Swansea Grand Theatre

Just 10 minutes walk from our bed and breakfast

http://www.swansea.gov.uk/grandtheatrewhatson

 

 

Wednesday 20th June

That'll Be The Day

 

The UK's premier Rock & Roll production That'll Be The Day returns with another brand new show!

 

Highly acclaimed for its stunning LIVE entertainment value, That'll Be The Day is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music.

This latest production features a fantastic new-line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on-stage!

Prepare for an unforgettable night of nostalgia, laughs and ROCK 'N' ROLL!

 

Thursday 21st June

The Story of the Beach Boys ® - (A Tribute)

 

Guaranteed to leave everyone with a smile on their face, a song in their heart and a truly memorable live music experience to cherish, this is a show you do not want to miss.

The performers of this extravaganza express, Beach Boyz Tribute Band deliver a stunning show of technicolour harmonies that will take your breath away.

Presented here is a unique opportunity to hear a comprehensive selection of chart hits America's biggest pop band ever recorded including: God Only Knows - Good Vibrations - I Get Around - Surfin' USA - Fun Fun Fun - California Girls - Sloop John B and many more that you will surely know and by the end of the evening learn to love.

 

This production is performed with a technical excellence that will impress you and a vocal performance of the highest quality, this is an experience you will be proud to tell your friends you were there to witness.

 

You will be amazed at how just five performers can reproduce 100% live, the complex orchestral arrangements and intricate harmonies of America's biggest ever pop group.

Come join the fun and ride the wave of adrenaline and nostalgia that will sweep you from surf and sun to hit after hit.

 

Saturday 23rd June

Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue

 

Starring Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane & Lizzie Roper.

 

Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge, the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukelele orchestra and novelty fudge- making.

But with the world in a bigger mess than ever before, is there anything that can tempt them off their backsides to unleash their superpowers and once more come to the rescue ?!

Join us for 90 mins of brand new 'full-fat', 'batteries included' comedy from the mistresses of grump.

 

Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th June

Tickledom

 

Basil and the Ice Witch

 

Make your way to the happy land of Tickledom for a new musical adventure with the flower folk. Has Fluella the Ice Witch struck again? When Princess Violet loses her knowledge of flowers, plants and herbs, Basil sets off on a perilous journey to discover the truth and find the mysterious Evergreen who he hopes can break the spell.

 

Tue-Thu 10.00am & 1.00pm. Fri 10.00am & 1.00pm, Sat 4.00pm

 

Grand Theatre Arts Wings (10mins walk from our B&B) 

 

Friday 22nd June

An Evening for Ken Blakemore

 

A celebration of the work of the brilliant playwright Ken Blakemore, who died last year.

 

presented by fluellen Theatre Company

 

Wednesday 27th June

Comedy Club

 

Relax with friends and laugh yourself silly whilst enjoying some great comedy and a drink, cabaret style. 16+.

 

Swansea Grand Theatre hosts a regular Comedy Club, featuring some of the best acts on the circuit.

To join the Comedy Club e-mail list to receive regular updates on Comedy Club and other comedy events happening at Swansea Grand Theatre please send an email stating in the title bar - JOIN COMEDY MAILING LIST to swansea.grandmarketing@swansea.gov.uk

Here are just a sample of some of the comedians we have had at the club over the past 10 years. Jason Manford, Tim Vine, Marcus Brigstock, Rhod Gilbert, Nick Revell, Sarah Millican, Rob Deering, Brendan Burns, Noel James, Tom Rosenthal, Silky, Nick Coppin, Juliet Meyers, Simon Brodkin aka Lee Nelson, Earl Okin, Jon Richardson, Wes Packer, Al Pitcher, Howard Read, Josh Howie, Andrew Lawrence, Alex Horne, Russell Kane, Ian Cognito, Chris Corcoran, Wil Hodson and who remembers Chris Lynam!!! (www.chrislynam.net once seen, never forgotten!)

 

Friday 29th June

Film Fridays - Hell Drivers (1957)

 

Heartwarming nostalgia at its best. Join us for rare screenings of your favourite classic movies accompanied by fascinating back stories and trivia.

2pm

 

Friday 29th June

Film Fridays - Where Eagles Dare (1968)

 

Classic war movie with Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton

 

Heartwarming nostalgia at its best. Join us for rare screenings of your favourite classic movies accompanied by fascinating back stories and trivia.

