|Forbidden Nights: Circus Just Got Sexy||Feb 21 2019|
WELCOME TO A BRAND NEW FANTASY
FORBIDDEN NIGHTS is a full production male variety show combining superlative circus and acrobatic skills with finely honed physiques. This unrivalled night of glamour, talent and torsos showcases sizzling new acts, stunt-orientated routines and explosive provocative choreography. Abandon your inhibitions at the door as the hugely entertaining cast of acrobats, fire acts, aerial artists and world-renowned circus performers flip and spin across the stage in a high-octane show.
This sexy but classy evening with FORBIDDEN NIGHTS is guaranteed to get your pulse racing and leave you begging for more.
Fantasies don’t come any better than FORBIDDEN NIGHT’s Sexy Circus.
BRAND NEW SHOW for 2019
|Gimme ABBA: Here We Go Again - SOLD OUT!||Feb 23 2019|
"ABBA have left a fine musical legacy, and it's in good hands."
Gimme Abba have been performing this fabulous tribute to ABBA for over 19 years, and in 2019 they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary!
After 20 years of performances, Gimme Abba are now established as one of the best loved UK tributes to Abba! This unique stage show has developed over the years into more than just another ABBA tribute show, reproducing the charismatic stage presence of the flamboyant and glam front four.
This complete and superb ABBA show comes with a repertoire that draws from the greatest hits of Sweden's most famous export. Totalling over two-hours, this performance is jam-packed with all the popular Abba songs and includes fascinating theatrical elements, many costume changes, choreographed dance routines and four-part vocal harmonies that come together to re-create that original ABBA party feel.
This spectacular show will wow the audience with fascinating lighting and special effects. This is not just another Abba tribute but a ‘truly complete and exciting Abba experience’. This show is suitable for all age groups and is not to be missed!
So what are you waiting for? Dust off those platforms, put on those flares, and join us on our nostalgic trip back to the 70s!
10% discount for groups of 8+
|Goodnight Mr Tom||Mar 12 2019 - Mar 16 2019|
A RAODS Production
During the war two lost souls find true love and friendship.
Based on the book by Michelle Magorian, this wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life on stage. Set during the build up to WWII, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley. All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London. "It ends as children's theatre should. Adults audibly snivelling and children breathlessly attentive".
|Grease||Mar 19 2019 - Mar 23 2019|
Footlights Youth Theatre presents
A classic of musical theatre, this college love story is set in the 1950's - girls with ponytails and hoop earrings and boys with slicked-back hairstyles.
"Summer Nights", "Greased Lightnin", and "Beauty School Dropout" are just a few of the many nostalgic songs performed by the talented cast.
|Mark Ponsford: One Man, One Tuesday!||Mar 26 2019|
It's that man again!
In April 1988, while rehearsing for RAODS' historic production of Nicholas Nickleby, Mark was asked to perform a solo show in aid of the Plaza Appeal. He has subsequently returned to the Plaza on many occasions, and in recent years has become established as a popular compere here for Michelmersh Silver Band's annual Christmas concerts, with his trademark wry humour and eccentric songs! Expect a programme of lighthearted music, musings and anecdotes... And of course, the inevitable nod to his beloved "G and S"!
|Daisy Pulls It Off||Apr 16 2019 - Apr 20 2019|
A RAODS Production
An hilarious parody of wholesome adventure stories about life in a 1920s girls' English boarding school.
Energetic Daisy Meredith, a girl from a poor background, has to overcome snobbish prejudice and pranks from the wealthier girls. She and her best friend, zany Trixie Martin, search for missing treasure that could save the exclusive Grangewood School for Young Ladies. Along the way, Daisy overcomes false accusations, saves the lives of her enemies and discovers that the mysterious stranger seen around the grounds is her long-lost father. "A perfectly ripping yarn".
|Badness - Madness Tribute Band||Apr 25 2019|
MADNESS TRIBUTE BAND
BADNESS have been a market leader on the SKA scene since 1994, with their energetic ‘SUGGS’ frontman who never fails to whip the audience into shape and the whole band are musically tight.
You know you’re in for a good night entertainment.
