Worcester Theatres Brochure September - December

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SEASON BROCHURE

SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2022

SWAN T H E AT R E HUNTINGDON H A L L VESTA TILLEY S T U D I O

THE HOME OF THE ARTS IN WORCESTER!

worcestertheatres.co.uk Box Office 01905 611 427


Welcome Welcome to the Worcester Theatres 2022 autumn season! This season encompasses a wide range of diverse, high-quality productions, workshops and events, a full and lively selection of comedy, music, dance, talks and theatre along with two brand new mini festivals, allowing us to continue to expand our vital work with our local schools and our wider community. We are also thrilled to be adding live broadcasts direct from the Royal Opera House to our programme, offering you the highest quality Ballet and Opera right on your doorstep at the Swan Theatre.

The get involved pages offer lots of ways to get creative this autumn including the fantastic SYT and Young Rep which are our biggest success stories of 2022 continuing to go from strength to strength, as well as a host of WT Workroom events for professional development.

The Worcester Rep is producing two shows this season, one is our ever-popular family friendly Pantomime, which this year is Cinderella, the most iconic and magical pantomime of them all. Already promising to be another sensational hit, we are always thrilled to welcome so many of our loyal patrons back year after year and we hope this year will be no exception!

From all of us at Worcester Theatres thank you for holding our brochure in your hand and supporting us, your support is truly valued and we hope that you find yourself booking shows or events for you, your family and friends to join us at over the coming months.

We are also delighted to be launching The People’s Rep this autumn which will offer you the opportunity to work alongside our professional Worcester Rep actors, in powerful stage productions specially chosen to bring communities together. The first production will be Antigone by Hollie McNish in October, a dramatic and modern retelling of the classic Greek tragedy, joined by our Young Rep this is a production not to be missed.

Warmest wishes, Sarah-Jane Morgan (Chief Executive and Artistic Director) and all the team at Worcester Theatres.

Thank you to all our supporters: Arts Council England Theatres Trust Worcester City Council Worcestershire County Council Bransford Trust Friends of the Swan Theatre Jan Vale The Kildare Trust Worcestershire Community Foundation Albert and Elizabeth Clark Charitable Trust The Arnold Clark Community Foundation

The Roger and Douglas Turner Trust The Eleanor Shaw Trust University of Worcester Rowlands Trust Tesco Community Grants The Foyle Foundation The George Neild Trust Corporate Sponsors Kings School The Friday Beer Co

Thank you to everyone that continues to support Worcester Theatres.

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How To Book Tickets

JOIN TO SAVE! PATRONS’

BY TELEPHONE: On 01905 611427. Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 11am to 2.30pm.

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IN PERSON Our Box Office is situated at Huntingdon Hall in Crowngate Shopping Centre and is open 10am-3pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 11am to 2.30pm. There is a Box Office at the Swan Theatre but please note, this is only open 45 minutes before an event.

£50

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ONLINE Tickets for most shows can be purchased online. Tickets purchased online can either be posted out or collected from the Box Office. Please note that there will be an additional charge for postage (if selected), and a £3.50 booking fee per transaction when booking online and by phone. No booking fee in person. Customers can present the digital copy of their ticket on their phone upon arrival.

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BOOKING FEE Please note that for all transactions for tickets over £5, other than those in person, a £3.50 booking fee will be charged.

£200

per year

ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES At Worcester Theatres we do our best to make our venues accessible for all. Please advise the Box Office or Front of House staff if you require any assistance and we will do all we can to help.

AMBASSADORS CLUB

There are a limited number of wheelchair spaces available at both Huntingdon Hall and the Swan Theatre and should you need the service of a carer, their ticket is complimentary. The auditoriums at both venues are fully accessible for wheelchairs. The bar and toilets at Huntingdon Hall are accessible by lift. The bar and toilets at the Swan Theatre are all on the same level.

£500

per year

If you have any queries about accessibility to our venues please enquire at the Box Office or email boxofficemanager@worcestertheatres.co.uk

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN-UP:

POST Write to Worcester Theatres Box Office, Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester WR1 3LD.

WORCESTERTHEATRES.CO.UK

Or call our Box Office on 01905 611 427 to request a postal form.

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SEATING PLANS Head to our website to see full seating plans for our venues, so you can plan ahead and know where you want to sit! Also, why not check out our more comfortable wider seats that are available at the Swan Theatre.

All events with this symbol are organised by external hirers. Gift vouchers and ticket promotions cannot be used against hirer events.

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Join our

Youth Theatre

For more information, contact outreach@worcestertheatres.co.uk

NEW CLASSES COMING SOON!

Swan Youth Theatre Swan Theatre

The Swan Youth Theatre legacy was established in 1965. We have seen a large number of former students over the years go on to work in professional theatre, film, television, and radio but more importantly, the Youth Theatre has offered children ages 5-18 the opportunity to make friends, develop new skills and grow in confidence... and now it’s your turn! JUNIOR GROUPS - School Years 1-4 Mondays & Wednesdays 4.30pm - 5.30pm £52.50 per term

Saturday Relaxed Drama Club Swan Theatre

Our Saturday Relaxed Drama Sessions invite those who might enjoy more support to learn theatre skills and build confidence. Come and take part in lots of fun and games in a calm space with experienced theatre practitioners.

INTERMEDIATE GROUPS - School Years 5-8 Mondays & Wednesdays 5.45pm - 7.15pm £62.50 per term SENIOR GROUPS - School Years 9-13 Mondays & Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm £72.50 per term

JUNIOR GROUPS - Ages 4-7 (KS1) Saturdays 9.45am - 10.45am £50 per term

We’ve Brought Our Youth Theatre to Pershore Number 8!

INTERMEDIATE GROUPS - Ages 7- 11 (KS2) Saturdays 11am - 12pm £50 per term

On Mondays with Junior, Intermediate and Senior groups. JUNIOR GROUPS - School Years 1-4 Mondays 4.30pm - 5.30pm £52.50 per term

SENIOR GROUPS - Ages 12-15 (KS3) Saturdays 9.45am - 10.45am £50 per term

INTERMEDIATE GROUPS - School Years 5-8 Mondays 5.45pm - 7.15pm £62.50 per term

Worcester Theatres is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture. Find out more about Artsmark at www.artsmark.org.uk To find out how Worcester Theatres can support your Artsmark journey, contact outreach@worcestertheatres.co.uk

SENIOR GROUPS - School Years 9-13 Mondays 7.30pm - 9.30pm £72.50 per term All Youth Theatre pricing is for an 11 week-term.

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Get Involved

Culture Café

Swan Theatre First Thursday of the month 1pm – 3pm | Free to attend Worcester Theatres invites you to enjoy a slice of cake and a hot drink or two - accompanied by some great music, poetry or comedy from a different local artist each month! Both hot and cold beverages are available, and our friendly staff will be there to welcome you and answer any questions you have.

For more information, contact outreach@worcestertheatres.co.uk

Let’s Knit & Craft!

Swan Theatre Every Friday 10am - 1pm | Free to attend After our Let’s Knit! sessions became so popular we wanted to invite even more crafty people in... Introducing our weekly Let’s Knit & Craft sessions! Whether you knit, sew, felt, collage, draw or scrapbook, the more the merrier! So bring your supplies to the foyer, have a nice cup of tea, a good old natter and with cake and biscuits available. Arts and crafts have never been so good!

Gifting Made Easy Let them choose!

