Flamenco, Freddie, a medium and more

Cannon and Ball
Cannon and Ball

From flamenco to Freddie Mercury, the summer season at Alnwick Playhouse looks set to continue the varied and exciting year at the arts venue.

The Summer 2014 programme has recently been released and music fans in particular are in for a treat over the coming months.

YolanDa Brown

YolanDa Brown

Double Mobo Award-winning jazz saxophonist YolanDa Brown returns to play in Alnwick on Friday, June 20, followed the night after by a performance from the Northumbria Sinfonietta with Iona Brown.

It’s back to jazz on Friday, June 27, with What Happens?, a night of poetry readings and live music celebrating the life of Langston Hughes before Peter Howarth, lead singer of The Hollies and long-time singer/guitarist with Cliff Richard, plays unplugged on Saturday, July 5.

Towards the end of the season, Jaleo Flamenco return to the UK after three years with A Compas, which promises a fusion of heartwrenching vocals, explosive footwork and virtuoso guitar playing.

In terms of tribute groups, there’s Flash (Queen) on Friday, July 4, Only One Direction on Wednesday, August 27, and Desperado (The Eagles) on Saturday, August 30.

For something a little different, The Simon and Garfunkel Story, which features projected photos, film footage, acting and a live band telling the story of the famed musical duo, appears on Friday, September 5.

There will be famous faces as well with Richard Digance, comedians Cannon and Ball, Gervase Phinn and medium Derek Acorah all set to come to Alnwick between July and September.

But it’s not just visiting performers who will be taking to the stage.

The junior group of the Playhouse Youth Theatre perform Over the Edge on Sunday, June 22, with the seniors taking on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 9, 10 and 11.

A week later, on Friday, July 18, it’s the second takeover of the year by Young Alnwick Playhouse for a night of art and entertainment.

And in August, it’s the turn of Alnwick Theatre Club with Courtship and Consequences over three nights.

The installation of a digital projector at the Playhouse continues to proves its worth as a number of major films come to the big screen.

June and July see screenings of Calvary, Frank, Transcendence, The Two Faces of January, Postman Pat: The Movie, In Secret, Fading Gigolo, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Grace of Monaco and Maleficient.

And it’s not just cinema as there are several streams of performances from some of the world’s top venues, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mozart’s Don Giovani from Glyndebourne and Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.

l A Front Row/Friends event, for a lively, informal talk about the forthcoming programme, takes place tomorrow from 10am until 11am.