6.30pm

 

Elsewhere in Swansea

 

Sunday 17th June

The Toots Project

Dylan Thomas Theatre - 20mins walk from our bed and breakfast

 

When accordionist Toots Thielemans turned his attention to the chromatic harmonica, in occupied Belgium in the 1940s, he picked a chameleon of an instrument which was to lead to a musical career without boundaries. Was it something about this unique and rarely-heard instrument which took him into the worlds of bebop bands, electric funk, brazilian jazz and film & TV scores? Or was it the highly-personal voice of this soft-spoken North European gentleman which endeared him to the vanguard of American musicians and composers, from Charlie Parker to Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman to Jaco Pastorius?

 

In a concert programme endorsed by Thielemans himself shortly before his death in 2016, harmonica maestro Phil Hopkins joins some of the UK’s most inventive jazz musicians to explore the eclectic repertoire of Toots. Taking the audience on what amounts to a journey through popular music of the last 50 years, the setlist ranges from well-known themes to Sesame Street and Midnight Cowboy, Thielemans’ own composition Bluesette (which quickly became a jazz standard), and the results of famous collaborations with Benny Goodman,  Paul Simon, Bill Evans and many others.

 

The broad range of material acts as a springboard for this talented band’s extraordinary gift for improvisation, and all the musicians will be contributing specially-written compositions inspired by the work of Toots.

 

Tipping his hat to Thielemans’ extensive musical liaisons, Hopkins has also arranged his own favourite tunes by Norah Jones, Carole King, Stevie Wonder and others to round out this fascinating programme.

 

Featuring strong melodies, familiar themes and Phil’s own commentary threading the set together, this programme will appeal to audiences of all ages and interests.

 

1pm

Tickets: £10

 

Sunday 17th June

Judith Nijland/Libor Smolda Quartet

Dylan Thomas centre - 25mins walk from our hotel

 

Dutch jazz singer Judith Nijland and Czech guitarist Libor Šmoldas are joining forces in a great new project called “Songs of Wes”.

 

This tribute to jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery will tell the man’s story by bringing the original songs. Judith wrote touching lyrics and Libor made some beautiful arrangements. Together they pay their creative and musical respect to the man’s great legacy.

 

Judith and Libor are visiting the UK for the first time together at Swansea Jazz Festival and will be joined by a great line up.

 

Judith Nijland (NL)- vocals

Libor Šmoldas (CZ)- guitar

Pieter Althuis (NL) – double bass

Paul Smith (UK) – drums

 

Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery (1923 –1968) is an American jazz guitar legend. He virtually defined modern jazz guitar during the 1950s and ’60s.  He was self-taught and developed an unorthodox playing technique – using his thumb instead of a guitar pick. He influenced generations of players who followed him, guitar icons such as George Benson, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Pat Metheny and Lee Ritenour.

 

 

Collaboration Judith and Libor

Judith and Libor were introduced to each other in Australia. While separately touring down under in January 2017, mutual jazz musicians invited them to do a concert together. Together they pay their creative and musical respect to the man’s great legacy.

 

Judith and Libor are visiting the UK for the first time together at Swansea Jazz Festival and will be joined by a great line up.

 

Judith Nijland (NL)- vocals

Libor Šmoldas (CZ)- guitar

Pieter Althuis (NL) – double bass

Paul Smith (UK) – drums

 

Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery (1923 –1968) is an American jazz guitar legend. He virtually defined modern jazz guitar during the 1950s and ’60s.  He was self-taught and developed an unorthodox playing technique – using his thumb instead of a guitar pick. He influenced generations of players who followed him, guitar icons such as George Benson, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Pat Metheny and Lee Ritenour.

 

 

Collaboration Judith and Libor

Judith and Libor were introduced to each other in Australia. While separately touring down under in January 2017, mutual jazz musicians invited them to do a concert together. The collaboration was born. Back home in Europe, Judith started the project Songs of Wes and she knew right away Libor had to be the one to join her.

 

 

Honouring Wes

Judith discovered Wes’ music a couple of years ago when she heard Wes’ original Road Song. She fell in love with the song, put lyrics to it and recorded it on a cd in 2013. For the project Songs of Wes Judith carefully sorted various songs from Wes – from his early to his later years – and wrote lyrics to them.

 

Libor made great arrangements and even wrote his own song in honour of Wes. Libor: “Out of all the amazing guitarists across the history of jazz Wes has always had a special place in my heart. I consider him the big guru of jazz guitar. If there is one person you can learn to play jazz on guitar from it’s him! I was so glad when Judith suggested to play his music and I am very happy to be part of this project.”

