Rick Wakeman: A Night Of Music and Anecdotal Wit

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Before the show:

  • Our Ladybird by Design exhibition is open for all to visit before the show (entry: free). 
  • Eat before the show: 6:00-7:50pm (see below for details)

The main event:

  • Doors 7pm
  • Cadbury Sisters 7:30 - 7.55pm
  • Interval 8 - 8.20pm...
  • Rick Wakeman 8.20pm - 10pm

After the show:

  • Meet Rick Wakeman: Rick will be signing merchandise after the show.

A Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Professor of the London College of Music, former Yes keyboard player,<em >Watchdogpresenter and renowned Grumpy Old Man, RICK WAKEMAN has led a rich and varied life. In his one-man solo show, he recounts hilarious and unlikely anecdotes from a career that has included musical collaborations with David Bowie, Cat Stevens and Elton John, as well as worldwide tours with YES and his own band The English Rock Ensemble, punctuated by displays of dazzling virtuosity on the piano.

Classically trained pianist Rick was a much-sought-after session musician in the late Sixties and early Seventies when he played on more than 2,000 records by a wide variety of artists which included such diverse talents as Cilla Black, John Williams, Marc Bolan and Black Sabbath.

In the early Seventies, he found fame in his own right as a member of first Strawbs and then YES (a band he has been in and out off quite a few times since!). As a solo artist and with YES, he has sold more than 50,000,000 albums. He has written a number of film scores and regularly takes part in The News Quiz, Just A Minute and It’s Your Round on BBC Radio 4. He has also carved out quite a television career, featuring in every single episode in the Grumpy Old Men series, as well as making just under 100 appearances on Countdown and accepting numerous invites to guest on Never Mind The Buzzcocks. He is now in his fifth year as a regular presenter on Watchdog.

Rick still finds time each year to perform concerts around the world, which can range from his extremely popular one-man show to extravaganzas that include symphony orchestras and choirs. In 2014, he toured the UK with his multi-million selling work, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, which included two sell-out performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and was voted Best Live Event at the Progressive Music Awards 2014.

In August 2013, for the first time in his long and varied career, he performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a run of 12 solo shows which were a sell-out success, winning rave reviews and quickly becoming a ‘must-see’ event of the festival. As he takes the show on the road one more time, come along and find out why life is rarely dull for Rick or those around him.

Support: The Cadbury Sisters

Twitter: @GrumpyOldRick

Reviews of the show from the Edinburgh Fringe:

‘A genuinely fascinating character, and unarguably talented performer, Wakeman’s show is a triumph’ ***** - Fest magazine

‘A national treasure’ **** - Broadway Baby

‘Great fun’ - The Herald Scotland

‘A genuinely fascinating character, and unarguably talented performer, Wakeman’s show is a triumph’ ***** - Fest magazine

Eat before the show

Gig Food Menu

This menu is subject to change on the day
All at £9.75

Freshly made to order

Char grilled steak burger with melted mozzarella, chunky chips and onion rings
Deep fried plaice filet sandwich with tartar sauce, mange tout salad, chunky chips and crispy calamari rings
Pan fried spicy bean burger on focaccia topped with grilled Portobello mushroom and a roasted vegetable salad V
Char grilled chicken tikka served in toasted pita bread with papadoms and a yogurt, mango and mint dip

Side orders

Potato wedges with garlic, lemon and thyme mayo
Mixed leaf and crunchy vegetable salad with a French mustard dressing
Seasoned chunky chips

Please order & pay for food at the bar

All our dishes are freshly prepared and cooked to order in our kitchen.
Wherever possible we use locally sourced ingredients supporting local suppliers

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:
Online: £1 per ticket + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
Telephone: £2 per transaction + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
In Person: £2 per transaction (applies if using credit card only) Debit card/Cheque/cash is free
Sat 14 Mar 2015
Tickets: £25.00 - £27.00

Booking & Information:
01424 229 111
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