Curtain rises for new season at Mansfield Palace Theatre

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BOSSES at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre have this week unveiled the brand new season which promises to delight theatre-goers with its range of music, comedy, drama, dance . . . and not forgetting this year’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.

Some of the highlights this autumn include war-time comedy with Philip King’s classic See How They Run (26th and 27th September), vintage glamour in An Evening of Burlesque (29th September), classical opera with Puccini’s opera Madam Butterfly (2nd November) and a night of daring circus tricks in The Circus of Horrors’ The Ventriloquist (24th November).

There is also plenty of comedy in store from Big Pants and Botox (1st November) and stand-up comedian Joe Pasquale (20th November).

For younger audiences, TV favourite Bob the Builder will be paying a visit on 5th November followed by a production of Seussical, performed by members of New Youth Theatre on 14th and 15th November.

This year’s programme culminates with the seasonal spectacular Jack and the Beanstalk, featuring TV stars Colin Baker from Dr Who, Chris Pizzey from the Basil Brush Show, Emma Nowell from CITV’s HI-5, as well as Stephen David as the flamboyant dame. The panto opens on 3rd December and runs until 8th January. And anyone who books before 3rd September will receive a £1 discount on all the tickets purchased.

There is also plenty of music instore including Brass and Voices at the Palace, featuring the award winning Newstead Brass and Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir (17th September), Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band (25th September), as well as nostalgic treats with Magic of Motown (7th October), Michael Parkinson’s Billy Fury Show (8th October) and Roy Orbison and Friends 75 Special (9th October).

Fans of the actor, adventurer and author Charley Boorman are also in for a treat when he visits Mansfield on 4th November,

Charley, who recently featured on Channel 4’s Famous and Fearless, will be showing clips from his adventures and there will be a chance to quiz him at the end of the show.

With Hallowe’en just around the corner, the Palace will also play host to a series of ghost stories on 18th October with An Unsettling Evening.

For those who are fascinated by all things paranormal, there will be a chance to find out whether there is ‘life on the other side’ with live experiments in Psychic and Science on 11th October.

Later in the month, psychic medium Tony Stockwell will be offering an evening of clairvoyance.

For more details or to book any of these shows visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre or contact the Box Office on Mansfield 633133.