 

Libor Šmoldas

Prague is home to one of Europe’s top jazz guitarists Libor Šmoldas.

 

Besides leading Czech and European musicians he has worked, toured and recorded with international stars such as bassists Jay Anderson and George Mraz, drummers Jeff Ballard and Adam Nussbaum, organists Sam Yahel, Ondrej Pivec and Brian Charette and legendary saxophonist Bobby Watson.

 

Libor has released multiple albums both as a leader and a sideman.

Still so young, at age of 35, Libor is widely considered to be one of the best jazz musicians in the Czech Republic and a leading representative of his generation. Critics appreciate his smooth, melodic approach backed by apparent love of jazz.

 

3pm

Tickets: £10

 

Sunday 17th june

Pee Wee Ellis Funk All Stars

Dylan Thomas Centre - 25mins walk from our hotel

 

American saxophone legend Pee Wee Ellis is most famous as the man who refined the sound of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, and has every right to the title The Man who invented Funk.

 

In 1965 Pee Wee joined James Brown and soon came up with the first pure hardcore funk hit Cold Sweat following it up with 26 others and served Brown as MD until 1969. In the 1970s, as arranger and producer of CTI-Kudu records, he was responsible for the hits by Esther Phillips, George Benson, Hank Crawford and many others.

 

In 1979 he began a long relationship with Van Morrison and reformed the JB horns with Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker.

 

Pee Wee Ellis: Saxophone

Lizzie Deane: Vocals

Dennis Rollins: Trombone

Gareth Williams: Keyboards

Tim Cansfield: Guitar

Laurence Cottle: Bass

Mark Mondesir: Drums

 

9pm

Tickets: £15 – £20

 

Sunday 17th June

James Taylor Quartet

Dylan thomas theatre - 20mins walk from our B&B

 

For a quarter of a century, the James Taylor Quartet have set the standard for the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz. On dozens of mighty albums and at their legendary gigs at home and around the world, they’ve quietly become a byword for distinguished British creativity.

 

But the great artists never let the grass grow under their feet, and now James Taylor’s impassioned musical curiosity has led to the most ambitious and exciting project in JTQ’s illustrious history. Allow us to introduce the new album ‘Closer To The Moon,’ the like of which you’ve never heard — because in addition to their infectious trademark stylings, the quartet have brought together the worlds of jazz and classical music in a brilliant and unexpected marriage.

 

From the moment the metronome counts in at the top of ‘Tick Tock’ until the conclusion of the typically atmospheric, filmic title tune, ‘Closer To The Moon’ is a unique listening experience and a career landmark. Not to mention that it sports James’ first-ever lead vocal performance on ‘Closer To You’ and the little matter of a Beethoven piana sonata.

 

On ‘Closer To The Moon,’ released on his own Real Self label, Taylor’s trusty Hammond and the group’s ever-alluring horns are not content with delivering a range of juicy new jazz flavours. Throughout the record, they’re also conversing with a wild array of classical instrumentation, including celeste, vibes, harp, zither, gong, glockenspiel, even tubular bells, many of them custom-built for the bandleader.

 

6.45pm

Tickets: £18

 

Friday/Saturday  22nd,23rd June

Primary Dance Project

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our bed and breakfast

 

YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION ?

 

Taliesin will once again be filled with the energy, excitement and skill of the children of Swansea, as we host the acclaimed Primary Dance Project. Pupils from local Primary Schools work with the support and guidance of  County Youth Dance Company and a professional choreographer.

 

Tickets £2 available from the box office 01792 602060

 

Saturday 23rd June

Comedy Night @ Cafe Play by Night

Cafe play, Mumbles - 10mins drive from our B&B

 

Our headline act is Sol Bernstein and he’ll be supported by Mark Hurman, Eliza Frazer, Louise Leigh and Dorian Wainwright.

 

Noel James, who narrowly missed out on getting to the final of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ will host the evening!

 

Tickets are £10 and doors will open at 19:30 and we’ll aim to remain open until 01:30.

 

We have a limited number of tickets, so please get in touch asap  om 01792 363482

 

Saturday 23rd June

The Killers

Liberty Stadium - 10mins drive or a 25mins bus ride from our B&B

 

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). Mark Stoermer (bass, rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. (drums, percussion) would complete the current lineup of the band in 2002. The band's name is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band, portrayed in the music video for the New Order song "Crystal".

