Stand by for the story dreams are made of!
A long, long time ago, a boy by the name of Richard Whittington set off from his westerly home, following his dreams for a new life in the City of London. Little did he know he was to become entwined in a thrilling struggle between London’s virtuous Fairy of the Bells and her villainous sister, Queen of the Rats.
Join Dick in this rip-roaring adventure as he ventures forth to the Pool of London, crews a trading ship to the Caribbean, fights off an almighty sea monster, impresses on the exotic shores of Rio, and makes his fortune before marrying and becoming Lord Mayor of London. Phew!
Featuring delicious sets, costumes, music, dance and comedy, join Dick, and the wonderful characters he encounters, on this breathtaking journey to discover that dreams really can come true!
Starring Rebecca Keatley from CBeebies' Let's Play as Dick Whittington and Jen Pringle from Channel 5's milkshake as Fairy of the Bells!
What Is It About That Night
Wed 29/01/14 to Wed 29/01/14
A backstage musical
By Catherine Ireton
“The best thing about locking up the theatre after dark is glimpsing out into the empty auditorium and simply imagining…”
You are invited to a special performance taking place backstage spaces of Harlow Playhouse. For a small group of people at a time, ‘What is it about that night?’ explores a world full of promise, of ghosts and quiet dramas behind the stage.
This is a secret musical about the smallness of things, of letting go into the dark and walking into the light.
Please note: this is a promenade, site-specific piece and unfortunately it is not disabled accessible. Please contact the theatre for more information.
'A startling discovery, Ireton has the voice of Mama Cass and the poise of Julie London'
Stephen K Amos - The Best Medicine
Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival, Amos is hitting the road with a brand new show and sharing with the UK the show which has been a smash hit success across Australia and New Zealand!
Expect an hour of fun, warmth, big laughs and audience interaction from the master of feel-good comedy.
Herts & Soul Community Choir
Herts and Soul is the go-to choir for those who love to sing … and love to rock the local community too.
Based in Bishop’s Stortford under the inspiring direction of Royal Academy trained Josie Cowley, Herts and Soul is the area’s ever popular 160 strong community choir. The choir will celebrate their 4th birthday with a concert of songs that spans the musical ages and genres, all of which have been featured on stage or the big screen. Expect unique audience interaction together with a lot of passion.
In Support of St. Clare Hospice.
Comedy Club 4 Kids 2014
Comedy club 4 kids returns to the Playhouse with an afternoon of cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires or Highlanders). We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!
‘A highlight for children...giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy with the fun, rowdy feel of a real comedy club.’ The Guardian
‘The perfect way to entertain the whole family.’ Three Weeks
Live at the Playhouse February 2014
Live At The Playhouse returns in February with another line-up of top TV comedians including Pete Firman, star of BBC One’s ‘The Magicians’, Adam Bloom – ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’, Keith Farnan, as seen on ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ and Matthew Osborn, English Comedian Of The Year 2009. MC for the show is Dan Evans.
The Snow Queen
Sat 15/02/14 to Sun 16/02/14
The Snow Queen is a story of friendship and the triumph of love over wickedness
told in a light-hearted, musical adaptation.
This heartwarming classic features the stunning and exquisite designs of
Elizabeth Waghorn and is filled with loveable puppets, audience interaction and
original songs to create an enchanting and exciting production that captures the
spirit and power of this age-old fairytale.
A Magic Mirror is shattered into a billion pieces – The Snow Queen
must retrieve all of the fragments to create a new Ice age and rule
earth for all time. Young friends, Kay and Gelda are propelled from
childhood games into an adventure full of trails and hardships
when the Snow Queen realizes the last remaining fragment of
the mirror is held by Gerda.
“utter delight from start to finish” – Dorset Evening Echo
Celebrating some of the greatest rock songs of all time, Rock Anthems brings together a host of the finest songs ever written by some of the world’s biggest bands.
Classic hits such as Sultans of Swing, Another Brick In The Wall, Bohemian Rhapsody, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Smoke On The Water and Purple Haze guarantee to have you singing along, stomping your feet and reaching for your air guitar.
‘An absolute treat - don't miss it!’ – Magic FM
‘Hit after hit after hit. I loved it’ – Northern Echo
Sally & The Sunflower
Sally and the Sunflower is the delightful story that uses table-top and shadow puppetry to tell the tale of a very small girl, a very tall sunflower and a magical adventure. Puppetry, everyday objects and colourful projections are used in this enchanting and inventive re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk.
