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The Deco Theatre will be unveiling another promising local stage talent during this year’s Christmas Panto, ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

Cydnee-Mae Sherman, 12, has been handed her first solo senior role in a Panto, having been a regular as one of the supporting dancers at the Northampton theatre since she was five years old.

Such is her potential she was one of two children chosen to share the role of ‘Tinkerbell’ in the Deco’s production of ‘Peter Pan’ three years ago – but now she has been given the role of ‘Fairy Nearly’ for herself, and will appear in all productions between December 11th and 24th.

“She is a natural, and we are delighted that Cydnee-Mae is going to be part of the senior cast in ‘Sleeping Beauty’,” said executive producer Kevin Roach. “We’ve monitored her progress over quite a few years now, and she is not only a very talented performer, but the stage loves her as much as she loves it.”

Cydnee-Mae lives with her family locally, and is delighted that she not only has her own role in the Panto, but she will be performing again with her older sister, Tayla-Jayde, 18, who herself has been a Deco Panto regular for the past 8 years as a member of the dancing team.

“I’m very excited to be returning to The Deco Theatre for another panto season,” said Cydnee-Mae. “It is such a privilege to be asked to play the role of ‘Fairy Nearly’ in this year’s production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, and I can’t wait for it all to start.

“I’m so grateful, as always, to The Deco team for giving me this opportunity; and having Tayla-Jayde on stage with me as one of the dancers makes it even more special for me, her, and our family as this will be the last time we perform together before she goes off to College.

“It was Tayla-Jayde’s enthusiasm for performing that first got me started, and although my parents didn’t want me to feel as though I had to follow in her footsteps or be in her shadow I soon joined Starlight Stage School.

“The support I’ve received from Tayla-Jayde, my parents, Starlight Stage School and The Deco has been amazing, they have all been fantastic, and I can’t thank any of them enough.”

Tickets start from just £12.50. Book online: www.thedeco.co.uk/event/sleeping-beauty-christmas-2020/

COVID – 19 – UPDATE 03/11/20

Team Deco continue to work incredibly hard rescheduling shows and where possible we have rescheduled the shows and your original tickets will automatically be valid for these future performances.

As at 3rd November 2020 the following shows have been effected by the current situation regarding COVID -19 and will no longer go ahead on the planned date and please note some rescheduled dates have been rescheduled further (* those highlighted in bold)- if the show is not listed below it will be proceeding on the planned date with social distancing; full details will be emailed to those customers this will effect is ongoing:

