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Tuesday 10 January 2023.

Tuesday 10 January 2023. CHASE ATLANTIC live at Hammersmith Apollo. Australian act play the second of three sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo. These shows were moved from Brixton Academy, due to their venue license being suspended. Chase Atlantic return to the UK in August 2023 to play Reading and Leeds Festivals. -------- January is always the quietest month of the year for live gigs so sometimes in end i up at a gig like this that I wouldn't touch if it happened in one of the busier months. Three nights sold out here to 5000 fans a show is impressive , so they must be worth investigating. The crowd is pretty much all under 30, with 90% of them excitable females. CHASE ATLANTIC arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 85 mins. Five members on stage with a very nice stage production featuring a huge screen mixing pre-recorded footage and live gig footage, lots of lights and strobes , bursts of dry ice and raised platforms. The crowd are screaming at every song, and hundreds of mobile phones record each song. The music is a bit tame r n b , but the crowd are loving it. The energetic singer soon gets shirtless to more screams. Overall i suppose the music was not my cup of tea, but they put on an visually entertaining show. --------------------------------- --------------------------------- Monday 09 January 2023. ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES -THE MUSICAL at The Theatre Royal Haymarket , London SW1. It originally opened in 2019 but closed during the covid period. This theatre show is celebrating 40 years of the much loved tv show. The best loved cockneys of the entertainment halls of fame, Del Boy and Rodney take to the stage for West End show Only Fools and Horses the Musical. Written by the seriesí writer John Sullivanís son, Jim Sullivan, alongside comedy icon Paul Whitehouse, the musical features music by Chas and Dave. Witness the dodgy deals, the markets and the hilarious japes in this heart-warming show at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket. This theatre is one of London's oldest, as its first production was back in 1720. I went to the opening night when it originally opened, and the afterparty nearby at The Haymarket Hotel. Les Dennis took over from Paul Whitehouse as Grandad from 3 October 2022 to 07 Jan 2023. PAUL WHITEHOUSE will return as Grandad from Monday 09 Jan 2023. It is now extended well into 2023. ----------------- I am back to see it again...over three years since i last saw it. It is on for 2 hour 15 mins over two sets of 70 mins and 65 mins. All your favourite characters from the iconic tv series are here. PAUL WHITEHOSE returns tonight , after his short break. No doubt he was doing some filming for his BBC tv fishing/comedy series with Bob Mortimer. For most of the show he is Grandad, but he does a nice turn as Uncle Albert in the second half. There is a revolving stage that mainly focuses on the Trotters front room and the Nags Head. Lots of musical numbers mixed in with that Peckham comedy banter and all the catchphrases. We even get a version of that iconic Del Boy moment where he falls through the bar. Their three wheeler Reliant Robin makes a showing too. I actually had a Reliant Robin for a year , as you could drive one on a full motorbike licence. It actually saved me a small fortune on driving lessons at the time, as it helped me later pass my test. The furthest it went was to High Wycombe in Feb 1980, when i drove to see this great gig, JOY DIVISION + KILLING JOKE + A CERTAIN RATIO. The show is great...