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We are working incredibly hard rescheduling shows that are having to be postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Where shows have been rescheduled, tickets will automatically be valid for these future performances. But we will be in touch with all ticket holders directly, to verify that, and – if required – detail the refund process if you cannot make the rescheduled date. So far only one show, Rapunzel, on April 18th, has been cancelled, and the email you receive will detail the process of your refund.

As of today, March 19th, the following shows have been affected by the current situation, and will no longer go ahead on the planned date;

  • 20th March –  Seven Drunken Nights – postponed, date to be confirmed
  • 21st March – Dancing Schools UK – postponed date, to be confirmed
  • 25th March – Old Time Music Hall, Cockney Knees up – postponed to 8th July
  • 26th March – Old Time Music Hall, Cockney Knees up – postponed to 9th July
  • 28th March – Johnny Ball Wonder of Numbers – postponed to 15th October
  • 1st April – Only Fools and Boycie – postponed to 5th September
  • 3rd April – No 1 Elton – postponed, date to be confirmed
  • 4th April – Sound of Springsteen – postponed to 3rd September
  • 6th April – Wizard of Oz – postponed to 29th March 2021
  • 7th April – Wizard of Oz – postponed to 30th March 2021
  • 10th April – Ben Hart – postponed to 26th October
  • 17th April – Iain Stirling – postponed to 12th March 2021
  • 18th April – Rapunzel – Cancelled
  • 24th April – Carpenters Gold – postponed, date to be confirmed
  • 25th April – Luther Vandross Celebration – postponed, date to be confirmed
  • 8th May – Walk Right Back – postponed, date to be confirmed

Due to the unprecedented level of enquiries we are currently dealing with, we request that you do not call our Box Office regarding any existing bookings.

For new bookings and enquiries, our Box Office can be contacted by telephone Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, and all shows can be accessed online at www.thedeco.co.uk. During this period all booking fees have been removed. Unfortunately, an in-person service will not be available, therefore please do not try and visit the box office until further notice.  We will notify you as soon as we are able to resume this service.

We wish to thank you 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 and stay safe

Team DECO

Our Easter Panto ‘The Wizard of Oz’, on April 6th and 7th, has been postponed due to the on-going COVID-19 crisis. The show has been rescheduled for March 29th and 30th next year.

As with other postponed performances, we will be in touch with all ticket holders directly, and – if required – detail the refund process if you are unable to make the rescheduled date.

Due to the unprecedented level of enquiries we are currently dealing with, we request that you do not call our Box Office regarding your booking.

Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding.

Team Deco are working incredibly hard rescheduling shows. We will be in contact with all ticket holders directly to explain the position regarding their tickets.

All shows up until 18th April 2020 have been effected by the current situation regarding COVID-19 and will no longer go ahead on the planned dates, we have sent an email to all ticket holders effected by the date changes.

Where possible we have rescheduled all shows for the upcoming months and tickets will automatically be valid for these future performances. We are working to confirm the future status of all shows as soon as possible, and we have started to contact everyone effected during this initial period.

Going forward, with immediate effect our Box Office will be serviced by telephone only Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, and online at www.thedeco.co.uk – bookings fees apply to online bookings only. If you wish to avoid bookings fees, please call us on 01604 491005 between the above times.

Due to the unprecedented level of enquiries we are currently dealing with, we request that you do not call our Box Office regarding existing bookings.

We wish to thank you for your understanding and patience during these challenging times, and will aim to keep you all regularly updated.

Stay Safe

Team DECO

The on-going COVID-19 crisis means the Open Day we had planned at The Old Savoy for Friday next week (March 27th) has been postponed until FRIDAY, MAY 2nd, 2pm-8pm.

The Open Day is an opportunity for anyone who’d like to be involved in working with us to come along and talk to us about the potential to become a part of our friendly, dedicated team.

We’re looking for freelance technicians, catering staff, Front of House staff, weekend staff, and volunteer stewards.

If you think this is something you’d be interested in, come along and meet the team, preferably with a CV telling us about previous experience. If you’d like to talk to us about it beforehand, email hello@thedeco.co.uk.

It’s now FRIDAY, MAY 2nd, 2pm to 8pm, delayed five weeks due to the current circumstances caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Once again, many thanks for your patience and understanding.

Having listened to the Government’s update regarding the Covid-19 crisis, we take on board the advice in regards to mass gatherings, including theatres. To that extent, we at The Old Savoy, home of The Deco Theatre, are in talks with event promoters and organisers, and industry advisers, and will be in touch with all ticket holders and other customers as soon as we can regarding their events.

