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Chelmsford Theatres Autumn Season

Join us this Autumn for a sensational season of drama, music and magic at Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio.

Families will love ‘Milkshake Live’ on 24 October, where we welcome to the stage children’s favourite characters, such as Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy and Fireman Sam from the ever-popular children’s TV show. The stage premiere of the children’s classic ‘Dear Zoo’ hits the Civic stage in February but make sure you book early as tickets are expected to be very popular.

If you love drama, choose from ‘Mr Darcy Loses The Plot’ (10 November) – a hilarious alternative to the fate of Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy, to a new productions of Noël Coward’s classic comedy play ‘Private Lives’ (26-28 October) or the ‘Ghost’s Touch’ (23-24 February) – a haunting play with an all-star cast based on the chilling tale by the author of The Woman In White

If nostalgic music is your thing then step-back to the 60s for a night of ‘Lipstick On Your Collar’ (12 November) with a series of hits from Chuck Berry, Brenda Lee, The Beatles, Cliff Richard and more. ‘Rocking & Rolling With Laughter’ (15 November) is a mixture of Merseybeat music and scouse comedy and features legendary Liverpool musicians Beryl Marsden, Berni Flint, The Mersey’s and The Dakota’s. Former Amen Corner member Andy Fairweather Low will be coming to the Civic on 8 October. Andy is an in-demand guitarist and has played in the live bands of Roger Walters, Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman, as well as working with The Who and Kate Bush. The night will feature his band The Low Riders for a big band soul revue that promises to be unmissable. Folk legend Maddy Prior MBE was the lead singer in Steeleye Span, and she will be in the intimate surrounds of the Cramphorn on 25 October. Maddy’s songbook features music from England, the British Isles and Europe and she will be joined on the night by Hannah James on accordion and Giles Lewin on violin and bagpipes. Yet another legend is booked for the Autumn season, is Joe Brown takes to the stage on 2 November. Joe will be talking about his early career right at the start of skiffle and British rock ‘n’ roll, where he toured with The Beatles, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, to name just a few. The night will also include Joe playing some of his best-loved songs as well as some of Joe’s favourites.

The Chelmsford Picture House at the Cramphorn has many cinematic highlights including; Wonder Woman (22 September), Red Turtle (5 October) and Hampstead (20 October) as well as new baby friendly film screenings at 10am for Wonder Woman (25 September) and The Midwife (9 October). For those who would like to fully immerse themselves in film there is Singalonga Beauty and The Beast on 21 October. There are some fabulous pre-recorded shows including King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe (23 September) and Le Corsaire from The Bolshoi Ballet (29 October) as well as live broadcasts of La Boheme (3 October) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (23 October), both from the Royal Opera House.

Comedy lovers will be delighted to see Rich Hall (3 October), Phil Jupitus (14 October) and Stewart Lee (18 October) all playing the Civic. For a girl’s nights out, The Dreamboys will be revealing all on 11 October.

Christmas is also fast-approaching and the Civic has something for everyone. Be swept away by screened performances of the classic, , ‘The Nutcracker’, performed by the Royal Ballet (5 December) and the Bolshoi Ballet (9 December). And you can join us for a wonderful re-telling of ‘A Christmas Carol’ (15 December), the chance to meet Father Christmas himself in ‘Santa in Love’ (16-18 December), a toe-tapping festive collection of jazz favourites at ‘Xmas Jazz Night’ (21-23 December), and of course our fun-packed panto, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ (from 29 November – 7 January). This classic fairytale will enthrall audiences as they ‘boo’, ‘hiss’ and scream ‘he’s behind you’ for another spellbinding feast of festive fun brought to you by Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre and One From The Heart. Snow White is turning 18 but her evil step-mother, wicked Queen Griselda has banned anybody from celebrating. Can Snow White and her pals the loveable Nurse Nelly and the Seven Dwarfs with the help of the Man in the Mirror and the evil Queen’s right-hand man Chambers defeat the wicked Queen? And will Prince Henry save the day and ensure a truly happy ending? Expect a sensational cast, energetic dance routines, top class live music, plenty of cringe-worthy gags and a heap of audience participation.

Tickets for Snow White are selling very fast so book soon to avoid disappointment. To book tickets for all events visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres, or call 01245 606505.