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Singer Lydia Lucy is back at The Deco this Christmas, which is great news for everyone who’ve told us how much they enjoyed her Panto performances in Peter Pan last year, and Beauty and the Beast in 2015. And despite a busy schedule, Lydia had no hesitation, she tells us, in accepting the invitation to play Cinderella this Christmas.

Actually, to describe Lydia’s schedule as ‘busy’ is to grossly under-estimate it. Perhaps ‘manic’ is more appropriate, or even ‘non-stop’. The bottom line is this: Lydia works incredibly hard; and such is her flourishing career as a singer and performer, her workload as taken her to many parts of the world this year, as well as all over the UK.

So, by her own admission, appearing in Panto in Northampton throughout December is rare stability. And anyway, she loves being at The Deco. “I really do,” she says. “It’s a wonderful family atmosphere: I love the team behind the scenes who work so hard, and are always so helpful and obliging, I love working with the cast – some familiar faces, but those I hadn’t met before are fab – and the audiences at Deco Pantos are always so much fun, and fantastic to perform to.”

It was after her first Deco Panto appearance in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ that Lydia went off to compete in the TV talent show ‘The Voice’, where she made it through to the Grand Final, and finished third. She made such a big impression to so many, that she has barely had a day off since!

And though she can’t give too much away at the moment, she is already excited about what 2019 holds, with exciting opportunities about to come her way.

“I’d love to say more, but it’s all under wraps at the moment,” said Lydia. “Suffice to say I’m excited, but then I’m very lucky, because I’m doing what I love: singing and performing; it’s so busy, it’s crazy at times, but always great fun.

“But doing Panto is great fun too, and crazy in a different way, because we all have so much fun on and off stage.

“And what’s more, we’ve got another fantastic show lined up, with a great cast, and yet again, an amazingly talented team of young local performers and dancers supporting us, so it’s all very exciting.”

‘Cinderella’ is at The Deco Theatre, Abington Square, from December 7 to 29. For tickets, www.thedeco.co.uk, call the Box Office on 01604 491005, or call by in person between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

It may well be Halloween this week, but The Deco Theatre is set to continue the spooky celebrations into next month, with the forthcoming production of the popular musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.

The popular show mixes together horror, sci-fi, comedy and rock music, and has become a cult classic the world over since it was first performed on Broadway, in New York, 30 years ago.

This brand-new production will be playing at the Deco in Northampton for six performances between November 13th and 17th.

‘Little Shop of Horrors’, was devised and written by the combination of composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, who are most famous for their work on some of Disney’s most popular films, including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast.

‘Little Shop’ showcases some of their finest work, with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score, and became one of Broadway’s longest running shows.

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

But the plant develops a craving for human flesh and blood, and before long, Seymour feeds Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant in the hope that he might then win her heart. The big question is whether “Audrey II” will take over the world, or if Seymour and Audrey can defeat it!

The show at The Deco features an amazing animatronic plant which starts off as a seedling but by the second half of the show has grown to fill almost the whole stage!!

Director Mindy Robinson says: “It’s a fabulous, fun, show, with great songs and some amazing performances, but people always leave talking about the Audrey II plant, it is a real scene stealer!”

Little Shop of Horrors runs at The Deco Theatre from Tuesday November 13th until Saturday November 17th at 7.30, with a 2.30 matinee on Saturday afternoon. To book, call The Deco Box Office on 01604 491005, or go online: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/little-shop-of-horrors/

 

She’s bright, she’s bubbly; she’s young, and she’s funny. Very funny. She’s Lauren Pattison, one of the rising stars of stand-up comedy, and heading to Northampton next month.

Lauren is a stand-up natural. She took to it like the proverbial duck to water from the moment she first gave it a go at 18, and such has been the impact she has made, Lauren has barely had a day off since turning professional just over a year ago.

Her shows – observational comedy, in which she shares her own life experiences – sell out. Indeed, there wasn’t a seat to be had during her run at the Edinburgh Festival in August, and so successful was that show, she is now taking it to venues around the country, including The Deco Theatre, in Northampton town centre, on Monday, November 19.

