Stars set for summer season at Palace Theatre

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AS the weather hots up outside, theatre-goers can look forward to a sizzling line up over the new season at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre.

Kicking off on Friday is top Elvis impersonator Michael King who will be performing all the classic songs in the style of the King himself.

For music fans there are further treats in store with tributes to some of the world’s best known artists including Them Beatles on 7th April, Mercury’s A Tribute to Queen on the following day, The Rat Pack on 10th April, along with Katy Setterfield performing a tribute to Dusty Springfield on 28th April.

Other delights include An Evening with Gervase Phinn on 5th April, The Barber of Seville on 11th May, Broadway and Beyond on 15th May, Country Road on 19th May, Aeolus Winds on 25th May, Rock n Roll Paradise on 3rd June and There’ll Always be an England on 23rd June.

The theatre is is also hosting several gritty dramas including the classic Brassed Off presented by Mansfield Palace Community Theatre from 9th until 11th June.

Featuring the award-winning Newstead Brass, the show runs from 9th until 11th June, will strike a chord with many people in Mansfield and Ashfield because the backdrop is the closure of the collieries in the mid-1990s. With 1,200 under threat, the community is in turmoil - not least because the brass band could also be lost.

But the band’s determined conductor Danny does everything he can to help the band realise its dream of winning the British Championship at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Other productions include After Miss Julie on 6th April and war-time dramas Private Peaceful on 12th April and The War Within on 17th May.

There is also John Godber’s comedy April in Paris featuring Robert Angell (who starred in TV shows Waterloo Road, Coronation Street and Cold Feet) and Wendi Peters, who is best known for her role as Cilla Battersby Brown in Coronation Street. The show runs on 24th and 25th May.

And for the perfect girls’ night out, there will be a chance to see big name celebrities Michelle Heaton, Maureen Nolan, Claire King and Julie Buckfield star in The Naked Truth on 14th and 15th April.

Other well-known stars coming to the Palace this season include comedian Jethro on 13th April and Des O’Connor on 4th May.

Meanwhile, there is plenty on offer for teenage audiences including the up-coming High School Rocks on 9th April, which includes all the best songs from High School Musical 1, 2 and 3, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock and Glee. There is also the chance to experience the magic and romance of Cinderella on 27th April and step into the strange world of The Little Shop of Horrors on 21st and 22nd June.

For younger children, there will be fun and laughter with Big Box of Bananas on 4th June, starring Andy Day from CBeebies, and Julia Donaldson’s Birthday Surprise on 19th and 20th May.

And on 29th and 30th April, TV favourite Fireman Sam will appear in a new stage production called Pontypandy Rocks.

The Palace will also be supporting a number of community organisations and schools in the area including The Mansfield Music and Drama Festival between 1st April and 10th April.

For updates about what is happening at the Palace, see the Chad every week. For details on shows visit the theatre website www.mansfield.gov.uk.