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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.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a good Panto, and don’t we need to spread plenty of seasonal spirit, fun, and goodwill in December. So we’re delighted to be putting on our Christmas 2020 Panto ‘Sleeping Beauty’, which will run from December 11th to 24th.

Tickets are now on sale for performances up to the 18th inclusive; bear with us for Christmas week, we’ll make an announcement soon, but ticket sales were already high for those performances and we’re still rejigging to keep in line with our social distancing and COVID-19 safety guidelines – your safety and well-being is paramount at all times!

Our will last approximately 1 hour 20 minutes, with no interval: just the right length for a festive family treat, but without the traditional break in between because it would make social distance planning a little tricky.

It’s so sad to see Pantos being cancelled at theatres around the country, and we stand side by side with all the fantastic venues nationwide; before too long we want to see the entertainment industry is thriving once again, as it was, and should be.

And as we said, you’ll all deserve some Christmas cheer, and we’re determined to help deliver it at The Old Savoy, home of The Deco Theatre, and home to top quality family Panto every year.

Again, thank you for your support and goodwill. You’ve been amazing, and we really do appreciate it. For more details about our Panto arrangements: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/christmas-panto-2020-from-team-deco/

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!

 

Typically Tina

Live entertainment will return to The Deco with a socially-distanced celebration of Tina Turner after the Covid-19 lockdown.

We’re re-opening with ‘Typically Tina’, an awesome tribute show, on Friday, September 11th. And we cannot wait to get back to putting on shows.

Seats will be removed or covered over to make sure everyone stays apart, and we are very much looking forward to doing what we love again: putting on great entertainment.

Said House Manager Jill Roach: “We thought we would run with the Tina Turner show as the production company wanted were keen to do it, and and it’ll be a nice test for us to see if it goes to plan with our one-way system and the other facilities we’re putting in.

“Obviously things could change, but as we start to emerge out out of lockdown we decided we would put a stake in the ground and say, ‘we’re going to reopen the doors’ – even if it’s just serving ice cream – on September 1st, then have the concert on the 11th.”

The Tina Turner tribute concert, by performer Karin Bello, was meant to be on May 15, but like every other show at every other venue, was postponed by the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis.

“Everyone will have their temperature checked on arrival, there will be a one-way system around the venue, spaced out seating to maintain a two-metre buffer between groups, and staff will be wearing PPE,” said Jill.

“I hope we can get back to some sort of normality – I think people have it engrained in them to social distance and that’s the way to go for the foreseeable future.”

“I can’t wait to get it open again,” she said. “It was so exciting to relaunch last Christmas, and now we need to get people’s confidence back, but so many people have been extremely supportive towards us, and we’ve lots of fantastic entertainment lined-up way into next year.”

Tickets for Typically Tina are £18.50, with a £5 discount available with code FIRST. For more information, visit thedeco.co.uk.

 

We hope you are all staying safe and well, and also remaining upbeat and positive. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we start returning to normality.

What is keeping us positive is some awesome entertainment for you to enjoy at The Old Savoy, home of The Deco Theatre later in the year. Take a look at the ‘what’s on’ section of this website – www.thedeco.co.uk/events/  – to see the variety of shows we have coming up, including those postponed and now rescheduled due to the current crisis.

We know things are a bit tight for many of us at the moment, so to help, we’re offering a deposit scheme to all shows – you pay just 25% of the fee when you book online for shows scheduled from August 1st.

The full payment will then be taken on July 1st. If you need an accessibility seat, please email admin@thedeco.co.uk with details of what show you want to book for, and telephone number and we’ll sort it.

Stay safe – and see you soon!

 

We are working incredibly hard rescheduling shows that are having to be postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Where shows have been rescheduled, tickets will automatically be valid for these future performances. But we will be in touch with all ticket holders directly, to verify that, and – if required – detail the refund process if you cannot make the rescheduled date. So far only one show, Rapunzel, on April 18th, has been cancelled, and the email you receive will detail the process of your refund.