  • 20th March – Seven Drunken Nights – Cancelled please email admin@thedeco.co.uk to commence refund process
  • 21st March – Dancing Schools UK – Cancelled please email admin@thedeco.co.uk to commence refund process
  • 25th March – Cockney Knees up – postponed to 24th March 2021
  • 26th March – Cockney Knees up – postponed to 24th March 2021
  • 28th March – Johnny Ball Wonder of Numbers – postponed to 14th March 2021
  • 1st April – Only Fools and Boycie – originally postponed to 5th September now rescheduled to 1st October 2021*
  • 3rd April – No 1 Elton – originally postponed to 9th January 2021 now rescheduled to 23rd May 2021
  • 4th April – Sound of Springsteen – originally postponed to 3rd September 2021 now rescheduled to 26th February 2021 or 25th September 2021 *
  • 6th April – Wizard of Oz – postponed to 29th March 2021
  • 7th April – Wizard of Oz – postponed to 30th March 2021
  • 10th April – Ben Hart – originally postponed to 26th October 2020 now postponed to 26th March 2021*
  • 17th April – Iain Stirling – postponed to 12th March 2021
  • 18th April – Rapunzel – postponed to 31st March 2021
  • 24th April – Carpenters Gold – original postponed to 11th October 2020 now rescheduled to 4th July 2021
  • 25th April – Luther Vandross Celebration – postponed to 6th March 2021
  • 6th May – Dean Friedman – postponed to 9th May 2021
  • 8th May – Walk Right Back – Cancelled please email admin@thedeco.co.uk to commence refund process
  • 16th May – Vienna Festival Ballet – Cancelled please email admin@thedeco.co.uk to commence refund process
  • 17th May – The Glenn Miller Story – postponed date 25th April 2021 to be confirmed after shielding lifted in full
  • 30th May – The Beach Boyz Tribute – postponed to 26th June 2021
  • 4th June – An Evening with Ann Widdecombe – postponed to 15th May 2021
  • 6th June – The Meatloaf Song Book – postponed to 27th February 2021
  • 20th June – The Marley Experience – originally postponed to 22nd August 2020 now rescheduled to 30th January 2021 *
  • 21st June – Twirlywoos – originally postponed to 5th August 2020 now rescheduled to 29th May 2021 *
  • 4th July – Rabbit Rabbit – A tribute to Chas and Dave – originally postponed to 15th January 2021 now rescheduled to 26th November 2021
  • 8th September – The Frock Fairies – postponed to 8th July 2021
  • 9th September – Give my regards to Broadway – postponed to 21st July 2021
  • 10th September – Forbidden Nights – postponed to 22nd April 2021
  • 10th September – The Upbeat Beatles – postponed to 18th September 2021
  • 18th September – The Stones – postponed 9th April 2021
  • 19th September – 80’s Mania – postponed 15th September 2021
  • 26th September – Alexander O’Neal – Cancelled please email admin@thedeco.co.uk to commence refund process
  • 25th September – Pop up Bowie – postponed to 14th June 2021
  • 1st October – Night Fever – postponed to 22nd October 2021
  • 4th October – Lollypops and Moptops – postponed to 11th June 2021
  • 8th October – ICONS – postponed to 19th November 2021
  • 10th October – Wayne Dilks as George Michael postponed to 8th October 2021
  • 17th October – Stevie Wonder – postponed to 28th May 2021
  • 23rd October – Blues and Soul show – postponed to 19th June 2021
  • 7th November – Magic of Motown – postponed to 18th November 2021
  • 8th November – Every Brothers – postponed to 16th May 2021
  • 11th November – Wartimes Memories – postponed to 17th November 2021
  • 12th November – Wartime Memories – postponed to 17th November 2021
  • 13th November – Wired for Sound – postponed to 30th April 2021
  • 14th November – The Frankie Vali Story – postponed to 9th January 2021
  • 20th November – The Bon Jovi Experience – postponed to 24th September 2021
  • 27th November – Rock 4 Heroes – postponed to 20th November 2021
  • 6th February 2021 – Simon and Garfunkel – postponed to 29th October 2021
  • 23rd January 2021 – ELVIS in Vegas – postponed to 23rd July 2021
  • 13th March 2021 – Islands in the Stream – postponed to 25th November 2021
  • 27th March 2021 – Mersey Beatles – postponed to 26th March 2022

 

Due to the unprecedented level of enquiries we continue to receive, we request that you do not call our Box Office regarding any existing bookings please email admin@thedeco.co.uk. However, if you do need to speak to us direct, our phone line will be manned between 10am and 4pm on a Friday and Saturday, please leave a message if we do not answer we will return your call.

For new bookings all shows can be accessed online at www.thedeco.co.uk.

We cannot begin to thank you enough for your understanding, patience and continued support during these challenging times, and will aim to keep you all regularly updated, as soon as information becomes available.

Take care, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you all to theatre as soon as we are able.

Team DECO

Just seven weeks today until the opening night of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, our socially distanced Christmas 2020 Panto. And at The Deco we are determined to bring some seasonal cheer to your lives after what has been a totally testing year in so many ways for all of us. So join us for a fantastic family treat!

‘Sleeping Beauty’ runs from Friday, December 11th until Christmas Eve, and taking into account current guidelines, and our absolute priority that your well-being while visiting our theatre is of paramount importance, our show will run for approximately 1-hour 20 minutes without an interval (for social distancing purposes).

We’ve another awesome cast, including some fantastic local talent, but also the return of some highly popular Deco Panto favourites, including Chris Wills, Lydia Lucy, and our regular ‘dame par excellence’, Colin Ridgewell.

Be it as an hilarious dame or a dastardly baddie, Colin’s always been hugely popular with our audiences, and we’re as delighted to hear he’s excited about coming back for his sixth Panto at The Deco, as we are having him on board once again.

