Hall for Cornwall October 2017
Mon 2 October
Girl Power: A Tribute to the Spice Girls
Journey back to the 90s, when the Spice Girls were the biggest girl band of all time. A time of Girl Power! Supported on stage by a superb live band and featuring stunning costumes and exciting signature choreography, this spectacular concert features favourites such as Wannabe, Spice Up Your Life, 2 Become 1, Viva Forever and many more.
Wed 4 October
Barbara Dickson with Nick Holland
In this special acoustic performance, Barbara Dickson and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level. The pair let the words and melodies take centre stage, as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats, and some of her classic hits. Barbara enjoyed mainstream chart success with hits including Answer Me, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, Caravan and the million-selling number one single, I Know Him So Well. Her stage career included the role of the original Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s long-running musical, Blood Brothers.
Fri 6 & Sat 7 October
Gecko: The Wedding
We are all married, bound by a contract. But what are the terms of this relationship? And can we consider a divorce? Led by Amit Lahav, Gecko’s latest creation is inspired by the complexities of human nature: the struggle between love and anger, creation and destruction, community and isolation. In a blur of wedding dresses and contractual obligations, Gecko’s extraordinary ensemble of international performers guides audiences through a dystopian world in which we are all brides, wedded to society.
Combining movement, imagery and provocative narratives into Gecko’s trademark style, their seventh touring production brings these contracts into question with an emotionally charged and spectacular performance.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Mon 9 October
One of the leading English classical pianists of his generation comes to Hall for Cornwall with a concert including some of Beethoven’s finest sonatas.
Beethoven Sonata in C minor, Op 13
Beethoven Sonata in C, Op 53 ‘Waldstein’
Beethoven Sonata in C# minor, Op 27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’
Beethoven Sonata in F minor, Op 57 ‘Appassionata’
Wed 11 October
Simon Amstell: What Is This?
Following a series of critically acclaimed, sold out international tours, Simon Amstell returns with his fifth stand up tour in the UK. What Is This? promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love.
Age Guidance: 15+
Thu 12 October
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
Direct from the West End, The Showstoppers create a brand new musical comedy from scratch at each performance of this Olivier award-winning show.
Audience suggestions are transformed into an all-singing, all-dancing production with hilarious results. So if you fancy Sondheim on a ski lift, or Cole Porter in Poundland - you suggest it and the Showstoppers will sing it!
Fri 13 October
Elaine Paige in Concert
Elaine Paige has performed live in concert all over the world, released 22 solo albums and has had major worldwide hits with songs such as Memory (Cats) and I Know Him So Well (Chess). As a musical theatre performer, Elaine has starred in smash hit West End and Broadway musicals, and presents the hugely successful BBC Radio 2 programme Elaine Paige on Sunday, which celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End. This special evening sees Elaine perform the hits that made her a global star and some of her favourite songs are given the Paige treatment. An unmissable evening!
Sat 14 October
Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour
7pm & 10pm
Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment, for the ultimate comedy show.
Jimmy has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake. He has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half and has performed 9 sell-out tours. He’s won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-Up Tour and been nominated for the Perrier Award. Now all that experience is being put to good use and you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show – this is the very best of Jimmy Carr.
Sun 15 & Mon 16 October
Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur
10.30am, 2pm & 7pm
Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur is a tale of magic, heroism, love and betrayal from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful. When a small boy becomes stranded at sea, he is rescued by a mysterious man who claims to be King Arthur Pendragon. As the old man tells his stories, the boy is transported to the days of Camelot. King Arthur is a fast-moving show of adventure, physical theatre, puppetry and outstanding storytelling.
Age Recommendation: 7+
Tue 17 October
Think Floyd’s brand new production for 2017 features music from all 15 Pink Floyd albums. From The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, through Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, to The Endless River. The production is backed by an impressive laser light show and faithfully recreates the legendary sound of Pink Floyd live on stage.
Wed 18 October
Kate Rusby, one of the most emotive songwriters and finest interpreters of traditional folk, celebrates an incredible 25 years on the road, with an intimate evening of stories, songs and silver tinged laughter.
Singing tracks from her album Life in a Paper Boat, alongside much-loved classics, Kate’s wondrous singing and hugely engaging Yorkshire wit, ensures audiences will be treated to a truly remarkable evening.
Fri 20 & Sat 21 October
Richard Alston Dance Company
Richard Alston Dance Company is an avidly followed UK dance company with some of the world’s best dancers. It returns with a programme of three works including a brand new Alston piece to Carnaval by Schumann, played live by the fantastic pianist Jason Ridgway.
In Tangent, Martin Lawrance explores the vivid accents and attack of Tango. Four couples glide through the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Tango master Piazzolla, also played live by Jason Ridgway on piano.
Gypsy Mixture, a great Alston favourite, has been newly revived for the first time in a decade. With exhilarating dancing to the infectious music of Romanian and Macedonian Gypsy bands this dance will lift your spirits and quicken your pulse.
Sun 22 October
Sean Kelly and the Stars of Storage Hunters
Sean Kelly, the ever-smiling, ever-shouting auctioneer, has led a crazy life, from holding a top secret military clearance and serving a tour in Iraq, to catching shoplifters as an undercover store detective. Learn a lot more about him in this raw and funny show. Sean will be joined by T-Money and Green Mile who will perform their own stand-up sets. Audiences are encouraged to bring along an item to be auctioned, with all proceeds going to Help for Heroes.
Age Guidance: 12+
Tue 24 October
Psychic Sally: Kisses to Heaven
World renowned psychic, television and theatre star and the UK’s favourite award-winning medium, Sally Morgan is back and better than ever with her phenomenal interactive stage show. Funny, entertaining, touching, sometimes heart-breaking, often controversial, Kisses to Heaven showcases the ability of the nation’s best loved medium. This is a unique evening to see this phenomenal psychic in action.
The show is investigational and for the purpose of entertainment
Wed 25 October
Wisdom of a Fool
In this acclaimed emotional roller coaster one-man play, Jack Lane takes you behind Norman Wisdom’s well known character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood. The world of post-war music hall and variety embraces Norman’s manic slapstick routine, catapulting him to stardom in the early 1950s. Success on the silver screen including the hit song, Don’t Laugh at Me, seals his fame. But fame comes at a price...
Thursday 26 October
Clare Teal and her Mini Big Band
From swing to ballads, Clare Teal’s Mini Big Band concerts are renowned for their energetic exuberance. Backed by a spectacular band of musicians, award-winning singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Clare provides an evening of toe tapping big band songs, for a sparkling night of inspired music and unbridled entertainment. The rich, jazz infused repertoire explores timeless classics by legendary musical storytellers.
Fri 27 October
John Mayall in Concert
John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, his captivating and authentic sound earning him the title, ‘The Godfather of British Blues’ and regarded by many as blues’ most influential artist. Special guest and long term collaborator, Texan guitarist Buddy Whittington makes a welcome return to the UK with The Buddy Whittington Band.
Sat 28 October
An Evening with Charlie Landsborough
Charlie is a true and immensely talented star who covers many areas of the musical landscape from beautiful ballads, to folk, blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, gospel and anthem, he is a proven writer of fabulous songs, and is well-loved for his wonderful voice. He also has the ability to tell a fine tale that we find a hidden gem, offering a compliment to the music and giving the concerts a real sense of intimacy.
Tue 31 October
Live On Mars: The David Bowie
A bold new stage production celebrating iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship... Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances, Live on Mars fuses sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie, his alter egos and creative muses, with stunning big screen visuals and animation.