As of today, March 19th, the following shows have been effected by the current situation, and will no longer go ahead on the planned date;

  • 20th March –  Seven Drunken Nights – postponed, date to be confirmed
  • 21st March – Dancing Schools UK – postponed date, to be confirmed
  • 25th March – Old Time Music Hall, Cockney Knees up – postponed to 8th July
  • 26th March – Old Time Music Hall, Cockney Knees up – postponed to 9th July
  • 28th March – Johnny Ball Wonder of Numbers – postponed to 15th October
  • 1st April – Only Fools and Boycie – postponed to 5th September
  • 3rd April – No 1 Elton – postponed, date to be confirmed
  • 4th April – Sound of Springsteen – postponed to 3rd September
  • 10th April – Ben Hart – postponed to 26th October
  • 17th April – Iain Stirling – postponed to 12th March 2021
  • 18th April – Rapunzel – Cancelled
  • 24th April – Carpenters Gold – postponed, date to be confirmed
  • 25th April – Luther Vandross Celebration – postponed, date to be confirmed
  • 8th May – Walk Right Back – postponed, date to be confirmed

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.

For new bookings and enquiries, our Box Office can be contacted by telephone Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, and all shows can be accessed online at www.thedeco.co.uk. During this period all booking fees have been removed. Unfortunately, an in-person service will not be available, therefore please do not try and visit the box office until further notice.  We will notify you as soon as we are able to resume this service.

We wish to thank you for your understanding, patience and continued support during these challenging times, and will aim to keep you all regularly updated, as soon as information becomes available.

Take care and stay safe

Team DECO

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.

‘The Girl from Tiger Bay’ is the acknowledged as the world number one celebration of Dame Shirley Bassey, is coming to The Deco, for one night only, on Friday, February 7th. Telling the unique story of Dame Shirley Bassey’s incredible rise to stardom, and her magical career spanning 65 years, international tribute artist/vocal impersonator Joanne Copeman, who performs as ‘Surely Bassey’, has been performing globally as Dame Shirley since 2002.

“Surely this Bassey show is the best tribute to the Welsh singer!” – The Sun.

Here, Joanne talks to us about her love of Dame Shirley, and how she came to be an in-demand, world acclaimed tribute artist to her…

First experience of Dame Shirley?

I remember watching her on TV when I was a kid and being fascinated. I was probably only around 16 years old. That was 29 years ago and I’m still fascinated now.

What is it about her that captivates you so?

There are many things but the main things are, the drama & theatre she puts into every performance. She is mesmerising. Then there is the huge, powerful vocal, she has an incredible voice. Finally, I don’t think there is anyone on earth, more glamorous.

Favourite Shirley song?

I love watching her perform ‘What now my love’ I have many favourites. She manages to put tragedy into her performance, it is almost like opera. It’s so hard to choose just one. I also think ‘This is my life’ is amazing. To watch her perform this song is an emotional experience.

Have you met her? 

No, unfortunately not.  I came close, when I was performing at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel, in Monte Carlo, which was within view of her apartment, sadly she was on her way that very day, to the UK, to film the Dame Edna experience.  Her P.A. told me it was a shame as she may have been able to arrange something. Our paths have yet to cross but there is hopefully still time!

How many times have you seen her live?

I have seen her live twice. Once at the NEC Birmingham and the last time was in 2009 at the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse was an intimate performance to promote her album ‘The Performance’. I had the privilege of being right at the front and remember looking at her feet and shoes. I wish I’d seen her live on more occasions. I do have an impressive collection of her concerts on DVD though.

Tell us how you came about performing in her honour? 

It was 2002 when I became aware of the tribute market, and there was no-one else I would have wanted to portray and pay tribute to.

She’s so distinctive, it must have taken a lot of work to perfect your tribute to her!

She certainly is distinctive, which in some ways is a good thing regarding an impersonation, as you have such a lot of distinctive ‘isms’ to put in. By the same token, she is incredibly difficult because she is so unique and utterly brilliant.  It is a never-ending work in progress, to portray Dame Shirley, and I can never get complacent with it. Huge attention has to be given to the stage wardrobe. To make the necessary impact, and to create the wow factor, one has to put the effort in. Dame Shirley’s stage wear is iconic, and it’s expected by her fans.

Where have you performed as Shirley, other than the UK?

