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COLOSSEUM SPRING 2012

highlights this season…

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT ANTON & ERIN

comedy JIM DAVIDSON PAUL MERTON RHOD GILBERT music LA TRAVIATA THE OSMONDS THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD family SING-A-LONG-A GREASE THE MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS FIREMAN SAM

and much, much more…


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SEASON HIGHLIGHTS… JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT A sparkling family musical starring Keith Jack FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT A Viennese special of the longest-running live music programme ANTON & ERIN One of Britain’s best-loved and highly-acclaimed dance couples

At the Colosseum we are excited to welcome a New Year, and a new and unmissable season of shows and events. After exceptional demand we’re extending our range of special events including our Hellfire Comedy Club where for an inclusive price you can see some of the finest up-and-coming comedians while enjoying a curry and a Cobra beer. There is also a fabulous 70s-themed Murder Mystery Dinner where retro dressing is strongly recommended and a Burns Night celebration dinner for lovers of the Bard. We’ve also planned a groovy night of fun at our funky 70s Car Wash Night! You can book for all these events on our website watfordcolosseum.co.uk. The Colosseum is proud to welcome Bill Kenwright’s superb production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Keith Jack in the title role. Keith was one of the most popular finalists in the hit BBC series Any Dream Will Do, charming audiences week after week. Don’t wait to buy your ticket! If you’re not already following us on Facebook or Twitter, then please sign up today as this is the quickest way of getting the latest news, reviews, photos and backstage gossip.

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SPRING 2012

COLOSSEUM

EATING & DRINKING

At the Colosseum we understand that it’s not just the performance that goes into making your visit special but also the dining and drinking options available to you in the venue. We are pleased to offer guests a choice of dining options. Our Forum Restaurant offers high-quality, modern cuisine with full table service while our Café-Bar offers a more informal but still delicious Bistro menu. Alongside dining options guests have a choice of five bars, open pre-show allowing you to soak up the atmosphere of our stylish and busy venue. To avoid any rush in the interval, you can pre-order interval drinks at any of our bars including the Café-Bar, the Grand Lobby Bar and the Deco Bar. We also offer guests who have dined in the Forum Restaurant pre-show the option to return to their table to enjoy their pre-ordered interval drinks. For those guests who prefer to stay in their seats during the interval we provide a comprehensive choice of refreshments – brought directly to your seats.

You can reserve a table in the Forum Restaurant at

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BILL KENWRIGHT BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP PRESENTS

LYRICS BY TIM RICE MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

TUE 10 – SAT 14 APRIL Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’, ‘Superb’ and ‘Brilliant’ production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance. Keith Jack, the hugely popular runner-up who finished just behind winner Lee Mead in hit BBC series Any Dream Will Do, takes the title role, having won the hearts of the nation with his sparkling charisma and sensational singing voice. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.

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‘A SUPERB PIECE OF ENTERTAINMENT. I WAS THRILLED’ DAILY MIRROR TUE – THU 7.30PM WED – THU 2.30PM FRI – SAT 5PM & 8PM SAT  2PM TICKETS Tue – Thu 7.30pm £27.00, £25.00, £18.00 Wed, Thu 2.30pm & Fri 5pm £25.50, £23.50, £17.00 Fri 7.30pm & Sat all perfs £29.00, £27.00, £21.00 CONCESSIONS £3.00 off (Tue – Thu & Fri 5pm) UNDER 16s £16.50 (Tue – Thu & Fri 5pm) GROUPS 10+ 10% off GROUPS 20+ 20% off

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Fri 13 January | 8pm Thu 1 March | 8pm

Join us for a great night out at the Hellfire comedy club. You’ll feast on a selection of authentic Indian dishes, plus a Cobra beer or soft drink, while your compere for the evening introduces three of the finest up-and-coming comedians. All for one inclusive price!

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SAT 14 JANUARY

SAT 21 JANUARY

Recapture the sounds and memories of a bygone era as the Nick Ross Orchestra present an unmissable evening of music and song celebrating the classic Big Band Sound of the Glenn Miller era.

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the star and GREASE is the word...

THE SOUNDS OF GLENN MILLER

Featuring hits from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw amongst others, the concert would not be complete without reference to the songbooks of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. ‘What a night of hot and thundering big band music we enjoyed...the lights went up... Nick Ross appeared...took up the baton and off they all went into a rip roaring arrangement of Cherokee.’ Dr Swing, BBC Radio Northampton

SING-ALONG-A GREASE

The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they introduce you to your goody bag. You’ll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. Then just sit back and watch Danny and Sandy and the gang, while singing and dancing along to the lyrics as shown on the screen.