“It’s absolutely fantastic that The Deco is going ahead with it’s Panto,” said Colin. “And it’s my privilege to be a part of it, and I can’t wait to be back at a theatre I love, and working with another absolutely brilliant group of performers, and being around the fantastic team behind the scenes who make The Deco so special.

“What is so important to me is putting on another brilliant Panto that families can come along and enjoy, and have a great time while they’re with us – and don’t we all deserve something to cheer us all up after what has been a shocking year for so many.

“Not just that, The Deco has worked so hard to make sure that all visitors, performers and staff are in a totally safe and secure environment – I know that no stone has been left unturned in terms of achieving that, and the staff deserve every credit for being as meticulous about it as they are.”

Colin, who lives across the border in Buckinghamshire, first made a name for himself as a teenager, when he was a regular in the legendary BBC children’s TV drama ‘Grange Hill’, and has loved acting and performing all his life – none more so than Panto.

“As you well know, I absolutely love Panto,” he told us. “It really is a privilege to be on stage being part of a performance that is giving so much fun to so many people, and I include us on stage as well as our audiences.

“So it won’t surprise you to know that I’m really excited about ‘Sleeping Beauty’, and as I say, nothing will make me happier than putting a smile of the faces of our audiences, and helping make Christmas 2020 as memorable as it can be – so come and see us, join in the fun, and have another great time at the wonderful theatre that is The Deco.”

For tickets, and for full details of our social distancing guidelines, go to www.thedeco.co.uk/event/sleeping-beauty-christmas-2020/

Make Christmas special at The Old Savoy, home of The Deco Theatre

Three popular Deco Panto regulars are returning to Northampton for another Christmas spectacular – and are all determined to spread some ‘extra special’ Christmas cheer to audiences this December.

Colin Ridgewell, who first made his name in the classic BBC children’s series ‘Grange Hill’, actor and entertainer Chris Wills, and singer-actor Lydia Lucy have all thrilled audiences in Deco Christmas Pantos over the past five years, and are all delighted to be heading back to appear in Sleeping Beauty at what all three call their favourite venue.

Said Colin, who has established his popularity with his performances as a Panto Dame: “Under all the circumstances, it’s brilliant that the Deco team are putting on their annual Christmas Panto, and I am determined to make ‘Sleeping Beauty’ as much a great night out for our audiences as all the others I’ve appeared in.

“I absolutely love The Deco, as I so the people of Northampton and all around the county, who make performing there in Panto such an enormous pleasure each year, and after the year so many have endured, the least I can do is help spread some extra special Christmas cheer.”

Lydia first appeared at The Deco four years ago, and captivated everyone with her fantastic singing voice. Indeed, weeks later, the whole nation was likewise, as she made it all the way through to the final of ITV’s The Voice. She returned to The Deco two years ago, and is delighted to be back.

“Life is never boring these days, and I’ve been very busy,” she said. “Lockdown was weird, but since we emerged from that I’ve rarely had a dull moment, and doing Panto again is a lovely way to round off the year – I love Christmas, and what would it be without Panto!

“As Colin says, we’re all in need of some Christmas cheer; mine will be appearing in another Deco Panto, and I hope that we as a cast, and a production team, can spread lots of goodwill, laughter and happiness throughout our audiences during the performances of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.”

Said Chris: “The Deco is an awesome theatre, and every year we have fantastic audiences, and it is a pleasure to be back in Northampton again – I love the place. Full credit to the management for working so hard to make The Deco a totally safe environment, and giving people something to look forward to this Christmas, and I can’t wait to be back on stage there.”

There’s very much a local feel to ‘Sleeping Beauty’, this year’s Deco Panto, thanks to singer and dancer Fern Roach, dancing specialist Andrzej Mialkowski, BBC Northampton presenter Wayne Bavin, and comedian and entertainer Mark Jones lining up in the cast.

Fern, who was born and bred in the town, has a senior role for the third year running, having previously appeared as a member of the support cast, while Andrezj, an accomplished dancer, is well known in and around Northampton as the owner of the Henry Street based Step by Step Dance Studio.

Wayne has established himself as a popular afternoon presenter on BBC Radio Northampton since joining the statin in 2018, and though Mark now lives in London, he has a big local connection, having previously lived in Northampton, and being a regular visitor to the town to visit relatives who still live in and around the county.

