Mansfield Palace Theatre’s autumn season unveiled

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THE nights will soon be drawing in but Mansfield’s Palace Theatre has plenty in store to banish the winter blues over the coming months.

This year’s autumn line-up includes something for everyone whether you are a music fan, drama buff or youngster.

One of the highlights next month will be a concert by Newstead Brass, who impressed theatre-goers last year in Brassed Off. This time they are performing with the Carlton Male Voice Choir who are singing songs from the shows.

Hot of the heels of last year’s Madam Butterfly, the Mid Wales Opera will be bringing an opulent production of Don Giovanni to the Palace on 14th October.

A production of A Christmas Carol by Ballet Theatre UK is also set to dazzle on 18th November.

For rock and pop fans there are a host of top tributes including The Bon Jovi Experience on 27th September, Hats off to Led Zeppelin on 18th October, Jive Talkin’ - The Bee Gees story on 5th October and Talon on 24th November.

The autumn months are perfect for losing yourself in a spot of drama and this autumn theatre-goers will be able to enjoy a production of Fever Pitch on 3rd October, which is based on the well-loved Nick Hornby Novel, Farmboy on 20th October and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest on 22nd November.

There are also plenty of fun-filled shows including comedian Lenny Henry on 9th October, The Vagina Monolgues on 16th October and a sing-along screening of the classic musical Grease on 1st November.

Children will also be in for a treat with productions of Milkshake Live on 27th October and Christmas Storytelling on 22nd December.

The season culminates with the pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring Tupele Dorgu (Kelly from Coronation Street). The ‘pay now save now’ offer expires on 1st September.

For details visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre, call Mansfield 633133.

There will be an evening of top class music with three ex-members of the renowned Cantamus Girls Choir in their home town on 1st September at 7pm.

Marianne Wright, Phillipa Thomas and Jessica Main are set to perform their concert Songs of Love, Loss and Laughter at Mansfield’s Samworth Church Academy.

The girls, who have recently graduated from music conservatoires in the UK, are part of the newly-formed trio Sinopia and the concert will include classical and lighter pieces along with ensemble numbers arranged by Cantamus favourite, Michael Neaum.

Sinopia will be joined by the sought-after pianist and baritone James Williams who will both play and sing in the concert. James is in the final year of his undergraduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Tickets are £8 (£6 concessions) and can be booked through Jane Wright on Mansfield 461051 or www.mariannewright.com.