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January 2019

JOHN BARROWMAN ANNOUNCES 12-DATE UK SUMMER TOUR

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This summer, entertainer extraordinaire John Barrowman will tour England, Scotland, and Wales celebrating his 30 years on stage and screen with favourite songs and fabulous stories from his life and career.

Barrowman is a singer, actor, dancer, presenter, judge and author. Most recently, UK audiences delighted in supporting him as he made the final three in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 2018.

Speaking about the tour he said: “I can’t believe it’s been 30 years from my West End debut in Anything Goes to my Australian jungle adventures in I’m A Celebrity, and there’s been lots of fabulousness in between.

“I’m thrilled to celebrate this amazing milestone with my FABULOUS tour. I’m looking forward to meeting fans and sharing some of my favourite moments with you all.”

Tickets go on sale at 10am Wednesday, January 23 from  www.cuffeandtaylor.com

The tour opens at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End on Sunday, June 16, and will play the following dates:

Tues 18 June Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall

Weds 19 June Edinburgh, Usher Hall

Thurs 20 June Newcastle, City Hall

Sat 22 June Southend, Cliffs Pavilion

Mon 24 June Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall

Weds 26 June Norwich, The Theatre Royal

Thurs 27 June Brighton, Dome Concert Hall

Fri 28 June Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall

Sun 30 June Birmingham, Symphony Hall

Mon 1 July Salford, The Lowry (Lyric Theatre)

Tues 2 July Cardiff, St David’s Hall

Weds 3 July Cardiff, St David’s Hall

 

Born in Glasgow, John moved to the USA as a child, and now splits his time between Palm Springs in the USA, Cardiff and London.

He rose to fame starring as Billy Crocker opposite Elaine Paige in the musical Anything Goes at the National Theatre in 1989. He has since starred in West End productions of Miss Saigon, The Phantom of The Opera and Sunset Boulevard – reprising the role of Joe Gillis on Broadway. He was Olivier Award-nominated for his role in The Fix, and most recently in the West End he appeared as Albin/Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles in 2009.

On screen, John has appeared in five seasons of the hit American drama Arrow – based on the Green Arrow comic books – as Malcolm Merlyn (The Dark Archer), hosted Channel 4’s game show for dogs Superstar Dogs and The Small Animal Hospital, and guest-starred on ABC’s Desperate Housewives.

Perhaps his most famous TV role to date has been as the sci-fi hero, Captain Jack Harkness, in Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood. The show received BBC America’s best-ever viewing figures and was broadcast around the world.

As a presenter, John has hosted his own prime-time Saturday night BBC show Tonight’s The Night, making people’s performance dreams come true. He also presented The Kids Are All Right, BBC’s Live and Kicking, and Children in Need.

John’s stage stardom saw him served him well as a judge on BBC1’s Saturday night West End talent search shows, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?Any Dream Will Do, and I’d Do Anything. Earlier in his career, John competed in the first series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice and won the 2010 Christmas special of Strictly Come Dancing.

His last UK tour followed his 2014 album, You Raise Me Up. Previous tours followed albums Another Side, Music Music Music, John Barrowman, and The Very Best Of John Barrowman.

In collaboration with his sister Carole Barrowman, John has published two volumes of his autobiography (Anything Goes and I Am What I Am), the Hollow Earth and Orion Chronicles trilogies, Exodus Code (a Torchwood novel), Station Zero and The Culling (Torchwood comics), The Dark Archer (DC Comics), and Acursian (Legendary Comics).

ROYAL WEDDING GOSPEL SINGERS THE KINGDOM CHOIR SEEK CHOIRS TO PERFORM WITH THEM ON DEBUT UK TOUR

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Children’s and youth choirs from across the country are being given the opportunity to perform alongside Royal wedding gospel singers The Kingdom Choir on their UK tour.

The Kingdom Choir became a household name following the stunning performance of Stand By Me at the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and the Duchess Of Sussex last May.

And now children’s and youth choirs are being given the opportunity to perform with the gospel stars on their 18-date national tour in April and May.

To be in with a chance of performing with The Kingdom Choir, choirs must send a YouTube link to one of their performances and complete the application form HERE.

Karen Gibson, conductor of The Kingdom Choir, said: “Being part of the Royal Wedding was such an honour and we were delighted to be part of such a prestigious national day of celebration.

“As we tour the UK in 2019, we can’t wait to meet people across the country – especially young singers.

“Last year was like an un-dreamt dream – one that you wouldn’t even consider, because you never thought it could happen to you. We want to share our experience and dreams, and hopefully inspire a new generation of singers.”

The 18-date UK tour in April and May includes a first anniversary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall in London, a year to the day after the wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Tickets are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.cuffeandtaylor.com

Following the Royal Wedding performance, The Kingdom Choir has made high profile appearances across UK TV networks as well as closing the Invictus Games in Sydney in October.

The choir has also released its debut album Stand By Me via Sony, which features the title track as performed at the Royal Wedding, as well as versions of Beyoncé’s Halo, John Legend’s All Of Me and Stormzy’s Blinded By Your Grace Part 2. It also includes original track Chases, written by members of The Kingdom Choir.

The choir consists of seasoned male and female vocalists, chosen for their high-quality delivery of choral meets gospel. They’ve been featured in the film Tube Tales, the TV series Maisie Raine, an Orange advert, and alongside the BBC Philharmonic for the Radio 4 Easter Sunday Worship.

The choir’s rendition of Stand By Me went straight in at Number 1 on the Billboard Gospel Songs Chart after the wedding and received more than 10 million views on YouTube.

