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Frogmore Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3AX
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Blake: Movies & Musicals

Blake: Movies & Musicals

Blake are proud to announce their brand-new UK tour for 2019; Movies and Musicals.

With their latest (and seventh) album going straight into the charts at number one, Blake really stand out as Britain's number one harmony group. For over 10 years Blake have performed Classical, Opera and Crossover and given them a beautiful unique sound.

2019's exclusive new tour will see them choose music from their favourite movies and musicals and arrange them with their own exclusive harmonies. Songs from all the greats like Morricone, Barry, Bernstein and Bizet will be amongst many that feature in this brand-new tour.

Add to this a beautiful backdrop, incredible choirs and some hilarious stories, it all offers the perfect night out.

"This new tour is a tribute to some of the very best stage and screen has to offer" - Blake

Fri 18 Oct

£23.50 (Members £22)

California Dreamers

The story of hippy heaven and hell in the Hollywood hills. Discover how a small Los Angeles suburb became the centre of a 60s revolution.

Following a sell out show at the Centre in March 2018, California Dreamers return with their updated Legends of Laurel Canyon Show.

With a superb live band they tell the story of a small suburb in the Hollywood Hills and how from 1965 to 1975 it became home to some of the most iconic artists of the 20th century and the centre of a 60's revolution.

Using archive film footage they chronicle the events that inspired the songs of artists such as The Byrds; Joni Mitchell; The Eagles; James Taylor; Crosby Stills and Nash; The Monkees and many more.

Dig out flares and slip on your shades and join us for an unforgettable evening of West Coast nostalgia.

Sat 12 Oct


The Carpenters: Voice Of The Heart

The Carpenters: Voice Of The Heart

It is now just over 30 years since the legendary Karen Carpenter passed away, she left behind an amazing catalogue of hit songs and golden memories. This stunning show celebrates the music of The Carpenters, and the evening is guaranteed to lead everyone through a magical memory.

Yesterday Once More, Goodbye To Love and Close to You; all the hits that every Carpenters fan adores, plus great medleys put together from their many album tracks, songs that link together from The Beatles and a superb Bacharach and David medley.

A Carpenters country medley with Top Of The World, Sweet Sweet Smile and Jambalaya is in great contrast to the sad and perhaps most popular songs on her last and most poignant album Voice Of The Heart.

With superb vocals from Carole Gordon and outstanding talent from the brilliant Blue Jeans Band and Singers, it will be a "sparkling" night to remember.

Thu 17 Oct


A Celebration of Neil Diamond

A Celebration of Neil Diamond promises an unforgettable night out for everyone. With this show the Stage is set to bring on another Hot 'August' Night.

The legacy of hits such as Sweet Caroline, Love on the Rocks, and Forever In Blue Jeans evoke memories in all of us, back to a time when the singer songwriter regularly ruled the UK and US charts.

Wayne Denton, fronts this live concert, faithfully recreating the songs, atmosphere and evoking memories of the era in his own inimitable style. Interspersed with humour and audience participation, and delivering the songs of Neil Diamond with his own superb band how can songs such as I'm A Believer, Cracklin Rosie, I Am I Said, fail to get you dancing in the aisles. While Red Red Wine, Song Sung Blue and Beautiful Noise will have everyone singing along.

Thu 3 Oct


A Dickensian Christmas With Robert Powell and Susan Jameson

Accompanied by Clive Conway - Flute, Christine Croshaw - Piano.

Charles Dickens can truly be said to have invented our traditional Christmas. In this seasonal show, we reveal Dickens the celebrity, the social reformer, the actor, the entrepreneur and, above all, Dickens the supreme entertainer.

We celebrate his life and times through his writings and scenes from his best-loved novels, with a seasonal twist, tasting the varied delights of winter ice-skating, Pickwick's Christmas party, the magic of the newly-introduced Christmas tree, festive feasting and philanthropy, and goodwill to all men! Not forgetting, of course, that perennial favourite, A Christmas Carol, and all interwoven with seasonal merriment and music.

Although a writer from the Victorian era, Dickens's work transcends his time, language and culture. He remains a massive contemporary influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia.

Sun 22 Dec

£21.50 (Members £20)

Dominic Kirwan

Dominic Kirwan

Firmly established as one of Ireland's greatest ever entertainers, Dominic Kirwan hits the road again with a brand new show for 2019.

Featuring his fabulous band, always so popular with his legion of followers, Dominic conveys his own inimitable style to the vast and rich musical heritage of his homeland. Dominic brings to the stage a unique quality as an entertainer, versatile and comfortable, performing a selection of musical styles - pop, country and rock and roll to name a few.

Kirwan's stage presence still lights up the room, ignites and engages the audience and holds them in the palm of his hand. A vibrant mix of classic country, a hint of rock and roll, a sprinkling of a ballad, a touch of standard with just a spot of an inspirational classic.

Relive the magical moments of one of Ireland's finest entertainers this is definitely one show not to be missed.

Fri 29 Nov


Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

Comedy from Mock the Week regular.

Fri 28 Feb


Hal Cruttenden: Chubster

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

Observational humour from the TV regular.

Sat 16 Nov


Sat 23 Nov


Hal Cruttenden: 'Chubster'

Hal Cruttenden: 'Chubster'

Hal has literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You're Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo.

