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Comedy, Panto, tributes, nostalgia, a traditional Irish knees-up, and some more Forbidden Nights – The Deco Theatre already has a packed programme of top class entertainment lined up for 2019, with lots more to follow.

The comedy comes from the fantastic Lost Voice Guy, otherwise known as Lee Ridley, who wowed the nation earlier this year when he was an extremely popular winner of the ITV talent show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Lee brings his touring show – described by critics as “laugh-out loud funny” – to The Deco on Saturday, February 9, one of two great shows that month. A week before, on February 2, The Deco goes all nostalgic for the music of the 1980s, with the hit-show ‘80’s Mania’, that is stopping off in Northampton during a UK tour earning much acclaim.

Another acclaimed kicks off the New Year programme at The Deco, with a celebration of legendary singer Whitney Houston, in the acclaimed show ‘Whitney, Queen of the Night’ on Saturday, January 19; a stunning production that has earned standing ovations wherever it has played, and does total justice to the late, great singer.

In March another singing legend is celebrated at The Deco – The Girl From Tiger Bay, on Friday, March 22nd, is an awesome, and fitting tribute to the great Dame Shirley Bassey. Joanne Copeland has been performing as Dame Shirley since 2002, and has so far taken her show to 25 countries, and her show takes you on a journey through 65 years of Shirley Bassey’s amazing career.

There are two more fantastic tribute nights in April, honouring the music of Madonna on Friday, April 19 in the show ‘Material Girl’, then celebrating the rhythm and blues legend Luther Vandross a week later, on April 26 in the touring show ‘Luther’.

Returning to The Deco by popular demand on March 1 is Forbidden Nights, a show that always attracts 5-star ratings, and which has twice played out to packed houses during previous visits to the Northampton theatre.

Also in March, a great Irish party on Friday the 29th – yet another highly acclaimed production comes to The Deco, with ‘Seven Drunken Nights – the story of The Dubliners’. This is another show that has thrilled audiences nationwide, including London’s West End, and is guaranteed to be an awesome knees-up for all.

And completing a fantastic first four months of 2019 is The Deco’s Easter Panto Spectacular, Beauty and the Beast, over two days on April 10th and 11th. This is the fourth year The Deco team have put on a Spring Panto, which has proved highly popular with local families looking for Easter entertainment.

For details about all Deco shows, visit the website at www.thedeco.co.uk, or call 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!”

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For tickets: www.thedeco.co.uk, 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 www.thedeco.co.uk, 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: www.thedeco.co.uk/event/cilla-and-the-shades-of-the-60s

 

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!

 

Northampton’s Deco Theature is building on its flourishing reputation as a popular entertainment venue, by launching a series of drama and comedy productions later this year. The ‘Drama at the Deco’ series will be starting on Thursday, June 14, with the award-winning production Scaramouche Jones, which has won rave reviews all over the country.

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’.

“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.”

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’ launches the ‘Drama at the Deco’ series on Thursday, June 14. It is a production whose multitude of awards include the top prize at the British All-Winners Drama Festival last year. Dates for other productions are still being finalised, and will be announced shortly,

Said Jill Roach: “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.

 

Two popular stars of the Deco Theatre’s recent ‘Peter Pan’ production have already signed up to return for this year’s Christmas Panto, ‘Cinderella’.

Colin Ridgewell, who played Captain Hook in last month’s show, and Chris Wills (pictured), who was Peter Pan, proved such a big hit with audiences they were immediately invited back. And they have gladly pledged themselves to the family run Northampton town centre theatre yet again.

Indeed, it will be Colin’s fourth Deco Panto, and Chris’s third. Both said they had no hesitation in committing themselves once again.

“I absolutely love working at The Deco,” said Colin, who first made his name as one of the young stars of the BBC children’s series ‘Grange Hill’ in the 1990s. “The audiences are always fantastic, the productions are all of the highest standard, and the team behind the scenes are awesome.

“I had such great fun, once again, in Peter Pan, I was proud to be part of such a great Panto, and the feedback we had from so many people gave us all such a buzz, and was so much appreciated by us all.”

Chris, a popular children’s entertainer on stage and TV, said The Deco is one of his favourite theatres, and loves the atmosphere it generates. He said: “It’s a lovely, homely theatre, and the audiences generate such a wonderful atmosphere at Panto time it really is a privilege to be up there on stage performing.

“Like Colin, I had absolutely no hesitation in committing myself once again, and being part of what I know will be another awesome Panto,” said Chris. “When you work at The Deco you become part of a wonderful family, on stage and off it, and the professionalism is of the highest quality.”

Tickets for ‘Cinderella’ are already selling well, say theatre management. Any tickets bought before March 31 cost just £10, for any available seat in the house.

“We had a wonderful run of ‘Peter Pan’, with many of the shows sold out, which was fantastic,” said Deco Theatre House Manager, Jill Roach. “Colin and Chris were both fantastic, as were all the cast, and are such a pleasure to work with, and we’re delighted two of our most popular ‘regulars’ have already been booked.”

For more information: www.thedeco.co.uk/event/cinderella/ or call 01604 491005.

 
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