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Big Band enthusiasts are in for a festive treat when A.J’s Big Band and vocalists return to the Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth on Sunday 8th December for a Christmas Special Concert. The popular 17 piece, featuring vocalist Paula Mitchell, recently performed a jazz mass concert at Exeter Cathedral. Swing His Praises was highly acclaimed and once again demonstrated the exceptional versatility of this talented band now into its 30th year.


The Teignmouth afternoon show will be packed with big band arrangements old and new. All time favourites from Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman will blend with some of the more contemporary pieces from Gershwin, Bacharach and Buddy Rich. Songstress Paula Mitchell will compliment the instrumental line up with her exciting range of ballads and up tempo numbers. A.J’s vocal harmony group performs wartime hits such as Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree and Perfidia. Seasonal numbers will include Kenton’s God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Miller’s Jingle Bells also the Christmas Song. All in all a great afternoon’s entertainment from the South West’s top swing band. Ticket £14. Box office 01626 778991. Hotline 01392 411194.

Theatre listings


PRINCESS THEATRE TORQUAY – Box Office:     0844 871 3023

                                                           Groups 10+:     01803 206365


4th         That’ll Be The Day Christmas Show

7th         Buckingham Dance Studio present – Bowie Ballet

8th         Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular

13th- 5th Jan       Panto 2013′ Jack & The Beanstalk


- 5th       Panto 2013′ Jack & The Beanstalk

26th       Circus of Horrors

additional info check the website




Christmas Stars – 2.30pm & 8.15pm 4th & 11th,
2.30pm 18th, 12 Noon & 3pm 26th, 2.30pm 28th

17th      Aladdin 2.30pm


CHRISTMAS STARS Wednesday @ 12pm & 3pm


additional info check the website




5th & 6th                TAF –‘We’re All in this Together’

11th &12th            Paignton Community College – Aladdin

13th                       G&S Society – Festive Christmas

21st – 4th Jan        Sleeping Beauty


1st – 4th Jan          Sleeping Beauty

5th                          Jack & The Beanstalk

For additional info check the websites or and search the directory for Palace Theatre Paignton




7th           Psychic Medium – Nikki Kitt

8th           AJ’s Big Band at Christmas

13th         The Mark Price Christmas Show

28th-4th Jan          Teignmouth Players Pantomime – The Sleeping Beauty


1st -4th Jan            Teignmouth Players Pantomime –  The Sleeping Beauty

9th                         The Teignmouth Sessions – open mic evening

12th @ 2pm &    Auditions for The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan – the Teignmouth Players June

14th @ 7pm          2014 production – everyone welcome (Read through January 8th at 7pm)

20th – 25th          Shaldon Theatre Company pantomime- Panto at the OK Corral by Jim Sperinck – Jasper publications

additional info check the website



5th           Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt

8th           The Mix It Up Show

9th           Jack & The Bean Stalk

13th        Wrestling

18th        A Box of Delights

20th        Five Days ‘til Christmas


9th           Anne of Green Gables

10th        Phil Beer in concert with Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed

Additional info check the website



7th-14th The Railway Children

16th        A Celebration of Christmas in Words & Music

23rd        Cinderella


11th-18th                              Life of Riley

24th                       The Wit & Songs of Noel Coward

additional info check the website



1st           Ardal O’Hanlon

4th-7th     Glyndebourne L’Elisir D’Amore

6th           Glyndebourne The Rape of Lucretia

10th-11th               Hofesh Shechter: Sun

12th-14th               Inside Wagner’s Head

20th – 25th Jan     Robin Hood


-25th                      Robin Hood

31st -15th March  The Lion King

additional info check the website




1st           Chris Ramsey: The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television

3rd – 7th The Recruiting Officer

8th           Craig Ogden

11th – 4th Jan The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr Benn


-4th         The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr Benn

17th        Punt & Dennis

25th        Barry Cryer Twitter Titters

additional info check the website

Babbacombe Theatre What’s On

Situated on the English Riviera’s beautiful Babbacombe Downs in Torquay, South Devon. Arguably Babbacombe Theatre is one of the most popular Theatres in the South West.