A Worcester Theatres gift voucher is the perfect gift if you’re undecided on what to get your loved one! They will be able to choose their own theatre experience from our fantastic programme of events.

Make your mark!

You can have a personalised Brick at Huntingdon Hall or sponsor a seat at the Swan Theatre for £100, this would be a fabulous gift for any local theatre-lover! More information: worcestertheatres.co.uk 5

Worcester Theatres’ Artist Social Swan Theatre Every last Friday of the month 7pm | 18+ | Free to attend

Inviting all local creatives to our Artist Socials where we can talk about our work, inspire each other, network and have a great time! Come along for a fun and relaxed night out with games and cocktails and a chance to meet a great group of people! These socials are for anyone who creates, has created or wants to get into creating!


Learn new skills

WORKROOM

Becoming A Character

Hip Hop Dance

Led by Worcester Theatres Creative Producer & Young Rep Artistic Director Owen Harper, this workshop will explore character embodiment and how to both mentally and physically build a character for you to become. Our Becoming A Character workshop is for all levels of experience; whether you’re thinking about taking up performance as a hobby or you’re a seasoned pro; this workshop is for you!

Led by Daryl Curtis from Oddstepperz Dance, in these workshops you will learn a selection of dance styles and moves; specifically contemporary and Hip Hop! It will be a fun and relaxed environment where you can gain confidence in your skills and master something new. Whether you’re new to dance or a regular on the floor, these workshops will be a great experience for all.

Swan Theatre Tue 11 October 5pm Under 16s - £30 | 7pm Over 16s - £35

Swan Theatre Sat 24 September – 2pm | £10 | 16+

Music In Theatre

Savvy Creatives

Don’t make a song and dance about it… Or maybe, do exactly that. Music can help accentuate a moment, emphasise a theme, accompany a character and elevate a piece of performance tenfold. This interactive workshop will explore a multitude of ways to combine theatre and music, examine both live and recorded music in performance and by the end you will have created something to share. Led by the current Ledbury and Hereford Poetry Slam champion Aaron Corbett.

Are you a theatre maker or creative who wants to turn their passion for the arts and theatre into a business? In this session led by Worcester Theatres’ Associate company, Crave Arts, you will learn the key building blocks to starting a creative company, how to develop your creative business through accessing funding and practical steps to finding work as a creative. Come prepared to share your creative ideas in a supportive environment. This session will be delivered by Steve and Debbie of Crave Arts, a Worcestershire arts and heritage company.

Swan Theatre Sat 19 November – 2pm | £10 | 16+

Swan Theatre Tue 1 November – 6pm | £10 | 16+

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For more information, contact outreach@worcestertheatres.co.uk


SWAN THEATRE

SWAN THEATRE

Thu 1 September – 7.30pm | £21

Sat 3 September – 7.30pm | £20.50

The Quo Experience

Tasha Leaper as Madonna

With an impressive line-up of experienced musicians and passionate Quo fans, along with a full stage show that includes the legendary Status Quo wall of white Marshalls and replica guitars, The Quo Experience is fully armed as the UK’s Number One Status Quo Tribute Show! Down Down, Living On An Island, In The Army Now, Burning Bridges… just a few of the many hits from Status Quo’s incredible music history.

Tasha Leaper is back with her incredible band and professional dancers. Bringing you another evening of amazing entertainment, pure enjoyment and a chance to reminisce and relive some of the best decades of pop music. Tasha takes you back through the years performing Madonna’s greatest hits, she has the looks, the voice AND the moves to make for a truly authentic experience. Bring your dancing shoes, you will literally be dancing in your seats!

SWAN THEATRE

SWAN THEATRE

Fri 2 September – 7.30pm | £26

Sun 4 September – 7.30pm | £27

Cloudbusting - Kate Bush tribute

The Roy Orbison Story

Cloudbusting can’t wait to share their love for the music of Kate Bush as they bring their brand-new Love & Anger Tour live to the stage! This breathtaking show will take you on an incredible journey through the themes of love and anger via Kate’s extraordinary repertoire, as well as performing all the hits you would expect to hear - Wuthering Heights, Hounds Of Love, Babooshka and of course the world-wide No.1 hit single that has taken every music chart and streaming site by storm since its first release back in 1985, Running Up That Hill!

Barry Steele and a fabulous cast of musicians and singers will take you on the continuing musical journey in The 85th Anniversary Tour from The Black and White Night right through to The Travelling Wilburys and beyond – with so much more in between. They promise they’ll have you dancing in the aisles, in an evening packed with Rock and Soul and big screen projections!

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HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Thu 8 September – 7.30pm | £21.50

Fri 9 September – 7.30pm | £22.50

Curved Air

Beach Boyz Tribute Band

Curved Air synthesises an eclectic blend of musical styles into an instantly identifiable sound. Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion and tremendous musicianship. Curved Air founder member vocalist Sonja Kristina leads a skilled and talented new line-up to concerts and festivals where they continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans worldwide.

Join us on a journey in time and space, back to the 1960s, across to the sunny shores of the Golden State of California where the surf sound was conceived. This show is exhilarating, filling the auditorium with glorious, rich vocal harmony, the Beach Boyz Tribute Band continue to amaze, astound and defy belief in their recreation of America’s biggest and longest selling pop rock band, The Beach Boys.

SWAN THEATRE

SWAN THEATRE

Thu 8 September – 7.30pm | £21.50

Fri 9 September – 7.30pm | £19.50

Jukebox & Bobbie Sox

And Finally, Phil Collins

For over 40 years, Phil Collins has written a diverse range of songs that have defined generations. And Finally…Phil Collins are credited as being the UK’s Top Phil Collins Tribute, fronted by singer Chris O’Connell who brings to the stage the charisma and characteristics of the man who fronted Genesis and has sold 150 million albums in his solo career. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the illustrious career of the one and only Phil Collins.

Join us on a musical journey throughout the most influential decades in the history of popular music: a singing and dancing musical extravaganza designed to bring on back the good times. The special songs that trigger a million memories are lovingly recreated by fabulous singers and backing vocalists, high energy dancers will be twistin’ and jivin’ the night away, and all in front of a rocking four-piece band.

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HUNTINGDON HALL

VESTA TILLEY STUDIO

Sat 10 September – 7.30pm | £17.50 | 18+

Sauce Pots

Fancy five free drinks? Two of the world’s leading alcohol experts return with a hilarious quiz show that gets the rounds in – in more ways than one. With a pen and question sheet in one hand and several world-class drinks in the other, join them on a uniquely absurd, fact-filled journey through time. You will learn and laugh a lot as the answers to life’s most important and unusual questions appear at the bottom of your glass. And did we mention the five free discerning drinks?!

Taster Pots is back and as always this will be a showcase of new and exciting pieces of work… but this time with a Saucy twist! Bringing new queer performance and ideas to a live audience, adding that Saucy flavour and giving artists the chance to get some audience feedback! Acts for this event will be announced closer to the time so keep your eyes peeled for what Sauce pots is mixing up!!

Thinking Drinkers

Taster Pots @ the Swan presents

Sat 10 September – 7.45pm £8, £6 (under 25s)

SWAN THEATRE

Room on the Broom

Tue 13 - 4.30pm, Wed 14 – 10.30am & 4.30pm, Thu 15 - 10.30am September £15, £13 (child), £10 (schools price) Jump on board the broom with the witch and her cat in Tall Stories’ fun-filled adaptation of Room on the Broom, the best-selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers – a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a frantic frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – it snaps in two... just as the hungry dragon appears!

