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Albany's autumn line-up has something for everyone


Preview by Barbara Goulden

Coventry's Albany Theatre has everything from Strictly Come Dancing's Vincent Simone to the Grimethorpe Colliery Band as part of its autumn line-up of shows.

Vincent's Tango Passions (pictured above) can be seen on September 14 when he will be partnered by Paula Duarte. It seems all the Strictly dancers love the Albany stage which must not only be sprung, but allows audiences to sit close enough to capture the intricacy of the steps.

Meanwhile the legendary colliery band - which dates back to the First World War and is so reminiscent of the film Brassed Off - has become a British institution after adding so many national and open championship wins to their names over the years.

The band performs on October 2, but tickets are likely to sell out fast.

Before that comes comedian Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps show on September 18 when he talks about his experiences as an explorer of some of the most dangerous travel spots in the world, including North Korea, the Congo, Syria and Chernobyl.

On September 23 comes Nazrana, An Offering in which Indian singer Swati Natekar will run through a wide range of her musical roots with semi-classical and popular Urdu Ghazals - along with a good dose of Bollywood. Swati has invited some top UK-based musicians to accompany her.

Then on September 27 there's a Liverpool Legends football evening with entertainment and anecdotes courtesy of former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson who will be joined by Sammy Lee and Bruce Grobbelaar.

And on October 19-21 you can see a one-night-only production of Helen Forrester's play, Twopence to Cross the Mersey, based on her best-selling autobiography set in the early 1930s.

Next, on October 14, the theatre will fuse contemporary Congolese and Cuban music with what promises to be a spectacular African Masqerade Tour presented by Yaram Arts.

Finally, believe it or believe it not, tickets are also already on sale for A Christmas Carol which will run from December 3 to 26.

If it's anything like last year, this recreation of Charles Dickens' Victorian Christmas - featuring the unforgettable Ebenezer Scrooge - will set everyone up for the festivities ahead, however hard the theatened recession hits.

More info and tickets at: https://www.albanytheatre.co.uk/