JANUARY

CAFÉBAR Join us at the stylish and relaxing Café-Bar, a warm and welcoming space in which to meet friends over a drink or a snack. You can enjoy one of our tasty cakes or sandwiches or try our Bistro style menu which offers light bites such as baked potatoes, toasted paninis or club sandwiches. On show days the Café-Bar serves hot food up to 30 minutes before curtain-up and the bar remains open for you to purchase preshow drinks. You can also pre-order interval drinks.

It couldn’t be easier...or more fun. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential!

OPENING HOURS MON –SAT 10AM – 5PM SUN 11AM – 5PM

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TICKETS £18.00 CONCESSIONS £1.00 off

TICKETS £16.00 GROUPS 1 in 10 go free

On show days food is served up to 30 minutes before curtain-up

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JANUARY

FRI 27 JANUARY

Burns Night Dinner

Join us at the Colosseum to celebrate the life of the bard, Robert Burns, with a wonderful night of food, drink and bagpipes. Your evening will start with a drinks reception before the main event, the entrance of the haggis on a large platter to the sound of a piper. The host will then read the ‘Address to a Haggis’ before a traditional three-course dinner including haggis, neeps and tatties and a shot of Scotch whisky.

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SAT 28 JANUARY

COLOSSUS A Twisted Freestyle Event

TICKETS £35.00 per person Payment in full at time of booking

CIRCUS OF HORRORS The Ventriloquist

For Ceroc, Blues and West Coast Swing dancers, an afternoon of workshops, a Dance With A Stranger competition and two rooms for dancing. The main auditorium will feature up-tempo music until midnight when the music will twist to the utopia format of slower more chilled out tunes until 2am. Your DJs for the night will be: David Rokov, Vince Silva and Garry Turner. utopiadance.co.uk

The show that rocked Britain’s Got Talent is back with a new awe-inspiring jaw-dropping sensation! In roaring twenties Berlin one particular venue was struggling to make ends meet. New blood was needed and it was found when Dr Haze rolled into town with his Vampire Vaudeville show, featuring hair hanging beauties, twisted contortionists, flying aerialists, demon dwarfs, gyrating jugglers, voodoo warriors, pickled people, sword swallowers and its latest and greatest new-found star The Ventriloquist. NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

After the meal you can dance the night away to our resident DJ until midnight. 7PM

SUN 29 JANUARY

12.30PM – 5PM WORKSHOPS 8PM – 2AM EARLY BIRD TICKETS £14.00 before 17 January TICKETS £16.00 Available from utopiadance.co.uk

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Murder is The Name of the Game!

The year is 1978 and FABBA has just become ‘The Coolest Band of the Year!’ It looks like FABBA are back in business but their agent, Billy Bragger, wants more than just Money, Money, Money. Is the band willing to pay or will they ignore his S.O.S? One thing is certain, murder is The Name of the Game! So dust off your flares, hot pants and platform shoes and join us for this musical murder mystery, playing detective in the most sensational case of the decade while enjoying a sumptuous three-course meal. Dinner has never been so much fun! 8PM TICKETS £35.00 INCLUDES DRINK ON ARRIVAL, THREE-COURSE MEAL, TEA/COFFEE AND CHOCOLATES


FEBRUARY SUN 5 FEBRUARY

SWARAJ Our Birthright 5.30PM

TICKETS £22.50, £16.50, £12.50

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MAGIC OF MOTOWN 8PM

TICKETS £26.00, £25.00, £22.50 CONCESSIONS £1.00 off

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Taking you through the ages of British India with the lives, struggles and battles of Mangal Pandey, Bhagat Singh and Mahatma Ghandi. This powerful and hard-hitting performance, delivered through music and drama will reveal the truth behind each historical character.

Get ready for the UK’s number one live Motown concert. This smashhit show recreates the sublime harmonies, slick moves, stylish looks and legendary musicianship that were Motown. A super-talented cast perform solid-gold hits from The Supremes, Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The stars of the world’s greatest record label, all together in one great show.

VALENTINE’S DAY

DINNER £30.00 per person

Surprise your partner and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic evening for two in our stylish art deco Forum Restaurant. You’ll start the evening with a glass of bubbly on arrival, and then enjoy a delicious three-course meal, with a glass of wine, combining seasonal flavours and locally-sourced ingredients with the expert touch of a virtuoso chef.

THU 16 FEBRUARY

SALLY MORGAN Psychic Sally on the Road 8PM TICKETS £24.00

sallymorgan.tv Sally Morgan is experimental/investigational. There are no guaranteed or certain results and the show is for the purposes of entertainment.

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Sally Morgan, Britain’s best loved celebrity psychic returns by overwhelming demand. Sally has used her gift over the years to help many people and her reputation has been built from her close relationship with many high profile celebrities. Sally now brings her amazing abilities to the stage with a unique theatrical experience, which is both hugely entertaining and enlightening.


