A GOOD piece of theatre, like a good Hollywood movie, can take a piece of fiction and make it seem real, if only for the time you are watching. Marilyn Monroe’s death, as her life has become so famous that even its truth, complete with CIA conspiracies, reads like a work of fiction. What Dyad Productions have managed to do is make a work of sheer unadulterated fiction seem more real, than much of the ‘truth’ surrounding her death.
THIS is as close to the UK capital as we will be this year, with other date stretching across the country. The Harlow Playhouse is a perfect setting for comfort, having a few drinks, meeting up with some familiar faces – and enjoying a live musical performance as G2 recreate a selection of great songs from the Genesis catalogue.
JETHRO is a clever comedian. His comedy is like magic. He gets you to look one way and then the punchline hits you from the opposite angle. No wonder he has a joke that involves logic. Jethro or Geoff Rowe is far from as daft as he looks. It is as if he has worked out the formula for making folk laugh.
This tour they strip back their live set up, losing the full orchestral production and performing alsongside a piano, giving the audience a chance to truly appreciate the harmony of their voices. Their impressive career has seen them perform many impressive slots, including singing to 90,000 people before the 2011 FA Cup Final and playing alongside the likes of Beyonce, Sting and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
AFTER forming in 1960, The Barron Knights have built up a very impressive resume, including opening for The Beatles and Rolling Stones, and playing for the Royal family more than once. Their songs include covers, parodies and original tracks, and as they keep adding to their collection they keep topical (such as their version of ‘Killer Queen’ which documents what might happen if Camilla becomes Queen!).
IT IS one of the crowning jewels of Harlow life but of you had any doubts just look at all the shows on this weekend.
GRAMMY-nominated singer, Stacey Kent, brings her new album, The Changing Lights, to Harlow Playhouse. The Changing Lights places Kent’s love for Brazilian music centre-stage, featuring Bossa Nova classics like How Insensitive alongside originals by the songwriting team of Jim Tomlinson and acclaimed novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro.
STEVE shot to fame on last year’s BGT, winning over the public vote to become the Wild Card Finalist in the show. He memorably surprised a certain Mr Simon Cowell when he brought Little Simon and Little Sinitta – creating huge cheers from sitting rooms all over the UK!
WITH schools breaking this Friday, parents’ minds are turning to what to do for the Easter fortnight. Harlow Playhouse is getting ready too, where rehearsals are in full swing for its whirlwind of an Easter pantomime, The Wizard of Oz, which opens on Monday and runs until Sunday.
AMAZING Grace is a catch phrase often applied to Irish Comedian Brendan Grace and indeed very true in many respects. The genial and much loved family comedian is celebrating 41 years in comedy and is now more popular than at any time in his career and what an illustrious career that has been!
NOW this sounds interesting. Want to know more. We asked retired Met Police detective, Trevor Marriot to put it in his own words. Trevor said: “On April 25th The Harlow Playhouse Theatre will be staging the above show. The show is a two hour audiovisual show presented by myself, a retired murder squad detective. Having […]
THE performance is described as follows: “Leaving the place that she calls home, Lana travels deep below the city into an underground world filled with music, smells and curious characters. Accompanied by a small audience, a musician and an intriguing chap called Cardini, Lana must journey into new worlds and dark places if she is ever to find the light again.
THE world’s favourite pantomime will sweep into town this Christmas, as Cinderella reaches for the stars at the Harlow Playhouse. Featuring great comedy, music and dance, plans are afoot to make this the theatres most visually stunning show yet, with astounding effects, ingenious sets and luscious costumes.
X-FACTOR star showed what a good sport he was by changing the lyrics of Beyonce’s Halo to Harlow when he performed at the Harlow Playhouse on Thursday night! This was in response to PopJustice’s petition (which collected over 150 signatures in a matter of hours) for Joe to substitute ‘Halo’ for ‘Harlow’ while there.
SPRING has sprung in Harlow, and comedian Ed Byrne is full of the joys of….being in his 40s. The main auditorium at The Harlow Playhouse and the local-ish, he lives just outside of Bishop Stortford, Byrne is delighting in the privileges that come with surpassing the big 40, particularly the right to be inappropriately obnoxious. At all times.
COMMISSIONED by Perth Theatre Company, It’s Dark Outside is created and performed by Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs and Tim Watts, the creators of the internationally renowned, multi-award winning production, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer. Joining Watts, Gray and Isaacs, is 2012 Martin Sims Award-winning composer Rachael Dease who has created a uniquely beautiful and moving score for the play which will be at Harlow Playhouse on Sunday 16th March.
THIS spring The Pantaloons theatre company are touring their action-packed and delightfully inventive production of Sherlock Holmes to theatres around the country. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories of master detective Holmes and his amiable sidekick Dr Watson are enduringly popular and this new adaptation by writer/director Mark Hayward will deliver a mash-up of the canon’s best bits and a few surprises along the way.
BIG-HEARTED visitors to the Harlow Pantomime gave over £3,000 to St Clare’s Hospice over the festive period. Portfolio holder for Communities, cllr Jean Clark joined Harlow Playhouse manager, Scott Ramsay, Principal of PQA Harlow, Lee Ellaway and Community fundraiser St. Clare Hospice, Rebecca Barnett in accepting the cheque.
HARLOW Playhouse has joined forces with Captiv8 Productions to create this new, laugh a minute Easter pantomime for the stage. With chart-topping songs, spectacular effects and belly-laughing comedy, the show is designed for all the family. The show includes one of the Playhouse’s most popular entertainers, Tom Swift, seen most recently in Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Peter Pan.
IN HIS new tour, stand up comic Lee Hurst is travelling throughout Britain to find out what really winds you up. Mostly people get on with living their lives, but everyone has at least one thing that pushes their button and sends them over the edge. What’s yours? Come along for a night of laughter and letting off some steam.
WITH more than 132 million books and over 80 million DVDs sold, Barney, the 200 million year old Dinosaur is without doubt a favourite for youngsters around the world.
IRISH comedian, Keith Farnan was second on and was naturally very funny. Keith had really good jokes too and was able to insert from very wry observations on Harlow. The evening flew by but next up was magician Pete Firman and we have to say his magic tricks were amazing! He was so funny as well.
The show that stormed into the finals of BRITIANS GOT TALENT is back with an awe-inspiring rock n rollercoaster of a show that flies like a bat out of hell to celebrate an astounding 18 years of shock n’ roll. Ever since its conception at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival, the show has toured the world achieving cult status and dragging circus screaming and shouting into the 21st century and beyond.
IN the second part of the show its simply party time, all your favourite hits non stop, you really are guaranteed to be dancing in the aisles and singing at the top of your voices to “ Dec 63, Beggin’, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Grease, Working My Way Back To You, Who Loves You, Bye Bye Baby and many many more…