“We pride ourselves on supporting and encouraging local talent, and we’re very proud of our town, and our county, so we’re delighted with so many local connections in this year’s Panto,” said House Manager Jill Roach, who is also Fern’s mum.

“Fern has been outstanding in her two Panto performances so far, and I’m very proud of her – and she has won her parts on merit, auditioning like everyone else.

“I’m delighted she’s established herself as a Deco Panto regular, along with Chris Wills and Colin Ridgewell, who are also firm favourites with our audiences, and back again this year, as is Lydia Lucy, who previously appeared in 2016, and again two years ago.

“Andrzej has a huge personality, and every time we’ve met him we’ve felt he’s a natural for Panto, so when he told us he’d love the opportunity, and then put himself up for audition, we were delighted,” said Jill. “And we’re certain we’ve discovered another great local stage talent: he’ll be brilliant.

“Wayne and Mark are two highly experienced Panto performers, and great entertainers too, and we’re delighted that they’re making their Deco debuts this year – our audiences will love them, and they’re both really looking forward to being part of our show.”

The Deco Panto runs from December 11th to 24th, and tickets are now on sale. It will last approximately 1 hour 20 minutes, with no interval: just the right length for a festive family treat, but without the traditional break in between because it would make social distance planning a little tricky.

For tickets and full details: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/sleeping-beauty-christmas-2020/

The Old Savoy theatre is celebrating Heritage Week with a difference this year.
The management team is inviting visitors to come and take a look around the iconic building – rebranded as The Old Savoy last year – enjoy a short talk on the history of the theatre, and if they wish, then enjoy a FREE screening of the classic 1952 film, ‘Singin’ in the Rain.
If visitors wish to make their visit even more memorable, they can enjoy a bite to eat while watching the film: booking a table seat in the stalls, and for £9.95, enjoy a platter of delicious food, and a pot of tea or coffee.
These seats are limited, and available by calling our Box Office on 01604 491005.
If you simply want to watch the film from the circle, without the food option you can book tickets online: www.thedeco.co.uk/events
There will be three screenings each day, between Wednesday, September 16th, and Friday the 18th: at 11.45am, 2.30pm, and 5pm.
The pre-screening talk will be delivered by popular entertainer and local legend Clive Fletcher, who will be familiar with anyone who has come to annual Christmas Panto’s at The Deco, which is housed at The Old Savoy.
“We’re really excited about this,” said house manager Jill Roach. “This is an opportunity to see, and learn about,our wonderful theatre, and watch a famous film as you would have done all those years ago when we were The Savoy.
“The only thing we can’t do is provide entertainment by an organist during the interval, more’s the pity,” she said. “But we’re just trying to do something different, and take our visitors down Memory Lane at a significant town centre venue in Northampton history.”
‘Singin’ in the Rain’ is an iconic comedy-romance, based around the transition from silent to talking movies; it’s full of great music and songs, and legendary for the classic ‘Singing in the Rain’ song and dance routine by the star of the film, Gene Kelly – who was also its co-director. Co-stars included Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Jean Hagen.
The Old Savoy opened on May 2nd, 1936, as The Savoy. In the 1960s and 70s it was The ABC, hosting live music as well as screening films. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Cliff Richard are among the legendary acts who performed there.
Stage Right Productions began putting on live entertainment at The Deco Theatre in 2009, and took over the running of the whole building last year.
As usual social distancing and COVID-19 safety guidelines will be observed.

The Deco is delighted to be hosting a performance of ‘The Every Brothers’ this November, a poignant story of the ultimate sacrifice made during World War Two by three brothers whose family moved to Roade during the conflict.

It has been written as a stage play by local writer Ron Johnson, and was first performed on the eve of Remembrance Sunday last year at Elizabeth Woodville School to much acclaim. We are delighted it is going to be performed at our theatre on Remembrance Sunday this year, November 8th.

Tom, Jack, and William Every are honoured on Roade’s War Memorial, and  the play Ron wrote is based on a collection of documents, phots and letters that were donated to the Roade Local History Society by their family.

