selected from dozens of local bands to perform a series of theatre shows across the South of England. They write and perform all their own music, are young and hugely talented. Mayfield Studios are delighted to have Arabesque School of Performing Arts involved and they will be performing live with the bands with the rest of the school providing the on stage audience.

Sat 10 March 7.30pm TICKETS £10 / £7 Under 16s

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Music By Leonard Bernstein Book and Lyrics By Betty Comden and Adolph Green Based on a concept by Jerome Robbins This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes

At its heart, ON THE TOWN is a love-affair with New York City, from the city’s high-culture to its low-brow ‘street smarts’, to the innocent adventurousness of three sailors and the women they come across. The effervescence of the songs and laugh out loud comedy play out against the brooding, heart-breaking possibility that this might be the sailors’ first and last time that they will ever see the city, a poignancy that radiates from the cast of strong women that they meet along the way. It is, in all sense, and for all the senses, a total embrace! Under acclaimed Director Karen Howard (Annie Get Your Gun, Carousel) and Choreographer Damien Delaney (Sweet Charity, Half A Sixpence) with a West End band under Dustin Conrad. Part of the Leonard Bernstein at 100 Celebration.

Thurs 15 & Fri 16 March 7.30pm TICKETS

£14 / £12 Concs £8 NUS and Under 16s £5 School/Day Centre Groups £3 Groups of 20+

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Southdowns Concert Band

THE SUPERSONIC 70S SHOW

A SPRING SPECTACULAR CONCERT

“The most explosive show in theatre land”

CONDUCTED BY ROSS HUNT Southdowns Concert Band is a group of around 40 musicians who play regular concerts in the Sussex area. The Band has a passion for music, and upholds and maintains the true spirit of the concert band. Each member of the ensemble strives for excellence, continually eager to improve and achieve higher musical standards. The Band performs a wide, varied and most versatile musical repertoire to suit all tastes, from popular classical standards to the more challenging works of the modern wind band repertoire. Most importantly, the music making is an enjoyable experience for musicians and audiences alike. Members come from all over the county. Some are involved in music professionally, as school teachers or as instrument tutors, others play for local community or town bands but enjoy the challenge of performing to a higher level.

Sun 25 March 3pm TICKETS 14

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It’s the hottest ticket in town! An incredible live show so jam packed with classic 70s hits it’s no wonder it’s been described as “the best 70s show of its kind- West End quality”. Led by the ‘Catsuit Wondergirl’ Janey Bombshell, SUPERSONIC 70S will take you back to when Pop was at its peak. From the towering majesty of Queen, ELO and The Carpenters, the ‘pin-up pop’ of The Osmonds, David Essex and David Cassidy, and the foot stompin’ Glam Rock of Sweet, Mud and T.Rex. Now, add the classic sounds of Saturday Night Fever and Grease, and even those winning UK Eurovision hits, and with humour a plenty you have a sensational show simply too good to miss.

Tues 3 April 7.30pm TICKETS

£23.50


FREE EASTER FUN Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill Park

TEECHERS Directed by Adrian McDougall Blackeyed Theatre revives its highly-acclaimed production of John Godber’s classic comedy about life at a struggling ‘sink school’.Featuring breathtaking ensemble performances and a bang-up-to-date soundtrack, TEECHERS brings to life an array of terrifying teachers and hopeless pupils through the unique eyes of Salty, Gail and Hobby; three Year 11 students about to leave school for good. Crammed full of unforgettable characters, political left-hooks and razor-sharp comedy, Teechers is more relevant today than ever, a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

Thurs 29 March 7.30pm TICKETS

Come and join us at the Regis Centre for some free Easter fun! There will be lots of arts and crafts on Easter Saturday plus entertainment in our foyer. Further details will be available nearer the time so watch this space.

Sat 31 March 11am - 3pm FREE

£16.50 / £15.50 Concs / £10.50 Schools

Suitable for age 11+ / Running time 110 minutes approx. including interval

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Arabesque Saturday Stage School

TJ Productions

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

JEEVES & WOOSTER PERFECT NONSENSE An amateur production in association with Nick Hern books.

AN AMATEUR YOUTH PRODUCTION Lyrics by Tim Rice & Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber By arrangement with The Musical Company Ltd Come and join this amazingly talented cast of 75 children aged between 7 and 16 years for this fun packed show. Full of all the songs you know and love including Close Every Door to Me, Go Go Joseph and Any Dream Will Do. These wonderful songs will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. A great show for all the family. See you there!