“There aren’t many tribute bands better than Badness. Their lead Suggs is perfect and the whole band musically tight, loud and all great musicians. they do Ska, Bad Manners et al too, as well as the nutty boys, so have an extensive range of material the can call on.
Whatever they choose to perform is fine by me - they’re fantastic and a benchmark to other tributes.” - Stage Magazine
|Book of Genesis - Genesis Tribute||Apr 27 2019|
Celebrating the early songs of the influential progressive rock band Genesis, The Book of Genesis are the leading UK Genesis Tribute band faithfully recreating the 1970s era complete with period musical instruments, fabulous costumes, an animated slide show, and atmospheric synchronised lighting in a packed 3-hour show.
This is a welcome return by The Book Of Genesis to the Plaza, and follows successful year of touring both in the UK (including Charterhouse School - where Genesis formed) , and in Europe (The Gamla, Oslo, Norway and t'Blok, Nieuwerkerk a/d ljsse l, Rotterdam, The Netherlands).
|Bye Bye Baby: A Celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons||May 3 2019|
A musical journey through the sounds of one of the most successful bands of all time.
With slick choreography and the recognisable falsetto, this really sets the scene for a great night. The show demonstrates the diversity and harmonic sounds as once performed by the great band themselves.
This sensational production features many of the bands worldwide hits, including: LETS HANG ON, RAG DOLL, WALK LIKE A MAN, SHERRY, WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU, BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY, and many more...
|Fleetingwood Mac||May 9 2019|
A young and exciting new tribute to the legendary band, Fleetwood Mac.
We didn’t just want to be another tribute band, with tacky wigs and fancy dress outfits. Instead we wanted to bring across the live sound of Fleetwood Mac, with just one guitar, a keyboard, a drum kit, a man on the bass and of course, the vocals!
As much as we aim to create a genuine Fleetwood Mac sound, we can’t help but give it a modern edge, it’s just the way we play. How else are five people supposed to play tribute to a band that have lasted nearly 50 years?
Songs you can expect to hear at our shows: Rhiannon, Go Your Own Way, Sisters of the Moon, Oh Well, Tusk, I’m so Afraid, Everywhere, Songbird, Gold Dust Woman, Don’t Stop, You Make Loving Fun, Black Magic Woman, Dreams, Little Lies, Gypsy, Say You Love Me, The Chain, Landslide, Seven Wonders, Silver Spring, Second Hand News, Isn’t it Midnight, Sara, As Long As You Follow, Oh Diane, Big Love, Blue Letter, Hold Me, Green Manalishi, World Turning, Edge Of Seventeen.
We also want to introduce the songs to a new generation of Fleetwood Mac fans, who just like ourselves, weren’t even born when the band were in their prime. We do not go on stage pretending to be Fleetwood Mac, instead we go on as who we are, five young musicians who love the music, and want to share the music of one of the worlds greatest bands to a wider audience.
|Legally Blonde||May 14 2019 - May 18 2019|
A Stickman and RAODS Co-Production
The smash hit Broadway and West End Musical based on the best loved movie follows beautiful and popular sorority sister Elle Woods who loves to be pampered and is passionate about pink. When she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntington III for a more serious girlfriend she puts down the credit cards and picks up the books. Packing up her trusty pooch, Bruiser, she bags herself a place at the prestigious Harvard Law School to try and win him back. With the support of her new friends she learns that you can be both smart and fashionable.
|Silent Mind||May 19 2019|
As a society consumed by social media & device addiction, controlling overthinking is imperative for good mental health. Creating the ultimate ‘Silent Mind’ is very hard to achieve, however promoting wellbeing & mindfulness can act as early intervention. ‘Silent Mind’ is an interactive piece of theatre which aims to promote awareness on Mental Health, whilst looking at how to support those who may be affected by the issues explored in the play.
The brain requires delicate intertwining, the waves dancing to find their own unique rhythm, finely tuned, coming together to create empathy, cohesion and synchronicity. Gliding effortlessly into frequencies that release endorphin and dopamine surges ... no need for chemicals ... caffeine, drugs, endless hours of social media fixations and extreme highs ... each wave naturally performing in complete unity ... To create the perfect SILENT MIND.