A sincere ‘thank you’ for your understanding and patience, and rest assured, our staff are working flat out to deal with the many enquiries during these unprecedented circumstances.

The Deco prides itself on sparking creativity, being the place to be and building connections between people and businesses within our sector.

In light of the coverage on COVID-19 and the impact it is having globally, The Deco Theatre has been closely considering how we continue to deliver outstanding shows and by bringing people together in a safe environment.

We are mindful of our duty of care and consulting with experts to ensure the wellbeing of every attendee. Following advice from the Government, the Department of Health, Social Care and Public Health England The Deco Theatre will still be opening its doors for its upcoming shows, conferences and training events.

As a ticket holder, we want to let you know that should we be forced to postpone or cancel any show by instruction of the UK government in the first instance we will look to reschedule the show with the promoters. If this is not possible or the rescheduled date is not convenient, we will look to refund all ticket purchases booked through our box office (this will not include P&P or booking fees).

You do not need to do anything; we will contact you within 28 days to make arrangements to refund you. If you have purchased a ticket via another supplier, you will need to contact them directly.

Due to the current situation, we have put in place the following:

 

We ask all visitors to follow these guidelines (as advised by the NHS):

• If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.

• Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

• To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

If you think you may be affected, please stay indoors, avoiding contact with other people and please contact NHS 111 or 999.

• If you are due to attend a show or event within 14 days and have traveled from Cambodia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam and are experiencing cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should not attend The Deco Theatre, even if symptoms are mild, contact us on 01604 491005.

 

At The Old Savoy, Home of The Deco Theatre you will also notice:

• Hand sanitizer available at all entrances

  • All staff will be briefed on venue protocols surrounding COVID-19
  • We have just completed a deep clean and our which will be repeated on a quarterly basis in addition to ensuring cleanliness on a daily basis. stepping up our hygiene procedures, ensuring all surfaces, furniture and equipment is regularly cleaned
  • Additional signage will be on display to remind people of how to avoid the spread of germs
  • The Deco cleaning teams also are focusing on hygiene around ‘high touch’ areas, where the spread of viruses is more likely. This includes:
    1. Hard surfaces: reception areas, breakout areas and toilets
    2. Control pads: lifts
    3. Door handles: main entrances, hall floor entrances, meeting rooms, stairways and toilet entrances, as well as exit push buttons
    4. Handrails and banistersAs COVID-19 runs its course, we will remain vigilant, although optimistic and agile when and where necessary. We aim to continue doing what we do, bringing people together to create connections.

    We look forward to seeing you soon.

    The Deco Team

‘The Girl from Tiger Bay’ is the acknowledged as the world number one celebration of Dame Shirley Bassey, is coming to The Deco, for one night only, on Friday, February 7th. Telling the unique story of Dame Shirley Bassey’s incredible rise to stardom, and her magical career spanning 65 years, international tribute artist/vocal impersonator Joanne Copeman, who performs as ‘Surely Bassey’, has been performing globally as Dame Shirley since 2002.

“Surely this Bassey show is the best tribute to the Welsh singer!” – The Sun.

Here, Joanne talks to us about her love of Dame Shirley, and how she came to be an in-demand, world acclaimed tribute artist to her…

First experience of Dame Shirley?

I remember watching her on TV when I was a kid and being fascinated. I was probably only around 16 years old. That was 29 years ago and I’m still fascinated now.

What is it about her that captivates you so?

There are many things but the main things are, the drama & theatre she puts into every performance. She is mesmerising. Then there is the huge, powerful vocal, she has an incredible voice. Finally, I don’t think there is anyone on earth, more glamorous.

Favourite Shirley song?

I love watching her perform ‘What now my love’ I have many favourites. She manages to put tragedy into her performance, it is almost like opera. It’s so hard to choose just one. I also think ‘This is my life’ is amazing. To watch her perform this song is an emotional experience.

Have you met her? 

No, unfortunately not.  I came close, when I was performing at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel, in Monte Carlo, which was within view of her apartment, sadly she was on her way that very day, to the UK, to film the Dame Edna experience.  Her P.A. told me it was a shame as she may have been able to arrange something. Our paths have yet to cross but there is hopefully still time!

How many times have you seen her live?