His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He's now on a diet.

'Funnier than he's ever been' - The Times

'His finest hour to date' - The Daily Telegraph

'Hal Cruttenden…is the comedy gift that keeps on giving' - The Scotsman

Sat 23 Nov


Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young

Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young

Los Pacaminos features Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy (UK's premier pedal steel player). One of the UK’s most popular Live touring bands, Los Pacaminos play the very best in Tex Mex Border music and a typical Pacaminos set might include music from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and even Roy Orbsion, sometimes, if enough tequila is flowing, ‘Speedy Gonzales’ might even make an appearance. This is a Tequila fuelled Tex Mex party night, as each venue becomes the perfect cantina setting for a great night's rocking with the cactus sharp, tequila filled, stetson wearing, magnificent 6, Los Pacaminos!!! If you’re up for the party, put your blues on cruise and come and join the fun….

Fri 13 Sep


Michael Portillo: Life – A Game of Two Halves

Michael Portillo: Life – A Game of Two Halves

A talk with the politician, social commentator and TV documentary maker and controversial former MP for Kensington and Chelsea.

Tue 26 Nov

£22 Book signing before show (Members £20 Book signing before show)

The Queen's Corgi

The Queen's Corgi
  • 2019
  • Belgium
  • 1h 25min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen
  • Cast: Jack Whitehall, Julie Walters, Sheridan Smith, Ray Winstone, Matt Lucas, Tom Courtenay

Rex (Whitehall) is a corgi living in Buckingham Palace until Donald Trump (Culshaw) and his oversexed dog Mitzi (Hadland) arrive. Poorly judged Belgian animated feature with lame gags normalising sexual assault and bizarre underworld stereotypes and drug-based humour. Kids are unlikely to take offence but adults may feel that explaining the jokes aren’t worth the bother.

Thu 22 Aug

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime

Market Drayton's sparkling pantomime is BACK!

Following 2018's sellout sensation, the team behind Jack and The Beanstalk are back with a dazzling new pantomime for Christmas 2019 - Sleeping Beauty.

With a hilarious new script and jaw-dropping special effects, Market Drayton's very own panto is bigger, better and even more magical than ever.

'Laugh-out-loud humour, great song and dance routines, spectacular set and costumes' - Market Drayton Advertiser

'Magnificent' - Saddleworth Independent

Thu 5 Dec

£12.50 (Children £10; Family £40)

Fri 6 Dec

£12.50 (Children £10; Family £40)

Sat 7 Dec

£12.50 (Children £10; Family £40)

Sun 8 Dec

£12.50 (Children £10; Family £40)

Spencer James: Solo Show

Spencer James: Solo Show

With total record sales of more than 50 million, The Searchers have been touring the globe, entertaining audiences of all ages, for 54 years.

With classic hits such as, Sweets for my Sweet, Needles and Pins, Sugar and Spice, When You Walk in the Room, Love Potion Number Nine and Goodbye My Love, The Searchers have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world's leading nation in the music industry.

After deciding to retire in March 2019 The Searchers lead singer and guitarist of 33 years, Spencer James, will be carrying on the band's legacy and appearing for the first time on his own new solo show.

Singing songs from his life with The Searchers and many other songs from his life over the years, this is an evening of music creativity and expression that you won't want to miss!

Fri 1 Nov


Strictly Ann: An Evening with Ann Widdecombe

An Evening with Ann Widdecombe.

Sailing dangerously close to National Treasure status, one of the most outspoken politicians of our time embarks on her first ever national tour.

Entertaining, enlightening and as controversial as you would expect, Margaret Thatcher and Craig Revel Horwood collide as Ann lifts the lid on life in Westminster and shares behind-the-scenes gossip from some of the nation's best-loved programmes, including Strictly Come Dancing, Have I Got News For You and Celebrity Big Brother.

Fri 14 Feb


Tony Stockwell: Psychic Medium

Tony Stockwell: Psychic Medium

Remarkably compelling, amazingly detailed and always humorous.

Popular psychic medium Tony Stockwell has a long established credibility as one of the top Intuitive Mediums and has shared the stage, all round the world, with international mediums such as Colin Fry, James van Praagh and Lisa Williams.

Tony demonstrates his belief that those who have passed can communicate with their loved ones with detailed messages frequently including names, dates and locations and all delivered with emotion, sensitivity and empathy. The evening may include psychometry, photographs, readings and psychic prediction.

Recent legislative guidelines insist that any Evening of Mediumship should be billed 'for entertainment purposes'. Tony certainly uses his natural wit, showmanship and Cockney charisma to entertain, but more importantly, Mediumship has the potential to change someone's life and instill in them a sense of peace, comfort and purpose.

Tue 8 Oct


Wild Animal Muses

Wild Animal Muses

After the sell out success of his show last year, local professional wildlife photographer Andy Rouse is proud to bring his all new show to the Centre.

"As a photographer I like to tell the story of all species of wildlife, but over the years there have been some very special animals that I have felt particularly connected to.

It is these animals that have inspired me - from the story of Olive, my favourite leopard, to Muninya the Mountain Gorilla, hear about them all and the captivating images they have given me.

In the second half, I will be talking about atmospheric images, those where the light has been the key, think silhouettes and red light. Inspiring and fun for all as always!"

Sat 9 Nov

£16.50 (Members £15)

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