Carol Klein – Life in a Cottage Garden

Acclaimed plantswoman, bestselling author and one of our most familiar gardening experts in the media today, Carol Klein is most famous for her role as regular presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World, having featured on (almost) every programme since 2005.

Her natural, down-to-earth approach has made her a popular and trusted figure, and she makes a special journey to Colchester to tell us about life in her own beautiful cottage garden.

Tickets below. Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh and Pitlochry are not currently on sale, but will be shortly.

Kathleen Turner – Finding My Voice

Two-time Tony Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe Award winner Kathleen Turner brings her trademark husky alto to bear on the world of cabaret, making her debut with the appropriately titled Finding My Voice.

Lending her trademark husky alto to classic tunes from the American songbook, Kathleen interweaves songs including Let’s Fall in Love, I’d Rather be Sailing, On the Street Where You Live, Every time we Say Goodbye and many more, with stories from her remarkable life and career. Accompanied by Mark Janas, the show is directed by Andy Gale.

Over a long and varied career, Ms Turner has been awarded two Golden Globes, nominated for Best Actress twice for her work in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf for which she also won the Evening Standard Award. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Peggy Sue Got Married. Her filmography includes such classics as Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile and War of the Roses, as well as her star turn on TV in Friends.

Variety Night with Grayson Perry, Sir Michael Parkinson, Gareth Malone & more

Join Grayson Perry, Sir Michael Parkinson, Gareth Malone and Jay Rayner as they aim to raise enough funds in one night to build a school in Afghanistan.

This special variety night will feature a discussion on art, identity and Afghan rugs with Grayson Perry; an interview with Sir Michael Parkinson on his career and love of cricket and insights on dining nightmares with Jay Rayner, all hosted by Gareth Malone, who’ll be doing a couple of performances himself. Expect glitz, glamour and a load of fun! Transform lives in the process by supporting Afghan Connection to build a school!

Further information about Afghan Connection:
Afghan Connection (AC) was set up by Dr Sarah Fane in 2002, following her travels to Afghanistan as a doctor in the Soviet war and under the Taliban regime. The charity aims to transform life opportunities for children in remote and underserved regions of Afghanistan through support for education projects. AC has built 46 schools for 75,000 children and renovated more than 70 other schools serving some 110,000 children. Through its support, 1000 teachers have received training and 2700 children attend community based education classes in areas where there are no schools.
Alongside the meteoric rise of the Afghanistan National Cricket Team, with the Marylebone Cricket Club as partners, Afghan Connection has built 100 cricket pitches in schools and coached 4,500 children and young people with disabilities, promoting peace through sport.

Gareth Malone Spring 2018 Tour

**EXTRA DATES JUST ADDED IN GATESHEAD, NOTTINGHAM & PRESTON**

Following the resounding success of the 2017 tour Gareth can’t resist bringing the choral excitement to areas we missed first time round, this is a show that shouldn’t be missed.

This limited run of new dates in Spring 2018 will see TV’s favourite choirmaster truly in his element as he curates an evening of music that matters to him. Gareth is delighted to welcome back The Swingles, the undisputed rulers of British close Harmony, to present songs you know and love in a way you have never heard them before.  Feast your ears on their dazzling vocal pyrotechnics.

Gareth will be joined by some exciting guest choirs and singers along the way, he’ll be showcasing new songs written specially for this tour, alongside well-known classics such as ‘Fields of Gold’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘Superstition’.   The evening will include repertoire from his TV series The Choir – songs as sung by the Invictus choir, Military Wives and the ‘Boys Don’t Sing’ episode.

Join us for your chance to be part of this musical extravaganza this May & June.

 

Scott Alan

Live on stage at Crazy Coqs, the acclaimed international songwriter will be joined by a host of special musical theatre guests each evening for a week-long residency. Audiences will be treated to songs from all seven of Scott’s recordings and brand new songs from his upcoming release, Lifeline.

