Magic, antiques and inspiration

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A LEGENDARY magician, Falklands war survivor and TV antiques expert are just a few of the outstanding acts coming to Alnwick Playhouse this summer.

Released in the your Northumberland Gazette today the theatre’s summer programme offers a host of events to suit all tastes.

Pic to go with PLAYHOUSE review.

Pic to go with PLAYHOUSE review.

Fresh from the last series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, one of the 20th century’s most successful magicians, Paul Daniels will host an evening with himself and wife, the lovely Debbie McGee. His Hair Today Gone Tomorrow show on Tuesday, October 4, will be full of magic, comedy and amazement.

A truly inspirational evening will be had on Tuesday, September 6, when Simon Weston and Pam Warren appear in Against All Odds – A Survivor’s Guide to Survival. The Falklands soldier and Paddington rail crash survivor will discuss how they managed to stay positive in the wake of horrendous circumstances.

On Tuesday, July 8, art critic Brian Sewell will share his thoughts on art history. On Thursday, July 28, Eric Knowles, from BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, will share his extensive knowledge of collectables.

Music-lovers are in for a treat with a host of different acts and genres. Mambo Jambo will be bringing the sounds of Latin America to the stage on Tuesday, June 28, while award-winning pianist and vocalist Liane Carroll will be stunning the audience on Tuesday, July 12.

Eric Knowles.

Eric Knowles.

Alnwick International Music Festival will see performers from all over the world taking to the stage from Tuesday, August 2, to Saturday, August 6.

Rock fans will love the Thin Lizzy Experience on Thursday, August 11, and Irish music from Calada Nua will entice the audience on Friday, September 16.

And for musical-theatre lovers, Back to Broadway on Tuesday, September 20, will fit the bill.

For drama fans there is a host of plays and performances.

Simon Weston.

Simon Weston.

Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband will be delivered in Clockhouse Theatre Company-style on Wednesday, July 27. Northumberland Theatre Company will present the hilarious and outrageous Moliere’s Tartuffe on Friday, September 2, and Saturday, September 3. Alnwick Theatre Club’s rendition of Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World from Tuesday, August 16, to Friday, August 19, promises to be fun for all the family.

The Playhouse is also supporting local groups again with performances from the Playhouse Youth Theatre and school productions.

Vince Hope, theatre manager said: “It’s a broad and eclectic mixture of events for the summer season at The Playhouse, with visits from artistes who are freshly new to us here and a few regular favourite visiting artistes who always go down a storm!

“This season we’ve managed to engage some of the hottest musical acts on the circuit, from world music to traditional to heavy rock and jazz to classical, a range of high quality touring drama, exhilarating dance shows, and some colourful kids shows to brighten the school summer holidays. In addition there are youth drama workshops and an outreach touring programme of Light Classics for a Summer Evening’which we have organised with The Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band in order to bring a season of special concerts to the doorsteps of those who live further afield across the region.”

Tickets also go on sale this week for Ralph McTell on October 15, and Elkie Brooks on October 30, to give a taster of what’s to come next season.

See this week’s copy of the Gazette for your chance to win tickets to a Playhouse performance of your choice.