X Fac­tor star Joe has a date in Stam­ford

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Wow -

Fol­low­ing Joe McElderry’s UK tour as Joseph in Bill Ken­wright’s pro­duc­tion of Joseph andTheA­maz­ingTech­ni­color Dream­coat (which came to the Broad­way in Peter­bor­ough last year) Joe is back on the road with a brand new show which hits the Stam­ford Corn Ex­change The­atre next month. The X Fac­tor win­ner will take you on a mu­si­cal jour­ney that will ap­peal­to­ev­ery­body- with his un­mis­tak­able voice, easy wit and warm rap­port.

Whetherhe’ssingin­gapop hit, or stun­ning the au­di­ence into si­lence with opera, Joe has evolved from boy crooner to the mas­ter of his craft.

See­hi­monOc­to­ber6. Tick­ets cost£18fromthe­box­of­fice on 01780 766455. The award-win­ning Story Pocket The­atre presents Michael Mor­purgo’s epic tale of magic and hero­ism as King Arthur takes to the stage next Thurs­day and Fri­day (Septem­ber 29 and 30) at the Key The­atre in Peter­bor­ough.

Spec­tac­u­lar sword fights, a clas­sic bat­tle be­tween good and evil, a mov­ing love story and en­thralling sto­ry­telling come to­gether to cre­ate a mem­o­rable fam­ily show. The well-loved sto­ries of King Arthur, Queen Guin­e­vere, Sir Lancelot, the Lady of the Lake andtheswordEx­cal­ibur­come to life in this ex­cit­ing adap­ta­tion of Michael Mor­purgo’s best-sell­ing novel.

When a boy be­comes stranded at sea, he is res­cued by a mys­te­ri­ous old man who claims to be none other than the great King Arthur Pen­dragon.

Through the old king’s mag­i­cal sto­ry­telling, the boy and the au­di­ence are trans- ported back to the heady days of Camelot, the Knights of the Round Ta­ble, Merlin and his faith­ful hound, Bercelet, the Lady of the Lake, and the sword in the stone.

Leg­endary ad­ven­tures of brave chivalry and­bat­tles, the search for the Holy Grail and the great be­trayal of Lance- lot and Guin­e­vere are all part of this ex­cit­ing new fam­ily the­atre pro­duc­tion from the award-win­ning Story Pocket The­atre.

The show comes di­rect to Peter­bor­ough after a hugely suc­cess­ful pre­miereattheEd­in­burghFes­ti­val Fringe where it won rave re­views from crit- ics and au­di­ences.

Best known as Regis Lu­cis Caelum in the hugely pop­u­lar movie Kings­glaive: Fi­nal Fan­tasy XVan­dasaDeathEa­terin Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows, Sto­ryPock­etTheatre is thrilled that Jon Cam­pling will star as Merlin and King Arthur.

He is joined on stage by Thomas Gil­bey ( most re­cently seen as the head of the leg­endary Joey puppet in War Horse) as young Arthur, and Sarine So­fair (Game of Thrones) as Guin­e­vere and the Lady of the Lake.

Nigel Mun­son, Otis Waby, Macken­zieS­cot­tandLukePit­man com­plete the cast.

This f ast- mov­ing f am­ily pro­duc­tion is the first of Michael Mor­purgo’s nov­els to be adapted by Story Pocket The­atre.

The­mas­ter­sto­ry­teller and au­thor of War Horse has been Story Pocket The­atre’s Pa­tron since the com­pany formed in 2013 and gave spe­cial per­mis­sion to bring his novel to life on stage.

Imag­i­na­tive phys­i­cal the­atre, one of the most pop­u­lar pup­pet­son­theFringe­and­out­stand­ingsto­ry­telling­com­bine to cre­ate this Arthurian leg­end, which is most suit­able for brave knights aged 7 years plus and their fam­i­lies.

Tick­ets for Michael Mor­purgo’s King Arthur are avail­able at www.vi­vac­ity-peter­bor­ough.com or the Key The­atre’s Box Of­fice on 01733 207239.

Joe McElderry

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