Music & magic this summer

Liz Nicholls

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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy some wonderful outdoor entertainment and Chapterhouse Theatre Company have just the ticket with their open-air theatre and concert tours.

What’s more, we’ve teamed up with them to offer competition to win a family ticket to enjoy 21st Century ABBA! Read on for details of all the shows which are sure to delight you…

Chapterhouse have been touring open-air theatre since 2000, making this year’s their 22nd anniversary tour. This year the critically acclaimed company have concentrated on productions that have elements of romance, beauty and fine story telling. Chapterhouse present some of the most entertaining and exhilarating events of the summer with music from one of the UK’s finest ABBA, Elton and Queen tribute concerts.

21st Century ABBA

Following on from last year’s sell-out shows, this is an evening of hit after hit with songs you know and love from Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, Super Trouper to many, many more?

21st Century Abba faithfully recreates all the greatest hits of one of the world’s most famous group combining stunning vocals, live musicians, and glittering costumes.

There are opportunities for pre-show drinks with family and friends, dressing up nights and singing along to favourite songs, join us for an exhilarating evening of the dancing queens of 21st Century ABBA performances.

21st Century Elton

21st Century Events presents a fabulous evening of one of the world’s greatest songsmiths Elton John with hit after hit including Rocket Man, Your Song and Candle in the Wind from one of the country’s finest performers as seen on Britain’s Got Talent.

We can’t wait to welcome family and friends to picnic in some of the UK’s and Ireland’s finest gardens and thrill to a wonderful performance of Elton’s greatest songs. Summer returns with magical music in magical surroundings.

21st Century Queen

Prepare for the concert of a lifetime as 21st Century Queen recreates many of the bands best known and loved hits including We Will Rock You, Radio Ga Ga, and possibly the best known single of all time Bohemian Rhapsody

Performing hit after hit of arguably the greatest rock bands of all time and combining stunning vocals and live musicians, 21st Century Queen promises the thrill of hearing the music in an exciting and extraordinarily atmospheric concert performance.

Head along with family and friends, picnic in some of the UK and Ireland’s most beautiful gardens and surroundings and enjoy a wonderful performance of Queen’s greatest hits! What could be more fun in the summer sun!

Romeo & Juliet

Chapterhouse Theatre Company are pleased to announce a wonderful new production of Romeo and Juliet. This best-loved story of star-crossed lovers and feuding families shall be performed in the gardens of some of the UK and Ireland’s most glorious country houses throughout the summer and promises to be one of the most sought after events of the open air season.

Dressed in beautiful Elizabethan costume and performed by a fine troupe of Shakespearean players join Chapterhouse for the greatest love story ever told as we perform magical theatre in magical surroundings.

Pride & Prejudice

Take a step back in time as we meet Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters. While their interfering mother engineer’s various courtships, Elizabeth and Jane must pursue their own quest for true love.

Amid mistakes and miscommunications, can Elizabeth finally surpass her prejudices to see past the proud exterior of the enigmatic Mr Darcy?

Join family and friends for what promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story.

Cinderella

In an enchanted kingdom in a faraway land magical creatures and fairy godmothers come together to tell the best loved of all fairytales.

Full of song, mirth, and joy for the summer ahead, join us on Cinderella’s journey of a lifetime to a magical ball where nearly anything is possible especially if it is before midnight.

Family and friends are welcome to picnic in the grounds in some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK and Ireland.

Children old and young alike are invited to dress in their favourite fairy tale characters and join for the midsummer ball dance.

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Mum on stage

Round & About

Abba

Peter Anderson chats with Jodie Nolan, the local mum who is starring in the hyper-successful musical Mamma Mia in the West End this summer

A sunny, funny tale of a mother, daughter and three possible dads set on an idyllic Greek island, has been celebrating the music of Abba and entertaining audiences the world over since 1999. Now a mum who took time out of her West End career has joined the ensemble cast once more. For about a decade Jodie Nolan has been enjoying married life in Chipping Norton, teaching dance and musical theatre, after herself starting to learn ballet at the age of two and a half at a dance school in Byfleet.

Who are her inspirations? “Both my parents, but especially my mother. I was brought up with the philosophy if you really want something go for it, and they were very supportive. Growing up, it was Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz and ballet wise Mikhail Baryshnikov in White Knight.

How did you get your first break in the West End? “I did not go straight into a musicals after leaving the Laine Academy in Guildford, I spent time working as part of the entertainment team on one of the Royal Caribbean Cruise ships, very quickly I had to get my head around all types of shows, and I was away from home. Then, I performed in a couple of tours of Chicago, and then the international tour of Mamma Mia. When I saw that there were vacancies in the West End show and so I gave it a shot and managed to get into the cast in 2008.

Was it hard ten years ago to decide to have a break from the West End? “At the time no, it had been a challenging time for me, I had got married to a lovely husband, but I lost my mother and decided it was time to take a step back for a while. Alongside having children – we now have two lovely daughters and live in idyllic Chipping Norton. I also trained as a teacher in ballet and musical theatre and opened the Nolan Academy. I just felt the time was right now for another shot at the West End and was pleased to get back into Mamma Mia – and supervise the teachers who are covering me in the academy.

Jodie is back on stage in Mamma Mia, but are there any other musicals on her wish list? “What a question! As I walk along The Strand to get to the theatre you see so many musicals that are on. But who wouldn’t want to appear in Les Miserables?”

Want to go?

See Jodie in Mamma Mia in the Novello Theatre in London’s West End – buy your tickets