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SWAN THEATRE

HUNTINGDON HALL

Sat 10 September – 7.30pm | £25

Fri 16 September – 7.30pm | £18.50

UK Pink Floyd Experience

Deborah Bonham & Peter Bullick

Celebrating over 50 years of one of rock’s most influential bands, this highly authentic show recreates the atmosphere of Floyd. Featuring songs from the iconic album The Dark Side Of The Moon and classics including Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Another Brick In The Wall and Comfortably Numb. With outstanding musicianship, superb vocals and amazing production, this spellbinding show is a true celebration of all things Floyd.

Deborah Bonham, the Uk’s finest Blues, rock and soul singer and Peter Bullick the Belfast born passionate and exceptional guitarist are joining forces! This performance will be a live songbook of interpretations of some great soul, blues, rock and gospel songs spanning seven decades. The two have created an incredible new album together called Bonham-Bullick which showcases Deborah’s powerhouse vocals and Peter’s masterful guitar work, one blistering solo after another.

HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Twistin’ The Night Away with Si Cranstoun

Martin Carthy

Thu 15 September – 7.30pm | £17

Sat 17 September – 7.30pm | £24.50

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

This show is a highly charged toe tapping journey, driven by retro dance rhythms and spearheaded by Si Cranstoun‘s dynamic stage presence. See the modern-day superstar dominate the stage as he showcases the well-known songs, Coupe de Ville, Kiss on the Lips, Dynamo, Caught in the Moonlight, Reet Petite and many more. Hit song after hit song make this retro, rocking, soul extravaganza a show you will not want to miss!

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SWAN THEATRE

SWAN THEATRE

Sat 17 September – 7.30pm | £21

Sun 18 September – 7.30pm £26 | 16+

DS:UK, in tribute to Dire Straits, return to present a nostalgic evening of favourites spanning the breadth of the Dire Straits catalogue. Their 2 hour show features all of those favourites that the fans demand to hear, alongside a few Knopfler surprises that you might not necessarily expect. DS:UK are back delighting audiences once again with their passion for the music, world class musicianship and an attention to detail that is unmatched amongst tribute bands.

The Mother of all shows. Whether it’s leaving the house without your Bra, crying in the Supermarket aisles for no reason or secretly thinking you had given birth to E.T, you won’t feel alone when listening to these women portray the “beauty” of bringing new life into the world... or forgetting where they left it. An uplifting, honest heart-warming show that will have you both roaring with laughter and reaching for the tissues.

Money for Nothing Greatest Hits Show

Mum’s the Word

FAIRY DUST PARTY VESTA TILLEY STUDIO

HUNTINGDON HALL

Sat 17 September – 2pm £5

A Talk with Tony Buttler

Fairy Dust Party

Building Concorde Tue 20 September – 7.30pm | £9 The Anglo-French Concorde supersonic transport is still one of the world’s most beautiful aircraft. Aviation historian Tony Buttler’s talk will look at the various elements of how this famous airliner was created and produced during the 1960s – design studies, design and environmental problems, background testing, special research aircraft, and prototype testing. A large number of illustrations help tell a fascinating story.

No Outsiders Family Festival invites all 3 -10 year olds and their grown-ups to the Fairy Dust Party. The funky fairies will lead the children on an interactive playful adventure. They will fluidly transform into different characters whilst using a variety of artforms, song, dance, and spoken word to tell a story grounded in nature and well-being before erupting into a disco party.

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HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Wed 21 September – 7.30pm | £25

Thu 22 September – 7.30pm | £17

Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly

Merry Hell

A wonderful evening of acoustic blues, soul and good times, and no doubt a little humour. Maggie Bell - Scotland’s Queen of Soul, founder member of Stone the Crows, with an incredibly successful solo career on both sides of the Atlantic. Dave Kelly London’s slide guitar king, having learned his trade in the backing many bands and a founder member of The Blues Band, still wowing audiences after over 40 years.

Merry Hell is a band founded on the ever-evolving Folk tradition – music made by the people and shared by the people. Though our hearts and souls are tuned to the songs which came before us, we bring you new words and music forged from our own experiences, from the lows and the loves of our lives. Our art is energy and our hope is unity.

SWAN THEATRE

HUNTINGDON HALL

Thu 22 September - 7:30 pm | £21

Fri 23 September – 7.30pm | £26

The Zoots: The Sounds of the 60’s

Albert Lee and Band

Experience THE Sixties show that’s wowing audiences around the world, selling out venues with the spectacular sounds of The Zoots! The Zoots are here to make your whole family bop to the 60s beats that everybody loves – with legendary numbers by The Beatles , The Stones, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Four Seasons, Elvis and dozens more of your favourite artists. Feel the groove that’s thrilling audiences in more than 30 countries!

Undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists the world has ever seen, Double Grammy Award Winner Albert Lee is also an accomplished piano player and has a fine singing voice. His voice is soulful but can equally ‘tear it up’ rock ‘n roll style. Co-writer of Country Boy and writer of many other great songs, and always in great demand by other artistes, he has played on countless sessions worldwide!

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Funtastic Family Activities for all ages

Audio Guide • Kids’ Backpacks Explorer Trails • Paint-Your-Own-Pottery Severn St, Worcester WR1 2ND • 01905 21247 www.museumofroyalworcester.org info@museumofroyalworcester.org

‘Royal Worcester’ and the C51 crown device are registered by and used under kind permission from Portmeirion Group UK Ltd to whom all rights are reserved.’

Registered Charity No. 223753


SWAN THEATRE

SWAN THEATRE

Fri 23 September – 7.30pm | £21

Mrs Crop and Her Hairdressing Shop By Philip Monks

Detroit Magic

Swan Theatre Amateur Company presents

Detroit Magic are 6 professionally qualified musicians, propelling you through the greatest Motown and Northern Soul hits of all time with boundless energy, nifty dance moves and the precision to detail needed to recreate the sound of the world’s most popular record label. The Detroit Magic show really has been designed to give the wow factor and wherever you are, you can guarantee we will bring the Motown Party!

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Sat 24 September – 10.30am & 11.45am £3, £2.75* (groups of 10 or more *per ticket), under 2 free Will Mr. Wig Wig Wiggle, the wig salesman’s visit to Mrs. Crop’s salon change her son Top Knot’s life forever? And will they persuade Harry Hirsute that he really does need a haircut after all? Join us and find out!

VESTA TILLEY STUDIO

SWAN THEATRE

Fri 23 September – 7.45pm £12, £10 (under 25s)

Sun 25 September – 12pm & 3.30pm £18, £16.50 (child), £60 (family ticket)

Milkshake Live

Little Boxes

Milkshake! Monkey is back and can’t wait to put on a spectacular NEW Show for you all, joined by some of his favourite Milkshake! friends plus two Milkshake Presenters creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen! Join Paddington, Daisy & Ollie, Milo, Noddy, Pip and Posy, Blue’s Clues & You! and of course Milkshake! Monkey for an unforgettable family time at Milkshake Monkey’s Musical!

