Comedy leading the way in new season ; Laughter is to the fore at the Civic Theatres' new season and Essex stand-up stars Russell Kane and Phill Jupitus are leading the way
The new autumn season at Chelmsford City Theatres is here and with so much comedy, music and drama lined-up it's sure to be a great few months in theatre land.
The Civic stage hosts a mega line-up of big name comedians in the biggest comedy series ever staged in Chelmsford.
Phill Jupitus, Russell Kane, Alexei Sayle, Josh Widdicombe, Andy Parsons and Chris Ramsey will be performing their latest stand up shows.
The Cramphorn studio theatre is the intimate venue for more comedy including duo Peacock and Gamble with all their fun, idiocy and handsomeness, supreme misfit Andrew Lawrence, and even stand-up Comedy Club 4 Kids in a new venture that promises to bring great comedy but without the rude bits.
There will also be more monthly Comedy Showcase events featuring more of the UK's best comedians on the comedy circuit.
There'll be a big dose of gritty drama in the form of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, a depiction of the mystery behind the infamous East End murders in The Ripper Files and powerful theatre in an innovative new staging of Dracula.
A wide range of music will also be on offer for lovers of great music of all varieties.
There will be blasts from the past in Soul Legends featuring classic covers from the likes of James Brown, Tina Turner, Sam and Dave, Barry White and many more; The Bay City Rollers Story will bring original 'Roller' Les McKeown to the stage; The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show will be recreating the purveyors of cool and some of the greatest music of the 20th century; Arrival UK perform the ultimate Abba tribute and there's even more music on offer besides this great line-up.
There will be original music from 90s hit maker Beverley Craven and regular favourite Joe Brown.
Wonderful sitar music will be played in a unique and unusual evening of music in Indian Dimensions and Balkan and gypsy music band Dunajaska Kapelye lead by Polish jazz violinist Piotr Jordan perform a wonderful musical journey.
To keep the little ones entertained, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's book, The Snail and the Whale will be coming to life and there is even more popular children's entertainment with Aliens Love Underpants in a zany and hilarious stage show.
A one-off special day of back stage tours will be taking place on Saturday, September. 21 The tours will take people behind the scenes of the Civic Theatre with an introduction to the technical side of what goes on as well as a demonstration of the digital projector at the Chelmsford Picture House. Tickets must be booked early to avoid disappointment. To find out about all the shows on at Chelmsford City Theatres and to book tickets visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/ theatres or call the box office on 01245 606505.
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