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It’s popular early morning television for young children all over the country, and the Channel 5 show Milkshake is bringing its live show to The Deco Theatre during the Summer Holidays.

‘Milkshake! LIVE’ stops at Northampton on Thursday, August 23, with the cast performing two shows, at noon, and again at 3.30pm.

The touring show stars all the favourites from the TV show, that starts the day for many throughout the week, and at weekends too: with Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake Monkey, and two of the regular Milkshake! Presenters all appearing live on stage.

“This fantastic all-singing, all-dancing musical show takes its audience on a magical journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales,” said Deco House Manager, Jill Roach. “We’re delighted the Milkshake Live tour is coming to The Deco, it’s a terrific show for young children, and has won many five-star reviews from happy parents!”

The Milkshake! Live show is a perfect lunchtime or afternoon out on August 23 for parents looking for activities to keep their children amused during the summer holidays. And Channel Five say love taking the TV show out live to their regular audiences.

“It’s incredibly important that we are able to take Milkshake! to our audiences around the UK so that everyone can have the opportunity to experience the brand in an live show way,” said Sarah Muller, Head of Children’s, Channel 5.

“Through our live tours, we can give families a Milkshake! event that they won’t find anywhere else, one where they can meet their favourite characters and presenters whilst enjoying a brilliant family outing.”

For more information, and to book tickets, go to https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/milkeshake-live/ or call the Box Office on 01604 491005.

 

The World’s Strongest Man is coming to Northampton’s Deco Theatre. He’s Eddie Hall – aka The Beast – who, other than winning the World’s Strongest Man title, also became the first person to complete a half tonne deadlift, which he described as ‘the most incredible lift in human history, and one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever done’.

Eddie, who starred in the hit documentary, ‘Strong Man’, on Netflix, comes to Northampton on Friday, October 12, when he will talk about his journey from a rebellious child to international ‘Strong Man’, and about a diet that includes 12,000 calories per day to maintain his 30 stone plus body, plus his training regime of four daily gym sessions.

“He’s quite a phenomenon, very much a character, and fascinating to meet and listen too,” said Jill Roach, front of house manager at The Deco. “We’re delighted Eddie has chosen The Deco has part of a UK tour, his show is extremely interesting and entertaining, and I’m sure our audience will be captivated by his anecdotes.

“October’s quite a month for us in terms of sporting legends, with Eddie’s visit coming a week after former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno comes to The Deco, so we’re all really excited to be bringing such big names to Northampton.”

The evening is compered by former professional Rugby League player, now sports presenter, John Lebbon. VIP Gold tickets, which include a professional photo with Eddie, an item signed, and table seating, are available direct from the promoter on 07515 751333; otherwise book online: www.thedeco.co.uk or call The Deco Box Office on 01604 491005.

This year’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner, funnyman ‘Lost Voice Guy’, is heading to The Deco theatre.

Comedian Lee Ridley, who won the hearts of millions with his laugh-out-loud wisecracks during his audition, live semi-final and the live final itself, has included The Deco as part of his first nationwide tour.

Lee, 37, and from Newcastle, brings his stand-up comedy show to Northampton on Saturday, February 9, 2019.
Disabled since early life, and unable to speak, Lee is the first standup comedian in Britain to use a communication aid in his routines.

As well as his success on the ITV talent show – where head judge Simon Cowell called him ‘incredibly talented’ –Lee also stars, and writes, in his own Radio 4 comedy series, Ability, which has just been recommissioned for a second series.

He first performed in February 2012, and made his Edinburgh Fringe debut the following year.  He won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014 has previously supported Patrick Kielty and Ross Noble on tour.

For tickets and more information: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/lost-voice-guy or call The Deco Box Office on 01604 491005.

The much-loved Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash-hit musical, Little Shop Of Horrors is coming to The Deco. A top class production of the show that has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years will run over five nights, between November 13 and 17

 

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative brains behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

 

In the show, the meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his co-worker, who he has a crush on. 

 

The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant, and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey’s ex.

 

Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?

 

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors the charmingly tongue in cheek comedy has been produced worldwide to incredible success with technical aspects running the gamut from Broadway and far beyond. 

 

And we are delighted it is coming to The Deco. It really is a fantastic show, and if you love musical theatre, you will love this!

 

For tickets: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/little-shop-of-horrors/, or call our Box Office, on 01604 491005

 

The Deco Theatre launches its series of drama and comedy productions this week, with the award-winning production Scaramouche Jones, on Thursday and Friday (June 14/15).