The three brothers were the sons of Thomas and Winifred Every, from Paddington, who also had two other boys – one who died in infancy, and their youngest, Frank, who passed away a few years ago.

Said Ron, a volunteer archivist for Roade Local History Society: “When Frank deposited some family papers and photos with us, I sifted through them and realised there was a great story to be told, even though I’d never written a play before.

“It was daunting, but I was convinced the story was well-worth telling so, based on – and utilising – some of the material, which included letters from a POW camp, Press cuttings, and other official letters, the play eventually came about.

“When it was first staged to a sell-out audience last year, we had a standing ovation, and what made it more special was that the cast and crew were all local – either Roade villagers, or from Northampton and Wellingborough.”

Set in Roade, with scenes in a POW camp, Monte Cassino, and the African desert around El Alamein, the play is interspersed with specially selected, and poignant, pieces of classical music, and one song by Bob Dylan.

“I was amazed at the professionalism of cast and crew, who were all volunteers,” said Ron. “The way they brought my words to life left me with a huge lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. In fact I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.”

The Every Brothers will be performed at The Deco on Sunday, November 8th. For tickets, and more details, visit our website: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/the-every-brothers/

As usual we will be following social distancing and COVID-19 safety guidelines. Your well-being is paramount at all times, but it’s also very important to us you have a great night out, and enjoy this fantastic production.

What a great weekend we had as our theatre went back to its roots and became a cinema for the Bank Holiday. Indeed, the feedback has been terrific – so we’re doing it again later this month!

We’re putting on five iconic films over the weekend of September 26th/27th, and again, there is something for everyone:-

  • Toy Story
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Bambi
  • Pitch Perfect
  • Rocketman

As with Bank Holiday weekend – and, for that matter, with every visit to our theatre – it goes without saying that your well-being will be paramount at all times; all groups coming to watch a film will be socially distanced from others.

  • Downstairs in the stalls there will be tables for groups of four or six, disabled seating too.
  • All tables will be placed in a two-metre square area.
  • If you chose to sit downstairs, you will be able to order a selection of food to your table, including a cheese and anti-pasta platters, or afternoon tea.
  • You can also order buckets of bottled beer, which can include, if you wish, wines and small bottles of spirits, along with cans of soft drinks.
  • If you choose to sit in the upstairs seating, there will be two seats kept free either side of your group, as will three seats in front, and three behind each individual

You can also stop by before the film at our newly opened Golden Globe café, serving hot and cold drinks, and a selection of snacks, including pizzas, hotdogs, candy floss, popcorn and more. Again, we have organised this to respect social distancing, and all orders will be taken via our table service.

We will also be selling tubs of ice cream, and calypsos, during the interval.

Schedule:

Saturday, September 26th:

1645: Toy Story

2000: Saturday Night Fever

 

Sunday, September 27th

1300: Bambi

1530: Pitch Perfect

1900: Rocketman

 

Ticket prices:

Matinee performances

Table seating

Adult £6.50

Over 60/Student £5.00

Family of 4 £5.00 each

Family of £5.00 each

Family of 6 £5.00 each

 

Upstairs

Adult £5.00

Over 60/Student £3.50

Family of 4 £3.50 each

Family of £3.50 each

Family of 6 £3.50 each

 

Evening Performance after 6pm

 

Table seating

Adult £8.50

Over 60/Student £7.00

Family of 4 £7.00 each

Family of £7.00 each

Family of 6 £7.00 each

 

Upstairs

Adult £6.50

Over 60/Student £5.00

Family of 4 £5.00 each

Family of £5.00 each

Family of 6 £5.00 each

 

And finally: you will be expected to wear a ‘face mask’ while inside our theatre – except when sitting at your table if you’ve booked to watch the film downstairs, and have ordered food and drink, or if you’re using the Golden Globe cafe during your visit.

Thank you, as ever, for your support!

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a good Panto, and don’t we need to spread plenty of seasonal spirit, fun, and goodwill in December. So we’re delighted to be putting on our Christmas 2020 Panto ‘Sleeping Beauty’, which will run from December 11th to 24th.

Tickets are now on sale for performances up to the 18th inclusive; bear with us for Christmas week, we’ll make an announcement soon, but ticket sales were already high for those performances and we’re still rejigging to keep in line with our social distancing and COVID-19 safety guidelines – your safety and well-being is paramount at all times!

