Something for everyone coming up at The Gatehouse Theatre

Master of the macabre makes for monstrous MET show

Victorian Theatre Company, ‘Don’t go into the Cellar’, is returning to the MET Studio next month with an adaption of tales from the master of the macabre, Pandemonium of Poe.

Be chilled by an evening’s eerie entertainment, with this original theatrical anthology of a selection of Edgar Allan Poe’s finest feats of fear-filled fiction!

Be led by the sinister Dr Trevellyan as he leads you into the deepest recesses of the human psyche. Along the way you will encounter such stark terror as may shatter the senses! But will you emerge from the shadows alive… ?

Formed in 2010, ‘Don’t Go into the Cellar!’ comprises some of 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.

Pandemonium of Poe will be performed in the MET Studio at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday 10th February at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £11, with a £9 concession price, and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or online via

Joe Brown tells all in superb solo show

Music legend Joe Brown is heading to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre next month as part of his first ever solo tour.

Joe Brown MBE is unique, a genuine one off. With a history that spans music hall, skiffle, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Theatre, Films, TV, Radio and even Circus (his Grandfather performed with Buffalo Bill), there aren’t many that can claim such an entertaining background. He is one the very few to have successfully traversed the years and the genres and still be absolutely contemporary.

A real survivor and a mega musical talent, the musician’s musician Joe Brown has seen it all and, as his fans can testify, his tales of life on the road are, quite simply, hilarious. He has stories and jokes – and he knows how to tell ‘em.

So now for a real treat and, for the first time ever… Just Joe, the man by himself, uncut, solo, uncensored, an audience with. JUST JOE will see Joe talk about his early days, growing up in a pub in London’s East End, discovering Skiffle, becoming a Rock ‘N’ Roll pioneer and touring with the likes of Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and Gene Vincent before headlining shows with The Beatles as opening act. The heady days of Rock ‘N’ Roll will be laid bare and the evening promises to be an intimate glimpse into the hectic world of one of Britain’s most enduring and best loved performers.

This show, however, will not only be stories and anecdotes it will feature a lot of music, aided and abetted by his old friend Henry Gross, Joe will play many a song and do what he does better than almost anyone else – entertain with a capital E.

Joe commands a stage like no other. His musical skills are legend, his repartee renowned. Indeed, Joe Brown – up close and personal -what could be more entertaining and what could be more of a treat!

Joe Brown will be performing at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Thursday 15th February 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £25.50 and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or via

Celebrated children’s book gets the stage treatment

Author Rod Campbell’s best-selling classic lift-the-flap book, Dear Zoo, is being brought to life for the very first time in 2018 as a brilliant new stage production heading to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.

Celebrating its 36th anniversary in 2018, Dear Zoo is the story of a child who writes to the zoo asking them to send a pet! The book continues to delight each new generation of children as they lift the flaps in search of the perfect animal.

Written by Rod Campbell, produced by Norwell Lapley Productions and directed by Michael Gattrell, Dear Zoo live on stage is suitable for children aged 2 – 6 years. Brought to life through child-engaging puppets, original music and lots of audience interaction, it will immediately appeal to families and children who already love the book and will serve as a wonderful introduction to those coming to the story for the first time.

Rod Campbell is the master of interactive storytelling and an expert in early learning for pre-schoolers. As a trusted household name, his books have stood the test of time and continue to be a staple addition to the family bookshelf and a popular choice for early years’ teachers. The creator of more than 200 books for children, Rod Campbell’s unique ability to be both fun and reassuring encourages children to discover and delight in the world around them.

Commenting on Dear Zoo live on stage Rod Campbell said

“I can hardly believe that Dear Zoo is celebrating its 35th anniversary! I really am enormously touched and delighted that successive generations of young children continue to love Dear Zoo – their obvious pleasure when interacting with it is so gratifying to see, and for me is the very greatest of compliments!”

Dear Zoo will take place at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are priced at £14.50, with a family ticket priced at £52, and are available from the Box Office on 01785 619080 or via