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From Manchester to Port Talbot, via The Deco in Northampton, ‘Cilla and the Shades of the 60s’ is on a four month UK Tour, following it’s astonishing success on the road in 2017.

Its return to Northampton is just one of the many venues from last year’s tour that the 2018 tour is stopping off at, arriving in Northampton on Friday, April 6, the 12th of 31 performances the length and breadth of the UK over four months.

‘Cilla and the Shades of the 60s’ pays tribute to the legend that was Cilla Black, but also to many other superstars who burst on to the music scene in the 1960s, including Lulu, Dusty Springfield, The Beatles, Tina Turner, and more.

It’s a perfect musical stage show for families and pop music fans of all ages, taking the audience on a musical journey that starts at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club, where The Beatles, Cilla and more first made their name.

Cilla Black was 21 when she had her first UK Number 1 with ‘You’re My World’, and after a successful pop career in the 60s and 70s, went on to become the UK’s most popular TV presenter, starting with her own show, ‘Cilla’, which ran 1966-1978 to ‘Blind Date’ which ran for a record breaking 18 years.

Performing as Cilla is singer and fellow Liverpudlian Victoria Jones. “Growing up in Liverpool, I knew Cilla as a TV presenter, but when I discovered her music I was amazed by her vocal range and her emotional depth,” she told us. “I find her ballads so beautiful, and she portrays heartbreak in a truly moving way.

“Her passion has always inspired me – in fact I think I was born in the wrong decade!” she said. “Performing as Cilla gives me the opportunity to celebrate the sound and fashion of a generation of amazing women.

“I had such a brilliant time on tour last year, and I’m loving being back on the road again, and that involves coming back to Northampton again, where we had a great night last February.”

Supporting Victoria are The Shades, a fabulous trio of West End and musical theatre singers who perform some of the 60s’ greatest hits individually and together; their costumes and dance routines are second to none. And the hairstyles are also very 1960s, too!

Cilla and The Shades of the 60s, The Deco, Friday, April 6, 2018. To book tickets call the Box Office on 01604 491005, or book online:


He was idolised by fans of Tottenham Hotspur, played over 50 times for England, and was one of the country’s greatest ever naturally talented footballers. He’s also been England’s Head Coach, had a spell of manager of his beloved Spurs, and has was also manager of Swindon, Chelsea, Southampton and Wolves. Now Glenn Hoddle is a respected football pundit, and he’s appearing at The Deco on Friday, April 27.

‘An Evening With Glenn Hoddle’ is being organised by Niamh’s Next Step Childrens Cancer Charity, and during the course of the event he will share anecdotes, opinions, and answer questions from the audience.

The evening includes:

* Photograph Opportunity

* Licenced Bar

* BBQ Food available

* In-depth on stage interview with Glenn

*. Interactive Audience Q & A

* Charity Raffle and auction

* FA Cup Selfie Stand…

…plus much more!!

If you love football, you’ll love this great evening! And for an awesome cause, too. You can book via our website, or call our Box Office on 01604 491005

Deco Panto bargain alert – buy tickets for ‘Cinderella’ this March, and pay just £10 for any seat in the house!

We love Panto at The Deco. And we’re thrilled that so many people enjoy coming to our Panto’s at Christmas. We’ve another cracker for you this year: ‘Cinderella’, which runs from December 7 to 29, with Colin Ridgewell and Chris Wills – Captain Hook and Peter Pan respectively in last year’s Peter Pan Panto, having already pledged to return to The Deco.

We had sell-out shows last year, and to say ‘thank you’ for your support, we’re offering a special discount if you buy tickets for Cinderella before the end of this month: ALL available seats, anywhere in the house, for just £10 each.

So come and join us for Cinderella at Christmas, 2018. This fantastic offer ends on March 31, and we reckon it’s fantastic value – though we pride ourselves on great entertainment at affordable prices at The Deco. You can book online, or call our Box Office on 01604 491005. Come join the fun!

He was England’s World Cup winning rugby union captain in 2003, and then led his country as Head Coach. Martin Johnson, who also had a distinguished playing career with Leicester Tigers, is a sporting legend – and he’s coming to The Deco on May 4.

‘An Evening With Martin Johnson’ is another fantastic evening being organised in aid of Niamh’s Next Step Children’s Cancer Charity, and like Glenn Hoddle the previous week, the great man – who was also once captain of the British Lions, will talk about his life, career, rugby union in general, and share many extremely funny anecdotes.

For a rugby union loving town like Northampton, this is a fantastic opportunity to listen to, and meet, one of the game’s great characters of the past 30 years.

You can come as a group, and buy a table of 10 tickets, which include a photograph with Martin, or you can come with a few friends – general tickets are £30 (£20 under 16s), front circle seating, including a photograph with Martin, cost £35.

For more details, call 07515 751 333, or call the Deco Box Office on 01604 491005. A great night to look forward to for a great cause!


Northampton’s Deco Theature is building on its flourishing reputation as a popular entertainment venue, by launching a series of drama and comedy productions later this year. The ‘Drama at the Deco’ series will be starting on Thursday, June 14, with the award-winning production Scaramouche Jones, which has won rave reviews all over the country.

