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The Bedford Corn Exchange promotes a programme of live events featuring performers from the worlds of comedy, theatre and music. We are also proud to boast one of only two UK residencies of the Philharmonia Orchestra outside London.

The Central Box Office can provide a full ticketing service for events at the Bedford Corn Exchange in addition to those within Bedford and the surrounding areas.

Please note that if you are purchasing tickets for groups of 8 or more many shows offer group discounts. Please phone the Central Box Office on 01234 718112 in order to receive your group discount.

Refunds – In common with general theatre practice we regret that tickets cannot be refunded.

From the 30th March 2013 all tickets purchased online and are not requested to be posted will be available to collect from Number 13 in advance or alternatively will be available to collect the door on the evening of the performance.

 

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Date: Sunday 23rd November Time: 7.00pm

Doors open at 7.00pm

Venue: Main Auditorium

Animals &amp; Friends with very Special Guest Steve Cropper

BCEX in partnership with Pad Ents presents
Animals & Friends with very Special Guest Steve Cropper

Animals: The Animals were one of the most important British bands of the 1960s. The group is widely considered the raunchiest, the dirtiest, and the most authentic and uncompromisingly raw band of their time. Formed in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the Animals reflected their earthy upbringing with hard-charging, blues-based rock ‘n roll, deriving much of their early repertoire from American Blues and R&B sources – including (though they barely knew it) from Steve Cropper himself.

The Animals’ career took off in January 1964. With the release of House of the Rising Sun later that year, the Animals became the first British group after the Beatles to chart a Number One single in the USA. Their brooding arrangement of House of the Rising Sun – a traditional folk song recorded by Josh White and Bob Dylan became an early milestone in the British Invasion of the USA.

House of the Rising Sun topped the American and British charts. In fact, it stayed at #1 in the U.S. for three weeks – longer than any single since the Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love held down the top spot a half-year earlier. The Animals followed House of the Rising Sun with seven more massive hits, at least four of which – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, We Gotta Get out of This Place, It’s My Life and Don’t Bring Me Down - remain classics of the era.

Original drummer John Steel and Mickey Gallagher, post-Alan Price pianist (also in The Blockheads since 1977 and Ex Clash) lead the band that joins Steve Cropper for this monumental set of classic original songs from an era that will never be repeated.

Steve Cropper:  As a guitarist, A & R man, engineer, producer, songwriting partner of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd and a dozen others and founding member of both Booker T. and the MG’s and The Mar-Keys, Steve Cropper was literally involved in every single record issued by Stax Records from the autumn of 1961 through year end 1970. Such credits assure Cropper of an honored place in the soul music hall of fame.

As co-writer of (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay, Knock on Wood and In the Midnight Hour, Steve Cropper is in line for music immortality.

Perhaps the ultimate testament to Steve Cropper’s immense contribution to popular music over the last four decades was his ranking by Mojo Magazine as the number two guitarist of all-time (Jimi Hendrix was number one). And in 2003, Rolling Stone magazine readers voted him among the Top 100 Guitar Players of all-time.

 

As impressive as that is, Steve Cropper’s legacy as a solo artist, member of Booker T. and the MG’s and The Blues Brothers, session musician and producer is far from complete.  The 2014 tour will see the band playing all the classic hits they have been involved along the way including: House Of The Rising Sun, Green Onions, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Time Is Tight, It’s My Life, Dock Of The Bay, Bring It On Home To Me, Hip Hug Her, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Soul Man, I’m Crying, In The Midnight Hour, Baby Let Me Take You Home, 6345789, Don’t Bring Me Down, Knock On Wood, Inside Looking Out, Boom Boom and many more.

 

The show is fully seated in the auditorium with limited standing & dance space in the side wings of the venue.  The band will be playing 2 sets with an interval and special first on guests will be added nearer the time.

Doors open at 7.00pm

 

Upcoming Shows

November 2014

Animals &amp; Friends with very Special Guest Steve Cropper
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Animals & Friends with very Special Guest Steve Cropper

Sun 23 Nov 7.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

LES MISERABLES (Schools Edition)
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LES MISERABLES (Schools Edition)

Mon 24 Nov 5.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Bedford Comedy Club - Autumn 2014
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Bedford Comedy Club - Autumn 2014

Fri 28 Nov 8.30pm
Venue: Harpur Suite

A Tchaikovsky Celebrations
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A Tchaikovsky Celebrations

Sat 29 Nov 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Rich Hall’s Hoedown 2014
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Rich Hall's Hoedown 2014

Sun 30 Nov 8.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

December 2014

Stiff Little Fingers
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Stiff Little Fingers

Mon 01 Dec 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Philharmonia at The Movies: Sci-Fi
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Philharmonia at The Movies: Sci-Fi

Tue 02 Dec 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

The Joy Of Christmas 2014
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The Joy Of Christmas 2014

Sun 07 Dec 5.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Tea Dance Autumn 2014
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Tea Dance Autumn 2014

Wed 10 Dec 2.00pm
Venue: Harpur Suite

25th Christmas Cracker
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25th Christmas Cracker

Fri 12 Dec 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Mon 15 Dec 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Sun 28 Dec 6.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Mon 29 Dec 6.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Mon 29 Dec 2.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Tue 30 Dec 6.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Tue 30 Dec 2.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Bedford Comedy Club - X-mas Special
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Bedford Comedy Club - X-mas Special

Tue 30 Dec 8.30pm
Venue: Harpur Suite

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Wed 31 Dec 2.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

January 2015

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Thu 01 Jan 6.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Thu 01 Jan 2.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Fri 02 Jan 6.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Fri 02 Jan 2.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Sat 03 Jan 2.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

New Year in Vienna 2015
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New Year in Vienna 2015

Sun 04 Jan 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Philharmonia Orchestra: All - Russian Fireworks
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Philharmonia Orchestra: All - Russian Fireworks

Tue 20 Jan 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Journey Through the Years
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Journey Through the Years

Sat 24 Jan 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

February 2015

The D-Day Darlings Sing ’The Songs That Won the War’
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The D-Day Darlings Sing 'The Songs That Won the War'

Wed 04 Feb 2.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Bad Manners
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Bad Manners

Fri 20 Feb 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Alan Carr - Yap Yap Yap!
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Alan Carr - Yap Yap Yap!

Sun 22 Feb 8.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Philharmonia Orchestra: Rachmaninov and Vaughan Williams
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Philharmonia Orchestra: Rachmaninov and Vaughan Williams

Mon 23 Feb 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Romantic Giants  to Wrap up the 19th Century
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Romantic Giants to Wrap up the 19th Century

Sat 28 Feb 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

March 2015

Philharmonia Orchestra: 20th Anniversary Gala Concert
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Philharmonia Orchestra: 20th Anniversary Gala Concert

Tue 17 Mar 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

An Evening with Ian McCulloch
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An Evening with Ian McCulloch

Fri 20 Mar 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

April 2015

Philharmonia Orchestra: Beethoven and Shostakovich
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Philharmonia Orchestra: Beethoven and Shostakovich

Wed 22 Apr 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

The Neville Staple Band and special guests: Ruts DC
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The Neville Staple Band and special guests: Ruts DC

Sat 25 Apr 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

May 2015

Philharmonia Orchestra: Schumann and Mendelssohn
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Philharmonia Orchestra: Schumann and Mendelssohn

Wed 13 May 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted
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Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted

Thu 14 May 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Vive La Difference
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Vive La Difference

Sat 16 May 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium