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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.

 

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Date: Friday 26th January Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Main Auditorium

Barry Steele and Friends:  The Roy Orbison Story

BCEX
Barry Steele and Friends: The Roy Orbison Story

 

He’s the man with the sunglasses and the black suit who delivered some of the world’s darkest and most emotional ballads, yet Texas-born Roy Orbison remains one of the most distinctive looking, and sounding performers in modern music, despite dying  30 years ago leaving others to bring his music to the concert stage.

But Barry Steele, who takes on the role in The Roy Orbison Story, comes with very great credentials and a genuine admiration for the Big “O”. Now he is set to put the rock back into ‘Roy Orbison’ as he takes to the stage to commemorate this legend in The Roy Orbison Story 30 Year Special.

Expect what is being billed as an upbeat and contemporary slant on Orbison's legacy, as Barry Steele and Friends take audiences on a musical journey from the early Sun years right through to the late 1980s, when Orbison was experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity and worked with Bono,  Bruce Springsteen and others including super group the Traveling Wilburys alongside former Beatle George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

So get ready for a night of solid gold 60s hits and 80s contemporary as the Roy Orbison Story celebrate the musical legacy of The Big O.  As well as the toe tapping sound of the music giant that is Roy Orbison, you'll hear the fantastic Barry Steele perform songs written by Roy Orbison, but never performed by him!

 

The production also features chart busting hits originally made famous by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jeff Lynne & ELO, George Harrison, Del Shannon and The Spencer Davis Group; Come and see us as there's plenty of rock with Roy! From Only the Lonely to The Traveling Wilburys, Barry Steele has been stunning audiences across the globe with his uncanny ability to recreate the vocal talents of the legendary Roy Orbison. This unmissable show will take you on a musical journey in time - don't miss out!

Upcoming Shows

January 2018

Barry Steele and Friends:  The Roy Orbison Story
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Barry Steele and Friends: The Roy Orbison Story

Fri 26 Jan 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Sinfonia Vive La France
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Sinfonia Vive La France

Sat 27 Jan 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Philharmonia 17/18 Season
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Philharmonia 17/18 Season

Tue 30 Jan 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Winter Dance
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Winter Dance

Wed 31 Jan 2.00pm
Venue: Harpur Suite

February 2018

Don Broco
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Don Broco

Thu 01 Feb 7.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Upbeat Beatles
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Upbeat Beatles

Fri 02 Feb 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Islands in the Stream: The Music of Dolly Parton &amp; Kenny Rogers
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Islands in the Stream: The Music of Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers

Sat 10 Feb 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert
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Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

Fri 16 Feb 8.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Ray Mears ’Going Wild - Encore’
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Ray Mears 'Going Wild - Encore'

Sat 17 Feb 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

The Elo Encounter
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The Elo Encounter

Fri 23 Feb 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

BSO Romantic Masterpieces
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BSO Romantic Masterpieces

Sat 24 Feb 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Wannabe - The Spice Girls Show
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Wannabe - The Spice Girls Show

Sun 25 Feb 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

March 2018

Milton Jones is out there
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Milton Jones is out there

Thu 01 Mar 8.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

The Floyd Effect - ’The Pink Floyd Tribute Show’ -  The Bell and Moon Tour 2018
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The Floyd Effect - 'The Pink Floyd Tribute Show' - The Bell and Moon Tour 2018

Fri 02 Mar 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Mr Eazi - Life is Eazi
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Mr Eazi - Life is Eazi

Sun 11 Mar 7.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Quadrophenia - The Album LIVE
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Quadrophenia - The Album LIVE

Fri 16 Mar 8.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Bedford Choral Society - A European Journey
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Bedford Choral Society - A European Journey

Sat 17 Mar 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Philharmonia 17/18 Season
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Philharmonia 17/18 Season

Tue 20 Mar 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

The Quo Experience
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The Quo Experience

Fri 23 Mar 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Jarlath Regan: Organ Freeman
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Jarlath Regan: Organ Freeman

Fri 23 Mar 7.30pm
Venue: Harpur Suite

Southside Wrestling Show - Day of Reckoning
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Southside Wrestling Show - Day of Reckoning

Sat 31 Mar 2.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Southside Wrestling - BOTH Shows
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Southside Wrestling - BOTH Shows

Sat 31 Mar 2.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Southside Wrestling Show - Evening Show
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Southside Wrestling Show - Evening Show