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’.

“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.”

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’ launches the ‘Drama at the Deco’ series on Thursday, June 14. It is a production whose multitude of awards include the top prize at the British All-Winners Drama Festival last year. Dates for other productions are still being finalised, and will be announced shortly,

Said Jill Roach: “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: or call the Box Office on 01604 491005.


Two popular stars of the Deco Theatre’s recent ‘Peter Pan’ production have already signed up to return for this year’s Christmas Panto, ‘Cinderella’.

Colin Ridgewell, who played Captain Hook in last month’s show, and Chris Wills (pictured), who was Peter Pan, proved such a big hit with audiences they were immediately invited back. And they have gladly pledged themselves to the family run Northampton town centre theatre yet again.

Indeed, it will be Colin’s fourth Deco Panto, and Chris’s third. Both said they had no hesitation in committing themselves once again.

“I absolutely love working at The Deco,” said Colin, who first made his name as one of the young stars of the BBC children’s series ‘Grange Hill’ in the 1990s. “The audiences are always fantastic, the productions are all of the highest standard, and the team behind the scenes are awesome.

“I had such great fun, once again, in Peter Pan, I was proud to be part of such a great Panto, and the feedback we had from so many people gave us all such a buzz, and was so much appreciated by us all.”

Chris, a popular children’s entertainer on stage and TV, said The Deco is one of his favourite theatres, and loves the atmosphere it generates. He said: “It’s a lovely, homely theatre, and the audiences generate such a wonderful atmosphere at Panto time it really is a privilege to be up there on stage performing.

“Like Colin, I had absolutely no hesitation in committing myself once again, and being part of what I know will be another awesome Panto,” said Chris. “When you work at The Deco you become part of a wonderful family, on stage and off it, and the professionalism is of the highest quality.”

Tickets for ‘Cinderella’ are already selling well, say theatre management. Any tickets bought before March 31 cost just £10, for any available seat in the house.

“We had a wonderful run of ‘Peter Pan’, with many of the shows sold out, which was fantastic,” said Deco Theatre House Manager, Jill Roach. “Colin and Chris were both fantastic, as were all the cast, and are such a pleasure to work with, and we’re delighted two of our most popular ‘regulars’ have already been booked.”

For more information: or call 01604 491005.

From Frank Sinatra to Rod Stewart, Adele to Elvis, Take That to The Bee Gees; from George Michael to Elton John, Little Mix to The Spice Girls, Genesis to The Four Seasons; from Cilla Black to Bob Dylan; with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers too – all tribute acts who will be entertaining audiences at Northampton’s Deco Theatre throughout 2018.

Sarah Evans brings her show, J’Adele, back to The Deco by popular demand on Friday, April 13, after a bravura performance as her hero in July 2016. Indeed, Adele herself was so impressed when she saw Sarah’s tribute show, she gave her five star rating.

If you love Adele, you’ll absolutely love this show – she had a standing ovation after her previous performance in Northampton. And if you love Take That, you will love Rule The World on Thursday, October 11 – they too were singled out by the real thing, with Gary Barlow fulsome in his praise of a tribute show has wowed audiences up and down the country, and abroad.

“We’ve had some fantastic nights at The Deco with tribute performers,” said Deco House Manager Jill Roach. “If you scout around there are some magnificent acts and performers, and we have some of the very best playing The Deco this year.

“Anyone who saw Sarah Evans as Adele when she came to Northampton 18 months ago will tell you how awesome she was – absolutely fantastic, and is coming back by popular demand; no wonder Adele herself was impressed.

“The same goes for the Take That tribute show – we’ve had lots of requests to bring them to The Deco, and are delighted we’ve finally secured them to visit Northampton in October.

“But they’re all really outstanding acts paying tribute to legendary performers, and they all put on a fantastic show, which is why we’re delighted to bring them to Northampton,” she said. “For us it means we are putting on some fantastic entertainment at The Deco to accommodate all tastes.”

For more information about the shows at The Deco in Northampton, visit the website:

Friday, April 6:                Cilla and the Shades of the 60s

Friday, April 13:              J’Adle, with Sarah Evans

Saturday, April 14:          Elvis in Vegas, with Fisher Stevens

Saturday, April 28:          Islands in the Stream – Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

Wednesday, May 9:        You Win Again – Celebrating the music of the Bee Gees

Thursday, May 17:          Coldplace play Coldplay

Saturday, May 19:           Ultimate Elton

Saturday, June 9:            Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show

Saturday, June 30:          Bye, Bye, Baby – Celebrating The Four Seasons

Sunday, August 5:           The Little Mix Show

Friday, October 5:            Genesis Connected

Thursday, October 11:     Rule The World – Take That!

Saturday, October 20:      The Bob Dylan Story

Saturday, October 27:      Some Guys Have All The Luck – The Rod Stewart Show

Friday, November 23:      Thank You For The Music – Ultimate Abba

Thursday, November 29: That’s Life – The Frank Sinatra Show

Friday, November 30:      Fastlove – a tribute to George Michael

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