Little Boxes is an inspirational and comedic onewoman-show by Joann Condon (Little Britain). Laugh, cry and celebrate as Joann demystifies the ‘boxes’ she has found herself in: The hopes and dreams of a child, the frustrations of an acting career, the tensions of being a parent, the grief in losing loved ones, the fear of being... herself. ‘Hilarious, moving, sad and uplifting’ ««««« TheSpyInTheStalls.com

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NEW HUNTINGDON HALL

SWAN THEATRE

Thu 29 September – 7.30pm £26, £24 (concession)

Screening of a Live broadcast: Fri 30 September at 7.15pm (BST) £16.50, £15.00 (concession), £10 (under 16s)

From warring tribes to ivory poachers, conservationist and elephant expert, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, takes you on a wild journey, from Kenya to the Congo, Namibia to St Tropez, to share the trials and triumphs of what it takes to save a single species - the African elephant. This tale of unlikely heroes fighting against the odds is one of courage, hope, compassion and humour - that will inspire us all.

‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’ On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officer Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences. With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, ‘Un bel dì, vedremo’ (‘One fine day’) and the ‘Humming Chorus’, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking.

SWAN THEATRE

HUNTINGDON HALL

Thu 29 September – 7.30pm £16, £14 (concession)

Fri 30 September – 7.30pm | £16.50

In the Footsteps of Elephants with Saba Douglas-Hamilton

Madama Butterfly - The Royal Opera

Mitch Benn – It’s About Time

A Perfect Likeness

If it feels like the past is catching up with us and the future isn’t what it used to be, then fear not! Mitch Benn, comedian, songwriter and thinker of deep thoughts, (not to mention “the country’s leading musical satirist” - The Times) is back, clock in one hand and guitar in the other, to help you look at time in a whole new way.

Reclusive writer and photographer Charles Dodgson (also known as “Lewis Carroll”) invites celebrity author Charles Dickens to his Oxford home to pose for a portrait. Dickens is so intrigued by the whimsical Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that he accepts. What ensues is a baring of two creative souls, the one private and fastidious, the other boisterous and irreverent. The result is a hilarious and revealing conversation between two quirky, fascinating, and completely different men.

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“Obedience will always be the easiest option, Izzy - that doesn’t make it right!” - Antigone Worcester Repertory Company presents

WRITTEN BY HOLLIE MCNISH

DIRECTED BY OWEN HARPER

Antigone finds her world turned upside down with her mother, father and brothers now dead. When the tyrannical King of Thebes Kreon, Antigone’s uncle, violates the laws of the gods and refuses to give Antigone’s brother a respectful burial, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

In this vibrant and modern adaption of Sophocles’ tragedy, bestselling poet & writer Hollie McNish skilfully highlights the similarity between modern society and the ancient Greek world. Made in collaboration between the Worcester Rep, Young Rep and the brand new People’s Rep, Worcester Theatres is excited to bring the classic tale of Antigone to life.

SWAN THEATRE

THU 6 – SAT 8 OCTOBER 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm Sat matinee £16, £14 MATINEE, £8 UNDER 25S AGE 16+

Antigone by Hollie McNish © Hollie McNish granted with permission of Lewinsohn Literary Agency Ltd.


THE PEOPLE’S REP As part of Worcester Theatres Outreach and Participation work, we are now launching The People’s REP. A community theatre-focused group whose aim is to bring quality and accessible theatre to the people of Worcester. As part of The People’s REP, you’ll be an important part of the wider Worcester REP a driven team striving towards excellence not only on the stage; but also for the surrounding community. The People’s REP will produce two high-quality productions a year, work alongside professional actors and directors, whilst also receiving periodical theatre upskilling masterclasses, special discounts on our WT Workroom workshops and our Worcester REP productions. This is an exciting opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the creative side of our organisation - come and be a part of The People’s REP! Cost: £150 Annually To enquire, please email outreach@worcestertheatres.co.uk

JOIN OUR YOUNG REP COMPANY!

Are you aged 16-24?

The Young Rep company has had roaring success in the last year, from a near sell out run of The Will To Live in Worcester Fringe 2021, touring their production of Hunt to The Sherman Theatre in Cardiff as part of NT Connections; and once again they graced the stage at the Worcester Fringe 2022 with CTRL DEL. Now we’re looking for new members to join our incredible Young Rep to take part in productions over the coming year, starting with Antigone. The Young Rep is about more than just performance. As a member of the Young Rep, you are taking steps forward in your professional development. You’ll be an important part of the Worcester Rep, working alongside and learning from professionals and helping to create exceptional theatre. Cost: £150 Annually To enquire, please email outreach@worcestertheatres.co.uk


SWAN THEATRE

SWAN THEATRE

Sat 1 October – 7.30pm | £30.50

Sun 2 October – 6pm £16.50, £14 (concession), £12.50 (under 16s)

Talon – 25th Anniversary Tour

The Guardian of the Forest

Talon have risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful theatre touring shows in the UK and the 25th Anniversary Tour will once again feature the Eagles timeless back catalogue. This world class seven-piece band are a phenomenon and have become a brand name in their own right who are not only revered by their peers, respected by the music industry but dearly loved by their massive and expanding fan base.

Chantry Dance’s imaginative new show is inspired by the original folktale of La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast), re-imagined for a 21st century family audience. This engaging new show highlights the importance of preserving natural habitats and asks what is genuine beauty? We learn alongside the Beast that ‘looks’ count for less than the beauty in your heart, and are encouraged not to base our judgements of someone’s worth on their outward appearance.

HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Sat 1 October – 7.30pm | £18.50 | 16+

Thu 6 October – 7.30pm | £21.50

Jenny Eclair: SIXTY! (FFS!)

TJ Higgs – Psychic Medium

TJ is dedicated to teaching others to open up to their innate gifts and abilities, her passion is bringing peace of mind and resolution to those grieving for their departed and allowing those in spirit to demonstrate their continued love and caring. With appearances on the successful Psychic Private Eyes series CBS/ Zone Reality, those attending theatre events come away with a new perspective and often exclaim what presence, light, and love surrounded them during their time with TJ.

Having hit 60 (but still a year younger than Madonna), Jenny Eclair AKA ‘The Face of Vagisan’ confronts a new decade of decrepitude. Now that it takes 20 minutes of scrolling down to find her DOB when she’s filling in forms online, should she celebrate or crawl into a hole? What will her 60’s hold for this 1960’s babe and is it a legal requirement to buy Nordic walking poles?

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HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Fri 7 October – 7.30pm | £18, £16 (concession)

Sat 8 October – 7.30pm | £19

Bowiesque

The Unravelling Wilburys

A highly professional outfit with decades of experience between them, Bowiesque deliver a true David Bowie tribute experience that will never be forgotten. Playing all the hits and choice album cuts with skill and precision, their shows are enjoyed by casual fans and Bowie experts alike. Their genuine love and respect for the music of the ‘Starman’ himself comes over in their authentic and memorable performances. An event not to be missed!

The perfect mix of superb musicianship and tonguein-cheek humour! The Unravelling Wilburys perform the songs of 1980s supergroup The Traveling Wilburys and also dip into the back catalogue of each of its’ legendary members; George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne (ELO). Songs such as End of the Line, Handle with Care, The Devil’s Been Busy, Tweeter and The Monkey Man and many more. A fabulous night out for lovers of great music.

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Vincent Simone Tango Passions

Sun 9 October – 3pm £36.50, £66.50 (meet & greet) Strictly Come Dancing legend, Vincent Simone, returns to the stage in the Autumn of 2022 with his brand-new show... Tango Passions. Also starring Argentine Tango specialist Paula Duarte as his leading lady. Accompanied by world-class Argentine Tango specialists, let the original Italian stallion take you on a journey to Buenos Aires and enjoy his dancing, tales and poetry about the history of the Argentine Tango. A sexy, steamy, passionate night not to be missed!