“I’m going to places I’ve been to before, and that I like, and Northampton fits the bill perfectly,” said Lauren, who has been making people laugh since she was at school in Newcastle. She said: “I was actually quite shy as a youngster, but in my teens I started doing drama and loved it; and what I loved most was making people laugh, so for me it seemed a natural segway to go from drama to comedy.

“I joined a local group for kids which specialised in comedy, which I loved, and from then on I listened to comedy, watched it on TV, and went to see it live; then at 18 I decided to go for it, and started looking for opportunities.

“The first gig I did was when I entered a competition for stand-ups near my home – I thought I’d give it a go, but also use the opportunity to meet people and get some advice,” she said. “I’d never done a gig before, but I got through to the semi-finals, which was really exciting.

“After that, I spoke to a local comedy club, who were good enough to find a slot for me, and from then on it was a chain reaction, with one gig leading to another, and so on.”

Lauren continued to gain experience during four years as a drama student at Northumbria University – she graduated with a first class masters degree – and combined studying with fitting in gigs wherever and whenever she could.

Her reputation flourished, and the next step was to move down to London to try her luck in the comedy clubs around and about the capital, though it was the after the five-star reviews she achieved for her debut Edinburgh Festival Show in 2017 that eventually gave her the confidence to turn professional, though she admits she did so with reservations.

“But it’s been an amazing year,” she said. “I’ve performed in Australia and Canada, I’ve appeared on TV in ‘The Comedy Store’, and I was nominated in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category for the Lastminute.com awards, so it’s gone really well.

“I now gig all over the country, and I love it; I’m earning a living doing something I find so fulfilling, and I’m enjoying every minute.”

Lauren describes herself on stage as ‘a storyteller’. She said: “My comedy is anecdotal and observational, I don’t do politics, nor do I do satire; the material I write is all based on my own experiences and observations.”

And a year on since turning professional, it is fair to observe that Lauren’s star is on the rise. “To think that last year I was excited, but also very scared,” she said. “I didn’t know where my next money was coming from, or if I was ever going to make it.”

But the flood of great reviews from critics and audiences alike speak for themselves. This rising star of stand-up comedy definitely made the right decision!

 You can see Lauren at The Deco, Northampton, on Monday, November 19. To book tickets, call the Box Office on 01604 491005 or book online: www.thedeco.co.uk/event/lauren-pattison-peachy/

 

Just a couple of weeks after under-going a painful hernia operation, Pete Bultitude, front-man of the Kettering based Genesis Connected, is going back on stage – and starting another UK Tour on home territory in Northamptonshire, when he takes his acclaimed tribute show to Northampton’s Deco Theatre.

Pete’s incapacity at the start of this month meant putting back their Deco show from October 5th to the 25th, and he says he cannot wait to be performing again.

“Playing in our home county is very important to us, and however frustrating it was to move the initial date, I had no choice, because if you get called in by the hospital for an operation you’ve been waiting for, you obviously do it,” said Pete.

“But it takes a lot to keep me down, and after a few days’ recuperation, we’re back rehearsing and looking forward to playing The Deco on Friday, October 25th, before heading down to London the following day.”

Genesis Connected is now acclaimed as Europe’s number one tribute act, and after winning rave reviews around the UK for their stunning tribute to the iconic band, are now receiving invitations to play abroad, and have already been over to Germany to perform.

“We have to be careful, because though we absolutely love what we do, we all have full time jobs, so we work our schedule around our work commitments, but the response we’re getting is phenomenal,” said Pete.

“We’re really looking forward to playing The Deco again; we had great feedback from our show there last year, and we’re delighted that such was the enthusiasm for us we have been invited back there.”

Pete became involved with Genesis Connected after coming up with the idea with keyboard player and his best friend Chris Woods.

He said: “We loved Genesis, but also loved the biggest solo acts that came from it. Once, we were both performing in a Phil Collins tribute show and the power cut, I grabbed an acoustic guitar and started playing Over My Shoulder by Mike and the Mechanics, the audience all sang along and me and Chris thought, time to do this!”

Which is why their show now covers all the great Genesis hits, plus the solo careers too of Collins and Peter Gabriel, and the music of Mike and the Mechanics, headed by guitarist Mike Rutherford.

