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The Muppets bring their musical extravaganza to Europe for the First Time Ever

 

Musical performances, sketches, celebrity guests and more at The O2

Yaaaaaaayyyyyyy!

The Muppets announce their most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational, full-length live show for the first time ever in Europe!

Inspired by their hit 1980s variety TV show The Muppet Show, this magical event will be headlined by Kermit The Frog, leading an all-star cast of pigs, bears and whatevers in….

The Muppets Take The O2

Live on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July, The Muppets will be lighting up The O2 for 2 evenings and 1 matinee, so everyone can share in the mayhem, the music and laughter of a one-of-a-kind live Muppet performance!

Tickets go on sale on 9am on Wednesday February 28th HERE

Following a hugely successful trio of sell-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl last year, this exclusive European show is the first time The Muppets have ever performed their full live extravaganza outside of the USA. The O2 will become a place where Muppets and humans can come together to share a special connection.

“We’re thrilled to bring this first time ever live performance to all our fans in the UK,” says Kermit, “There’ll be music, comedy, incredible surprises, plus total and complete chaos. In other words: It’s the Muppets! Yaaaay!

“We’ve wanted to do a show like this for a long time, and now—after finally getting all Miss Piggy’s luggage through customs — we have the chance to appear live at The O2 arena!”

Miss Piggy adds, “I can’t wait to be there to entertain, astonish, dazzle and otherwise gobsmack all moi’s fabulous fans! Wear socks, sweetie, cause I’m gonna knock ‘em off. I will amaze everyone with this first-ever live performance….and, of course, for the official renaming of ‘The MOI 2’ arena.”

Long time Muppet watchers and critics, Statler & Waldorf also have a view:
STATLER: “This is gonna be the ultimate ‘Don’t Miss It’ event….”
WALDORF: “Yeah, if you don’t go to it, you won’t miss it.”

Kermit and the ultimate diva herself – Miss Piggy will be joined by very special celebrity guests for musical performances, sketches and more. Highlights of the show include the fabulous Miss Piggy in a show-stopping musical extravaganza, a rocking musical jam by The Muppets’ legendary house band Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, with legendary drummer Animal. Plus the debut of all-new original chapters of those classic Muppet Show sketches – Pigs in Space, Veterinarian’s Hospital and Muppet Labs and many, many more extraordinary surprises.

To celebrate this special weekend of Muppet fun, The O2 will be rolling out the green carpet for Muppet movies, street food, live music, best costume competitions and a whole host of celebrations for Piggy, Kermit and the gang.

Since 1965, Kermit the Frog and The Muppets have been entertaining the world. In movies, on television, on the internet, and now live on stage, The Muppets have done just what they set out to do: sing, dance and make people happy.

Under the often times steady, but frequently frantic leadership of Kermit the Frog, The Muppets have made eight theatrical motion pictures, countless television specials and appearances and, of course, that international mahna-mahna…. excuse us, we mean “phenomena”….The Muppet Show.

With a cast of characters headlined by the inimitable, yet exasperating Miss Piggy, the hilarious Fozzie Bear, the inexplicable Great Gonzo and the extremely-loud Animal, The Muppets remain as beloved and befuddling entertaining as ever. So, please stop reading this — because if you’re here then you probably already know all this stuff – and join the aforementioned entertainers – plus Sam Eagle, The Swedish Chef, Pepé the King Prawn, Lew Zealand, Rowlf and so many more! It’s time to get things started. This is what we call The Muppets Take The O2.

And while this is the first ever live show for The Muppets in London, they are honorary citizens of the UK’s capital….
• The Muppet Show – their original 1976 TV show – was filmed at Elstree Studios, London
• In their second feature film The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Muppets must travel to London to stop a jewel heist…..
• In 1992, their fourth film, The Muppet Christmas Carol, was an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic book and is based in London. This film starred possibly one of London’s most famous sons – Sir Michael Caine
• Jim Henson’s Creature Shop which created some of world’s most memorable characters and was a fundamental part of films like The Muppet Christmas Carol was based in Hampstead and then Camden in North London until 2005
• Muppets Most Wanted, their most recent film starring Ricky Gervais, ends with a heist at the Tower of London. London was also the backdrop to much of the film with buildings like Holborn’s Freemasons’ Hall doubling as a Spanish art gallery

English Primary Schools Chess Association Zonal Competition

The U9 A-team are to be congratulated on achieving a very impressive second place, winning silver medals and qualifying for the EPSCA semi-finals in May.

With flourishing chess clubs at school, we are delighted that 17 Bromley High Junior School girls took part in the English Primary Schools Chess Association (EPSCA) zonal competition that was held on 3rd February 2018 at Eltham College.

