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April – July 2018 Season’s Preview

If it’s a bumper edition of great entertainment you are looking for, you’ve found it at Mansfield Palace Theatre! April to July 2018 really is an exciting season with music, comedy, ballet, drama, family and adult shows all lined up to suit your personal taste.

For example, do you enjoy folk music? We are delighted to continue our folk music concerts in our Studio Theatre with Martin Simpson on 20 April and John Kirkpatrick on 25 May.

If it’s a good comedy you’re after, then we have Seriously Dead starring Crissy Rock and Tommy Cannon on 29 April, Menopause the Musical starring Maureen Nolan and Cheryl Fergison on 16 May, Grumpy Old Women starring Jenny Eclair on 12 June and Lee Nelson set to return on 27 June.

‘Strictly’ viewers will be delighted to know that Ian and Oti will be swirling across the stage on 11 April and ballet fans of all ages are catered for with The Little Mermaid on 20 May and Ugly Duckling on 5 June. If it’s an iconic dance routine you want to see, come along to a film screening of Sing-a-long-a Dirty Dancing on Tuesday 26 June.

We are thrilled to be welcoming back Dave Benson-Phillips in this year’s Alice in Wonderland Easter Panto on 10 April. Our other family offerings in the April – July season are Cbeebies’ Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday on Wednesday 9 May, Oliver Jeffers’ Lost and Found on Wednesday 30 May and Black Magic – The Little Mix Show on Thursday 31 May.

There is an incredibly broad range of music on offer, from the original Searchers on Sunday 8 April and Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers on 25 April, to various outstanding tribute acts covering a diverse section of artists:

The Roy Orbison Story - Thursday 12 April The Magic of Motown - Friday 13 April (bad luck if you don’t have tickets as this is sold out!) Ultimate Bublé - Saturday 14 April Faith - The George Michael Legacy - Friday 11 May On Tour with Elvis - Saturday 12 May Walk Right Back – The Everly Brothers Story - Tuesday 22 May Material Girl – The Madonna Story - Friday 25 May The Story of Guitar Heroes - Thursday 21 June

Those looking for nostalgic shows may wish to see The Fairey Brass Band on Sunday 15 April and Neil Sands’ midweek matinee: Land of Hope and Glory on Wednesday 23 May. A stunning and elegant review of the life of Cilla Black soars its way onto the stage in Cilla and the Shades of the 60s on Wednesday 2 May.

Described as ‘part rock show and part thespian’ a new version of The War of the Worlds will be performed by The Pantaloons on Thursday 10 May. If you’d rather see a show without many pantaloons involved, then The Dreamboys return on Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May!

As always, we encourage you to support local talent performing at the theatre with various dance school shows across the coming months. Additionally, Boogie Nights will be presented by HMTC from 19 – 21 April, New Youth Theatre perform Hairspray on 19 and 20 June, plus Ripley and Alfreton Musical Theatre Company return to the stage with Made in Dagenham between 4 – 7 July.

We hope you enjoy browsing through our recently released brochure and website and find loads to entertain and amuse you in the lead up to summer. Please keep an eye on our social media pages @mansfieldpalace to keep up to date with shows going on sale, news and competitions. If you prefer human interaction, our friendly box office staff are happy to help via telephone on 01623 633133, or you can call into the theatre on Leeming Street to book your tickets.

We would like to give our sincere thanks to the local businesses which are supporting the Palace financially for the Spring/Summer season: Quotient Sciences, Mansfield Building Society, John Sankey, Campions Hairdressers, Blue Chilli Thai Restaurant, Jangos Indoor Play Centre and Sally Twinkle.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful venue soon. Happy theatregoing!

The Good Old Days - with Frank!

Wednesday 14 March at 2pm

Mansfield Palace Theatre is once again proud to host another midweek matinee to delight its audience with a spot of nostalgia. The Good Old Days of Variety is on Wednesday 14 March at 2pm and is billed as a ‘Dad’s Army Variety Show Special’.

Starring FRANK WILLIAMS, Legendary Comedy Star from the Original DAD’S ARMY TV Series & Films. Now 86, Frank played the Vicar in the hit show and is one of only two surviving original cast members.

