Fascinating Aida's CHARM OFFENSIVE, MORECAMBE and Gwen Dickey Set for The Marlowe Theatre, April 2014

Fascinating Aida's CHARM OFFENSIVE, MORECAMBE and Gwen Dickey Set for The Marlowe Theatre, April 2014

CLASSIC comedy and songs come to The Marlowe Theatre later this month.

Fascinating Aida, Britain's best-loved cabaret trio, are in Canterbury on Tuesday 15 April with their hit show, Charm Offensive. Dillie Keane founded Fascinating Aida in 1983, and was joined by key writing partner Adele Anderson the following year. Since then, the group has played in hundreds of theatres in the UK and Ireland, with London seasons at several venues.

They have toured extensively abroad, made numerous TV and radio recordings, released seven CDs, two videos, an autobiography, and a songbook. They have also been nominated for several awards and in 2013, they won Best Musical Act in the London Cabaret Awards.

Late last year, Fascinating Aida - Keane, Anderson and Liza Pulman - released a freshly-minted song on YouTube. The outrageous Christmas Carol, had 150,000 hits in a fortnight and 60,000 on Christmas Day alone. This followed Song For Teachers and their infamous anthem to budget travel, Cheap Flights.

Fascinating Aida are at The Marlowe Theatre on Tuesday 15 April.

On 28 May 1984, the best-loved comedian this country has ever produced died suddenly from a heart attack. Thirty years since Eric Morecambe's death, his popularity has not waned.

With numerous tribute programmes, TV re-runs and DVD releases, his work as one half of the double act Morecambe and Wise has been kept alive and introduced to a new generation of fans.

To mark the anniversary of his death, a new production of the Olivier Award-winning West End play that celebrates the life of the man who played all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order, embarks on a national tour. Morecambe once again stars Bob Golding and is directed by Paul Hendy, familiar to Kent audiences as the writer/producer/director of Marlowe Theatre pantomimes, and a lifelong fan of Eric Morecambe.

Associate Director is Eric's son, Gary. He said: "Bob is a family friend and never fails to astonish us with his knowledge and understanding of my father. On stage, Bob's performance captures the spirit of Eric and cleverly delivers the important bits of his story in a whistle-stop tour of his life that is quite astounding to behold. I never get bored watching him in full 'Eric' flow."

Morecambe comes to Canterbury on Wednesday 16 April.

Gwen Dickey, the voice of legendary soul group Rose Royce, is special guest in Soul Legends, at The Marlowe Theatre on Thursday 17 April.

Rose Royce, whose hits included Car Wash, Wishing On A Star and Love Don't Live Here Anymore, played an important role in the resurgence of soul during the 1970s, re-establishing the music-making career of songwriting legend, Norman Whitfield. He was an integral part of Motown Records, writing and producing many soul classics (I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Too Proud To Beg, Papa Was A Rolling Stone). After leaving Motown he put together a group to perform his new material: Rose Royce.

Soul Legends producer Michael Taylor said: "Gwen's incredible live vocals continue to be in great demand and she lights up the show with her amazing voice."

Slick choreography, 16 dazzling costume changes and a live band, Soul Legends features songs by soul stars including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner and Lionel Richie.

All three shows start at 7.30pm. For ticket details and to book, call the Box Office on 01227 787787 or go to marlowetheatre.com.

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