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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.

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!

It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, June 21st. So if you’re thinking of a gift idea, we’ve a fantastic offer from The Deco.

Buy tickets ‪for any of our shows – and we’ve lots of great entertainment lined up later this year, and well into next – before next Sunday, and we’ll not only give you 10% off any tickets bought, but we’ll throw in two years free membership of our Silver Friends Membership, worth £60 (it’s £30 a year).

The Silver Friends membership can be gifted to your dad, or you can keep it yourself, just let us know when buying your tickets.

Simply book online (www.thedeco.co.uk), quote discount code ‘Father’ to book your tickets and receive your 10% discount, and to register for your sliver membership. We’ll then call you to finalise your membership – offer’s limited to one membership per transaction.

As a Silver Friends Member of The Deco you get:

* 10% ticket discount for up to 2 tickets per show,
* 10% off food and drink
* 10% off room hire
* Advanced booking – an early bird window for new shows
* A dedicated customer service representative
* Free ticket exchange: you can exchange your tickets up to 7 days prior to the show date.

So give your dad a treat this Father’s Day – what better than a great night out at The Deco!

 

Team Deco continue to work incredibly hard rescheduling shows – and in some cases rescheduling again – due to our enforced and understandable closure during the Covid-19 crisis. We are contacting all ticket holders directly to explain the position regarding their tickets and if required the refund process, please bear with us we promise we will be in touch.

Where we have rescheduled a show, tickets will automatically be valid for these future performances.

As at 30th May 2020 the following shows have been effected by the current situation regarding COVID -19 and will no longer go ahead on the planned date. Please note some rescheduled dates have been rescheduled again.

  • 21st March – Dancing Schools UK

– Postponed date to be confirmed currently 20th September 2020

  • 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 15th October 2020
  • 1st April – Only Fools and Boycie

– Postponed to 5th September now rescheduled to 1st October 2021

  • 3rd April – No 1 Elton – postponed to 9th January 2021
  • 4th April – Sound of Springsteen

– Postponed to 3rd September 2021 now rescheduled to 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

– Postponed to 26th October 2020 potentially moving to 26th March 2021

  • 17th April – Iain Stirling – postponed to 12th March 2021
  • 18th April – Rapunzel – Cancelled now rescheduled to 31st March 2021
  • 24th April – Carpenters Gold – postponed to 11th October 2020
  • 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
  • 15th May – Typically Tina – postponed to 11th September 2020
  • 16th May – Vienna Festival Ballet – Cancelled
  • 17th May – The Glenn Miller Story – postponed date to be confirmed
  • 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

– Postponed to 22nd August 2020 now rescheduled to 30th January2021

  • 21st June – Twirlywoos

– Postponed to 5th August 2020 now rescheduled to 29th May 2021

  • 26th June – The Sun Records Concert – postponed to 29th October 2020
  • 27th June – Northampton’s Rising Star – postponed to 27th November 2020
  • 28th June – A Beautiful Noise – postponed to 12th June 2021
  • 3rd July – Tommy Sandhu Besharam – postponed to 15th November 2020
  • 4th July – Rabbit Rabbit – A tribute to Chas and Dave – postponed to 15th January 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 24th July 2021
  • 11th September – The Upbeat Beatles – postponed date to 18th September 2021
  • 18th September – The Stones – postponed date to 30th April 2021
  • 25th September – Pop up Bowie – postponed to 14th June 2021
  • 4th October – Lollypops and Moptops – postponed to 11th June 2021
  • 11th November – Wartimes Memories – postponed to 17th November 2021
  • 12th November – Wartime Memories – postponed to 17th November 2021

As ever, thank you for your patience and goodwill in unprecedented circumstances. See you all soon!

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 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 Wednesday and Friday, 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.

The on-going COVID-19 crisis means the Open Day we have planned at The Old Savoy in Northampton has now been rescheduled for Saturday, August 15th, 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.

Once again, many thanks for your patience and understanding.

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.

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.

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

As a music loving young schoolgirl growing up in Northampton in the 1960s, Angie Marriott spent many a happy evening watching live bands at what was then The ABC – the iconic town centre building previously The Savoy, now hosting The Deco Theatre, and about to be relaunched as The Old Savoy.

When The Deco opened up the building to visitors during the recent Heritage Weekend, Angie decided it was time for a trip down Memory Lane, and was among those who joined the guided tours.

And she was in for a pleasant surprise. As she walked through the bar area, towards the main auditorium, she did a double take at a framed photograph hanging from the wall. To her astonishment, Angie realised she was in that photo, which was taken when ‪The Beatles played at The ABC in November 1963.

“I’d known the picture existed, but it was still a shock to see it framed on the wall, and it immediately brought back so many memories,” Angie told us. Now 69, she was just 13 years old when that photo (she’s on the left) was taken, and it was the second time that year she’d seen the Fab Four at The ABC. “They first played Northampton on March 27th, 1963, the day after their second LP, ‘Please, Please, Me’ was released.

“In March they were actually the supporting act to ‪Chris Montez and ‪Tommy Roe would you believe – but things had changed when they came back ‪on November 6th,” she said. “By this time they had really hit the big time; they were topping the bill by then, and it was at this concert where the picture was taken.

“Yes, I was screaming, as were most of the other female teenagers in the audience that night, but I also loved their music too – I’ve been a Beatles fan since they first burst on the scene, and I’m so proud and lucky to say I was able to see them play live, twice.”

Name some of the other biggest acts in the UK rock and pop world in the early 60s, and there’s a chance that Angie saw them at The ABC. “‪The Rolling Stones came here in 1965 and I was there then,” she remembered. “‪Del Shannon, ‪Billy Fury, ‪The Yardbirds with the very young ‪Jimmy Page and ‪Eric Clapton, ‪Gerry and The Pacemakers, ‪Gene Pitney, Manfred Mann, and many more; and among the comperes in those days were Jimmy Tarbuck, Dave Allen and Helen Shapiro!”

In those days, Angie lived in Kingsthorpe, and was a pupil at Notre Dame School in Northampton town centre. She would rush home from school, change, and then head into town on the bus to meet up with friends, who went to the concert with her.

“There were two older ones – Roy and Sandy – who we got to know: they would queue up all night to make sure we got the best tickets, and we were very lucky, we were always at the front thanks to them, and I have such happy memories of great times with lovely friends,” she said.

Of all the acts she saw at The ABC between 1963 and 1967, ‪The Beatles made the most impact. Now, 56 years on, she loves their music as much she ever has. “Their appeal was that they were four very talented individuals who blended perfectly together, created a beautiful sound, and wrote many of the greatest songs ever,” said Angie. “I was so disappointed when they split up in 1970, but we could all see it coming; I then followed their individual careers.”

Angie is delighted the building that was The ABC in her youth, having opened in 1936 as The Savoy, is now being re-branded as The Old Savoy, and becoming not just an entertainment venue, but a community hub for everyone to use.

“It’s wonderful news, absolutely fantastic, and it’s going to make such a big difference to the town centre,” she said. “For many people in the town it is a venue that gave them so many happy memories, and I’m sure it is going to make memories for many other people in the years ahead.”

 
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