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Wolverhampton Grand Season Programme 16/17

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Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Season brochure 16/17. Design and print of Theatre programme of performances at the Wolverhampton Grand for the Winter-Spring season.

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Wolverhampton Grand Season Programme 16/17

  1. 1. WHAT’S ON B O O K O N L I N E g r a n d t h e a t r e . c o . u k B O X O F F I C E 0 1 9 0 2 4 2 9 2 1 2 YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON AT WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE WINTER 2016 INTO SUMMER 2017
  2. 2. 02 DECEMBER 2016 SAT 10 DEC – SUN 22 JAN 2017 ALADDIN 10 JANUARY 2017 MON 16 JAN JETHRO – 40 YEARS THE JOKER 12 THU 26 JAN BRENDAN COLE – ALL NIGHT LONG 12 FRI 27 JAN NIGHTS ON BROADWAY 12 SAT 28 JAN THE SENSATIONAL 60s EXPERIENCE 13 SUN 29 JAN THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA 13 TUE 31 JAN – SAT 4 FEB BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY 14 FEBRUARY 2017 SUN 5 – TUE 7 FEB THE RUSSIAN STATE BALLET OF SIBERIA THE NUTCRACKER SWAN LAKE COPPÉLIA 15 WED 8 FEB SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK – THE ROD STEWART STORY 16 FRI 10 – SAT 11 FEB BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM 16 FROM ADRIAN JACKSON WELCOME I am delighted to present the sparkling new season of shows through to summer 2017. We introduce a season of our own summer drama including a large community cast production of the award winning play BRASSED OFF. Over the past month we have been celebrating the relaunch of the theatre with a fully refurbished Front of House and brand new auditorium seating. Since 1894 the theatre has seen multiple redesigns to its interior and to fully embrace a more exciting theatre-going experience, we can now offer so much more, whether it's enjoying a cocktail in our new dress circle bar Arthur’s Of The Grand, or coffee and cake during the day, we are delighted to be offering a fabulous hospitality service. We all have fond memories of the Grand Theatre and I welcome the opportunity to create new ones together today, tomorrow and in the future. Adrian Jackson Chief Executive SUPPORT THE GRAND 04 THE ENCORE LOUNGE 06 ARTHUR'S OF THE GRAND 07 STILL BOOKING OPERA & BALLET INTERNATIONAL PRESENT VERDI'S AIDA 08 LADYBOYS OF BANGKOK – "FOREVER YOURS...X" 08 THE STYLISTICS 08 THE SOLID GOLD ROCK N ROLL SHOW 08 PSYCHIC SALLY – CALL ME PSYCHIC 09 AN AUDIENCE WITH LESLEY GARRETT 09 DIRTY DANCING 09
  4. 4. 04 Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has been entertaining audiences since 1894 and with your help we would like this to continue for many years to come. The theatre is a registered charity and we rely on the support of our donors and sponsors. We gratefully receive all donations no matter how big or small and with your support we can continue to bring magical theatre to the community. SUPPORT THE GRAND NAME A BRICK JOIN THE FRIENDS SEE YOUR NAME ON THE FEATURE WALL OF THE ENCORE LOUNGE BY NAMING A BRICK. By donating £150 your name will become a piece of the theatrical scenery for the next three years for everyone to see whilst relaxing in the new Encore Lounge as we will dedicate a brick to you! Benefits of the membership includes discounts of 15% on most shows and including many Friday and Saturday nights, exclusive priority booking, social events and many more… YOU CAN ALSO SUPPORT THE THEATRE BY BECOMING A FRIEND OF THE GRAND, OUR MEMBERSHIP SCHEME THAT REWARDS REGULAR THEATRE GOING. SINGLE MEMBERSHIP STANDARD MEMBERSHIP FAMILY MEMBERSHIP £21 £26 £45 1. 2. 3. FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  5. 5. 05 BY DONATING £250 YOU CAN DEDICATE A PLAQUE ON YOUR FAVOURITE AUDITORIUM SEAT. Seats in the Stalls and Dress Circle are available for dedication and make the perfect gift for a special someone. We will provide an acknowledgement of your donation in the form of a plaque on your favourite seat for the next five years. SPONSOR A SEAT WE WOULD GRATEFULLY RECEIVE ANY DONATION MADE TO THE THEATRE. To make a one off donation please contact the Box Office on 01902 42 92 12 or visit the website www.grandtheatre.co.uk/donate.aspx to make a gift by card. Make A Regular Donation If you would like to make a regular donation to the theatre, please download the donations form from the website or please speak to one of Sales Team who will post the form out to you. Leave a Legacy If you would like to speak to someone about leaving a legacy for the theatre please contact the Development Department on 01902 57 33 11 or email development@grandtheatre.co.uk MAKE A DONATION MAKE A ONE OFF OR REGULAR DONATION SUPPORT THE GRAND
  6. 6. 06 THE GRAND THEATRE CAFÉ BAR CAFÉ BAR & ENCORE LOUNGE A NEW PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR THE ENCORE LOUNGE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON IN A RUSH? POP IN AND PICK UP A COFFEE TO GO AND PERHAPS A FRESH PASTRY THE ENCORE LOUNGE A NEW DESTINATION… With our exciting new drinks offering, the Grand Theatre is the place to come for an after work drink or if you’re watching a show why not stay afterwards and indulge with a glass of something sparkling? Keep a look out for our programme of live entertainment in the Encore Lounge too, where we play host to a fine array of live music, stand-up comedy nights and much more. Whether you’re coming to see a show or just passing by, our new Café Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy a drink. Open to everyone, our Café Bar offers a wide selection of teas, fresh coffee and cakes. As well as an extensive hand-picked wine list, craft lagers and real ales. With our free Wi-Fi why not pop in for a meeting in our relaxed, comfortable surroundings? The Café Bar is open from 11am until 6pm on non- performance days and 11am until late on performance days.
  7. 7. 07 ARTHUR'S OF THE GRAND & THE SPOTLIGHT LOUNGE BEGINNERS: £50 per booth for up to six people includes: • Bottle Of Wine • Nibbles • Waiter service • Complimentary Cloakroom APPLAUSE: £60 per booth for up to six people includes: • Bottle of Prosecco • Chocolates • Nibbles • Waiter service • Complimentary Cloakroom THERE’S NO BUSINESS, LIKE SHOW BUSINESS… THERE’S NO BUSINESS, LIKE SHOW BUSINESS… The Spotlight Lounge is the perfect space for networking, a meeting or conference. With a separate break out area and a variety of catering options, the Grand Theatre can add a touch of showbiz to your meetings. The Spotlight Lounge would also be an ideal venue for pre and post show hospitality. Call 01902 57 33 20 for more details Packages: Five luxurious private booths, named by the public, Beverley Knight, CJ Phipps, Churchill, Gatsby and Dietrich will be available to hire – guaranteeing your party a comfortable and exclusive experience during your evening at the theatre. THE SPOTLIGHT LOUNGE SPONSORED BY BOOK AN EXCLUSIVE BOOTH The layout of the Dress Circle Bar, named Arthur’s of the Grand by sponsors Arthur Price of England, has been adapted to create an improved use of the space to enjoy both pre show and during the interval. Visiting as a group? You may find that our new Utopia Suite, will add some sparkle to your evening and will accommodate all of your party in a completely redesigned lounge that includes relaxing armchairs and a bottle bar in a sophisticated setting.
