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It’s the Easter weekend, but certainly a different one to what we’re used to! We hope you’re all well. To add some cheer to these testing times we’ve extended our CHRISTMAS PANTO EARLY BIRD OFFER until next Tuesday!

Buy your tickets this weekend for Sleeping Beauty (December 10th-31st) and pay just £12.50 for ANY available seat at a performance of your choice. What’s more, you just need to pay a 25% deposit, with the outstanding balance not due until September 1st.

So if you buy four tickets this weekend you’ll pay just £12.50 initially, then the £37.50 balance on September 1st. Book online: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/sleeping-beauty-christmas-2020/, and use the Promo code DEPOSIT.

If you need an accessibility seat, please email admin@thedeco.co.uk with details of what performance you want to book for, and a telephone number, and we’ll sort it.

We might not be able to enjoy Easter as we’d like to this year, but won’t we all be in need of some great family fun this Christmas!!

Team Deco continue to work incredibly hard rescheduling shows. We will be in contact with all ticket holders directly to explain the position regarding their tickets and if required the refund process. Where possible we have rescheduled the shows and tickets will automatically be valid for these future performances.

As at April 8th, 2020, 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 – Cancelled
• 21st March – Dancing Schools UK – postponed date to be confirmed
• 25th March – Cockney Knees up – postponed to 8th July 2020
• 26th March – Cockney Knees up – postponed to 9th July 2020
• 28th March – Johnny Ball Wonder of Numbers – postponed to 15th October 2020
• 1st April – Only Fools and Boycie – postponed to 5th September 2020
• 3rd April – No 1 Elton – postponed date to be confirmed
• 4th April – Sound of Springsteen – postponed to 3rd September 2020
• 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
• 17th April – Iain Stirling – postponed to 12th March 2021
• 18th April – Rapunzel – Cancelled
• 24th April – Carpenters Gold – 11th October 2020
• 25th April – Luther Vandross Celebration – 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 date to be confirmed
• 6th June – The Meatloaf Song Book – postponed to 27th February 2021
• 20th June – The Marley Experience – postponed to 22nd August 2020
• 21st June – Twirlywoos – postponed to 5th August 2020
• 26th June – The Sun Records Concert – postponed to 29th October 2020
• 27th June – Northampton’s Rising Star – postponed to 27th November 2020
• 4th July – Rabbit Rabbit – A tribute to Chas and Dave – postponed to 15th January 2021

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 to Friday 10am-4pm, and all shows can be accessed online at www.thedeco.co.uk.

We have introduced an online ‘Deposit Only’ Scheme valid on all shows programmed after August 1st, 2020, which allows customers to pay a 25% deposit to secure their seats, and we will then call to collect the balance at some point after July 1st. Please use promotion code ‘Deposit’ to take advantage of this scheme.

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

 

Team Deco continue to work incredibly hard rescheduling shows. We will be in contact with all ticket holders directly to explain the position regarding their tickets and if required the refund process. Where possible we have rescheduled the shows and tickets will automatically be valid for these future performances.

As at April 8th, 2020, 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 – Cancelled
• 21st March – Dancing Schools UK – postponed date to be confirmed
• 25th March – Cockney Knees up – postponed to 8th July 2020
• 26th March – Cockney Knees up – postponed to 9th July 2020
• 28th March – Johnny Ball Wonder of Numbers – postponed to 15th October 2020
• 1st April – Only Fools and Boycie – postponed to 5th September 2020
• 3rd April – No 1 Elton – postponed date to be confirmed
• 4th April – Sound of Springsteen – postponed to 3rd September 2020
• 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
• 17th April – Iain Stirling – postponed to 12th March 2021
• 18th April – Rapunzel – Cancelled
• 24th April – Carpenters Gold – 11th October 2020
• 25th April – Luther Vandross Celebration – 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 date to be confirmed
• 6th June – The Meatloaf Song Book – postponed to 27th February 2021
• 20th June – The Marley Experience – postponed to 22nd August 2020
• 21st June – Twirlywoos – postponed to 5th August 2020
• 26th June – The Sun Records Concert – postponed to 29th October 2020
• 27th June – Northampton’s Rising Star – postponed to 27th November 2020
• 4th July – Rabbit Rabbit – A tribute to Chas and Dave – postponed to 15th January 2021

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 to Friday 10am-4pm, and all shows can be accessed online at www.thedeco.co.uk.

We have introduced an online ‘Deposit Only’ Scheme valid on all shows programmed after August 1st, 2020, which allows customers to pay a 25% deposit to secure their seats, and we will then call to collect the balance at some point after July 1st. Please use promotion code ‘Deposit’ to take advantage of this scheme.

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

 

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!

