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Martin Simpson
Sunday 30th November, 8:00pm
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge

Tickets £17.00*/£15.00* (conc)

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There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and "One Day".

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more.

Martin has been nominated an astounding 31 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 12 nominations for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens".

Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

In 2013, Martin celebrated his 60th year with some major festival appearances and the launch of his latest album 'Vagrant Stanzas', which was released by Topic Records. Martin will be embarking on some major touring throughout 2014.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
30/11/2014
A Christmas Tea Dance
A Christmas Tea Dance
MON 8th DEC 1pm
£7 | £8 on the day

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Put the Christmas shopping and present wraping on hold, grab your dancing shoes and come along to the Blue Lounge for a festive afternoon Tea Dance.

Always popular and with a lovely relaxed feel, it will be the perfect Christmassy afternoon.

Price of entry includes a mince pie and glass of mulled wine.
08/12/2014
Tom Spence at Christmas
Tom Spence at Christmas
Wednesday 10th December, 12:30pm
All tickets £11.00*
Unreserved Seating

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Tom Spence is back by popular demand, bringing his very special afternoon Christmas Concert to the Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge.

Join Tom for an afternoon of Christmas Classics, Musical Theatre Favourites and some exclusive tracks from his forthcoming album.

Tom’s television debut, a performance of ‘Silent Night’ went out Live on BBC Northwest Tonight Programme to over one million viewers.

 www.tom-spence.com


*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
10/12/2014
Ho Ho "Oh What A Lovely Christmas"
Ho Ho "Oh What A Lovely Christmas"
Thursday 11th and Friday 12th December, 7:30pm
Tickets £13.00* (reserved seating) and £11.00* (unreserved seating)

Magical from beginning to end, St Pauls Operatic is packing this Christmas cracker show full of seasonal joy. A fabulous spectacle, which features the best Christmas songs from musicals including Scrooge, Annie, Mame, White Christmas and Meet Me in St Louis.

Don't miss this glittering all singing all dancing production, guaranteed to get you into the spirit of Christmas!

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
11/12/2014 To 12/12/2014
Floral Tea Dance
Floral Tea Dance
Advance  £5.00
Pay on the Day £6.00

Why not put on your dancing shoes and come along to the Winter Gardens in the Floral Pavilion theatre for an afternoon Tea Dance?
12/01/2015 To 13/04/2015
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th January, 2015
All Tickets £42.50*
Menu to be announced
Vegetarian and other dietary requirements will be catered for, please contact the box office.

This globetrotting show is truly quite legendary, selling out at venues like the Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House. It continues to tour the world this year – and it’s returning to us in January 2015 for five nights (and three matinees) only!

Waited upon by Basil, Sybil and Manuel, this is fully immersive, highly improvised and site-specific comedy theatre at its best. Only a third of the show scripted, so anything can happen as you take a seat in the 'Fawlty Towers' restaurant… Expect all the best gags, shambolic service and a ‘70s style 3-course meal in ‘top end entertainment that’s not to be missed’ (What’s on London). Just don’t mention the war! ‘

'The most exciting, pacy and disciplined piece of improv theatre to be seen… outstanding!' FringeReview, Edinburgh Fringe
‘had us in stitches!’ BBC Radio Five Live, Pienaar’s Politics
‘truly an experience… a fantastic evening’ What’s on Stage

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience was born in Brisbane in 1997 and made its international debut in 2008 at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it’s sold out every year since. It opened a residency in London’s West End in October 2012 and continues there still. Eight teams of cast now tour the world non-stop. The cast for Floral Pavilion Theatre features Paul O’Neill as Basil, Donna Gray as Sybil, and Brian Roche as Manuel.