  9. 9. 09 LAST CHANCE TO BOOK TICKETS: £25.50* FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER 7.30PM PSYCHIC SALLY The nation’s favourite psychic, Sally Morgan is back and better than ever with her most jaw-dropping show yet – CALL ME PSYCHIC. Funny, entertaining, sometimes heart breaking, often controversial. This is a fantastic and unique evening not to be missed. Book your tickets now to see this phenomenal psychic in action! The show is investigational and for the purpose of entertainment. TICKETS: £25.50* SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 7.30PM AN AUDIENCE WITH LESLEY GARRETT HOSTED BY NICK OWEN Join Britain’s most popular soprano for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat. Her behind- the-scenes stories and anecdotes will give audiences a unique insight into her life on the stage. As well as performing with the English and Welsh National Operas, Lesley has recently starred in Carousel and The Sound of Music and appeared on television shows including Strictly Come Dancing and Loose Women. TICKETS FROM: £28* Book online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk TICKETS FROM: £20.50* PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH CLIVE CONWAY PRODUCTIONS HOSTED BY NICK OWEN MON 28 NOVEMBER – SAT 3 DECEMBER EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, EXCEPT FRIDAY AT 5PM & 8.30PM MATINEE SAT AT 2.30PM DIRTY DANCING Have the time of your life with the ultimate live experience; DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE. Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking musical is even better than before in this all new production.
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  11. 11. 11 DECEMBER 2016 – JANUARY 2017 Choose your seats online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk (EXC SAT) SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER – SUNDAY 22 JANUARY TWO PERFORMANCES A DAY – SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS ALADDIN This Christmas the Grand Theatre’s pantomime will be everything you could wish for, starring X Factor and Popstar to Opera Star winner Joe McElderry as Aladdin, actress and television presenter Lisa Riley as Slave Of The Ring, fabulous dame Ian Adams as Widow Twankey, CBeebies Ben Faulks as The Policeman, and the laziest Empress in panto-land, internet sensation Doreen. With tickets selling at record speed, don’t leave booking any longer unless you’ve got a magical Genie on hand to help you get a ticket! “ALL THE PANTO ELEMENTS THAT KIDS LOVE AND ALL OF THOSE THAT MAKE THEIR PARENTS SMILE WITH THEM.” THE BRIDGE RADIO PETER PAN 2015/16 TICKETS FROM: £17.50* DON’T MISS FREE RADIO’S BREAKFAST PRESENTER SPARKY (OF JO & SPARKY FAME) MAKE A CAMEO APPEARANCE ON THURSDAY 5 JANUARY AT 7.15PM
  12. 12. 12 MONDAY 16 JANUARY 7.30PM JETHRO – 40 YEARS THE JOKER A memorable evening of hysterical nonsense, as we take a peek into the circus lurking deep within the mind of, probably the greatest, comic storyteller ever to grace the stage. Jethro beguiles and befuddles his audience with the endless stream of irreverent twaddle that has created a comedy genius. Over 4 million DVD sales pay testament to the legion of fans who have followed Jethro faithfully throughout his career. Now, with stories old and new we present, live on stage, JETHRO – 40 YEARS THE JOKER. TICKETS FROM: £18.50* FRIDAY 27 JANUARY 7.30PM NIGHTS ON BROADWAY The Bee Gees were three brothers who, from singing close harmony as children, grew to become world superstars by their early twenties. They went on to be acknowledged as some of the greatest song writers in history. The Bee Gees Story – NIGHTS ON BROADWAY present a tribute to the Bee Gees through a fantastic performance, featuring the Gibb brothers incredible songs from over four decades - from the 60s to the 90s. The show gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert, with a unique blend of classic hits, acoustic medleys and dance floor favourites. TICKETS FROM: £19* THURSDAY 26 JANUARY 7.30PM BRENDAN COLE – ALL NIGHT LONG A brand new show for 2017, Brendan hosts another spectacular production featuring his guest dancers, a new leading lady and a 14 piece band and singers live on stage. Stunning lighting, amazing special effects and superb choreography. It’s going be a party! Don’t miss it. TICKETS FROM: £26* *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases SUITABLE FOR 18 YEARS + “AT THE CENTRE OF IT ALL IS THE GENEROUS, EXUBERANT, CHARISMATIC COLE” CATHERINE FRANÇOISE ONSTAGE
  13. 13. 13 JANUARY 2017 SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 7.30PM THE SENSATIONAL 60s EXPERIENCE THE TOUR THAT NEVER ENDS Returning by huge popular demand, for one night only three hours of nonstop 60s nostalgia. Seven legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten. With the definite feel good factor this is the must see 60s show for 2017. Step back to when pop music was at its very best. Hits include Sorrow, Out Of Time, Hippy Hippy Shake, Storm In A Tea Cup plus many more. TICKETS FROM: £21.50* SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 3PM THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA Get a Feel for the Forties as RAY McVAY presents the world’s GREATEST Big Band Show featuring the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders, the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter as well as the energetic and exciting Swing Time Jivers. As a special treat we are proud to introduce the Polka Dot Dolls singing the songs of the Andrews Sisters. Including: In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol, Little Brown Jug, Tuxedo Junction and Chattanooga Choo Choo! TICKETS FROM: £23* Book online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk
  14. 14. 14 TICKETS FROM: £14.50* TUESDAY 31 JANUARY – SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, MATINEES WED & SAT AT 2.30PM BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY This sensational multi award winning West End show is coming to Wolverhampton! Forget feel good, BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY is FEEL GREAT! Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and many many more, this show is just Peggy Sue-perb! *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  15. 15. 15 FEBRUARY 2017 SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY 4.00PM THE NUTCRACKER This most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. As snow- flakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath. When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins... MONDAY 6 FEBRUARY 7.30PM SWAN LAKE The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all. From Odile, the temptress in black tulle as she seduces the Prince by spinning with captivating precision to the spellbound purity of the swan queen, Odette as she flutters with emotional intensity, the dual role of Odette/Odile is one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges. TUESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 7.30PM COPPÉLIA Every toy has a story, especially in this charming comedy of errors, a witty combination of antics and abracadabra, set in a doll maker’s workshop. This light-hearted tale of mistaken identity and confused lovers follows mischievous Swanilda, her impetuous suitor Franz and the eccentric toymaker Dr.Coppelius as they are brought to life by sparkling choreography and the animated score of Delibes. Coppélia is perfect for first-time ballet goers, families and everyone in between. Choose your seats online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk THE CRITICS SAID “THE SCENERY TURNED THE STAGE INTO A WINTER WONDERLAND” THE CRITICS SAID “THE PRODUCTION IS A TRIUMPH” THE CRITICS SAID “DANCING WAS SHARP, PRECISE AND LIGHT OF FOOT THROUGHOUT…” RAYMOND GUBBAY PRESENTS RUSSIA’S ACCLAIMED BALLET COMPANY RETURNS FOR THE UK TOUR 2017 THE NUTCRACKER SWAN LAKE COPPÉLIA PERFORMED BY THE RUSSIAN STATE BALLET OF SIBERIA ACCOMPANIED BY A LIVE ORCHESTRA – THE ORCHESTRA OF THE RUSSIAN STATE BALLET TICKETS FROM: £19.50* TICKETS FROM: £19.50* TICKETS FROM: £19.50* FRIENDS OF THE GRAND FRIENDS OF THE GRAND FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  16. 16. 16 TICKETS FROM: £12.50* FAMILY TICKET AVAILABLE FRIDAY 10 – SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY FRIDAY AT 1PM & 4PM, SATURDAY 10AM & 1PM FROM THE MAKERS OF PEPPA PIG COMES THIS BAFTA AWARD-WINNING TELEVISION ANIMATION LIVE ON STAGE! BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM Holly is a young Fairy Princess, who is still learning how to fly and her magic doesn’t always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, doesn’t have wings and he doesn’t do magic, but he runs very fast and flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird. They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny land where flowers and grass rise high above them and every day is an adventure. Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family! WEDNESDAY 8 FEBRUARY 7.30PM SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK THE ROD STEWART STORY SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK is a fantastic new theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar! The show includes all the massive hits from Rod’s incredible career including Maggie May, Baby Jane and Do Ya Think I’m Sexy through to big ballads such as Sailing, You’re In My Heart, Tonight’s The Night and many more. TICKETS FROM: £17.50* *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases
  17. 17. 17 FEBRUARY 2017 SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2.30PM CHINESE NEW YEAR EXTRAVAGANZA Come and see the magic unfold as Chinese New Year returns to the Grand Theatre with a unique and exciting show of cultural spectacle to welcome the start of the Year of the Rooster. CHINESE NEW YEAR EXTRAVAGANZA features a team of performers showcasing incredible Chinese performing arts. From the cheerful spirit of the auspicious Lion Dance, to the majestic and awe-inspiring contortion, the show is a colourful display of Chinese cultural tradition. Witness the daring stunts of Chinese acrobatics alongside elegant Chinese dance, energetic kung fu performance, a highly skilled puppeteer that can perform the ancient magic of Face Changing and more. This fun and exciting show is the perfect entertainment for all ages. Do not miss! Book online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk TICKETS FROM: £12.50*
Designer Liz Ascroft.
