What’s on at The Gatehouse Theatre

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UK’s no.1 variety show returning to Gatehouse Theatre

After an incredible three decades of touring, the UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production That’ll Be The Day is back with another brand new show at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month.

Having delighted audiences throughout the UK for over three decades, That’ll Be The Day is back on the road entertaining audiences with classic gold hits from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, with more side-splitting comedy to boot!

That’ll Be The Day is all about recreating nostalgia with LIVE entertainment, reflecting the music and tone of an era that changed the course of music history and youth culture forever.

Originally established on the cabaret circuit in the late 1980’s, the show began playing regional theatres in the early 1990’s. Now it performs over 200 shows a year to capacity audiences across the UK. Trevor Payne (who first created the show) still directs, produces and stars in the production today.

That’ll be the Day will be performed at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £24.50 and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

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Spooky stories and ghostly goings on in the MET this October

It looks like Halloween will arrive a little earlier this year at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, with a macabre performance of some Edwardian ghost tales taking place next month in the MET Studio.

Old Haunts is an original one-man show based on the spine-tingling works of the English writer, M. R. James. Presented by West Midlands theatre company, Don’t Go into the Cellar!, the show is an atmospheric and unsettling adaptation of two of James’s most famous works, ‘Casting the Runes’ and ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to you, My Lad’.

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Formed in 2010, Don’t Go into the Cellar! are the British Empire’s self-proclaimed finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein. Utilising a talented troupe of professional actors and crew, they pride themselves on bringing new adaptations of nineteenth century literature’s greatest ghost and horror stories to modern audiences.

Old Haunts will be performed in The MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Friday 14th October at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10.50, with concessions £8.50, and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

 

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Popular Signer Songwriter to perform in the MET

One of the UK’s finest Signer Songwriter’s, Judie Tzuke, is set to perform in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month.

Renowned all over the world for her timeless song, ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’, Judie has had several top 10 albums – including the revered classic, ‘Welcome to the Cruise’ – and is an acclaimed live performer.

After the sell-out success of the Songs and Stories 2015 tour, which saw Judie perform over 40 concerts around the country, she is back on the road once again performing these special acoustic concerts to select venues around the country.

This promises to be an intimate evening of old favourites and new songs and tales from across her life and career.
Judie will be showing once again what an extraordinary artist she is!

Judie Tzuke will be performing in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday 15th October at 8pm. Tickets are £21.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.

Reviews:

“Much of the audience has been in love with her since Stay With Me
Till Dawn echoed around their bedrooms the first time they got their
hearts broken” The Independent

“The voice has lost none of its cool, plaintive appeal; it’s still an
instrument of icy allure” The Times

 

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Innovative Puppetry Company to tell heartfelt story in the MET

This autumn half-term, celebrated puppetry company, Smoking Apples, are set to perform their brand new show, In Our Hands, in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month.

Alf is a trawler fisherman whose experience, camaraderie and loyalty have put him and his boat at the top of the game. But times are changing and so is the industry. How will Alf adapt in order to survive?

Follow the journey of a fish from sea to plate; watch a seagull’s ridiculous attempt to find food and witness a father and son reunite. In Our Hands will transport you out to sea, under the ocean and onto the deck of the Catcher’s Fortune. Using innovative puppetry and inventive staging, from mini seagulls to fish and chips, rolls of net and boats on sticks, join Alf as he journeys from the depths of despair to rise again and rescue the life he loves.

In Our Hands has been devised collaboratively by Smoking Apples, a celebrated puppetry and visual theatre company who specialise in developing accessible, enjoyable shows about challenging subject matter.

With a dynamic set designed by Samuel Wyer (Alice’s Adventures Underground, Les Enfants Terribles’ The Trench, National Theatre’s The Elephantom), Jo Walker’s stunning original score (Paper Cinema’s The Odyssey) and Sherry Coenen’s lighting design, In Our Hands explores the very real difficulties faced by the fishing industry, and those working within it, in a humorous, imaginative and visually stunning way.

In Our Hands has been developed both in London and Cornwall with the company undertaking extensive research in Newlyn, Penzance and St Ives. During this time, the company met Stefan Glinski, a fisherman who saw the potential in fishing sardines, adapted his boat to catch them and is almost singlehandedly responsible for their rise in popularity and the now hugely successful Cornish Sardine industry. Stefan’s story inspired part of the narrative of In Our Hands.

“An imagination-fuelled cracker of a show” – A Younger Theatre

In Our Hands will be performed in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Wednesday 26th October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £13.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.