 

The band has released five chart topping studio albums: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam's Town (2006), Day & Age (2008), Battle Born (2012) and Wonderful Wonderful (2017). They have also released a B-sides and rarities compilation, Sawdust (2007); a live album, Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009); a greatest hits album Direct Hits (2013); and a Christmas compilation Don't Waste Your Wishes (2016).

 

The Killers are seen as one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, and the most successful rock band to ever emerge from the state of Nevada, having sold an estimated 22 million records worldwide. They have also achieved worldwide success as a live band, performing in over 50 countries and on six continents, headlining venues such as Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium.

 

Monday 25th June

Funny Cow

Taliesin Arts centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our guesthouse

 

Dir: Adrian Shergold

 

UK 2018 1hr 42mins

 

Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham

 

Maxine Peake gives a formidable performance as an aspiring female comedian standing up to a violent husband and the sexist Northern England men’s club circuit during the 1970s and 1980s.

 

“Peake is hypnotically belligerent as an ambitious club performer trampling over prejudice and sticky carpets on the 1970s comedy circuit.” The Guardian

 

Tuesday 26th June

Edie

Taliesin Arts centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our bed and breakfast

 

Dir: Simon Hunter

 

UK 2018 1hr 42mins

 

Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan

 

To try and overcome a lifetime of bitterness and resentment, an older lady decides to climb a mountain in Scotland.

 

“Director Simon Hunter has created a light and upbeat film that shares a similar tone to Ken Loach’s

The Angels’ Share.” Movie Review World

 

Tuesday 26th June

BP Big Screens 2018: La Bohème

Big Screen, Castle Square Swansea - 20mins walk from our guesthouse

 

The first revival of Richard Jones’s production of Puccini’s passionate opera, conducted by Nicola Luisotti and with two wonderful casts including Maria Agresta and Ekaterina Siurina as Mimì and Matthew Polenzani and Atalla Ayan as Rodolfo. Live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London on the Big Screen Castle Square, Free

 

7.30pm

FREE

 

Wednesday 27th June

That Good Night

Taliesin Arts centre, Swansea university - 25mins walk or a short drive from our hotel

 

Dir: Eric Styles

 

USA 2018 1hr 30mins

 

John Hurt, Sofia Helin, Max Brown

 

Ralph, a once famous writer is in his seventies and terminally ill. He has things to do before he dies: to be reconciled with his long-abandoned son, Michael, and secretly, to ensure he is not a burden to his devoted young wife, Anna, as he goes ‘into that good night.’

 

“[…] this gentle-paced adaptation of N.J. Crisp’s 1996 play builds steadily toward an irresistibly moving finale […].” Hollywood Reporter

 

Thursday 28th June

'A History of Macbeth in Half an Hour'

Taliesin Arts centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our guesthouse

 

Admission to the pre-show talk is free but bookable. Limited availability.

 

Swansea University’s Dr Eoin Price - author of ‘Public’ and ‘Private’ Playhouses in Renaissance England (Palgrave, 2015) - will present 'A History of Macbeth in Half an Hour', prior to the live broadcast from the National Theatre.

 

Amongst his work, Dr Price specialises in the politics of playing and play going in sixteenth-and seventeenth-century London and in the afterlives of plays from this period in later centuries.

 

Please book your tickets for the live broadcast through Taliesin. If you would like to register for the pre-show talk, please visit:

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-show-talk-a-history-of-macbeth-in-half-an-hour-tickets-46359048161

 

Thursday 28th June

NT Live: Macbeth

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our hotel

 

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Rufus Norris

 

Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

 

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

 

Running time: to be confirmed

 

Friday 29th June

Terry Hetherington Award

Dylan Thomas centre - 25mins walk from our bed and breakfast

 

Join us to mark the achievements of this year’s entrants into the £1000 Terry Hetherington Award for writers under 30, with an evening of readings and celebration

 

7pm

FREE

 

Friday 29th June

Craig Charles at the Rainbow Rooms

Rainbow Rooms, High St, Gorseinon - 15mins drive from our hotel

 

A former Coronation Street actor will be heading to Swansea in June, and he’ll be playing funk and soul.

 

Craig Charles, known for his character Lloyd Mullaney in Weatherfield as well as Dave Lister in sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf and presenter of Robot Wars, will be heading to The Rainbow Rooms in Gorseinon .