Sunday, 28 January – Alice Fearn, Sophie Evans and Bradley Jaden

Monday, 29 January – Matt Henry and Amy Lennox

Wednesday, 31 January – Tyrone Huntley, Kayleigh McKnight and Tim Newman

Thursday, 1 February – Natasha Barnes, Shanay Holmes, Jodie Steele, Shona White and Emma Williams

Sunday, 4 February – Marisha Wallace, Asmeret Ghebremichael and Joe Aaron Reid

 

On Friday 2 February, Scott will make his debut concert appearance at PizzaExpress Live in Birmingham. Tickets are on sale now.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure, risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken.
In Living Dangerously, Sir Ranulph offers a personal journey through his life, from his early years to the present day. Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously spans Sir Ranulph’s childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life and early expeditions, right through the Transglobe Expedition to his current Global Reach Challenge – his goal to become the first person in the world to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ many endeavours have pushed his endurance levels to the very limits, inspiring generations and making him a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell.

More dates to be announced. Tickets for York are not yet on sale, but will be shortly.

Parkinson: Our Kind Of Music

A live theatrical journey through Sir Michael Parkinson’s musical DNA in words, pictures and performance.

Alongside his interviewing and writing Sir Michael Parkinson has spent much of his career promoting the appreciation of the music of the Great American Songbook and encouraging those of the new generation who are fighting to keep that flame alive.  In the process, he has developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of that genre as well as interviewing some of the greats and finding time to talent spot the likes of Bublé, Krall and Cullum.  But he is much more than a jazzer.  His taste in music takes in everything from Razorlight to Paul Simon, The Beatles to Oasis with the consequence that Sir Michael’s seal of approval came to mean a great deal with every record label in the country wanting to bottle his A&R talent.

This passion and love of music in all its forms is celebrated in a new live theatrical show.  In conversation with his long-term producer, collaborator and son Mike, using clips from his classic and extensive archive and featuring live performances by the multi-talented Joe Stilgoe we take a fascinating, entertaining and informative journey to the musical heart of Sir Michael Parkinson via Barnsley, sixties Manchester, Wood Lane and Broadcasting House.

 

Christmas in Leicester Square

Christmas in Leicester Square returns for 2017, transforming the centre of bustling London into a winter wonderland, including traditional Christmas markets with hand-crafted goods and delicious food and drinks, a Santa’s Grotto where children can meet the man himself, plus a whole host of fantastic shows in the beautiful surrounds of a traditional 1920s spiegeltent.

As part of this year’s line-up, Fane Productions is proud to present:

2 December: Kids of the West End

8 December: Simply Barbra’s Holiday Show

10 December: Ian Shaw & Clare Martin’s Early Xmas Cracker

14 December: Emma Hatton & Anthony Strong ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’

15 December: Christina Bianco ‘Divine Delusions’

27 December: ‘Some Kinda Wonderful’ The Music of Stevie Wonder, featuring Noel McCalla & The Derek Nash Band

30 December: Ryan Molloy Returns as Franki Valli

Full programme now on sale.

Kerry Ellis 20th Anniversary Tour

Join Kerry Ellis as she embarks on a UK tour to celebrate 20 years since her West End debut.

The West End’s favourite leading lady will sing songs from Bond, to Bareilles to Bacharach and more, telling stories from her career to date. Ellis has just released her latest hit album on Sony Music with Brian May, Golden Days, and has stared in shows such as We Will Rock You and was the first British Elphaba in both the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked. Her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! and Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon, and Fantine in Les Miserables. She has released several Top 40 albums, and is in huge demand around the world for her concert work.

Special guest at Union Chapel: Joe McElderry

Tickets to the London date at Union Chapel are purchasable below. All other tickets bookable direct through venues.

Unfortunately there will not be a Meet & Greet in Norwich, as there is not enough time between the matinee and evening performances.

 

Olly Smith: 12 wines of Christmas

Olly Smith, multi award-winning wine expert, TV personality, author and columnist uses his finely tuned taste buds, endless knowledge and infectious enthusiasm to share the inside track on the best booze to transform your Christmas into a cracker, with his 12 Wines of Christmas.

Proudly sponsored by Majestic, each ticket includes a welcome glass of fabulous Definition Prosecco! Olly has carefully selected wines from Majestic’s range which will be available on sale at the bar throughout the show – a perfect pairing.

Taking you behind enemy wines giving away top bottles live on stage, Olly blows the lid on the secrets of life as a wine expert, working with celebrity chefs and impersonating Sir Roger Moore. Uncork the spirit of Christmas and join Olly for this suitably jolly one-off festive special!