Sat 7 April 2.30pm & 7.30pm TICKETS

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TJ Productions presents the hilarious West End hit show, by the Goodale brothers, based on the works of PG Wodehouse. This show won the 2014 Perrier award for best comedy. The madcap adventure is portrayed by just three actors, taking on no less than twelve characters between them, in a frantic whirl of scene and on-stage costume changes. Bertie Wooster does his level best to get into trouble at every turn, but as always, Jeeves is there to rescue him, and make sure that we get a happy ending for all concerned.

Weds 11 - Sat 14 April 7.30pm TICKETS

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“Blissfully Funny” - The Guardian

Off the Kerb Productions

RICH HALL’S HOEDOWN Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show begins its second leg of touring. There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You and Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown have built him a new legion of followers, as has appearances on Have I Got News For You and QI. But if you’ve only ever seen Hall on TV, you’ve short-changed yourself. The Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. There’s stand-up, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping, shit-kicking good time to be had by all. Even if you don’t own a hoe.

Thurs 26 April 8pm TICKETS

£17.50

14+ (Parental Guidance). Likely to be swearing and adult content

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University of Chichester Musical Theatre Performance Company

A BRAND NEW MUSICAL COMEDY PLAY

LITTLE WOMEN Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Book by Allan Knee. Based upon the novel by Louisa May Alcott. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) LITTLE WOMEN has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit. The powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope – the sounds of a young America finding its voice.

Thurs 19 - Sat 21 April 7.30pm, 2.30pm TICKETS 18

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SERIOUSLY DEAD STARRING Crissy Rock (Benidorm and I’m a Celebrity) Tommy Cannon (Cannon and Ball) Billy Pearce - Leah Bell - Paul Dunn SERIOUSLY DEAD is an up-lifting tale guaranteed to make you feel there is nothing serious about being dead at all, because life’s party never ends: it simply moves to another location. One audience member said “If that’s what it’s like when you get to the Pearly Gates – I can’t wait to go!!!” The play tells the hilarious tale of Thelma Henderson deceased who cannot gain entry through The Pearly Gates as the system has gone digitalised and she has the incorrect paperwork. Thelma is told to wait by the scrapyard gates until the issue can be resolved but she finds herself a rather reluctant Guardian Angel watching over her school friend and the one true love of her life, Billy Blenkinsopp.

Tues 15 May 7.30pm TICKETS

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THE BARRON KNIGHTS

University of Chichester Musical Theatre Festival Company

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND IN 2018!

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth This amateur production is licensed by Samuel French MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG makes a virtue of spilt milk, sour grapes and friendships down the drain, in the opposite linear format of telling a story backwards. It may not be the usual formula for a Broadway hit, but Sondheim’s score was a sensation and as life is not a straight line, audiences found that watching how the story rolls back 20 years in the life of Hollywood producer, Franklin Shepherd and how happy he once was as the talented but penniless Broadway composer, oddly compelling. Merrily We Roll Along curates the key moments in Frank’s life, which point precisely to how he got there and what he gave up (…a lot). Rarely performed, when this was revived for at The Chocolate Factory, London in 2012 it secured sell-out audiences, rave reviews and a cult following. Directed and Musically Directed by Sondheim specialists Sarah Redmond and Stuart Hutchinson.

Thurs 10 & Fri 11 May 7.30pm TICKETS 20

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The Barron Knights are probably the most entertaining group to come out of the 60s and 70s. Their musicianship, harmonies and of course their humour has earned them the title ‘The Guvnors’. Supremely talented and a showbiz phenomenon, they are the best tonic the NHS could give the population. Winners of the UK Rock and Pop awards as ‘Best Entertainers’, they are the only group to have toured with the Beatles and twice with the Rolling Stones. You’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ as well as laughing. As well as old favourites, they play their inimitable version of The William Tell Overture, Flamenco party piece Malaguana, their parody of Killer Queen plus a hilarious take on Windmills of Your Mind. You will walk out of the theatre with happy memories of this show not to be missed.

“No group has made it until The Barron Knights have spoofed them” – Ian Dury

Sat 12 May 7.30pm TICKETS

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Five Star Swing

BROS Musical Productions

THE BIG BAND

SISTER ACT

"Superb - they swing like crazy!” - Sheila Tracy, BBC

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture, Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard An amateur production presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe).

“Swing and Song of the highest order” - Telegraph As featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre Swing-along with songs from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz and Blues. As seen on BBC TV’s Children in Need, Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball and Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Featuring Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother), plus Tony Bennett’s trombonist!