Frank is making a rare appearance onstage in Mansfield to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the famous TV show. This is the only date on the tour that he will appear at telling funny stories about Dad’s Army, working on TV with Morecambe & Wise, The Two Ronnies, the new Dad’s Army film in which he returns in a cameo role as the Vicar & much more.

Just added to the bill in Mansfield is comedy legend Dougie Brown from TV’s hit show, The Comedians. Also joining them will be West End singing star, Linda Watts. The show also features a full supporting company, sing a long songs and lots of hilarious comedy! Do not miss an afternoon of laughter and music to lift your spirits and remember those ‘good old days’!

Tickets are priced £15.50 Full, £14.50 Concs. or block bookers: buy 10, get the 11th Free. Online booking fees apply. Please call the Box Office on 01623 633133 or book online HERE

Milkshake Madness in Mansfield

Friday 9 February 2018

Mansfield Palace Theatre are ready to entertain its younger audiences this half term holidays with Milkshake! Live, The Magic Story Book. There are two performances on Tuesday 20th February, at 12noon and 3.30pm.

Milkshake! Live, The Magic Storybook, stars Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Toyland Detective, Fireman Sam, Shimmer and Shine, Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper as well as Milkshake!’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters at every show. The show will take audiences on a journey through their favourite fairy tales featuring much-loved stories that will be familiar to everyone – young and old. With music, singing and dancing, Milkshake! Live, The Magic Storybook is the fourth nationwide live tour from Channel 5’s Milkshake! Starting off the year in the traditional way, two local amateur companies carry on the pantomime madness and mayhem. Westfield Folkhouse present Sleeping Beauty and Mansfield Hospitals Theatre Troupe bring us the delightful Cinderella.

We cannot wait to be back touring the country with our brand-new show, The Magic Storybook, it’s a magical show full of audience participation. The Milkshake audience will love the classic fairytale storylines, the songs and seeing lots of their favourite Milkshake! characters live on stage.

Derek Moran Milkshake Presenter and Show Director

It’s incredibly important that we are able to take Milkshake! to our audiences around the UK so that everyone can have the opportunity to experience the brand in an immersive way. Through our live tours, we can give families a Milkshake event that they won’t find anywhere else, one where they can meet their favourite characters and presenters whilst enjoying a brilliant family day out.

Sarah Muller Head of Children’s, Channel 5

Make sure you don’t disappoint your little ones. Bring them to The Magic Story Book, live in stage with the Milkshake! Team. Tickets are priced £16 full, £14.50 child and £56 for a family of four. Online booking fees apply. Please call the Box Office on 01623 633133 or book online here

Don't miss out on this Festive treat!

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Don’t just take our word for it! With 87% of tickets already gone, we think our festive family panto hits the spot. And it seems that those of you who have already seen the show agree! Read on to see what’s being said about Jack and the Beanstalk in the Mansfield Palace!

Excited customers wrote:

Best panto we've ever seen! Two and half hours of pure fun and laughter, we loved it! There was never a dull moment, all moved so fast - and the 3D effect was awesome!! Every character was perfect for their role, costumes, makeup, props and the lot! We specially loved Simple Simon, so funny, and adored his gorgeous brother Jack! Well done all! We’re coming again! x
Absolutely amazing show. By far the best we have seen. The 3D effects were fantastic. Really tempted to book again and view before the new year as it was incredible. The actor who played “Simon” was fantastic. He made us all laugh so much. Great great great!!!!!
We have a family tradition to come to the Christmas panto every year. We choose Mansfield because it’s a great panto, everyone is friendly and we all prefer the theatre (and prices) to those in Nottingham!
This Panto was brilliant. The 3D section in the second half was really good and so effective. My 77 year old Mum screamed out loud and had us in fits of laughter. Adam Moss was really funny and excelled as Simple Simon and Mark Little was a great baddie. There were lots of jokes for the kids and adults and the whole cast worked really well together, making this one of the best panto’s we’ve seen.
Best show yet the 3D was brill - I laughed all the way through the show, as did my granddaughter and all the Asda gang. Thanxs for a great night out x
"Fantastic panto this afternoon guys, was truly amazing, best by far!! Massive well done!
Jack and the Beanstalk was absolutely amazing! Well done to everyone in it! The 3D effects were awesome.
Absolutely loved this year's panto. Grandchildren really liked it. Well done to all. xx
Well I came with Berry Hill primary school today and my kids throughly enjoyed it... my autistic boy can't normally cope but it had him jumping up and laughing!! My middle daughter thought it was amazing... Really good today was glad to see Jack and the Beanstalk n my oldest boy can't wait till he comes tomorrow!
Jack and the Beanstalk.. brilliant.. and that girl can really sing.. 3D bits were pretty good, kids loved it..
Kids loved the 3D and it was an excellent performance. Hope to see Adam Moss again next year as he always makes us laugh.
Saw Jack and Beanstalk yesterday – it was amazing xxx well thought out xx
Came to the panto last night with my family, we loved it, especially the 3D special effects.
Thoroughly enjoyed the pantomime. There were young children, teenagers and adults and we were all laughing :) Thank you, we've already booked again for next year

And the media said:

Mansfield invariably comes up with a super panto. This year’s Jack and the Beanstalk is no exception. It’s a hundred and sixty minutes of first-rate entertainment for everyone. It’s fun, classy and a visual feast!

Nottingham Post

A brilliant night out was had by all. This morning we were mocking the catchphrases from the show rather than talking about the snow, which just goes to show that Mansfield Palace Theatre delivered a display worthy of the big city once more.

Mansfield 103.2

Every Christmas pantomime should be a magical experience for young and old – and Mansfield Palace Theatre’s offering for 2017 most definitely has the wow factor! It all made for a great panto that flew by… and it was that good that I have booked to return again next week to see the show again.

News Journal

Jack is another Palace panto hit – oh yes it is! The festive spectacular Jack and the Beanstalk at Mansfield Palace Theatre is a surefire winner with young and old this Christmas. All in all, a night to remember.

Mansfield Chad

A dazzling production full of all that is best about pantomime – lots of singing, dancing, laughs, amazing effects and a bit of naughtiness – it wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

What’s good to do…

Availability is limited to the last week and a half of the run, with the show finishing on Sunday 7th January. Let us make your Christmas Season just that little bit more magical! Contact the Box Office on 01623 633133 or book tickets online at

Palace forthcoming act to feature on ITV - Wednesday evening!

Tuesday 19 December 2017

We have exciting news that Mark Daniels from the Ultimate Bublé show will be performing on ITV tomorrow (Wednesday 20 December) evening in a special show honoring the Emergency services this Christmas.

The heroes behind the uniforms will be celebrated and honoured in this one off Christmas special on ITV called 'A Night For The Emergency Services’. Presented by Ashley Banjo and Diversity, the show will feature talented members of the emergency services performing alongside special celebrity guests including Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Leona Lewis and Tokio Myers.

Mark Daniels is a volunteer Helmsman at Ilfracombe RNLI station and presenter of the awards show, Ashley Banjo, recently spent the day with Mark and the rest of the crew to see for himself what they are faced with. Mark will be performing as Michael Bublé at this event which will be televised in the run up to Christmas.

Following a year beset with national tragedy, the appreciation for the emergency services has never been higher. This show aims to both celebrate the incredible work they do, and thank them - the show’s audience will be made up solely of emergency service staff.

As well as honouring their dedication and the life-risking work they do, the emergency services will also get to showcase some of their incredible talents performing on the show in orchestras, choirs, also singers, dancers and even a magician.

Host Ashley Banjo said: “Our emergency services are incredible. They do so much for us and it’s fantastic to not only put on a show for them, but to perform alongside some of the talented people within the emergency services to show the nation’s thanks and appreciation for the work they do. It’s going to be a great night!"