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FRI 17 FEBRUARY

STRICTLY COME HOSPICE

SUN 19 FEBRUARY

LA TRAVIATA Featuring the Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv

THU 23 FEBRUARY

OMID DJALILI Tour of Duty

Valentine Special Grand Finale It’s time to get romantic! Join The Peace Hospice for an evening of glitz, glamour and dance as they celebrate the fifth, and final, Strictly Come Hospice in this Valentine Special. Rock Choir, Moonglow, Rock Challenge and other local dance schools, plus professionals, will be joining our previous and new Strictly couples battling it out in front of a guest judging panel Support The Peace Hospice at this vital time and watch as only one couple is crowned Strictly Come Hospice Champions!

A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame Aux Camelias. Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate consumptive Violetta. There are many echoes of Verdi’s own life in La Traviata and he threw himself into the music. The highlights include the Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta’s haunting aria Addio Del Passato. This magnificent production boasts sumptuous sets and costumes. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Multi-award winning stand-up television and movie star, Omid Djalili is back on tour with his brand new comedy show. A firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival with his legendary performances, Omid’s standup awards include; ‘Time Out Award’ – for Best Stand-Up. ‘Right now, the Iranian Djalili is probably one of the most subversive, let alone funniest, comedians around’ The Guardian ‘To carve yourself out a career as the thinking person’s Iranian comedian in this political climate takes a fine brain and a masterful way with the audience. There is no question that Omid Djalili possesses both’ Sunday Times

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8PM

TICKETS £20.00 CONCESSIONS £15.00

TICKETS £35.00, £31.00, £24.00 CONCESSIONS £3.50 off UNDER 16s £17.50 GROUPS 10+ 10% off GROUPS 20+ 20% off

TICKETS £20.00 A £2.50 booking fee applies

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FEBRUARY

FRI 24 FEBRUARY

BUDDY HOLLY A Legend Reborn

SAT 25 FEBRUARY

THE HIGH SHERIFF OF HERTFORDSHIRE’S CHARITY CONCERT The Band Of The Grenadier Guards

Fresh from a smash-hit performance in London’s O2, Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn is coming to the Colosseum. Joining the UK’s number one Buddy Holly, Marc Robinson, is star of West End Buddy, John-Simon Rawlings as the Big Bopper, plus ‘special guests’ The Everly Brothers and Connie Francis. Backed by a band reminiscent of the Crickets in their Fifties heyday, the show is an authentic slice of rock ’n’ roll nostalgia that ensures Buddy’s incredible legacy of unforgettable hit songs such as Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day and Oh Boy, live on.

A rousing benefit evening of entertainment awaits. The Band of the Grenadier Guards is one of the world’s premier military bands, from one of the finest British regiments, with a long and distinguished history dating back over 300 years. The concert will raise funds for two great causes, The High Sheriff’s Fund for the voluntary organisations of Hertfordshire and The Colonel’s Fund of The Grenadier Guards. Don’t miss your chance to show appreciation to the many unsung military heroes in Hertfordshire.

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TICKETS £26.00, £25.00, £22.50 CONCESSIONS £2.00 off

TICKETS VIP £35.00 (including The High Sheriff’s Reception in interval) TICKETS £20.00

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The Perfect Gift All Year Round Looking for the perfect birthday or anniversary gift? Maybe you just want to say a special thank you to a friend or a loved one, or reward your staff? HQ Theatre Gift Vouchers are the ideal gift, opening a door to the exciting world of live entertainment. You can also use Gift Vouchers to pay for pre-show dining in our elegant Forum Restaurant. Vouchers are available in any denomination from £5.00 and can be used at any of the nine HQ Theatres. They are valid for one year.


MARCH

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CAR WASH NIGHT 8PM TICKETS £5.00 in advance, £7.00 on the door

Love Car Wash? So do we! Come along to the Colosseum for a funky, flamboyant and fun night groovin’ to the sounds of 70s disco hits and club favourites. Our amazing DJ and fabulous five-piece band are sure to get you into the party mood with one classic floor-filler after another…! Over 25s only

SAT 3 MARCH

THE SOLID SILVER 60S SHOW 8PM TICKETS £26.50, £24.50

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PAM AYRES 5PM TICKETS £18.50, TICKET WITH SIGNED BIOGRAPHY £30.00 CONCESSIONS £1.00 off

They say that if you remember the 60s you weren’t there! Fill that gap in your memory with The Solid Silver 60s Show and re-live the decade with original artists singing their greatest hits! Now in its 27th year, the show features the unforgettable talents of Peter Noone, Chris Montez, Brian Hyland with Brian Poole, all backed by Vanity Fare. Since her first appearance on the ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks over 35 years ago, Pam has been an audience favourite for her observations of everyday life and is still a regular on TV and radio programmes such as Just A Minute, Ayres On The Air, QI, Countdown, and The Paul O’Grady Show.