Audiences are also invited to a post performance Q&A to provide feedback on the piece and to ask questions about the subject matters explored in Silent Mind. This will be held in the main theatre after the show.
Please note this piece is not suitable for under 14 years old.
Safety Warning - Flashing lights and haze will be used in this production.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
|Sounds of the '60s||May 24 2019|
Back at the Plaza by popular demand!
Experience THE Sixties tribute show that’s wowing audiences around the world, selling out venues from the Palladium to Blackpool Tower – with the spectacular sounds of THE ZOOTS!
THE ZOOTS are here to make your whole family bop to the ’60s beats that everybody loves – with legendary numbers by the best of the ’60s artists including The Beatles, The Searchers, The Stones, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Elvis and dozens more of your favourite artists. Feel the groove that’s thrilled audiences of stage and screen, and brought the swinging sixties back to more than 30 countries!
Discover why national critics call THE ZOOTS “impressive”, “authentic”, & “impossible not to like”!
It’s more than a performance – it’s totally ZOOTtastic!
|Bob Marley Tribute Show||May 31 2019|
Presenting The Marley Experience the No. 1 Tribute to the late great King of Reggae Music The Legendary Bob Marley.
Performing live the hits, classics & world renowned singalongs like One Love, Three Little Birds, I shot the Sheriff, Is this Love?, No Woman No Cry, Kinky Reggae, Punky Reggae Party, & many many more.
|How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found||Jun 11 2019 - Jun 15 2019|
A RAODS Green Room Production
An award-winning play about identity and the traces we leave on the world around us.
When Charlie, a young executive, reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in a seafront fortune teller’s in Southend. Haunted by visitations from a pathologist who swears he is already lying flat out on her slab, he begins a nightmarish journey to the edge of existence that sees him stripped of everything that made him who he was.
|E Minor Pop Academy Summer Show||Jun 16 2019|
|Coldplace: Coldplay Tribute Act||Jun 23 2019|
The world’s No.1 tribute to Coldplay returns in 2019 for another outstanding show celebrating the music of arguably the world’s biggest band.
Large video screen projection, lasers and confetti recreate the spectacle of Coldplay’s record-breaking A Head Full of Dreams tour; with frontman Shane Crofts’ uncanny resemblance to Chris Martin taking centre stage.
Featuring hits from Coldplay’s entire back catalogue including: Yellow, Paradise, Viva La Vida, A Sky Full of Stars and many more this is an evening not to be missed.
"Worthy of a Glastonbury performance" - The Dorset Echo
|Oye Santana: Tribute Act||Jun 27 2019|
NOT TO BE MISSED. The Woodstock 50th Anniversary tour from Oye Santana, UK No.1 Winner at the 2018 National Tribute Music Awards.
Celebrating 50 years since Santana's electrifying performance at Woodstock catapaulted them into stardom, this show is stacked with five decades of hits – including the multi-million seller Smooth, Black Magic Woman, Samba Pa Ti, Maria Maria, Oye Como Va, Corazón Espinado and She’s Not There – played with power, passion and perfection.
It's fiesta time, so get ready to party to guitar wizardry, astounding vocals and a rhythm section with more groove than you could shake a pair of maracas at.
|ELO Encounter: Tribute Act||Jun 29 2019|
Roll over Beethoven, because the greatest tribute to Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra is here! In an all live show featuring soaring strings, striking vocal harmonies and playing all the much loved songs from ELO's hit-filled library including Evil Woman, Telephone Line and Don’t Bring Me Down.
The ELO Encounter promises a night filled with rock, roll and Blue Skies that would make even Mozart mambo and Bach boogie! So Hold On Tight because Rock and Roll Is King in a show that is guaranteed to have you partying All Over The World.
Not only flawlessly recreating the wonderful music of ELO, it’s a spectacular live show from start to finish. Stunning lights and special effects create an atmosphere that will have you fully immersed in the whole experience. As the ELO Encounter reel off ELO classic hit after hit, it’s guaranteed to have the hairs on the back of your neck dancing in time to the music!
|The Lady In The Van||Jul 16 2019 - Jul 20 2019|
A RAODS Production
Charity begins at the bottom of the driveway...