Colin Matthews has produced the highly acclaimed variety shows, whilst often showcasing the very best of rising new talent since 1986. His shows are renowned throughout the industry and across the country. As one of the South West’s only unsubsidised theatres, the thriving venue promises to ensure that the 2013 season will continue to offer the best programme of entertainment throughout the year, with something to suit all genres.


Unwrap the Magic at Babbacombe Theatre

As you start to prepare for the most magical time of the year with your family and friends, ensure you take in the traditional visit to the theatre & book tickets for the all-new variety show, ‘Christmas Stars’ at the Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay. The show promises, music & humour in all its guises. There will be comedic classics, interspersed with the hits of yesteryear & today all delivered by a talented cast with a pace, which will keep you enthralled & wanting more.

During the past two years, the theatre has been awarded with the prestige of being a Certificate of Excellence winner with Tripadvisor, & often achieves the number 1 ranking amongst the 33 attractions in Torquay represented on the site. The reason for the venues popularity, is quite simple, their highly acclaimed variety shows, never fail to ENTERTAIN YOU!

Christmas Stars opens on Wednesday Oct 30th with a matinee performance at 2.30pm & an evening show at 8.15pm. There are then weekly performances, which include Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Other shows that are likely to leave an impression during the lead up to Christmas are the Irish chart topping duo, Foster & Allen. Their ‘Ultimate Collection Tour” show will feature all their hits and is on the Friday 1st November at 8pm.

Families are in for a treat with the wonderfully loveable and just so slightly cheeky Theo The Mouse. In a show written by Wink Taylor (writer for both Sooty and Basil Brush), Magical Mayhem is filled to the brim with jokes, songs and magic. Curtain up is at 2.30pm on Saturday 2nd November.

The pioneers of Folk are in concert for one night only on Friday 15th November at 8pm, Steeleye Span; with Maddy Prior is a definite crowd pleaser

On behalf of the Torbay Dementia Action Alliance, The Military Wives Plymouth are performing a charity concert to raise funds to buy personal GPS Alert Systems. Did you know in Torbay alone about 50 people a month “Go Missing”, due to symptoms of Dementia? Buying and locally deploying the personal systems can cut this frightening statistic dramatically. You can help make a difference by supporting this event on Saturday 23rd November 7.30pm.

Finally the performing arts students from Coombeshead Academy will be on stage in their very own Pantomime on Tuesday 17th December, ‘ Oh yes they are!’ For more details at




Christmas Stars – 2.30pm & 8.15pm 4th & 11th,
2.30pm 18th, 12 Noon & 3pm 26th, 2.30pm 28th

17th      Aladdin 2.30pm


CHRISTMAS STARS Wednesday @ 12pm & 3pm


Babbacombe Theatre
Babbacombe Downs

Box Office
01803 328 385


2 for 1 Offer on Tickets at the Palace Theatre Paignton


We have been extremely lucky to get an exclusive offer for this amazing show.

The Palace Theatre, Paignton have offered us 2 for 1 tickets for this show – all you have to do is call the box office to book your tickets and quote “What’s On” – you will then recieve 2 tickets for the price of 1!!

The Rocking with Laughter Show is on every Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday through till the 4th September!

Rocking With Laughter includes a live 4 piece band, 6 dancers and is headlined by 3 frontline entertainers.
Award Winning comedian Steve Laister, Lindsey Collard (as seen on ITV), and one of the countries favourite pantomime stars,Tom Reilly.
The show delivers a mix of comedy, great vocals and live music, all laced with dazzling dance routines, costumes and stage effects.
The Rocking With Laughter Show is inspired by musicals, rock and roll and the some of the best Feel Good Songs EVER!.

Don’t delay book your tickets today!!!!

Box Office Tel: 01803 665800

for more info on the shows


Rosemary Hawthorne aka THE KNICKER LADYTM makes a welcome return to The Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth on Friday 31st May with her acclaimed One Woman Show of the same name.

Rosemary, often to be seen on television and radio, is a classical actress, and one who has been described as “having the style and timing of pure comic genius”.

