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Upcoming events at the Roses Theatre

PUBLISHED: 10:03 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:03 22 October 2015

October shows at the Roses Theatre

At The Drop Of A Hippopotamus

Fresh from headlining at the International Flanders and Swann Festival, playing on Donald Swann’s piano and drinking from Michael Flanders’ famous Madeira decanter, Tim Fitzhigham (a Perrier nominated and award winning comedian) and Duncan Walsh Atkins (musical director of The Showstoppers) are paying tribute to the mirth and total silliness of the masters of 1950s and 1960s madness on Friday 23 October.

Flanders and Swann’s brand of inoffensive, witty and often satirical humour has stood the test of time, bringing laughter and song to millions around the globe and remaining popular with all ages.

Mud, Mud Glorious Mud (The Hippopotamus Song), The Gnu Song, Madeira M’dear, The Gasman Cometh, and many of their other songs have passed into legend along with their anarchic sense of humour, wordplay and fun.

After three sell out tours, Duncan, Tim and the Hippo continue to go from strength to strength and, as Michael Flanders himself was the first to suggest, their songs were - and are - not sung nearly enough. At the Drop of a Hippopotamus is an attempt to redress this, and an attempt by Duncan’s wife to re-dress him in a smart suit.

Tickets cost £20.75 with concessions available.

Dreaming Of Kate

Last year Kate Bush announced she would be returning to the stage for the first time in 35 years. While many fans would’ve been quick off the mark in securing tickets, there would have been several who were left disappointed as they would once again miss out on seeing the elusive singer live. Enter the hypnotising Maaike Breijman, whose tribute Dreaming Of Kate will bring the sheer artistry of the original to The Roses Theatre’s stage on Saturday 24 October.

Audiences become enraptured with Maaike’s remarkable resemblance to Kate Bush in vocal style and appearance as the extraordinary performer, accompanied by a live band, spans Kate’s entire career. Her albums remain popular as ever to this day, and Dreaming Of Kate is a rare opportunity for fans to hear her songs brought to life in a show with the attention to detail her music deserves.

A simple social media competition run by the theatre recently confirmed the popularity of Bush’s music; a single post reached a staggering 14,000 people and hundreds of users interacted with the post hoping to secure a pair of tickets to the tribute show in Tewkesbury.

All tickets cost £19.25

Irish House Party

Consistently voted as one of the top ten things to do in Dublin, The Irish House Party is a highly entertaining and traditional night out with All Ireland Champion musicians, fantastic presenters, great banter and not forgetting excellent Irish dancing. The Roses Theatre will share in this celebration on Sunday 25 October.

This multi-talented gathering delivers the best traditional night of musical entertainment the Emerald Isle has to offer. The musicians will astound with their ability, craft and knowledge, taking you on a journey of rhythm, song and dance in an intimate, friendly and homely atmosphere.

This fresh approach results in an exciting new theatre going experience and has made the show hugely popular with both Irish and international audiences with sell out shows in Ireland and the USA. The show has also recently been featured on The Late Late Show in Ireland.

Inspiring a fun spirit, The Irish House Party look forward to sharing a great night of Celtic celebration in true Irish style.

All tickets cost £21.50

Tickets can be purchased from The Roses Theatre Box Office on 01684 295074 or online at


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