Lighting Chahine Yavroyan
 Composer/Sound Designer Ben and Max Ringham.
Movement Director Ann Yee Set & Costume Design by Bob Bailey. This poignant coming-of-age tale follows Meena, a young girl growing up in the only Punjabi family in a 1970s Black Country mining village. Meena spends her days happily getting into scrapes with the other local children until one day the impossibly cool Anita enters her life. Suddenly Meena knows exactly who she wants to be but is Anita all that she seems? Soon Meena’s world is turned upside down as she is caught between two very different cultures. ANITA AND ME paints a comic, poignant, compassionate and colourful portrait of village life in the era of flares, power cuts, glam rock, decimalisation and Ted Heath. It has been adapted for the stage by the multi-award-winning Tanika Gupta. Visit www.theatrecloud.com for cast interviews, behind-the-scenes insights and exciting ways to get involved with this show. *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases THE TOURING CONSORTIUM THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS A BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION TICKETS FROM: £12* st interviews and exciting ways to get involved with this show
  19. 19. 19 FEBRUARY 2017 Choose your seats online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk TICKETS FROM: £20.50* TUESDAY 21 – SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY TUE – THU AT 7.30PM, FRI AT 5PM & 8.30PM, SAT AT 4PM & 8PM DIRECT FROM LONDON’S WEST END CELEBRATING THE UNDISPUTED KING OF POP THRILLER LIVE Direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record breaking 8th year, THRILLER LIVE is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Seen by over four million people in over 30 countries, THRILLER LIVE continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45 year musical history. You will experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast pay homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion, this is a show that you will never forget. Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous and Thriller plus many more! PAUL WALDEN & DEREK NICOL FOR FLYING MUSIC IN ASSOCIATION WITH ADRIAN GRANT FOR KEY CONCERTS PRESENT Photoofpreviouscastmember “YOU CAN’T BEAT IT!” HHHH EVENING STANDARD “DAZZLINGLY WELL-DRILLED AND BRILLIANTLY DONE” MAIL ON SUNDAY FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
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  21. 21. 21Book online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 4 MARCH EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, MATINEES WED & SAT 2.30PM SISTER ACT An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy SISTER ACT returns to the UK starring Alexandra Burke* (The X Factor, The Bodyguard). Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, SISTER ACT is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Enchanted), dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, SISTER ACT is the funniest and funkiest musical around. SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music. *At matinee performances the role of Deloris Van Cartier will be played by Joanna Francis TICKETS FROM: £28.50* “HALLELUJAH! CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD HAS TURNED THE WHOOPI GOLDBERG MOVIE INTO A HEAVENLY HIT SHOW”MAIL ON SUNDAY
  22. 22. 22 WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH 7.30PM HALFWAY TO PARADISE – THE BILLY FURY STORY On their 20th Anniversary Tour and with stunning new live screen footage, Billy's own band, the all original Furys Tornados, are able to play live once more with Billy Fury in an electric and emotional concert. 29 hits including "I Will","Last Night Was Made For Love", "Wondrous Place", and of course "Halfway To Paradise". With the sensational Colin Gold as Fury. Introduced onscreen by Lisa Voice (Billy's long time partner). TICKETS FROM: £23* FRIDAY 10 MARCH 7.30PM THE UPBEAT BEATLES THE UPBEAT BEATLES are second to none - powerhouse vocals, precision harmonies and tight musicianship. There isn’t a band to touch them - 8 bars of “Twist and Shout” and you will know why! No other band can perform this song like the Upbeat Beatles! The show takes you through the Fab Four’s long and winding road from the early Cavern days through Beatlemania, America, Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road, with narrative and full multi-media presentation. TICKETS FROM: £18.50* THURSDAY 9 MARCH 7.30PM MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL Sponsored by Promensil Menopause and starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Ruth Berkeley (Penny Dreadful) this hysterical all-singing, all-dancing comedy is set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common, meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing ‘The Change’ and their problems with forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. TICKETS FROM: £21* AGE ADVISORY +16 "ROCK 'N' ROLL HEAVEN – A GREAT 60'S NIGHT OUT!" THE STAGE *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases SATURDAY 11 MARCH 7.30PM SEVEN DRUNKEN NIGHTS From the creators of Essence of Ireland and Ireland's Call The Musical, SEVEN DRUNKEN NIGHTS brings to life the music of Ireland's favorite sons – The Dubliners. Join a hugely talented cast of musicians and singers as they tell the story of this iconic band, in a show that will have you singing along to such classics as The Wild Rover, Molly Malone, The Black Velvet Band, The Irish Rover and of course The Seven Drunken Nights. TICKETS FROM: £17.50* FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  23. 23. 23 MARCH 2017 TUESDAY 14 – SATURDAY 18 MARCH EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, MATINEES WED & SAT AT 2.30PM WOLVERHAMPTON MUSICAL COMEDY COMPANY (MUSCOM) ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THEIR MARCH 2017 PRODUCTION ALL SHOOK UP It’s 1955 and when a guitar-playing roustabout rides into a square little town in a square little state everyone and everything changes. Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley this lip-curling, hip-swivelling musical comedy based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night will have you rockin’ out of your ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and leave you ‘All Shook Up’ with the classic hits such as ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ and many more… An Amateur Production. TICKETS FROM: £9* Choose your seats online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  24. 24. 24 TICKETS FROM: £12* FAMILY TICKET AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY 22 – SUNDAY 26 MARCH WED AT 7PM, THU & FRI AT 10.30AM & 7PM, SAT AT 10.30AM & 2.30PM, SUN AT 11AM DAVID WALLIAMS GANGSTA GRANNY – LIVE ON STAGE! It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny! From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories comes the world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children. MONDAY 20 – TUESDAY 21 MARCH MONDAY AT 1PM AND 4PM, TUESDAY AT 10.30AM MR BLOOM’S NURSERY – LIVE! Bring your ‘tiddlers’ along to join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour! They’re busily getting the allotment ready for a very special visit from a member of the Royal family. So why don’t you, ‘Pop along and say ‘ello’ too for a right-Royal knees up. Featuring all of the much loved elements of the TV show, Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks) will be joined by his veggie friends and his trusty compostarium! TICKETS FROM: £14.50* FAMILY TICKET AVAILABLE “WHAT A FANTASTIC SHOW! SUPERB! AND SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE BOOK!”DAVID WALLIAMS *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases “GRANTASTIC, THIS IS A CRACKER OF A SHOW!” MAIL ON SUNDAY Illustrations © Tony Ross, 2011. Cover lettering of author’s name ©Quentin Blake, 2010 FRIENDS OF THE GRAND FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  25. 25. 25 MARCH/APRIL 2017 Book online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk SATURDAY 1 APRIL 7.30PM (drinks reception from 6.30pm) THE GRAND THEATRE’S GREAT GATSBY NIGHT From the Charleston and Black Bottom of the 1920s through the beautiful classic songs of the 1930s, to swing and jazz mayhem, Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and the Gatsby Girls, join the team at the Grand Theatre for a party night of razzle dazzle, featuring some of the greatest dance music of the golden jazz era. We will transport you back to a world of sophistication, glitz and glamour, delighting your senses with the flapper fun and frolics of the 1920s. Join us for a glass of fizz from 6.30pm then sit back and enjoy our show. Gatsby dress is encouraged. Great Gatsby Night The Grand Theatre’s TICKETS FROM: £17* CORPORATE HOSPITALITY AVAILABLE
