Swinging at the Cotton Club

Swinging at the Cotton Club

Sun 30 July 8pm 

Moved to The Anne Boleyn Stage

Take a step back into 1920s and ’30s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest night club… The Cotton Club

‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s. Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging – whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breath-taking routines.

In this show, the exciting dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous The Lindy Hop Dance Company – the world’s premier jazz dance company and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra featuring vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington.

The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra

The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra specialises in recreating the jazz and hot dance music of the 1920s and ‘30s with characteristics drive and visual appeal. The Orchestra has toured extensively in Britain, Europe and Scandinavia and claims the title of  ‘Europe’s Hottest Jazz Orchestra!’.

Using their own special arrangements of familiar as well as the less well known numbers from the repertoires of the famous bands of the period, the Orchestra has extensive experience of a wide variety of venues and events, appearing at numerous Festivals, Concerts and TV programmes across Europe.

​A selection of the music that will be featured in show includes: Minnie The Moocher; C Jam Blues; The Charleston; Drum Crazy; Black Beauty; Everybody Loves My Baby; That Lindy Hop; Jubilee Stomp; It Don’t Mean A Thing If Ain’t Got That Swing … and much, much more.

The Lindy Hop Dance Company

The Lindy Hop Dance Company are the UK’s finest authentic jazz dance company. They are perhaps best known for their spectacular and breath-taking performances of the Lindy Hop – the original form of jive dancing that developed in Harlem in the late 1920’s.  However, their talent and versatility is also expressed in the range of dances they perform all influenced by the authentic jazz dance tradition.

The dance company’s personnel are drawn from the very best of the UK’s dance talent, with its members having performed across the UK, Europe and beyond including at events such as The London Olympics Opening Ceremony, New York’s Lincoln Centre Out of Doors Festival, as well as with shows including ‘Riverdance’ and dance companies such as ‘Diversity’.

​The energy, excitement and enthusiasm of this highly talented and professional company of dancers continues to create a huge demand for performances and workshops throughout the world.  Don’t miss your chance to see the UK’s premier jazz-dance company.


Standard Uncovered Ticket£31.50
Discounted Joint Uncovered Theatre and Garden Ticket  ADULT£43.20
Discounted Joint Theatre and Garden Ticket  CHILD (under 15)£38.05
Standard Uncovered Ticket FESTIVAL FRIENDS£27.90
Standard Uncovered Ticket HEVER CASTLE & GOLF CLUB MEMBERS£27.90

Pre-Theatre suppers in the Guthrie Pavilion are available before this performance. 
Here is the menu.
Please book your theatre tickets first, then follow this link to reserve your table.

Bookings start from 6pm, we recommend arriving at least an hour before the performance starts so you don’t have to rush your meal.

PLEASE NOTE: You have made a table reservation only, you may be asked to pre-order by the catering team in advance of the date and all meals and drinks are to be paid for on the night.

The Anne Boleyn Stage

The Anne Boleyn Stage is situated on Anne Boleyn’s Walk. As you walk from the lake View Car Park towards the Two Sisters Theatre it is there on your left. We will not have a cover for the audience on this lawn, you can sit under the trees, bring the biggest umbrella you have, if necessary, but no gazebos please. Our seating is unfortunately currently in our condemned theatre, it is not safe for us to collect it. Please bring something to sit on, your picnic table if you like and we always love it when we see your candelabras.

The Theatre Bar will be accessible and open on the theatre lawn before the show and during the interval for hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, ice cream and snacks.

NEW for 2023 – freshly made crêpes. Savoury, sweet and allergy friendly options available from the concession by the lake, before shows only. Here is the menu

Please check our access page for further information.