Bringing his stage show to Mansfield on April 14 2018, Mark Daniels stars as Ultimate Bublé and performs the biggest hits of Michael Bublé in this stunning live tribute show featuring his full band. The show’s big band sound, along with Mark’s mesmerising likeness to the modern day Canadian crooner, will appeal to fans of traditional big band music and Michael Bublé alike.

Mark’s charismatic nature, powerful vocals and boyish charm, are all perfectly packaged in true tuxedo style. In amongst a ‘croony’ repertoire of pop standards, expect some show stopping, spontaneous banter as Mark effortlessly hands out doses of unrehearsed humour and wit that you would expect from Michael Bublé himself.

Expect to see lots of laughs, great humour and admirable camaraderie between Mark and his band. Backed by some of the finest musicians in the country, this line up is an absolute musical powerhouse.

Last week to enter our Playwriting Competition

Tuesday 07 July 2017 (edited Tuesday 10 October 2017)

New Writing Production 2018

As part of the ongoing programme of new writing at the Palace, we are offering the opportunity for playwrights (aged 16 plus) based in the East Midlands to put forward a play idea for a stage play or a completed play for consideration.

As the Palace Theatre has built a reputation of working with local playwrights over a number of years, this is a great opportunity for established and aspiring playwrights to benefit from having a play staged in Mansfield, with the support and experience of a professional production team. There is no expense to the chosen individual, other than travel costs to meetings and rehearsals as appropriate. Equally, it should be clarified that this is an opportunity for a playwright to have their work staged and therefore there are no commission fees or royalties offered for the production. Any Box Office income gained will be used to offset the production costs.

This project is in partnership with Vision West Nottinghamshire College’s Performing Arts Department, as part of our ongoing educational links and opportunities. Following successful similar projects, with a professionally led production team working with current Performing Arts students (who will be auditioned and form the acting team), this project will culminate in rehearsals and two performances in April 2018.

It should be made clear that all plays entered will be considered anonymously on their own merit. Playwrights should know that the selected one will be working with actors (mainly aged 16-19) but this does not mean a play should be restricted to only having characters of a similar age. On the contrary, students have to take up the challenge of playing several characters of different ages as part of their training.

To help focus the project or provide some stimulus to the entrants we have decided on a theme which can be responded to in any way the playwrights seem appropriate –

THEME – What next for our 'green and pleasant land'?

The chosen playwright will have the opportunity to work with:
Christopher Neil (Director)
Andy Dobb and Christopher Neil (Dramaturgical support)
Maximum of eight actors
The Technical Team at Create Theatre and the Palace Theatre

PLAY: Please submit a play idea along with the first ten pages, or a completed script. (This play should not have been produced before). Please note that the initial judging will only consider the first ten pages. Only hard copies will be considered. Strictly no emailed versions.

You should supply your name, address, email and telephone contact. Please do not have your own name on pages other than the title page to protect your anonymity throughout the initial judging process.

MAXIMUM LENGTH OF PLAY: 1 hour, 10 minutes.

ACTORS: While the play may contain any number of characters, the remit will be to write a play with a minimum of five actors and a maximum of eight involved.

VENUE: The play will be performed at the Create Theatre, Vision West Notts College, Mansfield.

DATES OF PERFORMANCE: TBC (but potentially 18 and 19 April 2018)

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday 13 October 2017

CHOSEN PLAY ANNOUCED: Friday 20 October 2017

CHOSEN PLAY DRAFT ONE DEADLINE: Wednesday 3 January 2018

Please send submissions of ideas / plays to:
Elaine Wharmby
Mansfield Palace Theatre
Leeming Street
NG18 1NG


As an additional element to this year’s competition, it is the intention to help develop a selection of entrants who were not successful in being chosen by holding a script in hand evening, a sharing of scenes from scripts that have been entered. This evening will be facilitated by Christopher Neil and Andy Dobb, with a group of actors reading the scripts. This will take place in early 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Christopher Neil
Education Manager
Mansfield Palace Theatre
Tel: 01623 412921

Customer Notice: Telephone System Upgrade

Monday 25 September 2017

Please note that you will be unable to contact Box Office by telephone on Friday 29 September from 4.30pm until close, due to an essential upgrade on our system. The Box Office remains opens to visit in person until 6.00pm and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Are you 16-19? Looking for some professional actor training?