Thurs 17 May 7.30pm TICKETS

£16 / £15 Concessions £14 Friends of the Theatre

Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Enchanted), dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, SISTER ACT is the funniest and funkiest musical around. Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music.

Tues 22 - Sat 26 May 7.30pm, 2.30pm Sat Mat TICKETS

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LES MUSICALS STARRING JONATHAN ANSELL AND RHYDIAN ROBERTS LES MUSICALS presents the biggest hit songs from the West End and Broadway. Musical Theatre’s leading men and X Factor stars; Jonathan Ansell (G4 frontman) and Rhydian Roberts join forces for the first time ever to create a dramatic and spine tingling concert. This vocally exhilarating evening showcases all of the smash hit songs from the greatest musicals of all time, brought to you by two of the world's finest voices.

A special guest soprano will also join the cast as you immerse yourself into the world of Musical Theatre with classics from Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, Blood Brothers, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Carousel, West Side Story, The Lion King, Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You and many more...

Mon 28 & Tues 29 May 7.30pm TICKETS

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£23 Full Price £55.50 VIP Ticket + Meet & Greet (6pm) - marked seats in Rows A, B & C

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“Hello all. I am Doctor John Dolittle. I am not a normal Doctor. I was once but I really did not like my patients. You see I discovered something down right amazing about myself. I found out that I had the ability to talk to animals. Anyone from the age of 7 upwards come and see me in my brand new show. There will be lots of music and fun audience participation. Toodle pip for now.”

Thurs 31 May (in the half term) 2.30pm TICKETS £10.50

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SUMMER PREVIEW THE LADYBOYS OF BANGKOK

THE ROY ORBISON STORY

Uncork the champagne! Dress to kill! Party like there's no tomorrow! Celebrating 20 diamante decorated years, THE LADYBOYS OF BANGKOK ‘Wonder Women Tour’ will take Britain's number one cabaret show to a new level. With some of your favourites from the last 20 glorious years re-imagined, added to new scenes of spectacular costumes, choreography and – of course – hilarious comedy!

This musical and semi-autobiographical celebration of The Big O’s musical legacy is quite simply unmissable, as Barry Steele takes you on this specially revamped musical journey in time, from the early sun years right through to the late 80s and the internationally acclaimed concert ‘The Black and White Night’.

Book now and you can say "I was there!" for the 20th anniversary of The Ladyboys of Bangkok Wonder Women Tour 2018!

Tues 5 June 7.30pm TICKETS 24

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The show also pays homage to the time Roy spent with the Traveling Wilburys. Add to the mix star guests celebrating the music from legends Roy actually toured and performed with, backed by our fabulous musicians and singers and you have yourselves an incredible fusion of 60s solid gold classics and 80s contemporary musical genius.

Fri 24 August 7.30pm TICKETS

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SUMMER SEASON Our spectacular summer show - Live at the Regis will return in August 2018. Expect the usual mix of show stopping dance routines, a fantastic live band and star turns. Watch this space!

BRINGING ON BACK THE SIXTIES The hottest ticket in town has just arrived. This fast moving show starring New Amen Corner is a must for lovers of 60s music, with its stunning multimedia presentation and special guest appearances from 60s icon Mike d’Abo and multi award winning Nancy Ann Lee ‘Little Miss Sixties’. Join us for a fantastic evening with New Amen Corner (Europe’s leading 60s revivalists) and their special guests, as they perform 2 hours of million selling hits from the most prolific decade in musical history. BOOK EARLY TO GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT!

Fri 14 September 7.30pm TICKETS

£19.50

GARY WILMOT WORLD PREMIERE In early October 2018, the Theatre is delighted to be welcoming West End star Gary Wilmot and the World Premiere of his new play Sweet Lorraine. Gary has recently been seen at the London Palladium, first in a smash hit run as Badger in The Wind in the Willows and as Sarah the Cook in the enchanting and star studded production of Dick Whittington.

