A new circus show devised and collectively made by Square Peg based on Coleridges epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. With thrilling acrobatics, song and story, Square Peg combine circus with theatre and dance using group acrobatics and human towers, Chinese poles, silks, and flips and tricks to tell this beautiful haunting tale.
The show will be performed with the audience gathered on the stage, so you'll be up close to the action and immersed in this beautiful performance.
The Sooty Show
Sun 31/08/14 to Sun 31/08/14
Izzy Wizzy Lets get busy Its The Sooty Show! Direct from Citv, Sooty heads into town in a fabulous new show to delight the whole family. Joining the nations favourite bear will be Sweep , Soo and Sooty's TV Partner Richard Cadell -who will be attempting to keep Sooty from getting up to mischief! Boy will he have his hands full!
Come and join in with all the fun and games at Sooty's Birthday Party! There's also a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show.
I Believe In Unicorns - at Parndon Wood Nature Reserve
This intimate show is set in Parndon Wood Nature Reserve. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady
An enchanting and interactive production, I Believe in Unicorns sparks imagination in both young and old, and you too will believe in unicorns after joining Tomass spellbinding journey.
an utterly magical stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgos enthralling childrens tale The Stage
add your own piece of magic to the story by bringing a childrens book to become part of the set, and swap it for another at the end
Live at the Playhouse September
Live At The Playhouse returns with another line-up of top TV comedians including:
Star of Michael McIntyres Comedy Roadshow and Live At The Apollo.
Lawrence packs more laughs into one of his 90 second rants than most comics manage in half an hour The Scotsman
Daves One Night Stand
A mighty fine comic The Guardian
Star of Sky1s Brainiac and Daves One Night Stand
Has a unique ability to take a cold room and reduce it to fits of laughter GQ Magazine
One of the funniest, sharpest, cruellest comedians out there. Prepare for all your internal organs to burst with laughter The Independent
Original, Distinctive and Fresh Chortle
Line-up can be subject to change.
The Lindisfarne Story
Lindisfarne was Tyneside's best-loved band for over thirty years and The Lindisfarne Story is a celebration of the group's music and achievements. The show is devised, written and performed by drummer/founder member Ray Laidlaw, and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final eight years of the group.
Ray and Billy perform acoustic versions of Lindisfarne's classic songs and tell the story of the group's rise to fame, from the early days on Tyneside in the 1960's hustling for gigs to their rise to fame in the early seventies. The show is illustrated with archive photographs and video and describes their worldwide tours, festival successes and TV appearances. The Lindisfarne Story has captured the imagination of the fans and media.
That'll Be The Day 2014
Get ready to party as the nations favourite rock n roll variety show Thatll Be The Day, returns with its Brand New Show!
This years hugely entertaining new production features a fresh line up of classic gold hits from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, plus more hilarious comedy!
Now in its 29th year of touring Thatll Be The Day continues to thrill audiences across the UK and overseas. Dont be surprised to find yourself on your feet and dancing in the aisles before the night is over!
WHAT A GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY SHOW THATLL BE THE DAY IS. NOT TO BE MISSED!! The Daily Mail
Colin Fry 2014
Being one of the Worlds most recognised Spiritualist Mediums and Healers,
Colins TV series 6ixth Sense has now been broadcast worldwide for 12 years
making his public performances an International demand.
This years 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.
Surfin USA, starring BBCs Strictly Come Dancing lead singer, Chris Madin, backed by an incredible live band complete with horn section, are proud to pay tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time, The Beach Boys.
The Beach Boys had over eighty songs chart worldwide and are listed at number 12 on Rolling Stone magazines list of the '100 Greatest Artists of All Time'.
Chris Madin and the Surfin USA band will bring those wonderful songs, energy and fun back to life. Narrated by Suzi Madin youll get even more insight into this decade defining band. Don't miss out on this stunning recreation of an iconic sound.
Nights On Broadway- The Bee Gees Story
The Bee Gees were three brothers who, from singing close harmony as children, grew to become world superstars by their early twenties. They went on to be acknowledged as some of the greatest song writers in history.
Nights On Broadway present a tribute to the Bee Gees through a live concert, featuring the Gibb brothers incredible songs from over four decades - from the 60s to the 90s. The show gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert, with a unique blend of classic hits, acoustic medleys and dance floor favourites.
The show is a totally live concert experience, with a seven piece band that prides themselves on musical authenticity, and in particular the accurate recreation of the vocal talents and harmonies of the Bee Gees.
A Night of Queen with the Bohemians
Internationally renowned Queen Tribute band The Bohemians return with a new tour, new costumes, new production, and a new set to take you back to the early 70s through to the Magic of 86.