  26. 26. 26 *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases TICKETS FROM: £13.50* MONDAY 3 – SATURDAY 8 APRIL EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, MATINEES WED & SAT AT 2.30PM THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this multi award-winning West End smash hit comedy The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue! Hailed “a gut-busting hit” by the New York Times, Mischief Theatre’s sell-out West End comedy has won a host of celebrity endorsements from the likes of Joanna Lumley “We laughed until the tears ran down our faces, it has to be seen” to Ant & Dec “The funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket, go!” Don’t miss this brilliantly funny comedy that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter! FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  27. 27. 27Choose your seats online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk APRIL 2017 SUNDAY 2 APRIL 7PM AN EVENING WITH PHILLIP DYSON INTERNATIONAL CONCERT PIANIST RAGTIME ... AND ALL THAT JAZZ! Celebrating the Centenary of Scott Joplin! International Concert Pianist Phillip Dyson has been described as simply "brilliant", with a "wonderfully dry, very British sense of humour" and a recent recital in New York City accredited him as nothing less than "magnificent". A world class pianist and great entertainer performing to 'sell-out' audiences around the world. Tonight, the charismatic Phillip Dyson invites you to a sensational show RAGTIME ... AND ALL THAT JAZZ! Celebrating the Centenary of Scott Joplin and featuring such wonderful toe-tapping classics, as: Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer, Bethena, Swipesy Cake Walk, and Elite Syncopations, Fats Waller’s Honeysuckle Rose, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm, Duke Ellington’s Don't Get Around Much Anymore; along with sophisticated arrangements from the 'Great American Songbook', including: Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, Irving Berlin’s Cheek to Cheek ......and much more! TICKETS FROM: £17.50* SUNDAY 9 APRIL 7.30PM PASHA KOVALEV LET’S DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY Pasha Kovalev from Strictly Come Dancing and his fantastic dancers are back again touring the UK with their completely brand new show. Expect all your favourite dances, stunning costumes, great music, chat and fun for all the family. Pasha won Strictly Come Dancing with Caroline Flack in 2014 and has scored more 10's than any other professional dancer since the series began. This is your chance to watch him live! Early bird bookings by 31st December get a complimentary question and answer session before the show. LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR SPECIAL TICKETS TO A MEET AND GREET WITH PASHA AFTER THE SHOW. ASK THE BOX OFFICE FOR DETAILS WHEN BOOKING. TICKETS FROM: £21.50* FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  28. 28. 28 SATURDAY 15 APRIL 7.30PM REAL DIAMOND THE NEIL DIAMOND ROCKS TOUR Singer, songwriter and living legend, Neil Diamond is best known for his beautiful romantic ballads.... Songs like "Love on the Rocks", "I am....I Said" and "Play Me"; and of course, no great Diamond tribute show, like John Hylton's REAL DIAMOND, would ever leave them out! But, the rest of this night will be filled with the rhythm, power and beat of the foot tappers, the hand clappers and the headbangers... because tonight, you'd better believe it, Neil Diamond ROCKS! TICKETS FROM: £18.50* FRIDAY 14 APRIL 7.30PM BIRMINGHAM BACH CHOIR MESSIAH CONDUCTOR PAUL SPICER Birmingham Bach Choir is one of the UK’s leading large chamber choirs and together with their orchestra and soloists, Paul Spicer conducts a full Good Friday performance of Handel’s beautiful masterpiece MESSIAH. TICKETS FROM: £17.50* SUNDAY 16 APRIL 3PM CIRQUE DU HILARIOUS COMEDY EXPLOSION Starring Clive Webb and Danny Adams Clive & Danny once again bring madness and mayhem with a brand new show for 2017. Dubbed "The Superstars of Slapstick", father and son Clive and Danny's particular brand of lunacy runs throughout the show, causing havoc and chaos on stage, and screams of laughter from all the family. Joined by village idiot Michael Potts and a full supporting cast including the Cirque du Hilarious Showgirls, Rock Band Clownforce and International Circus Acts. TICKETS FROM: £11* FAMILY TICKET AVAILABLE WINNERS OF THE KEN DODD COMEDY AWARD AND CFA BEST COMEDY AWARD *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases EASTER TREAT FRIENDS OF THE GRAND PAUL SPICER
  29. 29. 29 APRIL 2017 TUESDAY 11 APRIL 7.30PM PUCCINI’S TOSCA Puccini’s visceral depiction of love in the midst of a war- torn Rome, Tosca is one of the world’s best-loved operas, brimming with lust, corruption and political intrigue. When the painter Cavaradossi helps a fugitive escape, he attracts the attention of Scarpia, the malevolent chief of police. What will Tosca be prepared to sacrifice to save her lover from his fate? ENGLISH TOURING OPERA GILBERT & SULLIVAN’S PATIENCE Patience pokes fun at the eccentric affectations of barely-disguised Victorian celebrities, including Oscar Wilde and his followers. Willowy poets, sighing maidens, hearty milkmaids and burly officers – all become targets of Gilbert and Sullivan’s razor-sharp wit. Expect plenty of tunes and humour as fresh today as it was at the first performance. MONDAY 10 APRIL 7.30PM Book online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk SPRING 2017 SEASON TICKETS FROM: £15* TICKETS FROM: £15* FRIENDS OF THE GRAND FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
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  31. 31. 31 APRIL 2017 Choose your seats online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk TUESDAY 18 – SATURDAY 22 APRIL EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, MATINEES WED, THU & SAT AT 2.30PM SUNNY AFTERNOON SUNNY AFTERNOON tells the captivating tale of how one of Britain’s greatest bands, The Kinks, rose to stardom. Step into swinging 60s Britain and discover how The Kinks found their definitive sound that rocked a nation and influenced generations. Featuring the iconic hits You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, All Day and All of the Night, Lola, Sunny Afternoon and many more, this production fizzes with energy, and is a fresh new ‘Great British Musical’ (The Times) that will make your spirits soar. With music and lyrics by Ray Davies (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music), a new book by Joe Penhall and direction by Edward Hall, SUNNY AFTERNOON’s faultless musicianship and brilliant songs come together for a moving portrayal of The Kinks’ amazing journey during the youthful, rebellious 1960s. TICKETS FROM: £21.50* "A COLOURFUL AND CONTAGIOUS ROCK MUSICAL – THE BEST OF ITS SORT SINCE JERSEY BOYS” THE TIMES HHHHH “A BELTER! FUNNY, STYLISH, QUIRKY – IT HAS EVERYTHING THE KINKS HAD” DAILY MAIL FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  32. 32. 