Charity Gala Spectacular at Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth

The New Jersey Boys. Picture: GBP Promotions

The New Jersey Boys. Picture: GBP Promotions - Credit: Archant

An evening of entertainment in aid of the RD&E Hospital’s cardiology wards, thanks to a Sidmouth-born promoter

Sidmouth-born promoter, Gordon Bess, will be returning to the Manor Pavilion Theatre on Thursday, March 7, with a charity show, Gala Spectacular, the proceeds from which will benefit the cardiology wards of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Gordon, 84, from Exeter said: “I have presented shows at the theatre for many years, but this one is special to me, since I have had the great pleasure of working with each of the acts individually. Fortunately, the five artistes are generously giving their time to perform at the theatre. The proceeds from the evening will go directly to the hospital, where I received some wonderful treatment and care two years ago.”

Gala Spectacular has an impressive line-up of UK artistes. Entertainer and pianist Peter Gill (Meet Tommy Atkins, The Jerry Lee Story, Newhart and Lehrer) will compere the programme and perform some of the funniest songs ever written. Colin and Paula Mitchell (AJ’s Big Band) will be swinging and singing, whilst Rosemary Hawthorne (aka The Knicker Lady) makes a welcome return with her much-loved, hilarious observations on fashion and underwear. No strangers to the theatre, the New Jersey Boys will again be delighting their audience with their high-energy tributes to the Four Seasons and other musical legends.

Joining this talented group, close-up magician Mark Leveridge will be on hand to bemuse and amuse. The unmissable evening will also include a grand draw with valuable prizes to be won.


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Gordon said: “I have very happy memories of my life in Sidmouth and can remember the theatre when it was a hall, with the stage at the other end of the building. My father was manager of the Radway Cinema and I was a keen member of the Sidmouth Musical Comedy Society - strong influences in later life!

“Sidmouth is a special town with a special theatre, thanks to the dedication of its manager Graham Whitlock and his splendid team.

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“Our aim, on March 7, is to have a great night of fun whilst supporting a good cause. It’s going to be the best party in town!”

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