X-Factor star and 60s singers to perform in Hartlepool

South Shields Christmas Lights switch on - Joe McElderry

South Shields Christmas Lights switch on - Joe McElderry

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An X-Factor star and former members of one of the UK’s most successful 1960s pop groups are set to perform in Hartlepool

Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre will welcome former X-Factor winner Joe McElderry, while former members of The Kinks will be part of the The Kast Off Kinks show. The show includes former drummer Mick Avory and ex-bassist Jim Rodford.

The latest Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre and Cinema schedule has been released and the line-up includes music and cabaret.

Other acts include a tribute to the kings of cool Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr in the Rat Pack and a Vegas Spectacular show.

There are plenty of different genres for everyone to enjoy including the Hot Potato Comedy Club, which will be warming up the season with appearances by Ray Peacock, Tom Stade and Benny Boot.

There is drama, with Shakespeare’s classic tale The Merchant Of Venice being modernised into a new production called Pocket Merchant, with a Be Brave And Leave For The Unknown is an exhilarating show by RedCape Theatre alongside a festive offering in a modern-day retelling of a Christmas Carol.

An enchanting theatre performance for youngsters called Bear and Butterfly will combine puppetry, live music and storytelling.

Matinee Mondays are for the film fans, with two sports-themed movies to celebrate the Rugby World Cup.

There’s also a chance to re-live the magic of classic musical Oklahoma, 60 years after its initial release.

Local talent is also well represented, with A Celebration of Music by the Preston Simpson and Sterndale Young Musicians Trust, Elwick Academy and Northern Arts Academys This Ones For You, a Dance Festival by Karen Liddle School of Dance and Thoroughly Modern Musicals by Hartlepool Stage Society.

To find out more information, call the Box Office on (01429) 234000 or refer to the council’s new guide which covers autumn and winter and will be dropping through letter boxes in the next few weeks.