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Just seven weeks today until the opening night of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, our socially distanced Christmas 2020 Panto. And at The Deco we are determined to bring some seasonal cheer to your lives after what has been a totally testing year in so many ways for all of us. So join us for a fantastic family treat!

‘Sleeping Beauty’ runs from Friday, December 11th until Christmas Eve, and taking into account current guidelines, and our absolute priority that your well-being while visiting our theatre is of paramount importance, our show will run for approximately 1-hour 20 minutes without an interval (for social distancing purposes).

We’ve another awesome cast, including some fantastic local talent, but also the return of some highly popular Deco Panto favourites, including Chris Wills, Lydia Lucy, and our regular ‘dame par excellence’, Colin Ridgewell.

Be it as an hilarious dame or a dastardly baddie, Colin’s always been hugely popular with our audiences, and we’re as delighted to hear he’s excited about coming back for his sixth Panto at The Deco, as we are having him on board once again.

“It’s absolutely fantastic that The Deco is going ahead with it’s Panto,” said Colin. “And it’s my privilege to be a part of it, and I can’t wait to be back at a theatre I love, and working with another absolutely brilliant group of performers, and being around the fantastic team behind the scenes who make The Deco so special.

“What is so important to me is putting on another brilliant Panto that families can come along and enjoy, and have a great time while they’re with us – and don’t we all deserve something to cheer us all up after what has been a shocking year for so many.

“Not just that, The Deco has worked so hard to make sure that all visitors, performers and staff are in a totally safe and secure environment – I know that no stone has been left unturned in terms of achieving that, and the staff deserve every credit for being as meticulous about it as they are.”

Colin, who lives across the border in Buckinghamshire, first made a name for himself as a teenager, when he was a regular in the legendary BBC children’s TV drama ‘Grange Hill’, and has loved acting and performing all his life – none more so than Panto.

“As you well know, I absolutely love Panto,” he told us. “It really is a privilege to be on stage being part of a performance that is giving so much fun to so many people, and I include us on stage as well as our audiences.

“So it won’t surprise you to know that I’m really excited about ‘Sleeping Beauty’, and as I say, nothing will make me happier than putting a smile of the faces of our audiences, and helping make Christmas 2020 as memorable as it can be – so come and see us, join in the fun, and have another great time at the wonderful theatre that is The Deco.”

For tickets, and for full details of our social distancing guidelines, go to www.thedeco.co.uk/event/sleeping-beauty-christmas-2020/

Make Christmas special at The Old Savoy, home of The Deco Theatre

Three popular Deco Panto regulars are returning to Northampton for another Christmas spectacular – and are all determined to spread some ‘extra special’ Christmas cheer to audiences this December.

Colin Ridgewell, who first made his name in the classic BBC children’s series ‘Grange Hill’, actor and entertainer Chris Wills, and singer-actor Lydia Lucy have all thrilled audiences in Deco Christmas Pantos over the past five years, and are all delighted to be heading back to appear in Sleeping Beauty at what all three call their favourite venue.

Said Colin, who has established his popularity with his performances as a Panto Dame: “Under all the circumstances, it’s brilliant that the Deco team are putting on their annual Christmas Panto, and I am determined to make ‘Sleeping Beauty’ as much a great night out for our audiences as all the others I’ve appeared in.

“I absolutely love The Deco, as I so the people of Northampton and all around the county, who make performing there in Panto such an enormous pleasure each year, and after the year so many have endured, the least I can do is help spread some extra special Christmas cheer.”

Lydia first appeared at The Deco four years ago, and captivated everyone with her fantastic singing voice. Indeed, weeks later, the whole nation was likewise, as she made it all the way through to the final of ITV’s The Voice. She returned to The Deco two years ago, and is delighted to be back.

“Life is never boring these days, and I’ve been very busy,” she said. “Lockdown was weird, but since we emerged from that I’ve rarely had a dull moment, and doing Panto again is a lovely way to round off the year – I love Christmas, and what would it be without Panto!

“As Colin says, we’re all in need of some Christmas cheer; mine will be appearing in another Deco Panto, and I hope that we as a cast, and a production team, can spread lots of goodwill, laughter and happiness throughout our audiences during the performances of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.”

Said Chris: “The Deco is an awesome theatre, and every year we have fantastic audiences, and it is a pleasure to be back in Northampton again – I love the place. Full credit to the management for working so hard to make The Deco a totally safe environment, and giving people something to look forward to this Christmas, and I can’t wait to be back on stage there.”