A flower shop owner helps a little girl to plant some seeds and as they wait for the seeds to grow she tells the girl the familiar tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. This show is suitable for family audiences and anyone over 3 yrs old.
An Evening with Steve Parrish
An Evening With Steve Parrish
Steve Parrish raced at the highest level of motorcycle racing, becoming British Champion in 1976 and 5th in the 1977 500cc World Championship. Steve then dabbled with sports car racing before moving to truck racing where he won 5 European Truck Racing titles. Steve has been the BBC commentator for Motor GP since 1988, but he is equally famous in the world of motorsport for his pranks, and the real reason for this show.
Joining Steve on stage and leading the proceedings will be Steve’s daughter Frankie, who has lived with her father’s antics and the embarrassment’s that it brings, for example being driven to school on occasions in a hearse. Join Steve as he delivers a fantastically funny evening of true life fun stories.
Let's Hang On
Fri 21/02/14 to Sat 22/02/14
Let’s Hang On has captured the magic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, not only their music, but also the uniqueness of the group and have recreated the mood, feel and sound to produce a wonderful evening of entertainment.
The show returns to the Playhouse to perform what is definitely not a night to be missed!
You Guys Are Dynamite’ Frankie Valli
‘These guys are absolutely brilliant’ Paul O Grady Show
‘An authentic masterpiece’ The BBC
Wrestleforce - Survival Sunday
WrestleForce return to the Playhouse for the second time this season for an evening full of wrestling shenanigans.
Following the aftermath of League of Champions, The WrestleForce Champion has a new task on his hand, but can he prevail? For this Sunday, will not be a day to make an impact, gain revenge or have redemption, but a Sunday to survive when the WrestleForce Championship is up for grabs in a colossal elimination match that could have devastating consequences. Will the champ survive?
Harlow Playhouse is the hire venue and ticket agent for this event.
Derek Acorah 2014
A new tour for 2014 starring one of the most respected Spiritualist Mediums of a generation. Given the very nature of this controversial subject it is of course important to be insightful and accurate as well as to be able to communicate.
Described by The Guardian newspaper as ‘The model of the modern medium’, Derek’s sincere and friendly approach marks him out as someone very special as he continues to bring help and support to so many.
Please note there are no guaranteed results and the show is for the purposes of entertainment only
Arrival UK are one of the most sought after tribute bands in the world today - having performed to sell out audiences in the UK, Europe, the U.S.A, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Bursting on stage with an energy not witnessed in this type of production since the great band themselves toured in the 1970’s, ‘Arrival UK’ maintain a vitality that stuns the crowds and leaves them shouting for more! Featuring outstanding vocals, beautiful harmonies and choreographed dance routines - it all comes together to create a Truly Authentic Abba Experience.
Circus of Horrors - London after Midnight
The Circus of Horrors presents what is undoubtedly its greatest show to date London after Midnight.
The show that stormed into the finals of BRITIANS GOT TALENT is back with an awe-inspiring rock n roller coaster of show that flys like a bat out of hell to celebrate an astounding 18 years of shock n’ roll.
Ever since it’s conception at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival the show has toured the World achieving cult status and dragging circus screaming and shouting into the 21st century and beyond.
Over 16's only
T.Rextasy have been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc Bolan’s very own T.Rex. The band is now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex. They have been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.
Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages - If you would like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you!
Barney - Let's Go Live
Sun 02/03/14 to Sun 02/03/14
It's always nice to share your toys - but in a rush to share their favourites with the audience, Barney's friends BJ, Riff and Baby Bop accidentally break theirs..
As always, Barney finds the silver lining behind the dark cloud - he'll take the little dinos, and the audience, to a marvellous, magical toy factory where the toys can be repaired by the Imagination Machine - a fantastic device powered by children’s imagination!
Join your favourite dinosaur for an afternoon of song, dance and fun…and when it comes to fun, Barney knows that nothing beats imagination...and friends you love!
Ed Byrne: Roaring Forties - Latecomers not admitted
Due to Ed's Filming Schedule the date of this show as been moved from the 18th of february. A self-confessed "miserable old git" since the age of 23, Ed Byrne is now in his Forties. While for others this might result in a crisis that prompts the purchase of a sports car, Ed embraces middle age with open arms. Come join him, as he truly comes of age and gives out his clarion cry: "I am in my Forties. HEAR ME ROAR!"