All over Europe, the Middle East and America. I have performed on glitzy yachts in the Bay of Naples, at celebrity weddings in Cannes, for the cast and crew of the James Bond film Casino Royale in Prague; there have been so many fabulous events.

Audience feedback?

My most rewarding audience feedback, is always from the avid and devoted Shirley fans, who attend our theatre shows.  When we do meet and greet afterwards and they tell me how much they enjoyed our show, where and when they have seen her live, and what she wore etc, that is so rewarding.

Have you ever had any feedback from her or her associates?

Yes, I was lucky enough to perform at a charity event for Barnardo’s, endorsed by Dame Shirley herself, which included the auction of her gowns at Cafe de Paris, in London’s Piccadilly. I had the honour of performing a live set as Dame Shirley, whilst wearing one of Dame Shirley’s original gowns, which was then auctioned off by Christopher Biggins. Dame Shirley was in Monte Carlo and unable to attend, but she had sent her P.A. Jenny Kern, who came back stage to see me after my performance and said I had done a fantastic job.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Do you / have you done any other tribute shows? 

Performing is in my DNA, and I realised quite early that 9-5 was not for me and I wanted to sing.  My Father was performing on the club circuit and had all the necessary experience to pass on to me. I started to learn my trade for a number of years on the club circuit with him initially, and then by myself.  If you put your heart and soul into portraying Dame Shirley, she is more than enough for anyone!

Did someone say you’re a published author?

Yes, I have indeed written a book. It is such a crazy way to earn a living, that it inspired me to write a very comical memoir, which is called ‘Bling, Boas and Balls’, available on Amazon, in either hard back, or eBook format. As it says on the back of the book, ‘it is a laugh out loud account, of the trials and tribulations of a tribute act’

For tickets for ‘The Girl from Tiger Bay’: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/the-girl-from-tiger-bay/, call 01604 491005, or pop to The Deco in Abington Square, Northampton between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

One of the most iconic buildings in Northampton town centre has completed its relaunch as The Old Savoy ‘The Home of the Deco Theatre’. And the new look has been given a massive ‘thumbs up’ by local people, with hundreds of enthusiastic comments on social media.

In a grand ceremony prior to the opening night of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ – The Deco’s Christmas Panto – pensioners Ken and Doreen Ridley cut the tape, and declared the start of an exciting new era for the popular entertainment venue. Visitors to The Deco Panto, and future productions, now enter through the front doors, and into the foyer, as they would have done in days gone by. Previously, visitors entered by the side entrance.

Ken and Doreen, from Daventry, celebrate 67 years of marriage on December 20th, and as they have done since 2009, will mark the occasion with a visit to The Deco‘s Christmas Panto. It was where they first met back in 1948, when the building was then The Savoy. It was then a cinema, and as teenagers, they were there with friends to watch a film.

“We love Panto, and we have very fond memories of The Savoy,” said Doreen, now 87. “So when they started putting on Pantos it was a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary, we’ve been coming every year, and we absolutely love it.”

They are now treated as VIPs by Deco staff, and were the obvious choice to perform the opening ceremony of ‘The Old Savoy’ according to house manager Jill Roach. “We absolutely love Mr and Mrs Ridley, and they were the obvious and perfect choice to do the honour for us,” said Mrs Roach.

“They didn’t stop for the opening night – they want to enjoy our Panto as they now traditionally do on their anniversary, and it is our pleasure to host them each year.”

The Old Savoy originally opened its doors as The Savoy on May 2nd, 1936. It became The ABC in the 1960s, hosting concerts by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, among other iconic bands of that era. More recently it has been The Jesus Centre, with The Deco operating within it as an independent, family run theatre.

Now Stage Right Productions, who manage The Deco, are looking after the whole building, running it as an entertainment venue, a community hub for the town, and making it available for hire for privately run conferences, events, business meetings, parties, and more.

“The response since the news about the relaunch was announced earlier in the year has been immense,” said Jill Roach. “But over the weekend, since we threw those doors open for the first time and rebranded the outside of the building, the response we’ve had on our various social media platforms as been truly wonderful and extremely positive.

“This is clearly regarded as a popular development for Northampton Town Centre, and we are thrilled to be giving this building back to the people of Northampton.”

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

 
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