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Come and see The Show-Offs!

A BRAND new improvised comedy show, performed by a troupe of highly talent professional actors and musicians is coming to the Thameside Theatre in Grays.
The Show-Offs is shaped and modelled on “Whose Line Is It Anyway” but there is a difference as the whole show is suggested by the audience.

Review: Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Thameside

TOPS at the Thameside Theatre have put on another great show. Set in the 1920’s era, when it was a daring thing for any young girl to set out on her own for New York as an aspiring actress, the story centres on the girls that come to New York seeking fame and fortune. The unworldly Millie fall into the hands of an unscrupulous chinese hotel keeper Mrs Meers, played by Vander Mercer, who is involved in the white slave trade.

Review: The flawless Woolmer Philharmonic Orchestra

THE WOOLMER Philharmonic Orchestra played flawlessly throughout a long evening and deserve immense praise. More so, when you consider that they had only the day of the performance on which to rehearse. I understand that much was done in preparation via the internet, but it is still an amazing accomplishment and speaks for the professionalism of all involved.

The Thameside is not only for the lonely…

BARRY Steele presents his all live spectacular multi-media tribute to The Big O, featuring classic Orbison hits from the 60s right through to the late 80s when Roy joined The Traveling Wilbury’s. Using both original and film footage from the era, and backed by his fabulous band, Barry Steele will bring the life and character of Roy Orbison back centre stage where it belongs.

Motown motoring to the Thameside

THIS ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown is now in its 12th successive year, combining first-class music together with the slickest choreography, and an amazing band, to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have.

Waterloo….Promise to love you …

FORTY years ago a little-known Swedish pop group took the world by storm with their Eurovision-winning song Waterloo. Today that song is as popular as ever and Abba’s sound can still be heard everywhere. On Friday, 28 February at 7.30pm the Abba Reunion 40th Anniversary of Waterloo Tour hits the Thameside in Grays. Abba Reunion […]

Humpty and friends coming to the Thameside

THE Thameside Theatre in Grays will be full of young laughter and fun this month as Humpty Dumpty and The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes takes to the stage.
Two shows are planned for Tuesday, 18 February – 1pm and 3pm – where Rose is lost in Rhyme Town, but Humpty knows how to get her home with the help of all the favourite nursery rhyme characters.

Tom O’Connor set to star at the Thameside

Tom is one of our best known comedians, author and television stars, becoming a household name through his own TV shows and as hostmaster supreme of many television quiz shows. This is a chance to meet a first class standup and hear some of his funny stories from many years in showbiz.

Forces Sweethearts coming to the Thameside

FORCES Sweethearts has been wowing audiences since 1995 with its unique blend of nostalgia and song. Beryl and Carolyn are our two sweethearts and for 2014 and they will be remembering centenary of The Great War with a selection from the hit musical Oh What A Lovely War including Pack Up Your Troubles, It’s A Long Way To Tipperary, Goodbyee and Goodbye Dolly Grey.

Rat Pack coming to the Thameside

THE RAT Pack Vegas Spectacular Show! It’s fun all the way as the ‘Purveyors of Cool’ swing into town with a sensational show with live orchestra featuring The Greatest Music Of The 20th Century. Wonderful memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior in a fabulous production that continues to be successful worldwide.

Jack and the Beanstalk is The People’s Pantomime!

IF YOU want to go and see a pantomime that is for everyone then you must go and see Jack and the Beanstalk at the Thameside Theatre. They work so hard at the Thameside to make sure the audience is involved, engaged and made to feel good.

Panto cast take a trip to Lakeside

REHEARSALS have now started and the Pantomime opens at the Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays on Friday 6 December 2013 running to Sunday 5 January 2014. Leading the cast is the lovely Natalie Cassidy as the Fairy, who we all know as Sonia Jackson in EastEnders and more recently Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Big Brother. Essex Boy Jay Perry will be taking on the lead role of Jack and is well known for being part of the teen pop group S Club Juniors, who had a string of hits in the noughties. West End star Wain Douglas who has been a favourite with the audience at the Thameside Panto in recent year’s returns as Dame Tilly Trott.

