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It's Alexander Armstrong as you've never seen him before ; He's the presenter of a TV quiz show and one half of a comedy duo, but did you ever expect...

September 6, 2013

YellowBrix

It's Alexander Armstrong as you've never seen him before ; He's the presenter of a TV quiz show and one half of a comedy duo, but did you ever expect him to be fronting a band?

Alexander Armstrong, fresh from his starring role in ITV's Your Face Looks Familiar, celebrates his love of music and great songs in a new stage show, coming to the Assembly Hall.

The acclaimed comedian, actor and presenter, introduces us to the songs he loves, from jazz standards and rock classics to some lesser- known pop delights. Alexander's powerful baritone, along with his exceptionally versatile band, breathe new life into a diverse range of songs from Louis Jordan's Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby, to Spandau Ballet's True and Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

We wanted to have some broad variety, says Alexander. But I have selected this programme to reflect my own personal tastes: some American classic, some English popular songs, some Spandau Ballet, some Divine Comedy, even some Chas 'n' Dave. The rule was, if I loved it, it was in the running.

Alexander, best known for being one half of BAFTA Award-winning comedy duo Armstrong And Miller, has also undertaken many straight acting roles lately - including Love Life, Life Begins and most recently the double Comedy Award-winning Hunderby.

He is also the host of popular quiz show Pointless as well as Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask, Epic Win, is a frequent host of Have I Got News For You and was recently a competitor on ITV's new celebrity singing show Your Face Sounds Familiar.

Extraordinary Alexander says: I've never done anything like this before but I'm so looking forward to heading out on the road with this extraordinary band of musicians, and to meeting the people who come along. I wonder if they'll be Pointless fans, comedy fans or - strange to say - music fans. Certainly there'll be something for everyone in the evening.

Alexander's band consists of his musical director 'Harry the Piano', virtuoso wind player Simon Bates, Van Morrison's drummer Jeff Lardner and Jools Holland's bassist Dave Swift.

The set will feature a superb collection of hand-picked songs in stunning new arrangements. Along with Alexander's wonderful self- deprecating humour, you are promised a truly entertaining evening of music not to be missed.

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells. September 26 at 8pm. Tickets Pounds 22.50 from 01892 530613 or www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

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