“Comedy’s holy grail.... Go see!” The Sunday Times
“Byrne is at the top of his game” The Sunday Telegraph
“Jokes come so fast that hecklers don’t have a chance to get a word in edgeways” ✭✭✭✭ The Times
Stretching from London to the mountainous wastes of Transylvania, Bram Stoker’s timeless gothic thriller embodies the struggle to break taboos, resist temptation nad stop the unknown outside becoming the enemy within. Dracula’s shadow looms large over England and a small group of men women, led by Van Helsing struggle to survive.
This brilliant, theatrical treatment of Bram Stoker’s adventure blends Victorian Gothic with the contemporary, drawing on a wide range of forms. Featuring a powerful ensemble performances and innovative design, Blackeyed Theatre’s Dracula promises to be an exciting, thought provoking theatrical experience.
Suitable for 13+
The Drifters - Optimum Tour 2014
Fri 07/03/14 to Sat 08/03/14
The Drifters’ present what promises to be their best tour yet; ‘The Optimum Tour’, featuring the current line up Pierre Herelle, Michael Williams, Ryan King and Carlton Powell. Following on from the success of the 60th Anniversary Diamond Dynasty World Tour, they are proud to bring a fast moving, exhilarating show which optimizes their own historical legacy as well as the events, people and culture of the dynasty.
This amazing show will continue to bring the Drifters brand to fans worldwide. Including songs such as ‘Under The Boardwalk’, ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’, ‘UpOn The Roof’, ‘Kissin In The Back Row’, ‘Come On Over To My Place’ and many more as well as brand new recordings released late 2013.
Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber - A Tale of Two Cellos
Julian Lloyd Webber is one of the finest musicians of his generation. He is in great demand throughout the world enjoying one of he most creative and successful careers in Classical music today. This new concept and show is a perfect example of that.
Together with his wife, fellow cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, they present a brand-new concert featuring world premiere performances of duets for two cellos with piano as well as featuring music from the great composers across the classical spectrum from Monteverdi to Arvo Pärt, Dvoøák, Holst, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, Schumann and many more.
Harlow Playhouse is the hire venue and ticket agent for this event.
Lee Hurst - Things That Make You Go Aaarggh!!!
In his new tour, stand up comic Lee Hurst is travelling throughout Britain to find out what really winds you up.
Mostly people get on with living their lives, but everyone has at least one thing that pushes their button and sends them over the edge. What's yours? Come along for a night of laughter and letting off some steam.
Lee is known throughout the comedy business as someone who can pull laughs out thin air with his razor sharp ability to improvise and ad lib comedy on the spot.
Everyone witnessed this when he first hit our TV screens on 'Have I Got News For You' and 'They Think It's All Over' he is also a regular guest on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff.
Joe McElderry - Set Your Soul Alive Tour
For fans of Joe McElderry and X Factor this is one night not to miss!
Joe rose to fame when he won the sixth series of the ITV show The X Factor in 2009. Joe’s first single “The Climb” reached number one in the UK and Irish singles chart and was soon followed by the release of his debut album titled “Wide Awake”.
Joe returned to our TV screens where he was the triumphant winner of the second series of ITV show Pop Star to Opera Star in 2011, where he had received 80% of the voting throughout the series.
There is only one Joe McElderry, and there is only one night for you to see this incredible singer with his band performing songs from Rock, Pop to Classical.
This is one night not to miss with Joe having sold in excess of 2 million records worldwide and with over 350,000 twitter followers - expect his tickets to go fast!
Judy & Liza
Just over five decades after Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli last performed together at the London Palladium, the two legends return to the stage thanks to this acclaimed production, starring two highly renowned West End Leading Ladies with orchestrations from renowned composer Michael England. Featuring sublime live performances of your favourite hits including “Cabaret”, “Maybe This Time”, “The Trolley Song” and “The Man That Got Away”, this dazzling production takes you on an emotional journey through their glamorous yet often troubled lives. Judy & Liza is an evening of explosive singing and razor sharp wit that will leave you breathless.
“Their performances are spellbinding.” WhatsOnStage.com
Cream of Clapton
Eric Clapton is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries and is regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
Cream of Clapton is a remarkable and utterly authentic tribute to Eric Clapton, covering the songs from his days in Cream and Derek and the Dominoes, as well as his spectacular solo career. “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Wonderful Tonight”, “Cocaine”, and “Layla”, as well as an unplugged acoustic set featuring such favourites as “Tears in Heaven”, are just a few of the many songs faithfully reproduced in this two hour show.
It's Dark Outside
Using puppetry, mask, animation and live performance, this is a grand epic western about death, redemption and dementia.