A well known fashion historian, as well as actress, Rosemary fills the stage with her most unusual props as she tells the side-splitting story of women’s lives over the last two hundred and fifty years. It is a history lesson like you never had at school!

An email following a recent Show read,  “….absolutely hilarious…. you can be assured that you will not be forgotten, and I look forward to seeing the show again…. an evening to remember.”

Carlton Theatre – Box Office 01626 778991

The Chairman’s Charity Concert at Dawlish Leisure Centre featuring AJ’s Big Band

The South West’s premier Big Band makes a welcome return to Dawlish Leisure Centre on 6th April.

AJ’s Big Band will be playing from 7.30pm – 10.30pm with an interval.  An area is to be set aside from the seating for anyone who would like to dance to the music and a bar will be selling refreshments.

A packed two set programme of swing classics from the Glenn Miller era and beyond. The accomplished 17 piece band is now into its 30th year and continues to thrill audiences with its amazing range of fabulous instrumentals and songs from the golden age of the big band. Complimenting the line-up is songstress Paula Mitchell with her stunning vocals and sassy personality. This is an unmissable evening of music rich in entertainment value.

Throughout the evening there will be an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a great selection of prizes and all proceeds will be donated to the Chairman’s chosen charity which is Devon Air Ambulance.

Up until March 10th the tickets are being sold at an Early Bird price of £10.00 and therein after will £12.50. To purchase tickets please either:

call the Leisure Centre 01626 215637 or feel free to pop in.
call Newton Abbot Tourist Information Centre 01626 215667 or feel free to pop in
call Teignbridge District Council Offices on 01626 21612

Contact details of the Venue:
Dawlish Leisure Centre, Sandy Lane, Dawlish EX7 0AF
01626 215637 or

The World’s Greatest Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Thursday 15 November 2012 – 7.30pm

At the Palace Avenue Theatre – Paignton

Currently taking UK theatres by storm, The World’s Greatest Michael Jackson Tribute Concert is selling out in venues up and down the country and is being described as ‘the hottest tribute show in Europe’.

Fronted by one of the USA’s leading Michael Jackson tribute artists, along with an incredible live band and dance troupe, this acclaimed production will leave you in no doubt as to why Michael will always be remembered as the King of Pop.

Featuring spectacular costume changes, mesmerising routines and all your favourite hits including the early Jackson 5 classics and mega hits such as Thriller and Smooth Criminal – this is one show that any Michael Jackson fan cannot afford to miss!  Suitable for all ages.

Tickets on sale now £17.50

Box Office: 01803 665800

Palace Theatre
Palace Avenue
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The Bay City Rollers Story – Local Musician Si Mulvey returns to the Bay

The Bay City Rollers Story

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

With Les leading the way, the band’s singles and albums shot to the number spot all over the globe. Massive hits such as ‘Bye Bye Baby’, ‘Shang A Lang’, ‘Summer Love Sensation’ and ‘Give A Little Love’ (to name just a few) propelled the band to world-wide superstardom and their trademark Scottish tartan was to be seen everywhere across the planet.

The Bay City Rollers Story is a celebration of those hectic days of Hit songs, Touring, TV Shows and the behind the scenes pandemonium that followed the band everywhere they went.

Renewed Les McKeown, has come through the extreme highs and lows of life’s great road and he is here to tell us all about it. All the hits songs are there and audiences are promised a fantastic night of fun and nostalgia as they take a trip back to those innocent days of growing up to the sounds of The Bay City Rollers.

The concert at the Babbacombe Theatre on the 4th October is a very special evening for the band as Les’s bass player Si Mulvey originally comes from Torquay.  Si has consistently been one of the great musicians to come out of the South Devon area.  Not only has he played regularly with Les over the last 10 years but also with The Osmonds and Dr & the Medics.  I have seen the Rollers play many times live and not only are they graced with some of the greatest songs every written they are without doubt the most highly acclaimed bands musically on the 70’s circuit.  I have spoken to Si recently and he can’t wait to come and play in front of his home town audience!

Tickets are selling fast so contact the Babbacombe Theatre box office for a night of great live music and nostalgic