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She’s young, she’s very funny, and she’s heading to Northampton.

Award winning comedian Lauren Pattison is appearing at The Deco on Monday, November 19.

A native of Newcastle, Lauren, 23, turned professional at the end of last year, but has made a massive impact on the comedy circuit since. She has recently completed a successful, and acclaimed, stint at the Edinburgh Festival, where her show sold out, and before that she sold out too at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia, and the prestigious Just For Laughs in Montreal, Canada.

Nominated for the Lastminute.com ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2017, tipped as one of comedy’s biggest names of the future, Lauren has already appeared on TV’s Live At The Comedy Story, and is heading to Northampton as part of a UK tour, with support from fellow comedian, Will Duggan.

“We’re delighted to be hosting Lauren in Northampton, she’s one of the most exciting young comedians to come on the scene for many years,” said Deco Theatre House Manager Jill Roach. “She is winning rave reviews wherever she goes, not just in the UK, but around the world,

“She’s a superb storyteller, very self-deprecating, and not yet even 24, she has a very bright future to look forward to, and the Deco audience will love her.”

For tickets, and more information, go to https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/lauren-pattison-peachy/ or call The Deco on 01604 491005

 

To those who know her, Panto star Fern Roach is probably best known as the ‘Little Miss Billy Whizz’ you see running around The Deco on show nights, fulfilling a multitude of duties, yet taking it all in her stride. From organising the technical side of a show, to selling ice-creams at the interval, if it needed to be done, Fern would do it.

But little did people realise that deep down, 21-year-old Fern nurtured a secret desire to be on the stage performing, rather than being very busy behind the scenes. Or that she had hidden talents as both a singer and an actor. But she did, and she has. And if anyone needed any persuading of her abilities, then the proof was her performance in ‘Cats’, The Deco’s summer youth project, in particular her acclaimed singing of ‘Memory’, the classic song from that show.

“To be honest, I’d always wanted to have a go, right from when I was a young girl,” said Fern, born and raised in Northampton, and whose appearance as the Fairy Godmother in ‘Cinderella’ will be her third Deco Panto, having previously been a dog in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ three years ago, and a mermaid in ‘Peter Pan’ last Christmas. “That said, when I was growing up, horses were my great love; I’ve been riding since I was four, and competed at shows all over the country.

“I still love horses, but after finishing my education, and starting work as a stage-hand with the family business Stage Right, and then working at The Deco in various roles, I started to think that it was something I’d like to do.”

Stage Right is the company that manages and runs The Deco, so Fern was well placed to follow her dream, and if anyone needed proof she could cope under pressure, then she showed those qualities back in 2014, when she took on the duties as deputy stage manager for ‘Wizard of Oz’, and coped admirably.

“I was supposed to be the number two, but the SM had to pull out just days before the First Night, and I was thrown into the thick of the action,” she remembered. “I had no choice but to get on with it, but looking on from the side of the stage, it was then I started to seriously consider performing on it, rather than make things happen off it!

“So I went on an adult Musical Theatre course, which I really enjoyed, and the following year I asked my mum if I could audition for a role in the 2015 Panto ‘Beauty and the Beast’; but she already had a role in mind for me: as Dave The Dog!”

Mum is Jill Roach, house manager at The Deco and co-owner of Stage Right, who has encouraged Fern’s enthusiasm for performing, and who gave her the opportunity to audition for the Mermaid role in ‘Peter Pan’ last year.

“It wasn’t just any audition,” said Fern. “When I told mum I was interested, I had to sing in front of her and dad there and then, in the living room, with no time for any rehearsal!

“Talk about being put on the spot, but happily they were both genuinely impressed and I got the part – and don’t ever think they give me any allowance as proud parents: mum and dad have extremely high standards, and if they hadn’t have thought I was good enough, then I wouldn’t have got the part.”

And anyone who saw Fern’s performance in ‘Cats’ would verify that she is winning her roles on merit. “I really enjoyed that, and this year I’ve done another course in musical theatre, and also courses in acting and dance.”

