St Helens Theater Royal promises audiences an incredible autumn of live performances from a host of talented performers.
Comedy, live music, drama and family favorites are all featured in the packed schedule that unfolds between now and Christmas.
Music is a big part of the autumn season with a host of fantastic original stars and high-profile tribute acts heading to St Helens to captivate Merseyside music lovers.
The season opens on September 8 when the illegal eagles return with their attention to detail and musical flair to celebrate the music of the American West Coast rock band, including hits like Hotel California, take it easy and Life at high speed.
Expect an evening of classics including Mrs Robinson, Cecile and A bridge over troubled waters when the acclaim The story of Simon and Garfunkel arrive on September 9. Whereas girl’s world on September 11th is the ultimate tribute to today’s pop divas including Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Katy Perry and Little Mix.
Ray Quinn, the king of swing on September 16 sees the singer and star of stage and TV from Liverpool celebrate the incredible legacy of the Rat Pack with an evening of timeless classics from Frank, Dean and Sammy.
The dinghies have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and performed for the President of the United States. Now they are back on tour for St Helens audiences on September 25delivering greatest hits like under the boardwalk and You are more than a number.
Asa Murphy celebrates the life and music of a 50s favorite on October 7 when he executes Mack the Knife: The Bobby Darin Story. Murphy will be backed by the Copacabana Swing Band as he sings a host of Darin favorites including Beyond the sea, Splish-Splash and dream lover.
Dig up those flares and rig books because the Ultimate 70s show hit the town October 8 promising the ultimate party night courtesy of seven 70s rockers and session musicians. Costumes are encouraged.
And the great and late Whitney Houston takes center stage October 11 in the fantastic tribute show The greatest love of allfeaturing Britain’s Got Talent star Belinda Davids with live band, backing vocals and dancers.
Stunning live vocals, a talented band and a beautiful repertoire combine in Someone like You – Adele’s Songbook on October 13 as Katie Markham takes listeners through four record albums, 19, 21, 25 and 30.
There are Everlasting love for the music of hitmakers Lionel Richie and Diana Ross on 14 Octoberand on October 15 those dynamic rock and rollers showaddywaddy show why they’ve sold over 20 million records, including
Four fabulous fairytale princesses become music stars in children’s pop concert pop princess on October 16 which features a soundtrack of songs by Little Mix, Miley Cyrus and Ariane Grande among others.
Tribute to carpenters comes to St Helens on November 4 starring Gordy Marshall’s The British Carpenters, with the talented Sally Creedon as Karen Carpenter and a cast of West End musicians.
American Country Legends was enjoyed by 350,000 fans live and many more on TV. He comes to St Helens on November 5 for a fantastic night of country nostalgia including tributes to Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Glen Campbell.
Chains of phenomenal impersonator Gordon Hendricks The spirit of Elvis on November 20. Hendricks’ love of the “King” dates back to his childhood in the 1970s, and he became a Stars in Their Eyes series champion, earning a record number of votes from the public. A two-time winner of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist at Graceland, he’s as close to the real deal as it gets.
And music legends Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are the subject of good bye Baby, a breathtaking tribute to the incredibly talented and successful “Jersey Boys”. He arrives at the Royal Theater on November 24.
Meanwhile, comedy comes from Frankie Allentouted as Britain’s most feared comedian and who visits St Helens Theater Royal on September 3 bringing classic stand-up comedy to a new generation, while the multi-award-winning comedian and national treasure Billy Pierce is at the theater September 12.
Legends of the Jugglers on October 5 promises a roller coaster ride of laughter from not one but four comedians in one night. Kiwi comedian Jarred Christmas, former Time Out comedian of the year Paul Tonkinson, Ninia Benjamin and Mike Gunn (Michael Macintyre Comedy Tour, Time gentlemen please) will keep the gags coming.
Clinton Baptiste vs. Ramone sees the stars of Clinton Baptiste’s wildly popular paranormal podcast step out from behind the mic and onto the stage for just one night onOctober 12.
Baptiste is the notorious clairvoyant medium while his nemesis Ramone is a Scottish diviner and channeler of spirits from the Caledonian cabaret circuit.
And on November 17 Dom Joly arrives with his trusty PowerPoint to share hair-raising stories in Dom Joly’s Vacation Snapshots – Travel and Comedy in the Danger Zone. Then meet the broadcaster and author as he signs copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club.
If that’s not enough, a trio of top-notch theatrical productions promise to entertain St Helens audiences during the autumn season.
The Stages of the Pilkington Musical Theater Company The producers of September 22-24. Mel Brooks’ musical, adapted from the hit 1967 film, centers on two theater producers – Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom – who hatch a plan to get rich by persuading investors to finance a Broadway flop, only for the show to happen to be a success.
Then the beloved Twopence to cross the Merseyreturns to St Helens from September 27-October 1. Helen Forrester’s classic tale of ragged riches in Depression-era Liverpool is presented in an all-new stage production and with a stellar cast led by Mark Moraghan reprising his role as Helen’s father.
And there’s also a return to St Helens Theater Royal for the hit stage version of the 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob toothe story of Lothario Bob who begins an affair with his two teenage babysitters behind his wife’s back.
The show, ranging from November 8-13stars St Helens-born Emmerdale star Michael Parr alongside Tori Hargreaves, Crissie Rock, Jamie Greer, Kay Nicholson and Olivia Sloyan.
Autumn also sees a host of other fantastic entertainment at the Corporation Street theatre.
Be ready to be inspired, educated and entertained on September 10 with Top secret – the magic of science which offers non-stop action-packed interactive magical science experiments live on stage.
Emma Kenny’s serial killer on September 17 sees This Morning’s resident therapist and dying aunt, and TV crime commentator take audiences on a journey to the dark side of humanity and explore what makes someone a murderer/
The mother of all shows is heading to St Helens on October 4. moms the word is an honest, uplifting, and witty journey through the trials and tribulations of parenthood.
And there’s an ultimate night out for football fans when those Liverpool Legends take the stage on October 6. Phil Thompson, Sammy Lee and Bruce Grobbelaar share stories and jokes about their time playing for the mighty Reds. There are also limited pre-show dating opportunities.
Last but not least, young theatergoers are in for a treat with not one but two pantos taking the stage between now and the New Year.
Sleeping Beauty is a magical mid-October treat. Follow the story of Princess Aurora who is cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse and condemned to sleep for a hundred years unless a handsome prince breaks the spell.
The Regal Entertainments panto, ranging from October 21-30stars Maddie Hope Coehlo, Lewis Devine, Benjamin Keith, Warren Donnelly, Katy McKenna, Bethany Grace and Mark Two.
And then this Christmas sees the most magical fairy tale of all, Cinderella, go to the stage of the Royal Theater. Get swept away at the ball with Cinders but don’t ignore the midnight chimes.
Coronation Street’s Kimberley Hart-Simpson is Cinderella alongside Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay and ventriloquists Jamie Leahey and Chuck.
The must-see production includes glass slippers, Ugly Sisters, enchanted pumpkins, a sparkly carriage and real Shetland ponies. December 3 to January 8.
Theater director Chantelle Nolan says:
“The days may be getting cooler and the nights may be approaching, but here in St Helens we are ready for an incredibly busy season of fantastic shows.
“Whether it’s live music, beautiful ballet, great theatrical productions, football legends or talented comedians, there’s something for everyone this fall. And without forgetting our two fantastic spectacular pantos, telling a pair of the most beloved fairy tales of all time.