Variety is the spice of life for Friends

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Variety Show, Alnwick Playhouse, Saturday, November 12, 7.30pm. Tickets £10, £8 conc.

WITH everything from comedy sketches to excerpts from musicals, a variety show taking place in Alnwick next week really does have something for everyone.

The night of comedy, music, drama, song and dance, organised by the Friends of the Playhouse to raise funds for the theatre, will feature talent from Alnwick and beyond.

And the group hope to raise over £2,000, according to Friends of the Playhouse chairman Norman Luke, all the more important now given the funding cuts faced by the Playhouse.

Compered by the hilarious Jimmy Dodds, the first half of the show will feature The Smooth Operators performing songs from the likes of Gershwin and Cole Porter and the youngsters from the Alnwick Academy of Dance.

Warkworth Drama Group, appearing on the Playhouse stage for the first time, will perform an excerpt from their comedy Last Tango in Little Grimley.

Following a raffle during the interval, the second half will begin with a giggle or a guffaw as Sally Miller and John Ward bring a Victoria Wood sketch to Alnwick.

Liz Anderson, accompanied by Scott Grey on piano, will sing numbers by Kurt Weill as well as from Fiddler on the Roof before the night is wrapped up by Alnwick’s established performing groups.

Alnwick Theatre Company will revive a piece from their play The Dirty Bottles followed by songs from the forthcoming production of Scrooge – The Musical by Alnwick Stage Musical Society.

This festive performance will be at the Playhouse in the run-up to Christmas, from Tuesday, December 20 to Friday, December 23, so next Saturday will be a good chance for a sneak preview.

Alnwick Choral Society will then entertain the crowd before the two join forces to bring the curtain down with a rousing rendition of The Rhythm of Life from Sweet Charity, which appeared at the Playhouse in the summer.

Mr Luke said: “The programme is varied and there is something for everyone.

“We have sold a lot of tickets but there are still some for sale. We are hoping for a sell-out though.”

Tickets, costing £10 or £8 concessions, are available from the Playhouse box office. Call 01665 510785.