Little Miss Billy Whizz is now very much Little Miss Showbiz!

“I’m taking this very seriously, and I’m going to work hard, keep auditioning for roles at The Deco and elsewhere, and let’s see where it takes me,” she said. “You can’t help but learn so much by working with top class and experienced performers like Lee Bright, Colin Ridgewell, Chris Wills, Lydia Lucy, Sammy Webb, and Clive Fletcher, as I will be in ‘Cinderella’, so I’m very lucky.

“The most important thing is that I’m loving what I’m doing, and I’m just so excited about being in ‘Cinderella’ – we’ve another terrific show for our audiences.”

Fern will be appearing in ‘Cinderella’ at The Deco between December 7 and 29. Tickets can be booked online: www.thedeco.co.uk, by calling the Box Office on 01604 491005, or from The Deco, in Abington Square, Northampton, between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday.

 

He’s Bright. He’s Buttons. And he’s back in Northampton this Christmas.

He’s Lee Bright. Bright by name, and bright by nature; you can guarantee he will be a bundle of energy and fun during The Deco Theatre’s run of its Christmas Panto, ‘Cinderella’, this December.

This will be Lee’s 15th successive year of doing Panto, and ‘Buttons’ is among his favourite roles. He is back at The Deco after four years, and cannot wait to get started.

“I was in Wizard of Oz in 2014; I loved being at The Deco, and returning for the official photo-shoot was just like coming home,” said Lee, who played Aladdin in Bognor Regis last year. “The team behind the scenes are all so lovely.

“But not only that, they are very professional and extremely well organised, they work so hard to put on a fantastic Panto every Christmas, and judging by all the wonderful reviews over the years, they do that very well.”

As a performer, Lee has worked all over the UK, including London’s West End, but says Panto is ‘without doubt’ his favourite time of the year.

“Christmas is magical, and going to a Panto is a wonderful experience for families,” he said. “As I kid I loved it, and as a performer I love making the experience as special now as it was for me way back when.”

And Lee will be hoping The Deco audience love Buttons this Christmas. He said: “Buttons is actually quite a challenging role – you want the audience to love him, but you don’t want to over-shadow the Prince, so it’s a fine line, but all part of the fun.”

Chris Wills is playing the Prince this Christmas, starring alongside Lee, Lydia Lucy, Colin Ridgewell, Sammy Webb, Fern Roach and Clive Fletcher, supported, as usual, by an awesome cast of young dancers.

Said Lee: “It’s a fantastic cast of talented people, who are all very easy to get along with, and I’m looking forward to working with them in December. For me, great Panto is a perfect blend of all the elements: a dame, good voices, choreography,  and bringing everyone together to work as a team.

“We have all that and more, including not just one, but two fantastic dames in Colin and Sammy, we all know that Lydia has an awesome singing voice, and once again The Deco has put together another talented cast.”

“The audiences are terrific at The Deco, and we really appreciate that people choose our Panto to come and see, which is another reason why it is so important to make sure they go away having had a magical time.”

Away from performing, Lee teaches others to follow in his footsteps through his business Bright-Starz, which he runs from his home town, Chesham. “I teach singing and acting on a one-to-one basis, and I also teach audition techniques, which is something that too often gets overlooked.

“I’ve done plenty of auditions myself in the past, and I’ve also sat on panels watching and judging auditions, so I’ve seen it all,” said Lee.

And though he loves teaching, he still loves being on stage himself just as much. Especially doing Panto’s at Christmas, which is great news for The Deco. We have no doubt the audiences will love Lee in ‘Cinderella’ as they did in ‘Wizard of Oz’ four years ago.

And one thing is for sure: there’ll never be a dull moment with Lee about!

Comedy, Panto, tributes, nostalgia, a traditional Irish knees-up, and some more Forbidden Nights – The Deco Theatre already has a packed programme of top class entertainment lined up for 2019, with lots more to follow.

