Tony Award winning English tenor, Alfie Boe brings his hits to the stage. The highly acclaimed singer performs classical crossover works such as opera arias, show tunes and light music.
Fri 22 Sep
The greatest sock'n'roll band in the world and stars of CBBC's hit TV show Andy and the Band.
Wed 25 Oct
Senbla presents Opera International's award-winning Ellen Kent Production featuring the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv, with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.
Welcoming back the fabulous Korean soprano Elena Dee.*
Directed by Ellen Kent, this brand new production is traditionally staged and features beautiful sets and costumes.
La Bohème is one of the most romantic operas ever written. It tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer.
The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include, a local brass band, snow effects and Muzetta’s dog will also make an entrance.
This classic tale of Parisian love and loss features many famous arias including Your Tiny Hand is Frozen, They Call Me Mimi and Muzetta’s Waltz.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
*Cast subject to change.
Wed 29 Mar
“On this record, I wanted to stretch,” says Bonnie Raitt. “I always want to find songs that excite me, and what’s different this time is that I’ve tried some styles and topics I haven’t touched on before.”
With Just Like That…, her first new album in more than six years, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Raitt continues to draw on the range of influences that have shaped her legendary career, while creating something that speaks to the circumstances and challenges of these unprecedented times.
The title comes from a line in one of her new original songs (“Just like that your life can change”), which seemed especially fitting “because there’s never been a time that made me look around and say, ‘Nobody saw this coming’—where all of a sudden, everything shifted.”
As her own tour following 2016’s acclaimed Dig In Deep album was winding down, Raitt got a call from with her friend James Taylor inviting her to hit the road on a bill together. Their tour dates were extended multiple times (even taking them to Europe, concluding with a show alongside Paul Simon in London’s Hyde Park). They were planning to keep going when the world shut down in March 2020.
She did her best to continue playing online fundraisers around the election, social justice, and environmental issues during the pandemic, and when it looked like things were opening up in the summer of 2021, Raitt brought her band to Northern California to rehearse and, for the first time, to record closer to where she lives. “I’ve always wanted to make a record here, and with our engineer Ryan Freeland able to bring his recording gear anywhere, once vaccinations made traveling safe again, we were thrilled to get everyone back together,” says the ten-time Grammy winner. “I think the absolute joy and relief of reuniting to play live music is really palpable on this record.”
Raitt had several songs that she had been considering recording for years, including “Made Up Mind” by the Bros. Landreth, whom she befriended when they both played the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2014, and “Something’s Got a Hold of My Heart,” by NRBQ’s Al Anderson, which she had been carrying around for almost three decades (“Al had given up asking if I was going to cut it,” she says with a laugh). She had planned to do Toots and the Maytals’ “Love So Strong” as her third duet with dear friend Toots Hibbert, but ultimately made it a tribute to the reggae giant after he tragically passed away in 2020. She initially cut “Here Comes Love,” by her pals the California Honeydrops, as part of her Dig in Deep sessions in 2015 and was glad to finally have room to include it.
But the biggest surprises on Just Like That…are the four songs written by Raitt. “Living for the Ones,” co-written with her longtime guitarist George Marinelli, is a rocking dedication to the friends and family she has lost in recent years, while the sardonic “Waitin’ for You to Blow,” about the devil on recovery’s shoulder, is a funk/jazz hybrid inspired by Mose Allison, Les McCann and Eddie Harris, and ‘70s funk. “There’s something thrilling about creating something brand new out of feelings and styles that have always run so deep in me,” she says.
Two songs were inspired by real-life scenarios: “Down the Hall” began when Raitt read a New York Times story a few years ago about a prison hospice program, and the album’s title track was sparked by a local news segment showing two families deeply impacted on both sides of an organ donation.
“These stories moved me deeply,” she says. “And in the face of so much hatred and cruelty the last few years, these examples of redemption, and people acting out of love, were healing for me, and what I wanted to focus on and write about.
“I’ve always loved the early guitar songs of Dylan, Jackson Browne, Paul Brady, and especially John Prine,” she adds. “With songs like ‘Angel From Montgomery’ and ‘Donald and Lydia,’ John was able to just climb inside and sing these people’s lives. With his passing last year, his inspiration meant even more in writing these two songs.”
Bonnie Raitt has never felt more grateful that she can continue making music, contributing to causes, keeping her crew working, and connecting with her audience. “I’m really aware of how lucky I am and I feel like my responsibility is to get out there and say something fresh and new—for me and for the fans,” she says. “It’s really daunting not to repeat yourself, but I have to have something to say, or I wouldn’t put out a record.”
Tue 6 Jun
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Relive the sights and sounds of the 60s with the most established Beatles tribute band.
Sat 1 Apr
Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, Powerpoint To The People
The ‘high priest of the comedy Powerpoint talk’ (The Times) is touring again – as much as anything to demonstrate that a powerpoint presentation doesn’t have to involve a man in a grey suit standing behind a lectern and saying ‘next slide please’. We’ve all had enough of that, so let’s put it all behind us and never speak of it again – there are far more important things to analyse. Well… they’re more important in Dave’s head anyway.
Thu 23 Mar
“This show is so-named because unfortunately, it’s horribly accurate.
There have been far too many times I have made stupid mistakes or misunderstood something vital or jumped the gun in a spectacular display of tw*ttery.
I thought I might tell some of these buttock-clenching embarrassing stories to give the audience a peek behind the scenes of my work life…
Roll up! Book early to see the telly vicar lady be a total twat on stage, live in front of your very eyes. And ears.”