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THE MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS 7.30PM TICKETS £28.50, £25.50, £20.50 CONCESSIONS £3.00 off UNDER 16s £17.50 GROUPS 10+ 10% off GROUPS 20+ 20% off

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The Moscow State Circus brings its latest and most spectacular show to the Colosseum. Inspired by the legend of ‘The 12 Chairs’, the show takes you on an incredible journey in the company of Russia’s greatest and most talented circus artistes who combine contemporary and classical circus in a way never before witnessed.


MARCH

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FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT An Evening in Vienna Johannes Wildner conductor

As the longest-running live music programme, Friday Night is Music Night never fails to delight audiences up and down the country with its zesty blend of popular classics and light entertainment. In this Viennese special we recreate all the glitz and glamour of An Evening in Vienna, with a waltz along the Blue Danube and a polka down the promenade. Taking the baton is the BBC Concert Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor Johannes Wildner. With over ten years at the Vienna Philharmonic under his belt, who better to guide you on an evening through the City of Dreams? Recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 2 7.30PM TICKETS £19.00, £17.00 CONCESSIONS £5.00 off

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SUN 11 MARCH

ANTON AND ERIN Following a sell-out UK tour in 2011 Anton du Beke and Erin Boag bring their sensational new show to the Colosseum. Professional partners for more than 14 years, Anton and Erin are one of Britain’s most widely-recognised, highly-acclaimed and best-loved dance couples. They will be joined by singer Lance Ellington, superb guest dancers and a live orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe playing music from George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Kander & Ebb and Cole Porter. With fabulous numbers, new choreography, old favourites and new surprises, there’s something for everyone.

3PM TICKETS £40.00, £32.50

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TUE 13 MARCH

TEA DANCE

WED 14 MARCH

THE OSMONDS

VERDI’S REQUIEM

For over five decades The Osmond Brothers have been entertaining capacity crowds and 2012 marks the year of their biggest ever UK tour.

Keira Lyness soprano

Up Close and Personal The Final Tour

The Colosseum brings you a glittering dance event suited to beginners and seasoned dancers alike. Get your dancing shoes on and take to the floor for a graceful, elegant and nostalgic afternoon of dancing. The Colosseum’s Tea Dance will evoke memories of a forgotten era and, create memories of a new one. As part of the ticket price afternoon tea will be served including finger sandwiches and fresh scones.

SAT 17 MARCH

They’ll be taking fans on a journey through their many unforgettable hits – from classics such as One Bad Apple, Let Me In and Love Me For A Reason to Crazy Horses and Long Haired Lover From Liverpool – the 1972 number one from Jimmy. ‘We truly want this tour to be a great big thank you to all our fans for their love and support through the years…this final tour will take us all around the UK and allow us to get up close and personal with our fans – we can’t wait!’ Jimmy Osmond.

Watford Philharmonic Society

Alison Kettlewell mezzo-soprano James Edwards tenor James Oldfield baritone Terry Edwards conductor Watford Philharmonic Society performs Verdi’s dramatic and stirring Requiem in a special joint concert with the St Albans Symphony Orchestra and guest singers from the Carlow Choral Society, Ireland. The Requiem is one of the best-known choral works and draws on Verdi’s gifts for tremendous power and emotional intensity. It has been a huge success since it was first performed in 1874.

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TICKETS £12.00

TICKETS £30.50, £28.50

TICKETS £15.00, £13.50 18s & UNDER Up to 2 at £1.00 each when purchased with full price ticket; additional tickets half price

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Thank you for helping us raise over £120,000 to date for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. The generosity of Watford audiences, combined with the fundraising efforts of the Colosseum staff have helped HQ Theatres and Qdos Entertainment raise the money through audience bucket collections as well as a number of fundraising events arranged by HQ Theatre staff – everything from sponsored walks to skydiving!

THANK YOU FOR HELPING

GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL

All nine venues in the HQ Theatres Group, including the Watford Colosseum, will continue to raise funds for the Charity, so when you see a collection bucket or tin around the theatre, please give as generously as you can. On behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and HQ Theatres, thank you for your support.

©2007 Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (©2008 Theatres for Theatres) Registered charity no. 23582

COLOSSEUM

There is no better way to entertain your clients than with an evening of live entertainment.

Entertaining clients?

When you join our Corporate Club we’ll help you make a lasting impression. We’ll arrange first-class hospitality for you and your guests, reserve a table for you in our new foyer bar for interval drinks and best of all we’ll provide a dedicated Corporate Host to make sure you and your guests have a superb, care-free evening.

