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The Cresset theatre in Peterborough has unveiled a strong autumn line up of entertainment as the venue celebrates its 45th year.

It’s a big year with not just the birthday celebrations but a host of new performing arts opportunities, and exciting future plans thanks to a £5.1M Youth Investment fund grant.

On Sunday August 20 they’re having a big 45th Birthday Party, and everyone’s invited. It’s been 45 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opened the doors and the party will be a free community celebration, full of local live talent performances, fun & games for all the family, and plenty of cake!

For young local talent, The Cresset Arts & Theatre School (CATS) return with the Summer School starting on August 7, and in September it’s the auditions for young performers to join the cast of this year’s Christmas Panto, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Around 80 local performers will also be starring in Nativity! The Musical in November.

If live music is your gig, they’ve got some fab shows this season – The UK Rock Show (1st September), 80s Live! (15th September), The Story of Guitar Heroes (28th September), The Big Country Music Show (8th October) Kenny Thomas (28th November) and many more!

Looking for a laugh? They’ve got the fantastic Brian Conley on 24th September, Kevin Bloody Wilson on 5th November and The Roy Chubby Brown Show on 1st December.

There are some fantastic tribute acts lined up including The Sound of Springsteen (7th September), King of Pop: Navi (22nd September), ColdPlace (5th October), The King’s Voice: Gordon Hendricks as Elvis (6th October), The Upbeat Beatles (12th October) The Rocket Man (16th November), and Legend: The Music of Bob Marley (30th November).

Not sure what to book, but want something a bit different? How about trying a Crazy Bingo Party (9th September), Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (20th September), Dame Joan Collins: Behind The Shoulder Pads (3rd October), Do You Believe In Ghosts? (11th October) Slay Queenz (13th October) The Makings of A Murderer (14th November) and Cirque – The Greatest Show (19th November).

For the kids, there’s Kev F Sutherland’s Comic Art Masterclass (4th August – 2 classes!), Pop Divas Live! (24th October), Fireman Sam Saves The Circus (25th October – 2 shows) Nativity! The Musical (1st-4th November) and of course, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from 14th-31st December.

Join Dorothy and Toto on the original road trip as they make their way to Oz, meeting some familiar friends along the way. With an all-star cast including the fabulous Cheryl Fergison as the Good Witch Glinda – best known as Heather Trott in Eastenders.

View the new Cresset brochure online, and download it for offline viewing here:

Alternatively, you can pick up a physical copy from the box office/concourse, and grab your copy of ESP Magazine while you’re there.


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