There’s very much a local feel to ‘Sleeping Beauty’, this year’s Deco Panto, thanks to singer and dancer Fern Roach, dancing specialist Andrzej Mialkowski, BBC Northampton presenter Wayne Bavin, and comedian and entertainer Mark Jones lining up in the cast.

Fern, who was born and bred in the town, has a senior role for the third year running, having previously appeared as a member of the support cast, while Andrezj, an accomplished dancer, is well known in and around Northampton as the owner of the Henry Street based Step by Step Dance Studio.

Wayne has established himself as a popular afternoon presenter on BBC Radio Northampton since joining the statin in 2018, and though Mark now lives in London, he has a big local connection, having previously lived in Northampton, and being a regular visitor to the town to visit relatives who still live in and around the county.

“We pride ourselves on supporting and encouraging local talent, and we’re very proud of our town, and our county, so we’re delighted with so many local connections in this year’s Panto,” said House Manager Jill Roach, who is also Fern’s mum.

“Fern has been outstanding in her two Panto performances so far, and I’m very proud of her – and she has won her parts on merit, auditioning like everyone else.

“I’m delighted she’s established herself as a Deco Panto regular, along with Chris Wills and Colin Ridgewell, who are also firm favourites with our audiences, and back again this year, as is Lydia Lucy, who previously appeared in 2016, and again two years ago.

“Andrzej has a huge personality, and every time we’ve met him we’ve felt he’s a natural for Panto, so when he told us he’d love the opportunity, and then put himself up for audition, we were delighted,” said Jill. “And we’re certain we’ve discovered another great local stage talent: he’ll be brilliant.

“Wayne and Mark are two highly experienced Panto performers, and great entertainers too, and we’re delighted that they’re making their Deco debuts this year – our audiences will love them, and they’re both really looking forward to being part of our show.”

The Deco Panto runs from December 11th to 24th, and tickets are now on sale. It 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.

For tickets and full details: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/sleeping-beauty-christmas-2020/

The Deco is delighted to be hosting a performance of ‘The Every Brothers’ this November, a poignant story of the ultimate sacrifice made during World War Two by three brothers whose family moved to Roade during the conflict.

It has been written as a stage play by local writer Ron Johnson, and was first performed on the eve of Remembrance Sunday last year at Elizabeth Woodville School to much acclaim. We are delighted it is going to be performed at our theatre on Remembrance Sunday this year, November 8th.

Tom, Jack, and William Every are honoured on Roade’s War Memorial, and  the play Ron wrote is based on a collection of documents, phots and letters that were donated to the Roade Local History Society by their family.

The three brothers were the sons of Thomas and Winifred Every, from Paddington, who also had two other boys – one who died in infancy, and their youngest, Frank, who passed away a few years ago.

Said Ron, a volunteer archivist for Roade Local History Society: “When Frank deposited some family papers and photos with us, I sifted through them and realised there was a great story to be told, even though I’d never written a play before.

“It was daunting, but I was convinced the story was well-worth telling so, based on – and utilising – some of the material, which included letters from a POW camp, Press cuttings, and other official letters, the play eventually came about.

“When it was first staged to a sell-out audience last year, we had a standing ovation, and what made it more special was that the cast and crew were all local – either Roade villagers, or from Northampton and Wellingborough.”

Set in Roade, with scenes in a POW camp, Monte Cassino, and the African desert around El Alamein, the play is interspersed with specially selected, and poignant, pieces of classical music, and one song by Bob Dylan.

“I was amazed at the professionalism of cast and crew, who were all volunteers,” said Ron. “The way they brought my words to life left me with a huge lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. In fact I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.”

The Every Brothers will be performed at The Deco on Sunday, November 8th. For tickets, and more details, visit our website: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/the-every-brothers/

As usual we will be following social distancing and COVID-19 safety guidelines. Your well-being is paramount at all times, but it’s also very important to us you have a great night out, and enjoy this fantastic production.

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/

We’re delighted to say we’ve completed our line-up for our Old Savoy Cinema Weekend over the Bank Holiday Weekend at the end of this month. And what a cracking line-up it is too, with something for everyone to enjoy: Grease, ET, The Greatest Showman, Mary Poppins, Back to the Future, Bridget Jones Diary, Jurassic Park, Goonies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Mamma Mia.

Yes, our theatre is going back to its roots for a special weekend journey down Memory Lane, remembering the days when The Savoy, then The ABC, and finally Canon, was a popular town centre cinema. It is now The Old Savoy, home of The Deco Theatre, once again a busy entertainment venue putting on live shows throughout the year. But we are very proud of the theatre’s history, and a Cinema Weekend was a great way of honouring its past.

We’re showing 10 films over the weekend of August 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st, and we’d love you to come and join us – as a couple, as a family, with friends, whatever – and 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.