Remember the long hair, the big winged shirts, even the harlequin leotards of 77? This show will take you through the years of Queens Greatest Live Performances ending in the grand style and pomp you would expect from any of Queens magnificent live shows.
Omid Djalili - Iranalamadingdong
Hes back on tour with a new show, following a sell-out four week West-End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival.
A firm favourite with his legendary performances, Omids stand-up awards include; Time Out Award and EMMA Award for Best Stand Up and nominated for the South Bank Award'
Omid was the winner of the "Best Actor" Award for his lead performance in The Infidel at the Turin Film Festival (won the previous year by Bill Murray). The Infidel also picked up a Loaded LAFTA award for "Funniest film" and Omid was short listed for "Peter Sellers Award" at the London Evening Standard British Film Awards.
The Magic Of The Beatles
Join the authoritative Beatles live concert show, celebrating the Golden Anniversary of A Hard Days Night. The film, album and hit single propelled John, Paul, George and Ringo to worldwide stardom. Their legendary live performances are recreated, taking you from their Mop Top roots to the psychedelia of Sgt Pepper and beyond, from Love Me Do to Let It Be. Fantastic costumes, brilliant vocals and incredible musicianship Come Together in a lavish Magical Musical trip back to Yesterday.
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.
Thu 09/10/14 to Fri 10/10/14
Join The Pantaloons Theatre Company for a fog-filled adventure in Victorian London. When a dead body is discovered in Mr Krook's Rag-and-Bone shop, a web of mysteries starts to untangle, with far-reaching consequences.
Hilarious, tragic and romantic by turns, Dickens' darkly comic masterpiece is retold by The Pantaloons in their own inimitable style. A company of five actor-musicians bring the novel's cast of over 50 characters to life in a thrilling tale of love, skulduggery and spontaneous combustion.
Ballet Black - Dogs Don't Do Ballet
Sat 11/10/14 to Sat 11/10/14
Join Ballet Black for their first family ballet, created by Christopher Marney, full of fun, magic and one very special dog, based on the much-loved, best selling book written by Anna Kemp and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.
Biff is a dog, but he's not your usual kind of dog. Instead of chasing sticks and fetching newspapers, Biff loves tutus, tiaras and ballet! Watch as Biff sneaks into the class of the fearsome ballet teacher Miss Polly, practises pirouettes in the park and finally gets to go to the ballet.
Featuring music from Fauré, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, this ballet is also an ideal introduction for young children to classical music.
Suitable for ages 3+
Shakespeare Schools Festival
We are pleased to welcome the UKs largest Youth Drama Festival to Harlow. The Shakespeare Schools Festival works with over 1000 secondary, primary and special schools all over the UK, making it possible for them to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre.
Come and celebrate the achievements of your local schools in a wonderful evening of entertainment.
Had I encountered something like Shakespeare Schools Festival, I believe my life would have bounced forward over some of the inhibitions and incomprehensions of adolescence. Childhood deserves such luck Sir Tom Stoppard, SSF Patron
Kerry Ellis has fast become recognized as the First Lady of West End musicals from her starring roles in London and on Broadway, and has achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthems.Kerry originated the role of Meat, in Queen's We Will Rock You and was the first British Elphaba in the West End smash, Wicked, for which Kerry won the 2008 Whatsonstage.com Award for 'Best Takeover in a Role'. She then immediately transferred to Broadway and played Elphaba at the Gershwin Theatre for 6 months, where she won the Broadway.com Audience Award for Favourite Female Breakthrough Performance, before returning to London for another 6 month stint in 2009. Her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! at the London Palladium, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables.
Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin, Robin Williams or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen, Richard Digance has, and now he returns to the Playhouse to perform live.
Richard Digance is a rare performer in that he's respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist. His loyal following confirms his wide appeal, from the younger generation attracted by both his guitar playing and the fact he has inspired many modern-day performers, to the super-loyal who have followed Richard since the time he had his own ITV series and even further when he started out in folk clubs.
Swan Lake 2014
The Russian State Ballet and Opera House will burst onto the stage again with a new and exciting performance of Swan Lake, and will bring with them all the colour, enthusiasm and vibrancy that one would expect. Featuring a timeless score from composer Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake is a certified Russian classic, replete with evocative music and beautiful choreography.
With instantly recognizable music and a timeless story of good against evil, Swan Lake is the greatest of Romantic ballets. It has captured the imagination of many generations over the years and continues to attract audiences worldwide, and inspires both young and old.
From Eric Chappell, writer of Rising Damp, comes this brand new comedy.
When Gerry and Judith, a long married couple, rescue Jo from her partner Ashley, they trigger off a chain of events that even Judith, who is trained in counselling, cannot control.