Thursday 14 September 2017

Chapter 4, Mansfield Palace Theatre’s Young Company is launching a training programme for 16-19 year olds. We are inviting young people to come and join us in this professionally led acting programme. Free taster / Auditions evening are being held through September and October and all are welcome to come along and see if it is for them.

Anyone who joins the group can expect opportunities to work on building professional acting skills including vocal technique, ensemble practise, movement and physicality. An opportunity to work on contemporary plays and tour to different venues is at the core of the work for the students involved. We also offer support in prepping people for drama school or college auditions.

Christopher Neil, Education Manager at the Palace Theatre observes, Chapter 4 has benefited many young people who want key actor training skills, confidence building and a really engaging perspective on the arts in a fun and friendly environment. It is important that we can continue to offer this opportunity to young people in our local community and we remain one of the most accessible programmes, with low fees which can be spread throughout the year.

Whether you are considering a career in the arts or wish to develop more skills such as confidence and communication skills, Chapter 4 is definitely for you.

Workshops and rehearsals take place at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm. For more information or to book a free taster session contact Christopher Neil, Education Manager – Tel: 01623 412921 or email"

Palace Theatre Box Office team awarded Platinum Customer Service Award

Wednesday 13 September 2017

We are delighted to announce that Mansfield Palace Theatre’s Box Office team have been awarded the highest possible accolade in the recent BID Customer Service Awards.

Cultural Services Manager Andrew Tucker tells us: As the Palace Theatre is in the business of entertaining people and taking them to the wonderful world of make-believe, it is vitally important that we get it right at the start with excellent customer service. I’m delighted with the Platinum award and very proud of our team that made it possible.

BID Chief Executive Sarah Nelson adds: The Mansfield BID introduced the awards four years ago to showcase how great the businesses are in this town. Every year it has grown in the numbers taking part. The Palace Theatre have always done well, but it is testament to the Box Office team that they have excelled this year and been awarded Platinum level. Well done to all the team.

Current comedy names have been secured by the Palace in the forthcoming season. Star of quiz panels shows QI and Have I Got News for You, Rich Hall, is first to take to the stage on Thursday 14 September, followed shortly after by Lee Nelson’s Serious Joker Tour on Thursday 19 October.

Box Office staff look forward to welcoming customers old and new to receive their award-winning service with a smile!

Behind the scenes at Panto Press Launch 2017

Tuesday 12 September 2017

'Tis the season to visit Mansfield Palace Theatre!

Monday 14 August 2017

Mansfield Palace Theatre recently enjoyed their most successful year yet, with 100,000 visitors choosing to see shows in the Leeming Street venue. As they continue to build on their reputation as the town’s premier entertainment offering, they have put together a programme with something to suit all tastes this autumn and winter.

You are invited to escape down the rabbit hole to Wonderland with Expressions Academy of Performing Arts on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September, where they will take you on a journey filled with song, dance and musical theatre in their annual showcase.

The Dreamboys are coming to town on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 September for the ultimate girl’s night out. Groucho’s Bar will be open from 5.00pm with cocktails and prosecco available! The theatre bar will also play host to a fun Gin Tasting event on Tuesday 10 October where you can learn about the history of this juniper flavoured spirit, whilst sampling four varieties of it!

Current comedy names have been secured by the Palace in the forthcoming season. Star of quiz panels shows QI and Have I Got News for You, Rich Hall, is first to take to the stage on Thursday 14 September, followed shortly after by Lee Nelson’s Serious Joker Tour on Thursday 19 October.

Masque Productions bring us their one night variety show, A Palace of Variety, on Sunday 17 September and return between Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 November with Victoria Wood’s hilarious musical, Acorn Antiques. Other local talent performing in the coming months includes:

  • Inspirations Theatre Company present Gypsy from Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 September.
  • Mansfield and Bellamy Royal British Legion branch present their annual Festival of Remembrance on Sunday 29 October.
  • Mansfield’s New Youth Theatre group will perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 November.

