Going Out Guide July 20 – July 27

Going Out Guide July 20 - July 27

The Irish quartet had been due to play at Wembley on August 21, 2021, but due to the delay in lifting Government Covid-19 restrictions, the sold-out concert was rolled over to August 6, 2022.

And if you missed the pop icons performing at the Hop Farm on July 1, the only UK dates available before November are now in the cinema, as the Wembley show is broadcast to over 500 cinemas across the UK, including the Odeon, Tunbridge Wells.

Despite the group’s status as the UK’s biggest-selling album group of the 21st century, this will be Westlife’s first performance at the iconic stadium location, which reopened in 2007.

Westlife members Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian will perform hits including ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘You Raise Me Up’, and ‘If I Let You Go’. “We will be giving Wembley everything we’ve got on the night with all of our Greatest Hits included!”

Speaking before they started their tour, the four said: “After a two year wait, August 6th will be the biggest show we have ever undertaken in the UK and all under the arch of one of the world’s most iconic venues.

“To now announce the show will be screened live in cinemas right across the UK, Ireland and Europe, allowing our fans who won’t be there on the night to enjoy it in real time too is something really special for us.”

Westlife ‘Wild Dreams Tour’ is on at The Odeon, Saturday, August 6, at 8:30pm. Encore screening on Sunday, August 7 at 3pm.

Tickets from WestlifeInCinemas.com

On Stage & Screen

There is combustible, comedic chemistry from Trinity Theatre’s own amateur dramatic society TTC in Noel Coward’s ‘Private Lives’. A comedic masterpiece written in just three days at the peak of Coward’s career, this remains Coward’s greatest success. Expect heated rows, passionate reconciliations, sparkling repartee, and chaos.

Onstage until Saturday [July 23], with evening showings at 7:45pm and 2:30pm matinées on July 20 and 23.

Opening this Saturday [July 23] for a week’s run, The Oast Theatre (Tonbridge) presents a new adaptation of ‘Jane Eyre’, in which Polly Teale uses the character of Bertha to mirror the conflicting emotions that Jane is unable to admit, let alone express, giving a new dimension to Jane’s life progress from pupil to teacher to governess. On until July 30, performances at 7:30pm (3pm on Sunday).

“In these trying times, it’s always important to be able to get away for a couple of hours and exercise the old chuckle muscle,” according to Jason Manford. The nationally acclaimed comedian’s new stand-up show ‘Like Me’ will have you laughing all night long at the Assembly Hall. July 21 at 8pm.

Going Live

The Elton John Show comes to The Assembly Hall at 7:30pm this Saturday [July 23]. This tribute to the musical journey of a mega-star combines spectacular vocal and piano performances with flamboyant costume. From ‘Rocket Man’ to ‘Tiny Dancer’, expect a neverending catalogue of greatest hits as Soul Street Productions brings “young Elton” back to stage at his energetic best.

On July 23, rewind the clocks to the 80s at 8pm, as The Forum takes you back in time to a totally outrageous decade. Brush up on your Barbra Streisand and perfect your Prince with DJ Alex Macnutt (of The Common Room and Ministry of Sound) for a night of pure 1980s heaven. Age 18 and older.

Fancy diving deeper into the greatest hits of all time? Back by popular demand, Soul Train is returning to The Pantiles this Saturday [July 23]. Prepare yourself for an evening of 70s tunes and funktastic beats as you embrace the return of summer. Music on the bandstand from 7pm.

The Breathing Room at Trinity Theatre on Sunday night [July 24] at 7pm might be the cool drink you need, after what is predicted to be the hottest day of the year. American singer-songwriter Dean Friedman’s recent album ‘American Lullaby’ introduced instant classics like ‘American Lullaby’, ‘Halfway Normal World’, ‘The Russians Are Coming!’, ‘Too Much Stuff’, ‘Welcome to Stupid Town’ and ‘On a Summer’s Night’.

Family Fun

On Sunday [July 24], the Tunbridge Wells Mela returns to Calverley Grounds for a cultural celebration from around the world all afternoon (12-6pm). Marking its 16th year, the festival of music, visual arts, food and dance, both on and off stage, is a sure hit for all ages. The event is a celebration of the diversity within our borough, organised by Kent-based organisation Cohesion Plus, with the support of local partners. Free entry.

Food and performance make another perfect match at Trinity Theatre this Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30, with ‘The Rascally Diner’. Rufus Skumskins O’Parsley’s kitchen crew cooks up a stink in this fun-filled, messy performance about food inspired by award-winning children’s book ‘The Rascally Cake’. Age 5 and older.

Starting this weekend [July 23] and every Saturday until August 27, get up close and personal with Joe’s Bows’ birds of prey at Penshurst Place. The magnificent creatures swoop and fly – and then meet the crowd. Shows at 11am, 2pm and 4pm, included with admission ticket.

For a more sedate family day out, this year’s Antiques Festival is on at The Pantiles this weekend [July 23 -24]. Enjoy live vintage music and celebrity antiquarians including Eric Knowles of The Hoard, more than 50 dealers and lots of places to eat and drink. Free entry.

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