 

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Kiki Dee to host acoustic evening in the MET

Acclaimed singer Kiki Dee, who’s famous 1974 duet ‘Don’t go breaking my heart’ with Elton John went to the top of the UK and US singles charts, is set to host an acoustic performance with guitarist Carmelo Luggeri in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month.

For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. Performing in this spellbinding, stripped back fashion allows each of their exceptional talents to shine through and create a wonderfully warm sense of intimacy for the audience.

2013 marked Kiki’s 50th year in the music industry and has cemented her status as one of the UK’s finest and most revered vocalists. To celebrate, the duo released their critically acclaimed album “A Place Where I Can Go” featuring 11 new tracks, including the haunting duet “Horses” with Scottish singer Eddi Reader.

Join Kiki and Carmelo for an acoustic journey of stories and song which include unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra, and of course Kiki’s own hits ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, ‘I Got the Music in Me’ and the stunning ‘Amoureuse’.

Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri will be performing in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday 20th October at 8pm. Tickets are £18 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.

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Midge Ure offers something for everyone at Gatehouse

Legendary Scottish musician, singer-songwriter and producer Mide Ure is set to bring his ‘Something from Everything’ tour to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre later this month.

Midge Ure is one of the UK’s most successful musicians of the modern age!

An artist who has received various Ivor Novello, Grammy and BASCAP awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records, really needs very little introduction.

Musical success is seldom measured in time spans of more than a few years (if not Andy Warhol’s often quoted “fifteen minutes”), so the fact that by the time his single – “If I Was” – went to No1 in 1985, Midge Ure had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10 year professional career, speaks volumes !

Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and of course the most famous one off group in musical history, Band Aid, had by then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation.

In recent years, Midge has continued to receive critical acclaim for his musical ventures –writing and producing album after album, with significant commercial success along the way.

For his latest tour, Midge will perform something from every album he has ever recorded – including work from the Rich Kids, Visage and Ultravox, up to his latest solo album, Fragile –in a format that will provide a framework of texture and diversity without detracting from the essence of the most important factor: the songs!

Midge Ure will be performing at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Wednesday 26th October at 8pm. Tickets are £20.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.

 

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Call the Cops – the Illegal Eagles are in town!

Long regarded as the world’s best Eagles tribute band, The Illegal Eagles are set to bring their amazing new show to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre later this month.

Featuring tight harmonies and incredible showmanship, the new show is a perfect illustration of the band’s ability to recreate the distinctive sound of The Eagles with both flare and impressive authenticity.

Featuring classic hits, such as Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado, Life in the Fast Lane, Take it to the Limit, and many more besides, the new show will also give audiences the opportunity to see first-hand why The Illegal Eagles have won international acclaim for their musical craftsmanship.
This latest production also features a special tribute to the late Glenn Frey, one of the original founding members of the Eagles.

The Illegal Eagles will be performing at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Friday 28th October at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £23.50, and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

 

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Line-up announced for Cabaret and Burlesque autumn show

Stafford’s first, and only burlesque and variety show returns on Friday 28th October with an evening of saucy decadence!

Take your seat in the secluded intimacy of the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, before sampling the delights that Très Très has to offer.

The first act to be announced for the 28th October show is none other than charming, offbeat musical cabaret star, Tricity Vogue

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An exceptional vintage songstress, with a repertoire of surprising tunes and a somewhat colourful history of romantic misadventure, Tricity has cut a swathe through the UK cabaret scene with hit Edinburgh Fringe shows and a host of London cabaret productions under her belt. She was nominated for a London Cabaret Award two years running and regularly appears on variety bills across the UK and Europe, both as a solo artist and with her All Girl Swing Band.

Queen of the Ukulele, Tricity Vogue will bring her own blend of slink and sass to Stafford for the very first time; think Peggy Lee after a few too many cocktails and you’re getting close!

For the special Performer Friday show later this month, Tres Tres Cabaret organisers are thrilled to announce that tiki queen LOU ON THE ROCKS will also feature on the bill.

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Tres Tres is often acclaimed for the international calibre of its performers, and Lou is the first ever overseas act heading to the UK to appear at the show! Flying in from Berlin, Lou is a passionate artist coming to tease Stafford audiences with elegance, fun and hippy hippy shakes, at the intersection where rock ‘n’ roll meets classic burlesque.

Her performances are inspired by the late 50s and 60s era Tarantino and Russ Meyer movies, combined with her own quirky touch.

Another overseas performer set to appear at the October 28th show: all the way from Minnesota, it’s MUSETTE!

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Musette the “Mistress of Mischief” is part sideshow sweetie – performing on her dainty bed of nails or eating fire – part vintage, vaudeville vixen doing her worst to make a crowd gasp or giggle with her bumping back side wiggle.