 

He will be putting on his Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club show on Friday, June 29, which sees him play a range of music from fresh new talent to classic artists from the golden age of the sixties and seventies.

 

Despite being well known for his acting, Craig has been involved in the music industry through much of his career.

 

His bands have included Watt 4, in which he played keyboards and sang, Craig Charles and the Beat Burglars, The Sons of Gordon Gekko, where he wrote lyrics and also composed tunes and The Eye, with whom he recorded the rock album Giving You The Eye, Live at the Edinburgh Festival. He also plays guitar and piano.

 

In 1987, he provided the poem track used for the opening credits of the BBC series The Marksman and wrote lyrics for Suzanne Rhatigan’s album To Hell With Love. In 1993, he was signed to the Acid Jazz record label.

 

Friday & saturday 29th/30th June

Wiseman Stage School Variety Spectacular

Taliesin Art Centre, Swansea university - 25mins walk or a short drive from our guesthouse

 

A variety spectacular with a plethora of talent on show to excite and delight everyone so come and tap along to all your fav tunes with our extremly talented pupils.

 

Friday 29th June to Sunday 1sy July

Ukulele Festival of Wales

Gower Heritage centre - 20mins drive from our Bed and breakfast

 

Enjoy Ukulele Festival of Wales at Gower Heritage Centre!

 

A two day Ukulele Festival.Headline bands with supporting acts. Stalls, Workshops, Jamming area, also Open mic sessions. The Gower Inn has also kindly agreed to host our “Friday Evening Festival Taster” which will kick off our mighty new festival weekend. Guaranteed fun strum so don’t forget to bring your uke..

Line up

 

Pete Moss

 

The Porthcawl Ukele Band

 

Michael Adcock

 

Percy Copley

 

Plucking Fourstrings

 

Fflip Fflops

 

The Ukelele Uff & Lonesome Dave Trio

 

Gary Phillips Amigos Trio

 

Capatain Cat & The Sailors

 

The Ukoholix

 

Eddie Cromie

 

Chonkinfeckle

 

Flee Bitten Boy

 

Workshops

 

Singing and Harmony – Roland Emmanuel

 

Ukele – Gary Phillps

 

Strumming Techniques- Michael Adcock

 

Workshop Fee is £10 and is payable at the Festival

 

For further information please visit – www.ukulelefestivalofwales.co.uk

 

Tickets available from Derricks Records

 

Saturday 30th June

Armed Forces Day 

Swansea Bay - 15mins walk from our hotel

 

Celebrate Armed Forces Day 2018 at the Wales Airshow!

 

Every year Armed Forces Day celebrates the contributions made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. This year Armed Forces day falls during the Wales Airshow, so a special celebration is planned on Saturday 30 June from 10.30am on Mumbles Road.

 

With the joint celebrations of Wales’ largest free event, Armed Forces Day and the centenary of the RAF, it’s sure to be a special occasion. There will be a large display of military stands and ground assets and ‘come and try it’ activities. There will also be a stage with military themed entertainment followed by the flag raising ceremony, accompanied by a piper and bugler. From currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets, come and show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

 

Saturday 30th june & Sunday 1st July

Wales National Airshow 2018

Across Swansea Bay - opposite to our B&B

 

The Wales Airshow will return on June 30 and July 1 - 2018. Breathtaking aerobatic displays, state-of-the-art aircraft and vintage planes from the past will again be thrilling hundreds of thousands of visitors in the skies above Swansea this summer. More information to follow…

 

Saturday 7th July

LITTLE MIX

Liberty Stadium - 10mins drive or a 25mins bus ride from our Bed and breakfast

 

THE LIBERTY STADIUM WILL PLAY HOST TO THE WORLD'S BIGGEST GIRL BAND, LITTLE MIX, IN JULY AS PART OF THEIR ‘SUMMER HITS TOUR 2018'.

The band will visit Swansea on Saturday, July 7.

 

The show will see Little Mix perform their greatest hits, including 'Touch', ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’ and 'Wings'.

 

Little Mix have just released The Platinum Edition of their smash hit album 'Glory Days'. The original version of the album spent five weeks at the top of the UK album chart, surpassing any other album released by a female group this millennium and becoming the longest-reigning girl group No. 1 album since the Spice Girls’ debut 20 years ago.

 

They have continued their sensational run of hit singles in 2017 with smashes such as 'Touch', 'No More Sad Songs', 'Power' and 'Reggaeton Lento (Remix)'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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