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…
STEVE Parrish raced at the highest level of motorcycle racing, becoming British Champion in 1976 and 5th in the 1977 500cc World Championship, as team mate to that year’s champion Barry Sheene. Barry who met Steve in 1975 is quoted as saying “if he was to set up his bike as well as his victims and had put as much effort into the bike as he did the intricate pranks he pulled on people he would certainly have been a World Champion.”
IT IS not often that you go to a performance at the Harlow Playhouse and you are led to the bowels of the building. That is intriguing and sure enough, the whole performance of What is it about the night by Catherine Ireton is a left of centre, brave and fascinating look at life in the theatre through the eyes of a backstage gopher.
ASH Productions Live, a professional touring theatre company is visiting the Harlow Playhouse with their popular family adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic tale. The Snow Queen is a story of friendship and the triumph of love over wickedness told in a light-hearted, musical adaptation.
A flower shop owner helps a little girl to plant some seeds and as they wait for the seeds to grow she tells the girl a familiar tale. The story of Jack and the Beanstalk unfolds with a little girl as the heroine who comes up with lots of inventive and amusing ways of climbing up and down the very tall sunflower.
WHAT is it about that night? is a performance which takes place in the backstage spaces of The Playhouse. For a small audience at a time, this show invites you into the world of a touring theatre company, in all its glamour and ordinariness. With live music and a journey into secret rooms, What is it about that night? celebrates the rituals of theatre, the smallness of things and of the people who live in the wings.
ON Saturday 8th February at 2.30pm, all the family are in for a great treat when Comedy Club 4 Kids returns to the Playhouse. Featuring cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old, they bring with them the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!
THE maestro of feel-good comedy, Stephen has had an interesting life so far but he is often asked to be a spokesman on certain matters. Why is that? Is he qualified to do this? What is it about spokesmen these days? They’re everywhere. Stephen will be looking at spokesmen and many other things besides in his excellent new show.
THE highly successful show, Live at the Playhouse returns with another phenomenal line-up of cutting edge comedy on Saturday 8th February 2014. The unique line-up includes the legendary Adam Bloom, unconventional Keith Fernan, magician and comedian Pete Firman, and the fantastic Matthew Osborn. The evening will be compered by the brilliant, Dan Evans.
YOU haven’t been to see the wonderful pantomime at the Harlow Playhouse yet. There is still time and we really do recommend it. This morning (Saturday) the cast were limbering up for another busy day however, we thought we would pay tribute to the hit Happy by Pharrell Williams and his 24 hour video.
NOW WE ALL know that they wanted the pantomime to raise the roof but not quite literally! However, the Harlow Playhouse was one of the victims of the storms on Monday night as there was substantial damage to the roof.
PLAYING to a packed audience, they were treated to well over two hours of wonderful singing, great acting, laugh-out loud comedy, that was enjoyed by four-year-olds and 84-year-olds alike. Starring Rebecca Keatley from CBBC and Channel 5’s Jen Pringle, the whole cast exuded warmth, charm, talent and energy in a panto that was greatly helped by a really good script, great sets, top notch production values and great songs.
THERE is a wonderful buzz at the Harlow Playhouse as the finishing touches are being put to this years pantomime, Dick Whittington. The panto opens on Friday and the cast are now in full costume and rehearsing with gusto and relish.
HARLOW Playhouse has launched its latest pantomime, Dick Whittington, to be staged at the venue this Christmas. Starring CBeebies’ Let’s Play actress Rebecca Keatley in the title role, and Channel 5’s milkshake! presenter Jen Pringle as the magical Fairy of the Bells, the show will feature eighteen top-class theatre professionals, alongside twenty-four of the best young talent from the area.
CCBC star Cerrie Burnell had the audience entranced with her one-woman show, The Magical Playroom at the Harlow Playhouse. Cerrie played Liberty Rose who dreamt of becoming a ballerina like her mum. The key scene is when she it told that she must wear a false arm for dancing lessons.