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Worcester Concert Club present

Ohrwurm

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NEW

Aida - The Royal Opera

Live broadcast: Wed 12 October – 6.45pm (BST) £16.50, £15.00 (concession), £10 (under 16s)

Sun 9 October – 3pm | £20, £5 (students) Presenting: Tabea Debus ~ Recorder, Elizabeth Kenny ~ Lute, Jonathan Rees ~ Viola da Gamba

Ohrwurm explores how tunes and dances wormed their way into music in 17th and 18th century Europe. Programme to include works by Monteverdi, Caccini, Dowland and J.S Bach. Artists will also be holding a Masterclass on the Recorder before the concert. Sun 9 October - 12:30pm | £5, Free under 18s and those with a ticket for the afternoon concert.

Princess Aida has been kidnapped: a valuable prize in a war between Egypt and Ethiopia. Meanwhile, ambitious soldier Radames wrestles with his feelings for her. As they draw closer, each must make an agonizing choice between their loyalty to home, and their love for each other. In this new production, Verdi’s large-scale political drama in a contemporary world, frames its power struggles and toxic jealousies in the apparatus of a modern, totalitarian state.

HUNTINGDON HALL

SWAN THEATRE

My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored

Glenn Moore: Will You Still Need Me,

Will You Still Feed Me, Glenn I’m Sixty Moore

Thu 13 October – 7.30pm £13.50, £9.50 (concession) | 14+

Sun 9 October – 7.30pm | £13.50 | 14+

Edinburgh Comedy Award “Best Show” nominee Glenn Moore is one of the best joke writers of his generation and is back on tour in Autumn 2022. As seen/heard on Mock The Week (BBC2), The Stand-Up Sketch Show (ITV2), The Dave Berry Breakfast Show (Absolute Radio) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4). Expect a “comedy masterclass” (The Times) and a high-energy barrage of the most jokes you’ve ever heard humanely fit into one stand-up show.

When Reece is roughly accosted by the police, his teacher, Gillian, doesn’t intervene. Now he wants her to understand his pain. My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored is an urgent interrogation of racial identity, written by Nana-Kofi Kufuor. Produced by award-winning Red Ladder Theatre Company.

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VESTA TILLEY STUDIO

Insane Festival

Barbara Nice Family Comedy Show

Mon 10 October

Mon 10 October 5pm | 60 mins 3 years + Tickets £6, £20 (Family ticket)

Worcester Theatres is excited to be delivering a brand-new arts and well-being festival for young people on World Mental Health Day. The free programme for schools (Key Stages 3 & 4) will include performance, film and workshops to stimulate and encourage well-being and happiness. Please keep an eye on the website as we update details and to book!

On World Mental Health Day let’s spend some time with our family and friends and have a laugh! Compered by star of Britain’s Got Talent, Barbara Nice, this promises to be a hilarious fun packed hour after-school!

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Wine Tasting EIGHT WINES | CANAPES | CHEESE & BISCUITS

VESTA TILLEY STUDIO St Johns Players present

Perfect Pitch

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SWAN THEATRE

Friends of the Swan hosting

Winters Wine Tasting

Wed 12 – Sat 15 October – 7.45pm £12, £11 (concession), £10 (opening night)

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Fri 14 October – 7.30pm Advance Tickets: £20 On the night: £23

Join us for the outrageously funny and occasionally shocking culture-clash comedy, Perfect Pitch. Prematurely retired headteacher Ron and his wife Yvonne, a somewhat snobbish would-be marathoner, are on their first caravan holiday. Their attempts to relax are interrupted by the sounds of noisy lovemaking when working-class Steph and Grant arrive at the neighbouring pitch…

The Friends of the Swan Theatre are hosting a wine tasting evening in the Swan Theatre bar! Guests are invited for a tasting of eight delicious wines plus canapés, cheese and biscuits – plus an exciting blind tasting. The evening has been organised in conjunction with Bottles Wine Bar and will be led by Joe Gosling, Senior Manager and expert Sommelier at Bottles. Numbers are limited so make sure to get your tickets before they’re gone!

HUNTINGDON HALL

SWAN THEATRE

Thu 13 October – 7.30pm | £23.50

Sat 15 October – 7.30pm | £24

The Pitmen Poets

The King of Swing with Ray Quinn

Join The Pitmen Poets for a night of songs and stories, laced with charming North East humour and humanity. Don’t miss this incredible band featuring Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, Warhorse Songman Bob Fox, Master of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and award-winning songwriter Jez Lowe.

This concert spectacular celebrates the fabulous music and tells the incredible story of the worldfamous Rat Pack. Led by a bona fide star of swing music, Ray Quinn. Ray’s debut album, ‘My Way’, features songs from this golden era of music and entered the UK album chart at number one. Featuring all the greatest hits of Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and many more timeless classics from the stars of swing and rat pack.

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HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Sun 16 October – 7.30pm | £16.50

Thu 20 October – 7.30pm | £16, £25 (for both Comedy Club events, on 20 Oct and 1 Dec) | 18+

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Huntingdon Hall Comedy Club

Huddled round a single vintage microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sound classically timeless, yet their music is unique. Their unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative.

SWAN THEATRE Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society present

Our House

The Huntingdon Hall Comedy Club is back and featuring yet again the best of the best from the UK comedy circuit. Hilarious stand-up from Andrew Bird, Dana Alexander, Eddy Brimson and will be headlined by David Eagle. Join us and have the woes of the week washed away as these professionals do what they do best – make you laugh until it hurts! Please note line up is subject to change.

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Milked

Thu 20 October – 7.45pm | £10

Tue 18 – Sat 22 October - 7.30pm & Sat matinee 2.30pm £18.00, £16.50 (opening night & Sat matinee)

Paul is trying to find a job. Snowy is trying to find himself. But when Snowy stumbles across a poorly looking cow stuck in a local field, he ropes Paul into trying to help the cow, either to improve its lot or to put it out of its misery. What follows is a hilarious procession of failed suffocations, experiments with a saw and a trip to the train tracks, in this funny and moving black comedy about friendship, unemployment and a cow called Sandy.

Based in 1980s Camden Town, Our House tells the story of Joe Casey, who, on the night of his 16th birthday, takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out on their first date. Featuring a collection of Madness hits including House of Fun, Baggy Trousers, Driving in my Car, It Must Be Love and of course Our House, the show is a huge hit!

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The Urban Folk Quartet

Nick Helm – What Have We Become?

Fri 21 October – 7.30pm | £19, £15 (under 21) Urban Folk Quartet are thrilled to be back in Worcester! Having played for the first time ever at Huntingdon Hall it has been a favourite ever since. UFQ’s fiddle tunes and folk songs are far beyond traditional - with influences from funk, rock, jazz, Afrobeat, Indian music and more! They craft a groove-filled set of high energy acoustic music that has taken the folk scene by storm. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see UFQ in The Midlands!

Sat 22 October – 7.30pm | £16.50 | 16+

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HUNTINGDON HALL

Sat 22 October – 7.45pm £8, £6 (under 25)

Sun 23 October – 7.30pm £22.50

Join critically acclaimed and multi award-winning comedian Nick Helm as he embarks on a show so insightful, so honest, so legitimate that it will fix all of society’s problems and lead the way to a new plane of existence. This is the future. The future is now. As seen on Uncle (BBC Three), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Live at the Apollo (BBC Two) and Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment (BBC Three).