32 *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases TICKETS FROM: £16.50* TUESDAY 25 – SATURDAY 29 APRIL EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, MATINEES WED & SAT AT 2.30PM ROCK OF AGES BY WBOS ROCK OF AGES takes you back to a time of big bands, with big egos, playing big guitar solos, and sporting even bigger hair! This worldwide powerhouse smash-hit musical features a mix of the best 80s tunes including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight This Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is. It’s 1987 and the party has been raging hard on LA's infamous Sunset Strip. A small town girl meets a big city rocker and they chase their dreams and fall in love to the greatest hits of the 80s. ROCK OF AGES, is a hilarious, feel-good, arena-rock-n-roll love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Foreigner, Whitesnake and many more. ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?! An amateur production. FRIENDS SAVE 15% OFF ALL PERFORMANCES EXCLUDING SAT EVENING FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  33. 33. 33 APRIL/MAY 2017 SUNDAY 14 MAY 7.30PM THE SIMON AND GARFUNKEL STORY 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Direct from its success in London’s West End, a SOLD OUT UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed! TICKETS FROM: £16.50* “FANTASTIC”ELAINE PAIGE, BBC RADIO 2 “AUTHENTIC AND EXCITING” THE STAGE Book online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk SUNDAY 30 APRIL 7.30PM THE SOLID SILVER 60s SHOW Over 30 years, the SOLID SILVER 60s SHOW has entertained the nation and celebrated history’s most successful decade of music. Commonly referred to as an institution on the 60s circuit, SS60s is the UK’s original and premier sixties show, bringing you classic hits performed by the original hit makers. In 2017 we are delighted to welcome back Solid Silver 60s favourites The Merseybeats. Performing alongside them after his successful appearance on last year’s tour, we are delighted to welcome back Dave Berry. Completing this stellar line up, we also are thrilled to see the return of Wayne Fontana and Vanity Fare to the bill and are delighted to welcome back our very special guest Chris Montez from the USA. TICKETS FROM: £23* FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  34. 34. 34 *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases TUESDAY 2 – SATURDAY 6 MAY EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, MATINEES WED & SAT AT 2.30PM MIDDLE GROUND THEATRE COMPANY LTD PRESENTS THE WORLD STAGE PREMIERE OF THE VERDICT BY BARRY REED ADAPTED BY MARGARET MAY HOBBS DESIGNED & DIRECTED BY MICHAEL LUNNEY What price the truth? Frank Galvin is a washed up veteran lawyer and an alcoholic. He is presented with one last chance to redeem himself when he is given an open-and-shut medical malpractice case that no one thinks he can win. A stunning courtroom thriller made famous by the five times Oscar-nominated Sidney Lumet film with Paul Newman and James Mason. Clive Mantle has been a household favourite for over three decades, with regular roles in hit television series Robin Of Sherwood, The Vicar Of Dibley, Mount Pleasant, White Van Man, Game of Thrones and of course Dr Mike Barratt in both Casualty and Holby City. Jack Shepherd is one of our most celebrated actors and has a distinguished career in theatre, television and film spanning over fifty years. He is probably best known for his portrayal of Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe in the hugely popular television series Wycliffe. The cast also includes Richard Walsh (London's Burning), Peter Harding, Cassie Bancroft, Tom Roberts (Emmerdale / 2point4 Children), Veronica Quilligan, Okon Jones, Michael Lunney, Nuala Walsh, Eugenia Caruso, Jog Maher and Hannah Timms. TICKETS FROM: £16.50* FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  35. 35. 35 MAY 2017 TUESDAY 9 – SATURDAY 13 MAY EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, MATINEES WED, THUR & SAT AT 2.30PM DIRECT FROM ITS WEST END TRIUMPH EVITA LYRICS BY TIM RICE • MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER Following its smash hit run at London’s Dominion Theatre, Bill Kenwright’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s EVITA is set to thrill audiences once again across the UK. Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, EVITA follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people. With more than 20 major awards to its credit, including the Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, and featuring some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, this smash hit show truly promises to be THE THEATRICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR! Choose your seats online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk TICKETS FROM: £16* PhotosofWestEndCast FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  36. 36. 36 *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases THURSDAY 18 MAY 7.30PM HILARITY CHARITY GALA Wolverhampton’s biggest line up of comedians returns for a fourth hilarious night of laugh out loud comedy at the Grand. Previous years’ line ups have included some of the biggest names in British comedy, including Jon Richardson, Josh Widdicombe, Russell Howard, Greg Davies and Rob Beckett so make sure you book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Look out for social media updates regarding this years’ line-up. TICKETS FROM: £18* WEDNESDAY 17 MAY 2.30PM AND 7.30PM A GRAND MUSIC HALL A star studded line up will be announced over the coming months for the premiere of A GRAND MUSIC HALL. Come and join in the nostalgia as we transport you back to the good old days of the Music Hall. TICKETS FROM: £12.50*
  37. 37. 37 MAY/JUNE 2017 Book online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk SATURDAY 20 MAY 7.30PM AN EVENING WITH BOYCOTT & AGGERS Following their first run of hugely popular events, the extraordinary odd couple return again in 2017 by popular demand to enthrall, dazzle and entertain. The show will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of ‘Sir’ Geoffrey’s hundredth 100 with their brand new show. Aggers challenges GB to justify his forthright views on cricket and life in general and our Geoffrey will say exactly what he thinks (what else?) about the ECB, England’s management and coaching staff, team selection, the captaincy and many other subjects he has hit out on in his latest autobiography, on air and in print. The show is peppered with hilarious anecdotes, the audi- ence can tweet Aggers live with their own questions and the evening will, as ever, be fun, fiery and full of surprises! The events are being run in support of the Professional Cricketers Association and we are raising money which will go to the organisation’s Benevolent Fund. THURSDAY 1 JUNE 7.30PM JASPER CARROTT’S STAND UP AND ROCK JASPER CARROTT’S STAND UP AND ROCK does what it says on the tin….Jasper is back to his very best….mic in hand regaling the audience with his inimitable stand up routines before introducing his musical compatriots that have been ‘rockin’ audiences all over the world. Touring with some of Jasper’s best friends comprising of some of the country’s finest musicians, the 2017 line up will be released soon. So do not miss this unique show that gives the opportunity to see and hear great legendary artistes belt out a night of fantastic songs and Jasper back where he belongs……making us laugh!! TICKETS FROM: £20.50* TICKETS FROM: £13.50* “THE LENNON & MCCARTNEY OF CRICKET BROADCASTING”WISDEN
