Abba The Show at the Royal Albert Hall on 14 Nov 2011

This show sold out the Royal Albert Hall previously and went on to play arenas around the UK. This is the most authentic ABBA show to date, featuring the original saxophone player.

In essence, the show kicks off at the tail end of the 60s when Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida meet to play together for the very first time. Throughout the course of the production, the audience is led on a magical journey through the rise and rise of ABBA. Featuring all the classic hits, it’s a must see event.

‘Truly unmissable.’ Now Magazine

‘There is no doubt that this is the most authentic ABBA show to date!’ Irish Times

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Grammy Award winning Janet Jackson at the Royal Albert Hall

Legendary icon, singer, actress and five time Grammy Award winning Janet Jackson took to heart the suggestions of her fans to select 35 cities for her Janet Jackson Number Ones: Up Close & Personal Tour and, following scheduled sold out appearances in Asia and North America, Janet will be bringing the tour to Europe.

This tour will differ from her previous concert schedules in that she will perform music exclusively from her chart topping CD ‘Number Ones’. In each selected city Janet will offer something different to her performance so no show will be the same. These performances will be Janet’s largest ever world tour celebrating, for the first time, the icon’s 35 number one hits in 35 global cities. Janet still holds the record for the most successful debut concert tour by a recording artist with her 1990 Rhythm Nation Tour and is continuing to shatter records.

These shows will be her only appearances in the UK and allow Janet the opportunity to be up close and personal in a more intimate setting than she has grown accustomed to.

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Afrocubism at the Royal Albert Hall

AfroCubism: Featuring Eliades Ochoa, Djelimady Tounkara, Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate and Kasse Mady Diabaté

The brand new project from the makers of Buena Vista Social Club. The best of Cuban and Malian musicians combine in a thrilling event.

“A joyous, classy, historic affair.” The Guardian.

“A cross-cultural tour de force.” The Times

“One of the most transporting and life-affirming gigs of the year.” The Arts Desk

“A beautifully balanced mix of two distinctive musical cultures coming vibrantly together.” Q magazine

“The top table Afro-Cuban team-up that Buena Vista should have been” MOJO

AfroCubism was the original idea for Buena Vista Social Club. The original plan conceived in 1996 was to bring the foremost Cuban musicians and their Malian counterparts together to record in Havana and explore their shared musical history. As it turned out the Malians couldn’t make it to Cuba so an exclusively Cuban album was recorded instead and thus began the legend that became the multi-million selling Buena Vista Social Club.

14 years later the 13 piece all-star cast of musicians including Buena Vista hero Eliades Ochoa, Djelimady Tounkara, Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate and Kasse Mady Diabaté finally got together and recorded AfroCubism. Released in October last year the album has universally lived up to the high expectations and now this world class group of musicians comes together for one night at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Bright Eyes at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 June 2011

Bright Eyes come to the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time.

The American indie/folk band was founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst and conisists of Oberst, multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Mogis, trumpet and piano player Nate Walcott, and a rotating line-up of collaborators drawn primarily from Omaha’s indie music scene.

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The Night of 1000 Voices will be celebrating its 10th birthday!

In 2010, The Night of 1000 Voices will be celebrating its 10th birthday, the 80th birthday of Stephen Sondheim and the 50th Anniversary of this year’s charity, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Performers to be introduced by Aled Jones include London and Broadway’s Kerry Ellis (Oliver!, Wicked, Les Miserables) and Adam Pascal (Rent, Chess in Concert) and multi-Olivier Award-winning Phillip Quast (Les Miserables, La Cage Aux Folles, Evita); also, the popular The Night of 1000 Voices favourites, Terri Bibb (Broadway’s Christine in The Phantom of the Opera), Kenneth Nichols (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and David Michael Johnson (We Will Rock You in Stuttgart) who will return with his show-stopping Jesus Christ Superstar.

This year there will be a birthday tribute to Stephen Sondheim, as well as the most requested favourites from the last 10 years – including You’ll Never Walk Alone, The Tonight Quintet, It Ain’t Necessarily So, and Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.  These are just some of the great songs that will be given The Night of 1000 Voices treatment, together with nods to We Will Rock You and The Rocky Horror Show featuring TV’s Christopher Biggins.

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Cinderella On Ice will run for a limited season at Royal Albert Hall

The world-famous Imperial Ice Stars, who have won international critical acclaim with their innovative portrayals of The Sleeping Beauty on Ice and Swan Lake on Ice are set to thrill once more with a stunning new interpretation of Cinderella on Ice within the magical setting of the Royal Albert Hall.

Cinderella on Ice has been conceived and choreographed by the award-winning team of Tony Mercer, widely regarded as the world’s leading creator of contemporary theatre on ice, and Evgeny Platov, dual Olympic gold medallist and four-time world champion.

In a novel twist on the classic tale, The Imperial Ice Stars tell the story of Cinderella, a humble chorus dancer who is thrust into the spotlight as a prima ballerina and captivates the Lord Mayor’s handsome son – the most eligible bachelor in town – with her graceful performance. Despite rival attempts by her ballerina stepsisters to steal his heart, engineered with true villainy by her stepmother – the local ballet mistress, true love triumphs thanks to the magical powers of the Gypsy Fortune Teller and Cinderella’s kindly father, the town’s Watchmaker.

The sophisticated production boasts opulent costumes, magnificent projected scenery and stunning special effects, including fire, rain and flying.

Cirque du Soleil – Varekai at Royal Albert Hall

Cirque du Soleil celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special return visit to the Royal Albert Hall with Varekai from Tuesday 5 January – Saturday 13 February 2010.

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world—a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.

From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.

The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.

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The King and I will Perform at Royal Albert Hall Theatre

The timeless classic, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, has captured the hearts and minds of millions with its charming story of the British governess brought into the court of Siam to tutor the King’s many children. Once within the splendour of the Royal Palace, beautifully recreated within the magical setting of the Royal Albert Hall, Anna and the King grow to understand one another and learn about each other’s cultures.

Fully staged in the round, this spectacular production plays for just twenty performances. The unique love story is told with one of the most glorious and unforgettable scores ever written. The much-loved songs and sweeping melodies from the show include: The March of the Siamese Children, Shall We Dance, I Whistle a Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers and the unforgettable Getting to Know You.

The King and I is lavishly brought to life by Jeremy Sams (The Sound of Music, Noises Off) and Robert Jones (The Sound of Music, On The Town), with musical direction by Gareth Valentine (Cats, Miss Saigon) and played by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Starring one of the UK’s best-loved stage performers Maria Friedman alongside Daniel Dae Kim, star of the hit TV series Lost, this promises to be a memorable musical not to be missed.

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