Melton Theatre new season set to break box office records

The Drifters are expected to break box office records at Melton Theatre in January EMN-141223-172659004
The Drifters are expected to break box office records at Melton Theatre in January EMN-141223-172659004
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Box office records will be broken as Melton Theatre opens for a new season with 150 extra seats.

The Drifters could be the first act to sell out the new 500-seater capacity as they kick 2015 off in style on Saturday, January 24.

Falklands veteran Simon Weston brings his first tour to Melton Theatre in February EMN-141223-172649004

Falklands veteran Simon Weston brings his first tour to Melton Theatre in February EMN-141223-172649004

Their Rebranded Tour promises a high energy show packed with their greatest hits including Under the Boardwalk and Saturday Night at the Movies as well as material from their first new recordings in more than 30 years.

Melton Theatre co-ordinator Michael Harris said: “They will sell more tickets than we have ever sold because it’s our first show at our increased capacity.

“They are a big-hitting act; we want to open the season with a real bang.”

There will be music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the Let’s Hang On tribute show (February 8) and more nostalgic numbers in The Unforgettable Show (March 14) and Summer Dreaming (August 8).

Local boy George Simpson performs in a big hometown show in February EMN-141223-172638004

Local boy George Simpson performs in a big hometown show in February EMN-141223-172638004

More recent nostalgia comes courtesy of Spandau Ballet tribute True Gold (April 17) and Ultimate Elton and the Rocket Band (February 26), while critically-acclaimed Queen tribute present Rock Anthems on May 22, celebrating greatest rock songs from Purple Haze to Sweet Child O’ Mine.

X-Factor winner Joe McElderry returns with a brand new show in July after a hugely successful Melton appearance in 2014.

There is also a big hometown gig on February 20 for Melton singer-songwriter George Simpson who will co-headline with leading Gary Barlow tribute act Dan Hadfield who moved to the town last year.

* One of the most evocative evenings of the year will feature the visit of Falklands War veteran Simon Weston OBE with his debut tour, My Life, My Story on February 24.

Simon suffered horrific burns when the HMS Sir Galahad was bombed and his courageous recovery received national acclaim.

Michael added: “We were really pleased and proud that Simon was willing to put on the show here.

“It promises to be an entertaining, but also a challenging evening.”

On a different tack, petrolheads can revel in the amazing life story of motorcycling legend Mike Hailwood presented by his son David. But star of the show may be his famous Honda 500 4 RC181 machine which will on display.

For culture vultures, Vienna Festival Ballet present their 35-year anniversary gala on April 26, while closer to home, local amateur talent will provide performances of Peter Pan (March 1), Hairspray (July 4 and 5), Les Miserables (September 15 to 19) and Rent (March 18 to 21).

Foodies can pick up a few tips from Glenn Cosby (Great British Bake-Off) in his Bake It Big show on January 29, and the diversity continues with a return visit from one of the world’s most recognised spiritualists Colin Fry (April 16).

* For complete list of events and shows, as well as ticket prices, visit www.meltontheatre.co.uk or call (01664) 851111.