Impressionist Alistair McGowan given a voice at the Alban Arena

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:39 06 May 2010

Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan

IMPRESSIONIST Alistair McGowan has taken to the road to embark on his first solo, stand-up tour in a decade. And one of his ports of call is the Alban Arena where he is putting on his One And Many Show next Thursday, November 12. Boasting 120 voices in 12

IMPRESSIONIST Alistair McGowan has taken to the road to embark on his first solo, stand-up tour in a decade.

And one of his ports of call is the Alban Arena where he is putting on his One And Many Show next Thursday, November 12.

Boasting 120 voices in 120 minutes, he has been enjoying finding new people to take off. He commented: "I've started doing Gok Wan recently and his voice came very easily. Quite often, when I do someone, I'm thinking, "who does he sound like that I do already?' Someone like Neil Oliver, one of the Coast presenters, sounds very passionate and it's easy to go from him to Billy Connolly. Then you have someone like Tim Henman who sounds a bit like Jack Dee."

But the show is not just about impersonations - it will take in sharp observations, poetry and romance, animals and surrealism, love and anger, wordplay and greenery as well as footballers and film stars..

McGowan comes on stage at 8pm and tickets are £15, available from the Arena box office on 01727 844488 or go to www.alban-arena.co.uk

Impersonation is the name of the game two nights later when Lee Memphis King brings his Elvis on Tour - The Legend Continues show to the Arena.

It pays tribute to the early days of pure hip-swivelling rock 'n' roll, the '68 Come Back Special and Elvis's Las Vegas performances.

King has emerged as one of the elite of the tribute world with a full concert schedule, In 2007 he appeared in the BBC One series World's Greatest Elvis in which he was the UK's most successful participant and he has also appeared in the special edition of The Weakest Link.

Elvis On Tour gets underway at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 15, and tickets are £19.50 and £17.50.

The Illegal Eagles showcase songs from the brand-new Long Road Out Of Eden album when they appear at the Arena next Sunday, November 15.

Founded in 1997, the tribute band has recently increased to six players including founder member and MD Phil Aldridge on drums.

The Illegals perform all the greatest hits of The Eagles including Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, Witchy Woman and One of These Nights.

The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £19.50 and £18.50.

Blob* Two films are being shown at the Arena next week, both of which have matinee and evening performances.

On Tuesday (10), director Michael Mann's hard-hitting and gritty portrayal of the 1930s bank robber John Dillinger entitled Public Enemies is being shown at 12.30pm and 7.30pm.

It stars Johnny Depp as Dillinger who goes on the run with the beautiful Billie Frechette only to be pursued by FBI agent Melvin Purvis played by Christian Bale. Realising he is not going to capture Dillinger alone, Purvis enlists "appropriate" men with police training to help.

Coco Before Chanel, a look at the early life of Gabrielle Chanel, is being shown next Wednesday with a matinee at 1.30pm and evening performance at 7.30pm.

Starring Audrey Tautou, it follows Gabrielle before she earns the nickname Coco from a song she performs nightly.

After a liaison with Baron Balsan, she is able to develop her gift for designing exquisite hats before meeting and falling in love with English businessman Arthur Capel.

As she develops her flair for fashion designing, she realises that even when you realise your dream, life is never easy.

Matinee tickets for both films are £4 which includes a cup of tea and biscuits before the screening and the evening tickets are £6 with concessions £2 off.


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