As the sun sets, an old man and his noble tent go wandering into the wild. He is losing his mind. Swept up in a surreal world, he is on the run. Meanwhile a mysterious tracker has caught the scent and is hell bent on hunting him down. But while he can try and run away from the life he once knew, he can’t hide from everything.
“A rare triumph of theatrical ingenuity and human compassion” -The West Australian
Wed 19/03/14 to Fri 21/03/14
Three cleaning ladies who are about to be “put out to pasture” by their overzealous office manager get the idea of their lives when a chance wrong number requiring A Sex Chat Line rings into the office. “Why not run a Sex Chat Line?” After all, their age and appearance won’t matter on the telephone and providing they can keep this a secret from their boss, they could be onto a winner! Needless to say, things don’t go entirely according to plan.
This is a feel-good comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles and smiling every time you answer the phone! Starring Crissy Rock (Hit TV series Benidorm), Pat Dunn and Jason Jones (both from the hit TV series Hebburn) and comedienne and actress Leah Bell, treat yourself to an evening of pure Theatrical Viagra!
Hip Hop Pop - A Class Showcase 7
Fri 21/03/14 to Sat 22/03/14
Hip Hop Pop bring you their seventh class showcase. This show really is what it says on the tin - a showcase of what the students have been learning in their lessons over the previous 11 weeks. Students of different levels aged 5-30+ will wow you with routines combining a multitude of hip hop and street styles, including popping, locking, waving, popping, krumpin, lyrical, house and more. Come and support Harlow’s funkiest talent!
Harlow Playhouse is the hire venue and ticket agent for this event.
The Johnny Cash Roadshow
The Johnny Cash Roadshow returns to the Playhouse bringing a musical adventure unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of a music legend.
Respected singer/songwriter Clive John, with The Spirit Band, truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show!
The show takes the audience from the 1950’s right up to 2002 and all the stops in between. All the greatest hits are included; Ring of Fire, Walk the Line as well as the Johnny and June duets Jackson, Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man and so many more, all the while accompanied by an amazing video back drop with evocative images and shots from Johnny Cash’s life.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
“Are You Experienced?” are the world’s number one tribute to Jimi Hendrix, the only real legendary rock guitarist the world has ever seen. Could anyone possibly measure up to him?
When you listen to “Are You Experienced?” featuring John Campbell, you very quickly realise that it can be done. The guitar work is note perfect, and at the same time beautifully fluent. The voice is Hendrix, and the persona of the man himself is on the stage, personified by John Campbell, who bears a striking physical resemblance to Jimi.
The Moscow State Circus
Tue 25/03/14 to Wed 26/03/14
The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest & greatest production to date, PARK GORKOGO.
Set in the mystical centre of Moscow's cultural & artistic quarter 'PARK GORKOGO' (Gorky Park) is the perfect back drop for what is undoubtedly the greatest & most famous circus on earth.
Superstar Clowns Splendid Pavlik & Klava invite the audience to this wondrous & mysterious place, a place to romance, a place to stroll & take in Moscow at sunset & a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement, the like of which have never been witnessed in Great Britain before.
As our Loveable Buffoons reminisce about past times in one of the most famous cities on earth they are surrounded by a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling & roller skating performers
Louise Dearman in Concert
Louise Dearman invites you to spend the evening with her on this, her first UK tour. Star of Cats, Evita and Wicked, British Actress Louise Dearman is the first performer in the history of the musical Wicked to have played both the lead female roles of Glinda and Elphaba between 2010 and 2013. With the release of her third brand new album, Louise will be performing some of her favourite musical theatre songs, live with her band, as well as some familiar favourites. A show that is set to leave you spellbound.
Amazing Grace is a catch phrase often applied to Irish Comedian Brendan Grace and indeed very true in many respects. The genial and much loved family comedian is celebrating 41 years in comedy and is now more popular than at any time in his career and what an illustrious career that has been!
Brendan's latest show features some brand new material and some 'Old Favourites' from his vast repertoire over the last 41 years. His sense of timing and ability to read an audience is without equal. A brilliant character actor, his 'Bottler' character is legendary and is now featured at every performance.
Rhubarb Cabaret March 2014
Rhubarb Cabaret returns with another stunning evening’s entertainment.
Rhubarb Cabaret presents some of the best variety artists in the country including contortionists, magicians and illusionists, escapologists, mind readers, burlesque performers and fire performers. Every performance is a delight! - There really is something for everyone.
Whether you are celebrating or simply want to try something new, Rhubarb Cabaret is the perfect night out. The bar will be open throughout the night so what more could you want?