Thu 2 Nov
Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra
Winner of The Best Opera Award Liverpool Daily Post Theatre Awards
Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan. One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Tue 28 Mar
The Rhythm, The Passion, The Chemistry reignites for 2023!
Strictly Stars Karen Hauer, Gorka Marquez and their scintillating cast return with FIREDANCE, featuring fresh flavours and super-charged choreography.
Join the stars in a captivating dance off inspired by Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Carmen, West Side Story and featuring an eclectic mix of Latin, Rock and Pop music from artists such as Camilla Cabello, Jason Derulo, Gregory Porter, Gypsy Kings, J.Lo, Marc Anthony and many more.
With sizzling dancers, mesmerising fire specialists and a sensational live band, FIREDANCE will ignite passion as we turn up the heat for 2023.
Sat 18 Mar
A nine-man shanty folk group drawing on 200 years of traditional vocal repertoire.
Thu 2 Feb
Through the first chapter of her career from her emergence in 1993 through to 2007, Gabrielle was a constant presence in the UK charts. She landed two number 1 singles, a further eight Top 10 hits and five Top 10 albums, including the number 1 hit Rise.
Gabrielle has spent a combined total of over four years on the Top 40 of the Official Album and Singles Charts, exceeding 5 million sales in the process. In addition, she was part of the BBC's all-star version of Lou Reed's Perfect Day.
Highlights of her numerous awards include the prestigious Ivor Novello for Outstanding Song Collection; two BRIT Awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist; and both Best Album Rise and Best Single Give Me a Little More Time at the MOBO Awards.
Some of Gabrielle's hit singles include Dreams, Rise, Give Me a Little More Time, If You Ever, Out of Reach & Sunshine.
Tue 24 Oct
Emotional pop and acoustica from the Georgia-born singer-songwriter, who is accompanied for this one-off tour by the 24-piece Gori Women's Choir, who are masters of the ancient Georgian tradition of polyphonic singing.
Wed 3 May
Australia's cult comedy king performs his too-crude-for-TV songs.
Mon 23 Oct
Four top professional comedians make you laugh. Incredible atmosphere and great night out! Different acts every show!
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Eighties funk pop band back on the road again, singing old favourites including 'Running in the Family' and 'Lessons in Love' as well as newer tracks.
Fri 27 Oct
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With The Christians.
Fresh from Live at The Apollo, Mock The Week, and The Last Leg, Best Newcomer nominee Maisie Adam is back with a brand new show for 2022, 'Buzzed'.
Rammed with witty observations, high-octane energy and some right good jokes. This high-energy show promises to be better than whatever else you had planned (unless you had plans to go dancing with Cher).
Thu 9 Mar
Mike Rutherford's MOR crew return with a new vocalist in tow – Andrew Roachford of 'Cuddly Toy' fame. The band perform from tracks from their extensive back catalogue including 'The Living Years’, 'Word Of Mouth' and 'Another Cup of Coffee'.
Sun 7 May
The award-winning comedian returns with her new show.
Thu 13 Apr
One of the UK’s funniest women
South Shields-born Sarah Millican followed an unusual path to fame. Left unexpectedly by her husband in 2004, she moved back home with her parents and started taking writing workshops as an outlet for processing her emotions.
Her first ever stand-up gig was in a Newcastle pub called The Dog & Parrot, which had a fringe theatre upstairs. Although she had no idea what she was doing, Millican drew on the pain of her failed marriage and connected with the audience… from then on, she was hooked on live comedy.
Thu 25 Jul
Fri 26 Jul
Scott Bradlee, and ad hoc group Postmodern Jukebox, reworks 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles.
Wed 12 Apr
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Disco and funk by the well-established hitmaking band from America.
Sat 10 Jun
- Directed by: Baz Luhrmann, Drew McOnie
- Written by: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
Musical based on the Australian film set in the cutthroat world of ballroom dancing.
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Off The Kerb Productions
The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working-class Bromley explains why he's occasionally disgusted with modern life yet delighted with its eccentricities. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The John Bishop Christmas Show, Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and heard on Radio 4's Loose Ends and Just a Minute. 'It's great to see his light-entertainment prowess being recognised' (Independent). 'Catch him now and you'll be able to tell people how you saw him before he was famous' (Telegraph). 'Otherworldly… a delight of raconteurship' (Scotsman).
Age category: 14+
Sat 13 May
Sun 14 May
Mr P has been a primary school teacher for over twelve years. He still works part-time in school and leads training in schools all over the UK and beyond. From sharing ideas and funny insights into life in the classroom, he has now become one of the most followed teachers on social media in the UK.
Three years ago, alongside his younger brother (who also works in a school) he started the award-winning podcast Two Mr Ps in a Podcast. In a year, it has been the number one education podcast and amassed over three million listens. In August 2021 they are releasing their highly anticipated first book Put A Wet Paper Towel On It – The Weird and Wonderful World of Primary Schools.
Sharing funny stories from the front line of teaching, this live show will see the Two Mr Ps reminiscing on their own school days and looking at the wonderful and hilarious world of education. Anyone who went to school will enjoy and relate to this brilliant new show.
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Built on the seafront in the 20s Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre is a traditional art deco theatre space. The venue was refurbished in 2007 and now seats almost 1500. The Terrace Bistro is open between 10am–5pm everyday and also offers pre-show dining.
Limited pay and display parking is available at the Pavilion car park.
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