Musette has performed in hundreds of shows, including on the sparkly streets of NYC and greater Midwest, and aims to slay the unaware as well as the initiated with her bountiful burlesque charms and cheeky humour.

Another stateside performer also heading to Stafford this Autumn – it’s HAZEL HONEYSUCKLE!

Hazel Honeysuckle is a burlesque performer, actress and model based in New York City. She has been playing dress-up all her life, and lives to showcase both her love of classic burlesque as well as being a crazy, stupid nerd. A versatile performer, she can be sweet and innocent yet also bump and grind with the best of ‘em. This “Delicate Flower” is one you don’t want to miss! She performs on stages all over NYC, the US, and around the world, and can now add good old Stafford to her list!

All of this personally selected for your entertainment by resident Tres Tres producer, promoter and performer: STAGE DOOR JOHNNY!

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A flirtatious, lyrical lothario and seasoned comic raconteur with razor-sharp wit, he’ll have audiences grinning, giggling and eating from the palm of his hand – sometimes literally.

He can be heard singing everything from Shirley Bassey to Guns ‘n’ Roses, as well as ridiculous self-penned medleys to surprise and delight you. What’s more, he’ll be showcasing a brand new song and a new act for your delectation!

Do. Not. Miss. It. Book while you still can!

Très Très Cabaret is at The MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Friday 28th October at 8pm. Tickets are £15.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk

Early booking is advised as a sell-out is expected again. The show is strictly for over 18s only.

 

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Ultimate treat for Bowie fans

Fans of David Bowie are in for a treat this October at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, with a show that captures the essence and authenticity of the man himself in one sublime concert!

Ultimate Bowie pays tribute to the work of a global super-star, in a show that is visually stunning and vocally impressive. Ed Blaney takes the spotlight and leads an eight-piece band that takes you from Bowie’s early years with hits such as “Starman”, through his remarkable career to songs like “Let’s Dance”, China Girl”, and many more.

Prior to his death earlier this year, David Bowie frequently reinvented his music and image, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential innovators over the last five decades!

He has sold an estimated 196 million albums throughout his career, first catching the eye and ear of the public in the autumn of 1969, with his space-age mini-melodrama “Space Oddity”. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 as flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”.

Prepare yourself for an incredible experience of sound and vision – the band is not called “Ultimate Bowie” for nothing!

Ultimate Bowie will be performing at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Sunday 30th October at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £18 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.

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Gothic Drama coming to the MET this Halloween

The MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre will play host to a trilogy of stylish, one-woman plays during its forthcoming Autumn Winer season – continuing this month on All Hallows Eve with the macabre masterpiece, Female Gothic.

In the unquiet darkness between life and death, a haunted woman tells strange tales of the macabre and terrifying; eerie stories that have gathered dust and been forgotten.

Until now…

In the thrilling tradition of M R James and Edgar Allan Poe, this literary spine-chiller celebrates three lost gothic works from the great Victorian female writers.

Written and directed by Elton Townsend Jones and performed by Rebecca Vaughan, Female Gothic is the second in a series of three poignantly atmospheric plays from Dyad Productions to be staged in the MET Studio – which also includes Dalloway (performed earlier in September), and the festive frightener, Christmas Gothic.
Female Gothic will be performed in The MET Studio on Monday 31st October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
Reviews:
★★★★★ ’A macabre masterpiece.  Ghostly, grisly and gorgeous.  Don’t miss it’ (Three Weeks)
★★★★★ ‘A masterclass in storytelling.  Chilling, haunting, dazzling’ (Hairline)
★★★★ ‘Holds the audience in the palm of its hand… a near perfect piece of theatre’ (The Scotsman)
★★★★ ‘Wonderfully eerie… and manages to capture that most intangible of theatre goals, the real fear of the audience.’ (British Theatre Guide)

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Ross Noble to Dump Brain at Gatehouse

The UK’s “favorite randomist” comedian, Ross Noble, is set to perform at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre early next year with his new show ‘Brain Dump’.

As always Ross has lots of stuff backing up in his head and it’s time to let it all out. Famed for his super quick freewheeling style and highly imaginative flights of fancy, a Ross Noble show is always an unmissable event.
Noble started in comedy 25 years ago, at the age of 15, and has established a loyal audience as one of the world’s best live stand-ups.

Come and be part of this truly unique live experience. Join Ross as audience and performer come together for a massive Brain Dump.

“Beautifully twisted thoughts” – The Times

“The supreme master of spontaneous stand-up and true king of surreal flights of fantasy” – Time Out

Ross Noble will be performing his new show ‘Brain Dump’ at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Wednesday 15th February 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are £25.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
Please note, certificate: 15+