Events at the Apex Theatre
1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3FD
Tel: 01284 758000
Here’s a list of some of the delights in store at the Apex
Sun 2 Jun, 12noon & 3pm
Swashbuckling adventure with CBBC & CBeebies stars’ Callum Donnelly & JezO.
One of the nation’s favourite children’s novels is brought to life with a lively (and child friendly) modern twist.
This laugh a minute show is jam-packed with shanties, cheering, booing, puppets, lots of colourful costumes and slapstick comedy, Jim Hawkins, Old Ben Gunn, Billy Bones, Sneaky Beaky the pirate’s parrot, mythical creatures and of course Long John Silver.
Action and adventure with pirates and treasure, ideal for ages 3 to 8.
£15* (Children £13) Family £52*
Mon 3 Jun, 7.30pm
The jazz pianist brings his bright Caribbean influences to a repertoire that spans a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expressions.
His effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, romantic spirit and predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm” are employed in spirited versions of the American songbook, blues, gospel, bebop, calypso and reggae.
A perennial favourite at Jazz Festivals and venues worldwide Monty has been cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing).
£28* (£5 U25s)
Wed 5 Jun, 7.30pm
Historian, art critic, journalist and writer, Simon Schama has presented numerous TV documentaries. A prolific author, his prize-winning books have been translated into fifteen languages and his new work is a collection of writing on everything from Falstaff to Leonard Cohen and pomegranates to populism.
Praised as Britain’s best arts presenter, with his razor sharp scripts and distinctive style packed full of evocative detail, he combines his expertise with a personal passion for his subject – enthralling his audiences with the power of his words.
Simon will discuss whether words can still pack a punch in the reign of Twitter. Or have the carriers of thought, the deliverers of argument, the elements of poetry, the sounds that make us human – lost their force in the age of short attention span?
Thu 6 Jun, 7.30pm
Probably one of the most entertaining group to come out of the 60s and 70s, you’ll be rockin & rollin with laughter at new material and old favourites like ‘Call Up The Groups’, their inimitable version of the ‘William Tell Overture’, their parody of ‘Killer Queen (Will Camilla Be Queen)’ and their hilarious take on ‘Windmills Of Your Mind’.
Fri 7 Jun, 7.30pm
Put on your red shoes & dance the blues at Blackstar’s celebrated tribute.
Sat 8 Jun, 7.30pm
All of the Carpenters hit songs, including ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’, ‘Yesterday Once More’, ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’, ‘Rainy Days & Mondays’, and many more, by the outstanding vocalist Claire Furley, pianist Phil Aldridge and live musicians.
Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Mon 10 Jun, 7.30pm
The UK’s finest dance band will be celebrating 50 years in 2019.
Duncan Galloway and his musical comrades perform an impressive programme of music from the roaring 1920s and elegant 1930s, including works by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, plus some classic tunes from Louis Armstrong, and sumptuous arrangements from the likes of Duke Ellington. The Orchestra’s unique style, attention to musical detail and relentless sense of fun makes them a hit in the UK and beyond.
Tue 11 Jun, 8pm
Magnum, who regularly breached the Top 40 of both the singles and album charts in the Eighties and early Nineties, came together in the Midlands in the mid-Seventies and toured relentlessly with the likes of Def Leppard, Blue Oyster Cult and Judas Priest.
1982’s ‘Chase The Dragon’ album was the first to go Top 20, but it was 1988’s ‘Wings Of Heaven’ LP which really broke the band into the mainstream, going gold, breaching the top 5 of the UK chart and spawning three top 30 singles –‘Days Of No Trust’, Start Talkin’ Love’ and ‘It Must Have Been Love’.
£25.50* standing / £27.50* seated
Wed 12 Jun, 7.30pm
British music legend Leo Sayer celebrates his 70th birthday year with boundless energy, exuberance and a hit packed show.
Magic of Motown
Fri 14 Jun, 7.30pm
Back-to-back classic Motown hits: glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves, outstanding musicianship and timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more.
Bury Bach Choir: Dido and Aeneas
Sat 15 Jun, 7.30pm
Joined by Suffolk Baroque Players for Purcell’s only opera, Dido and Aeneas. This enchanting work, which has touched the hearts of generations of listeners, recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her.
To set the scene for this evening of seventeenth century English music, the concert opens with anthems by Purcell and Blow.
£25*, £20*, £15*
Twisting The Night Away
Sun 16 Jun, 7.30pm
Featuring the powerhouse vocals of Si Cranstoun and his band’s blend of Doo Wop, Soul and rocking Rhythm & Blues, Twisting The Night Away is a toe-tapping show driven by retro dance rhythms. Si’s distinctive tenor vocals, that echo Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke, coupled with his ability to write songs that could have been hits in the fifties, has made this show a hit at Swing and Blues Festivals in the UK and Europe.
Hello Again….The Story of Neil Diamond
Thu 20 Jun, 7.30pm
Brooklyn Creed & The Salvation Band take you through Neil Diamond’s 50 year career.
Woman to Woman
Fri 21 Jun, 7.30pm
Judie Tzuke, Beverley Craven & Julia Fordham: three of the UK’s most celebrated female singer-songwriters perform their classic hit singles and album tracks alongside their 5 piece band.
Sat 22 Jun, 7.30pm
Blow your Brexit Blues away with the Sinfonia’s summer concert of English music. Elgar, Arnold and Finzi are followed by the symphony Vaughan-Williams considered his War Requiem.
Elgar: Froissart Overture
Arnold: Cornish Dances
Finzi: Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and Strings
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 3
£13* (children £5*)
Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
Mon 24 Jun, 7.30pm
MacKeeman’s thrilling fiddle style, “crazy legs” exuberance and onstage dynamism are combined with an exhilarating set of original songs and fun covers in a set packed with foot-stomping bluegrass, down-home country and reckless rockabilly.
“Gordie and the Boys are great players, sharp songwriters, invigorating company…..not to mention the nifty dancing. Frankly, what’s not to like?” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Tue 25 Jun, 7.30pm
Eddi returns to The Apex following the release of her new album Cavalier; incorporating both contemporary and traditional songs it has been described as a new creative peak in an already prestigious career.
Wed 26 Jun, 7.30pm
G4 front-man Jonathan Ansell and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall unite for a vocally dynamic evening with songs from the greatest shows of all time, including; Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You and many more.
£25* (VIP £57.50)
Thu 27 Jun, 8pm
Skittish Warrior… Confessions of a Club Comic. Comedian, author, cultural icon and – most recently – idiot who agreed to be tortured on ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!’, Shappi Khorsandi is a woman of many parts. But live comedy is where she’s in her element and she’s hitting the road with a brand new hour of sharp-tongued gags, cultural observation and whatever else is in her easily distracted mind this time around.
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