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Website issues for the Theatre Group have been resolved. Updates will go live on Tuesday afternoons at about 4.00pm.
Please scroll down for new SHOW LISTINGS – posted 11th December 2018
After many years of successfully leading the Theatre Group Graham and Dorothy Woods are handing over to a new Theatre Group committee from the end of 2018.
On behalf of PU3A Theatre Group members past and present, the PU3A Committee and the new Theatre Group organisers, Dorothy and Graham Woods have been presented with a gift in grateful appreciation of their tireless efforts running the Theatre Group so successfully for the past 7 years.
  • For any queries on shows up to and including December 2018 please still contact Graham (details directly below).
  • The Group Leader for shows from January 2019 onwards is David Baron (details at bottom of page)
Shows already booked up until 31st December 2018 are advertised on Graham and Dorothy's web site -  Dorothy and Graham's contact details are 01733 234892, email
From 2019 onwards the new Theatre Group are aiming to have around 12 trips per year to various theatres, visiting London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham etc. for the more popular musical shows and plays, as well as opera and ballet. 

Will all members please note the following:
  • In order to reserve tickets, you will need to TELEPHONE Margaret Gaunt on 01733 235638 to check availability. You should speak to Margaret in person – please DO NOT leave a message.
    After speaking to Margaret, cheques, made payable to Peterborough U3A, should be sent to Margaret Gaunt at 25 Sunningdale, Orton Waterville, Peterborough PE2 5UB within 7 days to secure your booking. Please write the name of the show on the back of your cheque.

  • Bookings for shows are limited to 2 tickets per phone call.
  • When a new show is available for booking, this page will be updated. The update will go live on Tuesday afternoons at about 4.00pm.
  • The ticket price covers both the theatre ticket cost and the coach cost for return travel  where appropriate.
  • Unless advised otherwise by email, the coach will depart from (and return to) Thorpe  Meadows.
  • If parking at Thorpe Meadows, PLEASE use the public car park and NOT the hotel car park. There is now a charge (currently £2.50 for all day) for the public car park.
  • As of 1st April 2019 a new emissions tax for coaches travelling into Central London will come into force - an additional £200 per trip. This tax will be included in the price of London theatre tickets.
  • Please note that it is very important that you advise Margaret Gaunt of any changes to your email address, or if your membership of Peterborough U3A lapses. Only Peterborough U3A members can be members of this Theatre Group.
  • For administration purposes only, (NOT to reserve show tickets), Margaret Gaunt can be contacted by email at


Now taking names for standby list

Show Title:         RIP IT UP
Time & Date:          2.00pm WEDNESDAY, 10
Cost:                       £52.00
Coach Departs:      9.00am

More information: One of the most energetic shows to ever hit the West End stage. The ultimate Strictly boy band of dance bring the ‘60s smashing into the 21st century, in an explosion of song, dance, acrobatics and amazing visuals. Witness the incredible dancing talents of Aston Merrygold (JLS) and Louis Smith (Olympian) – both Peterborough boys – along with Jay McGuiness (The Wanted) and Harry Judd (McFly), who also sing, drum and perform some amazing gymnastics. The boys are joined by an incredible cast of dancers, singers and musicians, to celebrate the iconic sounds, sights and events of the decade which transformed the 20th Century. Dance the night away with music from the legends who shook a generation including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, The Mamas & The Papas, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, James Brown Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and many more. With celebrity contributions on screen, footage from the era and a host of other visual delights, the show celebrates everything there is to love about the ‘60s.
(Face value tickets £65.00 – Stalls only)



Show Title:      AS YOU LIKE IT


Time & Date:        1.15PM THURSDAY, 1ST AUGUST 2019

Cost:                     £52.50

Coach Departs:    9.00 am

More information:  Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy in the iconic theatre in the Bard’s home town on the banks of the River Avon. There will be time after the performance to explore Stratford-upon-Avon or have a meal (return coach leaves Stratford at 6.30pm). Top price tickets at a great discounted rate.

Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves.

Deadline for booking is 20th December. Ring early to secure tickets for this sought-after venue

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players”



Now taking names for standby list


Theatre:                 ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM

Time & Date:         3.00pm SUNDAY, 3RD MARCH 2019

Cost:                      £45.00

Coach Departs:     11.00am

More information: Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag in their new, show-stopping dance production.

Anton and Erin present a world where ballroom meets musical theatre with stunning costumes and breath-taking choreography, set to iconic theatrical music from shows including ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘42nd Street’, ‘Wicked’, ‘Top Hat’, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Jersey Boys’.

Joining Anton and Erin live on stage will be the London Concert Orchestra with conductor Richard Balcombe, a sensational West End dance ensemble and the brilliant star vocalist, Lance Ellington.


Now taking names for standby list

Show Title:           WICKED

Theatre:                     APOLLO VICTORIA, LONDON

Time & Date:             2.30pm WEDNESDAY, 20TH FEBRUARY 2019

Cost:                         £45.00

Coach Departs:        9.30am

More information: The 5th longest running, multi-award winning, musical currently playing in the West End.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths.

(Face value ticket price £72.00)






Now taking names for standby list

Time/Date:            2.30pm WEDNESDAY, 30TH JANUARY 2019
Cost:                     £45.00
Coach Departs:    9.30am

More information: Nominated for 5 Olivier Awards and inspired by a true story, this is a new hit musical – funny, fabulous and feel-good.
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. He doesn’t quite
fit in. He is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation.
Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie
overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies, and steps out of the darkness and into
the spotlight.

These are top price tickets (£65 face value).



Organiser: David Baron
Telephone: 01733 235554

Organiser: Graham Woods
Telephone: 01733 234892

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