Saucy: Spooky Sauce

Dom Joly – Holiday Snaps

Saucy is back for more queer cabaret fun but with a spooky flavour. After an incredible event last year Spooky Sauce is back again to bring you ghoulish and devilish delights with even more Halloween themed queer performance, drag and music. So, get your goth on and join us for another wickedly delicious Saucy event, featuring the best of Worcester’s queer art scene.

Dom Joly is best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV. Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globe-trotter and seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea to the Congo and Syria to Chernobyl, he’s visited some of the most unusual places on the planet. Joly famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and armed with a trusty PowerPoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to provide comedy and a sense of danger.

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SWAN THEATRE

Sun 23 October – 7.30pm | £25

SWAN THEATRE

HUNTINGDON HALL

Tue 25 October – 2pm £19.50, £15.50 (concession), £58.00 (family ticket)

Wed 26 October – 7.30pm £31.50, £46.50 (VIP), £76.50 (meet & greet)

Marti Pellow

A Fright in the Museum

You’ve never seen me like this before. You’ve never been this close. I’m inviting you to spend an intimate evening with me – think of it as coming back to my place for a night of stories and songs. Pellow Talk is a chance to learn all about me, not just as a singer and songwriter with Wet Wet Wet, but as a boy and a man. Enough living has been done for a life to unfold. Enough years have passed for a story to be told.

Danny, Mick and dad Clive have decided they don’t make enough money from their circus - so to make ends meet they get part time jobs at the museum as night watchmen. They quickly realize they are not alone when the museum comes to life at the stroke of midnight and chaos breaks out! Full of hilarious comedy, magic and mayhem , a show not to be missed for the whole family!

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HUNTINGDON HALL

Jerry Sadowitz - Not for Anyone

In association with The Big issue’s 30th Anniversary

Unknown

Fri 28 October – 7.30pm £27.50 | 18+

Tue 25 – Wed 26 October – 7.45pm £12, £5 (unwaged)

Jerry Sadowitz returns with his whacky impressions of Greta Thunberg, Frankie Boyle and deep vein thrombosis. He also promises to do less hate fuelled swearing and focus more on faux liberal pish in order to appeal to the middle class and their disposable income and personalities.

One of The Guardian’s Readers’ favourite plays of 2020

In just two years from 2017 to 2019, more than 800 people died living and sleeping rough on the streets of the UK - a significant number of them have never been identified or named. Unknown is a verbatim play that dramatizes the tragic but true story of one young person’s journey from an abusive childhood to a life on the streets of Bath - one of the most affluent cities in the UK.

SWAN THEATRE

HUNTINGDON HALL

Fri 28 October – 7.30pm £27.50

Sat 29 October – 7.30pm | £21.50

The 80s Show

Petty Criminals - A Tribute to Tom Petty Petty Criminals make every effort to authentically recreate the sound and stage show of a Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers concert, using authentic equipment, similar to that used by The Heartbreakers, including Rickenbacker guitars, Fender valve amplifiers and a Hammond organ. A Petty Criminals show is an unforgettable tribute and musical journey through the life and works of one of the greatest and much-missed rock stars of our time – Tom Petty.

The 80s was all about high energy and innovation, which produced some of the most memorable bands and styles of all time. Every band strived to be different and most hit records are instantly recognisable from the first few seconds. From Adam Ant, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Wham, Elton John to David Bowie plus everything in between! The 80s Show takes you on a journey to the golden days when it was all about FUN!

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SWAN THEATRE

Sat 29 October – 7.30pm £29.50

Sun 30 October – 7pm £14, £12 (concession), £5 (under 18)

ABBA Forever

Father Earth

The unique Abba sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail by this seven-piece band featuring electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and piano, bass, and drums. Two outstanding Abba girls complete the line-up, adding the essential glitz and glamour to a well-polished and gently humorous show.

Part of our Eco Fest the funny yet moving, Father Earth is the true story of one man’s attempt to help save the planet, by converting a derelict church on the Orkney Isles into an eco-friendly recording studio. It’s also a fascinating study of a psychological power struggle between a character comedian - Graham Fellows, and his long-standing creation - John Shuttleworth.

ECO FEST VESTA TILLEY STUDIO

HUNTINGDON HALL

Sun 30 October

Sun 30 October – 7.30pm | £25.50

The Coral – Acoustic

Eco Fest

At Worcester Theatres we care deeply about the environment and we know we can be doing more to have a better impact on the planet. So, we’re going on a journey of learning and understanding and we want you to come with us! Eco Fest will be a series of events, from workshops and film to arts & crafts, designed to help us learn ways to be more sustainable and what we can do to help the planet we love so much. Events to be announced soon!

The Coral are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their eponymous debut album. In this intimate evening, join James Skelly and Nick Power for an evening of conversation, audience questions and acoustic songs. The Coral’s eponymous debut album remains a totemic release. Sonically unique, wilfully leftfield and thrillingly eclectic, combining psychedelia with dub, disco groove with pop and ragtime with Egyptian reggae on a remarkable debut that has proved to be timeless.

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HUNTINGDON HALL

Tue 1 – 4.30pm, Wed 2 – 10.30am & 1pm November £14.50, £13.50 (child), £12 (school price)

Thu 3 November – 7.30pm | £20

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Voodoo Room - A Night Of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream A welcome return to this power trio of astonishingly talented musicians, Voodoo Room celebrate the music of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Cream with a high energy show in the true spirit of these iconic, legendary superstars. No wigs, no gimmicks, Voodoo Room are not a tribute act, just fantastic musicians playing great music. Early booking for this event is highly recommended!

Four timeless stories brought to life in one delightful show. Dive into Eric Carle’s bright and colourful world as his beloved stories are transformed from page to stage using a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets and charming music. Featuring your favourite titles: Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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plus support Anthony Toner

Beauty and the Beast

Barbara Dickson with Nick Holland

Ballet Theatre UK present

Fri 4 November – 7.30pm £17.50, £15.50 (concession), £10 (under 16)

Thu 3 November – 7.30pm £28

Inspired by the original tale, this production tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. Set to a stunning classical score this production will showcase new choreography by Artistic Director, Christopher Moore, as well as feature new sets and costumes created especially for this production - an absolute must see for all dance lovers!

In this special acoustic performance Barbara Dickson and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level. The pair let the words and melodies take ‘centre stage’ as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats, and some of her classic hits.

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Swan Theatre Amateur Company present

Rent-A-Guy

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Milton Jones - Milton Impossible Sat 5 November – 7.30pm £29

Sat 5 November - 10.30am & 11.45am £3, £2.75* (groups of 10 or more *per ticket), under 2 free

One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo. But this is also a love story with the twist, or even a really bad sprain. Just gloriously daft nonsense or is there a deeper meaning? Every man has his price. Sainsburys, where good food costs less.

Can you make friends with a guy that’s been abandoned for causing too much mayhem wherever he goes? Can you help find him something useful to do so that he doesn’t get into any more trouble? And do you know the difference between an onion and a daffodil bulb? Go on a Journey this winter and find out!

