Elvis comes to Henfield

At the Henfield Hall, Sunday 26th November. Doors open 2.15pm

There is quite a buzz in the Anscombe Production Associates office because the artists that appear in our musical production of ‘Elvis Las Vegas 1969’ have wholeheartedly agreed to perform for the Henfield Haven 2nd Anniversary Concert at The Henfield Hall. The 1st Henfield Haven Anniversary concert last year was a huge success for both the community and the Haven, and was enjoyed by a sell-out audience. Everybody at APA agreed with Tim Anscombe that, should we be invited back, we should present a concert version of one of our productions. Well, we have been, so…… Enter Elvis! Yes, Mr ELVIS PRESLEY!

Early last year, Tim was invited by guitarist and bandleader Neale Hobday to hear a group of professional musicians in Kent perform the numbers played during The King’s concerts. To say that he was ‘blown away’ by the quality and preciseness of this tribute band was an understatement!  The professionalism and quality that enhanced the session he witnessed, together with a stunning Elvis tribute performer Scott Elvis, was a show in itself! A very enthusiastic APA was invited by the band to help create a new musical based on Elvis’s return to the Las Vegas stage in 1969. Working with the band and a plethora of professionals as team-mates, ‘Elvis Las Vegas 1969’ was created in the latter part 2016. The full musical was presented in April 2017 at The Woodville Theatre in Gravesend, and was rapturously acclaimed by the audiences.

Tim and his team have devised a tribute show which captures the very best of the music of Elvis. For the first half of the Henfield show they have added some older Elvis Presley favourites from 1954 onwards for those lovers of the great man – songs like ‘That’s Alright Mama’, ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’, ‘I Beg of You’, ‘I Need Your Love Tonight’ and a few other Memphis-style memories. The second half will be the concert as performed in 1969 at the International Hotel Las Vegas, full of songs specially chosen by both Presley and his Manager Tom Parker to woo audiences back to Elvis’s live shows. These include ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’, ‘Words’, ‘Falling in Love with You’, ‘Suspicious Minds’, ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘In the Ghetto’ and many more. Audiences at the opening of the show in Gravesend wanted encore after encore, and Tim hopes that you will do the same.

40 years after his untimely death Elvis Presley is as popular today with young audiences as with those fortunate enough to have grown up with The King. Scott Elvis, who will play the role of Elvis in Henfield, is an amazing performer. His timing and rock and roll aura is stunning. Those of you who love this era just close your eyes and you will be with ELVIS in… Las Vegas… in Henfield on 26 November 2017 at 3pm.

The show is being sponsored by six local businesses whose continuing support of the Haven is greatly appreciated. Our thanks to Nigel Parsons Builders, The White Hart, Jeremy’s, Stokes of Henfield, A&B Accountancy Matters, Rushfields and Doubledot Printers.

Tickets for this potential West End professional production are £20, and available from Jasmines Florists and Stokes of Henfield on the High Street, and from The Henfield Haven in Hewitts.

The price includes a ’60s-style snack at the ‘Hot Rod Café’ during the interval. The bar will be open before the show starts and during the interval. Seating is not reserved, and doors will open at 2:15pm. Don’t miss this unique event, and come and support the Henfield Haven.

Digby Stephenson

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