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
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.
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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