Lovers of American rock will be at The Harlequin in Redhill next week to catch a group named after an iconic US highway.

Route 66, the long American interstate immortalised in rock 'n' roll by artists including Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones, is also the inspiration for top-flight live outfit Route 66.

The group features multi-talented musicians and cast members drawn from across the music world with a pedigree which includes 1980s chart-toppers Dr and the Medics.

The colourful band will be rolling into The Harlequin for a live date on Thursday, November 13, at 8pm.

Their set will celebrate the best of American rock, including tracks by The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, The Doors and Elvis Presley.

From the power ballads of LeAnn Rimes and the laid-back acoustic classics of John Denver, to the out and out rockers of Meatloaf, Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones, Route 66 promise a musical ride for all ages. Tickets are priced £14 with concessions at £12.50, available from the box office on 01737 765547.

PITCHY Breath Theatre present four short plays receiving their premieres in Shorts II at The Hawth Studio, Crawley, from next Thursday to Saturday, November 8, at 7.30pm. Tickets at £6.50, discounts £5.50, on 01293 553636.

SINGER-SONGWRITER Sally Cranham will perform at The Harlequin, Redhill, supported by local indie heroes The Critical on Saturday, November 8, at 8pm. Tickets from £11 on 01737 765547.

THE Forces' Sweethearts - soprano Beryl Korman, mezzo-soprano Janice Hooper-Roe and pianist Jennifer Partridge - will perform a concert of 1940s favourites, including songs made famous by Dame Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields and Marlene Dietrich, at The Harlequin, Redhill, on Wednesday, November 12, at 2pm. Tickets at £10 on 01737 765547.

FOURTEEN dance schools and companies will be taking part in a Night of Dance, a collaboration showcasing a variety of dance styles, at The Harlequin, Redhill, on Friday, November 14, at 7.30pm. Tickets at £10, children and disabled people £8, on 01737 765547.

CRAWLEY Blues Club will present the third annual Crawley Blues Festival at The Hawth, Crawley, featuring US and UK artists including Catfish Keith, Kent DuChaine and The Hokum Hotshots, on Saturday, November 15, from 5.30pm. Tickets £25 on 01293 553636.

CHAS and Dave return to The Harlequin, Redhill, to reminisce on their career as well as run through their songsheet of party favourites, including Gertcha and The Sideboard Song, on Wednesday, November 19, at 8pm. Tickets at £17, concessions £15, on 01737 765547.

PARLIAMENTARIAN Tony Benn, the longest-serving MP in the history of the Labour Party, brings his evening of frank responses and entertaining anecdotes, An Audience With Tony Benn, to The Hawth, Crawley, on Thursday, November 20, at 7.30pm. Tickets at £15, discounts £13.50, on 01293 553636.

OPERA della Luna will present their production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, transported to the world of today's fashion houses and featuring costumes inspired by Versace and Jean-Paul Gaultier, at The Hawth, Crawley, on Friday, November 21, at 8pm. Tickets at £17.50, discounts £15, on 01293 553636.

TICKETS for this year's panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, at The Harlequin, Redhill, from Friday, December 12, to Sunday, January 4, at various prices including saver special performances, are available from the box office on 01737 765547.