So a great weekend of film entertainment planned, a perfect afternoon or evening out for the family, a lovely, nostalgic, trip down Memory Lane for many, and to book your tickets, which go on sale from Friday, August 7, simply go online: www.thedeco.co.uk.

It’s just like old times!

Schedule:

Friday, August 28th: 1400: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

1900: Back to the Future

Saturday, August 29th: 1100: Goonies

1500: Mary Poppins

1900: Grease

Sunday, August 30th: 1400: ET

1900: The Greatest Showman

Monday, August 31st: 1100: Bridget Jones Diary

1500: Mamma Mia

1900: Jurassic Park

Ticket prices:

Morning and 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 for your understanding with this.

Dear Valued Customer,

Firstly, we hope that you and your family continue to remain safe and well during these challenging times.

We want to share our plans for Sleeping Beauty, this year’s Christmas Panto, and always a special time of the year for us.

As you are all more than aware, we will be required to adhere to social distancing measures this year in order to keep our audience, our staff, and our cast, safe.

This will mean that we will have to make some changes in order to ensure that we comply to government guidance as follows:

• The show will last approx. 1 hour 20 mins and there will be no interval, just the right length for a festive family treat but without the break in between, which would make social distance planning a little tricky.

• There will be a smaller cast and less children taking part as everyone needs to be tested, and have individual dressing rooms and we must keep cast and crew safe and well.

• We will ask you to take you and your parties temperature before you leave home and if you or any member of your party are experiencing any symptoms, however mildly, we ask that you stay at home and we will reschedule your visit.

• Your temperature will be taken on arrival at the theatre and providing everything is within the normal range, you will be directed to your seats, there will be no waiting in bar areas.

• Should we record an abnormal temperature we will ask you and your party to return home and we will reschedule your visit once everyone has had a negative test.

• There will be a one-way system throughout the theatre and the lift will only be for use by guests with a disability.

• We ask that no prams or buggy’s are brought into the theatre.

• Face coverings will be required in line with government directives

• There will be a contactless bag search on arrival we therefore also ask that bags are kept to a minimum.

• In order that social distancing can be achieved we will on the busier dates need to increase the number of performances, it maybe that we have to change the time of your booking, and seats numbers but we will, where possible aim to keep you in the same area that you have booked.

• We ask where possible that drinks, snacks, popcorn, hotdogs etc. are pre-purchased and there will be a number of ‘click and collect’ points throughout the theatre.

• In the event of a ‘local lockdown’ or general directive from Government that the show cannot go ahead we will reschedule your visit to a later date in the run if possible or transfer your booking to Panto 2021.

Finally, we also acknowledge that there will be a number of guests that have purchased tickets and are nervous about attending. Please don’t worry – as a gesture of goodwill, we will reschedule your booking or indeed if some of your party wish to attend and others do not, to panto 2021.

At this stage we will transfer you to the same day that you have booked this year, i.e. the Sunday before Christmas, first night, Christmas Eve, etc. Then, if you need to re-jig later we be more than happy to rearrange once we are back to normal in the New Year.

We will be updating our website, Facebook and all other social media platforms as we begin to re-organise the seating arrangements for guests that wish to join us, and we will be in touch with everyone individually, by email or telephone, if there is something we need to speak to you about.

We are working throughout August, to ensure all guests that have pre-booked are rescheduled/re-seated. During this time, we will close the show for new sales and put back on sale on September 1st.

As you can imagine, it is a mammoth task, as 19 of our planned 34 shows are already over our social distancing capacity.

We thank you, as always, for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times. It really is appreciated. Your well-being, and that of our staff and cast, are paramount at all times.

We very much look forward to welcoming you back to The Old Savoy, home of The Deco Theatre.

Kindest Regards

Jill and Kevin Roach, and all at Team Deco. See you soon!

As we’ve been saying recently, we’re nudging back, slowly, towards some kind of normality, following the enforced Covid-19 closure. We’ve been busy rescheduling shows, and already have a packed programme for next year, when we’ll all be in need of some good nights out!

Once again, thank you so much for all the patience you’ve shown towards us during these unprecedented times – we pride ourselves on our customer care, and it’s been refreshing that you appreciate the trials and tribulations dealt us due to the lockdown.

So here’s an update of reschedules to our line-up – we have done our best to make sure the shows we had planned this year are moved to a later day, and it goes without saying that your original tickets will automatically be valid for these future performances.

As of today, July 31st, the following shows have been affected by the crisis, and rescheduled. Please be aware that some rescheduled dates have been further rescheduled, and if the show is not listed below it will be proceeding on the planned date, with social distancing; full details will be emailed to those customers this will affect by August 14th.