Thank goodness they have Ground Rules!
Joe Brown 2014
Premier rock n roll legend Joe Brown goes from strength to strength as his contemporary achievements continue to gather momentum.
Joe, with his five piece band including his son and record producer Pete Brown, will be on stage all evening and the musical styles incorporated into his new show break more boundaries and are as unique as the man himself.
Packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk, and rock n roll, all interwoven with Joes effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences this sensational show is a musical journey not to be missed.
A November Day
In forgotten boxes in an attic, a woman discovers the story of her grandfather, a survivor of the First World War, and his unexpected encounter with a stray dog who knew no boundaries. With evocative puppet characters, live music and an ever-changing set, Thingumajig Theatre presents a timeless fable on war and the miracle of friendship when all else seems lost.
Thingumajig launches this revised version of the piece to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
A November Day was originally created in 2008 in association with The Imperial War Museum North.
The Songs of Sister Act
Starring direct from Londons West End The Singers Of Soul Choir and a full live band will appear at the Playhouse. The Songs of Sister Act aims to fill the auditorium with the sound of the famous Gospel hits from the smash hit movies Sister Act.
This unforgettable show will have the audience dancing in the aisles to songs that include: OH Happy Day, Joyful Joyful, Shout, Aint No Mountain High Enough, Hail Holy Queen and many many more!
So get those habits on, dig out your dancing shoes and prepare for the night of your life. Fancy dress is encouraged!
Museum of Memories
Thu 23/10/14 to Fri 24/10/14
With warmth, music and humour, 5 actor-musicians from award-winning theatre company NIE (New International Encounter) tell the story of someone they have lost. Museum of Memories is an exploration of life, death and memory; the the way that one life touches another, the important things that pass between us and the ripples and echoes that we leave behind.
Museum of Memories is an immersive experience for audiences, where they have the opportunity to enter a self-contained environment constructed out of 70m2 of rusty drawers and watch the action unfold round them. After the performance, you are free to explore the space - open drawers, look at pictures and objects and discover memories of Markuss life.
Established in 2001, NIE have created 17 original productions and toured to 29 different countries, spanning 3 continents.
The Noise Next Door 2014
The U.Ks most exhilarating comedy act embark on their second national tour... The Noise Next Door will be delivering explosive doses of their trademark off-the-cuff comedy right into the funny bones of the nation. Six time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the countrys most sought after comedy club headliners, The Noise Next Door leave audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning quick wit and totally original comedic talents. With a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners and musical extravagance, this show is guaranteed blow you away. Immerse yourself in a night of finely tuned anarchy!
Treasure Island 2014
Sat 25/10/14 to Sat 25/10/14
Shiver me timbers, it's Treasure Island!
Ahoy there shipmates! Come and be a pirate. Set sail for fun and adventure with Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver, and all their friends in this wonderful show for all the family. Meet the pirates, the pretty island princess and Mrs. Hawkins the cook, not forgetting Polly Parrot!
When young Jim Hawkins discovers a secret treasure map an exciting story starts to unfold. Watch out for Black Dog who's out to steal the treasure for himself and laugh with Silly Billy Bones in this swashbuckling pirate adventure.
With plenty of comedy, music and colourful costumes, this is terrific entertainment from will leave you rolling in the aisles.
Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyres Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, and Have I Got News for You and Q.I Is back with a brand new show for 2014.
Reflecting on the good things, Shappi celebrates her haphazard zigzag towards her dreams. She introduces us to friends, family and total strangers who have helped her on her personal Yellow Brick Road. Road.
She has whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm.
Over 16s only
'seriously funny and suprisingly filthy' The New Statesman
'makes live comedy thrilling' London Evening Standard.
Wow! This Show Is Magic
Magic and illusion is enjoying a revival thanks to many recent television magic shows. This is your chance to see some real live magic and illusion you will never forget. Doctor Bondini and JezO have been wowing the crowds with their incredible magic, comedy and audience participation for many years in their own shows and now father and son combine their talents into one amazing production.
The retro-modern show includes spell-binding story-telling and illusions from Doctor Bondini, JezOs high energy comedy magic and jokes, and when the two magicians share the stage WOW!
Helen - Actors of Dionysus
Thu 06/11/14 to Fri 07/11/14
An aging and glamorous icon is held captive in a darkened room, with only a shadowy male figure for company. Is he her lover, jailer or executioner? Is she a puppet to circumstance or complicit with her own demise? Inspired by the myth of Helen of Troy and incorporating a strong aerial/circus dimension, Helen will offer an exciting, epic and contemporary twist on a mythical narrative.
