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Playhouse Whitley Bay is back! Don’t miss out on the award-winning Fascinating Aïda that’s returning to the stage for one night only

Bringing us comedy, cabaret and charm, this showstopper isn't one to be missed and here's how you can win two free tickets....

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 11.09.2021

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It’s safe to say the past year without live music and performances has felt like a lifetime and generally made the world a very dull place to be. 

But the wait is over. Theatres across the North East have been reopening their doors, ready to get the show back on the road. Our friends at Playhouse Whitley Bay are over the moon to be back and have a very exciting season ahead – bringing a real buzz back to the seaside town.  

Whilst doing all they can to keep us safe from Covid, the Playhouse is ready to raise their curtains once again to showcase Fascinating Aïda that’s came to the region straight from the West End stage. Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman return to the Whitley Bay stage for one night only as part of their UK tour. Make sure you don’t miss them…. (Saturday 2 October – pop it in your diaries, ladies!)

During their brand-new show, the talented trio will perform some old faves, songs you haven’t heard before, and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place. We can guarantee that their hilarious songs about topical issues will have you belly laughing – just what we need after the year we’ve had.

From their first album entitled Sweet Fa (1984), through the late 90’s show It, Wit, Don’t Give A Shit Girls to the 2012 smash-hit tour Cheap Flights, for nearly four decades, Fascinating Aïda has captured the political and social fixations of our times. 

With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song, how can you possibly miss them? 

After founding Fascinating Aïda in 1983, Dillie Keane was joined by writing partner Adèle Anderson in 1984. Since then, the group has played in hundreds of theatres in the UK and Ireland, with London seasons at the Donmar Warehouse, Lyric Hammersmith, Piccadilly, Vaudeville, Garrick, Apollo and Comedy theatres and the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. 

And they haven’t just been a smash hit to the nation; they’ve taken on the world. Talk about world-class talent, the cast has toured Australia three times, including a month at the Sydney Opera House, and played New Zealand, San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore. 

Oh, and did we mention they’ve won and been nominated for plenty of awards? In 2013 they won Best Musical Act in the London Cabaret Awards and were nominated for Perrier (once), Olivier (3 times) and New York Drama desk (3 times)

Joining Dillie, Liza and Adele on stage will be musical director, composer and pianist Michael Roulston, who significantly influences the contemporary cabaret scene after winning numerous awards, including a Herald Angel, Spirt of the Fringe (twice), A Stage Edinburgh Award and a London Cabaret Award. 

Not forgetting the man behind all the magic, director Paul Foster whose recent credits include Curtains (UK Tour); The Deep Blue Sea (Chichester Festival Theatre); Kiss Me, Kate and Annie Get Your Gun (Sheffield Crucible); The Light Princess and Sweet Charity (Cadogan Hall); A Little Night Music and Laurel and Hardy (Watermill) and Tell Me on a Sunday (Watermill/UK Tour).

To book your tickets, visit the Playhouse Whitley Bay’s website.

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WIN TWO TICKETS

What better way to celebrate Playhouse Whitley Bay reopening than being in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to see Fascinating Aïda? So, we’re giving one of our lucky readers a chance to win two tickets to see the award-winning show on Saturday 2 October.

What do you have to do to win? Simply visit our competition page to enter, and the winner will be announced on 28 September 2021. Good luck!

COMPETITION TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  1. Two tickets will be offered to one reader through Playhouse Whitley Bay, and the closing date for entries will be 28 September 2021. Winners will be chosen on that date and will be contacted directly.
  2. If you have not been contacted by 28/09/21, please assume that, on this occasion, your entry has not been successful.
  3. The tickets cannot be exchanged for money or resold in whole or in part. They are non-exchangeable.
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