If musical tributes are your preference, That’ll be the Day promises you an evening of music, laughter, and non-stop nostalgia on Tuesday 19 September, with a rock ‘n roll show celebrating the 50s to the 80s. The Live Aid Experience on Saturday 28 October guarantees to have you singing your heart out and dancing in the aisles, as a full live rock band and incredible singers re-enact that famous night thirty years ago when artists such as Elton John, Status Quo and Madonna came together to stage a momentous fundraising gig.

Alternatively, you may wish to attend tribute evenings dedicated to just one artist…

  • Beautiful Noise – Neil Diamond tribute on Wednesday 4 October
  • Totally Tina – Tina Turner tribute on Thursday 12 October
  • FastLove – George Michael tribute on Friday 13 October
  • Mercury – Queen tribute on Friday 20 October
  • King of Pop – Michael Jackson tribute on Saturday 21 October
  • Some Guys have all the Luck – Rod Stewart tribute on Friday 27 October
  • Macca – Paul McCartney tribute on Friday 17 November
  • Starman – David Bowie tribute on Saturday 18 November
  • Holly at Christmas – Buddy Holly tribute on Thursday 23 November
  • Someone Like You – Adele tribute on Friday 24 November

Original members of the Kinks – Mick Avory, John Dalton, Ian Gibbons and Dave Clarke - are reunited in The Kast Off Kinks on Thursday 16 November.

A new folk programme is being offered in the venue’s refurbished upstairs Studio, with two winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards starting the proceedings. Rachel Newton won Musician of the Year in 2017 and will be performing on Wednesday 25 October. Next up is Martin Carthy - who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 - on Friday 17 November.

There is plenty of music to reminisce to scheduled before the end of the year, including Blidworth Welfare Band and Mansfield and District Male Voice Choir’s Thank You for the Music 3 show on Sunday 24 September, with special guests St Peter’s School Choir. Shortly afterwards, The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra with The Andrews Sisters UK take to the Palace Theatre stage on Wednesday 11 October, plus Neil Sands and his West End cast bring their annual Christmas Memories show to town on Wednesday 15 November.

There are several familiar faces from TV and radio appearing at Mansfield Palace Theatre in the next few months, for a variety of tastes:

  • Gervase Phinn on Wednesday 27 September
  • Dominic Kirwan and Lisa Stanley on Saturday 14 October
  • Psychic Sally on Wednesday 18 October
  • Pam Ayres on Wednesday 25 October
  • Stuart Maconie on Sunday 12 November

Mozart’s The Magic Flute is reinvented for our era of Trump and recessions, by OperaUpClose, on Sunday 15 October. And what better way to start getting into the festive spirit than with Ballet Theatre UK’s The Nutcracker on Sunday 19 November.

Four family shows are on offer in the coming season, starting with a double bill of The Sooty Show on Sunday 9 October. Older children will enjoy booing and cheering at American Wrestling on Sunday 22 October, with the whole family catered for in Cirque Enchantment on Thursday 26 October. This concert style cirque production features stunning choreography, breathtaking live vocals and mesmerising circus performers with a soundtrack of current pop, rock and classical music.

Sing-a-Long-a Productions invited Mansfield Palace Theatre to ‘Be our Guest’ when they chose the venue as one of the first in the country to present Beauty and the Beast on Tuesday 24 October. Disney’s recent smash-hit film will be shown on a giant screen, whilst the audience becomes the star of the show using on-screen lyrics and their props goodie bag!

As always, the season ends with a festive feast fit for the whole family. This year’s pantomime stars Australian Mark Little in the ironically giant tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Mark – who is most wellknown for his role as Joe Mangel in Neighbours – will be playing the character you love to hate, Fleshcreep: I like playing the baddy but will be more nutty than scary. I want the kids to have banter with me without being terrified! The show really will be bigger and better than ever with the introduction of 3D effects to the performances, so who knows, maybe the baddie really will be ‘behind you!’

For more information on times, prices and durations of shows, or to see which shows are already on sale in 2018 and beyond, please call Box Office on 01623 633133 or visit