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Just a couple of weeks after under-going a painful hernia operation, Pete Bultitude, front-man of the Kettering based Genesis Connected, is going back on stage – and starting another UK Tour on home territory in Northamptonshire, when he takes his acclaimed tribute show to Northampton’s Deco Theatre.

Pete’s incapacity at the start of this month meant putting back their Deco show from October 5th to the 25th, and he says he cannot wait to be performing again.

“Playing in our home county is very important to us, and however frustrating it was to move the initial date, I had no choice, because if you get called in by the hospital for an operation you’ve been waiting for, you obviously do it,” said Pete.

“But it takes a lot to keep me down, and after a few days’ recuperation, we’re back rehearsing and looking forward to playing The Deco on Friday, October 25th, before heading down to London the following day.”

Genesis Connected is now acclaimed as Europe’s number one tribute act, and after winning rave reviews around the UK for their stunning tribute to the iconic band, are now receiving invitations to play abroad, and have already been over to Germany to perform.

“We have to be careful, because though we absolutely love what we do, we all have full time jobs, so we work our schedule around our work commitments, but the response we’re getting is phenomenal,” said Pete.

“We’re really looking forward to playing The Deco again; we had great feedback from our show there last year, and we’re delighted that such was the enthusiasm for us we have been invited back there.”

Pete became involved with Genesis Connected after coming up with the idea with keyboard player and his best friend Chris Woods.

He said: “We loved Genesis, but also loved the biggest solo acts that came from it. Once, we were both performing in a Phil Collins tribute show and the power cut, I grabbed an acoustic guitar and started playing Over My Shoulder by Mike and the Mechanics, the audience all sang along and me and Chris thought, time to do this!”

Which is why their show now covers all the great Genesis hits, plus the solo careers too of Collins and Peter Gabriel, and the music of Mike and the Mechanics, headed by guitarist Mike Rutherford.

Indeed, so authentic is the show that Pete also includes Collins’ drum solo as part of his repertoire. He is an accomplished drummer himself, inspired in the first place after hearing the drum fill in Collins’ song ‘In The Air Tonight’.

“It captured my imagination and from that moment on I was hooked,” said Pete. “Phil Collins is an icon to me; I even play a Premier 70s drum kit very similar to one he owned as well as using his signature drum sticks!”

Genesis Connected is at Northampton’s Deco Theatre on Friday, October 25th. For tickets: www.thedeco.co.uk/event/genesis-connected/ or call the Box Office on 01604 491005. The Deco is situated in Abington Square, Northampton, across the road from BBC Northampton, and opposite Steffans jewellers. St Michael’s car park is situated at the back of the theatre.

‘Emerald Storm’, a brand new theatre celebration of the glory of Irish dancing and culture, begins its first UK Tour this week. And is heading to The Deco later in the month, on Friday, October 26.

From the producers of the hit West End hit shows ‘Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners’, and ‘Walk Right Back – The Everly Brothers Story’, this exciting new show provides a fresh take on the Irish Dancing tradition, and features some of Ireland’s most talented performers.

Mike Crawshaw, of the vocal harmony group The Overtones, is a director of the show producers, Slamdunk Entertainments who produce the show.

”Irish dancing is very popular, and I absolutely love it,” he said. “What we want to do in ‘Emerald Storm’ is demonstrate the emerging contemporary scene within the world of Irish Dance, honouring it’s awesome tradition as we do it, but at the same time, bringing it into the 21st century, and highlighting what a new generation are now contribution to the art.

“We’ve a cast of amazing dancers, and we’re lucky to have a team of incredible musicians providing a heavenly soundtrack to our adventure,” he said. “From traditional folk songs, original instrumentals and modern acoustic tracks, the stunning vocalists and fantastic live musicians take you to another world.”

The show follows a thrilling story, set in Celtic mythology – a tale of good and evil, which keeps audiences the edge of their seats throughout, with the dynamic choreography and lyrical soundtrack.

Said Mike: “We wanted to break the mould and step in a fresh direction for shows of this genre. We couldn’t do a show of this nature without the explosive, driving numbers quintessential of the Irish Dance tradition, and nor would we want to!

“But the crossover pieces, the variety and contrast provide something unexpected which we hope will leaving audiences reeling, and wanting more; it’s something completely new and that’s never been explored before.

“Let us transport you to the mythological paradise of Celtic heaven – ‘the otherworld’ – in an epic battle between the light and the darkness.

“In a mystical land parallel to ours, a fairy kingdom exists in peace and tranquillity; but when an uprising threatens to destroy utopia, the Queen of the Otherworld is forced to call upon the help of the mortals.”

So, can the Emerald Storm defeat the elements and restore harmony? Will Heaven be saved?  Will the mortals succeed?

Join us at The Deco on Friday, October 26, to find out. It’s a fantastic production, amazing dancing, and a great night out!

 

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!

 

 
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