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Christmas Spectacular at the Regent Centre in Christchurch

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FAMED for its sensational costumes and incredible dancers, the popular Christmas Spectacular will return to Christchurch Regent Centre for 11 performances beginning on Saturday 18th December.

Masterminded by the Glad Rag Production Company, the festive family show will be set in the North Pole, where a host of familiar favourites are anxiously trying to muster up enough festive spirit to insure everything goes to plan on Christmas Eve.

This year’s story follows Santa and his elves as they realise that Christmas Spirit is too low to fly the sleigh. The team take a trip to Christchurch to spread Christmas cheer, but a mix up means that some of the town's biggest Scrooges end up in Christmas town! Will the elves be able to turn their frowns upside down and raise enough festive spirit before the big day?

Festive fun with the Christmas Spectacular
Festive fun with the Christmas Spectacular

Known for its sparkling singers, dazzling dancers and adorable babes, this year’s show will feature has a lively score of seasonal hits including Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Step into Christmas, White Christmas and many more.

The Christmas Spectacular’s lavish costumes are designed and produced by Sue Simmer-ling of Carry on Costumes in Christchurch, whose theatrical credits include numerous West End hits including White Christmas and Elf the Musical.

Sue is well known as a costumier to the stars – in 2012 Carry on Costumes even took on the one and only Paul O’Grady, AKA Lily Savage, making him the ultimate Widow Twankey in the production of Aladdin at the O2 Arena in London.

As well as masterminding this year’s Christmas Spectacular Sue and her team have been busy creating the costumes for Aladdin at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, as well as bespoke creations for Butlins and P&O Cruises.

There are five evening shows at 7pm on Saturday 18th, Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd, and four matinees at 2pm on Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th, Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd. Performances on Christmas Eve, Friday 24th December, will take place at 11am and 4pm to allow families time to get home and to prepare for Santa’s arrival.

Tickets are £18 for adults or £60 for a family of four. For more information and bookings visit www.regentcentre.co.uk or call the box office on 01202 499199

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