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A magic carpet ride at The Broadway

The run-up to Christmas is full of delights of all kinds to thrill every taste and audience

Christmas specials

Aladdin
This is the big pantomime show this Christmas at The Broadway. Running from 14 to 31 December, with both matinees and evening performances, it is being brought to the city by experts in their field, KD Theatre Productions. Starring as the title character is Andrew Cannon, who comes to the production from a run in Imagine This at the Union Theatre, London. Mark Hyde, a seasoned maestro at playing the panto dame, is Widow Twanky. Ben Cupit (recently in Yank at the Charing Cross Theatre) is Wishee Washee, and Oliver Broad (who was trained in stage combat by the late, great stuntman Derek Ware of Doctor Who fame) is the villainous Abanazar. The show promises spectacular sets, lavish costumes, a live band, and an amazing flying carpet. Students from Tu Danse in Peterborough will be joining the professional cast as the junior chorus. In response to public demand, there are also family tickets on sale for all performances.

Christmas parties
Described as ‘a time machine without the hot tub’, the function room The Broadway Suite will be hosting a series of dinner parties over the Christmas period. These include a 90s Night on Friday 15 December, a 60s/70s Night on Saturday 16 December, an 80s Night on Friday 22 December, a Noughties Night on Saturday 23 December, and a New Year’s Eve ‘Speakeasy’ 1920s Night. Fancy dress is optional but encouraged, each starts at 8.00pm, and aside from a hot buffet (with vegetarian options), the entertainment will ‘TARDIS’ you back to the era of the night, with fun and games galore to make the evenings memorable. Special prices are available for exclusive tables of eight, so if you’ve not arranged a ‘works’ festive celebration, one of these will be perfect.

Christmas magic
On Sunday 17 December, Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir – with special guests Peterborough Festival Orchestra – perform all your Festive Favourites, including Walking in the Air, Driving Home for Christmas, Little St Nick, Silent Night, Carol of the Bells and many more The

Magical Santa Show
On Monday 18th December, with performances at Noon and 2.00pm, join Santa and his assistant, Ellie the Elf as they try to get everything ready for Christmas in time in this show especially for children. Combined with spectacular magical tricks, and sing-a-long Christmas songs, it stars ‘Sammy Magic Magic’, children’s entertainer and magician, as Santa! After the performance, children will get the chance to meet Santa and receive a special Christmas gift.

Entertainment of all kinds…

Doreen – rise of the yam-yam
Ents24, the UK’s largest live guide, has just published their Top 20 List of Rising Comedy Stars, based on pure public demand and their tracking figures, and Doreen is well placed in that poll. This is just the latest award for a character making her East of England debut at The Broadway on Thursday 9 November. This tour is selling out everywhere, so don’t miss out – book now and find out what the fuss is all about. A combination of stand-up, sit-down, video surprises and unforgettable music, please note this show contains adult humour and occasional strong language, and is recommended only for ages 16+.

Peterborough big band – the decades show
On Thursday 16 November, indulge in a cool night of swing with that great big band sound. Listen to ‘Big Band’ arrangements of classic songs from decades past to the present day. A hot food buffet, with vegetarian options, is included in the ticket price.

Yamaha Genos product launch with breve music
On the afternoon of Friday 17 November, come to the launch of the new benchmark in Digital Workstations – the Yamaha Genos. Whether you are in a recording studio, playing at home or on stage, Genos will inspire and intensify your musical creation and performance. Free entry, just contact either Breve Music or The Broadway to claim your complimentary ticket (entry with ticket only). Pop into either The Broadway or Breve Music (27 Rivergate Arcade, Peterborough), or call 01733 313598 and tickets will be sent to you. This is very much a social event and all are welcome.

Sean Lock – keep it light
Sean’s stand-up is the product of a hyperactive imagination combining hilariously surreal imagery and insightful observations on the human condition. Every three years he writes and tours a new standup show, and he’s coming to The Broadway on Saturday 18 November. Come and see what he’s blithering on about this time. Please note this show is rated 15+ (Parental Guidance) as there is likely to be swearing and adult content.

The Broadway record fair
This popular event will be making its return on Sunday 19 November, 11.00am to 6.00pm. Come and socialise in vinyl heaven! Public entry is just £1.00.

An evening with Eric Bristow
Attention darts fans! This is your opportunity to meet Eric Bristow MBE on Thursday 7 December. Take your chance to ask questions during a Q&A session, hear some tales regarding the classic era of darts, and perhaps even have a chance to play Eric at a round or two of darts! The evening ticket price includes a quality hot buffet meal (with vegetarian options).

Alexander O’neal
With the release of his autobiography All True Man earlier this year, the profile of the man from Minneapolis had never been higher. Come along to The Broadway on Saturday 9 December. In 1987, O’Neal released the album titled Hearsay, which lends itself to the title of this UK tour for 2017: 30 years of Hearsay. The album peaked at number 4 in the UK Albums Chart, eventually certifying as triple platinum, and spawning seven charting singles. The highest of these, Criticize, reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart.

Cult TV Awards 2017 dinner/ceremony/party
On Saturday 30 December, you can attend an actual television awards ceremony. The annual Cult TV Awards are now in their 24th year, and your choice of clothing can either be the suited-and-booted approach where you dress to impress, or if you prefer you and your companions might like to go all-out ‘cosplay’ in support of your favourite shows. Including a Hot Buffet Meal, which includes vegetarian options, the Awards Ceremony follows, rounding off with a Cult TV-themed Party. You’ll be given the chance to help decide who wins in the everexpanding Hall of Fame, as well as annual awards recognising the new examples of extraordinary fictional television that Cult TV is all about.

Already on sale for 2018…
Coming attractions already announced for 2018 include an Antiques Fair and tributes to Motown, George Michael, and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Updates and booking details can be found at www.thebroadway.today or call the Box Office on 01733 306071 or visit The Broadway in person at 46 Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RT.

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