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When you hear the announcement of a new play, you might think that you have plenty of time to book. It will be on for months after all. But the Rose Theatre also organises One Night Only performances (occasionally two nights), so you have to be snappy if you don't want to miss them. Tickets are £12-£18.

Their current selection is focussing on a number of musical performances, but there are also other things to whet your fancy.

Honor Blackman as Herself
19th May, 7.30pm

Honor Blackman, who is famed for her role as Goldfinger's Pussy Galore will be appearing on stage with the director, director Richard Digby Day, talking about her life in East London, growing up during the war, and her television and film roles, such as The Avengers and James Bond.

The Big Chris Barber Band
22nd May, 7.30pm

With his trusty trombone, Chris Barber has been a jazz bandleader for sixty-four years. For this performance he will be following at his New Orleans roots with Bourbon Street Parade, as well as many other great numbers such as Petite Fleur, South Rampart St Parade , and When the Saints Come Marching In.

Georgie Fame & Sons in Concert
24th May, 7.30pm

The name says it all. Georgie Fame reached fame in the 1960s, with numerous hits, and is the only British pop star to achieve three number ones, including Yeh Yeh, Getaway, and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.

The Showstoppers
25th May, 7.30pm

The Showstoppers are an improvisational comedy group, whose act is different every night (at least it would be if it was on for more than one night only). Their entire musical performance is made up on the spot from audience suggestions, so start generating ideas.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
26th May, 7.30pm

The orchestra are returning to the Rose Theatre to play Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto, and Beethoven's Symphony No.7.

We'll Meet Again
29th & 30th May, 2.30pm

A patriotic performance with nostalgic music from the good old days.

Best of British
31st May, 7pm & 1st June, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Join Freddie Davies, Maggie O'Hara, Andy Greaves, Safire, and Pete Lindup for the best British variety act.

Stella: Take The Space
4th June, 7.30pm

This story follows the lives of two women from two different eras, as they both look up at the night sky and ponder their place in the universe.

Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion
5th June, 8pm

Fusing Jazz with African sounds, Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion will prove to be a night of rhythmic mastery.

22nd June, 7.30pm

The BalletBoyz have just set up their own studio in Kingston, and to give audiences a preview of what's in store, they will be at the Rose Theatre with a live dance performance, film, and a special guest appearance.

JazzLive Dance
5th July, 8.30pm

What do you get when you put together two award winning musicians, and a new all star band? JazzLiveDance.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band
7th July, 3pm

The Grimethorpe Colliery Band have made many television appearances, and have even been in films, including Mark Herman's Brassed Off (1996).
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Why? One Time opportunity
When: 19th May - 7th June
Phone: 08444 821 556
Where: Rose Theatre
Cost: £12-£18
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