- Directed by: Richard Lewis
- Written by: Mani Svavarsson (music)
Richard Lewis' adaptation of the award-winning television animation set in a miniature world of fairies, elves and insects. The production features original music by Mani Svavarsson, with original lyrics by Matt Lewis.
Tue 9 Apr
Wed 10 Apr
Ed Byrne - If I’m Honest…. Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.
Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert! A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC).
www.edbyrne.com / TWITTER @MrEdByrne
Praise For The Last Tour: ✭✭✭✭✭ “A one-hour tour de force performance from the master comedian” BROADWAYBABY ✭✭✭✭✭ “Hysterical…..a must see show. My face hurts from laughing so much!” The Student Newspaper ✭✭✭✭✭“The hour is self-deprecating, never self-indulgent, and his packed audience are well entertained” SUNDAY EXPRESS ✭✭✭✭✭ “Expert stand up from the brilliant Ed Byrne” FRINGE BISCUIT ✭✭✭✭ “Thoroughly entertaining… he is a total pro and terrific company” THE TIMES ✭✭✭✭ “There is a reason why he has become a household name” ED FEST MAG
Tue 8 Oct
Prices to be confirmed
The sextet fronted by the inimitable Alex Horne performs a medley of retro jazz-swing and big band music plus stand-up, performance and musical comedy.
Wed 13 Nov
Conductor: William Carslake Soloist: Hiroko Imai
Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947) Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 Stravinsky: Concerto in D Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat major
Our final concert of the season is a celebration of the work of two Russian composers: Stravinsky and Shostakovich. A highlight of the evening is the latter's second piano concerto which enjoys enduring popularity on account of the soulful and wistful Andante. This, together with the other two vivacious movements, sets the concerto apart from many of the composer's other works in its sense of freedom and abandon. To perform this delightful work, we are very excited to welcome the young Japanese pianist, Hiroko Imai (Photo: Gerhard Flekatsch) who is a multi-award-winning soloist in her native country.
The Stravinsky elements of the concert comprise two works, one for wind instruments and the other for strings. The Symphonies for Wind Instruments, which was composed in 1920 in memory of Claude Debussy, grew from a chorale, drawing on Russian folk idoms. The Concerto in D was composed much later in 1946 just after Stravinsky's naturalisation as a US citizen and reflects his exposure to a diversity of musical styles.
The final work of the season is Shostakovich's 9th Symphony, which was completed just three months after the Allied victory in Europe. In contrast to the majesty and triumphalism the critics were expecting, the symphony is a small-scale almost neoclassical work which reflected Shostakovich's attitude to the political elite; as he said, "I couldn't write an apotheosis to Stalin, I simply couldn't". A Russian critic described it as "old man Haydn and a regular American sergeant unsuccessfully made up to look like Charlie Chaplin, with every possible grimace and whimsical gesture." We hope this excites your curiosity enough to make the concert unmissable; why not take to social media and tell us what you think?
Sat 15 Jun
£14.85 some concessions
Paul Zerdin and his dysfunctional puppet family are back by popular demand with a brand-new UK tour. As well as starring everyone’s favourites Sam, Albert and Baby, there’ll be his new bodyguard, an urban fox, some hilarious audience participation - and a talking ice cream - all using a mixture of master puppeteering, state of the art animatronic wizardry and a unique blend of edgy comedy. It's a quirk of British theatre that a man can get a standing ovation for spending the best part of 75 minutes on a stage talking to himself. It goes without saying that Paul’s skills are top notch – there's not a hint of movement from his lips and he has a strong command of a range of different voices but it’s his control of the puppets and sense of timing that brings his characters to life! Don’t miss out on your chance to see the winner of America’s Got Talent and one of Britain’s finest entertainers. ‘’The best ventriloquist Britain has discovered for many years…’’ The Stage
*“If you think the words ‘brilliant’ and ‘ventriloquist’ have no place in the same sentence, go and see Paul Zerdin for some brutal re-education” * Evening Standard
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* *Website:* www.paulzerdin.com * *Twitter:* @paulzerdin * *Facebook*: @PaulZerdin * *Instagram:* paulzerdin
Mon 14 Oct
Celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a comedian living and performing in the UK, Reginald D Hunter sets out on a forty date tour of the UK and Ireland in 2019 with his highly anticipated new show.
Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. His appearances on television have included Have I Got News For You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the hugely popular BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South and its equally successful follow up Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The Border, both of which documented the growth of American popular song.
“HE HAS THE AUDIENCE IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND” ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“COMEDY OF A RARE SCOPE” ★★★★★ Times
Fri 3 May
Drop dead gorgeous, sassy and smart, Ruby Wax brings her new one-woman show to the stage.
Based on her number one best seller, “A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.” She’s been honoured with the title of poster girl for mental illness; once crazy now less so, she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose it.
Ruby Wax if you don’t know is a much loved, U.S. born comedy-actor-writer of incredibly successful books and TV shows including script editor of “Absolutely Fabulous” and is a mental health campaigner.
This event is your passport to saner living and is a follow up to her previous sell out show and book, “Sane New World.”
By the way, she graduated from Oxford with a Masters in Mindfulness–based Cognitive Therapy (at a late stage) three years ago so she should know her stuff.
Thu 19 Sep
This multi-purpose venue was opened in 1973 by the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, after whom it's named. Originally planned as a civic building, it underwent a major rebuild between 1989 and 1990 to make it fit for purpose as a performance venue. Further improvements have been carried out since 2000. Today it hosts major touring theatre, comedy, music and dance acts, and its function rooms can be hired for conferences, parties and weddings.
Aldershot station is just over half a mile away and the Hall is served by the 1, 4, 5, 17, 18, 19 and 422 buses.
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