"I like to feel I can please both the hardcore and casual fans by not playing to just one particular audience all the time," says Elvis impersonator James Devereaux.

Born into a family with strong theatrical links (his father plays in West End musicals and his brother has just finished drama school), it comes as no surprise this college graduate has ended up on the stage.

What is perhaps surprising for someone so young is that he has done it by impersonating a rock legend remembered more for his Las Vegas, middle-aged years than his lithe rock 'n' roll youth.

Although Devereaux does impersonations of Elvis which span three eras - the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies - it's the Vegas set which works best with an audience because it allows him to "throw in a bit of everything for everyone, which can be anything from Burning Love to Suspicious Minds".

"If I'm doing a Seventies set, I can bring in everything Elvis did which went before that, so it gives me much more scope with the music."

For this Christmas Eve special, "Elvis" will be showing off two new costumes, specially flown over from the States. Both outfits will be instantly recognisable to fans as the "White Peacock" jumpsuit (a Vegas special) and the "Burning Love" jumpsuit, in red, named after the hit song.

Festive forays are not new to Devereaux, who made his Boxing Day debut as Elvis two years ago at a pub in Portslade. "I've been an Elvis fan for as long as I can remember," he says, "ever since my mum gave me a copy of his 40 Greatest Hits when I was five years old. She was going to throw it away when I grabbed it and was instantly hooked."

So was it a natural progression from teenage hero worship to tribute tunes? "I went through the usual thing of knocking out tunes on a Karaoke machine when I was about 18," says Devereaux, "and then my mates decided I sounded a lot like Elvis, so I took it from there."

It seems even Elvis did his fair share of Christmas songs, including the ever-popular Winterwonderland and Blue Christmas.

Devereaux likes to change the sets for each of his performances to make the experience "more organic and prevent it from getting too stale". He is also keen to take requests from the audience, though some of the more obscure tracks, without regular practice, can be "pretty daunting".

So if you fancy a bit of rock 'n' roll with your carols, croon your way into this Christmas with The King.

Starts 8pm, Tickets £6, Tel 01273 687171