'book yourself a seat at the funniest restaurant in town’ The Public Reviews
'rip-roaringly hilarious' This Is London
a hilarious battle of wits, patience, fire extinguishers and fine food' Australian Traveller, Sydney Opera House

www.faultytowers-uk.com

 


*£1.00 per booking fee per ticket applies.  Capped at 8 tickets.  No fees for Friends of the Floral.
21/01/2015 To 25/01/2015
Michael Portillo – Life – A Game of Two Halves
Michael Portillo – Life – A Game of Two Halves
Saturday 31st January 2015, 7:30pm
Tickets £17.00*/£15.00* (concessions)

It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM. A track record like that suggests to many a privileged friend of the rich and famous with little or no understanding of or care for the ordinary citizen. But since leaving the house almost a decade ago Michael has endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for solid workmanship as found in our great Victorian Railways and the daily toil of the working man, as well as the underprivileged (Michael becomes a Single Mum 2003) and the troubled (Death of a school friend 2002) . Listen to his extraordinary story and then feel free to question him about it.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
31/01/2015
Liverpool Mozart Orchestra - February Concert
Liverpool Mozart Orchestra - February Concert
Saturday 7th February 2015, 7.30pm
Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm
Tickets £16.00*/£14.50* (concessions)/£5.00 (students)
Free to young people aged 16 and under if accompanied by a paying adult

Conductors:
Carlos Ágreda, Stuart Overington
Soloist: Elliot Gresty - clarinet

Programme:
Schubert - Rosamunde Overture
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto
Schubert – Unfinished Symphony
Mozart – Symphony No. 31

Enjoy the much-loved Clarinet Concert by Mozart, stunningly performed by young local soloist, Elliot Gresty. Tonight brings you not just one, but two symphonies: the well-loved ‘Unfinished’ by Schubert, and to round off the evening, Mozart’s popular 31st symphony, ‘Paris’.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
07/02/2015
Mothership - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Mothership - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Saturday 21st February 2015, 8:00pm
Tickets £13.00*/£11.00* (concessions)

This is an all standing concert.

A singer with the range of Robert Plant, a guitarist with the skill and flair of Jimmy Page, a bass player with the mastery and keyboard wizardry of John Paul Jones, and a drummer who has all the technique and power of John Henry Bonham.

Mothership, described in the Liverpool Echo as "the most authentic sounding Led Zeppelin tribute in the UK", return to the Blue Lounge to present over two hours of Zeppelin classics, including Black Dog, Kashmir, Going to California and When the Levee Breaks. The band consists of John Angus (vocals), David Crilly (guitars), Fred Eastwood (bass, keyboards and mandolin) and the mighty Peter Tulloch (drums). You can expect a spectacular show with more than a few surprises thrown in for good measure. No true fan of Led Zeppelin will want to miss this remarkable tribute to the music of the world's greatest rock band!

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
21/02/2015
Germaine Greer - The Disappearing Woman
Germaine Greer - The Disappearing Woman
Friday 27th February 2015, 7:30pm
Tickets £17.00*/£15.00* (concessions)

Forty years ago it seemed that women were about to take their rightful place in the world, in parliament, in the church, in the judiciary, in the workplace but when you open your newspaper you find that news is still made by men in suits. As soon as girls accept the size, role and shape of adult women, they begin to disappear. With each stage of their lives, as they become successively wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, they become less visible.Germaine Greer attempts to suggest some strategies for change.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
27/02/2015
The Wirral Wedding Show
The Wirral Wedding Show
Sunday 8th March, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge
Free of charge

The Wirral Wedding Show is being held in the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton where over 50 the of regions wedding specialists and retailers will be showcasing everything you need and more to plan your perfect wedding day. From bridal dresses to wedding cakes, florists to venue dressers and live wedding bands to wedding photographers. Everything you need for your perfect wedding day all under one roof.

The Floral Pavilion is also the perfect wedding venue with striking, contemporary architecture and dramatic backdrop of the River Mersey and Fort Perch Rock present a truly unique setting for your special day.
  • Free entry & parking
  • Over 30 leading wedding specialists
  • Catwalk shows: 12.30pm and 2.30pm
  • Live entertainment throughout the day
  • Exclusive special offers and competitions
  • Goody bag with a free copy of the latest Wedding Ideas Magazine
08/03/2015
Murder One Night
Murder One Night
Friday 13th March, 7:30pm
Tickets £18.50*

Not suitable for Under 16s

An interactive whodunit where you are invited to attend the Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge for a police reconstruction of the last known movements of a missing girl...