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Worcester Musical Theatre Company presents

Don’t Stop Believing

HUNTINGDON HALL

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Toyah – The Anthem Tour Fri 11 November – 7.30pm £26.50

Tue 8 - Sat 12 November – 7.30pm & Sat and Sun matinee 2.30pm | £17.50

Following her 2021 Top 25 charting album Posh Pop and over 80 million worldwide YouTube views for her weekly Sunday Lunch videos with Robert Fripp, national music legend and true icon Toyah is back on tour. Toyah’s career spans 43 years, 30 albums, over 25 feature films, countless TV and theatre roles, TV presenting and two books. Never one to stand still or stop creating, Toyah has inspired generations since the late 1970s to be expressive, individual and colourful.

Multi-award winning theatre group WMTC is back! Known for their glamorous style, dazzling costumes, excellent choreography and singing. This unique show also features the outstanding Harlequin Stage School, talented children from Claines CE and Flyford Flavell Primary Schools. For an uplifting and joyous evening with fabulous music and heart-warming moments please join us at the Swan Theatre!

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Institute of Physics presents

The James Webb Telescope: the ultimate space detective!

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HUNTINGDON HALL

Worcester Concert Club present

Carducci String Quartet

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Sun 13 November – 3pm £20, £5 (students)

SPEAKER: Sophie Allan, National Space Academy

Tue 8 November – 7.30pm | Free (tickets needed)

Matthew Denton & Michelle Fleming ~ Violin, Eoin Schmidt-Martin ~ Viola, Emma Denton ~ Cello Quartet - Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet no. 4 - Shostakovich Quartet in E flat major, Op 127 - Beethoven

The largest telescope ever launched into space has been on a nail-biting 1.5 million km mission. Equipped with ground-breaking instruments, it will explore the structure of our universe and look further ‘back in time’ than ever before. We will explore the science behind the James Webb space telescope, the L2 Lagrangian point, space freezers, cosmic time machines and more.

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Andy Zaltzman: Satirist for Hire

Lucy Cooke – Bitch: The Female of the Species

Fri 18 November – 7.30pm | £16.50 | 16+

Wed 16 November – 7.30pm £24.50, £19.50 (concession)

Andy Zaltzman, chair of The News Quiz (Radio 4), host of the global hit satirical podcast The Bugle, and Test Match Special statistician, returns with his unparalleled interactive stand-up show. Andy invites audience members to submit topics, issues and miscellaneous gripes ahead of the show for him to satirise to order. “Political comedy at its best” Sunday Times

What does it mean to be female? Mother, carer, the weaker sex? Think again. Whether investigating murderous meerkat mothers, same-sex female albatross couples, philandering female monkeys, or the battle of the sexes waged by ducks, Lucy Cooke exposes the sexist bias embedded in evolutionary biology and reveals the emerging truth about female animals.

HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Thu 17 November – 7.30pm | £20

Saturday 19 November – 7.30pm | £17

Tom Stade – The High Road

Mark Morriss

Britpop legends, The Bluetones, formed in 1993 with an impressive run of hit singles including Bluetonic and Slight Return. They scored thirteen Top 40 singles and three Top 10 albums in the UK charts before splitting up in 2011. With The Bluetones taking a hiatus, this is the only opportunity of joining frontman Mark Morriss alongside band mate Adam Devlin as they “Cut Some Rug” together... we expect it to be a very popular night!

Tom has simplified his life; sold his house (and most of his retro possessions) and embarked on his latest round of misadventures. Join him on this no-holdsbarred trip as he tackles all manner of gritty issues; What does LoveHoney have to do with covid? Can Vicks Vapour Rub be used as a lubricant? With impeccable style, and his usual sense of mischief, Tom goes to places that others dare not tread.

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Cinderella

Tue 29 November – Mon 2 January – times below Gold £21 (under 16s £18), Blue £19 (under 16s £16), Red £16, Pink Relaxed performance £10 (carers go free) You shall go to the ball this Christmas! Join Cinderella, her best friend buttons and the ugliest sisters in town in the classic rags to riches fairy tale that enchants all ages! The Worcester Repertory Company proudly presents the most magical pantomime of all, packed full of all your favourite traditional pantomime comedy moments. Join us for this well–loved tale and cheer, boo, hiss, laugh, and sing along to your favourite songs in what promises to be Worcester’s most spectacular family pantomime yet! Family Tickets Any blue performances: 2 adults & 2 children £60 Schools block booking price £10 per ticket, accompanying teachers free

With over 16,000 theatregoers attending our pantomime at Swan Theatre each festive season, it’s never too early to book!

Performances in Pink Relaxed performance £10 (carers go free) Performances in Red £16 *Please note that schools’ performances are not currently on sale to the general public, Performances in Blue £19 but will be at a later date (under 16s £16) Performances in Gold £21 (under 16s £18) PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE NOV 2022 – JAN 2023 Date Tue 29 November Wed 30 November Thu 1 December Fri 2 December Sat 3 December Sun 4 December Mon 5 December Tue 6 December Wed 7 December Thu 8 December Fri 9 December Sat 10 December Sun 11 December Mon 12 December Tue 13 December Wed 14 December Thu 15 December Fri 16 December

Morning 10am 10am 10am 10am

10am 10am 10am 10am 10.30am

10am 10am 10am

Afternoon 1.30pm 1.30pm 1.30pm

Evening

6.30pm (VIP) 2pm 7pm 12pm 4pm (AD) No performances 1.30pm (R) 1.30pm 6.30pm 2pm 7pm 12 noon 4pm (S) No performances 1.30pm 1.30pm 4pm

Date Sat 17 December Sun 18 December Mon 19 December Tue 20 December Wed 21 December Thu 22 December Fri 23 December Sat 24 December Sun 25 December Mon 26 December Tue 27 December Wed 28 December Thu 29 December Fri 30 December Sat 31 December Sun 1 January Mon 2 January

Morning 10.30am

Afternoon Evening 2pm 7pm 12 noon 4pm No performances 1.30pm 6pm 1.30pm 6pm 1.30pm 6pm 1.30pm 6pm 10am 1.30pm 5pm No performances - Merry Christmas! 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm 1.30pm (R) 5pm 1pm 5pm 10.30am 2pm No performances - Happy New Year! 12pm 4pm

7pm

AP = Adult Performance D = Dementia Friendly Performance

S = British Sign Language Interpreted Performance A = Audio Described R = Relaxed Performance

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A talk by Max Keen

Fri 25 November - 7.30pm £22.50

Sir William Marshall

The Stones

Tue 22 November – 7.30pm | £8.50 William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke was an AngloNorman soldier and statesman. He served five English kings: Henry II, his sons the “Young King” Henry, Richard I, and John, and finally John’s son Henry III. His was an incredible long life (74 years!!) of loyal service, chivalry, bravery, courage and raw martial talent. Discover the story of this utterly remarkable medieval soldier and statesman, complete with sword, shield and great helm - minus the horse!

With all the energy and charisma of The Rolling Stones themselves, The Stones pay an accurate and faithful tribute to the sound and look of an authentic Rolling Stones show. Complete with authentic vintage instruments, costume, mannerisms and the ‘lookalikes’, the group perform each single song with the same accuracy, passion, energy and verve of the originals.

HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Thu 24 November - 7.30pm £17.50

Sat 26 November – 7.30pm £21.50

Granny’s Attic

Fleetwood Bac

With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Worcester’s own Granny’s Attic are going from strength to strength. Described by Folk Radio as “one of the most exciting and accomplished English folk acts on the scene right now”, this outstanding trio can hold audiences in the palm of their hand. The group have been heralded for their lively performances and skilled delivery of traditional material, playing with verve, energy and their own inimitable style.