All teams played well against strong competition from local schools and the U9 A-team of Sophia, Rhea, Phoebe, Anjola, Alina and team captain Roxolana are to be congratulated on achieving a very impressive second place, winning silver medals and qualifying for the EPSCA semi-finals in May.

Churchill Theatre is set to host the Kent premiere of a new musical adventure of The Jungle Book.

The show which is currently touring the UK, is an exciting new adaptation based on the 1894 classic book by Rudyard Kipling and will run for five days (28 February – 4 March, including World Book Day on 1 March) at Churchill Theatre.

 

The Jungle Book will come to life in this colourful new show featuring 12 brand new songs, memorable characters and brilliant storytelling which promises a modern, playful and upbeat production. A wild and fun tale of family, belonging and identity, featuring Mowgli the man cub who battles for survival in this heart-warming coming of age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle.

 

We caught up with two of the cast members who live in Kent; Chipo Kureya and TJ Holmes who both play wolves and monkeys in this 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval) spectacular.

 

How is the tour going so far?

Chipo: The tour is going really well, it is really exciting and a lot of fun.

TJ: There is a great buzz, we’re like a family and the audiences give us a lot of energy.

 

What has been the most memorable moment so far?

TJ: For me it is the lovely music by Joe Stigoe, he’s written a fantastic score. The music is quite jazzy and joyful but quite moving at times. It is very different to the Disney version of The Jungle Book.

Chipo: We have changed the ending since being on tour, as we now go into the crowd. The audience are already loving the music but the ending really is high energy and quite dramatic.

 

Tell us a bit about the production…

Chipo: It is a lovely heart-warming piece of work about belonging yet very colourful and dynamic.

TJ: It is very different to the Disney version – the music is different but there is still lots of singing and dancing.

 

Tell us about your characters…

Chipo: We both play a wolf and a monkey, so one minute we are standing like a monkey, the next we are on all fours to represent the movement of a wolf.

TJ: Singing and dancing as a wolf while carrying a double bass is quite a challenge!

 

How do you get into character?

TJ: We watched lots of videos and did some excellent movement work with our chorographer. The wolves are played on all fours throughout.

Chipo: Our chorographer was great and we watched lots of videos of the animals. Rehearsals really prepared us for the quick turnaround. I’m used to it, when I was in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I went on stage in crowd scenes every night but I was also the understudy and played 16 different characters during my time there – you have to be ready for anything.

 

Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

Chipo: We gather in a circle, clock eyes and do both vocal and physical warm ups.

TJ: We sometimes play a game to bounce off each other too. Some actors like to take themselves away and get into the zone but I definitely like a sense of fun.

 

How long have you been acting?

TJ: This is my 18th year. The first character I ever played was a cat in a show at primary school and then I went on to play Mr Toad in Toad of Toad Hall and it has gone from there. It hasn’t always been easy and I have done other jobs including an English and Drama teacher – hats off to teachers, it can be hard, but I feel lucky.

Chipo: I have been acting forever. I remember watching musicals as a child – I loved The King & I which I watched again and again with my grandad and me and my sisters used to always sing The Little Mermaid around the house. Then I started going for auditions – I remember my mum driving me to Welling for my first audition for Bugsy Malone. I wore a purple velvet dress and sung Bugsy songs. I got the part.

 

Are you looking forward to playing at Churchill Theatre?

Chipo: I can’t wait. I’ve seen panto there before and can’t wait to be on stage. Bromley was my coming of age – as a teenager growing up in Wrotham, I remember Bromley being the first place my mum allowed me to travel to on my own with friends.

TJ: I have been to Bromley but I have never been to the theatre. I can’t wait!!

 

This unforgettable musical adventure, The Jungle Book is brought to you by the team behind Goodnight Mister Tom and Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild. Adapted by the Olivier award winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), featuring live music on stage created by Joe Stilgoe and directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic).

 

The Jungle Book is one of 25 productions that will be taking place at Churchill Theatre in March 2018.

 

The Jungle Book

Wednesday 28 February – Sunday 5 March

 

Tickets

 

Price range: £18.50 – £27.50

Concessions: £2.00 off Wed & Thu

Under 18s: £4.00 off

Family Tickets – 4 tickets (must include 1 child & 1 adult): £73.00 Wed & Thu

Schools: £14.50 & 11th ticket free Wed – Fri

Churchill Friends & Sidekick: Two Tickets For The Price Of One Wed, £2.00 off Thu – Sun

 

Book now

 

Call our Box Office on 020 3285 6000 or visit our website www.churchilltheatre.co.uk

CHESSINGTON GIRAFFE GO WILD FOR NECK-STRA LONG SELFIE STICK

 

  • Zookeeper at Chessington World of Adventures Resort creates first selfie stick for snapping shots with giraffe
  •  The ’Self-ari Stick’ allows you to get the perfect angle for a picture with one of the Zoo’s Rothschild’s (Nubian) Giraffes

Wednesday 5th July 2017 – A Zookeeper at Chessington World of Adventures Resort has created the first ever selfie stick for pictures with giraffe.