  38. 38. 38 *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases MONDAY 22 – SATURDAY 27 MAY EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY MATINEES AT 2.30PM THE WOMAN IN BLACK Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. This gripping production, directed by Robin Herford, is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror. A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black, engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. "THE MOST BRILLIANTLY EFFECTIVE SPINE-CHILLER YOU WILL EVER ENCOUNTER" DAILY TELEGRAPH THE ORIGINAL. LIVE ON STAGE. ADAPTED BY STEPHEN MALLATRATT SUSAN HILL’S TICKETS FROM: £19.50* FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  39. 39. 39 MAY 2017 Choose your seats online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk TUESDAY 30 – WEDNESDAY 31 MAY 7.30PM THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS Divided by a barbed wire fence, Bruno doesn’t understand anything about where Shmuel lives, or who he is. To him, he’s just a new friend – a boy wearing a pair of striped pyjamas. As this unlikely friendship blossoms against the backdrop of the unthinkable events of World War II, Bruno’s childlike curiosity leads this poignant story to a devastating conclusion. The UK’s foremost narrative ballet company, Northern Ballet, present this heartbreaking story through dance for the very first time. TICKETS FROM: £11.50* WEDNESDAY 31 MAY 12.30PM & 2.30PM GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE BEARS Goldilocks is a mischievous little girl with hair as bright as gold. Always on the look-out for an adventure, one day her curiosity leads her to a house full of many surprises. With a family of friendly bears, a beautiful blue bird and bowls of delicious porridge, this ballet is just right! Bringing this classic children’s story to life, Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes. TICKETS £8.50* CHILD: £6.50* FAMILY TICKET AVAILABLE FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  40. 40. 40 *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases TUESDAY 6 – SATURDAY 10 JUNE TUES AT 7.15PM, WED AT 1.45PM, THU AT 10AM & 1.45PM, FRI AT 7.15PM, SAT AT 2.30PM & 7.15PM CHILDREN’S TOURING PARTNERSHIP PRESENTS RUNNING WILD BY MICHAEL MORPURGO IN AN ADAPTATION BY SAMUEL ADAMSON ORIGINALLY PRODUCED BY REGENT'S PARK THEATRE AND CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE For Lilly, going to Indonesia isn’t just another holiday with mum. It’s a new start, and the chance to ride an elephant called Oona. But then the tsunami hit – and Oona charges into the jungle, with her young rider desperately clinging on. Directed by Dale Rooks and Timothy Sheader with puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse, this epic and spectacular production tells an emotional and moving story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment. TICKETS FROM: £11.50* AGE GUIDANCE: 6+ FAMILY TICKET AVAILABLE “A WINNER. THE PUPPETRY IS EXQUISITE, THE MAGIC REALLY HITS YOU.”THE GUARDIAN "ANIMAL MAGIC RIVALS WAR HORSE”THE GUARDIAN FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  41. 41. 41 JUNE 2017 Book online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE 7.30PM STEWART LEE CONTENT PROVIDER After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, CONTENT PROVIDER is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World. TICKETS FROM: £23* AGE GUIDANCE: 16+ HHHHH “IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN” MAIL ON SUNDAY HHHHH “THE BEST COMEDIAN IN BRITAIN” MIRROR THURSDAY 22 – SATURDAY 24 JUNE EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, SATURDAY MATINEES AT 2.30PM ALL OR NOTHING In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded onto the dingy British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. Mods stuck two fingers up at the class-ridden society and its dull redundant culture. They were working-class free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas or Lambrettas. The sharpest Mod of all was known as a ‘FACE’. The Small Faces encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed and street-wise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to Rhythm ‘n’ Blues. This quintessentially British ‘Mod’ Musical celebrates the unique sound of the iconic ‘60s Mod band, The Small Faces. Featuring the music of the Small Faces, including an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Lazy Sunday, Tin Soldier, Sha La La La Lee, Itchycoo Park and of course All Or Nothing. TICKETS FROM: £13.50* FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  42. 42. 42 *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases TUESDAY 27 JUNE – SATURDAY 1 JULY EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY MATINEES AT 2.30PM BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Georges and the dazzling drag artiste Albin, star of la Cage aux Folles, live an idyllic existence in the heart of St Tropez. But behind the curtains of this sparkling extravaganza, all may be about to change. Georges’ son Jean-Michel announces his engagement to the daughter of a notorious right-wing politician determined to close down the local colourful night-life. Drama and hilarity ensue when a meeting of the parents forces them to cover up their vibrant lifestyle. Will Albin be able to play the role of his life to ensure that Jean-Michel can marry his love? Bill Kenwright presents a new spectacular version of the much loved musical starring West End leading man John Partridge. John’s extensive theatre credits boast the West End productions of Cats, A Chorus Line and Starlight Express and he is currently playing to rave reviews as Billy Flynn in the UK tour of Chicago. However, perhaps John is best known for playing the loveable Christian in BBC’s EastEnders. TICKETS FROM: £24.50* FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  43. 43. 43Choose your seats online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk MONDAY 3 – SATURDAY 8 JULY EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY MATINEES AT 2.30PM BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS RUTH RENDELL’S A JUDGEMENT IN STONE Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder - on Valentine’s Day. Ruth Rendell’s brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself. Led by Director Roy Marsden, best known as an actor for playing PD James’ detective hero Adam Dalgliesh, the cast includes Film, TV and Stage favourite Sophie Ward who played the ill-fated love interest of Young Sherlock Holmes and Dr Helen Trent in Heartbeat, pop-idol Mark Wynter who has featured in seven Agatha Christie Company productions, Deborah Grant, Not Going Out and Bergerac, movie icon Shirley Anne Field who became an overnight star in The Entertainer opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and Albert Finney in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Antony Costa who shot to fame in chart topping boy band Blue and Company stalwart Ben Nealon from ITV’s award winning Soldier Soldier. TICKETS FROM: £13* JUNE/JULY 2017 FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  44. 44. 44 *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases TICKETS FROM: £22.50* THURSDAY 20 JULY 7.30PM THE ELVIS YEARS THE STORY OF THE KING Celebrating 10 years on the road, this outstanding musical production brings to the stage the incredible and compelling story of the ‘king of rock and roll’ - Elvis Presley. Mario Kombou stars in this feelgood show that will instantly transport you back to the golden years of rock’n’roll, as you witness Elvis audition for the very first time at Sun Studios, then become part of the TV audience for the '68 Comeback Special, and finally dance in the aisles at a Las Vegas concert as Mario recreates the charisma, stage presence and humour of the man himself - you may even get your hands on a scarf! Taking in all the biggest hits including Always On My Mind, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes, Suspicious Minds, American Trilogy as well as Hollywood favourites Bossa Nova Baby and Viva Las Vegas, you will leave the building on cloud 9!! “THE BEST ELVIS SINCE ELVIS!”DONNA PRESLEY “THE KING IS RE-BORN – THE AUDIENCE LOVED IT”THE TIMES “ELVIS LIVES”DAILY MIRROR