Indeed, so authentic is the show that Pete also includes Collins’ drum solo as part of his repertoire. He is an accomplished drummer himself, inspired in the first place after hearing the drum fill in Collins’ song ‘In The Air Tonight’.

“It captured my imagination and from that moment on I was hooked,” said Pete. “Phil Collins is an icon to me; I even play a Premier 70s drum kit very similar to one he owned as well as using his signature drum sticks!”

Genesis Connected is at Northampton’s Deco Theatre on Friday, October 25th. For tickets: www.thedeco.co.uk/event/genesis-connected/ or call the Box Office on 01604 491005. The Deco is situated in Abington Square, Northampton, across the road from BBC Northampton, and opposite Steffans jewellers. St Michael’s car park is situated at the back of the theatre.

‘Emerald Storm’, a brand new theatre celebration of the glory of Irish dancing and culture, begins its first UK Tour this week. And is heading to The Deco later in the month, on Friday, October 26.

From the producers of the hit West End hit shows ‘Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners’, and ‘Walk Right Back – The Everly Brothers Story’, this exciting new show provides a fresh take on the Irish Dancing tradition, and features some of Ireland’s most talented performers.

Mike Crawshaw, of the vocal harmony group The Overtones, is a director of the show producers, Slamdunk Entertainments who produce the show.

”Irish dancing is very popular, and I absolutely love it,” he said. “What we want to do in ‘Emerald Storm’ is demonstrate the emerging contemporary scene within the world of Irish Dance, honouring it’s awesome tradition as we do it, but at the same time, bringing it into the 21st century, and highlighting what a new generation are now contribution to the art.

“We’ve a cast of amazing dancers, and we’re lucky to have a team of incredible musicians providing a heavenly soundtrack to our adventure,” he said. “From traditional folk songs, original instrumentals and modern acoustic tracks, the stunning vocalists and fantastic live musicians take you to another world.”

The show follows a thrilling story, set in Celtic mythology – a tale of good and evil, which keeps audiences the edge of their seats throughout, with the dynamic choreography and lyrical soundtrack.

Said Mike: “We wanted to break the mould and step in a fresh direction for shows of this genre. We couldn’t do a show of this nature without the explosive, driving numbers quintessential of the Irish Dance tradition, and nor would we want to!

“But the crossover pieces, the variety and contrast provide something unexpected which we hope will leaving audiences reeling, and wanting more; it’s something completely new and that’s never been explored before.

“Let us transport you to the mythological paradise of Celtic heaven – ‘the otherworld’ – in an epic battle between the light and the darkness.

“In a mystical land parallel to ours, a fairy kingdom exists in peace and tranquillity; but when an uprising threatens to destroy utopia, the Queen of the Otherworld is forced to call upon the help of the mortals.”

So, can the Emerald Storm defeat the elements and restore harmony? Will Heaven be saved?  Will the mortals succeed?

Join us at The Deco on Friday, October 26, to find out. It’s a fantastic production, amazing dancing, and a great night out!

 

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

 

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

Former World Heavy Weight boxing champion and popular celebrity Frank Bruno is heading to Northampton’s Deco Theatre. Frank, who was awarded an MBE for services to boxing, will be the star of ‘Let Me Be Frank’ on Saturday, October 6 – an evening of conversation and audience participation hosted by comedian and entertainer Jed Stone.

In the show, which is touring the country, Frank talks opening – frankly – about his recent autobiography, which charts his illustrious boxing career, and his life since hanging up his gloves in 1996,

Since then he has become an entertainer, appearing regularly in Pantos, and also a popular figure on the ‘after-dinner’ speaking circuit.

But he has also had well documented battles with depression, which he also talks openly about; indeed he used this media attention to help with the stigma attached to mental health, and help raise the standards of care given to those suffering mental health issues.

‘Let Me Be Frank’ will give you a full insight into Frank’s life, with honest conversation and light-hearted humour for which he is renown and loved nationwide.

By the way, there is also an opportunity to meet Frank before the show for photos and autographs, and receive a copy of his latest book, which retails at £20.

For full details, book online, or call our Box Office on 01604 491005.

 
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