The Searchers 2014
The Searchers remarkable career continues. With such classic hits as, Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room, they have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry. There is no doubt that the decade that gave us The Beatles as well as The Searchers and many others was very special and will go down in history as being the most imaginative period of music creativity and expression.
Their special ‘solo’ concert is a highly entertaining show and has been enthusiastically and warmly received throughout the world. Combined with anecdotes and reminiscences, this fully self-contained concert includes all their famous hits, plus many album recordings, B-sides and a selection of other collector and well known favourites.
HBA - Snow White
Thu 17/04/14 to Sun 20/04/14
Join Snow White in one of the nation’s favourite legendary tales, as she tries to escape her evil sorceress stepmother, the Queen. When the magic mirror proclaims Snow White will be the cause of the Queen’s downfall, she is forced to flee into the dark forest, where she befriends a band of resourceful “rebels” who try to help her gain the throne! This thrilling dance drama, with outstanding choreography by Hayley Burns, is a new and exciting adaptation. The fabulous characters, excellent dancing and beautiful music, guarantee a truly captivating show for the whole family!
The World's Worst Serial Killers
Trevor Marriott, retired murder squad detective reveals the true stories behind some of the world’s worst serial killers. The show not only depicts the killers and their victims, but the errors and bad judgement calls made by law enforcement officers, in allowing some serial killers to continue to be at large and able to kill again before their final capture
Warning – The show contains original crime scene and victim’s photographs many of which are of a graphic and explicit nature, which some people may find disturbing. Persons under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or appropriate adult.
Global Productions: Quartet
Fri 25/04/14 to Sat 26/04/14
Global Productions present a bitter-sweet comedy about life-long friendships and growing old disgracefully.
Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred live in a home for retired musicians. Each year, on the 10th of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday and they are busy preparing to take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their plans. But the show must go on.
We Say Yeah!
‘We Say Yeah’ celebrates the music and hits of Cliff Richard and the Shadows from the late 1950's through to the major hit records of the 1970's and 80's.
From the producer of 'Rockin' on Heaven’s Door’, ‘We Say Yeah’ promises to deliver a night of music nostalgia which will delight all Cliff and the Shadows fans both young and young at heart. With a stunning portrayal of Cliff by Steve Halliday along with The Undercover Shadows providing the sounds and musicianship of The Shadows, this is a night not to be missed.
An Evening with Pasha Kovalev & Katya Virshilas - Stars from Strictly Come Dancing
This spectacular new live theatre show featuring two stars from the hit show Strictly Come Dancing, Pasha Kovalev & Katya Virshilas will feature them along with their 4 guest dancers, all beautifully costumed, demonstrating a series of stunning dance routines, accompanied by a full audio-visual backdrop and light show, the ever enjoyable Q & A section plus an appearance by a local dance school.
The show will also feature the opportunity for the audience to get involved and dance on-stage with the stars resulting in this production being the ultimate one for any ‘Strictly’ fan!
This unmissable brand new production of Tim Whitnall's Olivier Award- winning play, stars the Olivier-nominated Bob Golding as comedy icon, Eric Morecambe. Directed by Paul Hendy, the show is a moving, often hilarious tale about one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers: from humble beginnings in Music Hall to 28 million viewers on Christmas Day, it’s the heart-warming, tear-jerking, laughter-inducing story of the man what brought us the sunshine. What do you think of it so far? Brilliant!
Razed Roof - The Flood
Thu 01/05/14 to Thu 01/05/14
'Flood' by Judith Johnson
On the evening of 31 January 1953, a great storm surge swept down the east coast of England and overcame fragile sea defences, leaving 307 people drowned or dead from the effects of exposure. Inspired by the stories of local people who survived the Big Flood - plus electricity bills, rising sea levels, and polar bears – Razed Roof’s unique style brings a brilliantly fresh perspective to the issue of climate change.
Razed Roof commissioned Judith Johnson to write this script for our inclusive cast, in the treasured memory of Keith Watson (1948 -2013)
Harlow Playhouse is the hire venue and ticket agent for this event.
Stacey Kent - In Concert
Grammy-nominated singer, Stacey Kent, brings her new album, The Changing Lights, to Harlow Playhouse
The Changing Lights places Kent's love for Brazilian music centre-stage, featuring Bossa Nova classics like How Insensitive alongside originals by the songwriting team of Jim Tomlinson and acclaimed novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro.
Stacey’s repertoire and audience have expanded with every album. Her platinum-selling album Breakfast On the Morning Tram was nominated for a Grammy Award. Whilst her follow-up albums ‘Raconte-Moi’ and ‘Dreamer in Concert’ have been released in more than 37 different countries worldwide - making Stacey a truly international artiste.
