Friday 28th February 7.30pm / Main House


50th Anniversary

The UK’s finest dance band playing music from the roaring 1920s and elegant 1930s is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary.  A concert from the Pasadena Roof orchestra is a complete show, as Brendan Murphy from Bristol 365 wrote in a review from April 8th, 2018

‘There is a reason why they call these songs timeless and listening to them performed with such fine and faultless musicianship really was like a wonderfully indulgent, wistful trip down memory lane.’

Not just a show with music, but some delightful tomfoolery is in store with Band Leader Duncan Galloway and his musical comrades performing an impressive program of music from the dance band era. Included will be the songs of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, plus some classic tunes from Louis Armstrong, and sumptuous arrangements from the likes of Duke Ellington and his orchestra, plus songs from the great British bands Ray Noble, and Ambrose. Come along and listen to hits that were sung by Bing Crosby, Al Bowlly and Fred Astaire (plus some dancing!).

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra was founded by John Arthy in 1969. As a young bandleader John had the good fortune to discover 1500 arrangements from the 1920s and 1930s lying dormant in an attic in Manchester. The Orchestra’s unique style, attention to musical detail, and relentless sense of fun soon became a hit not only in the UK, but far and beyond. The Orchestra has toured the USA five times to critical acclaim, have appeared at the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, travelled to Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kiev, and performed at the Albert Hall in London.  They have played every number one concert house in Germany and continue to tour in Europe and the UK on a regular basis.

Take an opportunity to lose yourself in a bygone era, listen to a live dance band – ‘an audaciously entertaining collective of music-making crowd pleasing legends’

Performance Dates and Times

Friday 28th February 7.30pm

Full Price: £20.00 (Premier seating available for an additional £1.00 per ticket)


Running Time: Approx 2 hours (including interval)

Cast & Creatives

Puttin’ on the Ritz!
Since 1969 the Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been faithfully re-creating the glories of popular music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. The fun-packed show features timeless classics from the great American song book – those wonderful songs that miraculously lifted people’s spirits during the depression era, and which made household names of singers such as Bing Crosby, Al Bowlly, and Fred Astaire. The musicians master the arrangements and sound of the fabled American orchestras such as Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, whilst also paying tribute to the great British dance Bands like Ray Noble or Ambrose.
Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat white tie and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway.  So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative  live music,  with more than a dash of wit and humour.

Your Visit

We look forward to your visit!

We recommend you arrive in good time to collect any tickets – the Box Office will be open for 1 hour prior to any evening events in addition to daytime opening hours.

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 McKenna’s or why not relax and enjoy a drink in our Playhouse Bar? The bar will be open Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-10.30pm and serves an extensive range of drinks including draught and local bottled beers, wines, a specialist gin list and cocktails.