Sultry sounds of jazz to invade Grand stage

Scene from A Mad World My Masters, by RSC and ETT, comes to Grand Theatre, Blackpool, next month - with Sunday Jazz at town's Starbucks
Scene from A Mad World My Masters, by RSC and ETT, comes to Grand Theatre, Blackpool, next month - with Sunday Jazz at town's Starbucks
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The ‘sultry sounds’ of jazz on a Sunday, with steaming mugs of coffee, will help set up the atmosphere of an upcoming Grand Theatre production.

A Mad World My Masters runs at the Church Street theatre from Thursday to Saturday, March 5 to 7, featuring a live jazz band of stage.

But before it arrives in town, the Grand, as well as producers the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and English Touring Theatre (ETT), has teamed up with Starbucks in Victoria Street to host Sunday Jazz events on February 22 and March 1.

At the first Starbucks Jazz Sunday, coffee drinkers and music lovers can enjoy the sultry sounds of Bobby and Jemima (AKA Charlese and Matt) who are regular performers in Blackpool, Manchester and Liverpool, showcasing jazz with a soul/blues twist, followed on March one by jazz/blues guitarist Tom Vernon and vocalist Nicci.

Grand Theatre marketing manager Andrew Howard said: “The Grand is committed to working in partnership with local businesses. We aim to promote the arts in various ways to let people know what is going on in their local theatre and working with businesses such as HMV, Waterstones and of course Starbucks, we are able to do this. We are all very excited in this new collaboration with such a global brand.”

Starbucks Blackpool manager Steve Garside said: “Myself and the Blackpool team are looking forward to the Jazz Sundays in conjunction with the Grand.

“This is a great opportunity to bring businesses together, work along side each other and support ways of promoting the diversity of shows on offer at the Grand, bringing a taste of what is to come to the public in a relaxing atmosphere.

“This is a first for Starbucks to showcase an event like this, and we hope it will enable more partnerships and raise awareness of this theatre, which is also a charity.”

The RSC and ETT have come together for this, their first collaboration, to bring Thomas Middleton’s Jacobean comedy A Mad World My Masters to life.

The action takes place in 1956 Soho, where ‘glamour rubs up against filth, and it likes it!’

A ‘dashingly cash-strapped bachelor, Richard Follywit, in pursuit of quick cash and a good time has to live on his wits’ and turns con-man to fool his rich uncle, becoming by turn a lord, a high-class call girl and a poor actor.

And he encounters a scamming Soho beauty, on the look out for an eligible bachelor.

Exclusive ticket offers will be available for A Mad World at each of the free events, which run from 1pm to 3pm.