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Leave a light on for me…A ghost light

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There is a theatre tradition that not everyone is aware of,  it is where a light is left on in the centre of the stage when the theatre is ‘dark’.  A ghost light.

This is of course completely practical ,making sure the stage is  safely lit to avoid accidents, such as falling off the edge into the orchestra pit by anyone who might be working after a show or working alone in the theatre when there is no production.

Some claim that the tradition began in the days of gas-lit theatres when dim gas lights were left burning to relieve pressure on the gas valves however this tradition of a dim single light on the stage also has a spooky superstition to it.

Older theatres are notorious for having a ghostly presence, so the ghost light allows ghosts in the theatre to perform on stage when there is no-one else in the building. This is meant to please the ghosts so they don’t cause havoc and sabotage shows.

This is also used to explain the traditional one day a week that theatres are closed, Can you imagine the ghosts of the centuries past congregating to perform together once a week in order to fulfill their need to entertain even if it is just other ghosts!

Many theatres have been  forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic and have renewed the tradition of ghost lights as a way of indicating the theatres will  survive against the odds and re-open.

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The Rocky Horror Show UK Tour Dates

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Richard O’Brien’s ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ has to be one of the strangest, wackiest, yet oddly compelling cult musicals to still be a huge hit. Since it was released in film form over forty years ago the stage version continues to attract both ardent fans and new audiences of all ages  and backgrounds.

This quirky show is a parody of classic horror movies with a twist, when two young college graduates on their way to visit their old professor their car breaks down as just as we would all do they head for the creepy old mansion for help where they meet Dr The Rocky Horror Show’ is so loved by its fans that you will often find yourself in queues flanked by middle aged men in stockings and suspenders and normally sedate women dressed to thrill.

Its all part of the fun and entering into the spirit of the show can only make the whole experience more memorable.The wonderful rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack is explosive and thrilling, a story full of innuendo, with plenty of rude crude humour appeals to many and what should be shocking is actually rather good fun and you cant help but join in with the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp.

 

Tickets can be found here

TOUR DATES

20 SEPTEMBER – 25 SEPTEMBER

EMPIRE THEATRE, SUNDERLAND

9 AUGUST – 14 AUGUST

THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM

13 SEPTEMBER – 18 SEPTEMBER

VENUE CYMRU (FORMERLY – NORTH WALES THEATRE), LLANDUDNO

24 AUGUST – 29 AUGUST

OPERA HOUSE, MANCHESTER

6 SEPTEMBER – 11 SEPTEMBER

THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH

21 JUNE – 26 JUNE

HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE, ABERDEEN

12 APRIL – 17 APRIL

REGENT THEATRE, STOKE-ON-TRENT

19 APRIL – 24 APRIL

THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON

26 APRIL – 1 MAY

FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH

3 MAY – 8 MAY

NEW THEATRE, CARDIFF

10 MAY – 15 MAY

GRAND OPERA HOUSE, BELFAST

17 MAY – 22 MAY

ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD

24 MAY – 29 MAY

LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL

14 JUNE – 19 JUNE

THEATRE ROYAL, NORWICH

31 MAY – 5 JUNE

RICHMOND THEATRE, OUTER LONDON

2 AUGUST – 7 AUGUST

MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES

28 JUNE – 3 JULY

GRAND OPERA HOUSE, YORK

19 JULY – 24 JULY

WINTER GARDENS AND OPERA HOUSE THEATRE, BLACKPOOL

26 JULY – 31 JULY

MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY

5 APRIL – 10 APRIL

HULL NEW THEATRE, HULL

27 SEPTEMBER – 2 OCTOBER

ALEXANDRA THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM

17 AUGUST – 22 AUGUST

KING’S THEATRE, GLASGOW

4 MARCH – 13 MARCH

MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON

29 MARCH – 3 APRIL

NEW THEATRE, OXFORD

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Is there anybody who hasn’t actually seen the film Grease?

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The famously sewn into leggings worn by the end of film sultry Sandy is the stuff of legends! But this year a wonderful new theatre production is about to make a tour of Uk theatres and some will even feature Peter Andre as ‘teenangel’.

For those of you that by some amazing chance have never seen the film ( were you abducted by aliens since 1978?) and do not know the rock and roll story of ‘Summer lovin’ we are transported to the summer of 1958 where the leader of local greaser gang Danny meets pure innocent Sandy and they fall in love.

They never think they will meet again but the story really begins when Sandy enrolls at Rydell high school and they  are reunited and their romance takes on twists and turns of teenage angst and fun . With songs that are timeless and fun, you can jin in with the Pink ladies and the T birds in finding ‘the one that you want’ in a ‘greased lightening’ production full of ‘electrifying’ choreography songs and vitality. 

 

You can find the dates and tickets of the tour here

 

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks UK tour

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Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks is about to make an amazingly magical and thrilling transition to the world of the theatre with a spectacular musical complete with the original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers  featured in the film from 1971.

The story follows the adventures of the three orphaned Rawlins children  ( Charlie, Carrie and Paul) who are reluctantly evacuated from wartime London to live with the mysterious  Miss Eglantine Price. 

Charlie blackmails Miss Price that if he is to keep her practices a secret, she must give him something, so she takes a bedknob from her late father’s bed and places the “famous magic travelling spell” on it, and only Paul can activate it.

Their first journey is to a street in London, where they meet Emelius Browne (David Tomlinson), former headmaster of Miss Price’s witchcraft training correspondence school.

Miss Price tells him of a plan to find the magic words for a spell known as “Substitutiary Locomotion”, which brings inanimate objects to life. This spell will be her work for the war effort.

The magic begins when they discover the startling secret that Eglantine  is actually a trainee witch and in return for keeping her secret she enchants a bedknob with a magic travelling spell and the children  take her to search for a secret spell that will defeat the enemy  once and for all. 

A spell known as “Substitutiary Locomotion”, which brings inanimate objects to life. . Armed with the enchanted bedknob, a bewitched broomstick and a magical flying bed, they encounter surprising new friendships on their journey from Portobello Road to the depths of the beautiful briny sea.

This magical new musical flies into Theatreland this year! Look out for details of

Bedknobs and Broomsticks UK tour and get tickets here.

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