Sing away the February blues at Ayr Gaiety

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THE GAIETY Theatre will be aiming to put a spring in your step for the weekend and jazz up your Friday night with classic sounds from legends Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen.

Celebrating 50 years together this year, Friday’s tour date in Ayr will showcase a lifetime of hits.

Kenny is widely regarded as an institution, perhaps even the most successful jazz trumpet player this side of the Atlantic.

His landmark recordings of the 1960s such as ‘Midnight in Moscow’ catapulted him to worldwide fame, and since then he has become a living legend and Britain’s most prolific chart topping jazz band.

His debut hit “Samantha” and the smash “When I’m 64” made Kenny a household name, and the band currently have no fewer than 20 albums on sale, a Billboard Gold Microphone Award, more top 30s in the US than Louis Armstrong and honorary citizenship of the city of New Orleans.

Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen will appear at the Gaiety Theatre this Friday February 22 at 7.30pm, and tickets cost £18.50 (£17.50 concessions).

But the jolly jazz sounds of Kenny and his band aren’t the only notes with which the Carrick Street theatre will resound come next week, when Ayr Amateur Opera Company present their theatrical version of Beauty and the Beast.

The company promises all the magic of the romantic fairytale immortalised by Disney, and enhanced by toe-tapping tunes and a stock of outlandish characters in a world of princesses, dancing cutlery, and talking ornaments.

Beauty and the Beast will have its debut peformance on Monday February 25, running each evening to Saturday March 2 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets for the Monday performance are priced at £16.50 (£15 concessions; for the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday matinee £17 (£16 concessions); and for the Friday and Saturday evening performances £18 (£17 concessions).

Tickets can be booked by calling the Gaiety Theatre box office on 01292 288235, or via the Ayr Gaiety website at www.ayrgaiety.co.uk.