CORPORATE CLUB

Want to make a lasting impression?

That’s only part of the service we offer so if you’d like to become a Corporate Club member call 0845 0753993


MARCH

BOOK ONLINE watfordcolosseum.co.uk SUN 18 MARCH 12PM – 4PM £18.95

Mothering Sunday Lunch

Treat the most important lady in your life to a sumptuous three-course Mothering Sunday Lunch, prepared using the finest locally-sourced ingredients and served in the elegant and stylish Forum Restaurant. Included with the meal will be a free gift from the Colosseum for Mum. TUE 20 MARCH

JIM DAVIDSON 7.30PM TICKETS £21.00

‘Britain’s greatest living stand-up comedian...takes the audience out of its comfort zone...with his brilliant comedy’ The Independent

FRI 23 MARCH

Exposed in the Light 2012 7.30PM TICKETS £29.50 A £2.50 booking fee applies

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UK HIP HOP DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP 10AM TICKETS £18.00 in advance £25.00 on the door

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A night not to be missed! ADULTS ONLY

Described by The Times as ‘setting the gold standard’, The Australian Pink Floyd show is the biggest and most spectacular Pink Floyd show on the planet! Their jaw-dropping performances will blow your mind.

THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD

‘Very good, probably better than we are’ Nick Mason

The incomparable Jim Davidson live, as dangerous and as uncompromising as ever. A hysterical evening of nearthe-knuckle stand-up comedy featuring one of Britain’s greatest ever comedians.

This family-friendly event showcases dancers from adult, junior and varsity age divisions from all areas of the United Kingdom in a breath-taking face-off to see who will have the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.


MARCH

SUN 25 MARCH

THE BILLY FURY YEARS

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FRI 30 MARCH

SAT 31 MARCH

THE HOLLIES ADORAMUS CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA

50 Years On

The Glory of Easter

Billy Fury had more Decca hits than any other recording artist, equalling The Beatles’ 24 chart hits. Now in this sensational show, Michael King, who portrayed the role of Billy in the Buddy Holly 50th Anniversary Tour, relives The Billy Fury Years with a performance that has been hailed by critics as ‘the best Fury since Fury’. This exciting two-hour show is packed with all Billy Fury’s hits, including I Will and Halfway to Paradise and features stunning video and audio effects which will have you dancing in the aisles and reliving one of the most exciting times in modern popular music.

Pure Hollies – still the tight, clean vocal harmonies, meticulously honed, precisely melded. Recently honoured by the prestigious American Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame – ‘For their impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, The Hollies will bring their talents to the Colosseum, for their 50th Year Celebration of all things Hollies. No support act is needed as they perform their classics – The Air That I Breathe, Bus Stop, Carrie Anne, Just One Look, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother and much more. A very special event – not to be missed.

David Hooke conductor Dr Mark Stibbe compere Adoramus returns once again to the Colosseum with its programme of popular arias, choruses and orchestral classics. Enjoy highlights from great choral masterpieces as well as inspirational gospel numbers and traditional and contemporary Easter hymns. This highly-acclaimed Christian choir and orchestra will take you on a musical journey from Palm Sunday through to Easter Day and treat you to a glorious evening of music especially suited for Easter. Adoramus will be joined by local school choirs and the programme will be compered by renowned author and inspiring public speaker, Dr Mark Stibbe.

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TICKETS £17.00

TICKETS £27.50, £26.50, £24.50

TICKETS £20.00, £15.00, £12.00 UNDER 18s £5.00 when purchased with an adult ticket

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PRIORITY MEMBERSHIP

COLOSSEUM PRIORITY MEMBERSHIP Book Ahead of the Crowds

Don’t miss out on getting tickets to your favourite show or artist! As a subscriber to Colosseum Priority Members Club you can book early for your favourite shows and access the best seats in the house. The most popular shows sell out fast but we’ll give you priority access up to four days in advance of the general on-sale date. When we can’t give you priority access we’ll still contact you to alert you to the on-sale date so you can be first in the queue! We’ll also send you a monthly e-newsletter keeping you up-to-date with all the

news from the Colosseum, plus offers and discounts and competitions. As a Colosseum Priority member you’re also entitled to a 10% discount on pre-show dining in our elegant and stylish Forum Restaurant (excluding drinks). For more information and to sign up as a Colosseum Priority member, visit watfordcolosseum.co.uk or call 0845 075 3993.


