Thameside panto auditions this Saturday…oh no it’s not..etc etc

POLKA Dot Pantomimes and Thurrock Council are presenting the fairest Panto of them all for 2014/2015 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – a spectacular pantomime for all the family whether you are 3 or 103 years old! With 52 performances from Friday 5 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015 and all the fun, magic and adventure you’ve come to expect from traditional pantomime you can be sure that Polka Dot will bring you the perfect treat for your festive celebrations.

TV star Jeff Brazier to star in Thameside pantomime!

POPULAR TV star Jeff Brazier is to star in this year’s pantomime at the Thameside Theatre. The announcement was made on the Thameside Theatre’s Facebook page on Wednesday night.

The Show-Offs are coming back….

AFTER their last knock-out show, The Show Offs are back at the Thameside Theatre for three Saturday nights for the summer! This highly professional comedy troupe are the best in the business! They completely improvise a musical from beginning to end with help from the audiences suggestions. This show is suitable for all and you all need to see it at least once! because the next time you see it, the show will be a completely different musical!

Review: A chorus of approval for A Chorus of Disapproval

DIRECTED by Vic Gray with great discipline and verve, the central part is a tour-de-force by Mike Jones. Mike Jones took quite a gamble because he has taken on quite a role and could have fallen on his face. However, a word perfect Mike, played the part with deft and witty skill, delivering his lines with great timing and humour.

Thurrock Courts Players set to stage “A Chorus of Disapproval”

FAMOUSLY starring Anthony Hopkins on screen, and more recently Rob Brydon on stage, Alan Ayckbourn’s inimitable writing style takes a look at the lives and loves of an amateur dramatic society trying to hold it together on stage while it all falls apart behind the scenes. 
When Guy Jones arrives to audition for the Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society he is quickly met by a host of characters eager to exploit his good nature. As relationships blossom and business deals are done, Guy soon finds his level of involvement spiralling out of control.

The Thameside: It’s a kind of magic……..

INTERNATIONALLY renowned Queen tribute band The Bohemians will be in Grays on their new tour, with new costumes, a new production, a new set, and ready to take you back to the early 70s. Remember when Bohemian Rhapsody was Number One (the first time) and Queen played the Legendary Hammersmith Odeon show as shown on the BBC Whistle Test programme?

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.

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