Stacey’s limited number of UK tour dates will provide a rare opportunity for fans to hear her performing tracks from the new album live in concert.
Buddy Holly's Winter House Party
In February 1959 Buddy Holly began a string of dates across the American Mid-West. The Tour was called The Winter Dance Party Tour, which included Ritchie Valens , Big Bopper Dion Di Mucci and not forgetting the man himself Buddy Holly .
This Winter Dance Party Concert is a celebration of that tour from their earlier songs, 'Blue Days Black Nights' to 'True Love Ways' and 'Heartbeat'
This wall to wall Rock n’ Roll show will see four West End artists pay tribute to four music icons and will also include an interacting video audio.
Forever Jackson 2014
Fans of Michael Jackson, brace yourselves as Forever Jackson (previously named Jackson Live), Europe's number 1 Jackson tribute show, re-ignites the magic of the legendary King of pop at the Playhouse for the 6th time, returning by popular demand and bigger and better than ever!
Robin Parsons’ Jackson pays homage to the late great King Of Pop. Singing 100% live, his voice replicates the distinctive tones of Jackson, his dancing mirrors the legend in every detail and his look, created through a two hour theatrical make up process, is the exact image of MJ.
With support from a live band whose credits include supporting Beyonce, Katy Perry, and The Script to name but a few and backed by an amazing all girl dance crew, HIP HOP POP who are fantastic local talent, this show is simply electrifying!
Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS & Davey Arthur, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc will make their 5th appearance here on Wednesday 7th May 2014.
Renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc, the Fureys & Davey Arthur have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 35 years.
Steve Hewlett - Thinking Inside The Box
Steve Hewlett, fresh from his stunning appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, now embarks on a major theatre tour with his hilarious friends.
From talking hands, to bottles of water, from Arthur Lager to Little ‘Simon Cowell’, Steve and his creations won the hearts of the nation and wowed the judges in the BGT final.
Now Steve and his cast of zany characters, along with international award winning illusionist Richard Griffin, take a brand new, spectacular show on the road to delight and amaze the whole family.
Don’t miss TV’s top comedy ventriloquist.
The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe
Monroe as we’ve never seen her before: alone in her bedroom, in dressing gown and slippers; no glitz, no glamour, no masks. Overdosed on pills, the woman behind the icon unravels her remarkable life and bares all, revealing a biting intelligence, a frustrated talent and an imperfect body. This stark confessional (DiMaggio, Gable, Miller, Hyde, her mother – it’s all here) offers a radical interpretation of this Hollywood legend and leads us, in real time, to the very moment of her death.
Cornish comedy legend Jethro is back, as large as life, and on tour in 2014 with his very own unique brand of irresistible West Country tales for a fun-filled night of adult comedy.
Jethro promises more tear-jerking, farcical stories featuring his old mates Denzil and Slip Along Trevaskis, as well as hilarious tales from his extensive repertoire and his successful career in TV and theatre.
Cornwall’s best-loved comic takes a very alternative look at life – in only the way he can! Don’t miss it.
Roy Orbison & Friends
Using original film footage from the era, Barry Steele and his fabulous piece band recreate the soaring sound of Roy Orbison.
Add to the mix our special star guests paying homage to Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield and Jerry Lee Lewis you have yourself a spectacular fusion of good old “Rock n Roll” and contemporary musical genius all on one stage.
Book yourself a ticket to ride this incredible musical Journey, “It’s not The Big O’ but you simply won’t believe it!
The Barron Knights
The Barron Knights return to the Playhouse to have you rockin’ and laughing as well as rolling.
The band will play their inimitable version of the William tell Overture and their Flamenco party piece Malaguana. They will also have you laughing along as they parody ‘Killer Queen’ with a song about Camilla becoming Queen and the hilarious take on of Windmills Of Your Mind’ about what happens to your body as you get older.
They are the only group to have toured with the Beatles and twice with the Rolling Stones. This is a show not to be missed.
Suggs - My Life Story in Words and Music
In Suggs: My Life Story the Madness frontman takes to the stage in a hilarious, yet moving, one man tour de force playing to rave reviews.
The death of Suggs' beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew. Stunned by what he learns Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970's Soho and his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at the age of eighteen...
Is it a play? Is it stand up comedy? Is it Music Hall? Whatever it is hold on to your seats as Suggs goes on to stumble and plummet through the trap door of failure. Then trampoline
back up to catch the passing trapeze of show business success!
