Star studded 2008 line up announced

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:22 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT's Marina Theatre has unveiled one of its biggest ever line ups of live entertainment, as 2008 is set to bring a whole host of top artistes and productions to the region.

LOWESTOFT's Marina Theatre has unveiled one of its biggest ever line ups of live entertainment, as 2008 is set to bring a whole host of top artistes and productions to the region.

In addition to a variety of star names and musical productions, the Edwardian venue boasts an unprecedented fourth year of residence with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Again there will be a series of concerts throughout the year, with a special opening gala set to start the year off in style on February 8.

The next day, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra returns to the stage with a special concert celebrating its 40th anniversary. Chris Dean will conduct the orchestra as the music of the Swing Era is faithfully recreated with the classic sounds of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald all featuring.

Marina favourite Damian Williams will return on February 14 as he performs in the new Cooney comedy Tom, Dick & Harry together with Lynette McMorrough and Andrew Lynford.

Then from February 18, theatre and television star Gary Wilmot is set to star in the largest musical production yet to be presented in Lowestoft. Half A Sixpence is a rags to riches story of love and laughter, featuring classic hit songs Flash Bang Wallop and When The Rain's Got To Fall.

Following the series of plays is a musical performance from Charlie Landsborough on February 28, and the return of Bjorn Again on February 29.

Soul fans are catered for on March 2 as Knock On Wood star Eddie Floyd, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band and soul singer Pauline Black visit the town as part of their worldwide tour.

Other leading music artistes set to play the Marina include former Blue star Anthony Costa, Tina Turner tribute act Susette Dorsey and a special tribute to Jimi Hendrix by Lena Martell and John Campbell, while there will also be comedy in the shape of Ken Dodd and Jimmy Carr.

Classical music again takes centre stage in March as the prestigious Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra perform, while there will also be a production of the Nutcracker.

Family favourite Basil Brush will be appearing on March 30 as he is joined by local favourite Tucker and stars from the Hungarian State Circus, while more family entertainment comes in the form of Horrible Histories by the Birmingham Stage Company, and Barney the Dinosaur.

Then in April, Dad's Army returns to its East Anglian routes as a new production of the classic sitcom tours the country. Leslie Grantham has been enlisted to appear as Private Walker in the production which features two lost episodes together with the classic German U Boat episode.

April will also see The Waveney Revels, a major district wide arts festival, staged at the Edwardian venue.

For more information or to book for any Marina Theatre concert, movie or show, call the box office on 01502 533200.

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