Sensational live entertainment this summer

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Sensational live entertainment this summer

An eclectic mix of live entertainment is on offer in the gorgeous surroundings of Cheltenham’s favourite venues this summer. Celebrated names in comedy include Simon Amstell, Russell Howard and Paul Merton’s Impro Chums. Music lovers can look forward to Petula Clark, Boy George, Billy Ocean and The Stylistics to name but a few.

Derek Aldridge, Cheltenham Town Hall and Entertainment Manager said “Tickets are already selling fast and with visits to our website doubling in the last year, we are looking forward to a busy summer season”.

For a truly memorable night out live comedy is an excellent choice and there is an impressive line-up this summer such as Simon Amstell who originally made his name as presenter of Channel 4’s Popworld and currently presents Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Hot on the heels of 3 sell out tours in the space of a year Russell Howard is back with a brand new show. A regular on BBC2’s Mock the Week and BBC6 Music, Russell’s enthusiasm and humour are infectious. Anything could happen at Paul Merton’s Impro Chums show. Paul and his chums take audience suggestions and the laughter ensues. Be warned though there could be some swearing! A must-see is Frankie Boyle who has the accolades of appearing in every episode of BBC2’s Mock the Week and over one hundred sold-out tour dates.

Edinburgh Festival Preview is a rare opportunity to see exciting new material by up and coming comedians ahead of the famous Edinburgh Festival. Rob Deering and Danielle Ward join us in the Pillar Room at Cheltenham Town Hall in July.

The musical programme includes Petula Clark, a consummate entertainer with record sales of over 70 million. Petula continues to delight audiences worldwide with her beautiful vocals. Renowned for his unmistakable voice and presence Boy George comes to Cheltenham performing hits from Culture Club and his solo career. One of Britain’s biggest recording artists Billy Ocean will have audiences tapping their toes to When The Going Gets Tough, Love Really Hurts and many more. Soul legends The Stylistics bring us hits You Make Me Feel Brand New and Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love). An Evening with the OperaBabes will appeal to all music lovers. Enchanting music, sung beautifully and with their inimitable style of presentation and dazzling costumes, this will be a truly magical evening.

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel perform hits from Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) through to their latest release The Quality of Mercy, tipped to be Steve’s best yet. 60’s icons The Animals, joined by Spencer Davis treat us to classics such as House of the Rising Sun and Keep on Running.

Continuing with the nostalgic mood Katy Setterfield as Dusty Springfield in Concert will be just the ticket. Katy won the BBC series The One and Only and is touring the UK fresh from Las Vegas’s Legends In Concert where she appeared with the world’s top tribute artists.

Or, of course 4 Poofs and a Piano may take your fancy, more hairdresser than barbershop, they were spotted performing at Soho’s Groucho Club by the producers of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and have been with the show ever since.

We also bring you the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums will resound around the Town Hall – a feast for all the senses. For a girls’ night out The Vagina Monologues is both thought-provoking and hilarious.

Appearances by Tony Stockwell, star of Living TV’s Street Psychic and International spiritualist and medium Colin Fry from Most Haunted are two dates for the diary for anyone intrigued by the spirit world.

Get your dancing shoes on for the Summer Ballroom Dancing Festival in August. The weekend includes evening balls, cabaret and lectures hosted by professional dancers, including Andrew Cuerden and Hanna Haarala who will be well known to fans of Strictly Come Dancing.

The Cheltenham Concert Series offers a striking programme for the 2008–2009 season, including the Philharmonia Orchestra featuring outstanding Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam who makes his Cheltenham debut. They are joined by other leading orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

With a selection of regular events such as the Sunday Showcase Concerts and Regency Concerts at the Pittville Pump Room, Howlers comedy nights, a range of Dance events, plus free Bands in the Park concerts held in Cheltenham’s beautiful parks, there is certainly plenty to entertain you. More detailed information on all of these events including dates, times, prices and venues can be found in the latest edition of the Cheltenham Town Hall and Pittville Pump Room brochure.

Posted : 12/05/2008 13:43:12

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