WITH MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT AND UNCALLED FOR INTERJECTION
FROM DEANO HIS LOYAL MANSERVANT-CUM-PIANIST
Gerry Cross The Mersey
Join in this musical journey through the life and times of one of our greatest 60s icons – Gerry Marsden. Gerry & the pacemakers topped the UK and us charts for much of the 60s. Gerry talks about his early beginnings in Liverpool, those heady days of the 60s and up to the present. Hear all Gerry’s greatest hits mixed with stories, jokes and anecdotes from his years at the top. This is a roller coaster ride of fun, music and nostalgia not to be missed.
Bless 'am All
Starring Comedy Entertainer STEVE BARCLAY, by Special Request a return of Britain’s Greatest Virtuoso of the Ukelele ANDY EASTWOOD, and New Singing Star LUCIA MATTESS . With full supporting cast of Singers JAMIE STEEN and MERVYN FRANCIS and the live Music of the MARTYN ST JAMES BAND here is a tribute to our Armed Forces of yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. With all the great songs and Music of the 1940’s, this is Damp eye nostalgia, that leaves everyone with a warm and sentimental glow.
Live at the Playhouse May 2014
Live at the Playhouse returns with another great line-up of top TV comedians.
Sean Hughes – ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’
Dominic Holland – ‘Royal Variety Performance’
Romesh Ranganathan – ‘Live At The Apollo’
Joel Dommett – ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’
MC for the evening - Tom Toal
“a spectacular show... some of the UK's finest television comedians” Herts & Essex Observer
Fighting fit from critically acclaimed sell-out runs in London and Edinburgh, Bitch Boxer is an exhilarating and award-winning new play. Meet Chloe, 21, from Leytonstone. She likes the simple things in life: cherry sambuca, hairbrush-in-the-mirror karaoke and winding her Dad up. Oh, and she’s a boxer.
London, 2012. Women will step into the Olympic boxing ring for the very first time, and it’s in Stratford, down the road. As Chloe trains for the fight of her life, she is left winded by two life-changing events. In a man’s world, can she prove she’s still worth the title?
Produced by Singalonga Productions Ltd in Association with Park Circus
From the Producers of the smash hit Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music. This fully interactive screening of the classic film with on-screen subtitles is “The one that you want”.
The host will lead a vocal warm up judge a fancy dress competition and show you how to use your magic moments fun packs then just sit back and sing-a-long with John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the gang.
It couldn’t be easier... or more fun! Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential.
visit www.singalonga.net for more information
The Ugly Duckling
Sat 24/05/14 to Sat 24/05/14
Out tumbles the biggest, strangest duckling you’ve ever seen. Honk! Honk! Follow the ugly duckling through all the sights and sounds of the Farmyard, as he waddles, swims and flaps his way into the big, wide world. Lost and lonely, will he ever find true friendship?
This brand new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale promises to be a playful, colourful, family friendly production, brought to life with memorable music, larger than life animal characters, panto-style interaction and puppetry.
Rare Youth Theatre: Les Miserables
Thu 29/05/14 to Sat 31/05/14
Originally adapted from Victor Hugo's timeless novel, Les Misérables® School Edition introduces a new generation to the grand and inspirational story that has touched the hearts of millions. An emotional and uplifting epic, Les Misérables® follows Jean Valjean's life-long struggle for redemption and his relentless pursuit by inspector Javert , who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Set amid the political and social turmoil of early 19th century France, the show includes a majestic score with favourites such as "On my Own", “Castle on a Cloud" and "Master of the House."
Harlow Playhouse is the hire venue and ticket agent for this event
Bananas in Pyjamas
Sun 01/06/14 to Sun 01/06/14
“Are you thinking what I’m thinking B1?” “I think I am B2?”
It’s Party time in Cuddlestown Park. But wait... the guest of honour’s gone missing? It’s a Banana emergency!
Join B1, B2, Amy, Lulu and Morgan in this brand new, all singing, all dancing show.
With plenty of audience participation, and slapstick fun...Can you help the Banana Detectives solve the case?
