Patrons: Dame Judi Dench · Anthony Horowitz · Sir John Tomlinson · Sir Ronald Harwood · John Agard · Prof. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood · Prof. Jonothan Neelands

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

direct from The West End

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical has been a rip-roaring success since the show started in 2008. It has had eleven sell-out years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, two West End runs, an Olivier award and a BBC Radio 4 series.

In the show, the audience meets a writer of musicals who is on a deadline – he needs their help. The audience shouts out suggestions of a setting, musical styles and the title of the show and they’re off!

The Showstopper team – cast and band – will then weave a brand new musical in front of the very eyes of the audience, complete with hilarious characters, fabulous dance routines, beautiful songs, epic story lines, all sprinkled with the pzazz of a Broadway show.

Every night is a premiere and we quite literally couldn’t do the show without you, so why not pop down and help us create the next hit musical?



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The Cancer Research UK Comedy Night

The Cancer Research UK Comedy Night

with Jason Manford and special guests

Cancer Research UK and The Macready Theatre present: Live at The Festival on The Close with Jason Manford and guests



Join us for an uproarious evening of live stand-up comedy right here at The Festival on The Close as we welcome the one and only Jason Manford to Headline this fantastic charity event. Jason is joined by a stellar line up of comedians including the uniquely talented Ivo Graham. With guaranteed laugh-out-loud moments from start to finish, from some of the best names in the industry, this really is a night not to be missed. We are very grateful to tonight's performers who are appearing to help raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK's life-saving work.

 


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Hometown Glory - with Natalie Black as Adele

Hometown Glory - with Natalie Black as Adele

plus full live band

Hometown Glory is the ultimate tribute to the world famous and much loved soul singer Adele. This award winning show which has been performing around the world since 2011 is recognized as the UK's number 1 choice for Adele fans everywhere.

'Hometown Glory' Adele Tribute by Natalie Black leaves audiences spellbound with her rich and soulful voice, replica costumes, and a natural likeness that will leave you wondering if you've seen the real thing!

The Ultimate Adele experience Hometown Glory features an amazing 4 piece live rock band.

The show includes all the hit classics such as Hello, Rolling in the deep, Set fire to the rain, When we were young, Someone like you, Skyfall and many more...


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Stomp

Stomp

with student stompers

See members of the world-famous percussion-dance-theatre sensation Stomp perform live at The Festival on the Close with student stompers.

Members of the touring company of Stomp will be performing extracts from their stunning stage show in our incredible Performance Arena. Stomp will have been workshopping with student stompers all day and the results of the workshops will also be presented live with student stompers performing with their mentors. The Festival on the Close is proud to welcome Stomp original cast member and casting director Fraser Morrison with members of the cast of Stomp.


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“The way to get young people involved and interested in the theatre and the arts is to provide exciting works for them to see. I am proud to support The Festival on The Close in its work creating opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to engage with arts and culture. I wish the festival every success.”

Dame Judi Dench

   

Gravity & Gibbon - A Dance Theatre Double Bill

Gravity & Gibbon - A Dance Theatre Double Bill

by Motionhouse & Gandini

GRAVITY
by Motionhouse

As we approach 50 years since the first moon landing, our brand new duet Gravity combines hand-to hand acrobatics with Motionhouse’s signature contact choreography. Using breath-taking balances and extraordinary trust, Gravity sees two white-clad performers in an evocative exploration of weightlessness and zero gravity. An overwhelming sense of isolation underlies the precise, haunting choreography.

“Motionhouse have raised the bar for outdoor presentation of contemporary dance – their highly inventive yet simple staging means that we have the opportunity to present dynamic and lively dance as part of the festival; audiences respond so well to the skill and quality of the work, even if they haven’t experienced dance in another setting before, and Motionhouse’s unique tone is a particular highlight in a very broad programme.”

Angus MacKechnie, Producer | Watch This Space Festival, National Theatre

GIBBON
by Gandini Juggling with Patfield & Triguero

Gibbon is a surreal and charming feast of juggling choreography, with a sense of humour and a hint of absurdity. Achieving success while masking failure, a narrative is formed as the action cuts between the creation and the execution of hypnotic patterns and juggling movement sequences.

"SERIOUSLY INTERESTING AND WRYLY AMUSING"
The Guardian

 


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National Youth Jazz Orchestra

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the UK’s best young jazz musicians. Under the direction of Mark Armstrong, the orchestra deftly mixes established classics from the big band repertoire, new work by composers at the leading-edge of the art-form and special arrangements by band members. From a hard-swinging rhythm section to a raft of hugely talented young soloists, this is a band in fine form.


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VENUE INFO

The Festival on the Close c/o Rugby School Lawrence Sheriff Street Rugby Warwickshire, CV22 5EH Jun 25th-29th, 2017

CONTACT INFO

The Festival on the Close c/o Rugby School Rugby. CV22 5EH +44 (0) 1788 556 216 info@thefestivalontheclose.co.uk

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