Summer is nearly over but the post-holiday blues can be avoided as this September the St. Helens Theatre Royal has lined up some perfect pick-me-ups to see off the back school routine, with some top of the class entertainment from plays to gigs to comedy on offer, for young and old alike.

As well as Pauline Daniels appearing at the theatre over the weekend of the 13-16th in Shirley Valentine, the theatre has the pleasure of hosting Johnny Vegas on Sunday 9th September at 8.30pm. Tickets for this event are priced £15. One of the reigning kings of British comedy comes back to his home town in which he will be showcasing the very best in up and coming comedy talent. Johnny Vegas and Friends sees the St. Helens as the Master of Ceremonies, introducing Peter Emmett, Celia Paquola, Luke Montague and Patrick Monohan to the stage. Each of these young comedians will demonstrate why they are the future of British Comedy.

On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd, The Wedding Singer will bring back the air of 80’s nostalgia. Based on the Hollywood film, The Wedding Singer tells the story of Robbie Hart, wannabe rock-star and New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer who is left at the altar. Heartbroken, he is forced to re-examine the meaning of love and marriage with the help a waitress named Julia. Accompanying the musical is a score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 1980’s. The Wedding Singer takes audiences back to atime when hair was big, collars were large, greed was considered good and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

Tickets for The Wedding Singer are priced at £11 and a matinee performance will be on the Saturday at 2pm. Tickets for the matinee show are priced at £8.

One of the finest bands to come from the U.K., Queen, will be fondly remembered on the 29th September as Magic-A Kind of Queen will play reverence to the fathers of rock. Magic are no strangers to the big stage. They have headlined a concert in Gorky Park, Moscow and have also played venues in Hong Kong, America, the Middle East and throughout Europe.

Tickets for Magic-A Kind of Queen are priced at £18.

Tickets for these and other shows at the Theatre Royal are available from the Box office on Corporation Street, alternatively call 01744 756000 or go online at


Ian D. Hall