Our will last approximately 1 hour 20 minutes, with no interval: just the right length for a festive family treat, but without the traditional break in between because it would make social distance planning a little tricky.

It’s so sad to see Pantos being cancelled at theatres around the country, and we stand side by side with all the fantastic venues nationwide; before too long we want to see the entertainment industry is thriving once again, as it was, and should be.

And as we said, you’ll all deserve some Christmas cheer, and we’re determined to help deliver it at The Old Savoy, home of The Deco Theatre, and home to top quality family Panto every year.

Again, thank you for your support and goodwill. You’ve been amazing, and we really do appreciate it. For more details about our Panto arrangements: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/christmas-panto-2020-from-team-deco/

We’re delighted to say we’ve completed our line-up for our Old Savoy Cinema Weekend over the Bank Holiday Weekend at the end of this month. And what a cracking line-up it is too, with something for everyone to enjoy: Grease, ET, The Greatest Showman, Mary Poppins, Back to the Future, Bridget Jones Diary, Jurassic Park, Goonies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Mamma Mia.

Yes, our theatre is going back to its roots for a special weekend journey down Memory Lane, remembering the days when The Savoy, then The ABC, and finally Canon, was a popular town centre cinema. It is now The Old Savoy, home of The Deco Theatre, once again a busy entertainment venue putting on live shows throughout the year. But we are very proud of the theatre’s history, and a Cinema Weekend was a great way of honouring its past.

We’re showing 10 films over the weekend of August 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st, and we’d love you to come and join us – as a couple, as a family, with friends, whatever – and it goes without saying that your well-being will be paramount at all times; all groups coming to watch a film will be socially distanced from others.

  • Downstairs in the stalls there will be tables for groups of four or six, disabled seating too.
  • All tables will be placed in a two-metre square area.
  • If you chose to sit downstairs, you will be able to order a selection of food to your table, including a cheese and anti-pasta platters, or afternoon tea.
  • You can also order buckets of bottled beer, which can include, if you wish, wines and small bottles of spirits, along with cans of soft drinks.
  • If you choose to sit in the upstairs seating, there will be two seats kept free either side of your group, as will three seats in front, and three behind each individual

You can also stop by before the film at our newly opened Golden Globe café, serving hot and cold drinks, and a selection of snacks, including pizzas, hotdogs, candy floss, popcorn and more. Again, we have organised this to respect social distancing, and all orders will be taken via our table service.

We will also be selling tubs of ice cream, and calypsos, during the interval.

So a great weekend of film entertainment planned, a perfect afternoon or evening out for the family, a lovely, nostalgic, trip down Memory Lane for many, and to book your tickets, which go on sale from Friday, August 7, simply go online: www.thedeco.co.uk.

It’s just like old times!

Schedule:

Friday, August 28th: 1400: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

1900: Back to the Future

Saturday, August 29th: 1100: Goonies

1500: Mary Poppins

1900: Grease

Sunday, August 30th: 1400: ET

1900: The Greatest Showman

Monday, August 31st: 1100: Bridget Jones Diary

1500: Mamma Mia

1900: Jurassic Park

Ticket prices:

Morning and matinee performances

Table seating

Adult £6.50

Over 60/Student £5.00

Family of 4 £5.00 each

Family of £5.00 each

Family of 6 £5.00 each

 

Upstairs 

Adult £5.00

Over 60/Student £3.50

Family of 4 £3.50 each

Family of £3.50 each

Family of 6 £3.50 each

 

Evening Performance after 6pm

Table seating

Adult £8.50

Over 60/Student £7.00

Family of 4 £7.00 each

Family of £7.00 each

Family of 6 £7.00 each

 

Upstairs 

Adult £6.50

Over 60/Student £5.00

Family of 4 £5.00 each

Family of £5.00 each

Family of 6 £5.00 each

And finally: you will be expected to wear a ‘face mask’ while inside our theatre, except when sitting at your table if you’ve booked to watch the film downstairs, and have ordered food and drink, or if you’re using the Golden Globe cafe during your visit. Thank you for your understanding with this.

 
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