The young woman, last seen in the Marine Point vicinity, has mysteriously disappeared. The police are holding a reconstruction of her last known movements and, alongside members of her family, are pleading for the audience’s help in this intriguing mystery.

However, as skeletons tumble from the family closet, events take an unexpected twist. One of the family is out to prove that blood is thicker than water...

Critically acclaimed company Murder One (featured on CNN) assemble a rogues galley of suspects for their unique Murder Mystery, “Murder One Night” - an interactive evening of entertainment like no other!

Please note that due to the investigative nature of this interactive performance, audience members will be out of their seats for long periods, questioning suspects and studying clues. The performance is not suitable for those under 16 years of age.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
13/03/2015
Ian McCulloch (plus support)
Ian McCulloch (plus support)
Thursday 19th March 2015, 8:00pm
All tickets £19.50*

Formed in Liverpool in 1978, Echo & the Bunnymen grew to become one of the UK’s most popular indie rock bands, responsible for hit albums and singles such as The Cutter, Seven Seas, Bring on the Dancing Horses, The Killing Moon, and Nothing lasts forever.

Iconic front man Ian McCulloch will be giving a rare solo performance at The Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge and will feature stripped down versions of classic Bunnymen tracks, as well as songs from his own solo catalogue.

This is a one off chance to experience the sounds of a true icon of British indie music.

facebook.com/IanMcCullochofficial

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
19/03/2015
Focus
Focus
Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:00pm
Tickets £18.50*/£16.50* (concessions)

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus became as one of the most successful Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits Hocus Pocus, House of The King and Sylvia, the iconic Dutch music masters are back. Focus are Thijs van Leer Hammond-organ, flute and vocals, drums Pierre van der Linden , bass Bobby Jacobs and guitar Menno Gootjes.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
22/03/2015
John Renbourn & Wizz Jones
John Renbourn & Wizz Jones

Saturday 28th March 8pm
Tickets £17.00*/£15.00* (concessions)

A John Renbourn concert takes the listener into a rich musical landscape of warm vocals and witty asides about the history of the songs. At the core is a revolutionary guitar style that explores the instrument's potential in unusual and beautiful ways, created and performed by a consummate master.

With his unique guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and "a right hand worthy of Broonzy" Wizz continues to tour on the acoustic folk and blues circuit.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.

28/03/2015
Curved Air 2015
Curved Air 2015
Friday 17th April 2015, 8:00pm
Tickets £18.50*/£16.50* (concessions)

This 1969 groundbreaking progressive art-rock band combines a remarkable female vocalist with virtuoso musicians. Reformed in 2008 after a sabbatical of 18 years, they continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans. Curved Air is: vocalist Sonja Kristina, original Curved Air drummer Florian Pilkington Miksa, guitarist Kit Morgan, violinist Paul Sax, bass player Chris Harris and keyboard player Robert Norton.

*Includes a £1.00 per ticket fee. Capped at 8 tickets. No fees to Friends of the Floral.
17/04/2015
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BOX OFFICE
0151 666 0000
Marine Promenade,
New Brighton,
Wirral, CH45 2JS
Monday to Saturday: Open 11:00am to 6:00pm
Show Nights: Open 11:00am until curtain up
Sundays subject to change

ROAD CLOSURES
18 November 2014
As you may be aware since September 2014 there has been a major redevelopment taking place in New Brighton to the public areas of Marine Promenade. Over the coming weeks the road is being resurfaced and so this will involve diversions in regards to access to the Floral Pavilion and Fort Perch Rock Car Park.
Diversion details


BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR
24 Nov 2014
This Christmas we are supporting an initiative run by Home Instead Senior Care called 'Be A Santa To A Senior'.  We have a small Christmas Tree by Box Office from which you can collect a tag and buy a gift and donate it to a treasured older member of our local community.
More details here

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