The choir was founded in 1994 London by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson. The singers, from in and around London, draw from various Christian traditions and are dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performance. Prior to performing in front of almost two billion people at the Royal Wedding, the largest audience The Kingdom Choir had performed to was just 200 people.

The Kingdom Choir’s debut album Stand By Me is available now via Sony Music.

The UK’s Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Star Launches 40-plus Date UK Tour for 2019

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Michael Jackson fans are set to be wowed when the UK’s ultimate tribute to the King of Pop heads out on tour for 2019 with more than 40 dates already secured.

Michael starring Ben is touring the length and breadth of the country in the year that marks  10 years since the death of the legendary musician and showman.

The show is a celebration of Micheal Jackson’s life and work as arguably one of the most influential entertainers in the world.

The tour includes a date at London’s Indigo At O2, under the same roof where Michael Jackson was scheduled to play his This Is It residency in 2009.

Catch Michael starring Ben as it visits towns and cities across the country, starting at The Forum in Bath in January, and including Manchester, Southampton, Leicester, Plymouth and Glasgow plus many more, throughout the year.

Tickets are on sale now from www.cuffeandtaylor.com

Ben Bowman, who not only looks and sounds like Michael Jackson, has honed his routine so impeccably that audiences believe they are watching their hero.

Ben was just eight-years-old when he saw his musical hero live in concert. Already a devoted fan, the experience was to seal his fate as he embarked on a life-long career as a tribute artist to the star.

Some 25 years later, Ben is in demand across the world for his shows which have been hailed as the most exciting tribute of the King of Pop to have ever toured UK theatres.

With an incredible live band, stunning costumes, iconic dance routines and of course, the inimitable Ben, the show delivers the most authentic, lively and powerful re-creation of the iconic superstar that audiences will see anywhere.

Speaking about the show and his hero, Ben said: “I was always enchanted by how people reacted to Michael, the way they screamed and became hysterical. I love that we, as a team, are able to provoke that kind of reaction from a crowd. I love the screaming crying girls! They’re my favourite!

“I feel so honoured to have been able to use my talent here on earth to channel Michael’s legacy and I will do it for as long as I possibly can in homage to him making me the person I am today.”

Michael Starring Ben features not only the greatest hits of Michael Jackson but also The Jackson 5. The show includes Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, Man In The Mirror and many more. Michael Starring Ben brings together a fresh blend mixing elements of Jackson’s own stage shows with exciting new arrangements combined with a stunning light show to create the perfect celebration of Michael and his music.

Michael Starring Ben – Tour Dates 2019

JAN  

Fri 11th BATH, THE FORUM

Sat 12th CARDIFF, ST DAVIDS HALL

Sat 19th BILLINGHAM, BILLINGHAM FORUM

FEB   

Sat 16th SALISBURY, CITY HALL

Thu 28th HUDDERSFIELD, TOWN HALL

Fri 22nd MALVERN, FORUM THEATRE

MAR   

Fri 8th MANCHESTER, BRIDGEWATER HALL

Fri 22nd GRANTHAM, MERES LIVE

Sat 23rd SOUTHAMPTON, O2 GUILDHALL

Thu 28th NEW BRIGHTON, FLORAL PAVILION THEATRE

APR

Thu 11th NOTTINGHAM, ROYAL CONCERT HALL

Fri 12th TUNBRIDGE WELLS, ASSEMBLEY HALL THEATRE

Sat 13th WARRINGTON, PYRAMID & PARR HALL

JUNE

Fri 21st LONDON, INDIGO AT O2

Fri 28th DONCASTER, THE DOME

Sat 29th DORKING, DORKING HALLS

JULY    

Mon 8th DARLINGTON, DARLINGTON HIPPODROME

AUGUST

Thu 15th SOUTHEND, CLIFFS PAVILION

Thu 22nd ABERDEEN, MUSIC HALL

SEPTEMBER  

Fri 6th WINCHESTER, GUILDHALL

Thu 12th WOKING, NEW VICTORIA THEATRE

Sat 14th MARGATE, WINTER GARDENS

Fri 20th LEICESTER, DE MONFORT HALL

Sat 21st EASTBOURNE, ROYAL HIPPOPDROME THEATRE

Thu 26th CAMBRIDGE, CORN EXCHANGE

Fri 27th DUNFERMLINE, ALHAMBRA THEATRE

Sat 28th CARLISLE, THE SANDS CENTRE

Sun 29th CROYDON, ASHCROFT THEATRE

OCTOBER   

Fri 4th HIGH WYCOMBE, WYCOMBE SWAN

Sat 5th PLYMOUTH, PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS

Thu 10th HORSHAM, CAPITOL THEATRE

Fri 11th BOURNEMOUTH, PAVILION THEATRE

Sat 12th PORTSMOUTH, KINGS THEATRE

Wed 16th EDINBURGH, USHER HALL

Thu 17th NEWCASTLE, CITY HALL

Fri 18th DERBY, ARENA

Sat 19th IPSWICH, REGENT THEATRE

Thu 24th LLANDUDNO, VENUE CYMRU

Fri 25th BARROW, THE FORUM

Sat 26th HARROGATE, ROYAL HALL

Tue 29th LIVERPOOL, EMPIRE THEATRE

NOVEMBER   

Fri 1st HODDESDON, THE SPOTLIGHT

Fri 8th OXFORD, NEW THEATRE

Sat 9th HULL, BONUS ARENA

Sat 16th STOKE ON TRENT, VICTORIA HALL

Wed 20th GLASGOW, KING’S THEATRE

Fri 22nd BRADFORD, ST GEORGES HALL

Sat 23rd DUDLEY, TOWN HALL

Thu 28th WORTHING, ASSEMBLEY HALL

Fri 29th LLANELLI, Y FFWRNES

 

 

 

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