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What’s HOT at the White Rock

HOT’s Paul Way-Rider takes a look at some of the shows coming up in July at the White Rock Theatre.

Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO)
Thu 7 July 2022, 7.30 pm

To culminate HPO’s first ever tour of East Sussex, HPO are delighted to return ‘home’ to the White Rock Theatre for the final performance of the tour. This orchestral concert will feature principal horn player Anna Drysdale as the soloist. More info and tickets

Programme: Marcio da Silva – conductor
Mozart- Horn Concerto No.4
Prokofiev- Symphony No.4 ‘Classical’
Mendelssohn-  Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’


Lipstick On Your Collar
Fri 8 July 2022, 7.30 pm

This hit show of 50s and 60s hits is packed with over forty chart-toppers from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black and many more.

Performed by a full live band, this incredible show features excellent vocals, tight harmonies and an infectious sense of fun. More info and tickets


American Four Tops
Sun 10 July 2022, 7.30 pm

It’s the show jam-packed with sweet soul music and Motown magic.

Featuring the voice of Mr William Hicks with high-stepping choreography and superb vocal harmonies. Hailing from Atlanta Georgia, William Hicks comes from the old school – he is a big man with a big voice. He has played the Atlanta Stadium on the same bill as Gladys Knight and the original Four Tops and Temptations.

Visually exciting and musically authentic, the Four Tops’ hits feature: Reach Out, Baby I Need Your Loving, I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie), Standing In The Shadow, Bernadette, Walk Away Renee and Loco In Acapulco as well as the songs of The Temptations, Drifters, Miracles, Platters, Stylistics, Smokey Robinson, Ben E King and many more. More info and tickets


Be Bop A Lula
Sat 15 July 2022, 7.30 pm

The West End smash hit has arrived for a major new UK tour, featuring the music of the giants of Rock’n’Roll Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, and Buddy Holly!

Relive the raw excitement of the original tours, recreated and performed by some of the UK’s most talented singers and live musicians. From Cochran’s searing guitar riffs, Vincent’s menacingly moody stage presence, Fury’s soaring vocals, and Holly’s classic anthems, Be Bop a Lula is a non-stop hits tour through the legendary era of 1950s Rock‘n’Roll!

Featuring the classics C’mon Every’body, Summertimes Blues, Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Halfway to Paradise, I’d Never Find Another You, Bluejean Bop, Be Bop A Lula, and many more! More info and tickets


Queen Piano Concerto
Sun 16 July 2022, 4 pm

Hastings Sinfonia is excited to be performing The Queen Piano Concerto

An exhilarating ride through 12 of Queen’s greatest hits, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now, and We Will Rock You, all seamlessly joined together into an edge-of-the seat-display piece for piano and orchestra. Arranged by Simon Proctor and performed by the amazing Oliver Poole at the piano. Joined by John Rockcliffe’s extensive percussion team for this exhilarating concert.

This concert will also include film favourites and other compelling classics. More info and tickets


CODA: A tribute to Led Zeppelin
Fri 22 July 2022, 7.30 pm

CODA are Europe’s most authentic tribute to the mighty Led Zeppelin, featuring four musicians who faithfully recreate the excitement, energy, passion and magic of the world’s most famous rock band!

The attention to detail is unrivalled: they’ve got the sound, the look, the hair, the instruments and the on-stage mannerisms. You could almost believe you were watching the real thing! Expect all the classics and much more in this incredible, brand-new show! More info and tickets


Errol’s Garden | Sussex Studio
Sun 24 July 2022, 11 am and 2.30 pm

To the dismay of his family, Errol loves plants so much that he has them growing out of every pot, pan and teacup he can find in his small flat. He knows that plants need water, sunlight and space. They need a garden so Errol and his sister Tia search through their block of flats for the perfect space, and discover a neglected rooftop full of rubbish.

After Errol and Tia clean up the space, they imagine building a community garden, but first, they will need to convince all of their neighbours to pitch in and help. A grumpy neighbour and some garden pests try to stand in their way, but Errol is determined to make his dream a reality.

Filled with catchy songs, big ideas and a passion for plants, Errol’s Garden is an interactive musical for audiences aged 3-11s and their grownups. More info and tickets


Soul Train
Thu 28 July 2022, 7.30 pm

Harking back to the wonderful days when the dance floor was king, performers deliver a fun presentation of 60s and 70s soul classics. From the early days of Tamla Motown, Stax and Atlantic Records through to disco and beyond, the show brings on the good times.

Featured in a fun, feel-good production are classic hits. Songs by Stevie Wonder, Isley Brothers, Supremes, Gladys Knight, O’Jays, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Candi Staton, Whitney Houston, Billy Ocean, Lionel Richie, Tavares and many more great artists still keep us singing and dancing. More info and tickets

“Superb, remarkable, tremendously entertaining.” -The Stage.

Text and images supplied by the White Rock Theatre


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Posted 12:17 Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022 In: Performance

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