What's On - Theatre

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."

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd June
Alexandra Theatre
(Performance in the Little Alex)
Following their stunning sell-out success at the Little Alex last year, the boys are back with a brand new show and ready to wow audiences once again!
Prepare to be delighted and thoroughly entertained as the boys take you on a musical journey from stage to screen, from the West End, to Broadway and Hollywood with some stunning renditions of classic and contemporary songs (and some of their usual, cheeky comedy thrown in for good measure!)

James, Michael and Will, with their unique voices and unmistakable charm, look forward to entertaining you under the brilliant musical direction of Brett Wellcome.

Sunday 3rd June
Musical Adventures
Alexandra Theatre
Join Chichester City Band for an evening of musical story telling; a varied programme of pieces inspired by tales of great feats and adventures.
Founded in 1897, the City's own traditional brass band keeps busy entertaining Chichester and the surrounding area all year round, and has recently qualified for the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

Come along to wish us luck — and enjoy a great afternoon of music!

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.
Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th June
(Saturday Matinee 2:30pm)
Alexandra Theatre
Do you remember where you were the night Elvis died? Well, tonight's the night. BOOGIE NIGHTS - THE MUSICAL tells the hilarious and heart-warming story of Roddy, a Jack-the-lad, whose life of birds, booze and boogie is about to be turned upside down.

Packed with all the greatest Disco classics Boogie Nights -The Musical will have the audience up on its feet doing The Bump and The Hustle, and funking along to the grooviest chart topping hits like 'You Sexy Thing', 'Y.M.C.A.', 'I Will Survive', 'In The Navy', 'Can You Feel The Force', 'I Love To Love', 'Boogie Wonderland' and many many more!

An amateur production presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe).

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June
Remember When
Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 2:00pm & 6:00pm
The Studio, The Regis Centre
Rainbow Productions presents a nostalgictrip down memory lane celebrating songs from days gone by.

Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd June
Notre Dame
(Saturday Matinee 2:30pm)
Alexandra Theatre
Music, Lyrics and Book by Ed Court. Based upon the novel by Victor Hugo
NOTRE DAME is a new musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame. Pierre Gringoire, a Parisian playwright and poet, conjures up the timeless tale of Quasimodo, the legendary bell ringer. Quasimodo defies his controlling adoptive Father, the Archdeacon, Frollo, and escapes from the Cathedral. After meeting the famous Gypsy dancer, Esmeralda, at the Feast of Fools, we see Quasimodo's rite of passage from outcast to hero. A story of religion, prejudice, and the triumph of freedom over fate.

This amateur production is brought to you by Andrew Wright and University of Chichester, by kind permission of Ed Court.

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 29th June
Opera Night
Alexandra Theatre
The 60 Minute Orchestra

Presented by Roger Clayden. Conducted by Mark Fitz-Gerald,

This year the theme is "Love" with each concert ending in a beautiful love duet. Featuring Italian Tenor Yuri Sabatini, Soprano Honey Rouhani, Mezzo Soprano Lisa Byrnes and our very own soprano Sylvia Rota.

Programme to include: 'Lippen Schweigen' from The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, 'O Soave Fanciulla' from La Boheme by G. Puccini, 'Brindisi' from La Traviata by G. Verdi, 'Vesti la Giubba' from Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, 'Flower Duet' from Lakme by Leo Delibes, `Habanera' from Carmen by George Bizet, 'Meditation' from Thais as a violin solo by Jules Massenet and 'Softly Awakens my Heart' by Camille Saint-Saens as a cello solo.

Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th July
Alexandra Theatre
St Philip Howard Catholic School is delighted to be staging HAIRSPRAY! The musical is thoroughly empowering, with plenty of nostalgia for older audience members and a shocking but hope-inspiring reality for younger viewers. We've brought our own twist to the historical context, modernising it for our students and audience to explore the social and cultural changes we are facing in Britain today.

Our talented young cast will make it an evening you won't forget.

Tuesday 24th July
Alexandra Theatre
The Bersted Community Choir make their debut performance on the Alexandra Theatre stage this summer following sell out performances across the local area.

In what promises to be a fantastic evening of music, featuring well known songs, from classical to pop, there is no genre this choir can't beat!

Complete with an appearance by special guest vocalists The Bersted Boys, this is the perfect way to spend an summer's evening

Thursday 26th July
The Take That Experience
Alexandra Theatre
RELIGHT THE FIRE - Back by popular demand! The Take That Experience show " Relight The Fire " gives you the very latest Take That favourites as well as all the classic songs from the past including Back For Good, Relight My Fire, Could It Be Magic, Patience, Shine, Rule The World, Up All Night, Greatest Day and The Flood.

Featuring five wonderfully talented guys, with a remarkable on-stage chemistry, full replica costumes, and a performance that literally gives you The Take That Experience!

Friday 27th July
The Show Must Go On
Alexandra Theatre

This is the music of Queen as you've never heard it before. A full rock band, three fantastic vocalists and chamber musicians as they perform a gala concert featuring dazzling versions of all-time Queen classics.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON is a celebration of the timeless music of Queen with the addition of a string section, woodwind, brass and orchestral percussion plus the power which comes from having three vocalists to call on. A wonderful concert, not to be missed by anyone who loves the music of Queen. Get ready for some Baroque 'n Roll.

Saturday 28th July
Alexandra Theatre

An exciting evening of singing from PZAZZ Singers and Brighton Gay Men's Chorus on the first ever joint venture of its kind. With music ranging from David Bowie to Katy Perry, there is something for everyone. Come along to hear the collaboration of over 100 voices onstage for the first time.

If you're looking for an evening of Glitzy entertainment with that Glamorous edge, indulge your senses and treat yourself to the evening of the year!

Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th August
Live At The Regis - Starring Joe Pasquale
Thursday & Friday 7:30pm - Saturday 2:30pm & 7:30pm - Sunday 2:30pm
Alexandra Theatre
LIVE AT THE REGIS is one of the few true variety shows in Britain, showcasing live variety acts at their best. Featuring laugh out loud comedy, spell binding performances, ventriloquism and spine tingling vocals, together with a company of dancers and an onstage live band, this summer spectacular is certainly not to be missed.

Comedian JOE PASQUALE has continued to delight audiences with his live stand-up tours for over 20 years and will continue to do so this year with his new show Joe Pasquale: The Devil In Disguise. Along the way he's voiced characters for Hollywood movies Garfield: A Tale of Two Kittens; Horton Hears A Who! Children's television animation — Frankenstein's Cat and starred in The Muppets' 25th Anniversary show.

This year back by popular demand will be HILARY O'NEIL. Her spectacular career has spanned the broad spectrum of all show business genres, having appeared on stage in London's West End, in countless summer seasons, and numerous TV appearances.

In a show that harks back to the glory days of summer at the seaside, this top class variety performance will showcase the best in professional and local talent.

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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