Adapted by the author from his autobiographical memoir, The Lady in the Van tells the story of Miss Mary Shepherd, whom Alan Bennett first came across when she was living in the street near his home in Camden Town. Taking refuge with her van in his garden originally for three months, she ended up staying fifteen years. Funny, touching and unexpectedly spectacular, The Lady in the Van marked the return to the stage of one of our leading playwrights.
|This Is Your Life! 1994-2019||Jul 26 2019|
BELINDA’S DANCE ACADEMY PRESENTS - THIS IS YOUR LIFE! 1994-2019
Belinda’s Dance Academy celebrates 25 years with this AMAZING show!
Travel back in time with us with the help of a pink sparkly phone box and a big red book to re-visit our favourite dances with a modern twist plus our ‘legends’ routines.
It’s all about FITNESS, FUN, and the FUTURE!
** TICKETS ON SALE NOW
|The Searchers and Hollies Experience||Jul 27 2019|
The Best of Both Worlds brings to the stage the magical hits of two legendary harmony bands. Each hit brings back a memory of the most high energy decade in pop music history.
The Searchers, from Liverpool, made their debut with the rise of MerseyBeat. Their very first recording Sweets For My Sweet went to number 1 in the charts. This was followed at No.2 by their third single Sugar And Spice. They then went on to have many more memorable chart hits. Who can forget Needles And Pins and When You Walk In The Room?
The Hollies are known as the most successful British Merseybeat singles band ever, having had chart hits in every decade since the 60s. Catchy, melodic tunes are their trademark and they have had phenominal chart success. Stay, I Can't Let Go, Bus Stop, Sorry Suzanne, He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother, Here I Go Again, Just One Look and the haunting Air That I Breathe are just a few of their hits.
The Searchers and Hollies Experience is performed by the FOD Band who have been together since 1983. They have a particular insight into the Searchers music having backed Tony Jackson, the original lead singer of The Searchers. The FOD Band love the harmonies and the melodic material these groups recorded. This is what motivated them to combine the two groups hits into this exciting 2 hour tribute show featuring over 30 hit songs.
|The Wind In The Willows||Aug 13 2019 - Aug 17 2019|
A RAODS Outdoor Production at Island House
A new adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, a classic children’s novel notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie...
A spot of spring cleaning on a sunny English riverbank – so begins the adventures of four beloved friends. Follow Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger on their journey through riverside picnics, wild woods, jailbreaks, car chases and cross-dressing amphibians to save Toad Hall from disaster and get little Mole home. All played out on the banks of the River Test in the delightful gardens of Island House.
Gates will open at 6.15pm for picnics. Performance begins at 7.30pm.
|Sounds Like The Seekers||Aug 23 2019|
In 1963 Judith Durham, a shy young Australian jazz singer, joined Keith, Bruce and Athol to form The Seekers. Within a year they were one of the biggest selling bands in the world. Samantha recreates perfectly the persona of Judith Durham and the group will entrance you with all The Seekers biggest hits: Georgy Girl, A World Of Our Own, I'll Never Find Another You, The Carnival Is Over and many more. The Stage newspaper said of Samanthas voice: "Perfection". "Effervescent", said The Southern Evening Echo. Come along and experience again the joyful sound of The Seekers - the carnival isn't over!
|Wall of Floyd||Aug 25 2019|
The Wall of Floyd gives you a performance that provides the true essence of a Pink Floyd show from one of the greatest bands of all time.
With great musicians and a fabulous sound system, The Wall of Floyd delivers a great aural and visual experience with the quality you would expect from Pink Floyd themselves.
See more info at www.thewalloffloyd.co.uk
|Made In Motor City - Magic of Soul & Motown||Aug 30 2019|
The classic sounds of Detroit from the 1960s and 1970s.
The band comprises experienced musicians, dedicated to recreating authentically the sounds of the Motor City, fronted by the talents of three female vocalists.