 So here’s our updated list…

  • Seven Drunken Nights – Cancelled. If you haven’t already, please email admin@thedeco.co.ukto commence refund process
  • Dancing Schools UK – currently rescheduled for November 28th
  • Cockney Knees up – postponed to 24th March 2021
  • Johnny Ball Wonder of Numbers – postponed to 15th October
  • Only Fools and Boycie – originally postponed to 5th September, now rescheduled to 1st October 2021
  • Number 1 Elton – postponed to January 9th, 2021
  • Sound of Springsteen –rescheduled to 25th September 2021
  • Wizard of Oz – postponed to March 29th and 30th, 2021
  • Ben Hart –now postponed to 26th March 2021
  • Iain Stirling – postponed to 12th March 2021
  • Rapunzel – postponed to 31st March 2021
  • Carpenters Gold – postponed to October 11th, 2020
  • Luther Vandross Celebration – postponed to March 6th, 2021
  • Dean Friedman – postponed to May 9th, 2021
  • Walk Right Back – Cancelled. If you haven’t begun the refund process already, please email admin@thedeco.co.uk
  • Typically Tina – postponed to September 11th
  • Vienna Festival Ballet – Cancelled. Email admin@thedeco.co.ukto commence refund process, if you haven’t already
  • The Glenn Miller Story – postponed date April 25th, 2021; to be confirmed
  • The Beach Boyz Tribute – postponed to June 26th, 2021
  • An Evening with Ann Widdecombe – postponed to May 15th, 2021
  • The Meatloaf Song Book – postponed to February 27th, 2021
  • The Marley Experience – now rescheduled to 30th January 2021
  • 21st June – Twirlywoos – now rescheduled to 29th May 2021
  • The Sun Records Concert – postponed to October 29th
  • Northampton’s Rising Star – postponed to November 27th
  • Rabbit Rabbit – A tribute to Chas and Dave – postponed to January 15th, 2021

Forthcoming scheduled shows, and their reschedule dates…

  • 8th September – The Frock Fairies – postponed to July 8th, 2021
  • 9th September – Give my regards to Broadway – postponed to July 21st, 2021
  • 10th September – Forbidden Nights – postponed to July 24th, 2021
  • 10th September – The Upbeat Beatles – postponed to September 18th, 2021
  • 18th September – The Stones – postponed to April 9th, 2021
  • 19th September – 80’s Mania – postponed to September 15th, 2021
  • 26th September – Alexander O’Neal – Cancelled please email admin@thedeco.co.uk to commence refund process
  • 25th September – Pop up Bowie – postponed to June 14th, 2021
  • 4th October – Lollypops and Moptops – postponed to June 11th, 2021
  • 17th October – Stevie Wonder – postponed to April 23rd, 2021
  • 31st October – UK Pink Floyd Experience – postponed date to be confirmed
  • 7th November – Magic of Motown – postponed to April 16th, 2021
  • 11th and 12th November – Wartimes Memories – postponed to November 17th, 2021
  • 13th November – Wired for Sound – postponed to April 30th, 2021

 

Due to the unprecedented level of enquiries we continue to receive, we request that you do not call our Box Office regarding any existing bookings; please email admin@thedeco.co.uk, and we will be in touch, but apologies if our response is not as swift as you’d normally expect from us.

However, if you do need to speak to us direct, our phone line – 01604 491005 – will be manned between 10am and 4pm on a Friday and Saturday. Please leave a message if we do not answer, and we will return your call.

For new bookings all shows can be accessed online at www.thedeco.co.uk.

We have extended our ‘Deposit Only’ Scheme valid on all shows programmed after 1st January 2021, which allows customers to pay a 25% deposit to secure their seats, we then call to collect the balance 60 days prior to the performance date. Please use promotion code ‘Deposit’ to take advantage of this scheme.

We cannot begin to thank you enough 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, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you all to theatre as soon as we are able.

Team DECO

 

We are pleased to announce  that we will be rolling back the years and screening films at our theatre once again – for the first time in almost a quarter of a century. Join us from August 28th to take a trip down memory lane.

We’re just completing our line up for a nostalgic weekend over the August Bank Holiday weekend – and under all the current circumstances your safety and well being will be paramount at all times, as will that of our staff.

Seating is changing and all seats will be social distanced – the stalls will be table seating, with service of food and drinks brought to your table, all other seats will be socially distanced and after EVERY use the rooms will be fogged with a sanitiser, ensuring a thorough clean between every use!

We are looking forward to re-opening, come join us during our trip down Memory Lane!

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.

 

 
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