The Week Ahead From Monday 5th Mar 2012: McFly, Keane, Annie Lennox, Nero, Black Stone Cherry and more

Posted: 29th February 2012

Your upcoming entertainment includes famous faces from across the decades - The Osmonds say farewell from the '70s, Annie Lennox is back with a rare London all-star show, comprising '80s and 21st century talent, Chimaira and The Jayhawks bring forth the '90s and Keane, McFly, Nero and Wild Beasts head up the most recent era's offerings.

For the more theatrical and showy amongst you, check out Simon Callow's dose of the Bard, ice-skating from Disney and one of Britain's most surreal comedic musicians.

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.

This week:


Premium tickets are pretty much all that's left for McFly's almost-entirely sold out UK tour, which starts in Portsmouth on Wednesday night. You can still pick up standard tickets for Swindon (22nd March), Torquay (25th) and their April dates in Birmingham and Hammersmith - priced at £27.50.

There are two intimate shows at Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion on Friday and Saturday - both are sold out, except for a few reasonably-priced Premiums. Better news for Keane fans - you can buy standard tickets for their upcoming May and June tour, priced from £25 upwards.

This marks an all-star return for the ex-Eurythmics icon - she will be joined by Emeli Sandé, Katy B and Jess Mills for a special Women of the World - Equals Live show at London's Royal Festival Hall on Friday night - tickets are still up for £45.

2012 will see The Osmonds bid farewell to their UK fans with a full 'up, close and personal' tour around the country - The whole tour will last two months from 9th March (Bristol) to 6th May (Bournemouth). Only Stoke (28th Mar), Manchester, Doncaster, Skegness, York, Blackpool and a handful of others have any tickets left.

Cleveland, Ohio's heaviest will return to the UK from Thursday when they will touch down in Glasgow, followed by Dundee, Aberdeen, Northampton and many more throughout March, before finishing up in Islington on 27th. Tickets for all shows vary between £13 and £16

Electro duo, messrs Stephens and Ray, have been continually selling out their shows and DJ appearances for some time now and many of next week's are no exception, but extra tickets have just been released! Face value tickets for Manchester, Southampton, Glasgow, Dublin and Norwich remain sold out, however. Tickets cost £16.50 for all except London (£17.50).

The Acacia Strain The Acacia Strain
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make for a must-see live experience and the intense hardcore band will be touring the UK from Tuesday onwards, starting with Bristol and followed by Yeovil, Cardiff, Nottingham and many more until Camden's Underworld on 17th. Tickets for all shows cost £10 and Brutality Will Prevail and TRC are supporting.

Black Stone Cherry Black Stone Cherry
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The rush for tickets to see one of the most reliable classic southern rock bands around continues unabated. Their UK tour, starting in Norwich, is all but sold out, except for Edinburgh, Glasgow and Southampton. All three shows are priced at £16 or £16.50.

Cumbria's finest return for a short headlining tour from next Sunday onwards. With the success of the album "Smother" still ringing in their ears, Wild Beasts will perform in Warwick, Norwich, Colchester and more until the last show in Liverpool. There are still tickets for all of their shows, priced at £12.50 to £13.50.

Also taking place next week are shows from The Jayhawks from Thursday until 14th March, Sinead O'Connor, The Presidents of The United States of America, Rise To Remain, Emmy The Great, Souls of Mischief (all available) and many more.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Being Shakespeare sees Simon Callow begin a residency for his smash-hit performance of the Bard at the Trafalgar Studios from Wednesday onwards. The run continues until the end of March and you can purchase tickets for this acclaimed one-man show for £28.50 upwards.
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Disney On Ice: Princesses and Heroes Disney On Ice: Princesses and Heroes
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The first leg of a national tour for this latest Disney skating spectacular begins at Wembley Arena from Wednesday onwards. Five nights are still up for grabs, but they are limited now - priced from £25.25. The next stop on the tour is Birmingham from 14th March, followed by Liverpool the week after.

The Marriage of Figaro The Marriage of Figaro
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The Welsh National Opera will be touring Mozart's incredible opera from Thursday onwards - first stop is Birmingham, with further two-night residencies in Milton Keynes and Bristol to follow. Birmingham has now sold out, but tickets to the other two town's imminent presentations cost from £31.50 upwards.

Boothby Graffoe Boothby Graffoe
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Relative unknown, but no less interesting, is English funnyman and musician, Boothby Graffoe. He appears with Nick Pynn in Lyme Regis, Goole, Lincolnshire, Holsworthy plus loads more until Kettering at the end of April. Many shows cost less than a tenner and worth every penny.

Happy Clicking!

Paul Pledger