What's On - Theatre

Thursday 26th April
Rich Hall’s Hoedown
Alexandra Theatre
Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show begins its second leg of touring. There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever.

The Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. There’s stand-up, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping, shit-kicking good time to be had by all. Even if you don’t own a hoe.

14+ (Parental Guidance) . Likely to be swearing and adult content

Thursday 10th May & Friday 11th May
Merrily We Role Along
Alexandra Theatre
University of Chichester Musical Theatre Festival Company.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG makes a virtue of spilt milk, sour grapes and friendships down the drain, in the opposite linear format of telling a story backwards. It may not be the usual formula for a Broadway hit, but Sondheim's score was a sensation and as life is not a straight line, audiences found that watching how the story rolls back 20 years in the life of Hollywood producer, Franklin Shepherd and how happy he once was as the talented but penniless Broadway composer, oddly compelling. Merrily We Roll Along curates the key moments in Frank's life, which point precisely to how he got there and what he gave up (...a lot). Rarely performed, when this was revived for at The Chocolate Factory, London in 2012 it secured sell-out audiences, rave reviews and a cult following.

Saturday 12th May
The Barron Knights
Alexandra Theatre
The Barron Knights are probably the most entertaining group to come out of the 60s and 70s. Their musicianship, harmonies and of course their humour has earned them the title 'The Guvnors'. Supremely talented and a showbiz phenomenon, they are the best tonic the NHS could give the population. Winners of the UK Rock and Pop awards as 'Best Entertainers', they are the only group to have toured with the Beatles and twice with the Rolling Stones.

You'll be rockin' and rollin' as well as laughing. As well as old favourites, they play their inimitable version of The William Tell Overture, Flamenco party piece Malaguana, their parody of Killer Queen plus a hilarious take on Windmills of Your Mind. You will walk out of the theatre with happy memories of this show not to be missed.

"No group has made it until The Barron Knights have spoofed them" — Ian Dury

Tuesday 15th May
Seriously Dead
Alexandra Theatre
The play tells the hilarious tale of Thelma Henderson deceased who cannot gain entry through The Pearly Gates as the system has gone digitalised and she has the incorrect paperwork. Thelma is told to wait by the scrapyard gates until the issue can be resolved but she finds herself a rather reluctant Guardian Angel watching over her school friend and the one true love of her life, Billy Blenkinsopp.

Thursday 17th May
The Big Band
Alexandra Theatre
Five Star Swing - THE BIG BAND

"Superb - they swing like crazy!" - Sheila Tracy, BBC

Swing-along with songs from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz and Blues. As seen on BBC TV's Children in Need, Dame Vera Lynn's Charity Ball and Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Featuring Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn's brother), plus Tony Bennett's trombonist!

Tuesday 22nd May to Saturday 26th May
Sister Act
(Sat Matinee 2:30pm)
Alexandra Theatre
BROS Musical Productions - SISTER ACT

Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won't be found — a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music.

Monday 28th May & Tuesday 29th May
Les Musicals
Alexandra Theatre

LES MUSICALS presents the biggest hit songs from the West End and Broadway.
Musical Theatre's leading men and X Factor stars; Jonathan Ansel! (G4 frontman) and Rhydian Roberts join forces for the first time ever to create a dramatic and spine tingling concert. This vocally exhilarating evening showcases all of the smash hit songs from the greatest musicals of all time, brought to you by two of the world's finest voices.

A special guest soprano will also join the cast as you immerse yourself into the world of Musical Theatre with classics from Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, Blood Brothers, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Carousel, West Side Story, The Lion King, Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You and many more...

Thursday 31st May
Doctor Dolittle
Alexandra Theatre
"Hello all. I am Doctor John Dolittle. I am not a normal Doctor. I was once but I really did not like my patients. You see I discovered something down right amazing about myself. I found out that I had the ability to talk to animals. Anyone from the age of 7 upwards come and see me in my brand new show. There will be lots of music and fun audience participation. Toodle pip for now."

Tuesday 5th June
The Ladyboys of Bangkok
Alexandra Theatre
Uncork the champagne! Dress to kill! Party like there's no tomorrow! Celebrating 20 diamante decorated years, The Ladyboys of Bangkok ‘Wonder Women Tour’ will take Britain's number one cabaret show to a new level. With some of your favourites from the last 20 glorious years re-imagined, added to new scenes of spectacular costumes, choreography and – of course – hilarious comedy!

Wonder Women celebrates in style with iconic appearances including Cher, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Diana Ross, Pink, Shirley Bassey, even Wonder Woman herself and the “practically perfect in every way" Mary Poppins! From Comic Con to the catwalk, this year’s show has it all.

Thursday 28th June
The Magnificent Music Hall
Alexandra Theatre

On BBC TV’S THE GOOD OLD DAYS (now being rerun on BBC 4)
With a show packed full of talent, we invite you on a journey down memory lane to the glorious and glamourous heyday of the great British Music Hall - a truly golden era.

Helming this splendid afternoon will be your eloquent and elegantly waist-coated Chairman complete with gavel and sharp wit, together with an impressive line-up of artistes. This unmissable matinee performance is sure to be rich with song, dance, magic and laughter!

“This is cutting edge Victoriana beloved by the British and their visitors” - THE TIMES

Friday 24th August
The Roy Orbison Story
Alexandra Theatre
This musical and semi-autobiographical celebration of The Big O’s musical legacy is quite simply unmissable, as Barry Steele takes you on this specially revamped musical journey in time, from the early sun years right through to the late 80s and the internationally acclaimed concert ‘The Black and White Night’.

The show also pays homage to the time Roy spent with the Traveling Wilburys. Add to the mix star guests celebrating the music from legends Roy actually toured and performed with, backed by our fabulous musicians and singers and you have yourselves an incredible fusion of 60s solid gold classics and 80s contemporary musical genius.

Friday 14th September
Bringing On Back To The Sixties
Alexandra Theatre

The hottest ticket in town has just arrived. This fast moving show starring New Amen Corner is a must for lovers of 60s music, with its stunning multimedia presentation and special guest appearances from 60s icon Mike d'Abo and multi award winning Nancy Ann Lee 'Little Miss Sixties'.

Join us for a fantastic evening with New Amen Corner (Europe's leading 60s revivalists) and their special guests, as they perform 2 hours of million selling hits from the most prolific decade in musical history.


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