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COMMUNITY & WORKSHOPS

WEEKLY GROUPS & CLASSES BALLET TOTS Mondays & Fridays, 10.10am & 10.45am For children walking to 4 years old. Dance, Musicality and Imagination. www.littletotsworkshop.co.uk

PILATES Mondays, 10am Contact elizabethholmes@live.com

MS SOCIETY FITNESS CLASS Tuesdays, 10.15am FREE TROMBONE CLASSES Wednesdays, 5pm Free lessons for youngsters. Come and learn a new skill. Instruments provided Contact roger60minutes@gmail.com

BALLET FUSION Thursdays, 9.15am This is a unique holistic adult ballet group fitness class. Ballet Fusion fuses the principles from classical ballet technique with Pilates and dance. Contact elizabethholmes@live.com

MUSICAL TOTS Fridays, 11.20am For children walking to 4 years old. Movement, Singing and Imaginative role play. www.littletotsworkshop.co.uk

REGIS DANCE ADULT BALLET Fridays, 5.30pm Classes are suitable for improvers to intermediate level dancers and are ideal for those looking for a more technical and expressive challenge. Contact mazziemusic@hotmail.com

RnB DANCE COMPANY Mondays, 5pm RnB Dance Company offers classes for all ages and capabilities. Contact Rachael on 01243 829188.

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BROS MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS Mondays & Wednesdays, 7.30pm Local Musical Theatre group which produces two major musicals a year. Contact the company at brosmusicalproductions@hotmail.co.uk

RAINBOW PRODUCTIONS Tuesdays, 7.30pm Local Musical Theatre group which produces a major musical and concert every year. Contact the company on Facebook. Just search for Rainbow Productions for information.

CHICHESTER CITY BAND Tuesdays, 7.45pm To contact the band for information please email chichestercityband@gmail.com.

DRAMATIS Thursdays, 7pm A new adult drama group running every Thursday evening.

For more information on hiring our spaces please contact us on 01243 867676.


CAFE Situated a few steps away from the seafront, our Café is the perfect location for a freshly ground coffee, light snack or delicious cake. Stay as long as you like, use our free Wi-Fi, read the paper and relax. Whether it’s meeting friends, taking a break or relaxing before seeing a show, our Café is the ideal place.

You'll find all sorts of little gems in our Charity Shop which has now moved to just across the Place St. Maur. We have everything from books, games and toys to clothes and curiosities. We're probably the friendliest charity shop in Bognor Regis, with all proceeds going towards the theatre. Pop in anytime and see what we have to offer. We also welcome donations.

OPENING TIMES: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and during performances

OPENING TIMES: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

GET INVOLVED Become a Volunteer The Regis Centre is run by the charity Arun Arts Ltd. and relies heavily on the help of our dedicated volunteers. Volunteering can be a great way to give back to your community and meet new people but it can also open up a door to opportunities though gaining new skills and experience. Whether you can spare a couple of hours a week or are just available to help once in a while we’d love your support. Get involved with the following areas: • Front of House • Café • Maintenance and more

• Box Office • Charity Shop

If this is something you’re interested in, why not pop in to have a chat, contact us on 01243 867676 or fill out one of our Volunteer Application Forms online at www.regiscentre.co.uk.

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SPONSOR A SEAT If you love what we do at the Regis Centre or want to commemorate someone who did, what better way to show it than by naming a seat in our Alexandra Theatre Auditorium? Seat naming gifts are acknowledged through a smart plaque with your chosen inscription on a seat of your choice, at a cost of £100. As you buy your little piece of the Regis Centre, you are also helping us to remain sustainable into the future.

BECOME A FRIEND At the Regis Centre we strive to bring you a wide range of entertainment. We’re a charity run venue and as such depend upon the great work done by our volunteers and the support of the local community. If you would like to add your support, why not join our Friends scheme?

A seat makes an ideal present for Christmas, a birthday or any meaningful anniversary, or as a memorial for a loved one who spent happy times at the venue.

To sponsor a seat please call us on 01243 861010 or email info@regiscenre.co.uk

It costs just £20 for the year or £30 for a joint membership. Benefits include:

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Discounted tickets. Regular newsletter updating you on upcoming events, Centre news and community activities. Opportunities to attend exclusive Friends’ events. Free bookable backstage tours. 10% discount in our seaside café.

Already a friend? Introduce a new Friend and receive a £5 voucher You can join via our website, in person at the Box Office, or over the phone on 01243 861010.

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VENUE HIRE Situated on the seafront, the Regis Centre offers an ideal venue for performances, meetings, conferences and exhibitions in the heart of Bognor Regis. The building is a 1980s architectural landmark which provides a distinctive and unique venue for any function. Our spaces are highly versatile and can be tailored to your needs. These include our three studio spaces, airy and spacious foyer area, the wonderful 353 seat Alexandra Theatre and the Little Alex - a 60 seat studio theatre situated on the stage of the Alexandra Theatre.

