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The month ahead at the Epsom Playhouse

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Champions of Rock - Friday 1 March - The authoritative Queen concert show performed live, in a two-hour rock spectacular! Be part of the ultimate celebration of one the biggest bands to have ever graced the stage. Champions of Rock recreates the magic, fun and showmanship of Queen’s touring days, as they played to millions of people every year.

Legends of Romance - Saturday 2 March - This exciting evening concert from Epsom Symphony Orchestra features Rimsky-Korsakov's inspired orchestral fantasy ‘Scheherazade' which describes the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor in glittering  musical colours. Tchaikovsky's dramatic tone poem Francesca da Rimini starts the concert, which will also feature award-winning trumpet player Matilda Lloyd who will perform the brilliant Arutunian Trumpet Concerto.

Let's Hang On - Thursday 14 March - The world’s first and longest-running tribute to the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons celebrates ten years at the top. Discover how four New Jersey boys from the wrong side of the tracks invented their own sound and sold over 175 million records before they turned 30. Oh what a story. . . Oh what a show. . . OH WHAT A NIGHT!

Children

Milkshake! Live - Sunday 24 February - Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen! Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and Floogals, alongside two Milkshake presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet! It’s a family show not to be missed!

ComedyHenning

Henning Wehn - Sunday 3 March -  You couldn't make it up; surely the German comedy ambassador and TV panellist favourite Henning When, hasn’t bosched out yet another new show? And what’s he still doing here anyway?  Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practise makes perfect is what keeps him going!

Tinder (the comedy) - Friday 15 March - Kaz is finally getting married to Tony, which means Shaz and Maz need dates for the wedding, proper dates, not hook-ups. Shaz is a total Tinderella but Maz hasn’t had a man since her ex left her ten years ago for the local anorexic trolly dolly with the bubble perm. But that’s about to change…

Lucy Porter - Saturday 16 March - A brand new stand-up show from a TV and Radio 4 favourite. Always warm, witty and thought-provoking, this is Lucy’s best show yet. She muses on what we receive from our ancestors and what we pass on to future generations. Lucy’s inherited dodgy knees and global warming from her parents, but can she leave a better legacy for her children?

Dance

The Story of Me  - Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 March - Laine Theatre Arts’ Children’s Department presents ‘the adaptation from Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker Stories. Join Tracy and her friends at The Dumping Ground as they journey through the challenges of living in foster care. This touching story has been freely adapted as a dance spectacle, showcasing the young talent of Laine Theatre Arts.

Drama

CrispQuentin Crisp: Naked Hope - Thursday 28 February - A solo show which debuted to rave reviews at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival. Naked Hope depicts the legendary Quentin Crisp at two distinct phases of his extraordinary life. Firstly in the late 1960s in his filthy Chelsea flat and then New York in the 1990s, where a much older Crisp, embraced by society, regales the audience with his sharply-observed, hard-earned philosophy. Naked Hope is a glorious, truthful and uplifting celebration of a genuinely unique human being, and of the urgent necessity to be yourself.

My mother said I never should - Tuesday 26 March - a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom. The play details the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the twentieth century.  In 1940, Doris, a former teacher, encourages her nine-year-old daughter, Margaret, to mind her manners and practise the piano.  In 1969, Margaret’s relationship with her own daughter is strained, as art student Jackie experiments with her new found sexual freedom.  When Jackie becomes pregnant at 18 and has baby Rosie, a decision is made that will affect all their lives irrevocably.

Musicals

The Little Shop of Horrors - Wednesday 27 to Thursday 28 February - Ewell Castle School presents the delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for human blood!

Who
9 to 5
- Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 March - based on the sensational 1980 hit movie, the musical is set in the late 1970's, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concert a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss.

Talks

Who's at The Playhouse - Sunday 3 March – time traveling back to the early years of Doctor Who with two of the programme’s earliest stars, Carole Ann Ford (the first Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan) and Wendy Padbury (the astrophysicist, Zoe, who stowed away on the second Doctor’s Tardis). Materialising in Epsom for a rare on stage interview together, followed by a celebrity autograph panel, professional photograph studio, and more!

For full information and to make a booking online visit www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk or call (01372) 742555 / 742227 or like us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/EpsomPlayhouse

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