Friday 21st June 8pm / Main House


Get ready to swing the night away with the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band as they bring to life the timeless music of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington.  The show’s projected backdrop explores the intricacies of these greats, their music and various collaborators. Plus, with vocalist Alice Grace leading the charge, you’ll be transported back to a golden age of jazz.

As the band takes the stage, you’ll be immersed in the classic sounds of the big band era. From the classic melodies of Duke Ellington to the powerhouse vocals of Ella Fitzgerald, the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band brings the music to life with all the energy and excitement that made that era famous. An exciting journey through the music and lives of these two legends featuring “Let’s Do It”, “Time After Time”, “A Tisket, A Tasket”, “Perdido” and many more both original and brand new arrangements.

Together, Michael Lamb’s Strictly Smokin’ Big Band and Alice Grace deliver a performance that’s sure to get your feet tapping and your heart singing. So don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington – tickets on sale now!


“…one of the UK’s most effortlessly fluent big bands” – Jazz Alert

“…innovative musicians at the forefront of the jazz scene.” – Sage Gateshead

Performance Dates and Times

Friday 21st June 8pm

£18 Standard Ticket

Running Time: 1hr 50 minutes + interval

Your Visit

We look forward to your visit!

Parking is located to the rear of the Playhouse in the public car parks. Parking discs are required to be displayed until 6pm and are available from the Visitor Information Centre located within the Playhouse building. Please check individual car park signs for any time restrictions.

Grab a bite to eat at the Playhouse Kitchen or why not relax and enjoy a drink in our Playhouse Bar? The bar serves an extensive range of drinks including draught and local bottled beers, wines, and gins.