Singer and musician Paul Weller has picked the Victoria Theatre in Halifax for one of the venues on his 14-date spring tour which will see him turning his back on large arenas and performing in smaller towns across the country.
The gig on Wednesday March 18 has attracted a lot of interest from keen Weller fans and all the standing tickets have been snapped up. But a limited number of seated tickets are available on 01422 351158. Former singer with The Jam and The Style Council, he forged a solo career in the 1990s and has 11 solo albums to his name, including the recently-released ‘Saturn’s Pattern’.
He has won the prestigious Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. He will also make a special guest appearance with The Who at Hyde Park on June 26. Paul Weller’s appearance is one of the highlights of the new season at the Victoria Theatre which will bring music, comedy and opera to the venue. February will see the RussianState Ballet and Opera House will bring to life Giuseppe’s classic opera ‘Rigoletto’.
The theatre is proud of its successful and on-going relationship with the internationally renowned company, which will perform to a large live orchestra, and is already booked to return in Autumn 2015 with another classic opera, ‘La Traviata’.
Spring will bring a touch of magic with the Easter pantomime, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on 5 April. Starring Bobby Darvo and produced by Enchanted Entertainment, it promises to be interactive fun. Another highlight promises to be ‘Dreamboats and Miniskirts’ from April 27 to May 2. The popular musical follows the changing fortunes of two young couples in 1960s Merseyside as they delve into the music business as Beatlemania takes hold.
Other spring shows at the Victoria include ‘The Meatloaf Story’, ‘Songbird: The Music of Eva Cassidy’, The Bootleg Beatles and ‘Off the Wall: The Music of Pink Floyd’. A number of exciting shows have been confirmed for autumn 2015 including the Broadway and West end smash hit comedy musical ‘Avenue Q’. Featuring a cast of puppets and singers the show tells the story of the loveable inhabitants of a downtown New York street who are trying to make sense of life’s burning issues.
As well as its usual line up of high calibre comedians such as Reginald D Hunter, Alan Carr and Bill Bailey, there are plans afoot for a Halifax-wide comedy festival in Autumn 2015. Theatre manager, Tim Fagan said: “Halifax Comedy Festival is an exciting and new departure for the Theatre and will, we hope, strengthen Halifax’s position as a live theatre and comedy venue.”