  45. 45. 45Book online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk JULY 2017 TICKETS FROM: £26.50* MONDAY 24 – SATURDAY 29 JULY EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, WED & SAT MATINEE AT 2.30PM FUNNY GIRL Hot on the heels of a record breaking, critically acclaimed West End run this ‘utterly irresistible’ (The Sunday Times) new production of Funny Girl is now coming to Wolverhampton. FUNNY GIRL brought global fame to Barbra Streisand 50 years ago and boasts some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including People and Don’t Rain On My Parade. This ‘exhilarating’ (The Independent) musical tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star. Don’t miss your chance to see this ‘phenomenal’ (The Telegraph) production when it comes to Wolverhampton Grand for one week only in July 2017. FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  46. 46. 46 *A £3 transaction fee applies to all purchases TUESDAY 15 – SATURDAY 19 AUGUST EVENINGS AT 7.30PM, MATINEES WED & SAT AT 2.30PM TRESPASS: A GHOST STORY BY EMLYN WILLIAMS Is it really possible to bring a loved-one back from the dead? Christine certainly believes so and has already engaged various mediums in unsuccessful attempts to restore her recently dead, much loved husband, to life. But undeterred by failure, she has now invited Saviello, an Italian medium with a reassuring record of success. Yet is he what he appears to be? And what about his down-to- earth 'manager' Mrs. Amos? As Shakespeare's Hamlet said to his friend Horatio: "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy'. In Trespass, Emlyn Williams explores some unusual aspects of the supernatural however be warned, this production may well have you looking carefully around your bedroom before you reach out for the light switch …. WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE AND TALKING SCARLET PRESENT THE Drama Season2017 BOOK GOLD SEATS FOR ALL THREE PLAYS FOR £69* (FRIENDS £63*) ALL OTHER SEATS £63* (FRIENDS £57*) TICKETS FROM: £15.50*
  47. 47. 47Choose your seats online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk THE DRAMA SEASON 2017 WEDNESDAY 23 AUG – SUNDAY 3 SEPT EVENINGS WEEKDAYS & SAT AT 7.30PM & SUN 27 AUG AT 7PM MATINEES SAT AT 2.30PM, SUN AT 2PM, THUR 31 AUG AT 2.30PM BRASSED OFF BY PAUL ALLEN AND MARK HERMAN Based on a true story, BRASSED OFF is a funny and life-affirming tale of community spirit and triumph in the face of adversity. It’s 1992; and Danny’s lifelong ambition to lead Grimley Colliery Band to the National Brass Band Competition at the Royal Albert Hall looks like it might finally happen. But as Grimley pit faces closure, the future looks bleak as the town is thrown into conflict. Flugelhorn player Gloria arrives in town bringing with her a renewed sense of hope and a touch of romance, but no-one knows who she’s really playing for... Adapted from the 1996 film starring Ewan McGregor, BRASSED OFF features a full brass band from the local area playing music including: William Tell Overture, Death and Glory, Danny Boy, Land of Hope and Glory and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. EXCITING COMMUNITY PRODUCTION TUESDAY 5 – SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER MATINEES WED & SAT AT 2.30PM THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY BY RAY COONEY Dr. David Mortimore, renowned neurologist, is about to deliver the most important lecture of his life. A knighthood is certainly within reach! When into his hospital sanctuary comes Jane Tate - ex-nurse and ex-girlfriend - with shocking news as to why she departed so hastily 16 years and nine months ago. Not only is Dr. Mortimore the father of her son Leslie, but the strapping teenager is now in reception baying to see his long lost parent! Trying to hold both his career and marriage together, there is only one solution for Dr. Mortimore – send for faithful friend Dr. Bonney. What ensues is a dangerous web of expanding lies and manic cover-ups involving a Police Sergeant, Dr. Mortimore’s wife, a severe hospital Matron and Dr. Bonney’s mother as the duo improvise at breathtaking speed in a near faultless piece of theatrical invention with the inevitable ... hilarious consequences. IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY is farce at its finest, spinning deliriously out of control and tickling the funny bones in traditional Ray Cooney fashion. You mustn’t miss it! TICKETS FROM: £15.50* TICKETS FROM: £15.50*
  48. 48. 48 FRIENDS OF THE GRAND JOIN TODAY & START SAVING STANDARD MEMBERSHIP JUST £26PER YEAR FOR TWO PEOPLE The Friends scheme has some of the highest individual theatre membership levels in the country, with members paying one of the smallest subscription fees for a range of fantastic benefits. FOR OVER 30 YEARS THEATREGOERS AT THE GRAND HAVE ENJOYED THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A FRIEND OF THE THEATRE. A standard membership for two people costs just £26 a year and includes: • 15% SAVING on two tickets for the majority of performances • ADVANCE NOTICE of most productions • EXCLUSIVE PRIORITY BOOKING PERIOD for most productions • SPECIAL EVENTS and VIP LAUNCHES • EVEN BIGGER SAVINGS on special subscription offers! FRIENDSOF THEGRAND FRIENDS OF THE GRAND
  49. 49. 49 YOUNG FRIENDS OF THE GRAND sixteen25 sixteen25 STANDBY TICKETS FOR SELECTED SHOWS ADVANCE NOTICE OF MOSTPRODUCTIONS IN EXCLUSIVE EMAIL NEWSLETTER EXCLUSIVE PRIORITY BOOKING PERIOD FOR MOST PRODUCTIONS EXCLUSIVE SIXTEEN25 EVENTS If you are aged 16-25 and have an interest in theatre, why not join out new membership scheme? It gives you a chance to see some of the country’s biggest and best touring productions at a price that won’t break the bank! costs just £15 per year, with all the below benefits: sixteen25 To become a member visit or call the Box Office on 01902 429212 SPONSORED BY FRIENDS OF THE GRAND SAVING OF 15% OFF ONE TICKET FOR MOST PERFORMANCES AT THE GRAND For only £15 per year, First Call members will get all the below benefits: • Special First Call ticket offer for selected shows* • Priority booking period for many Grand Theatre shows • Advance notice of most productions in a First Call email newsletter • Exclusive First Call events * The First Call ticket offer will include two tickets; one child ticket for the member and one adult ticket for the parent/guardian Specially designed for 8-15 year olds, First Call is the perfect way to explore your interest in theatre. We have lots of shows you can enjoy; everything from Musicals to Plays, Hip Hop to Ballet and much more! If you like theatre and want to see more or it, join First Call today! TO BECOME A MEMBER VISIT OR CALL THE BOX OFFICE ON 01902 429212 YOUR FIRST CALL TO A WORLD OF THEATRE
  50. 50. 50 THE GRAND THEATRE CAN HELP PUT YOUR BUSINESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT September 2015 we re-launched our Business Membership to incorporate a full hospitality service along with an attractive advertising package. For more information or to become a member please contact Assoctiate Director, Development & Communications Vicky Price on 01902 57 33 20 or email vickyp@grandtheatre.co.uk BUSINESS CLUB We thank our current members for their continued support: The Grand Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of Wolverhampton City Council
  51. 51. 51 BUSINESS CLUB BUSINESS CLUB MEMBERSHIP GRAND PREMIER £4000+VAT • 40 complimentary tickets for any show (excluding amateur productions). • 40 complimentary house programmes. • Business logo on the business page of the website. • Business logo in the season brochures. • Business logo in the house programmes. • Complimentary use of the function room (subject to availability). • Interval screen advertising for 9 months. • 2 full page house programme adverts. • 2 complimentary hires of a VIP Booth. GRAND EXECUTIVE £6000+VAT • 60 complimentary tickets for any show (excluding amateur productions). • 60 complimentary house programmes. • Business logo on the business page of the website. • Business logo in the season brochures. • Business logo in the house programmes. • Complimentary use of the function room (subject to availability). • Interval screen advertising for 12 months. • 4 full page house programme adverts. • 1 complimentary function for up to 20 people with buffet and drinks. • Backstage tour for up to 20 people. • 3 complimentary hires of a VIP Booth. GRAND CLUB £2000+VAT • 20 complimentary tickets for any show (excluding amateur productions). • 20 complimentary house programmes. • Business logo on the business page of the website. • Business logo in the season brochures. • Business logo in the house programmes. • Complimentary use of the function room (subject to availability). • Interval screen advertising for 6 months. • 1 half page house programme advert. • 1 complimentary hire of a VIP Booth.