If you are a fan of Martha Reeves, The Marvelettes, The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye & many more of the Motown legends then this is a show not to be missed.
|The Electric 80s Tribute Band Show||Sep 5 2019|
Get ready to step inside the DeLorean, switch on the flux capacitor and go back in time with The Electric 80s Show.
The Electric 80s Show is the UK's ultimate LIVE tribute spectacular to the music of the 1980s performed to the highest possible standard by some of the UK'S top singers and musicians.
So put on your ra ra skirt, pull up your leg warmers and get ready to rewind back to the 80s for the ultimate party night with some of the best music ever written!
|Purple Zeppelin - the Ultimate Rock Tribute Show||Sep 7 2019|
Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time: Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin – together on the same bill! As featured in the BBC TV documentary ‘The Joy of the Guitar Riff’ and twice voted Best UK Tribute Act!
In a ‘full on’ two and a half hour show, using the same stage costumes, guitars and equipment as the original bands, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs. Basically: THE BEST BITS, ALL OF THE TIME. However, this is more than just a great band performing the ‘Greatest Hits’ – it’s a theatrical insight to these two giants of Rock, complete with special effects, onstage ‘artistic differences’ and even some audience participation!
With the accent firmly on entertainment, this is a show not to be missed, complete with Ritchie Blackmore’s on stage antics, Jimmy Page’s twin neck guitar and theremin and a very special violin bow solo. Purple Zeppelin are four talented and versatile musicians – with decades of playing between them comprising thousands of sessions and gigs, both in the UK and overseas.
|Mary Shelley||Sep 24 2019 - Sep 28 2019|
A RAODS Production
Daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft. Lover of Shelley. Author of Frankenstein..
Helen Edmundson's Mary Shelley is a play that explores the extraordinary life of the author of Frankenstein. It was first performed in a co-production between Shared Experience, Nottingham Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, on 16 March 2012.
The play centres on a crucial episode in Mary's early life. Her parents, radical feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft and political philosopher William Godwin, are struggling under the weight of heavy debts. When young poet Percy Bysshe Shelley becomes a regular visitor to the house, his financial stability and dangerous charisma charms the family, especially Godwin’s three young daughters. But it is feisty young Mary who becomes the object of his affections. The play details their scandalous elopement when Mary was just sixteen and the impact it has upon her stepmother, her sisters and above all, her troubled father. Three years after this life-changing event, Mary would write one of the greatest novels in the English language, Frankenstein, which changed the literary landscape forever.
|An Evening of Mediumship with Nikki Kitt||Oct 4 2019|
Nikki Kitt returns to the Plaza for another evening of mediumship.
|Afterglow - Genesis Tribute||Oct 5 2019|
Back again with their fantastic Genesis tribute show, it's Afterglow!
|En Masse Rock Choir||Nov 2 2019|
|Dead Funny||Nov 19 2019 - Nov 23 2019|
A RAODS Production
Nudity. Violence. Simulated sex. Frankie Howerd impersonations. Custard pie fights - Terry Johnson's bitingly funny comedy has it all.
Richard and Eleanor's marriage is not going well. Not going at all in fact. Then Benny Hill, the hero of the Dead Funny Society (of which is Richard is currently chairman), dies, and the plans to celebrate his life with a tribute party bring all kinds of skeletons, real and metaphorical, clattering in and out of cupboards. Only the very dead could fail to see the funny side, but bring a tissue; it could also make you weep.
|Shush||Dec 3 2019 - Dec 7 2019|
A RAODS Greenroom Production
A funny and insightful glimpse into the power of female friendship.
Five women with five different stories on a girls' night in to remember. It's Breda's birthday, but life's not been going according to plan of late and she's in no mood to celebrate. Her friends, however, have other ideas...
'A truly gorgeous paean to the power of female friendship... bittersweet, poignant, and side-splittingly funny'.
|By Gum! It's Christmas!||Dec 9 2019 - Dec 10 2019|
The ever-popular Michelmersh Silver Band return to the Plaza for their annual Christmas Concert of carols and popular seasonal favourites!
|Camelot the Panto||Jan 8 2020 - Jan 25 2020|
A RAODS Production
A madcap twist on one of the English speaking world’s best loved legends.