Fleetwood Bac are the world’s first and best Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself, the only Mac tribute to authentically replicate the classic ‘Rumours’ line-up. Performing for one night only, hit-singles such as; Dreams, Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way, You Make Loving Fun, Tusk, Gypsy, Everywhere and many, many more!

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A Talk by Tony Buttler

Fri 2 December – 7.30pm | £15

A Band Called Malice

Worcestershire in Aviation Tue 29 November – 7.30pm | £9

A Band Called Malice - the definitive Tribute to The Jam have quickly taken the tribute sector by storm in their quest to become the number one choice tribute act of the devoted fans of The Jam. These talented musicians are the real deal and guarantee to take you back to When You’re Young with their performances that give the same high energy, angst, aggression, passion and soul of their idols proving the band to be the most authentic Jam tribute about!

Following Tim Barney’s excellent talk on the Malvern Radar Establishment and Defford and Pershore Airfields here in February 2022, aviation historian Tony Buttler follows up with a look at some of the other contributions Worcestershire has made to aviation history. His talk will take in other airfields within the country boundaries, famous individuals of aviation born here, and then a very important industrial facility, before finishing with two little known but wonderful stories from the early days of flying.

HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Thu 1 December – 7.30pm £16, £25 (for both Comedy Club events, on 20 Oct and 1 Dec) | 18+

Sat 3 December – 7.30pm | £20

Huntingdon Hall Comedy Club

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys Xmas Party Rough, tough and always rocking, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys have appeared at more than 6500 performances in 21 countries in their 30 years on the road. Dazzling musicianship, riveting stage performances, more than 50 TV appearances and 75 radio broadcasts have established them as the Kings of Swing. They are more than just the world’s greatest jump, jive and swing band, they’re an institution! Don’t miss this x-mas party extravaganza!

Huntingdon Hall Comedy Club is back again with a special Winter’s prefestive treat in the form of these Christmas Comedy Crackers! This months’ club will feature Gerry K, Marcel Lucont, Lindsey Santoro and the night will be MC’d by one of our all-time favourites Cerys Nelmes! We can’t wait to see you there for a tipple, a tickle and a giggly night of comedy. Please note line up is subject to change

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HUNTINGDON HALL

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St Agnes Fountain

Sun 4 December – 7.30pm | £20

Cara Dillon – Upon A Winters Night

Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, David Hughes, Chris Leslie, Chris While and Julie Matthews have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. With their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did). Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain.

Thu 8 December – 7.30pm | £24.50

Cara Dillon, possessed with one of the most celebrated folk voices to have come out of Ireland, will be touring her annual Christmas show Upon A Winter’s Night. The overwhelming success of previous tours cementing this magical and memorable festive experience as a firm tradition for many years to come. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences, winning awards and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years.

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SWAN THEATRE

NEW

A Christmas Concert by Tenors Unlimited

Wed 7 December – 7.30pm £25.00, £27.50 (priority seating)

The Nutcracker - The Royal Ballet Live broadcast: Thu 8 December at 7.15pm (GMT) £16.50, £15.00 (concession), £10 (under 16s)

Tenors Unlimited’s rich vocal harmonies and sense of humour have endeared them to audiences around the world. They will perform a selection of Christmas favourites including; O Holy Night, Last Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and their No. 1 selling Christmas single Who Is He? alongside classical favourites such as Pearl Fishers and Nessun Dorma. They will be joined by the Sing and Tonic local choir.

Join Clara at a delightful Christmas Eve party that becomes a magical adventure once everyone else is tucked up in bed. Marvel at the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s score, as Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker fight the Mouse King and visit the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince in the glittering Kingdom of Sweets. Peter Wright’s much-loved production, keeps true to the spirit of this festive ballet classic.

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HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Fri 9 December – 7.30pm | £21.50

Laura Snowden

T Rextasy

Worcester Concert Club present

Sun 11 December – 3pm £20, £5 (students)

T Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 25 years, a career that ironically outlives Marc Bolan’s very own T.Rex. The band (headed by the charismatic Danielz) is now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex. Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages - if you want to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you!

Laura Snowden ~ Guitar Programme to include music by the 19th century composer J.K.Mertz, the Paraguayan composer Augustin Barrios, Celtic folk arrangements and compositions by Laura Snowden.

HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Daliso Chaponda - Apocalypse Not Now

The Albion Christmas Band

Wed 14 December – 7.30pm | £26.50

Sat 10 December – 7.30pm £16.50 | 14+

The Albion Christmas Band are the premier seasonal show, and many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Band. Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol, Kellie While, Simon Care and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings MBE, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain. Join them on stage for an evening of traditional English Christmas music, song and celebratory readings.

Finalist of Britain’s Got Talent and star of BBC Radio 4’s Citizen of Nowhere Daliso Chaponda is finally back out of the house and on a stage with a new show of the slickest, sharpest look at life. It’s fair to say that 2020-2021 didn’t go to plan for Daliso… but he performed online daily to millions of viewers, and this is your chance to see what this master of satire has been cooking up!

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HUNTINGDON HALL

Fri 16 December – 7.30pm | £24.50

Thu 22 December – 7.30pm £16.50

Dickens By Candlelight

The Upbeat Beatles

The Upbeat Beatles are second to none powerhouse vocals, precision harmonies and tight musicianship. The guys have an easy, happy rapport with any crowd, giving them a reputation to be envied as the best in the business. The show takes you through the Fab Four’s long and winding road from the early Cavern days through Beatlemania, America, Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road. If you love The Beatles you’ll love this show!

A light-hearted look at Victorian society as seen through the eyes of Charles Dickens and recreated by Barry North, in a spellbinding solo performance full of humour, drama and voices from the past. Barry portrays some of Dickens’ most famous characters – as well as touching on the story of Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and of an author who is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian age.

HUNTINGDON HALL

HUNTINGDON HALL

Holly Jolly Sauce: Xmas Party

John Banner Promotions Present

The Searchers Story

Fri 23 December – 7:30pm £8, £6 (under 25)

Sat 17 December - 7.30pm £19.50

Get ready for the Winter Wonderland of your dreams – the Holly Jolly Sauce: Xmas Party. There’ll be music, dancing and entertainment from the Saucy team. Drag, singing, comedy and queer delights of all types. Wrap your gift box, let your hair down, dress up and come on down to the glorious Huntington Hall for Yuletide fun and frolics. Come party with the Saucy Family in the last Saucy event of 2022!

Spencer James, lead singer and guitarist with The Searchers for over 35 years, has appeared with the iconic sixties band at virtually every prestigious venue in the world - and at Huntingdon Hall, nearly every year since 2008! Now Spencer teams up with the fabulous 60s Explosion band to present The Searchers Story, hosted by the local presenter legend John Banner.

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Independent education for boys and girls aged 2-18

Shaping ambition, character and curiosity

Autumn Open Mornings Senior and Sixth Form Saturday 24th September King’s St Alban’s Prep Saturday 1st October King’s Hawford Prep Saturday 8th October Inspired by a classroom full of good friends, a team of dedicated teachers and a supportive, nurturing environment, individual talents flourish. Our Schools aren’t just made for pupils, they’re the making of them. Register your visit: ksw.org.uk/ShapedByKings

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