The comedy comes from the fantastic Lost Voice Guy, otherwise known as Lee Ridley, who wowed the nation earlier this year when he was an extremely popular winner of the ITV talent show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Lee brings his touring show – described by critics as “laugh-out loud funny” – to The Deco on Saturday, February 9, one of two great shows that month. A week before, on February 2, The Deco goes all nostalgic for the music of the 1980s, with the hit-show ‘80’s Mania’, that is stopping off in Northampton during a UK tour earning much acclaim.

Another acclaimed kicks off the New Year programme at The Deco, with a celebration of legendary singer Whitney Houston, in the acclaimed show ‘Whitney, Queen of the Night’ on Saturday, January 19; a stunning production that has earned standing ovations wherever it has played, and does total justice to the late, great singer.

In March another singing legend is celebrated at The Deco – The Girl From Tiger Bay, on Friday, March 22nd, is an awesome, and fitting tribute to the great Dame Shirley Bassey. Joanne Copeland has been performing as Dame Shirley since 2002, and has so far taken her show to 25 countries, and her show takes you on a journey through 65 years of Shirley Bassey’s amazing career.

There are two more fantastic tribute nights in April, honouring the music of Madonna on Friday, April 19 in the show ‘Material Girl’, then celebrating the rhythm and blues legend Luther Vandross a week later, on April 26 in the touring show ‘Luther’.

Returning to The Deco by popular demand on March 1 is Forbidden Nights, a show that always attracts 5-star ratings, and which has twice played out to packed houses during previous visits to the Northampton theatre.

Also in March, a great Irish party on Friday the 29th – yet another highly acclaimed production comes to The Deco, with ‘Seven Drunken Nights – the story of The Dubliners’. This is another show that has thrilled audiences nationwide, including London’s West End, and is guaranteed to be an awesome knees-up for all.

And completing a fantastic first four months of 2019 is The Deco’s Easter Panto Spectacular, Beauty and the Beast, over two days on April 10th and 11th. This is the fourth year The Deco team have put on a Spring Panto, which has proved highly popular with local families looking for Easter entertainment.

For details about all Deco shows, visit the website at www.thedeco.co.uk, or call 01604 491005.

For the girls of the Welland Valley Under 13s football team, it was a pre-season friendly with a difference!

Indeed, they had quite a shock when they turned up for a run-out, in preparation for their new league season, which begins next month (September). Because facing them across the other side of the pitch was the cast of The Deco Theatre’s Christmas Panto, ‘Cinderella’.

There was Cinderella herself, who fancied herself as a useful striker, though Lydia Lucy admitted later she much preferred singing to playing football. Buttons and Prince Charming took it all very seriously, while the two Panto Dames – Sam and Chris – almost gave the impression they might have played the game before!

And by the time the girls – who play in the Northamptonshire Womens’ and Girls’ Macron Football League – had come to terms with who they were up against, they had conceded two goals!

But the result was academic. And for the record, it finished in a 2-2 draw. This was all in the name of fun. The Welland Valley girls won a Deco competition to feature in the promotion video for this year’s Panto, and the 7-a-side football match will be the main feature of the film.

“It was fantastic fun, and the girls loved every minute of it,” said Welland Valley coach Rob Golding. “We were absolutely thrilled to be chosen to appear in the video, the cast were all a pleasure to be with, and we’re all really looking forward to meeting up again with them in December when we go to see the Panto.”

After Buttons and Dame Sam gave the Panto cast a first half lead, Welland Valley fought back in the second. Molly Jones scored a penalty, but the girls were still heading for defeat until Dame Sam scored a dramatic own goal in the last minute of the game.

“As a footballer I actually think Sammy Webb makes a great Panto Dame,” said Buttons, played by Lee Bright, and his team’s second goal scorer. “Fancy kicking the ball into the wrong goal – it was outrageous; we were playing to win!

“Actually, a draw was definitely a fair result, but most importantly we all had great fun, we were made extremely welcome by everyone at Welland Valley, and we wish them all the very best for their new season.”

‘Cinderella’ at The Deco, runs from December 7th to 29th. For tickets, which start from just £10, go to www.thedeco.co.uk, or call the Box Office on 01604 491005

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.

 
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