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Actor Chris Wills returns to The Deco Theatre this Christmas for his second Panto appearance as Prince Charming in Cinderella. He played the role successfully two and a half years ago, when The Deco put on its first Spring Panto, and is not only delighted to be doing it all again, but to be back in Northampton for a second successive year.

“Cinderella is a terrific Panto,” said Chris, who is originally from Wigan, in Lancashire, but now lives and works out of London. “I’m really excited to be back in Northampton, we’ve another great show, a fantastic cast again, and if the audiences are as wonderful as last year, then it’s going to be another wonderful Panto experience.

“The audiences generate a fantastic atmosphere: they make lots of noise, they’re interactive, and they all turn up with the purpose of having fun, and as a performer, that is exactly what we want!”

It has been a busy year for Chris, since he ended last year’s run of ‘Peter Pan’ at The Deco. For much of 2018 he has been on the road, travelling around the UK, Europe, and into Asia, performing in the touring production of Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’.

“It’s been busy, it’s been fun and I’ve really enjoyed myself,” he said. “But it’s been intense, and doing Panto is obviously quite a contrast, though I’m very lucky as an actor to have a wide variety of opportunities.”

Chris will be starring in the Deco Panto alongside Lydia Lucy, Colin Ridgewell, Lee Bright, Clive Fletcher, Fern Roach, and Sammy Webb, who is also directing the show, his first at The Deco. “It’s another fantastic cast, Sam’s a great character on and off stage, and I’m really looking forward to working with him, his knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, Panto is awesome.

“The other thing which always really excites me is the consistently high standard of young, local performers who appear in Deco Panto’s as part of the Chorus, and once again I’m hearing how hard they’re working in preparation.

“Not only that, The Deco have a fantastic support staff behind the scenes; they really look after us and make us welcome; and for all of us, it becomes one big family for a month – and that includes the audiences!”

Chris is a perfect fit for Panto, as much of his work is with Children’s Theatre productions.

“I love it, and I love Panto,” he says. “Great Panto involves a good team, good songs, naff jokes and lots of fun, and that’s what we’ve got, and will be having, in our Cinderella show, and I can’t wait to get started.”

‘Cinderella’ runs at The Deco from December 8 to 30. For tickets: www.thedeco.co.uk, call the Box Office on 01604 491005, or pop by to The Deco, in Abington Square, between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday.

A feast of laughter is lined up at the Deco for the new year, headlined by Lost Voice Guy, Lee Ridley, but also bringing to Northampton two of the most highly rated acts on the stand-up comedy circuit, Sean McLaughlin and Ahir Shah.

The 2018 ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner Lee Ridley takes to The Deco stage on Saturday Feb 9th, having won rave reviews for his appearance at the recent Royal Variety Performance, which you can see on ITV, on December 11th.

Following Ridley to The Deco five weeks later is rising star of the comedy circuit Ahir Shah, on Friday, March 15th. He is bringing his show ‘Duffer’ to Northampton, which has already started its UK tour, following its critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe early this year, earning him a second nomination in a row for Best Show, at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

Ahir has won many plaudits for his stand-up comedy, including this recently from the Daily Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comedy/what-to-see/one-generations-eloquent-comic-voices-ahir-shah-control-edinburgh/

And completing a trio of great stand-ups at The Deco is Sean McLoughlin, who comes to Northampton on April 5th. Fresh from opening for Ricky Gervais on tour, McLoughlin – described as “the best comedian you haven’t heard of yet” by Time Out magazine – is taking his acclaimed, smash hit show, Hail Mary, on the road.

As well as providing tour support for Gervais’ record-breaking international ‘Humanity’ tour, McLoughlin was also handpicked to open for Bill Burr at the Royal Albert Hall recently, and for the legendary Doug Stanhope.

He has also made appearances on Stand-Up Central, Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, and his talents have landed him a Chortle Award nomination, and a review by Beyond The Joke as “…the epitome of the skilful stand-up…”

Said Jill Roach, House Manager at The Deco Theatre: “There’s a great appetite for good stand-up comedy in Northampton, and we’re are delighted to be bringing some of the country’s best performers to town, as we did recently with Lauren Pattison, who was fantastic.”

For tickets and more information about all three shows, go to www.thedeco.co.uk, or call our Box Office on 01604 491005

 

He’s Bright. He’s Buttons. And he’s back in Northampton this Christmas.

He’s Lee Bright. Bright by name, and bright by nature; you can guarantee he will be a bundle of energy and fun during The Deco Theatre’s run of its Christmas Panto, ‘Cinderella’, this December.

This will be Lee’s 15th successive year of doing Panto, and ‘Buttons’ is among his favourite roles. He is back at The Deco after four years, and cannot wait to get started.