From the creators of Bacchic, Helen is co-written and directed by award winning theatre maker, Jonathan Young and performed and co-devised by Tamsin Shasha.
Celebrating their 21st anniversary in 2014, aod are a national and international touring company and have been at the vanguard of producing exciting new versions of Ancient Greek dramas and new writing inspired by myth.
Dominic Kirwan 2014
2014 sees one of the most dynamic and best loved entertainers that Ireland has ever produced take to the road for his much anticipated 25th Anniversary Tour.
Dominic Kirwan again brings his own inimitable style to the vast and rich musical heritage of his homeland, in his brand new show. Join Dominic for an evening of fabulous live music, with a look back at some of his greatest hits and best loved songs. Sure to be a hit, not only with Dominics ever growing legion of followers, but lovers of music everywhere.
Festival of Remembrance 2014
Join Harlows Royal British Legion for a special Remembrance Day concert and service commemorating the beginning of WW1 and all those who gave their lives in the many conflicts since then, featuring the Harlow Brass Band. Our new Legion Chaplain the Rev. Ernie Guest will lead the service, which will also feature standards from Royal British Legion branches in the Region.
All proceeds go to the Royal British Legion Harlow Town Branch Poppy Appeal.
Harlow Playhouse is the hire venue and ticket agent for this event.
Let's Hang On 2014
The award-winning production Lets Hang On takes you on a musical journey through the prolific career of one of the most successful bands of all time - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
From the beginnings in the early 50s, the show takes you through hits such as Beggin, Grease, Bye Bye Baby, Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like A Man, Big Girls Dont Cry, and many more, climaxing with a spectacular finale with, of course, Lets Hang On! Prepare for an electric atmosphere and dont be surprised to find yourself on your feet and dancing before the night is over!!
You guys are dynamite! - Frankie Valli
These guys are absolutely brilliant - The Paul O Grady Show
Don't miss this rare opportunity to see a true show business legend live on stage for a wonderful evening of comedy, laughter and music.
Des O'Connor is today established as one of the world's most popular and best loved entertainers. Since landing his first television series in the UK in 1963 he has starred in his own mainstream television show every year since then - longer than anyone, anywhere in the world.
Its the 2014 Show with new songs and new characters alongside your favourites including The Beatles, Elvis, Dusty, Buddy, Lulu, Sandie Shaw and more. The ultimate feel good show is now in its fourth successful year delivering great songs, fun and laughter. Starring West End Sweetheart Suzi Jary BBCs Strictly Come Dancing lead vocalist Chris Madin and Award winning Elvis Danny Fisher. Plus David Peyton Bruhl is back as compere Tony Tremendo
This exciting cast brings you an American Diner right into the theatre where "Big" Tony Tremendo, the diner owner, delivers a show packed with authentic vocals, a live band and comedy.
Simply Stunning says Rick Astley
How Sweet It Is - Motown's Greatest Hits
As featured on UK Entertainment Television, and featuring The Formations, this ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown is back!
Now in its 12th successive year, this stunning live show combines first class music together with the slickest choreography and an amazing band to deliver truly outstanding performances.
This show will have you Dancing On The Ceiling, featuring songs from legendary artistes such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many, many more.
Our Friends, The Enemy
The Western Front, Christmas 1914: lights appear from the German trenches and soldiers meet between the firing lines. The events which follow are the most astounding stories of the Great War told through the eyes of one soldier.
Private James Boyce takes us on a magical, haunting journey through the events surrounding the Christmas truce
Unlike anything which you may have heard before Broadway Baby
A haunting and powerful work The Scottish Daily Mail
Hal Cruttenden - The Tough Luvvie Tour
Following stand out performances on Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), The
Royal Variety Performance (ITV1) and Mock The Week (BBC2), Hal is being strongly tipped as the next
big thing. Footballers, Facebook and food are just three of the topics Hal devours with his unique mix of
camp and straight, warm and catty humour.
Andy Fairweather Low 2014
Andy Fairthweather Low returns to the Playhouse to play live on stage.He first came to prominence at the vanguard of the new youthful expression of music as the lead singer in Amen Corner.
This show is a unique and superlative musical evening. Anyone who saw the band opening the shows for Eric Clapton or Robert Cray will agree that this is one show you will not want to miss. Book early to see the legend with his band The Low Riders.
Beyond the Barricade 2014
Celebrating its 15th fantastic year with a sensational new show for 2014, the UKs longest running musical theatre concert, Beyond the Barricade re-creates original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity and features a cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Miserables, and the 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena.
This production will look back over the shows amazing fifteen years and include many of the musicals that have made it the UKs leading concert of its kind, including Miss Saigon, Wicked, Phantom Of The Opera, West Side Story, We Will Rock You, Blood Brothers, The Jersey Boys and many more hit musical productions, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Miserables!