Having established itself over 10 years for its acclaimed, and more recently sold out, Christmas Pantos, and for its musical entertainment – from hosting legends such as Martha Reeves and the Real Thing, to outstanding tribute acts – putting on drama is, according to management of the Abington Square based theatre, ‘natural progress’.

 The Deco has teamed up with Northampton based, award winning, White Cobra Productions to put on a season of ‘Drama at the Deco’ later this year. White Cobra impressed Deco management last year with their hilarious stage production of the iconic BBC sit-com, ‘Hi De Hi’.

“It’s terrific that we share with The Deco management a passion to provide top quality live entertainment at affordable prices,” said Richard Jordan, company director of White Cobra Productions. “Often families find it difficult to afford a trip to the theatre, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy the experience.

“We will be putting on a wide range of shows, and making sure there’ll be something to appeal to all tastes,” he said. “Our productions will be sensibly priced, because we are passionate about encouraging theatre for all.”

‘Scaramouche Jones’ is a production whose multitude of awards include the top prize at the British All-Winners Drama Festival last year.

“As The Deco has grown, in terms of awareness and the popularity of the shows we put on, we have been looking to offer even more choice,” said House Manager of The Deco Theatre, Jill Roach. “We are now looking to put on some great drama and comedy productions, which, for us, seemed the next logical step.”

“This is a fabulous production for us to launch with: ‘Scaramouche Jones’ is an amazing production, and this will be a great chance for local people to see a show which that has wowed audiences wherever it’s been performed throughout the country.”

For tickets for Scaramouche Jones, book online: http://thedeco.co.uk/event/scaramouche-jones/ or call the Box Office on 01604 491005.

It has not only been a Box Office sensation at the cinemas, but the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman has become a record breaker. Its 19 weeks at Number One in the charts makes it the most successful of all time, surpassing the 18 weeks ‘Saturday Night Fever’ spent at the top 40 years ago in 1978.

Which is why the new musical extravaganza ‘Celebrating The Greatest Showman’ is already proving a big hit with those who have loved the film. Indeed, so popular is it that when it comes to Northampton in September, The Deco Theatre have added a second date due to the demand.

The two performances of ‘The Greatest Showman’ are on Saturday, September 22, and the added date on Sunday, September 23 – with a cast of singers and specialist acts performing all the songs from the movie, along with other memorable tunes from the other popular musicals.

“We’ve had enormous interest in this show since we first announced it, and to make sure as many people as possible get a chance to see it at The Deco, we asked the producers if we could add a second date, and they were delighted to oblige,” said Jill Roach, house manager at The Deco.

“If you loved the film, you’ll love this show too – it’s an amazing production with an exceptionally talented cast, who do full justice to all the fantastic songs, and with a bonus of performing popular songs from other musicals too.”

For more information about this terrific show, go online to www.thedeco.co.uk/event/celebrating-the-greatest-showman/ or call The Deco’s Box Office on 01604 491005.

Magician Maddox Dixon, who became an overnight hit when he appeared on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ last month, is heading to Northampton’s Deco Theatre, to perform his acclaimed live stage show of magic and illusions.

Maddox, 31, is now fulfilling his dream of performing magic to live audiences, having taken it up as a full-time profession last year. He is including The Deco as a venue on his first ever UK tour, and will be appearing in Northampton on Friday, October 19.

Having wowed the four ‘BGT’ judges – David Walliams, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Simon Cowell – with his trick involving a Rubik’s Cube, he came within a whisker of making the final after another amazing performance in the semi-finals with a gravity defying act that earned him a standing ovation.

Though he is a relatively newcomer performing magic, he is no stranger to live audiences – before magic took over his life, Maddox played keyboards for the British band Foxes, who supported Coldplay on their US tour in 2016.

Indeed, it was there Coldplay that he had his big break, courtesy of Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, after he spotted him doing magic tricks backstage. He promptly invited Maddox to open the show the next night, performing his magic in front of an audience of 20,000 – which was the moment he decided that was the way he wanted his career to go from there on.

Watch Maddox’s awesome performance on the Britain’s Got Talent semi-final: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB83_Z5jX74

For tickets, call our Box Office on 01604 491005 or book online: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/maddox-dixon-believe-tour/

A ‘pitch perfect’ styled singing competition is to be held at The Deco this summer to celebrate Northampton’s rich talent and diversity.

Organised by the Borough Council and The Deco, the Colours of the World competition aims to bring communities together in song on Wednesday, June 20.

The competition, which is open to all school, community and charity singing groups, quartets, trios and duos, will see singers from all backgrounds battle it out in front of a live audience from 6.30pm that day.

