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Music, Comedy, Drama And Ghost Stories Too
Old style variety theatre may be a thing of the past, but there's no shortage of varied entertainment on offer at the Lichfield Garrick throughout October.

And there is no shortage of big names to enjoy over the coming weeks as the Garrick theatre rolls out its programme of shows ranging from music and comedy to drama - and something else besides.

Lichfield Garrick, Bay City Rollers, Les McKeown
Les McKeown brings his new Bay City Rollers to the Garrick

One of the hottest tickets in Lichfield during October is the Bay City Rollers, led by the Edinburgh band's original frontman Les McKeown.

But there will also be the legendary comedy radio show Round The Horne, the classic ballet Coppelia, and the trials of Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The Garrick's October programme kicks off on October 1 with X-Factor winner Joe McElderry taking to the road with a brand new music show, building on his six years of success since achieving TV fame in 2009. Tickets for Joe cost 20.50.

Lichfield Garrick, Joe McElderry
Former X-Factor winner Joe McElderry starts the October programme

BBC TV's Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, TV psychic Sally Morgan and an Elvis Presley tribute act soon follow, before comedy ballet Coppelia takes to the stage from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 October.

The ballet, which tells the tale of an eccentric toy maker and his beloved doll, costs 21 for adults and 11 for children.

A tribute to the ultimate instrumental band, The Shadows, follows on October 9 and 10, before Lichfield Operatic Society present The Full Monty between October 13 and 17, with tickets priced 15-18.

Comedy returns with comedy actor John Challis with tales of his appearances as Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, and then it is The Hound of the Baskervilles, performed by Staffordshire's Fired Up Theatre.

Lichfield Garrick, The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sherlock Holmes steps up in The Hound of the Baskervilles

Their latest production, taking place on October 16 and 17, pays homage to the Basil Rathbone black and white film classic set in darkest Dartmoor. Tickets cost 15 or 10 for students.

It is then the turn of Les McKeown and his four piece band to recreate the fame that the Bay City Rollers enjoyed in their 1970s heyday with massive hits such as Bye Bye Baby and Shang A Lang.

By coincidence, the original Bay City Rollers, including Les, have just announced that they are reforming, starting with a concert in Glasgow in December. But this is a chance to see Mr McKeown and his backing band at the Garrick on Sunday 18 October, with tickets priced at 21.

Lichfield Garrick, Doreen - The Movie
Black Country comedy brings Doreen the Movie

The following night, October 19, is the premiere of Doreen the Movie for fans of Black Country comedy, performed on stage. Tickets cost 12.50, but the show is not suitable for children under the age of 16.

Comedy contrast follows immediately with the 50th anniversary tour of Round The Horne which stops off in Lichfield for two nights, on October 20 and 21, priced 17 a ticket.

Lichfield Garrick, Round The Horne
Enjoy the 50th anniversary tour of Round The Horne

From 1965 to 1969 there wasn't a bigger radio programme in Britain with audiences of up to 15 million people gathering to hear the hilarious antics of characters such as Rambling Sid Rumpo, J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock, and Julian and Sandy.

The Lichfield Players present the farce Don't Dress For Dinner from October 20 to 24 (priced 12) with all the usual mistaken identities, twists and turns.

Further theatrical performances follow with Peter Pan, presented by Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company (October 27-31), Oh, Whistle..., which comprises two ghost stories on October 27, and Going Green by Opus Theatre Company (October 30 and November 1), while musical shows include a Phil Collins tribute (October 23) and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band (October 24).

Lichfield Garrick
The Lichfield Garrick theatre plays host to a feast of entertainment

Full List:

Oct 1: Joe McElderry
Oct 2: An Evening with Adam Henson
Oct 3: A Vision of Elvis
Oct 6: Psychic Sally on the Road
Oct 8-10: Coppelia
Oct 8: Simon Smith
Oct 9-10: Into The Shadows
Oct 13-17:The Full Monty
Oct 15: Only Fools and Boycie
Oct 16-17: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Oct 18: Bay City Rollers
Oct 19: Doreen the Movie
Oct 20-21: Round The Horne
Oct 20-24: Don't Dress For Dinner
Oct 22: The Irish House Party
Oct 23: And Finally..Phil Collins
Oct 24: Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Oct 27: Oh, Whistle..
Oct 27-31: Peter Pan
Oct 29: Phillip Dyson
Oct 30: Going Green
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Why? So Much Varied Entertainment Crammed Into A Single Month
When: 1-31 October 2015
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR
Cost: 12 to 26 per ticket
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