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You can save £££’s on selected shows when you visit the Colosseum with a group of 10 or more family, friends or work colleagues. By booking all the seats at the same time you could be eligible for discounted tickets. Our Ticket Office team can advise you of any special rates and discounts, the best available seats and how to make your payment. Contact the Ticket Office on

0845 075 3993

FRI 6 APRIL

SAT 7 APRIL

PAUL MERTON

KAYO MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

Join Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster at the Colosseum and discover the bizarre workings of Paul Merton’s brain, as he muses on the mighty behemoth that is his noggin.

Feel the rush as you witness the non-stop action and excitement of Mixed Martial Arts. Expect an action-packed night full of fresh talent looking to electrify fans with full contact kickboxing, amateur, semi-pro and full professional MMA bouts. The night promises to provide high quality entertainment showcasing new and existing talent where fighters will be taken out by submission and knockout. Sit back, hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

Out of My Head

Famed for his surreal sense of humour and deadpan delivery, Paul Merton is one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. Returning to his stand-up roots for the first time this century, he’ll prove that away from the Have I Got News For You desk, he does have legs. A night of sketches, music, magic, variety and dancing girls (two of them aren’t girls) not to be missed.

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TICKETS £24.00 CONCESSIONS £21.00

TICKETS VIP Table £60.00 Cageside seating £45.00 Tiered seating £35.00 Circle £25.00 All seats unreserved (excluding VIP)

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SUN 22 APRIL

FIREMAN SAM See Fireman Sam and all his friends in a brand-new show, Pontypandy Rocks!

Pontypandy is hosting its first ever music festival and a surprise guest star has been booked to perform. Naughty Norman Price is determined to find out who the secret superstar guest will be...at any cost. This day promises to be one of Fireman Sam’s busiest yet as he’s called on to save the festival. With great new songs, daring new rescues and more adventure than ever before, you won’t want to miss this show!

1.30PM & 4PM TICKETS £15.50 CHILD £13.50 FAMILY TICKET £52.00 (2 adults, 2 children)

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SARAH MILLICAN After selling out all 120 dates on her debut tour, Sarah Millican is back on the road with a new show. Ever wondered how to make a home-made treadmill? The practicalities of an orgy? Or what to do when you don’t like parties but do like party food? Wonder no more. If your glass is half full, she’ll top it up. ‘Watch her transition to national treasure begin here’ Sunday Times Ages 16+ 8PM TICKETS £21.00

A £2.50 booking fee applies

VOLUNTEERS

The Show Must Go On… Come and join our vibrant team of volunteer ushers. As an usher you will assist the Duty Manager in welcoming audience members and ensuring the smooth running of the venue. You’ll receive regular training sessions and we ask that you work a minimum of two performances a month, which will vary from small group workshops to international touring productions. If you are over 18 and interested in joining us then contact geoff@watfordcolosseum.co.uk

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Our full Sunday lunch menu is available to view at

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COLOSSEUM You can now enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch in the beautiful and elegant Forum Restaurant. Available between 12pm – 3pm. Enjoy full table service with a menu that combines high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients along with an extensive and contemporary wine and beer list.

Reserve your table at watfordcolosseum.co.uk or by calling 0845 075 3993


COMING SOON SUN 6 MAY

THE CEROC CHAMPS 2012 10.30AM TICKETS £25.00 (10.30am-2am) £15.00 (evening party 7.30pm-2am)

B MON 7 MAY

WATFORD CELEBRATION

Celebrating the rich diversity of cultures, faiths and talents of Watford 11AM TICKETS Free entry

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SAT 12 MAY

HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES

Starring Beverley Callard 8PM TICKETS £23.50, £22.50, £17.50 GROUPS 10+ 10% off GROUPS 20+ 20% off

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MUGENKYO TAIKO DRUMMERS IN CONCERT 7.30PM TICKETS £20.50, £16.50 CONCESSIONS £2.00 off GROUPS 10+ 10% off GROUPS 20+ 20% off

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The Champs is the ultimate event in the Ceroc calendar. Now in its 14th year, this world-renowned event brings together some of the best modern jive dancers from across the world. With a full day of freestyle and competition, whether you take part, spectate or just socialise, you are guaranteed a fabulous day.

Watford Celebration offers a variety of activities and entertainment free of charge. Discover a wide variety of stalls where ethnic, faith and charitable groups will be informing the public about their work and beliefs, or sample dishes from many nations. To participate contact Greg on 01727 823131.

Join the Hormonal Housewives as they battle against weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, wine, PMS, men, going to the gym, waxing, stretch marks, men, chocolate, upper-lip hair, chocolate, men, chocolate...and all the other joys of being a 21st Century girl! Grab your friends and head down to the Colosseum for a night of fun and frolics with the girls! Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums interweave with layers of percussive soundscapes and delicate bamboo flute in a spellbinding display of precise choreography and sheer athleticism. Through years of rigorous touring as Europe’s leading taiko drum group, Mugenkyo have developed a gritty passionate style that is uniquely their own.


