Shalamar – “Greatest Hits” Tour plus Special Guest Gwen Dickey – The Voice of Rose Royce
“The hottest ticket in town at present is not for ABC, Yazoo or any other of the leading lights of the British “new pop” movement but for the Los Angeles based group Shalamar. “ The Guardian – November 1982
Shalamar have not lost any of the charisma or performing power over the years and certainly pack a punch when it comes to live shows. The Greatest Hits Tour will be a feast of non stop “banging tunes” complemented with silky smooth ballads from the golden voice of Howard Hewett – one of the greatest singers of all time. With 18 top seventy five UK hits, 11 top forty, 4 top ten chart smashing singles and over 25 million records sold, the group are one of the most successful soul acts of all time. This will be an evening to make everyone dance, forget their worries. However it will be “A Night to Remember”.
The group will perform their greatest hits such as “A Night To Remember“, “Take That to The Bank”, “Second Time Around”, “Make That Move”, “Dead Giveaway”, “Disappearing Act”, “Dancin’ In The Sheets”, “Over and Over”, Friends” and many more.
Shalamar were also synonymous with a huge dance craze that had never seen before in the UK. Jeffrey Daniel brought the body popping phenomenon into Europe and performed the first moonwalk on European TV. This performance changed music culture forever. Jeffrey has been an inspiration to millions of people across the world including the man he mentored – Michael Jackson.
In 2023 Shalamar were awarded a stone on the Camden Music Walk of Fame and were Soul Act of the year at the Boisdale awards. Backed by a solid 7 piece band they are guaranteed crowd pleasers and headliners at many Summer Festivals.
Gwen Dickey is one of the finest female vocalists of her generation – she is the voice of Rose Royce who released their first single “Car Wash” in 1976. The single peaked at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and sold over a million copies in United States alone. Rose Royce’s debut album Car Wash was released the same year and sold over two million copies worldwide, winning a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album in 1977. The album’s final single “I’m Going Down, peaked at number 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number ten on the R&B singles chart. The group’s second album Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom became a platinum-seller in the United States, topped the R&B albums chart, and peaked at number nine on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The album spawned three successful singles: “Do Your Dance (Part 1)”, “It Makes You Feel Like Dancin'”, “Ooh Boy”, and “Wishing on a Star”. The song became an international pop hit and garnered a certified silver certification in the United Kingdom.
In 1978, Rose Royce released their third album Rose Royce III: Strikes Again! which was certified gold in the United States. The album spawned two top-ten R&B singles: “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and “I’m in Love (And I Love the Feeling)”. In 1979, Rose Royce released their fourth album Rose Royce IV: Rainbow Connection, the final album to feature vocals with Gwen.
Following recent improvements to the stalls seating area, we now offer easier access and better viewing locations for wheelchair users. So you can be assured of a comfortable and enjoyable experience, we have level access to the stalls from Commercial Street and provide two accessible toilets on the stalls level.
The Victoria Theatre has an induction loop for hearing aid users in the auditorium and Box Office.
Additionally the Victoria Theatre now offers an infra-red audio system allowing customers in the Stalls and The Circle and to individually adjust the volume of the performance.
We now offer versions of our seasonal brochure in large print. Please contact the box office to request copies to be sent to you.
Guide dogs are welcome and we will be pleased to provide a bowl of water on request.
We are pleased to offer a complimentary ticket to essential carers of people with additional needs. Please contact the Box Office for details on 01422 351158