Comedy Club 4 Kids
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
BRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven will be embarking on an extensive UK tour supporting the release of her brand new album, Change of Heart, being launched in summer 2014.
Beverley is looking forward to performing her new songs live alongside timeless classics Promise Me, Holding On, Woman To Woman, Love Scenes and many more. With a witty narrative and unforgettable melodies, her poignant sentiments will leave you with a warm glow of nostalgia, or maybe even the odd tear.
Live at the Playhouse November
Live at the Playhouse returns with another line-up of top TV comedians including:
Milton JonesThe wild-haired Jones has raised
wordplay to the level of fine art Radio Times
King of the surreal one-liners The Times
Quickfire material of the very highest quality The Guardian
A cast iron guaranteed headliner LondonIsFunny.Com
Stand-up as it should be: snappy and smart, occasionally nasty, and always funny The List
Original and Inventive The Times
Line-up can be subject to change.
The Bootleg Sixties
The brilliant Bootleg Sixties show returns to Harlow for a fourth time this autumn. Featuring the fabulous Overtures, a group described by Sir Elton John as the best band of their kind in the world, The Bootleg Sixties show is two hours of fantastic music and image, delivered with all the energy and passion of those heady Sixties days.
Having wowed audiences with tours of Sweden, Finland and Holland over the past twelve months, the show returns to its spiritual home to perform live.
Silver Belles Christmas Show
Back by popular demand, Leah Bell is appearing in her new production of The Silver Bells Christmas Show. This performance combines the music of Christmas present with the delightful spirit of Christmas past.
Sparkling entertainment, wonderful costumes, and a spell-binding finale complete with snowfall, will make this an unforgettable experience. Dont just Dream of a White Christmas, come and celebrate The Most Wonderful Time of the Year with our truly traditional Christmas Show.
David Prowse - Man Behind the Mask
Featuring legendary movie actor Dave Prowse, who starred as the memorable Darth Vader the famous Star Wars trilogy, this is an opportunity to meet the man behind the mask.
Dave was the face and body of the chest expander Bullworker and also starred in the acclaimed film A Clockwork Orange. Another of Daves guises was becoming the face of the Road Safety campaign, turning him into the famous Green Cross Code Man, which appeared on our screens for many years and helped save thousands of lives.
This production will now, at last, give audiences a chance to meet THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK.
The Accrington Pals
Thu 27/11/14 to Fri 28/11/14
In the early years of the First World War, Accrington in Lancashire becomes the smallest town in England to raise a Pals' Volunteer Brigade to fight in the Battle of the Somme.
Peter Whelan's compassionate, funny and moving play looks at the terrifying experiences of the men at the front and charts the day to day lives of the women left behind, for whom life will never be the same again.
The wonderfully light hearted moments contrast with stark reality of life faced by the Pals in the trenches.
2013 Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and comedys fastest rising star, Seann Walsh, returns with a brand new show 28. Star of Channel 4s Stand Up For The Week, BBC1s Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntryres Comedy Roadshow, Seann is a charming and charismatic natural born observational storyteller, and one of the most frighteningly precocious talents to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in years.
Seann has also starred in the television series Seann Walsh World and the sitcom Big Bad World (Comedy Central).
'Sharp, creative observational comedy See him now, before the stadium tour' - Sunday Times
"...with the looks, gags and charm to become something quite special, Walsh is this generation's Dylan Moran" - Time Out
Blake In Harmony
Blake are back and better than ever, with a new sound, new songs & their biggest UK tour yet. Re-inspired by the classic trio harmonies of The Three Tenors, The Bee Gees and Boyz-II-Men, our 3 Brit-Award-winners will be performing exclusive songs from their fifth studio album, released UK-wide this Autumn.
Supporting this spectacular show (featuring video projections & emotive lighting) will be the beautiful Brit-Award-nominated soprano Camilla Kerslake, performing her own spellbinding songs and joining the boys for some breathtaking duets.
Celebrating 7 years of touring worldwide, this group still offer the most eclectic vocal mix of classical, pop, rock & musicals ever seen.
Star of Live at the Apollo, Stand Up for the Week, QI and Twenty Twelve; Chortle Award Winner Sara Pascoe brings her highly acclaimed stand up show to Harlow Playhouse.
She has an obvious flair for comic timing Nothing less than full mega-watt charisma. THE GUARDIAN
Always clever and sometimes exquisite The INDEPENDENT
One of the best comedians of her generation SHORTLIST MAGAZINE
Fri 12/12/14 to Sun 04/01/15
The worlds favourite pantomime, Cinderella, will sweep into town this Christmas, featuring great comedy, music and dance, plans are afoot to make this our most visually stunning show yet, with astounding effects, ingenious sets and luscious costumes. Joe Swash will be flying straight back from the jungle to join us as Buttons, and two of the best dames in the business- Antony Stuart-Hicks and Paul Leno- will feature as the indomitable Ugly Sisters.