  52. 52. 52 ACCESS SERVICES BSL interpreted, Audio Described and Relaxed performances are among the services that are offered at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. For further information on access services available, go to the theatre’s website and select the ACCESS menu. Here you can find full listings of all our access performances and information regarding patrons with access needs. If you need to speak to someone about your access requirements you can contact Sue Howell our Access and Operations Manager. Orientation sessions are available to look at the venue to view seats and access facilities in person. ADDITIONAL ACCESS FACILITIES Induction loops are available for hard of hearing patrons at all performances, and are located at the foyer bar. The auditorium uses an infra red system which transmits sounds from the stage to a headset. This system works with most hearing aids and the stethoscope style unit can be used by patrons without hearing aids to increase the volume of the performance. This unit is also used for live commentary at Audio Description performances giving detailed information on the visual aspects of a performance such as set, costumes and action. Please note Audio Description uses a separate channel on the headset which does not interfere with other uses of this system. Headsets and necklace are available from the foyer bar with a £2 refundable deposit; you can also book them in advance for Audio Description when booking your tickets at the box office. Patrons attending our Audio Described and Interpreted Performances receive a newsletter in large print. Sue Howell Access and Operations Manager Tel: 01902 57 33 20 Email: sueh@grandtheatre.co.uk SMS: 07973 83 81 89 www.grandtheatre.co.uk The Grand Theatre’s Access Register is now open to join. The register will support patrons with disabilities and provide appropriate concessions for disabled patrons and their partners. Joining is FREE and simple, all you need to do is request an application form and return it to the theatre, along with the required evidence to support your access needs. The information provided ensures we are catering for all our patrons’ access needs, as well as making future bookings quicker and simpler. For further information on the Access Register contact the Box Office on 01902 42 92 12 or email sueh@grandtheatre.co.uk. ASSISTED PERFORMANCES ACCESS DIRTY DANCING Thu 1 December at 7.30pm Sat 3 December at 2.30pm ALADDIN 2016/17 Thu 12 January 2017 at 11am Thu 12 January 2017 at 7.15pm Sat 14 January 2017 at 2.30pm Sun 15 January 2017 at 2.30pm Thu 19 January 2017 at 11am ANITA AND ME Wed 15 February at 7.30pm Sat 18 February at 2.30pm SISTER ACT Sat 4 March at 2.30pm GANGSTA GRANNY Sun 26 March at 11.00am SUNNY AFTERNOON Sat 22 April at 2.30pm EVITA Sat 13 May at 2.30pm THE WOMAN IN BLACK Thur 25 May at 7.30pm RUNNING WILD Sat 10 June at 2.30pm A JUDGEMENT IN STONE Wed 5 July at 7.30pm FUNNY GIRL Wed 26 July at 7.30pm Saturday 29 July at 2.30pm For a full list of assisted performances go to www.grandtheatre.co.uk/access or join our access register to receive updates. ACCESS REGISTER CAP R
  53. 53. 53 CREATIVE LEARNING CREATIVE LEARNING So far the fund has helped support two major projects: our community panto project; Come Fly With Us and our schools pantomime tour; An Introduction to Panto. As part of the theatre’s first community panto project we are currently working with over 20 local community groups and schools, ranging from Teenage Cancer Trust to Age UK. Each group has received a free textile design workshop where they have experimented with a range of textile techniques to create their own decorative design based on the theme of ALADDIN. Once finished these designs will be joined together to create a vibrant magical flying carpet which will be displayed at the theatre during panto. We would like to thank all the groups and schools for taking part – there will be over 200 designs in the finished carpet! – and don’t forget to have a look at the magic carpet when you visit the theatre during panto. As part of our schools pantomime tour we will have visited 20 local primary and middle schools and performed to over 4,000 children! The tour introduces children to the magic of pantomime with the Grand Theatre’s very own pantomime dame, Ian Adams, through an interactive workshop, live performance and Q&A teaching children about the history of pantomime and the British values behind it. Our schools tour provides an accessible opportunity to enable all schools to introduce children to the magical world of pantomime! GRAND ARENA YOUTH THEATRE The launch of Grand Arena Youth Theatre in collaboration with the Arena Theatre has been a huge success! Available spaces sold out in 3 hours, and members are currently thoroughly enjoying learning new drama techniques from our professional practitioners, everything from improvisation through to physical theatre. We will be offering new spaces for January, however these will be limited! If you would like to be added to the email list for more information please contact claudiag@grandtheatre.co.uk. Weekly rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at the Arena Theatre from 6pm-7.30pm for Juniors, aged 9-13 and 8pm-9.30pm for Seniors, aged 14-18. The cost is £60 per 12 week term (£5 per session). PRE-SHOW TALKS Enjoy a useful introduction to the following operas with English Touring Opera. Pre-show talks are free and take place in the Spotlight Lounge, starting at 6.30pm and lasting approximately 30 minutes, providing a brilliant addition to your understanding of the operas. GILBERT & SULLIVAN’S PATIENCE MON 10 APRIL PUCCINI’S TOSCA TUE 11 APRIL POST-SHOW TALKS ANITA AND ME THU 16 FEB THE VERDICT THU 4 MAY CREATIVE LEARNING FUND We would like to thank all of our patrons who have kindly donated to the Grand Theatre’s Creative Learning Fund. The fund supports educational and community development projects, enabling the theatre to engage with and provide opportunities for both schools and the local community, helping to create the next generation of theatre-goers, to ensure a bright future for the Grand Theatre.
  54. 54. 54 GENERAL INFORMATION Travel and Parking The Grand Theatre is situated on Lichfield Street in the north east part of Wolverhampton City Centre, with a wide selection of shops, restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity. The Light House Media Centre, Arena Theatre Civic and Wulfrun Halls and award-winning Art Gallery & Museum are also close by. Public Transport The theatre is a three minute walk from Wolverhampton Rail Station and three minutes from Wolverhampton St Georges Metro Station. The main Bus Station is a minute away. Car Parking Convenient car parks are situated at Broad Street, Piper’s Row, Fryer Street, Railway Street and the Virgin Trains Car Park at the station. PLEASE NOTE: You may need to allow extra time for parking on Wolves home match dates. Visit www.wolves.co.uk/page/Fixtures for the latest fixtures. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (1982) Ltd, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE Charity No. 515154. Registered in England No 1731976. VAT No 371521471 Wolverhampton Grand Theatre gratefully acknowledges the grant given by Wolverhampton City Council. Pipers Row Car Park Railway St. Car Park Broad Street. Car Park Fryer Street Car Park Virgin Trains Car Parking NCP Car Parking P1 P2 P3 P4
  55. 55. 55 Buy online, by telephone or in person At grandtheatre.co.uk you can buy tickets online 24 hours a day. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office or by telephone, paying by credit card, debit card or by cash (in person only). All telephone calls are answered and placed in an automatic queuing system, which ensures your call is dealt with in strict rotation. The Box Office is usually open from 11am to 9pm on performance days Monday to Saturday, and one hour prior to Sunday performances. On non-performance days the Box office closes at 6pm. Box Office: 01902 42 92 12 Groups: 01902 57 33 06 Stage Door: 01902 57 33 20 Calls are recorded and may be used for training purposes. Methods of Payment The theatre accepts payment by cash, Visa Credit and Debit cards, MasterCard, Maestro, Solo and Electron. Cheques will be accepted provided there is at least 2 full weeks between the cheque being received and the date of the performance. Postage If you would like your tickets posting out to you there will be a £1 charge. Alternatively you can opt to print your tickets at home when booking online and with the Box Office. Transaction Fee A transaction fee of £3 applies to all transactions. N.B. Tickets may be reserved but must be paid for within 3 working days of making the booking or no later than 3 days before the performance, whichever is sooner. Please note: It is a condition of sales that once tickets are purchased, money will not be refunded. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre reserves the right to withdraw concessions at any time. Tickets can be exchanged to another performance within the same production at a £2 charge per ticket or to a different production at a £5 charge per ticket. All exchanges are subject to availability. Tickets must be returned to the Box Office at least 48 hours before the performance. Please note: no exchanges for group bookings or amateur productions. Your Comfort and Safety In order to ensure the comfort, safety and enjoyment of all our audiences, we would like to draw your attention to the conditions of sale printed on the reverse of your tickets. Please note that some productions may include smoking on stage. Babes in arms are not usually admitted. Exceptions may be made for certain children’s shows and pantomime. Due to Fire Regulations a ticket must be purchased irrespective of the age of the child, tickets cost £3. Please turn off your mobile phone when at the theatre. Please do not text or use your phone in any way during the performance. On certain productions/performances additional security may be in place. GENERAL INFORMATION Production, ticket and performance information is correct at the time of going to press. The theatre reserves the right to make alterations as necessary.