Starmakers need you for talent show

FRANKI said “We wanted to put on a show where young people could come along and show their talent including those who may not have had the opportunity before. We are looking for a variety of performers to make up the 16 acts needed to perform on the night with a fantastic prize for the winning act. Its open to performers between the ages of 7 to 18 so we are hoping to see a really good range of performances”

Diwali set to be celebrated at Thameside

THE Thurrock Asian Association is celebrating DIWALI on 9th November from 6.30 to 9.30 pm at the Thameside Theatre, Grays. Chair of the TAA, Yash Gupta said: “Everyone is welcome to enjoy this cultural programme. Tickets are available from the Thameside Box Office as well as from the committee members.

Fright night coming to the Thameside

PATRONS of the Thameside Theatre will be shivering in their seats at the end of the week. A special film night is planned for Friday (1 November) evening – a Fright Night for the over 18s to enjoy.

Review: Rumours have it at the Thameside

TO BEGIN with: an audience of over a hundred, on a Saturday afternoon is pretty healthy. And those who came were entertained with a nicely paced, entertaining performance of Neil Simon’s play. If we can also namecheck the backroom staff at Thurrock Courts Players (TCP) who week in and week out (and often after a hard day at work, design the sets, check the sound, find the props, organise publicity and generally keep amateur dramatics alive.

Prepare to Shang A Lang at the Thameside

IN 1974 the world was to witness a new musical phenomenon the like of which had not been seen for years. The music of the Bay City Rollers became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers growing up in the mid 70s – the face and voice of that sound belonged to Les McKeown.

Nicholas Parsons to bring Laugh a Minute to the Thameside

ONE of the nation’s longest serving entertainers is coming to the Thameside Theatre this month. On Wednesday, 16 October (at 2pm only) Nicholas Parson’s Laugh A Minute Show will be on stage.

Festival’s sequel is smash hit!

THE second Thurrock International Film Festival finished on Saturday 28th September with a glamorous awards ceremony where filmmakers received trophies and prizes. The festival received 250 short films from 35 countries and the best were selected for screening, and of those the best few were sent to the celebrity judging panel which this year included Frances Fisher, Alfred Molina, Iain Glen and Brian Blessed.

East Enders star delighted to be in Thameside panto

JACK And The Beanstalk will be making a Giant return to the Thameside Theatre this Christmas and is guaranteed to be Fe, Fi, Foe, Fun for the whole family. The Thameside Theatre has built an amazing reputation for delivering first class entertainment and the tale of Jack’s quest to Giant Blunderbore’s castle looks set to break all previous box office records. The Pantomime will open on Friday 6 December 2013 and run until Sunday 5 January 2014.

Thurrock youngsters chosen for pantomime

A RECORD-breaking 150 children turned up for the auditions and Darren Maddison, Producer of Polka Dot Pantomimes, alongside Director Lorinda King and Choreographer Vicky Bushell were very impressed with the high level of ability from all the youngsters.

Rumours Abound at The Thameside

Award winning Grays theatre group Thurrock Courts Players return to the Thameside this October with the hilarious modern farce Rumours by American playwright Neil Simon. One national newspaper said: ‘Welcome to a brand new farce replete with pretty ladies and lashings of cross purposes, doomed lies and sparkling silliness.’ Following on from their success in […]

Steve Howe Wows Audiences at the Thameside

At The Gig Martyn Williams Reports This last Wednesday was a special night at the Thameside Theatre where a good sized and appreciative audience were treated to the very special presence of one of Rock’s great guitarists Steve Howe, appearing with his own Steve Howe Trio. I spoke to audience members and found that some […]

Yes star to appear at Thameside Theatre

IN 2008, Yes star and guitar legend, Steve Howe formed the Steve Howe Trio and released The Haunted Melody on his HoweSound label, distributed through Cadiz Music. Together with his eldest son Dylan Howe on drums, Ross Stanley on organ, they began exploring a cross breed of music inspired by the recordings of Kenny Burrell, […]

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