What's more, this year well have a free play area and Winter Wonderland experience. So come on down to get yourself in the festive mood with a show the whole family will love!
Cinderella 2014 - Relaxed Performance
We look forward to welcoming customers who might not normally feel comfortable in a formal theatre setting to this very special relaxed performance' of Cinderella. Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome people with a learning disability, Downs Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Condition or sensory and communication disorders. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects. Please feel free to contact the theatre for more information on this great experience. TO BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE
Stephen K Amos - Welcome to my World
The maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show. Fresh from sell-out tours of Australia and New Zealand, as heard on BBC Radio 4 Life: An Idiots Guide and What Does the K Stand For?
'Warmest comic around, able to riff off a crowd and make them feel good about themselves' (Sunday Times).
'Uplifting stand-up from a charming performer' (Time Out).
Myths & Mysteries
Trevor Marriott is a retired British Police Murder squad detective who throughout his long and protracted career has investigated and solved many crime mysteries. In recent years he has investigated some of the myths and mysteries that have fascinated and intrigued the general public for decades- The Bermuda Triangle The UFO Phenomenon The Apollo 11 Moon Landing-Fact of Fiction The Abominable Snowman and many more.
The results of his investigations are thought provoking, and will captivate and enthral the audience as he dispels before them many of the previously accepted facts surrounding these well-known myths and mysteries.
Shes a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot. Shes pregnant. Her career in the sky is over. Now, she sits in an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled drones over Pakistan. She struggles through surreal twelve hour shifts far from the battlefield hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night.
Grounded is a gripping, compulsive new play that flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of the workaday existence. Grounded targets our assumptions about war, family and what it is to be a woman.
Were gripped from the first lines of George Brants snappy, sparky staccato script Evening Standard
***** Whats On Stage
**** The Guardian
**** The Independent
**** The Telegraph
**** The Times
In 1973 a record was released which would bridge the generation gap and become a rock anthem to both young and old - '20th Century Boy' was written and composed by Marc Bolan, who with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic of the original glam rock era.
T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marcs very own T.Rex. The band is now accepted as the worlds only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolans family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex, and Bolans catalogue management. The band has been described by many as beyond the boundaries of tribute.
Truly a rocknroll 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!
King Arthur's Kitchen
King Arthurs Kitchen is a hilarious musical about heroism, Damsels in distress and good food.
King Arthur is celebrating his birthday with his Knights of the Round Table. His hard-working Cook, Kitchen Maid and witless new scullion, Roderick, are beside themselves with excitement as they prepare the party banquet and most importantly the celebratory cake for the King.
Set in the basement kitchen at Camelot castle the comedy trio with the help of song, dance and slapstick, regale stories from Arthurs legendary feats.
A Riotous Musical Romp through Arthurian Legend!
Herts & Soul Community Choir - Big Hearted
Big Hearted - a Valentines Evening of Song in support of St. Clare Hospice.
Based in Bishops Stortford, under the dynamic direction of Royal Academy trained Josie Cowley, Herts and Soul is the 160 strong, go-to choir for singers of all ages and abilities who love to rock the community through fundraising concerts.
Herts & Soul will be celebrating their 5th birthday at the Playhouse by supporting St. Clare Hospice with a Valentines Day concert of love songs and dedications across musical ages and genres from pop, rock and gospel to folk and musical theatre; some iconic, others more unusual, but all delivered with customary Soulster passion and pizzazz.
The Floyd Effect
The Authentic Live Tribute to the Music of Pink Floyd
The Floyd Effect 8-piece tribute show spans the complete Pink Floyd canon and includes much-loved material from Wish You Were Here, Animals, Meddle, The Wall, and The Division Bell.
Featuring lasers and projections, the show concludes with a complete performance of one of the greatest pieces of music ever written; Dark Side of the Moon. An unforgettable experience that will take you on a journey from the Gates of Dawn to the Dark Side of the Moon and beyond.
The Rolling Stones are universally known as The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World. They have sold over 200 million albums worldwide, with hits such as Satisfaction, Start Me Up, Honkey Tonk Women, and Jumping Jack Flash to name but a few all known the world over.
Now The Stones bring to the stage all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert. This is not a tongue in cheek approach, but a serious tribute to their music. This is a show so close to the original that you will simply not believe your eyes or your ears!