Sat 31 Mar 7.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

April 2018

Purple Rain - A Celebration of Prince
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Purple Rain - A Celebration of Prince

Sun 01 Apr 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Darts Masters
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Darts Masters

Fri 06 Apr 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Eleanor Conway’s Walk of Shame
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Eleanor Conway's Walk of Shame

Fri 06 Apr 7.30pm
Venue: Harpur Suite

Philharmonia 17/18 Season
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Philharmonia 17/18 Season

Sat 07 Apr 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

The Wizard of Oz
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The Wizard of Oz

Mon 09 Apr 3.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

The Wizard of Oz
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The Wizard of Oz

Mon 09 Apr 6.00pm
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Paul Chowdhry: Live Innit
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Paul Chowdhry: Live Innit

Wed 11 Apr 8.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Abba Forever
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Abba Forever

Fri 13 Apr 8.00pm
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RUBY WAX FRAZZLED A Guide to Mindfulness A Forum For Discussion
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RUBY WAX FRAZZLED A Guide to Mindfulness A Forum For Discussion

Wed 18 Apr 7.30pm
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Menopause The Musical
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Menopause The Musical

Thu 19 Apr 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

The World Famous Elvis Show Starring Chris Connor
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The World Famous Elvis Show Starring Chris Connor

Fri 20 Apr 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

2-Tone Tribute Tour
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2-Tone Tribute Tour

Sat 21 Apr 8.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Sinfonia Children’s Concert
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Sinfonia Children's Concert

Sun 22 Apr 4.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Spring Grand Ball
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Spring Grand Ball

Wed 25 Apr 2.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue
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Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue

Thu 26 Apr 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

That 80s Rock Show - In aid of Bedford Hospital’s Primrose Unit
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That 80s Rock Show - In aid of Bedford Hospital's Primrose Unit

Sat 28 Apr 7.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

May 2018

Bugsy Malone
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Bugsy Malone

Thu 03 May 7.30pm
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Bugsy Malone
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Bugsy Malone

Fri 04 May 7.30pm
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Bugsy Malone
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Bugsy Malone

Sat 05 May 7.30pm
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Bugsy Malone
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Bugsy Malone

Sat 05 May 2.30pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

I Never Knew That
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I Never Knew That

Sun 06 May 11.00am
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Philharmonia 17/18 Season
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Philharmonia 17/18 Season

Wed 09 May 7.30pm
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Iain Stirling - ’U Ok Hun? X’
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Iain Stirling - 'U Ok Hun? X'

Thu 10 May 8.00pm
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The Live Aid Experience - Rock For Heroes
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The Live Aid Experience - Rock For Heroes

Fri 11 May 7.30pm
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Thunderbards
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Thunderbards

Sat 12 May 8.00pm
Venue: Harpur Suite

The Life and Times of John Bunyan
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The Life and Times of John Bunyan

Sun 13 May 11.00am
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Livewire AC/DC Show
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Livewire AC/DC Show

Fri 18 May 8.00pm
Venue: Main Auditorium

BSO From West to East
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BSO From West to East

Sat 19 May 7.30pm
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World War II Bedford
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World War II Bedford

Sun 20 May 11.00am
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Andy Hamilton - Change Management
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Andy Hamilton - Change Management

Thu 24 May 7.30pm
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Who Lived in a House Like That?
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Who Lived in a House Like That?

Sun 27 May 11.00am
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The Skids + Spear of Destiny
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The Skids + Spear of Destiny

Sun 27 May 7.00pm
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World Cup Roadshow
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World Cup Roadshow

Wed 30 May 8.00pm
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June 2018

Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I’m 50!
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Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I'm 50!

Fri 01 Jun 8.00pm
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Joe Lycett: I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett
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Joe Lycett: I'm About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett

Sun 03 Jun 8.00pm
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The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle
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The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle

Sun 03 Jun 11.00am
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Chris Ramsey Live
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Chris Ramsey Live

Fri 08 Jun 7.30pm
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The Silent Faces of Bedford
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The Silent Faces of Bedford

Sun 10 Jun 11.00am
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Sing Out Play Out
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Sing Out Play Out

Mon 11 Jun 6.00pm
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Sing Out Play Out
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Sing Out Play Out

Tue 12 Jun 6.00pm
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Sing Out Play Out
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Sing Out Play Out

Wed 13 Jun 6.00pm
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Sing Out Play Out
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Sing Out Play Out

Thu 14 Jun 6.00pm
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The Jewel in the Crown
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The Jewel in the Crown

Sun 17 Jun 11.00am
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The Magic of Motown
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The Magic of Motown

Thu 21 Jun 7.30pm
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Jive Talkin: The Bee Gees
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Jive Talkin: The Bee Gees

Fri 22 Jun 7.30pm
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Who Lived in a House Like That?
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Who Lived in a House Like That?

