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Valentine’s Day: The Retro-ista

Your dearest embraces all the trappings of a modern world, but their heart really lies one, two, three or four decades back in time where it’s drenched in nostalgia.

Date ideas: What better way to celebrate than with a blast to the past? Get in the groove with the music of Motown and The King of Rock. See Jack and Victor, who only get better with age, be reunited with the original cast of Still Game onstage for the first time in six years. Your ol’ timer will enjoy reminiscing about the way things were with funnymen Jim Davidson and about how bad we have it today with self-deprecating stand-up Jon Richardson. Plus, two marvellous musicals can time-warp your golden cherub to a haberdashery where a banjo-strumming draper’s assistant suddenly strikes it rich or to meet a teenage Carole King on her way to becoming a chart-topping music legend.

Here are some suggestions:

Motown the Musical, ongoing at Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Ben Portsmouth Is Elvis: The King Is Back, 11 Feb at Portsmouth Guildhall

Still Game Live 2, 4 – 16 Feb at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Jim Davidson: 40 Years On, 10 Feb at The Neon, Newport

Jon Richardson: Old Man, 10 Feb at Nottingham Playhouse and 14 Feb at Radlett Centre

Half a Sixpence, until 6 May at Noël Coward Theatre, London

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, ongoing at Aldwych Theatre, London

Looking for more ideas? Check out all of our Valentine’s Day personalities, and our full Valentine’s Day Guide.