For more information on hiring our spaces please contact us on 01243 867676.

BOOKING INFORMATION In person:

By phone: Book online: By post:

Payments:

Booking fees:

Concessions & Offers:

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Our Box Office opening times are: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm or one hour before the start of each performance. Call us on 01243 861010 www.regiscentre.co.uk Write in with details of your booking, contact details, full payment and a stamped addressed envelope and send to: Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, PO21 1BL We accept cash, cheque, theatre tokens and all major credit and debit cards. Please make cheques payable to Arun Arts Ltd. We charge a 50p per ticket booking fee which is included in the ticket price. We charge ÂŁ1 if you would like your tickets posted. There is also a charge of ÂŁ1 for reprints/exchanges. One discount per ticket applies. Concessions include senior citizens, students, under 16s, registered disabled patrons. Appropriate ID required. Offers cannot be applied to previously purchased orders or in conjunction with any other offers.

BOX OFFICE 01243 861010


ACCESS The Regis Centre welcomes all patrons and has an extensive range of services to ensure you have an enjoyable and comfortable visit. Please mention your requirements at the time of booking and don’t hesitate to ask the Duty Manager if there is anything you need on arrival. Parking:

There are four parking spaces for blue badge holders at the front of the Centre and additional blue badge bays in the public car park next to the Centre.

Hearing Impaired:

There is a hearing loop in our auditorium.

Assistance Dogs:

We welcome assistance dogs in all areas of our building. Please talk to our Box Office staff about any special requirements when booking.

Auditorium:

Row J has 4 permanent wheelchair spaces. Wheelchairs spaces can be booked in person or over the phone at our Box Office. Row J is also suitable for patrons with walking difficulties. Due to our licensing regulations, we are unable to permit the transfer from wheelchairs to theatre seats.

WHERE TO FIND US By Car: Follow the brown signs to the Regis Centre. We are between Belmont Street and the Esplanade, There is a large car park next door. By Bus: Take a bus to Bognor Regis High Street. Walk east towards the main shopping parade (London Road) and turn right through the arcade. We are located at the end of the arcade (5 minutes walk). By Train: Take a train to Bognor Regis station. Leave the station by the main exit through the booking hall. Turn left to the main shopping precinct (London Road). Cross into the arcade. We are located at the end (10 minutes walk).

Details are correct at the time of printing the brochure, however may be subject to change.

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The Regis Centre frequently makes its facilities available for hire to local societies and non-professional companies and does not accept any responsibility for the quality, content or pricing of these events.

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DIARY AT A GLANCE JANUARY Fri 5 Thurs 18 - Sat 20 Mon 22 Fri 26 & Sat 27 Sun 28 Mon 29 & Tues 30

APRIL 60 Minutes of Classical Music The Wedding Singer Michael Portillo - Life: A Game of Two Halves The Sound of Musicals Jacqui Dankworth ‘Jazz Sirens’ Dance House

Tues 3 Fri 6 Sat 7

60 Minutes of Classical Music Gerry and the Pacemakers - Farewell Tour Land of Hope and Glory Frankie’s Guys Don’t Dribble on the Dragon Griff Rhys Jones - Where Was I? Nunsense Cliff...as if!

MAY

Weds 11 - Sat 14 Thurs 19 - Sat 21 Mon 23 & Tues 24 Thurs 26

Supersonic 70s Show 60 Minutes of Classical Music Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Jeeves and Wooster - Perfect Nonsense Little Women Dance House Rich Hall’s Hoedown

FEBRUARY Fri 2 Sun 4 Mon 5 Thurs 8 Sat 10 Sun 18 Thu 22 - Sat 24 Weds 28

MARCH Fri 2 Fri 2 Sat 3 & Sun 4 Sat 10 Thurs 15 & Fri 16 Thu 22 - Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 & Tues 27 Thurs 29

60 Minutes of Classical Music Cinderella Choirfest 2018 New Faces; Stars of the Future On the Town Art of Dance and Fitness Junior Show A Spring Spectacular Concert Dance House Teechers

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Tues 1 Fri 4 Sat 5 Thurs 10 - Fri 11 Sat 12 Sun 13 Tues 15 Thurs 17 Tues 22 - Sat 26 Mon 28 & Tues 29 Thurs 31

Dance House 60 Minutes of Classical Music Arabesque School of Performing Arts Merrily We Roll Along The Barron Knights Littlehampton Concert Band Seriously Dead The Big Band with Five Star Swing Sister Act Les Musicals Doctor Dolittle

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