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From Gene Pitney and Simon and Garfunkel, to Dad's Army Star
Theatre-goers in Lichfield can expect some real treats during the forthcoming September programme at the city's theatre.

Music will take centre stage at the Lichfield Garrick during the month, with West End hit shows, classical musicians, and some of the best and most successful tribute acts around.

Lichfield Garrick theatre
Lichfield Garrick - home to a host of top shows

But the popular attractions lined up throughout September also include some of the veterans of stage and entertainment, including The Barron Knights who perform on September 9.

Still going strong after first emerging in the 60s and 70s, the Barron Knights combine their musicianship and harmonies with razor-sharp comedy versions of some of the biggest hits ever. Tickets are priced at 18.50.

Top tribute performers The Bee Gees Story - Night on Broadway turn up on September 11 to perform the full range of hits produced by the Gibb brothers over the course of four decades. This totally live concert features a six-piece band, with tickets priced at 20.

Lichfield Garrick theatre, Julian Smith
Julian Smith to star at Lichfield Garrick

Next up is a return to the 60s when the Remembering Gene Pitney tribute show comes to the Garrick on Saturday 12 September.

During the 70s and 80s, at a time when tribute shows were largely unheard of, Tommy Carey toured his Gene Pitney show with amazing success. Now, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Pitney's death, Tommy takes his "Remembering Gene Pitney 24 Hours from Tulsa" show on its first UK tour with his Big Band, singers and audio visuals. Tickets cost 19.50.

If you fancy a major musical contrast, then soprano saxophonist Julian Smith makes a welcome return to Lichfield Garrick on Sunday 13 September.

Julian's beautifully haunting soprano saxophone sound has been heard all over the world and earned him over 700,000 telephone votes on Britain's Got Talent, one place behind Susan Boyle.

Julian, who will be accompanied by a new augmented band including members of the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, will perform various musical styles, from Ravel's 'Bolero' and Beethoven to the Beatles and Bill Withers. Tickets for the show are 18.

Lichfield Garrick theatre, Simon and Garfunkel
The Simon and Garfunkel Story packed with hits

But perhaps the biggest musical treat comes on September 17 when The Simon and Garfunkel Story arrives direct from its success in London's West End as well as a sold out UK tour.

Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th anniversary celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Homeward Bound. Tickets cost 20.50.

The following night, September 18, sees a commemoration of World War One words and music led by Dad's Army star Ian Lavender.

Ian Lavender, Dad's Army, Lichfield Garrick theatre
Former Dad's Army star Ian Lavender hosts Garrick show

Keep The Home Fires Burning is an Opera UK concert marking 100 years since the 1914-18 war, with songs and music from the time, along with letters, extracts from diaries and poems sent from the front line. See Keep The Home Fires Burning for 18 per ticket.

Other musical offerings throughout September also feature Ghost the Musical, which runs from September 22 to 26. Performed by Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre, the story is based on the Oscar-winning fantasy film about the power of love.

Tickets for the show, which features a talented cast of 40 young performers, cost between 18 and 20.

There is still time for a couple more top tribute acts in the month, with A Solitary Man - The Songs of Neil Diamond on September 25 (14) and The Lindisfarne Story, featuring former group members Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw, on September 30 (19.50).

Tickets for all shows can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling Lichfield Garrick's Box Office on 01543 412121.

Full September listing:
September 4: The And Finally Big Band
September 5: Abba Reunion
September 9: The Barron Knights
September 11: Night on Broadway - The Bee Gees Story
September 12: Remembering Gene Pitney
September 13: Julian Smith
September 16: Morecambe and Wise Rebooted
September 17: The Simon and Garfunkel Story
September 18: Keep The Home Fires Burning / Dracula's Ghost
September 19: Worbey and Farrell's House Party
September 22-26: Ghost The Musical
September 25: A Solitary Man - The Songs of Neil Diamond
September 27: Ministry of Science Live
September 29-October 3: Brief Encounter
September 30: The Lindisfarne Story
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Why? Enjoy a wonderful array of musical treats for the whole month
When: 1-30 September 2015
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR
Cost: Up to 20.50 a ticket
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