The International Harp Ensemble and Faryl Smith
The International Harp Ensemble with special guest Faryl Smith
Wonderful, awesome, dynamic, enchanting, outstanding and spell-binding are words regularly used by audience members after watching the 20-piece The International Harp Ensemble and singing sensation Faryl Smith.
The versatility is both incredible and imaginative and the combination of Faryl Smiths beautiful singing voice with the harps is both breath-taking and heavenly. Faryl was one of the finalists on Britains Got Talent and was described by Simon Cowell as being one in a million.
Champions of Magic
Join an award winning team of liars, swindlers and cheats for a spectacular night of trickery you'll be trying to work out for a very long time to come. Audiences will witness mastery of card manipulation, death defying stunts, mind boggling sleight of hand and spectacular illusions from some of the foremost performers in magic.
Champions Of Magic includes 4 world class, award winning entertainers performing everything from stage filling illusions to magic right in the palm of spectators hands. Along with a live video feed, fiery pyrotechnics and stunning lighting, the show is an immersive experience in the art of magic.
A night of spectacular magic and illusion West Briton
A combination of elegant classics & cutting edge alternative magic Cornish Guardian
Tony Stockwell 2015
For those with an interest in Mediumship, the name of Tony Stockwell will certainly need no introduction. Tony has been working tirelessly for over 20 years to demonstrate his belief that those who have passed can communicate with their loved ones.
Tonys insight into the lives of total strangers is inexplicable and remarkable as he attempts to offer fascinating revelations from the other side.
Tony Stockwell is a Spiritualist Medium and spirit communication is part of his own religious belief, but we accept differing opinions exist regarding mediumship. Any demonstration of mediumship is an experiment and results are not guaranteed
Brand-new, coming to you direct from the USA, its the music of Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Barry White, Wilson Pickett, Earth Wind & Fire, George Benson, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd and scores more.
Talented singers and musicians, jaw-dropping choreography and costumes revive songs such as Respect, Soul Man, Aint Nobody, Knock On Wood, Midnight Hour, S@x Machine, Proud Mary, Youre My First My Last My Everything, Best Of My Love, River Deep Mountain High, Aint No Stopping Us Now, Beat It, Three Times a Lady, Get Down on It, I Feel Good and more.
Come and enjoy the feel-good show of the year!
Live at the Playhouse March
Live at the Playhouse returns with another line-up of top TV comedians including:
Paul Tonkinson (Michael McIntyres Comedy Roadshow)
Mick Ferry (Live At The Comedy Store & Michael McIntyres Comedy Roadshow)
Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue - A mad, anarchic triumph of stupidity over style. Not to be missed THE GUARDIAN
Nick Dixon - delightfully offbeat turn of phrase...elegantly constructed writing -Chortle
Mark Olver - "Four stars" Chortle, "Olver has a great story to tell" - The List, "Cheerful and funny" - The Guardian
Line-up can be subject to change
Sat 07/03/15 to Sat 07/03/15
Starring some of your milkshake favourites this brand new musical spectacular is sure to have children up on their feet and singing at the top of their voices!
Joining this fantastic show will be two milkshake presenters, who will take us on a fun milkshake adventure; bound to dazzle and delight! The show features brand new songs, classic favourites and funky dance routines, plus plenty of laughter, bags of audience interaction and bucket loads of fun for all the family too!
Waterloo - The Best of ABBA Tribute Show
In 1974 the little known Swedish pop group Abba swept to superstardom with their Eurovision winning Waterloo, and four decades later the song and the band remain as popular as ever.
Now the phenomenal new tribute show 'Waterloo' looks back at the sensational rise to stardom of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid and gives fans the opportunity to experience the thrill of a live Abba show! The unique Abba sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail by a full live cast and band - with stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography. The wonderful lyrics penned by Benny and Bjorn are sung in wonderful, captivating harmony from the opening refrain to the final sing-along chorus of this two-hour spectacular.
Elkie Brooks 2015
Quite simply one of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced. Now in the 5th decade of her career, she is still proving to be one of the most powerful and versatile vocal talents of our generation. With numerous hit singles, million selling albums and awards, her annual tours are treat for fans old and new.
Performing some of her classic hits, blues and jazz, an electric evening with Elkie is guaranteed to leave you begging for more. Elkie is a stunning performer and whatever she does, she does it best live. Don't miss the chance to see a truly great artist in action.
Still One Of The Great British Voices The Guardian
The Reduced Shakespeare Company - The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)
Theyve skewered history, the Bible and the worlds most celebrated playwright. Now, the Reduced Shakespeare Company is back with the subject they were born to reduce - The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), dissecting humour from Aristophanes to Zaltzman. The bad boys of abridgment deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 fast, funny, and physical minutes.