Sun 24 Jun 11.00am
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I’m Still Standing - The Elton John Story
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I'm Still Standing - The Elton John Story

Sat 30 Jun 7.30pm
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July 2018

I Never Knew That
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I Never Knew That

Sun 01 Jul 11.00am
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Bye Bye Baby - A Celebration of Frankie Valli &amp; The Four Seasons
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Bye Bye Baby - A Celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Fri 06 Jul 7.30pm
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The Silent Faces of Bedford
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The Silent Faces of Bedford

Sun 08 Jul 11.00am
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The Jewel in the Crown
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The Jewel in the Crown

Sun 15 Jul 11.00am
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Neil Sands - Land of Hope and Glory
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Neil Sands - Land of Hope and Glory

Thu 19 Jul 2.00pm
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The Life and Times of John Bunyan
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The Life and Times of John Bunyan

Sun 22 Jul 11.00am
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Summer Dance
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Summer Dance

Wed 25 Jul 2.00pm
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The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle
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The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle

Sun 29 Jul 11.00am
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August 2018

World War II Bedford
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World War II Bedford

Sun 05 Aug 11.00am
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The Dreamboys 2018
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The Dreamboys 2018

Thu 09 Aug 8.00pm
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The Jewel in the Crown
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The Jewel in the Crown

Sun 12 Aug 11.00am
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Who Lived in a House Like That?
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Who Lived in a House Like That?

Sun 19 Aug 11.00am
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The Silent Faces of Bedford
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The Silent Faces of Bedford

Sun 26 Aug 11.00am
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September 2018

I Never Knew That
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I Never Knew That

Sun 02 Sep 11.00am
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The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle
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The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle

Sun 09 Sep 11.00am
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World War II Bedford
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World War II Bedford

Sun 16 Sep 11.00am
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The Three Degrees
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The Three Degrees

Fri 21 Sep 7.30pm
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The Life and Times of John Bunyan
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The Life and Times of John Bunyan

Sun 23 Sep 11.00am
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Absolute Bowie - 50 Years of Bowie
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Absolute Bowie - 50 Years of Bowie

Sat 29 Sep 7.30pm
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The Jewel in the Crown
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The Jewel in the Crown

Sun 30 Sep 11.00am
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October 2018

Henning Wehn: Get On With It
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Henning Wehn: Get On With It

Thu 11 Oct 7.30pm
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Northern Soul Live
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Northern Soul Live

Fri 12 Oct 7.30pm
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Lipstick On Your Collar
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Lipstick On Your Collar

Fri 19 Oct 7.30pm
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Faith - The George Michael Legacy
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Faith - The George Michael Legacy

Sat 20 Oct 7.30pm
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The Little Mix Experience
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The Little Mix Experience

Wed 24 Oct 6.00pm
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Autumn Grand Ball
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Autumn Grand Ball

Wed 31 Oct 2.00pm
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November 2018

The Real Thing
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The Real Thing

Fri 02 Nov 7.30pm
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Sinatra, Sequins and Swing: The Capitol Years Live!
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Sinatra, Sequins and Swing: The Capitol Years Live!

Sun 04 Nov 3.00pm
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The Mersey Beatles
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The Mersey Beatles

Wed 14 Nov 7.30pm
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The Wedding Reception
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The Wedding Reception

Thu 15 Nov 7.00pm
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From The Jam - All Mod Cons 40th Anniversary and Greatest Hits Show
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From The Jam - All Mod Cons 40th Anniversary and Greatest Hits Show

Fri 16 Nov 8.00pm
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Russian National Ballet - Nutcracker
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Russian National Ballet - Nutcracker

Wed 21 Nov 7.30pm
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December 2018

Bedford Corn Exchange Mixed Christmas Party
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Bedford Corn Exchange Mixed Christmas Party

Fri 14 Dec 7.30pm
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January 2019

The Best of Wham
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The Best of Wham

Fri 18 Jan 8.00pm
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