I have seen her live twice. Once at the NEC Birmingham and the last time was in 2009 at the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse was an intimate performance to promote her album ‘The Performance’. I had the privilege of being right at the front and remember looking at her feet and shoes. I wish I’d seen her live on more occasions. I do have an impressive collection of her concerts on DVD though.

Tell us how you came about performing in her honour? 

It was 2002 when I became aware of the tribute market, and there was no-one else I would have wanted to portray and pay tribute to.

She’s so distinctive, it must have taken a lot of work to perfect your tribute to her!

She certainly is distinctive, which in some ways is a good thing regarding an impersonation, as you have such a lot of distinctive ‘isms’ to put in. By the same token, she is incredibly difficult because she is so unique and utterly brilliant.  It is a never-ending work in progress, to portray Dame Shirley, and I can never get complacent with it. Huge attention has to be given to the stage wardrobe. To make the necessary impact, and to create the wow factor, one has to put the effort in. Dame Shirley’s stage wear is iconic, and it’s expected by her fans.

Where have you performed as Shirley, other than the UK?

All over Europe, the Middle East and America. I have performed on glitzy yachts in the Bay of Naples, at celebrity weddings in Cannes, for the cast and crew of the James Bond film Casino Royale in Prague; there have been so many fabulous events.

Audience feedback?

My most rewarding audience feedback, is always from the avid and devoted Shirley fans, who attend our theatre shows.  When we do meet and greet afterwards and they tell me how much they enjoyed our show, where and when they have seen her live, and what she wore etc, that is so rewarding.

Have you ever had any feedback from her or her associates?

Yes, I was lucky enough to perform at a charity event for Barnardo’s, endorsed by Dame Shirley herself, which included the auction of her gowns at Cafe de Paris, in London’s Piccadilly. I had the honour of performing a live set as Dame Shirley, whilst wearing one of Dame Shirley’s original gowns, which was then auctioned off by Christopher Biggins. Dame Shirley was in Monte Carlo and unable to attend, but she had sent her P.A. Jenny Kern, who came back stage to see me after my performance and said I had done a fantastic job.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Do you / have you done any other tribute shows? 

Performing is in my DNA, and I realised quite early that 9-5 was not for me and I wanted to sing.  My Father was performing on the club circuit and had all the necessary experience to pass on to me. I started to learn my trade for a number of years on the club circuit with him initially, and then by myself.  If you put your heart and soul into portraying Dame Shirley, she is more than enough for anyone!

Did someone say you’re a published author?

Yes, I have indeed written a book. It is such a crazy way to earn a living, that it inspired me to write a very comical memoir, which is called ‘Bling, Boas and Balls’, available on Amazon, in either hard back, or eBook format. As it says on the back of the book, ‘it is a laugh out loud account, of the trials and tribulations of a tribute act’

For tickets for ‘The Girl from Tiger Bay’: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/the-girl-from-tiger-bay/, call 01604 491005, or pop to The Deco in Abington Square, Northampton between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

He has taken is award winning ‘Elvis in Vegas’ show worldwide – China, Australia and the USA to name just three destinations. But Fisher Stevens always gets a special buzz from putting on the show in his home county, and he is looking forward to bringing it to Northampton later this month.

Fisher and his 10-piece band are performing at The Deco Theatre on Friday, January 31st, and he can’t wait.

“It’s going to be another fantastic night celebrating ‘The King’, and I’m delighted to be back at The Deco – even more so after its recent rebrand, and becoming The Deco at The Old Savoy, which is fantastic for Northampton,” he said. “There’s going to be a terrific atmosphere, and it’s great to be performing as Elvis again.”

Although an acclaimed international Elvis performer, Fisher has recently been earning rave reviews for his show ‘A Beautiful Noise’, celebrating the musical career of another legendary American singer, Neil Diamond. Indeed, so successful has been that show – which he will be performing in Kettering next month – he had a run at London’s West End last year.

“Beautiful Noise has been awesome, the reviews have been fantastic, and performing the show in London, and in the West End, was a dream come true – an amazing experience,” said Fisher.

“But Elvis is still very much a part of me, there’s always a big demand for the show, and I’m really excited about performing it again, joined as always by an outstanding 10-piece band, who are looking forward to another fantastic night at The Deco as much as I am.”

Five years ago, Fisher was the first Elvis Presley tribute show to be invited to play in China, and he was so successful he was there for 12 weeks. He is a regular visitor to the USA, where he is a now familiar part of Elvis Week, held in Memphis every August, marking another year since ‘The King’s’ premature passing on August 16th, 1977, at just 42.