A wild, wild ride! Its funny. Really, really funny And most of all, its really, really smart. Cincinnati Enquirer
Circus of Horrors 2015
The Circus oh Horrors returns to the Playhouse with yet another devilishly delicious shock of a show!
The last couple of years has seen the profile of The Circus of Horrors jump tremendously after storming into the finals of Britain's Got Talent & then appearing on various subsequent TV shows.
Featuring some of the greatest and most bizarre circus acts on earth; sword swallowers, knife throwers, daredevil balancing acts, astounding aerialists, a dwarf strong man, hairculian hair hanging beauty, sinister sisters, gyrating & fire limboing acrobats, dislocating contortionist & illusions designed by Simon Drake (Secret Cabaret) & much more.
Joe Longthorne 2015
Wed 18/03/15 to Thu 19/03/15
This talented artist began his career over three decades ago with appearances on Junior Showtime, followed by a grounding on the tough Northern club circuit.
His big break came in 1981 when he was a finalist on London Weekend Television's Search for a Star - this lead to appearances at the London Palladium with Bob Hope and The Talk of the Town. Joe's repertoire of voices is endless and includes hundreds of the world's top singers, however, he is perhaps best known for his impersonation of Shirley Bassey who has commented, "Joe can do me better than I can do myself".
The Elvis Years
Fri 20/03/15 to Sat 21/03/15
You ready to rock n roll?
An outstanding concert production of the West End musical Jailhouse Rock featuring original star Mario Kombou and his incredible band led by legendary producer, musical director and Ivor Novello award-winner David Mackay, in the UKs number one Elvis show.
Images of the King World Champion Mario delivers a tour de force performance in this spectacular show packed with over 50 greatest hits, from the early days of Sun Studios and Thats Alright Mama, through the Hollywood years of GI Blues and Its Now or Never, the 68 TV special with All Shook Up, culminating in the legendary Las Vegas concert, with In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and American Trilogy.
This Is Me - The Shirley Bassey Tribute Show
Presenting the No1 UK Tribute to the magnificent girl from Tiger Bay, with all of her glamorous costumes, honeyed Welsh speaking voice and of course, the fabulous powerhouse vocal which has made her possibly the most famous singer ever to come out of Wales. We are of course talking about the International Star Dame Shirley Bassey
With songs including Diamonds Are Forever, Kiss Me Honey Honey, Something, Get This Party Started, This Is My Life and of course, the showstopping Goldfinger, this is a show that will please Shirley Bassey fans.
Fever - The Music of Peggy Lee
Starring Lezlie Anders and Buddy Greco, who were both close friends of Peggy Lee, this musical tribute was launched in 2002 in Las Vegas and was reviewed favourably by the Las Vegas review journal. It has since toured across America receiving warm welcomes wherever it goes.
Lezlie Anders and Buddy Greco are a husband and wife team to be reckoned with, oozing class and grace and commanding the stage, this is the perfect tribute Peggy Lee.
Puppetry of the Penis
From the West End of London to Broadway in New York, the boys have stretched themselves to the limit for over a dickade performing the hilarious Ancient Art of Genital Origami and now they are back for more!
Delivering an unforgettable evening of comic brilliance to sell-out performances around the world, this mind-blowing show features two strapping Australians who manipulate their genitals into various shapes, objects and landmarks. A video camera projects intimate details of these incredible phenomena onto a large screen ensuring that little can be missed!
WARNING: Puppetry of the Penis is a non-sexual show featuring full frontal male nudity.
Join Be Bop A Lula for the biggest rock n roll party in town with a live band to celebrate the music of Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury and Roy Orbison.
Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent first came to the UK in the legendary 1960 tour. Eddie tragically never made it back home after dying in a car crash but his musical genius paved the way for future artists such as The Beatles. Gene Vincent was an instant Rock n Roll rebel who fans simply loved with hits Be Bop A Lula and Race With the Devil. Billy Fury is known as Britains true rocker and Roy Orbison needs no introduction. With songs such as In Dreams, Crying, Mean Woman Blues and Only The Lonely, he is a big addition to the lineup.
Chris & Pui Roadshow 2015
Sat 23/05/15 to Sat 23/05/15
See Chris and Pui from Show Me Show Me live on stage!
CBeebies favourite double act is bringing songs, rhymes, comedy sketches and lots of joining in for all the family.
Poor Old MacDonald has recklessly lost his animals!
Please help Chris and Pui find them and meet Incy, Humpty, the Duke of York, King Cole and oh my woolly word! Little Bo Peep along the way.
You are invited to bring your teddies or favourite character toys but please hang on to them!
Sing, laugh and join in with Chris and Pui.
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