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STEWART FRANCIS Outstanding in his Field 8PM TICKETS £18.50 A £2.50 booking fee applies

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SAT 19 MAY

THE ARMED MAN A Mass for Peace 7.30PM TICKETS £27.50, £20.00, £12.50

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HOOKED ON CLASSICS LIVE Featuring Louis Clark conducting the English Pops Orchestra 7.30PM TICKETS £55.00 VIP, £32.50, £27.50, £22.50

WED 6 JUNE

RHOD GILBERT

The Man with the Flaming Battenburg Tattoo 8PM TICKETS £26.00 A £2.50 booking fee applies

COMING SOON Outstanding in his field of killer one-liners, Stewart Francis, the star of Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and Live At The Apollo, embarks on a brand-new tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show! ‘A brilliant comic brain...this stand-up cracks some of the best one liners I’ve ever heard’. The Guardian The English Philharmonia and Chorus, under the baton of conductor Graham Wili, present The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace by Karl Jenkins, a profoundly moving yet accessible choral piece. The programme also includes The Lark Ascending (Vaughan Williams) with its soaring violin solo, one of the nation’s classical favourites.

With over 13 million records sold worldwide, Louis Clark’s Hooked On Classics is one of the most successful album series of the last 30 years and now it’s back with a new live production. The legendary Louis Clark will be conducting the English Pops Orchestra and recreating the original Hooked On Classics live in concert.

Welsh wonder Rhod Gilbert is on the road with a brand-new show. A regular on Live At The Apollo and his BBC One show Ask Rhod Gilbert, he’s one of the world’s hottest comedians. His rants on life’s minor irritations are legendary, but he’s a more mellow fellow now, so laid-back he even let someone tattoo a Battenberg on him.


COMING SOON FRI 8 JUNE

Prepare yourself for a party as the legendary That’ll Be The Day, returns by popular demand.

Brand New 2012 Show

This hugely entertaining rock ‘n’ roll spectacular features an all new line-up of knock-out hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s, mixed with loads of new zany comedy routines to produce a show with a real feel-good party atmosphere.

THAT’LL BE THE DAY 8PM

TICKETS £23.00, £21.00

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Mary Carewe soprano Michael Dore baritone Terry Edwards conductor

WATFORD PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY

A Celebration of Cole Porter 7.30PM

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TICKETS £15.00, £13.50 18s & UNDER Up to 2 at £1.00 each when purchased with full price ticket; additional tickets half price

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JOAN ARMATRADING 7.30PM TICKETS £28.50

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LEVEL 42

Running in the Family 25 7.30PM TICKETS £27.00

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Watford Philharmonic Society brings A Celebration of Cole Porter to the Colosseum in arrangements of some of the American composer and songwriter’s best-known and loved music and songs. Join us for an evening of sophisticated music. Recognised as one of the world’s leading singer-songwriters, Ivor Novello winner Joan Armatrading, will be touring the UK. You’ll be guaranteed a fantastic mix of magical favourites such as Love and Affection and Drop the Pilot, along with Joan’s new and exciting songs such as This Charming Life.

Level 42 took the 80s by storm with their brand of bass-driven jazz funk that came from the underground soul scene of wedge haircuts, pegged trousers, sharp shoes and soul patrols. Enjoy a show packed with hits include Running in the Family, Lessons in Love and Something About You.


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BOOKING NOW…

FRI 15 – SUN 17 JUNE  TICKETS FROM £13.00


COLOSSEUM

EXHIBITIONS / CONFERENCES BANQUETS / PARTIES A unique setting for an unforgettable event Watford Colosseum is a major hospitality and entertainment venue, conveniently located in the heart of Watford with ample adjacent parking and quick and easy access to national rail and road networks.

Our own on-site technicians can accommodate your every requirement and help ensure that you and your organisation accomplish all your event objectives and more.

The venue offers two flexible and adaptable spaces, the Forum and the main Auditorium with its world-famous acoustics and natural light, which can cater for between 36 to 1400 delegates and are ideally suited for exhibitions, conferences, banquets and parties.

The Colosseum has a dedicated in-house event and hospitality team that are on hand to provide a bespoke service for your event, working with you to ensure your event comes within budget, with menus that include formal meals, buffets, informal dining and which reflect seasonality, sustainability and innovation.

The main Auditorium has a state-of-the-art sound and light system plus facilities for video projection with a 7m x 5.25m motorised screen.

Call 0845 075 3993 or email hospitality@watfordcolosseum.co.uk to discuss your requirements.


