What’s coming up at Gatehouse Theatre?


Folk Star Kate Rusby Returning to Stafford

One of the UK’s most remarkable folk artists, Kate Rusby, will make a triumphant return to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre later this month, performing classic songs from her back catalogue as well as new material.

A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction – no matter how old or how modern – she has that rare ability to transport her audience, of touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination.

Audiences are sure to be thoroughly entertained by Kate’s choice of much-loved classics from her back catalogue stretching over her two decades of music making together with a selection of fresh new songs from her latest albums ‘Ghost’ and ‘The Frost is all Over’.

As ever, she will be joined on stage by the cream of British folk musicians who form her band. These virtuoso artists, including: Damien O’Kane – Banjo and Tenor Guitar, Duncan Lyall – Double Bass, Nick Cooke – Diatonic Accordion, and Steve Byrnes – Bouzouki, are sure to delight with their exceptional talents.

The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resort to compromise. Her wondrous singing and hugely engaging Yorkshire wit, together with the intuitive support of the band, ensure that audiences will be treated to a truly remarkable and unforgettable concert experience.

Kate Rusby will be performing at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Wednesday 28th September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20.50, with a concession price of £15.50 for under 16s, and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.



Funny guy to bring ‘Hess’terical show to Stafford

Following his Fosters award-nominated, sell-out debut tour, Adam Hess, the Chortle Best UK Circuit Comedian 2016 nominee, will be performing his new show ‘Feathers’ in The MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month.

The star of Live at the BBC is back, and he’s cooler and taller than ever! A renowned “funny guy”, Adam has good manners and no matter how dark or light it is when he leaves the cinema, he’s always surprised.

‘For good-quality gags per minute, there is no better comedian on the Fringe’ Independent.

‘Relentlessly entertaining, full of beautiful imagery’ Time Out.

Adam will be supported on the night by acclaimed Canadian comedian, Mae Martin.

Mae began writing and performing comedy at the tender age of 13. She has been nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards, and was the youngest ever nominee for the prestigious Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. Her television credits in Canada include Much Music’s Video On Trial, Global Television’s “Global Comedians” (alongside Maria Bamford, Jon Dore, Dave Foley, James Smith and Matt Kirshen), The Comedy Network’s “Cream of Comedy” and the Space Network’s “Spacey Awards”.

She has also been a finalist in the Musical Comedy Awards and the Hackney New Variety Act of the Year awards. This year she won “Best International Performer” at the Brighton Fringe and received stellar reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She recently appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC Radio 4′s “Fresh From the Frings”, and BBC 3′s Comedy Marathon.

The Adam Hess ‘Feathers’ show, with support from Mae Martin, will be performed in The MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Tuesday 4th October at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10.50 and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk


Cabaret Quartet to showcase new show in the MET

Critically-acclaimed, collaborative cabaret quartet The Ruby Dolls are set to perform their fantastic new show in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month.
Renowned for their close harmony singing, this cabaret ensemble infuse theatre with dance, puppetry, and clowning. Oh, and jokes…

They like jokes…
Entitled ‘The Brides of Bluebeard’, the new show is also written by the Dolls – namely: Jessica Sedler, Susanna Fiore, Rebecca Shanks and Tara Siddall – with original music and arrangements composed by the company.
The Bear is getting married. Again. And all of his previous wives have a habit of dying mysteriously… This is the centuries old folk tale Bluebeard re-wired for 2016. It’s about control, power and female transgression. With jokes. And beautiful original music in a mix of genres, alongside unique arrangements of songs by Nick Cave, Amy Winehouse and Rage Against the Machine, all sung in close part harmony.

Four women are here to tell you a disturbingly familiar story. Are you sitting comfortably?

The Ruby Dolls will be performing in The MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday 8th October at 8pm. Tickets are priced at £12.50 and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
Age guidance 16+

Reviews for ‘The Brides of Bluebeard’:
“A clever show…crafted tenderly enough to make me want to bawl.” The Observer

“Highly unorthodox, highly imaginative… boisterous, sharp, witty and inventive.” The Scotsman

“It’s so rare I want to shout about anything from the rooftops but I do want to shout from the rooftops about The Ruby Dolls. The Spectator


Russian State Opera to perform at Gatehouse Theatre

The critically-acclaimed Russian State Ballet and Opera House are set to return to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month, with a performance of the classic opera Carmen.