With entries for the competition now open, choirs and singing groups are being encouraged to put themselves forward for the chance to perform.

The winning act will not only be presented with the Colours of the World perennial shield but they will also win tickets to see ‘Cinderella’, The Deco’s 2018 Christmas panto, on December 13, and meet the cast after the show.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We are really excited to be working in partnership with The Deco Theatre to introduce this new event in Northampton.

“We know that Northampton has a lot of talented singing groups, from all different backgrounds, and we look forward to bringing everyone together, to celebrate the town’s diversity with this annual event.”

Groups can find out more information and enter the free competition at www.thedeco.co.uk/cotw

Entries close on Friday, 18 May.

Tickets to watch the competition are also available for £5 each, with under 5’s entering for free. To book please call 01604 491005.

Singing star Lydia Lucy and West End performer Lee Bright are the latest big names to sign up for The Deco Theatre’s 2018 Christmas Panto, ‘Cinderella’.

Lydia, a finalist on The Voice two years ago, and who recently released her first solo single ‘Tempted’, is returning to The Deco by very popular demand after her awesome performances in Peter Pan last year, and in Beauty and the Beast in 2015.

“I love The Deco, and all the people associated with it, be it the fellow performers, the wonderful team behind the scenes, or the audiences, they all make me so welcome and are a pleasure to work with,” said Lydia. “I had no hesitation in accepting the invitation to return this year, and I’m already looking forward to it.”

Lee will be returning to The Deco six years after making a big impression when he appeared in ‘Wizard of Oz’.

A popular, busy and experienced performer, Lee has enormous Panto experience. He has also performed in London’s West End, all around the UK, and around the world too.

“I’m delighted to be coming back to The Deco in Northampton,” he told us. “I had a great time there in Wizard of Oz, they consistently put on fantastic Pantos year after year, and I can’t wait to be involved in this year’s production, we’re going to have a great time throughout December.”

Colin Ridgewell and Chris Wills, two other Deco Panto favourites, are also coming back this year, along with Fern Louise, who made her Panto debut as the Mermaid last year, and the ever-popular local performer and Deco legend, Clive Fletcher.

“We’re absolutely delighted that Lydia is back, she’s an absolute joy to have on board, and the audiences all adore her,” said Deco Theatre Front of House manager Jill Roach.

“We’re also thrilled that Lee has chosen to return to The Deco and be a part of our Christmas Panto again,” she said. “He was a pleasure to work with back in 2012, and he always knew there’d be a warm welcome if he chose to return, and we’re delighted he’s doing so for ‘Cinderella’ this year.

“With Colin and Chris both confirmed, we’ve already got a really strong cast, which is fantastic, and we’re really looking forward to putting on another wonderful Panto for our fantastic audiences.”

For tickets and more information: http://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/cinderella/ or call the Box Office on 01604 491005

 

Fisher Stevens – Northamptonshire’s own, and one of the best Elvis performers in the business – is looking forward to putting on a big Deco party on Saturday, April 14, in honour of the King!

If you love Elvis, you’ll love this show. And enjoy Fisher’s award winning Elvis shows while you can, because such has been the success of his show ‘Beautiful Noise – The Neil Diamond Story’, his days performing as ‘The King’, as Elvis is known to millions, could be limited.

“I grew up with Elvis, I love Elvis, I’ve been performing as Elvis for years, and relish every minute of it,” said Fisher, an ‘Elvis International Master’ winner, and the first English performer to headline at an Elvis event in China.

“I perform every year at Elvis Week in Memphis, which takes place in August, attracts Elvis fans from all over the world, and is an awesome event to be a part of.

“And I can’t wait to do my ‘Elvis in Vegas’ show at The Deco; indeed, what will make it even more special is that it could well be one of the last shows of this kind I do – and nothing to do with me getting tired of it, or growing out of it, but because of the success I’ve had with ‘Beautiful Noise’.

“I started doing Neil Diamond shows back in 2001, then I put together a story of his life to run alongside the songs, and as the show’s evolved I’m delighted to say I’m performing to sell out audiences all over the country, which is fantastic.

“Next year the show is heading over to Europe, which is really exciting; but though Neil Diamond is going to dominate my life for the next two years, Elvis will always be with me, and will always be a part of my life.

“So come along to The Deco on April 14 and let’s have a party to celebrate the King of Rock n Roll – it’s going to be a great night, and I can’t wait to put on a fantastic show!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aSMZRHIRQM

For tickets: www.thedeco.co.uk, or call our Box Office on 01604 491005

 
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