Dubbed the ‘Self-ari Stick’, it will allow guests to the Resort to snap the perfect shot, meaning it’s goodbye to height difficulties and poor angles and hello to memorable pictures with Moja standing at 16.5ft, Tonda and Kito both at 15ft, Napoli at 13.5 ft and Oscar at 11.5ft.

Becky Apperley-Gawn the Zookeeper who created the ‘Self-ari Stick’ at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, said: “When guests meet our giraffe it’s incredible to watch – adults and children alike stand in awe. Educating guests on the animals we look after is a huge part of what we do. With approximately only 1,500 Rothschild’s (Nubian) Giraffes left in the wild, raising awareness for this now vulnerable mammal is massively important to us.

“With the introduction of the ‘Self-ari Stick’, we’re able to ensure guests have the perfect picture to take away and hopefully remember the giraffes’ fight against ‘silent extinction’.”

For more information visit chessington.com 

Chislehurst man drives into new career as pet carer

 

A Chislehurst man who has spent a career training firemen to drive fork lift trucks and fire engines, has today achieved a life-long dream of working with animals, by launching his very own pet care business, Petpals Chislehurst.

 

Father of two Ray Hipwell (57), has left behind a life delivering driver training to the London Fire Brigade, to start up his new business offering a full range of pet care services to people across Chislehurst, Mottingham, Petts Wood, Bickley and the surrounding areas.

 

Ray is married to Sandra (49), a qualified accountant who when her own career allows, will be involved in the pet care and will also be assisting Ray with the financial side of the business.

 

Ray said,

 

‘This really is a dream come true; as a family we’ve always had cats and dogs and despite thoroughly enjoying my career as a driver trainer, playing with ‘big boys toys’ like fire engines and fork lift trucks every day,  I’ve always wanted to work with animals, so I’m delighted to be launching this new business and providing a first class pet care service to owners across the area.

 

He continued,

 

‘Like me, Britain is a country of animal lovers but sometimes, for whatever reason, we need a hand looking after them and that’s where I’ll step in with Petpals Chislehurst. Whether people need me to walk their dog regularly or pop in and feed their cat because they’re at work or on holiday, I’ll be on hand to look after their pets, with all the care and attention I would give my own.

 

Ray will be offering dog walking and dog boarding, visiting cats in their own homes and visiting and boarding small animals (hutched and caged animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs etc). Ray will also be offering a pet taxi service and pet to vet service along with puppy and mature dog sitting, plus residential house-sitting for those who prefer their animals to stay in their own home while they are away.

 

Says Ray,

 

‘This is such an exciting time for me and for the whole family; I’m thoroughly looking forward to being my own boss, meeting some fantastic pets and getting out and about in our beautiful North Kent countryside every day. Look out for me in my van around town!’

 

If you would like to talk to Ray about any of his pet care services please call him on 07734 746795, email him, chislehurst@petpals.com or visit his website http://www.petpals.com/area/chislehurst/

Dads Go Free At Sea Life Brighton For Father’s Day

Dads are being given the chance to explore the depths of the marine world for free this Father’s Day – thanks to Sea Life Brighton. 

The world’s oldest operating aquarium is offering free entry to fathers on Sunday 18 June when accompanied by a full paying individual. 

Daddies will have a fun-filled day out at Sea Life Brighton, getting up close to the breath-taking creatures on display, enjoying interactive activities and experiencing the extraordinary 360-degree Ocean Tunnel with friendly zebra sharks, stingrays and cool turtles. 

The aquarium has recently launched its new installation, Claws, featuring a variety of incredible crustaceans from around the world including two large Japanese spider crabs – which can grow to the size of a car! 

General Manager at Sea Life Brighton, Max Leviston, says: “If you want to treat your dad to something special this year, a trip to Sea Life Brighton is the perfect choice. 

“It’s a wonderful day out for those wanting to take a trip down memory lane or visiting the aquarium for the first time. It will definitely make a Father’s Day to remember!”

Sea Life Brighton is open from 10am every day apart from Christmas Day. For current closing times or further information, please visit www.sealife.co.uk/brighton.