ACCESS Watford Colosseum welcomes people with disabilities and has been specially designed to ensure access for all. If you have any questions about access to the venue, then please call our Ticket Office on 0845 075 3993 who will be happy to help. For further information please contact

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WHEELCHAIR ACCESS The Watford Colosseum is fully accessible, with ramped access from street level and level access to the stalls plus a lift to the circle. The main auditorium has space for up to four wheelchair users plus carers. These can be booked by phone on 0845 075 3993 or in person; please note that wheelchair accessible seating will show as reserved on our website so please always contact us directly. DISABLED PARKING Accessible parking is available in both the Town Hall car park and the Avenue car park. GUIDE DOGS If guide dogs are accompanying patrons it is necessary to advise us of your requirements at the time of booking so that staff may be prepared for your visit. Please call the ticket office on 0845 075 3993. HARD-OF-HEARING Watford Colosseum’s auditorium has a wireless infrared (Sennheiser) system. Sennheiser Infrared audio transmission systems are an effective alternative to hard wired systems. Listeners wear an infrared receiver with headphones, headset or stethoset. Receivers can be collected from the cloakroom in the Grand Lobby. There is a £5 refundable deposit for this service.

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Colosseum today! You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. All our events are on the fan page and there are options for you to add your reviews to our shows. We regularly update our Facebook page with show information, backstage gossip and pictures from around the building as well as competitions, last minute ticket offers and breaking news stories. Why not join a growing online community and instantly connect!? Join in the conversation by tweeting us @WfordColosseum Log on to Facebook and tell us about your visit facebook.com/watfordcolosseum


BOOKING INFORMATION

BOOKING INFORMATION Online booking 24-hours a day watfordcolosseum.co.uk Book your tickets at a time that suits you using our 24-hour online booking service. It’s safe, secure and easy to use; choose your own seats using our interactive seating plan. PHONE Call us on 0845 075 3993. Our lines are open Monday–Saturday between 10am–6pm. IN PERSON Watford Colosseum: Monday – Saturday,

10am – 5pm. On show days 10am –  to curtain-up. Ticket Shop at John Lewis, Harlequin Shopping Centre: Monday-Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday 9.30am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 4.30pm. Tickets can be purchased using cash, credit and debit cards. BOOKING FEES All bookings made via our website,

by phone or in person using a credit, debit card or cheque are subject to a £1.50 per ticket booking fee (max of £9.00 per transaction). Some shows have a higher booking fee – please check individual show listings. Cash payments and bookings of 10+ tickets are exempt from booking fees. This does not apply to those shows with a higher booking fee. An additional postal charge of £2.00 per transaction is applicable. GROUP BOOKINGS If you are booking 10+ tickets,

please call our Ticket Office team on 0845 075 3993. We are able to reserve tickets and hold payment for an agreed period. PAYMENT METHODS We accept most major credit

and debit cards. Cash and cheques should be made payable to ‘Colosseum Theatre Watford Ltd’.

CONCESSIONS Where offered, concession ticket

prices apply to those over 60 or under 16, unwaged or full-time students. Disabled users pay the lowest ticket price available. If accompanied by a carer in receipt of a carer’s allowance, the carer’s ticket is free of charge. We offer one free carer ticket per disabled ticket booked and proof of eligibility may be requested at the time of booking or on the evening of the performance.For full information contact the Ticket Office on 0845 075 3993. BABES IN ARMS Children under 18 months of age pay £5.00 on selected performances. For applicable performances please ask the Ticket Office at time of booking. Watford Colosseum retains the right to exclude babes in arms from certain performances. DATA PROTECTION Your contact details will be held so we can contact you in the event of a performance being cancelled and with your permission we will also contact you about our exciting forthcoming programme. If you would prefer not to receive such information please contact the Ticket Office or sales@watfordcolosseum.co.uk.

Every attempt is made to ensure that show information and prices are correct at the time of going to print but may be subject to alteration. Discounts and concessions may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the management. We reserve the right to offer discounts at a later date.

Copies of this brochure are available in large print and other accessible formats. Please contact the Ticket Office.


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Watford Colosseum Rickmansworth Road Watford WD17 3JN BY TRAIN Watford Junction rail station is a 15 minute

walk away. There are direct trains from London Euston. The nearest underground station, on the Watford Metropolitan line, is a 10 minute walk away at Cassiobury Park Avenue. BY CAR Watford Colosseum is easily reached by car and is sign-posted on all local routes into Watford. From the M1 and M25 follow signs for Watford Town Hall. PARKING Parking is available at two locations within

a short walk of the venue. The Gade multi-storey car park, located on Rosslyn Road, WD18 0JX, has 661 spaces, The Avenue car park, located on Hempstead Road, WD17 3HA, has 111 spaces. Both are open 24-hours. BUS Bus routes; W30, 500, 550 and 724. Please check travel times with Arriva on 0871 200 2233.

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