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WHAT’S ON JANUARY 2020 – David Walliams’ Grandpa’s Great Escape

Many years ago, Grandpa was a World War II flying ace. But when he is sent to old folk’s home Twilight Towers – run by sinister Matron Swine – it’s up to Grandpa and his grandson, Jack, to plot a daring escape. Little do they know, the wicked matron is on to them…

Actor and comedian Nigel Planer will star as Grandpa in the first ever stage adaptation of Grandpa’s Great Escape, the exhilarating number one best-selling children’s book by David Walliams which will tour UK arenas this Christmas.

Best known for playing Neil in the much loved BBC2 cult comedy The Young Ones, Nigel has worked extensively in TV, film and radio throughout his illustrious 40-year career. He is also certainly no stranger to the stage, with theatre credits including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hairspray, Chicago, Wicked and We Will Rock You.

The wonderous stage design for this arena spectacular will see venues around the UK transformed into London and its landmarks, including Buckingham Palace and the River Thames, from thousands of feet in the sky, as Grandpa’s life size Spitfire soars through the air.

Grandpa’s Great Escape Live follows the acclaimed television film which aired on BBC One in December 2018, and will be directed by Tony® Award nominee Sean Foley (The Catherine Tate Show Live & The Painkiller). The set has been created by entertainment architects Stufish Productions (Beyonce & Jay Z, Madonna, The Rolling Stones). The script adaptation of the book has been written by Kevin Cecil (Little Britain & Gangsta Granny television film).

The show runs at approximately 75 minutes without interval.

This is an adaptation of David Walliams’ book and he will not be appearing in person at this event.

LISTINGS

03 January 2020

£28.40 – £51.10
(inc admin fee) + fulfilment

Accessible Ticket Booking Line:
0800 952 0110

Ticket limit: 8 per transaction

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 2019 – Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Live In Concert with Danny Elfman

LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD COMPOSER DANNY ELFMAN BRINGS TIM BURTON’S ICONIC THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS LIVE IN CONCERT TO THE UK FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.

Multiple award-winning composer, songwriter and reigning Pumpkin King, Danny Elfman will be bringing Disney’s timeless classic, Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” to life for two very special UK arena shows in December 2019 as part of the movie’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

Elfman, performing his role of Jack Skellington, will be joined by other original cast members Catherine O’Hara as Sally, and Ken Page as the voice of Oogie Boogie with full orchestral accompaniment by The Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow and London Philharmonic Orchestra at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Conductor John Mauceri, Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will be leading the full orchestra and choir performing the film’s classic score and songs live to picture.  The concert will also include featured violin soloist, Sandy Cameron.

Danny Elfman, who wrote the film’s songs (music and lyrics), composed its original score says, “Being able to perform “Nightmare” live in synch to the movie with a full orchestra was such a thrill at the sold out Hollywood Bowl shows.  Having Catherine O’Hara and Ken Page to perform with me really made it a unique and magical experience. I’m happy to bring this special night to the UK for the first time in December.”

First released in 1993, Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was directed by Henry Selick (“James and the Giant Peach”) and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town’s beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to help him kidnap Santa Claus. Tim Burton’s fantastical tale was a box office smash which received rapturous reviews across the board has become a staple part of the extended holiday season.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Live in Concert, December 2019 follows 3 sold out nights at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl earlier this year and will be the second time this special concert event has left the USA.

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LISTING

  • 02 Dec / 19 Ticket Info£42.55 – £85.15

    (inc admin fee) + fulfilment

    Accessible Ticket Booking Line:
    0800 952 0110

    Ticket Limit: 6per person

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