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
Tubular Bells For Two
Mon 6 May, 7.30pm
Two ambitious musicians play over twenty instruments to bring Mike Oldfield’s classic hit Tubular Bells to life in a unique theatrical performance.
Multi-instrumentalists Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts have arranged the entire score of Tubular Bells to be played out by just two blokes, bringing the influential masterpiece to life with all of its multi-layered madness and subtle beauty intact.
‘A virtuoso performance from two musicians at the top of their game.’ (Edinburgh Evening News).
‘A musical tour de force. Mesmerising to watch.’ (The Sydney Morning Herald).
Wet Wet Wet
Tue 7 May, 7.30pm
Wet Wet Wet are one of the most successful bands in British pop history with an amazing back catalogue of songs including three No.1’s – ‘Help From My Friends’; ‘Goodnight Girl’; and ‘Love Is All Around’. They have sold over 15 million records to date and played to more than four million people around the world.
Fri 10 May, 7.30pm
Featuring the outstanding 9-piece ‘Mini Big Band’, these Crooners sing songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Matt Monro and Nat King Cole, including ‘Lady is a Tramp’, ‘Come Fly With Me’, ‘Fly Me To The Moon, ‘Mac The Knife’ any many more…
This rip roaring comedy musical has been wowing audiences with its witty and exhilarating show full of satirical energy, hilarious one liners, laugh out loud silliness and superb musical numbers.
So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?
Sun 12 May, 3pm
Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Dr Ben Garrod talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now!
Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using film footage from the BBC’s ‘Planet Dinosaur’.
£14.50* Children £12* Family £48*
King Of Pop
Tue 14 May, 7.30pm
This incredible production stars the world’s leading MJ tribute artist Navi who is joined on stage by Michael Jackson’s iconic female guitarist – Jennifer Batten.
Navi is regarded as the world’s No.1 MJ tribute artist and was handpicked by Michael himself as his official body double. Michael also hired Navi to perform at two of his birthday parties where he gave Navi a standing ovation and described his performance as “Incredible”. This year Navi received critical acclaim after starring as in the new MJ movie “Michael Jackson – Searching For Neverland”.
Jennifer was Michael’s “right-hand woman” on three sell-out world tours. She was initially chosen to play on the Bad Tour but Michael was so impressed that she joined him on the road for the next 10 years.
Featuring all the greatest hits along with an incredible live band and dancers.
£24* (£34* VIP)
Bury Festival Events at The Apex
Fri 17 May, 7.30pm
Regarded as the world’s leading close-harmony group, the Puppini Sisters’
multi-platinum selling ‘Jingle Bells’ collaboration with Michael Bublé paved the way for further recording collaborations and numerous TV appearances including The Graham Norton Show, The Royal Variety Show and Strictly Come Dancing.
“… the Andrews Sisters-style close harmonies are immaculate… they weave past and present together so deftly…” Clive Davis, The Times.
Clare Teal and her BIG Mini Big Band
Sat 18 May, 7.30pm
Award winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her BIG Mini Big Band go from strength to strength bringing you more exhilarating swing and sparkling melodies as they celebrate the Great American and British Song books as well as contemporary writers creating the standards of today.
£26* (£5* U25s)
Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Sun 19 May, 4pm
Suffolk’s fully professional Philharmonic Orchestra returns with a programme of grandeur and reflection, with Mahler in his more intimate mood, and Tchaikovsky at his most imposing.
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile for string orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Mon 20 May, 7pm
Armonico Consort & Academy Singers.
The oldest surviving poem in Old English, Beowulf is a fantasy saga which has inspired countless retellings. Armonico Consort’s composer-in-residence Toby Young (former BBC Proms Young Composer of the Year) has set the epic drama to music. Written for soprano, choir, harp, keyboards and children’s choir, with strong folk-pop influences, and a gripping script from one of the authors of Have I Got News For You, Beowulf will entertain the whole family.
£12* (£5* U25s)
Dr John Cooper Clarke
Tue 21 May, 8pm
Poet; Movie star; Rock star; TV & radio presenter; Comedian; Social commentator; JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence on today’s pop culture is just as visible. Following publication of his new poetry book The Luckiest Guy Alive, John brings a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat, this is a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game.
Thu 23 May, 7.30pm
One of the leading pianists of his generation, John Lill’s career spans over 55 years, during which time he has given over 4,000 concerts.
Haydn: Sonata in Eb, Hob No 52
Schumann: ‘Carnaval’, Op 9
Chopin: Ballade No 4 in F minor, Op 52
Beethoven: Sonata in C, Op 53 ‘Waldstein’
£26*, £22* (£5 U25s)
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Fri 24 May, 7.30pm
George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra is the royalty of the ukulele scene; the independent rock-stars of the “bonsai guitar”, who have plucked and sung, joked and whistled with Clean Bandit, Robbie Williams, Madness, Cat Stevens, The Ministry of Sound and Blue Peter.
Sat 25 May, 7.30pm
Kate’s career spans over 25 years in music and showcases her as one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk songs and one of our most emotive original songwriters.
“exquisite interpretations of traditional material from the pocket sized folk singer with the heartbreakingly tremulous voice and bawdy Yorkshire wit” Daily Telegraph
Sun 26 May, 7.30pm
Founded by the pioneering double bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, Chineke is Europe’s first orchestra to feature a majority of black and minority ethnic musicians. The orchestra performs to great acclaim, fulfilling its mission to champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music.
Copland: Music for the Theatre
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (jazz band version)
Weill: Suite from The Threepenny Opera
Copland: Old American Songs (First Set):
Gershwin: Songs from Porgy and Bess:
£26*, £22* (£5 U25s)
An Audience With Liverpool Legends
Wed 29 May, 7.30pm
Entertainment and banter with John Aldridge, Ronnie Whelan and Steve McMahon, hosted by Jed Stone.
Thu 30 May, 7.30pm
Hits, Jazz & Blues Tour 2019: one of the finest and most respected bands of the 1960s, Paul Jones & crew bring their numerous hits, plus a mix of Jazz and Blues covers and tracks from their individual solo albums.
Fri 31 May, 7.30pm
Albert Lee returns to The Apex as part of his 75th birthday tour. Undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists the world has ever seen, the double Grammy Award winner is also an accomplished piano player and has a fine singing voice.
Albert was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by B.C.M.A. (The British Country Music Association) and has been voted Guitar Player Magazine’s “Best Country Guitar Picker” five times.
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