An Evening with Grayson Perry, Jay Rayner, Gareth Malone and Rachel Tucker

Join Grayson Perry, Gareth Malone, Jay Rayner and Rachel Tucker 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, insights on dining nightmares with Jay Rayner, and beautiful songs from Rachel Tucker, 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

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 and June.

Pre-concert meet-ups with Gareth now available! Book below. 

Unfortunately we are unable to offer a meet-up at Warwick Arts Centre.

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.

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.

 

Kerry Ellis 20th Anniversary Tour

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

Kerry will be accompanied by her incredibly talented band, with a special appearance by an exciting guest choir at each show.  Expect a huge range of songs from Wicked show stoppers to Queen, to Ed Sheeran and more, telling stories from her illustrious career to date.

Ellis has just released her latest hit album on Sony Music with Brian May, Golden Days, and has starred in shows such as We Will Rock You. She was the first British Elphaba in both the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked and 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 Misérables.

Links for tickets and Meet and Greets below.

Eva Noblezada ‘Girl No More’

NEW DATES ADDED.

Through a wonderfully colourful set list including some of her favourite artists like Amy Winehouse and Frank Sinatra, Eva sings from her heart and reveals a side of her story you’ve never heard.

Join the Tony Nominated star of Miss Saigon for an intimate evening of music in this one-off London solo debut.

Purchase tickets below.

Kansas Smitty’s House Band at EFG London Jazz Festival

Fresh from a UK-tour that included selling out four nights at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, The Kansas Smitty’s House Band arrive back in London at Shoreditch Town Hall for an EFG London Jazz Festival special.

The Kansas Smitty’s House Band have been quietly, or depending on where you’ve been spending your evenings, not so quietly, carving out a name for themselves as one of the driving forces in the UK jazz scene. Their reputation, built on their incendiary live shows, including four sold out main shows at Ronnie Scott’s, has recently been cemented by the release of their full debut album and the opening of their own bar venue in East London.

Both bar and band have received praise across the jazz and mainstream press, with extensive coverage from The Evening Standard, and reviews in the Sunday Times and Telegraph. The Band’s debut record was nominated as one of the top jazz albums of 2015 by the Telegraph. The Sunday Times summed it up nicely, saying “Conservatories or cocktails? If jazz is to survive it will need more bands (like this one)”. The House Band don’t like to be boxed in.

As their debut album exemplifies, they make wide use of the sour mash of styles that has allowed them to cross the divides between generations and dispositions. Moving through sounds of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans ethnic music, and gospel, they relentlessly pursue a sound of their own, seeking out and creating a genre-blind audience for their music.

Victoria Derbyshire ‘Dear Cancer, Love Victoria’

A much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015, she herself was in the news, after receiving a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that aimed to demystify the illness. The diaries have so far amassed 17 million views.

Victoria’s story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one but it is so often laugh-out-loud too. Moving, wonderfully heart-warming and ultimately uplifting, this is a powerful account of a brave struggle told with honesty, courage and emotion that gives strength to anyone touched by cancer.

Join Victoria for an evening of conversation, questions, answers and above all, openness.

The Other Palace show is in aid of You Can, who provide emotional support for young people aged 10-29 years of age who’ve been through cancer treatment.

Matt Cardle and Kerry Ellis

Kerry is recognised as the leading lady of West End and Broadway musicals, with a number of starring roles in London, New York and around the world. Meanwhile, Matt has become a multi-platinum recording artist having completed five sold-out tours since winning The X Factor’s highest rating series in 2010, watched by over 19 million.

This summer will see two of the most powerful and award-winning voices of this century appear in concert together for the very first time… Kerry Ellis and Matt Cardle will take to the stage for an epic evening of entertainment for two-nights only.

Nelson Mandela: The Presidential Years

ON SALE JULY 4th

In the exclusive London launch of the long-awaited sequel to Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, world-renowned actors bring Mandela’s reflections on his time in power to life, and a select panel including his co-author the acclaimed South African novelist and poet Mandla Langa and the Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang, and chaired by Jon Snow, discuss his legacy in a troubled world.

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years draws heavily on the second volume of memoirs that Mandela began writing in the last days of his presidency (but was unable to finish) and tells the story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule and the challenges Mandela overcame to make a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa. What are the enduring lessons that can be drawn from Mandela’s time in power? How can the landmark achievements of the Nobel Peace Prize winner inspire the next generation?

The book’s title, Dare Not Linger, is derived from the closing paragraphs of Long Walk to Freedom: “I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”