“It’s always a fantastic experience, and what makes it even more special for me is that in 2014 I won the prestigious ‘Elvis International Masters’ of that year, an honour that was one of the proudest of my life,” he said.

“I’m very privileged to be able to pay tribute, as I do, to two musical legends – Elvis and Neil Diamond – who I’ve been a fan of all my life, and every time I walk out on stage I feel as though I’m living the dream.”

For tickets to see Fisher Stevens perform is ‘Elvis in Vegas’ show at The Deco, Northampton, on Friday, January 31st, call the Box Office on 01604 491005, book online: www.thedeco.co.uk/event/elvis-in-vegas/, or stop by at The Deco, in Abington Square, Northampton, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

One of the most iconic buildings in Northampton town centre has completed its relaunch as The Old Savoy ‘The Home of the Deco Theatre’. And the new look has been given a massive ‘thumbs up’ by local people, with hundreds of enthusiastic comments on social media.

In a grand ceremony prior to the opening night of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ – The Deco’s Christmas Panto – pensioners Ken and Doreen Ridley cut the tape, and declared the start of an exciting new era for the popular entertainment venue. Visitors to The Deco Panto, and future productions, now enter through the front doors, and into the foyer, as they would have done in days gone by. Previously, visitors entered by the side entrance.

Ken and Doreen, from Daventry, celebrate 67 years of marriage on December 20th, and as they have done since 2009, will mark the occasion with a visit to The Deco‘s Christmas Panto. It was where they first met back in 1948, when the building was then The Savoy. It was then a cinema, and as teenagers, they were there with friends to watch a film.

“We love Panto, and we have very fond memories of The Savoy,” said Doreen, now 87. “So when they started putting on Pantos it was a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary, we’ve been coming every year, and we absolutely love it.”

They are now treated as VIPs by Deco staff, and were the obvious choice to perform the opening ceremony of ‘The Old Savoy’ according to house manager Jill Roach. “We absolutely love Mr and Mrs Ridley, and they were the obvious and perfect choice to do the honour for us,” said Mrs Roach.

“They didn’t stop for the opening night – they want to enjoy our Panto as they now traditionally do on their anniversary, and it is our pleasure to host them each year.”

The Old Savoy originally opened its doors as The Savoy on May 2nd, 1936. It became The ABC in the 1960s, hosting concerts by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, among other iconic bands of that era. More recently it has been The Jesus Centre, with The Deco operating within it as an independent, family run theatre.

Now Stage Right Productions, who manage The Deco, are looking after the whole building, running it as an entertainment venue, a community hub for the town, and making it available for hire for privately run conferences, events, business meetings, parties, and more.

“The response since the news about the relaunch was announced earlier in the year has been immense,” said Jill Roach. “But over the weekend, since we threw those doors open for the first time and rebranded the outside of the building, the response we’ve had on our various social media platforms as been truly wonderful and extremely positive.

“This is clearly regarded as a popular development for Northampton Town Centre, and we are thrilled to be giving this building back to the people of Northampton.”

The Deco Theatre is delighted to be hosting the award-winning, multi-sensory musical theatre company, Collar & Cuffs Co, when they perform the all-new ‘The Christmas Clock Returns’ in The Glen Suite on Sunday, December 8th – and we’ve saved the day by doing so!

Their popular Christmas children’s show is normally hosted at Delapre Abbey, but an administrative mishap left them potentially them with no venue. When The Deco heard about the problem, we were only too pleased to make our room available so that the organisers, the parents, and most importantly the children, were not disappointed.

“We’re absolutely delighted that The Deco has been able to step in and save the day, and can’t thank them enough” said Julia Collar, of Collar & Cuffs Co. “It was a genuine oversight, and the Delapre team feel really bad about what happened, but these things happen, it’s lovely that there’s a happy ending, and we can’t wait to be putting on our show at The Deco.”

‘The Christmas Clock Returns’ is a musical multisensory adventure about the excitement in the countdown to Christmas. Join the Spirits of Christmas exploring traditions of the festive season, and also discover lots of great tips for helping children cope with excitement and anticipation – a production suitable for children up to seven years old, and fully inclusive for special needs.

Said Julia: “It’s a very relaxed environment, with small audiences all inter-acting together and having fun, and we would love you to join us for one of the two performances we’ll be putting on at The Deco on December 8th.”

For more information, visit http://www.collarandcuffs.org/the-christmas-clock.html

 
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