Dom Joly and Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Alban Arena

PUBLISHED: 10:08 14 May 2011

Dom Joly

Dom Joly

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RECORD-breaking show We’ll Meet Again comes to the Alban Arena as part of its nationwide tour next Tuesday, May 17.

The regular team from the acclaimed Wartime Cavalcade celebration show returns with comedy star Steve Barclay recalling the radio stars Tessie O’Shea and the king of comedy Max Miller.

New to the company is Lucia Mattese who will be singing forties favourites while Tony Leyton returns with the songs of Bing Crosby and Donald Peers revisits by special request.

Musical entertainer Andy Eastwood, now acknowledged as Britain’s best exponent on the ukelele, performs both Formby favourites and classical pieces never before heard on the instrument. He also presents his tribute to French violinist Stephane Grappelli.

The show, which begins at 2.30pm and will feature Al Jolson hits, is hosted by Mervyn Francis.

Tickets are £12.50 with concessions £2.50 off, available from the box office on 01727 844488 or go to www.alban-arena.co.uk

Fresh from I’m A Celebrity in the Australian jungle, Dom Joly stops off at the Arena next Wednesday evening, May 18.

Best known for his laugh-out-loud sketches on the Trigger Happy TV, Dom talks the audience through some of the highlights of the extraordinary last decade. They include the perils of travelling the world drinking, skiing down volcanoes, holidaying in Chernobyl and North Korea, becoming a paparazzo, trying to fly across the Grand Canyon strapped to an 8ft rocket and discovering that he was at school with Osama Bin Laden.

With the aid of some very peculiar holiday snaps, he will be appearing at 8pm. Tickets are £19.50.

Combining the rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions with the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music are Ladysmith Black Mambazo who are performing at the Arena next Saturday, May 21.

Their musical efforts over the past four decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry and also solidified their identity as a cultural force to be reckoned with.

The show begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £27.50 and £25.

n Featuring two Academy Award nominees and two winners, The Fighter is being shown at the Arena at 7.30pm next Thursday, May 19.

Based on a true story about two brothers who, against all the odds, come together to train for an historic title bout that has the power to reunite their fractured family, it stars Mark Wahlberg as the struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer Dicky (Christian Bale).

Their explosive relationship promises to take them both down with the bond of blood possibly their only chance of redemption.

At 7.30pm the following night, Friday, May 20, the Arena is screening Inside Job, narrated by Matt Damon and the first film to provide a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008.

Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation and academia.

Admission for both films is £6 with concessions £2 off.

n Tickets for this year’s Arena pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which runs from December 9 to January 1, are at last year’s prices until June 1.

It stars Toyah Wilcox as the Evil Queen and Olivier Award nominee and local lad Bob Golding as the Henchman.

Further details can be obtained from the box office.


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