Feel the thrill and passion of love, jealousy and violence of 19th Century Seville, in one of French Composer George Bizet’s most popular pieces.

The opera’s fierce mix of passion, gorgeous melodies, nail-biting dramatic confrontations and musical wit has found favour all over the world almost since its first performance in 1875.

It tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by Carmen – a free-spirited femme fatale. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo. The music of Carmen has been widely acclaimed for its brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet represented, musically, the emotions and suffering of his characters. The ‘Toreador Song’ is also among the best known of all operatic arias. The rich and colourful vigour of the gypsies’ scenes will have you on the edge of your seat, and the vibrancy, enthusiasm and intensity of the performance will reverberate long after the final curtain. If you’ve never tried opera before, you will love this full orchestra experience with fantastic colourful costumes, exquisite singing and those wonderful tunes that the audience will still be humming to themselves on their way home, making this a must see opera production for everyone.

Carmen will be performed at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Sunday 9th October at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £32.50, with concessions £30.50, and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk


New take on Chaucer’s classic tales to cause a hoot in the MET

Acclaimed historical theatre company Blast from the Past are set to present a hilarious new version of Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless classic ‘The Canterbury Tales’ in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month.

Written in the late 14th century, ‘The Canterbury Tales’ is the high-water mark of medieval English literature. Based around the concept of a disparate group of pilgrims to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury Cathedral who tell each other stories to while away the journey, it paints a rich and vibrant portrait of life in medieval England.

In this new take on the medieval masterpiece, Blast from the Past present six of the best-loved tales, told in a variety of styles.
Taking visual inspiration from medieval mystery plays and complete with a touring set which has been specially constructed to resemble a medieval travelling theatre, the three-man cast use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer’s characters to riotous life, telling tales packed with colourful characters and strange situations.

This is definitely not a dry academic take on English literature – the show is fast, furious, occasionally filthy and invariably funny!
The Canterbury Tales will be performed in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday 13th October at 8pm. Tickets are priced at £9.50, and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk



Cricket legends all in a spin at Gatehouse Theatre

Two legends from the world of English cricket will be appearing at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month. As part of his ‘Great British Spin Off’ tour, England’s greatest ever spin bowler, Graeme Swann, will be joined by former England cricketer and broadcasting supremo, Henry Blofeld, to discuss the high and lows of their time in the game.

Who better to discuss the trials and tribulations of Swanny’s illustrious career than the man who commentated on it every step of the way, and who better for Henry to pass on his pearls of wisdom to after 40 years in the TMS commentary box.

Expect the sprinkler, expect red trousers, and expect to be laughing but keep your wits about you as you might be called upon to join the gents on stage. This is a not to miss show full of surprises, anecdotes, impressions and more.

One for all sports lovers alike.

Graeme Swanns’ Great British Spin Off will be performed at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday 15th October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £25.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk. Early booking is advised due to popular demand.


Panto ticket sales already rockin’ and rollin’

Ticket sales for Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s forthcoming Aladdin the “wok ‘n’ roll” pantomime have been soaring high on a magic carpet ride of success since the beginning of the year, and show no sign of slowing down with the festive period looming.

Nearly 6,000 tickets have already been booked for this season’s panto, which at the same time last year is close to 1,000 ahead of the previous season’s record breaking production, Jack and the Bean Stalk. The total attendance figure for that production was a whopping 18,108, and all the signs point to this being yet another successful season of pantomime fun at the Gatehouse.

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre is one of only five theatres in the country producing this very unique style of show, using a cast of talented actor musicians – playing hit after hit live on stage – fusing all the traditional elements of pantomime with the thrill of a live concert! The county town venue also produces the show and builds all set and costumes locally as well.

“September is an exciting time for us as this is when we really start putting final plans into place for the show” commented Producer Derrick Gask.

“It looks like our audiences are also getting their panto plans into place and we are thrilled at how many people have already booked in to celebrate the festival season with us.

“Pantomimes mark not only a special time of year but for for many it might be the first time a youngster sees live theatre, so it is really crucial that we create a show that is exciting, magical and of course packed with rock ‘n’ roll!” concluded Gask
This dazzling panto will be packed with classic hits from Aretha Franklin, The Monkees, James Brown, The Temptations, The Jackson Five, and many more.

Tickets are great value for all the family, priced at £19 for adults, £15 for concessions and family tickets are just £62. Saver tickets are also available for the opening week priced at only £14 for performances on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December (7pm shows only).