 

Christmas might seem a lifetime away at the moment, but let’s all stay positive and look forward, and ahead, to when normality returns. What better to look forward to than a good fun, family Christmas Panto. And if you buy your tickets for Sleeping Beauty (December 10th to 31st) before, and including March 31st, you pay just £12.50 for ANY seat in the house.

In the light of the current crisis and uncertainty, we have set up a deposit scheme, for customers who wish to take advantage of the £12.50 offer but are worried about committing to it with what’s going on at the moment.

It means you can secure your seats, and the special offer price, by paying 20 per cent now, and the balance ‪on Tuesday, September 1st – we will contact you to take the balance. So, if you book, for instance, 4 tickets this week you pay just £10 deposit now, then the £40 bargain price balance on September 1st.

Please book online only, and use promotion code ‘Deposit’. Click on the link to make your booking. The offer is available until, and including March 31st – a week today. https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/sleeping-beauty-christmas-2020/

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 affected 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
  • 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
  • 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

Our Easter Panto ‘The Wizard of Oz’, on April 6th and 7th, has been postponed due to the on-going COVID-19 crisis. The show has been rescheduled for March 29th and 30th next year.

As with other postponed performances, we will be in touch with all ticket holders directly, and – if required – detail the refund process if you are unable to make the rescheduled date.

Due to the unprecedented level of enquiries we are currently dealing with, we request that you do not call our Box Office regarding your booking.

Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding.

Team Deco are working incredibly hard rescheduling shows. We will be in contact with all ticket holders directly to explain the position regarding their tickets.

All shows up until 18th April 2020 have been effected by the current situation regarding COVID-19 and will no longer go ahead on the planned dates, we have sent an email to all ticket holders effected by the date changes.

Where possible we have rescheduled all shows for the upcoming months and tickets will automatically be valid for these future performances. We are working to confirm the future status of all shows as soon as possible, and we have started to contact everyone effected during this initial period.

Going forward, with immediate effect our Box Office will be serviced by telephone only Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, and online at www.thedeco.co.uk – bookings fees apply to online bookings only. If you wish to avoid bookings fees, please call us on 01604 491005 between the above times.

Due to the unprecedented level of enquiries we are currently dealing with, we request that you do not call our Box Office regarding existing bookings.

We wish to thank you for your understanding and patience during these challenging times, and will aim to keep you all regularly updated.

Stay Safe

Team DECO

The Deco prides itself on sparking creativity, being the place to be and building connections between people and businesses within our sector.

In light of the coverage on COVID-19 and the impact it is having globally, The Deco Theatre has been closely considering how we continue to deliver outstanding shows and by bringing people together in a safe environment.

We are mindful of our duty of care and consulting with experts to ensure the wellbeing of every attendee. Following advice from the Government, the Department of Health, Social Care and Public Health England The Deco Theatre will still be opening its doors for its upcoming shows, conferences and training events.

As a ticket holder, we want to let you know that should we be forced to postpone or cancel any show by instruction of the UK government in the first instance we will look to reschedule the show with the promoters. If this is not possible or the rescheduled date is not convenient, we will look to refund all ticket purchases booked through our box office (this will not include P&P or booking fees).

You do not need to do anything; we will contact you within 28 days to make arrangements to refund you. If you have purchased a ticket via another supplier, you will need to contact them directly.

Due to the current situation, we have put in place the following:

 

We ask all visitors to follow these guidelines (as advised by the NHS):

• If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.

• Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

• To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

If you think you may be affected, please stay indoors, avoiding contact with other people and please contact NHS 111 or 999.

• If you are due to attend a show or event within 14 days and have traveled from Cambodia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam and are experiencing cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should not attend The Deco Theatre, even if symptoms are mild, contact us on 01604 491005.

 

At The Old Savoy, Home of The Deco Theatre you will also notice:

• Hand sanitizer available at all entrances

  • All staff will be briefed on venue protocols surrounding COVID-19
  • We have just completed a deep clean and our which will be repeated on a quarterly basis in addition to ensuring cleanliness on a daily basis. stepping up our hygiene procedures, ensuring all surfaces, furniture and equipment is regularly cleaned
  • Additional signage will be on display to remind people of how to avoid the spread of germs
  • The Deco cleaning teams also are focusing on hygiene around ‘high touch’ areas, where the spread of viruses is more likely. This includes:
    1. Hard surfaces: reception areas, breakout areas and toilets
    2. Control pads: lifts
    3. Door handles: main entrances, hall floor entrances, meeting rooms, stairways and toilet entrances, as well as exit push buttons
    4. Handrails and banistersAs COVID-19 runs its course, we will remain vigilant, although optimistic and agile when and where necessary. We aim to continue doing what we do, bringing people together to create connections.

    We look forward to seeing you soon.

    The Deco Team

‘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.

 
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