If you want a show that delivers on every level this is it. John Illsley’s Life And Times Of Dire Straits is not just ‘an evening with’ with a bit of chat and the odd anecdote, it’s much, much more …his new show has everything.

Of course there is chat and stories, plenty of it, and who doesn’t want to know about life in one of the most famous bands the world’s ever known, but there’s double bubble even here. John is interviewed by one of Dire Straits’ old managers, Paul Cummins, who has his own take on the good old days himself. Indeed he often throws the odd curveball… “It’s extraordinary what Paul remembers” says John “talk about keeping me on my toes, and every show seems to throw up something different!”

Then there’s the music. Unlike many of the aforementioned ‘talking’ evenings John also provides music. Along with three members of his own band he swings acoustically through some of Dire Straits’ biggest hits and some of his own music as well.

John Illsley first took his Life And Times Of Dire Straits on the road last year. It played across nationwide venues, even taking in Glastonbury Festival, and proved such a rip-roaring success that he’s doing it again this March.



Date Venue
Wed 11th Theatre Royal Winchester
Thu 12th Huntingdon Hall Worcester
Fri 13th Public Hall Witham
Mon 16th Paramount Penistone
Tue 17th City Varieties Leeds
Wed 18th The Platform Morecombe
Fri 20th Kings Hall Herne Bay
Sun 22nd Dorking Halls Dorking
Wed 25th The Regis Centre Bognor regis
Thu 26th Roses Theatre Tewkesbury
Fri 27th South Holland Centre Spalding

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