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Ottone
By English Touring Opera

Wednesday 5 Nov, 7.30pm
Returning to that area of repertoire for which ETO has found such an enthusiastic audience - and critical acclaim – the company will match Haydn’s commedia dell’arte with one of Handel’s finest tragedies, taken from that decade that marked the highest achievement in opera in Britain. Ottone, a rarely performed masterpiece describes a bloody coup and the arrival of a Byzantine bride around the year 1000AD. The opera has a treasure trove of fantastic arias –a number of which are regularly performed in concert. One deceptively simple aria, ‘Falsa immagine’, was at first scorned by the great Italian soprano Cuzzoni – and it is reported that handel convinced her of its genius as he leaned her out of a high window! A chance to see the full opera in ETO’s characteristic style will be a treat for opera fans old and new.

£26, (£24.50 conc), £23 Friends, £45 Double Ticket, £10 Restricted View

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  Let’s Hang On
The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Friday 7 Nov, 7.30pm
This award-winning production takes you on a musical journey through the prolific career of one of the most successful bands of all time. From their beginnings in the early 50’s, the show takes you through hits such as Grease, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, and many more, climaxing with a spectacular finale of Let’s Hang On.

“you guys are dynamite!” Frankie Valli

£23

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  Dave Gorman
Gets Straight To The Point* (* The PowerPoint)

Saturday 8 Nov, 8.00pm
The wonderfully innovative comedy mind behind Modern Life Is Goodish (Dave), Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure is back with a brand new live show that promises more of his unique blend of stand-up comedy and visual story-telling as Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point*... (*The PowerPoint). Yes. That’s right. It’s a PowerPoint presentation. We know what you’re thinking. But don’t worry… as this all-new show follows the phenomenal success of his critically-acclaimed UK Tour, Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation, which included a sold-out five-night run at London’s Southbank Centre, we think you’re in pretty safe (and funny) hands. You won’t need to take notes and you almost certainly won’t be tested on it later.

”…has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria” Metro

£20

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Joan Armatrading

Sunday 9 Nov 2014, 7.30pm
Over her 42 years of touring Joan Armatrading has never done a solo world tour. For her last major tour she has decided this is the perfect time to perform her first ever full scale solo concerts. Her performances will include songs that span her entire career so far including Love and Affection, Willow, Drop The Pilot and Me, Myself I. Joan says:

“I will never retire but this will be the last major tour that I will undertake. For the first time these concerts will be me solo on stage playing the guitar, piano and singing. I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience”.

During her long and illustrious career Joan has been successful in all musical genres, from pop, blues, folk, to reggae and jazz. Three times Grammy nominated, Brit Award nominee and Ivor Novello Award winner, Joan is an MBE, and recognised as one of the world’s leading singer, songwriters.

£29.50

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Mark Watson
Flaws

Thursday 13 Nov, 7.30pm
Winner of five major comedy awards, 24-hour-show luminary and novelist. Mark (host of BBC's We Need Answers, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week regular and star of cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better) returns to the road. This is his darkest, most personal show yet. Luckily, also his funniest. Recommended age: 14+.

“the highest achiever the Edinburgh Festival has seen this decade. A huge comic presence” The Times

£16

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