“I was in Wizard of Oz in 2014; I loved being at The Deco, and returning for the official photo-shoot was just like coming home,” said Lee, who played Aladdin in Bognor Regis last year. “The team behind the scenes are all so lovely.

“But not only that, they are very professional and extremely well organised, they work so hard to put on a fantastic Panto every Christmas, and judging by all the wonderful reviews over the years, they do that very well.”

As a performer, Lee has worked all over the UK, including London’s West End, but says Panto is ‘without doubt’ his favourite time of the year.

“Christmas is magical, and going to a Panto is a wonderful experience for families,” he said. “As I kid I loved it, and as a performer I love making the experience as special now as it was for me way back when.”

And Lee will be hoping The Deco audience love Buttons this Christmas. He said: “Buttons is actually quite a challenging role – you want the audience to love him, but you don’t want to over-shadow the Prince, so it’s a fine line, but all part of the fun.”

Chris Wills is playing the Prince this Christmas, starring alongside Lee, Lydia Lucy, Colin Ridgewell, Sammy Webb, Fern Roach and Clive Fletcher, supported, as usual, by an awesome cast of young dancers.

Said Lee: “It’s a fantastic cast of talented people, who are all very easy to get along with, and I’m looking forward to working with them in December. For me, great Panto is a perfect blend of all the elements: a dame, good voices, choreography,  and bringing everyone together to work as a team.

“We have all that and more, including not just one, but two fantastic dames in Colin and Sammy, we all know that Lydia has an awesome singing voice, and once again The Deco has put together another talented cast.”

“The audiences are terrific at The Deco, and we really appreciate that people choose our Panto to come and see, which is another reason why it is so important to make sure they go away having had a magical time.”

Away from performing, Lee teaches others to follow in his footsteps through his business Bright-Starz, which he runs from his home town, Chesham. “I teach singing and acting on a one-to-one basis, and I also teach audition techniques, which is something that too often gets overlooked.

“I’ve done plenty of auditions myself in the past, and I’ve also sat on panels watching and judging auditions, so I’ve seen it all,” said Lee.

And though he loves teaching, he still loves being on stage himself just as much. Especially doing Panto’s at Christmas, which is great news for The Deco. We have no doubt the audiences will love Lee in ‘Cinderella’ as they did in ‘Wizard of Oz’ four years ago.

And one thing is for sure: there’ll never be a dull moment with Lee about!

It’s popular early morning television for young children all over the country, and the Channel 5 show Milkshake is bringing its live show to The Deco Theatre during the Summer Holidays.

‘Milkshake! LIVE’ stops at Northampton on Thursday, August 23, with the cast performing two shows, at noon, and again at 3.30pm.

The touring show stars all the favourites from the TV show, that starts the day for many throughout the week, and at weekends too: with Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake Monkey, and two of the regular Milkshake! Presenters all appearing live on stage.

“This fantastic all-singing, all-dancing musical show takes its audience on a magical journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales,” said Deco House Manager, Jill Roach. “We’re delighted the Milkshake Live tour is coming to The Deco, it’s a terrific show for young children, and has won many five-star reviews from happy parents!”

The Milkshake! Live show is a perfect lunchtime or afternoon out on August 23 for parents looking for activities to keep their children amused during the summer holidays. And Channel Five say love taking the TV show out live to their regular audiences.

“It’s incredibly important that we are able to take Milkshake! to our audiences around the UK so that everyone can have the opportunity to experience the brand in an live show way,” said Sarah Muller, Head of Children’s, Channel 5.

“Through our live tours, we can give families a Milkshake! event that they won’t find anywhere else, one where they can meet their favourite characters and presenters whilst enjoying a brilliant family outing.”

For more information, and to book tickets, go to https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/milkeshake-live/ or call the Box Office on 01604 491005.

 

The World’s Strongest Man is coming to Northampton’s Deco Theatre. He’s Eddie Hall – aka The Beast – who, other than winning the World’s Strongest Man title, also became the first person to complete a half tonne deadlift, which he described as ‘the most incredible lift in human history, and one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever done’.

Eddie, who starred in the hit documentary, ‘Strong Man’, on Netflix, comes to Northampton on Friday, October 12, when he will talk about his journey from a rebellious child to international ‘Strong Man’, and about a diet that includes 12,000 calories per day to maintain his 30 stone plus body, plus his training regime of four daily gym sessions.

“He’s quite a phenomenon, very much a character, and fascinating to meet and listen too,” said Jill Roach, front of house manager at The Deco. “We’re delighted Eddie has chosen The Deco has part of a UK tour, his show is extremely interesting and entertaining, and I’m sure our audience will be captivated by his anecdotes.

“October’s quite a month for us in terms of sporting legends, with Eddie’s visit coming a week after former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno comes to The Deco, so we’re all really excited to be bringing such big names to Northampton.”

