Shows, Concerts and Fairs


For all events on the South Bank (Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall you can call 0870 382 8000 or book online at www.rfh.org.uk 

Some early November dates for Stacey Kent. She's singing in Huntingdon Hall , Worcester on Wednesday 2 November, The Sands in Gainsborough on November 5 and Pizza Express in  Maidstone on November 6.

Guys and Dolls is on stage at The Castle in Wellingborough from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 November at 7.30pm. Tickets are 7.50. Call 01933 270007 for more information and booking.

Opera North presents One Touch Of Venus from November 3 to 12 at Sadlers Wells in London It's a terrific piece of musical theatre that was seen and reviewed in Swing Time four years ago. Read the review and then book tickets on 0870 737 7737 or at www.sadlerswells.com.

There's a Celebration of the Life & Music of Glenn Miller on Sunday 11 December from 12noon to 5pm at Twinwood Airdfield, Twinwood Road, Clapham, Beds, MK41 6AB. Click onto www.twinwoodevents.com for more details.

The Performing Arts Book and Ephemera Fair is a great place to buy programmes, posters, books and photos from bygone shows. The venue is the Olivier Stalls Foyer at the Royal National Theatre on The South Bank in London. Enquiries on 01223 842419. Doors open from 11am to 7.15pm.  The next date for the Performing Arts Fairs in 2004 is in October 2005. There are also events at The Hotel Russell in Russell Square London WC1 in 2005 on Sunday 9 October. You can see this and other fairs at the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association at www.pbfa.org 

Advance notice of The Third Honey Pot Dance Battle Weekend on June 16 to 18 2006 in Hackney London. Full details will be posted at www.cottonclubbers.com and there's more information from info@cottonclubbers.com and on +44 7941 190 208.

West End Shows

The musical The Big Life, a Ska version of Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost, at The Apollo Theatre (0870 890 1101). It has transferred from The Theatre Royal in Stratford, and you can read a review of the show in the British Theatre Guide.

In town for a short run is Immodesty Blaize & Walter's Burlesque! at the Arts Theatre in Great Newport Street London WC2. Described as raunchy and decadent, you can find out for yourself on 020 7836 3334.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill is the story of Billie Holiday at The New Players Theatre in The Arches, Villiers Street London WC2. Book on 0870 033 2626 for tickets from 12.50 to 27.50.

Choreographed by Strictly Dance Fever judge Arlene Philips, Saturday Night Fever is on stage at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in Wilton Road London SW1. Call 0870 534 4444 for tickets. See the site at www.nightfever.co.uk

Jane Krawkowski (from Ally McBeal) is joining Ewan McGregor in Guys and Dolls at the Donmar Theatre, reviews from May 19. The box office number is 0870 060 0123 and there's more online at www.guysanddollsthemusical.com

Billy Elliot is the stage musical of the Stephen Daldry film with music by Elton John. It is showing at The Victoria Palace in Victoria Street London SW1. You can book on 0870 895 5577 and tickets cost from 17.50 to 50.

Another show about Frank Sinatra and his showbiz pals is in town; Rat Pack Confidential is based on Shawn Levy's book. It's been adapted by Paul Sirett and stars Kevin Colson, Alex Giannini, Robin Kingsland, Paul Sharma and Richard Shelton. It's on at The Whitehall Theatre near Trafalgar Square in London. The box office number is 020 7369 1735 and you can book online at www.ratpackconfidential.com 

Possibly tying in with the 50th anniversary of Sun Records, you can see Jailhouse Rock - The Musical at The Piccadilly Theatre (0870 060 6630) in London. It's based on the film of the same name, and you can read more about it at www.jailhouserockthemusical.co.uk.  

Chicago continues at The Adelphi Theatre. See the musical of the film of the musical film. Tickets on 0870 4030303 or online at www.chicagothemusical.com The current stars are Frances Ruffelle, Tiffany Graves, Alex Bourne and Kevin Kennedy.

Fame is back, this time at The Aldwych Theatre (0870 400 0805) for a fourth year. You  do wonder why these students go to college when they can dance this well from the start, but it's great fun.

Mamma Mia is the singalong Abba musical at The Prince Edward Theatre (0870 850 0393/0870 380 8000). You can also book online at www.mamma-mia.com

Stomp is playing at The Vaudeville Theatre (0870 890 0511). This energetic dance show has been playing around the country for some years now, and is well worth a visit. You can find out more at www.stomp.co.uk


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