The Father’s Day offer is valid on Sunday 18 June by quoting Dad17 on the door of Sea Life Brighton. Please note that this offer is not available for online tickets and terms and conditions apply.

Dark sky at night, a forest’s delight!

Top forest stargazing spots

Forestry Commission England is opening up forests after-dark for visitors to indulge in a spot of stargazing.

Stargazing brings science alive for children and, free from light pollution; our forests are the perfect place to experience the night skies, whether you’re a beginner or an expert!

Five of our forests have achieved Dark Sky Discovery status; with some of the darkest skies in the UK it makes them a must-see location for star spotting.

Astronomy events will be held at forests across the country exploring the amazing world of stars and allowing everyone an after-dark adventure.

Along with the exciting programme of events, visitors to our forests can try the ‘Why stars matter’ self-led trails, where you will be amazed by fun facts about stargazing and how stars support our forests, making it the perfect after-school activity.

In partnership with the Met Office, you’ll be able to check out the daily cloud cover for all our participating forests, using our stargazing map. Along with BBC Sky at Night Magazine, the Forestry Commission has produced a Beginner’s Guide to Stargazing in the Forest with top tips on how to stargaze, different formations to look for and how to navigate using the stars.

For budding photographers, there are tips on taking night sky photos and you can submit your photos into our competition for a chance to win £100 in Amazon vouchers.

For more information please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/stargazing

Our top stargazing sites

Kielder Forest and Observatory

The home of the UK’s most famous observatory and within the fourth largest Dark Skies Park in the world, Kielder has a fantastic line-up of stargazing events from January – March including Astronomy Photography, Aurora Nights, Family Astronomy and Night Sky Safari.

To book visit http://www.kielderobservatory.org

Hamsterley Forest

An evening of stargazing and observing through large telescopes with local amateur astronomer Neill Sanders. Hamsterley Forest has Dark Sky Discovery Status offering visitors a fantastic spot to explore the night skies.

Grizedale Forest

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the ‘Valentines under the stars event’ on 14 Feb exploring Grizedale after dark with professional astronomers. Book here.

Dalby Forest

Join Scarborough & Ryedale’s Astronomical Society public stargazing sessions on Friday 3 February 2017 and Friday 3 March 2017.

Sherwood Pines

Learn how to observe stars, the equipment you need and the basics of astrophotography at Astronomy in the Forest event on 27th Jan.

Peppa Pig and Save the Children launch new Muddy Puddle Walk charity fundraiser for nurseries and families

 

This spring, Entertainment One’s (eOne) Peppa Pig is teaming up with the world’s leading children’s charity, Save the Children, to launch a fundraiser like no other.

Between 8 and 14 May 2017, nurseries, early years groups, families and children up and down the country are being encouraged to take part in a Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children.

Organising a Muddy Puddle Walk is a great way for your little ones to explore the world around them and jump in muddy puddles, like Peppa Pig, for a worthy cause.  However you fundraise – you’ll help Save the Children make life better for children around the world.

There are lots of easy ways to raise money on your Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children. The free fundraising pack is full of great activities and fundraising ideas, so you can choose which option will work best for you and your children. Your little ones can get sponsored to walk or splash in puddles at the park, or they can simply donate to join your muddy puddle walk. You can even top up your total by baking and selling Muddy Puddle cupcakes!

By raising money for Save the Children, you’ll help support their work to give every last child the chance to learn, play and grow up healthy and happy. Millions of children around the world are missing out on this – just because of where they’re born. By taking part in a Muddy Puddle Walk your children can discover how much fun it can be to explore the world around them. The fundraising pack will also explain what life is like for children in different countries, helping them see how they are making a difference through supporting Save the Children.

Sign up your nursery or family now at MuddyPuddleWalk.org to get your free Muddy Puddle Fundraising Pack, full of fundraising ideas and tips for great walks and activities indoors and out – including free Peppa stickers and Save the Children balloons too!

intu Bromley welcomes X Factor finalist’s homecoming

On Wednesday 7 December, intu Bromley will welcome X Factor finalist Matt Terry as he embarks on the show’s traditional homecoming performance in a bid to win the top spot.

 

At 2.00 pm, intu will welcome the Bromley born and bred pop novice for a special meet and greet, followed by a pit stop at Carluccio’s.

 

The evening will continue with a free performance in Market Square at 7.00 pm, where Matt will be joined by his mentor Nicole Scherzinger.

 

Please note this is a non-ticketed and free event and access will be gained on a first come first serve basis.

 

For more information on extended opening hours, offers and events at intu Bromley, please visit http://intu.co.uk/bromley.