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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, or call the Box Office 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

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: 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!”

For tickets:, 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.

One of the most acclaimed and best-known Adele tribute performer is heading back to Northampton next month, as Sarah Evans brings her touring production to The Deco Theatre.

Friday, April 13 will be unlucky for anyone fan of Adele who misses out on seeing Sarah’s show ‘J’Adele’, which celebrates the music of her hero, and features all the big hits from the 10-time Grammy Award winner’s three album career, including ‘Rollin’ in the Deep’, ‘Hello’, and ‘Someone Like You.”

Indeed, Sarah was hand-picked by Adele herself to perform for the superstar singer at the BBC, after her audition video had made the star cry. The pair then went on to perform together, and this show has been described by Adele as “amazing”.

“Adele is just so nice and down to earth; and has very generous with her support,” said Sarah, who hails from Weston Super Mare, where she first started performing as a singer at 16.

“There is just nothing showbiz about her, she is just very personable and down to earth – and for me, performing her songs is a sheer pleasure,” she said. “I have always been a fan, I’ve always loved her music, and it is a sheer pleasure to share my passion with audiences who appreciate Adele as much as I do.

“I had a fabulous evening in Northampton in July 2016, when I was made so welcome, and performed to a lovely audience, and I’m looking forward to doing all again next month.”

Sarah, who performs with a six piece band and backing singers, is currently touring the UK is currently touring the UK with her J’Adele show. She has performed not only all over this country, but throughout the world, too, and other highlights include a performance alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Audience.

But she is more than just a singer. She has a degree in animal biology from Oxford Brookes University. But while that subject fascinates her, singing is her great love. “I was really proud of myself when I got that degree,” she said. “But for me, nothing beats being on a stage entertaining people, and I hope that if you love Adele as much as I do, you’ll love seeing my show as much as I love performing it.”

Jill Roach, House Manager of The Deco Theatre, said she is delighted Sarah is bringing her ‘J’Adele’ show back to Northampton. “She sounds so much like Adele, if you closed your eyes you start to believe it actually is Adele you’re listening to” she said.

“Sarah was awesome when she came to The Deco in 2016, and the feedback was fantastic; if you love Adele, then this show will blow you away.”

For tickets, go to, or call the Box Office, on 01604 491005

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!


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