The evening is compered by former professional Rugby League player, now sports presenter, John Lebbon. VIP Gold tickets, which include a professional photo with Eddie, an item signed, and table seating, are available direct from the promoter on 07515 751333; otherwise book online: www.thedeco.co.uk or call The Deco Box Office on 01604 491005.

This year’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner, funnyman ‘Lost Voice Guy’, is heading to The Deco theatre.

Comedian Lee Ridley, who won the hearts of millions with his laugh-out-loud wisecracks during his audition, live semi-final and the live final itself, has included The Deco as part of his first nationwide tour.

Lee, 37, and from Newcastle, brings his stand-up comedy show to Northampton on Saturday, February 9, 2019.
Disabled since early life, and unable to speak, Lee is the first standup comedian in Britain to use a communication aid in his routines.

As well as his success on the ITV talent show – where head judge Simon Cowell called him ‘incredibly talented’ –Lee also stars, and writes, in his own Radio 4 comedy series, Ability, which has just been recommissioned for a second series.

He first performed in February 2012, and made his Edinburgh Fringe debut the following year.  He won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014 has previously supported Patrick Kielty and Ross Noble on tour.

For tickets and more information: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/lost-voice-guy or call The Deco Box Office on 01604 491005.

The much-loved Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash-hit musical, Little Shop Of Horrors is coming to The Deco. A top class production of the show that has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years will run over five nights, between November 13 and 17

 

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative brains behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

 

In the show, the meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his co-worker, who he has a crush on. 

 

The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant, and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey’s ex.

 

Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?

 

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors the charmingly tongue in cheek comedy has been produced worldwide to incredible success with technical aspects running the gamut from Broadway and far beyond. 

 

And we are delighted it is coming to The Deco. It really is a fantastic show, and if you love musical theatre, you will love this!

 

For tickets: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/little-shop-of-horrors/, or call our Box Office, on 01604 491005

 

The Deco Theatre launches its series of drama and comedy productions this week, with the award-winning production Scaramouche Jones, on Thursday and Friday (June 14/15).

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’.

 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’ is a production whose multitude of awards include the top prize at the British All-Winners Drama Festival last year.

“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.”

“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: http://thedeco.co.uk/event/scaramouche-jones/ or call the Box Office on 01604 491005.

It has not only been a Box Office sensation at the cinemas, but the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman has become a record breaker. Its 19 weeks at Number One in the charts makes it the most successful of all time, surpassing the 18 weeks ‘Saturday Night Fever’ spent at the top 40 years ago in 1978.

Which is why the new musical extravaganza ‘Celebrating The Greatest Showman’ is already proving a big hit with those who have loved the film. Indeed, so popular is it that when it comes to Northampton in September, The Deco Theatre have added a second date due to the demand.

The two performances of ‘The Greatest Showman’ are on Saturday, September 22, and the added date on Sunday, September 23 – with a cast of singers and specialist acts performing all the songs from the movie, along with other memorable tunes from the other popular musicals.

“We’ve had enormous interest in this show since we first announced it, and to make sure as many people as possible get a chance to see it at The Deco, we asked the producers if we could add a second date, and they were delighted to oblige,” said Jill Roach, house manager at The Deco.

“If you loved the film, you’ll love this show too – it’s an amazing production with an exceptionally talented cast, who do full justice to all the fantastic songs, and with a bonus of performing popular songs from other musicals too.”

For more information about this terrific show, go online to www.thedeco.co.uk/event/celebrating-the-greatest-showman/ or call The Deco’s Box Office on 01604 491005.

Magician Maddox Dixon, who became an overnight hit when he appeared on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ last month, is heading to Northampton’s Deco Theatre, to perform his acclaimed live stage show of magic and illusions.

Maddox, 31, is now fulfilling his dream of performing magic to live audiences, having taken it up as a full-time profession last year. He is including The Deco as a venue on his first ever UK tour, and will be appearing in Northampton on Friday, October 19.

Having wowed the four ‘BGT’ judges – David Walliams, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Simon Cowell – with his trick involving a Rubik’s Cube, he came within a whisker of making the final after another amazing performance in the semi-finals with a gravity defying act that earned him a standing ovation.

Though he is a relatively newcomer performing magic, he is no stranger to live audiences – before magic took over his life, Maddox played keyboards for the British band Foxes, who supported Coldplay on their US tour in 2016.

Indeed, it was there Coldplay that he had his big break, courtesy of Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, after he spotted him doing magic tricks backstage. He promptly invited Maddox to open the show the next night, performing his magic in front of an audience of 20,000 – which was the moment he decided that was the way he wanted his career to go from there on.

Watch Maddox’s awesome performance on the Britain’s Got Talent semi-final: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB83_Z5jX74

For tickets, call our Box Office on 01604 491005 or book online: https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/maddox-dixon-believe-tour/

 
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