NEW SEA­SON HIGH­LIGHTS

Romeo and Juliet at lake­side set­ting Historic theatre to re­veal hid­den past

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were ac­tu­ally opened to the pub­lic was cel­e­brated ear­lier this year, the au­tumn sees the cel­e­bra­tion proper take place.

Ren­ton says: “We pay homage to the early days of va­ri­ety with our very own unique A Night of Va­ri­ety in Septem­ber; which fol­lows hot on the heels of the West End smash Sin­gin’ in the Rain.”

The sig­nif­i­cant birth­day of the theatre will be cel­e­brated on Septem­ber 20 when a spe­cial gala evening will hark back to the early glory days of the Al­ham­bra when va­ri­ety acts were staged to cheer the au­di­ence through two world wars.

Bri­tain’s lead­ing mu­si­cal theatre star Michael Ball head­lines the evening and is joined by Billy Pearce, Les­ley Joseph, The Krankies, Joe McElderry, Joe Pasquale and dancers from Matthew Bourne’s New Ad­ven­tures.

It is as though the word eclec­tic was coined sim­ply so that such an evening could be ad­e­quately de­scribed.

Within the 100 year his­tory of the theatre, the past decade will stand out for a num­ber of rea­sons, high up on that list be­ing the ded­i­ca­tion the cur­rent man­age­ment has shown to bring high qual­ity, high class dance to the city.

Chore­og­ra­pher Matthew Bourne has brought a num­ber of his shows to the theatre, in­clud­ing Edward Scis­sorhands and re­cently his all male Swan Lake com­pletely sold out be­fore it had barely got through the door.

While the purists of the dance world re­main sniffy about Bourne, the fact that the Arts Coun­cil re­cently de­cided to make his com­pany a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion and there­fore one of the com­pa­nies it funds with pub­lic money, is an ac­cep­tance of sorts by the wider art world.

Bourne brings what is ex­pected to be a thrilling adap­ta­tion of Lord of the Flies in De­cem­ber.

Bourne told me about this plan when he vis­ited the Al­ham­bra al­most two years ago. I ex­pect much. There are masses of other dance, big mu­si­cals and some re­ally im­pres­sive com­edy on the ros­ter.

So with­out be­ing en­tirely un­crit­i­cal, it is safe to say that the Al­ham­bra will be rounding off a cel­e­bra­tory year in some style.

For full sea­son de­tails visit www.brad­ford-the­atres. co.uk and to book tick­ets for pro­duc­tions, or call the box of­fice on 01274 432000. THE 10th An­niver­sary pro­duc­tion of a Shake­speare clas­sic will be per­formed in the orig­i­nal style in North York­shire.

A brand new ver­sion of Romeo and Juliet, by the Lord Cham­ber­lain’s Men – an in­car­na­tion of Shake­speare’s orig­i­nal troupe, will per­form with an all-male cast.

The 400-year-old play has a mix­ture of pas­sion, ex­cite­ment and heart-stop­ping moments as two young lovers from feud­ing fam­i­lies in Verona hatch a dras­tic plan.

The pro­duc­tion is at at Ki­plin Hall, Rich­mond on Au­gust 22. For tick­ets call 01748 818178. BRI­TAIN’S old­est work­ing theatre will cel­e­brate its Ge­or­gian roots with a her­itage fes­ti­val.

Vis­i­tors to Rich­mond’s Theatre Royal in North York­shire can see how the build­ing would have been in this pe­riod, en­ter­ing through a tiny orig­i­nal 1788 box of­fice, with can­dle chan­de­liers to light their way.

The build­ing has many hid­den gems which will be re­vealed by guides dressed in pe­riod cos­tume.

The fes­ti­val takes place from Au­gust 11-25. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion call 01748 825252.

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