Talon - The Best of Eagles
Now in their seventeenth year together Talon have been recognised by the ‘Agents Association of Great Britain’ at the ‘National Tribute Awards’ as the ‘OFFICIAL UK No. 1’ Eagles tribute show. In 2014 their latest production will feature all the classic Eagles hits from the timeless back catalogue including Hotel California, Lyin’ Eyes, Take It Easy, Desperado, Take It To The Limit, Life In The Fast Lane, The Last Resort and many more Although the show now features a host of world class musicians it is the immensely powerful four part vocal harmony and exact musical production on which Talon have built their reputation. Their ability to evolve and go from strength to strength in delivering bigger and better shows year on year continues once again with what promises to be an EVENT…
Frank, Liza & Sammy - The Ultimate Event
In 1989 Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Sammy Davis Jnr took their sell-out "Ultimate Event" tour to 27 cities around the world, including a record breaking week at The Royal Albert Hall.
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this unique and acclaimed tour, the show has been amazingly recreated by three of Britain's finest performers. Featuring Maggie Moone as Liza Minnelli (Name That Tune), Des Coleman as Sammy Davis Jnr (Eastenders) and David Alacey as Frank Sinatra (Lovejoy)
Featuring the stunning L.A Showgirls and a swinging orchestra, this is a great show which includes classic hits including My Way, Cabaret, Mr Bojangles, and New York New York, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to recapture a magical period in entertainment history created by three iconic performers.
Jess Conrad Meets Glen Ford
Sixties Pop Idol Jess Conrad, famous for shows such as Oh Boy! Six Five Special! Last of The Summer Wine, The Generation Game, and many more comes to the Playhouse with an afternoon of great foot-tapping Hits of the 60’s, plus a fun-filled two hours of hilarity with Jess’s own inimitable style of humour that will have everyone laughing their socks off!
Add to this the comedy talents of television impressionist Glenn M Ford, who is the official Norman Wisdom lookalike and you will be treated to a great time with lots of music and laughter!
The Bon Jovi Experience 2014
“The Bon Jovi Experience” is an outstanding tribute to Bon Jovi. They are the only Bon Jovi tribute band in the world to have actually played and shared a stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself! Fans will have thought there were two Bon Jovi’s on stage that night, so much does lead singer Tony Pearce resemble Jon Bon Jovi!
Recreating Bon Jovi Live in Concert, “The Bon Jovi Experience” perform all the great hits: “Livin’ On a Prayer”, “Keep the Faith”, “Bad Medicine”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, and many, many more.
Voted Best Tribute Act of 2012, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin – Together on the same bill for the very first time!!!
Many years have passed since the last UK gigs from the classic line-ups of both bands. Whether you were lucky enough to have seen the originals live or not, Purple Zeppelin will take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians.
In a full two and a half hour show complete with costume changes for each band, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs. Come and experience the excitement of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in one mesmerising show!
The Simon and Garfunkel Story
Direct from London's West End, award winning actor Dean Elliott (Buddy Holly in 'Buddy -The Musical') and a full cast of performers tell the compelling story of the greatest music duo of all time in this 50th Anniversary Celebration. Using both original photos and film footage, 'The Simon and Garfunkel Story' also features a full live band performing all their hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more. If you're a fan of beautiful music then this is an evening not to be missed!
"Fantastic" - BBC Radio 2. "An exceptional piece of theatre" - Choice Radio
That'll Be The Day 2014
Prepare yourself for a party as the legendary That’ll Be The Day, the nations longest running rock ‘n’ roll variety show returns to the Playhouse.
This hugely entertaining rock ‘n’ roll spectacular features a fantastic line up of knock-out hits from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, mixed with loads of new zany comedy routines to produce a show with a real feel good party atmosphere.
Now in its 28th year of touring continuously in the UK and Europe, That’ll Be The Day is living proof that Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die!
Colin Fry 2014
Being one of the World’s most recognised Spiritualist Mediums and Healers,
Colin’s TV series “ 6ixth Sense” has now been broadcast worldwide for 12 years
making his public performances an International demand.
This year’s tour will once again see Colin Fry bring his own unique form of
comfort and upliftment to ordinary people living ordinary lives, proving once
again he IS very much the Peoples Medium.
Evenings of Mediumship are not scientifically proven and are presented for
education and entertainment purposes only.
Barry Manilow's Copacabana Autumn 2014
Thu 02/10/14 to Sat 04/10/14
Her name was Lola, she was showgirl... So begins this tale of romance and stardom that has captivated audiences in the West End, Atlantic City and on-screen across the US. With sensational original songs by Barry Manilow, dazzling costimes and fabulous choreograhy is a show that will leave you breathless.
Featuring hits such as Dancin Fool, Who Needs To Dream, Aye Caramba, and of course the Grammy award-winning Copacabana, this is a show sure to have you humminh the tunes all the way home.
Harlow Playhouse is proud to present the premiere of Barry Manilow's revised version of the original show for 2014.